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Walsh College to Honor Four Local Business Leaders at Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on Nov. 18

Walsh College will honor John Carter, Faye Alexander Nelson, Jeffrey Littmann, and Mary Owen at its annual Leadership Awards Dinner, which takes place at 7 p.m., Nov. 18 at the MGM Grand Detroit.

The Leadership Awards Dinner recognizes alumni and local business leaders whose exemplary careers and philanthropic community service make them sterling examples of true leaders. The event is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Lear Corporation, and MGM Grand Detroit.

Recipients of the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service are Carter, of Bloomfield Hills, and Nelson, of Grosse Pointe. Carter is the president of Michigan Middle Market, JPMorgan Chase. Nelson is vice president of public affairs, DTE Energy, and president of DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE.

Littmann, of Grosse Pointe, will receive the Walsh College Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned his Bachelor of Accountancy in 1977 and Master of Science in Taxation in 1981. He is a life trustee and chairman of the board of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Owen, of Birmingham, is the recipient of the Walsh College Graduate of the Last Decade Award. She earned her Master of Business Administration in 2012 and is a life trustee of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

“We will honor four true leaders in the community,” said Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron. “They not only have the expertise to show others the way, they give their time and they lead by example. Their commitment to excellence and leadership by example makes us a stronger and more vibrant community. They improve the quality of life and the lives of real people each and every day.”

Carter has worked for more than 30 years in commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase and predecessor organizations, serving as manager or executive in charge of various lending and corporate banking groups, which provide operating and capital raising services/products to corporate clients.

He serves on various internal bank committees and is involved with several outside organizations as either member or director, including YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit (director and past chairman of board), YMCA Foundation (board member), Forgotten Harvest (board and executive committee member), Judson Center (chairman of board and trustee), Business Leaders of Michigan (director), Detroit Chamber of Commerce (director), Detroit Historical Society (director), Downtown Detroit Partnership (director), Alma College Business Roundtable, University of Michigan Alumni Association, and U of M Business Club of Greater Detroit.

Nelson has worked in the community on a variety of transformational projects, including the redevelopment of the Detroit riverfront. In her current role, she leads the DTE Foundation’s strategy and investments in communities throughout the state in such areas as education and jobs, economic development, arts and culture, and the development and sustainability of neighborhoods.

She serves on a number of boards, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Ford Health System and Health Network, Midtown Detroit, Inc., M-1 RAIL, and the Sphinx organization. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the State Bar of Michigan, and a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, International Women’s Forum-Michigan, Detroit Athletic Club, and the Economic Club of Detroit.

Littmann began his career at Ziebart International, an international franchising organization. In 1982, he joined Arthur Andersen as a tax professional and became a national manager for their firm-wide specialty team on professional sports. From 1986-2014, he was a V.P. and the CFO of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Enterprises and also served the NFL’s Buffalo Bills as a director and their CFO. He has held several other positions within the Wilson organization and its affiliates.

In addition to his Walsh degrees, Littmann also holds a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law. He has served as an officer or board member for various nonprofits, including the Jaycee’s, St. John Health Foundation, and the Grosse Pointe Club.

Owen began her career with the Buffalo Bills in 2000, where she served in multiple positions throughout her tenure, including manager of marketing and communications, director of business systems, and vice president of strategic planning. In 2003, she directed the philanthropic work of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. In this role, she managed the Ralph Wilson Medical Research Foundation until 2009. In recent years, she oversaw a Buffalo-based advisory committee to manage Buffalo-specific grant requests to The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

In addition to her Walsh MBA, Owen received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce with concentrations in marketing and management from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Owen also currently sits on the National Advisory Board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and Leadership Buffalo.

For more information on the Leadership Awards Dinner, contact Andrea Richards, Walsh College Development Office, at 248-823-1204.

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