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Detroiter Magazine – December 2014 Highlights

Michigan’s automotive legacy was built by visionary leaders and innovators whose vehicles forever changed the world. The industry is entering a new era of productivity and is on the cusp of the fully connected vehicle that will again redefine mobility. Amid that narrative, the December Detroiter cover fittingly features Ford Motor Co.’s President and CEO Mark Fields and the 2015 aluminum bodied F-150. Taking the helm in July, Fields is leading Ford into a highly anticipated year with a wave of new vehicles to be released around the world.

In addition to the engineering, production and selling of vehicles, Michigan’s automotive companies’ impact stretches well beyond the industry and are a force for positive change in their communities – a fact worth celebrating. From annual drives benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank to Fields’ passionate work with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Ford continues to build on that tradition.

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  • The New Detroit Era

    Page 6

    For the past few years, the North American International Auto Show has flashed a spotlight on Detroit for a global audience. In years past, there has been an underlying question: Is Detroit’s and its automotive industry’s recovery for real?

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  • The Ford Way

    Page 10 – 13

    Mark Fields, 53, is the CEO of Ford Motor Company. A 25-year Ford veteran, Fields succeeded Alan Mulally, the former Boeing executive who led Ford through one of its most difficult periods.

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  • Embracing Innovation

    Pages 14-15

    By James Amend

    Could 2015 be the year of Ford Motor Company? Mark Fields, who took over as CEO of the Dearborn automaker in July, would like to think so.

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  • Pushing Boundaries

    Pages 16-17

    Since 2005, 18 BorgWarner innovations have been named finalists for the prestigious Automotive News PACE Awards. What’s the key to staying at the forefront of technology and innovation?

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  • Don’t Forget the Little Guy

    Pages 18-19

    By James Martinez

    At 6 feet 5 inches, Vince Henderson typically towers over most others in the room. Ironically, his 90-employee company AMI Manchester Stamping, located about 30 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, is a small supplier sometimes lost in the shadows of the automotive giants that call Michigan home.

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  • An Industry Revived

    Page 20

    By Rick Snyder

    Welcome to the new Detroit! New because we’re stronger and working together, forging a fresh bond of cooperation.

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  • A Catalyst for Growth

    Pages 22-23

    By Melissa Anders

    Nigel Francis and Kevin Kerrigan have been busy the last 14 months. In just over a year, Francis, Kerrigan and their colleagues have engaged with more than 20,000 automotive executives from around the world in an effort to solidify and expand Michigan’s role as the worldwide automotive leader.

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  • Michigan and Intelligent Mobility

    Pages 24-26

    By Melissa Anders

    Southeast Michigan shone under the spotlight as thousands of automotive and technology leaders from more than 65 countries converged on Detroit this past fall for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Long recognized as the traditional manufacturing hub of the American automobile industry, Michigan is poised to also be the epicenter of intelligent mobility and connected vehicle technology.

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  • Non-Traditional Talent

    Pages 30-31

    By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann

    A lifelong car enthusiast, Kyle Entsminger is happy to be back in the automotive capital of the world working in the industry and making use of the talents he honed in very different industries in cities far from home.

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  • Supplying Talent

    Pages 32-33

    By Noah Purcell

    Two-thirds of the value of today’s automobile — the innovations, parts and technology — come from suppliers. That kind of production requires top tier talent and makes maintaining a sustainable pipeline of highly skilled workers and talent attraction a top priority for Michigan’s hundreds of suppliers.

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  • Discovering Talent: Uncovering Opportunity

    Pages 34-35

    By Melissa Anders

    Rob Luce wants engineering students in Michigan to take note: The automotive industry is not dull, it’s not dying, and it’s a very exciting career choice. Luce, director of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program, is working with automotive companies and universities to change perceptions of the state’s major industry to ensure companies have the talent pipeline needed for the sector’s continued growth.

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  • A New Energy

    By Scott LaRiche

    Pages 38-39

    I have been faced with the greatest challenge of my professional life: How to make the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) even better. It’s been tough, but I’ve been standing shoulder to shoulder with past leaders like last year’s chairman Bob Shuman, and I’ve had the help and support of a great committee, including NAIAS Vice Chairman Paul Sabatine, committee members Sam Slaughter and Ryan LaFontaine, and NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts.

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  • Auto Caucus

    By Sen. Mike Kowall

    Pages 42-43

    As the American automotive industry goes, so goes Michigan. That has been the conventional wisdom for decades.

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