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Detroit Pistons Name Paceline an Official Partner and Offer Rewards for Working Out
The Detroit Pistons today announced its partnership with Paceline, the fintech-meets-fitness startup that offers rewards for working out through its free app and cash back credit card.
As part of the partnership, Paceline will work with the Pistons to motivate and reward fans and the community for being active.
#MoveMotown will be Paceline’s call to action in signage throughout Little Caesars Arena, encouraging the stadium’s fans to stretch, move, and elevate their heart rate for a chance to win regular season home game tickets, team apparel and accessories, and VIP experiences, including meet-and-greets with Pistons players and legends.
During games, Paceline will take over the Dance Cam, and street teams will reward fans for quick workouts in and around Little Caesars Arena. Paceline’s partnership will extend beyond the arena. Throughout the season, the Pistons and Paceline will host community workout events throughout the greater Detroit area with Pistons team members.
“We are excited to welcome Paceline as the newest Detroit Pistons partner,” says Brenden Mallette, senior vice president of corporate partnerships and engagement for the team. “Paceline and the Pistons organization share a goal of giving back to our communities, and we look forward to teaming up to launch #MoveMotown and support new health and wellness-focused activities together.”
The #MoveMotown campaign is inspired by Paceline’s rewards app, which is powered by movement, and ultimately enables people to get rewarded for living healthier lives by connecting with a fitness wearable (Apple Watch, FitBit, Garmin) allowing users to earn gift cards and discounts to top wellness brands after hitting their weekly “streak” of 150-minutes of exercise.
“Paceline was built with the idea that your health is your most valuable asset, and you should be rewarded for pursuing it,” says Joel Lieginger, founder and CEO of Paceline. “We are not only thrilled to be an official Pistons partner, but we are moved by the opportunity to inspire, champion and reward the Detroit community for their everyday health and wellness wins.”
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Birmingham’s Daxton Hotel Launches Boss’s Day Program
To recognize National Boss’s Day — Oct. 17 — the Daxton Hotel in Birmingham is launching a program where all of its associates can shadow any of the respective departments at Daxton, to help broaden experiences and enhance the collective service that they provide to guests and the community at large.
The program is called H.O.T. Daxton is establishing this program because officials say they are “building hoteliers of tomorrow.” Daxton’s culture is about empowering all of its associates and giving them the opportunity to succeed in any role within the organization.
Preparing leaders of tomorrow is a key initiative as the hotel continues to build a culture that is both H.O.T. (Hoteliers of Tomorrow) and H.I.P. (Hoteliers in Preparation). Associates can sign up via an online registration form that will route to the hotel’s People & Culture office.
Barton Malow to Celebrate Construction Inclusion Week
Southfield construction company Barton Malow is reinforcing its commitment to fostering a culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE + I) during the second Construction Inclusion Week (CIW) Oct. 17-21.
Throughout the week, Barton Malow will engage in discussions that raise awareness of the role team members play in driving an inclusive environment.
“Construction Inclusion Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion and bring attention to some of the challenges that we need to address as an industry,” says Dannis Mitchell, director of community engagement at Barton Malow. “If we’re going to build a more diverse construction workforce with inclusive environments at both the office and the jobsite, we’re going to have to be intentional.”
Over the past year, Barton Malow has received national recognition for excellence in supplier diversity and its investment in creating a diverse, viable construction workforce through impactful programs like the Barton Malow Boot Camp and Motor City Contractor Fund, and has added three historically black college universities – Tennessee State University, Hampton University, and Florida A&M University – to its college recruiting schedule.
Butzel hosts 35th Annual Labor, Employment, Benefits, and Immigration Law Forum
Detroit law firm Butzel will address a variety of key human resources legal matters during its 35th Annual Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits, and Immigration Law Forum in a virtual format from 8-11 a.m. Oct. 27.
Attendees will be eligible for 1-3 HRCI and SHRM CE Credits, pending approval. All attendees must register for and attend the Welcome and Update Session to receive credit. Notably, participants should register for one webinar in each Workshop Session.
“We have developed five targeted workshops intended to address some of the most pressing workplace issues facing employers,” says Daniel B. Tukel, chair of Butzel’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department. “We have packed a lot of relevant content in this three-hour webinar designed for human resources professionals, general counsel, and business owners.”
Workshop session topics include:
- Remote work
- Immigration from 10,000 feet
- Mental disabilities
- Recruiting and retaining talent
- The politically charged workplace
The following Butzel attorneys are presenters during this year’s webinar: Linda Armstrong, Rebecca Davies, Carey DeWitt, Amany Kasham, Bushra Malik, Lynn McGuire, Sarah Nirenberg, Reginald Pacis, Blake Padget, Scott Patterson, James Rosenfeld, Andrew Stumpff, and Daniel Tukel.
The registration fee is $49 per person. Presentation recordings will be made available
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Priority Health, Total Health Care Foundation Awards Oakland HOPE $120K
Oakland HOPE, whose Client Choice Food Pantry provides free groceries to thousands of families, seniors, and veterans each month, has been awarded a $120,000 grant distributed by the Total Health Care Foundation in partnership with Priority Health.
Created as part of the merger agreement between Priority Health and Total Health Care, the Total Health Care Foundation has committed to distributing several millions of dollars’ worth of grants to southeast Michigan organizations that are committed to improving the health and well-being of the individuals they serve.
The funds will be used toward Food Rx, which ensures residents in Oakland County seeking food assistance are eligible to shop the food pantry once per week for nutrient dense and healthy whole foods.
“On behalf of Oakland HOPE and our dedicated partners, we are grateful for Priority Health and the Total Health Care Foundation’s commitment to the residents of Oakland County through their generous donation in support of the Food Rx program,” says Norma Okonski, founder and executive director at Oakland HOPE. “This commitment will help those in need of assistance receive the nutrient dense food they need.”