American Society of Employers (ASE) announces partnership with MasteryTCN™ to provide additional e-learning resources to members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce it is enhancing its e-learning resources for member organizations through a partnership with Novi-based MasteryTCN™. With MasteryTCN’s EverySeat™ program, ASE’s membership offerings now include MasteryTCN’s extensive video-based e-learning library. The announcement was made by ASE CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“Our members look to ASE for a variety of tools and support to manage the comprehensive HR function at the highest level,” Corrado said. “With new e-learning resources through MasteryTCN’s EverySeat program, we offer additional tools for the HR toolbox from a respected training industry leader.”

MasteryTCN’s course library, which plays on all browsers and devices, including desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, offers a wide selection of topics ranging from health and safety, HR compliance, communication skills, computer skills and leadership, to customer service, team building and management and supervision. MasteryTCN’s e-learning course videos are produced by leading subject matter experts who create robust training material geared toward meeting the training requirements organizations need most. The standardized courseware platform provides continuity in user experience from one course to the next and includes learning assessments to coach learners to master the material at hand.

About Mastery TCN™
Mastery TCN is the e-learning industry’s first Training Content Network. Mastery partners with leading video content providers to co-produce the largest, standardized, workplace e-learning resource library available. MasteryTCN then partners with HR Cloud Service providers to help employers obtain high-quality training resources through the vendors they already prefer. In this way Mastery fulfills its mission of helping build more successful, effective and amazing organizations.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
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

MCCI Moves to Downtown Detroit Office

DETROIT, June 16, 2014 – Full-service integrated marketing firm MCCI (aka Mort Crim Communications, Inc.) has officially opened its new design-innovative downtown Detroit headquarters. It features iconic furnishings, art pieces and reconstructed materials.
The office is located in Suite 501 of the historic Murphy-Telegraph Building at 155 W. Congress, the former home to Western Union about a century ago. MCCI’s new home sports highly creative collaborative working space, high-tech features such as multimedia studios and two-way video conferencing, a stunning board room and a naturally-lit optimistic working environment.
The office is filled with features that reflect the company’s Southeast Michigan roots, including:
• Re-planed wood flooring from Reclaim Detroit that came from reconstructed Detroit materials;
• Artwork from University of Michigan design and architecture entrepreneur Anya Sirota;
• A custom walnut board room conference table designed and created by Detroit’s Ali Sandifer Studio; and
• A table in our kitchen area was custom-created by Alan Kaniarz of A.K. Services.

“We made the decision to move to Detroit not only because of our need for more creative and digital technology space, but also because we were looking to be in a historic building in a walking community,” said MCCI President and CEO Terry Oprea. “The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation educated us about the downtown possibilities – and the Gatzaros family, owners of 400 Monroe Associates who own the building, truly wanted our particular creative services firm to be their partner. They did a terrific job constructing our office.”

The office was designed and created by the Detroit-based husband and wife duo Joel Schmidt and Elizabeth Skrisson, founders of D MET design.

“MCCI as a client is really trusting, collaborative and liberating,” Schmidt and Skrisson said. “We always feel the ideal client is really passionate about what they do and see the potential for how a space can enhance that work. MCCI’s space reflects its personality – a classic modern style – balanced with visionary ideas. In the design, we reflected elements of a classic media company with a forward-thinking studio culture.”
MCCI will continue to maintain a service office in Southfield, Mich., as well as a multimedia and digital production center in the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. The firm has leased 14,000 square feet of space of the Murphy-Telegraph Building. A total of 9,000 square feet has been completed and occupied, with an option on an additional 5,000 square feet of adjacent space.
About MCCI
Founded in 1993 as Mort Crim Communications, Inc., MCCI is an award-winning integrated marketing agency that specializes in Public & Media Relations, Social Media, Video, Web & Digital and Marketing & Advertising. MCCI’s clients represent various industry sectors, including automotive, education, energy, government, health care, nonprofit, supply chain and technology. The firm has offices in Detroit and Southfield, Mich. For more information, visit


BlueWater Technologies provides audio/visual systems and integration for video wall, centerpiece of $13.3M communications technical operations center for Macomb County Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc. (, an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, recently completed work on a complex 20-by-50 foot video wall that is the centerpiece of Macomb County, Michigan’s state-of-the-art Communications and Technical Operations Center (COMTEC) facility. The Project Architect for the entire project was Partners in Architecture, PLC and the technology installation was completed in cooperation with Motor City Electric Technologies, Inc. with BlueWater Technologies providing the audio/visual systems and integration.

The video wall has 54 individual 70-inch monitors/LEDs and over 50 different display variations. Inputs on the Macomb County Police Fire and Emergency video wall include: weather and GIS mapping, TV/cable stations, Road Department cameras, Michigan Department of Transportation cameras, siren alerting system, computer displays, and video conferencing. In the future, the center will also be able to accept and integrate with other systems and live feeds from mobile command vehicles, private businesses and schools.

“This project took a lot of time, hard work, collaboration and creativity from all companies involved. David Lewis from Barco and Aziz Bou-Chaaya from BlueWater Technologies were instrumental in taking the visions of Adam Lach (Partners in Architecture) and Vicki Wolber (Macomb Director of Emergency Management), as well as Adam Merchant (Macomb Traffic Engineer) and his team, from an idea to a turnkey solution. This project was two years in the making and without consistent ideology, this could have failed; but the hard work and dedication of these teams made this a very streamlined and successful project,” explains Nick Marino, Account Executive and project lead at BlueWater.

At the grand opening of the COMTEC facility, Vicki Wolber, Director of Emergency Management, Macomb County commented,

“BlueWater Technologies had an incredible design team…I told them that I need versatility in an emergency because we never know where our inputs will come from…and that is exactly what they gave us. They are so creative.”

The BlueWater Technologies project team, led by Nick Marino, included Aziz Bou-Chaaya, Ken Box, Troy Ziegler, and Woody Booth. According to Ken Box, lead programmer and engineer on the project for BlueWater,

“The inclusion of a customizable touch panel allows users an intuitive way to customize and control all the technology including the audio and video content on the wall. We created 9 preset layouts for the video wall in standard mode plus a special emergency (county and national) and tour mode (for visitors). The panel also allows the user to search by local sources, jurisdiction and keyword from hundreds of sources.”
To learn more about the technology and implementation of this multi-jurisdictional government project, click on to see the video wall at the COMTEC grand opening and reach out to Nick Marino at or 800-344-6575 ext 239.

About Macomb County Communications and Technology Center (COMTEC)
Completed in December of 2013, the $13.3 million dollar Macomb County [Michigan] Communications and Technology Center is a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that provides 24/7 situational awareness for residents, businesses and first responders. The facility houses the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Centralized Dispatch, the Road Department Traffic Operations Center, the Information Technology Department and Data Center, and the Emergency Management & Communications Department. Placing all of these operation centers into one location allows COMTEC to maximize scarce resources and improve services.

About BlueWater Technologies Inc.
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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mary Bujold at 800-344-6575 ext 572 or email at

MCCI (Mort Crim Communications, Inc.) Continues Growth, Names Rich Donley SVP, PR/Marcom

MCCI Names Seasoned Public Relations Executive Rich Donley as SVP, PR/Marketing Communications

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 6, 2013 — As part of its continued growth, integrated marketing agency MCCI has named Rich Donley, APR, as senior vice president, PR/marketing communications. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for managing the company’s public relations, marketing communications and social media portfolio, as well as developing new business. Donley will report to MCCI President and CEO Terrence Oprea.

“I have known Rich for 25 years, initially as an intern at WDIV-TV in Detroit, and I am delighted to be working with him again as part of our talented and expanding MCCI team,” Oprea said. “Rich has an outstanding work ethic and solid expertise in public relations, marketing communications and executive training gained from decades of experience assisting companies to boost their business, improve their messaging and enhance their communications skills.”

Most recently, Donley was a vice president at Airfoil, where he managed a diversified, profitable account portfolio of key clients, including Faurecia, NVIDIA, Delphi and FordDirect. He had responsibility for strategy, execution, budgeting, metrics, growth and client satisfaction. Prior to this, he was vice president and partner at Bianchi Public Relations where, for 12 years, he oversaw several of the agency’s accounts and was responsible for new business initiatives. Donley is a former journalist who served as a news editor for Monday Morning Newspapers (Tech Center News and Detroit Auto Scene).

Accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America, Donley was the 2010 PRSA Detroit Chapter president. He is a founding member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s PR/Marketing Advisory Council, a member of the OESA Automotive Public Relations Council and is active in school/church functions, including serving as committee chair of major fundraisers.

Donley graduated cum laude from Wayne State University in Detroit with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in both journalism and radio/TV. He is a native Detroiter and currently resides in Royal Oak, Mich.

About MCCI
Founded in 1993 as Mort Crim Communications, Inc., MCCI is an award-winning integrated marketing agency that specializes in PR/media relations, video, web/digital, social media and marketing/advertising. MCCI’s clients represent various industries, including automotive, education, energy, government, health care, nonprofit, supply chain and technology. The firm has offices in Detroit; Southfield, Mich.; and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit, or

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