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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.

New Football Helmet from Detroit’s Xenith Debuts at World Bowl

When the top high school football players from around the globe step onto the Azul Stadium field in Mexico City for the Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl on Dec. 22 they will be equipped with the latest helmet from Detroit-based Xenith LLC.

Whirlpool Corp. Chairman to Retire at Year’s End

Whirlpool Corp. Chairman Jeff M. Fettig announced Monday that he will retire from the Benton Harbor-based home appliance manufacturer at the end of the year. CEO Marc Bitzer will assume that title on Jan. 1.

DENSO to Produce New Inverter for Electric Vehicles at Tennessee Plant

Southfield-based DENSO says it will produce a next-generation inverter for electric vehicles at its Maryville, Tenn. plant as part of a $1 billion investment to make the facility a North American manufacturing hub for electrification, connectivity, and advanced safety products.

Plymouth Township’s Alliance Franchise Brands Acquires RSVP Publications of Tampa, Fla.

Plymouth Township’s Alliance Franchise Brands has acquired RSVP Publications of Tampa, Fla., via its wholly owned subsidiary, Allegra Holdings. The deal will expand Alliance’s offerings, bringing it to more than 650 locations.

Southfield’s Icahn Automotive Group Acquires Florida’s RPM Automotive

Southfield’s Icahn Automotive Group, which owns and operates Pep Boys, AAMCO, and Precision Tune Auto Care, will acquire Jacksonville, Fla.’s RPM Automotive. RPM operates 10 auto repair locations with more than 100 service bays throughout the northeastern part of Florida. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Troy-based Autonomous Vehicle Innovator Aptiv Opens Tech Center in Las Vegas

Autonomous vehicle innovator Aptiv, which operates a large technical center in Troy, has opened a 130,000-square-foot technical center in Las Vegas, showcasing the company’s end-to-end autonomous mobility business.

Karamba Security of Bloomfield Hills to Demonstrate Live Car Hacking at CES; Adds Ford’s...

Karamba Security in Bloomfield Hills says it plans to demonstrate its automotive cybersecurity platform at the Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 8-13, in Las Vegas. It also announced that retiring Ford mobility vice president and financial executive Neil M. Schloss has joined the company’s board of directors.

HAILed it: Tuition-free promise effectively recruits low-income students to University of Michigan

High-achieving, low-income students who receive a personalized commitment of financial aid are more than twice as likely to apply, be admitted to, and enroll in a top-tier university, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Colliers in Southfield Adds Building Security Advisory to Project Management Division

Colliers International Group, a large real estate and investment management company with offices in Southfield, has added a building and premises security advisory to its project management division, offering an extra layer of protection for clients.

Livonia’s Pet Supplies Plus Acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners

Livonia’s Pet Supplies Plus, the third-largest pet store chain in the U.S., has been sold to Sentinel Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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