January-February 2013

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Inside Business

The Man Behind the DIA Ad Campaign

Advertising veteran Ernie Perich helped put the DIA on a much stronger financial foundation.

When Opportunity Knocks

For one restaurateur, the movie 'Gran Torino' provided the start of another journey.

Big Three Executives: General Motors Co. 2013

Interest in GM vehicles has been strong in North America and Asia, but the automaker has lost some $16 billion in Europe over the last 12 years. The automaker says it is committed to turning around its European Opel division by mid-decade.

Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2013

In model year 2013, Ford rolled out refreshed models to critical and consumer acclaim, including the Fusion, Taurus, and Escape. But many are watching the reception of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, Ford’s first step in reviving its luxury division.

Big Three Executives: Chrysler Group LLC 2013

Chrysler says net revenue from January to September 2012 was $48.6 billion, a 22 percent increase from the same period in 2011. In November, the automaker launched the Ram Commercial Truck Division. The company says it is on pace to ship upwards of 2.4 million vehicles in 2012.

Tom Gores: The Platinum Effect

Tom Gores is best known as the new owner of Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons, but his investments in Michigan don’t stop there.

DBrief: Platinum Equity

Behind the Scenes With Pistons Owner Tom Gore

Live Action

An installer of home automation systems comes across a unique project in Novi.

Snyder Appoints New Justice to Supreme Court

State Approves $6M in Funding for 8 Companies

U.S. Recognizes State as National Leader in ePrescribing

All Around the World

Lori Blaker goes global and finds success with her technical services business.

Ford Motor Co. to Effect 5-Year Waste Reduction Plan

Potestivo & Associates Promotes New Director of Finance

Survey: Americans Spend Less, Expect Little from Deficit Talks

Garden Party Supports Charities, Culinary Institute

Litigation Firm Hires Alan J. Taylor as a Shareholder

DNR Begins Rehab of the Old Globe Building

Focus on National Kidney Month in March

Rehmann Principal Certified as Franchise Executive

AIAG Adds Two Senior Quality Managers

ImageSoft to Upgrade Macomb Circuit Court Filing System

Brinks Law Offering IP Law 'Handbook'

The Henry Ford Launches In-Classroom Education Programs

AT&T and OnStar to Bring 4G LTE to 2014 GM Fleet

Henry Ford Hospital Awarded $12.4M for Research

U-M Economists Announce Job Growth in 7 Counties

Highest Frequency

By creating ideas seemingly out of thin air, Bill Lear helped perfect the first successful car radio.

AT&T Invested More Than $1.5 Billion In Michigan

Boating Association Applauds Legislation to Help Marinas

Michigan's First Cheesecake Factory Coming To Twelve Oaks Mall

BorgWarner Turbochargers Power New Series Of Diesel Engines

Ford Invests in Cleveland Engine Plant for Ecoboost Engines

FASTSIGNS Named One of the Top Centers in the Country

Lutheran Social Services Names VP of Children & Family Services

Foley Names New Counsel to Detroit Office

Detroit Deputy Mayor Lewis Steps Down

Varnum Names Corporate Attorney to Detroit Office

Top Health Care Attorney Returns to Butzel Long

Franco Names New Chief Operating Officer

Surgery Center Opens at Former Saturn Headquarters in Troy

Wayne State Makes Breakthrough in Perinatal Medicine

Top Return

Prism Plastics makes 250 million parts a year

Michigan Grants Incentives for "Need for Speed" Film

Assets of Awrey Bakeries Sold; Auction Canceled

Mexican Consulate Presents Award to Detroit Executive

Quell Group Promotes Senior Account Executive

Henry Ford Transplant Institute Receives Approval to Extend Coverage to Patients

Consumers Energy Names New Board Member

Lockheed Martin Tests Unmanned Vehicle Via Satellite

Altair Appoints New Financial Executive

A Cruiser's Paradise

A sagging carriage house is transformed into an automotive showpiece.

Sweetgrass Prepares for Upswing in 2013 Following Record Growth

Foundation Releases Financial Blueprint of Greater Downtown Detroit

Beaver Aerospace & Defense Recognized by Boeing

Bedrock Real Estate Names New Partner

Financial Consulting Firm Teams Up with Medical Society

Wayne State Medical Research Contract Renewed

REDICO Hires New CIO

MIPRO Hires New Southeast US Regional Director

Rader, Fishman & Grauer Partner Recognized for Leadership

Detroit River Days to Make June Return to Riverfront

Identity Adds Two Account Executives

Elwell Grill the Latest Addition to Downtown Auburn Hills

Five Year Plan Adopted to Grow Tourism Industry

Snyder Names New Director of Communications

Metro Detroit Technology Provider Changes Name

Donald Trump to Headline GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

Lawrence Tech to Honor Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Happy’s Pizza Opens Store 100 in Detroit

Pilot Site Unveiled for Detroit Blight Authority

Report: Auto Dealerships Increased in 2012

Ford Announces Senior Leadership Team Changes

Mayor Bing's 2013 State of The City Address

DIA Presents Artist Shirin Neshat Exhibition

Architectural Foundation Names New Board Member

Longtime GM Chief Accounting Officer to Retire

Meijer to Invest $160M in Stores

Gaining Momentum

Automotive dealerships in the region are driving increased sales of cars, trucks, and accessories, but no one can rest on their laurels.

Ricardo Strategic Consulting Appoints New Principal

Trinity Health CEO to Resign

GHD CPAs and Advisors Adds New Team Members

The Whitney Announces Tableside Dining

Internal Leadership Team to Acquire Allied Printing Co.

March 16 to Mark New "First-to-File" Patenting System

The Henry Named Best Hotel in Michigan

Global LT Establishes Entities In China And Brazil

New Financial Poll Reveals Hopes and Realities of Detroit-Area Residents

AFPD Trade Ball at Suburban Collection Showplace

On Feb. 8, the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers held its Trade Dinner and Ball at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Nearly 1,000 guests attended the formal event, which included an address by AFPD President and CEO, Auday Arabo. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Motown and Showtown

For more than a century, a reciprocating relationship in the automotive and entertainment industries has benefited Detroit and Los Angeles.

Coney Islands Go Hollywood

The Coney Dog, which opened in 2011, can be found on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

DBusiness' Listing of Metro Detroit Dealerships

The Auto Dealership Consumer Guide offers detailed information on 220 individual dealers in the five-county region (data by Dominion Cross Sell).

CEO Named "Business Woman of the Year"

Townsend Hotel Hires Director of Banquet Operations

Chrysler Executive Honored As Female Leader

First Independence Bank Reports Record Profits

Mopar Announces Ram 1500 as its Most Accessorized Vehicle

TechTown Launches Incubator Program for Tech Start-Ups

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Business Features

The Man Behind the DIA Ad Campaign

Advertising veteran Ernie Perich helped put the DIA on a much stronger financial foundation.

Big Three Executives: General Motors Co. 2013

Interest in GM vehicles has been strong in North America and Asia, but the automaker has lost some $16 billion in Europe over the last 12 years. The automaker says it is committed to turning around its European Opel division by mid-decade.

Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2013

In model year 2013, Ford rolled out refreshed models to critical and consumer acclaim, including the Fusion, Taurus, and Escape. But many are watching the reception of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, Ford’s first step in reviving its luxury division.

Big Three Executives: Chrysler Group LLC 2013

Chrysler says net revenue from January to September 2012 was $48.6 billion, a 22 percent increase from the same period in 2011. In November, the automaker launched the Ram Commercial Truck Division. The company says it is on pace to ship upwards of 2.4 million vehicles in 2012.

Tom Gores: The Platinum Effect

Tom Gores is best known as the new owner of Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons, but his investments in Michigan don’t stop there.

DBrief: Platinum Equity

Behind the Scenes With Pistons Owner Tom Gore

Live Action

An installer of home automation systems comes across a unique project in Novi.

All Around the World

Lori Blaker goes global and finds success with her technical services business.

Top Return

Prism Plastics makes 250 million parts a year

Gaining Momentum

Automotive dealerships in the region are driving increased sales of cars, trucks, and accessories, but no one can rest on their laurels.

DBusiness' Listing of Metro Detroit Dealerships

The Auto Dealership Consumer Guide offers detailed information on 220 individual dealers in the five-county region (data by Dominion Cross Sell).

Timeline: The History of the Assembly Line

Freedom to Assemble

Henry Ford ushered in the moving assembly line 100 years ago, jump-starting mass production and the consumption of nearly everything.

Power On!

How a technical staffing firm in Clarkston created a niche in the EV market.

All in the Family

Bluewater Technologies finds its groove after consolidating.
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From the Magazine

When Opportunity Knocks

For one restaurateur, the movie 'Gran Torino' provided the start of another journey.

Highest Frequency

By creating ideas seemingly out of thin air, Bill Lear helped perfect the first successful car radio.

Patent Act Says First-Come, First-Served

Businesses that fail to heed new provisions of the America Invents Act run the risk of losing their ideas to others.
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