Flashpoint 1/21/18: Examining Detroit’s lacking Amazon campaign Watch Flashpoint at 10 a.m. on Local 4

January, 21, 2018

WDIV Local 4 – Flashpoint

Devin Scillian – Anchor

On Tuesday, Detroit learned it wouldn’t be the location for Amazon‘s second world headquarters. This week’s Flashpoint examines what can be taken away from the city’s lacking campaign.

Also, this year’s North American International Auto Show is about trucks and SUVs, but why?

Flashpoint is hosted by WDIV Local 4 anchor Devin Scillian. Watch Flashpoint on WDIV at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

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ASE’s Annual HR Conference and Workshops will take place March 15 in Novi, MI.

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations celebrating 115 years of services, will hold its 15th annual Human Resource Conference and Workshops on Thursday, March 15 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. The event attracts more than 400 attendees and is the region’s most anticipated one-day Human Resources conference.

“This year’s conference is about transforming the workplace,” Corrado said. “Whether its transformation through technology or culture, the workplace is constantly evolving, and HR must lead the way. Our great line up of keynotes and breakout speakers will discuss best practices in the field, compliance updates, and innovative ways to create a desirable workplace.”

Keynote speakers are Jason Averbook, CEO and Co-founder of Leapgen and Jennifer Moss, Co-founder of Plasticity Labs and author of Unlocking Happiness at Work.

Jason Averbook, one of the world’s leading thought experts on the future of work, will discuss the role HR must play in transforming itself and the entire organization to prepare for the future. HR is the function that is most responsible for keeping the workforce engaged. Jason will challenge your thinking and give you new techniques to re-design the HR function and deliver a ‘consumerized’ workforce experience.

Jennifer Moss, author and happiness expert, will discuss the business benefits of adopting a health, wellness, and happiness strategy – critical for employers who want to attract new talent, improve their brand, and boost profitability in an authentic way that is life-enhancing for their staff. With insightful and practical takeaways, case studies, and the most current scientific research from leading experts, Jennifer will debunk the happiness myths, discuss the science of well-being, and explore the role technology will play in building a happier, higher performing, and more innovative workplace culture.

Conference breakout sessions include:
• The Trump Administration – What Can Employers Expect in 2018?
• Developing Business Value as a Human Strategist
• It’s Time to Accept the Truth: Most Employees are Below Average
• Recruiting for the Next Generation
• Are FLSA Ticking Time Bombs Hiding in Your Organization?
• From Customer Experience to Employee Experience – Designing for Moments That Matter
• Building the Habits of High Performing Teams
• Creating a Technology Strategy to Transform the HR Function
• When Employee Rights Compete With Each Other
• The Business Case for Gender Diversity in Leadership Roles
• Resolving Conflict in the Workplace – 8 Vital Keys for Success
• Goodbye Annual Performance Review! Making the Shift to Agile Performance Management

For a complete conference agenda and registration information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
Celebrating 115 years, the American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Firm stacks deck with addition of regulatory attorney Card

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently expanded its administrative law and regulatory practice with the addition of attorney Melissa M. Card.

Card joins the firm as an of counsel member of the Administrative & Regulatory Law Practice Group and the Foodservice & Hospitality Industry Group. Her practice includes extensive experience and expertise in the areas of food and beverage regulatory compliance and the defense of related litigation. Her clients include food manufacturers, packaging suppliers, restaurants and other businesses in the food chain industry.

Card’s regulatory expertise includes advising clients with respect to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and other state and federal statutes pertaining to food, food additives and labeling requirements.

In addition to her affiliation with Plunkett Cooney, Card serves as a professor of global food law at Michigan State University College of Law. She also serves as associate director of the university’s Institute for Food Laws & Regulations. Card is a sought-after speaker and author, nationally, on the topic of food law, food and drug labeling and prescription medications.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Law Section and the Food and Drug Law Institute, Card received her law degree, magna cum laude, from University of Minnesota Law School in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan in 2011.

Plunkett Cooney’s Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Group represents clients before numerous state and federal agencies. Among the matters routinely handled by group members are licensing and permit issues, regulatory compliance and appeals of fines and sanctions.

The members of firm’s Foodservice & Hospitality Industry Group serve the needs of restaurants, bars/taverns, grocery stores, theaters, private clubs and hotels. Services include all aspects of business law, governmental affairs and litigation related to such areas as food spoliation, liquor liability, premises liability and security guard disputes.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2018. Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about Melissa Card joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.


OCC Culinary Community Events – Prepared to be Wowed by Student Chefs!

If you like amazing food, prepared with skill and dedication, you’re in for a treat this season. Oakland Community College’s (OCC) award-winning Culinary Studies Institute continues its lineup of events open to the community. Join the College’s aspiring chefs for an incredible dining experience and enjoy the best in food and service. Events and dining are at OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. More information and tickets available at www.oaklandcc.edu/culinary.

Special Event Dinners
• Chinese New Year Festival, February 22, 2018, 6:00p.m.: Join us to celebrate the auspicious Year of the Dog with a festive five-course dinner of traditional Chinese cuisine accompanied by wine service. Price is $55 per person. Signature drinks available for purchase.
• Espionage Spy vs. Spy, April 19, 2018, 6:00p.m.: You are under specific instructions to enjoy a five-course dinner accompanied by a secret wine selection revealed to you at the appropriate time. Come dressed to kill and join us for a cocktail, wine or beer at our cash bar with passed appetizers as you assume your secret agent identity. Price is $55 per person. Signature drinks for purchase.

Lunch and Dinner Buffets
• Valentine’s Grand Lunch Buffet, February 1, 11:15a.m. – 1:00p.m.: You and your sweethearts will be treated to a special menu featuring appetizers, salads, fish seafood poultry and beef entrées, starches and vegetables and a decadent dessert table. Price is $12/person and may be purchased at the event.
• St. Patrick’s Evening Buffet, March 15, 2018, 5:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.: Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a wee bit of malarkey and lots of good cheer with your family, club or corporate gathering. Price is $25 per person; cash bar is available. Paid reservation required.
• High Tea in Reflections Feb. 8 and April 5, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A full lunch is included and ladies are encouraged to wear a fabulous hat! High Tea tickets are priced at $25.00 and sold at the culinary office. Advance purchase is required.

Dine with us at the Orchard Ridge campus.

• The Ridgewood Café – Menu items are freshly prepared from scratch and change daily offering salads, sandwiches, entrées and desserts. Guests are invited to dine in with service or utilize the cafeteria and help themselves. The Café is open 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., most Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 18. *The Ridgewood Cafe is closed February 27-28 and March 6-7.

• Reflections Restaurant – The restaurant’s Prix Fixe $16 menu features a four-course meal with three entrées to select from that change weekly. Reservations are required. Wine and beer are available. The restaurant is open Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through April 19. *The Reflections Restaurant is closed March 1 and 8.

• The Bakery is open Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the third floor of J Building. Purchase breads, cakes, candies, cookies and chocolates. *A special bakery sale is being held on March 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

About the OCC Culinary Studies Institute
OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute is Michigan’s premier hospitality school. The largest of the Institute’s programs, Culinary Arts, gives students a combination of classroom and hands on experience. In addition to extensive time in kitchen labs cooking and baking, specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits are offered. Students participate in events such as the annual Wassail Feast at the student-run Ridgewood Café, a restaurant on the Orchard Ridge Campus.

About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 40,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Experts Examine the Formation of the Autonomous Drive Industry

By: Kelly Weatherwax

Throughout the North American International Auto Show Industry Preview Days, conversations around autonomous vehicles flooded the halls. Everyone wants expert insight on when these vehicles will become consumer products, what infrastructure and legislation will be needed to move automated vehicles forward, and most of all – where will all the talent come from?

May Mobility CEO Ed Olson sat down in AutoMobili-D with a panel of experts from companies working on the future of automotive in one way or another, for more insight into how this autonomous drive industry will culminate.

So when will this technology take over the roads like the iPod took over the music industry? Samit Ghosh, President and CEO of P3 said by 2021 he believes most OEMs in the western world will have fully autonomous driving deployment, but there is still a lot more R&D and testing to be done to allow that to happen.

“Germany and the U.S. are leading on autonomous vehicle development. By2021 China will catch up. They’re lagging on key complexity, because of high congestion,” Ghosh explained. “Currently the U.S. is at the forefront with legislation like what Gov. Snyder signed. Other countries like China will be more restrictive and fall behind.”

Talent is top of mind

With innovation happening so rapidly, challenges arise that need to be addressed and the one that is top of mind for everyone is talent.

Udacity, an online education platform that offers AI courses with a focus on autonomous vehicle education, is one way people can get the skills they need for the growing industry demands.

“More than 10,000 students have enrolled in the ‘Intro to Self-Driving Cars’ course and go off to get jobs in Detroit, Silicon Valley and Germany,” explained David Silver, an engineer for the nanodegree program at Udacity. “At the end of the nine-week course the students take the code they worked on and test it on the road on an autonomous vehicle where they see real-time how the code interacts with lane and path finding, and adhering to traffic laws.”

Recognizing that P3 has a global talent pool, Gosh said the company is always looking for creative ways to recruit because attracting talent is a challenge with everyone fighting for the same finite resource.

“When it comes to project work, we are inclined to look at the U.S. market and look through certain visa regulations set up through NAFTA,” he explained.

Cybersecurity on the frontlines is key to success

Many have questioned if OEMs have learned from past mistakes.

“Are we handling security better with autonomous vehicles today than we did with the connected car where cybersecurity was an afterthought?” asked Geoffrey Wood, director of automotive cybersecurity for Harman. “Investing in security research to do R&D for technology to be implemented on the frontlines of this is going to be key to the success of autonomous vehicles.”

Ride-sharing alone is expected to pose a large vulnerability – when you get into the vehicle the car is going to know you in some way and the rider before or after you may have access to that data.

“Being able to pull data off vehicles and continually monitor the system – we need to get to that point infrastructure-wise,” Wood explained.

Investing in the proper research and engaging legislators early to understand the technology they are legalizing will be checkpoints in the process that will delay autonomous cars for years to come if missed.

Robust, safe infrastructure will be an expensive challenge

The way roads are designed, from signage to parking, will need to be different for autonomous vehicles to dominate the road, but who is going to fund new infrastructure?

“You can start charging a tax for driving, a curbside tax for shared vehicles, or a tax system to charge against vehicle owners that need that infrastructure in place,” said David Ben, chief technology officer for PPG.

Olson added that building maps, understanding traffic flow, building the shortest loop that makes sense, are all things May Mobility is currently working on.

Was Amazon Bid The Right Use of Time for Detroit?

Jan. 19, 2018


Stephen Henderson

Detroit will not be home to Amazon’s second North American Headquarters.

The internet retail giant yesterday released its list of 20 cities that made its first cut in the process of finding a home for its new headquarters. It included a lot of cities that had been rumored to be in the running: Chicago, Raleigh, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta. Washington D.C. essentially made the list three times: the district itself as well as Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.

Cities that were missing? A lot of those cities that needed those jobs the most. Detroit and Baltimore — which had a very intriguing bid— were two of the notable omissions.

Now that we know we won’t be getting tens-of-thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment from Amazon, where does Detroit go from here? And what does this say about these high-profile contests to lure huge corporations? Was this ever the right use of time and energy for Detroit?

Joining Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about the process and answer those questions are Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah and Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Kirk Pinho.

At the end of the day, this was a fabulous experience,” says Baruah. “I think everyone in the Detroit region should be proud… that we were in a position to compete for this. This would not have been the case five years ago, ten years ago. I don’t think we would have been in the game.”

I’ve been doing economic development for a long time. This was a world-class proposal,” he says. “So, at the end of the day, yeah, we’re disappointed we’re not on the list. But we learned a lot. We have a template for future large-scale investments like this… So I’m very happy with the outcome.”

Pinho was part of a reporting team that published a number of in-depth pieces for Crain’s about the process. Crian’s got hold of the actual bid document that Detroit submitted to Amazon and made it public, and published a vivid account of what the bid process looked like behind the scenes.

People that I’ve spoken with have sort of viewed this as a good step in the right direction with regard to transit,” says Pinho. “The first step in addressing a problem is recognizing and admitting that you have one. And… if that’s one of the key reasons why Amazon didn’t see our region to be fit to include on that short list, then that’s sort of a kick in the rear.”

Pinho also talks about reports that Amazon felt Southeast Michigan lacks adequate talent to fill jobs, and the role that played in Detroit’s omission from the “HQ2” short list.



Industry experts emphasize talent needs and changing perceptions of automotive on “Autoline”

If you’re a mobility startup, you need to be in Detroit. That was the overarching consensus from an “Autoline” Supplier Symposium panel hosted by John McElroy at the 2018 North American International Auto Show on the show floor surrounded by newly unveiled vehicles Tuesday. McElroy discussed the transformational mobility ecosystem and importance of AutoMobili-D with Glenn Stevens, vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber and executive director of MICHauto; Chris Thomas, founding partner of Fontinalis Partners; and Alisyn Malek, chief operations officer for May Mobility.

Having the talent to compete in the race for connected technology is a key challenge industry leaders in Michigan face.

“Culture is how to attract talent. We are working really hard on the perception of the industry,” Stevens ensured.

Four years ago, MICHauto commissioned a survey of 900 students and adult influencers on their perceptions of the automotive industry and perceptions were not great. In December 2017, MICHauto released a second Automobility Career Perception Survey that showed an improvement in perceptions.

Stevens said this time around the survey included autonomous vehicles and mobility and moved the needle on automotive, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Malek echoed that sentiment and explained that her company has had no problem attracting talent to Ann Arbor because people know that is where the connections and opportunities exist.

“One of the exciting things we are working on is building our brand and name, but in Michigan with the work that MICHauto is doing, people are becoming more aware of the tech startups and the new job opportunities,” Malek explained.

Thomas agreed, crediting Techstars Mobility and the work Managing Director Ted Serbinski is doing in Detroit.

“We are seeing more funders stand up and want to be part of this,” he explained.

Thomas was one of the first venture capitalists in Detroit to invest in the mobility ecosystem and continues to spread the message that mobility is happening now and Detroit needs to continue to attract tech startups to stay ahead.

McElroy ended the panel on a positive note encouraging all three to keep moving the needle in this space.

Dickinson Wright PLLC Welcomes Attorney Laura Bassett to the Troy Office

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Laura M. Bassett has joined the firm’s Troy office as Of Counsel.

Ms. Bassett is an experienced public law and municipal finance attorney. As bond counsel, she advises municipalities, school districts and other governmental entities on tax-exempt and taxable financings, including debt issued in connection with intergovernmental and public-private collaborations and distressed government restructuring. Her public law experience includes advising clients on election and campaign finance laws, K-12 and charter school laws, open meeting matters, special assessment procedures and zoning regulations. Ms. Bassett also has significant experience with tax increment laws and procedures, including downtown development authorities and brownfield redevelopment authorities, and she has drafted governing documents, including intergovernmental agreements, bylaws and rules of procedure, for many types of public entities.

Ms. Bassett is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Government Law Section and is a member of Michigan Women in Finance. She also serves as an Honorary Advisory Board Member for The Heidelberg Project. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star”. Ms. Bassett received her B.A. from Kalamazoo College, her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

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

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Delta Network Services Creates NEW OCC Scholarship for IT Students

A new college scholarship, given by Delta Network Services, has been established to support OCC students looking to surpass their educational goals. The Delta Scholarship encourages success, provides financial assistance and fosters scholastic achievement to students in the field of computer information systems.

The new scholarship provides four $2,500 awards for students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree programs, a field in high demand according to PayScale’s 2017-18 College Salary Report. OCC currently has four CIS programs: Business Systems Analysis, Cybersecurity, Information Technology Support and Software Engineering.

“Delta has long been among our most generous donors,” said Dan Jenuwine, executive director of the Oakland Community College Foundation. “This scholarship is a new way to help and encourage students preparing for high-demand fields and we are grateful for their support.”

For more information on applying for this scholarship or others, visit OCC’s New Online Scholarship Management System.

Delta Network Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

• Must have completed a minimum of six (6) credit hours of instruction at Oakland Community College. Transfer credit hours count toward eligibility.

• Recipients must attend Oakland Community College, enrolled either part-time or full-time in a Computer Information Systems degree program.

• Must be a U.S. Citizen.

• Must demonstrate scholastic achievement with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

• Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by OCC Student Financial Resources and Scholarships Department.

About Delta Network Services
Delta Network Services is a service-focused network integrator and premier provider of converged IP network solutions. Delta specializes in the design, deployment and support of IT infrastructure solutions including network, wi-fi mobility, voice/UC and security.
About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965.

Carlos Calderon rejoins Clayton McKervey as Manager of Mexico Consulting Practice

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, announced that Carlos Calderon has rejoined the firm as a manager in the Small to Mid-Sized Entities (SME) department to manage the firm’s Mexico consulting practice. Additionally, Calderon will help expand the newest chapter of the United-States Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), the Detroit-based Great Lakes Chapter. Clayton & McKervey played an instrumental role in the chapter’s re-establishment in 2017.

Fluent in Spanish, Calderon specializes in Mexican taxation and international commerce and its impact on U.S. holdings. He consults on a variety of transactions relating to start-up enterprises in Latin America and has also advised foreign-owned entities whose parent companies are based in France, Germany, Luxembourg and the United States. He was employed by Clayton & McKervey from 2013-2015.

“Carlos’ leadership and professionalism combined with his global outlook and international accounting experience are important assets to the firm and our clients,” said Clayton & McKervey President Robert Dutkiewicz. “We welcome him back and look forward to his continued contributions at the firm and in the business community.”

Calderon received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico. He has written and presented on a variety of financial and accounting topics concerning Mexico, including tax reform, differences in financial reporting frameworks, and doing business as an independent contractor.

Calderon is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, APROMEX (Association of Mexican Professionals in Michigan), and Global Network of Mexican Professionals. Calderon was also the Director of Logistics of ICPNL (Institute of Public Accountants of Nuevo Leon).

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.