November-December 2010

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Southfield Promoting its Healthcare Corridor on a Statewide, Regional Level

The district already is supported by a strong healthcare infrastructure, highlighted by Providence Medical Center

GM Delivers 8.39 Million Vehicles Globally in 2010

GM achieved double-digit increases in five of its top 10 markets, including a 28.8 percent increase in China, where GM and its partners(2) were the first to top the 2 million sales mark in a single year

U-M Study will examine earlier use of heart pumps in growing group of heart failure patients

The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded $13.3 million to explore the potential benefits of heart devices

Mary Stangeland, Vice President Wealth Planning at Fifth Third Bank, on the 2010 Tax Relief Act

President Obama recently signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (often called the 2010 Tax Relief Act) into law.

Global Auto Execs Rank Consumer Priorities of Fuel Efficiency, Safety, Styling: KPMG Survey

In Addition to Hybrids and Electric Vehicles, Industry Executives Expect Sales of Crossovers, SUVs, and Luxury Cars to Increase over Next Five Years

Northwood University’s International Auto Show Set for Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2

Billed as North America’s largest outdoor new car show, is held on the Michigan Campus of Northwood University

Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible to Pace Indianapolis 500

2011 is the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500

Mon Jin Lau starts the Western New Year off with a “Bang” as they Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Events on Feb. 8-9 to Feature Firecrackers, Magicians, Fortune Tellers and the Traditional Lion Dance.

Chrysler Group and the EPA Announce Research Project for Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrain

New business-government research project to include design and development of experimental hydraulic hybrid powertrain

Perrigo to Acquire Assets of Paddock Labs for $540 Million

Paddock Labs is a privately-held, Minneapolis-based manufacturer and marketer of generic pharmaceutical products

Dodge Brand and Mopar Introduce Vehicle Information Smartphone Applications

Free new feature available for all Dodge vehicles

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to Deliver 2011 State of the County speech

Topics will include the latest economic development news from Emerging Sectors, Medical Main Street, and Automation Alley

SAE International Plays Key Role in Development of Smart Grid Infrastructure Standards

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board recently approved three key standards, two of which were developed by SAE International

University of Michigan Researchers Find Indirect Path to Attack Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Bone marrow-derived cells create 'niche' to harbor cancer stem cells; New therapies could target the niche to kill the stem cells

Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Opens Application Process for Promising Midwest Companies

Conference Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Expanded Format for High Growth Ventures Seeking $500,000 to $20 Million in Funding

Fuel-efficient Cars and Crossovers Drove Chevrolet Sales 16 Percent Higher in 2010

Chevy sold 1,565,632 vehicles and gained 0.7 points of U.S. market share last year, showing gains across the brand's full line of cars, trucks, and crossovers

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announces federal assistance for small businesses

Lending programs will increase access to credit

Infinity Primary Care Joins Henry Ford Physician Network

Infinity Primary Care is a group of 52 family and internal medicine physicians located in Brighton, Canton, Livonia, Novi, and West Bloomfield

Next Generation Automobile Alcohol Detection System to be Developed by Takata and TruTouch Technologies

Partnership in Auburn Hills to Develop Lower-cost, Non-invasive Automotive Solution

Outdoorama is Feb. 24-27 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi

Many of the state’s more than one million anglers and hunters will see the latest in boats and sporting gear

Pancreatic Cancer: Henry Ford Hospital Launches Study to Develop Screening Test

A clinical research study to develop a rapid and inexpensive blood screening test for the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer has been launched by Henry Ford Health System and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

GM Completes Contribution of 60.6 Million Shares of GM Common Stock to Its U.S. Pension Plans

Voluntary contribution of 60.6 million shares of GM common stock to U.S. hourly and salaried pension plans, valued at approximately $2 billion

OnStar Looking for Application Developers of the Future

OnStar is looking for the most original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application through the 2011 OnStar Student Developer Challenge

U.S. Auto Industry Continues on the Road to Recovery

Generation Y Firmly in the Driver's Seat, says Deloitte Survey

Residential Incentive Program, “Live Midtown,” to Increase Detroit’s Midtown Population

University Cultural Center Association to Administer Program for DMC, HFHS and WSU Employees

Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Delivers Armored Personnel Carriers to Kuwait Ministry of Interiors

The ADVS 6x6x6 Desert Chameleon vehicle specs include a removable "V" hull design with adaptable armor modules to increase blast dispersion and survivability

Palace Sports & Entertainment Maintains Market Lead in 2010

DTE Energy Music Theatre, which completed its 20th anniversary season under Palace Sports & Entertainment’s ownership, was listed as the year’s most-attended amphitheatre by trade publications Billboard and Pollstar

DTE Energy Supports PEV Sales with Charging Stations

Early adopters to benefit from free charging stations and PEV metering program

Oakland and Macomb County Economic Development Teams Sponsor New Concept Career Fair February 24 at Oakland University

Thousand+ Expected at Oakland Macomb Job Hub 2011: Where Oakland Macomb Employers Meet SE Michigan Job Seekers

Former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox Joins Dykema

Top Michigan Law Enforcement Official to Bolster Firm’s Health Care Fraud Compliance, White Collar, Commercial Litigation and Government Related Practices

Ford Vertrek Concept Previews a Sleeker, Sportier and More Stylish Compact Sport Utility Vehicle

The Vertrek concept is Ford's vision for a utility vehicle that will appeal to customers around the globe

All-New 2011 Chrysler 300 Sedan Makes Its World Premiere

The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan delivers grand-touring performance and world-class ride and handling with best-in-class V-6 engine power and new second-generation E-segment chassis architecture

PwC's Autofacts Forecasts 2011 Global Automotive Assembly to Exceed 75 Million Units

A resilient and rebalanced automotive landscape across mature and emerging markets should deliver strong results in 2011

GM, Argonne Sign Licensing Deal for Advanced Battery Chemistry

Automaker Can Use Cutting-Edge Battery Technology Throughout Supply Chain

Domestic Justice Reality TV Show To Hold Second Casting Call At Stautzenberger Institute

The Domestic Justice casting call will be held at SI/S3 Studios located at 16630 Southfield Road in Allen Park, Michigan (Entrance 5)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announces dates for move of 3,000 employees to Downtown Detroit

Expanded campus to run from GM Renaissance Center to existing Blue Cross offices on Lafayette Avenue

Otsego Club Hosts United States National Snowboard Team

Top snowboarders in the country coming to Michigan in January

Top 5 Factors That Will Boost Auto Sales in 2011

U.S. new-car and light-truck sales are headed for double-digit percentage gains in 2011, says Paul Taylor, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)

American Axle Acquires Full Ownership of AAM Sona Axle Private Limited

AAM Sona Axle, previously a JV between AAM and Sona Koyo Limited to manufacture and sell light truck, passenger car and SUV axle assemblies for the India market, is now an independent company wholly owned by AAM.

Auto Supplier Visteon to Trade on New York Stock Exchange under Symbol VC

Visteon emerged from bankruptcy under Chapter 11 on Oct. 1, 2010, following a 16-month reorganization process

Visteon Brings Smart Connectivity Solutions Into the Vehicle

Visteon is working with other technology providers to bring active screen replication solutions that can control exactly what and how content is displayed

Bright Automotive Hiring for 200 Engineering and Business Development Jobs in Southeast Michigan

Positions will focus on bringing the IDEA plug-in electric hybrid fleet vehicle to market

Detroit Medical Center Kicking Off $300 Million in Projects With the Awarding of the First $60-70 Million

Contracts totaling $50 million dollars went to the DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center and to private room renovation at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

OnStar Expands Beyond GM Cars

OnStar 'Blue Button' Safety, Security and Connectivity Now Available for Most Top-Selling Vehicles on the Road Today

Successfully Single, Inc. is hosting Doctor Zhivago Night in Winter Wonderland

The love and romance "Doctor Zhivago" comes to life at the elegant Cherry Creek Golf Club on January 22, 2011 from 7:30 – midnight

Global Auto Forecast — 2016

View from the Top: Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah

In 2011, metro Detroit and Michigan will see greater regional cooperation in business attraction, exports, overseas opportunities, and government reform, says Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. If successful, the initiatives will spur job growth, impede outward migration, boost new business starts, and stoke innovation.

Rick Walawender

Ironically, initial legal work emanating from Eastern Europe in the early 1990s pioneered by young associates at two of Detroit’s larger law firms created the foundation for international practices at Miller Canfield and Butzel Long. Both attorneys obtained bachelor’s degrees in political science as well as East European studies.

Don Kunz, Larry McLaughlin & Dick Burstein

Attorney Larry McLaughlin gathered his bags at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and wondered about the reception he would receive. As chair of Honigman’s real estate department in Detroit, McLaughlin was in South Korea to negotiate a large retail project for luxury mall developer Taubman Centers Inc. of Bloomfield Hills.

Medical Marvels

The Detroit funerals of the founders of Parke-Davis couldn’t have been more different. At Hervey Parke’s, in 1899, mourners packed St. John’s Episcopal Church on Woodward.

Cure Michigan

What happens when metro Detroit’s large, nonprofit hospitals suddenly get an infusion of private sector competition? The region is about to find out.

Detroit's David Broderick Tower Completes Financing Plan, Renovation Begins

Dykema, a Detroit-based law firm, represented Motown Construction Partners LLC in securing of project financing

DBusiness Magazine's 2011 Top Lawyers Reception

It was a grand night for metro Detroit barristers as DBusiness Magazine hosted its first ever Top Lawyers reception at the Detroit Golf Club on Nov. 18, 2010. The event honored nearly 900 private attorneys who were recognized by their peers for their exceptional legal talents among 49 practice areas. Photos by Nick Martines and Patrick Gloria

2010 Cattle Baron's Ball at Oakland University

The American Cancer Society in Southfield raised $625,000 at its 2010 Cattle Baron’s Ball on Nov. 6 at Oakland University’s Shotwell-Gustafson Pavillion in Rochester Hills. The funds will assist with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Photos by Nick Martines

College for Creative Studies' 2010 Art of Wine

On Oct. 23, 2010 the College for Creative Studies held its 29th annual Detroit International Wine Auction at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The event was sponsored by General Motors and featured wines from Duckhorn Wine Co. Photos by Nick Martines

Urban Land Institute's 2010 Placemaker Awards in Detroit

The Detroit District Council of the Urban Land Institute honored Edsel B. Ford II and Peter Karmanos Jr. with its inaugural Placemaker Award on Nov. 11, 2010 at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Presenting the awards was Amanda Burden, chair of the New York City Planning Commission and director of the New York Department of City Planning. Photos by Patrick Gloria

Downtown Detroit Partnership's 2010 Detroit Aglow

A longtime holiday tradition, the Downtown Detroit Partnership hosted its annual Detroit Aglow fundraiser on Nov. 22 at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. More than 700 guests enjoyed a traditional holiday dinner of turkey with all of the fixings. Photos by Nick Martines

Strategic Staffing Solutions' 20th Anniversary Party

Strategic Staffing Solutions, a global IT and business services firm in downtown Detroit, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2010 at the Detroit Athletic Club. More than 600 guests enjoyed cocktails, a gourmet buffet, and live entertainment. Photos by Nick Martines

Lech Walesa visits Metro Detroit

The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools and Miller Canfield hosted former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa on Oct. 26, 2010 at the Pine Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield. Walesa also opened “Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom” at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Photos by Nick Martines and Marcin Chumiecki

The Hantz Group's Annual Office Party 2010

The Hantz Group, a financial holding company in Southfield, held its 13th anniversary celebration party at a private residence in Detroit on Oct. 1. The event included an Italian buffet from Giovanni’s in Detroit, numerous food stations, a dessert bar, and live entertainment. Photos by Nick Martines

Detroit Hispanic Development Corp's Dream Makers 2010

The Detroit Hispanic Development Corp. held its 13th annual Dream Maker’s Youth Ambassadorship Program on Oct. 21 at DTE Energy’s corporate headquarters in Detroit. The initiative trains young people to educate their peers about the importance of completing school and developing professional skills. Photos by Nick Martines

Celani Family Vineyards and Andiamo 2010 Holiday Party

Tom Celani, co-owner of Celani Family Vineyards, and Joe Vicari, CEO of Andiamo Restaurant Group, co-hosted a holiday party for distinguished guests on Dec. 21. The event, held at Andiamo Bloomfield Township, included a strolling Italian buffet, Santa's elves, and plenty of good cheer. Photos by Nick Martines

Strategic Staffing Solutions Holiday Party 2010

The Detroit Athletic Club served as a festive setting for Strategic Staffing Solutions' annual Holiday Party on Dec. 16. More than 500 people enjoyed strolling food stations, holiday cheer, and networking among business, government, and educational leaders.

Historic Auburn Collection to be on Display at 2011 Concours d'Elegance

Complete set of 1933 - 1934 Auburn V-12 Salon cars

Greenpath Debt Solutions Expands Nationally

A wave of home foreclosures across America, along with the global financial meltdown in fall 2008, has contributed to revenue growth at Greenpath Debt Solutions, a nonprofit financial literacy and counseling organization in Farmington Hills. Jane McNamara, president and CEO of Greenpath, addresses the growing market for financial counseling and how the organizations is dealing with unprecedented growth.

New Ford C-Max: Clever, Study in Fuel Efficiency

Ford C-MAX offers SYNC® connectivity, MyFord Touch™ driver connect technology, HD Radio™ and industry-exclusive hands-free liftgate

Americans Can't Get Enough of Large Cars, Trucks and SUVs

November Report Also Offers Look at Top Searches for all 2010

Chevrolet Volt Components Created from Gulf of Mexico Oil-Soaked Booms

100,000 Pounds of Waste Saved from the Nation's Landfills

In the Shadows

Organized crime continues to secretively prey on Southeast Michigan’s most vulnerable by taking in millions of dollars a year.

Ford Field to host 2011 CONCACAF (Soccer) Gold Cup Doubleheader

11-city U.S. tour includes first round matches in Detroit – June 7

The 2011 North American International Auto Show Preview Schedule

The 2011 NAIAS will feature press events by more than 15 manufacturers as more than 30 brands will showcase an anticipated 30-40 worldwide debuts

BorgWarner Acquires Haldex Traction Systems

The move is expected to accelerate BorgWarner's growth in the global all-wheel drive (AWD) market

Detroit Regional Chamber Holiday Party 2010

The Detroit Regional Chamber held is 2010 Holiday Party on Dec. 13 inside the Wintergarden and GM Showplace at the Renaissance Center. More than 700 people enjoyed cocktails, a strolling buffet, and an address by Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. Photos by Nick Martines

Conway MacKenzie Holiday Party 2010 at Bacco Saletta

Conway MacKenzie held its 2010 Holiday Party at Bacco Saletta in Southfield on Dec. 15. The event included a strolling Italian buffet, fine wines, and networking.

DMC Guild Holiday Party 2010

The DMC Guild held its annual holiday party on Dec. 15 at the Detroit Athletic Club. The event included a strolling cocktail party in the reading room, a buffet table, and live entertainment. Photos by Nick Martines

Mark J. Bennett

Climate Law Practice Leader, Miller Canfield, Detroit

Tempo Group and Leuliette Partners Sign LOI to Form JV Management, Trading, and Investment Firm

Leuliette Partners in Birmingham is headed by longtime auto executive Tim Leuliette

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Announces 2010 Competition Winners

Armune BioScience wins grand prize for the top company, and ReGenerate takes home the prize for best student business idea

Smart Grid and Smart Meter Technologies Little Understood

Support for the Energy-saving Technologies High When Explained, says the latest Livonia-based Market Strategies International E2 (Energy + Environment) Study

Ford's Michigan Assembly in Wayne, Mich. to Build Gas- Powered, Electric, Hybrid, and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Production of the all-new global Ford Focus, in four-door and five-door versions, is under way with sales to begin in early 2010.

Detroit Lions Courage House Dinner

Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball

More than 900 people attended the inaugural Grand Ball on Dec. 4 at the MGM Grand Detroit, a celebration of Henry Ford Hospital's 95th anniversary. The event benefited Henry Ford's nursing program, the departments of emergency medicine, radiology, anesthesiology, and pathology, along with the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund.

Cadillac Returns to Racing With CTS-V Coupe

Two teams set to compete in SCCA World Challenge GT Series

View from the Top: Nextronix and Circuit Boards

Having started his own company when he was 15 years old, Jon Rimanelli, CEO of Nextronix in Romulus, and his team have designed and manufactured millions of circuit boards for the automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, and communications industries. Jon talks about his business growth, a new 24/7 design and engineering support center, and his experiences flying turboprops and seaplanes.

A Bird in Hand

Every company, it seems, is looking to boost earnings with limited capital investment. A mirage? Perhaps. But recent case studies reveal how some organizations are working with the assets they have to increase profits while lowering costs. Other groups are turning misfortunes into physiological and educational benefits.

Solving the Retirement Income Crises … Important and Knowable

Recognizing that the average investor may find themselves in an income crisis at one point in their lives, along with the continual rise of the cost of living both now and in retirement, investors should be asking what asset class has historically kept up with this rising cost?

View From The Top: Michael Graham of Maxim Construction

Michael Graham, co-owner of Maxim Construction in Sterling Heights, addresses the property insurance industry, damage restoration, and how to manage a disaster response team in the most efficient manner possible.

Fiesta Hispana 2010 at The Henry

The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its annual Fiesta Hispana Gala on Dec. 3 at The Henry in Dearborn. The black tie event included a cocktail reception, formal dinner, an awards ceremony, and live entertainment.

Hospitals/Office Buildings November - December 2010

A breakdown of Metro-Detroit hospitals and office buildings

Best Employment Practices with Attorney Debra McCulloch

As the economy begins to recover and businesses add more workers, companies need to review and address their hiring practices, says Debra McCulloch, a partner with Bush Seyferth and Paige in Troy who heads up the firm's employment practice. In addition to conducting background and credit checks, McCulloch says companies need to properly classify their workers as federal and state governments are cracking down on the potential underpayment of social security, unemployment insurance, and income taxes.

Back to the Future

The advertising industry should fix what ails it — namely, a manic focus on cost-cutting.

Mad Men: Detroit

Watching an advertising agency go into scramble mode to replace a big piece of lost business can be a chaotic and troubling scene. So what happens when nearly every ad agency in town hits the reset button at the same time?

Special Ops

Corporate security has never been more difficult or complex. The list of threats to a company today is almost endless, including terrorism, biological attacks, and cyber theft — and the list goes on.

View From The Top: Wealth Manager Lou Melone

Lou Melone, managing partner of Budd, Melone & Co., a wealth management firm in Auburn Hills, addresses the turnaround of the national and state economies, how to keep college graduates from leaving Michigan, Governor-elect Rick Snyder, and the state of wealth management.

Hob Nobble Gobble 2010 at Ford Field

The Detroit Parade Co. hosted more than 1,800 guests at its 2010 Hob Nobble Gobble on Nov. 20 at Ford Field. The black-tie affair, a prelude to America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, included carnival rides and activities, live entertainment, a strolling gourmet dinner, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Robert Ficano Checks in from China

Focus … A Key to Investor Success

Focus. We’ve all been told this at some point in our lives, but how does it relate to long-term investor success? How can this one word potentially provide a lifetime of retirement bliss (as you define it), or a possible lifetime of headaches?

Top Lawyers 2011

The 2011 Top Lawyers peer review survey recognizes attorneys among 49 specialized practice areas — from alternative dispute resolution to workers compensation law.

Henry Ford's Healing Arts Program and Guido's Orchestra

Celebrating the healing power of music, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital hosted the culmination of the maiden U.S. tour of Guido's Orchestra at Music Hall in Detroit on Nov. 17. The evening celebration included a strolling dinner and cocktail party, live auction, a stirring performance by Guido's Orchestra, and an afterglow.
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Cure Michigan

What happens when metro Detroit’s large, nonprofit hospitals suddenly get an infusion of private sector competition? The region is about to find out.

Hospitals/Office Buildings November - December 2010

A breakdown of Metro-Detroit hospitals and office buildings

Special Ops

Corporate security has never been more difficult or complex. The list of threats to a company today is almost endless, including terrorism, biological attacks, and cyber theft — and the list goes on.

Top Lawyers 2011

The 2011 Top Lawyers peer review survey recognizes attorneys among 49 specialized practice areas — from alternative dispute resolution to workers compensation law.

Crisis Cleanup

When a hotel or shopping mall owner hires a cleanup crew to eliminate odors, mold, or a bacterial outbreak, they usually sweep any mention of the incident under the rug. But hitting the mute button seemed like a good waste of a crisis, says Larry Smith, president of BioGreen Solutions in Bloomfield Township.

2013 Michigan State of the State Address

Tonight, as your governor, I want to celebrate Michigan!

Resetting the Foundation

Faced with a downsized automotive industry and dwindling public resources, Metro Detroit foundations are collaborating under new business models to better support the region.

Kid CEO

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. Take 10-year-old Hannah Altman, for example. It wasn’t long after she asked her father for four quarters to buy a toy in a vending machine that she joined the ranks of CEOs like Ford’s Alan Mulally and Compuware’s Peter Karmanos Jr.
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Medical Marvels

The Detroit funerals of the founders of Parke-Davis couldn’t have been more different. At Hervey Parke’s, in 1899, mourners packed St. John’s Episcopal Church on Woodward.

A Bird in Hand

Every company, it seems, is looking to boost earnings with limited capital investment. A mirage? Perhaps. But recent case studies reveal how some organizations are working with the assets they have to increase profits while lowering costs. Other groups are turning misfortunes into physiological and educational benefits.
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