DBusiness Daily Update: UWM Announces Finished Renovation of Sports Complex in Pontiac, and More

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United Wholesale Mortgage announced the completion of the renovation of its Pontiac Sports Complex, which will host youth sports and recreational activities. // Courtesy of United Wholesale Mortgage
United Wholesale Mortgage announced the completion of the renovation of its Pontiac Sports Complex, which will host youth sports and recreational activities. // Courtesy of United Wholesale Mortgage

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UWM Announces Finished Renovation of Sports Complex in Pontiac

United Wholesale Mortgage, one of the leading wholesale and purchase lenders in America today announced the completion of the UWM Sports Complex renovations, creating a space for youth to participate in league sports and recreational activities.

The complex is now a state-of-the-art athletic facility, which holds eight full basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, and an indoor track, which runs around perimeter of the space. In addition, the complex is still equipped with one full-sized indoor soccer field, an eight versus eight indoor soccer field, and one outdoor soccer field.

“Opening this athletic facility to our community is going to create a safe, barrier-free environment for kids to participate in recreational activities and sports,” says Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of UWM.

“Sports have played such an important role in my life, and I want to make it possible for youth in our community to have access to the same opportunities to learn about the importance of team, work ethic and positive attitude, all while having fun.”

UWM is working with ReImagine Recreation to identify the needs of the local community to ensure those who may be facing cost and transportation barriers are able to access the facility. By collaborating with local community groups, the complex can host a variety of sports leagues and programs, to local youth with transportation included and costs covered for those who need it.

“For many, the costs associated with using a state-of the-art athletic facility like this would seem out of reach,” says Steve Sack, owner of ReImagine Recreation. “We’re humbled at the opportunity to work with UWM on the mission of removing barriers and granting access to those who need it most.”

The companies continue to build partnerships with a variety of community groups to commence after-school programs, which are both athletic and non-athletic. This includes tutoring, literacy programs, arts and crafts, along with a variety of sports activities including basketball, soccer and volleyball, and more.

The Pontiac Community Foundation (PCF) is also partnering with UWM and ReImagine and is leading the charge in solving the transportation barrier of getting youth to and from the complex for all programs offered.

“We’re excited to partner with UWM and Reimagine Recreation to support local community organizations that can take advantage of this amazing facility,” says Dustin McClellan, founder and CEO of PCF.

“Transportation has been a long-standing barrier, inhibiting children and families from regularly accessing facilities like this one. Through our collaborative efforts we hope to eliminate that barrier.”

The space will also be used to host pay-to-play leagues, but the main emphasis will remain on no-cost opportunities for the local community. Members of the community who are interested in field time must put in a request with the facility by calling (248) 515-7362.

Purchased by UWM in November 2020, the 15.8-acre, 378,400 square-foot facility also houses a newly renovated, state-of-the-art training facility for UWM team members and two indoor soccer fields.

For any questions regarding current and upcoming soccer leagues, or to contact ReImagine Recreation, please email Steve Sack at steve@reimaginerec.com.

Telemus in Southfield Announced New Investment Advisory Platform

Telemus Capital, an independent wealth advisory firm based in Southfield, announced the launch of Telemus Digital, a new investment advisory platform that blends the benefits of a robo-advisor with the personal touch of a dedicated financial advisor.

After a soft launch in the spring, Telemus Digital is now available to investors who enjoy the ease of use of an automated investment platform but need something more. The tool was designed to simplify the process of building a portfolio.

It aims to fit an individual’s risk tolerance and time horizon while automating some of the more complex aspects of investing, such as monthly contributions, tax-loss harvesting, and portfolio rebalancing.

But Telemus Digital goes beyond that by adding human oversight — a team of dedicated Telemus Financial Life advisors across Michigan and Illinois — to ensure a client’s investments are aligned with their financial goals.

“Robo-advisors are very popular, and they help many new investors gain exposure to the markets, but they lack that personal guidance and customized planning that many people need to take that next step in reaching their long-term financial goals,” says Matt Ran, Telemus COO and partner.

“We are routinely looking for innovation and ways to differentiate our firm, while supporting more investors who may have minimal complexities in their financial picture and do not need our full scope of services.”

Telemus developed this new investment tool in partnership with AdvisorEngine, a financial experience company and provider of portfolio management technology and industry-leading CRM.

“Innovation in wealth management is being driven by client needs for a modern, simple way to understand their financial health and still remain connected to an advisor,” says Rich Cancro, CEO of AdvisorEngine. “Through its open-architecture platform, AdvisorEngine gives firms the power to ensure their digital experience reflects their own unique and differentiated value proposition.”

To set up an account with Telemus Digital, visit telemus.com/digital. There is no minimum requirement for investable assets on the platform. Users will be able to get a personalized risk assessment at the start. Once a portfolio match is determined, clients can begin investing through the platform and working with the firm’s team.

Wayne Health Opens Outpatient Infusion Clinic at Midtown Health Center

Wayne Health of Wayne State University announced the opening of its new outpatient Infusion Clinic at its 400 Mack Ave. Detroit Health Center in Midtown, which will offer infusion services for immunological and inflammatory diseases.

The infusion clinic will serve patients with conditions such as systemic lupus, Crohn’s disease, connective tissue diseases, multiple sclerosis, and other neuropathies that can improve through treatment with biological agents.

Talis Healthcare, a national leader in infusion services based in Dallas, is Wayne Health’s operational partner for the clinic.

“The use of biologic agents is growing and has become a treatment of choice for many diseases with an inflammatory or immunologic basis,” says Dr. Aris Q. Urbanes, medical director of the Wayne Health Infusion Clinic. “Many of these diseases disproportionately affect specific populations and have an environmental component to their cause and course. The opening of this clinic will greatly enhance the care we are able to offer these patients.”

Wayne Health’s Detroit Mack Health Center opened in September 2020 and offers a full range of integrated primary, preventive and behavioral health care by physicians and advanced practice providers in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and behavioral health.

“It’s a great honor to collaborate with Wayne Health and help meet the need for accessible infusion care services in Detroit,” says Brian Zweben, president of Talis Healthcare.  “Our mission at Talis is to offer state-of-the-art infusion services while always putting the patient first. It’s rewarding to be able to launch a clinic in the Detroit region where highly-skilled clinicians can provide this much-needed care in a comfortable and private setting.”

These services fall under the umbrella of Wayne Health’s Center for Population Health Accountability, offering innovative, community-based, and mobile approaches to whole-person care, addressing physical and behavioral health needs and social determinants that diminish health and well-being.

Patients can contact the Wayne Health Infusion Clinic by calling 313-448-9870, or by emailing InfusionClinic@med.wayne.edu.

To schedule an appointment with a Wayne Health provider at the Detroit Mack Health Center or another location, call 877 WAYNE-HC (877-929-6342). To learn more about Wayne Health, visit here.

MSU Survey Shows Collegiate Hiring, Wages Expected to Increase

According to results of Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute’s annual recruiting trends survey, the job market for new college graduates is rebounding from the COVID-19-driven decline.

Phil Gardner, director of MSU’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute and author of the survey, says employers who had slowed recruiting during the pandemic have accelerated efforts to fill pressing hiring needs.

Recruiting Trends 2021-2022, one of the nation’s largest annual employer survey, marked its 51st year with its latest report.

“This research is significant to employers and career services professionals nationally, as the scope and scale of this research is unmatched. Unlike many other sources, it is without bias because it is conducted following academic research requirements,” says Jeffrey Beavers, executive director for MSU’s Career Services Network within the Division of Student Affairs and Services.

“The insights are also significant, especially this year, as we seek to understand the post-COVID college labor market, and supply and demand of entry-level and early-career talent.”

While much of the report is positive, Gardner says employers are still working on hiring goals during ongoing uncertainty over supply chain problems, staffing issues, and concerns about future inflation. The survey found that digitally enhanced recruiting — virtual and assisted by AI — is here to say.

“This shift will require more self-discipline and self-management of the recruiting process by students who will have to schedule their interviews, manage career fair appointments and directly connect with employers,” says Gardner.

In addition to these findings, insights from the survey include:

  • 2022 outlook is the highest since the 2008 recession.
  • The top five sectors are health services, education services, agriculture, transportation, and construction.
  • Bachelor’s degree hiring is expected to be up 15 percent.
  • Master’s and MBA hiring appears to be weak and remains mostly at last year’s levels with 42 percent of employers planning to reduce hiring targets and 40% increasing them.
  • 53 percent of starting salaries will increase in 2021-2022.
  • 46 percent of employers are planning for new hires to work onsite and 28 percent are planning for hybrid.
  • On average, employers are conducting seven to eight interviews before making a single offer.
  • Nearly 30 percent of employers expect the tenure of their new hires made during the COVID-19 pandemic will be shorter than pre-COVID hires.

A complete summary of the report is available online at ceri.msu.edu.

Hope Starts Here to Host Fifth Summit on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18 Virtually

Hope Starts Here in Detroit announced its fifth summit today, taking place virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. each day.

The Hope Starts Here Summit is open to the public and will explore social justice for early childcare and education. Early educators, childcare workers, guardians, parents, local and state legislators are invited to connect with content specialists through a series of panel discussions and breakout sessions.

“This summit was co-designed with Detroit families to deliver an interesting and impactful experience,” says Denise Smith, implementation director of Hope Starts Here. “We collaborated to understand what’s important to families, as well as what is important to organizations and legislators. The result is an educational and interactive program you won’t want to miss.”

Among the many effects of COVID-19 on families, a consistent pressure is balancing duties of being a parent and guiding the growth and wellbeing of young children and working.

“In Detroit, 48 percent of children five and under live in poverty and 84 percent of Detroit’s third-graders cannot read at grade level,” says Smith. “To create a sustainable future for these vulnerable young citizens, parents, guardians, caregivers, and educators must learn from one another how to help shape a better future for children, in the family, in school and life.”

The Hope Starts Here Social Justice Summit will feature advocates for early childcare and education, diversity, and multicultural education to discuss intergenerational social justice, including:

  • Carol Brunson Day, president, Brunson Phillips & Day Inc.
  • Denise Smith, implementation director, Hope Starts Here
  • Tamika Davis, professor of anthropology, Wayne County Community College District
  • Najwa Dahdah, founder and CEO of Empowered Child Care Consulting Inc.
  • Geanine Edwards, ELC director, Black Family Development
  • Jeffrey Capizzano, president, The Policy Equity Group
  • Bernita Bradley, founder, The Village PCL and Engaged Detroit Homeschooling Network
  • Carlos Atkins, member, Detroit Champions for Hope

To register and for more information, including the agenda and registration information, visit www.hopestartshereDetroit.org

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to New Feature Film, Michigan Premiere set for Nov. 11

Following its world premiere in New York City, the crime thriller “An Intrusion” will debut with a red-carpet Michigan premiere at Emagine Novi on Nov. 11, ahead of its nationwide release Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 26.

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, recently acquired the USA and Canadian rights to the film in a day-and-date theatrical run alongside DVD/BluRay/iTunes/Digital.

The film co-stars newcomer Dustin Prince; Keir Gilchrist, star of Netflix show Atypical; Scout Taylor-Compton, co-star of Halloween I and II; Billy Boyd, co-star of the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Sam Logan Khaleghi, star of Approaching Midnight; and Jaime Zevallos co-star of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.

It is directed by Nicholas Holland who shares producing credit with Emmy nominee Sam Logan Khaleghi.

“As a Detroiter and Michigander, it has been a wonderful collaborative effort alongside such amazing artists in our hometown both on camera and behind it,” says Khaleghi. “I am elated we get to share this special red-carpet exhibition of our film together in the state it was made in and a special thanks to the executive team at Emagine Entertainment for their participation with us.”

Tickets to the Michigan Premiere available at the box office and by following this link.

Art Project Along Michigan Avenue Bridging Downtown and Corktown Completed

The City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge, developed by Ford Motor Co. in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification to improve mobility for people living in, working in, and visiting the community surrounding Michigan Central Station, announced the completion of one of three finalist projects.

The program brought together government officials, residents, startups, and entrepreneurs in an effort to understand mobility issues and design solutions, while encouraging the community to submit mobility solutions that complement existing transportation services.

After receiving 164 proposals for mobility solution pilots, a team composed of the Detroit Downtown Partnership, DTE Energy, and local artists Freddy Diaz and Donald Calloway were one of the three finalists for the idea of improving the safety and walkability of the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Lodge Freeway to better connect Corktown and Southwest Detroit to Downtown.

The team was inspired by the way art has been used to transform different spaces around the city of Detroit to make them much more engaging. They also wanted to work with artists from two different areas along Michigan Avenue to underscore the project’s theme of the way in which bridges can create linkages, as opposed to divides. The team also conducted community outreach and engagement to get input on the design at in-person and online forums.

The project involved the installation of colorful public art paired with street furniture and amenities and used 25 gallons of paint, 15, 4’ X 6’ wood boards, and hours of creative time. The project was designed to make the bridge more inviting for people using all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.

“We are thrilled to continue working with citywide partners to invest in Detroit’s forward momentum,” says Ryan Epstein, program manager at the Downtown Detroit Partnership. “Enhancing a key gateway to Southwest Detroit, Corktown, and Downtown will bridge and strengthen communities within our city in a fun and unique way.”

The installation will be up for at least one year. The art project is located on the north side of Michigan Avenue bridge over the Lodge Freeway, between MGM Grand Casino and 6th Street.