IPS Technology Services Wins eParts Application Upgrade from $1B+ Tier 1 Auto Supplier

Troy– October 24, 2013 – IPS Technology Services was recently awarded a project to upgrade a 10+ year old electronic parts database application from a $1B+ global Tier 1 automotive supplier.

Currently IPS’ client uses a client server application to manage its parts database. This application was developed using Borland’s Delphi environment and Pascal. The user interface of this legacy application is cumbersome and non-intuitive. It uses 1990’s single threaded architecture with slow speed. It takes a substantial amount of time for its users to procure the useful information needed to perform their jobs and make important decisions. There is also an issue with the scarcity of resources as the client has only one developer with Borland Delphi and Pascal experience.

“It is a significant business risk for my client to continue to use this critical application and provide support to their clients; so they made a decision to upgrade,” says Pradip Sengupta, CEO of IPS Technology Services.

As the project kicks off next week, IPS will covert this application to a modern enterprise web-based technology such as ASP .Net 4.0 with C# and other required technology platforms. IPS will also integrate the new application with the client’s Oracle enterprise database. “The benefit will be significant,” says Sengupta, “The application will now be accessible worldwide and will have a much better user interface. It will also be faster and harbor much less risk for the client.”

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting
3. Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.

MICHauto’s Inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit a Resounding Success for the Region

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program hosted its inaugural Michigan Automotive Summit on September 25 at the newly renovated COBO Center. A first-of-its-kind event, the Summit focused solely on the entire industry supply chain showcasing Michigan as the global epicenter of the auto industry.

More than 400 leaders from industry, academia and government gathered to listen to Governor Rick Snyder and a list of automotive industry experts that included Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, Jay Baron, president and CEO of Center for Automotive Research and Simon Ngata, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A., Inc.

The Summit created a buzz throughout the day, attracting strong regional and national media coverage, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and generated strong web traffic. The Summit’s live web stream tallied more than 200 views and its customized hashtag #MAS13 was tweeted more than 650 times.

Detroit regional Chamber to recognize leadership detroit Award winners at third annual event

DETROIT, October 24, 2013 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program will present its annual leadership awards to three exceptional leaders during a program at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Gem Theatre. For the third straight year, Leadership Detroit will present the awards to celebrate and honor program alumni and community leaders who have created positive change.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Inspirational Leadership Award – Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; Leadership Detroit Class XXIII. The Inspirational Leadership Award honors a Leadership Detroit alumnus who has supported the mission of the program through one of our five practices of exemplary leadership.
  • Emerging Leadership Award – Reginald Eadie, MD, President, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital; Leadership Detroit Class XXXIII. The Emerging Leadership Award recognizes one Leadership Detroit graduate from the three most recent classes.
  • Lifelong Leadership Award – Aubrey W. Lee Sr., Senior Vice President (retired), Bank One, Michigan. The Lifelong Leadership Award honors an individual in the Detroit region who has made a significant contribution that aligns closely with the overall mission of Leadership Detroit.

“These three individuals have shown an unrelenting commitment to making a difference and positively impacting those around them,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Leadership Detroit is honored to showcase such tremendous role models whose contributions and accomplishments serve as an inspiration to us all.”

About Leadership Detroit
Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with more than1,800 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com/ld.

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.

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Eva Scurlock of Level One Bank honored as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ ‘40 Under 40’

Crain’s Detroit Business has distinguished Level One Bank Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Officer Eva Scurlock as one of its “40 Under 40” honorees for 2013.

Among more than 300 nominees, Scurlock was chosen as one of the community’s highest business achievers. Scurlock’s accomplishments have included establishing Level One’s credit operation from its 2007 launch through today. In addition, she was the first African American female executive promoted to the Bank’s executive leadership team.

Today, Level One has more than $500 million in assets, seven banking centers and employs more than 130 professionals.

Scurlock will be recognized with her fellow honorees on Wednesday, November 6 at Emagine in Royal Oak.

To view the article and video featuring Scurlock, please visit:

Scurlock is a graduate of Michigan State University. She resides in Warren.

About Level One Bank

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions. Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $500 million. It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services. The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs. The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services. Level One offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.

Butzel Long attorney named Co-Chair, Roundtable Subcommittee of the Section of Litigation’s Woman Advocate Committee

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robin Luce Herrmann has been named Co-Chair, Roundtable Subcommittee of the Section of Litigation’s Woman Advocate Committee, American Bar Association (ABA).

As Co-Chair, Herrmann will identify speakers as featured presenters for future programs. Butzel Long’s Michigan offices have hosted several of the networking programs.

She also serves as Co-Chair for the Women in Communications Law Committee of the Forum on Communications Law. She is a past member and Vice-Chair of the ABA Law and Media Committee; the past Chair of the ABA’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee’s Diversity Outreach Subcommittee, and, is active in the Media Law Resource Center.

Herrmann, a Practice Group Leader for one of Butzel Long’s two Business Litigation Groups, concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation and access issues; commercial litigation, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO); non-competes and trade secrets; and civil rights. She also is general counsel of the Michigan Press Association.

In addition, Herrmann previously taught Law of the Press in the Journalism Department at Oakland University. She has been a guest speaker on Law of the Press at Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University.

In 2011, she was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Law and Media Committee.

Herrmann is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1993 graduate of the Detroit College of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she was a Managing Editor of The Law Review.

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a full-service law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

Auburn Hills’ commercial office market strong in third quarter 2013

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Oct. 22, 2013— The city of Auburn Hills, which announced the opening of four commercial developments in downtown Auburn Hills earlier this month, is pleased to share more good news about the strength of its commercial office space.

In the CoStar Group’s third quarter 2013 Detroit Office Market report, the city of Auburn Hills had the second lowest office vacancy rate among total Detroit office submarket statistics, ranking below only the office market defined as Washtenaw East of 23 (the Ann Arbor area). With 55 total commercial buildings and 390,466 total square feet, Auburn Hills’ vacancy rate was reported at 5.5 percent. Washtenaw East of 23, with 193,427 square feet, had a reported vacancy rate of 5.3 percent.

In the Class A submarkets category, with eight buildings and 184,272 total square feet, Auburn Hills had the lowest vacancy rate, at 3.6 percent, among area markets with more than four Class A commercial buildings. The third quarter statistics reflect the city’s appeal to business, according to Auburn Hills City Manager, Pete Auger.

“Auburn Hills continues to attract and retain strong commercial tenants as a result of our pro-business approach,” said Auger. “We are eager to partner with and support the business community to encourage overall economic development and success for the city and the region.”

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Chamber Promotes Detroit as Hub for Connected Vehicles in Tokyo, Japan

The Chamber’s Business Attraction program continued its efforts to promote the Detroit region as a global automotive R&D hub last week, as it sent representatives to the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Tokyo, Japan. The event brought together more than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation policymakers, researchers, high-tech innovators and business professionals.

The Business Attraction team – in conjunction with delegates from Macomb County, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau – met with auto, transport, infotainment, data and manufacturing companies with little or no presence in Michigan or the Detroit region to educate them on expansion opportunities. Michigan is well positioned for ITS as it hosts the most connected vehicle projects than any other U.S. state.

Next year’s ITS World Congress will convene in Detroit and is planned to break the mold. Detroit is planned to stage more technical showcases than any other ITS World Congress to date, providing more than 30 separate applications for staged demonstrations. Past ITS World Congress events focused on industry specialists and researchers; however, the 2014 Detroit ITS World Congress will incorporate the public within special emphasis on youth, to educate the public on the importance of ITS applications in everyday life. ITS World Congress Detroit events will occur at Cobo Hall, Belle Isle and other locations yet to be announced.

To read more about events that occurred during ITS World Congress Tokyo please click here.

Finding a Trustworthy Agent or Broker

It is important to be alert to those who might take advantage of consumers searching for plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more details about scams that have been noticed so far, read this article from the Washington Post.

Agents and brokers can offer individuals and businesses who are in need of a health plan a great deal of help. Not only can they sell plans, they can be excellent educators regarding health care reform. It’s important, however, to:

  • Find an agent or broker who is certified to sell on the Marketplace. Individuals and small businesses will benefit from the agent/broker’s more complete understanding of the Marketplace, and may be able to realize subsidies and/or tax credits via the Marketplace.
  • Be wary of anyone who requires an immediate turn-around, or who will not provide complete information about plans offered on, and off, of the Marketplace. Particularly for individuals and small businesses, comparison shopping between on- and off-Marketplace plans might reveal savings. Unless a significant Federal deadline is looming, consumers should not feel pressured to purchase a product.
  • Work with an agent/broker familiar with your market. For example, if you are searching for an individual plan, be sure that your agent/broker is familiar with individual products. Not all agents/brokers are familiar with the ins and outs of all product types.
  • Locate an agent/broker who is trustworthy. The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) has a useful online tool to help consumers find agents in their area who have agreed to adhere to a consumer-oriented Code of Ethics. To try the tool, click here.

Questions or concerns about this, or any, topic related to health care?  Post them at www.MIHealthAnswers.com for a quick, reliable response.

This post was contributed by Shannon Saksewski (Health Education Program Manager, Detroit Regional Chamber).  Shannon can be contacted at ssaksewski@detroitchamber.com.

Plante Moran names new Detroit office managing partner

Southfield, Mich. – October 23, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, announced that Dianne Wells, CPA, will serve as office managing partner of Plante Moran’s new Detroit office, which is scheduled to open in mid-November in the Compuware Building.

Wells, a partner with the firm since 1995, is currently based in the Southfield office. She has a large tax practice and is the leader of Plante Moran’s retail dealer industry, one of the largest practices in the nation focused specifically on assisting auto dealers with a broad range of financial and business issues. Wells’ entire career has been centered on serving owner-managed businesses and she is known for her balanced approach to tax savings, long-term business planning and shareholder relationships.

“Dianne Wells brings not only meaningful professional experience in owner-managed and family-owned businesses to her new role, but a reputation for strong leadership among her colleagues,” said Gordon Krater, Plante Moran’s managing partner. “She is enthusiastic about Plante Moran’s opportunity in Detroit and eager to get started.”

Wells, a Northville resident, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Wells serves as vice president of the board of Girls on the Run® of Southeastern Michigan, an affiliate of Girls on the Run International, a nonprofit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. She also serves on the advisory board and is a mentor for Women of Tomorrow, a Detroit-based mentoring program for high school girls.

Approximately 50 staff are expected to occupy Plante Moran’s new Detroit office in November. The office, which will occupy 15,000 square feet on the third floor of the Compuware Building, will have a strong manufacturing, distribution, service and real estate group mix and a complementary balance of not-for-profit, government and employee benefit plan teams. In addition to Wells, other Plante Moran staff taking a leadership role in their respective areas in the new office are:

• Bryan Welsh, CPA, partner and Keith Piwko, CPA, senior manager, manufacturing
• Christa LaBrosse, CPA, senior manager, service
• Kellie Goines, CPA, senior manager, not-for-profit
• Bill Brickey, CPA, partner, government and retail dealers
• Dean Rocheleau, CPA, J.D., partner, real estate and office tax director
• Todd McClain, relationship manager, Plante Moran Financial Advisors

The Detroit office will be the firm’s seventh office in southeast Michigan. Plante Moran’s other area offices are located in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Flint, Macomb and two in Southfield.

About Plante Moran:
Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Earlier this year, the firm was named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” for the 15th consecutive year. Plante Moran was ranked #25 on this year’s FORTUNE list.