Akmon led the museum's application for Smithsonian Institution affiliation, a status it secured in 2007.
In 2009, Akmon was promoted to deputy director at age 32, with the responsibility of managing the museum's day-to-day operations. In that role, he launched the process to gain accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. The museum received the designation in September.
In a previous interview with Patch, Akmon said he wants to expand the footprint of the museum beyond its walls by offering more engaging programs for the public.
Since 1991, Crain's Detroit Business has honored Metro Detroit's high achievers with its 40 under 40 awards. According to Crain's, the purpose of the award is to "honor the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks in business before age 40."