For Edward Deeb, founder and chairman of Michigan Food and Beverage Association and Michigan Business and Professional Association, 2012 marked a milestone—completing his 50th year of being an association and community leader.
Deeb has been the catalyst to represent grocers, supermarkets, manufacturers, brokers and suppliers in the state legislature, Washington D.C., and with the news media.
He is the co-founder of Metro Detroit Youth Day, which is held each July to inspire youth to do the most good and become future leaders. This year will be the 31st anniversary of this event, which hosts more than 35,000 young people on Belle Isle. In 1991 Metro Youth Day and Deeb received the Point of Light Award (No. 477) from President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Foundation.
Deeb also was the driving force at historic Eastern Market to keep revitalizing this Detroit jewel. In addition, he co-founded the Friends of Eastern Market Farmers Market and the Eastern Market Corp. Other accomplishments include solving problems between store owners and residents, establishing the Women and Leadership in the Workplace Conference to honor prominent women leaders in the community, and establishing Scouting for the Handicapped to allow mentally and physically challenged boys and girls to experience the scouting experience.
Deeb sits on the boards of Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way for SE Michigan, The Salvation Army, Belle Isle Conservancy, Forgotten Harvest, The Guild at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Detroit Athletic Club’s Executives Club among others.
Deeb has received numerous honors and accolades throughout his 50 years as an association and community leader. Some of these honors include Michiganian of the Year, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, The “Others” award from The Salvation Army, Director’s Community Service Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, MSU Distinguished Alumni Award, The Blue Angel Award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the George Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement for “volunteerism,” the “Closing the Gap” Award from New Detroit Inc., Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership from the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition.
Deeb is a graduate of Michigan State University (journalism and advertising). He is a veteran of the Air Force and Air Force Reserves. A native Detroiter, he is a graduate of Eastern High School.