November-December 2013

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Inside Business

Largest Multi-Tenant Office Buildings

Listed by size.

Largest Hospitals in Metro Detroit 2013

Ranked by 2012 revenues

Walk of Life

Research at the University of Michigan takes bipedal robotic technology to the next step.

Change and Grow

The Rattlesnake Club sees changes, and growth, in business.

Charge Master

Why do some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands of dollars more for the same procedure?

Click It

A new technology firm in Birmingham speeds up online shopping.

Full Steam Ahead for State's Economy

A rebound in domestic auto sales, fewer taxes and regulations, and a right-to-work labor market are propelling continued growth in Michigan. But headwinds loom at the national level, including the rollout of Obamacare and a sharp run-up in disability payments.

Mobile Party

Two entrepreneurs take corporate hospitality on the road.

Wine Brokers Christmas Party 2013

On Dec. 20., Wine Brokers in Milford, a Midwest distributor of fine wine, held a Christmas Party at a private residence in Bingham Farms. The event, which drew 180 guests, included a strolling dinner, dessert tables, and holiday cheer.

LevelEleven Names New Vice President of Sales

Strategic Staffing Solutions Holiday Party 2013

Strategic Staffing Solutions hosted its annual holiday party at the Detroit Athletic Club Dec. 12. Employees in S3's Detroit offices, along with local businesses and organizations, bought Christmas gifts for more than 2,500 children.

'Giggles and Gloves' Fundraiser at MGM Grand Detroit

TMV Group Hires 9 New Staff Members

Leaders for Kids Cheers for Children

Leaders for Kids hosted its second Cheers for Children event at the College for Creative Studies A. Alfred Taubman Center on Dec. 14. The event included dinner and entertainment, with proceeds benefiting the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital.

Movement Electronic Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Detroit Regional Chamber Holiday Party 2013

On Dec. 17, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted its annual meeting and holiday reception at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre in Detroit. The event provided an update on the chamber’s work as well as showcased opportunities emerging in Detroit’s food economy.

Invest in Our Future

Throughout history, every great era was the result of an educated populace.

PDA Q&A: Steve Lowisz

The CEO of Qualigence International talks about recruiting top talent.

Service Degree

Wayne State's new president charts a course to boost the graduation rate.

Cottage and Lakefront Living Show In February

Greater Detroit Area Health Council Names New Board Chair

Children's Hospital and Detroit Receiving Earn Top Awards

REDICO Names New Vice President of Investments

Mayor Bing Tribute Celebration

Lear Corp. and Fifth Third Bank celebrated the accomplishments of Mayor Dave Bing during the Mayor Bing Tribute Celebration at the Cobo Center in Detroit on Dec. 18. All proceeds benefited the Detroit Recreation Foundation.

Celani Family Vineyards & Andiamo Christmas Party 2013

Tom Celani, co-owner of Celani Family Vineyards and Luna Entertainment, along with Joe Vicari, co-owner of Andiamo Restaurant Group, hosted a Christmas Party on Dec. 16 at the Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Bloomfield Township.

Bonefish Grill Grand Opening to Benefit Local Foundation

Conway MacKenzie Holiday Party 2013

Van Conway, CEO of Conway MacKenzie, a turnaround and crisis management firm in Birmingham, along with his wife, Lori Conway, hosted a Christmas Party on Dec. 16 at Bacco Ristorante and Bacco Saletta in Southfield.

Silver & Gold Awards Holiday Brunch

The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Silver & Gold Awards Holiday Brunch at the Crowne Plaza in Auburn Hills on Dec. 13. The program honored business leaders in the areas of innovation, leadership, and community involvement.

The Palace of Auburn Hills Hires and Promotes Employees

Altair Grows by 45 Percent to Exceed 40 Partners in 2013

MSX International Hires Vice President

Eisbrenner PR Hires Account Coordinator

Vectorform Expands in Royal Oak, Adds 75 New Jobs

Humana Names New Sales Executive of Michigan

Grant Thornton Expands Employers Role in Midwest

Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball 2013

Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit held its Grand Ball benefit at the MGM Grand Detroit on Dec. 14. Nearly 750 attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner followed by dancing and entertainment provided by the Simone Vitale Band.

Cooper Standard Names New General Counsel

Impact Community Services Benefit

The Masten Group hosted a benefit fundraiser for Impact Community Services at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit on Dec. 7. More than 50 people attended the event, which included a raffle featuring products and services donated by local businesses.

Wolverine Worldwide Names New Board Member

Cascade Engineering Names New Executive VP

New Year's Eve 'The Drop' at Campus Martius

Corrigan Moving Employee Named Top Driver of the Year

Health Education Center Names Investigator


Beaumont Hospital Opens New Pediatric Clinic

ZIM’S Vodka Partners with Bakery for Gluten-Free Cheesecake

City Year's Women's Leadership Breakfast

More than 200 people attended City Year's third annual Women's Leadership Breakfast at the Detroit Athletic Club on Dec. 3. The event raised $29,000, which will help provide one-on-one literacy and math interventions for students in Detroit.

What's Good for GM...

As General Motors discards the mantle of 'Government Motors,' the automaker is poised for greater profits — but a poor product launch or two, along with headwinds in Europe, could slow the momentum.

Recovery on the Menu

LaGrasso Bros. Produce sees post-recession sales increases.

Secrest Wardle Attorney Named to Women's Board

Wine and Dine with Il Volo

Detroit Public Television and The RattleSnake Club hosted Wine & Dine with Il Volo at the Detroit restaurant on Dec. 1. The Italian operatic trio performed while guests enjoyed strolling food stations in the facility's riverfront dining room.

Dykema Names New Marketing Officer For Detroit Office

Bodman Attorney Among Top Women in IP

London Chop House Raises $40K for Salvation Army

Great Expressions Appoints New Board Member

Toast Restaurant Owner Named Business Person of the Year

Great Expressions Appoints Two New Board Members

Eisbrenner Promotes New Assistant Account Executive

Detroit Author Awarded Bronze Medal for New Book

Conway Mackenzie Named Outstanding Turnaround Firm

Shinola Unveiling at The Henry Ford

Detroit-based Shinola unveiled a limited-edition watch and bicycle at The Henry Ford in Dearborn on Dec. 9. The products honor the work of brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who conducted the world's first powered flight in 1903.

BodyLight Fat Loss Centers Names Vice President of Sales

Oakland County Bar Association Holiday Gala

The Oakland County Bar Association hosted its Holiday Gala at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester on Dec. 5. There, the OCBA's veterans committee launched its annual Americans Thank Our Troops Collection, which provides care packages for deployed troops.

Fashion Show to Benefit Mansour Fund, W. Bloomfield Schools

Faygo Beverages Wins Two Top Advertising Awards

Brogan & Partners Adds New Art Director

Two Companies to Bring 105 New Jobs, $9 Million to Michigan

SuperLoop Waterpark Slide Opens in Boyne Falls

The Salvation Army: Songs of Christmas

The Salvation Army hosted "Songs of Christmas," its annual holiday sing-a-long at the London Chop House in Detroit on Dec. 3. Tunes included "Joy to the World" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."

Hall Render Adds Two New Attorneys to Michigan Office

Your People Hires Three New PR Professionals

Michigan Recruitment Firm President Elected to IIC Partners Board of Directors

Michigan Opera Theater Names New President and CEO

Botsford Hospital Adds Members to Medical Staff

Brooks Kushman Hires Four Associates

Toast in Ferndale Names New Chef and Manager

Beyond Basics Literacy Summit

Beyond Basics hosted its "We are the Change" literacy summit Nov. 14 at The Wright Museum in Midtown Detroit. The nonprofit provides targeted reading, writing, art, and mentoring activities to students in participating Detroit schools.

DBusiness: Wayne Law Graduates Most Top Lawyers in State

St. Joseph Mercy Specialist Named Pharmacist of the Year

GM Invests $24 Million in Landfill Gas Operations

Livonia's ROUSH CleanTech Doubles Sales Team

Leaders for Kids Event Benefits Children's Hospital

Tender in Birmingham Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Tender in downtown Birmingham celebrated its 20th anniversary on Nov. 20 with a party in their shop on Maple. Sisters Karen and Cheryl Daskas opened the high-end boutique in November 1993.

The End Game

As Detroit’s two public pension systems and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr battle over funding levels and actuary analysis, the fate of millions of current and future municipal retirees across the nation hangs in the balance.

CCS Names Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Pistons and YMCA Partner to Promote Youth Wellness

Detroit Zoo Collecting Food Donations for Gleaners

Christmas at Hudson's

Detroit's greatest department store decked the halls on a grand scale that's unimaginable today.

New York Firm Acquires Livonia-based Cambridge

Lawrence Tech Granted $750,000 in Tech Software

Kraemer Design Group's Annual Appreciation Event

On Nov. 14, Kraemer Design Group held its annual appreciation event — celebrating vendors and suppliers with a cocktail reception and entertainment — at the firm's office in downtown Detroit.

SAVE On Everything Names New President

Make-A-Wish Names Distinguished Volunteer of the Year

ITC Names Vice President of Human Resources

Auburn Hill Chamber of Commerce Names Gold & Silver Finalist

2013 Detroit Parade Company Breakfast

On Nov. 8, The Parade Co. and News/Talk WJR 760 hosted a VIP Pancake Breakfast at the parade studios in Detroit. The business networking event featured "celebrity flapjack flippers" showcasing their cooking skills.

D-PAN Video Premiere: You Brought the Sunshine

The Deaf Professionals Art Network, or D-PAN, hosted the premiere of the American Sign Language video for The Clark Sister’s “You Brought The Sunshine." The fundraising event was held on Nov. 24 at the Baldwin Theater in downtown Royal Oak.

Honigman Adds New Partner to Oakland Office

OCC Names Highland Lakes Campus President

Poll: Some Drivers Still Write Down Directions

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Business Features

Walk of Life

Research at the University of Michigan takes bipedal robotic technology to the next step.

Change and Grow

The Rattlesnake Club sees changes, and growth, in business.

Charge Master

Why do some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands of dollars more for the same procedure?

Click It

A new technology firm in Birmingham speeds up online shopping.

Full Steam Ahead for State's Economy

A rebound in domestic auto sales, fewer taxes and regulations, and a right-to-work labor market are propelling continued growth in Michigan. But headwinds loom at the national level, including the rollout of Obamacare and a sharp run-up in disability payments.

Mobile Party

Two entrepreneurs take corporate hospitality on the road.

Service Degree

Wayne State's new president charts a course to boost the graduation rate.

Recovery on the Menu

LaGrasso Bros. Produce sees post-recession sales increases.

The End Game

As Detroit’s two public pension systems and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr battle over funding levels and actuary analysis, the fate of millions of current and future municipal retirees across the nation hangs in the balance.

Top Lawyers 2014

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From the Magazine

Invest in Our Future

Throughout history, every great era was the result of an educated populace.

What's Good for GM...

As General Motors discards the mantle of 'Government Motors,' the automaker is poised for greater profits — but a poor product launch or two, along with headwinds in Europe, could slow the momentum.

Christmas at Hudson's

Detroit's greatest department store decked the halls on a grand scale that's unimaginable today.
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