Movimento Group Names New CTO: Plymouth-based Movimento Group said Monday that Walt Dorfstatter has joined the company as its new chief technology officer. Dorfstatter most recently served as executive director of Integrated Vehicle Health Management and Vehicle CyberSecurity at General Motors Global Research & Development, where he was responsible for new vehicle technology enablers and analytical tools to enhance product development and convert R&D development to innovation in the market. Prior to that, Dorfstatter was president of GM OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, where he led the development and implementation of new OnStar technologies and services and oversaw the operations of automated services and hardware quality. Dorfstatter joined OnStar as chief engineer for hardware and was later named director of Product Development and Vehicle Integration. His career began as a design engineer for various programs (audio systems, powertrain and instrument clusters) at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn. Dorfstatter holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master of science degree in engineering management from Wayne State University. He has received GM’s prestigious President’s Council and Chairman’s Honors awards and its “Boss” Kettering Award, which recognizes outstanding technical achievement. The Movimento VKM and mCloud change the way OEMs deal with increased electrical hardware and software complexity throughout the product life cycle. Movimento’s VKM and mCloud improves vehicle quality, product development productivity, and new vehicle launches. More at www.movimentogroup.com.
Southwest Michigan First Expands Business Growth Team: Southwest Michigan First announced the addition of Eric Sanchez to its team. Sanchez’s duties will center on developing the organization’s relationships with regional primary employers in its job creation and retention efforts. Sanchez comes to the Southwest Michigan First from Albion Economic Development Corp., the economic development organization representing Albion, where he was assistant director. Sanchez’s experience and talents center on business growth, entrepreneurial assistance, incubation services and governmental collaboration. At Southwest Michigan First, Sanchez’s duties will concentrate on partnering with existing companies within the region on their job creation efforts. Southwest Michigan First regularly works with local companies on their expansion and retention needs, while at the same time, targeting companies outside of the region looking for new locations. Access to capital, facilities acquisition, business incentives, talent development, cost management, diversification opportunities and leadership training are areas on which the organization focuses. Sanchez has strong ties to Southwest Michigan. He is a native of Comstock and a graduate of Western Michigan University. Southwest Michigan First is an organization of privately funded economic development advisors who act as the catalyst for economic success in an eight-county region of Southwest Michigan. More at www.southwestmichiganfirst.com, or call (269) 553-9588.