MAUREEN FLANAGAN JOINS LEVEL ONE BANK AS VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL BANKING

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., – Level One Bank, one of Southeast Michigan’s leading community banks, has hired Maureen Flanagan as Vice President, Commercial Banking. The announcement was made by Patrick J. Fehring, President & CEO of Level One Bank.

Flanagan joins Level One’s growing team of commercial lenders in Farmington Hills. Her primary focus will be on expanding Level One’s Asset Based Lending capabilities in order to provide more client friendly solutions, including owner occupied real estate loans, SBA loans, and international capabilities. Additionally, Flanagan will be tasked with building new business relationships and managing existing client relationships, serving small and middle market businesses in Michigan.

Prior to joining Level One, Flanagan was Vice President of Middle Market banking at a regional bank in Detroit. She has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry, with expertise spanning a variety of areas, including credit, underwriting, operations, business banking and asset based lending.

Flanagan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Economics and Finance from The University of Michigan Dearborn.

She resides in Livonia.

About Level One Bank
Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions. Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $680 million. It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services. The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs. The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services. Level One offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.

Laura Shullman Joins Level One Bank as AVP, Banking Center Manager

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., – Level One Bank, one of Southeast Michigan’s leading community banks, has hired Laura Shullman as Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager of its Farmington Hills location at 31000 Northwestern Highway. The announcement was made by Patrick J. Fehring, President & CEO of Level One Bank.

With over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Shullman joins Level One’s growing team of consumer banking professionals. Shullman will serve as supervisor of branch operations, and will focus on new business development, strengthening existing client relationships, and continuing to deliver exceptional service to Level One clients.

Prior to joining Level One, Shullman served as Branch Manager at FirstMerit Bank in Bloomfield Hills, where she was responsible for maintaining positive client rapport, generating new business and growing consumer loans.

Shullman graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and currently serves as a Board Member for South Oakland Family YMCA. She resides in Beverly Hills and looks forward to becoming more actively engaged in the local Farmington Hills community.

About Level One Bank
Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions. Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $680 million. It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services. The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs. The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services. Level One offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.

Mayor Duggan to Keynote Detroit Policy Conference on Feb. 26

DETROIT, December 18, 2014 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced that Mayor Mike Duggan will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 Detroit Policy Conference. The fourth annual event, held on Feb. 26 at MotorCity Casino Hotel, will bring together business, community and political leaders for a day focused on the city’s new era and ongoing resurgence.

“Beyond bankruptcy there is an unprecedented opportunity to impact the trajectory and future of Detroit,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “For the first time in a long time the city has a sustainable fiscal path forward, but a lot of hard work remains. The Detroit Policy Conference provides the perfect stage to chart out the next steps of how the public and private sectors can work together toward the common goal of making Detroit the best possible city.”

The Conference will take place less than 12 weeks after the city officially emerged from bankruptcy and will focus on continuing Detroit’s momentum. The agenda will feature main stage programming highlighting issues key to Detroit’s resurgence with concurrent breakout sessions focused on issues such as education, neighborhood revitalization and transportation.

Mayor Duggan will kick off the conversation with remarks at the opening of the Conference. Since taking office in January, the Mayor has spearheaded efforts to tackle key challenges facing Detroit, including a strategy to address the city’s ongoing blight problem, the establishment of a Department of Neighborhoods office in each of the seven city council districts, and the improvement of city lighting and EMS response times.

“Mayor Mike Duggan and his team are working around the clock and getting results,” Baruah said. “Under the Mayor’s leadership, things are changing for the better – reduced blight, increased lighting and safer streets. The Mayor will have the stage to help inform the dialogue about how the region can work together to meet the challenges ahead.”

About the Detroit Policy Conference

The Detroit Policy Conference, held annually by the Detroit Regional Chamber, brings together business, community and political leaders to inspire innovative solutions and urban revitalization. Approximately, 800 attendees will gather at the MotorCity Casino Hotel for the 2015 Conference, which will be held on Feb. 26. The Conference aims to increase dialogue between urban and suburban decision-makers, and encourages collaborative efforts to grow business and shape Detroit and the region’s future.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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Nolan Finley

Editorial Page Editor, The Detroit News

Finley Nolan 2012Nolan Finley is editorial page editor of The Detroit News, where he directs the expression of the newspaper’s editorial position on various national and local issues and writes a column in the Sunday newspaper. Prior to that, Finley was the newspaper’s deputy managing editor, directing the newsroom. He previously served as business editor, and in various editing positions on the city, state and metro desks. Finley also co-hosts the “MiWeek” show on Detroit Public Television and often appears on “Flashpoint” on WDIV. In 2012, Finley was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Shawna Forbes

Vice Chancellor, School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Wayne County Community College District 

forbes-shawna editShawna Forbes is vice chancellor for Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. In this role, she focuses on establishing new partnerships and collaborations to help the District leverage resources and enhance its institutional capacity to serve students. Forbes has more than 15 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Workforce Development Committee, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) Education Advisory Group, and Detroit Workforce Development Department (DWDD) Education and Youth Advisory Council.

Michael Ford

CEO, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Ford_MichaelMichael Ford is CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. He is responsible for carrying out the Authority’s mission and for the planning, coordination and development and operations of all of its local and regional services. He has served for more than 30 years in leadership roles for both public and private transportation entities. Prior to joining the Regional Transit Authority, Ford served as CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, overseeing its expansion into the city of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township as well as the expansion of a fixed-route bus service.

Douglas George

Consul General, Canada

George_DougDouglas George is Consul General of Canada in Detroit, and is responsible for the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is a trade policy expert with over 30 years of political experience, serving in numerous economic positions at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Office, including the Commercial Policy Division and the U.S. Trade and Economic Policy Division. George most recently served as Canada’s ambassador to Kuwait.

Lou Glazer

President and Co-founder, Michigan Future Inc.

Glazer, Lou-editLou Glazer is president and co-founder of Michigan Future Inc. (MFI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank. Its mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world-class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Glazer is currently leading efforts to organize leadership to implement a new agenda for a knowledge-based Michigan and help start new high schools that will prepare Detroit students for college success. Prior to joining MFI, Glazer served as deputy director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during former Gov. James Blanchard’s administration.

Hitachi Business Finance Ends 2014 on Strong Note

Rochester, MI, Dec. 16, 2014 – Hitachi Business Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp., today announced that 2014 proved to be another stellar year with the addition of new offices and a record number of new clients.

“This past year has been one of great growth for our company,” said President and COO Mike Semanco. “We welcomed new staff members, opened new offices, and forged new partnerships that allowed us to reach different markets and serve new clients. Each of these actions combined make Hitachi Business Finance a stronger company with a laser focus on helping small- to mid-size companies grow and be successful.”

Earlier this year, Hitachi Business Finance launched a government receivables division in Washington, D.C. The goal is to provide working capital to businesses that provide goods and services to federal agencies and local governments or those who work as subcontractors to large government prime contractors. Additionally, a new office was also opened in Atlanta to focus geographically on the improving business climate in the southeast U.S.

With the addition of these new offices and team members, Hitachi Business Finance is able to assist more companies in their efforts to launch new products, expand operations, hire additional staff, and more. Most recently, Hitachi Business Finance financed a $1 million asset-based lending facility to a manufacturer in Ohio and a $1 million factoring facility to sorting and quality services facility in Michigan. Both companies plan to use the funding to pursue new business opportunities.

Semanco adds: “Our growth this year is attributable to our team’s expertise in helping companies with their working capital needs. As the economy continues to improve and we move into 2015, we will capitalize on our mission of being a solutions provider to growing companies.”

About Hitachi Business Finance
Hitachi Business Finance (formerly Hennessey Capital) is a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp. and provides customized, flexible financing solutions for companies looking for creative options to grow and sustain their businesses. Our solutions include factoring, revolving lines of credit secured by accounts receivable, inventory, and equipment, and government receivables financing. Based in Rochester, Michigan with offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., we provide financing solutions for small to mid-market companies across the United States. Learn more by visiting www.hitachibusinessfinance.com or calling (248) 658-1100.

About Hitachi Capital America Corp.
Hitachi Capital America Corp. is an independent, diversified leasing and financial services company providing financing to Hitachi group companies and the commercial business sector in the United States and Canada. Hitachi Capital America offers a variety of asset-based financing solutions with a business focus on truck, vendor, trade, and medical equipment finance, as well as lease discounting and software financing. Learn more at www.hitachicapitalamerica.com.

ASG Renaissance Wins International MarCom Award for Website Design

Dearborn, Mich., December 10, 2014 – ASG Renaissance was recently awarded a 2014 MarCom Award by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for its design of the World Thru Art website.

The MarCom Award is given those individuals or companies who demonstrate the highest standard of excellence in creativity and quality and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. There were more than 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

“To be recognized for our design and creativity among an international group is a testament to our talented web team,” said Lizabeth Ardisana, CEO ASG Renaissance. “It’s an example of the team’s passion and creativity in delivering well-designed and effective websites that meet our client’s business objectives.”

The MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, an international organization consisting of several thousand creative professionals. The Association oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards for excellence.

About ASG Renaissance

ASG Renaissance is a marketing communications, public relations and design firm with offices in Dearborn, Michigan and Newport Beach, Ca. With more than 25 years of experience, ASG has worked with a wide range of clients in the automotive, alternative energy, higher education, defense, healthcare, construction, government and non-profit sectors. ASG Renaissance is a woman and Hispanic-owned, ISO 9001: 2008 certified firm. For more information, please visit http://www.asgren.com or follow us on Facebook and Linked In.

 

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