The Brother Rice Alumni Association has proudly announced Tommy Betrus ‘77, as the 2020 Alumnus of the Year. 

Tommy with sons, Manny ’20 and Louie ’13 at the Legacy Breakfast in September 2019.

This annual award recognizes an outstanding alumnus who has provided continued leadership, engagement, enthusiasm, and ongoing support of Brother Rice High School. Tommy Betrus is a true Warrior – a highly valued, genuine member of the school and alumni communities. 

He is engaged with Brother Rice on many levels – as an active alumnus, participant, organizer, athletic booster, parent, and ambassador promoting the mission of Brother Rice, always lending a helping hand and leading by example. He has openly attributed his success to the lessons taught to him at Brother Rice and by Coach Al Fracassa.  

With wife, Susie and their youngest son, Manny ’20 at the 2019 Homecoming game where the Alumnus of the Year Award was announced. – (photo provided courtesy of J Lenihan)

Tommy is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Detroit Flex Defense; his older brother, Peter ‘74, serves as President. The company has been hiring Brother Rice graduates for the past forty years and employs half a dozen alumni at any given time. Over the years, there were students that Tommy’s father hired, and now Tommy and Peter are hiring their children. It’s rather remarkable that Detroit Flex has employed two generations of Brother Rice students throughout the years totaling over 100 Warriors.

Flex Defense uses the “Working Warrior” tagline daily, and all of their employees know what it means – it’s a belief system incorporated in honesty, integrity, and respect, which the Betrus brothers learned at Brother Rice and they implement every single day.

Tommy and Peter Betrus with Coach Fracassa.

Tommy has been married 29 years to his wife Susie, and they have four children together, Stephanie, Louie ‘13, Stella, and their youngest son Manny ’20. Betrus graduated from Hillsdale College in 1981 and has been a philanthropic leader and proud member of the 20+ year Brother Rice Giving Club.


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