March-April 2016

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Inside Business

Outside Bets

Detroit’s three casinos are banking on added entertainment, conventions, and a new hockey arena to drive future growth.

Michigan Franchise Report: Pet Project

Livonia-based Pet Supplies Plus shows persistent growth since 1988.

From the Middle East to the Motor City

More than 500,000 people of Middle Eastern descent live in metro Detroit, and, combined, they generated $36.4 billion in economic activity in 2015. While the road to self-reliance can take years due to language and cultural barriers, the influx of refugees has been a boon to the regional economy.

Open Our Arms and Trust, But Verify

From an economist’s perspective, each legal immigrant holds the potential for augmenting “human capital,” the ultimate source of growth and prosperity for a region or nation.

Buildings In Time

From jewelry to historic buildings, Roger Basmajian embraces urban redevelopment.

Safe and Secure

Many inventions that have the greatest impact on everyday life are deceptively simple. Auburn Hills-based Hydra-Zorb’s cushion clamp could be considered one of those breakthroughs.

Capital Gain

If area banks backed loans against intellectual property, it would propel Michigan’s video game industry.

PDA Q&A: Glenn Stevens

Stacking Up

Joe H. Schodowski, president and CEO of Shelving Inc. in Auburn Hills, sums up the company’s offerings succinctly: “We rack your world,” he says.

Fiber Wars

Internet companies are racing to provide ever-faster data speeds, but there’s a much larger economic opportunity — hyper quick connectivity is a proven business-attraction tool.

Your People Adds New Team Members

Annual Detroit Zoo Fundraiser to Return in June with Penguin Theme

The Detroit Zoological Society’s annual Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser will return in June with a penguin theme to celebrate the Detroit Zoo’s new Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

Bodman Attorney Named President of CoreNet Global Michigan Chapter

Lawrence Tech Names New Financial Aid Director, Digital Media Specialist

Butzel Long Names New Chief Financial Officer

Virtual Anatomy

Researchers at the University of Michigan are taking the science of anatomy into the simulated 3-D world.

Dearborn Sausage Co. Adds New Chicken Products

Dearborn Sausage Company has developed five new fully-cooked, low-calorie chicken sausages for grilling outside or preparing inside, or using in other recipes.

Big Rock Names New Executive Chef

JR Thompson Adds New Executives

McLaren Oakland Physician Named Resident of the Year

Tom Gores, Dan Gilbert Plan to Bring Major League Soccer to Detroit

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert announced today they are partnering to bring a Major League Soccer club to downtown Detroit.

Quell Group Adds New Account Team Members

French-American Chamber Names New Directors

Butzel Long Attorney Elected to Board of Directors

Left Behind

Recent news that the Detroit Public Schools are in a financial mess, compounded by buildings that are deteriorating and poorly maintained, is no surprise. The school system has been experiencing self-inflicted duress since the 1970s.

Olsman MacKenzie & Wallace President Earns Justice Award

DBusiness Breakfast Series: Century Club

The DBusiness Breakfast Series on April 5 at the Great Lakes Culinary Center celebrated the magazine’s “Century Club” and featured a motivating presentation by Michael Ritchie, president of Comerica Bank – Michigan, called “A Century of Success: A Banker’s View of How the Best Survive and Thrive in an Ever-Changing World.”

Beaumont Pediatric Rehabilitation Center Opens in Macomb Township

Beaumont Children's, part of the Beaumont Health system, has opened a children’s rehabilitation service center in Macomb Township.

Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler Attorney Elected to American Bar Foundation

Detroit Zoo Plans Spring Pet Adoption Event in May

The Detroit Zoo and Michigan Humane Society, in collaboration with more than 40 local animal welfare organizations, will host the spring 2016 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo May 13-14.

Ross Mortgage Opens New Office in Rochester

Ross Mortgage Corp., a regional, residential mortgage lender headquartered in Troy, has opened a new office location in Rochester.

Michigan International Women’s Show Returns to Novi

The 21st annual Michigan International Women’s Show returns to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi next week.

International Automotive Components Europe Names New President

Fabian, Sklar & King Adds New Attorney

George Johnson & Co. Names New Managing Partner

French-American Chamber to Host Ambassador of France

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, will host Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States, at a networking reception next week in Auburn Hills.

Conway MacKenzie Adds Managing Director to Birmingham Office

Campbell Ewald Names First Female Chief Creative Officer

International Automotive Components Names New President North America

TD Ameritrade Invests $5.75M, Creates 75 Jobs in Ann Arbor

ThinkTech Inc., a technology subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., is expanding in Ann Arbor with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund and Ann Arbor SPARK, and will invest $5.75 million and create 75 new jobs.

WDIV-TV Adds New Producer, Managing Editor

WSU Names Chief Strategy Officer for TechTown Detroit

Heart-Saver

As more Americans approach their twilight years, a new, less invasive procedure for repairing faulty heart valves, called TAVR, offers patients a new lease on life. The only challenge is high costs limit its profitability.

Raymond James Adds Senior Vice President

Workforce Development Agency Names New Director

Beaumont Health Names New Chief Marketing, Communications Officer

Silver Bullet

If Indiana Jones ran an antiques store, it would be in downtown Rochester.

Lawrence Tech Names New Dean of Architecture

Test Track, Display for Automated Vehicles Coming to Detroit Auto Show Next Year

Next year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit will feature a test track dedicated to testing autonomous and connected vehicle technologies, called AutoMobili-D.

SmithGroupJJR Landscape Architect Named President of State Chapter

Crime Stoppers Names New President, CEO

Sparrow Specialty Hospital Names New President, CEO

Miller Canfield Names New Managing Director, Principals

Baker College Names New Director of Student Affairs

Lourdes Rehabilitation Names New Director of Nursing

QStride Plans Event to Mark Opening of New HQ in Detroit

QStride, a technology solutions provider will host an exclusive event titled “Running With the Resurgence,” in celebration of relocating its corporate headquarters from Troy to downtown Detroit at the One Woodward Avenue Building.

A Matter of Taste

After earning a business degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, Nick Ritts wanted to acquire an existing restaurant. He conducted a search, and settled on Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township.

Academic Review

The University of Michigan sprang up in Detroit 1817, but the institution’s official seal had the incorrect founding date until 1929.

International Automotive Components Names New Global COO

CTA Acoustics Adds New Director of Quality

Multi-Training Systems Names VP of Training, Business Development

Henry Ford Health System Joins Statewide Clinical Network

Henry Ford Health System has been named as a member of The Federation Care Network, a clinically integrated network of six not-for-profit health systems across Michigan that have joined together to provide an option to insurers and businesses.

Craft Work Names New Head Chef

Michigan Health Endowment Fund Names New Communications Officer

Honigman Adds Litigation Associate to Detroit Office

Warner Norcross Names New Executive Partner

Collins Einhorn Farrell Adds New Attorney

Invest Michigan Adds New Associate

Science-inspired Art Auction to Fund U-M’s Young Medical Researchers

For months, leading contemporary artists and University of Michigan physician-researchers have been exploring the intersections of discovery and creativity in their respective disciplines.

2016 Michigan Wine Country Magazine Now Available

The new edition of the popular Michigan Wine Country magazine is now available, kicking off Michigan Wine Month and marking the beginning of the 2016 wine tourism season.

JR Thompson Adds New Program Manager

Mercedes-Benz Names Vice President of Financial Services

Lutheran Adoptive Service Names New Executive Director

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Names New President, CEO

Samaritas Names New Development Director

SmithGroupJJR Managing Director Earns Alumni Award From Penn State

Vistage Michigan Names Chief Executive Group Chair

A Homecoming

Award-winning journalist and Detroit native David Maraniss had nearly given up on his hometown, until a car commercial cast things in a new light.

Gensler Detroit Names New Managing Director

Yeo & Yeo Names New Director of Quality Control

Comcast Names New VP of Network Maintenance

AT&T Completes Opening 21 New Stores Across State

A new AT&T store in Grayling today completes the opening of 21 new locations — from Detroit to Ann Arbor to Grand Rapids, and Traverse City — the utility opened in the past 15 months in the state.

Community Foundation Names New Program Officer

Sachse Names New Senior Project Manager

Oakland Leadership Honors 3 Area Residents

GM Design Vice President Ed Welburn to Retire

Ed Welburn, vice president of General Motors Global Design, has announced he will retire effective July 1, following a 44-year career with the company.

Detroit Zoo Members Receive Exclusive Access to New Penguin Center

The Detroit Zoological Society, a non-profit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo, is planning MemberFest — 12 after-hours events allowing members exclusive access to the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center — to be held on April 18-21, April 25-28, and May 2-5 at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

Movement Electronic Music Festival Announces Memorial Weekend Lineup

Movement Electronic Music Festival has announced its 10-year anniversary stage lineups, featuring more than 120 performances across six stages for Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, at Hart Plaza in Detroit.

Lawrence Tech Names New Media Relations Director

Miller Canfield Principal Wins Top Award

Chassix Names New Chief Financial Officer

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice Names First President,CEO

Walsh College President to Retire in 2017

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Picks Chicago Development Firm

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the City of Detroit Planning Department announced today that Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been selected to develop a comprehensive plan that will lead to new investment and development within the East Riverfront District.

Byrum & Fisk Adds New Operations Manager

Oakland County’s Pentastar Aviation Named Among Top Fixed Base Operator Businesses

Pentastar Aviation, an aviation services company located at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township, has been rated among the top tier of fixed base operator businesses in the Western Hemisphere, according to the 2016 Survey of FBO Services conducted by Aviation International News.

Livonia's Virginia Tile Acquires Interstate Flooring

Virginia Tile Co., a national wholesale distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone products with headquarters in Livonia, has purchased Interstate Flooring LLC, which conducts business under the brand name of ISC Surfaces.

Dykema Adds New Senior Counsel

Allegiance Health in Jackson Joins Henry Ford Health System

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Business Features

Outside Bets

Detroit’s three casinos are banking on added entertainment, conventions, and a new hockey arena to drive future growth.

From the Middle East to the Motor City

More than 500,000 people of Middle Eastern descent live in metro Detroit, and, combined, they generated $36.4 billion in economic activity in 2015. While the road to self-reliance can take years due to language and cultural barriers, the influx of refugees has been a boon to the regional economy.

Open Our Arms and Trust, But Verify

From an economist’s perspective, each legal immigrant holds the potential for augmenting “human capital,” the ultimate source of growth and prosperity for a region or nation.

Buildings In Time

From jewelry to historic buildings, Roger Basmajian embraces urban redevelopment.

Safe and Secure

Many inventions that have the greatest impact on everyday life are deceptively simple. Auburn Hills-based Hydra-Zorb’s cushion clamp could be considered one of those breakthroughs.

Capital Gain

If area banks backed loans against intellectual property, it would propel Michigan’s video game industry.

Stacking Up

Joe H. Schodowski, president and CEO of Shelving Inc. in Auburn Hills, sums up the company’s offerings succinctly: “We rack your world,” he says.

Fiber Wars

Internet companies are racing to provide ever-faster data speeds, but there’s a much larger economic opportunity — hyper quick connectivity is a proven business-attraction tool.

Virtual Anatomy

Researchers at the University of Michigan are taking the science of anatomy into the simulated 3-D world.

Heart-Saver

As more Americans approach their twilight years, a new, less invasive procedure for repairing faulty heart valves, called TAVR, offers patients a new lease on life. The only challenge is high costs limit its profitability.

Silver Bullet

If Indiana Jones ran an antiques store, it would be in downtown Rochester.

A Matter of Taste

After earning a business degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, Nick Ritts wanted to acquire an existing restaurant. He conducted a search, and settled on Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township.

The Century Club

From linen services to packaging and construction companies, and from selling furs to machine bearings, DBusiness pays tribute to companies that are 100 years old or more.
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From the Magazine

Left Behind

Recent news that the Detroit Public Schools are in a financial mess, compounded by buildings that are deteriorating and poorly maintained, is no surprise. The school system has been experiencing self-inflicted duress since the 1970s.

Academic Review

The University of Michigan sprang up in Detroit 1817, but the institution’s official seal had the incorrect founding date until 1929.

Opinion: Setting the Pace

A new alternative-financing program to develop the commercial property industry is driving economic growth in Michigan.
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