AUBURN HILLS, MI-Plex Systems Inc., provider of the No. 1 rated manufacturing ERP software (, today announced Mark Symonds, president and chief executive officer, was named a finalist by Automation Alley for its CEO of the Year award category of its annual awards program. Automation Alley is Michigan's largest technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan's economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.

The winners will be announced at the 10th Annual Awards Gala taking place on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester, MI. For additional information, please contact the Automation Alley's Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or[email protected](mailto:[email protected]).

"It is an honor to be a finalist alongside these successful and influential CEOs," said Mark Symonds. "Our success is not attributable to me but to the very talented team of committed professionals at Plex Systems. They work hard every day to provide the best service to our customers. This is a recognition of just how effective they have been."

"Each finalist exemplifies the tremendous business talent in the region," said Ken Rogers, executive director, Automation Alley. "The finalists offer a remarkable amount of vision and influence to Southeast Michigan and we're proud to honor their work in enhancing our local technology community."

About Plex Systems Inc.

Plex Systems Inc. is the developer of Plex Online (, an industrial strength, software as a service ( (SaaS ( ERP solution for manufacturers. Plex Online extends beyond the boundaries of legacy ERP software to provide a comprehensive solution for manufacturers, including Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES ( and Quality Management Systems (QMS ( functions for the factory floor, Customer Relationship Management (CRM ( features for sales and marketing, and Supplier Management functions for procurement. Plex Online's comprehensive feature set and real-time data distribution empower workers to make smarter decisions, and enable management to run a manufacturing business at maximum efficiency. Plex Online is widely used in highly regulated, quality-driven manufacturing industries such as automotive, medical device, aerospace and defense, and food and beverage processing. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI, with customers around the globe. More information is online at (

Plex Systems and Plex Online are trademarks of Plex Systems Inc.

Plex Systems is a member of Automation Alley.