November-December 2018

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DBusiness Breakfast Series: Economic Forecast – Presented by Plante Moran

DBusiness had a panel discussion of its 2019 Michigan Economic Forecast, where they examined what’s in store for the new year, whether the recent federal tax cuts will continue to stoke the economy, and how new leaders in Lansing and Washington, D.C. may help or hinder growth opportunities.

UHY Advisors Names CEO

UHY Advisors, a national accounting, tax, and consulting firm, announced that Steve McCarty has been elected CEO, effective January 2019. McCarty succeeds Tony Frabotta, with Frabotta assuming the role of chairman.

Detroit-based Strategic Staffing Solutions Executives Recognized by California’s Staffing Industry Analysts

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), a global adviser of staffing and workforce solutions, has named Cynthia J. Pasky, CEO of Detroit’s Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), and April Donaldson, executive vice president and a shareholder of S3, among the 2018 Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing list. This annual list honors women leaders and influencers who have excelled within the global talent marketplace.

From the Top

Cybersecurity Q&A with Dvir Reznik

Senior Marketing Manager for Automotive Cybersecurity, Harman Connected Services

Dream Weaver

As president of The Rockefeller Foundation, West Bloomfield Township native Dr. Rajiv J. Shah is on a quest to make the world a better place.

Community Business

Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball 2018

Henry Ford Hospital hosted its ninth annual Grand Ball on Saturday, Dec. 8 at MGM Grand Detroit. More than 800 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. Proceeds benefited the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute.

McLaren Executive Appointed to State Early Childhood Board

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office has announced the appointment of Sharyl Smith to the Early Childhood Investment Corp. (ECIC), an independent, public-owned nonprofit that works to help Michigan build better education, health, and economic outcomes through early childhood development.

PDA Q&A: Martin Manna

The E-Interview, President of Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, Farmington Hills

Troy’s Class Valuation Acquires California’s Landmark Network

Class Valuation, a Troy-based nationwide provider of real estate asset valuation and appraisal management solutions to the residential mortgage industry, has acquired California’s Landmark Network. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Startup Michigan

The state could drive additional growth and investment by following the Israeli economic development playbook.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan Names CFO

United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit today announced the appointment of Steven Schwartz as CFO effective Jan. 7, 2019.

Israeli Vanguard

More Michigan and Israeli high-tech companies are integrating their operations to drive new mobility platforms. A greater influx, still to come, will support the auto industry in formerly unimagined ways.

Arc of Progress

The early days of electric power in Detroit saw the launch of startup companies and created a ruckus not unlike events of the digital age.

Eyes Up

Avantius Group in Birmingham invests in proven health supplements.

Legal Brass

A lawyer in Detroit taps his manufacturing roots to better advise clients, including himself.

Spread Order

Dykema Attorney Appointed to Gov.-elect Whitmer’s Transition Team as General Counsel

Dykema, a Detroit-based national law firm, has announced that Steven C. Liedel will serve as general counsel to Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s transition team. Liedel is a managing member of the firm’s Lansing office and a member of its government policy and practice group.

Dykema’s Detroit Office Adds Senior Counsel

Dykema, a Detroit-based national law firm, has announced the addition of Rasul M. Raheem as senior counsel for the financial services litigation practice group in the firm’s Detroit office.

Lasting Prosperity

Michigan’s economy has accelerated over the last two years due to favorable federal policies and smart reform from Lansing. But unless state leaders lower personal taxes, remove burdensome regulations, and eliminate corporate welfare programs, the good times won’t last.

CEO Gift Guide 2018

Our holiday shopping guide takes you from the American Revolution to outer space.

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O’Keefe CEO Receives Detroit Executive Association Award

Detroit’s O’Keefe, a financial and strategic advisory firm, has announced its founder and CEO, Patrick M. O’Keefe, is the recipient of The Detroit Executives Association’s 2018 Executive of the Year Award.

Snow Much Fun

The spirit of the holidays is aglow at a Bloomfield Hills business all year long.

Southfield’s Farbman Group Names General Manager

Farbman Group/NAI Farbman, a commercial real estate firm based in Southfield, has named Steven Berlow as general manager.

Attorney at Detroit’s Butzel Long Receives Best of MichBusiness Award

Rebecca S. Davies, attorney and shareholder at Detroit’s Butzel Long, has been named a 2018 Best of MichBusiness Awards recipient.

Troy Executive Honored by 'Employee Benefit Adviser'

New York-based magazine 'Employee Benefit Adviser' has honored David Sokol, president and owner of Troy’s Wilshire Benefits Group, with the Adviser of the Year award for 2018.

Green and Smart

NextEnergy in Detroit transforms its mission to drive new transit solutions.

Detroit’s Shinola Hotel Names General Manager, Food and Beverage Director

Detroit’s Shinola Hotel has filled two key positions, naming Elliott Broom as general manager and Sol Andrews as food and beverage director, as the opening of the hotel approaches.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan Appoints Chief Impact Officer

United Way for Southeastern Michigan has announced the appointment of Tonya Adair as chief impact officer. In her new role, Adair will drive the development and implementation of United Way’s community impact strategy including basic needs, health, education, and economic prosperity. She will lead a team of 12 to assist underserved communities across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

Oakland University Names Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Oakland University has named Irene Spanos, Oakland County’s longtime director of economic development and community affairs, as the university’s director of corporate and foundation relations. She will begin her new role on Dec. 10.

BDO USA Appoints Three Partners

BDO USA, an accounting and consulting organization, has announced the appointment of three partners including Andy Zaleski, who has been promoted to Detroit tax office managing partner; John Marquardt, who will serve as the tax managing partner for the central region; and Rich Black, who was previously a senior manager in the firm’s Detroit office.

Medical Monopoly

Group Purchasing Organizations are charged with saving hospitals money, but special carve-outs from Congress, a closed and secretive marketplace, and the ability to collect fees and pay rebates all serve to drive up costs for patients.

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Names CEO, Senior Vice President of North Market

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System has selected Denise Brooks-Williams as new senior vice president and CEO for its north market in southeast Michigan.

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Elect Varnum Partner as Fellow

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, based in Maryland, has announced Varnum partner Barbara Eckert Buchanan has been elected as a new fellow. Varnum is based in Grand Rapids.

Ascension Providence Rochester Names Director of Cardiovascular Services

Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital in Rochester Hills has announced the appointment of cardiovascular physician Nishit Choksi as director of cardiovascular services.

Intellectual Property Attorney Joins Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright has announced the addition of Joseph J. Pytel to the firm’s Troy office as of counsel.

Lincoln Unveils Aero-Inspired Aviator SUV at Los Angeles Auto Show

Lincoln Motor Co. yesterday unveiled its latest midsize premium SUV, Aviator, and its hybrid hangar mate, Aviator Grand Touring, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

President of Northwood University in Midland Announces Retirement

Keith Pretty, president and CEO of Midland’s Northwood University, announced he will retire effective June 30, 2019.

HNTB Michigan Hires Vice President and Program Manager

HNTB Corp., employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm, announced the addition of Regine Beauboeuf as vice president and program manager to the firm’s Michigan office in Detroit. She will support key project pursuits and delivery across the region.

Dykema’s Bloomfield Hills Office Adds Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Attorney

Dykema, a Detroit-based national law firm, has announced the addition of Kenneth J. Sachs to its employee benefits and executive compensation practice group in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office.

Pontiac’s Haven Names President and CEO

Haven, an organization in Pontiac that provides comprehensive programs and services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, has named Aimee Nimeh as its president and CEO.

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Receives $5M Gift to Launch Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center

Beaumont Health in Southfield today announced Max and Debra Ernst of Orchard Lake have increased their support to heart and vascular care to a total of $8 million, launching the new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. The latest gift totals $5 million.

DMC Names CFO

Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has announced that Brittany Lavis has accepted the role of CFO of the Detroit market. In her new role, Lavis reports directly to Anthony Tedeschi, CEO of DMC.

Rehmann’s Ann Arbor Office Adds Two New Hires

Rehmann, a certified public accountant (CPA), business consulting, and financial services firm, has added two new hires to its Ann Arbor office in the governmental and higher education sectors. Matt Behnke, a CPA and chartered global management accountant, will serve as an assurance senior manager, and Daniel Clark, CPA will serve as an assurance principal.

Troy’s Ross Mortgage Adds Vice President, Four Other Employees

Ross Mortgage Corp., a full-service residential mortgage lender headquartered in Troy, announced the appointment of Theresa Sprague as vice president of branch growth and retention. The firm has also added Jason Sprague and his team of loan officers, Jon DeKoninck, Denise Huettner, and Tim Donner.

J.P. Morgan in Birmingham Adds Head Wealth Adviser

Kathryn Katz has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank as head wealth adviser for the Michigan market, based in the Birmingham office.

Detroit Renewable Energy Names Vice President of Government and Community Affairs

Detroit Renewable Energy has announced the addition of Stacie Clayton as vice president of government and community affairs.

Troy-based Dickinson Wright Attorney Elected Chair of State Bar’s Environmental Section

Kelly Martorano, an attorney at Dickinson Wright’s Troy office, has been elected as chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Section.

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Business Features

Cybersecurity Q&A with Dvir Reznik

Senior Marketing Manager for Automotive Cybersecurity, Harman Connected Services

Community Business

Israeli Vanguard

More Michigan and Israeli high-tech companies are integrating their operations to drive new mobility platforms. A greater influx, still to come, will support the auto industry in formerly unimagined ways.

Eyes Up

Avantius Group in Birmingham invests in proven health supplements.

Spread Order

Lasting Prosperity

Michigan’s economy has accelerated over the last two years due to favorable federal policies and smart reform from Lansing. But unless state leaders lower personal taxes, remove burdensome regulations, and eliminate corporate welfare programs, the good times won’t last.

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Snow Much Fun

The spirit of the holidays is aglow at a Bloomfield Hills business all year long.

Green and Smart

NextEnergy in Detroit transforms its mission to drive new transit solutions.
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Business Resources

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From the Magazine

Startup Michigan

The state could drive additional growth and investment by following the Israeli economic development playbook.

Arc of Progress

The early days of electric power in Detroit saw the launch of startup companies and created a ruckus not unlike events of the digital age.
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