Collin Mays Named Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair

The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce that Collin Mays, a celebrated Michigan public service expert and community advocate, will serve as event chair for the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Oct. 30, 2021.

“I’m very excited to serve as the chair of the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Mays said. “My passion for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association is long-standing as I have seen two grandparents suffer from this horrible disease.

“As chair, I’m hoping to engage a new group of activists to help bring awareness surrounding Alzheimer’s and its terrible effect on our loved ones. We all know someone who has dealt with this disease. Many people do not realize the impact of Alzheimer’s on minority groups. In fact,
older Black/African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites, and Hispanic/Latinos are about one and one-half times as likely. These are alarming statistics. It’s time to help provide more resources to fighting it.”

Mays was recently selected by Delta Township as their new community and economic development coordinator due to his experience and expertise in both economic and workforce development. Previously, he served as economic development director in Center Line, Mich.

He is a 2015 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 award winner and was included in the Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20’s Class of 2019.

Mays received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University and master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are thrilled to have Collin serving in this key role for the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter. “Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever. Every dollar raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s allows the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.”

Longtime media personality Chuck Gaidica — whose mom, Geri Gaidica, and father-in-law, John Ottens, both battled Alzheimer’s and dementia — will once again serve as the Detroit Walk emcee and celebrity advocate.

More information about the format of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be available in the coming months.

“Whether we’re together at a large in-person gathering at the Detroit Zoo or in small groups in our individual neighborhoods, we can make a difference,” said Erin Lin, director of the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “The health and safety of our constituents, staff and volunteers will be our top priority as we assess the changing status of the pandemic and make a decision about how we’ll walk in 2021.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading
cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members
and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In
Michigan alone, there are more than 190,000 living with the disease and 518,000 caregivers.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

OCC Culinary Community Events – Prepared to be Wowed by Student Chefs!

If you like amazing food, prepared with skill and dedication, you’re in for a treat this season. Oakland Community College’s (OCC) award-winning Culinary Studies Institute continues its lineup of events open to the community. Join the College’s aspiring chefs for an incredible dining experience and enjoy the best in food and service. Events and dining are at OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. More information and tickets available at

Special Event Dinners
• Chinese New Year Festival, February 22, 2018, 6:00p.m.: Join us to celebrate the auspicious Year of the Dog with a festive five-course dinner of traditional Chinese cuisine accompanied by wine service. Price is $55 per person. Signature drinks available for purchase.
• Espionage Spy vs. Spy, April 19, 2018, 6:00p.m.: You are under specific instructions to enjoy a five-course dinner accompanied by a secret wine selection revealed to you at the appropriate time. Come dressed to kill and join us for a cocktail, wine or beer at our cash bar with passed appetizers as you assume your secret agent identity. Price is $55 per person. Signature drinks for purchase.

Lunch and Dinner Buffets
• Valentine’s Grand Lunch Buffet, February 1, 11:15a.m. – 1:00p.m.: You and your sweethearts will be treated to a special menu featuring appetizers, salads, fish seafood poultry and beef entrées, starches and vegetables and a decadent dessert table. Price is $12/person and may be purchased at the event.
• St. Patrick’s Evening Buffet, March 15, 2018, 5:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.: Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a wee bit of malarkey and lots of good cheer with your family, club or corporate gathering. Price is $25 per person; cash bar is available. Paid reservation required.
• High Tea in Reflections Feb. 8 and April 5, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A full lunch is included and ladies are encouraged to wear a fabulous hat! High Tea tickets are priced at $25.00 and sold at the culinary office. Advance purchase is required.

Dine with us at the Orchard Ridge campus.

• The Ridgewood Café – Menu items are freshly prepared from scratch and change daily offering salads, sandwiches, entrées and desserts. Guests are invited to dine in with service or utilize the cafeteria and help themselves. The Café is open 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., most Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 18. *The Ridgewood Cafe is closed February 27-28 and March 6-7.

• Reflections Restaurant – The restaurant’s Prix Fixe $16 menu features a four-course meal with three entrées to select from that change weekly. Reservations are required. Wine and beer are available. The restaurant is open Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through April 19. *The Reflections Restaurant is closed March 1 and 8.

• The Bakery is open Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the third floor of J Building. Purchase breads, cakes, candies, cookies and chocolates. *A special bakery sale is being held on March 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

About the OCC Culinary Studies Institute
OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute is Michigan’s premier hospitality school. The largest of the Institute’s programs, Culinary Arts, gives students a combination of classroom and hands on experience. In addition to extensive time in kitchen labs cooking and baking, specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits are offered. Students participate in events such as the annual Wassail Feast at the student-run Ridgewood Café, a restaurant on the Orchard Ridge Campus.

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 40,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at

BlueWater Technologies presents TechExpo14: Journey to Innovation, Explores Future Technology and its Impact on Consumer and Employee Engagement

Join area decision makers at TechExpo14: “Journey to Innovation” with keynote address by Michael Rogers (Futurist-In-Residence for The New York Times and author of the “Practical Futurist” column for MSNBC). This full day of technology thought leadership, networking and hands-on experiences promises to change the way you think about employee and customer communication.

Mark your calendar! TechExpo14 will be held at The Fillmore – Detroit on May 21, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This 6th annual Signature Event will kick-off with a keynote address by Michael Rogers, Futurist-In-Residence for The New York Times and author of the “Practical Futurist” column for MSNBC. Roger’s topic, “Business Technology by 2020: Science Fiction Becomes Reality” will set the stage for further discussion and exploration throughout the day, including break-out sessions, panel discussions and more.

Rounding out the event will be the Exploration Stations in the Main Theater where over 30 industry leaders in a/v technology will present their latest cutting edge product solutions.

Tickets are now on sale. $55 in advance and $65 at the door, which includes the Keynote Address, all educational sessions, open access to the exhibits, innovative lunch and cocktail reception fare by Cutting Edge Cuisine, plus open bar and entertainment by DJ Captin20 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Full event schedule and registration information available at .

BlueWater Technologies adds Vice President/General Manager, Digital Media Division to enhance Interactive Engagements and Activations Business

Executive team addition signifies company’s commitment to growing its internal creative engine in support of corporate and agency clients

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc. (, an industry leading provider of audio visual integration, meeting & event technology, digital activations, and custom fixtures & displays, welcomed Detroit-native Kevin Gillespie as Vice President/General Manager of its Digital Media Division in late December 2013.

Kevin brings decades of experience in building teams that seamlessly combine technology and creativity. He previously served as EVP of Strategy at Harvest Creative Services, which creates and produces branded content for use in all media. His experience includes digital and traditional content creation, with extensive expertise in music, video and interactive production. At Harvest, he worked in creative partnership with ad agencies, marketing departments, and brand managers worldwide.

Kevin’s creative and production experience will benefit the digital team, ensuring even greater collaboration with agency clients and more innovate interactive engagements and activations for corporate customers.

“Having an in-house digital media team that combines creativity and technology expertise is a big differentiator for BlueWater Technologies. Building on the existing talent and growing their capabilities will enhance the end products for corporate and agency clients. Look for fresh, innovative and effective ideas that reach beyond traditional work as the team grows. It’s not about thinking outside the box for digital media at BlueWater, there is no box!” says Kevin Gillespie.

Kevin will be based at BlueWater Technologies headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, but continue to reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and children.

BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with offices in Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and Grand Rapids (MI).

If you would like more information about BlueWater interactive engagements and activations, please contact Kevin Gillespie at 800-344-6675 ext 222 or email him at For general information about BlueWater Technologies, please contact Mary Bujold at 800-344-6575 ext 572 or email at

BlueWater Technologies rises to #16 in key industry ranking of Top 50 Systems Integrators

For 10th consecutive year Systems Contractor News names privately held Michigan AV firm BlueWater Technologies to 2013 Top 50 Systems Integrators list

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc., an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, moves up two spots to #16 in key industry ranking of Top 50 Systems Integrators by Systems Contractor News (SCN). This is the 10th consecutive year BlueWater Technologies has appeared on the annual list which is published annually in the December issue of SCN magazine—an industry resource for more than 20 years.

BlueWater has been rising in the listing since the program’s inception in 2004. The list is developed from voluntary submissions to an SCN annual survey. SCN ranks the U.S. and Canada’s leading integrators based on projected revenue and growth from one year to the next, from those firms willing to share their internal numbers to establish an industry snapshot.

“Making the SCN Top 50 again this year is a testament to our employees’ dedication to delivering exceptional service and adding value to our customers,” said Vice President of Sales Mack Truax. “The SCN list reflects the strength and increasing value of our industry, and BlueWater is proud to help set the benchmark for AV firms both large and small.”

As BlueWater Technologies’ revenue growth continues along with its upward trajectory in this SCN Top Integrator listing, the company proudly supports the local Michigan economy and hires within the state to support integration services as well as digital activations and live events.

BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for nearly 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with additional locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Mesick, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL and Washington D.C.

EWI Worldwide Names David Bean Corporate President

DETROIT – June 18, 2013 – EWI Worldwide, a global live communications company, today announces David Bean corporate president, effective May 20. In this role, Bean will serve such industries as healthcare, technology, aerospace, financial services and automotive by leading the company’s service groups, which represent a unique mix of exhibits, events, retail, digital engagements and on-site labor capabilities.

“David brings deep knowledge and first-hand experience to every aspect of the business we handle,” said Dominic Silvio, chairman & CEO, EWI Worldwide. “His solid credentials and displays of character speak for themselves, making him the right fit for leading EWI Worldwide and what’s next for live communications.”

Bean has developed multi-channel programs for global brands domestically and abroad, covering more than 30 countries, and has lived or worked as an expatriate in Europe and Asia. He has delivered solutions across the broad landscape of live communications for brands such as IBM, Motorola, Cessna, Medco Health Solutions and LaSalle Bank, as well as significant automotive OEMs. Throughout his 30 year career, he has served in many roles including creative, operations, production, services and business development.

“Business – like any personal relationship – is best done up-close and in-person,” said Bean. “With the world’s buying habits changing, world-class marketers are recognizing the need to put products in hands, place butts in seats and create moments in which their full suite of service offerings can be experienced. This is an exciting time for our industry because there is no better way to build deep connections between brands and customers.”

EWI’s 2012 revenue was approximately $160 million and it delivers nearly 900 live brand experiences a year. The company continues to grow strategically, adding services, resources and subject matter expertise to best serve client needs and respond to the global marketplace. Clients include Ford Motor Company, HTC, Chrysler, Abbott Medical Optics, Kia Motors, Dana Corporation, Henry Schein and AT&T.

Bean joins Silvio working out of EWI’s world headquarters in Livonia, Mich. Bean has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design and an art teaching certificate from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the EWI Worldwide board of directors.

About EWI Worldwide

EWI Worldwide strengthens brands by integrating live experiences strategically across all kinds of spaces from exhibits, customer and consumer events to retail stores, visitor centers, live and online activations. The company designs programs as sequences of connected experiences—chapters of the brand story. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter at and read our blog at


Auburn Hills Hires Coordinator of Community Promotions and Coordinator of Website and Graphic Design

Auburn Hills, MI—December 26, 2012— The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, announces that Mike Espejo has been hired as the City’s Coordinator of Community Promotions and Julie Knight has been hired as Coordinator of Website and Graphic Design. Both positions are part-time.

Julie Knight is a December 2012 graduate of Oakland University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in writing and rhetoric and a minor in graphic design. She graduated from Clarkston High School in 2008 and, during her junior and senior years, attended Oakland Technical Center’s northwest campus for Visual Imaging Technology. Julie joins the City of Auburn Hills from the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce, where she served as a student intern and assisted in the creation of communication and promotional materials. She is a resident of Clarkston.

Mike Espejo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Oakland University in 2012. At Oakland, he was a reporter for the Oakland Post, the campus newspaper, and covered local, national and campus news. Espejo also worked for the OU News Bureau, a student-run blog that covers campus and tri-county news and focuses on traditional reporting and multimedia stories for the web. He also spearheaded a successful effort to establish the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists during his senior year. At the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 4 Conference in East Lansing, he served on a panel discussing how college-level and professional news outlets can use social media and other networking tools to establish relationships with their audiences and distribute their product. Immediately prior to joining the City of Auburn Hills, Espejo interned with Metro Parent Publishing Group in Ferndale, writing event features and local news articles. He is a resident of Clarkston.

“We are pleased to have Mike Espejo and Julie Knight join our team. Their respective talents will serve us well as they advance the City’s efforts to focus on multiple communication channels to reach out to our constituents and promote the numerous events and economic development initiatives offered in Auburn Hills,” said Assistant City Manager Tom Tanghe.

About Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, is home to 20,000 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

MICHauto Legislative Briefing

Automotive Hall of Fame
21400 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
5:30  to 8 p.m.

Please join the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program for a legislative briefing at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Attendees will hear from state senators and representatives on business-related legislation and initiatives, pending in Lansing. The legislators will participate in a paneled discussion, moderated by Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Relations, Brad Williams, and answer questions from the crowd.

Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to personal property tax, Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives, the New International Trade Crossing, regulatory reform and more. The discussion will be tailored to automotive interests but registration is open to anyone interested in keeping their finger on the pulse of Lansing.

This event is free and includes hors d’oeuvres and a beer and wine bar, register todayPlease note space is limited.


5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Legislative Briefing
7:30 – 8 p.m. Networking

Confirmed speakers:

State Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit)

Member of Senate Appropriations Committe, Minority Vice-Chair of the Senate LARA
General Government and Judiciary appropriations subcommittees
Member of Senate Redistricting Committee
Minority Vice-Chair of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee

State Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake)

Chairman of Senate Economic Development Committee
Vice Chair of Senate Transportation Committee
Member of Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee
Member of Senate Reforms, Restructuring, Reinventing Committee

State Representative Jeff Farrington (R-Utica)

Assistant Majority Floor Leader
Member of the House Banking and Financial Services Committee
Member of House Commerce Committee
Member of House Tax Policy Committee

State Representative Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak)

Member of House Tax Policy Committee
Member of House Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee

Register now.

Please contact Rob Luce at 313.596.0383 for more information.

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