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Neal Ruhl - President

nruhlNeal Ruhl has been the voice of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies since 2014 and was named the Director of Broadcasting in 2015. 

Ruhl is the television and radio voice of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (all sports) on TV-20 Detroit and ESPN+, having called games in the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011. He has called games featuring over 60 NBA Draft picks, over 43 MLS Draft Picks and three current Major League Baseball players.

Ruhl was named Hour Detroit Magazine's "Best of Detroit” award winner for best sports play-by-play broadcaster in Detroit in 2020 & 2021, beating out local broadcasters from the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball.

He has also worked as the play-by-play voice on the Detroit Pistons Radio Network alongside former NBA world champion Rick Mahorn, as well as the Chicago Bulls Radio Network with NBA world champion Bill Wennington.  

Ruhl has been "The Voice of Detroit City FC" since 2015 calling City matches on Fox Sports Detroit as well the Detroit City regional television network vs Serie A, Liga MX & USL opponents to a worldwide audience. He also calls national soccer broadcasts for the USL, MLS and NWSL on ESPN+ and Apple TV.
He also host a daily talk show on the “Woodward Sports Network” with four time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty.

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Bobby Keyes - Vice President

BobbyAfter attending Adrian College and Wayne State University he owned Michigan Limousine, with a background in Business, Advertising and Marketing he joined BBDO Detroit (Worldwide) to work on the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Advertising. As the owner of Leadfoot Consulting, his team consults and executes marketing plans for businesses of all sizes. Personally he enjoys time with his wife & 3 cats, working on his Corvettes, playing Golf and his multiple charitable efforts.

 

 
John Topping - Financial Advisor

johnStarted my young career as a chef and bartender in Seattle, Denver & phoenix, moved into the Aviation Industry and worked for Sky Harbor Aviation for a number of years before moving to Michigan and starting my own aviation commercial aircraft company, Aero Concepts, ran this business for eight years. After the downfall in the economy, went to work for Schwan’s foods, managed a depot for six years, moved into transportation and worked for Golden Int’l, transitioned back to the hospitality and currently work for Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest as their Business Transient Sales Manager & Proudly serve as the Treasurer of the DSMA.

 

 Eddie Jones - Director of Digital Communications

eddieWith backgrounds in project management and small business development strategies, he joined the MSX International team and held the Dodge Brand manager position that supported Dodge brand events like the NHL Breakout, major auto shows, and targeted market ride and drives.

As the lead PROBLEM SOLVER of Webcentric Communications, Eddie now uses his talents to help small businesses grow using website technology to develop business and grow client interaction. Bowling, camping and family time are his go to for downtime. Facebook | Spindiggity Business Listing | Your Garden City

 
 
Sponsorships - Robin Hilliker

Robin FaceRobin brings over 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience to the DSMA and is currently a Senior Account Executive with Reliance One out of Auburn Hills, focusing on staffing and recruiting. A graduate of The University of Michigan, he has been married since 1998 and is a father to two daughters and two sons. While he didn’t play sports growing up, he gets to live vicariously through his children as they play basketball, baseball, and dance competitively. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and great conversations over a glass of bourbon.

 

 
Communications - Shari Faulhaber
shari FaulhaberAs an accommodations site committee representative for the World Cup, Superbowl, NHL Winter Classic and ICC Soccer, her sports expertise extends to the University of Michigan athletic program. Shari's devotion to the hotel and tourism industry was recognized as a Visit Detroit 2022 ROSE Award finalist. She is Assistant to the Publisher at The Sun Times Media Group and was newly appointed Executive Administrator of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club and Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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