Motor City outperforms all others

Paul W. Smith

Did you feel proud when you heard the news that — for only the second time in 30 years — Fiat-Chrysler, Ford and General Motors collectively outperformed import brands in the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study?

This is a great shot in the arm for our domestic automotive industry, which still suffers from the age-old problem of some believing our vehicles aren’t as good as those made in Asia and Germany.

Congratulations are also in order for initial quality leader Kia, as well as Porsche, Hyundai, Toyota and BMW.

I salute all the hard-working folks who have delivered this level of quality. From the line workers, UAW, clerical, management to suppliers and leadership, all showed the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to achieve this laudable goal.

And speaking of entrepreneurs, I salute Ernst & Young’s Detroit managing partner, George Lenyo, and program director Angie Kelly for keeping the spirit alive with the 30th annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio Awards on Thursday at the beautiful Detroit Institute of Arts. Thanks to EY’s Janelle Jones for making my job as master of ceremonies so easy.

Congratulations to those who were nominated, and especially to the winners in various categories, including:

Automotive: Laurent Bresson of Nexteer Automotive

Business Services: John of Lowery Applied Imaging

Family Business: Dan Musser of Grand Hotel

Distribution and Manufacturing: Pat LeBlanc and Cory Steeby of EBW Electronics

Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Randy Oostra and John Pigott of ProMedica and ProMedica Innovations.

Congratulations to all.

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.