CMU alumna honored as one of Crain's 40 Under 40

Jamie Westrick of Shelby Township recognized for her early success
Jamie Westrick

Central Michigan University alumna Jamie Westrick of Shelby Township is being honored with Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2013 40 Under 40 award. The award, which celebrates young professionals who have found success in starting their own companies, working at established businesses and strengthening nonprofits, will be presented to Westrick at the annual 40 Under 40 event Nov. 6 in Royal Oak.

“Our team of editors and reporters thoroughly vetted more than 300 nominees for this year’s 40 Under 40 honors,” says Bill Shea, enterprise editor and reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business. “These are the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan making a mark before age 40, and Jamie certainly is among those.”

“It feels good to be recognized,” Westrick said. “For me, it broadens the scope of my future. It makes me really excited to think about what the next 10 years will hold in my career.”

Westrick, who is currently vice president of local and national productions at the PBS affiliate of Detroit Public Television in Wixom, graduated from CMU in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and cinematic arts.

She says her experiences at CMU, which include serving in leadership roles with WMHW, board operator and on-air announcer with WCMU, and entertainment reporter for Moore Hall Television, prepared her for her future career.

“Everyone would ask me why I was involved in so much while only making minimum wage, which at that time was $5.15,” Westrick said. “I kept saying I really needed the experience, and I think that experience is the reason I got the job at PBS.”

Westrick says she’s thrilled to be chosen by Crain’s for the award and looks forward to the opportunity to network with Detroit’s other young leaders.

“When I go to an event for work, I tend to be one of the youngest in the room,” Westrick said. “This opportunity serves to offer unity among the young leaders in the Detroit area. It will help bring name awareness among my fellow 40 under 40 overall in terms of local leaders who I maybe have not had a chance to meet, but perhaps I will thanks to the article.”