Business Leadership Awards

The College of Business Administration recognizes exemplary individuals who demonstrate professional success, outstanding contributions to society, and embodiment of Jesuit & Mercy values, with Business Leadership Awards.  The two categories of awards are Lifetime Achievement and Rising Stars. Lifetime Achievement recipients are inducted into the College's Hall of Honor.

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the College will present the following Business Leadership Awards at the Detroit Golf Club.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Nancy E. Hazely, '78

Ms. Nancy E. Hazely, '78, President, Tax Trilogy, LLC 

Nancy E. Hazely is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dearborn-based Tax Trilogy, LLC, one of the nation’s foremost sales and use tax compliance service providers.  Nancy founded the firm in 2007 and it now operates in Michigan and Florida, servicing Fortune 500 firms throughout the United States.  She takes pride in her staff of professionals and feels privileged to have the ability to create a work culture that combines multi-generational skills for an exceptional delivery of services to Trilogy’s clients.  She is honored to work with such a dedicated, innovative, and knowledgeable team. 

Nancy majored in Accounting and graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978.  She began her tax career with Ford Motor Company, where she held various positions in Finance and Tax during a 29 year tenure that included serving as the Office of Tax Counsel liaison with Ford Business Services Co. (in Chennai, India) and Global Internal Control Coordinator for the Tax Office, and working in Sales Tax Compliance and Audit Defense.  In all, she has over 25 years of transaction tax experience.

Nancy currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the College of Business Administration, and also serves as a Board member of Cornerstone Schools of Detroit.  She has represented our College at several external events, including a Women Mean Business symposium at Mercy High School and a CEO Speaker series at Cornerstone’s Leadership and Business High School.  In her commitment to the community and to assisting the youth of the area, she is seeking to create a platform to train young people in the area of Indirect Tax.  The purpose of this venture is to provide insight into the Indirect Tax field and the opportunities that are available in that area, and to encourage youth to develop the mathematical, verbal reasoning, and strategic thinking skills necessary to succeed in any financial services arena.   

She is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council, and the Michigan Women’s Tax Association.  Nancy has received numerous honors on behalf of her company, including the 2010 National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) ‘Up and Coming’ Award, the ‘Professional Woman of the Year Award’ from the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. in 2011, the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Companies Award in 2012, and a National Association of Professional Women and Executives Award in 2013.

Nancy’s most treasured accomplishment is her family: Keith, her husband of 33 years, and their children, Keith II (who serves as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Tax Trilogy) and Nancy Nicole (a medical student). 

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Mr. Edward T. Sprock, '78

Mr. Edward T. Sprock, '78, Director of Worldwide Transportation, Chrysler.

Edward T. Sprock is a veteran of 34 years of automotive assignments, all with the Chrysler Corporation in its various forms. Ed first joined Chrysler while an undergraduate, completing three co-op assignments at the Trenton Engine Plant. After earning a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ed joined Chrysler on a full-time basis in the prestigious Chrysler Institute as a member of its Manufacturing Training Program. Upon completing his MBA from the College of Business Administration in 1978, Ed worked as a machining supervisor before moving to corporate staff in Advanced Planning and Methods, where he rotated through several senior level positions.

After a special assignment leading the consolidation of Chrysler’s material control activities, Ed assumed responsibility for just-in-time material handling and planning. At the age of 35, he was appointed to a Director’s position, at the time one of the youngest to be promoted to that level. Later, as Director of Production Programming and Scheduling, he was responsible for forecasting and scheduling for all assembly plants worldwide, and simultaneously helped lead the firm’s cross-functional Order-To-Delivery Team.

Ed established and led the DaimlerChrysler Procurement & Supply Division’s recruiting efforts and its 36-person trainee program for 15 years, personally conducting over 2,000 interviews and managing a program that employed over 1,000 interns and placed 200 trainees. He was appointed Director of Logistics in 1999, overseeing all inbound parts movement, vehicle delivery activities, and service parts movement. Under his leadership, the organization expanded to include all global transportation and customs activities for the Chrysler Group, which gave him new responsibilities as Director of Worldwide Transportation and Customs.  Ed also served as Chairman of the Board of DaimlerChrysler Transport, an internal trucking operation with terminals in Detroit, Toledo and Windsor.  

In addition to his responsibilities at Chrysler, he served on the Board of Directors of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), and was the first person elected to two terms as Chairman of the Board.

Ed has always kept the University in a special place in his mind and heart.  In 2006, at his suggestion, DaimlerChrysler designated Ed as Executive-On-Loan to the University of Detroit Mercy where he helped the Finance Office prepare for its first externally conducted process audit.  This was also a part of Ed’s own plan to segue into early retirement.

Since retiring in 2007, Ed has become a chronic volunteer.  As Executive-in-Residence for the College of Business Administration, he assists all students, especially those in the 5-year BS/MBA program, with internships and career preparation. What he told his wife was going to last for “a couple of years” is now in its 6th year. Additionally, Ed volunteers on the American Youth Soccer Organization Regional Board of Directors, and at Eisenhower High School as assistant girl’s golf coach.  His own golf handicap is now in the single digits.

Ed refers to himself as a Jesuit-a-holic, having been educated at Jesuit institutions from 8th grade to an MBA.  He attributes his practical approach to life and his personal philosophies on leadership and education to his Jesuit experiences.  His love for all things Jesuit and especially his alma mater has led Ed and Chris to endow a scholarship to encourage and reward business students for undertaking internships to enhance their learning experience. As a frequently requested public speaker during and after his work years, Ed is famous for closing his presentations with, “God, Family, Work, Self, in that order.  That guarantees success and happiness.”

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Rising Star Award

Ms. Emily Doerr, '12

Ms. Emily Doerr, '12, Coummunity & Economic Development Manager, City of Flint

Emily Doerr is on a lifelong quest toward the pursuit of quality and service to others. She currently works for the City of Flint in the Community and Economic Development Division as Program Manager overseeing all housing initiatives. Utilizing Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for housing rehabilitation and incentivizing new multi-family, mixed-use, mixed-income development, she works in support of the Imagine Flint master plan and the needs of community development corporations serving low to moderate-income residents.

Emily’s prior work has included real estate acquisition for Consumers Energy, business attraction for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, community and economic development work at the local government level for the City of Oak Park, program development to encourage small business growth for the Detroit Regional Chamber, grants and program management for the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, and membership coordination for the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan.

Emily earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Central Michigan University.  While pursuing her MBA at the University of Detroit Mercy, Emily founded Hostel Detroit in April 2011 with the help of many dedicated volunteers, and still serves on its Board.  Hostel Detroit not only provides safe, inexpensive lodging, it seeks to educate travelers on the city's history, culture, and assets; in the last five years, more than 6,000 guests have stayed there and discovered Detroit's uniqueness. Her videos announcing the opening of Hostel Detroit can be seen at and

She has been a featured speaker at the Urban Economic Forum, and helped organize the inaugural Detroit Business Conference.  She was the keynote speaker at the Michigan Campus Compact Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration in 2012.  Her volunteer work has also included serving as a mentor at Alternatives for Girls. Emily serves on the College of Business Administration’s Alumni Board, and participated on the panel discussing “Detroit: Beyond Bankrptcy” as the Keynote Event of Alumni Week in 2014.  Most recently, she led an audience discussion of 9 Businesses, a short film about Detroit entrepreneurs in which she is prominently featured, for Homecoming 2016.  The film can be seen at

Indeed, Emily is widely known throughout Detroit and beyond, and has been featured in articles in the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Michigan Chronicle, Hour Detroit, Detroit Moxie, City Guides, Next City, London Free Press (Ontario), Detroit City Limits, mlive, Legal News, and other media outlets.  In 2011, she was recognized as one of the “20 in their 20s” by Crain’s Detroit Business and an Entrepreneur of Distinction by Corp! magazine. She enjoys running and biking, gardening with her mother, and coaching girls’ basketball with her father, and looks forward to continuing to serve the Flint community. 

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Ms. Mirela Mesic, '13

Ms. Mirela Mesic, '13, Global Program Manager, American Axle & Manufacturing

Mirela Mesic earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2010 with a major in Health Services Administration, and an MBA from the College of Business Administration in 2013. As an MBA student, she was inducted into both the Global Jesuit Business Students Association and the Alpha Iota Delta honors society, and served as a Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Advisory Board. 

She worked for the University for five years, first as an Admissions Counselor with responsibility for several Midwestern states, and later as a Graduate Recruiter in the College of Engineering and Science.  In 2012 she was recognized as Counselor of the Year for her outstanding performance.  During her years in Admissions, she also served as the Chair of the Advancement Committee of the Michigan Association of College Admissions Counselors (MACAC), a Co-Chair of MACAC’s Professional Development Committee, and a member of the Maggie Miller Scholarship Fund.  She received back-to-back Rising Star awards from MACAC in 2012 and 2013, and in 2014, she received the University’s Agere ex Missione Award.

In 2015, Mirela opened a new chapter in her career when she accepted a position in the automotive industry.  She currently works in Global Program Management at American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM), where she is responsible for coordinating the progress and deadlines of short and long term global projects through the entire lifecycle.  In that capacity, she recommends and implements process improvements and cost savings opportunities related to program management.  Additionally, she recruits and manages summer interns and students on cooperative education assignments at AAM. 

Mirela is a member of the Detroit Economic Club and its Young Leaders Organization.  She has actively served on multiple boards, including the Alumni Board of the College of Business Administration and the Infinite Multisport Triathlon Club.  A marathon runner and triathlete, she has participated in charity marathons to raise money for St. Jude’s, which fights childhood cancer, and the Rock CF Foundation, fighting cystic fibrosis. 

Mirela is both a lifelong learner and a strong supporter of education; in addition to her two Detroit Mercy degrees, she has completed courses at Wayne State and the University of Pennsylvania.  She currently teaches part-time at Oakland Community College.  And to further support her alma mater and provide opportunities for others, she is establishing the Mirela Mesic Endowed Scholarship for Women in the College of Business Administration.

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