Detroit Regional Chamber Launches “Let’s Detroit” Talent Attraction and Retention Tool

LetsDetroit.com engages talent by connecting them to their peers through a website, one-of-a-kind texting function, social media and events.

DETROIT, Sept. 20, 2018 – With 36 percent of Michigan college graduates leaving the state within a year of graduation, the Detroit Regional Chamber and its partners created Let’s Detroit to attract and retain the talent to Southeast Michigan. Using a website, “Text a Detroiter” function, and social media engagement, the platform aims to achieve three main objectives: improve the narrative around Detroit and Southeast Michigan, increase the number of graduates retained, and cultivate an innovative, engaged and culture-focused business community to drive economic prosperity.

“Regional businesses have continued to indicate the No. 1 issue they have is attracting and retaining talent,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Let’s Detroit will increase retention of talented professionals fleeing to cities like New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles by helping them connect to the Detroit region, in a way they will respond to.”

Let’s Detroit showcases local ambassadors in several focus areas and creates a platform for others to connect and find their community. There are texting and employment ambassadors that are the voices representing the Detroit region to their peers. These individuals are the young professionals and others who are immersed in their communities and want to help others get connected.

  • Employment ambassadors are people currently engaged with a Southeast Michigan professional industry group willing to connect with users about their field of work via LinkedIn, Twitter, email, or potentially text. Users will reach out to ask questions, get advice, and how to expand their network.
  • “Text a Detroiter” ambassadors are people who love to text and want to share knowledge about their communities with others. Texting ambassadors select topics they want to talk about (i.e. networking events, nightlife, places to eat, etc.) and users connect through a protected, third party number to ask questions, get recommendations and learn.

The Chamber conducted global and local research on what successful regions are doing to retain and attract talent and it revealed key findings that led to Let’s Detroit:

  • Human resource professionals need help attracting talent to the region.
  • Young professionals don’t want to be marketed to; they want to make a difference in their communities; and they need an “in” to help navigate career, social and other aspects of the region.
  • Talent in Southeast Michigan cares most about their career path, as well as other quality of life aspects like regional transit, placemaking and recreation.

To ensure the process was collaborative, the Chamber brought together a talent retention working group of nearly 100 public, private, nonprofit and grassroots organizations across Southeast Michigan to provide insight and feedback throughout the process.

The launch of Let’s Detroit was generously supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In addition, The Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) is an active partner in the development of Let’s Detroit in coordination with their statewide “Choose Michigan” initiative. Through this effort, Let’s Detroit can serve as a wireframe for other regions in the state if they want to implement a similar talent strategy. To continue to be successful, the Chamber is seeking additional support for the Let’s Detroit platform. Please visit LetsDetroit.com to explore and learn more.

 About Let’s Detroit

Let’s Detroit was created by the Detroit Regional Chamber to retain the young talent leaving the state. Using a website, texting communication, and social media engagement, the program aims to achieve three main objectives: improve the narrative around Detroit and Southeast Michigan, increase graduates in Southeast Michigan, and cultivate an innovative, engaged and culture-focused business community to drive economic prosperity. Let’s Detroit was launched to help achieve the Chamber’s goal of increasing postsecondary education attainment in the region to 60 percent by 2030. Explore at LetsDetroit.com.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

Media contact: Kelly Weatherwax, kweatherwax@detroitchamber.com, 313.596.0360

 

Bodman PLC Attorney David M. Hempstead inducted in Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that David M. Hempstead, Member at the Detroit office was inducted into the Wayne State University Law School Alumni Wall of Fame.

The Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame Award is the highest honor awarded by the Law School and is given to either alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions made in their particular field of work or in the betterment of humanity, or to former faculty and staff who have had a significant impact on the Law School.

“No one is more deserving of a spot on Wayne Law’s Wall of Fame than Dave Hempstead,” said Larry R. Shulman, Bodman’s incoming chairman and a long-time colleague and friend of Hempstead. “Dave has been a consummate leader at Bodman and a consummate alumnus of Wayne Law for decades. We are thankful for the close relationship Bodman has with Wayne Law and the central role that Dave played in fostering that relationship.”

In addition to his role as leader of Bodman’s very successful High Net Worth Practice Group and as the firm’s Vice Chairman for many years, Dave has served and continues to serve on many Board of Directors for the non-profit community, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Henry Ford Health System, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan and the Wayne State University Board of Visitors. Hempstead has been a significant contributor to the success of the Law School, serving as co-chair of a recent highly successful capital campaign.

In honor of Hempstead, Bodman established the David M. Hempstead Scholarship Fund at the Wayne State University Law School.  The scholarships are available to incoming Wayne Law students who attended; Detroit public high school, underperforming Michigan high schools, historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions.


About Bodman
Bodman PLC is one of the Midwest’s leading business law firms, providing counsel to the region’s most successful companies and wealthiest individuals on a broad range of issues. Deeply rooted in the communities they serve, Bodman lawyers provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm combined with the talent and knowledge expected of the nation’s leading attorneys. To learn more, visit www.bodmanlaw.com.

 

Rehmann recognized as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness

For the second consecutive year, Rehmann has been named as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness.

The Best and Brightest in Wellness awards program honors organizations that are making their workplaces, their employees and the community a healthier place.

“Health and wellness programs are at the forefront of every business looking to retain a healthy workforce. This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to their employees’ wellbeing,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of the Best and Brightest Programs.

Rehmann offers several wellness initiatives, including a wellbeing program that encourages associates to focus on all aspects of their overall wellbeing, including physical, mental, financial, social, career and community health.

“The overall wellbeing of our associates and the communities we work in is a key initiative at Rehmann, so we’re excited to be recognized for our commitment,” said Katie Strehler, Rehmann chief human resource officer. “We look forward to continuing to develop our firm’s culture as one that has a healthy and positive work environment.”

As an award recipient, Rehmann will be honored at the Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness symposium and awards gala on October 5, 2018 at The Henry Autograph Collection Hotel in Dearborn.

The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers throughout Michigan.


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. Additionally, through a unique combination with Trivalent Group®, a top 100 managed IT service provider, we have expanded our technology capabilities and launched a managed IT solutions practice. Rehmann has more than 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.

David Lewis on Adaptive Leadership: “See Every Chance as an Opportunity”

“The only thing that is constant is change.”

That is the mantra of David Lewis, the new president of AT&T Michigan. Lewis was the featured speaker at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s recent Inside the CEO Mind event at Castle Hall in Detroit. During his remarks, Lewis elaborated on AT&T investment in Michigan and alluded to future smart cell technology that will help push the evolution of autonomous cities.

The topic was especially relevant as Michigan seeks to lead the nation in mobility and autonomous vehicle technology.

Register for the MICHauto Summit on Oct. 10 at the Beacon at One Woodward in Detroit to meet with students representing the future of the automotive and mobility industries in Michigan.

Lewis shared that AT&T is advocating for legislation for that will allow communities in its service area to provide input on the location of small cell technology installations. These new installations will help AT&T meet customer needs for faster internet and broader bandwidth at work, at home or on the road.

“The communication and technology industry is rapidly changing.” Said Lewis. “AT&T has already invested $4 billion in Michigan to develop innovative technologies and keep pace with customer demands. $650 million was invested in improving technologies in Detroit alone.”

Lewis said his role is to ensure that his employees understand “why they do what they do.” He also said that, as a leader, getting employees buy-in with the company’s vision is the one thing that keeps him up at night.

“My job is to listen to the priorities of the city and the state, and to adapt AT&T accordingly. I am responsible for making sure these needs get funneled down the pipeline and that everyone understands why this is important work.” Lewis said. He cited coordinating communication across his team as one of the most important aspects of being a strong leader.

He also emphasized the importance of listening to customer needs as AT&T continues to evolve.

“If there was one tip I could give to an aspiring leader, it is this: always keep your hand on the pulse of the community. Listen to what your customers want and respond swiftly. See every chance as an opportunity to do something great.”

Inside the CEO Mind is part of a the Detroit Regional Chamber’s member events programming. The next member event will be a lunch on Attracting and Retaining Top Talent on Sept. 27 at Greektown Casino-Hotel. This event features three local speakers who will offer strategies to address some of the most pressing talent issues affecting businesses today. Register here.

Thirty Howard & Howard Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars 2018

Thirty Howard & Howard attorneys were recently named to Michigan Super Lawyers® and Michigan Rising Stars 2018 as a result of a patented selection process. This process includes peer evaluation and independent research.  Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2018 are as follows:

  • Mark A. Davis – President & CEO, Real Estate
  • Joseph J. DeVito, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mary C. Dirkes, Business Litigation
  • Lisa S. Gretchko, Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Andrew (Jake) Grove, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Sam J. Haidle, Intellectual Property
  • David M. LaPrairie, Intellectual Property
  • Miles T. Macik, Business Litigation
  • Patrick M. McCarthy, Business Litigation
  • Gerald E. McGlynn, III, Intellectual Property
  • Richard M. Miettinen, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mark W. Peyser, Business Litigation
  • Brad A. Rayle, Employment Litigation: Defense
  • Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Thomas H. Walters, Business Litigation
  • Timothy M. Wittebort, Business/Corporate

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Rising Stars 2018 are as follows:

  • Michael M. Bell, Banking
  • Brandon J. Booth, Business/Corporate
  • Alex G. Cavanaugh, Business Litigation
  • Nicholas T. Chapie, Business/Corporate
  • Stephen P. Dunn, Business Litigation
  • Paul T. Engel, Intellectual Property
  • Sam A. Fares, Intellectual Property
  • Michael O. Fawaz, Business Litigation
  • Jeffrey A. Hoover, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Andre O. Perrotta, Health Care
  • Mark C. Vanneste, Business Litigation
  • Brandon J. Wilson, Business Litigation
  • Jacob P. Woolbright, Intellectual Property
  • Evonne Xu, International

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Bodman Attorney Gregory J. Gamalski Appointed Treasurer Of State Bar Of Michigan Real Property Law Section

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Gamalski, member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed treasurer of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

With over 3,500 members, the Real Property Law Section is one of the largest groups within the State Bar of Michigan. The section provides education and information on real property law issues through seminars, publications, and networking events, as well as advocacy in the Legislature and in precedential cases involving real property law.

Gamalski counsels individuals and public and private businesses on real estate matters involving zoning, land use, acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and property tax issues. He also represents corporate clients in a variety of general business transactions.

He is a frequent speaker on real estate topics on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is the author of multiple articles published in Michigan Real Property Review, most recently “A Socratic Discourse Regarding Section 67(3) On the Condominium Act and Related Philosophical Digressions” and “An Agricultural Law Analysis of Green Acres and the City: A Curly Pig Tale of a Problem.” He is also a member and past chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Real Estate Committee.

Gamalski is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 under Real Estate Law. He has been selected as “Top Lawyer” for Real Estate Law by DBusiness magazine for five consecutive years.

Israeli Startups Visit Detroit to Share Advances in Mobility Technology

Israeli Startups Visit Detroit to Share Advances in Mobility Technology

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Destination Detroit team, in collaboration with PlanetM and the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, welcomed five Israeli smart mobility technology startups that are under the DRIVE umbrella, a leading innovation center for smart mobility technologies.

DRIVE offers startups the opportunity to gain meaningful market opportunities and early insight on technology to get ahead of competitors.

Starting the day, Seun Phillips, director of PlanetM for the Michigan Economic Development Corp., and Justin Robinson, vice president of Business Attraction for the Detroit Regional Chamber, welcomed attendees and expressed the importance of connections with the Israeli mobility industry. Robinson said that Michigan is No. 1 in mobility patents for research and development. The technology showcase is part of a collective effort to learn about Israel’s innovation and how the ecosystem of Israel and Michigan can work together to cultivate.

Prior to company presentations, Ami Dotan, co-founder and CEO of DRIVE, shared his success story with Karamba Security, “A lot of people talk about Silicon Valley, but let me tell you, to fully design, engineer and build a car, the place to be is in Michigan.”

Kicking off presentations, Miles Flamenbaum, Adviosr at Actasys, showcased the company’s sensor cleaning systems for backup cameras. Flamenbaum explained that the backup camera is the automotive industry’s blind spot. If a sensor is wet or dirty, it will fail. Actasys created a solution to ensure the backup camera can be used regardless of its environment.

Moshiel Bitcon, co-founder and CEO of Addionics, shared the company’s solution to improve battery performance by reducing internal resistance through material improvements. The technology is compatible with all battery chemistries and offers a shorter charging time, larger capacity and lower resistance.

Eldad Caspi, co-founder and CEO of CipherSiP, shared the importance of using watermarking communication to offer authentication protocols used to improve vehicle cybersecurity. There are at least 16 clear attack points for hackers to breach connected cars. With CipherSiP, a watermark is added to create authentication, which is transparent to the user, but prevents hackers from getting information to hack the vehicle.

Ziv Binyamini, CEO of Foretellix, is all about autonomous vehicle safety, specializing in testing and analyzing simulations throughout the development process. The issue in the industry is there is limited intelligence and metrics in testing process. Before Foretellix, there was a gap in coverage if the testing of vehicles was truly complete.

To close the event Avi Bakal, CEO and co-founder of TriEye, showcased their SWIR (Short-wave infared_ technology for vehicle cameras.

Following the presentations, attendees participated in a networking reception held at the chamber.

Berry Moorman Attorneys Selected as 2018 Super Lawyers

The following Berry Moorman attorneys have been named to the 2018 Super Lawyers list:

Donald F. Carney Jr. – Estate and Trust Litigation

Sheryl A. Laughren – Employment and Labor

John J. Schrot Jr. – Family Law

Harvey B. Wallace II – Estate Planning and Probate

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Every year Super Lawyers selects up to only 5% of attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas to comprise this list.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Every year Super Lawyers selects up to only 5% of attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas to comprise this list.


About Berry Moorman

Since 1926, Berry Moorman P.C. has proudly served as trusted advisors to businesses, business owners, individuals, and families who rely on the firm for sage advice and practical solutions.  One of Michigan’s oldest law firms with offices in Detroit, Birmingham, and Ann Arbor, its practice includes business and corporate law, estate and succession planning, family law, labor and employment, litigation, non-profit law, real estate, tax, and international law.

Detroit

535 Griswold, Suite 1900

Detroit, Michigan 48226

Telephone: (313) 496-1200

Birmingham

255 E. Brown Street, Suite 320

Birmingham, Michigan 48009

Telephone: (248) 645-9680

Ann Arbor

3135 S. State Street, Suite 103

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

Telephone: (734) 668-4031

Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis featured during panel discussion on immigration on October 11 in Howell

Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis will be a featured panelist during a program on immigration on October 11, 2018 at the Howell Carnegie District Library. Among the topics of discussion: What are the most common paths to permanent resident status or temporary status for foreign nationals?

Other featured panelists include: Fayrouz Saad, former director of Detroit’s Office of Immigration Affairs and Russell Abrutyn, an immigration attorney.

Pacis focuses his practice in immigration law and has handled a variety of immigration matters including H-1B specialty occupation cases, L-1 Intracompany transfers, Labor Certification matters, Immigrant Visa Petitions/Adjustment of Status applications and interviews, TN Free trade cases, H-1B Department of Labor Investigations, I-9 employer verification compliance, and U.S. Port of Entry airport and land port interviews.

He was named Immigration Lawyer of the Year 2013 in the field of Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America and has been listed in Best Lawyers for several years. Pacis is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization. He served two consecutive one-year terms from 2003 to 2005 as Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and was a member of the AILA National Board of Governors for those terms. Pacis previously served as Secretary (2001 to 2003) and Membership Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA (1998 to 2003).

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 and Shanghai. 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

Bodman Attorney Gregory J. Gamalski Appointed Treasurer of State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Gamalski, member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed treasurer of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

With over 3,500 members, the Real Property Law Section is one of the largest groups within the State Bar of Michigan. The section provides education and information on real property law issues through seminars, publications, and networking events, as well as advocacy in the Legislature and in precedential cases involving real property law.

Gamalski counsels individuals and public and private businesses on real estate matters involving zoning, land use, acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and property tax issues. He also represents corporate clients in a variety of general business transactions.

He is a frequent speaker on real estate topics on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is the author of multiple articles published in Michigan Real Property Review, most recently “A Socratic Discourse Regarding Section 67(3) On the Condominium Act and Related Philosophical Digressions” and “An Agricultural Law Analysis of Green Acres and the City: A Curly Pig Tale of a Problem.” He is also a member and past chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Real Estate Committee.

Gamalski is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 under Real Estate Law. He has been selected as “Top Lawyer” for Real Estate Law by DBusiness magazine for five consecutive years.