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Diesel Boost

New Hydrogen unit boosts the fuel efficiency of diesel engines.

Creole Persuasion

Detroit’s Louisiana Creole Gumbo Restaurant charts a national expansion.

Crafted by Lear

With a 2009 bankruptcy in the rearview mirror, Matt Simoncini and Lear Corp. have set their sights on expanding the supplier’s global automotive seating business by cultivating its Detroit roots.

Broder & Sachse Real Estate Promotes Lee Hurwitz to President

Broder & Sachse Real Estate, a Birmingham-based development company, today announced the promotion of longtime leadership team member Lee Hurwitz to president.

Amy Perlman Promoted to Vice President and Controller for ITC Holdings Corp.

ITC Holdings Corp., an independent electric transmission company based in Novi, today announced that Amy S. Perlman has been promoted to vice president and controller.

Barton P. Buxton Named President and CEO of McLaren Oakland

McLaren Oakland, a 328-bed medical center in Pontiac, has announced the appointment of Barton P. Buxton as president and CEO.

Construction Association of Michigan Appoints Sam Ruegsegger to Board of Directors

The Construction Association of Michigan today announced the appointment of Sam Ruegsegger, project executive for the Christman Co., to its board of directors. In this role, Ruegsegger will serve as a representative for the Michigan construction industry for a term expiring in 2020.

Concorde Holdings Hires Danielle Kammeyer as Director of Brokerage Operations

Concorde Holdings, a Livonia-based private firm offering services and support for financial professionals, has hired Danielle Kammeyer as its new director of brokerage operations.

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.

King of Design

Mike Simcoe takes the design helm at General Motors Co.

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.

Butzel Long Attorney Elected as Officer of the Detroit Athletic Club’s Board of Directors

Attorney and shareholder of Bloomfield Hills-based law firm Butzel Long, Geoffrey S. Gallinger, has been elected to the board of directors for another three-year term at the historic Detroit Athletic Club.

Michigan Council of Women In Technology Announce New Leadership

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation today announced Carey Pachla as their new vice president.

Mobility Central

For the first time, organizers of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will complement the debut of concept vehicles and new models with AutoMobili-D, an exhibition of future mobility platforms and emerging transportation networks.

NECA Appoints New Board of Directors

The Southeastern Michigan chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association has announced the appointment of Stephen W. Talbot and John J. Fulgenzi to its board of directors.

Ford Invests $1B in Argo AI, Works Towards Leading Autonomous Vehicle Market

Dearborn-based automaker Ford Motor Co. today announced a $1 billion investment in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI over the next five years, to develop a virtual driver system for the autonomous vehicle Ford has planned for 2021, and for potential licensing opportunities.

BullsEye Names New Executive Sales Leadership

Southfield-based telecom solutions provider, Bullseye Telecom, has announced the appointments of Brian Babich as vice president of channel sales and Chris Otenbaker as vice president of corporate accounts.

Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski Joins Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein

Former District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, has joined Southeast Michigan-based Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein PLLC as an attorney focused on legal issues related to abuse.

The Learning Experience in Northville Names Melissa Kerley as Center Director

Northville-based academy of early education, The Learning Experience, has named Melissa Kerley as their center director.

Bank of Ann Arbor Hires Vice President, Mortgage Department Manager and Trust Officer

Bank of Ann Arbor has announced the addition of Jim Fagan, vice president and mortgage department manager and Jena Agler, Trust officer.

Kris Smith named Director of the Detroit Sports Commission

Kris Smith has been named the director of the Detroit Sports Commission, a wholly-owned subsidiary for the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

University of Michigan Appoints Angela Kujava as Desai Accelerator Director

The Ross School of Business’s Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center of Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering today announced the appointment of Angela Kujava as the managing director for the Desai Accelerator, which supports new ventures at a critical stage in their development with funding, office space, and mentorship, among other resources and guidance.

Ann Arbor-based Robotics Industries Association Reports Record Sales Last Year

The Robotics Industries Association, an Ann Abor-based advocate for safety and innovation in robotics, today announced the North American robotics market broke all-time records for orders and shipments in 2016.

Entrepreneurs' Organization Annual Party

The Detroit chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organizaition, a global peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000 influential business owners, hosted their annual party at the Waterview Loft in Detroit on January 28. Guests enjoyed dinner, beverages, and dancing at the Detroit City Lights themed-event.

REDICO Promotes Samantha Eckhout to Senior Vice President of Development

Southfield-based national real estate development, investment and property management company, REDICO, announced the promotion of Samantha Eckhout to senior vice president of development.

Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld Named CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus has appointed Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld as the organization’s chief executive officer.

NSF International's Bob Pietrowski to Retire as Vice President of Global Health Sciences Division

Global public health and safety organization, NSF International, has announced the retirement of Bob Pietrowski, a 40-year veteran of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries and vice president of NSF International’s Global health sciences division since 2013.

Near Perfect Media Adds Sarah Locricchio as Senior Vice President

Birmingham-based public relations agency, Near Perfect Media has hired Sarah Locricchio as senior vice president.

Doctor of Education Joins Munetrix as Senior Education Consultant

Bob Kittle, President of Munetrix, has announced doctor of education William “Bill” Hamilton, as the new role of Senior Education Consultant for its school business segment as the company continues to round out its advisory team.

RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan Announces Vice President of Management Services

RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan, the No. 1 real-estate brand in metro Detroit, has hired Jeanette Schneider to rejoin the region as vice president of management services.

AccessPoint Names Spencer Packer Director of Marketing and Communication

Accesspoint of Farmington Hills has announced that Spencer Packer will assume the role of director of marketing and communications, a new position.

Henry Ford Health System Enhances Patient Care Through Lab Automation Partnership

Henry Ford Health System Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Detroit announced a partnership with Beckman Coulter, Inc. that enhances and streamlines operations by fully automating the Henry Ford Hospital laboratory and modernizes equipment at 12 other Henry Ford locations.

Troy-based Wealth Management Firm Expands into Europe

Longtime Troy-based wealth management firm Moore Stephens Doeren Mayhew has acquired Emerson & Partner U.S. Tax GmbH, a tax firm based in Zurich, Switzerland – its first venture overseas. The Troy company also has offices in Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Charlotte, N.C.
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Even Flow

Diesel Boost

New Hydrogen unit boosts the fuel efficiency of diesel engines.

Creole Persuasion

Detroit’s Louisiana Creole Gumbo Restaurant charts a national expansion.

King of Design

Mike Simcoe takes the design helm at General Motors Co.

Mobility Central

For the first time, organizers of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will complement the debut of concept vehicles and new models with AutoMobili-D, an exhibition of future mobility platforms and emerging transportation networks.
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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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