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Detroit’s Strategic Staffing Solutions Appoints Detroit Market Team Leader

Strategic Staffing Solutions in Detroit today announced the promotion of Bob Zhang to Detroit market team leader. Previously, Zhang was director of customer care and contact services of Strategic's customer contact centers, where he led a team to create a facility in Detroit in a matter of weeks.

Royal Oak Attorney Receives Champion of Justice Award from Michigan Association of Justice

Michael Pitt, co-founding partner of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers in Royal Oak, has been selected for the Champion of Justice Award by the Michigan Association of Justice. The award recognizes Pitt’s commitment to the civil justice system and preserving citizens’ rights.

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow Names New CEO and Executive Director

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute, has announced that Nigel Francis has been named the institute’s CEO and executive director. Francis succeeds Chris Conrardy, who had been serving as the interim executive director since January. Francis will be based in LIFT’s Detroit headquarters.

Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group Promotes Sarah Rabe to Project Architect

Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group PLC has promoted Sarah Rabe to project architect after she successfully completed her architect licensure exam.

Urban Renewal

IAC Group Appoints Natale Rea as President and Interim Chief Executive Officer

International Automotive Components Group (IAC) has announced that Natale Rea has been appointed president and interim CEO, effective immediately. Robert S. Miller is retiring from IAC after three years as president and CEO.

Southeast Michigan American Heart Association Welcomes Executive Director to Team

The Southeast Michigan American Heart Association has named Laura Vaughn as its new metro executive director.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield Adds New Attorney to Insurance Coverage Practice Group

Southfield’s Collins Einhorn Farrell PC has announced that attorney Tanya M. Murray has joined the firm’s insurance coverage practice group. Murray represents and counsels clients by providing coverage opinions and drafting coverage position letters encompassing a variety of claims under commercial general liability, homeowners, umbrella, and professional liability insurance policies.

Hot Lap

How do you prepare 20,000 meals over three days during the Detroit Grand Prix?

Lapeer Plating and Plastics in Lapeer Grows Management Team

Lapeer-based Lapeer Plating and Plastics (LP+P) has added two new leaders to its management team. Michael Hitch has joined LP+P as the director of sales and marketing, and Bob Ehlert has joined LP+P as the commercial manager.

Dearborn’s Automotive Hall of Fame to Honor GM Executive Steven Kiefer

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn will honor Steven Kiefer, senior vice president of global purchasing and supply chain at General Motors Co., with its Distinguished Service Citation at its 2018 Induction and Awards Gala. The ceremony will be held on July 19 at the MGM Grand Detroit. Kiefer will be honored for his work to end distracted driving through the Kiefer Foundation.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Appoints City’s Chief of Services and Infrastructure

Mayor Mike Duggan has announced the appointment of Arthur Jemison to the newly created position of chief of services and infrastructure, which is part of a reorganization designed to promote improved coordination between city departments. Jemison will leave his position as director of housing and revitalization department, with Donald Rencher replacing him.

JLL Detroit Adds Retail Industry Veteran Robert Mihelich

JLL has announced the addition of Robert Mihelich to its Detroit retail team as senior vice president. Mihelich brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, specifically in the sale, leasing, and development of retail, and commercial properties, including mixed-use and medical sites.

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McLaren Oakland Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

Lynn Marcotte has accepted the position of chief financial officer for McLaren Oakland, a 338-bed medical center serving Pontiac and the surrounding Oakland County area.

Detroit/Farmington Hills-based H.W. Kaufman Adds Corporate Vice President

Detroit/Farmington Hills-based H.W. Kaufman Group, a network of insurance companies, has announced that Josh Hunegs will join the company as a corporate vice president.

Style and Rhythm

Detroiter Wendy Hilliard was the first African-American rhythmic gymnast to compete as a member of the U.S. national team. Now her foundation is providing free and low-cost gymnastics training in Detroit.

University Research Corridor Appoints Executive Director

The University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan State University in East Lansing, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University in Detroit, has announced the appointment of Britany Affolter-Caine as executive director. Affolter-Caine will oversee all strategic and operational aspects of the URC.

Swift Biosciences Adds Nathan Wood as New CEO

Ann Arbor-based Swift Biosciences, a provider of library prep solutions for genomic sequencing, has named Nathan Wood as CEO. Wood’s hire follows Swift’s relocation and expansion of its headquarters, which doubles the company’s R&D and manufacturing space, as well as the opening of its first west-coast office in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Abbott Nicholson P.C. Elects William Gilbride to Board of Directors of Meritas

Detroit-based Abbott Nicholson P.C. has announced that William D. Gilbride Jr. has been elected to the board of directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent law firms that serves the legal needs of companies doing business across international markets. Gilbride has been involved with Meritas for more than 20 years.

Doeren Mayhew Shareholder Selected as “40 Under Forty” Honoree by NACVA

Doeren Mayhew has announced that its shareholder, Jason LeRoy, has been selected as a 2018 “40 Under Forty” honoree by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Employee at PM Environmental in Berkley Receives Developing Leaders PRISM Award

Jessica DeBone, economic incentives consultant and regional manager at PM Environmental in Berkley has won the Developing Leaders PRISM Award from EDR, a company that provides data and technology to property due diligence professionals.

Q&A: Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is a co-founder of Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm in downtown Detroit focused exclusively on investing in technology companies that improve next-generation mobility.

Pace and Pivot

Boyne Resorts is opening up the game of golf like never before.

Forgotten Harvest 2.0

The food services agency in Oak Park is turning to technology to boost deliveries.

Sherlock “Homes”

A trio of former OnStar developers introduces a home-monitoring device.

Line of Flight

A longer runway at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, new golf courses and wineries, upgraded resorts, and revamped marketing campaigns are attracting more tourism in northern Michigan.

Water Mark

A luxury condominium and mixed-use development in Detroit’s Midtown district is the first outside the city’s downtown core and riverfront.

Open Skies

SkySpecs in Ann Arbor is one of the first companies to automate drone inspections.

Freemason of Detroit

George D. Mason’s architectural practice gave form to Detroit in the early high-rise era.

Foundation and Support

It’s important to encourage our brightest young minds — especially girls and underrepresented minorities — to pursue the engineering profession.

PDA: Q&A Patrick M. O'Keefe

The E-Interview, Patrick M. O'Keefe, Founder and CEO, O'Keefe, Bloomfield Hills

Where Eagles Dare

Custom-fit golf shop in Novi thrives as larger competitors struggle.

Integrating Circuits

Not since Detroit absorbed California hot-rod culture have the Motor City and the Golden State embraced each other so tight. The quest to perfect self-driving cars and find innovative mobility solutions made it happen. Is this the biggest story in American business?

2018 Champions of the New Economy

For the ninth straight year, DBusiness has selected five regional executives who are driving growth in the technology sector.

Uptown and Downtown

A strong economy, low vacancy rates, and rising demand for residences and offices are transforming downtown Birmingham like never before.

2018 ACG M&A All Stars

The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter and DBusiness magazine honor the 11th annual winners.

Julianne Cassin Sharp Named New Leader of Miller Canfield Immigration Practice

Miller Canfield has announced that Julianne Cassin Sharp has joined the firm as a principal attorney and will lead the firm’s immigration practice.

Leon and Lulu Honored for Excellence by Home Accents Today and Main Street Oakland County

Home furnishings and design source Leon and Lulu of Clawson has been named one of Home Accent Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2017 by editors of the trade magazine. The Retail Stars list, now in its 14th year, recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents that merchandise creatively, have a positive presence in their local communities, and stand out from the competition.

GST Leather Exits Bankruptcy Under New Ownership

GST AutoLeather, a company specializing in automotive leather components, and its subsidiaries has exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The exit is effective May 22. Leading the transition is new president and CEO Randy Johnson.

Royal Oak-Based Howard and Howard Wins International M&A Award for Key Advising for Cross-Border Deal

Royal Oak’s Howard & Howard, a full-service law firm providing legal counsel to businesses and business owners, has been recognized by the M&A Advisor-sponsored 2018 International M&A Awards as transactional legal counsel to Warren-based CEC Controls Co. during its acquisition by an affiliate of the United Kingdom-based John C. Wood Group.

HDT Automotive Solutions Names Patrick Paige as New CEO

HDT Automotive Solutions, a Michigan company that specializes in fluid-handling systems and precision aluminum parts, announced the appointment of Patrick Paige as CEO. Paige will be based in Michigan and will report to the company’s board of directors.

Brooks Kushman Expands Trademark Practice With Addition of Erica D. Klein

Brooks Kushman, a patent law firm based in Southfield, has announced the addition of shareholder Erica D. Klein to the its Southfield office.

Hudson-Webber Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

Hudson-Webber Foundation has announced the addition of two new members to its board of trustees – Matthew J. Simoncini, former president and CEO of Lear Corp., and Joseph R. Parke, vice president in the investment management division of Goldman Sachs and Co.

Grand Steel Productions Inc. in Wixom Names New President and COO

Grand Steel Productions Inc. (GSP), a flat rolled steel service center and steel distributor located in Wixom, announced Michael Barnett as president and COO.

Ryan Plecha Promoted to Partner at Kostopoulos Rodriguez PLLC

Kostopoulos Rodriguez PLLC has announced that Ryan Plecha has been promoted to partner in KORO’s litigation practice group. Plecha’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation. He is the first attorney to be internally promoted to the position of partner.

Former Tax Attorney for the IRS Joins Varnum Tax Law Team

Tax attorney Angelique Neal has joined Varnum’s tax practice team. A former tax attorney for the IRS, Neal will be based in the firm’s Novi office.

Ed Stefanski to Join Pistons as Senior Adviser to Owner Tom Gores

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores has announced the hiring of Ed Stefanski as a senior executive, with Stefanski signing a three-year term.

Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Appoints Interim Executive Director to Permanent Position

The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA) has announced that interim executive director Kyle Burleson has become the agency’s permanent executive director. The decision was unanimously approved by the DWCPA Board of Directors and went into effect on May 7.

Miller Canfield Expands Intellectual Property Practice With Addition of Attorney

Detroit’s Miller Canfield has announced that Gregory D. DeGrazia has joined the firm as a principal attorney in the Intellectual Property Group.

EY Announces Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Award Finalist for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region

EY has announced Thiru Ganesan, president and CEO of Kyyba Inc. is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 27 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Names Vice President of Marketing and Communications

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) has appointed Sheryl G. Arb as vice president of marketing and communications. She comes to CFSEM from Kellogg Co., where she served as senior director of global internal communications, including executive communications.

Cranbrook Educational Academy in Bloomfield Hills Names Acting Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Educational Academy in Bloomfield Hills, in concurrence with the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Board of Governors, announced that John Berry has been named the acting director of Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Winners of Stock-To-Scholarships Challenge

A senior from the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills won the seventh annual Bloomfield Hills Financial Stock-to-Scholarship Challenge. Yashar Ghaffarloo, who took second place in last year’s competition, earned 37 percent on his stock investing strategy and won a $5,000 scholarship for winning the competition in the process.

Farbman Group CEO Honored With the 2018 American Business Awards Gold Award for Executive of the Year-Real Estate

Farbman Group, a full-service commercial real estate firm, has announced that their CEO, Andy Farbman, was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Executive of the Year category for its 16th Annual American Business Awards.

Pentastar Aviation Ranks Among Top Fixed-Base Operators in the Country

Pentastar Aviation in Waterford Township has been named one of the top Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs) in the country by both the Aviation International News (AIN) and Professional Pilot Magazine (PPN). In two separate surveys, Pentastar was voted No. 3 in the country by AIN and PPN’s readers. Pentastar was also named the No. 1 FBO in the Great Lakes region in the AIN survey and the second-best Independent FBO in the Professional Pilot survey.

Attorney Joins Dickinson Wright's Troy Office

Dickinson Wright has announced that attorney Howard J. Gourwitz has joined the firm’s Troy office.

FordDirect Appoints Auto Leader as CEO

FordDirect has announced the appointment of Dianne Craig as CEO, effective May 1. Craig will lead the team responsible for bringing together the worlds of digital, data, and technology to deliver first-class marketing and advertising solutions to Ford Motor Co. dealers.

United Shore Hires Chief Strategy Officer

United Shore has announced that Alex Elezaj has been hired as the company’s chief strategy officer. Elezaj was previously the CEO of Troy-based Class Appraisal, a residential real estate appraisal management company.

Dawda Mann Hires Two New Attorneys

Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy, and Sadler PLC (Dawda Mann) have announced that Susan Kowal and Lauren Saad have joined its growing team of attorneys.

Detroit-based Van Dyke Horn PR Firm’s Growth Continues with Launch of New Lansing Office

Detroit-based Van Dyke Horn has announced the opening of a new office in Lansing. Formerly known as Berg Muirhead and Associates, Van Dyke Horn has doubled its revenue and staff since 2016, currently with a 14-member team across two offices.

Rock Family of Companies and Bedrock Promote Greektown Executive, Detroit Native Charles Wilson to Chief Security Officer

Detroit-based Rock Family of Companies and Bedrock have announced Charles Wilson as the new chief security officer. Wilson will oversee security operations throughout the enterprise and lead the relationship and partnership development with local law enforcement, allowing data contribution and services in the communities of where the companies are based.

University of Michigan Credit Union Breaks Ground on new Branch in Pittsfield Township

Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) announced Tiffany Ford, UMCU President and CEO, joined UMCU board members and Mandy Grewal, Pittsfield Township supervisor, to break ground on a new 4,400-square-foot, state-of-the-art branch. Construction is set to begin in May and completed by late 2018.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan Selects Ford Executive to Chair 2018-2020 Campaign

United Way for Southeastern Michigan Monday announced Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of global operations for Ford Motor Co., will lead the organization’s 2018-2020 Community Giving Campaign. His chairmanship will start in July and continue through 2020.

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Q&A: Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is a co-founder of Fontinalis Partners, a venture capital firm in downtown Detroit focused exclusively on investing in technology companies that improve next-generation mobility.

Pace and Pivot

Boyne Resorts is opening up the game of golf like never before.

Forgotten Harvest 2.0

The food services agency in Oak Park is turning to technology to boost deliveries.

Sherlock “Homes”

A trio of former OnStar developers introduces a home-monitoring device.

Line of Flight

A longer runway at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, new golf courses and wineries, upgraded resorts, and revamped marketing campaigns are attracting more tourism in northern Michigan.

Open Skies

SkySpecs in Ann Arbor is one of the first companies to automate drone inspections.

Where Eagles Dare

Custom-fit golf shop in Novi thrives as larger competitors struggle.

Integrating Circuits

Not since Detroit absorbed California hot-rod culture have the Motor City and the Golden State embraced each other so tight. The quest to perfect self-driving cars and find innovative mobility solutions made it happen. Is this the biggest story in American business?

2018 Champions of the New Economy

For the ninth straight year, DBusiness has selected five regional executives who are driving growth in the technology sector.

Uptown and Downtown

A strong economy, low vacancy rates, and rising demand for residences and offices are transforming downtown Birmingham like never before.

2018 ACG M&A All Stars

The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter and DBusiness magazine honor the 11th annual winners.
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Freemason of Detroit

George D. Mason’s architectural practice gave form to Detroit in the early high-rise era.

Foundation and Support

It’s important to encourage our brightest young minds — especially girls and underrepresented minorities — to pursue the engineering profession.
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