Forward Detroit Quarterly Results

April–June 2017

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Forward Detroit strategy programs and initiatives reported the following results for the April to June 2017 quarter.

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team worked with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Oakland County and city of Troy to close a deal to bring the North American headquarters for Dutch automotive engineering service firm, VDL Steelweld to the region. The company leased a 50,000 square foot facility in Oakland County, investing $1.22 million in the region and adding 43 new jobs that pay an average of more than $100,000 annually.

Learn more about the Chamber’s Business Attraction efforts. 

 
MICHauto, an initiative of the Chamber, held a Legislative Supplier Fair and Reception and its annual Auto on the Island programming in May at the Mackinac Policy Conference. The fourth annual Supplier Fair and Reception connected more than a dozen suppliers with lawmakers to continue the discussion on the economic impact of suppliers across the state.

Continuing to bring the industry to the forefront of conversations, MICHauto hosted 35 industry CEOs on Mackinac Island for Auto on the Island. The challenges, opportunities, threats and weaknesses facing the automotive and mobility industry were discussed among the CEOs present as well as in a discussion with Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan. Automotive stakeholders also participated in an automotive roundtable discussion that focused on human capital in the digital age.

Learn more about MICHauto.

 In spring 2017, the Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) team launched two surveys to increase the Detroit region’s population by putting a greater focus on retaining existing residents and attracting new ones. The surveys resulted in more than 500 responses that will be used to further build out D3’s talent attraction and retention strategies.

To further communicate D3’s work in talent to a broader audience, Sarah Craft, program manager, sat on a panel for the Detroit Regional Relocation Council Quarterly Business Meeting, where she informed 50 national relocation professionals on Detroit’s assets and appeal. Additional panelists included: University Moving Storage’s Ben Cross; Center City Properties’ Michael Martorelli; Quicken Loans’ Dan Ngoyi; and Hall & Hunter’s Amy Zimmer.

At the May D3 Leadership Council meeting, the team brought together education experts from Cleveland to talk to the Council’s representatives in higher education, business, government, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector about a national model proven to improve student success. The goal of the discussion was to understand how Cleveland has successfully increased its educational attainment rate and how a similar model can be implemented in Detroit.

Learn more about Detroit Drives Degrees.

Read more about what the Forward Detroit initiatives accomplished:

Michigan’s Mobility Assets Key Topic of Netherlands Delegation Visit to Detroit

Detroit’s Tech, Automotive Leadership Takes Spotlight During Israel Mission Trip

MICHauto Roundtable: Technology Innovation Will Augment Workforce Transformation

Economic Impact of State’s Auto Suppliers Key Topic at Annual MICHauto Legislative Reception

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $3.5 Million Grant to Detroit Promise to Help Students Pursue Higher Education

Detroit Drives Degrees Gleans Lessons from Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland to Increase Local Graduation Rates

Help Detroit Drives Degrees Attract and Retain Talent in Southeast Michigan

MICHauto Supports Student Entrepreneurs in Lear Open Innovation Challenge

Jason Hanselman Elected as President of Ingham County Bar Foundation

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Jason T. Hanselman, Lansing-based member in the Firm’s Government Policy and Practice group, has been elected to serve as President of the Ingham County Bar Foundation (ICBF) for a one-year term. The ICBF is the Ingham County Bar’s philanthropic entity and has a close relationship with the Ingham County Bar Association (ICBA) and other local bar organizations.

The ICBF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in Michigan in 2002 as a vehicle for lawyers and other interested citizens to make charitable contributions for the tangible, meaningful benefit of the community. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice, expand the availability of legal services to the public at large, support local charitable organizations, promote continuing legal education and foster the honor and integrity of the profession of law.

Hanselman, who was appointed to the ICBF Board of Director’s last year, has been an ICBA member for more than 17 years and also served on its executive leadership team for several years, including recent stints as President, Vice President, and Secretary.

In his practice, Hanselman advises clients in highly-regulated fields, such as energy, elections, health care, and public education. He regularly represents those clients in complex business matters, litigation before state and federal courts, and regulatory proceedings before administrative boards and commissions.

Hanselman received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami and a B.A. from Michigan State University.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

 

AIA Michigan Honors McIntosh Poris Associates With Three Awards for Design Excellence

 

McIntosh Poris Associates has received three AIA Michigan Honor Awards for design excellence in various categories.  The firm has been awarded for Detroit’s East Riverfront Framework Plan in the Unbuilt Project category and the Michigan Research Studio in the Low Budget/Small Project category.  In addition, Laurie Hughet-Hiller, AIA, Associate at McIntosh Poris Associates, has been acknowledged with the notable Young Architect Award.

East Riverfront Framework Plan

Through a national design competition, The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, City of Detroit Planning & Development Department, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation selected a design team to develop a strategic framework plan for the City’s East Riverfront District.  The winning proposal was led by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with Detroit’s McIntosh Poris Associates, and French landscape architect Michel Desvigne, economic consultant HR&A Advisors, and five other Detroit-based firms.  The team was selected in April 2016 from seven finalists among 24 teams.

Titled “Your Detroit East Riverfront,” the plan was developed during months of public engagement, meetings, and site tours to provide citizens the opportunity to participate in the planning process.  The goal is to transform a blighted two-mile stretch of the waterfront from downtown, along the Detroit River to Belle Isle Park and north to Larned Street, including Jefferson Avenue, into a dynamic series of neighborhoods.  Among the challenges was to find ways to connect neighborhoods north of the nine-lane wide Jefferson Avenue to the riverfront.  The final plan provides a vision for creating more publicly accessible parks, connective greenways, pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets, and mixed-use developments.

“This urban design plan suggests, finally, how incrementalism begets infrastructure and how the sum of small plans adds up to something bigger and better,” said the awards jury, who recognizes unbuilt projects commissioned for compensation or research and design competitions.

Michigan Research Studio

Although the build-out budget was tight, the 3,715-square-foot Michigan Research Studio—an off-campus facility for the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning—offers an inspiring place to learn for Detroit public high school students.  Located on the ground floor of the mixed-use 3909 Woodward Garden Apartments (a ground-up building also designed by McIntosh Poris Associates) in Detroit, the studio provides college preparatory classes on architecture, urbanism, and design led by Taubman College teaching fellows.  The minimalist, open-plan facility simulates a collegiate classroom setting with flexible spaces for seminars, lectures, student exhibitions, design studio, and architectural research.  The space features exposed ceiling components—structural steel, ductwork, and plumbing—to provide points of reference for students.  Polished concrete flooring and pendant tube lighting contribute to the industrial, studio-like feeling.  Student interaction is encouraged through laptops, wall pin-ups, and configurable drawing tables and chairs.  The University of Michigan’s spirit is depicted through bold school colors in yellow and blue paint.

“It looks as though all the budget could afford was paint, lights, tables, and chairs, but every decision was the right one—easy to say, but very difficult to do,” noted the jury, who recognizes projects with constraints of small budget, scale, and size.  “Perfect choices for an inspiring and useful space.”

Laurie Hughet-Hiller

As a recipient of the Young Architect Award, Hughet-Hiller, AIA, has demonstrated exceptional accomplishment, societal dedication, and community service.  Upon graduation in 2006, she began her career in Los Angeles at Rossetti’s Los Angeles office and Clive Wilkinson Architects, who is internationally recognized for designing creative communities.  She decided to pursue her professional goals in Detroit and returned to her home state of Michigan in 2009.  At McIntosh Poris Associates, she has led progressive commercial, hospitality, creative office, and multi-family residential projects.  Some of her career highlights at the firm include the award-winning Michigan Research Studio, and the schematic design for the Downtown Synagogue, which involved several years of community engagement.  Hughet-Hiller received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2004) and Master of Architecture (2006) degrees from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where she earned numerous scholarships and graduated with honors.  She is currently a board member at CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) in Detroit, where she serves as an advocate of advancing women’s success in commercial real estate.

McIntosh Poris Associates is a full-service architecture, interiors, and urban design firm.  Founded in 1994 by Michael Poris, AIA, and the late Douglas McIntosh, the firm transforms buildings, communities, and urban centers with architecture created through dialogue.  Since 1994, McIntosh Poris Associates has won more than 100 awards for single- and multi-family residential, mixed-use, commercial, hospitality, institutional, and arts projects throughout Michigan, New York, and Ontario for private, public, and non-profit clients.

 

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Detroit Experience Factory to kick off 4th annual DXF Challenge, encouraging patronage of small businesses

The Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) wants to give you new dinner plans. On August 1, DXF is launching the fourth annual DXF Challenge to inspire locals and visitors alike to experience some of the 694 bars, restaurants and cafes from​ DXF’s Bar & Restaurant Checklists​. Over the course of three months, participants will compete to win prizes while visiting some of these Detroit culinary destinations.

DXF will be hosting a Detroit birthday party at their 123 Monroe St. Welcome Center on Monday, July 24 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., in honor of the city’s 316th anniversary – this will also serve as the DXF Challenge launch event. Tania Mackey, a past Challenge grand prize winner, visited 210 bars and restaurants on the checklists during the 90-day timeframe. “It was great to learn about so many small businesses that you wouldn’t really know about unless you take the time to explore. I took my son almost everywhere with me – it can be really kid friendly,” Mackey said. “I’m a lifelong Detroiter but there’s a lot of places I’ve never been. This was a great opportunity to explore home.”

The DXF Challenge is simple: the individual who visits the most places between August 1 and October 31, 2017 will win the Ultimate Detroit Experience Package, valued at over $1,000. Random winners will also be selected for prizes throughout the Challenge – even a participant who visits one destination can be a winner. Participants just have to post a photo on Instagram of themselves and their purchase and include the hashtag, #DXFChallenge. For more details and registration, visit ​www.detroitexperiencefactory.org/challenge​.

To help people learn about spots they might not already be familiar with across the city, DXF has expanded their summer tour schedule to offer 26 different tours including free neighborhood walking tours, monthly bar tours and more. See the full list of tours at ​www.detroitexperiencefactory.org/tours​.

As an affiliate of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Experience Factory uses interactive experiences and innovative resources to help newcomers and locals get more connected to the people, places and projects in Detroit. It operates Detroit’s community based Welcome Center at 123 Monroe and has taken over 90,000 people on tours since it started in 2006. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is a nonprofit that strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. DDP convenes business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant, resilient urban core for Detroit and the surrounding community.

Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA firm for women

Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA firm for women
Embracing diversity means creating a workplace where people of all backgrounds feel included and valued. Rehmann is committed to supporting opportunities that foster diversity and gender equality. As a result, Rehmann has been named to the Accounting MOVE Project’s “Best Public Accounting Firms for Women” for the fifth consecutive year.
The list, released by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, recognizes firms that provide:
• Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women
• Proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women
• Evidence that the firm’s advancement of women is intrinsic to its growth and succession goals
The 2017 MOVE Project theme, “Pipeline to Finish Line: Powering Women to the Partner/Principal Level,” discussed specific strategies and programs that will advance women leadership.
In addition to having two robust leadership development programs that pair sponsors with pro

tégés — allowing for development at both the individual and firm levels — Rehmann ranked 4 percent above average in the Accounting MOVE Project’s 2017 survey of the number of women partners, principals and management committee members at participating accounting firms.
Rehmann also has a dedicated Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) that focuses on the development of female associates and women’s career advocacy across the Firm to ensure a strong progression of women leaders.
“We are honored to be included among the best accounting firms for women for the fifth time in a row,” said Katie Strehler, Rehmann chief human resources officer.” Equal opportunity and advancement are fundamental to Rehmann’s culture and we’ll continue to drive that same principle.”
For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit Rehmann.com/careers.
About the MOVE Project
The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success: M – Money: fair pay practices; O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development; V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers; E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & 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 in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

Highgate’s Stephen Polk to Lead Chamber Board, New Directors Announced

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced the election of Highgate President and CEO Stephen Polk as chairman of its Board of Directors for the 2017-18 term. Polk, who chaired the highly successful 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, succeeds Archer Corporate Services President Dennis Archer Jr., whose one-year term as board chairman came to an end.

“My vision for this year is to push forward,” Polk said. “I plan to continue the momentum of this year’s Conference pillars of restoring civility in American politics, winning the race in connected technology, and increasing economic opportunity.”

With the announcement, PwC Greater Michigan Market Managing Partner and U.S. Automotive Leader Ramesh “Ray” Telang becomes the Chamber’s first vice chairman who will chair the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, which will be held from Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1.

In addition to announcing the new board chair, the Chamber welcomed 12 new board directors, including:

  • Chris Brochert, Partner, Lormax Stern Development Co.
  • Dean Brody, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Michael Brosseau, President, Brose North America Inc.
  • Jeff Davidman, Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines
  • Brian Demkowicz, Managing Partner, Huron Capital Partners LLC
  • Alessandro DiNello, President and CEO, Flagstar Bank
  • Anthony Frabotta, Managing Director, UHY LLP
  • Wright Lassiter III, President, Henry Ford Health System
  • Trevor Lauer, President and CEO, DTE Electric, DTE Energy
  • Leon Richardson, President and CEO, Chemico Systems Inc.
  • David Segura, CEO, VisionIT
  • Chris Thomas, Founder and Partner, Fontinalis Partners LLC

In recognizing the new directors Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said: “We are incredibly grateful for you volunteering your valuable time. You are all leaders working nationally and internationally and the fact that you would spend some time with us, we are very honored by that.”

Archer will remain a member of the board as immediate past chair and serve on the Executive Committee.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

Chamber Welcomes New Board Members, Stephen Polk Named Board Chair

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced the election of Highgate President and CEO Stephen Polk as chairman of its Board of Directors for the 2017-18 term. Polk, who chaired the highly successful 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, succeeds Archer Corporate Services President Dennis Archer Jr., whose one-year term as board chairman came to an end.

“My vision for this year is to push forward,” Polk said. “I plan to continue the momentum of this year’s Conference pillars of restoring civility in American politics, winning the race in connected technology, and increasing economic opportunity.”

In addition to announcing the new chair, the Chamber welcomed 12 new executives to its Board of Directors. The new board members, representing the region and a variety of industries, include:

  • Chris Brochert, Partner, Lormax Stern Development Co.
  • Dean Brody, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Michael Brosseau, President, Brose North America Inc.
  • Jeff Davidman, Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines
  • Brian Demkowicz, Managing Partner, Huron Capital Partners LLC
  • Alessandro DiNello, President and CEO, Flagstar Bank
  • Anthony Frabotta, Managing Director, UHY LLP
  • Wright Lassiter III, President, Henry Ford Health System
  • Trevor Lauer, President and CEO, DTE Electric, DTE Energy
  • Leon Richardson, President and CEO, Chemico Systems Inc.
  • David Segura, CEO, VisionIT
  • Chris Thomas, Founder and Partner, Fontinalis Partners LLC

In recognizing the new directors, Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said: “We are incredibly grateful for you volunteering your valuable time. You are all leaders working nationally and internationally and the fact that you would spend some time with us, we are very honored by that.”

The Chamber also made a special presentation to honor Archer for his work as board chairman.

“Dennis made us a better organization. Our culture of diversity and inclusion was impacted by his leadership this past year,” Baruah said.

Archer will remain a member of the board as immediate past chair and will serve on the Executive Committee.

The staff also recognized the service of the outgoing directors including: Stephanie Bergeron, president of Walsh College; Phil Cooley, co-owner of Slows Bar BQ; George Johnson, managing director of George Johnson & Company; Steven Kurmas, vice chairman of DTE Energy; Nigel Thompson, advisor to the CEO for Yazaki North America Inc.; and David Zilko, CEO of Fuel Leadership LLC.

View the full list of board members here.

Ninth Annual Escape to Belle Isle run raises $45,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

 

Babies in strollers, families, teens, young adults, middle-aged men and women, and people in their 70s totaling about 800 gathered on Belle Isle on July 15 for the 9th annual Escape to Belle Isle race/walk, which netted $45,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.

The race course started and ended at the Belle Isle Casino, with a gorgeous view of Scott Fountain, the Detroit River and the Detroit skyline. The top male (and overall) winner of the 10K was Aaron McLemore at 38:50; Erin Webster was the winning female at 41:42. For the 5K race, the top male (and overall) winner was Kyle Johnson at 16:26; Allison Lucas led the female category at 20:25.

Race organizer Jenna Greenman, of West Bloomfield, served as master of ceremonies and cheered on the runners as they crossed the finish line. Her husband Milt Greenman led the volunteers and set up the course.

Jenna said, “It’s great to see so many people attend – runners, walkers, families. We even allow people to run with their dogs. People like the uniqueness of this race and keep coming back. One female runner comes from Ohio every year and explores the city after the race. Another runner, Ronald Ramirez, runs the race and his six grandkids do the fun run.”

This year, the race enveloped the GOah Noah race – an annual fall run/walk held in Shelby Township, which has benefitted the House for the past eight years. The namesake of the GOah Noah race, Noah Wexler, was there to cheer on the racers. His family, mother Renee Sulllivan and dad Bob Wexler, stayed at the Ronald McDonald House when he was being treated for a rare brain tumor at age 9. He has since made a strong recovery.

“We had a fantastic turnout this year,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “The money raised at this race helps fund operations. We provide families with a bedroom and private bathroom and access to a vast kitchen, a beautiful garden, and much more. We offer a house full of love and support when families need it most.”

Other fun activities that made the race unique included portraits by sketch artist Darryl Swift, a Magic Mirror photo booth, and music by D.J. Michael Karach, which matched the crowd’s high energy level. New this year was a spring warm-up run in April on the Belle Isle course, open to registered runners.

“We could not put on a successful race without the dedication of our loyal friends and colleagues, and the awesome staff and connections of the Ronald McDonald House,” Jenna added. She is president-elect of the board of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, which has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, Absopure and Running Fit were lead sponsors of the race. Other companies and organizations sent volunteers, including Kohl’s, La-Z-Boy and the Michigan Association of CPAs (MICPA).

Crestmark Closes 12 Transactions Totaling More Than $8 Million in the First Half of July

Crestmark secured a total of $8,241,431 in financial solutions for 12 new clients in the first half of July.

  • A $150,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 3 to a startup freight brokerage in Alabama. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 5, a $450,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a trucking company in Colorado. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,500,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 7 to a startup trucking company in Texas. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 7, a $141,431 term loan facility was provided to a trucking company in Virginia. The financing will be used for capital equipment.
  • A $150,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 7 to a startup trucking brokerage in Illinois. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 7, a $250,000 traditional factoring facility was provided to a wholesaler of women’s fashion jewelry in Texas. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,000,000 new lease transaction was completed on July 11 with a telecommunications company in the northeastern U.S. The financing will be used for technology equipment.
  • On July 12, a $500,000 ledgered line of credit facility was provided to a temporary staffing agency in Michigan. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $100,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 12 to a startup trucking company in Pennsylvania. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 12, a $1,500,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a trucking company in California. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,000,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 14 to a startup trucking company in Missouri. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 14, a $1,500,000 new lease transaction was completed with a technology services company in the eastern U.S. The financing will be used for technology equipment.

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