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Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System Names CFO, Executive Vice President

Robin Damschroder has been appointed executive vice president and CFO of Henry Ford Health System after serving as interim in the role for the past eight months.

Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC in Southfield Adds Partner

Southfield’s Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC, a business law firm, has hired Patrick M. Burnett as a partner in the firm’s electronic payments practice group.

Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren Names Vice President of Nursing

Warren’s Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital has named Kim Ronnisch vice president of nursing, effective Aug. 27. Ronnisch will also oversee nursing and the market-wide Visual Monitoring Hub at Ascension River District Hospital in East China Township, south of Port Huron.

Lathrup Village’s South Oakland Shelter Names Chief Development Officer

Russ Russell has been named chief development officer for South Oakland Shelter, a Lathrup Village-based nonprofit providing emergency shelter, housing, follow-up care, and more to those in crisis. He will begin his new role Aug. 27.

Lansing’s PM Environmental Adds COO and CFO

PM Environmental Inc. in Lansing has promoted Beth Sexton to COO and Patricia Perry to CFO. Sexton and Perry are the first to fill the new executive roles at the company.

Detroit’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan Appoints Staff Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon

Detroit-based Children’s Hospital of Michigan has announced the appointment of John N. Dentel as staff pediatric cardiac surgeon.

Partner at Southfield’s Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC Earns Midwest Acquirers Association Award

Holli Targan, partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC in Southfield earned the 2018 Midwest Acquirers Association Industry Achievement Award.

Big Rock Chophouse in Birmingham Announces Executive Chef, Executive Sous Chef

Birmingham’s Big Rock Chophouse has announced Eric Voigt as executive chef and Bill Morales as executive sous chef.

Dalton and Tomich in Detroit Welcomes Attorney Back

Detroit’s Dalton and Tomich PLC has announced attorney Lawrence Opalewski has rejoined the firm.

GroupeSTAHL North America Names CEO

Sterling Heights-based GroupeSTAHL North America, a manufacturer of garment decoration materials and equipment, has named Carleen Gray as CEO. Gray succeeds Chris Lawson, who left the company earlier this year.

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright Names 5 Attorneys to Division Directors

Detroit’s Dickinson Wright PLLC has named five attorneys as division directors

Howell’s Cleary University Adds Executive Chef in Residence to Detroit Campus

Howell-based Cleary University has announced Maxcel Hardy will join the university’s Culinary Academy, located in Detroit, as executive chef in residence.

Novi’s Varnum Adds 2 Attorneys

Varnum’s Novi office has added two attorneys.

Homebred

More than a wealthy enclave, Indian Village brought architectural richness and exceptional civility to Detroit.

Higher Support

More and more companies and businesses are supporting employees in their efforts to receive higher education.

Attorney Joins Grand Rapids-based Varnum’s Detroit Office

Grand Rapids-based Varnum LLP has announced the addition of Steve Cappellino to its Detroit office as a member of the tax planning, compliance, and litigation practice team. Cappellino’s previous experience includes more than 12 years with the IRS and as a certified public accountant with an international accounting firm.

Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Appoints Vice President of Real Estate and Financial Services

The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC) has appointed Kenyetta Hairston-Bridges to vice president of real estate and financial services.

Bloomfield Hills’ O’Keefe Announces New Managing Director, Director

O’Keefe, a Bloomfield Hills-based financial and strategic advisory firm, has announced Violeta Zdravkovic is the company’s new managing director and Keith Chulumovich is new director.

Chocolate Collateral

A cuisine team from Redford Township converges on cocoa.

Pixar Persuasion

The force was with Jay Shuster, and he rode it all the way to Hollywood.

Parts Air

Ford Motor Co. utilized a massive Antonov AN-124-100 aircraft to ensure the delivery of a 87,000-pound die.

Lip Service

Aspiring beauty mogul Adonai Alexander is our Young CEO of the Year.

Immigration Nation

Low unemployment and rising job postings should be a catalyst for the federal government to boost the number of immigrants entering our country.

Virtual Clouds

Data centers benefit from the region’s stable environment and market access.

A New Hope

Exhibitions are a huge draw for the Detroit Institute of Arts, and to be successful, they must be researched, planned, choreographed, and presented in exacting detail.

PDA: Q&A Elissa Noujaim Pinto

The E-Interview, Shareholder, Butzel Long, Bloomfield Hills

Meat Market

Once a small enterprise, the Peters’ food empire has grown to $40 million in annual sales.

Mortgage Might

Metro Detroit’s mortgage industry, which has three of the top 12 home loan companies in the nation, can realize further growth by taking advantage of new business-friendly regulations, investing more in technology, and providing a better customer experience.

Aerotropolis 2.0

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has taken talk of an industrial and logistics hub around Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run airports and given it economic wings.

Roll 'Em

The film industry in metro Detroit, which is very much alive despite the end of sizeable state incentives that were designed to attract top-flight actors and directors, can draw big-budget production companies like Disney and Warner Bros. by building up a creative infrastructure.

2018 Powered by Women

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

Birmingham’s Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney Welcomes New Associate.

Birmingham-based Neuman Anderson Grieco McKenney P.C., a business litigation firm, has announced Laura DePonio as its newest associate.

Grand Rapids’ Lambert, Edwards, and Associates Hires National Director of Business Development

Lambert, Edwards, and Associates, a PR firm with offices in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and New York City, Tuesday announced it has hired Arlen-Dean Gaddy as national director of business development.

Ann Arbor’s National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Names New Board Chair

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NFKM) in Ann Arbor has elected Michigan Medicine’s John C. Magee as chair of its board of directors. Magee joined the board in 2012 and served as secretary for two years and as vice chair until he was named chair. He replaces Jin-Kyu Koh, who served as chair for the past two years.

Truscott Rossman’s Detroit Office Adds Senior Account Executive

Truscott Rossman, a statewide bipartisan strategic communications firm with offices in Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, announced Rachel Partain has joined company’s Detroit office as a senior account executive.

Detroit’s Chemical Bank Adds New Community Reinvestment Act Officer

Chemical Bank, which just moved its headquarters to Detroit, has announced that Emmanuel T. Glover has been named community reinvestment act officer.

University of Michigan Credit Union’s President and CEO Honored with Professional of the Year Award

The University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) has announced that its president and CEO Tiffany Ford was named Professional of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. Ford received her award at the Honor Awards Breakfast during the MCUL and CU Solutions Group’s Annual Convention and Exposition on June 9 in Traverse City.

CEO of Detroit’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Appointed Board Chairman of BCS Financial Corp.

Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of Detroit-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has been appointed chairman of Illinois’ BCS Financial Corp. board of directors.

Detroit-based Giffels Webster Engineer Receives Engineer of the Year Award

Detroit’s Giffels Webster has announced that Nancy McClain, senior engineer, was awarded Engineer of the Year at the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) Conference.

Dan Yessian to be Inducted Into Detroit’s Adcraft Hall of Fame for Advertising Jingles

Dan Yessian, musician, composer, and founder of the music, design, and soundscapes production company Yessian, which is headquartered in Farmington Hills, will be inducted into the Adcraft Hall of Fame in Detroit on Wednesday, July 25. Yessian will be recognized for his nearly 50-year career and his contributions to the local and global advertising industry.

Waterford Township’s Corporate Eagle Vice President Receives Award from the National Air Transportation Association

Waterford-based Corporate Eagle has announced that George Terry, vice president of maintenance operations, has received the General Aviation Service Technician Award from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

Midland-based Chemical Bank Names Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Midland’s Chemical Bank has announced that Donnell R. White has been named chief diversity officer and director of strategic partnerships.

Roseville’s Ultimation Industries Appoints Vice President of Sales and Engineering

Ultimation Industries LLC in Roseville has announced that John Daugherty has joined the company as vice president of sales and engineering.

Turning Point Macomb Names CEO

Turning Point Macomb, an organization that provides emergency, support, and prevention services for domestic and sexual violence survivors, has announced the selection of Sharman Cobb-Davenport as its new CEO to replace the retiring Suzanne Coats. Coats began her Turning Point career in 1990 as the director of sexual assault services and has been CEO since 2001. She will officially retire at the end of July.

Southfield Lawyer Named President of the Oakland County Bar Association

James Parks, partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss P.C., was recently elected president of the Oakland County Bar Association.

Two Metro Detroit Merrill Lynch Advisors Recognized by Forbes, Barron’s

Melissa Spickler and Marie Vanerian, wealth management advisers at Merrill Lynch, have been recognized on the 2018 Barron’s list of Top 100 Women Financial Advisors and the 2018 Forbes list of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors. Vanerian’s office is in Troy, and Spickler’s office is in Bloomfield Hills.

Sachse Construction Adds to Business Development Team

Detroit-based Sachse Construction has announced Samantha Russo-Ardelean as the newest member of its business development department. She will spearhead commercial initiatives.

Troy’s Flagstar Bank Hires Vice President, Director of Retail Banking

Troy-based Flagstar Bank has hired Ryan Goldberg as executive vice president and director of retail banking.

Midland’s Chemical Bank Adds Chief Banking Officer-Consumer and Wealth Management

Midland-based Chemical Bank has announced the addition of Christopher McComish as chief banking officer-consumer and wealth management.

Jewish National Fund Welcomes Detroit Board Co-presidents

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has announced that Andy Goldberg and Karen Freedland-Berger have been named the new co-presidents of the Detroit Board.

Detroit-based Rossetti Adds Award-Winning Designer

Architecture design firm Rossetti in Detroit has added award-winning designer Jaime Neher as a design lead. In her new role, Neher will lend her expertise to all aspects of design projects in a variety of industries, including hospitality, commercial, sports, and entertainment.

Orchards Children’s Services Names Chairman of the Board

Orchards Children’s Services has named longtime board member Adam S. Forman chairman of its board of directors. Forman joined the board in 2008 and most recently served as vice chairman. He will head Orchards’ board for a two-year term.

President of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies Announces Retirement

President of the College for Creative Studies Richard L. Rogers has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2019. Rogers is beginning his 25th year leading CCS.

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Higher Support

More and more companies and businesses are supporting employees in their efforts to receive higher education.

Chocolate Collateral

A cuisine team from Redford Township converges on cocoa.

Parts Air

Ford Motor Co. utilized a massive Antonov AN-124-100 aircraft to ensure the delivery of a 87,000-pound die.

Lip Service

Aspiring beauty mogul Adonai Alexander is our Young CEO of the Year.

Virtual Clouds

Data centers benefit from the region’s stable environment and market access.

Meat Market

Once a small enterprise, the Peters’ food empire has grown to $40 million in annual sales.

Mortgage Might

Metro Detroit’s mortgage industry, which has three of the top 12 home loan companies in the nation, can realize further growth by taking advantage of new business-friendly regulations, investing more in technology, and providing a better customer experience.

Aerotropolis 2.0

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has taken talk of an industrial and logistics hub around Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run airports and given it economic wings.

Roll 'Em

The film industry in metro Detroit, which is very much alive despite the end of sizeable state incentives that were designed to attract top-flight actors and directors, can draw big-budget production companies like Disney and Warner Bros. by building up a creative infrastructure.
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Homebred

More than a wealthy enclave, Indian Village brought architectural richness and exceptional civility to Detroit.

Immigration Nation

Low unemployment and rising job postings should be a catalyst for the federal government to boost the number of immigrants entering our country.
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