Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored at the 2016 ACE Awards

As the key driver of minority business development for over 39 years in Michigan, MMSDC is the home of the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to ensure that iconic Michiganders are celebrated for the indelible imprint they’ve made on minority businesses that are driving the state’s economy while empowering communities that are often left behind. This prestigious honor recognizes those who have made a positive transformational impact on Michigan’s minority businesses, including devoted government and community leaders as well as iconic MBEs and corporate leaders.

Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame accepts nominations annually and is open to any native or current resident of Michigan, living or deceased, who has made significant contributions benefiting the minority business community in the State of Michigan. Michigan business leaders submit nominations and a panel of judges selects the inductees. Last year’s inaugural inductee was the Honorable John Conyers, Jr.

2016 Inductees


Hank Aguirre
(January 31, 1931- September 1, 1994)
Mr. Aguirre began his legacy as a hard worker and generous businessman from a young age. Working for his father at the Aguirre Tortillas Factory, he would wake up at 4am before school to do deliveries. Pursuing his dream of playing in the MLB, Aguirre had a celebrated career with the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and our own Detroit Tigers. After a brief time spent as a bullpen and pitching coach for the Cubs, Aguirre began his quest as a successful businessman. His company, Mexican Industries, provided job opportunities for poor Mexican workers in his neighborhood. The multimillion dollar automotive parts company created hundreds of jobs for those in the Mexican Village in Detroit’s southwest side. Aguirre further gave back to his community by providing recreational programs for inner city kids, scholarships for local schools, and Spanish and English classes for those not fluent in the respective languages. For these reasons, we celebrate Aguirre’s life by inducting him into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame. 


Ron Hall, Sr.
(September 4, 1944 – June 1, 2016)
Throughout his successful career, Mr. Hall was truly an advocate and ambassador of minority businesses. His passion for helping others was reflected in any company or organization he was a part of. Mr. Hall was the former Assistant Vice President of New Detroit, Inc., President of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, President and CEO of Renaissance Capital Alliance, Chairman and CEO of New Center Stamping, and CEO of Departure Travel Management. He was also able to form a joint venture with Johnson Controls, which lead to his minority-owned company, Bridgewater Interiors, growing to become a $2 billion supplier of automotive seating parts. Mr. Hall was an active member on many Boards, including the Boy Scouts of America Southeast Michigan and the American Diabetes Association, a Board trustee of Western Michigan University, and member of both the Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities. Furthermore, during his tenure at MMSDC, Mr. Hall helped grow the membership of the Council from 400 to more than 1,600 members, and his work helped to position the MMSDC as one of the premier state-level minority business development councils in the nation. In honor of his dedication to minority businesses throughout his life, as reflected in his successful and philanthropic career, we will induct Mr. Hall into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame at the MMSDC’s Annual ACE Awards on October 6th.

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