Automation Alley promotes two, hires new member relations director: Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announced the hiring of Cynthia Hutchison as the new director of member relations. Hutchison is responsible for managing and growing Automation Alley’s membership portfolio, which includes nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities in Southeast Michigan. Hutchison is also in charge of enhancing the overall member experience by identifying new trends and best practices to improve Automation Alley’s membership offerings. Hutchison has more than 15 years of management and development experience working for nonprofits. She is founder of the Band of Angels Foundation, a national organization supporting individuals with Down syndrome. In 1998, Hutchison was appointed by Michigan Gov. John Engler to serve as special education advisor on the Michigan Board of Education. In 2008, she was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Rehabilitation Council. Hutchison has a bachelor of arts in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. Diane DeForest, who worked previously with Automation Alley as manager of events and promotions, was promoted to director of marketing and events. In this role, DeForest is responsible for Automation Alley’s marketing, events, promotions and sponsorship efforts. She will take the lead on planning Automation Alley’s signature events, including the Annual Awards Gala. DeForest has a deep resume of event planning, marketing and promotional experience. Prior to joining Automation Alley, DeForest was director of marketing and communications for the Detroit Economic Club. She was also the marketing lead at Starbucks’ regional office in Rochester Hills, directing marketing and public relations campaigns for 400-plus Starbucks stores in the Midwest and on the East Coast. DeForest has also worked as marketing director for Kmart and mall developer Taubman Co. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Michigan University. Automation Alley also promoted intern Rebecca Thibault to full-time graphic designer. In this role, Thibault is responsible for executing the design of all Automation Alley marketing and promotional materials and website visuals. She also serves as staff photographer. Prior to working for Automation Alley, Thibault interned for Townsquare Media Flint, owner of six radio stations in the Flint and Lapeer market. Thibault holds an associate of applied science degree in digital media design from Baker College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the same field. More at http://www.automationalley.com.
Godlan Hires Consulting Director: Clinton Township-based Godlan, a manufacturing ERP software specialist, has announced the hiring of Peter Tripoli as director of consulting services. Tripoli joins Godlan’s professional services organization, the team headed up by PSO vice president Billy Ray, responsible for Infor SyteLine ERP installations and manufacturing performance consulting services. Tripoli most recently served as vice president of professional services at DRI, a fellow Infor Gold level SyteLine ERP Partner headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. During his 7-plus year tenure there, Tripoli gained tremendous professional services and SyteLine ERP knowledge, positioning him to help make an outstanding Godlan Professional Services Organization even better. Founded in 1984, Godlan is an Infor Gold Channel Partner with a focus on Infor SyteLine ERP. More at http://www.godlan.com or call (586) 464-4400.