Johnson Controls To Establish Energy Storage Lab At LTUJohnson Controls Inc. has announced plans to add an energy storage laboratory and testing center at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.
LTU Event Talks High-Tech AutomotiveJoin WWJ's Matt Roush and an expert panel for a discussion on high tech and the auto industry Thursday, Jan. 9 at Lawrence Technological University.
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.)
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.
Matt's Favorites: LTU Enrollment, Cloudy Canyon, SpaceX Finally Succeeds, And Much MoreSo 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...
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.
LTU Gets $750k In-Kind Software Grant From Tooling Software Technology
Leaders & Innovators: Aaron ChernowAaron 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 www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Leaders & Innovators: Jason WolcottJason 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.
LTU Talks Intellectual Property At Event For Inventors, EntrepreneursNearly 100 inventors, entrepeneurs, and those who help them create jobs attended a symposium on intellectual property law Wednesday at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.
Leaders & Innovators: Michael MihalichMichael 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.
Leader & Innovator: Rich WestRICH 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 www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Event Notices From Sept. 18The latest event and meeting notices from Michigan's technology-focused companies, institutions and groups
Leaders & Innovators: Daniel JefferiesDANIEL JEFFERIES is founder of Newmind Group in Kalamazoo. Newmind helps businesses transition to cloud computing to provide help desk, backup, security, and new messaging and collaboration platforms. Jefferies has expanded the six-year-old company to 15 employees, including staffers in South Carolina, Minnesota, and California. Several years ago, Google noticed Newmind’s activity in the cloud computing space and invited the firm to join a pilot of Google’s partnership program that later became the Google Apps Authorized Reseller program. Newmind was named Google’s first authorized reseller in Michigan and one of the first resellers worldwide. Jefferies’ leadership of Newmind has led to several industry awards, including being named on the TC50 List of 50 Top Cloud Computing Consulting Firms Worldwide (2010) and on the MSPMentor 250 List of Top 250 Managed Technology Services Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Mentors (2010). Jefferies was also appointed to the State of Michigan 21st Century IT Advisory Council (2011). He regularly collaborates with Google at its exclusive annual conference, Google I/O, and as a consultant to Google’s certification programs. He was home schooled, completed most of a college degree, and has several IT certifications. More at www.ltu.edu/leaders.