So what’s the latest from the uber cool worlds of science and technology on what might be our last day above 50 degrees for a while? Pull up those leg warmers, kids, let’s dive in to the late fall fun…
SUSAN MOSEY: President of Midtown Detroit, Inc. in Detroit. Mosey has led the University Cultural Center Association, newly reconstituted as Midtown Detroit, for 24 years. Midtown Detroit is responsible for community development, marketing, public space maintenance, security services, real estate and small-business development, and arts programming within Detroit’s University Cultural Center and New Center districts – an area now known as Midtown. Projects undertaken by the organization under her direction include public improvements, and residential and commercial real estate development and management. The organization also produces a number of signature arts events for the district, including Art X Detroit, DLECTRICITY and Noel Night. Since 2000, Midtown Detroit, Inc. has raised more than $60 million in direct support for a variety of initiatives, including the restoration and conversion of six historic homes into a boutique hotel, the Inn on Ferry Street, and a façade matching grant program which has provided more than $1 million to local business owners. Midtown Detroit recently received the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award for Excellence, the real estate industry’s most prestigious honor, for the TechTown Living Room, an initiative of nonprofit urban development. Currently, Midtown Detroit’s neighborhood redevelopment initiatives include the creation of a walkable arts district and renovation of numerous historic structures for market-rate and mixed-income housing. Most recently, the organization is administering the national Living Cities Integration Initiative, providing commercial debt and low-interest loans, mixed-use development, and charter school financing. Mosey has been awarded the inaugural Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and named by Crain’s Detroit Business as a Newsmaker of the Year and one of the Women to Watch, and by MLive as one of 13 Michiganders to Watch in 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State 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.
SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – TST Tooling Software Technology LLC of Clarkston and Vero Software of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, have made an in- kind grant of Edgecam software with a retail value of $750,000 to Lawrence Technological University. Edgecam is […]
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.
Jason Wolcott is founder and CEO of 3CSI Group in Northville. 3CSI subsidiaries include Digital Roots, a social CRM software company, and Verego, a corporate social responsibility business. Wolcott leads the delivery of strategic customer relationship management solutions to 25 brands, 80 percent of which are Fortune 500. With a deep background in marketing, emerging technologies, and corporate operations, he has transformed his businesses from start-ups to industry leaders in customer service operations for new and emerging media. Digital Roots grew exponentially in its first years, with revenue roughly doubling each year. The company has grown from 18 employees to more than 30 over the past year. Recently, the company moved from Novi to 7,000 square feet of space in new offices in Northville. Digital Roots was awarded the 101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies award, presented by Corp!, the Grand Rapids Business Journal, and dmStrategists. The firm has teamed up with Detroit entrepreneur Thanh Tran to house Kidpreneur, a kid-friendly teaching facility available to members of the local community interested in entrepreneurship and technology. Previously, Wolcott held positions at General Motors, becoming one of its youngest global executives in his 20s. He serves on the boards of Western Michigan University’s ISM Executive Council, the Society of Consumer Affairs Great Lakes Chapter, and the Global Sourcing Council’s 3S Awards committee. Wolcott received his bachelor’s degree in integrated supply management from Western Michigan University.
Nearly 100 inventors, entrepeneurs, and those who help them create jobs attended a symposium on intellectual property law Wednesday at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.
Michael Mihalich is CEO and founder of MJR Digital Cinemas in Oak Park. MJR Digital Cinemas has eight locations with 132 screens in Michigan. More than 30 years ago, Mihalich moved to Detroit and started MJR Theatre Service Inc., with about 90 screens. MJR has a history of expansion and industdry firsts, including its Chesterfield Township location, which was one of the first theaters in the United States to be converted to stadium seating. Recently, MJR’s Marketplace Cinema 20 in Sterling Heights has been the top grossing theater in Michigan. The company recently announced that it will build a $16 million, 74,000-square-foot theater in Troy. Scheduled to open in 2014, the theater will feature the MJR Epic Experience for extra comfort and the MJR Studio Bar & Lounge. Mihalich started his career at Warner Brothers and worked his way through various positions. He then partnered with Jim Payne and Marvin Mann to form Midwest Entertainment, an independent distribution, booking and buying company, which he later sold. He then worked at Cooperative Theatres of Ohio before founding MJR. Mihalich also has been the executive producer on three films, including “The Rosary Murders” with the screenplay written by Fred Walton and Elmore Leonard. Mihalich attended Arizona State University on a football scholarship until an injury ended his career.
RICH WEST is founder and president of West Labs Scientific in Kalamazoo. Located at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, West Labs Scientific performs cellular analysis for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as for research and academic institutions. A rapidly growing startup, the firm has expanded to add additional services, including flow cytometry, cellular analysis and imaging, veterinary hematology, and blood chemistry. In addition to developing West Labs Scientific, West has built relationships with Michigan colleges and universities and has served as a guest lecturer and host for interns from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Bridges to Baccalaureate program, the Michigan Shifting Gears program, and the Professional Science Master’s program at Grand Valley State University. He visits middle and high schools throughout West Michigan, bringing a message that inspires and promotes careers in science. West’s early career was spent working in clinical flow cytometry at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. He then created and developed the stem cell engineering lab for the pediatric blood and bone marrow transplant team of De Vos Children’s Hospital, and fostered strong ties between the hospital, Michigan Community Blood Centers, and Calvin College. West then built and developed the flow cytometry core facility at the Van Andel Institute before becoming an entrepreneur. West is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists with his qualification in flow cytometry. He serves on the board of the Coopersville Area Public Schools and the Michigan Association of School Boards. West received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Central Michigan University. More at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.
The latest event and meeting notices from Michigan’s technology-focused companies, institutions and groups