Michael Brosseau

President, Brose North America

Michael Brosseau is the president of Brose North America. He previously served as vice president of sales for the company, supporting all North America customer activities. In 2006, Brosseau was named global vice president of sales for General Motors Co. and Daimler Chrysler. He also served global vice president of the Ford Business Unit for Brose. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the global Ford door and latching systems from acquisition to launch. He was also charged with managing the North American Electric Motor Drives Team along with all key account activities interfacing with Ford Motor Co.

Brosseau serves on the CEO Council for the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and on the Steering Committee for MICHauto. Brosseau is an active proponent of education and industry collaboration. Partnering with regional nonprofit organizations, he seeks to promote interest in the dynamic, high-tech mobility industry amongst students and educators with the objective to align government, automotive and educational institutions to bridge the increasing Michigan talent gap.

Plunkett Cooney Appoints Jereck to Board of Directors

Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest – announced today that partner Carolyn M. Jereck has been appointed to the firm’s board of directors.

Jereck, who has served as the firm’s Litigation Department Leader for over 15 years, was appointed by the existing Board members to fill the vacancy created by Thomas P. Vincent who resigned from the board earlier this year to become Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO. Jereck will serve until the board’s January 2018 business meeting at which time she will be eligible for election by the firm’s shareholders.

“Carolyn has been a tremendous department leader for many years, and I know her insights and experience will be invaluable to the board,” said Michael S. Bogren, Chair of Plunkett Cooney’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to her fresh perspective relative to the firm’s overall strategic development and growth.”

A member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment Law practice groups, Jereck concentrates her litigation practice in the areas of employment law, retail liability, premises liability, loss prevention disputes, liquor liability and product liability.

Jereck represents corporate and individual clients directly as well as through various insurance providers and third-party claim administrators. Her practice includes matters throughout Michigan in both state and federal courts. She is also a frequent speaker/lecturer concerning issues, updates and pertinent changes in Michigan law pertaining to her areas of expertise.

Jereck is a member of several professional organizations, including the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar where she serves as a member of the Employment and Retail Subcommittees, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel as well as ALFA International’s Labor and Employee and Women’s Initiative Committees.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was recently named among the best in the nation for female attorney diversity by The National Law Journal. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Carolyn Jereck’s appointment to Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Katheryne Zelenock Elected to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys Board of Regents

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Katheryne L. Zelenock has been elected to the Board of Regents for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA).

Ms. Zelenock is one of 25 Regents who are elected by the membership and represent a wide geographic area. The Regents meet twice annually to discuss the business and direction of the ACMA. The ACMA is comprised of more than 400 lawyers in North America who are experts in mortgage law. Fellows of the ACMA have distinguished themselves as practitioners in the field of real estate mortgage law through their skills and practice experience, bar association activities, lecturing, authoring articles and program materials, participation in the legislative process, and writing briefs and/or arguing cases that are significant to mortgage transactions. To learn more, please visit www.acmaatty.org.

Ms. Zelenock is a Member in the firm’s Real Estate Group in the Troy office. In her practice, she leads a team that closes commercial and multifamily mortgage loans across the country on behalf of leading national lenders as well as smaller regional and local banks, including multifamily and manufactured housing community loans originated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She is also experienced in matters related to troubled properties and owners, and the modification, restructuring and workout of financing arrangements, including related litigation and due diligence.

Ms. Zelenock is a member of the American Bar Association, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association of America, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Oakland County Bar Association. She is an elected member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and is recognized as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business, Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness magazine. Ms. Zelenock received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. 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 for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Butzel Long attorney featured on state-wide broadcast of ‘Michigan Business Rap’

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs was a featured panelist during a live, state-wide broadcast of “Michigan Business Rap,” on September 11, 2017. Other panelists included Jeff Caponigro, President and CEO, Caponigro Public Relations Inc. and Ken Seneff, Founder of Local Logic Media & Restaurant Logic.

The one-hour program, which is broken down into four segments, highlighted a discussion about the importance of a business’s reputation/brand; advanced planning in the event a crisis occurs; communicating during and after a crisis; and, a checklist of “must do’s” in the prevention, preparation and communications.
Fuhs specifically discussed how assistance from an attorney in advance planning can save time and finances in the long run and the need for businesses to have an employee policy manual.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Fuhs concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation with significant experience in non-compete, non-disclosure, and trade secret disputes, franchise disputes business and financial industry disputes, transportation and logistics industry disputes, and sales representative matters.

Fuhs has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer (2013 through 2017) and a Business Litigation, Trade Secret, and Franchise Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine. He also was named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 under 40” Class of 2012, which honors “the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan,” as well as to L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. Fuhs also serves as a television color analyst for NCAA and MHSAA Basketball.

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

Danny Ellis

CEO and Co-founder, SkySpecs

Danny Ellis is the CEO and co-founder of SkySpecs, an Ann Arbor-based startup that focuses on automating large infrastructure inspection with industrial drones. Ellis is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace engineering. He has been recognized as a leading entrepreneur and was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s “20 in Their 20s” in 2014 and Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” in 2016. Ellis is a Techstars alum and mentor and actively promotes entrepreneurship in Michigan.

Lars Eggenstein

Project Manager, Vehicle Integrated Systems, IAV Automotive Engineering

Lars Eggenstein is the project manager of Vehicle Integrated Systems at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He supports the development and growth of the Vehicle Integrated Systems business unit, specifically with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems-related projects.

Prior to this role, Eggenstein was project manager for the Active Safety and Driver Assistance business unit at IAV GmbH. In that position, he was responsible for integration, application and validation of surround-view and rear-view cameras, night vision systems and video-based cruise control and traffic congestion assistant systems. In addition, he assisted in planning, executing and documenting tests of the driver assistance technologies. Before joining IAV, Eggenstein served as a development engineer for Semcon München GmbH in Germany, where he coordinated the application and validation of front camera driver assistance systems and served as the direct contact for OEMs working with the supplier company.

Eggenstein is a member of SAE International.

He earned a degree in physics from the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

Jarvis: Bidding for second Amazon HQ has some weight behind it

Windsor Star

Anne Jarvis

September 19, 2017

“Detroit is the only city competing for Amazon’s headquarters that not only sits on an international border but the busiest international border of one of our country’s largest trading partners,” Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert said in a statement Monday.

“Amazon will be able to draw employees from two countries rich in technology talent with diverse backgrounds while cementing it as the first major company in the world whose headquarters would literally share an international border,” Gilbert said. “That’s why we are very excited to work with Windsor to bring Amazon to our shared border.”

Gilbert is a key figure in Motown’s remarkable comeback and the man tasked by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to lead the bid.

Detroit has requested a media blackout on the bid here, asking municipalities and other organizations to decline requests for interviews. They’ve also been asked not to tweet or post anything on social media even showing their support for the bid.

City officials here confirmed that Windsor will partner with Detroit to submit a joint, bi-national bid that they believe will be not only competitive but unique, the Star has learned.

Officials from Windsor met with representatives of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Gilbert’s real estate company, Bedrock Detroit, on Friday and with Gilbert again Monday.

Windsor is currently working on identifying potential sites here. Mayor Drew Dilkens has suggested the city could offer waterfront land to complement a potential waterfront site in Detroit.

The city is also compiling the data requested in Amazon’s eight-page request for proposals, including information about the local workforce, schools from kindergarten to college and university, business, infrastructure, quality of life and amenities and even sustainability, said to be important to the company. This region will provide data beyond Windsor and Essex County as far as London.

The city will also work with the provincial and federal governments to identify incentives to be offered in the bid.

The entire package is to demonstrate the value that Windsor can add to Detroit.

The effort in Windsor includes not only the city and county but the economic development corporation, chamber of commerce, Workforce Windsor-Essex, the university and college, technology accelerator WEtech Alliance, port authority, tourism bureau and conservation authority. All are being asked for data, anecdotes and articles to highlight this region’s advantages.

Detroit and Windsor — along with about 100 other cities vying for the headquarters — have six weeks to complete their bid. Amazon announced the project Sept. 7. The deadline is Oct. 19. While that is considered tight, both cities here are pouring tremendous resources into the bid, the Star has learned.

Detroit is assembling “the broadest coalition we can,” Duggan told the Detroit Free Press. “We’re reaching out to everybody.”

The bid is being led by the city, the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and includes Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson.

“He has really worked to reach out to his counterparts across the region,” Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah said of Duggan.

Baruah called Gilbert “the highest possible profile chair, someone who can talk to (Amazon founder and CEO) Jeff Bezos as a peer.” Gilbert isn’t just a figurehead in the bid. “He’s intimately engaged in this,” Baruah said.

“This is one of the most highly prized economic development projects that has come along in a long time,” he said. “That’s why we’re handling this one differently.”

Amazon is looking for eight million square feet of office space and 50,000 employees, everyone from software engineers to lawyers and accountants, over 10 to 15 years. The total investment is estimated at $5 billion. That wouldn’t all be in downtown Detroit, Duggan told the Free Press. It won’t even be all in one city, he said. The company has 33 buildings in Seattle, where it’s based. So Detroit believes that if it moves here, it could expand throughout the region.

The bi-national access to talent will be “one of our key selling points,” Baruah said.

“We don’t want to look at the talent pool that’s just in Michigan or this side of the river. We want to look at the entire region,” he said, citing the thousands of medical professionals and engineers from Windsor who already work in Detroit.

Amazon’s offices in Seattle already employ Canadians from Vancouver, he said. Canada is also a prime growth opportunity for Amazon, he said.

“So one of our positions is that Detroit is a fantastic place to base a Canadian operation out of,” he said.

Some say Canada could provide easier access to global talent because of uncertainty about immigration and visas in the United States, but others say Amazon might want to be careful about being perceived as giving American jobs to Canadians.

The company is also looking for incentives from all levels of government. Initial and ongoing costs are “critical decision drivers,” according to the RFP, which calls for highly detailed information about every type of incentive, from land to taxes, workforce grants, utilities and fees. A bi-national bid could offer incentives from both cities, Michigan and Ontario.

Windsor can also offer a lower cost of living for Amazon employees who live here. Their salaries will also go 25 to 30 per cent farther because of the lower Canadian dollar.

The region also offers easy access to the trails, beaches and wineries of the county.

“Any issue you look at,” said Baruah, “if it’s talent, if it’s access to universities, if it’s the potential for incentives, we’re stronger when we do this together. Any time we can present a stronger, more unified voice, the better our chances are to be successful.”

And the international flavour and talk of a cable car linking the two cities — that’s just cool, said a source.

View the original article here: http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/jarvis-bidding-for-second-amazon-hq-has-some-weight-behind-it

Pitch Club, for Entrepreneurs and Startups, Will be Hosted at Techtown in Detroit

Kyyba Xcelerator, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit are hosting Pitch Club on Wednesday, October 18th at Techtown in Detroit. Pitch Club is a mentoring and funding program aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan. Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. The events are meant to educate, network, inspire and provide valuable experiences for being investable. As part of the events, 3 lucky entrepreneurs will receive the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding the mindset of an investor. Events are hosted monthly on Wednesday evenings in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

The October 18th event at Techtown will include 3 startup presentations, a pool of judges, and a special guest “Founder & CEO” keynote speaker. The application deadline for startups is Sunday October 1, 2017. Apply here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/pitch-club-application.php

Keynote Speaker:
Donald Hicks, Founder, President, & CEO of LLamasoft

Wendy Jarchow, Chief Investment Officer, River SaaS Capital
Robi Mitra, CEO, K&A Resource Group
Neil Kane, Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship, MSU
Patti Glaza, VP & Managing Director, Invest Detroit
Steve Jbara, Owner, Grand Rapids Drive

5:10pm – 5:25pm Registration
5:25pm – 5:30pm Opening Remarks
5:30pm-6:30pm Company Presentations
6:30pm-6:35pm – 2 minute restroom break, and introduction of Keynote
6:35pm-6:55pm – Keynote Speaker
6:55pm – 7:10pm – Q&A with Audience
7:10pm – 7:30pm Networking

Bondoman PLC
TiE Detroit

Check out the entire calendar and get registerd here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/calendar-registration.php

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Xcelerator and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.


About Bodman PLC:
With more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout Michigan, Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for more than 85 years. Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and we provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation’s leading law firms.
About TiE:
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.


Sarah Myrand
Kyyba Xcelerator

Nemeth Law founder named to DBusiness Top Lawyers List

Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, announced that Patricia Nemeth has been selected by a vote of her peers for inclusion in DBusiness Magazine’s 2018 list of Top Lawyers, which will be published in the November/December 2017 issue. DBusiness’ Top Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey open to all area lawyers. Thousands of votes were cast honoring excellence in more than 50 practice areas. Nemeth was named in the category of mediation.

Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes. Earlier this month, Nemeth was named among the Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers and Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers, a listing of women lawyers who ranked top of the list in the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Additionally, Nemeth was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018, her sixth year on the list.

“Nemeth Law is honored to be represented on DBusiness’ Top Lawyers list. We thank our peers for their support and acknowledgement of my specialized skills as a certified mediator, which brings value to our clients who are seeking an alternative to litigation or who opt to mediate negotiated settlements to avoid litigation or after litigation has been initiated,” Nemeth said.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Celebrating 25 years in 2017, Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Detroit-based jazz singer Kimmie Horne donates proceeds of summer concert series to Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

People who attended the Kimmie Horne Jazz Festival 2017 in Lathrup Village heard some great music from the smooth and silky singer, her jazz quintet and other gifted performers. The concert garnered donations and sponsorships that enabled Kimmie to donate a percentage of the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.

The funds will be used to purchase headsets for the entertainment area of the new Family Room that is being constructed at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The room will be a place for families to relax and get special attention from the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. The House itself is located one mile north of the hospital at 4707 St. Antoine in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. The room will open in the late fall.

Kimmie was introduced to the House and its executive director, Jennifer Litomisky, by the late Deborah Virgiles, a successful McDonalds franchise owner who served on the board of the House for many years. “I met Jen and saw all the things that the House was doing to help families. I asked them to be a recipient of the concert,” Kimmie said.

The House provides a room and meals in a supportive environment for families with a child who is undergoing extensive medical care at a nearby facility. The House becomes a home for these families thanks to the compassion, fellowship and kindness shown by staff and volunteers during their stay. It has a five-star rating by Charity Navigator.

Kimmie launched the eponymous jazz festival in 2016.  She sings in festivals…from Japan to Jamaica, and everywhere in between. It brings her a sense of cultural awareness with a unique ambience at each venue.

Kimmie and her band create original melodies with the standards and do intriguing remixes. One in particular is “I will survive,” Gloria Gaynor’s song that Kimmie swings for a jazzy feel. That type of improvisation “is a gateway to writing my original songs,” she notes.

Her festival’s quintet consisted of Al McKenzie on the keyboards, Darrell (Peanut) Smith on bass, Kali Douglas on keyboards and Jeff Canady on the drums, coupled with background singers Athena Johnson, Jill Hamilton and her older brother Tony Horne on percussions and vocals.

“We continue to sound the horn,” is a phrase that Kimmie likes to use to underscore the family connection. Her late great aunt was singer Lena Horne and her late Uncle Cleveland Horne was a member of the singing group, The Fantastic Four.