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Access Time

TV Guide publisher Paul Turcotte can't get enough of Detroit.

Supply Side

More available parcels for national retailers are needed in metro Detroit.

The Century Club 2017

From colleges to real estate and racing teams to construction firms, how companies last 100 years or longer is a testament to fortitude and vision.

Pension Scam

In a saga that never seems to end, the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System is now on its fourth receiver, as it seeks to recover $10 million from a failed real estate investment. At the same time, one of the receivers deposited recovery funds into his own business account.

Real Estate Rebound

A once “catastrophic” market for office, industrial, retail, and hospitality space in metro Detroit is now outpacing other cities in the Midwest — and, soon, is expected to do the same nationwide in average occupancy and rental rates.

Build to Suit

The Moceri family arrived in Detroit from Sicily in the 1890s and started a produce business. Since transitioning to the housing market, Moceri Cos. in Auburn Hills has built 55,000 homes — with more to come.

Fun and Games

Lights, cameras, dancers and DJs hit the mark at Greektown Casino.

The Scan Man

Local businessman is a pioneer when it comes to 3-D scanning.

Quicken Loans Hires Casey Hurbis to Direct Marketing Strategy and Brand Management

Detroit-based mortgage lender Quicken Loans today announced the appointment of Casey Hurbis as chief marketing officer.

Concorde Holdings Hires Advisory Program Coordinator and Equity Trade Desk Coordinator

Livonia-based private financial private firm Concorde Holdings recently announced that Alex Siller will serve as Concorde’s advisory program coordinator, while Greg Johnson will serve as the company’s equity trade desk coordinator.

Ryan C. Plecha joins Kostopoulos Rodriguez as Senior Counsel

Birmingham-based law firm Kostopoulos Rodriquez (KORO) today announced the appointment of Ryan C. Plecha as senior counsel in the firm’s litigation practice group. 

New Global Managing Director Named NSF International Strategic Registrations

Ann Arbor-based NSF International Strategic Registrations, a global certification body that is a division of NSF International, has recently appointed Andrew Weinbach as its new global managing director.

Henry Ford Cancer Institute Appoints Vice President, Executive Director

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System has recently appointed U.S. Army veteran Spencer C. Hoover to vice president and executive director of the health system’s Henry Ford Cancer Institute and cancer care services.

Terri Miller Departs from the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility After Nearly 20 Years

Livonia-based auto insurance agency, the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility, (MAIPF) today announced that its executive director Terri A. Miller will depart from the facility after nearly 20 years.

APACC Names Ping Gu the New Business and Development Manager

The Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, (APACC) has recently named Ping Gu the new business collaboration and development manager.

Health Alliance Plan Appoints Dr. Michael Genord to Chief Medical Officer

Detroit-based health insurance agency Health Alliance Plan (HAP) today announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Genord as vice president and chief medical officer.

Jeffrey Fratarcangeli Ranked by Barron’s, Financial Times

Jeffrey Fratarcangeli, managing principal of Fratarcangeli Wealth Management, has recently been ranked as one of the top 1,200 financial advisors in the United States by Barron’s financial magazine, for the fourth consecutive year.

Greenleaf Trust Hires Trust Operations Specialists

Greenleaf Trust, a privately-held, Grand Rapids-based wealth management firm, recently announced the appointment of Robert Taylor as senior business engineer and Brian Farrell as trust operations specialist.

Karmanos Cancer Institute Appoints Katrina Studvent to Chief Development Officer

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a Detroit-based cancer center, today announced the appointment of Katrina D. Studvent as the positon of chief development officer.

Achates Power Appoints Mark Subramaniam to Vice President of Business Development

Farmington Hills-based engine developer, Achates Power Inc., has recently appointed Mark Subramaniam to vice president of business development.

Detroit Tigers Announce Partnership With Uber

With only two days until Tigers Opening Day at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers today announced a partnership with mobile ridesharing company Uber, naming them the team’s official ride-sharing company. This season, there will be a dedicated pick-up and drop-off zone for fans choosing to Uber to and from Comerica Park, located on the northbound side of the I-75 service drive, between John R and Brush Street.

The Mars Agency Expands Creative Leadership, Appoints Suzanna Bierwirth to Chief Creative Officer

Detroit-based shopper marketing agency, the Mars Agency, recently announced the appointment of Suzanna Bierwirth as chief creative officer and the promotion of Jeff Stocker from chief creative officer to global chief creative officer.

Near Perfect Media Appoints Emily Moran to Vice President

Birmingham-based public relations firm, Near Perfect Media, has recently appointed Emily Moran to vice president.

Living Arts Names Alissa Novoselick Executive Director

Living Arts, a non-profit organization based in Detroit, recently named Alissa Novoselick its executive director, succeeding Cara Graninger in the role.

Birmingham Shopping District Board Appoints New Executive Director

The Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) board of directors recently announced the appointment of their new executive director, Ingrid Tighe. The appointment is effective April 17.

George Miller Named Executive Director of The Rainbow Connection

Rochester-based social services organization The Rainbow Connection recently announced the appointment of George Miller as executive director of the organization. The appointment is effective May 1.

Rodger Young and E. Powell Miller Appointed to Federal Judge Review Committee

Rodger D. Young, founder of Farmington Hills-based Young & Associates, and E. Powell Miller, founder of The Miller Law Firm, based in Rochester, have been appointed to a federal judge review committee.

Deb Sloss Becomes Administrator of Samaritas Senior Living Bloomfield Hills

Samaritas, a Bloomfield Hills-based assisted living facility, recently promoted Deb Sloss to the position of administrator of senior living.

Kathleen Forzley Appointed to Director of Oakland County’s Department of Health and Human Services

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson recently appointed Kathleen Forzley to be Oakland County’s next director of the department of health and human services.

KLA Laboratories to Expand Technology Information Offerings with Appointment of New Director

Dearborn-based telecommunications contractor KLA Laboratories recently announced the appointment of Dwaine Polio as the director of technology innovation, a newly created positon.

Macomb Community College Board of Trustees Announces the Appointment of James O. Sawyer IV as the College’s Next President

The Macomb Community College Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of James O. Sawyer IV as the college’s next president, approving a three-year employment contract at its meeting. 

Pentastar Aviation Welcomes Robert J. Rufli as Vice President of Flight Operations and Director of Operations

Waterford-based aviation consultant Pentastar Aviation recently announced the appointment of Robert J. Rufli as vice president of flight of operations and director of operations.

Rabih Hamawi Opens New Law Firm

Rabih Hamawi recently opened his own Southfield-based law firm, Law Office of Rabih Hamawi, which focuses on representing policyholders in their disputes against insurance companies.

Avomeen Analytical Services Names Mark Harvill New CEO

Ann Arbor-based analytical testing and product development laboratory today announced the appointment of Mark Harvill as its CEO.

Katie Katz Joins City Year Detroit as Development Director

City Year Detroit recently announced the appointment of Katie Katz as development director.

Rossetti Expands Urban Planning Services, Hires Two Urban Planners

Southfield-based architecture firm Rosetti has recently expanded its urban planning services with the addition of two urban planners, Amy Chesterton and Alex Niehaus.

Ford Names Lynn Vojvodich to Board of Directors

Dearborn-based automaker, Ford Motor Co., recently announced the election of Lynn Vojvodich to the company’s board of directors.

Associated Bank welcomes Kimberly Zazula as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager

Detroit-based Associated Bank today announced the appointment of Kimberly Zazula as vice president of senior relationship manager in corporate banking under the Healthcare Industry Banking Group.

DBusiness Breakfast Series: Downtown Detroit's Resurgence

The DBusiness Breakfast Series was held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on February 7, 2017. Guests enjoyed a strolling breakfast, networking, and presentation on what's in store for the city from Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Keith E. Rowling Joins Merrill Lynch Wealth Management As Managing Director and Financial Advisor in Bloomfield Hills

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has recently announced the appointment of Keith E. Rowling as managing director and financial advisor of its wealth management team based in Bloomfield Hills.

AT&T Names New Assistant Vice President for Michigan

Telecommunications company AT&T has recently announced the appointment of Demetrus Hayes as assistant vice president for sales and distribution. Hayes will manage nearly 150 AT&T retail locations through his office based in Southfield.

Ian McDonald Named Ceramics Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors recently announced the appointment of Ian McDonald has been named as the new artist-in-residence for the ceramics department.

HAP CEO Teresa Kline Appointed to Non-Profit Board

The Grand Canyon Association, the official Arizona-based non-profit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, has appointed Birmingham native Teresa Kline to its board of directors for 2017.

Foley & Lardner names new Detroit OMP, Business Law Chair

Detroit-based law firm Foley & Lardner has announced the appointment of Philip B. Phillips as managing partner and Daljit Doogal as chair of the firm’s business law department.  

James Jacobs Joins Ralph C. Wilson Foundation as Senior Advisor

After spending 50 years at Macomb Community College in Warren, and serving as president since 2008, James Jacobs has recently been appointed as senior advisor to the president and chief executive officer of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. The foundation is a grant-making organization dedicated to sustained investment in the quality of life of people in Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

Top Lawyers Party 2017

DBusiness magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers celebrated at a private event in their honor on January 17 at the Society Room in Detroit.

Samaritas Names Todd Hanselman Vice President of Human Resources

Michigan faith-based nonprofit, Samaritas, recently promoted Todd Hanselman to the position of vice president of human resources.

Planning Ahead is Essential to Reduce Taxes

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Supply Side

More available parcels for national retailers are needed in metro Detroit.

The Century Club 2017

From colleges to real estate and racing teams to construction firms, how companies last 100 years or longer is a testament to fortitude and vision.

Fun and Games

Lights, cameras, dancers and DJs hit the mark at Greektown Casino.

The Scan Man

Local businessman is a pioneer when it comes to 3-D scanning.
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Access Time

TV Guide publisher Paul Turcotte can't get enough of Detroit.

Supply Side

More available parcels for national retailers are needed in metro Detroit.

Fun and Games

Lights, cameras, dancers and DJs hit the mark at Greektown Casino.

The Scan Man

Local businessman is a pioneer when it comes to 3-D scanning.
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