Former Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services and Former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court joins Butzel Long

Maura Corrigan joined Butzel Long as Counsel on November 27, 2017. Justice Corrigan will concentrate her practice in litigation and appeals.

“Maura is highly regarded and deeply respected for her legal acumen and her exemplary service to the state of Michigan,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and Managing Shareholder, Butzel Long. “Our clients and our attorneys will benefit greatly from the talent, experience and wise counsel she brings to our Firm.”

Justice Corrigan served as a law clerk to Judge John Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She then became a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney in 1974, and Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit in 1979. In 1986, she was promoted to Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first woman to hold that position. She became a partner at Plunkett and Cooney in 1989.

In 1992, Governor John Engler appointed her to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1997, the Supreme Court named her Chief Judge of the appeals court. She was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 and reelected in 2006. Justice Corrigan is the only person ever to serve as Chief Judge of both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She served two terms as Chief Justice. She left the court on January 14, 2011 to become the Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services under Governor Rick Snyder.

From 2015 – 2016, Justice Corrigan was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. where she worked on poverty and child welfare issues. In that role, she testified in Congress, authored papers and book chapters, and served as liaison to state secretaries of human services.
Justice Corrigan has participated in numerous community and professional activities. She currently serves on seven nonprofit boards. She is a past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She served as a public member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission from 1991-1998, as an executive board member of the Michigan Judges Association, and as a member of the Judicial Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas Law School. She was vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices from 2003 – 2004. She is a published author in the legal and child welfare fields. She holds seven honorary doctorates from Michigan colleges and universities, among numerous honors and awards.

She earned her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and her B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Marygrove College.


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 and Shanghai. 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

Oakland Community College Names New Chancellor

Oakland Community College announces the appointment of Peter Provenzano to the position of Chancellor. Provenzano joined Oakland Community College in 2014 as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and a key member of the College’s executive leadership team. Since May 2017, Provenzano has served as the Interim Chancellor. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Provenzano as successor in the position of Chancellor.

“The decision to offer the position to Mr. Provenzano reflects the Board’s confidence both in his proven leadership abilities and his vision for the future,” said Oakland Community College Board Chair John P. McCulloch. “He has been in the forefront of developing a long-range planning process that is responsive to the needs of our students and community.”

With Provenzano’s work as Interim Chancellor, the Board expects a seamless transition and ongoing stability across the College. While his role as Chancellor is already in place, Provenzano’s “interim” status will officially change effective January 1, 2018, given the Board’s vote.

“With educational institutions facing significant change, Peter Provenzano brings a track record of leadership and success,” said McCulloch. “His commitment to student success and collaborative partnerships reflects Oakland Community College’s strategic direction and the ongoing vision for excellence and best practices.”

“I’m very impressed with Peter’s vision for the college. He’s not just looking at today or tomorrow, but is looking forward five, 10 and 20 years,” added Trustee Kathleen Bertolini. “He has also surrounded himself with a great team for advice and solving concerns related to any aspect of the college.”

With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, Provenzano is known for his collaborative leadership style and mission driven focus on student success and community benefit. Provenzano earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.


With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College offers degrees and certificates in approximately100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 40,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Says District Is ‘Primed to Get this Right,’ Just Need Time

All students will have the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to thrive in the city, nation, and world. That is the vision Nikolai Vitti, superintendent for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) shared with the Detroit Drives Degrees Leadership Council, comprised of high-level regional stakeholders representing education, business, philanthropy and government.

Vitti, a native of Dearborn Heights, returned to Southeast Michigan this spring from Jacksonville, Fla. as one of the preeminent superintendents in the country, to help solve many issues facing DPSCD.

“What I inherited… is a system that didn’t have systems and processes in place to support teaching and learning and scaling the pockets of excellence that existed in Detroit Public Schools,” explained Vitti. “That’s everything from curriculum, to hiring principals, to training principals, to intervention materials for students who are behind in reading and math, to wraparound services that need to be integrated and aligned.”

Moving forward, Vitti explained that change at scale is happening, and it is being driven by the schools. In the past, the district was not able to move strategically in any one direction. Instead the district lied dormant because it was being managed like a business in bankruptcy. Today, the district is progressing and is focused on creating college and work-ready paths for students.

Three top priorities Vitti shared with the Council to ensure students graduate and have options after high school are:

  1. Make sure every high school has access to rigorous curriculum and accelerated programs.
  2. Make sure every high school has a career academy with different programs like manufacturing, nursing or engineering.
  3. Create a college-ready culture through the implementation of the Common Core curriculum and provision of SATpreparatory classes for 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

These are just three priorities that fall into his “Blueprint 2020” plan that Vitti developed to “educate and empower every student, in every community, every day” to build a stronger Detroit. Read more about the strategic plan for rebuilding Detroit’s public schools here.

“We are primed now on behalf of the students to get this right. Emergency management did not work. We now have an elected and powerful board, that hired a superintendent with a track record of reform, and I’m from metro Detroit; I want to be here,” Vitti urged. “Give us time without the interference and politics to get this right. We will get it right. We have a good board that’s very focused on policy, a superintendent that has implemented reform, and a union that’s buying into the reform. All the components are there from strong nonprofits like The Skillman Foundation that is stepping up and wanting to work with the district, to businesses that are getting involved, and a mayor that’s invested. All the pieces of the puzzle are in place, we just need time to put it together.”

Vitti’s presentation and goals for the district align with the Chamber’s goal of improving education attainment to drive economic prosperity and social mobility.

Detroit Drives Degrees, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Forward Detroit strategy, is focused on increasing post-secondary degree to 60 percent across the region by 2025. For more information on Detroit Drives Degrees, please visit detroitdrivesdegrees.com.

 

Chamber’s Work to Grow Region’s Educated Workforce Backed by Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren

Last week, the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren endorsed the Detroit Regional Chamber’s plan to establish a regional Education Compact, a key step in ensuring that the region is educated, healthy and employed to compete in the 21st century global economy. The Compact will be led by the Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees initiative, with the support of a grant from The Kresge Foundation.

The endorsement was part of the Coalition’s action items under six priorities it released in a new report titled “Our Schools, Our Moment.” The report highlights areas that can be acted upon immediately by leaders across the public and private sectors to ensure success for all students.

Under the Chamber’s direction, the Detroit Drives Degrees Education Compact  will establish long-term goals and set key benchmarks in bolstering postsecondary readiness, access and success for Detroit students. This initiative represents a collective commitment by leaders in education, business, philanthropy, government and the nonprofit community to address an ongoing barrier to regional economic development – a lack of residents with higher education credentials or college degrees compared to peer regions across the country.

Currently in the beginning phases, Detroit Drives Degrees has begun to identify baseline data, create the Compact framework, and conduct economic analysis to determine education attainment needs through 2030. Steps to finalize the Compact agreement will take place over the next 18 months, with a signing ceremony slated for 2019.

“The goal of the Detroit Drives Degrees Education Compact will be to facilitate partnerships between K-12 stakeholders and postsecondary education institutions with a shared goal,” explained Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent for the Chamber. “It is needed to drive collective action in helping more students achieve their postsecondary goals. The Coalition voicing its support is an important step forward in this endeavor to increase student success.”

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, comprised of a diverse cross-section of business, civic, education, philanthropic, religious and community leaders, make the case that these six priorities ensure Detroit’s youth are educated to career- and college-ready standards. The Chamber’s Forward Detroit Strategy has aligned with the goals of the report and the Chamber is a key partner and business voice for the Coalition. Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah serves as a steering committee member of the Coalition and has been involved from its inception.
The Coalition’s priorities outlined in the report include:

  1. Get Serious About Attendance – Students have to show up to learn.
  2. Choose Detroit – Getting students and educators to our schools.
  3. Learn to Read, Then Read to Learn – Reading by third grade is essential.
  4. Keep Pace with Detroit’s Economic Recovery – Give students multiple college and career pathways after high school.
  5. Fully Fund Special Education – State and federal action required.
  6. Expect Improved Cooperation and Accountability from Our Leaders – Shared responsibility means all schools working together.

Read and download the full report here.

Michigan’s economic growth is sustained by an educated workforce, which is why it is critical the business community be engaged and have a voice in the Coalition. Among the five co-chairs of the Coalition representing the business community are Chamber Executive Committee member John Rakolta Jr., president and CEO of Walbridge; and Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain for General Motors Co. Additional co-chairs include: Tonya Allen, president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation; Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch for the NAACP; and Angela Reyes, executive director of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corp.

This report is the second released by the Coalition since its formation three years ago. The first report, “Choice Is Ours,” is targeted toward Lansing lawmakers regarding reforming Detroit Public Schools Community District.

For more information about Detroit Drives Degrees, an initiative of Forward Detroit, visit detroitdrivesdegrees.com.

Now Accepting Speaker Proposals For Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s leading marketing event returns in 2018 with Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed on March 22. Focusing on advanced digital marketing strategy, this event will provide a glimpse into the industry’s future as well as tips on hiring and managing digital marketing talent.

Individuals interested in speaking at Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed should submit all proposals using the form below by January 5, 2018. The Chamber will give preference to speakers with a strong stage presence while also showing a mastery of advanced digital marketing topics.

Recommended topics include online reputation management, influencer marketing and hiring digital marketing talent. Keep in mind that the audience at Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed  will be marketers with advanced digital marketing knowledge and potentially students looking to break into the field.

Don’t want to speak, but still want to be involved? Check out the official blogging partnership, which allows digital marketers to share their brands and expertise online and through social media.

Registration for Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed will open soon.

For speaker questions or more information on the blogging partnership, please contact Nick Mattar at 313.596.0404.

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Column: Rev interest in high-tech auto jobs

Dec. 13, 2017

The Detroit News

Glenn R. Stevens

Michigan’s automotive industry is healthy, but it’s vastly different than in years past. The mobility world is upon us, and it represents one of the most significant inflection points we have ever experienced in our industry and state. The career possibilities are much more diverse than they were 10 years ago and continue to broaden. But the industry does have a problem. Talent. While the perceptions of our industry as a career opportunity have improved, too many of our students still do not consider the automotive industry as an exciting, high-tech career option with a potential for growth. That needs to change.

Long gone are the days where car companies were only interested in putting wheels on cars and getting them on the roads. The automotive industry has collided with the tech world, and there is a convergence of companies and innovation happening from Detroit to Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Stuttgart and all points of the globe. Mechanical and electrical engineers will always be a staple in the industry but now, more than ever, the industry needs coders, software developers, technology scientists and data engineers to take those cars and connect them to the internet of everything. The connected and automated vehicle is dramatically shaping how people, services, goods and data are moved around us.

Currently, Michigan ranks number one in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects. With more than 2,500 mobility-related patents awarded in Michigan over the past five years, the state continues to lead in innovation. Last week, at the annual MICHauto Summit, new data was released that showed more than 2,200 facilities in the state of Michigan conduct automotive research, design, engineering, testing and validation, many more than previously estimated. The future is ours for the taking, but the critical task for the industry today is attracting the best and brightest to fill the talent pipeline for tomorrow. About 20 percent of the current industry is at or near retirement age. Who will fill these jobs? It is essential that we look at the human capital supply change in a holistic way. We must develop our young minds, attract new talent, and supplement it with New Americans, veterans coming back to the workforce, and through retraining and reskilling our people. In a state with abundant natural and cultural resources, Michigan is an ideal home to live, work and play.

The 2017 Automobility Career Perception Survey, released at the Summit, completed by Research America Inc. and funded in part by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., gathered feedback from 900 students and influencers on how they felt about Michigan’s automotive industry and their commonly held perceptions and assumptions regarding future career opportunities.

The data showed some improvements since our first perception survey in 2014. There was a 14 percent increase of students who would consider a career in the automotive industry and a 12 percent gain in the number of youths, and 19 percent gain in the number of influencers who believe the automotive industry is growing with opportunity and advancement in manufacturing, professional skilled trades, and for those with advanced degrees. That’s good news for our industry. However, zero percent of youth outside of Michigan believe Detroit is leading the way in autonomous/driverless vehicle testing and development. Michigan youth understand Michigan is a state where innovation takes place, while youth outside of the state did not list Michigan in their top five states.

We have work to do. Developing, attracting and retaining talent must be Michigan’s top business priority and will determine our economic future. The digitalization of our economy, from the Industry 4.0 transformation on the shop floor to the connected car as the most high-tech consumer product on the planet, mandates that Michigan develop its workforce to transform our economy.

Glenn Stevens is the executive director for MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber. To download the executive summary of the perception survey or for more information on the MICHauto, visit michauto.org.

 

Read the original article here.

The Hunter Group LLC Announces Strategic Alliance With Emerge Consulting

The Hunter Group LLC is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Emerge Consulting, led by President Joe Bamberger. Emerge Consulting is a Michigan-based Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) firm with a focus on small to mid-sized businesses. Emerge Consulting brings experience in recruiting emerging talent from universities, trade schools, and the military to The Hunter Group’s network of prestigious clients.

The Hunter Group Partners are enthusiastic about this new strategic alliance and Wim van Acker, Partner, explained “Joe Bamberger and his team will offer our clients access to talented individuals at the university level and during the early stages of their careers. Our entrepreneurial clients need support in the human resources and recruiting areas as they grow.”

Emerge Consulting President Joe Bamberger stated: “I’m excited for the future of this partnership. The Hunter Group has 20 plus years of recruiting and client relationships. We anticipate doing great things together and offering some of our unique solutions to their clients.” As the fight for entry level talent becomes increasingly difficult with a millennial generation of job-hoppers, Emerge Consulting brings a solution that allows its clients to reach a much larger base of potential employees than their resources would otherwise let them.

Joe Bamberger founded Emerge Consulting after spending several years in the staffing industry. Emerge Consulting was founded with the mission of making recruitment more efficient and cost effective for smaller companies and helping them Emerge above their competition in the war for talent. Joe Bamberger attended Detroit Country Day School before finishing his B.A. in 2009 at Colorado College. He currently resides in Bloomfield Hills and is active in the community by serving on the Alumni Council for Detroit Country Day School and as President of the Detroit Sting Lacrosse Club.


The Hunter Group LLC, Michigan’s Premier Executive Search Firm, was established in 1995 to serve the executive search needs of a variety of industries and is committed to identifying and attracting high caliber leadership and managerial expertise for its global client base through its international delivery network.

For more information about Emerge Consulting, contact Joe Bamberger at Tel: (248) 645.1551 and The Hunter Group Partners at (248) 645.1551, www.huntergroup.com.

Butzel Long attorneys Geaneen Arends and Clara DeMatteis Mager named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan

Butzel Long attorneys and shareholders Geaneen M. Arends and Clara DeMatteis Mager have been named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan. The news appears in the December 11 edition. The women honored in this inaugural report set legal precedents, manage high-profile cases, serve on community boards, win awards and mentor their co-workers.

Geaneen Arends

Based in the firm’s Detroit office, Arends concentrates her practice on corporate transactions and commercial real estate transactions. She assists clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned business certification and general business contracts.

She also advises business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties. She has represented both borrowers and lenders in multi-million-dollar financing transactions.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Arends was in-house counsel for a real estate investment and property management firm where, among other accomplishments, she led the audit and repositioning of the company’s insurance and risk management program covering a $1Billion real estate portfolio, and she previously practiced in the real estate groups of two prominent Detroit law firms.

In 2016, Arends was elected to serve as a member of the Detroit Educational Television Foundation/Detroit Public Television (DPTV) Board of Trustees. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Historical Society, which manages all operations of the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration.

Arends was named to DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers 2018 in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law, and was previously recognized in past years by DBusiness in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate Law, and NonProfits/Charities Law. She is an alumna of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Detroit, Class XXVII. She also is serving her second term on the Real Property Law Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In 2014, Arends was named to the 2014 Class of “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Arends is a member of the Wolverine Bar Association, Urban Land Institute Michigan, the Detroit Economic Club, for which she also serves on the reception committee, and the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit, for which she also serves on the ACG Detroit Women’s Forum committee.

Arends is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., History, 1994) and of Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998). She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Clara DeMatteis Mager

As the Immigration Practice Department Leader, Mager has been instrumental in growing the practice.

Mager focuses her practice on business and family immigration issues including all aspects of the international movement of personnel, inbound and outbound work-authorized nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) status, immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits.

She is a firm liaison to Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. She has served as Chair and Regional Chair of the Lex Mundi Immigration Committee. She is very active with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation providing legal services to select “social entrepreneurs.” The Foundation is part of the global social entrepreneur movement for positive social change. She is active in the community working on pro bono immigration matters.

Mager serves on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Michigan Chapter, the Italian American Alliance for Business and Technology, Leonardo International, Inc. and the Great Lakes Chapter of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce. She also is a member of the Federal Bar Association (previous member of the Leadership Council of the Immigration Committee), State Bar of Michigan (Past Chairperson of the International Law Section and previously held positions of Chair-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Council Member and Chairperson of the Immigration Committee), Women Lawyers Bar Association and Italian American Bar Association (Board Member and Past President).

Mager also was a Board Member and past Chair of the J.D./L.L.B. Advisory Board, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law/University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Detroit XXII Class. Mager is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Immigration) and Michigan Super Lawyers (Immigration). Mager is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer.

Mager is a graduate of Wayne State University and of the Detroit College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987) where she was a member of Law Review.


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 and Shanghai. 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

Michael J. Serra Named 2017 “Up & Coming Lawyer”

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Michael J. Serra, a senior associate in the firm’s Ann Arbor office, has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.”

Lawyers Weekly honored Serra and the other members if the 2017 class at a luncheon ceremony on December 7 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. Honorees will be profiled in a special section of the December 11 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Each year, the publisher of Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects a small group of attorneys who are in their first ten years of practice to be named “Up & Coming Lawyers.” According to the publication, these individuals “display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers.”

A member of Bodman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and IP Brand Protection Team, Serra primarily focuses on prosecuting, maintaining, and enforcing trademarks and copyrights. He has successfully litigated in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He has also handled national and international copyright, trademark, and domain name “takedowns” of infringing content, and trademark oppositions in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Outside of the office, Serra is involved in many community and volunteer organizations. He is a regular contributor to Bodman’s award-winning Pro Bono Program and volunteers with the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan, which promotes organ donation throughout the state.  Serra serves on the Coalition’s planning committee for its annual ALIVE fundraiser. Michigan Rising Stars 2017 recognized Serra as an emerging leader in intellectual Property Law and DBusiness magazine lists him as a 2018 “Top Lawyer” for Copyright Law.


About Bodman

Bodman PLC is one of the Midwest’s leading business law firms, providing counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and wealthiest individuals on a broad range of issues. Deeply rooted in the communities they serve, Bodman lawyers provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm combined with the talent and knowledge expected of the nation’s leading attorneys. To learn more, visit www.bodmanlaw.com.

‘Mobility Moments’ Focus on Inclusive Leadership, Michigan’s Mobility Innovation

The 2017 MICHauto Summit featured two “Mobility Moments” showcasing two hot-button issues in the automobility industry.

Elizabeth Griffith, director of engineering for GM Global at Faurecia Interior Systems, spoke to the necessity of inclusive leaders and the qualities they exude. According to Griffith, an inclusive leader should be authentic, balanced, creative, fearless, show gratitude, be humorous and innovative, among other qualities. In addition, she made the case for culture’s importance, quoting author Peter Drucker: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This session was sponsored by Fakhoury Global Immigration.

Following Griffith, IAV Automotive Engineering Project Manager Lars Eggenstein offered his personal insight on Michigan as a mobility innovation hub, citing his experiences both locally and abroad. A native of Germany, Eggenstein commended Michigan’s industry leadership and ability to attract foreign-born talent to original equipment manufacturers. This session was sponsored by Phoenix Contact E-Mobility.