The Erb Family Foundation is excited to announce that our chair, John Erb, is the 2022 recipient of the Michigan Executive of the Year Award from the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. He will be honored at the Ilitch School’s 42nd annual Recognition and Awards Program on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at the Roostertail in Detroit, Mich.
John Erb is deeply engaged in the Erb Family Foundation’s work to improve watershed quality; promote environmental health, justice, and sustainable business; support the arts in metropolitan Detroit; and advance Alzheimer’s research. With his experienced leadership and dedication to his parents’ vision, the Erb Family Foundation has made more than $100 million in grants since its inception and will award $14 million in grants this year.
Established in 1999 by the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, the Michigan Executive of the Year Award recognizes an individual in a senior leadership position at a business, government, or nonprofit organization that is based in or has a substantial presence in the State of Michigan. In addition, the actions of the honoree and/or their organization reflect positively on the State of Michigan and the disciplines researched and taught within the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
John’s dedication to community is also reflected in his service on the boards of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Detroit Zoological Society, and The Nature Conservancy. He shares his enthusiasm for education by serving on the Board of Governors for Cranbrook Institute of Science. He also serves through the University of Michigan as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and the Advisory Board for the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.
John’s leadership is informed by these roles and by his past contributions as a board member for Council of Michigan Foundations, Cranbrook Educational Community, Detroit Public Television, Stratford Festival, and Bank of Birmingham.
About Mike Ilitch School of Business
As Detroit’s Business School since 1946, Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan, and beyond through programs, research, and community engagement. For more information, visit www.illitchbusiness.wayne.edu.
About Wayne State University
Wayne State University was founded in 1868 as the Detroit Medical College. Today the public university consists of 13 schools and colleges offering 350 programs. The main campus in Midtown Detroit is home to 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and 70 countries. Wayne State University creates and advances knowledge, prepares a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impacts local and global communities. For more information, visit www.wayne.edu.