Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announced today the finalists for its 2011 Annual Awards Gala, to be held Friday, Oct. 14 at MGM Grand Detroit.

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges because they are innovative leaders with vision and influence. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Annual Awards Gala. This year’s finalists are as follows:

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Emerging Leader of the Year
* Ryan Hoyle, director of global recruiting, GalaxE.Solutions, Inc. (Detroit)
* Daniel Jaraczewski, president, R & E Automated Systems, LLC  (Sterling Heights)
* Matt Mosher, co-founder and CEO, (Birmingham)

Entrepreneur of the Year
* Joseph Anderson, chairman and CEO, TAG Holdings (Troy)
* Paul Angott, president, Angott Medical Products LLC (Bloomfield Hills)
* Keith Zendler, founder and CEO, (Detroit)

Member of the Year
* Al Carpinelli, business development manager, Logic Solutions (Ann Arbor)
* Homer Harrison, director of business relations, Strategic Manufacturing Solutions LLC (Auburn Hills)
* Pradip Sengupta, president and CEO, IPS Technology Services (Troy)

Technology Company of the Year
* Lakeside Software (Bloomfield Hills)
* Power Panel, Inc. (Detroit)
* Sentio LLC (Southfield)

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Global Trader of the Year
* Global Impact Group (Grand Blanc)
* Global LT (Troy)
* The Wireless Source (Bloomfield Hills)

Educational Program of the Year
* Education Partnership in Advanced Automotive Technology, Macomb Community College and Wayne State University (Warren, Macomb and Detroit)
* Global Trade Mission, Oakland Schools (Waterford)
* Utica Center for Science and Industry, Utica Community Schools Center for Science and Industry (Sterling Heights)

“Some of our nation’s most renowned leaders and innovators have called this region their home. They were pioneers in their fields, and they left a legacy of knowledge and technological advancements that are now part of our everyday lives. This year’s  Gala award finalists are continuing that legacy in their work. We’d like to honor them for their accomplishments and thank them for forging the path toward a brighter technology future,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers.

New this year, Automation Alley introduces the Global Trader of the Year Award. The award recognizes a small to medium company or organization that has successfully promoted innovative U.S. products, services or technologies worldwide.

If you’d like to sponsor the 2011 Automation Alley Awards Gala, contact Jennifer Chinn, Automation Alley’s events and promotions coordinator, at (248) 457-3228 or

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For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or The cost to attend is $150 for members and $200 for non-members.