UHY Advisors Appoints Eight New Managing Directors, Two from Michigan Practice

UHY Advisors, Inc. (“UHY Advisors”), one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, announced the appointment of eight new managing directors: Thomas Bowen, Daniel Felstow, Amy Gallagher, Jeffrey Hare, Michael Kirby, Corey Massella, Bill Rausch and Warren Zafrin. Bowen and Felstow are both based in Michigan.

Additionally, UHY Advisors Michigan, Inc. promoted 56 other employees, including five principals: Marlene Beach, Alex Conti, Nichole Haviaras, Carolyn Johnson and Bob Kendall.

The firm’s Michigan practice is the fifth largest accounting firm in southeast Michigan with over 350 employees and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Thomas Bowen is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Mr. Bowen manages a team of professionals dedicated to providing high quality attest, tax and consulting services to a diverse client base in the manufacturing and distribution, real estate, construction and professional services industries. He works closely with business owners, CFOs and controllers in developing and implementing innovative business strategies to minimize risk, maximize profits, preserve wealth and reduce taxes. Mr. Bowen received his B.S. in Accounting Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan. He has been with the firm and its predecessors since 1990.

Daniel Felstow is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Mr. Felstow built his practice in the manufacturing and construction industries as well as co-leads the firm’s national auto dealership consulting group. He specializes in estate tax and business succession planning, tax strategies, financing assistance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Felstow received his B.S. in Accounting from Oakland University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan. He is on the board of directors for the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township. Mr. Felstow is the chairperson for the MICPA’s Automotive Dealers Task Force and actively involved in the Driving Force Auto Dealer Consulting Group, a national network of professional services firms that provide integrated tax, accounting and business consulting solutions to automotive dealers. He has been with the firm and its predecessors since 1988.


About UHY Advisors
UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market. UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com.

All of the above entities are members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited (“UHYI”), a worldwide network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and advisory services around the globe. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a proud member in good standing of the Forum of Firms. Collectively, the US operating entities (UHY Advisors and UHY LLP) are the largest independent members of UHYI with significant participation, bringing the power of the international network to serve the individualized needs of US clients.

UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY Advisors, Inc. and UHY LLP are US members of UHYI, a UK company, and form part of the international UHYI network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHYI international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY Advisors, Inc. and/or UHY LLP (as the case may be) and not by UHYI or any other member firm of UHYI. Neither UHYI nor any member of UHYI has any liability for services provided by other members.

OCC Invites Community, Students to 29th National African American Read-In

In celebration of Black History Month, Oakland Community College (OCC) is inviting students, staff, faculty, and the public to take part in a four-day read-in to explore books by African-American authors.
Read-ins will take place on:
• Monday, Feb. 5, from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Auburn Hills Campus, Library, Room D-206
• Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Highland Lakes Campus (Waterford), Library, Woodland Hall
• Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 11:00am – 1:00pm at Orchard Ridge Campus (Farmington Hills), Library, Room K-200
• Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11:30am – 12:30pm at Royal Oak Campus, in the Atrium

“The African American Read-In is a beautiful way to foster a sense of community through the love of reading and the celebration of Black History Month,” said Nadja Springer-Ali, OCC Library Faculty, Orchard Ridge Campus.
OCC librarians will kick off each session with excerpts from the 2017 Great Michigan Read, X: A Novel, by Ilyasha Shabazz. They will then turn things over to participants and volunteer readers to introduce their selections and read aloud.
Not sure what you’d like to read? Librarians will offer a wide selection of books for browsing, including fiction, picture books, young adult fiction, plays, non-fiction, and poetry. For more information about the Great Michigan Read, a biennial statewide literary program focusing on humanities themes, visit http://www.michiganhumanities.org/2017-18-great-michigan-read/
Popular past titles include:
• Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
• The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper
• The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
• The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

The African American Read-In was started in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. The event spotlights the literary contributions made by African American writers and ensures that literacy is a major focus of Black History month. The event is also a reminder that there was a time when slaves were prohibited from learning how to read and write and this serves as a tribute to those individuals.” The African American Read-In is proudly sponsored by the OCC Libraries and the College Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. This is the eighth year that OCC has participated in this national event. For more information, visit http://www2.ncte.org/get-involved/african-american-read-in/


About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.

Brown & Brown of Detroit Teammates Support Charities

Todd Piersol, Executive Vice President, is proud to announce that Brown & Brown of Detroit teammates raised $1,210 for the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan during the office’s fourth quarter Blue Jean Day fundraiser. Every Friday, the office’s 70+ employees have the option of wearing blue jeans to work, in exchange for a $5 donation to the non-profit of the quarter.

The Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan’s purpose is to clothe, feed, educate, and comfort children and adults in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties through community-based programs.

Brown & Brown of Detroit benefits advisor Tricia Godin stated, “Meeting Betty Zych through the Troy Chamber of Commerce and learning that the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan’s workforce is 100% volunteer impressed me greatly. They are passionate about helping all ages through community-based efforts, and our office is happy to help!”

For the first quarter of 2018, Brown & Brown of Detroit has chosen to raise money for Teen HYPE. Teen HYPE’s mission is to celebrate youth, confront barriers, and build bridges. They envision a world where all youth thrive. Their movement empowers youth to thrive while strengthening their communities by providing them with the education, resources, and mentorship they need to succeed.


Brown & Brown of Detroit is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown Insurance, the sixth largest insurance intermediary in the United States. Located in Sterling Heights, this office is the largest independent insurance agency in Macomb County.

Movin’ On Up: Six Legislators Poised to Make an Impact in 2018

Michigan legislators seek opportunities for advancement

Every two years, political junkies begin to play their favorite parlor game, “Who’s Running for Congress?” Open seats in Congress are rare, however Michigan’s strictest-in-the nation term limits law not only forces legislators from office, but also opens opportunities for legislators to climb the next rung of the political ladder. The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has not made any endorsements for 2018, but below are legislators to keep an eye on as they look to advance their careers.

STEVE BIEDA
SENATOR D-WARREN
Term limits can result in quick ascensions for legislators, but Steve Bieda has proven that patience will open doors as well. Bieda served three full terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he chaired the Tax Policy Committee, and two terms in the Senate. Bieda has a well-earned reputation for working across party lines to accomplish goals. With Sen. Mike Kowall (R-District 15), he formed the Legislature’s bipartisan Auto Caucus, which earned him the 2016 “Legislator of the Year” award from MICHauto. When U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI 9) chose to retire after his current term, Bieda threw his hat into the ring for the open seat, which covers parts of Oakland and Macomb counties. Bieda looks to be headed for a showdown with the incumbent’s son, Andy Levin.

TOM LEONARD
REPRESENTATIVE R-DEWITT

After starting his career as a Genesee County prosecutor, it is no surprise that Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard wants to be the state’s next attorney general. Serving his fi nal term in the House of Representatives, Leonard will face Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) in the Republican Convention for the right to face off against the Democratic nominee in November. As Speaker, Leonard has been a champion for mental health and automotive insurance reform, but his most enduring legacy might be allowing important policies he did not personally support to move forward including the MI Thrive Initiative and Good Jobs for Michigan.

PETER LUCIDO
REPRESENTATIVE R-SHELBY TOWNSHIP

It takes a talented politician to earn the endorsement of such diverse organizations as the Detroit Regional Chamber and the UAW. That is just what Peter Lucido pulled off in a hotly contested Republican primary for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014. After cruising in the general election and into a second term, Lucido has his sights set on the Senate’s 8th District, encompassing a broad swath of Macomb County. Lucido has maximized his long career as an attorney to lead on criminal justice issues from his post on the House Law and Justice Committee. Now he is asking Macomb County voters for a promotion and four more years.

JEREMY MOSS
REPRESENTATIVE D-SOUTHFIELD
Jeremy Moss has taken on some big challenges during his two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He arrived in Lansing after serving as the youngest elected offi cial on the Southfi eld City Council. Moss jumped right in, taking leadership roles in a bipartisan effort to expand the state’s Freedom of Information Act through the creation of the Legislative Open Records Act. Most recently, Moss introduced legislation to make the biennial redrawing of district lines for the Legislature and Congress the purview of a nonpartisan commission. The 31-year-old is running for the state Senate, representing the 11th district in southern Oakland County.

SYLVIA SANTANA
REPRESENTATIVE D-DETROIT

First-term members of the Michigan House of Representatives can struggle to build the alliances that make for a successful political career. Sylvia Santana is defying conventional wisdom by launching her campaign for the state Senate’s 3rd district with the support of Mayor Mike Duggan and Council President Brenda Jones. Santana’s leadership stands out in her work to repeal driver responsibility fees that have been a particular impediment to low-income residents looking for work without proper transportation. She hopes that her term in office will convince voters in Detroit, Dearborn and Melvindale to elect her to the Senate.

JIM TEDDER
REPRESENTATIVE R-CLARKSTON

With a career prior to politics that spanned small business ownership and education, Jim Tedder has a broad perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing Michiganders. In 2017, Tedder was named the chair of the House Tax Policy Committee. In that post, Tedder led the effort in the Michigan House to modernize the state’s tax structure to allow for economic development incentives that the state had not had at its disposal since 2011. Patiently, Tedder worked with his reticent colleagues to bring two key pieces of legislation over the fi nish line. Now, Tedder hopes to take the lessons learned to the Senate’s 12th District covering much of northern Oakland County, Auburn Hills and Pontiac.

 

Chamber Statement Following Governor Snyder’s State Of The State

Chamber CEO Statement on State of the State Address

DETROIT, January 23, 2018 – Today, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah released the following statement following Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address:

“The Detroit Regional Chamber was the first business organization to publicly endorse Rick Snyder for Governor in 2010 and our support for him has only grown over the years.  His has been a transformational tenure.  Budgets are now balanced, completed on time, and we enjoy decent financial reserves.  The city of Detroit is now a city the entire state, and nation, can be proud of.  Michigan is now gaining in population.  Real incomes are up 28 percent and our unemployment is within national averages.  We are the epicenter for global next-generation mobility.  All largely thanks to the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder.  We look forward to working with Gov. Snyder on the remaining elements of his agenda, specifically our shared priorities of talent, mobility and infrastructure to achieve a sustainable future.”

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.

American Society of Employers (ASE) Welcomes 19 New Members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces 19 organizations joined ASE as members during the fourth quarter of 2017. The organizations are:

• Arbor Oakland Group works with corporations, educational institutions, municipalities, and ad agencies to provide them with marketing solutions to help them effectively and efficiently speak visually to their customers and prospective customers. They are located in Royal Oak, MI.

• Aspire Rehabilitation Services, LLC provides a full range of rehabilitation services for survivors of brain and spinal cord injury. They are based out of Troy, MI.

• CW Bearing specializes in the development and production of a wide range of premium quality ball bearings for electrical motors, gearboxes, power tools and the automotive industry. They are located in Northville, MI.

• Dart Bank is a financial institution with locations throughout West Michigan.

• Detroit Thermal Systems, LLC develops and manufactures high quality climate control systems and components for automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They are located in Romulus, MI.

• Entrega Systems Group, Inc. delivers technology services to businesses nationwide, including web & mobile, application development, user experience design, data & analytics, and digital business services. They are located in Troy, MI.

• Financial One Accounting, Inc. provides accounting, financial and consulting services for nonprofit organizations. They are based in Plymouth, MI.

• Hausbeck Pickle Company is a 90-year old company that produces a range of pickles and peppers. They are located in Saginaw, MI.

• Humane Society of Livingston County is an independent, non-profit, 501(c) 3 animal shelter located in Howell, MI.

• Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer is a law firm dedicated to the representation of community associations and the advancement of community law. They have locations in Farmington Hills and St. Clair Shores, MI.

• Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is a full-service automotive finance company that exclusively provides Mercedes-Benz dealers and their customers with attractive finance products. They are located in Farmington Hills, MI.

• Mubea Inc. Engineering Center is located in Auburn Hills, MI and is a global partner for the automotive industry who provides heavy duty spring components and related products.

• NH Learning Solutions is the world’s largest independent training company that offers expert training from desktop productivity tools, to professional development, to complex server systems. They are located in Livonia, MI.

• Nidec Automotive Motor Americas LLC offers a wide selection of motors ranging from brushless motors for electric power steering, dual clutch transmissions, engine oil pumps, and others, to brush motors for engine cooling, ABS, seat adjustment, etc. They are located in Auburn Hills, MI.

• Nissan Technical Center North America is responsible for blending technology and engineering to create cars that deliver total customer satisfaction. They are located in Farmington Hills, MI.

• Oakland County Michigan Works! Southfield provides services to help employ and train job seekers and assist businesses with obtaining and training talent.

• SLM Solutions North America, Inc. is a leading provider of powder bed fusion machinery and applications development for metal prototypes and manufacturing production located in Wixom, MI.

• Wheeler Trucking provides premier automotive logistics services including light and medium duty vehicle hauling. They are located in Flushing, MI.

• Yanfeng Automotive Interiors delivers superior automotive interior solutions and is located in Novi, MI.

ASE president & CEO, Mary E. Corrado, made the announcement and stated, “ASE welcomes our 19 newest members. We look forward to working with them in 2018 and for many years to come.”


About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
Celebrating 115 years, 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 www.aseonline.org.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. Hires New Director of Intake, Information and Referral

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is pleased to announce Kyle Williams as the agency’s Director of Intake, Information and Referral (I&R). MPAS, a nonprofit advocacy organization, protects the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan through free and confidential services that include information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training.

In this position, Williams will be responsible for leading skilled advocates as they provide information, referral, short-term assistance, advice and direction to clients. The I&R division of the organization receives nearly 7,000 calls per year from individuals across the state of Michigan.

“This is an exciting time for MPAS and for Kyle,” said Elmer Cerano, MPAS Executive Director. “We are fortunate to have a person with Kyle’s expertise, knowledge and passion committed to MPAS and our clients. Through his leadership, our intake division will have a deeper impact on those we serve.”

Williams most recently held the position of staff attorney for the City of Jackson where he represented and advised all government departments. Prior to his most recent city service, Kyle has worked as a staff attorney for MPAS and an associate attorney for Foster & Harmon, P.C. Williams holds his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University and a Bachelors in Business Economics from Grand Valley State University.

“I am honored to accept this position and will continue the mission of MPAS through our advocacy efforts,” said Williams. “I look forward to working with our team as we improve lives, restore rights and help our clients realize their potential.”

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is the independent, private, nonprofit organization designated by the governor of the State of Michigan to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan.

WIN Launches Apprenticeship Innovation Hub To Cultivate A World-Class Michigan Workforce

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) today launched MIApprenticeship.org, as part of the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) initiative – a $4 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant aimed at fostering and strengthening the registered apprenticeship ecosystem in southeast Michigan.

As part of the DOL’s mandate to create “5 million apprenticeships in 5 years,” the new website will support this initiative by acting as a central hub for employers, individuals interested in becoming apprentices, and partners that want to support apprenticeship efforts in Michigan to gain access to the resources they need to be successful when creating, maintaining, or joining registered apprenticeship programs.

As part of the user experience, the website offers access to a range of features including:
– Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator – A tool for employers to determine, by occupation, ROI in Michigan for employing apprentices as part of their business model.
– Process Guide – An interactive, step-by-step guide for administrators that provides resources to develop, launch, and monitor a registered apprenticeship program.
– Apprenticeship Hotline – A central phone line for anyone interested in apprenticeship to ask questions and receive answers in real time, and gain access to a network of support based on their immediate needs.

“We are developing a competitive, Michigan workforce trained for in-demand occupations,” said Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director, WIN. “The apprenticeship website is the first resource of its kind to help streamline the registered apprenticeship process both for employers and those seeking apprenticeship opportunities, while also dispelling myths and stigmas that have hindered our state’s economic growth.”
Within five years, AMCAI will serve nearly 900 individuals, both new and incumbent workers, including 28 percent from underrepresented populations, in high-demand industries including: health care, IT, logistics, robotics and automation, manufacturing, and many others.

“Employers will recognize the ease and benefits of employing apprentices to support their often crippling need for workers,” added Economou Ureste, “while individuals looking to grow and establish new careers will realize another path to success.”

To check out this new tool for easing the process of creating and maintaining a registered apprenticeship, visit AMCAI’s website at www.MIApprenticeship.org. For more information, call the Apprenticeship Hotline at 734-229-3559.


ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN (WIN)
The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between 10 community colleges and six Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 16-county area, including Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne.

ABOUT AMCAI
Led by the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and WIN, AMCAI is comprised of six southeast Michigan community colleges—Henry Ford College (HFC), Oakland Community College (OCC), Schoolcraft College, Mid-Michigan Community College (MMCC), Lansing Community College (LCC), and St. Clair County Community College (SC4)—along with many local and regional corporate and workforce and economic development partners. This partnership of community colleges and other community partners represent AMCAI, which is focused on establishing and expanding apprenticeship programs responsive to the evolving technical needs in the high-demand, new-age automotive and transportation sectors of the advanced manufacturing industry.

Attorney Howard Named to Novi Planning Commission

Foster Swift attorney Katila Howard was recently appointed to the Planning Commission for the City of Novi. Her term will last from January 2018 until June 2019.

Made up of seven members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council, the Planning Commission reviews and approves site plans and special land use permits for new commercial and residential development for the City. The Commission may also make recommendations to the City Council in regards to rezoning applications and proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.

Katila is a member of her firm’s Business & Corporate practice group where she practices employee benefits matters, ERISA, 409A and Internal Revenue Code compliance matters. Additionally she also works with both tax exempt organizations and nonprofits.

Automation Alley to reveal major report on Industry 4.0 with research from seven leading Michigan academic institutions

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, has assembled a collaborative team of academic and corporate partners to create an in-depth research report on Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to be released April 30 in Detroit. This is the first collaborative Industry 4.0 report of its kind in Michigan.

Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report will be a data-rich guide to Industry 4.0 adoption comprised of observations, emerging trends, challenges, opportunities and implications for industry, created to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological changes. Research will center on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, the cloud, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

This is Automation Alley’s 11th year releasing this report, and the first time the organization is taking a collaborative approach to the research. Academic research partners include University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Ford Motor Company is backing the report research with funding and providing corporate insight.

“Ford Motor Company joined Automation Alley in late 2017 to take advantage of the unique networking opportunities. Ford clearly sees the opportunity to collaborate with Southeast Michigan business leaders on critical Industry 4.0 initiatives, and jointly define and develop the way forward in this space,” said Michael Lee, Ford’s global core manager of body structures and closures.

Comau, Siemens PLM, Eaton and Trumpf will provide guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback. In addition, Plante Moran and RSM have come on board to help facilitate and organize the data collected. Additional corporate partners will be announced in February.

“Manufacturers around the globe are attempting to wrap their heads around the magnitude of change involved with Industry 4.0, where there is much uncertainty, but also opportunity,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “We understand that the key to our state’s success in Industry 4.0 is dependent on knowledge, not only for business owners, but also for a workforce that will need to be upskilled as jobs are replaced by automation. This report will be of great value to manufacturers both at home and abroad, one that will serve as a roadmap to help companies large and small navigate this massive industry shift.”

Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report will be released at Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal, April 30, from 8-11:30 a.m., at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where attendees will receive a free copy of the report. At the Reveal event, hundreds of technology and manufacturing professionals will enjoy a strolling breakfast as they network and explore a technology spotlight featuring the latest Industry 4.0 innovations. Following the spotlight, there will be a formal presentation of the 2018 Technology in Industry Report’s key takeaways and a panel discussion featuring leading industry experts and academic researchers.

Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Reveal comes on the heels of Automation Alley’s sold-out, global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8™, that attracted 550 industry experts to Detroit in November.

“Automation Alley’s mission is to lead the charge in Industry 4.0 in Michigan for our members as well as our state’s strong manufacturing ecosystem. Our goal is to keep our manufacturers ahead of the curve as technology transforms industry. This report is a logical next step to achieve that goal,” Kelly said.

For information on sponsorship opportunities related to the Technology in Industry Report and Technology in Industry Reveal, visit automationalley.com/techreport. To register for the Technology in Industry Reveal, visit automationalley.com/techreveal.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources, funding and actionable intelligence to help members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a local focus. We work tirelessly to help our members achieve success by increasing sales, reducing costs, and thinking strategically during a time of rapid technological change in the manufacturing industry.