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Survival of the Fittest

How Stephen Polk, a trained wildlife biologist, led the turnaround of R.L. Polk and Co., which found itself $200 million in debt before being acquired for $1.4 billion.
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Big Three Executive: General Motors Co. 2017

The automaker posted third-quarter earnings of $2.8 billion in 2016, more than doubling its earnings during the same period last year. The company recently partnered with the ride sharing company, Lyft. GM and Lyft have plans to test a fleet of self-driving taxis on public roads next year.

Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2017

After posting $2.2 billion in third-quarter earnings a year ago (the company’s best third-quarter ever), Ford came back to earth in 2016. The company saw its third-quarter earnings drop to just $1 billion. Ford will look to rebound with sales of its popular F-Series Super Duty pickup in 2017

Big Three Executives: FCA 2017

Last year, FCA lost $421 million in the third- quarter (mostly to cover the cost of future recalls and vehicles lost in a plant explosion in China). This year, the automaker got back on track, posting a profit of $659 million in the third-quarter.
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Design Studio

Toll Brothers, a residential building outfit in metro Detroit, is using a 5,000- square-foot design studio to show off all of the different options they can build with.

Express Payment

A novel kiosk payment system launched in Detroit expands its offerings.

Grounds For Success

A fifth-grade class in southwest Detroit is selected as Young CEOs of the Year.

PDA Q&A: Alan Jay Kaufman, E-Interview

Interview with CEO of H.W. Kaufman Financial Group in Farmington Hills.

eGoals

Mark Bellissimo took over JRT Agency two years ago. Ever since, the company has been thriving.

Stress-Buster

A relaxation room on wheels offers area workers a break from the grind.

The Encore

Former GM design chief Ed Welburn isn't taking retirement lightly.

Quick Fix

Quikly gets a foot hold in Detroit's digital marketing landscape.

The Piano Man

A classically trained pianist, Ivan Moshchuk markets Detroit to a global audience.

Arabian Night

An international auction of Arabian horses in Scottsdale, Ariz., was the brainchild of three metro Detroit investors.

Wood Work

Abir Ali and Andre Sandifer design and craft furniture in Detroit.

Work Wear

Duluth Trading Co. opens its first Michigan location in the backyard of Carhartt.

Plant and Repeat

The greens from Normandy Oaks Golf Club in Royal Oak find new homes at other courses in metro Detroit.

Stadium Wars

As Little Caesars Arena prepares to open in the fall, Ford Field is getting a $100-million renovation.

Supply Side

More available parcels for national retailers are needed in metro Detroit.

The Century Club 2017

From colleges to real estate and racing teams to construction firms, how companies last 100 years or longer is a testament to fortitude and vision.
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