Adient, formerly known as Johnson Controls, said platform director Tom O'Brien was honored as the Father of the Year at the recent American Diabetes Association (ADA) Awards.
O'Brien was selected for the award by the Detroit Father's Day Council.
"It has been my privilege to be a sponsor of the American Diabetes Association and to bring understanding and support to families with children diagnosed at a very young age," O'Brien said in a release. "We have been able to share our experiences with special families, and demonstrate that the daily challenges can be overcome and that a normal lifestyle is not a hope, but a reality."
O'Brien's son Joseph, now 25, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7. O'Brien stepped up and began coaching his son's hockey team because if there was an emergency, he'd be too far away in the stands.
O'Brien, a 34-year Adient employee, was recognized for his ability to balance family, career and community while keeping his family at the top of his priorities. He is a staunch supporter of the ADA and their fundraising efforts and helping families whose children have been affected by diabetes.