October 19, 2016

The College of Business Administration will host its Business Leadership Awards on Sunday, Oct. 30. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning with a Mass in the Commerce and Finance Building’s St. Ignatius Chapel on the McNichols Campus. The Mass will be followed by a brunch and induction ceremony at 11:15 a.m. at the Detroit Golf Club, 17911 Hamilton Rd. in Detroit.

The College of Business Administration recognizes exemplary individuals who demonstrate professional success, outstanding contributions to society and embodiment of Jesuit & Mercy values, with Business Leadership Awards.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards are Nancy Hazely '78 and Edward T. Sporck '78. The College’s Rising Star Awards will be presented to Emily Doerr '12 and Mirela Mesic 13.


Nancy Hazely is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dearborn-based Tax Trilogy, LLC, one of the nation’s foremost sales and use tax compliance service providers. Founded in 2007, the firm operates in Michigan and Florida, servicing several Fortune 500 companies.

She majored in Accounting and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, working in various capacities including finance and taxes over the past 25 years. She currently is serving on the Board of Advisors for the College of Business Administration, as well as on the board at Cornerstone Schools in Detroit.  Hazely has represented the University at many events, in her commitment to assisting the community and youth in our area.


Edward T. Sporck is a veteran of 34 years of working in the automotive industry with Chrysler Corporation in its various forms.  He established and led the DaimlerChrysler Procurement and Supply Division’s recruiting efforts, conducting over 2,000 interviews and managing a program that employed over 1,000 interns and 200 trainees. In 1999, he was appointed as Director of Logistics, using his leadership to expand all global transportation and customs for the Chrysler Group.

Sporck earned a degree in Electrical Engineering, joining Chrysler on a full-time basis after graduating. After completing his MBA from the College of Business Administration in 1978, he worked as a machining supervisor before moving up in the corporation.  The alum has always kept the University in a special place in his mind and heart, referring to himself as a “Jesuit-a-holic,” having been educated at Jesuit institutions his entire life. He attributes his practical approach to life and his personal philosophies on leadership and education to his Jesuit experiences.


Emily Doerr is on a lifelong quest in pursuit of quality and service to others. Currently, she works for the City of Flint in the Community and Economic Development Division as program manager, overseeing all housing initiatives. She works to support the Imagine Flint master plan and the needs of the community development corporations, serving low to moderate-income residents.

Doerr earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Central Michigan University. While pursuing her MBA at the University of Detroit Mercy, she founded Hostel Detroit in April 2011, with the help of volunteers.  She is currently serving on the College of Business Administration’s Alumni Board, and has participated on a panel discussion on “Detroit: Beyond Bankruptcy” at the University.


Mirela Mesic worked for the University for five years, first as an Admissions Counselor and later as a Graduate Recruiter in the College of Engineering and Science. In 2015, she opened a new chapter in her career when she accepted a position in the automotive industry. She currently works for Global Program Management at American Axle and Manufacturing, where she is responsible for global projects.

Mesic earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Detroit Mercy in 2010 with a major in Health Services Administration and an MBA from the College of Business Administration in 2013. She was inducted into both the Global Jesuit Business Student’s Association and the Alpha Iota Delta honor societies, where she served as co-chair of the Graduate Student Advisory Board.

For more information about the event and ceremony, visit the Centennial website or contact CBA Assistant to the Dean Lysandra Hill at 313-993-1204 or