January-February 2016

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Capital Flight

Since 2011, the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System has appointed four receivers to collect on a $10-million unpaid loan to repair and sell homes to low-income buyers. After discovering an elaborate Ponzi scheme and filing multiple lawsuits against the three debtors, one partner committed suicide while the other two fled and are thought to be in Panama.

Lessons Learned

The Great Recession, and resulting private and public sector bankruptcies, served to hasten long-overdue cost-cutting and product rationalization in Michigan. The result is one of the state’s longest economic expansions on record.

Michigan Franchise Report: That’s A Wrap

Ziebart International Corp. in Troy is driving global sales with new products and services.

Big Three Executives: General Motors 2016

Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2016

Big Three Executives: FCA 2016

Hudson Man

Roy D. Chapin’s golden touch and prodigious talents propelled the fledgling auto industry.

PDA: Q&A Craig Erlich

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Detroit and Nashville, George P. Johnson Experience Marketing

Hi-Fi to Wi-Fi

A technology firm in Dearborn is a harbinger of cutting-edge digital systems and services.

Moving the Metal

Metro Detroit has the highest lease rate of cars and trucks in the nation — a market condition that challenges dealers and automakers to move vehicles at sometimes-reduced profit margins.

Wheels Up

Brute Force

Aftermarket equipment for the 4WD industry spreads its wings.

Heart Smart

Stantec Adds New Senior Project Manager, Technical Designer

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss Adds New Associate

Grow Michigan Invests $5M in Michigan Companies

Greenleaf Trust Names New Senior Trust Adviser

Metro Detroit Girl Scouts Receive Lesson in Logistics

Detroit Zoo to Host Amphibian Conference

Flagstar Bank Names New Sales Director

Pow! Bang! Splat!

How the geek culture movement, ex-pat artists, superhero movies, and children weary of video games are propelling local comic shops to new heights.

Spa Renaissance Names New Marketing Manager

Signature Associates Names New Broker

Chassix Names New Vice President, General Counsel

CloudSAFE Adds New VP to Lead Product Development

Meijer Expects $90M in Craft Beer Sales in 2016

Woodward Avenue Action Association Names New Leadership

iGo, You Go

A global navigation provider based in Birmingham taps the domestic auto industry.

The Suit Depot Opens New Store in Oak Park

Carhartt Adds New Directors

Bodman Attorney Named to Co-Chair State Bar Finance Committee

Meijer Renames Golf Tournament to LPGA Classic for Simply Give

PM Environmental Names New Senior Project Manager

McDonald's Upgrades 14 Restaurants in Detroit

Secrest Wardle Adds New Partner, Associate

Yeo & Yeo Names New Manager

Butzel Long President Earns Meritorious Service Award

Collins Einhorn Farrell Adds New Attorney

Quarton International Adds New Analyst

Sparrow Health Care Donates $30,000 to Carson Foundation

Greenleaf Trust Names New Hires

Beaumont in Farmington Hills Names New President

MGM Grand Detroit Earns 4-Star Rating

University of Michigan Named Top Fullbright Public Institution

Baker College Names New Board Chairman

Secrest Wardle Names New Partners in Grand Rapids, Troy

Blue Cross CEO Named Chairman of Thanksgiving Parade Foundation

Renaissance Man

Birmingham native partners with Google and launches Sidewalk Labs.

Aim High

Due to a setback from a major fire, the Yankee Air Museum is still taking flight at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Township.

WDIV-TV Adds New Reporter

Tribute to American Dance to Open at DIA

Sweet Lorraine’s Opens First Mac n’ Brewz! Location

Honigman Attorney Named to Real Estate Hall of Fame

Challenge Detroit Accepting Fellowship Applications

BASF Names New North America Distribution Director

Kraemer Design Group Exec Named to State Historic Board

MIS, Jeff Gordon Team Up for Special Ticket Package

SmithGroupJJR Adds New Principals to Detroit, Ann Arbor Offices

Secrest Wardle Names New Partner

Giffels Webster Names New Partners

Dow, DuPont Name HQ Locations for New Companies

Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. and Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont today announced the site structure for its three independent, publicly traded companies that are part of the DowDuPont merger, expected to close later this year. Company officials say the material science company will be based in Midland, while the agriculture business and the specialty products company will be headquartered in Wilmington.

Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Announces Management Promotions

Comcast Opens Xfinity Store in Detroit's Midtown District

Mike and Marian Ilitch Named to International Franchise Association Hall of Fame

2016 Auto Dealership Consumer Guide

Circuit Court Judges 2016

Selden Standard Awarded Hour Detroit’s Restaurant of the Year

Driving Mobility

In an exclusive interview, Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., peers into the future world of autonomous vehicles, on-demand transportation, and ride-sharing.

Fresh Twist

From salsa and hummus to proteins and pasta, Jack and Annette Aronson can’t stand still.

Opinion: Building Boom

Detroit is growing its residential offerings, and with that comes stores, restaurants, services, and an array of transportation options.

Salvatore Prescott Set to Open Northville Office

Lambert, Edwards & Associates Adds New Associate

Signature Associates Adds New Member

Rehmann Names New Audit Manager

NextEnergy Hosts I-Corps Energy, Transportation Program

Great Expressions Dental Centers Relocates Headquarters to Southfield

Varnum Adds New Attorneys

Roger Weber Joins Bluestone Executive Communications

QStride Names New VP of National Business Development

The Encompass Home Marks Anniversary

Rehmann Principal Named Managing Director

Plante Moran Names New Director of Professional Standards

Sea Life Michigan to Unveil New Crustacean Exhibit

Pinkerton Launches Free Daily Risk Assessment Report

Butzel Long Adds New Attorney to Detroit Office

Graphic Designer, Architect Join Kraemer Design Group

Honigman Associate Named to Asian Board of Directors

Neighborhood Service Organization Names New Development Director

$20M Renovations Underway for Southfield Housing Projects

Lesson Plan

In a study of perseverance and determination, Bob and Ellen Thompson outlasted labor unions and built up one of the most successful charter school operations in the nation.

DBusiness Breakfast Series Featuring Jack Aronson

Jack Aronson, Founder of Garden Fresh Gourmet, shared his success story at the DBusiness Breakfast Series on February 2, 2016 at the Great Lakes Culinary Center.

Hatch Detroit and the Detroit Lions Invest in Detroit Neighborhood

Jay Leno Headlines Benefit for Forgotten Harvest

AT&T Unveils New High-Speed 5G Internet this Spring

Brogan & Partners Adds New Associates

Belle Isle Zoo Celebrates Mudpuppypalooza

Local Manager Named to United Shore Baseball League

Ghafari Adds New Executive VP, General Counsel

McKeen Attorney Joins U-D Mercy Law Faculty

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Business Features

Lessons Learned

The Great Recession, and resulting private and public sector bankruptcies, served to hasten long-overdue cost-cutting and product rationalization in Michigan. The result is one of the state’s longest economic expansions on record.

PDA: Q&A Craig Erlich

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Detroit and Nashville, George P. Johnson Experience Marketing

Hi-Fi to Wi-Fi

A technology firm in Dearborn is a harbinger of cutting-edge digital systems and services.

Moving the Metal

Metro Detroit has the highest lease rate of cars and trucks in the nation — a market condition that challenges dealers and automakers to move vehicles at sometimes-reduced profit margins.

Wheels Up

Brute Force

Aftermarket equipment for the 4WD industry spreads its wings.

Heart Smart

Pow! Bang! Splat!

How the geek culture movement, ex-pat artists, superhero movies, and children weary of video games are propelling local comic shops to new heights.

iGo, You Go

A global navigation provider based in Birmingham taps the domestic auto industry.

2016 Auto Dealership Consumer Guide

Driving Mobility

In an exclusive interview, Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., peers into the future world of autonomous vehicles, on-demand transportation, and ride-sharing.

Fresh Twist

From salsa and hummus to proteins and pasta, Jack and Annette Aronson can’t stand still.

Lesson Plan

In a study of perseverance and determination, Bob and Ellen Thompson outlasted labor unions and built up one of the most successful charter school operations in the nation.

Return to Glory

Will new residents in downtown Windsor keep restaurants from moving to the suburbs?
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Hudson Man

Roy D. Chapin’s golden touch and prodigious talents propelled the fledgling auto industry.

Opinion: Building Boom

Detroit is growing its residential offerings, and with that comes stores, restaurants, services, and an array of transportation options.
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