Foster Swift Launches Elder Law Blog

May has been known as Senior Citizens month since 1963 when it was declared so by President Kennedy and is also recognized as National Elder Law Month by The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Attorneys that practice elder law focus on issues concerning seniors including estate planning, wills and caring arrangements among others.

By 2030, nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To help with the growing number of people that need assistance in this age range, the law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC has launched its elder law blog. The goal of this blog is to address the most common legal questions people have or will have in a practical yet compassionate way.

Foster Swift elder law and estate planning attorneys Nicolas Camargo, Matthew Fedor and Trevor Weston will provide readers with relevant information on the wide range of legal issues facing seniors. “We deal with sensitive family situations every day, and realize how difficult they can be” Fedor stated.

“We want to be a resource, advising clients on life, aging and protecting their loved ones, while also understanding the individual’s legal needs. Whether they are planning for the future or in a current crisis, we offer counsel and solutions to help them through the challenges of helping aging family members. Our office is much more than a place where legal documents are prepared. It is also a place where seniors and their families are heard and connections are made, all while providing a “big picture” solution to the challenges of aging.”

When it comes to planning for yours and your family’s future, being proactive is better than being reactive. Visit mielderlawblog.com regularly for more posts and learn how Foster Swift attorneys can help you to stop worrying and start living.

Speakers added to June 20 Symposium focused on connected and autonomous vehicle advances

The Third Annual Butzel Long Connected Car Symposium will provide key insight on the latest developments from top southeast Michigan experts including: Paul Krutko, President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, Renee Phillips, Counsel, General Motors; Houman Shadab, Co-Founder, New York-based Clause.IO; Will Orlewicz, Corporate Counsel; Magnum Manufacturing, and, Butzel Long attorneys.

A half-day program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Zingerman’s Greyline, located at 100 N. Ashley Street in Ann Arbor.
The cost is $99 per person and includes a networking lunch.

Program topics include:

• The Future of Mobility Standards, Guidelines, and a Patchwork of State Laws: Adapting to a Moving (or Stalled) Regulatory Target;

• So You Want to Design Driverless Car Components: Helping Engineers Manage New Legal Design Considerations and Ethical Implications;

• Staying Ahead of the Digital Curve: Hot Topics in Automotive Privacy, Cyber and GDPR;

• New Methods of Contracting: Blockchain as the Backbone for Smart Contracts; and,

• Who’s Responsible? A Pane Discussion on Liability and the Autonomous Vehicle

Feature presenters include Butzel Long attorneys Jennifer Dukarski, David DeVine, Catherine Karol, Claudia Rast, Daniel Rustmann, David Devine and Mitch Zajac.

“This month, more than 30 automotive and tech companies joined forces on an automotive blockchain initiative,” said Jennifer Dukarski, leader of Butzel Long’s Connected Car Working Group. “Blockchain is so much more than cryptocurrency. It could drive our new mobility future.”

“We will explore potential uses of blockchain and smart contracts in the auto industry through a live demo, led by one of the leaders in smart contracts: Houman Shadab of Clause.io,” she said. “Engineers and designers will also benefit, as we will discuss the ethical and technical challenges facing the design decisions they make in autonomous and connected vehicles. We will highlight unique concerns and tools to reduce the risks in product design.”

This program is designed for anyone in the connected automotive world including: automotive executives, automotive supplier executives, engineering teams, in house legal teams, compliance officers, insurance professionals, IT professionals and risk managers.

Register online at www.butzel.com/events/connected-car-symposium-2018. For inquiries, contact Tina Raia at raia@butzel.com 313-983-6985.


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

Detroit Regional Chamber Hosts Commencement for Leadership Detroit Class XXXIX, Recognizes Past Alumni for Creating Positive Change in the Community

DETROIT, June 14, 2018 – Today, Leadership Detroit, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, celebrated the commencement of its 39th class, marking the end of the 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXIX features 67 executives from across the region, drawing from 5 counties and 25 municipalities in Southeast Michigan. The class represents 30 industries, a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“This group of exceptional leaders brought to the table a rich diversity of talent, skills and perspectives. These leaders grew in their understanding of one another as they dug deep into the challenges and opportunities facing our region. They leave the program with a keen awareness we are amidst unprecedented change that is dictating the need for collaborative leaders who pay attention to relationships,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Chamber.

The commencement ceremony took place at The Garden Theater in Detroit and included Leadership Detroit’s annual awards, recognizing past alumni that act on and support the program’s five pillars of exemplary leadership, and who have made a positive impact in the community. This year’s award recipients include:

  • Inspirational Leader Award: Sheilah Clay, President and CEO, Neighborhood Service Organization; Leadership Detroit Class XXIV
  • Lifelong Leadership Award: Bob Bury, Executive Director and CEO, Detroit Historical Society; Leadership Detroit Class XXIV
  • Moving the Needle Award: Billy Strawter, Founder and Digital Strategist, Milo Detroit; Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII

The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXIX roster is available at www.leadershipdetroit.com.

About Leadership Detroit

Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan, led by the Detroit Regional Chamber, with nearly 2,000 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership. To learn more, visit leadershipdetroit.com

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.

Detroit Regional Chamber, Macomb County Honored for Collaborative Automotive Awareness Project

The Council for Community and Economic Research recently named the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Macomb County Department Planning and Economic Development among its prestigious research award recipients. The award honors the Chamber and Macomb’s work on the Michigan Is AutoMobility report and AutoMobility Assets Map. The award recognizes meritorious projects and promotes the diffusion of creative ideas for research activities among local, regional and economic development initiatives.

“Our mapping services group takes full advantage of technology to assemble story maps that help to illustrate important information about any number of subjects,” said John Paul Rea, Director of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. “We were pleased to assist the Chamber to assemble up-to-date information about Michigan’s automotive industry,”

The Michigan Is AutoMobility report can be viewed below, while the AutoMobility Asset Map is available at michauto.org/map. See the full list of winners on the C2ER press release.

Public Feedback Shows Clear Support for Connect Southeast Michigan Transit Plan

View the survey results here.

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan released the results of a survey of Southeast Michigan residents that shows strong support for the Connect Southeast Michigan transit plan across Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Over 62 percent of the more than 2,200 respondents said they support the Connect Southeast Michigan plan, only 17 percent opposed the plan and just over 20% are undecided.

“It’s clear that Southeast Michigan residents want more mobility options than we have today and that the Connect Southeast Michigan plan has broad support across the region,” said RTA COO Matt Webb. “Every public meeting and every opportunity we get to explain what’s in the 2018 transit plan results in greater support.”

The primary findings of the survey include:

  • Transit riders in every county who experience Southeast Michigan’s inefficient patchwork transit system overwhelmingly support the Connect SE Michigan plan. Over 67 percent of Macomb County transit riders, 71 percent of Oakland County and Wayne County transit riders, and 80 percent of Washtenaw County transit riders said they see enough value in the Connect Southeast Michigan plan to support it.
  • More non-transit riders support the Connect Southeast Michigan plan than oppose it in every county.  Over 40 percent of Macomb non-transit riders support the plan while 38 percent oppose it, and 22 percent are undecided. In Oakland County, 54 percent of the non-transit riders support the plan, 27 percent oppose it and 19 percent are undecided. Nearly 60 percent of Washtenaw County non-transit riders support the plan, 20 percent oppose it and 20 percent are undecided. In Wayne County, 54 percent support the plan, while 21 percent oppose it and 26 percent are undecided.
  • The top three reasons respondents supported the Connect Southeast Michigan plan were the 15 new express regional routes added to the 2018 plan, the commuter rail service, and the 15 regional routes that would begin providing bus service every 15 minutes.

“Residents of Southeast Michigan, businesses and city leaders have spoken and they want to see regional transit on the ballot in 2018,” said Dan Lijana, a spokesman for Connect Southeast Michigan. “There’s a majority of support for the Connect Southeast Michigan plan and it will pass this year if voters are given a chance to have their voices heard.”

Last week the city councils of two Oakland County communities, Novi and Troy, passed resolutions in support of placing transit on the ballot in 2018. The Oakland County Commission is expected to vote on a similar resolution at its 7 p.m. meeting on Wednesday.

More than 220 regional businesses, including major employers in all four counties signed onto a coalition called Employers for Transit at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Each of the four counties has two voting members and the City of Detroit has one member on the RTA board. Connect Southeast Michigan needs a seven-vote super-majority, with at least one “yes” vote from each county to be placed on the ballot. The final date to submit ballot language is August 14, 2018.

Over 75 outreach sessions have been held since February 2018, collecting feedback on the Connect Southeast Michigan plan. The survey was posted by the RTA from April 19-June 3 to measure attitudes toward the Connect Southeast Michigan plan from transit and non-transit riders in all four counties. Results of the survey are attached. RTA board meetings are open to the public and the schedule is available on the RTA website.

Former OCC Theatre Student Reprises Classic DIA TV Commercial During Arts, Beats and Eats Kick-Off News Conference

Former Oakland Community College student Lillian Bishop knows how to take advantage of an opportunity.

Bishop, of Ferndale, Mich., jumped on the rare opportunity to showcase her singing chops at a news conference Tuesday to kick-off the Arts, Beats and Eats festival during Labor Day Weekend in Royal Oak. She sang the iconic song in the classic Detroit Institute of Arts’ 1976 TV commercial “You Gotta Have Art” at the end of Oakland Community College Chancellor Peter Provenzano’s opening remarks, adapted* for the kickoff event. (*Lyrics provided below)

OCC is a first-time major sponsor of the festival dedicated to promoting the arts in Oakland County and beyond.

“It was an honor and pleasure to be asked to participate,” said Bishop, who is the lead singer for Chateau, one of Detroit’s top-ranked bands, and performs voiceover and promo work locally. “I love the arts, I love performing and I love supporting my college. I had a great time doing it.”

At OCC, Bishop starred in many theatre productions, including All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Great American Trailer Park Musical, Our Town, MacBeth, and most recently in Peter And The Starcatcher.

Provenzano was tickled with the idea to empower a former student.

“We have excellent music, theatre and arts programs, facilities, faculty, students and graduates,” he said. “It was a delight to watch her belt out this legendary song to demonstrate to the world the importance of art in our community, the high caliber of excellent students who attend OCC, and pay homage to one of our outstanding partners in the DIA.”

For more information about Arts Beats and Eats, visit artsbeatsandeats.com.

For more information about OCC, visit oaklandcc.edu.


About OCC
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s number one transfer institution, offering nearly 100 excellent degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Jeremy Falendysz Joins UHY Advisors as Director of Corporate Finance

UHY Advisors Corporate Finance, LLC welcomes its newest director Jeremy Falendysz who will join the team in Detroit. Falendysz is an experienced investment banker with over 15 years in the industry representing a total deal value of over $60 billion. He worked on Wall Street for 10 years, including as vice president in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division, in addition to positions with UBS and Deutsche Bank. Prior to joining UHY, he spent five years with a Birmingham-based boutique investment banking firm serving middle-market clients.

“Adding Jeremy is a critical resource for our practice on a national level,” said Steve McCarty, managing director at UHY Advisors. “His years of experience in investment banking, particularly in the energy space will allow us to expand our portfolio and will present new opportunities for our team.”

Falendysz has advised middle-market and large cap private and public clients on sell-side and buy-side M&A transactions, as well as corporate separations, equity/equity related capital raises and debt capital raises. Falendysz has completed transactions in multiple industries, including automotive/transportation, consumer products, distribution, energy, healthcare and industrial products. While working across various industries, he developed a particular expertise within the energy sector, including assignments in sub-sectors spanning pipelines and terminals, exploration and production, refining, renewables and oilfield services.

He will sit in the firm’s Detroit office, the headquarters of the UHY Advisors Corporate Finance practice, but will work with all 17 offices across the country on various engagements. Falendysz is a FINRA licensed representative, having earned his Series 7 and Series 63 licenses, and has B.B.A. and B.A. degrees in finance and economics, respectively, from the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago (Booth School of Business).


About UHY Advisors
UHY Advisors, Inc. (“UHY Advisors”) operates in an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, collectively forming one of the top professional services firms in the country, providing comprehensive audit, attest, tax and business advisory services to a wide range of clients principally in the dynamic middle market. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors are US members of UHY International (“UHYI”), a network of independent accounting and consulting firms. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a full member of the Forum of Firms.

Automation Alley partners with Cleary University to launch certification series for Project Management Professionals

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, has partnered with Cleary University to offer a 35-hour, instructor-led, online boot camp for Project Management Professionals (PMP), an industry-recognized certification for project managers.

Registration is now open at automationalley.com for the Sept. 17 class, which is part of a 5-course, accelerated PMP Professional series is designed to increase students’ understanding of essential terminology and knowledge areas of the PMBOK®, and uniquely prepare them to take the 200-question, multiple choice exam or enable them to receive PDU if they are already a certified professional.

“We’re excited to partner with Automation Alley to provide this much-needed project management training, which will lead to certification and assist in filling the skills gap,” said Dr. Jayson Boyers, President and CEO of Cleary University.

The series will include 35-hours of instructor-led online education to fulfill your project management requirement and will be taught by PMP-certified PhD faculty with years of PMP certification training experience.

The series will present the project management knowledge areas in phases, including initiation, planning, execution, monitoring/control, and closure. There will be unlimited exam practice for the 200-question, multiple choice exam if needed, and instructors will assist and support students through exam prep and/or their continuing education learning experience.

The class is intended for project managers preparing to pass their PMI PMP examination, or those who need 35 contact hours to qualify for the PMP examination, want to pass their PMP exam on the first try or want 35 PDUs from a regionally-accredited university.

For more information, contact info@automationalley.com.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Ubimobility Tech Showcase Puts Leading French Startups on Full Display

By: Michael Lewis II

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Destination Detroit team welcomed eight French mobility startups to Southeast Michigan in collaboration with Ubimobility, Business France and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

Focusing on connected and autonomous vehicle technology, Ubimobility is a French acceleration program that allows companies to apply to participate in the immersion program. Applicants are evaluated by a panel of industry judges, that includes companies like Ford, FCA and Magna. A total of 8 of the most promising companies are selected for a 2-week mission to Detroit/Ann Arbor and San Francisco/Silicon Valley, for meetings with automakers, suppliers, think-tanks, universities, potential partners and investors. Destination Detroit helped support the delegations visit to Southeast Michigan, including hosting the delegation as part on its Mobility Technology Showcase series.

“It’s important for our region to build relationships with the most innovative technology and mobility markets in the world,” said Justin Robinson, the Chamber’s vice president of Business Attraction. “France is one of the leading ecosystems and we are honored that these leading French companies recognize the value of coming to Detroit to promote and advance their technology.”

The Ubimobility Tech Showcase was the second installment of Destination Detroit’s “Mobility Technology Showcase” series, in which representatives from the world’s most advanced mobility countries come to Detroit to share their expertise, exchange ideas, and build partnerships aimed at driving forward next-generation mobility. Last year, the Chamber welcomed a Dutch delegation of 25 representatives for a similar visit.

Showcasing the Detroit region’s assets and connecting global investors with the automotive supply chain is a key focus of the Chamber’s Forward Detroit economic development strategy.

MICHauto Director Katelyn Davis emphasized the importance of events like the Ubimobility Tech Showcase to foreign companies looking to expand into the U.S. market.

“We have the densest cluster of automotive and mobility companies in the world, so being able to introduce them and show the value of the Detroit region is crucial,” she said. “Ultimately, we hope that they move and open up shop here.”

“There is no other place like Detroit in Europe or the United States. It’s the only place you can find everyone involved in mobility in one place,” said Nicolas Baron, business development manager for New Imaging Technologies, one of the participating French startups. “In the future, there may be a chance to be here for better business relations.”

To learn more about the Ubimobility delegation and the Mobility Tech Showcase series visit detroitchamber.com/ubimobility.

Ubimobility Tech Showcase Puts Leading French Startups on Full Display

By: Michael Lewis II

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber team welcomed eight French mobility startups to Southeast Michigan in collaboration with Ubimobility, Business France and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

Focusing on connected and autonomous vehicle technology, Ubimobility is a French acceleration program that allows companies to apply to participate in the immersion program. Applicants are evaluated by a panel of industry judges, that includes companies like Ford, FCA and Magna. A total of 8 of the most promising companies are selected for a 2-week mission to Detroit/Ann Arbor and San Francisco/Silicon Valley, for meetings with automakers, suppliers, think-tanks, universities, potential partners and investors. The Chamber helped support the delegations visit to Southeast Michigan, including hosting the delegation as part on its Mobility Technology Showcase series.

“It’s important to bring these companies here to show them what Detroit is doing as the densest cluster of mobility and automotive companies in the world,” said Katelyn Davis, director of the MICHauto. “The hope is they’ll open up shop here one day.”

The Ubimobility Tech Showcase was the second installment of the Chamber’s’s “Mobility Technology Showcase” series, in which representatives from the world’s most advanced mobility countries come to Detroit to share their expertise, exchange ideas, and build partnerships aimed at driving forward next-generation mobility. Last year, the Chamber welcomed a Dutch delegation of 25 representatives for a similar visit.

Showcasing the Detroit region’s assets and connecting global investors with the automotive supply chain is a key focus of the Chamber’s Forward Detroit economic development strategy.

Davis emphasized the importance of events like the Ubimobility Tech Showcase to foreign companies looking to expand into the U.S. market.

“We have the densest cluster of automotive and mobility companies in the world, so being able to introduce them and show the value of the Detroit region is crucial,” she said. “Ultimately, we hope that they move and open up shop here.”

“There is no other place like Detroit in Europe or the United States. It’s the only place you can find everyone involved in mobility in one place,” said Nicolas Baron, business development manager for New Imaging Technologies, one of the participating French startups. “In the future, there may be a chance to be here for better business relations.”

To learn more about the Ubimobility delegation and the Mobility Tech Showcase series visit detroitchamber.com/ubimobility.