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Clayton Thelen Named CFO and Secretary of Agree Realty

Bloomfield Hills-based Agree Realty Corp. has announced Clayton Thelen as CFO and secretary.

Detroit Country Day School Adds 2 to Board of Trustees

Detroit Country Day School (DCDS), an independent college prep school, has appointed Derek T. Batts, financial advisor and attorney, and Danialle Karmanos, entrepreneur and philanthropist, to its board of trustees.

Joan Byrne Named Buyer of the Year

The Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association (MPPOA), a non profit organization, has awarded Joan Byrne as the 2017 Buyer of the Year.

A Better Idea

Alessandro F. Uzielli, great-great grandson of Henry Ford, is finding himself in Detroit more than ever.

Collins Eindhorn Farell Hires Elizabeth A. Hohauser

Collins Einhorn Farrell, a law firm located in Southfield, has appointed Elizabeth A. Hohauser to the firm’s General and Automotive Practice Group.

David Goswami Joins Harness Dickey

Harness Dickey law firm has added attorney David Goswami to its metro Detroit office in Troy.

Double Duty

Bonner C. Upshaw III was a professional on the hardwood; now he's in the corporate suite.

Touchdown

Former University of Michigan football trainer, Mike Barwis, uses his knowledge to help athletes prevent and overcome injuries

PDA Q&A: Michael Angelo Caruso, E-Interview

Interview with owner of Edison House in Royal Oak.

Virtual Studio

Clawson's Deep Canvas is using virtual reality to create product prototypes.

Greg Nodland Promoted to President of Great Expressions Dental Centers

Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a dental support organization headquartered in Southfield, has promoted Greg Nodland to president.

James Townsend Elected to Wayne State University's Order of the Coif

James H. Townsend, an attorney for Detroit-based Butzel Long, has been elected to Wayne State University’s (WSU) Chapter of the Order of the Coif.

Nurture And Renew

If Southwest Solutions, a multifaceted human services agency in Detroit, did nothing else but renovate affordable homes and sell them to lower-income residents, homeless people, or veterans, it would fail.

Tech Forward

Oakland University cited nationally for developing talent for self-driving vehicle industry.

Honor And Legacy

How a pizza chain inspired a marque restaurant at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Thomas W. Litzler Named Executive Vice President and COO of Schostak Brothers and Co.

Livonia-based real estate company Schostak Brothers and Co. has selected Thomas W. Litzler as their president and COO.

Achates Power Adds Two Board of Directors

Achates Power Inc., a San Diego-based internal combustion engine developer with offices in Farmington Hills, has added John Wall and John Koszewnik to their board of directors.

Ted Gillary Named Executive of the Year by Detroit Executives Association

Ted Gillary, executive manager of the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), will be honored by the Detroit Executives Association as the Executive of the Year on Nov. 30.

Jack Entertainment Adds 6 to Leadership Team

Detroit-based gaming company Jack Entertainment has announced six promotions within their leadership team.

OpTech Appoints Gary Corbin as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development

OpTech, a Troy-based IT, engineering, healthcare, and financial solutions provider, has announced Gary Corbin as executive vice president of corporate development.

A. Douglas Rothwell Added to ITC Holding Corp. Board of Directors

ITC Holdings Corp., an electricity transmission company headquartered in Novi, has appointed A. Douglas Rothwell to its board of directors.

Mark R. Lezotte Awarded Richard L. Beer Volunteer Award

Mark Lezotte, a health care attorney for Detroit-based Butzel Long, has received the Richard L. Beer Volunteer Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Detroit (UCP/Detroit).

Variety Detroit Announces Lois Shaevsky as Board of Directors President

Variety Children’s Charity of Detroit, has named Lois Shaevsky as president of its board of directors.

Arsenal of Innovation

Propelled by the U.S. Army’s large R&D operation in Warren, the defense, automotive, manufacturing, IT, and cybersecurity sectors are converging to develop autonomous ground and aerial vehicles, new technologies, and rapid prototyping.

Tale of Two Cities

Rebuilding urban districts lining Michigan Avenue — Corktown in Detroit and the two downtown areas of Dearborn — follow a similar formula: Get land control, find strong developers, reduce red tape, and rebuild.

Katila Howard Receives 2017 Five Under Ten Award

Katila Howard, an attorney for Lansing law firm Foster Swift, was one of five recipients of the “Five Under Ten” Young Alumni Recognition Award for the Black Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (UMBA).

Margaret Dimond Named President and CEO of McLaren Oakland

McLaren Oakland has appointed Margaret Dimond as president and CEO.

Gerold Bepler Elected to Serve Board of Directors of American Cancer Institutes

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) has elected Dr. Gerold Bepler, president and CEO of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit to serve a three-year term on the board of directors.

Randal Brown to Serve as General Counsel for The Great Lakes Water Authority

Detroit-based Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), a water and sewer services provider, has hired Randal Brown as general counsel.

DBusiness Breakfast Series: Powered by Women 2017

The DBusiness Breakfast Series presented by Plante Moran was held at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on August 20 celebrating the Powered by Women 2017 honorees. Guests enjoyed a strolling breakfast, networking, and presentation from the female business leaders featured on this year’s Powered by Women list.

30 in Their Thirties 2017

Disruption is a key aspect of the 2017 class of 30 in Their Thirties, upending such traditional industries as the real estate title sector, metals recycling, 3-D scanning, point-of-sale systems, retail shopping, and logistics.

Tim Williams Named Vice Chairman of Pinkerton

Ann Arbor-based Pinkerton, a corporate risk management services and solutions provider, has appointed Tim Williams as vice chairman.

Ronald and Eileen Wesier Donate $1 Million to UM-Dearborn

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) has received a $1 million donation for their Engineering Lab Building project from Ronald and Eileen Weiser.

Catherine M. Karol Joins Butzel Long as Counsel

Business law firm Butzel Long has announced Catherine M. Karol to join as Counsel in the firm’s Detroit office.

Doeren Mayhew Names Chad Anscheutz as Chairman and Managing Shareholder

Troy-based accounting and advisory firm Doeren Mayhew announced Chad Anscheutz as chairman and managing shareholder.

Michigan Women’s Foundation Adds Kristin Lusn as Director of Development

The Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), a non profit organization with offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit, has announced Kristin Lusn as director of development.

Finn Partners Names Mike DeVilling as Detroit Senior Partner

Detroit-based Finn Partners, a marketing and communications firm, has added Mike DeVilling as the agency’s senior partner.

Peg Tallet Named COO of Michigan Women’s Foundation

The Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), a non profit organization with offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit, has promoted Peg Tallet to COO.

Michigan Human Society Appoints Two Executive Leaders

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) in Bingham Farms has announced Doug Plant and Andy Seltz to join their team.

Michele Azar Joins Art Van as Chief Digital Officer

Warren-based Art Van Furniture has hired Michele Azar as chief digital officer.

Dream Makers' Gala 2017

The Detroit Hispanic Development Corp. hosted the 20th Anniversary Dream Makers' Gala on Sept. 28 at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino. Guest enjoyed a strolling dinner, cocktails, live music, and a silent auction.

Patrick O’Keefe Named CEO of Grow Michigan

Bloomfield Hills-based Grow Michigan, a company that provides growth capital structure to the Michigan small business community, today announced Patrick O’Keefe as CEO.

Beaumont Health Appoints Aaron Gillingham as Chief of Human Recourses

Royal Oak-based Beaumont Health has named Aaron Gillingham as chief of human resources.

Mike Treash Named Vice President and COO of HAP

Detroit-based insurance company, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), today announced Mike Treash as their new senior vice president and COO.

Rob Casalou Named Board Chairman of Together Health Network

Southfield-based health care provider, Together Health Network, has selected Rob Casalou as chairman of its board of directors.

Thomas Lasky Returns to Colliers International as Executive Vice President

Southfield-based Colliers International, a global real estate service company, has hired Thomas Lasky back to their team of executives.

United Way Adds 3 Team Leaders

United Way of Southeastern Michigan, a nonprofit organization that facilitates volunteering, advocacy, and campaigning for the region, has appointed three new members to its leadership team.

Tata Technologies Appoints JK Gupta as Chief Financial Officer

India-based Tata Technologies, a global engineering services and manufacturing provider with its North American office in Novi, today announced JK Gupta as their new chief financial officer.

City Year Detroit Adds 4 to Board of Directors

City Year Detroit, an organization that provides research-based interventions to help students and schools succeed, has announced four new members to their board of directors.

Charles P. Barnes Becomes Of Counsel to Demorest Law Firm

Royal Oak-based Demorest Law Firm has announced Charles P. Barnes to become of counsel to the firm.

Robert L. Dewaelsche Named President of Southwest Detroit Business Association

The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA), a non-profit organization that facilitates the continuation of a stable Southwest Detroit, today announced Robert L. Dewaelsche as their new president.

Tim Laube Receives 2017 Soaring Eagle Award

Vistage Michigan, an executive coaching organization, has awarded Tim Laube the 2017 Soaring Eagle Award.

Colby Newman Named Executive Chef at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (GPYC), in Grosse Pointe Shores, has appointed Colby Newman as their new executive chef.

Hunter Coe Named CEO of Coe Press Equipment

Sterling Heights-based Coe Press Equipment, a coil handling manufacturing company, has promoted Hunter Coe to CEO.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health Announces Mark Smith as Chief Medical Officer

Jackson-based Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH), a locally governed health system, today named Dr. Mark Smith as their new senior vice president, medical affairs, and chief medical officer (CMO).

Michigan Economic Development Corp. Funds New Projects, More Jobs

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. today approved two business expansions and community development projects that are expected to generate $18.5 million in capital investment and create 185 jobs in the state.

Katie Ceci Promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at Ross Mortgage

Troy-based Ross Mortgage Corp., a residential mortgage lender, today announced Katie Ceci’s promotion to assistant branch manager.

Sean McCaffrey Named President and CEO at Gas Station TV

Gas Station TV (GSTV), a national video network, today announced Sean McCaffrey as their new president and CEO. McCaffrey brings more than 20 years of experience in the media industry to his new position at GSTV.

HNTB Corp. Adds Nathan Ford to their Firm as Public Involvement Director

HNTB Corp, an infrastructure solution firm serving both public and private owners, has announced that Nathan Ford will be joining their team in the company's Detroit Office.

Sachse Construction Announces Two Executive Leadership Changes

Detroit-based Sachse Construction, a commercial construction management firm, has announced two updates to its executive leadership team. Jay McKnee will now serve as Sachse’s vice president and director of pre-construction, and Kevin Blind joins the leadership team as vice president of commercial operations.

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Double Duty

Bonner C. Upshaw III was a professional on the hardwood; now he's in the corporate suite.

Touchdown

Former University of Michigan football trainer, Mike Barwis, uses his knowledge to help athletes prevent and overcome injuries

PDA Q&A: Michael Angelo Caruso, E-Interview

Interview with owner of Edison House in Royal Oak.

Virtual Studio

Clawson's Deep Canvas is using virtual reality to create product prototypes.

Nurture And Renew

If Southwest Solutions, a multifaceted human services agency in Detroit, did nothing else but renovate affordable homes and sell them to lower-income residents, homeless people, or veterans, it would fail.

Tech Forward

Oakland University cited nationally for developing talent for self-driving vehicle industry.

Honor And Legacy

How a pizza chain inspired a marque restaurant at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Tale of Two Cities

Rebuilding urban districts lining Michigan Avenue — Corktown in Detroit and the two downtown areas of Dearborn — follow a similar formula: Get land control, find strong developers, reduce red tape, and rebuild.
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A Better Idea

Alessandro F. Uzielli, great-great grandson of Henry Ford, is finding himself in Detroit more than ever.

Double Duty

Bonner C. Upshaw III was a professional on the hardwood; now he's in the corporate suite.

Touchdown

Former University of Michigan football trainer, Mike Barwis, uses his knowledge to help athletes prevent and overcome injuries

PDA Q&A: Michael Angelo Caruso, E-Interview

Interview with owner of Edison House in Royal Oak.

Virtual Studio

Clawson's Deep Canvas is using virtual reality to create product prototypes.

Nurture And Renew

If Southwest Solutions, a multifaceted human services agency in Detroit, did nothing else but renovate affordable homes and sell them to lower-income residents, homeless people, or veterans, it would fail.

Tech Forward

Oakland University cited nationally for developing talent for self-driving vehicle industry.

Honor And Legacy

How a pizza chain inspired a marque restaurant at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
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