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Tim Keenan

Tim Keenan is managing editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily News, Tech and Mobility News, Detroit 500, and Michigan Makers. Prior to joining DBusiness, he was a senior account executive at Campbell Marketing & Communications in Dearborn, working with the Motorcraft-Quick Lane racing teams in NASCAR and the NHRA. In other positions, he executed public relations and marketing strategies for several Tier One automotive suppliers. His journalism credits include The Football News-Basketball Weekly in Detroit, The Hardwood News in Lansing, Monday Morning Newspapers in Warren, and Ward’s Communications in Southfield. While at Ward’s, Mr. Keenan was part of a team that won the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award in 1995. In late 2020, he published “Everybody Loves Mickey,” a biography of retired professional wrestler “Irish” Mickey Doyle. Mr. Keenan also is chairman of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo and is a volunteer for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach, Fla. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Arbor Asset Management of Ann Arbor Sold to Denver’s Mercer Global Advisors

Arbor Asset Management, an Ann Arbor wealth management firm, has been acquired by Mercer Global Advisors Inc. of Denver, Colo. for undisclosed terms.

U-M Teaching Self-driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement, Funded by Ford Motor Co. Grant

University of Michigan researchers in Ann Arbor are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than current technologies by zeroing in on humans’ gait, body symmetry, and foot placement from data collected by vehicle sensors.

Ford Testing Digital ‘Warehouse on Wheels’ Concept in London, Last Mile by Bike, Drone,...

Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Gnewt by Menzies Distribution in London, England to test a digital “warehouse on wheels” concept for last-mile delivery, which has the potential to help cut traffic, reduce emissions, and improve delivery times.

BorgWarner Acquires Oregon Companies, Forms Cascadia Motion to Explore Electric, Hybrid Propulsion Solutions

Auburn Hills’ BorgWarner, a global auto supplier, has acquired Oregon’s Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing and merged them into a new, wholly-owned company named Cascadia Motion. The new entity will explore electric and hybrid propulsion solutions for niche and emerging applications. Terms of the transactions were not released.

Rockbridge Growth Equity in Detroit Closes on $355M in New Capital Investments

Rockbridge Growth Equity, a Detroit‐based private equity firm, has completed a $355-million transaction in which a consortium of blue‐chip institutional investors agreed to acquire an interest in four Rockbridge companies as well as seed new platform investments.

Plex Study: A Third of Manufacturers Using Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things is quickly gaining popularity among manufacturers, with a third planning to leverage connected devices, sensors, and machinery within the next five years, according to the results of the fourth annual State of Manufacturing Technology survey conducted by Plex Systems, a Troy-based provider of cloud-based manufacturing services.

2020 GMC Acadia Features New Styling, Engine Options, Interior Technology

GMC says its 2020 Acadia, which will be available in dealerships this fall and is being built at General Motors Co.’s Spring Hill, Tenn. assembly plant, will offer fresh exterior styling and smarter technologies both under the hood and inside the cabin.

Detroit Boat Show, Including New Nautical Products, Cruises into Cobo Center Feb. 16-24

It may be frigid outside, but inside Cobo Center, Feb. 16-24, all thoughts will be on the coming summer during the Detroit Boat Show, which is expected to draw more than 60,000 boaters and other interested consumers in from the cold.

Troy’s Automation Alley to Present 2019 Technology in Industry Report April 29 at DIA

Automation Alley is poised to present its 2019 Technology in Industry Report titled “From Vision to Implementation” on April 29 at 8 a.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The report is designed to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological change.

Taubman in Bloomfield Hills Sells Shares of Three Asian Shopping Centers for $480M

Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman Centers Inc., a large luxury shopping mall developer, has agreed to sell 50 percent of its Taubman Asia’s interests, worth $480 million, in three Asia-based shopping centers to funds managed by The Blackstone Group in New York City.