2016 Gala Program

Randy Lewis

Randy is the Founder of the NOGWOG Disability Initiative to assist businesses and communities developing and launching disability hiring programs. As Walgreens Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Logistics, he pioneered a model that resulted in a more inclusive and effective workforce for the company, improved the well­being of the surrounding community, and has had a positive impact for all those involved, with and without disabilities. Today, more than 10% of Walgreens logistics workforce is composed of people with disabilities who perform the same jobs, earn the same pay and are held to the same performance standards as fellow team members. Considered the “gold standard of disability employment” by the National Governors Association, the program has been subsequently replicated in companies both domestically and abroad including Procter & Gamble, UPS, Lowe’s, Meijer, Marks and Spencer. Recognized as a “visionary of disability employment advocacy” domestically and internationally. Randy is a sought­after speaker on the lessons learned that apply to all business and community leaders who seek to make a difference. His 2014 book, No Greatness without Goodness, was named by F​ast Company​as one of its “Ten New Books You Need To Read This Year.”

Paul W. Smith

Paul W. Smith was 15 years old when he started his radio career in 1968 at WVMO/Monroe, Michigan. In the 1970s, he divided his time between studies at the University of Michigan and WSPD/Toledo, and later returned to the station for nearly a decade as a salesman and afternoon drive host. A successful turn as a television morning show host led to Smith’s first morning drive show on CWA/Toledo.

In 1984, Smith moved to morning drive and to CKLW/Windsor, Ontario for a year before moving to WJR/Detroit as a weekend host. Within a year, Smith had added a weekday show at WABC/New York to his duties, later moving (and commuting) to WMCA/New York while still hosting weekends at WJR.

In 1990, Smith was hosting a noon interview show at WJR while also working mornings (via satellite) at WWDB-FM/Philadelphia. With the 1996 passing of longtime WJR morning host J.P. McCarthy, Smith began a lengthy run as the station’s morning host.

Now, Paul W. Smith starts your day as the morning Great Voice of The Great Lakes from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on Detroit’s News Talk leader, 760 AM WJR. Whether interviewing the heads of our automotive industries in Detroit or a Hollywood celebrity, whether bantering with a listener or asking all the right questions of local and national politicians, Paul W. has a warm and conversational style that keeps people engaged with every tune-in.

Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “the king of talk radio in Detroit,” Paul W. is the only broadcaster who has been asked to fill in for three of the biggest names in the business; Paul Harvey, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.

Paul W. Smith was named “Best” morning show broadcast personality by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in 2007 and 2009.

Smith also co-hosts Opportunity Detroit, a weekly interview show devoted to Detroit’s revival.

Through his annual golf tournament, Smith has raised over $5,000,000 for the Detroit Police Athletic League.

Paul W. Smith was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

Paul was proud to be named a “Michiganian of the Year” by the Detroit News, and most recently he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame