by Debra Johnson, Published April 09, 2012
YPSILANTI - Kentaro Roy, a junior at EMU, and Alex Milshteyn, an Eastern graduate, were among the region's young professionals named to Crain's Detroit Business "20 in their 20s" for 2012. Crain's selected the 20 honorees from among more than 300 nominations.
Roy, 21, discovered he had a knack for designing websites when he was just 10 years old. A decade later, he founded a business, Kentaro Web Design + SEO and established an annual scholarship at the University.
"I am honored to have been selected alongside the other talented, forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are working to rebuild Michigan's economy," said Roy. These inspiring individuals are the leaders of the future who will bring innovation and jobs back to metro Detroit."
In the spirit of giving back to the community and the University, Roy took an unusual step for a student, and set up a scholarship fund to help students pursue their education in cyber security. The scholarship will award $500 to a student in the Information Assurance Program of the College of Technology.
Roy said he is grateful to EMU's faculty and peers, who have been so supportive of his company's progress since the beginning.
"Many invaluable opportunities have presented themselves as a direct result of our relationship with the University," said Roy. I firmly believe that Eastern recognizes real potential in its students, and provides the guidance and tools students require to become industry leaders."
Roy plans to continue his education at EMU and build his business, serving local and Michigan-based businesses.
Milshteyn, 28, began his career in real estate, answering phones for the Ann Arbor firm of Edward Surovell Realtors at age 15. He carried a full schedule at EMU while working full-time selling real estate. He graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of Business.
Milshteyn is an associate broker and a top salesperson at the company, with sales of $26.5 million in 2011. He was honored last year by Realtor Magazine as a member of the 2011 class of "30 Under 30."
He is a past president of the Ann Arbor Board of Realtors, and is currently serving a second term on the Board. Milshteyn serves on committees for the Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, and holds three appointed positions on committees for the city of Ann Arbor.
"It's a huge honor to be named as one of Crain's Detroit Business "20 In Their 20's," said Milshteyn. I would like to thank the endless support I have received from my family, friends, clients and staff."
He expresses deep appreciation for the learning experiences he had while attending EMU and said, "the faculty didn't just teach the book - they taught real life experiences, and for this, I will always be grateful."
Milshteyn's future endeavors include traveling across the country giving presentations to various real estate groups, and writing a book about selling real estate. Visit Milshteyn's website at www.alexmi.com.