IPS Technology Services Signs Agreement to Provide IT Staff Augmentation Service to Company in Finance Industry

Troy – July 24, 2013 –IPS Technology Services has signed an agreement with one of the nation’s fastest growing credit card processing companies to provide staff augmentation service and other IT solutions.

A leader in the industry for twelve years, this client provides credit card payment solutions for thousands of customers in many different industries. They also have software to help landowners collect residential and commercial lease payments. The client contacted IPS Technology Services with a need for a high-quality, knowledgeable workforce. Under this arrangement, IPS will supply primarily LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) consultants to work for this client. The client may choose to hire permanent, contract, or contract-to-hire employees, but their preference is to hire local talent.

Through the IT Staffing agreement, IPS Technology Services is helping the client to keep their promise to consumers to value people over transactions and place the best available talent in the right jobs that match their skillset. “This will offset the load of hiring talent for our client,” says Pradip Sengupta, president and CEO of IPS Technology Services, “This allows them to focus more on their payment processing product solutions and remain competitive by staying up-to-date with evolving changes in the industry.”

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

  1.  IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
  2.  CIO Services and Technology Consulting
  3.  Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
  4.  Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
  5.  Engineering IT services
  6.  Website development and Digital Marketing

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipsts.com.

Jay Baron

President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Jay_BaronIn addition to executive responsibilities, Dr. Jay Baron leads the manufacturing engineering and technology group at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Dr. Baron’s research has involved automotive tooling, vehicle assembly, process validation, and competitive evaluation of technologies involving advanced light-weight material processing and business case assessment.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Baron was an associate research scientist at the University of Michigan. While there, he developed new tooling tryout techniques to accelerate new vehicle launches while improving automotive body quality and reducing cost. He introduced new analysis methods for assessing the correlation between tryout, stamping and body assembly processes.

Most recently, Dr. Baron has been involved with the identification and evaluation of technologies that contribute to improved fuel economy. In 2010, he co-authored, “Assessment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles,” published by the National Research Council (NRC). Using data from this NRC publication, he co-authored, “The U.S. Automotive Market and Industry in 2025,” published by CAR. Dr. Baron continues to provide numerous presentations and seminars on automotive manufacturing and global trends.

Dr. Baron has a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

PRSA-Detroit Elects Don Tanner Secretary of Executive Board

Don Tanner has been elected as Executive Board Secretary of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 400-member Detroit chapter. Tanner will join public relations professionals from across the region to lead the chapter with newly elected officers and members, along with current board members.

Tanner is a Partner with Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications where he counsels clients in the area of traditional and emerging media and marketing.

He currently resides in West Bloomfield, MI.

About PRSA-Detroit The Detroit Chapter of PRSA was established in 1947 and is one of six founding Chapters of PRSA, the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA Detroit is one of the largest chapters of PRSA with approximately 400 members-from students to seasoned professionals, who represent business and industry, agencies, solo practitioners, associations, nonprofit organizations and government entities. The chapter is committed to education and diversity, and serves as a gateway to public relations professionals by providing educational and career opportunities for its members. Visit www.prsadetroit.org, follow PRSA-Detroit on Twitter (@PRSADetroit) and Facebook (PRSA Detroit Chapter), or e-mail nskidmore@earthlink.net for more information.

Plante Moran’s Gordon Krater begins second term as managing partner

Southfield, Mich.— July 22, 2013 – Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, announces Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA, began his second four-year term effective July 1. Krater, the sixth managing partner in the firm’s history, initially took the helm of Plante Moran in July 2009 and will continue to serve until July 2017. Krater became managing partner during the darkest days of the recession, and guided the firm into a solid growth trajectory that includes the opening of a Detroit office in fall, 2013 and a significant merger with Chicago-based Blackman Kallick in July 2012.

“The last four years have brought immense challenges to the profession and the firm, but there have been opportunities for fine-tuning client service, growth of specialized services and new avenues for staff development and client engagement too, and those areas all remain an important part of my leadership focus moving into the next four years,” says Krater. “We’ve also gotten more deeply entrenched in our communities, with Plante Moran Cares outreach projects that put a firm-wide emphasis on critical areas of need, such as literacy, domestic violence and supporting our military, while strengthening our internal culture through these efforts as well.”

The new Detroit office of Plante Moran, which is slated to open fall 2013 and initially house 75 staff members, puts the firm in the heart of Downtown Detroit’s business resurgence, while attracting talent that wants to be part of a growing urban energy. The merger with Blackman Kallick, meanwhile, deepened Plante Moran’s capabilities in the Chicagoland market.

“Chicagoland, with its huge business base, continues to present tremendous opportunities for Plante Moran to share our industry expertise with middle market clients. While we have 21 offices in the Midwest and abroad, we are organized by industry specialization, and this is a strong selling point for prospective clients who want deep industry knowledge in addition to a conveniently located service provider,” notes Krater.

One of the firm’s continued areas of interest is private-equity owned companies.

“An estimated 48 percent of middle market companies are owned by private-equity firms and we are going to be even more aggressive in going after that niche. We understand middle market companies and know how to serve them. Client satisfaction surveys that consistently approach 99 percent approval ratings affirm that our middle market clients find the business advisory services they need to prosper when they partner with Plante Moran,” says Krater.

Krater adds that Plante Moran’s strong reputation in wealth management is another growth area. The firm’s Plante Moran Financial Advisors (PMFA) affiliate, with more than $8 billion of assets under management, was ranked ninth in May 2013 on Forbes’ list of “Top 50 Wealth Managers” (also known as “giants”). PMFA was also named the 16th fastest-growing regional investment advisory (RIA) firm; this was the first year PMFA made either list.

“Plante Moran Financial Advisors celebrated its 30th year in 2012 and its success has been astounding. Yet we believe there are numerous untapped opportunities to further grow this segment based on our team’s independent role in investment decisions and the trust we’ve earned from our clients over the past three decades.”

Reflecting on human resource developments, Krater counts firm culture, commitment to diversity issues and new strategies for developing and strengthening women’s leadership roles, including the firm’s new Women In Leadership initiative to help Plante Moran accelerate its ability to attract and retain women leaders, among his key interest areas.

“It’s the continual investment in our staff that pays the most dividends in the long run. I don’t ever want to lose sight of that,” said Krater.

About Plante Moran:Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Earlier this year, the firm was named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” for the 15th consecutive year. Plante Moran was ranked #25 on this year’s FORTUNE list.

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Butzel Long receives international award

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long was honored recently during the Lex Mundi Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting in Amsterdam for its participation in a transaction that received an award in the category of “Best Multijurisdictional Client Matter for 2012.”

Butzel Long, a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms, was the only U.S.-based law firm to work on a project receiving such an award for 2012.

The transaction, in the automotive climate control business, involved a company’s acquisition of the shares of overseas subsidiaries based in 13 separate jurisdictions.

The client needed help with local due diligence, advice on transaction structure and related legal issues involving labor and employment, pension and real estate transactions as well as general contract law issues and required assistance and advice on formalities for implementation of the transaction in each jurisdiction, contract documents and closing the transaction in each jurisdiction.

Butzel Long worked on the project with other Lex Mundi member firms located in South Korea, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico the Netherlands and Portugal to obtain the legal information and services needed to successfully complete the transaction.

“This recognition is an excellent example of the multi-national collaboration capability of Lex Mundi firms,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and Managing Shareholder, Butzel Long. “We have a unique opportunity to cooperate with top tier firms in jurisdictions across the globe when the need arises. With the accelerating internationalization of business operations and transactions, we are able to present our clients with seamless representation involving pre-eminent counsel wherever it is needed.

“There is one exclusive Lex Mundi member per country internationally a well as one in each U.S. state and Canadian province,” he added. “Lex Mundi has 160 member firms located in 120 countries.”

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

Inaugural 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit to Showcase State’s Leading Industry

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program is proud to host a first of its kind event focused on Michigan’s commitment to the automotive industry and the opportunities that exist to grow the sector in the 21st century. The 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit will feature an action-packed agenda with high level speakers from industry, academia and government on Wednesday, September 25 at COBO Center. The Center for Automotive Research’s President and CEO Jay Baron will keynote one of the Summit sessions and highlight the economic impact of the automotive industry in Michigan, industry trends and the opportunities that exist in the state to capitalize on these trends.

During the 2013 Summit, MICHauto is also collaborating with the Inforum Center for Leadership to bring attendees the exclusive opportunity to participate in the release of its 2013 Michigan Women’s Leadership Index featuring General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. Akerson will discuss talent and how he’s harnessing the power of a focused, motivated employee base to drive change throughout the company. Entry to this event is included for all attendees of the Summit. Click here to register for the Summit or for up to date agenda information.

Chamber Business Attraction Team Targeting FIRE Call Centers for Regional Business

Over the next 60 days, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team is aiming to secure and set up site visits with call center prospects focused on finance, information technology, insurance and real estate (FIRE) support and other customer support services. These types of projects have the potential to create anywhere from 800 to 1,300 local jobs.

Over the last two months, the Chamber team has seen an influx of requests from companies interested in locating call centers in the region, which isn’t currently saturated in this labor market, and is cultivating four proposals for new call centers to enter the market.

Through various surveys and interviews of local companies, the Chamber team has established a clearer picture of the call center landscape in the Detroit region. Rather than simply traditional telemarketing jobs, the Detroit area possesses a collection of customer support services for various industries, such as manufacturing, business and financial services, telecommunications and technology with pay ranging from $9 an hour to an $80,000 annual salary.

For areas like the Detroit region with the right labor force, real estate and cost structure, there is opportunity for significant new job creation as this industry continues to rapidly expand. The Detroit region has the right mix of factors to win these projects. The Chamber team is now aggressively pursuing and responding to these opportunities with data that demonstrates why the Detroit region can outperform competitor markets. To learn more about locating or expanding business in Michigan, please email starthere@detroitchamber.com.

Detroit Regional Chamber Partners with PMBC for Matchmaking Summit with BCBSM

The Detroit Regional Chamber is continuing its successful partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program and conducted a “Connection Point” matchmaking summit with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan earlier this month at the company’s headquarters in downtown Detroit. Ninety-four companies were selected by BCBSM including companies like the Michigan State Alliance of YMCAs, TekWissen, Claro Health and CMS Med-Review, to participate in 130 20-minute, pre-arranged private meetings during the event. Participating companies, exemplifying Michigan’s leadership in health care-related services, were chosen based on BCBSM’s current needs in a wide variety of services areas. A majority of the suppliers selected were woman or minority-owned companies, a first for a PMBC event.

“The event today was an absolute success,” said Erica Howell, supplier diversity administrator for BCBSM.  “The Pure Michigan Business Connect Matchmaking Summit model is exactly what is needed to ensure that we are maximizing our inclusion of Michigan-based and diverse suppliers. We are excited about the wonderful response we received and are looking forward to the future.”

To read coverage of the event in the Detroit Free Press, click here. To learn more about PMBC, click here.

More than 2,300 High School Seniors Show Interest in Detroit Scholarship Fund

The Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF) offers Detroit graduates a tuition-free path to an associate degree beginning with the graduating class of 2013. The DSF is a place-based scholarship designed to help more Detroit students acquire a post-secondary degree and provide an incentive to live in the city. The DSF awards “last dollar” scholarships that are applied after income-based tuition assistance like Pell Grants are exhausted. The program is supported by private fundraising initiated by Governor Rick Snyder and is administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

In addition to providing increased access to higher education, the DSF is working with participating community colleges to increase academic success upon a student’s entrance to college. Students are able to use the scholarships at Wayne County Community College District, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, Henry Ford Community College and Schoolcraft College. The Chamber is working with each of these institutions as well as the Michigan Community College Association to develop student support systems and a pilot mentoring program to help students successfully complete an associate degree or transfer to a four year university after two years.

The Chamber is committed to providing the workforce that businesses need now and in the future. For more information on the DSF, please contact Robert Troutman at rtroutman@detroitchamber.com.

InnoState Advanced Manufacturers Spotlight: Clark Engineering

Last month, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership visited Clark Engineering in Owosso as part of the InnoState program. Clark Engineering exemplifies the kind of adaptability needed for 21st century manufacturers with the flexibility to meet variety in design, application and volume. Clark Engineering is an excellent example of a company primed to engage in the InnoState program, which seeks to supplement the region’s traditional parts-making economy with a fast-growing community of firms pursuing a new product contract manufacturing business model.

Clark Engineering specializes in wire forms, but they have the capacity to do a range of end processes that set them apart from traditional manufacturers. The company diversified the industries they supply, winning contracts in high growth sectors like alternative energy and lawn and garden. Based on these strengths, Clark Engineering has grown and expanded since 2008.

InnoState is comprised of regional organizations that will provide a range of support – including technical assistance, access to technology, support for training and opportunities with new customers – to small and medium manufacturers in order to build a sustainable economic cluster of firms. Click here for more information on the InnoState program and the Chamber’s role in this partnership.