Brad Williams on WJR Radio Live in Lansing

From: WJR Radio

January 30, 2015

Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams was on WJR Radio with Paul W. Smith to discuss the Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Priorities, including fixing Michigan’s roads, expanding Detroit’s comeback, and ensuring a quality education in the city.

The Top Five NAIAS Stories You Might Have Missed

Couldn’t Make It to Detroit for NAIAS? Here are the Five Stories You Might Have Missed

January in the Detroit region means one thing: The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). With more than 40 global debuts, 5,000 journalists, and 800,000 visitors, NAIAS is one of the world’s biggest and best auto shows

NAIAS is just one of the many reasons why there is no place more ideal to design, engineer and mass-produce automobiles or automotive-related components than the Detroit region. Check out five stories that highlight why the Detroit region is the world’s automotive epicenter.

  • President Obama Touts Auto Industry, Motor City Comeback: Speaking to a crowd at the Ford Assembly Plant in Wayne just ahead of NAIAS, the President praised the impressive resurgence of the automotive industry and its hometown, Detroit.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Finds Its Home in Detroit:  The new Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) facility will reaffirm Detroit’s position as the global leader in manufacturing innovation.
  • Michigan Means Mobility: In a partnership with Michigan automotive suppliers, Google announced that its driverless vehicles will be engineered and built in the Detroit region.
  • “Motor City:” The University of Michigan announced that its first-of-a-kind, 32-acre “mini-city” to test connected and automated cars in live situations will be operational by spring 2015.
  • Detroit vs. Everybody: Texas-based site selector and economic development consultant Dean Barber visited Detroit during NAIAS. What were his conclusions? “…there is an economic vitality that I think many cities would envy.”

Brooks Kushman Earns Gold Honors in World Trademark Review 1000 Listing

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, intellectual property and technology law firm, is now listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual World Trademark Review 1000, a guide that recognizes the world’s top trademark law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. The 2015 IAM World Trademark Review 1000 issue marks the first time any firms from Michigan were included in the publication. Of the Michigan firms listed in the directory, Brooks Kushman is the only firm listed as a gold-standard trademark firm.

“It is a great honor to be listed as the only gold-standard firm in Michigan” said, Mark Cantor president of Brooks Kushman. “Our trademark attorneys are constantly working to better themselves, and to make sure each of our clients’ needs are met, and I am happy they are being honored for their accomplishments.”

In addition to the firm’s recognition, President Mark A. Cantor and Shareholders Marc Lorelli, Robyn Lederman, and Elizabeth Janda were also recognized as top trademark leaders in the state. Cantor is recognized for his more than 30 years with the firm, while Lorelli, Lederman, and Janda are praised for their energy and efficiency, as well as their high client satisfaction rates.

According to IAM, the annual guide is compiled through an extensive 5-month research process. More than 1,500 interviews are completed by in-house counsel and partners at law firms around the world. Only firms and individuals who receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market in which they operate qualify for inclusion in the publication.

Brooks Kushman employs more than 90 intellectual property professionals handling a full range of intellectual property matters nationally and around the world.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Walsh College Offers Free Webinars Detailing Undergraduate, Graduate Business Degree Programs

Walsh College has scheduled free, information-packed webinars for future students interested in enrollment in key undergraduate and graduate degree programs at one of Michigan’s leading business colleges. Participant registration is required for the session at www.walshcollege.edu/webinars.

The Walsh College webinars will cover course and program content; on-campus and online content delivery; application, admission, and enrollment requirements; career services; and general information about the College. They will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

Walsh’s $35 application fee will be waived for all webinar participants.

The dates and webinar leaders are listed below. Each session runs from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29: Master of Business Administration (MBA), featuring David Shields, Ph.D.
Fri., Jan. 30: Master of Science in Management (MSM), featuring Sheila Ronis, Ph.D.
Fri., Feb. 6: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), featuring Phil Fioravante, Ph.D.
Wed., Feb. 11: Master of Business Administration (MBA), featuring David Shields, Ph.D.
Thurs., Feb. 12: Master of Science in Finance (MSF), featuring Greg Todd, MSF, CMA.
Fri., Feb. 13: Accounting Programs (BAC, MAC), featuring Jennifer Sanderson, CPA, chair, Accounting and Tax

“The webinars will give future students important insight into high-quality, academically challenging, and practical business education offered by Walsh,” said Heather Rigby, interim director, Admissions and Academic Advising. “They hear from key faculty and other College leaders about excellent programs that underscore the desirability and value of a Walsh degree for both students and employers.”

Spring priority registration for new students begins Mon., Feb. 16 and runs through Thurs., Apr. 9. For more information on Walsh College and all programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Butzel Long attorney Paul M. Mersino named to Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Paul M. Mersino has been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015. The Class includes young thought leaders and trailblazers who live or work in Oakland County and are under the age of 40.

The Elite 40 program is dedicated to helping these individuals make connections that can impact the future of Oakland County. L. Brooks Patterson will introduce the Elite 40 Under 40 Class during the 2015 State of the County Address on February 5, 2015.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Mersino is a member of Butzel Long’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, construction litigation, automotive supplier disputes, non-competition and trade secret disputes, and landlord-tenant disputes. He also represents and advises several startup companies, assisting them with their legal needs and matching them with potential venture capital funding and serves as a mentor to startup business incubators and accelerators in the region.

Mersino also handles appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, and federal courts. He has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Mersino is very active in the community. He currently is the Vice President of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Barrister’s Section and serves as an advisor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Litigation Advisory Board. He is a member of the current class of Leadership Oakland and recently graduated from the Detroit Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He also is a member of the Detroit Historical Society.

Mersino is a 2008 graduate of Ave Maria School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Law Review and the State Championship Moot Court team. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Northwood University (B.A., 2005).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service offices are located 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. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

MedNetOne Health Solutions CEO to serve as panelist at Feb. 10 Inforum event

Rochester, Mich. – Jan. 28, 2015 – Ewa Matuszewski, CEO of MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a Michigan-based healthcare management organization serving the infrastructure and clinical support needs of private practice physicians and behavioral health specialists, will serve as a panelist at Inforum’s “What will health care delivery look like in the future?” event on Feb. 10. The event will examine the future of the health care industry and how health care organizations should embrace scientific, technological, consumer and social trends to change the way health care is delivered.

Matuszewski, a frequent speaker on innovative primary care and chronic care initiatives who regularly consults with medical societies and local, state, national and international health care organizations, will speak from the provider perspective on the panel.

“What will health care delivery look like in the future?” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the American Center in Southfield, Mich. Tickets are $30 for non-members, $20 for Inforum members and include a continental breakfast. To learn more about the event and to register, click here.

About Inforum Michigan
Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Inforum has offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids with operations in Kalamazoo, Lansing and Saginaw. Inforum was founded as the Women’s Economic Club in 1962. Learn more at https://www.inforummichigan.org/home.

About MedNetOne Health Solutions:
MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a leader in advancing the development and implementation of the Patient-Centered Medial Home (PCMH), is a health care management organization for primary and specialty care physicians and behavioral health specialists that provides administrative infrastructure and clinical support and programming to develop and sustain high performing, patient-centric practices while meeting government healthcare reform mandates. Learn more at http://www.mednetone.net.

On-Shoring: Bringing Business Back to America

Join Kevin McKervey, President of Clayton & McKervey, P.C., as he participates as a panelist at the next University of Michigan – Dearborn College of Business & Executive Speaker Series event. On-Shoring: Bringing Business Back to America, will take place Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 7:30am – 9:30am.

Over the past few years, companies such as Boeing, Coleman, Caterpillar, and GE have begun moving operations back to the U.S. This reverses a long trend of manufacturing and service operations being relocated to other countries. Overtime, the promise of lower manufacturing costs has been offset by increasing rates for foreign labor and energy. Other complexities, including longer supply chains, shipping costs, quality control issues, and geopolitical risks have further eroded the benefits of off- shoring. In brief, has there been a reversal in cost-benefits supporting off-shoring? This session will explore such questions as:

 – What structural changes led to U.S. businesses moving some operations off-shore?
 – Are the earlier public perceptions of lower manufacturing cost still an economic reality?
 – While U.S. companies initially saw advantages to move off-shore, what unforeseen disadvantages occur?
 – What changes have occurred to support moving some business operations back to the U.S.?
 – Are there specific industries that most benefit from operations inside or outside the U.S.?
 – Beyond cost and resource issues, what legal and geopolitical issues have businesses faced?
 – Are U.S. based operations competitive in a global market?

For information and registration, visit: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/cob-executive-speaker-series/events/february-5-title

Flagstar Opens Branch in Midtown

Launches Michigan Makeovers Program

TROY, Mich., Jan. 26, 2015—Flagstar Bank today held the ribbon cutting for its new branch at 3901 Woodward Ave., in Detroit’s Midtown district. The branch offers Flagstar’s full range of deposit and lending products, including the availability of mortgage, business banking, and investment services. The office features Saturday hours and a walk-up ATM.

This is Flagstar’s second new branch in Detroit since opening its One Detroit Center office in December 2012. The Midtown branch features an urban, street-feel design to complement the existing cityscape.

“It’s a bright, open space complete with Wi-Fi for customers and fresh coffee service,” said Dave VanderPloeg, director of Retail Banking for Flagstar Bank. “The first thing customers notice when they walk in is that there are no teller stations. We wanted to create a retail experience similar to other brand-name stores in the area.”

With the opening of its Midtown branch, Flagstar is announcing a program to connect its new branches to their neighborhoods and make a lasting impact in the community.

Called Michigan Makeovers, the program awards a $5,000 grant for a revitalization project in the market area of Flagstar’s new branches. The public nominates and votes on their favorite project via MIMakeovers.com, which goes live at 9 a.m. Jan. 28.

Michigan Makeovers puts the power to make change in the hands of people who know the community and know its needs,” VanderPloeg said. “It’s a perfect fit with the opening of our Midtown branch because it gives us a way to extend the investment in our branch further into the community.” Subsequent new or relocated Flagstar branches will also participate in Michigan Makeovers.

Hours at the Midtown branch are Monday and Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About Flagstar  

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC) is a $9.8 billion savings and loan holding company headquartered in Troy, Mich. Flagstar Bank, FSB, the largest bank headquartered in Michigan, provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services through 107 branches in the state. It also provides home loans through a wholesale network of brokers and correspondents in all 50 states, as well as through 26 retail centers in 15 states. Flagstar is the ninth largest national originator of mortgage loans and a top 20 mortgage servicer, handling payments and recordkeeping for over $75 billion of home loans for nearly 400,000 borrowers. For more information, please visit flagstar.com.

 

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Flagstar Announces Community Grants Tied to New Branch Openings

Now Accepting Nominations for Midtown

TROY, Mich., Jan. 28, 2015—Flagstar Bank has announced a program to connect its new branches to their neighborhoods and make a lasting impact in the community. Flagstar’s new branch in Midtown at 3901 Woodward Ave. in Detroit is the first participant in the program.

Called Michigan Makeovers, the program awards a $5,000 grant for a revitalization project in the market area of Flagstar’s new branches. The public nominates its favorite project via MIMakeovers.com and can vote on the site or at the Midtown branch.

“We’re thinking typical projects might be lighting or landscaping for a downtown area, a community garden, or a bike path—things like that,” said Dave VanderPloeg, director of Retail Banking for Flagstar. “It’s a way for us to make an impact in the community that lives on after our branch opening.”

Nominations for Midtown can be submitted online until Feb. 11. A Flagstar panel will review and select three projects, and these will be voted on by the public from Feb. 17 until March 3. Representatives of the top vote-getter will receive the grant in a check presentation at the new branch. The process will repeat with each new or relocated Flagstar branch.

A final piece of the program is a sweepstakes for a Night on the Town that everyone who votes on a makeover will be entered into for a chance to win. The “town” will be specific to the locale of the branch.

Hours at the Midtown branch are Monday and Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About Flagstar  

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC) is a $9.8 billion savings and loan holding company headquartered in Troy, Mich. Flagstar Bank, FSB, the largest bank headquartered in Michigan, provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services through 107 branches in the state. It also provides home loans through a wholesale network of brokers and correspondents in all 50 states, as well as through 26 retail centers in 15 states. Flagstar is the ninth largest national originator of mortgage loans and a top 20 mortgage servicer, handling payments and recordkeeping for over $75 billion of home loans for nearly 400,000 borrowers. For more information, please visit flagstar.com.

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January 27: NAIAS Sets Attendance Records; Hotel Reservations for Mackinac Policy Conference Open Feb. 2

2015 NAIAS Reports Record-Setting Attendance, Estimated Impact of $400M

Demonstrating the renewed strength of Detroit and the automotive industry, the 2015 North American International Show drew record attendance at the newly renovated Cobo Center. Attendance at the NAIAS tallied 808,775 from Jan. 18-26, surpassing last year’s show by more than 5,000. Event organizers estimate a total economic impact of $400 million from the event, its largest since 2008.

This year’s event featured 55 vehicle debuts and 5,025 journalists, from 60 countries and 40 states, covering the event. In addition to the public show, the Charity Preview attracted 15,350 people, raising $5.3 million for children’s charities in Southeast Michigan, and 35,551 people from 2,001 companies and 25 countries attended Industry Preview.

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts and Chairman Scott LaRiche for their leadership in making the NAIAS one of the world’s most successful auto shows. For more information on the NAIAS, click here.

Discover What’s Next for Regional Transit at Detroit Policy Conference

With construction of the M-1 Rail underway in Detroit, mass transit improvement in Southeast Michigan is one step closer to becoming reality. During the 2015 Detroit Policy Conference on Thursday, Feb. 26, join transportation experts Dennis Cowan, partner at Plunkett Cooney, Michael Ford, CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and Megan Owens, executive director of Transportation Riders United for a panel discussion titled Connecting the Region: Transit Development in the “D.”

The panel will focus on the transit challenges the city and the region are facing, and discuss the opportunities that exist for a more connected system. The panel will also explore how improved transit infrastructure can support economic development and urban revitalization, and provide increased mobility to residents and commuters.

The Conference, held at MotorCity Casino Hotel, brings together key business, community and political leaders for a day dedicated to Detroit’s success. For more information, or to view speaker and agenda updates for the Conference, click here.

Hotel Reservations for Mackinac Policy Conference Open Feb. 2

Mackinac Island hotels will begin taking room reservations on Feb. 2 for the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. Attendees must be registered for the Conference to book a room. This year’s Conference will take place from May 26-29, and focuses on three catalysts critical to ensuring dynamic and geometric economic growth for Michigan – talent, urban revitalization and cohesion.

Accommodations are available at numerous hotels on the island including Bicycle Inn, Chippewa Hotel, Island House, Lake View Hotel, and Lilac Tree Suites and Spa, among others. Rooms book quickly, so be sure to register early. Click here to view all accommodations as well as room rates for the historic Grand Hotel.

This year’s announced keynote speakers include DreamWorks Chair Mellody Hobson, Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb, and political prognosticator Nate Silver. Click here to register for the Conference or for more information on speakers and to view the Conference agenda.

‘Yes’ Vote to Fix Roads Leads 2015 Legislative Policy Priorities

Each year, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s government relations team adopts 10 public policy priorities that are critical to economic development and growth. The Chamber advocates for these policies at the local, state and national levels to help make Southeast Michigan one of the best places to do business.

Beginning with a “yes” vote on the May 5 ballot initiative to fix Michigan’s roads, priorities for 2015 include:

• Support for the city of Detroit’s economic recovery
• Education reform for struggling schools
• Access to higher education for all students
• Doubling efforts to attract and retain a skilled workforce
• Accountability in education
• Reliable and affordable energy
• Regulatory streamlining
• Ballast water regulation
• Resisting health care coverage mandates

Click here to view a complete detailed description of the 2015 public policy priorities.