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CBA Inducts Four Inductees into 2012 Hall of Honor

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration inducted the fifth class into its Hall of Honor on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.  The event began with a Mass at St. Ignatius Chapel at 10:30 a.m. in the Commerce & Finance Building on the McNichols Campus, led by Rev. Gregory Hyde, S.J.  The induction ceremony, which recognized the professional achievements and community service of four distinguished alumni and alumnae, was held at the Detroit Golf Club, and was sponsored by DTE Energy and CNA. 

The four inductees are:

Armando R. Cavazos '74, President, Synergies Plus, LLC
Cavazos earned a bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Detroit in 1974 and joined Credit Union ONE as an accounting supervisor.  He became the institution’s president and CEO in 1986 and oversaw its expansion for 20 years.  More recently, Cavazos established a new enterprise, Synergies Plus, LLC, to consult on clients' electronic funds transfers, community and government relations, and new business and acquisition opportunities. Cavazos has been Vice Chair of the Michigan Credit Union League Board, Chair of the Hispanic Outreach Task Force of the Credit Union National Association and Vice Chair of CO-OP Financial Services.  He is a Trustee of the University of Detroit Mercy, and a Director of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, the Utica Community Schools Foundation, and Detroit Cristo Rey.  He also serves as Chairman of Leaps and Bounds Family Services.

Joyce Hayes Giles '78, Assistant to the Chairman and Senior Vice President, Customer Service, DTE Energy
Hayes Giles earned a BA in Psychology from Knoxville College, an MBA from the University of Detroit, and a law degree from Wayne State University.  Her career in the energy industry spans more than 30 years.  She led the merger of the MichCon Gas Company's customer service operations with DTE Energy, and now oversees a $150 million budget and 1,200 employees.  In addition, she serves as the company’s Ethics Officer and the ombudsman for employee-related issues.  She has been Board Chair of Marygrove College, the Urban League, and the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP, and is a former Vice President of the Detroit School Board.  Her current board memberships include the Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, the Music Hall, the Wayne State Alumni Association, Habitat for Humanity of Detroit, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Knoxville College, and the DTE Energy Foundation.

Patricia Hurston '83, Vice President, CNA
Hurston began her finance career in Detroit where she worked for Manufacturers National Bank and the Bendix Corporation.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mercy College in 1983.  First Chicago hired Hurston for a management position in the international cash department of its Chicago office where she worked for 21 years, eventually becoming Senior Vice President of Government Financial Solutions.  She then earned an MBA from Northwestern University, and joined CNA Financial in 2004.  Hurston currently serves as Vice President of Billing and Collections; she is responsible for managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio of commercial property and casualty insurance coverage, and supervises a staff of over 200 associates in Chicago, Denver, Florida, South Dakota, and Pennsylvania.  In addition, she serves as the Board Chair of Annie’s Legacy, a women’s resource center in Chicago.

Joseph M. Walsh '69,'71, President, Legacy DMC (Detroit Medical Center)
Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in management science and an MBA at the University of Detroit.  In 1972 he began a 30-year career with Ford Motor Company, which included a post in Europe in the late 1970s, and culminated in his role as President of Ford Credit, Asia-Pacific, headquartered in Australia, with responsibilities in 10 countries.  His subsequent consulting career has included developing a variety of financial control and corporate governance processes for clients.  In 2011, Walsh became CEO of the DMC Legacy Board, with responsibility for monitoring contracts related to the sale of DMC to Vanguard Health Systems, and overseeing an agreement to help fund two charitable foundations from DMC’s estimated $140 million in charitable assets.  Walsh has been an advisor to the Leadership Development Institute (currently the Institute for Leadership & Service) at the University of Detroit Mercy, and is a trustee of the Detroit Science Center, the Homeless Action Network of Detroit, and the Lingap Children’s Foundation. 

Sponsors of the 2012 Hall of Honor:



Release date: October 11, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.