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

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 or call (586) 464-4400.

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The Great Lakes Bay Region is on its way to becoming the solar leader in the state. You have an opportunity to help your region achieve this while taking advantage of special cost savings, diversifying your energy sources and bringing recognition to your business.
Through the Great Lakes Bay Region Solar Program, Clean Energy Coalition, in partnership with Great Lake Bay Region 5, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is offering a free solar site assessment and a cost-effective way to purchase solar for commercial properties. The solar site assessment will help you determine the viability of solar energy at your location and whether or not you would like to join others in the bulk purchasing opportunity.
The bulk purchasing opportunity offers a tiered pricing structure, which means the more solar installed, the more money customers will save. For example, if a total of 80kW worth of solar were installed the price per W would drop from $3.39 to $3.25. However, if we are able to install more than 200kW of solar during the project period the price per watt would be $3.08! In other words, the more solar panel systems that are installed the more reasonable the price of the system will be. All the participants will share in the savings making solar energy more affordable for everyone.
A local company, Midland Solar Applications, has been selected as the contractor for the program and will be providing the free solar assessments for properties in the region (Limit to the first 20 customers).
If you are interested in receiving a free solar site assessment for your property from Midland Solar, or would like more information on the program or learning about the benefits of solar, please email or visit the website-
JoAnn Crary, CEcD | President
Saginaw Future Inc.
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