DBusiness Daily Update: Alfa Romeo Sells Out Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary Editions, and More

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Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary editions have sold out globally. // Photo courtesy of Alfa Romeo

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Alfa Romeo Sells Out Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary Editions

The Alfa Romeo brand of Auburn Hills’ Stellantis reports that it has sold all of the 200 Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary models that were available around the world.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary model sold for $85,160 and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary stickered at $92,675, not including a $1,595 destination charge.

The limited editions of the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio 100th Anniversary wear the badge of the historic Quadrifoglio logo, reinterpreted with a modern flair by designers at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo in Turin, Italy. The badge preserves the elegance with evolutions in color. A contemporary chromatic touch evokes the brand’s glorious cars and famed sporting victories.

A 2.9-liter turbo V-6 engine with 505 horsepower drives a mechanical limited-slip differential to optimize torque transfer, increasing stability, agility and cornering speed. Gold-colored brake calipers and carbon fiber-covered grille and mirror caps are exclusive to the 100th Anniversary models. The interior boasts gold-colored stitching with the celebratory badge on the dashboard. The sporty cabin is dominated by carbon fiber, featuring a new 3D finish. The steering wheel is upholstered in leather and Alcantara with black stitching and carbon-fiber accents.

Detroit Gives Black Juneteenth Celebration to Award Eight Detroit Philanthropists

TSPO (The Soul of Philanthropy) Michigan, in partnership with Detroit Historical Society and Urban Art Orchestra, invites the community to the Detroit Historical Museum from 3-7 p.m. this afternoon for a Juneteenth celebration.

The program includes speakers, performances, guided tours by Valaida Fullwood, and an awards ceremony to honor a few of Detroit’s many philanthropy heroes. Tickets are free for youth and $15 for adults.

“As Juneteenth in recent years has finally received the widespread recognition it deserves, TSOP Michigan is highlighting the Black philanthropists and cultural figures that have always known how valuable this day is and what it means for Black people,” says Collin Mays, co-chair of TSOP Michigan.

During the event, attendees can experience the new national exhibit “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy,” which amplifies Detroit’s story of giving as well as honoring local Black philanthropists.

Awardees include Kirk Mayes, Kenyetta Campbell, Renee’ Fluker, Daniel Washington, Gail Perry Mason, Denise Brooks Williams, Mama Shu Harris, and Marilyn McCormick.

To register, visit here.

Royal Oak’s CMB Automotive Marketing Partners with South Carolina Firm

CMB Automotive Marketing in Royal Oak has partnered with automotive accessory-selling software company Insignia Group in Rock Hill, S.C. to expand Insignia’s audience of dealerships and customer base.

CMB’s expertise in developing effective marketing strategies, creating compelling content, and deploying successful campaigns will benefit Insignia Group as the company accelerates into automotive’s digital retailing era.

“We’re excited to begin this partnership with Insignia Group to help them position their brand as the leading accessories e-retail integrator on the market and to guide the development of a marketing strategy that will take them to the next level,” says Chris Bowers, CEO of CMB.

CMB will be providing a range of strategic services to Insignia Group, including brand positioning and campaign development. CMB will develop a strategy that solidifies Insignia Group as the “ultimate partner for accessories in the automotive industry.”

“Automotive digital retailing is providing dealerships with an unprecedented opportunity to merchandise automotive accessories, unlike any other time,” says David Copp Stringer, CEO of Insignia Group. “Insignia Group is in the right place, at the right time to enable a consumer experience that offers Vehicle Personalization during the car sale — all managed by fixed operations. We have selected CMB to help us tell our story based on their deep industry understanding and creative process.”

The partnership is expected to yield significant results for Insignia Group, growing what the company has developed over the last two decades —a cutting-edge technology that dealerships and digital retailers need today.

Birmingham House Tour Showcases Unique Homes and Inspiring Designs

The 34th annual Birmingham House Tour is taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 14, promising a memorable experience for all attendees.

The event will showcase some of the most unique and captivating houses in the area.

To enhance the experience, each home on the tour will be staffed with knowledgeable docents who will share fascinating insights with attendees. The docents will provide a deeper understanding of the rich history, both inside and outside, and highlight the latest design trends incorporated into the homes.

This self-guided tour offers guests the flexibility to begin their journey at any of the featured homes and take a midday break for lunch at The Community House.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here.

St. John’s Resort to Host Vehicle Cybersecurity Conference June 20-22

 Escar USA, a conference focused on embedded security in cars is taking place June 20-22 at St. John’s Resort in Plymouth Township.

The conference brings together automotive cybersecurity professionals from industry, academia, and government organizations, including Josep Pi Rodriguez, principal security consultant at IOActive, who will be presenting his research on a sophisticated relay attack that would allow someone with physical access to a Tesla Model Y to unlock and steal it in a matter of seconds. The vulnerability involves what’s called an NFC relay attack and requires two thieves working in tandem.

Modern automobiles are complex cyber-physical systems, interacting with their passengers, the environment, infrastructure, and each other in rich and subtle ways. Nearly every system in a modern vehicle is computerized, and the complexity and degree of interaction of these systems is increasing at a rapid pace. Automotive cybersecurity is a crucial, multi-faceted topic with many aspects found in traditional IT security, but also has numerous automotive-specific elements and considerations.

In addition to its technical program, escar USA provides the automotive cybersecurity community with the opportunity for casual information exchange, networking, and collaboration. The event will start in the evening of June 20 with a welcome reception, followed by two days of presentations.

For more information, visit here.

Power Connections Networking Conference Connects Commercial Real Estate Industry

More than 400 commercial real estate professionals are expected to attend Power Connections in Commercial Real Estate from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. June 22 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

This immersive one-day conference connects key members of the industry, facilitating knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, and the establishment of power connections.

The theme of the event is Create Powerful Connections in Commercial Real Estate,” which emphasizes the importance of building connections in the industry, going beyond discussions about buildings, banking uncertainty, and challenging market conditions.

It’s open to professionals in the commercial real estate industry and interested parties.

The event will feature speakers and industry innovators, trendsetters, and newsmakers. Confirmed for a special fireside chat is Ron Boji, CEO of Boji Group, highlighting his journey from the basement to the 23rd floor and an enterprise generating a half billion dollars annually.

Ambassador John Rakolta Jr, chairman of Walbridge, and recently appointed co-chair of Growing Michigan Together Council, will make a keynote address on Stopping Michigan’s Population Loss, and participate in another fireside chat.

Several entrepreneurs, executives, and thought leaders in commercial real estate are featured panelists. They will provide insight into the latest market conditions, share actionable advice, and discuss strategies for business growth.

Among the notables:

  • Sam Beznos, CEO of Beztak
  • David Cohen, CEO of Arco North
  • Emily D’Agsotini, principal of D’Agostini Cos.
  • Charles Gleeson II, CEO of C.E. Gleeson Constructors Inc.
  • Andy Gutman, president of Farbman Group
  • Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
  • Lori Mullins, vice president of VP Economic Incentives at the Michigan Economic Development Corp,
  • Gideon Pfeffer of The GSH Group

For more information, visit here.

Henry Ford Milk Bank – Jackson Opens Doors Providing Safe Human Milk for Babies

Staff at the Henry Ford Milk Bank-Jackson delivered its first batch of safe, pasteurized human donor breast milk to Henry Ford Jackson Hospital after successfully completing the Human Milk Banking Association of North America accreditation process (HMBANA).

The nonprofit Henry Ford Milk Bank-Jackson is only the second human donor milk bank in Michigan, and the most convenient location for donors in central and southeast Michigan.

“We’re so very proud to be one of the few health systems in the country that provide this service,” says Bob Riney, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health. “Having our own milk bank improves our ability to promote the health and well-being of vulnerable infants in Henry Ford hospitals and our communities in a new and exciting capacity.”

According to HMBANA, there are approximately 30 other accredited milk banks in the United States; only eight are affiliated with a hospital or health system.

“The milk bank is so important for promoting breastfeeding and improving infant health in our community,” says Emily Moorhead, president of Henry Ford Jackson Hospital. “As we open our doors, we expand the potential to reduce social disparities and decrease overall health care costs by increasing access to breast milk for those in need.”

In instances when a mother would like to breast feed but can’t, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend donor human milk as the best alternative.

Breast milk’s short- and long-term health benefits to infants are well established by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It’s proven to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and is especially important for premature babies in need of additional hormones and growth factors to assist in their development. Babies who consume breastmilk are also less likely to have earaches, stomachaches and colds or develop chronic illnesses including obesity, asthma, and diabetes.

The need for donor human breast milk in Jackson is especially great. The city of Jackson and Jackson County consistently report some of the highest infant mortality rates in the state of Michigan. Almost 12 percent of people in Jackson County live in poverty.

People who want to donate their milk can contact the Henry Ford Milk Bank – Jackson at milkbank@hfhs.org.

For more information, visit here.

Opus IVS Unveils New Giotto Software to Bolster European Brand Support

DETROIT, June 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Opus IVS, the Detroit-based diagnostics, ADAS calibration, programming, and on-demand remote auto technician support provider, has launched the latest iteration of its Giotto software.

Release 21.2 seamlessly integrates into Opus IVS’s DriveSafe and DrivePro Remote Unlimited products.

The enhanced Giotto release offers comprehensive support for 2023 model year vehicles, along with strides forward in Ford Motor Co. ADAS, Toyota, General Motors Co., and VAG capabilities, encompassing a wide array of new models and cutting-edge ADAS systems.

The latest content update brings the entire MY23 range of Toyota/Lexus/Scion within reach, complemented by additional model support for the Audi e-Tron GT. Furthermore, Opus IVS introduces features such as sensor auto detection speed and network test communications on CAN-29 bit modules for VW/Audi.

Ford content enhancements include the F-250/350, 6.7L MY23 support and the Lane Change Warning system test for the X1 chassis. Additionally, the Porsche 992 now benefits from 3.8L support, and all Land Rover vehicles offers integration of Active Commands for DoIP.

“This is not just an ordinary update; it’s our most significant leap forward to date,” says Jay Horak, chief technology officer at Opus IVS. “We derive our priorities directly from real-world insights, ensuring our customers receive unparalleled vehicle coverage for collision and mechanical repairs.

“By providing full model year 23 coverage, we place ourselves as the sole provider in the industry of this level of content in a diagnostic platform. This cutting-edge content is seamlessly integrated with CCC One, maximizing efficiency in the collision repair environment. You have the freedom to choose the scanning method that best suits your repair needs, whether it’s OEM scanning or leveraging our exceptional multi-brand capabilities. This is a testament to our unwavering commitment to deliver the utmost value and high-tech solutions to the vehicle repair industry,”

Livability.com Recognizes Troy as One of the Best Places to Live in America

Livability.com has included Troy on its list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live list.

“Troy, MI, is a vibrant suburb of Detroit, located approximately 24 miles to the northwest,” the website writes. “The dozens of major companies based there (such as J.D. Power & Associates and ThyssenKrupp) help boost the city’s economy and keep the unemployment and tax rates down. Troy is also known for its excellent city services, good quality of life, affordability and a plethora of outdoor resources — all of which justify Troy being ranked among the best places to live in the U.S.”

To read the complete section on Troy, visit here.

Behavioral Health Hospital Opens in Battle Creek

Tennessee-based Acadia Healthcare Co. Inc. has opened its newest operating joint venture hospital — Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital in Battle Creek.

Bronson Behavioral Health Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 96-bed hospital that will offer a full continuum of inpatient behavioral health care services and intensive outpatient programs for adult patients including comprehensive treatment for those who struggle with acute symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as treatment for developmental disabilities.

“Bronson Healthcare has been an outstanding partner and we look forward to providing quality behavioral health care to Battle Creek and southwest Michigan communities,” says Chris Hunter, CEO of Acadia Healthcare. “We are also grateful to the local elected officials for supporting this effort. Our joint venture collaborations with leading health systems around the country continue to expand access to behavioral health treatment programs in more communities with critical need.”

Bill Manns, president and CEO of Battle Creek-based Bronson Healthcare, says: “This new hospital addresses a critical need for access to behavioral health services that ripples across our region and state. Bronson and Acadia Healthcare are proud to be part of the solution.”