The French Connection - The team at French/West/Vaughn, a leading advertising and digital media agency, was formed by Michigan native Rick French. // Courtesy of Rick French

Rally and Serve

As founder, CEO, and chairman of French/West/Vaughan, an advertising and digital media agency based in Raleigh, N.C., Rick French is nationally recognized as a...
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Succession by Design

As he was nearing his 60th birthday, Carl Matisse happened to be conferring with his banker when a provocative question came up: Had he...
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Short on Reform

On a Thursday afternoon in May 2019, on the porch of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, flanked by leaders of...
Full Circle - Tom J. Berman, president and CEO of Nano Magic Inc. in Madison Heights, is joined in the business by his father, Ronald J. Berman, co-founder of Rock Financial (now Rocket Cos.) in Detroit. // Photographs by Matthew Lavere

Startup and Repeat

Most companies go through a single startup phase. Nano Magic Inc. in Madison Heights, which got its start in October 2018, spent its early...
distill and expand MO Cellar Selections in Milford includes Lee Hershey, professor of wine education; Glynn Gutzeit, senior director of portfolio acquisitions — spirits; Michael S. Ogurek, president and owner; Tony Cruz, executive vice president sales — shareholder; and Kacy Wolfram, director of administration and marketing. // Photograph by Patrick Gloria

Sharing Spirits

In the realm of wine and spirits, few distributors have built a network of distillers seemingly overnight. But when restaurants started closing in March...
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Trade Up

Simon Thomas was born into a family of entrepreneurs, but when he made his first attempt at starting his own business — as a...
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PDA Q&A: The E-Interview, Peter M. Bridges

DB: Where are you? PB: I’m in our Traverse City office. I came up for a meeting with a prospective client, to learn about their...
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Billionaires Club

They’re breaking cycles and creating new ones while building wealth and leaving legacies. They’re also some of the richest people in the world, and...
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Magnetic Marketer

"We want the car!” the crowd chants during the reveal ceremony in the 1988 biopic, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” Event attendees at...
horsepower haven The new M1 Concourse Event Center in Pontiac will open in stages in the coming months, starting in September. Once fully open, the public will be invited to use the restaurant and events facility. // Courtesy of M1 Concourse

Run of Shows

Last year, during the pandemic’s first blast, Cindy McGrane looked at her accumulated flight benefits and suggested to her husband, Tim, that they set...
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Playing Chicken

Despite a shortage of chicken wings, labor challenges, and trying to find a suitable location for a commissary amid a tight market for industrial...


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Letter from the Editor: Maker Space

The world’s first open platform for accelerating innovation will soon be up and running...
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November – December 2021 Commentary

My definition of 'innovative' is providing value to the customer. - Mary Barra, Chairman and...
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2021 Top Business Restaurants in Metro Detroit

All restaurants are reviewed anonymously, all expenses are paid by Hour Media, and the listings have no relationship to advertising in the magazine.
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Letter from the Editor: Summer Soiréess

As the region rolls into the automotive season with two major shows in September...
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September – October 2021 Commentary

Heavy rains and the resulting sewer backups this summer and in recent years have...
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2021 Auto Dealership Consumer Guide

Auto dealerships in the Detroit metropolitan area took a major hit in 2020, with...
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July – August 2021 Commentary

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity....
In Vino Veritas - Michigan’s wine industry has been expanding, with 3,375 wine grape acres, up 10 percent from 2016. // Courtesy of Mawby Vineyards

Rosé Revenue

The 2021 summer tourist season got off to a flying start this past winter...
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May – June 2021 Commentary

Every so often, a new technology comes along that changes the world for the better. From Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity to Elon Musk’s advances in electric vehicles and reusable rockets, the human race has benefited mightily from seemingly simple, yet highly sophisticated, innovations.
Mobility Mecca

March – April 2021 Commentary

Metro Detroit can take a page from Silicon Valley’s playbook and become the mobility capital of the world. By riding the wave of new transportation solutions being developed by the automotive and technology industries, our region and state can better capitalize on our standing as one of the few places on the globe that can meld hardware and software to produce highly advanced products at scale.
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Spring Fling

As warmer weather moves in, enjoy the great outdoors sporting these latest fashions and accessories.