September-October 2010

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University of Michigan Study Reports New Drug Combo Effective Treating Blood Cancer

In early results, all participants responded to treatment with limited side effects

U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics in Sterling Heights $112 Million Contract

Work to support performance specification changes to and fielding of the Stryker Combat Vehicle

Walter P. Chrysler Museum to Showcase 2011 Vehicles Amidst Holiday Exhibit Dec. 12

The Museum, located in Auburn Hills, will showcase nearly a dozen 2011 Chrysler Group LLC and FIAT vehicles

LochenHeath Golf Club Near Traverse City to Re-Open in Spring 2011

One of Michigan’s most versatile golf professionals, Mike Husby, has been tapped by a group of investors from Traverse City to revive the LochenHeath

Michigan Governor-Elect Rick Snyder to be sworn in at state Capitol January 1

Inauguration to take place outside; schedule of events released

GM and NASA Develop Robonaut 2 for International Space Station

Engineers from GM's Technical Center in Warren and NASA's Johnson Space center collaborated to produce a robot that could work side-by-side with humans

Detroit Edison Starts Second Generation Solar Energy Facility

Capacity nearly doubled at Scio Township SolarCurrents site in Washtenaw County

Dow Kokam and PVI Partner in Deployment of First Fully Electric Refuse Trucks

Dow Kokam Batteries and PVI Electric Powertrain Answer the Needs of SITA France, Eliminate 130 tons of CO₂ Per Truck Per Year

GM's EN-V Envisions Future of Personal Mobility

Envisioning what that future will need gave birth to the Electric Networked Vehicle, or EN-V.

Electric Vehicles Seen as Key to Achieving Energy Independence

But fewer than half expect to drive them, according to new survey from Livonia-based Market Strategies International

GM to Add 1,000 Electric Vehicle Engineering and Development Jobs in Michigan

Work will focus on next-generation electric vehicles beyond Chevrolet Volt

Study identifies unmet needs for Michigan innovators and entrepreneurs

More than 1,200 Michigan business owners, investors, entrepreneurs, consultants, business accelerators, and displaced workers participated in the I&E Survey

2011 North American International Auto Show Ready for Prime Time

More than 40 manufacturers and automotive suppliers to showcase vehicles and innovation in Detroit

Shelly Kemp Appointed Executive Director of the Greater Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce

Keeping It Local, Chamber Board Taps Royal Oak Native For Top Leadership Post

Roush Performance Relocates Headquarters to Plymouth Township

The new building allows Roush to further expand its growing Install Center for customer-owned vehicle modifications

GM to Invest $163 Million, Retain 184 Jobs in Three Plants

Investment support engine production for the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, and a new Chevrolet small car

Downtown Detroit Partnership Expands its Board of Directors

The distinguished line-up joins a long list of respected business and community leaders

The Battery Show 2011 is coming to Rock Financial Showplace in Novi

Focused on advanced battery technology, The Battery Show will be held October 25-27, 2011

Downtown Detroit Partnership Creates $4 Million Roger Penske Fund to Endow Homeless Outreach Program

Roger Penske Detroit Fund to permanently endow the 2-1-1 On The Go! homeless outreach program DDP operates with the United Way of Southeast Michigan

Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance Launches New Event with Unique Taste

Conference in Lansing on January 10, 2011 Aims to Promote Michigan’s Unique Culinary Assets

Exceptional, Early Growing Season Favorable for Michigan Red Wines

According to data compiled by Michigan State University, growing degree day accumulations for 2010 rivaled 2005, which was an exceptional year for Michigan wines

Michigan will finally add jobs, but economy is still hurting

After losing nearly 850,000 jobs since 2000, the Michigan economy will gain jobs next year for the first time in more than a decade

Cobo Center Lands New General Manager; Improvements on the Way

Thom Connors Named New Cobo General Manager, looks to improve upon Detroit Auto Show

Builders and Consumers Perceive Green Homes as Affordable to Live in But Expensive to Build

New Survey From Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity International Also Find Consumers Believe Savings may be Worth the Expense

American Axle Announces New Business Backlog of $850 Million for 2011/13

Advances AAM's strategic goals of expanding and diversifying its product portfolio, customer base, served markets and global manufacturing footprint

Prediction: Consumer Conservatism is Here to Stay

Most fundamental outlook change since the Great Depression, says new study from Livonia-based Market Strategies International

GM Raises Stock Offering Price Range and Increases Size

Common Stock Price Range Increased to $32.00 to $33.00

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame All Star Online Auction Nov. 15-21

Holiday Shopping for Sports Fans to Feature Unique Experiences With Gordie Howe, Joe Schmidt, and Many Others

Ford Super Duty Grabs 50 Percent of Heavy-Duty Market

One of every two heavy-duty pickups sold in the United States in the first nine months of the year is a Ford F-Series Super Duty

Thomson Reuters of Ann Arbor Announces Top U.S. Hospitals for Heart Care

Five Michigan Hospitals Make the List

Daimler Financial Services in Farmington Hills Changes its Name

New company will continue as captive financial services provider for Mercedes-Benz USA, smart USA, and Daimler Trucks North America

Michigan Governor-elect Snyder names senior staff

Dennis Muchmore chief of staff, Geralyn Lasher director of communications, and Michael Gadola legal affairs director

Bob Seger Saxman Alto Reed's Allstar Concert to Support Metro Detroit Unemployed

Jeff Daniels, Alto Reed, Mitch Ryder, & Motown Great Martha Reeves Set To “Rock For Jobs.”

Video Gamer Teaches GMC Vehicle to ‘Talk’

Patented technology provides customers real-time vehicle health check

Michigan Tourism Bounces Up in Third Quarter, Reports Comerica Bank

Michigan Tourism Index rose two points in the third quarter of 2010, to a level of 93

Chevrolet to Compete in 2012 IndyCar Series with New V-6 Engine

Returns to Open-Wheel Competition as Engine Maker in Partnership with Team Penske

DTE Energy Lays Groundwork for SmartCurrents Program

New meters to be installed in north Oakland County communities

Lottery Dreams Aren’t All About Spending Sprees

New Study from Livonia-based Market Strategies International says most winners would pay off debt

ROUSH CleanTech Powers Up Multiple Industries with Propane-Powered Vehicles

Wright & Filippis in Rochester Hills switches to propane and showcases decision at Expo

Michigan Economy at Two Year High in September

Report From Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index

"Jeff Daniels & Friends” Holiday Concert Returns To Celebrate Music Made In Michigan

Fifth annual holiday tradition continues as Daniels showcases Michigan musicians

GM achieves third consecutive quarter of profitability and positive cash flow

Net income of $2.0 billion, earnings per share of $1.20

Stokas Realty Advisors, Bieri Company Form Stokas Bieri Real Estate

Two local retail powerhouses become one

BorgWarner Expects $2.3 Billion in New Business for 2011-2013

Demand for environmentally friendly technologies, such as gasoline and diesel turbochargers, is expected to continue to drive strong growth

Chrysler Group LLC Reports an Operating Profit of $239 Million in the Third Quarter

Automaker Revises Guidance Upward for Full Year 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Invests $537 million in the state

The Blues subsidizes health coverage to keep it affordable for seniors and people transitioning from employer-sponsored coverage

Wayne State Researcher receives $3.4 million from NIH to test psychological therapies for fibromyalgia

Wayne State Researcher receives nearly $3.4 million from National Institutes of Health to test psychological therapies for fibromyalgia

Meijer to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Area Stores

Detroit and Grand Rapids-Area Meijer Stores First To Receive New Technology That Allows Customer to Charge Electric Vehicles at No Cost

Three Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Quality Programs Approved for National Research

More than $2.7 million in funding approved to evaluate effectiveness and validate initiatives

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will serve in prestigious fellowship at Urban Land Institute

The mission of the ULI Rose Center is to encourage and support excellence in land use decision making

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Hosts Week-Long Art Celebration

Healing Arts Program Nov. 15-19 features live artist demonstrations, photography and art classes, and live jazz and orchestra concerts.

Rugiero Casino Royale at the Italian American Club

The Antonio Rugiero Diabetes Research Fund at the University of Michigan held its 1st annual Rugiero Casino Royale on Oct. 30 at the Italian American Club in Livonia. The fundraiser included a strolling dinner, a silent auction, gaming, a raffle, entertainment, and a tribute to the late Antonio Rugiero Sr., who lived with type 2 diabetes for nearly 40 years.

View from the Top: Brandon M. Podolski of Plante Moran

Brandon M. Podolski, vice president of transaction management at Plante Moran CRESA in Southfield, discusses trends in office and industrial real estate in southeastern Michigan, as well as build-to-suit activities and investment transactions.

GM Announces Actions to Reduce Leverage by $11 Billion

Actions expected to reduce net interest cost and preferred dividends by $0.5 billion per year

Stryker Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Neurovascular Division of Boston Scientific

$1.5 Billion Acquisition of Boston Scientific Neurovascular gives Stryker a global leader in the approximately $900 million worldwide neurovascular market

Treetops Resort in northern Michigan hires Barry Owens as General Manager

As Garland Resort's GM, Owens achieved AAA's highest hospitality rating

Camp Mak-A-Dream at the Somerset Collection

The Michigan Chapter of the Friends of Camp Mak-A-Dream held a benefit called Cookies N' Dreams on Oct. 28 at the Somerset Collection in Troy. The evening affair raised funds to send children and young adults with cancer to a cost free camp in Montana. Camp Mak-A-Dream was founded by Michigan residents Sylvia and Harry Granader.

TiECon Midwest 2010 at The Henry

On Oct. 27, the Detroit chapter of TiE (Talent, Ideas, Enterprise) hosted a networking reception prior to TiECon Midwest 2010, Michigan's largest entrepreneurial conference (Oct. 28-29), at The Henry in Dearborn. The conference included a keynote address by Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Dow Corning CEO Calls for Focus on Green Manufacturing

Incentives, public-private partnerships key to green growth.

TiECon Midwest 2010 Unveils List of Elite Entrepreneurs: TiE20 Winners

Winners from California, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas.

Ford Posts Third Quarter 2010 Net Income of $1.7 Billion; Announces Additional Debt Reduction Actions

Ford Motor Company today reported third quarter net income of $1.7 billion, or 43 cents per share.

Eisbrenner Public Relations Celebrates 25 Years, Announces Detroit Office

Eisbrenner Public Relations is marking its 25th anniversary by opening an office in downtown Detroit’s TechTown.

View from the Top: Detroit's Parade Co. Marches On

Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co. in Detroit, wants the annual America's Thanksgiving Parade to be broadcast nationally to widen its appeal. He also is expanding the organization's ties with businesses, nonprofit groups, and educators in what is a challenging economy.

SOCK Dinner for Detroit's Capuchin Soup Kitchen

On Oct. 22, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen held its annual SOCK (Support Our Capuchin Kitchen) Dinner at the Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center. The evening included a silent auction, strolling cocktail party, sit-down dinner, and Afterglow.

Bayview Mackinac Race contributed $25 million to Michigan’s economy this summer

The 86th annual “Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race” included 206 sailboats racing from Port Huron to Mackinac Island in July

Ford Announces Executive Retirements, Makes Key Management Changes to Support One Ford Plan

Ford announces the retirements of two company officers as well as a series of executive appointments

Pentastar V-6 Set to Roll Out Across Broad Range of New Chrysler Vehicles

Significant cost savings realized with shift from seven engines to one V-6 engine

Art Van Furniture — Detroit Meets New York

The Big Apple was on full display at Art Van Furniture's fundraiser for the Henry Ford Health System on Oct. 21. The evening event, which coincided with Art Van Furniture's 51st anniversary, included a strolling supper, live entertainment, and displays of New York.

March of Dimes' 2010 Signature Chef's Auction

The Henry in Dearborn served as the setting for the March of Dimes' 2010 Signature Chef's Auction on Oct. 18. The fundraiser for babies, which honored Mike and Suzy Fezzey, included a live and silent auction, awards ceremony, and culinary creations from numerous eateries, including The Henry, Zazios, Steve and Rocky's, Slow's BBQ, and D'Amato's.

Annual Dream Maker’s Gala Hosted by DTE Energy on Oct. 21

Six deserving students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college or trade school of their choice, a wardrobe makeover and a laptop for their continuing education

Wine Grape Researchers Gather in Traverse City

Leading viticulturists from across U.S. will review progress of multi-state initiative

Beaumont Hospital Opens New Ernst Cardiovascular Center

Specialty clinics offer advanced and minimally invasive treatments for heart valve disease, atrial fibrillation, and more

China Bridge & Honigman Collaborate to Spur Chinese Business Development

The alliance combines the legal depth, professional experience and business knowledge of both organizations

Chrysler Group Begins Fiat Dealer Appointment Process in U.S.

The dealers appointed in this first phase have plans in place and will be ready to take orders for the Fiat 500 subcompact

The Capital Grille is hosting a gourmet dinner on Friday, Oct. 22 to support Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids

The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, followed by the Capital Grille-prepared dinner featuring Mercer Estates Winery selections

UM-Dearborn’s iLabs eCities recognizes 55 Michigan communities developing a positive entrepreneurial climate

East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Jonesville, Livonia, Meridian Township, Tecumseh, and Wixom, have been identified as the top performing communities at fostering entrepreneurial growth and economic development

Detroit-based NextCAT Inc. to commercialize biodiesel technology developed at Wayne State University

Detroit-based company, announced that it has received $250,000 in seed funding from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund

General Motors Offers Green Options for Business Fleets

Detroit Automaker showcases CNG vehicle for the first time at Green Fleet Conference

Microsoft Drives the Future of In-Vehicle Infotainment with Ford, Fiat, and other OEMs

Release of Windows Embedded Automotive 7 gives car makers and suppliers the tools, technology and flexibility to transform the in-car experience

Global Consulting in Farmington Hills Launches Job Search Seminars

Global Consulting launches new job-search division and hosts two find-your-dream-job seminars this fall

Former Canadian First Lady Margaret Trudeau Visits Dearborn

The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the University of Michigan Depression Center hosted a luncheon at The Henry in Dearborn on Oct. 14 featuring former First Lady of Canada Margaret Trudeau. Trudeau, who helped raise money for the Prechter research fund, addressed her own struggles with bipolar disorder along with her message of hope.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Launches “Community Foundation Challenge

The “Community Foundation Challenge – Emergency Food & Shelter” will also raise much-needed public awareness of the historic high demand for emergency food and shelter in the region

Ricardo's New Heavy-fuel Wolverine3 Engine Takes Flight at Nevada Test Site

Van Buren Township company completed its first in-flight tests at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Nevada National Security Site

Former president of Poland Lech Walesa to visit Wayne State University during landmark Detroit visit

With the opening of “Solidarnosc: Poland's Struggle for Freedom” at Wayne State’s Walter P. Reuther Library, Walesa marks the 30th anniversary of the Solidarity trade union

View from the Top: George Jackson on Detroit's Revival

As president and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corp., George W. Jackson Jr. has hand on the pulse of the city's revival. Jackson address the potential for a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons, the ongoing improvements of the Detroit Riverwalk, and the latest residential and retail projects.

CATCH Night of Champions at The Henry

Former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson's Charity for Children (CATCH) held its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 13 at The Henry in Dearborn. The Night of Champions event, which included a dinner and live auction, honored Vicki and Tom Celani, Ted Lindsay, and Tom Wilson.

Transformation Detroit

The Detroit Regional News Hub hosted a media tour of metro Detroit Oct. 13-14 called "Concept Cars to Concept Cities." In addition to a panel discussion with business and foundation leaders, participants visited Detroit's downtown and Midtown districts, Wayne State University, cruised the Detroit River on the Ovation yacht, and enjoyed a closing dinner at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester Hills.

University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Awards $40,000 in Grants and Accelerator Office Space

2010 Dare to Dream Recipients Include Business Concepts in Healthcare, eCommerce, Social Media and Information Technology

TiECon Midwest 2010, Michigan's largest entrepreneurial conference, is Oct. 28-29 in Dearborn

Organized by the Detroit Chapter of TiE (Talents, Ideas, Enterprise) at The Henry

Brother Rice Business Alliance at Ocean Prime

The Brother Rice Business Alliance held one of its three annual fundraisers benefiting Brother Rice High School in Birmingham on Oct. 12 at Ocean Prime in Troy. The networking reception included a keynote address by Andrew (Rocky) Raczkowski, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District (Oakland County).

Plugging In Detroit

The Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor hosted "The Business of Plugging In" in Detroit Oct. 12-14 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The event, which focused on new and emerging alternative fuel propulsion systems, included news conference, plenary and breakout sessions, and a VIP dinner at the Detroit Science Center.

Celani Family Vineyard's Restaurant Owner Tasting

On Oct. 11, Vicki and Tom Celani hosted area restaurant owners and their executives staffs for a wine tasting in Bloomfield Township. The evening affair included Celani Family Vineyards' Ardore, Chardonnay, 'Vincenza' Rose, Tenacious, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests also sampled a selection of fine wines from the Celani's cellar.

Turnaround Expert Jim McTevia Tackles Government Debt

Jim McTevia, managing member of McTevia & Associates, a management and financial consulting firm in Bingham Farms, has warned for years that the federal deficit is unsustainable. McTevia recently authored his second book, "The Culture of Debt: How a Once-Proud Society Mortgaged its Future," which explains how America racked up a gross national debt of $13.6 trillion, and what can be done to reduce it.

APACC's Salute to Excellence Award Dinner

On Oct. 7, the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce held its Salute to Excellence Award Dinner at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The event included a networking reception, dinner, awards program, and a keynote address by Wally Tsuha, chairman and CEO of Saturn Electronics & Engineering Inc. in Rochester Hills.

View from the Top: Ideal Group's Growth in Southwest Detroit

Loren Venegas, president of Ideal Group in southwest Detroit, explains how the multi-faceted company continues to grow despite the economy. The firm supplies packaging and other services to General Motors Co., provides plastic slip covers for parking poles to Walmart, Disney World, and dozens of other businesses, and offers construction services to a variety of industries.

Hospice of Michigan Crystal Rose Ball

More than 400 people attended the 25th Annual Crystal Rose Ball hosted by Hospice of Michigan on Oct. 2 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. The black tie affair included a strolling cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, and live music. Evening honorees included Maggie Allesee, Art Van Furniture, Carolyn Cassin, and Peggy Dzierzawski.

This Time is Different

These could possibly be the most expensive four words spoken — or mumbled — by an investor.

Oktoberfest on the Ovation Yacht

Infinity and Ovation Yacht Tours winded down its summer cruise series with an Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 1. The evening cruise on the Detroit River included premium beers from around the world, a strolling dinner, and entertainment by Brian Lorente.

Nino Salvaggio Charitable Foundation for Children in Need

On Oct. 1, the 4th Annual Charity Event was hosted by the Nino Salvaggio Charitable Foundation for Children in Need at Andiamo in Warren. The event, which included a strolling dinner, raised funds for several area charities, including Wigs 4 Kids, Vision Hope, Liberty Kids, Alternatives For Girls, Cop 4 Kids, Stand Up For Kids, and The Alhambra's.
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30 In Their Thirties — 2010

We asked our readers to nominate regional business leaders in their 30s who were making a mark in Michigan and around the world. From the latest technological advances to financial services to bankruptcy reorganizations to health care initiatives, the executives on the following pages all share a passion for growth, teamwork, and ingenuity.

Winds of Fortune

Over the past several months, everyone from media personalities to politicians has expounded on a long list of economic problems that have arguably created a one-state depression in Michigan. Most of us have heard the gloomy statistics so many times, we could recite them in our sleep.

Power Bandits

In overgrown, trash-lined alleys all over Detroit — even in upscale West Bloomfield Township, and as far away as the Upper Peninsula — a potentially lethal and expensive cat-and-mouse game is playing out every day at a steep cost to residents and businesses.

All Together Now

With an ample supply of empty office space in metro Detroit, why would a nonprofit organization build a $17.5-million headquarters in Farmington Hills?

To Heaven and Back

Early retirement sounded great when John Bornoty sold his Royal Oak-based technology company in 2005. But he soon found out the easy life was harder than it looked.

Trip the Light Fantastic

An international lighting designer, Ron Harwood often uses metro Detroit as a test lab for enhancing consumer encounters around the world, whether at luxury shopping malls, entertainment venues, public squares, or college campuses.

Disheveled & Debonair

A man should never appear completely perfect. The goal is to create something unique that conveys a sense of personal identity in a subtle, yet memorable, way.

A Program Ahead of Its Time

What happens when a product is so advanced that few people understand it? “It’s pretty lonely out there,” says Donald R. Fullenwider, president of Plymouth-based City Simulation, which offers advanced virtual reality programs to businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
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A Detroit Homearama

After years of mismanagement, new residential projects initiated by the Detroit Housing Commission rate among the best in the country. That’s a significant accomplishment for a city on the rebound, especially given Detroit’s historical resistance to partnering with the private sector.
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