Walsh College Presents Brigadier General Stone on Cybersecurity

Brigadier General Michael A. Stone, assistant adjutant general – Army, Michigan National Guard, a recognized expert and leader on security topics, will be the featured speaker at the first Walsh College Center for Cybersecurity Leadership (CCL) conference.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in room 199, Barry Center, on the College’s Troy, Michigan campus, 3838 Livernois. Registration is required atwww.walshcollege.edu/events/CCLconference.

Among several important cybersecurity issues, Stone will address opportunities available to the state of Michigan as host of one of the first three cyber protection teams (CPT) recently established by the National Guard. When fully trained, CPT members will be responsible for conducting defensive cyberspace operations, readiness inspections and vulnerability assessments as well as a variety of other cyber roles and missions.

Stone serves as Michigan’s dual status commander for domestic response situations. He is responsible for Army armories and installations, strategic communications, strategic level cyber activities and National Guard employment initiatives.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Detroit and a Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law. He also earned a Master of Science in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

The CCL, one of four Walsh College research centers, was established in collaboration between the Management department and Information Technology department of Walsh College, with strong support from business, military and government leaders.

“Concerted efforts from all stakeholders are required to solve cybersecurity challenges,” said Barbara L. Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., professor, Information Technology, and director, CCL. “The Center unites government, armed services, business, and academic experts in examining and addressing cybersecurity issues, as well as providing guidance and solutions.”

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Dickinson Wright Ranked as #1 Bond Counsel in Michigan & Fourth in the Midwest by The Bond Buyer

DETROIT, Mich., March 31, 2015 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked the #1 Bond Counsel in Michigan and #4 in the Midwest Region in dollar volume for municipal bonds issued in calendar year 2014, for which the Firm served as bond counsel. The results were announced in The Bond Buyer, a nationally recognized publication in the municipal finance arena.

“It is quite an honor for our municipal law and finance practice group to achieve those rankings,” says Paul Wyzgoski, head of the group. “Our lawyers were involved last year in a number of traditional and challenging innovative financings for a wide variety of State and local clients, and the rankings reflect the trust and confidence our clients have in us.”

Dickinson Wright was credited with $3 billion of the Midwest Region’s financings serving as bond counsel for 2014, according to Thomson Reuters. Financings included Detroit Water and Sewer refundings, the Detroit general obligation bond settlement, the Exit financing and the Detroit Public Lighting Authority project bonds that were issued through the Michigan Finance Authority. In addition, the Firm served as bond counsel to the City of Holland for a large gas fired generating station and served as bond counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund for the Arena project for the Detroit Red Wings.

Dickinson Wright’s Municipal Law and Finance Practice is comprised of over 19 lawyers who are highly experienced with a national reputation for excellence. Our lawyers have served as bond counsel in virtually every type of public financing transaction. Dickinson Wright serves as bond counsel to the State of Michigan, its agencies, and many local units of government. Our lawyers also act as underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, counsel to credit enhancement providers, counsel to purchasers of municipal bonds and borrower’s counsel in connection with all types of tax-exempt and tax-credit bond financings. To learn more about our practice, please visit us at http://www.dickinson-wright.com/practice-areas/municipal-law–finance-services.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 380 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has thirteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and six other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Detroit Regional Chamber and County Partners Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Business Attraction for Southeast Michigan

DETROIT, March 31, 2015: Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber and 11 economic development organizations representing Southeast Michigan signed a protocol agreement to continue to collaborate on business attraction efforts designed to bring increased national and foreign investment to the region.

“Economically successful regions collaborate and work well together to market themselves to the world,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber, who previously led the U.S. Economic Development Administration. “Detroit’s brand is still very strong, and with the increased attention stemming from its successful exit from bankruptcy, we have an opportunity to tell a great story. By presenting the region as a whole, we are able to paint a much more compelling picture of what Southeast Michigan offers.”

The protocol recognizes that regional messaging and coordinated outreach adds value and impact to business attraction efforts and strategies – ultimately creating more awareness, deal flow and investment. In signing the protocol, the regional partners agree to work closely and collaboratively with the Chamber’s Business Attraction staff and with each other.

Over the past several years, there has been increased collaboration between the partners on trade missions and in hosting site selectors and foreign delegations. Examples of previous successful collaboration include a European trade mission in April 2014 the Chamber helped lead to Germany and Italy with Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The trip led to several wins including Brugola OEB Industriale S.p.A.’s investment of $19.6 million to create up to 58 jobs in Plymouth and Eissmann Group Automotive’s investment of $13.55 million to create 233 jobs in Port Huron.

The regional partners signing the protocol are comprised of the economic development organizations and units of government throughout the region including: Ann Arbor SPARK, Detroit Economic Growth Corp., Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Lapeer Development Corp., Lenawee Economic Development Corp., Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Monroe County Business Development Corp., Oakland County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership and Wayne County Economic Development.

“Together, we represent 315,000 companies and 5.3 million people who provide a very dynamic and cost-competitive environment capable of supporting businesses looking to compete anywhere on the planet,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. “Rallying around these assets makes the business case that much stronger and we look forward to working together with our partners to bring more jobs and investment to Southeast Michigan.”

As outlined in the protocol, the Chamber’s Business Attraction program is designed to assist the public partners in marketing and promoting the region’s high value assets to attract new foreign and domestic investment. The signing of the protocol reflects two of the Chamber’s top strategic priorities: economic development and regional collaboration.

“Economic development is a team sport, and we’ve seen the benefit of these organizations working together over the past few years,” said Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development-business attraction, Detroit Regional Chamber. “Investors view markets in terms of the opportunities and assets available in that particular region. When you package everything Southeast Michigan has into one cohesive pitch, it’s a strong value proposition and one we need to continue to share around the world.”

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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Detroit Regional Chamber CEO: Recommendations of Detroit Education Coalition Necessary to Restore Path to Middle Class

DETROIT, March 30, 2015: Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s President and CEO Sandy Baruah released the following statement on the recommendations from the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren.

“While the recommendations of this coalition may be controversial in some circles, the bottom line is that the children in Michigan with the most challenges are receiving the least amount of support in the classroom. The status quo is unacceptable. Children in Detroit are paying the price for decades of bad decisions made by adults. In order to break this cycle, we must take action to solve this problem and once again make education the ladder that children in poverty can use to reach the middle class and beyond.

The recommendations in this report are vast and carefully considered. While there was not unanimous agreement on all recommendations, the fact that such a disparate group could agree on a set of recommendations demands that they be taken seriously.

The dialogue was intense, but remained remarkably cordial, thanks to the deft leadership of Tonya Allen.”

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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Dykema to Combine with Texas-Based Cox Smith

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced it will combine with Texas-based Cox Smith. The combination will give Dykema a significantly expanded presence in Texas, where Cox Smith is a leading firm with deep history. The additional depth in key practices, coupled with the combined firm’s broader geographic reach, will enhance the range of services available to both firms’ clients. The addition of Cox Smith’s 118 lawyers will give the combined firm more than 450 attorneys in 15 offices. In Texas, the firm will initially operate under the name Dykema Cox Smith. The combination, which takes effect May 1, will double the size of each firm’s Dallas presence, and San Antonio will become one of Dykema’s largest offices.

“Cox Smith’s deep roots in Texas and Dykema’s robust national platform will significantly strengthen the depth of experience and service that the combined firm can offer our clients,” said Peter Kellett, Chairman and CEO of Dykema. “Cox Smith shares our excitement about opportunities in Texas and beyond, and also shares a culture and work ethic similar to Dykema’s. This combination is a superb fit for our firms, our teams and our clients.”

For more than a century, Dykema has served business entities worldwide, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as public bodies and nonprofit organizations, on a broad range of complex legal issues. Before the combination, Dykema had more than 330 professionals with offices in California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Washington, D.C.

“We believe the combination with Dykema will allow us to better serve our clients by tapping into Dykema’s broad range of practices and national reach,” said Deborah Williamson, Managing Director of Cox Smith. “The more we learned about Dykema and its people, the more obvious it became that our firms were a compelling fit culturally and from a business standpoint. We have practice strengths that complement one another and allow us to better serve clients as a combined entity. And both of our firms emphasize and prioritize client service as a key differentiator.”

“This is the next step for Cox Smith and it’s the right move for us to make,” said Jamie Smith, Chairman of Cox Smith. “Many of our clients are expanding well outside of Texas and have told us our size and our geography limit our ability to expand with them. With this combination, our lawyers can compete for work over a wider geography and offer a broader range of services to existing firm clients. And the Dykema lawyers will fit well with our clients and markets — great lawyers, wonderful people, all very focused on achieving the client’s goals. This cultural fit will greatly benefit our clients as well as our attorneys.”

Deborah Williamson will serve on the firm’s Executive Board and Jamie Smith will serve as Dykema’s Vice Chair – Texas.

For Dykema, the combination also represents a natural next step. As a number of the firm’s clients had an increasing presence in Texas, Dykema opened its Dallas office in 2007 with four attorneys—and now has 27 attorneys in the state. The Texas economy has grown rapidly, attracting a number of corporate headquarters and increasing the demand for legal services. Although Dykema has expanded quickly to meet this demand, the combination with Cox Smith enhances the ability to service both existing and new clients in the region with increased visibility in Texas and the Southwest.

The combined firm will offer sophisticated regional and national practices, including commonly shared strategic initiatives in middle market M&A transactions; energy; infrastructure; automotive; government policy; financial services litigation; health care; and data privacy and cybersecurity. It also gives Dykema clients access to Cox Smith’s attorneys in important industries including financial services; oil, gas and energy; and construction/manufacturing. Cox Smith’s clients gain access to important financial centers and industries beyond Texas borders. Both firms believe that the strong Texas economy demands greater depth to meet client expectations.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients — from startups to Fortune 100 companies — to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit http://www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Dykema.

About Cox Smith
With a 75-year history in Texas, Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated is the largest San Antonio-based business law and litigation firm. From its dominant position in San Antonio, and with a growing presence in key markets including Austin, Dallas, El Paso and McAllen, Cox Smith helps regional, national and international businesses with a wide variety of matters involving business law and litigation. For more information, visit http://www.coxsmith.com.

NTH Consultants, Ltd. Wins ACEC Eminent Conceptor Award

NTH Consultants, Ltd. (NTH) today announced that its work on the redevelopment of Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan has been recognized with the ACEC/Michigan’s highest honor, the Eminent Conceptor Award for Engineering, presented during the recent ACEC/Michigan’s 50th Anniversary Awards Gala.

ACEC/Michigan recognizes special engineering and surveying accomplishments through its annual Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards. The statewide competition identifies engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of client satisfaction through innovative, cost-effective solutions.

NTH received its ACEC award for the Cobo Arena Expansion Project that began in 2010 when the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) assumed the ambitious transformation of the existing Cobo Arena facility. The signature element in the transformation was the construction of a new three-story atrium opening to the Detroit River and the conversion of Cobo Arena into a glass-enclosed banquet and event space. DRCFA chose NTH for the planning, work sequencing, and evaluation of structural integrity.

During the redevelopment of Cobo Arena, NTH utilized the shell-like geometry of the original structure, performed detailed analyses for each stage of demolition and reconstruction, and worked with the contractors, Homrich, Inc. and Midwest Steel, Inc., to safely sequence the work, thereby eliminating the need for internal temporary bracing. This transformation of an underutilized component of Detroit’s past stands as a testament to the fortitude of its people, the community, and the professionals dedicated to its rebirth.

ACEC also recognized NTH with a 2015 Merit Award for its work in averting future sinkholes during its work on the Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain Project.
About NTH Consultants, Ltd.

For more than 45 years, NTH has been confronted with some of the most challenging and complex issues facing our environment today and provides innovative and creative approaches for each project it undertakes. NTH is constantly exploring new technologies and solutions that are safe, well developed, and cost effective for its clients. NTH is headquartered in Northville, MI and serves its diverse client base from five offices throughout Michigan and Ohio.

March 24: Governor, Chamber Make Push for ‘Yes’ Vote to Fix Michigan’s Roads

Governor, Chamber Make Push for ‘Yes’ Vote to Fix Michigan’s Roads

With the May 5 election rapidly approaching, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams joined Gov. Rick Snyder and other Proposal 1 supporters in an effort to help spread the word about the importance of voting “yes” to fix Michigan’s roads.

Last week, Williams joined the Governor, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly, Walbridge CEO and Chairman John Rakolta Jr., and other supporters of Proposal 1 as part of the Safe Roads Yes! Coalition event in Dearborn.

Williams helped deliver the message that safe and effective roads are critical to Michigan’s competitiveness and that Michigan’s crumbling transportation infrastructure is emerging as a significant deterrent in the Chamber’s efforts to attract domestic and foreign investment while also negatively impacting commerce across the state.

“Good roads, safe roads aren’t luxury items. They’re an absolute necessity in today’s competitive global economic environment,” Williams said, indicating that Michigan’s roadways were once an asset in business attraction efforts to the state, but now are a deterrent.

In addition to several interviews with the media last week, the Chamber also released a toolkit for its members to distribute to educate their employees and stakeholders about the importance of voting “yes” on Proposal 1. Click here to access the toolkit.

Gallup Poll Ranks Metro Detroit Sixth in Nation for Job Creation

A new Gallup poll released last week ranks metro Detroit sixth in the nation for job creation. The study included the nation’s 50 largest metro areas and more than 200,000 phone interviews with U.S. households in 2014.

Questions included whether employers are hiring workers and expanding the size of their workforce versus downgrading. Of those interviewed in the Detroit area, 47 percent said their place of employment was hiring. Based on the answers, Detroit’s job creation score was 35, up 13 points from the 2012-2013 survey. The region was surpassed only by the Orlando, Houston, San Francisco, Austin and Salt Lake City areas.

During the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup Inc., delivered keynote remarks, encouraging Michigan businesses to enhance workforce development programs in order to motivate and cultivate entrepreneurial-minded employees who will then drive innovation and job growth.

March Detroiter on Innovation in Health Care, Education Hits Newsstands this Week

The March Detroiter featuring health care leadership and innovation with Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting on the cover hits newsstands this week. Click here to read select content online, including portions of a special section on the role of the business community in education reform.

Hone Your Skills in Supply Chain Management During Wayne State University Seminar

Wayne State University (WSU), in cooperation with AIAG, is offering a one week, automotive industry-focused, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Seminar on May 10-15 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The seminar is designed to provide purchasing and supply chain executives, senior managers, leaders and other functional personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve company supply chain management contributions to cost, financial and overall performance.

Announced speakers include Robert Monczka, WSU senior research fellow for supply chain management; and John Taylor, chairman of WSU’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the School of Business Administration. For more information or to register, click here.

Share Your Input in Reinventing Performance in Michigan Survey

Chamber members are encouraged to share their candid input into ways in which state government can improve the regulatory processes and climate through the Reinventing Performance in Michigan (RPM) survey, in five minutes or less. Click here to take the survey before April 12.

Dickinson Wright to Host the Detroit Urban Debate League Tournament

DETROIT, Mich., March 24, 2015 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it will host the fourth annual Detroit Urban Debate League (DUDL) “Aspiring Attorneys” Tournament on March 25, 2015. High schools from across the Detroit area will debate at Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office located in the One Detroit Center (500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 4000) building in downtown Detroit.

“When the DUDL asked if we would host the tournament again this year, we jumped at the chance,” said Dickinson Wright Member and DUDL Advisory Board Member Katheryne Zelenock. “As a former debater and debate coach, I understand the academic and social benefit of debate. This is also a great way for Dickinson Wright to continue its commitment to Detroit, and to support a great educational activity for a diverse group of high school students, many of whom are interested in a career in law.”

The DUDL strives to improve public education and the lives of Detroit youth through rigorous and sustainable academic debate programming. Debaters spend an average of 10-15 hours a week studying argumentation techniques, philosophy, current events, economics, and foreign and U.S. policies. The results of the program are stunning. Students who have participated in DUDL are 70 percent more likely to graduate from high school and are twice as likely to score at or above the college readiness benchmark on the English portion of the ACT. Several former DUDL debaters currently attend college on full or partial debate scholarships.

DUDL is the defending national champion of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues Tournament. DUDL students have qualified for this year’s tournament to be held in Los Angeles in April. To learn more about the tournament, please click here.

To learn more about the Detroit Urban Debate League, please visit their website at www.urbandebatedetroit.org.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 380 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has thirteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and six other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Brooks Kushman hosts Michigan’s first event to help Girl Scouts earn IP Patch

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman hosted an event on Saturday, March 21, 2015 for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Michigan Troop to earn their IP Patch. During the event, held at the Ypsilanti Ann Arbor Regional Center, Girl Scouts heard from six Brooks Kushman attorneys on the IP tools inventors can use to protect their innovations while sharing them with others.

“We are proud to offer the first opportunity for Girl Scouts to earn their IP Patch in Michigan,” said Brooks Kushman Shareholder Elizabeth Janda. “These events offer valuable lessons for girls about the career opportunities available to them in intellectual property law and other STEM industries.”

The IP Patch is available to four levels of Girl Scouts (Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior). It was created by the Girl Scouts as a supplement to the Innovation badge series with the help of industry partners like the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

As Girl Scouts earn each of the four levels of the IP Patch, they will learn how to think like an inventor, how inventions can improve lives, how to think like an entrepreneur and how to identify and develop solutions for social problems.

Brooks Kushman presenters during the event were Shareholders Elizabeth Janda and Kristin Murphy, Senior Attorney Jennifer Ziegler, Associates Rebecca Cantor and Rachel Smith and Law Clerk Lauren Rennert.

Brooks Kushman will also be holding four additional IP Patch events throughout the 2015-16 Girl Scout calendar year. Girl Scouts of each level will have the chance to earn the IP Patch by attending one of the firm’s events.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. 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.

Butzel Long attorney featured at Walsh College’s Entrepreneur-You Conference

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Rebecca S. Davies was a featured presenter during Walsh College’s Entrepreneur-You Conference on March 20, 2015 in Troy. Her presentation was titled, “How Not to Get Burned by a Bad Hire.” Davies is an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College.

Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies. She regularly counsels employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws (including FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Title VII), drafts policies and procedures, and advises on preventative strategies.

She is a frequent author and lecturer, not only for client in-house trainings and publications, but also outside organizations including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley and American Society of Employers.

Davies earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1995. She completed her master’s degree in 2010 from Wayne State University Law School by obtaining her L.L.M. with a GPA of 3.79 in Labor and Employment Law.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and 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 law 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