Leaders & Innovators: Neetu SethNEETU SETH: Founder and CEO of NITS Solutions in Farmington Hills. NITS Solutions provides custom technology; marketing services such as direct mail, surveys and sales calls; and data-management services to Fortune 500 clients. The company began in staffing services and expanded into data analysis to meet customer demands. Since its inception in 2009, NITS Solutions has increased revenue significantly, projecting up to $2 million this year from $850,000 in 2012 and $400,000 in 2011. The company also has added several employees as it continues its rapid growth. Under Seth’s leadership, NITS Solutions recently has been named one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. Previously, Seth held positions in e-banking services at ADP and Citigroup. She received her bachelor’s degree from Guru Nanek Dev University in India and her MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders. (Note: Leaders & Innovators will be on hiatus for the next two weeks due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and will return Tuesday, Jan. 7.)
Lawrence Tech To Become Anchor Tenant Of New Midtown BuildingMidtown Detroit Inc. will break ground Wednesday on a 30,000-square-foot, three-story commercial building at the corner of Woodward Avenue and West Willis Street that will have Lawrence Technological University as the anchor tenant.
Leaders & Innovators: Claudine GeorgeClaudine George: CEO and Managing Member of ICONMA LLC in Troy. George oversees the activities of the overall business and promotes diversity initiatives for the staffing, consulting, and managed project services company. George began her career as an IT consultant to the automotive industry. While working at a major OEM, she founded her first company, which matched engineering and IT consultants and clients. Subsequently, George formed ICONMA, which has more than 1,700 employees throughout 25 national and international locations. Starting with staffing services, George has expanded ICONMA into additional service areas, including managed services, which provides web and mobile application development and testing services. Under her leadership, ICONMA has been named to the Inc. 5000 for six consecutive years, with $109.7 million in revenue for 2012, a three-year growth of 106 percent. The company has been recognized as one of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America sponsored by the New York-based Women Presidents' Organization and the small-business division of American Express, as well as a Corp! magazine economic bright spot. George was named an Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year in the staffing and support services category. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
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Leaders & Innovators: Susan MoseySUSAN 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 www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Event Notices From Nov. 27-Dec. 1The latest event and meeting notices from Michigan's technology-focused companies, institutions and groups.
Detroit Firms To Design $600M Oil Tech University In IraqA consortium of Southeast Michigan architecture and design firms has been hired to design a $600 million, 2.8 million-square-foot new university in Basra, Iraq to teach petroleum engineering.
LTU Gets $750k In-Kind Software Grant From Tooling Software Technology
Awards And Certifications From Nov. 21The latest awards and certifications earned by Michigan's technology-focused companies, institutions, groups and individuals.
Leaders & Innovators: Mike JenningsMIKE JENNINGS is CEO of Secure-24 in Southfield. Secure-24 provides managed IT operations, enterprise resource planning application hosting, and cloud computing services with data centers in Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona. With more than 25 years of experience in information systems, business development, finance, and manufacturing, Jennings has led the firm’s growth to more than 170 clients in a variety of industries, including government and education. During the past year, Secure-24’s work force has grown 71 percent to more than 340 employees, mostly in Michigan. The company plans to implement numerous IT training certifications for its employees after receiving the Challenge Fund Award through Automation Alley’s technical talent development program. Secure-24 gives back to the community through monthly fundraisers, blood drives, charity dinners, and other events to groups such as Gleaners, Angels of Hope, and the American Red Cross. The company has been designated by Computerworld as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT. Last year, it was named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Secure-24 also is on CRN’s 500 Top Solution Provider list. Previously, Jennings was the co-founder, chief technology officer, and senior vice president of business development at Appshop. He also founded the IT services company InfoSolutions and was a principal at Simplify, an Oracle ERP consulting company. Jennings’ experience includes positions with El Dorado Ventures, United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, and SimulTrans. He also has held senior finance positions as a CFO and controller. He studied network management and engineering at the University of California Santa Cruz. Read the complete profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Sports And Social Media Marketing: Deeper Engagement, Better FeedbackYou might not believe what brands Detroit's pro sports teams study for ideas in excellence in social media marketing.
LTU Hosts Nov. 19 Microsoft YouthSpark STEM Education Event
Leaders & Innovators: Scott FosterSCOTT 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 www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Event Notices From Nov. 6The latest event and meeting notices from Michigan's technology-focused companies, institutions and groups.
WWJ Sets Unwired Coffee On Social Media Marketing, SportsWWJ 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 www.eventbrite.com/event/7757883037.