WSU Ilitch School of Business names 2020 hall of fame class


The Wayne State University Ilitch School of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hall of Fame has named four new members.

The inductees, to be honored with a ceremony at a later date, are:


  • Russell Belinsky, managing general partner, LB Capital Advisors LLC
  • Paul Glantz, co-founder and chair, Emagine Entertainment Inc.
  • George G. Johnson, founder, George Johnson & Co.
  • Mary Kramer, vice president and group publisher, Crain Communications Inc.


The 2020 class is the second for the hall of fame, named in honor of late Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch and established by WSU Ilitch school of business Dean Robert Forsythe.

The first class included Little Caesars Pizza co-founder Marian Ilitch, The WW Group President and CEO Florine Mark, and Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design chair Bernard D.Moray.

Each honoree will be featured permanently in a display in the Ilitch school building. The Ilitch Hall of Fame honors individuals who develop and strengthen ventures that contribute to the health and prosperity of the economy and society. Prospective inductees are chosen based on lifetime achievements and entrepreneurial impact.

“We are truly honored to welcome these four trailblazers to our hall of fame,” Ilitch School Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs Jeff Stoltman said in a release. “When future generations of aspiring Wayne State entrepreneurs explore their stories and learn of their contributions, they will be inspired by the impact of these wonderful role models.”


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