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The 2013 Sam Cupp Impact Award Winners are (left to right): SRG Global (represented by President and CEO Kevin Baird), Linda Orlans and Michael Ansley.
The 2013 Sam Cupp Impact Award Winners are (left to right): SRG Global (represented by President and CEO Kevin Baird), Linda Orlans and Michael Ansley.

Winning Futures, an award winning, school-based mentoring program, presented its inaugural Sam Cupp Impact Awards at its fifth annual Corks and Forks charity wine tasting on Saturday, February 9, 2013. These awards celebrate the life and vision of Winning Futures’ late founder Sam Cupp, who passed away unexpectedly last June. They were sponsored by EOS – Entrepreneurial Operating System.

All honorees have impacted their community through charity work, education, or creating opportunities for individuals to have their own business. The 2013 recipients are:

Business Man of the Year: Michael Ansley, President and CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. DRH operates 45 Buffalo Wild Wings and Bagger Dave’s restaurants in Michigan, Florida, Illinois and Indiana. Ansley also serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Restaurant Association and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Business Woman of the Year: Linda Orlans, Principal, eTitle Agency. Orlans is a respected attorney, entrepreneur, public speaker and community leader. She has built a successful enterprise of companies that includes Orlans Associates, PC; eTitle Agency, Inc.; Orlans Moran, PLLC; Gross Polowy Orlans, LLC; and Atlantic Law Group, LLC. She serves on many boards and has been involved with the launch of Beyond Basics and the First Words Society.

Company of the Year: SRG Global. In honor of their corporate commitment to the community, SRG Global, a Guardian Industries company, is receiving Winning Futures’ Company of the Year Award. SRG Global is a global leader in coated plastic parts for the automotive, commercial transportation and household appliance industries.

Winning Futures is an award winning nonprofit organization that makes a difference in the lives of young people by offering school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle school and high school students in Southeast Michigan. Its programs focus on the life skills of character value identification, goal setting, career preparation, and strategic planning. Founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Sam Cupp, Winning Futures now partners with organizations throughout the country to implement our life skills workbooks and activities. For more information, call 586-698-4364 or visit