Automotive Hall of Fame to Honor GM Executive Steven Kiefer

May 30, 2018

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Steven Kiefer will be presented with Distinguished Service Citation at the 2018 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, July 19, at the MGM Grand Detroit.

The Automotive Hall of Fame will honor Mr. Steven Kiefer, Senior Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors, with its Distinguished Service Citation at its 2018 Induction & Awards Gala.  The ceremony will be held July 19 at the MGM Grand Detroit.  Mr. Kiefer will be honored for his work to end distracted driving through the Kiefer Foundation. The Foundation was created to honor Kiefer’s son, Mitchel, who was tragically killed in an auto crash caused by a distracted driver.

The announcement was made by Ramzi Hermiz, chairman of the Automotive Hall of Fame and president and CEO of Shiloh Industries, at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference in front of an audience of automotive executives gathered for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event.

“We are pleased to recognize Steve for his important work to end distracted driving, through the creation of the Kiefer Foundation and the Foundation’s noteworthy accomplishments to date,” Hermiz said. “Steve has taken his personal tragedy and redirected his energy to putting an end to this practice that has sadly taken so many innocent lives.”

The mission of the Kiefer Foundation is to end distracted driving and all associated traffic deaths and injuries.  The Kiefer Foundation is working with several organizations to align around this mission.  Three pillars are utilized to support this mission: 1) raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving 2) supporting policies to end distracted driving and 3) supporting the advancement and implementation of technology to end distracted driving.

More information about the Kiefer Foundation and its partners can be found at

In addition to honoring Mr. Kiefer, the following individuals will be honored by their 2018 induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame: Michael (Mike) Jackson, chairman, CEO and president of AutoNation; Ray and Tom Magliozzi (1937-2014), co-hosts of the NPR weekly radio show Car Talk; Frank Stronach, founder of Magna International; and Kiichiro Toyoda, the Japanese entrepreneur whose decision to expand his father’s company, Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, into automobile manufacturing, created what would become Toyota Motor Corporation.

The 2018 Automotive Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the MGM Grand Detroit. Tickets for the black-tie event are available at or by contacting Kerry Doyle at 313.240.4000 or

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