An Update on MICHauto and Mobility Industry

From Michigan Business Network

April 7, 2016

By Chris Holman

Chris reaches out to Glenn Stevens, Vice President of MICHauto and Strategic Development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. He finds out what Michigan needs to do to remain the mobility/automotive leader as the world continues to change. Glenn shares about how Michigan can’t be complacent and just assume the industry is here, especially with the electrification of the auto. Among the projects is a collaboration MICHauto is working out with Michigan Mobility Innitiative involving Business Leaders for Michigan, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the University Research Cooridor. There are also updates on the planned American Center for Mobility set for Willow Run which will build upon the MCity concept.

Listen to the whole interview and read the article here: http://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/blog/an_update_on_michauto_and_mobility_industry

Tech Solutions Provide QStride Celebrates New Location in Downtown Detroit with an All-Star Panel Event “Running with the Resurgence”

Leading Technology Solutions provider QStride, today announced it will host an exclusive event titled “Running With the Resurgence,” in celebration of relocating its corporate headquarters from Troy, Michigan to the heart of downtown Detroit at the prestigious One Woodward Avenue Building.

The event, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, is expected to attract technology and business leaders from downtown and the surrounding Detroit area, and will include a “dream team” panel discussion moderated by RJ King, Editor of DBusiness Magazine on Detroit’s burgeoning high-tech corridor, the city’s resurgence, and why now is the time to be a part of America’s comeback city. DBusiness will also serve as the official media partner of “Running With The Resurgence.

Panelists include: Jacques Panis, President of Shinola, Garret Gaw, Senior Technology Manager & Detroit Site Lead of Amazon, Jill Ford, Mayor Duggan’s Special Advisor and Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship City of Detroit, and Shane Gianino, Chief Executive Officer of QStride.

Following the panel discussion, the event will include a VIP afterglow and networking reception with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and tours of QStride’s new office space located on the 16th floor of One Woodward Avenue.

“This is an exciting time for the city of Detroit and we here at QStride are thrilled to be a part of the renaissance,” said Shane Gianino CEO of QStride. “This panel speaks volumes about what is happening in the city and the impact tech solutions companies like QStride are having on the economic growth of Detroit.”

The event takes place Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in The Beacon Room, located on the second floor of One Woodward Avenue. Registration and networking begins at 4:30 p.m. with the panel discussing starting promptly at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The VIP afterglow and networking reception will follow from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with tours of QStride’s offices.

This is event is open to the public.  Attendees can register via Eventbrite.  For media inquiries or any event questions, please contact Royda Urey of Valiant Public Relations at rurey@valiantpublicrelations.com.

About QStride

QStride is a leading technology solutions provider serving mid-market and Fortune 500 companies with highly specialized information technology consulting and business intelligence solutions. Founded in 2012, QStride helps customers better leverage data to increase company metrics and overall business performance, resulting in better business analysis, profit margins, and a sustainable competitive advantage.

For more information about QStride, visit www.qstride.com or engage with us on Twitter @QStride and Facebook.

French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, announces officers

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States, announced the appointment or re-election of select officers following a vote at its April 7 annual meeting. Serving a two-year term are:

• David Arnould, Valeo; newly elected as Director at Large; resident of West Bloomfield
• Francoise Colpron, Valeo; re-elected as Director at Large; resident of Birmingham
• Arnaud Mangin, eValidate; re-elected as Director at Large; resident of Birmingham
• Kathy Myers, Conlin Travel; re-elected as Officer of the Board and secretary; also serving as chair of membership committee; resident of Bloomfield Hills
• Frederic Vaillant, BorgWarner; re-elected as Officer of the Board, also serving as co-chair of the business committee; resident of Rochester Hills

Separately, FACC Michigan will host its annual gala and award ceremony on Friday, May 6 at The Detroit Athletic Club. This year’s gala will celebrate the historical ties that connect Detroit with the French and also the economic impact that Michigan companies with French roots have on the region and the state. The guest of honor and speaker is The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. To purchase tickets for the gala, donate items for the silent auction, become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses.

Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

Walsh College Students Receive Prestigious Local Finance Organization Award

Walsh College business students Heidi Devroy of Columbus, Mich., and Aaron Dubin of Farmington Hills, Mich., have received the 2016 Financial Executive International (FEI) Detroit Chapter Academic Award for demonstrated excellence and aspirations for a finance-related career following graduation.

Both Devroy, an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance (BBA-FIN) , and Dubin, a graduate student working toward a Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance (MBA/MSF) dual-degree, received their honors at a recent dinner and presentation at the Detroit Athletic Club.

“Heidi and Aaron have both nurtured their passion for finance to new levels through their academic programs. They employ critical concepts of finance daily in their respective full-time careers – Heidi as an entrepreneur and Aaron as an information technology professional,” said Gregory Todd, associate professor and chair, Finance and Economics, at Walsh College. “They show that the hard work and determination typical of Walsh Students can lead to business success in a global environment.”

The FEI Detroit Chapter has more than 210 members. FEI connects senior-level financial executives while serving the needs and interests of its members. It is a unique forum for financial executives to network and share best practices, engage in knowledge-building conferences and seminars, be represented in critical national and global policy debates, and be aligned with a culture that fosters ethical leadership.

Devroy is co-founder, co-owner, and office manager of Prosper-Tech Machine & Tool LLC, in Richmond, Mich. She previously attended Macomb Community College and St. Clair County Community College.

Dubin is a systems engineer at Edward Rose and Sons, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with a minor in Japanese, from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has earned multiple listings to the Bloomberg Aptitude Test Hall of Fame list, highlighted as a “Worldwide Top 3” selection in July and November 2015.

Besides its BBA-FIN and MBA/MSF, Walsh College also offers a Master of Science in Finance.
More than 5,600 students have graduated from the Walsh Finance program since its inception. More than 4,900 finance alumni live in Michigan.

For more information on Walsh College and all degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Demand for Transportation Safety Workers in Michigan on the Rise, More Education and Training Required

With approximately 564,500 workers in transportation-related occupations in Michigan, which comprise about 13 percent of the state’s total workforce, one-fifth are over the age of 55 and will need to be replaced by new talent within the next ten years. This is according to a Transportation Safety and Workforce Report, which reviews 2015 data and was developed in a partnership with the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN), Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center) at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and the Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA), a WIN partner. The report explores available workforce and anticipated demands driven by new technologies in mobility and automobile manufacturing.

WIN identified occupations related to the ATLAS Center’s transportation safety research and education priorities, which also align with MAGMA’s initiatives to advance new technology in mobility and automobile manufacturing. These occupations include workers in engineering and design, operations and planning. For all transportation safety-related occupations, more career information and planning are needed early on in student education so potential career pathways are clear. By informing students of these pathways and encouraging students to learn about in-demand jobs, the right skills can be provided to the future workforce in transportation safety.

“It is critical to consider the skill requirements associated with emerging technologies and practices in transportation to ensure that we have the right people in place for successful adoption and utilization of those technologies,” said Lisa J. Molnar, Associate Director and Associate Research Scientist, UMTRI. “By researching the existing workforce in transportation safety, we can shape and integrate new training opportunities that ensure available talent.”

“More programs and education are required to prepare new workers entering transportation-safety related occupations,” said Lisa Katz, executive director, WIN. “As the need for new workers increases in the upcoming years, it is important to grow individuals with the specialized skills and training needed to fill these positions.”

The top two most in-demand transportation safety-related occupations in Michigan are heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and software developers. These occupations reflect both the traditional and changing nature of the industry. In addition, the gap between worker supply and demand is greatest for these two occupations, compared to all others examined. Because of the low degree and credential completion, the report calls for more programs and innovative ways to train workers in these areas.

“To ensure that the workforce is prepared, community stakeholders including employers, educational institutes, and workforce development entities must collaborate to develop and provide opportunities for workers to obtain these skills,” explained Katz.

The full report can be viewed at: http://www.win-semich.org/atlas-report/.
For more research and data from WIN, or a custom analysis, please visit: www.win-semich.org.

ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN (WIN)
The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between ten community colleges and six Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 16-county area, including Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR ADVANCING TRANSPORATION LEADERSHIP AND SAFETY (ATLAS CENTER)
The Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center) is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center led by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in collaboration with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). The Center is a nationally recognized leader in research, education/workforce development, and technology transfer dedicated to finding and promoting integrated solutions for transportation safety. This research was supported by ATLAS Center. The ATLAS Center is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Transportation, University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program (DTRT13-G-UTC54).

ABOUT MICHIGAN ACADEMY FOR GREEN MOBILITY ALLIANCE (MAGMA)
In response to the rapid growth in the renewable energy sector, the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan collaborated with automotive manufacturing employers and educational institutions to establish the Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA).
Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers are in need of engineering and technical talent to support hybrid and electric vehicle design and manufacturing. The existing workforce within automotive manufacturers and their suppliers also require updated skills to effectively operate within the emerging electrified vehicle environment. The purpose of MAGMA is to ensure the automotive industry has the trained workers they need to grow and prosper in the emerging green economy. In response to industry’s requirements, education and training institutions support MAGMA by developing learning opportunities that are targeted, innovative, flexible, and have a strong focus on hands-on practical experience.

Dearborn Hills City Golf Championship

You’re invited to one of Dearborn Recreation & Parks’ most anticipated events of 2016, our third annual City Golf Championship! We hope you’ll be a part of this historic event at the naturally challenging Dearborn Hills Golf Course. You can register individually or with a group of your friends, and golfers of all skill levels are welcome to participate. The 2016 City Championship will be a two-day event, June 4 and 5.

To register, stop by our Pro Shop, call (313) 563-4653 or visit dearbornhills.com.

Brooks Kushman Associate Featured in EE Times

Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach was featured in EE Times’ April 18, 2016 article, “Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits.”

The article discusses the potential pitfalls of using open source software without carefully considering the licenses involved. There are thousands of open-source licenses in use, but the vast majority use one of five main licenses. In some cases, these licenses can be incompatible with each other, which can lead to conflicts with business objectives.

Leach recommends a three-step approach for companies to protect themselves while using open-source software, including developing an open-source strategy and company policy, educating developers and ensuring product software complies with relevant open-source licenses.

Leach is a member of Brooks Kushman’s open source software compliance practice, where he advises companies on becoming compliant with open source license agreements. His practice also includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

The full article can be found on the EE Times website here.

Brooks Kushman Associate Featured in EE Times

Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach was featured in EE Times’ April 18, 2016 article, “Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits.”

The article discusses the potential pitfalls of using open source software without carefully considering the licenses involved. There are thousands of open-source licenses in use, but the vast majority use one of five main licenses. In some cases, these licenses can be incompatible with each other, which can lead to conflicts with business objectives.

Leach recommends a three-step approach for companies to protect themselves while using open-source software, including developing an open-source strategy and company policy, educating developers and ensuring product software complies with relevant open-source licenses.

Leach is a member of Brooks Kushman’s open source software compliance practice, where he advises companies on becoming compliant with open source license agreements. His practice also includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

The full article can be found on the EE Times website here.

American Society of Employers (ASE) expands training curriculum with new course aimed at bridging the generational divide at work

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces a new course in its training curriculum: Generations at Work: Bridging the Generation Gap.

Generations at Work: Bridging the Generations Gap, a full-day course scheduled for May 4th, is geared towards helping bridge the generational divide by creating better understanding of generational differences and teaching strategies for building on the strengths of each generational cohort to optimize organizational effectiveness and productivity. This course counts for 6.5 HRCI and SHRM-CP credits towards HR professional certification as well as .70 CEUs.

ASE CEO Mary E. Corrado says the new course reflects the growing list of workplace issues that fall under the umbrella of Human Resources Management.

“As the generation gap widens in the workplace, with Millennials now making up the largest demographic in our workforce and Baby Boomers waiting longer to retire, we need to bridge the divide,” Corrado said. “Employers and employees alike only benefit when there is better communication and understanding in the workplace.”

ASE currently offers more than 65 courses in its curriculum catalog. Classes are open to ASE members and non-members. To register for this or other courses offered by ASE, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Clayton & McKervey Expands Office and Introduces State-of-the Art Lifesize Technology

Clayton & McKervey, an international accounting and business advisory firm servicing growth-driven middle market companies, has recently expanded its offices to accommodate the firm’s steady growth. The firm also significantly enhanced its technology through the installation of LifeSize, a state-of-the-art communication tool.

The renovation was completed in April 2016 in the firm’s Southfield, Mich. offices, located in the 2000 tower of the Town Center. It features enhanced meeting room and collaboration space. Clayton & McKervey moved into its current location in 2007 after outgrowing its former suite, also located in Southfield. The firm currently employs 65 global tax and accounting professionals.

“Our employees are already benefitting from the larger collaboration space, including a multi-purpose area which accommodates firm meetings and trainings,” said Trudy Thornsberry, vice president of operations for Clayton & McKervey.

During construction, the firm took the opportunity to equip a dozen offices and conference rooms with LifeSize technology to expand opportunities for face-to-face communication across town, or across the globe. Featuring wall-mounted monitors and encrypted messaging, LifeSize will serve as a daily tool to augment the firm’s international travel and client meetings.

Clayton & McKervey is a metro Detroit-based accounting and business advisory firm helping growth-driven entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm was established in 1953 and is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout Europe, China, North America and South America. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.