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UDM College of Business Administration honors four as business leaders

November 06, 2015

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration will honor four business men and women at the Business Leadership Awards ceremony in November.

George Barnes Jr. and Rev. E. William BeauchampLifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to George Barnes Jr., president of Heritage Optical and Vision Center and the Rev. E. William Beauchamp, a UDM alumnus who is a former president of the University of Portland.

Barnes founded Detroit-based Heritage Optical Center, Inc. in 1975 and was Michigan’s first full-service optical dispensary owned by an African American. Heritage Vision Plans was founded in 1991 and today has a network of more than 20,000 locations providing eye care benefits to people across all 50 states. During his 10 years as president of University of Portland, Fr. Beauchamp oversaw the establishment of hundreds of scholarships, the renovation or construction of many buildings and established innovative programs and initiatives.

Cassandra Moran and Michael Ilitch IIIRising Star Awards will be presented to two UDM alumni in earlier stages of their careers: Cassandra Moran of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michael Ilitch III of Little Caesar Enterprises. Moran has been with PwC since 2008 and is an assurance manager. Ilitch works in the Operations department of his family’s company Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc.; he was a Realtor prior to that.

The recipients were chosen in recognition of their professional accomplishments, community service and their embodiment of the Jesuit and Mercy values.

The ceremony will be Sunday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Detroit Golf Club, 17911 Hamilton Road in Detroit. For more information, contact CBA Assistant to the Dean LySandra Hill at 313-993-1204 or

George Barnes Jr. was also recognized for his award by DBusiness, Nov. 11.

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