November-December 2017

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The Scott at Brush Park Receives 2 National Awards

The Scott at Brush Park, a Broder and Sachse Real Estate apartment building in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, has earned a gold award for development and design regarding community impact from Multi-Housing News, a real estate magazine, and an additional silver award for best development from Commercial Property Executives, a commercial real estate resources for executives and companies.

Patricia Swanson Named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Walsh College

Patricia Swanson has been appointed as vice president and chief marketing and enrollment officer for Walsh College in Troy.

Justice Maura Corrigan Joins Butzel Long as Counsel

Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long has added Maura Corrigan to their firm as counsel.

Concorde Holdings Adds 3 to Leadership Team

Concorde Holdings, a Livonia-based financial services firm, has appointed Danielle Kammeyer, Greg Johnson, and Tracy Anton to their leadership team.

Square One Education Adds Two to Leadership Team

Square One Education Network, a Detroit nonprofit that focuses on teacher-student learning experiences, has named Dan DuBois as CEO and Barb Land as COO.

Habitat for Humanity Adds Dr. Cleamon Moorer to Executive Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity in Macomb County has chosen a new executive board of directors.

Joseph Serra Added to McLaren Health Care Board of Directors

McLaren Health Care has appointed Joseph Serra to their board of directors.

Delta Dental Promotes Mike Bobak and Lori Wheelright

Farmington Hills-based Delta Dental has added Mike Bobak and Lori Wheelright to their leadership team.

Kerr Russell Adds 4 to Detroit Office

Kerr Russell, a law firm, has hired five employees in their Detroit location.

Sam Slaughter Awarded 2018 Time Dealer of the Year

Sam Slaughter, president of Sellers Buick GMC in Farmington Hills, will be honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention on March 23 for the 2018 Time Dealer of the Year award by Time Inc. and Ally Financial, a Detroit bank holding company.

Ross Mortgage Promotes Michael Fischer as Branch Manager and Director of Loan Office Acceleration

Michael Fischer has been promoted to branch manager and director of loan officer acceleration of Ross Mortgage Corp. in Troy.

DBusiness Breakfast Series: 30 in Their Thirties 2017

The DBusiness Breakfast Series presented by Plante Moran was held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on October 10 celebrating the 30 in Their Thirties class of 2017. Guests enjoyed a strolling breakfast, networking, and presentation from Tony Michaels, President and CEO of The Parade Company, on the business of planning America’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Katie Meister Joins City Club Apartments as Assistant Vice President of Sales

Detroit City Club Apartments (CCA) has hired Katie Meister as assistant vice president of sales and marketing.

International Automotive Components Names Daniel Linder as Vice President

Daniel Linder has been appointed as vice president of China operations by International Automotive Components (IAC), a global supplier of automotive components and systems with North American headquarters in Southfield.

Kaveh Kashef Joins Butzel Long as Shareholder

Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long law has added Kaveh Kashef as a shareholder in its Bloomfield Hills office.

Chris Palazzolo Named President and CEO of Ascension Crittenton and Genesys Health System

After serving Ascension as president and CEO during the past year, Chris Palazzolo will be president and CEO of Ascension Crittenton and Genesys Health System.

Goodwill Announces Jennifer Merz as Vice President of Fund Development

Jennifer Merz has been named vice president of fund development for nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Bonnie Bisson Named Vice President of Sales by Valassis

Valassis, a media and marketing services company in Livonia, has announced Bonnie Bisson as vice president of sales enablement.

Jay Goldbaum Appointed to General Counsel for Horizon Global

Horizon Global Corp., a towing and trailoring equipment manufacturer in Troy, has named Jay Goldbaum to the company's general counsel.

Chris Palusky Named President and CEO of Bethany Christian Services

Chris Palusky will join Bethany Christian Services, a nonprofit focused on bringing and keeping families together, as president and CEO following the retirement of Bill Blacquiere.

Richard Sands Named External Board Member of Urban Science

Detroit-based global consulting firm Urban Science has added Richard Sands as their first external board member.

Carhartt Promotes Tony Ambroza to Chief Brand Officer

Tony Ambroza has been named chief brand officer for Carhartt, a workwear clothing brand headquartered in Dearborn.

AccessPoint Names Luis Perez president and COO

AccessPoint, a human resources, staffing, and recruiting organization in Farmington Hills has hired Luis Perez as president and COO.

Dustin D. Hoffman Named Vice President of Consumer Experience for Health Alliance Plan

Southfield-based insurance company Health Alliance Plan (HAP) has announced Dustin D. Hoffman as president of consumer experience.

Rogelio Landin Named Executive Director of U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce Great Lakes Chapter

Rogelio Landin has been appointed as executive director of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Great Lakes Chapter (USMCOC-GL) based in Detroit.

Robert C. Shrosbree Returns to Dykema

Dykema, a law firm in Detroit, has re-hired Robert C. Shrosbree, after more than two decades, to its corporate finance group.

Matt Joshua Added to Board of Directors of Winning Futures

Winning Futures, a nonprofit organization in Warren that mentors youth through strategic planning and workforce preparation, has elected Matt Joshua to their board of directors. Joshua serves as global purchasing director of electrical components for General Motors (GM).

Bernie Moray Inducted Into American Home Furnishing Hall of Fame

Bernie Moray, chairman of Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior with locations in Southfield, Troy, Novi, Shelby Township, and Grand Rapids, was inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame.

Baker Tilly Names Kurt Siebenaller as Partner

Kurt Siebenaller has been added as partner to Baker Tilly Virchow Krause’s Detroit office.

Craig Nelson to Open The Big Salad Franchise

Craig Nelson, a Detroit sports and entertainment catering executive, will open a new location of The Big Salad in Woodhaven in April 2018.

David M Buckley Appointed as Vice President of Axle and Manufacturing

Detroit-based American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. (AAM) has named David M. Buckley as vice president.

Alicia W. Birach Awarded Up and Coming Lawyer

Alicia W. Birach, attorney for Foster Swift in Southfield, will receive the Up and Coming Lawyer for 2017 award by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on Dec. 7 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

Lynette Dowler Nominated as President of DTE Energy Foundation

DTE Energy has named Lynette Dowler as president of the DTE Energy Foundation, where she will be responsible for managing the foundation’s grant support to nonprofits.

Bart Bronk Named Head of University Liggett School

The University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods has elected Bart Bronk as head of school following the resignation of Joseph P. Healey.

Reuben Rashty Named to Board of Directors for Detroit Public Television

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) has added Reuben Rashty, senior vice president and managing director of Fifth Third Private Bank in Detroit, to their board of directors.

Edison Illuminating Co. Names Heather Rivard to Board of Directors

Heather Rivard, senior vice president of distribution operations at DTE Energy in Detroit, has become a member of the board of directors of the Association of Edison Illuminating Co. (AEIC).

Ninja Innovation 2017

The British American Business Council of Michigan hosted Ninja Innovation at the Birmingham Country Club on Nov. 2. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dessert, and a presentation about international business innovation strategies by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association.

Thomas Komjathy Added to World Medical Relief Advisory Board

Thomas Komjathy, director of Warner Norcross and Judd’s southeast Michigan operations, has been named to the advisory board of World Medical Relief, a non profit located in Southfield.

Angela Baldwin Named to Detroit Recreation Advisory Board

Angela Baldwin, assistant general counsel for the City of Detroit, has been added to the Detroit Recreation Advisory Board.

Samaritas Staff Awarded for Improving Child Welfare

Sean de Four and Rachel Sykes, employees at Detroit-based non-profit Samaritas, have been honored by the Michigan Federation for Children and Families Senior Leadership this fall for their work in improving child welfare statewide.

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