WJR FEATURES | DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB RISING STARS

760 WJR and the Detroit Economic Club are proud to recognize our 2022 class of Rising Stars!  We’re honoring 10 local leaders ~ all of them under the age of 40 ~ for the impact they’re making in their industries, communities, and families.

Catch a new honorees each Monday from June 27 through August 29 on “The Guy Gordon Show,” or come back to WJR.com and catch up on-demand, anytime!

MEET THE 2021 HONOREES


CLASS OF 2022:


MATT ZELMAN
SENIOR AUTO FINANCE SPECIALIST
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN


Matt Zelman is the Senior Auto Finance Specialist at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and acts as the finance liaison for one of his organization’s largest customers. He also has been an invaluable member and volunteer for the Detroit Economic Club, and served on the speaker selection committee for the upcoming DEC Young Leaders Conference in October 2022.


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LAURA REINERS
COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR
GROWTH WORKS


Laura Reiners is the Community Relations Director at Growth Works, an organization dedicated to services such as juvenile justice, substance abuse, and family services. In her role, she has expanded the organization’s recognition throughout the course of a pandemic that limited traditional community relations responsibilities.


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AMY HALLOCHAK
MARKETING MANAGER
DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB


Amy Hallochak is the Marketing Manager at the Detroit Economic Club. She is a creative force in her organization, and with her data-driven approach to digital marketing, has significantly enhanced the member experience. Amy is committed to excellence, maintains a positive attitude, and inspires others with her eager spirit to continuously bolster the product for her organization and its clients.


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CALVIN CHOI
SENIOR AUDIT MANAGER
KPMG LLP


Calvin Choi is an Audit Senior Manager at KPMG’s office in Downtown Detroit. He is very active in the community and a valuable member of the public accounting profession.


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DR. KRISTEN BARNES-HOLIDAY
FOUNDER AND CEO
CLEARLY FEMALE


Dr. Kristen Barnes-Holiday is the Founder and CEO of Clearly Female, and also serves as a seasoned and dedicated professor at Wayne County Community College. She firmly believes in using her God-given skill sets, connections, and time to contribute to her community in a meaningful way. She is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, self-reflection, and self-care.

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NAERA HAGHNAZARIAN
DISTRIBUTION ENGINEERING MANAGER
EVERSOURCE ENERGY


Naera Haghnazarian is a Distribution Engineering Manager at Eversource Energy, and has also served on the Detroit Economic Club’s Young Leader Board since 2020. She has also been a Management Board Member in the National Electric Energy Testing, Research, and Application Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her contributions have advanced research in the overhead, underground, and substation material, equipment, and standards.

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JUSTIN REMINGTON
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
THE REMINGTON GROUP


Justin Remington is the Chief Operating Officer at The Remington Group and also serves as the Interim Senior Director of Major Giving and Donor Relations at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He currently manages the operations of the firm and leads some of it’s largest clients. He is proud to be a connector and networker, and to him, creating relationships and helping introduce others is a way to pay it forward.

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TAYLOR BAGBY
PRECONSTRUCTION MANAGER
BARTON MALOW COMPANY


Taylor Bagby is a Preconstruction Manager for Barton Malow Company. In this role, she serves as design manager on Ford’s $5 billion Blue Oval SK Battery Park project in Glendale, KY. Her versatility allows her to fill multiple leadership roles within the department as needed, from design manager to estimator or preconstruction lead. Taylor also helps ensure standard practices are adhered to while growing and maintaining a strong communication network between owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors and vendors.

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CHRISTINA TOMA
ANALYST
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Christina Toma is an Analyst at Ford Motor Company and has also been a very active member of the Detroit Economic Club over the last three years. She was the first to complete the Young Leader Certificate Pilot Program at the DEC, and has recruited many to volunteer for the Career Readiness Academy. With her determination and resilience, she works to raise awareness for the DEC and plans to expand her role with the organization in the future.

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JON RANDALL
VICE PRESIDENT
STIFEL INVESTMENT SERVICES


Jon Randall is the Vice President of Investments at Stifel and has helped individuals pursue their investment, retirement, and comprehensive wealth management goals. Jon is also a member of the President’s Leadership Council and the Development Board for Detroit Cristo Ray School and is active with the Brother Rice High School Alumni Association. Through a detailed consultative process, he strives to help growing organizations save time, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies.

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ABOUT THE DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB:

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government, and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st Century economic environment.

The DEC offers its members a variety of meetings, groups, and activities, Including the Young Leader program, which brings together a generation on the rise to develop, inspire, and connect.

Learn more and become a member at EconClub.org.


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