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Councilman John Akouri, former Washington, DC Press Secretary & Capitol Hill Advisor, is President & CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

MFBA/MBPA set to receive Business Association of the Year at the 2006 LACC Honors

Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA) is a trade organization which represents 3,200 members who employ more than 40,000 persons throughout the State of Michigan. MFBA includes in its membership independent grocers, convenience store operators, local food chains, restaurants, fast food establishments, gas station operators, food manufacturers, processors, wholesalers, brokers, suppliers.
Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) is an organization of mainly small to medium sized businesses that represents over 15,000 members who employ over 100,000 persons throughoutthe State of Michigan. MBPA includes in its membership various businesses including architects, accountants, attorneys, real estate agents, construction engineers, insurance agents, banks, and various types of retail operators, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers, suppliers, etc.
Edward Deeb, president & CEO of MFBA/MBPA is considered "the Dean" of Michigan’s associations with over 42 years as an industry leader and is the chief spokesman, working with government, the news media and the public. As the chief trouble-shooter for the food industry, Mr. Deeb spearheads the crisis intervention program if any problems should develop between merchants and residents. In 1980, following altercations between African-American Detroit youth and Middle Eastern neighborhood merchants, Mr. Deeb co-founded Metro Detroit Youth Day in an effort to show young people that business people and the community cares about them. Each July, more than 29,000 Metro Detroit area young people from all walks of life join together for a day of sports, fun and constructive activities on Belle Isle. Mr. Deeb has donated his time for 20 years to chair the Eastern Market Merchants Association, and presently serves as president of Friends of Eastern Market. He has been a driving force to help revitalize the area to attract additional businesses and shoppers to the area. A graduate of MSU, Mr. Deeb is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force & Air Force Reserves. A resident of Bloomfield Hills (formerly of Grosse Pointe Shores), he and his wife have two grown children.

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