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SCOTT FOSTER is president of Wellco in Royal Oak. Wellco provides ROI and appraisal systems to fix corporate wellness programs and measurably improve organizational health costs and conditions. It also provides corporate wellness programs, speaking, and consulting services. In the past year, Wellco’s revenue has increased by 30 percent and staff has increased by 14 percent. The company has worked with such organizations as Home Depot, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, and the United Auto Workers. Under Foster’s leadership, Wellco has been recognized as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Corp! magazine’s Best of Michigan Business, and one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots and Entrepreneurs of Distinction. Prior to founding the company in 1996, Foster was a cardiology manager with St. John Providence Health System. He is a certified health promotion director from the Cooper Clinic and a certified Lipid Clinic facilitator from Chicago’s Midwest Heart Specialists. Foster is a speaking faculty member for Merck, consultant to the state of Michigan, chairman of the Michigan Wellness Council, and columnist for Corp! magazine. He received his bachelor’s degree in health science from Central Michigan University. Read the full profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.
The latest event and meeting notices from Michigan’s technology-focused companies, institutions and groups.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s next Unwired Coffee Series session will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at Lawrence Technological University’s UTLC Gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The event begins with registration, coffee, bagels and networking at 7:30 a.m. and the program from 8 to 9 a.m. Join WWJ Newsradio 950 technology editor Matt Roush for “Social Media Marketing: How Sports Team Connect with their Fan Base and How Your Business Can Too!” The discussion will focus on how Detroit’s sports teams are using social media to make better, deeper connections with their audiences? Learn how they do it — and how you can use social media to forge deeper relationships with your customers and prospects too. Panelists include Kevin Currie, Director of Digital Media, Detroit Lions; Ayron Sequeira, Director of Integrated Media, Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings; and Doug Wernert, Manager Brand Networks, Detroit Pistons. The WWJ Unwired Coffee Series is sponsored In part by: Lawrence Technological University, Comerica Bank, Gerry Weinberg & Associates and Strategic Staffing Solutions. More at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7757883037.
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The Chicago-based Coleman Foundation has awarded Lawrence Technological University a two-year, $150,000 grant to increase student participation in entrepreneurial education that is already occurring on campus.
The latest event and meeting notices from Michigan’s technology-focused companies, institutions and groups. (Including, ahem, your humble narrator’s Technology Report.)
Aaron Chernow is CEO of Brightwing in Troy. Brightwing offers staffing, recruiting, training, and development for companies to create workplace environments where employees thrive. The company has branch offices in Dallas and Weston, Fla. Chernow drives the strategic direction and operational performance of the firm. Previously, he was chief operating officer of Brightwing and was vice president at MEC Personnel Consultants. Brightwing was named to the Inc. 5,000 after marking a three-year revenue growth of 85 percent, increasing from $20 million in 2009 to $37.1 million in 2012. The company also added 140 jobs during that period. Under his leadership, Brightwing has been named a Top Small Company Workplace, by Inc. magazine, a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business, a 101 Best and Brightest Company to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association and Corp! magazine, and a Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal. Chernow also serves as vice chairman of the board of directors for Jewish Vocational Service Detroit. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy. Read the complete profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Our next Unwired tech breakfast at Lawrence Technological University, coming up Nov. 14, is going to be a doozy. We’ll be looking at using social media to boost your business — with about the most fun business imaginable, professional sports.
Greg Cavey is founder and lab manager at Launch MI Lab in Kalamazoo. Launch MI Lab is a laboratory for life science startups, located at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center. It has more than 2,300 square feet of secure wet lab space and access to equipment, including mass spectrometry systems, centrifuges, autoclaves, flow cytometers, a variety of microscopes, incubator, lyophilizer, upright freezer, and standard lab supplies and tools. Under his leadership, the lab has helped companies such as Metabolic Solutions Development Co., which earlier this year published data on a new drug target it has identified for improving the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The company contracted with Launch MI Lab to help define the proteins involved and their mechanism of action. Cavey, a biochemist and experienced research investigator, founded Launch MI Lab after more than 20 years in proteomics, mass spectrometry, and lab management. Previously, he was a research investigator at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, where he established and directed the Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics for eight years. Earlier, he was a group leader in the Upjohn Co.’s Control Biotechnology Unit where he supervised a protein chemistry lab. Following Upjohn’s merger with Pharmacia, Cavey moved to human health discovery research where he established a proteomics operation that provided mass spectrometry support for biologists and protein chemists. Cavey currently provides mass spectrometry services and counsel for Southwest Michigan Innovation Center clients as well as for local, regional, and national research companies, universities, and colleges. He was named to the Association of Biomedical Resource Facilities Protein Sequencing Group to evaluate the use of mass spectrometry to determine the amino terminal sequence of proteins due to the growing popularity of mass spectrometry in biology and chemistry labs globally. Cavey received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University.
Jason Vazzano is president, CEO and co-founder of Vectorform in Royal Oak. Vectorform is a digital experience studio that develops digital products and experiences with a focus on mobile and emerging technology solutions. The company has a history of developing emerging technology. In 2008 Microsoft hired Vectorform to help develop the first version of the multi-touch Surface application. Vectorform also did some early work on Xbox Kinect. More recently, the firm developed Toolbox for Windows 8, which has more than 850,000 downloads and is the No. 1 productivity app on the Windows Store. Vectorform works with such brands as BMW, American Express, Disney, and Red Bull. Vazzano has established the decade–old company as a leader in emerging strategy, design, and technology solutions. He manages five offices in Seattle, Detroit, New York, Munich, and Hyderabad. Previously Vazzano worked for DaimlerChrysler as a business analyst. He was recognized by DBusiness magazine in 2013 as one of the Top 30 in Their 30s. Vazzano serves on the board of Crossroads for Youth, a nonprofit organization that focuses on giving children the tools and skills required to lead productive and happy lives. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and information systems from the University of Detroit Mercy. Read the full profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.