One summer day in Troy in the early 1980s, a tall, thin man with a syrupy Southern drawl ambled into Kmart International Headquarters (KIH) at Big Beaver and Coolidge and signed in at the security desk.
More and more women are breaking through the glass ceiling in metro Detroit.
In an effort to recognize their achievements, we asked readers to nominate female business leaders who they felt were moving their respective companies, industries, and communities forward. The only criteria was that the nominees be employed in the executive ranks of private businesses, corporations, hospitals, and universities in the five-county metro region (Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties).
Maxine Lauer prowls the floor of major consumer and trade shows like a big-game hunter. Armed with a camera, a notepad, and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of colors, fashions, and trends, she spots her most recent prey: Cadillac’s XTS Platinum Concept Hybrid.
There are times when Rodney O’Neal sounds more like a sailor than a CEO. “You have to be aware of what your North Star is and never lose sight of it,” he says, sitting in a Renaissance Center ballroom shortly after giving a recent speech to an auto industry confab. “Otherwise,” he cautions, “you’ll lose your way.”
You’ve no doubt encountered identical twins. Perhaps you’re even familiar with identical particles. But have you ever come across two people with the exact same handwriting? It isn’t likely. The chance that two people would have identical penmanship is less than one in 68 billion. Not even fingerprints are that unique.
At Environmental Wood Solutions in Lake Orion, owner Larry Mullins is living proof that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
When the 55-gallon fuel tank ran dry during a test flight of a new aircraft, Detroiter Eddie Stinson aimed his new plane for Chicago’s Jackson Park golf course. With more than 16,000 flying hours, “The Dean of Aviators,” as Stinson was called, had sure command of the gliding descent. But in the gathering dusk of […]
Multitasking comes easy for Mark Kuban. After a 10-year run as a home goods sales representative, Kuban jumped into kiteboarding — a sport that’s actually been around for more than a century — full time in 2008. Kiteboarders use a large, inflatable kite to reach speeds approaching 30 mph, whether they’re on water or snow.
A solid bellwether of an economic recovery is a rise in corporate air travel. If executives, managers, and entrepreneurs are increasingly using private aircraft amid an economic recession, it’s a good sign a recovery is around the corner.
Next year will be a banner year for Michigan voters who savor fresh political winds — or red-meat politics — as three-fourths of the state’s senators and nearly a third of the representatives will be rookies in every sense of the word.
Stephen Badalament says his drums are world-beaters. “I can confidently say my drums will do 200 percent more work than you could ever ask them to,” says the founder and CEO of Bloomfield Hills-based Innovation Drum Co., makers of elite, custom-built, handcrafted drum kits.
When state legislatures upped the ante two years ago to provide the nations largest incentive package for film production, Hollywood and independent producers came calling.
DETROIT, July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index rose one point in May, to a level of 83. May’s reading is up 12 points from the same period a year ago, marking the fourth consecutive double-digit increase in the Index, on a 12-month basis. Year-to-date, the Index is up nine points, or […]
What: Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patternson will present his triennial budget for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 to the Board of Commissioners July 7th. He will emphasize how the county’s prudent financial management and cooperation among elected officials has produced a balanced three-year budget that maintains delivery of quality services to residents […]
Lansing Grand River Assembly adds latest model to award-winning CTS line
Interest in clean diesel and gasoline turbocharged direct-injection engines has increased in the last year while challenges exist in the adoption of electric cars.
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Michigan Health Plan Analysis Now Available from HealthLeaders-InterStudy
WATERFORD, Mich. – July 8, 2010 – Oakland County’s Emerging Sectors® business attraction and retention program generated new investment of nearly $194 million and created or retained more than 7,700 jobs through June, surpassing total investment and job creation in the county for all of 2009. The figures were released today as part of the […]
Major Gift Creates Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 8 /PRNewswire/ — Internet2 today announced the appointment of H. David (Dave) Lambert as its new president and CEO. Lambert brings over 30 years of distinguished experience in the advanced research and education networking and information technology fields. Lambert will replace Internet2’s current president and CEO Douglas Van Houweling effective July […]
Partners Golf Classic, Aug. 30; and Partners Evening Gala, Sept. 11
DEARBORN, Mich., July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) today announced the election of James H. Hance, Jr. to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Hance, 65, is the former chief financial officer and former vice chairman of Bank of America, where he retired in 2005 after 18 years with the company. He […]
David Boyle Appointed Chief Performance Officer
Hella, a global supplier of automotive electronics and lighting, has developed a smaller, lighter-weight rear-view camera for cars and trucks of all types.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists who are dedicated to professional excellence through the pursuit of continuing education, is pleased to announce that Fares M. Elias, DDS, JD, FAGD, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was installed as president of the association during the AGD 2010 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held July 8 to 11 in New Orleans, La.
LED Fluorescent Tube Replacements to ATG Electronics, Diogen Lighting, Hudnut, LEDtronics, LumaSmart and NCS Power. ilumisys parent company Altair Engineering enables licensed companies to offer ilumisys products to the market
Detroit Edison to Build Solar Installation on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Roof in Downtown Detroit
Michigan health care company goes “green” in SolarCurrents program, one of the largest distributed solar energy programs in the U.S.
The Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit hosted a press conference on June 22 to announce Pure Michigan as the title sponsor of the annual Port Huron to Mackinac Regatta, which set sail on July 17. The race draws sailors and fans from 20 states and numerous countries, creating an economic impact of $60 million.
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Ford Selects Compact Power as Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Supplier for Ford Focus Electric on Sale in 2011
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)
today announced it has selected Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary
of LG Chem, to build lithium-ion battery packs for the Ford Focus
Electric, which will go on sale in the U.S. in 2011.
This two-day festival encompasses Henry Ford Museum and Museum Parking Lot
BorgWarner Engine Timing Systems Will Drive Fiat Powertrain Technologies' New Two-Cylinder TWIN-AIR Engines
BorgWarner’s Light-Weight, Low-Friction, Low-Noise Engine Timing Technology Helps Improve Fuel Economy and Reduce Emissions
Inaugural Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Gala Honors Lee Iacocca, Jay Leno, Richard Petty and Virgil Exner July 24
Museum Foundation Announces $1 Million in Contributions to
Jump Start New Multi-Million Dollar Fundraising Campaign
Consumers Energy Signs Contract With Vestas for 56 Turbine Generators for Lake Winds Energy Park, Mason County
Consumers Energy has signed a contract with Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. to supply 56 wind turbine generators for the utility’s Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County
New and second-stage companies in emerging industries are offered a plethora of services to help grow their operations in the form of Next Wave in Troy. The incubation center includes high tech media studios, meeting rooms, an auditorium, and a HD communications hub.
On July 9, The iGroup, Future Entertainment, and the Miss Michigan USA Pageant hosted a homecoming gala for Rima Fakih Miss USA 2010 at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit. The evening event included a VIP reception as well as doubling as a fundraiser for The Pink Fund.
Students Work To Help Pay For Their Education
On July 19, sportscaster George Blaha hosted the High Hopes Golf Invitational at Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Township. The event, which included 18 holes of golf and a tribute dinner, benefited Vista Maria, a nonprofit in Dearborn Heights that offers victimized girls and women treatment programs.
Race fans were treated to multiple boat races on the Detroit River July 9-11, including the Detroit APBA Gold Cup Race. Thousands of fans witnessed the victory by Dave Villwock and his crew in the 101st running of the race on July 11. Villwock powered his U-96 Spirit of Qatar during the five-lap finals.
Team Michigan From Ann Arbor Makes Finals
Southwest Detroit’s Cristo Rey High School held a garden party at a private residence in Bloomfield Hills on July 18. The event helped raise funds and awareness for Cristo Rey, which provides a Catholic, co-ed college preparatory education to under served students.
Detroit Area Business Pioneer Scheduled to Sign Copies of New Autobiography at Northville Barnes & Noble
Livonia, Michigan – Successful businessman, William T. (Bill) Phillips, will sign copies of his new autobiography An American Entrepreneur on Saturday, August 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Northville Barnes & Noble bookstore on Haggerty Road. The 76-year-old founder and chairman of Livonia-based Phillips Service Industries (PSI) has spent the last four decades […]
Facilities Attracting More Interest From Film Industry Leaders
On July 17, more than 200 boats set sail from Port Huron to Mackinac Island for the 86th running of a Michigan classic, hosted by Pure Michigan and the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. The event was part of the Blue Water Fest, where thousands of fans were treated to entertainment, food, and tours of some of the boats lining the Black River and St. Clair River.
Audatex Directions Summer 2010 Issue Highlights Audatex Synergy with Hollander Recycled Parts Inventory, Lean Six Sigma Practices at Leading Collision Repair Chain
On the shores of Lake St. Clair at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, The March of Dimes held its “A One Day Caribbean Getaway” on July 21. The fundraiser, which included a strolling buffet, silent and live auctions, and entertainment, helped raise funds to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
All Operating Segments Achieve Year-over-Year Sales Increases in all Regions with Significant EBITDA Improvement in all Units
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As the city gears up for the second ArtPrize competition this fall, researchers have found that roughly 200,000 visitors generated an estimated economic impact of as much as $7.6 million during the contest’s inaugural run. This year’s ArtPrize competition runs Sept. 22-Oct. 10. Two groups of senior economics students at Grand […]
The multifamily sector has held up fairly well during the economic downturn, and one bright spot is Dover Realty Advisors in Bingham Farms. Principal and managing partner Terry Schwartz, who has more than 30 years experience in the housing arena, says rents will start to climb over the next 2-3 years as personal finances improve and the economy begins to gain strength.
There is a widely held misconception in investors’ minds (most likely drilled in by the financial media) that market volatility — the current roller coaster ride — always equals market risk.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) today announced it has completed the sale of Volvo Car Corporation and related assets to the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Limited.
Wayne Law students submit urban agriculture analysis and major policy recommendations to Detroit mayor and City Council
DETROIT (Aug. 3, 2010) – Like many Wayne State University Law School students, Mary Jo Weindorf and Sarah Kwiatkowski, now an alumna, were drawn to study law in Detroit due to the many outreach, community development and advocacy opportunities its location provides. What they may not have realized at the time, however, was just how […]
DETROIT THERMAL “TIES” SEVEN WAYNE COUNTY BUILDINGS DEEP UNDERGROUND WITH INOVATION AND $8 MILLION CONTRACT
Downtown District Energy System Continues To Grow
On Top Of Nearly $100 Million In 2009 New Customer Commitments
Gulbis will participate in two unique golf events
Fast growing financial website has more than 500,000 users
It’s Why Your Car is Less of a Drag Than It Used to Be
The following are remarks prepared for delivery by Mark Fields, president of the Americas, at the CAR Management Briefing Seminar “The New Industry Emerges” in Traverse City Mich., on Aug. 4, 2010.
When the global financial meltdown arrived in fall 2008, credit unions were one of the last available sources of financing. Michael Poulos, president and CEO of Michigan First Credit Union in Lathrup Village, addresses the economic downturn as well as recent trends, new lending programs, and a unique partnership with an auto dealer.
The Universal Watch & Jewelry Co. in downtown Birmingham held a book-signing reception on August 2 for author Elizabeth Doerr. Dozens of guests toured Universal Watch’s new store while sampling wine and hors d’oeuvres. Doerr also signed copies of her new tome, “Twelve Faces of Time: Horological Virtuosos.”
Polish Mission to Host Chopin Evening Gala with World-Class Pianist Claire Huangci at Shrine Chapel of Orchard Lake
ORCHARD LAKE, MI – The Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools, in cooperation with the Chopin Foundation of the United States , the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and Moet Hennessy; the official distributer of Chopin Vodka in the United States Oakland MRI Providing An Accurate Picture of your Health cordially […]
To help raise funds for the Michigan Chapter of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, which supports retired NFL players in need of financial and medical assistance, several current and former Detroit Lions players attended a golf outing on August 2 at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak.
An impressive list of VIPs were on hand on July 28 to open the Detroit Seafood Market and PV Lounge in Paradise Valley (formerly Harmonie Park). The 170-seat bar and restaurant, owned by Kenny Akinwale and Executive Chef Leonardo Vulagi, offers such entrees as seafood fettuccine, broiled Florida snapper with crab meat, and broiled Chilean Sea Bass “Pan-Asian style.”
On July 29, dozens of sports luminaries hit the links at Lochmoor Country Club in Grosse Pointe Woods to raise funds for Little Caesars Pizza Bowl’s Stocking Stuffer Program, which provides Detroit’s youth an opportunity to participate in the upcoming bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit. Attendees included Barry Alvarez, Lloyd Carr, George Perles, and Dr. Jon Steinbrecher.
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DETROIT — The Wayne State University Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Allan D. Gilmour as interim president. Gilmour begins his tenure on Aug. 30, 2010, and will continue until a permanent president is named. A national search for a permanent president is now being planned. Mr. Gilmour, a graduate of […]
More than 225 classic cars, including a rare 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne that was saved from the scrap heap, were on display July 25 at the 2010 Concours d’Elegance at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills. The event — next year’s offering will be held at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth Township — included celebrity cars owned by the likes of Gene Autry, Mae West, and Clark Gable.
The Women In Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter held an 18-hole scramble on July 23 at Cherry Creek Golf Course in Shelby Township to benefit the organization’s HORIZONS-Michigan scholarship program, which encourages females to pursue careers related to the national security and defense industries.
Wineries from All Regions Garner Medals
Bayview Yacht Club Will Host The Women On Water (WOW) Clinic and Regatta for the Natalie J. O’Neil Trophy on August 13-15
DETROIT, MI – Some 200 women sailors from around the country will race sailboats in the 7th annual “Women on Water” regatta and clinic, sponsored by the historic Bayview Yacht Club from August 13-15, 2010 in the Detroit River, it was announced today. “We have intermediate women sailors as well as former Olympic and national […]
Detroit District Council of Urban Land Institute to Present Inaugural Placemaker Award to Edsel B. Ford II and Peter Karmanos Jr.;
Amanda Burden to Present
Admitting mistakes did not lead to more malpractice claims
DETROIT, MI – August 13, 2010 – The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit has been awarded AAA’s prestigious Four-Diamond rating for hospitality industry excellence. The 453-room luxury hotel opened in 2008 following a $200 million redevelopment of the historic hotel that originally opened in 1924. The Book joins 14 other AAA Four-Diamond hotels in Michigan including […]
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sales of Ford Edge, which arrived on the market in late 2006, hit 400,000 this weekend – more than any midsize crossover vehicle during the same period. Also this past weekend, the new 2011 Ford Edge began shipping from Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario to dealerships across the United […]
Michigan-based firm among 28 agents/brokers nationwide recognized by Business Insurance magazine
Art Van Furniture Brings Back a Familiar Name – Scott Shuptrine Interiors
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall. — Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is leveraging the Internet and wireless technology to accelerate testing and refinement of the advanced lithium-ion battery systems that will power its upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford’s rapid progress is enabled by two monitoring methods that allow engineers to collect real-time performance […]
Discover Nearly 500 Vintage Cars from 1890-1932, Including Early Alternative Fuel Vehicles, September 11-12 in Greenfield Village
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association held its 24th annual DSBA Charity Golf Scramble on July 12 at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township. The event included the presentation of the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting to Frank Beckmann, voice of News/Talk 760 WJR and University of Michigan football.
NOVI, Mich., August 19, 2010 – ITCTransmission today received approval from the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO) for the Thumb Loop high-voltage electric transmission line project. The project will serve as the “backbone” of a transmission system designed to deliver wind power from Michigan’s “Thumb” area to locations where it is needed. The […]
Southfield, Michigan – Signature Associates is proud to announce our involvement in arranging the future home of Emagine Theatres in Royal Oak, southeast Michigan’s most exciting new entertainment venue. Emagine Entertainment, Inc. is about to commence construction of an upscale 71,000 sq. ft., 10-screen theatre and 16-lane boutique bowling center at 200 N. Main […]
MotorCity Casino Hotel Receives the Prestigious Pinnacle Award in Recognition as a Premier Conference Hotel
DETROIT, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ — MotorCity Casino Hotel announced today that its hotel has received the 2010 Pinnacle Award for Hotels. This award celebrates hospitality excellence. Award recipients are acknowledged for their ability to deliver unparalleled service to their meeting guests. The Pinnacle Award recognizes hotels, conference centers and visitor bureaus for their impeccable service […]
The 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival, to be held over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit, hosted the Detroit Jazz Fest Cruise on Aug. 19 on the Detroit River. Setting sail on the Ovation Yacht, guests were treated to a strolling supper, cocktails, and live jazz by Mack Avenue recording artist Hot Club of Detroit.
Zazios, a new restaurant in downtown Birmingham’s Greenleaf Trust building, held a series of opening parties in July. The restaurant, which features northern Italian cuisine, offers a chef’s table, Z Lounge, private dining options, and special events.
Women everywhere have been waiting for the perfect versatile shoe that matches not one, but all outfits.
A Web designer in Novi, Jacob Brown wanted to do something to streamline employment searches in Michigan. The result is KeepMichiganWorking.com, which offers more than 90,000 job openings in the state along with information about employment fairs, job training, and resume writing tools. Brown, of Jacob Brown Designs, says he worked nights and weekends since March to make his dream a reality.
Larger deals likely to materialize in 2011 as the market stabilizes and industry participants vie for global leadership
More than 200 people attended Forgotten Harvest’s annual Champagne Cruise on Aug. 20 at Westborn Market in Berkley. The event, held the night before the Dream Cruise, included a strolling dinner, cocktails, and plenty of classic cars. Photos by Nick Martines
The Michigan AIDS Coalition along with DIFFA: Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS held the inaugural Dining By Design On Aug. 12 at the A. Alfred Taubman New Center campus of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The event included award-winning dining room designs, a strolling buffet, and cocktails. Photos by Nick Martines
Global Automotive Industry M&A Activity Shows Slight Uptick in Deal Volume During First Half of 2010
Larger deals likely to materialize in 2011 as the market stabilizes and industry participants vie for global leadership
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statements regarding Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder’s choice of Brian Calley as his running mate. “The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports Rick Snyder’s positive vision for Michigan’s future,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “It’s exciting to […]
Spartan Takes Over Chicago with 2010 Emissions Gladiator® Classic Featuring Cummins ISX 600HP Diesel Engine
Fire-Rescue International exhibit highlights customized performance; safety
The EV industry has developed quickly, after decades of slow development, causing a potential bottleneck in battery technology supply.
RADIOSS-RomaxDesigner interface enables a flexible, integrated approach to product design process, saving manufacturers time and money
Prestigious Awards Celebrate SE Michigan’s Commercial Real Estate Successes
New record for used commercial vehicle registrations in a six-month time frame represents nearly 68 percent of the commercial vehicle market
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Confirmation paves way for company’s emergence from Chapter 11