Farmington Hills man wins state economic development award

Ara Topouzian Award
Pictured from left: Maureen Krauss, Detroit Regional Chamber; Ara Topouzian, Troy Chamber; Stephanie Carroll, City of Auburn Hills

Farmington Hills resident Ara Topouzian, President and CEO of Troy Chamber of Commerce, received the Robert Sieghart Award for Enthusiasm for the Economic Development Profession during the annual meeting of the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) held August 25 in Detroit.

“Ara has been a great cheerleader for all things economic development. He has built a strong and respectable relationship in our industry and for MEDA,” organization president Stephanie Carroll, City of Auburn Hills, said in a press release.

Topouzian received the inaugural award named after Robert Sieghart, who was considered a champion for economic development. A retired executive from Consumers Energy, Sieghart served as the President of the Village of Brooklyn for 14 years, and a past President of MEDA in 1987. He passed away last year.

“I am honored to be the first recipient of the Robert Sieghart Award, especially as this is recognition from my peers. I am an ardent supporter of not only MEDA, but anything related to the economic development profession and humbled to be compared to Mr. Sieghart,” said Topouzian.