Edward Deeb is Chairman and founder of the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA, and of the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA), and chairman emeritus of the Eastern Market Merchants Association.
Mr. Deeb has over 50 years experience as an association executive, and industry leader, and is the chief spokesman, working with government, the news media and the general public. He is considered “The Dean” of association executives.
MFBA is comprised of over 3,400 food and beverage stores, restaurants and various suppliers to them as wholesalers, brokers and processors throughout Michigan. Mr. Deeb chairs the entire operation for the membership, including editing publications; community, governmental and public relations, group insurance plans, educational seminars, training, expositions, consumer workshops and other services and reports to the Board of Directors. . MBPA currently has over 21,000 business members, who employ 160,000 persons.
Mr. Deeb has been the chief trouble-shooter for the food industry, and spearheads the crisis intervention program if any problems should develop between merchants and residents. As co-founder and chairman, he annually volunteers his time to coordinate Metro Detroit Youth Day on behalf of his industry and more than 320 organizations dealing with youth, and over 210 corporations, which draws more than 35,000 youngsters to Belle Isle each July. President Bush and the Points of Light Foundation awarded Mr. Deeb and the Youth Day event the Point of Light Award. The event also received the Governor’s Award for Physical Fitness as the top youth event in Michigan.
Mr. Deeb is involved with numerous organizations in Michigan, as well as the general community. He serves on the boards and active with United Way for SE Michigan, Salvation Army ( past Chairman Advisory Board),Boys and Girls Clubs of SE Michigan, Boy Scouts, Detroit Police Cadets, American Red Cross, Dean’s Advisory Council, U-M, Dearborn, Detroit Athletic Club, and is listed in Who’s Who of America.
Mr. Deeb is also chairman emeritus of Eastern Market area merchants, was founder and past president of Friends of Eastern Market, and co-founder and board member of Eastern Market Corporation He has been a driving force to help revitalize the area to attract additional businesses and shoppers to the area.
He has received numerous awards and honors for his involvement to help improve the quality of life for all, especially in community and business relations, and for inspiring young people. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Detroit College of Business, and Davenport University. In 1998 he was recipient of the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 1997 Deeb was inducted into the International Institute Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was named Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News. In 2003, he was recipient of the Heart of Gold award from United Way, and was inducted into the Macomb County Foundation Hall of Fame. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Warriors award from The Detroit Urban League, The Salvation Army’s “Others” award for distinguished community service, the George Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism, and the “Closing the Gap” award from New Detroit, Inc. in 2005, Peacemaker of the Year award from Wayne State University in 2007, and The Blue Angel Award, from Blue Cross-Blue Shield, to list some of the honors bestowed upon him. In 2008, Mr. Deeb was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership by the Detroit Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A graduate of Michigan State University (Journalism and Advertising), Deeb is a veteran of the U.S.
Air Force and Air Force Reserves. A resident of Bloomfield Hills (formerly of Grosse Pointe Shores), he and his wife have two grown children and five grandchildren. A native Detroiter, he is a graduate of Eastern High School.
Deeb coordinated an effort to bring more police protection for the
grocers who were being targeted for robberies and killings.
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