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Michigan Venture Capital Association Appoints Mark Horne as Chairman of its Board of Directors

Ann Arbor-based Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the trade association for the venture capital and angel investor community in Michigan, announced today that Mark Horne, Plymouth Growth Partners CEO and managing partner, has been appointed chairman of the organization’s board of directors.

Dr. Nicholas Gilpin Named Chief Medical Officer of Beaumont Grosse Pointe

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe has appointed Dr. Nicholas Gilpin, an infectious disease specialist, to chief medical officer. Dr. Gilpin was chief fellow of infectious disease at Beaumont, Royal Oak, and became medical director of Infection Control and section head of Infectious Disease at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe in 2011.

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Melanie Barrett Joins Level One Bank as  Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer 

Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank has announced the selection of Melanie Barrett as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Serving as a member of the executive leadership team, Barrett will lead the human resources department with a focus on strategic organizational planning including talent acquisition, training and development, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and more. 

Stoneridge Inc. Appoints Thomas M. Dono Jr. to Chief Legal Officer

Novi-based Stoneridge Inc. has announced the appointment of Thomas M. Dono Jr. to chief legal officer, effective January 8. The internal legal function for the company has been led by David Jaffe, principal of Jafffe Counsel, on an interim-basis over the last year and will continue as responsibilities are transitioned to Dono.

Rehmann Financial Names Douglas Barber Principal

Troy-based Rehmann Financial, a fully integrated financial services firm of certified public accountants and consultants, wealth advisors, and corporate investigators, today announced the promotion of Douglas Barber to principal in the firm’s Jackson office.

Three Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Detroit & Troy Elected as Members

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright, a general practice business law firm, has announced that three new member attorneys, Salina Hamilton, Jared Smith, and Robert Zora, have been elected to the firm’s Detroit and Troy offices, effective Jan. 1.

Valassis Names Cindy Walker Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Livonia-based consumer analysis firm Valassis has appointed Cindy Walker to senior vice president, human resources.

Giffels Webster Names Chris Asiala Partner

Detroit-headquartered consulting firm Giffels Webster has named Chris Asiala as the company’s newest partner.

Butzel Long Attorney Jennifer Dukarski Achieves IEEE Senior Member Level Status

Detroit-based full-service law firm Butzel Long’s attorney and shareholder Jennifer Dukarski was awarded the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, which is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Harness Dickey Elects Three New Principals in its Troy Office

Troy-based law firm Harness Dickey has announced that patent attorneys Kiyoshi Kozu, Timothy Martin, and Steven Wangerow have been named newly elected principals for 2018. All three attorneys work in the firm’s metro Detroit headquarters.

Kerr Russell adds Robert Anderson, Kenneth Lombardo as New Partners

Detroit law firm Kerr Russell has announced that Robert S. Anderson and Kenneth R. Lombardo have been selected to become partners of the firm, effective Jan. 1.

David Praet Named Director of Doeren Mayhew Capital Advisors

Troy-based investment firm Doeren Mayhew Capital Advisors has promoted David Praet to director.

O’Keefe Promotes 2 to Senior Leadership

Bloomfield Hills-based financial and strategic advisory firm O’Keefe which specializes in enterprise consulting, litigation support, strategic advisory, turnaround, and restructuring, has announced the promotion of Matthew Rizzo to director and Griffin Wagner to senior associate.

MotorCities National Heritage Area Wins National Park Service Award

The Detroit-based MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership, in conjunction with partners Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tourism Windsor, have been awarded a Partnership Award from the director of the National Park Service (NPS) for the Find Your Road Trip tourism guide.
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