Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan needs to build on auto recovery

Detroit Free Press: September 25, 2013

By Brent Snavely

The consensus among economic development officials in Michigan is that the state has an opportunity to lure more investment from automakers and suppliers.

With industry sales running at its strongest pace since 2007, Michigan’s pipeline of auto-related economic development is filling up, said Doug Smith, a vice president for the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

“This is an opportunity for us because our core industry is making money and is very profitable,” Smith said.

Most of the assembly plants operated by the Detroit Three and their suppliers’ parts factories are running at full capacity to keep up with demand.

But the same is true for the Asian and European automakers with plants in the Southeast. Smith said those states will be competing for every expansion of those facilities.

“We can’t be complacent,” Smith said.

That’s one reason why Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Nigel Francis senior vice president of automotive for the MEDC.

Snyder, who returned from his third trip to China earlier this month, said Wednesday that Francis will return to the world’s largest car market next month to talk to government and industry officials.

Francis also traveled to Germany earlier this month with the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and its industry-focused team, called MICHauto.

The delegation met with more than 120 companies during the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Maureen Krauss, the chamber’s vice president of economic development, said European auto suppliers, most of whom are still suffering from a protracted recession, are eager to expand in North America.

“My key takeaway from the Frankfurt Auto Show is that the North American auto industry is roaring back and Detroit is at the center of it,” Krauss said. “The world still sees us as the place to be.”

Snyder, who spoke Wednesday at the 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit at Cobo Center, said Michigan should be proud of its core industry and promote it every chance it gets.

“I am proud to say we are the auto capital,” Snyder said. “We know how to make products in this state, we know how to grow products, we know how to create ideas in this state.”

The purpose of the event is to raise the state’s sense of urgency and capitalize on the industry’s recovery as it competes with other states for new investment.

In recent years, Snyder said it has become popular to say that Michigan needs to diversify its economy so it isn’t so dependent on the automotive industry. He has expressed that message himself on occasion.

“That’s a backward concept,” Snyder said. “Now is the time to double down and say, ‘Let’s do it well.’ ”

Snyder also said Michigan needs to do a better job of convincing talented, young engineers that the auto industry is a good career path for developing technology and electronics.

Contact Brent Snavely: 313-222-6512 or bsnavely@freepress.com

GM’s Akerson says female auto CEO is inevitable

USA Today: September, 25, 2013

By Nate Bomey, Detroit Free Press

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said it’s “inevitable” that a woman will eventually become the CEO of a major automaker — and it could be his own successor.

“The Detroit Three are all run by non-car guys,” Akerson said at a conference about leadership diversity. “Some day there will be a Detroit Three (company) that’s run by a car gal.”

GM is the most likely of the three automakers to be the first to have a female CEO. Mary Barra, GM’s senior vice president for global product development, is considered a strong candidate to succeed Akerson.

At Ford, CEO Alan Mulally is widely expected to hand the reins to Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields sometime after 2014. At Chrysler, CEO Sergio Marchionne has said he won’t retire before 2015.

“I don’t know when, but I think there are an unbelievable number of talented women in automotive, certainly at General Motors,” Akerson told reporters after his talk. “It’s inevitable.”

The leader of the world’s second largest automaker participated in a fireside-style conversation at an Inforum Center for Leadership luncheon at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Michigan Automotive Summit.

Before his speech, Inforum said a study showed that GM had the most women (four) on its board of any automaker.

In a rare glimpse into his personal views on corporate social responsibility, Akerson said he wants the best talent for GM, regardless of the person’s personal background.

“I don’t believe Western white men have all the answers,” Akerson said.

Akerson said it’s critical to have a diverse board and leadership team to get a wide cross-section of ideas and reach a broad customer base. He said it’s also important to show that inclusion is a core value of the company — and that anyone can advance.

“They don’t want a gift. They want a chance. They want an opportunity,” he said. “I think a part of good leadership is to make sure people have an opportunity. No gifts, no guarantees, just a chance.”

Snyder urges international investment to bolster auto industry growth in state

Crain’s Detroit Business: September 25, 2013
By Dustin Walsh

 Now is the time to “double down” on auto investments in the state, Gov. Rick Snyder told auto industry representatives at today’s Michigan Automotive Summit, hosted by MichAuto at Cobo Center.

Snyder said the challenges the industry faces today include a changing culture, noting the industry has far too long held onto its “glory days.”

Snyder urged looking at international investment to bolster the domestic automotive market in Michigan. Snyder returned from a trade mission to China earlier this month.

“If they are going to look to go global, wouldn’t we want them to look at Michigan as a place to do business?” Snyder said. “We should be leveraging our strong supply base and experience with making things.”

Jay Baron, president and CEO of Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research, said Michigan’s auto industry is rapidly growing.

Of the $29 billion in recent investments, $21.5 billion was invested in the Great Lakes region and more than $12 billion in Michigan, Baron said.

While the Southern U.S. states are vying for a stronger position in the industry, Baron said Mexico continues to hinder that region’s growth.

“The automotive South is wrestling with growing their automotive (industry) while competing with Mexico, which offers much lower wages,” Baron said.

The industry as a whole is tied to 8 million jobs in the U.S, with more than $70 billion in personal tax revenue to the country.

Technology, jobs

Baron said Michigan will need another 100,000 workers to meet technology goals and regulations in the near future. The federal government’s CAFE standard of fleets reaching 54.5 mpg by 2025 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s quest for safety is causing a surge in new technology, Baron said.

John Rakolta Jr., chairman and CEO of Detroit-based construction firm Walbridge Group, said the push for connectivity is what led his firm to propose a new connected vehicle center in Ypsilanti Township.

Earlier this month, Walbridge proposed to redevelop the majority of the 332-acre former General Motors Co. Willow Run plant.

“We’re not the only region in the world in capturing all the jobs in this sector; who knows what can spin off from this (technology),” Rakolta said. “This is about whether the state, and this audience, can cohesively come together and offer the most competitive model here.”

The center is expected to include a large urban-environment test track as well as an advanced R&D testing facility.

Jeffrey Owens, chief technology officer and executive vice president at Troy-based Delphi Automotive plc, said the supplier’s research and development capabilities in Michigan far exceed its other centers around the world. But it could do more.

Owens urged state government to pass a bill regulating autonomous, or driverless, vehicle testing.

The Michigan Senate was expected to vote on SB 169 in May, but the bill never made it to the floor. Owens said the delay is giving other states the upper hand in economic development.

“We have to be one of the most welcoming (states) for this technology,” Owens said. “The legislation is being considered, but we should be making it an environment where this work can be done.”

Delphi would perform more autonomous work here if the legislation passed, Owens said.

Snyder at auto summit in Detroit: Industry and state need to stop staring at rearview

MLive: September 25, 2013
By David Muller

DETROIT, MI- The automotive epicenter of the United States should stop staring in the rearview mirror and focus on the road ahead, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told an audience at the inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit on Wednesday morning.

“We’ve got a culture, we’ve got a legacy, we know how to make cars in this state,” Snyder said at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

As skepticism has crept into the Michigan economy since the two of the three major auto producers needed a federal bailout less than five years ago, Snyder said that instead “now is the time to double down.”

Snyder said his greatest challenge in being the state’s chief executive officer was not “changing laws, but changing culture.” With the auto industry, too many people have been nostalgic for the massive industry glory years while also wallowing in the bleak days of 2008 and 2009.

Michigan has led the country in manufacturing jobs created between 2010 and 2012, adding 55,000 new positions. A little more than 20,000 of those jobs are related to automotive manufacturing. Almost 23 percent of cars produced in the United States are made in Michigan.

Snyder was the first and keynote speaker at the Michigan Automotive Summit, which was organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MichAuto initiative.

MichAuto, Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said, was re-launched a year and a half ago to act as a unified voice for the state’s auto industry.

“This conference is not just about automotive, it’s about the relationship of automotive to Michigan,” Baruah said Wednesday. “We all know, in those dark days of 2008 and 2009, that a lack of a unified message for this industry cost us dearly.”

Baruah outlined the importance of the industry to the state: 61 of the country’s top 100 automotive suppliers are based in Michigan. Since 2010, the auto industry has invested roughly $12 billion here.

Michigan also has the highest number of engineers per capita. However, a “talent gap” is an oft-repeated issue facing the state and its automotive sector.

On that front, Baruah said MichAuto has started a student program aimed at getting young people interested in the advanced automotive sector.

Snyder, too, emphasized the need for improved education and talent attraction. “We have a broken system of connecting great people to opportunities,” he said.

The governor highlighted the state’s relatively new Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2), a three-year program that places high school students in training positions with manufacturing or technology companies. The students get an associate’s degree in the process, and ideally, a job with the employer they’re training with once the three years are complete.

Snyder, whose gubernatorial reelection campaign got an unofficial start this week, also once again highlighted Michigan as the “comeback state,” and spoke about ways he made the state more business-friendly over the past three and half years.

He said when he took office Michigan had the “dumbest tax in the United States,” referring to the Michigan Business Tax. “Some people said cut it in half,” he said, adding,
“If you take dumb and divide it by two it’s still dumb.”

Snyder said he abolished the tax, and set up “consistent” rules and regulations for businesses. He said he has laid a financial foundation for the state that looks ahead to 2040.

“If you want a sweet job in Michigan, run for governor in 2038,” Snyder said.

Following Snyder, the one-day Michigan Automotive Summit continues with a series of speakers and panels, including General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson.

David Muller is the business reporter for MLive Media Group in Detroit. Email him at dmuller@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Oneupweb’s BRIM, “Bringing Relentless Innovation to Michigan”, Conference Returns and is Thrilled to Announce the Bank of Northern Michigan As Pitch Session Sponsor

Oneupweb Hosts 3rd BRIM Leadership Conference for Michigan businesses and calls for Pitch Session applications for a chance to win $5,000.

Traverse City, MI September 25, 2013

For the third year running, Oneupweb will host BRIM (Bringing Relentless Innovation to Michigan), a day of inspiration, education, networking and entrepreneurship held at the Oneupweb headquarters on the banks of West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City.

One highlight of past BRIMs has been the Investor Pitch Session, which returns to BRIM for 2013 along with a generous $5,000 prize from The Bank of Northern Michigan for the winning business plan. This doubles the 2012 prize of $2,500, which was also sponsored by The Bank of Northern Michigan. Three finalists will be selected to present their ideas at BRIM on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 to a panel of judges and BRIM attendees.

BRIM 2012 Pitch Session winner Kelly Stites, of Assisted Moving Services, had never presented her business plan to a large group of professionals until last year’s conference. She says, “Winning the BRIM Pitch Session inspired me to move forward with my business plan and grow it into what is now a licensed LLC moving business in Traverse City that specializes in senior moving and downsizing. The money awarded was spent changing the DBA to an LLC, retaining permits and constructing a sign for the business.” She adds, “I’m looking forward to attending in November 2013!”

Like Stites, many business owners are challenged in the early stages of establishing a business with obtaining necessary permits, building clientele and investing in marketing efforts with limited budgets. In addition to the monetary prize for the winner, all three BRIM Pitch Session presenters will receive follow-up consultations to support their success.

“The Bank of Northern Michigan maintains a strong commitment to helping grow successful businesses throughout our northern Michigan community,” says John D. Paul, Jr., president and CEO of The Bank of Northern Michigan. “I’ve had the honor of participating in Oneupweb’s BRIM event the last two years and the talent and enthusiasm represented by the entrepreneurs attending BRIM underscored the great future we have in Michigan. Each person who participates in the Pitch Session has the opportunity for business consulting with the judges. We found the consulting session to be very beneficial for each entrepreneur and it has been great to watch these businesses grow over the last year.”

To apply for the BRIM 2013 Pitch Session and a chance to compete with other entrepreneurs for the $5,000 prize from The Bank of Northern Michigan, fill out the form here- http://go.oneupweb.com/brim-pitch-application.

About Oneupweb:
Oneupweb is a 17-year innovator in digital marketing—creating integrated online marketing plans that incorporate search, social, design and mobile services. Heralded by an independent research firm for their leadership team, work ethic and solid experience in optimizing complicated sites, Oneupweb has been named a Top 20 Search Marketing Agency by Advertising Age for five consecutive years, and CEO Lisa Wehr is recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Oneupweb is a privately held company located in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information on Oneupweb, please call 1.877.568.7477, or visit OneUpWeb.com.

Butzel Long attorney will share best practices in pricing negotiations and more during October 3 OESA and IRN, Inc. program

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Daniel R. W. Rustmann will share best practices in pricing negotiations and how to leverage contract language during a program presented by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and IRN, Inc. on October 3, 2013.

Rustmann will discuss negotiation and contracting strategies, including written communications, difficult meetings and disputes. He’ll also discuss the dos and don’ts for attempting to obtain price increases, pushing back on requests for pricing decreases, and countering common purchasing techniques.

The other featured speaker is Kim Korth, President and CEO, IRN, Inc., who will present the 2013 IRN Pricing Survey findings.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Rustmann’s practice has been devoted principally to litigation. He has handled cases in a wide variety of substantive areas, including UCC supply chain litigation, sales representative commission disputes, non-compete disputes, shareholder disputes, and other complex, commercial litigation. He frequently advises clients on contract negotiation and drafting.

As a co-chair of Butzel Long’s Global Automotive Practice Group, Rustmann has developed significant experience representing tier 1 and tier 2 automotive suppliers in various matters.

Rustmann is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D., 1989, with distinction) and Valparaiso University (B.A., 1986).

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a full-service law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

Special Edition: Inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit a Success, Attracts More than 400 Industry Leaders

Starting with a keynote address from Governor Rick Snyder and concluding with a meet-and-greet with the state’s new automotive adviser, Nigel Francis, MICHauto’s inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit was a resounding success. The daylong event held at the newly renovated Cobo Center attracted more than 400 leaders from industry, academia, government, non-profits and professional service firms; marking the first event of its kind focused solely on Michigan’s entire automotive industry supply chain. Reflecting the appetite for the event, the Summit earned great support from sponsors for a first-time event, as well as strong regional and national news coverage.

Governor Calls for Michigan’s Continued Drive Toward Automotive Excellence

The automotive industry’s drive for excellence and Michigan’s continued progress as the Comeback State go hand in hand. That was a key message Governor Rick Snyder delivered as he opened MICHauto’s inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit at Cobo Center calling on the state to “double down” on its signature industry.

“Michigan is the ‘Comeback State,’ but we are only at the beginning of the comeback,” Governor Snyder said. “We need to keep the passion and continue going faster and working harder. Take pride that you are in an industry and state that was broken and rebounded. With groups like MICHauto and great collaboration, we are bringing back the automotive industry and the state.”

The Governor also highlighted the need for Michigan’s leaders in the automotive field to partner together to lead an increased marketing effort to promote the industry as the dynamic, high-tech industry filled with tremendous opportunity. He also challenged the audience to lead the nation in connecting talented workers to those opportunities and called for an increased focus on vocational training in skilled trades to ensure employers can hire the highly skilled workers they need.

To watch the video from Gov. Snyder’s keynote, click here. This session was sponsored by Michigan Media Solutions.

Akerson Discusses Talent and Women in Leadership Roles at Inforum EventGM CEO Dan Akerson said the day is soon approaching when a woman will be leading one of the nation’s top auto manufacturers during a lunch hosted by the Inforum Center for Leadership.  The conversation focused on talented women in the workforce and gender issues in the workplace in a question-and-answer format moderated by Dr. Arin Reeves, president of Nextions. Throughout the discussion, Akerson touched upon the value of inclusion and the importance in having a diverse leadership team.

Akerson’s appearance coincided with the 10th anniversary release of Inforum’s Michigan Women’s Leadership Index, a biennial snapshot of the leadership role of women in Michigan’s top 100 public companies. Click here to read media coverage.

R&D is the Future of the Auto Industry, Key to Maintaining Michigan’s AdvantageResearch and development is the future of the auto industry, and Michigan’s competitive advantage in this sector relies on the ability to stay ahead of the technology curve.  A panel of industry leaders voiced a strong sense of urgency in calling for cooperation between manufacturers and the state government to ensure Michigan upholds its R&D advantage, which positions the state as the global epicenter of the automotive industry.

Panelists including Thomas Apostolos, president of Ricardo, Inc.; Simon Nagata, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A., Inc.; Jeffrey Owens, chief technology officer and executive vice president of Delphi; John Rakolta Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge; joined moderator John McElroy of Autoline, and implored Michigan automotive units to avoid complacency, and aggressively capture R&D jobs.

Conversation also focused on how rapidly evolving technology requires the same fluidity from government to ensure that regulations and legislation are adapted quickly. The panel highlighted how when legislation lags behind innovation it hinders companies’ ability to compete.  They called for stronger cooperation and accountability from the state government to create a seamless, adaptive regulatory environment where businesses and R&D can thrive. Another key point was the importance of Michigan working together to position the state from a legislative, legal and infrastructure standpoint to support the development of connected vehicles, including vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to cloud.

To watch video highlights on this session, click here. This session was sponsored by Michigan International Speedway.

Jay Baron: Profitable, High-Tech Industry Poised to Create 100,000 jobs in 12 years

As a national leader in engineering and tooling, Michigan’s unrivaled automotive resources bode well for the state in an industry that is expanding in production and in profits, according to Jay Baron, the president and CEO for the Center of Automotive Research. During his keynote speech, Baron explained how an increased focus on the development of materials, powertrain technology and electronic connectivity in vehicles will lead to the creation of more than 100,000 jobs in Michigan by 2025.

Baron also praised the state’s automotive industry for its dynamic and consistent product creation, highlighting how automotive businesses look to Michigan because it is where the latest industry technology is being developed. He broke down how the state’s unique collection of engineering talent and tooling companies power Michigan’s manufacturing base.

To watch video highlights of this session, click here. This session was sponsored by Warner Norcross & Judd.

Industry-Academic Partnership Panel Defines Success of Collaboration

Home to more than 17 nationally ranked engineering programs, Michigan’s universities provide unique opportunity for academic-industry partnerships that drive innovation and research and development. This point was prominent in the panel discussion highlighting the partnerships between the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co., and Macomb Community College and General Motors.

Panelists included: Michael Drake, director of corporate relations, College of Engineering, University of Michigan; James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College; Ed Krause, global manager, external alliances, research and advanced engineering; Ford Motor Co.; and Ed Kornas, senior manufacturing project engineer, General Motors. The panel was moderated by Jeff Mason, the executive director of the University Research Corridor.

The academic and industry leaders offered their perspectives on how these relationships benefit the institution or organization, in addition to providing students with hands-on training and a skill-set that makes them employment-ready upon graduating. While these relationships have been long-standing, they continue to evolve based on the needs of the industry by continually developing programs and innovative projects to fit the need.  To view photos of this session, click here. This session was sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

Automotive Industry Provides Emerging Leaders with Gateway to Success

The automotive industry provides young professionals with exciting opportunities to mold their career paths based on personal ambitions, but without increased marketing and recruiting efforts by employers talented individuals may look elsewhere. That was the message that four young professionals conveyed to the audience, providing accounts of what attracted them to the automotive field.

Panelists included: Brandy Goolsby, global commercial vehicle business and product strategy analyst, Ford Motor Company; Brian Hunt, embedded software engineer, American Axle & Manufacturing; Soha Kadry, engineering supervisor, Yazaki North America; and Sarah Verner, restraints design engineer, Nissan Technical Center North America. The session, moderated by Rob Luce, MICHauto program manager, highlighted several factors that demonstrate that the next generation of the professionals has a specific career progression plan – factors that the automotive industry must address in its recruiting efforts.

The industry is too often perceived by the majority of up-and-coming young professionals as a static and uninspiring industry. The panelists insisted the opposite is true, discussing how the automotive industry provides opportunities to work internationally, hold leadership responsibilities at an early stage and be in control of career progression – all key traits desired by the workforce of the future.

To watch video highlights of this session, click here. This session was sponsored by Business Leaders for Michigan.

Panel Highlights State’s Competitiveness and Positive Environment for Automotive BusinessFor Michigan to be successful it is critical that the state has a business-friendly environment to continue economic progress. During the panel discussion, a group of industry leaders and government officials discussed recent legislation and incentives that are creating a more competitive state in attracting and retaining automotive businesses.

Panelists included: Daniel Domenicucci, senior manager, Ernst & Young LLP; Frank Ervin, director, government affairs, Magna International Inc.; Steve Hilfinger, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and Brian O’Connell, regional director, state government relations, General Motors. The Detroit News Associate Business Editor Daniel Howes moderated the discussion.

The panel highlighted how they saw Michigan staying competitive in the 21st century with a number of incentives offered to automotive and general businesses related to job creation, reimbursements and building new business opportunities. The group also attributed the state’s competitiveness to key legislative changes, such as the elimination of personal property tax and simplifying the tax climate in Michigan. To view photos of this session, click here. This session was sponsored by Bank of America.

GM CEO Sees “Car Gal” Soon Leading Auto Company

From CBS Detroit

By Jeff Gilbert

September 25, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson says we’re coming close to the day when a woman will be the Chief Executive at one of America’s major carmakers.

“Note that the Detroit three are all run by non-car guys. Someday, there will be a Detroit Three that’s run by a car gal.”

Akerson making the comments at a lunch, sponsored by Inforum, that was part of the first-ever Michigan Auto Summit. He said women can compete, and “compete vigorously” in the competitive automotive industry.

“I don’t know when,” Akerson told reporters. “But I think there are an unbelievable number of talented women in automotive, certainly at General Motors. Just through the performance and hard work, it’s inevitable. It will come to pass.”

There’s been much speculation that GM’s product development chief Mary Barra could be in line to replace Akerson when he retires. The GM CEO wouldn’t discuss that when he was asked if she was one of the “talented women” that he was referring to.

“She’s talented, yes.”

Akerson said that while there’s more consciousness on race and gender, it’s still important to hire the hardest working most dedicated people. But he also said that “western, white men don’t have all the answers.”

Akerson said it’s important for companies like General Motors to reach out to people who have a different perspective, and when you bring those people into the company, they have to see that they can grow and develop.

“I don’t think we’re gonna be able to draw the best talent, unless they see that this is a company that is inclusive.”

The first Michigan Auto Summit is an effort by the Detroit Regional Chamber to promote Michigan as the center of the auto industry. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder saying that the state has too often sought to attract other industries while not cultivating its largest employer.

It was interesting when I was running for governor, people kept saying You’ve gotta diversify your state. Auto’s in trouble. Manufacturing’s in trouble. What are you going to do now. What new industries are you bringing to Michigan.’ That was backwards, folks. I’m proud to say we’re the auto capitol.”

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Plante Moran launches international business services blog

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 25, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, announces the launch of a twice-monthly blog from the firm’s international business services team. The blog will serve as an additional tool to engage Plante Moran clients and others involved in international business on timely topics about audit, tax and business consulting challenges.

“Doing business internationally is complicated, from establishing a footprint to making strategic decisions within that footprint, to complying with audit and tax requirements. However, the goal of the blog is simple: provide an educational resource to clients and prospects who are involved in global business issues,” said Joel Mitchell, partner at Plante Moran.

The first blog, posted Sept.3, focused on the compliance requirements inherent in Mexico’s IMMEX program (commonly known as “Maquiladoras”). The entry explains a few of the requirements of the IMMEX program and asks questions of the readers to begin a dialogue. The second blog, posted Sept 16, addressed auditor rotation abroad and at home.

The Plante Moran international business services team consists of more than 100 specialists with expertise in audit, tax and global business consulting. To view the blog, visit the Plante Moran website here.

ABOUT PLANTE MORAN
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest accounting, tax and consulting firms and provides a full line of services to organizations in the following industries: manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, service, health care, private equity, public sector and real estate and construction. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit plantemoran.com.

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Governor Rick Snyder on The Michigan Automotive Summit, WJR, September 25, 2013

From WJR 760

By Paul Smith

September 25, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder was on WJR Radio with Paul Smith to discuss the inaugural 2013 Michigan Automotive Summit. The Summit, the first of its kind, worked to bring together a variety of automotive industry experts on how Michigan can continue to be the epicenter of auto.