TROY — Online voting is open until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 to select the winners for Automation Alley’s 12th Annual Awards Gala.

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, will hold its fall event Friday, Sept. 28 at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights.

Easy online voting and information about the finalists is available at

The Automation Alley Annual Awards Gala is an evening reserved for celebrating the accomplishments, success stories and continued growth of the individuals and groups ushering the region toward a bright technology future. Award winners exemplify the best among the region’s technology community.

The finalists for the 12th Annual Awards Gala:

Automation Alley Member of the Year (2011 winner: Al Carpinelli, Logic Solutions, Inc.)
•Rochelle A. Black, Oakland University
•Rick Darter, Rave Computer
•Laura Oliveto, Basso Design Group

Educational Program of the Year (2011 winner: Utica Community Schools Center for Science and Industry)
•Blackstone LaunchPad (Walsh College/Wayne State University)
•Fifth Core World Language & Culture Program (Oxford Community Schools)
•Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Entrepreneur of the Year (2011 winner: Paul Angott, president, Angott Medical Products LLC)
•Gary Abusamra, Oxus America
•James F. Eliason, Ph.D., MitoStem
•Jake Sigal, Livio Radio

Global Trader of the Year (2011 winner: The Wireless Source)
•Dan Kocks, Global Impact Group, MFG
•Hortensia Albertini and Lisette Poletes, Global LT, Ltd.
•Eli Oklejas, Fluid Equipment Development Co.

Technology Company of the Year (2011 winner: Lakeside Software, Inc.)
•GalaxE.Solutions Inc.
•Pratt & Miller Engineering and Fabrication Inc.

Online voting is open to Automation Alley members and the general public. Winners will be selected by a combination of the online voting results and input from the selection committee.

Award recipients will be announced at the gala Sept. 28. The cost to attend is $175 for members and $200 for nonmembers. A table of 10 tickets may be purchased for $1,500.

For a detailed description of sponsorship packages ranging from $500 to $30,000, visit Companies interested in sponsoring this signature event should contact Events Manager Jennifer Chinn at (248) 457-3228 or

For more information about the event, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.   More at


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