In Search of Innovators

By Tom Walsh

Detroit was a major example of the decimation of industrial jobs in America and unless the country reverses a scary decline in its education system, the economy is destined to sink, says best-selling author and renowned journalist Walter Isaacson.

Isaacson, former chairman and CEO of CNN and former editor of Time magazine, and biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger, is not so much a prophet of doom and gloom as he is a crusader for innovation to succeed in a fast-changing world.

In an interview with the Detroiter, Isaacson, a keynote speaker at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, discussed the economic rise and fall of Detroit, the recent signs of revival, and the importance of education to the future success of the United States overall and Michigan in particular.

“We used to have the best education system in the world, so we had the best economy,” Isaacson said of America. “Now our education system ranks about 20th in the world.”

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s group of corporate CEOs and university presidents, has sounded that same alarm in recent years. At its 2015 CEO Summit, BLM reported that Michigan ranked 31st among the 50 states in educational attainment. As a result, despite an uptick in the state’s economy since the 2009 economic recession, Michigan ranks 36th in per capita income — $11,000 below the national average.

“The auto industry went into decline, and the cost of building cars in Detroit was higher than shifting those jobs elsewhere,” said Isaacson, reflecting on the industrial heartland’s ups and downs. “These trends gutted the city’s middle class. At the same time, the growth of the suburbs and of crime caused people to move out of the city. Detroit is now one of the cities reversing this trend. It has begun luring people back to town, and it is revitalizing and restoring its urban core.”

Isaacson cited a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem as a critical force in the city’s reversal.

“I think we all have been deeply impressed by the efforts, led by (Quicken Loans founder and chairman) Dan Gilbert and others, to restore the downtown area,” he said. “I think the key is attracting entrepreneurs and small business owners. In addition, the center of Detroit has refurbished many of its historic buildings, and it can build on being a cultural destination.

“Entrepreneurs have always taken risks and challenged conventional wisdom, said Isaacson, whose most recent best-seller, “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” profiles tech giants who disrupted their industry. Profiles include Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited for inventing the internet.

“It is useful to be tolerant of diverse ideas and approaches,” Isaacson said. “That is what cities like Detroit have to offer.”

And what role should government play in economic renewal?

“The important thing that America needs — and Detroit in particular needs — is a major effort to rebuild infrastructure. That is the most important role that the public sector can play,” Isaacson said.

A key component is a bold overhaul of the nation’s approach to education.

“When we moved from an agricultural economy to an industrial one, we in America made high school free and universal,” Isaacson said. “Now we are moving into an age that is more dependent on information and entrepreneurship, so we need to do something equally bold. We need to create an educational system that is pre-K to 14. By that, I mean that every kid deserves quality pre-K education, so that he or she can get a decent opportunity to succeed. And education should be free and universal through at least two years of college, trade school, or career and technical education.”

“Education used to be an equalizer of opportunity. Now it perpetuates disparities of opportunities,” Isaacson added. “That must change as well.”

Butzel Long adds attorney specializing in International Trade and Customs; Leslie Alan Glick is based in firm’s Washington, D.C. office

Butzel Long is expanding again with the addition of Leslie (“Les”) Alan Glick, an international trade and customs law attorney. He is a Shareholder based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

Glick has handled major international trade cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Court of International Trade, including numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases, and unfair trade practice investigations under section 232(national security) and 337(intellectual property) of the trade laws.

At the same time, Glick has handled cases arising under the U.S. Customs laws involving classification, valuation, country of origin marking and customs fraud, and gray market and supply chain security issues (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism).

Notably, Glick has been active in developing customs compliance programs for many U.S. corporations. He is the author of books on customs law and NAFTA, and has been widely consulted by companies and trade associations in regard to U.S./Mexico legal questions involving imports, exports, investment, transportation and other areas.

He has represented exporters and importers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, India, Italy Indonesia, Japan, Peru, and Thailand. He also has served as counsel to a Congressional sub-committee and has handled matters relating to legislation.

Glick is a registered lobbyist and has been active in lobbying on trade matters for companies in the automotive, food industry and others. He assists U.S. and foreign clients with compliance with laws and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration, and USDA in relation to food products, meat and poultry, plants, medical devices and the importation of pharmaceutical and biological materials as well as consumer product safety and automotive product regulation and recalls (NHTSA and FMVSA).

Further, Glick has handled issues with alcoholic beverage imports involving the U.S. Treasury Department Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau involving beer and wine imports from Italy, and saki from Japan.

He also counsels clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has developed compliance programs for U.S companies and conduct FCPA compliance audits for a major defense contractor of its agents in Mexico and Colombia. He also has handled sanctions issues under the Office of Foreign Assets Control involving Cuba and Russia.

Moreover, Glick has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Mason University Law School (University of Virginia) and the University of Baltimore (University of Maryland). He is a speaker in demand and has written countless articles.

He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and New York. He is a former Chair of the International Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, International Trade and Customs Law Committee; Chair, 2006-2017; International Law Section, Mexico Committee, Vice Chair, 2011-2012; Customs Committee, Co-Chair, 2015-2018.

Glick earned a J.D. from Cornell School of Law and a B.S. from Cornell University.

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

Dickinson Wright Receives Top Rankings by Chambers USA; 25 Attorneys in Michigan Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers USA, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, has ranked seven of the firm’s practices in Michigan and 25 of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan in the 2017 Chambers USA Guide.

Chambers named Dickinson Wright’s Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, General Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate practices as “Top Ranked” practices in Michigan. Twenty-five attorneys in Michigan were named “Leaders in their Fields”.

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Of the “Top Ranked” practices, Dickinson Wright’s General Commercial Litigation practice in Michigan received a Band 1 ranking. Of the 25 attorneys ranked by Chambers, the following attorneys received a Band 1 ranking: Steven G. Howell, Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy; Edward H. Pappas, General Commercial Litigation; William P. Shield, Jr., Banking & Finance; and Robert W. Stocker, II, Gaming & Licensing.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys in Michigan who were listed in Chambers USA 2017:

Banking and Finance
Craig W. Hammond, Detroit
Colleen M. Shevnock, Ann Arbor
William P. Shield, Jr., Detroit

Banking and Finance: Bankruptcy
Steven G. Howell, Detroit
James A. Plemmons, Detroit
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Detroit

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Richard M. Bolton, Detroit
Mark R. High, Detroit
Michael T. Raymond, Troy

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Cynthia A. Moore, Troy
Jordan Schreier, Ann Arbor

Gaming & Licensing
Robert W. Stocker, II, Lansing

General Commercial Litigation
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Detroit
Thomas G. McNeill, Detroit
Edward H. Pappas, Troy
Daniel D. Quick, Troy

Intellectual Property
John S. Artz, Troy
John C. Nishi, Ann Arbor

Labor & Employment
Timothy H. Howlett, Detroit

Real Estate Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Grand Rapids
James N. Candler, Jr., Detroit
Stephen E. Dawson, Troy
Monica J. Labe, Troy
Leslee M. Lewis, Grand Rapids
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Troy

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 is available online at www.chambersandpartners.com/usa.

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 seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, 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 a 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.

Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Practice in Michigan Recognized by IP Stars 2017

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized for its intellectual property expertise and three attorneys in Michigan were named 2017 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property.

In Michigan, the firm’s Patent Filing and Prosecution practice received a “Highly Recommended” rating and the Trademark practice received a “Recommended” rating. In addition to the firm’s rankings, Attorneys John S. Artz, William H. Honaker, and Daniel D. Quick were selected to the 2017 IP Stars.

John S. Artz is a Member in the firm’s Troy office and is ranked as an IP Star for Patent and Trademark. He has been lead counsel for many companies in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice and focuses on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation. He also actively counsels clients on patent and trademark prosecution as well as clearance matters. Mr. Artz is a past president of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and is currently co-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan.

William H. Honaker is a Member in the firm’s Troy office and is ranked as an IP Star for Patent and Trademark. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters including litigation in a broad range of technologies/industries. He evaluates patents, trademarks, and copyrights on behalf of clients along with advising clients on the protection of inventions, trademarks and copyrightable subject matter. He is the former Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Trademark Association.

Daniel D. Quick is the Practice Department Manager for the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups and is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. He is ranked as an IP Star for Trademark. He served as lead counsel for Universal Music Group and related entities and associated artists in copyright litigation, commercial disputes and defamation actions in several states. He also served as lead counsel in a variety of other copyright, trade secret and patent litigation matters. Mr. Quick is the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee and is currently the chair of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the Commercial & Business Litigation Committee.

Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2017 is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to leading IP firms and lawyers. Managing Intellectual Property’s researchers in London, New York and Hong Kong collected market information, analyzed it and ranked firms in tiers, based on the feedback received from thousands of practitioners. To learn more, visit www.ipstars.com.

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 seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, 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 services, 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.

30 Things Every Mackinac Policy Conference Attendee Should Know

The Mackinac Policy Conference is Michigan’s premier public policy event, held every year for four days at Mackinac Island’s prestigious Grand Hotel. The agenda is packed with sessions, receptions, networking opportunities and more. For the first-time attendee, the week can appear daunting, while veteran attendees may find themselves asking some of the same questions they had in years past. This list will (attempt to) address all of those questions and concerns in a somewhat chronological order.

Have your own item to add to the list? Use the hashtag #MPCThingsToKnow on social media.

Before you even pack your bags:

1. Confirmation packets are mailed to all attendees in mid-May and contain one ferry ticket. Each ferry ticket is roundtrip, so be sure to keep your ticket. Spouses are sent their packets the following week.

2. If for any reason you did not receive your ferry ticket in the mail, not to worry! Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry will have a list of attendees and can provide a round-trip ticket.

3. Download the MLive Conference App, the best way to stay up-to-date on all updates in real-time. It even contains the attendee list, arguably the most sought-after attendee resource on the island.

4. Once you have downloaded the app, be sure to personalize your profile and add a headshot so others can match a face to the name.

Now, on to the packing…

5. The Conference “dress code” is business casual, which means NO TIES NECESSARY.

6. Comfortable shoes are a must. You will walk a lot throughout the Conference and if you plan on participating in the Mackinac Slow Roll, gym shoes are a no-brainer.

7. The weather on Mackinac Island is similar to the rest of Michigan: unpredictable. That means dress in layers and pack warm, especially if you are staying far from Grand Hotel or in Mackinaw City.

8. While on the topic of unpredictable weather, be sure to pack an umbrella. The Conference may be mostly indoors, but chances are you will venture off the Grand Hotel property at some point, so be prepared in the event of rain.

9. Bring plenty of business cards. You don’t want to be that person who forgot cards. Of course, if you do forget, the app allows for you to exchange information.

A few quick items for your trip to the island

10. If you are driving to the Conference, use Google Maps or Waze to help plan your drive and avoid the inevitable Michigan construction.

11. Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry has added ferry trips specifically for the Conference. Check out the full ferry schedule online so you can plan ahead. Did you forget your ferry ticket? Scroll back up to tip number two…

You made it to the island, now what?

12. For those who have never visited Mackinac Island, there are no motorized vehicles. Horses and bicycles are the main modes of transportation.

13. Following up on the topic of horses, make sure to constantly watch where you step, especially at night.

14. Attendees not staying at Grand Hotel receive complimentary taxi tickets with their registration, but those tickets do not include gratuity. Make sure to tip your taxi drivers.

15. If you are staying at Mission Point, there is a specific taxi schedule just for you. The schedule will be available at Mission Point when you arrive. Download the Mission Point taxi schedule here.

16. Once you register and receive your name badge, be sure to wear it to ALL Conference programs and events. Security will be heightened this year and anybody not wearing their credentials will be escorted to registration or even off Grand Hotel property. For more information, check out the official credential policy.

17. For those attendees arriving late Tuesday, make sure to check in at the main Conference registration desk inside Grand Hotel before attending Opening Night at the Stables. Anybody without a badge will be denied entry.

18. Be sure not to lose your badge. If you do, there is a $50 fee for a badge reprint.

19. Upon arrival, all attendees receive a Conference bag full of session invites and useful items to help get through the week.

20. Check out the Conference Snapchat filter and tell all your friends how awesome the Conference is! Or, if you don’t have Snapchat, use the Conference hashtag, #MPC17, and see your tweets scroll on the buzzboards, located throughout Grand Hotel.

Get to the programming already!

21. Registration will open Tuesday, May 30 at noon. There is a full slate of receptions on Tuesday, so be sure to arrive early and take advantage of these early networking opportunities.

22. Those who cannot attend Tuesday’s programming can still get a feel for the Conference on Wednesday morning with a pair of hosted sessions, Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation: Making the Most of the Conference, and much more.

23. Main stage sessions start Wednesday at 11:45 a.m., so be sure to arrive early to the theatre to ensure you get a seat.

24. Didn’t make it to the theatre in time to get a seat? The Brighton Pavilion provides comfortable overflow seating for attendees during almost all main stage sessions.

25. Lunch is served in the parlor on both Wednesday and Thursday, so be sure to grab yours!

26. Hosted lunch sessions will provide food for attendees in those sessions, so do not grab a lunch from the parlor if you plan on seeing one.

27. PAC to the ’80s  is one of the most popular events at the Conference and takes place at The Gate House on Wednesday night. It requires a separate ticket, but is a can’t-miss event!

28. Thursday morning programming starts very early at 7:30 a.m. with two new sessions: Bring It to the Table featuring keynote speaker Julie Winokur, and Breakfast with Michael Beschloss, who will provide a keynote address later that day.

29. Thursday night features two popular events: On the Island. Off the Record. Bourbon Night in the Tea Garden Tent followed by A Toast to Your Health in the Audubon Bar. But remember, you must wear your badge to gain entry into these fan favorite events!

30. Friday features a new program in the parlor: Morning View: Mackinac Uncensored. Hear some sizzling debates and hot takes on multiple topics in a strolling setting. Don’t ferry off the island before checking out this new, dynamic program.

Keep up with these tips and more on social media and the MLive Conference App. See you on the island!

Hitachi Business Finance Enters Syndication Market; Provides $65 Million in Financing

Hitachi Business Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp., has expanded its financing solutions to include syndicated lending and in the past quarter, provided $65 million to three U.S. companies.

Hitachi Business Finance offers hold positions that range from $5-$25 million and potentially higher depending on the transaction. Proceeds are used for working capital (A/R and inventory), equipment/capex and growth capital, acquisition, turnaround, and recapitalization financing. As a non-bank, non-traditional commercial finance company, syndication partners and clients both benefit from competitive pricing, a non-regulated environment, industry knowledge, and turnaround times. Collaboration partners include regional and national banks, specialty finance companies, and equity sponsors.

“While we may be new to the market, we have the experience and resources to be a viable partner to fellow lenders,” says President and COO Mike Semanco. “Hitachi Capital is a non-regulated financing source with a strong capital position. Expanding our senior-secured financing capabilities will allow us to gain additional market share beyond our current capabilities of factoring and direct ABL lines of credit. We are excited about the traction we are gaining in the syndicated market and expect Tom Bayer, as our origination leader for this initiative, to help us continue this momentum.”

To reach Tom directly, contact him at tbayer@hitachibusinessfinance.com or (203) 956-3249.

About Hitachi Business Finance
Hitachi Business Finance is a source of opportunity and information for entrepreneurs seeking solutions beyond traditional lending. Backed by the global power of Hitachi Ltd., and with more than a decade of proven success, we offer asset-based financing designed to help improve a company’s cash position.

Visit us at www.hitachibusinessfinance.com for more information.

About Hitachi Capital America Corp.

Hitachi Capital America Corp. is an independent, diversified leasing and financial services company providing financing to commercial businesses and other Hitachi companies in the United States and Canada. We offer a variety of asset-based financing solutions with a focus on truck, trailer, and floorplan financing; trade financing; medium/small ticket financing; structured financing; vendor financing; and asset-based lending.

Learn more at www.hitachicapitalamerica.com.

Crestmark Closes 10 Transactions Totaling More Than $9.6 Million in the First Half of May

TROY, Mich., (May 18, 2017) – Crestmark secured a total of $9,695,000 in financial solutions for 10 new clients in the first half of May.

  • A $1,000,000 new lease transaction was completed on May 1 with a media company in the northeastern U.S. The financing will be used for technology equipment.
  • On May 1, a $2,380,000 SBA 7(a) term loan facility was provided to an independent insurance agency in North Carolina. The financing will be used for acquisition purposes.
  • A $125,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on May 1 to a trucking company in Georgia. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On May 3, a $750,000 traditional factoring facility was provided to a men’s apparel company in New York. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $750,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on May 4 to a trucking company in Minnesota. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for working capital purposes.
  • On May 4, a $750,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a startup trucking company in Illinois. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,140,000 SBA 7(a) term loan facility was provided on May 5 to an independent insurance agency in Michigan. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for acquisition purposes.
  • On May 8, a $2,000,000 asset-based line of credit facility was provided to a manufacturer of plastic packaging in California. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for working capital purposes.
  • A $500,000 traditional factoring facility was provided on May 9 to a distributor of men’s and women’s apparel in New York. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.

On May 12, a $300,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a trucking company in Alabama. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for working capital purposes.
Crestmark is an FDIC-insured bank that provides innovative financial solutions for businesses nationwide. Financing solutions include asset-based lending, accounts receivable financing, lines of credit, term loans, factoring, machinery/equipment financing and equipment leasing. Crestmark has extensive experience in helping many industries including transportation, manufacturing, staffing, petrochemical, government contractors, apparel/footwear/furniture distribution/manufacturing, hospitality/hotels, insurance agencies, and technology hardware/software. Headquartered in Michigan, with additional offices in California, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, and Illinois; and representatives nationwide. www.crestmark.com

Sizzling Jobs Available at Michigan Job Expo Series

 

Detroit, MI – May 17, 2017 – JobFairGiant.com announces the Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo 2017 series starting on Wednesday, May 31st from 9am-3pm. The first event will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 17201 Northline Road., Southgate, MI.

Candidates attending the Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo series will be able to speak with Human Resources representatives and complete job applications. The goal of the event is to showcase 50 to 75 local and national employers; and provide an opportunity for candidates to apply in-person.

CJ Eason, Community Outreach Director, states, “Job Expos are great ways to interact with candidates before the hiring process begins. It allows the candidates to ask questions and get to know recruiters before an interview. The event series will also include free job workshops geared to help job seekers with resume writing, interviewing and techniques for finding employment.”

A variety of employers from both the public and private sectors will be eager to discuss immediate openings in a wide range of fields including Engineering, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Seasonal, Manufacturing, Production, Industrial, General Labor, Customer Services, Retail, Management, Restaurant, Accounting, Banking, Office Support, Clerical, Data Entry, Call Center, Installation, Technical, Machining, Electrical, Mortgage, Financial Planning, Insurance, Education, Truck Driving, Real Estate, Nursing, Rehabilitation, Human Services, and other career fields.

Several Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo events will happen throughout Metro Detroit; mark your calendar and plan to attend these upcoming event dates from 9am to 3pm.

May 31, 2017 Holiday Inn Hotel – Southgate, MI
June 28, 2017 Best Western Hotel – Southfield, MI
July 26, 2017 Wyndham Garden Hotel – Sterling Heights

About JobFairGiant.com – For over 12 years we have held the title as the “Largest Monthly Job Expo in Michigan”; our reputation for bridging the gap between job seekers and candidates has helped over 35,000 people obtain viable employment.

Information regarding the upcoming job expo is available on the company website at JobFairGiant.com or by calling 734-956-4550. Digital Press Release Online at www.Blog.JobFairGiant.com

Last week to sign up for Spring Session: Situational Leadership® II

 

The Situational Leadership® II (SLII®) program is the most widely taught leadership model in the world and is available as a public offering at Davenport University’s Livonia Campus. Developed by The Ken Blanchard Companies® (author of the One Minute Manager) and delivered by IPEx expert facilitators, the Situational Leadership® II (SLII®) Workshop will equip you with the tools to apply the most effective leadership style in any given situation based on the needs of each team member.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Become a highly skilled, flexible leader who can develop and retain talent
  • Diagnose the development levels of employees and choose the appropriate leadership style
  • Effectively shift employee intentions into behaviors, and behaviors into accountability
  • Improve communication skills and become a more trusted leader
  • Increase the energy, self-reliance, and drive of the employees on your team
  • Help others develop competence, motivation, and confidence
  • Retain your most talented employees by being more responsive to their development needs

LOCATION: Davenport University

Livonia Campus
19499 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48152
DATES | TIME:    May 30 – 31, 2017 | 9 am – 5 pm
COST:   
$1,895

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER

Website: https://www.davenport.edu/ipex/SLII
Email or call Bethany DeVine, Professional Development Representative, IPEx
Bethany.DeVine@davenport.edu | (616) 233-2589

J.P.- The Voice of Detroit Nominated for Emmy

The JRT Agency is proud to announce its own Jamie McCarthy’s film J.P.- The Voice of Detroit is nominated for an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Regional Emmy® Award.

The film, made in partnership with Detroit Public Television, takes viewers on a journey into the iconic career of broadcaster J.P. McCarthy, Jamie’s father. Comprised of personal interviews and anecdotes from fellow media legends, it highlights J.P.’s unmatched approach to the airwaves and the indelible mark he left on listeners.

“When we set out to make the film, I had two goals in mind. First and foremost, to create a tribute that truly captured my father’s professional spirit for both those who tuned in every morning and those who never had the opportunity to experience his magic,” said Jamie, JRT Chief Creative Officer- Innovation. “The second was to inspire fellow independent filmmakers and, of course, capture the attention of the Academy. I’m excited to say we have achieved both.”

Nominated in the Documentary- Cultural category, Jamie shares the nomination with fellow producers DPTV’s Fred Nahhat, Oliver Thornton and Matthew Stinson.

The partnership between Jamie and DPTV was a natural alliance for bringing history to life. “When Jamie came to us it was a no brainer. We knew we had to make this piece,” said Nahhat. “Taking this journey together combined with the outpouring of support and participation from the best in the business to share J.P.’s story was incredible.”

Already an accomplished filmmaker and lauded advertising executive, Jamie’s background matched with that of the renowned, talented DPTV team brought to life a documentary that is highly impactful. JRT Agency CEO Mark Bellissimo sees Jamie’s talent in action daily, “This nomination isn’t a surprise to us,” he said. “Jamie brings a powerful degree of storytelling and passion to all our work here at the agency. We are extremely proud of him and what he’s created.”

Viewers watching J.P.- The Voice of Detroit are transported back to where they woke up daily with J.P.’s, “Good Morning World,” greeting. Footage of the wall to wall St. Patrick’s Day parties packed to the gills, his philanthropic rallying cries for such charities as March of Dimes and beloved tributes from family and colleagues round out the hour.

The documentary originally aired on DPTV in 2016 and was shown again on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. The film can currently be streamed online via DPTV Passport or ordered through the website.