July-August 2017

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Lambert, Edwards & Associates Adds Brent Snavely as Director

Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A), a public relations, public affairs, and investor relations firm with offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, today announced that Brent Snavely has been hired as director.

Omari Rush Named Executive Director of CultureSource

CultureSource, the Detroit-based alliance of arts and culture non-profit organizations in southeast Michigan, today announced Omari Rush as executive director.

Pomp and Pageantry

The 2017 Concours d'Elegance celebrated custom coach builders in America and Europe.

Digital Divide

Consumers may prefer to have the latest technology in their new vehicles, but all the added hardware and software can be confusing out on the road.

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.

Margin For Error

Donald Trump's upset win in Michigan during the 2016 presidential election exposed polling industry problems in the state that may prove long-lasting.

Sub Prime

Despite the modern décor and updated facilities, walking into one of Tubby’s Sub Shops’ 62 locations throughout southeast Michigan can feel like entering a time machine, because much of the menu — featuring steak and cheese and other grilled submarine sandwiches — has lasted through the years.

Hidden Reservation

A lawsuit filed by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians seeks to claim a reservation over thousands of acres in northern Michigan. If the tribe wins the case, it could upset property rights, taxes, existing laws, and regulations.

DBusiness Breakfast Series: Corporate Growth Awards

The DBusiness Breakfast Series was held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on July 18, 2017 celebrating ACG Detroit’s 2017 Corporate Growth Award winners. Guests enjoyed a strolling breakfast, networking, and presentation from Mark Wallace, president of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, discussing new and future developments along the riverfront.

Jeff Henrich Becomes President and CEO of Guest House

Catholic non-profit health care provider Guest House today announced Jeff Henrich as president and chief executive officer. After serving as the executive director of the Guest House Men’s Program in Minnesota from 2011-2014, Henrich returns to Guest House after a stint as program director of Champion Center.

Corporate Travel Names Albert Faraj COO

Northville-based travel firm Corporate Travel Service (CTS) today announced Albert Faraj as chief operating officer, where he will be responsible for leading the company into its next stage of growth. CTS recently moved into a new headquarters this month, and Faraj will take on the role of overseeing the new team members.

Chad Hines Promoted to Vice President of Sales at Bluewater

Southfield-based tech consultant firm Bluewater today announced Chad Hines has been promoted to vice president of sales for meeting and event technology at the company.

Julia Libcke Named Chief Nursing Officer of McLaren Macomb

McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens today announced Julia M. Libcke as chief nursing officer of the 228-bed acute care hospital, where she will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to over 400 nurses.

Peter J. Tomasek Joins Collins Einhorn Farrell PC’s Appellate Practice Group

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC today announced that attorney Peter J. Tomasek has joined the firm’s appellate practice group.

2017 Powered by Women

From reader nominations, DBusiness selected eight professional women who are driving growth in Michigan, the nation, and the world.

William Nowling Joins Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A), a Michigan-based public relations firm, today announced William Nowling as partner and managing director of its Detroit team, where he will be responsible for leading the Detroit office, serving on the agency’s leadership team, and providing strategic counsel to clients.

H.W. Kaufman Expands Daniel Kaufman’s Role

Detroit-based H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, a Michigan insurance company, today announced Daniel J. Kaufman would be assuming a broader leadership role as senior vice president for corporate growth, while continuing to serve as managing director of the Chicago, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis offices.

Renee Cruse Joins Hamilton Anderson Associates

Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), a Detroit-based multidisciplinary design firm, today announced the hiring of Renee Cruse as director of interiors, where she will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s current interior design projects and expansion of the firm’s interior design presence.

Joe Stephens named CEO of Motor City Industrial

The board of directors of Motor City Industrial, a wholesale industrial supplier based in Hazel Park, today announced Joe Stephens as chief executive officer, where he will be responsible for overseeing business operations and expanding the company’s footprint through acquisitions expansion.

DIA Hires Marcia Crawley as VP of Development

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) today announced the addition of Marcia Crawley as vice president of development, where she will be responsible for leading the museum’s operating endowment campaign effective immediately.

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Eddie Rimanelli “SAFE Summer Local Champion” in Firearms Safety

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today announced Eddie Rimanelli has been recognized as a “SAFE Summer Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearms safety in his region.

AFB Hospitality Group Promotes Director of Operations, Hires General Manager

AFB Hospitality Group today announced the promotion of Keith Schofield to director of operations for all AFB Hospitality Group properties and the hiring of Lea Schofield as the new general manager of Bistro 82, HOUR Detroit Magazine’s 2017 Restaurant of the Year.

Sandra Choi Named to Represent Detroit on TPCC

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) today announced that global commerce and foreign direct investment manager Sandra Choi has been named to represent the city of Detroit on the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade and Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) State and Federal Export Promotion Coordination Working Group.

Doerken Corp. USA Appoints Kent Anderson as President

Doerken Corp. USA in Eastern Jackson County, a manufacturer of multifunctional micro-layer corrosion protection systems, today announced the appointment of Kent Anderson as president.

Trevor F. Lauer Named Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Cranbrook Institute of Science

The Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills today announced the appointment of Trevor F. Lauer as chairperson of the board of governors.

Ara Topouzian Elected to MSAE Board

The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) today announced at their annual OrgPro conference in Port Huron that Ara Topouzian, president and CEO of Troy Chamber of Commerce, was elected for a three-year term to the board of directors.

Baker Dean Named in 100 Modern Men of Distinction Feature

Black Enterprise magazine today announced Cleamon Moorer, Jr. as one of 100 Modern Men of Distinction. Moorer, dean of Baker College’s School of Business, was also attributed the nickname “Mr. Higher Learning.”

Chris Granger Joins Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., today announced the hiring of Chris Granger as group president, sports and entertainment, where he will work closely with Ilitch to enhance fan and partner experience, grow and develop business talent in the company’s sports and entertainment divisions, and collaborate with partners to maximize venue usage.

Tim Vargas Named Chief Operating Officer at McLaren Macomb

McLaren Macomb, an acute care hospital in Mount Clemens, today announced the appointment of Tim Vargas as chief operating officer.

Advantage Health Centers Appoints Nina Abubakari as Executive Director

Advantage Health Centers (AHC), a Detroit-based Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), today announced Nina Abubakari as executive director.

Roy Sexton Named Marketing Director at Kerr Russell

Detroit-based Kerr Russell announced that Roy Sexton has been named as the law firm’s first-ever marketing director.

Samaritas Hires Kelli Dobner as Chief Advancement Officer

Detroit-based Samaritas, a faith-based nonprofit, today announced the hiring of Kelli Dobner as chief advancement officer of the Judson Center.

Joseph Giampetroni Joins Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank today announced the hiring of Joseph C. Giampetroni as regional executive for the Midwest, where he will be responsible for corporate banking in Michigan, Ohio, and the greater Chicago area.

The Piston Group Names Amit Singhi as Chief Financial Officer

The Redford-based Piston Group, a manufacturer of automotive parts and systems, today announced that Amit Singhi has been named as the company’s chief financial officer, a newly created position that reports to the group’s CEO and chairman Vinnie Johnson.

Jean Meyer Named COO of Ascension Michigan

Non-profit healthcare network Ascension Michigan today announced Jean Meyer as COO, effective Aug. 1.

Matthew Rizzo of O’Keefe Wins M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award

O’Keefe, a Bloomfield Hills-based financial and strategic advisory firm specializing in turnaround and restructuring, strategic advisory, litigation support, and enterprise consulting, today announced that Matthew Rizzo, a senior associate at the firm, has been honored with the M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Award.

The Westin Southfield Hotel and Executive Meeting Center Appoints Stephanie Kelly as Senior Sales Manager

The Westin Southfield Hotel and Executive Meeting Center today announced the appointment of Stephanie Kelly as senior sales manager.

Matt Hare of Huron Capital Wins M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award

Detroit-based private equity firm Huron Capital Partners today announced Matt Hare, a principal at the firm, was recently honored with the M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Award.

Rehmann Appoints Douglas Kelly as Head of Private Household Practice

Troy-based Rehmann today announced Douglas Kelly as head of the private household industry practice.

Anthony Belloli Named CEO of Plante Moran Trust

Southfield-based Plante Moran Trust, a chartered trust company specializing in personal trust administration, announced that Anthony Belloli has assumed the role of CEO.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Honors Rick Sperling and Neutral Zone

The Detroit-based Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan today announced Rick Sperling as the recipient of this year’s Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership and Neutral Zone as the recipient of this year’s Richard F. Huegli Award for Program Excellence.

Gary Lewis Rejoins Cascade Partners as Managing Director

Southfield-based investment firm Cascade Partners announced the return of Gary Lewis as a managing director, where he will join the company’s leadership team focusing on mergers and acquisitions advisory, and lead expanded financing advisory activities.

Pine Lake Country Club Hires Greg Colombo as General Manager

Bloomfield Township-based Pine Lake Country Club (PLCC) today announced the appointment of Greg Colombo as general manager and chief operating officer.

Spectrum Commercial Services Promotes John Klehm to Senior Vice President

Minneapolis-based Spectrum Commercial Services Company today announced the promotion of John Klehm to senior vice president.

Plante Moran Appoints Jim Proppe as Managing Partner

Plante Moran, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm headquartered in Southfield, today announced the addition of Jim Proppe as managing partner.

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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.
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From the Magazine

Pomp and Pageantry

The 2017 Concours d'Elegance celebrated custom coach builders in America and Europe.

Digital Divide

Consumers may prefer to have the latest technology in their new vehicles, but all the added hardware and software can be confusing out on the road.

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.

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.

Margin For Error

Donald Trump's upset win in Michigan during the 2016 presidential election exposed polling industry problems in the state that may prove long-lasting.
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