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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will present his triennial budget for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 to the Board of Commissioners July 7th.
Cadillac’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant has begun production of the 2011 CTS Coupe and started shipping models to U.S. dealerships ahead of schedule.
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.
Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE:BGP) today announced the launch of the Borders branded eBook store, powered by global eReading service Kobo(TM). Borders’ goal is to secure a 17 percent share of the eBook market by July 2011.
HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan launched a PPO-based wellness program that rewards documented better health rather than participation in healthy activities.
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.
Internet2 today announced the appointment of H. David (Dave) Lambert as its new president and CEO.
Join the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute for its 17th Annual Partners events. The Partners Golf Classic will take place Monday, Aug. 30, at Franklin Hills Country Club.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) today announced the election of James H. Hance, Jr. to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.
One of the world’s leading thoracic transplant surgeons has been named the lead surgeon for Spectrum Health’s heart transplantation program. Asghar Khaghani, MD, of the United Kingdom will assume his duties in Grand Rapids in late September.
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.
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.
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. today named Richard (Ric) DeVore as regional president of Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
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.
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.
ATS Engineering, designers and manufacturers of a comprehensive product line of AC motors for use by specialty equipment manufacturers, recently launched North American operations and field services in Plymouth, Michigan.
ilumisys, Inc., developer and producer of next-generation solid-state lighting technology, announced today that it has granted a license for its patents on light-emitting diode (LED) fluorescent tube replacements to ATG Electronics, Dioge Lighting, Hudnut, LEDtronics, LumaSmart and NCS Power Inc.
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.
Rockets. A giant Etch-a-Sketch. A dog house that tweets. The Coke and Mentos guys. These inventions and inventors are just a few of the amazing attractions and Makers visitors will see at Maker Faire Detroit, July 31 – August 1.
BorgWarner Engine Timing Systems Will Drive Fiat Powertrain Technologies’ New Two-Cylinder TWIN-AIR Engines
BorgWarner will produce engine timing systems for Fiat Powertrain Technologies’ (FPT) new two-cylinder TWIN-AIR engine, including the 65-horsepower naturally aspirated, and the 85- and 105-horsepower turbocharged variants.
Inaugural Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Gala Honors Lee Iacocca, Jay Leno, Richard Petty and Virgil Exner July 24
A sold-out crowd of more than 570 guests attended the inaugural Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Gala on July 24, benefiting the nonprofit Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Mich.
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
Detroit Cristo Rey High School is a unique catholic, co-educational, college prep high school that serves Detroit’s most needy communities. What’s truly unique about Cristo Rey is the students actually work to 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.
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.
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.
Six high-tech science and technology teams from four continents have been named finalists in the inaugural Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010).
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
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.
To attract more films and television productions, three new stages, support space and additional office space are taking shape at the Allen Park Studio Center (APSC), generating significant interest from film industry leaders, city officials announced today.
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.
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.
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.
Federal-Mogul Corporation today reported its second quarter 2010 financial results, with sales of $1.6 billion, 23 percent higher versus Q2 2009, strong gross margin of $274 million or 17.1 percent and net income of $49 million or $0.49 per diluted share.
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.
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
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.
Detroit Thermal “Ties” Seven Wayne County Buildings Deep Underground With Innovation and $8 Million Contract
Detroit’s eco-friendly district energy system, Detroit Thermal, LLC, is “tying” seven downtown Detroit Wayne County buildings deep underground with an innovative approach and a new three-year contract estimated at $8 million, continuing major growth of the underground steam energy system serving Detroit from the riverfront to the New Center area.
The Loon Golf Resort announces that LPGA superstar Natalie Gulbis will visit the Alpine Village of Gaylord Michigan this summer and participate in two unique events.
Quicken Loans Inc. Chairman and Founder Dan Gilbert today announced that Quizzle LLC will be joining Quicken Loans when it moves to Detroit’s Compuware building later this month.
For 30 years, engineers have used the GM Aerodynamics Laboratory to improve fuel economy by helping cars and trucks slip through the air more easily.
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
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 invite you to a performance by world-renowned concert pianist and winner of the 2010 National Chopin Piano Competition, Claire Huangci.
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.
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.
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.”
Honigman provides a collegial environment fostering professional and personal growth for our lawyers, paralegals and staff.
The Wayne State University Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Allan D. Gilmour as interim president.
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.
Twenty-five wine experts gathered August 3 in East Lansing for the 33rd annual Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition. Judges included five Master Sommeliers, and internationally known authors, winemakers and wine educators.
Bayview Yacht Club Will Host The Women On Water (WOW) Clinic and Regatta for the Natalie J. O’Neil Trophy on August 13-15
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.
The Detroit District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Detroit) announced today that it will honor Edsel B. Ford II and Peter Karmanos, Jr. with its inaugural Placemaker Award.
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.
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.
For the second consecutive year, Michigan-based employee group benefits firm McGraw Wentworth has been named by Business Insurance magazine and the Best Companies Group as one of the “Best Places to Work in Insurance” in the nation.
A name synonymous with high quality furniture, talented designers, and outstanding service returns to Michigan – with a brand new twist. Art Van Furniture, Michigan’s largest furniture retailer, announced today it is launching “Scott Shuptrine Interiors” in 8 of its 33 stores.
The University of Michigan’s program of full disclosure and compensation for medical errors resulted in a decrease in new claims for compensation (including lawsuits), time to claim resolution and lower liability costs, according to a study published Aug. 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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.
ITCTransmission today received approval from the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO) for the Thumb Loop high-voltage electric transmission line project.
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.
MotorCity Casino Hotel Receives the Prestigious Pinnacle Award in Recognition as a Premier Conference Hotel
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 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.
Ford Motor Company 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.
Explore a range of glamorous, gritty and “green” predecessors to today’s cars – including early examples of steam and electric-powered vehicles – during the 60th anniversary of Old Car Festival, America’s longest-running antique car show, September 11-12 in Greenfield Village.
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.
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
The global automotive industry merger and acquisition deal market shows a cautious uptick in deal volumes observed during the first half of 2010.
Spartan Takes Over Chicago with 2010 Emissions Gladiator® Classic Featuring Cummins ISX 600HP Diesel Engine
Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., will showcase its cutting-edge line of 2010 emergency-response cabs and chassis as the Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Conference and Exhibition gets underway in Chicago.
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 global automotive industry merger and acquisition (M&A) deal market shows a cautious uptick in deal volumes observed during the first half (H1) of 2010, against a backdrop of the lowest disclosed deal value in five years, according to the automotive transaction services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP In H1 2010, 265 deals closed with a disclosed value of $11.6 billion.
The EV industry has developed quickly, after decades of slow development, causing a potential bottleneck in battery technology supply.
The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit) announces its 9th annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 23rd at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.
To address customer requests and the need to integrate software for the automation of highly complex tasks, Altair Engineering, Inc. and Romax Technology developed a new interface between their respective RADIOSS and RomaxDesigner software tools to allow the transportation industry to design, analyze and simulate the complete transmission.
There were 354,400 used commercial vehicles (GVW Class 3-8) registered in the U.S. during the first two quarters of 2010, according to Polk, the recognized leader in data-driven solutions for the commercial vehicle industry.
A decade ago, The Hill Seafood and Chophouse opened its doors. Through the 10 years since, they have thrived in the tournament of restaurant competition in metro Detroit, becoming a dining destination situated in downtown Grosse Pointe Farms nearby to stunning Lake Shore Drive.
Visteon Corporation today announced that Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., entered an order confirming the joint plan of reorganization filed by the company and certain of its affiliates.