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Kirk A. Profit, Annmarie Simonson, Jim Streeter - Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

by Paul Martell, Published April 30, 2013

Kirk Profit ('75) began his education at Eastern Michigan University earlier than most. When he was just a boy, Profit attended Roosevelt Laboratory School on campus. From this starting point, Profit's ambition and work ethic led the way for him to become a State Representative, and eventually own and direct a governmental consulting service. Throughout his career, Profit has been focused on bettering the lives of tax payers, and giving back to higher education. Kirk Profit studied philosophy at EMU, and earned a Bachelor of Science in 1975. He then attended the University of Detroit and received a Juris Doctorate from the School of Law in 1979. From 1979 to 1984, Profit would continue studying Law in institutions such as the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the FBI National Academy and Columbia University.

Profit started his career working for Stripp, Roberts & Manchester P.C., an Ypsilanti-based law firm. After working as an Associate Attorney, Profit would spend time as Legal Advisor and Undersheriff for the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department. Eventually, Profit would serve as a State Representative in the State of Michigan House of Representatives. Profit represented Eastern Washtenaw County, and was elected to serve five terms. In this position, Profit was the Chair on the House Committee for Tax Policy, the Subcommittee to Explore the Environmental Sensitivity of the Michigan Tax Code, and many more influential legislative committees.

Currently, Profit owns and directs Governmental Consultant Services, Inc. Through this organization, Profit provides state and local government consulting services for higher education, business, local government, cultural arts, healthcare, and other clients.

Over the course of his career, Profit has worked to support the community in significant ways. His efforts included helping to clean up urban-based recreational areas along the Huron River at Ford Lake. Profit also helped promote and obtain proposals which led to more than 1 billion dollars in capital improvements for higher education.

Kirk Profit was named the National Retailers Association United States Legislator of the Year in 1998 and has won two Distinguished Service Awards in 1994. He also started the Kirk A. Profit Fund for Michigan which sponsored the Eastern Michigan University homecoming tailgate celebration 1995-1998. Kirk Profit has made a significant impact on the State of Michigan and on Eastern Michigan University, and continues to do so.

Annmarie Simonson ('82) is a tremendously talented speaker. Hard work and dedication left her a three time state champion in high school, and her skills were sought after by many universities. She attended Indiana Wesleyan University for one year before transferring to Eastern Michigan University and joining the Collegiate Forensic Team. Simonson is now one of EMU's cherished, successful alumni.

Annmarie completed a Bachelor of Science in communication in 1982, and would later attend South Texas College of Law and earn a Juris Doctorate in 1992. Annmarie's success competing on the forensics team highlighted her EMU experience. While on the team, EMU forensics won national championships in 1980 and 1981. Her ability to communicate also earned her the title of National Champion in Persuasive Speaking, 1981, as well as Second Best Speaker in the Nation (Pentathlon) National Forensics Association nationals, in 1981.

On October 30, 2011, Annmarie was inducted into the EMU Forensics Hall of Fame. The unanimous endorsement she received for this honor was not only for her exemplar individual forensic record, but also for her integrity and leadership on the EMU forensic team.

In addition to collegiate successes, Annmarie's work ethic has taken her far occupationally. After graduating, she began working for Xerox Corporation in 1982, and was quickly promoted to account executive. She then changed career paths and began studying law. Currently, Annmarie serves as the Vice President of Enterprise Litigation for the United Services Automobile Association (USAA). According to her peers, Annmarie is rated "AV Preeminent." This is the highest rating available by Martindale Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability.

Since 2009, Annmarie has served as the Honorary Board Member for The Children's Shelter of San Antonio. She is also involved in USAA Mentor and PenPal programs, as well as the San Antonio Food Bank. The Forensic Club at EMU still benefits from Annmarie's goodness. Along with other Forensic Alumni, she has worked to provide the club with financial support, a new computer and clothes for competing. Annemarie is a professional and wife, a mother and alumna. EMU is grateful for her example.

Jim Streeter ('73) moved to Ypsilanti in 1966 as a student of Eastern Michigan University. He has lived there ever since. Initially, Streeter hoped to become a teacher and coach as this would align with his love of sports. However, working as the sports editor for The Eastern Echo newspaper turned his life toward journalism. For more than 39 years, Streeter worked in the University Sports Information Department (Now Athletic Relations), and made a name for himself as a fixture within the University.

Jim graduated in 1973, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Journalism. Upon graduating, Streeter worked as a sports writer for the Ypsilanti Press. A year later, Streeter began his long-accomplished career with the University Sports Information Department as the Assistant Director of Sports Information. It did not take long for Streeter to showcase his ambition and passion, and was promoted to Director in 1975. Streeter continued to provide EMU with excellent sports coverage until October, 2012 when he retired.

Throughout his career, Streeter has published many EMU Athletic guides, as well as received high honors within his field. He has won numerous CoSIDA "Best in Nation Awards" for his publications. His 2001 football media guide was named "best in the Mid-American Conference." In 2004, Streeter was inducted into the EMU E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame; and in July, 2007, Streeter was awarded the "2007 Best of the Best" award by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

In addition to these honors, Streeter served as the secretary of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters and Writer's Association from 1990-1994, and was the Vice President in 1989. He also served on the publications committee for the College Sports Information Directors of America for four years.

Today, Streeter lives in Ypsilanti with his wife, Mary. Their children grew up close to campus, and now their three grandchildren attend Ypsilanti schools. Jim Streeter has made a permanent impact, not only on the Athletic Department, but throughout Eastern Michigan University as well.

Celebrate their accomplishments and join us for the 52nd annual Alumni Awards Dinner,
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Ypsilanti Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

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