Winning the Race in Connected Technology

On Wednesday, May 31 during the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, the session Michigan’s Digital Future: Opportunities in the Connected World will focus on how Michigan can capitalize on its strengths to lead the race in connected technology.

This panel ties into the Conference pillar of winning the race in connected technology, which focuses on the state’s leadership in next-generation mobility, expanding beyond the “connected car” to the connectivity of all things and big data.

Panelists will share insights on the evolving world of big data, the internet of things and mobility. This session will be moderated by KC Crain Jr., executive vice president and director of corporate operations at Crain Communications Inc. Panelists include:

  • Keith Collins, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, SAS
  • John Kwant, Vice President, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility LLC
  • Wright Lassiter III, President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System
  • Ingeborg Rocker, Vice President, 3DExperiencity, Dassault Systèmes

Professional clothing drive to benefit STEP Thrift Store and Donation Centers

STEP Thrift Store and Donation Centers (Dearborn Heights, Downtown Wayne, and Southgate) are unique thrift store operations providing work opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. Owned and operated by Services To Enhance Potential (STEP), the store operations are utilized as stepping stones towards future employment outside of the STEP program. All donation based proceeds are allocated towards the many programs and services created to benefit STEP clients.

In partnership with Ford Motor Company, a donation drive has been scheduled for the week of May 1st – May 5th, 2017 at two Ford Motor locations in Dearborn Heights, and Livonia. The goal is to collect professional clothing such as dress pants, blazers, suit coats, dress shirts, and shoes to benefit STEP clients for interviewing and job related purposes. All other clothing and shoe items will be accepted.

“STEP Thrift Stores are a place where individuals can explore options in the retail environment. Regardless of the skills learned in the stores, participants can take those new skills and learn to apply them in real world situations. Our objective at STEP is to grow their skill set and encourage independent employment in the community” says Leah Cooley, Regional Retail Sales Manager.

STEP Professional Clothing Drive: May 1st – May 5th, 2017

Community Participation is encouraged

STEP Thrift Store and Donation Center Locations:

23830 Ford Rd Dearborn Hts, MI 48127
(313) 633-0755

35004 W Michigan Ave Wayne, MI 48184
(734) 728-9777

15413 Dix Toledo Southgate, MI 48195
(734) 225-3400

STEP is opening the donation drive opportunity to the community. STEP encourages community members and businesses to collect/ donate clothing items and use this time frame to contribute to a noteworthy cause. Large donation pick-up is available. Tax credits will be issued upon receipt of contributions.

STEP Marketing Department
32229 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150
Contact: Sinziana Luchian,
(734) 679-0040, or

Contact: Leah Cooley, Regional Retail Sales Manager at 734-756-7297, or for additional donation information. For more information about STEP services visit:

About Services To Enhance Potential (STEP)

Services To Enhance Potential (STEP) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, which provides support and services to more than 1,300 persons with disabilities and other mental health needs in the Wayne County area. A major goal of STEP is to increase the number of persons who are employed, self-employed, and volunteer in their communities. STEP provides and supports a variety of employment and selfemployment options.

For more information visit

American Society of Employers (ASE) welcomes 12 new members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces 12 organizations joined ASE as members during the first quarter of 2017. The organizations are:

  • Answer Health on Demand, a joint venture between physician owned Answer Health, LLC and Emergency Care Specialists, P.C. that is dedicated to delivering the community with comprehensive, convenient, and coordinated online healthcare.
  • AW Technical Center, a Michigan based automatic transmission and GPS research and development center for the automotive company headquartered in Japan.
  • Certus Automotive, Inc., a global leader in chrome plated trim, complete with complimentary decorative capabilities, located in Auburn Hills.
  • Coastal Automotive, a forward-looking automotive safety manufacturer located in Rochester Hills.
  • Global Psychological Services, utilizes organizational and educational psychology practices to improve the world of Education.  Located in Farmington Hills.
  • HighScope Educational Research Foundation, an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan, that focuses on early childhood education and the professional development of those that are in the field.
  • Hutchinson Aerospace and Industry, a world leader in development of unique and custom solutions for shock attenuation and vibration isolation mounting systems.
  • Industrial Steel Treating Company, located in Jackson, one of the largest and most modern heat treat facilities in the U.S.
  • Older Persons’ Commission, provides innovative programs and high quality services that stimulate and advance active and healthy living for the 50+ community.  Located in Rochester.
  • One Detroit Credit Union, a credit union servicing people in the Detroit area community who have been overlooked by the mainstream banking system by providing them with credible, fair and reasonably priced financial products and services.
  • Oxford Property Management, a full-service real estate company with more than 15 years of experience investing in the greater Ann Arbor area.
  • Whitlam Group, an industry leader in innovative labeling & packaging solutions located in Centerline.

“ASE is pleased to start 2017 off with new members representing a variety of industries across southeast Michigan,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE president & CEO. “With the new administration, Michigan employers look to ASE to keep them informed on new employment regulations and we look forward to working with this new group of members.”

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

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

Improving Talent Attraction and Retention

By:  Sarah Craft

Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) has three focus areas: Allowing regional residents improved access to a postsecondary opportunity, improving success within those programs, and retaining this talent once they’ve completed their certification, as well as attract new talent to the region. When we say “talent”, we’re talking about people with any sort of postsecondary credential, including a professional certification, and degrees including associate, bachelors and beyond.

Detroit Young Professional Mixer

We’re working with incredible partners throughout the region to reach our goal of increasing the number of people with postsecondary degrees to 60 percent by 2025. Detroit Young Professionals (DYP) is one of those partners. DYP is dedicated to strengthening the next generation of regional leaders by providing professional development, civic engagement and networking opportunities. Professional organizations like this do an incredible job getting local people connected to opportunities, as well as providing an effective welcoming mat to area newcomers.

D3’s talent working group is doing research to better identify strengths, challenges and opportunities in regionwide talent attraction and retention. We’ll be promoting a broader talent survey in the next week or two, but we’ve also been looking at national models, research and facilitating one-on-one and focus group discussions to better understand talent needs.

DYP serves on our working group, and we recently attended one of their networking events. With more than 200 people present, we collected useful narratives and perspectives on individuals’ experiences related to talent retention and attraction.

Why Here imageThe biggest takeaway was that region’s opportunity for making an impact and the spirit of our people is what seems to matter most. Whatever possible improvements to talent retention and attraction we come up with will be sure to focus on people, equity and relationship building.

Here are highlights from questions we asked at DYP:

Why do you live in the region?

  • Family
  • To be part of positive changes
  • The spirit of Detroiters
  • Deep roots and pride
  • Career
  • It’s a cool place to live

What are your community’s greatest assets?Best Assets

  • People
  • Activities
  • Walkable communities

How can people get connected to your community?

  • Spend time (and money) at local
  • Get involved with a local organization
  • Get out and about to talk to neighbors, attend networking events or joining a recreational sports league
  • Through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social sites like Meetup

Unfortunately, many people weren’t sure how to encourage others to get connected to their community, especially when people lived in smaller suburban communities like Romulus or Roseville.

For residents, new to the region or to those who left for a while and recently returned, we asked:

What made your transition to the region easy?

  • Having a friend, colleague, family member or neighbor as a guide
  • Being curious and open to new experiences
  • Finding a community to be involved in, like the music scene, volunteer opportunity, or an interest-based networking group
  • Looking through social media to find out about events

What made your transition hard?

  • Finding new friends
  • Finding a place to live
  • Outside perceptions of the region, especially related to safety
  • Adjusting to the quality of life, like not having regional transit or the lack of walkable communities

What could have made your transition better?

An easier way to:

  • Make friends and meet new people
  • Find things to do, based on interests or personal recommendations
  • Get information about the region, like where to live based on interests and lifestyle

Stay tuned for our upcoming talent survey and opportunities to get involved in our work. For questions, comments, or ideas, reach out to

2017 Print Media Center Credential Form

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The Media Center at the Mackinac Policy Conference provides a full complement of resources to make your job easier while on Mackinac Island. Besides a lot of elbow room in a comfortable working environment, resources include high-speed Internet connectivity via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. A high-speed collating color copier for your use along with an assorted supply of commonly used office supplies.  Semi-private cubical space is available if a quieter spot is needed for recording your audio story.

For questions, please contact Tiffany Jones at 313.596.0489.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC to Host Sunrise Seminar on Employment Relations Matters

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Sunrise Seminar entitled “Can I Do This?” – an interactive seminar discussing frequently asked questions and situations in employment relations matters.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Automation Alley in Troy, Mich. Speakers David Deromedi and Sam Richman will cover a wide range of employment-related topics including how companies should address the following situations:

• I need a doctor’s note every time you take intermittent FMLA leave.
• You lost your laptop so I’m docking your salary.
• Did someone say you were marching in the Motor City Pride parade?
• I hear that your mother has diabetes. Are you worried that it is hereditary?
• I see you’ve put on some weight. When is the baby due?
• Can’t we just call this termination a position elimination and be done with it?

Below are the event details for Dickinson Wright’s Sunrise Seminar:

Dickinson Wright Sunrise Seminar “Can I Do This?”

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy, MI 48083

To register for this free event, please visit

David R. Deromedi is a member of Dickinson Wright and has practiced in the area of labor and employment law for more than 20 years, with a focus on employment litigation and counseling, wage and hour litigation and counseling, and occupational safety.

Sam Richman is an associate at Dickinson Wright. His practice focuses on employment law, commercial litigation, and securities litigation. As an associate member of the firm’s employment law practice, Sam works both to prevent litigation and resolve lawsuits quickly and efficiently.

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 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.

Best practices for competing “rights” in the workplace is the focus of Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar series on May 16

Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., returns Tuesday, May 16, to cover the topic of Best Practices for Competing Rights in the Workplace.

With more employees asserting their “rights” in the workplace, and other employees countering with their own competing “rights”, employers can be stuck between a rock and a hard place, says attorney Terry Bonnette, a partner at Nemeth Law.

“Providing disability or religious accommodation to one employee may seemingly or actually disadvantage another employee,” Bonnette said. “What if an employee is allergic to another’s service dog? Or perhaps what seems like protected speech to one employee creates the perception of a hostile work environment to another? The potential for legitimate counter arguments are vexing more employers each day.”

At the May 16th Raising the Bar session, Nemeth Law attorneys will discuss best practices for employers in today’s charged workplace climate. Topics include:

• Policing Politics: Polarization in the workplace.
• Controlling the Conversation: Protected speech or hostile work environment?
• Culture Clash: Diversity decisions that divide.
• Reasonably Unreasonable: When accommodating one employee disadvantages others.
• Religious Freedom Restoration Act: When do the employer’s religious beliefs become a defense to discrimination claims?

Raising the Bar will be held on Tuesday, May 16, at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. with one 15-minute break. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at or call 313.567.5921.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Celebrating 25 years in 2017, Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Rehmann Honored on Vault Accounting 50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs and consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators, ranked 23rd overall— among other honors — in the latest Vault Accounting 50 rankings.

The Vault Accounting 50 report highlights the best accounting firms to work for. Rehmann landed among the best in the following additional categories:

• #16 Best Accounting Firms for Work-Life Balance
• #17 Best Accounting Firms for Client Interaction
• #17 Best Accounting Firms for Women
• #18 Best to Work for Firm Leadership
• #18 Best Accounting Firms for Hours

“At Rehmann, we strive to not only help our clients achieve their personal and professional goals, but to ensure that our associates enjoy coming to work every day,” said Katie Strehler, chief human resources officer for the firm. “These Vault rankings serve as an important indicator that we are continuing to make progress toward that objective.”

The Vault Accounting 50 data is compiled using a weighted formula that reflects the primary issues that accounting professionals care most about, including quality of life rankings such as culture, satisfaction, work-life balance, and compensation in combination with overall firm prestige. The ranking is based on the following criteria: 40 percent prestige, 20 percent firm culture, 10 percent work-life balance, 10 percent compensation, 10 percent overall job satisfaction, 5 percent business outlook, and 5 percent formal training.

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs and consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates located in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Online at

JVS Seeks Employers for May 10 Job Fair in Southfield

Employers: fill your job openings by meeting and prescreening job candidates at the fourth annual JVS Job Connection from 9 a.m.- noon, May 10, at the Southfield Pavilion in Southfield. A few recruitment booths for companies are still available.

Open to the general public and veterans at no charge, the job fair is expected to attract hundreds of job seekers.

Job Connection will feature more than 40 companies including FedEx, DTE Energy, City of Southfield, Robert Half and more. Companies interested in participating may contact Angela Bevak at or (248) 233-4482 and visit

JVS, a career resource for job seekers and employers, sponsors the event in partnership with Oakland County Michigan Works!, the City of Southfield and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

Ideal Setech Recognized by General Motors as a 2016 Supplier of the Year Winner


Ideal Setech was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 25th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held Friday, March 31 in Orlando, Florida.

GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992. This is the 4th time Ideal Setech has received the award.

“We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”

More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2015.

“It is an honor to be recognized as one of GM’s Best Suppliers, and all Ideal Setech employees take great pride in this accomplishment,” stated Jesse Venegas, Vice President of Ideal Setech.”2016 was a demanding year for Ideal Setech. We had four SAP launches at Arlington Assembly, Warren Tech Center, Pontiac GPS, and Milford Proving Grounds.”

“We also worked hard at the Share-The-Spare program by continuing to push ourselves to be Best-In-class with GMS, and push our programs to bring more value to GM plants,” Venegas continued. “All this was accomplished while maintaining our high-level of performance at our other GM operations at Warren Transmission, Lansing Delta Assembly, Lansing Grand River Assembly, and Lansing CCA.  We thank all our Partners at GM for this recognition and will continue to drive continuous improvement in 2017!”

Winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Indirect Purchasing, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

“I am very proud of the Ideal Setech and Ideal Setech Share the Spare teams,” stated Ted O’Leary, General Manager at Ideal Setech. “They have done a great job in reaching excellence for our customer. They have continued to work in partnership and grow in quality of service they provide. The growth of the last year has brought some challenges but our team has been able to rise to the occasion and the growth has brought a wealth of new talent to our team. We look forward to another great year!”

About The Ideal Group

The Ideal Group, Inc. is headquartered in Southwest Detroit with an additional location in Howell, Michigan and offices in Florida and Arizona.  The Ideal Group consists of seven companies with approximately 500 employees and sales approaching $300 million. Included in The Ideal Group are: Ideal Contracting, Ideal Shield, Ideal Setech, Ideal Setech Share-the-Spare, Ideal MRO Surplus Now, Ideal Utility Services and Ideal’s newest company, Ideal Steel.  For more information on Ideal, visit

Ideal Setech, LLC, formed in 2004 as a joint venture between the Ideal Group and Setech Inc. With over ten years of experience, Ideal Setech manages critical spare parts and MRO inventory for large manufacturers in the United States. Ideal Setech customizes programs to satisfy the needs of any facility and their proprietary inventory management systems allow multiple facilities to view real time inventory for effective resource sharing. For more information on Ideal Setech, visit

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company 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, Opel, Vauxhall 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