Detroit Regional Chamber, General Motors Announce NeighborHUB Grant Winners

• Five grants up to $30,000 awarded to Detroit neighborhood nonprofit organizations.
• Yearlong project work to begin this month.

DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 16 2019 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors announced the second cohort of awardees for the NeighborHUB grant program. Five neighborhood nonprofit organizations will receive a grant and in-kind business support for innovative and collaborative solutions to problems their community faces. The NeighborHUB program is a collaborative effort between the Chamber and General Motors that is designed to empower residents in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to affect change in their neighborhoods through physical presence and innovative programming.

The grant awardees include:

  • Bridging Communities, Inc.
  • Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss
  • Northend Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC)
  • The Avalon Village
  • 360 Detroit, Inc.

“In its first year, the NeighborHUB program was an unqualified success, helping organizations engage Detroiters to drive change throughout the city,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving at General Motors. “As we award the second cohort of nonprofits the opportunity to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods, we are proud and eager to see the continued momentum fostered by this program.”

The NeighborHUB program was announced last year at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference and the first cohort of t grant awardees are set to finish their projects this month. This year’s application period launched in July and was open through August. Through a collaborative process, an advisory selection committee composed of representatives from the Chamber, General Motors and a representative from local organizations including the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, and Michigan Community Resources, reviewed and voted on the proposals.

“We are confident that the committee has selected organizations that will use the grant to provide their neighborhood with viable and innovative resources,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officers for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that this program will continue to serve as a roadmap for creating change in other communities across Detroit and the region.”

More than 50 grant applications were submitted, and the selection process was very competitive. Project work will begin this month and continue until October 2020. Learn more about the projects at www.detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.

NeighborHUB Grant Program Awardees:

  1. Bridging Communities, Inc.
    Project: Community Kitchen
    Scope: This project proposes the construction of a community kitchen in Southwest Detroit to expand opportunities for intergenerational exchange, commerce, learning, and healthy meals created in the community by the community.
    Grant Award: $30,000

    “Wow we are truly honored to receive this prestigious award. As a nonprofit, I understand the competition that our application was a part of. We look forward to the celebration and the announcement,” said Phyllis Edwards, the executive director of Bridging Communities, Inc.

  1. Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss
    Project: Kids’ Grief Relief
    Scope: Providing a safe and supportive Hub where children of trauma can begin to heal properly through education, healthy expression of grief, social interaction, and physical activity.
    Grant Award: $30,000

    “We are overwhelmed with gratitude and cannot overstate how honored we are for being selected as a recipient of this year’s NeighborHUB Grant.  Your support will ignite an astounding level of success that we would not have been able to achieve without you!” said Tacara Woods, founder of Miracles to Inspire Change and Healing After Experiencing Loss.

  1. Northend Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC)
    Project: Reactivation of the Historic Red’s Jazz Shoeshine
    Scope: We’re restoring the historic Red’s Jazz Shoeshine Parlor, bringing home a family-owned business spanning three generations to its original location and activating a vacant storefront with culturally resonant programming.
    Grant Award: $30,000

    “Thank you so much! We are thrilled to be supported for our work in the North End. We cannot wait to showcase our project upon completion,” said Jerry Ann Hebron, executive director for the Northend Christian Community Development Corporation.

  2. The Avalon Village
    Project: The Homework House
    Scope: Homework House is a big red brick house where under-served Highland Park children come for a kaleidoscope of creative educational activities, meals, laundry and shower facilities – a beautiful, enriching space.
    Grant Award: $30,000

    “We are truly grateful to the Detroit Regional Chamber for this NeighborHUB grant. It will make a life-changing difference for the children of Highland Park and for all of us at Avalon Village,” said Shamayim ‘Mama Shu’ Harris, founder and CEO of Avalon Village. “This funding will give us the final push we need to complete The Homework House, an after-school safe haven in our self-sustaining eco village. The house was slated to be demolished, but we have been lovingly restoring it for several years with a geothermal heating and cooling system, a solar roof and so much more. We can’t wait to open our doors to local students! Special thanks to the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency for their partnership and support.”

  1. 360 Detroit, Inc.
    Project: Community House
    Scope: Create a community art house and gathering space to host art classes, cooking classes, and reading and financial literacy training.
    Grant Award: $30,000

    “Positive action, not just talk is the key ingredient for a healthy community,” said George Adams, president and founder of 360 Detroit.

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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. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Managing Crisis: Common Mistakes and Why You Should Have a Plan

Crises are inevitable. Developing a plan to handle them is only the first step. At Your Company’s Crisis: What You Need to Know Now, experts will cover several crises examples including de-escalating disasters, protecting an organization’s image, and solutions to cybersecurity crises.

Matt Friedman, partner at Tanner Friedman, will join a panel discussion on protecting your company’s image. He provided some advice about dealing with crises and shared what he is looking forward to at the event below.

See the full agenda and register for the event here.

Why is it important to have a crisis management plan? How often should it be reviewed or updated?

It’s important but not the “be all, end all.” I’ve seen organizations put together a crisis plan and think they’re done. They’re not. They need to build relationships with the professionals who will help them when the crisis hits.

The plan won’t work without the right people, inside and out. The plan should be reviewed frequently. I have seen plans that, for example, don’t include social media because the plan was developed too long ago.

What is one common mistake you see organizations make when it comes to managing a crisis?

They try to do it themselves. That means they only view the crisis from the inside, often clouded by fear, and they can’t put their audiences first.

What is your best advice for dealing with a company crisis?

Focus on doing the right things to move forward. Don’t hide. Don’t deny. Always put people first. Any crisis is survivable if you follow advice grounded in these core fundamentals.

What are you looking forward to most at the event?

I can’t wait to help businesses think differently, get past fears and prepare to be in the right mindset to best handle adversity.

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Detroit Phoenix Center – October 2019 Update

The Detroit Phoenix Center Zen Zone Space is complete! We are excited to launch our after-school program and to continue to initiate programming and drop-in services inside of the Zen Zone. We originally planned to move to a larger space inside the Bethel Community Transformation Center. However, due to an unexpected increase in rent, we stayed in our old space and explored ways to optimize usage and reimagine opportunities to give it a “facelift”.

We accomplished this by completely redoing each room: laundry room, shower room, activities lounge, and the oasis room. We even were able to help install new partitions in the women’s restroom. These upgrades stayed within our overall proposed budget, but there were some costs that we did not anticipate. In the build-out phase, those costs included reimbursing project managers for gas, feeding volunteers, and the cost of materials for larger volunteer groups. Since we were tapping into a youth volunteer base, some of the volunteers were not skilled in laying carpet and painting, so we had to re-do some of the work, pushing our timeline back a few weeks.

We ensured our project was completed, despite the setbacks, by requesting more skilled labor and keeping a running timeline to ensure we were on target. While completing the upgrades, we still hosted programming – Youth Open House, Prom Sendoff, Yoga, Game Night, and some drop-in days. Hosting programming in the space while it was under construction helped us receive feedback on changes we needed to make.

The proposed project was completely designed and informed by the youth in the community. The Zen Zone is a space created for the youth and by the youth.

Detroit Theater Organ Society – October 2019 Update

The NeighborHUB grant to address the unwelcoming vacant lot and the blighted gap in between the Senate Theater doors and vertical Senate neon blade expanded the possibilities for the Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS).

When the project began, everyone knew that additional revenue would be required to install a functioning marquee. The question then became, how much could DTOS raise, and how much would the ideal sign cost?

Following a successful fundraising campaign that ended in 2018, DTOS needed to secure three comparable estimates, assess the vendors’ capacity for this specialized project, and determine what additional funds from building maintenance reserves it could add. These tasks required thorough consideration and significant time.

Ultimately, DTOS secured several estimates and bids, increased the budget for the marquee project, and signed a contract in July. DTOS then secured city permits and began construction of the sign structure and electronic letter boards.

The hope is that the installation of this sign will indicate to the surrounding neighborhood that the Senate Theater is open and ready to be used by the community.

DTOS faced a few unique challenges with this project. One challenge came about while securing bids from companies in the booming construction economy. DTOS persevered by taking the proper steps to thoughtfully and responsibly select a contractor.

The beautification of the vacant Senate Coney Island lot created another challenge due to the compacted dirt and remaining foundation materials in the former commercial site. DTOS sought advice from Detroit Future City and found other resources to remove the barrier. However, most of the available information geared towards small residential plots, not large commercial lots filled with clay and rocks.

It became clear that a creative alternative to grass or green groundcover would be necessary to transform the space, so the direction changed. A decorative fence, bright red mulch, and community-driven murals achieved the desired result: a space that looks welcoming and is usable. Conversations are proceeding with community partners on how DTOS can successfully activate the improved lot now that it is usable

DTOS is most proud of how this project has facilitated community engagement. From the free, family-friendly film series and the Senate Coney Yard installation, to the fundraising campaign itself, the NeighborHUB grant has connected new individuals, audiences, and organizations with the Senate Theater.

The initiation of a free, family-friendly film series was a critical component of the project. More than 100 community members filled out surveys online and in person to help determine what kinds of movies and activities kids and families want to see at the Senate Theater.

The survey results informed a film selection heavy on animated features, culminating in the final and most successful screening in September, “Alice in Wonderland”. It attracted approximately 50 individuals of all ages from the community.

The completion of the marquee, expected in late 2019 or early 2020, will capitalize on the momentum generated by this project and propel the Senate Theater, home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society, into a sustainable, community-driven future.

Motown Museum – October 2019 Update

In the late summer of 2019, Motown Museum completed the construction of Dancing in the Street Park and began fully activating the space with placemaking programs. The park quickly became a popular gathering space for museum visitors, but the immediate community took longer to immerse themselves in the space.

Before the park was built, the main attraction at the Motown Museum campus was the paid guided tour. For this reason, people assumed that the park and programs were for paid guests. To change this assumption, we met with neighborhood leaders such as Brazelton Florists, James H. Cole Home for Funerals, Henry Ford Hospital, and West Grand Boulevard Collaborative. We engaged in an open forum with the Kresge Foundation Arts and Culture staff to discuss how current and future museum developments can create pathways to help each other.

The forum was successful and participation in the park increased. Two specific activations included: the engagement of Dancing in the Street Park for Cole’s 100th Anniversary Community Celebration, and Neighborhoods Day 2019, which connected residents with ARISE Detroit and celebrated the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood.

From June to September, the Motown Museum created over 40 free programs and events in the Dancing in the Street Park. Programs included: cardio drumming, piano, vocal, and guitar lessons, Temps and Tops Dance Party, hometown music open performances, face painting, balloon making, Poetry Lunch and Learn, Bass Players Day, caricature drawing, spoken word performances, an emcee workshop, and King’s 12 and Under Poetry Jam.

The last weekend of September hosted two very special events in the Dancing in The Street Park. On Sept. 21, more than 100 Motown legends and alumni gathered from all over the country for a special Motown Picnic in the Park in celebration of Motown’s 60th Anniversary. The next day, Motown Museum held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the expanded Museum in the Park. Attendees included Motown Founder Berry Gordy, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and other leaders, donors, and Motown alumni.

Some of the challenges the Motown Museum faced with this space included maintaining the furniture since it is an outdoor space. To stay within budget, we bought chairs, tables, and umbrellas that may not have been sturdy enough for the daily uses of the park. Future organizations that attempt similar projects may want to consider investing in more durable equipment for outdoor spaces.

In the end, we are very pleased with the results of our new space and are already planning for events in 2020. For questions about our projects, please contact Motown Museum Director of Development and Community Activation Paul Barker at 313.875.2264 ext. 226 or by email at pbarker@motownmuseum.org.

Carrie Morris Arts Production – October 2019 Update

September 2019 found us catching our breath after a whirlwind of programming in our outdoor space. We recently produced the 2019 Detroit Fringe Festival which included 17 performances featuring more than 50 artists from Southeast Michigan. We also completed programming for our CMAP Outdoor Summer Series with the commissioned spoken word performance “One Single Rose” by Rosemarie Wilson, who staged two sets of music in our outdoor space, and the culmination of Zoo Stories, a puppet show collaboration with the Detroit Zoo.

Our Neighborhood Advisory Committee convened to provide insight and guidance as we facilitated neighborhood-based programming and the green space build-out. Neighbors and residents of all ages enjoyed these free events. We were happy to provide space for these unique cultural offerings.

This coming month, we will complete the tiered mound topology that will make up the audience seating for our outdoor amphitheater, with about 90 cubic yards of the project’s fill dirt (or nine dump trucks full) generously donated by Fiat Chrysler as they get rid of unwanted dirt from their new plant site on Mack Avenue. The attached picture shows about six trucks worth of dirt or about 60 cubic yards. We are taking out some of the non-native trees and scrub to make room for the finalized landscape design.

We appreciate those who have provided support for this outdoor project, and this final image is one that we felt was a performative and visual blessing for CMAP, this outdoor space, and our future endeavors. As part of the Detroit Fringe Festival, Southwest Detroit-based performing artist and muralist Kia Arriaga gave a performance in our outdoor space titled “Aztec Traditions as Cultural Resistance” where she performed traditional Aztec dances and engaged the audience in a participatory Ofrenda blessing mural activity. The images she chose for the audience to fill in with dried beans, flowers, and other materials included the Aztec icon for “house” and the Aztec icon for “beautiful art”.

Over the past year, it has taken many people, organizations, volunteers, and neighbors working together to help us collectively build this space. We are excited for future programming to take place in the new CMAP amphitheater and outdoor green space, and to have those same organizations, artists, and neighbors join us to enjoy the space together.

Matthew Abel

Executive Director, Michigan NORML

Matthew Abel has been a practicing attorney in Michigan for 32 years and is the Executive Director of Michigan NORML. Abel founded Cannabis Counsel PLC, a five-attorney Detroit law firm entirely devoted to cannabis clients and cases, providing both business advice and legal counseling as well as criminal defense in marijuana cases throughout Michigan.

Abel is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Cannabis Bar Association, where he serves on the board of directors. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU of Michigan. Abel was one of the drafters of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.

Abel holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, a Master of Science in public administration from Central Michigan University, a bachelor’s in philosophy from Central Michigan University, and an associate degree in criminal justice from Castleton University.

Chambers: New Expungement Package Will Help Thousands Find Work

October 9, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business

Sandy Baruah and Rick Baker

We talk to businesses every day and they tell us the same thing: there are simply not enough qualified, skilled workers to meet the demands of the marketplace.

When thinking about workforce development policies to address this crisis, we must consider expungement reform legislation. Unfortunately, the current laws, and lack of awareness of the expungement process, are keeping hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents unemployed.

State lawmakers recently introduced a six-bill legislative package addressed at expunging an individual’s criminal record. These bills have the opportunity to open up the expungement process to many Michigan residents who struggle to find a job because of their past criminal records as well as open up eligibility for a number of low-level offenses such as traffic offenses that are ineligible under the current expungement law.

Research shows that expanding expungement means massive economic benefits. Annually, the underemployment of formerly incarcerated people costs the nation between $78 billion and $87 billion in gross domestic product. Within two years of receiving an expungement, a person’s likelihood of being employed increases significantly and their personal income increases by 25 percent. With a stable career, returning citizens are able to support themselves and their families while being productive members of society.

Additionally, clearance of public criminal records reduces recidivism rates and fights crime, making communities safer. Employing someone who is formerly incarcerated is the best available recidivism-reduction tool. If a person stays out of trouble for five years or more, they are no more likely to commit another crime than any member of the general public. Past convictions do not predict future criminal conduct and should not be the basis for employment decisions.

Michigan businesses are primed and ready to support individuals who want to take advantage of the benefits of expungement and address the labor shortage. In fact, many employers already overlook criminal records to fill their talent shortages, giving workers a chance to prove themselves for their past mistakes — Bank of America has partnered with the Detroit Justice Center to provide a place to get records clear, among many other services for formerly incarcerated Detroiters; Cascade Engineering helps give returning citizens a second chance for successful re-entry and provides opportunities to former inmates they may not otherwise receive; and DTE Energy partnered with the Michigan Department of Corrections last month to train inmates for careers after prison.

What they have found is that an individual with a record typically performs no differently than other employees who do not have records. Employers report that these employees are actually often more productive, sticklers for attendance and timeliness, and have lower turnover rates.

The expungement legislative package will help residents of all age groups and across multiple demographics to take that first step to a new beginning. Finding employment should be an easy process for people who are not a threat to public safety.

The time is now to modernize this legislation and change the lives of so many Michiganders.

Sandy Baruah is the president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and Rick Baker the president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber. 

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How Would a National Recession Affect Detroit?

October 14, 2019

Curbed Detroit

Aaron Mondry

Many economists believe a national economic recession is on the horizon. A number of indicators, like the inversion of the yield curve and shaky stock market, point to a downturn of some sort in the near future. Not to mention that economic health is cyclical and the United States is undergoing the longest period of growth in the country’s history.

Given the likelihood, it’s worth asking how a recession would affect the local economy. Are Detroit’s fundamentals different enough from other cities that it would be hit harder by one or able to weather it better?

Detroit’s poverty rate still hovers around 35 percent and the population has plateaued—a modest improvement after decades of loss.

These numbers concern Mark Skidmore, a professor in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University.

Detroit’s housing prices may have stabilized after bottoming out during the mortgage and tax foreclosure crises. But because population isn’t increasing alongside housing prices, Skidmore says, “There shouldn’t be much more demand for housing. That’s as a whole; there might be pockets where demand is pretty high. But there are huge areas where it’s not.”

On the other hand, banks have been relatively tight despite the steady increase in home mortgages. That might not be great for homeownership now, but means there’s little chance of another subprime mortgage crisis.

“The credit available for housing in Detroit has continued to be a challenge and that’s been an impediment to the current recovery,” Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, says. “People being underwater on mortgages is highly unlikely because lending standards have increased so much and credit has been so careful, particularly in Detroit.

“When comes to housing,” he adds. “We don’t anticipate seeing anything like the Great Recession.”

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Warner Partners Receive MiBiz Dealmaker of the Year and Deal of the Year Awards

Detroit, Michigan, October 14, 2019 – Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partners Timothy L. Horner and Charlie Goode have been recognized by MiBiz as Dealmaker of the Year for their role as U.S. legal advisors on the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The firm’s representation of Structural Concepts Corp. has also been honored as Manufacturing Deal of the Year.

The partners, along with Stephen C. Waterbury and Michael J. Jones, will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the High Five located in downtown Grand Rapids during the publication’s dinner reception and awards ceremony. They are two of 13 winning teams in categories recognizing West Michigan’s Top Deals and Dealmakers, an annual event presented by MiBiz in cooperation with the Association of Corporate Growth West Michigan.

Winners were determined based on best practices and excellence related to mergers, acquisitions and deal-making. Senior executives, attorneys and advisers served as judges.

Dealmaker of the Year: Gordie Howe International Bridge

Goode and Horner’s nomination reads in part: “For more than the past decade, Tim Horner and Charlie Goode have led a team of nearly 60 Warner attorneys representing the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, an international public-private partnership that successfully closed a $4.4 billion concession agreement on Oct. 15, 2018. The concession agreement provides for the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the Gordie Howe International Bridge and is the largest single transaction with West Michigan roots finalized between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.”

When completed, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will be among the top five longest bridges in North America. It has received multiple international awards, including being named 2018 Transport Deal of the Year for the Americas by Project Finance International and Best Road/Bridge/Tunnel Project at the 2019 P3 Awards hosted by P3 Bulletin.

Goode has nearly two decades of transaction experience, practicing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities regulation and corporate governance. He has broad experience working with community banks and the financial services industry in Michigan and beyond. Goode works on transactions relating to infrastructure and in public-private partnerships, or P3, in addition to the Bridge.

Goode also represents community development financial institutions and other nonprofit organizations in nationwide debt securities offerings that focus on catalytic and impact investing.

He chairs the firm’s Finance Committee and is a former Chair of the Business Practice Group and a former member of the Management Committee.  He has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan.

With nearly three decades of experience in corporate, securities and financial services law, Horner works extensively in the negotiation and implementation of complex commercial, business and finance transactions, with a focus on infrastructure, governmental and nonprofit finance and P3 transactions. He serves as legal counsel to public and private business clients, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and financial institutions. Horner co-chairs the firm’s Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnership Practice Group.

Horner was recognized as a 2019 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for his leadership role in this historic project. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America.

Manufacturing Deal of the Year: Sale of Structural Concepts

MiBiz has also recognized the firm’s work on the sale of Structural Concepts Corporation to Mason Wells. Previously awarded alone by size, deals will now be recognized by industry. Key players in the sale of SCC included Phil Gilbert of P&M Corporate Finance based in Southfield, and Joseph Wagner and Mike Congleton of P&M Corporate Finance based in Chicago.  Key SCC players steering the transaction included President David P. Geerts and Chief Financial Officer Tammi S. Milewski.

The sale of SCC, a West Michigan family-owned business, to a private equity firm was structured utilizing an F-reorganization instead of a more frequently used 338(h)(10) election.

The Muskegon-based company designs and manufactures temperature-controlled food and beverage display cases for supermarkets and food-service establishments. The company utilizes innovative designs focused on presenting refrigerated food and beverages in aesthetically attractive formats that save energy, preserve food and beverages longer and minimize operation costs. Until the sale of the business in October 2018, SCC was owned by founder James Doss, his family and members of the SCC management team.

The deal’s nomination read in part: “The sale allowed for a seamless transition to ownership by Mason Wells, a leading Midwest-based private equity firm with $1 billion in assets under management. The Mason Wells team was headed by Senior Managing Director Jay J. Radke. Since Mason Wells was formed in 1998, its buyout funds have invested in four specific areas: consumer packaged goods, outsourced business services, engineered products and services and packaging materials and converting.”

Throughout his career, Waterbury has led or participated in hundreds of deal teams involving clients in manufacturing, medical devices, energy, insurance, human resources, software, construction, agriculture, packaging and other areas. In addition, Waterbury is experienced in international business transactions and corporate governance best practices. He serves as counsel to a variety of leading Michigan businesses, including multigenerational family businesses.

In fall 2018, Waterbury was recognized by MiBiz and the Association for Corporate Growth as the first recipient of a new Hall of Fame Award that honored his successful career in mergers and acquisitions. Waterbury has also been recognized by Best Lawyers, Michigan Super Lawyers and Chambers USA.

Jones co-chairs the firm’s Mergers & Acquisition Practice Group and focuses his practice on M&A work. He has successfully completed more than 100 transactions involved billions of dollars in various industries, including manufacturing, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automotive suppliers, energy, technology, software and furniture.

Jones was honored by MiBiz as Dealmaker of the Year in 2016 for his leadership and creativity in completing key transactions during 2015-16. Jones has also been recognized by Best Lawyers, Michigan Super Lawyers and Chambers USA.

About Warner

By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross + Judd builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Macomb County, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Lansing and Holland. To learn more, visit www.wnj.com, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on LinkedIn.

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