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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.
Cooper Standard

Novi’s Cooper Standard Finalizes $266M Sale of Anti-Vibration Systems Business to Auburn Hills’ Continental

Cooper Standard, a Novi-based automotive supplier, has completed the sale of its anti-vibration systems business to Auburn Hills’ Continental AG for $266 million.
U-D Jesuit Johnson Rec Center

U-D Jesuit to Acquire and Renovate Detroit’s Vacant Johnson Recreation Center

The city of Detroit is planning to sell the vacant Johnson Recreation Center for $625,000 to the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, which will renovate and reactivate the facility and give access to the local neighborhood. If approved by City Council, renovation work will begin in the fall.

Navigating Growth

Riding the waves with Hemisphere Design Works in Muskegon, the world’s largest kayak-maker.
all-new Silverado

All-new Pickups Pace GM First-Quarter Sales; Down 7% from 2018

Detroit’s General Motors Co. sold 665,840 vehicles in the first quarter of 2019, down 7 percent from “very strong” year-ago figures, with trucks, SUVs, and crossovers comprising 80 percent of the sales mix.
Xevo Inc.

Southfield’s Lear Corp. to Acquire Connected Car Software Company Xevo for $320M

Lear Corp., a Southfield-based automotive seating and electrical and electronic systems supplier, said Monday it plans to acquire Seattle’s Xevo Inc., an automotive software supplier that develops solutions for cloud, car, and mobile devices, for $320 million.

Detroit’s Compuware Updates Topaz for Total Test Software for Mainframe Automated Testing

Detroit-based Compuware says it has made enhancements to its automated mainframe testing solution Topaz for Total Test, which now provides unit, functional, integration, and regression testing capabilities in a single product, an industry-first for automated testing, according to the company.
income gains

U-M Report: Record Income Gains Reported by Consumers, Best Since 1966

The latest University of Michigan Surveys of Consumer Sentiment reports record-level income gains accompanied by lower than expected year-ahead inflation rates, resulting in more favorable real income expectations.

Fintech Challenge Returns to Detroit August 2019

Applications are due by June 30 for the second annual Detroit Fintech Challenge to take place on Aug. 3 at TechTown in Detroit.
Nikon Metrology

Brighton’s Nikon Metrology Sells iGPS Manufacturing Tracking Business to Canada’s 7D Kinematic

Canada-based 7D Kinematic Metrology Inc. has acquired the iGPS manufacturing tracking business of Brighton’s Nikon Metrology. Terms were not disclosed for the transaction that is expected to close on March 31.
public relations

Marx Group, Eisbrenner Public Relations Will Merge to Form Marx Buscemi Eisbrenner Group

Two public relations agencies, Marx Group in Bloomfield Hills and Eisbrenner Public Relations in Royal Oak, announced Thursday that they would merge to form Marx Buscemi Eisbrenner Group. The deal will close in April.