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  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    August 10, 2016 - Ann Arbor, Michigan

    HouseSetter, a Michigan­-based company, has introduced a low-cost, portable monitoring solution to give homeowners peace of mind while they’re away.


    At $120 for the hardware, and service starting as low as $5 a month, HouseSetter’s canine-shaped device monitors a home’s vitals: power, temperature, and humidity. If something goes awry, owners will receive text or email alerts until the issue is resolved. HouseSetter has built-in wireless capability and operates on Verizon’s award-winning wireless network, so there’s no need for a home internet connection, Wi-Fi, or phone line.

    “We want to provide people with the simplest, lowest cost way to keep an eye on their house,” said Walt Dorfstatter, CEO of HouseSetter. “And while it takes a lot of advanced technology to make that work, our intent is to deliver our service in a way that makes all that complexity invisible so we’re providing peace of mind instead of unwanted science lessons.”

    Ann Arbor­-based development company Logic Solutions is one of HouseSetter’s key partners in the venture. Logic’s team designed and built HouseSetter’s public facing website with an eCommerce module to enroll subscribers and manage renewals; developed the communication software between the web server and the Verizon wireless carrier; and created the client facing web UI to engage, renew, and send reports to users.

    “Michiganders provide a great use case for HouseSetter,” said Matt Sarkesian, Chief Technology Officer of Logic Solutions. “When ‘snowbirds’ spend winters in another region of the country, they are unaware of power outages in Michigan. With HouseSetter, they can get alerted of issues – such as extremely low temperatures in the house that can cause pipes to freeze – and instantly take steps to avoid a major financial consequence.”

    For more information about HouseSetter and Sherlock, please visit www.housesetter.com.


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    About HouseSetter
    HouseSetter is a Michigan-­based company established by several former founding members of OnStar. With their deep background in wireless networks and connectivity, they decided to create a simple, low­-cost solution to help homeowners keep an eye on their homes while away. Given the founders’ mutual affection for “man’s best friend,” the HouseSetter device naturally took the shape of a dog. For the latest updates on HouseSetter, visit www.housesetter.com or follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/housesetter.

     

     

    About Logic Solutions

    Logic Solutions is an international, privately held development firm headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With a team of 200 experts in six offices worldwide, Logic provides eCommerce solutions, custom software, websites, and mobile application development. Visit www.logicsolutions.com for more information.


    Media Contact:

    Angela Kujava
    angela.kujava@logicsolutions.com
    734-930-0009


  • Wednesday, August 03, 2016 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    The Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit(MSED) is accepting nominations of noteworthy marketing and sales professionals in southeastern Michigan for the organization’s coveted Platinum Awards.

    Two Platinum Award winners will be honored at the 22nd MSED Annual Awards Dinner in November. The awards recognize work which led to the awarding or generation of new business and/or cost savings from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. Nominees do not have to be MSED members and the nominations can be made for a team or individual.

    “Marketing and sales professionals are continuing to thrive in this growing economy,” said Dan Wolan, chairman of the 2016 MSED Platinum Awards and director of sales, Production Plus. “The Platinum Awards provide the opportunity for recipients to be recognized by their peers and to celebrate their business success.”


    The nomination process starts with an executive summary form, which can be downloaded here
    http://www.msedetroit.org/Platinum, that must be submitted by August 15. If selected, the nominees will be required to submit additional information by September 15.

    Judges, which will be made up of marketing and sales executives and past Platinum participants, will then select finalists based on qualifications, interviews and in-person presentations.


    Finalists will be evaluated by MSED judges based on helping their companies achieve critical business success by overcoming obstacles, creating new sales and marketing approaches, meeting business goals, exhibiting exemplary leadership and delivering significant accomplishment during 2014, 2015 and the first part of this year, with the winners being announced at MSED’s Annual Awards celebration on November 9.


    Past Platinum Award winners include individuals or teams from companies such as Dow Automotive, Priority Health, Grede Holdings, SKF, Rehmann, The Pink Fund, Reliance One, Altair and Little Caesars Enterprises.


    For more information on the MSED Platinum Award nominations, event sponsorships or advertising opportunities, contact Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590 or visit the MSED website at www.msedetroit.org.

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:03 AM | Anonymous


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    A veteran owned global staffing company, Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) recently won Metro Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 2016.  This is the second year in a row that CPI has been honored with this award.

    According to 101 Best & Brightest Companies, it takes determination, exceptional leadership, and daily ingenuity to maintain a successful organization. CPI excels in all three areas.

    “We are proud to win this award from the 101 Best & Brightest committee for two consecutive years,” said Jim Cowper, President, CPI. “This award belongs to every employee at CPI. Without them, CPI wouldn’t exist.”

    Along with many other companies competing in different categories, CPI will be honored at Metropolitan Detroit’s Best & Brightest Companies To Work For event on September 23, 2016 at The Detroit Marriott Renaissance.

    The Founder and CEO of CPI, Steve York is proud of CPI’s dedication to developing human resource plans, which focus on work/life balance, employee wellness and company perks.  “We are honored to receive this award. We will continue our efforts to ensure that our veterans and our employees have the resources they need to succeed in their careers,” said York.

    ABOUT CPI
    Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) was established in 1982. CPI is a privately held Michigan corporation headquartered in Waterford, Michigan with a branch offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Green Bay, Wisconsin. CPI is certified by both the National Veteran Business Council (NVBDC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VOSB) as veteran owned. Part of CPI’s mission is to put veterans to work. For more information please visit www.cpijobs.com. #CPIJobsInc


  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    NovaStar Solutions’s  ISO/IEC 17025 accredited instrument calibration laboratory expanded their capabilities by building a new facility for calibrating LISN’s at their Livonia, MI location.

    LISN, or Line Impedance Stabilization Network, is an instrument used to isolate unwanted RF signals while testing the DUT (Device Under Test) to provide a Radio Frequency (RF) noise measurement port. The main function of a LISN is to provide a precise impedance to the power input of the DUT in order to take measurements of the DUT RF noise present in the LISN.

    Novastar provides transmission, reflectance and impedance data for LISN’s from 100 kHz to 3 GHz. While NovaStar has the ability to test up to 3 GHz, frequency ranges most often fall within manufacturer specifications of 100 KHz to 1GHz.

    Novastar can now provide this service to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) labs across the USA.  The calibration results are compared to published specifications in CISPR25:2008 and are performed using methods described in ANSI C63.4-2014.

    Guy Howe, Director of NovaStar Calibration Services, said, “Adding the LISN’s to instruments that NovaStar calibrates is the first step in expanding our RF capabilities”. NovaStar continues to add new technology to service the needs of the test and measurement industry.

    NovaStar Solutions is a leading provider of new IT hardware and engineering software, IT asset management, and instrument calibration services. Our growth since 1998 is fueled by excellent service resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Located in Livonia, MI NovaStar serves automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, medical device makers, nuclear energy companies, and major universities among many other diverse businesses.

    For more information, please visit www.novastar.net


  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    dSPACE and BTC Embedded Systems now offer a solution that considerably improves test depth for the real-time validation of safety-critical applications. The combination of the new dSPACE Real-Time Testing (RTT) Observer Library and the tried-and-tested specification tool BTC EmbeddedSpecifier®makes it easier for testers to perform simulation-based formal verification. Formal verification is for example recommended by the ISO 26262 standard for testing the functional safety of road vehicles.
     
    Extension of Classical Test Methods
    The new solution complements existing model-in-the-loop (MIL), software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) environments by so-called “Requirement observers”. They are always active and monitor the compliance with every single safety requirement in real time. Any violation of the requirements is registered immediately, triggering an informative message for the user. Continuous requirements monitoring increases the achieved test depth, so more test cases can be covered for each function. This minimizes the risk of undetected errors caused by side effects.
     
    Easier Compliance with Safety Standards
    With BTC EmbeddedSpecifier®, informal requirements typically recorded in textual format can be conveniently translated to a formal representation that makes it possible for a computer to interpret the requirements. The tool-supported formulation further increases the quality of the requirements and makes it easier to comply with safety standards such as ISO 26262. In a second step, users generate the executable observers for the dSPACE real-time platform automatically at the click of a button. The requirements can be traced back to their original form at any time. Validating safety-critical applications is therefore possible with only little additional effort.
     
    Optimal Integration and Cross-Platform Use
    The optimal integration of the observer technology into the dSPACE tool chain for HIL tests and virtual validation lets users work comfortably in a familiar environment. Predefined templates are available for the test automation software dSPACE AutomationDesk and layouts for the experiment software dSPACE ControlDesk®. The generated observers can be used for an early verification in line with the virtual validation on the PC-based simulation platform dSPACE VEOS®. They can also be reused without any modifications at all on dSPACE HIL systems based on SCALEXIO or the DS1006 Processor Board.

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Jun 13, 2016 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    Q LTD recently completed a rebranding and responsive website design and development project for Wallace House at the University of Michigan, home to the Knight-Wallace Fellowships and the Livingston Awards, as well as the staff and leadership of these highly respected programs for journalists.
     
    The rebranding strategy now unifies both the Knight-Wallace Fellowships program and Livingston Awards under Wallace House and reinforces the organization’s affiliation with the University of Michigan.
     
    Q worked in partnership with Charles Eisendrath, Director, Wallace House; Birgit Rieck, Associate Director; and Melissa Riley, Program Manager. The rebranding was also based on insight gathered from Knight-Wallace Fellowship alumni and stakeholders.
     
    “Wallace House and the University of Michigan have established two very important programs that recognize and foster excellence in journalism, and we’re proud to play a supporting role through our work,” said Paul Koch, brand strategist at Q LTD.
     
    The new Wallace House brand design will be implemented across all marketing and communications materials, such as the Wallace House Journal, an HTML newsletter, print and digital advertising, awards programs, and a range of recruiting and informational brochures. The rebranding also includes a strategy for co-branding the two programs.
     
    “The Q team has produced exceptional work for us. They understood the transformative opportunities that our journalism programs offer and communicated these through both the brand messaging and design,” said Eisendrath.
     
    Experience the new Wallace House brand and website at wallacehouse.umich.edu.
     

    About Q LTD

    Q LTD’s expertise includes brand strategy, visual identity, website design and development, print collateral, marketing, advertising, video/animation, naming, content strategy, and tradeshows/exhibits. Q LTD is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and also has satellite offices in Palm Springs and Toronto. On international projects, Q collaborates with its partner agency in Europe, Q GmbH (Germany). Learn more at www.qltd.com.



  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    Jun 6, 2016 | Livonia, MI

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    ITEC strives to assist the automotive industry in the conversion from traditional vehicles to advanced electrified vehicles. The conference is “focused on components, standards, and grid interface technologies, related to efficient power conversion for all types of electrified transportation.” By displaying various existing electrical vehicles, ITEC hopes to inspire industry leaders to shift their innovations to create an environmentally friendly existence.

    In support of the electric automobile design and testing, NovaStar offers the following accredited electrical calibration services: force, torque, acceleration, electrical, thermodynamics, acoustics, pressure/vacuum, dimensional, hardness, and PH/conductivity.

    NovaStar will be exhibiting alongside Ford, General Motors, and Mercedes. With 12 keynote speakers, 5 training courses, and several industry exhibits, this conference is inviting to any automotive company or partner interested in the electrification of automobiles. For more information about ITEC, visit itec-conf.com.

    NovaStar Solutions is a leading provider of new IT hardware and engineering software, IT asset management, and instrument calibration services. Our growth since 1998 is fueled by excellent service resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Located in Livonia, MI NovaStar serves automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, medical device makers, nuclear energy companies, and major universities among many other diverse businesses.

    For more information, please visit www.novastar.net
     


  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    Jun 6, 2016 | Waterford, Michigan

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    James Cowper, President, CPI, Jay Vorobel, Vice President, Eastern Region, CPI and Richard Ross, Director of Business Development, CPI, Command Sergeant Major (retired) met with General Funk (retired), General Thurman (retired) and General Jones (retired) on May 18, 2016 at Fort Hood to discuss how CPI can expand their veteran hiring initiative and employ additional transitioning soldiers and veterans.

    “CPI has been working with the transition center at Fort Hood and various other installations to help out-processing military personnel transition into the civilian workforce for more than 2 decades,” said Vorobel. “We are interested in growing and expanding this program, standardizing our processes, and identifying additional avenues to reach more veterans.”

    Ross created this opportunity to bring CPI together with key influencers at Fort Hood. “We want to develop a smooth employment path for our out-processing military personnel and veterans,” said Ross. “CPI has been employing veterans for decades. We have the skills and expertise necessary to assist our service men and women as they transition out of the military.”

    A veteran owned company, CPI has been putting veterans to work for more than 34 years.
    As CPI continues to grow as a result of their veteran certifications from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VOSB) and the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC), CPI plans to double in size within the next three years. Employing several hundred veterans a year, the goal is to increase that number by at least a third, by the end 2017.

    CPI actively works to access out-processing military personnel and veterans by conducting onsite and virtual recruitment programs through the Military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
     

    ABOUT CPI
    Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) was established in 1982. CPI is a privately held Michigan corporation headquartered in Waterford, Michigan with a branch offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Green Bay, Wisconsin. CPI is certified by both the National Veteran Business Council (NVBDC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VOSB) as veteran owned. Part of CPI’s mission is to put veterans to work. For more information please visit www.cpijobs.com. #CPIJobsInc



  • Tuesday, February 02, 2016 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Brand design and website development firm Q LTD is honored to announce its involvement as design partner on The Kresge Foundation’s recently launched, redesigned website. The new Kresge site presents a bold, contemporary design that complements refreshed, simplified content, updated program and practice area descriptions, and new pages for grant opportunities. Additionally, the site is mobile-friendly and meets W3C accessibility guidelines.
     
    As project lead, Q designers and developers worked closely with the Kresge Communication team; information architect partners, The Understanding Group (TUG); and Drupal development and build team, Forum One. The 18-month-long project included stakeholder interviews and a design strategy that highlights Kresge’s work in cities and enhances communication and transparency with its grantees, partners, and the philanthropic community.
     
    “Kresge has been a catalyst for so much good in Detroit and communities across the US. We are very proud to provide ongoing design support to Kresge’s team and to have the opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues at TUG and Forum One,” said Christine Golus, Managing Director at Q.
     
    The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation headquartered in Troy, Michigan, that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities and Detroit through grantmaking and social investing.
     
    Q LTD is a full service design studio and marketing communications consultancy headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with team members in Palm Springs and Toronto. On international projects, Q collaborates with Q GmbH in Wiesbaden, Germany. Q has created strategic brand identities, web sites, and print collateral for clients throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more at www.qltd.com.
     

    About Q LTD

    Q LTD’s expertise includes corporate identity and logo design, web site design and development, strategic brand positioning, advertising, naming, environmental design, information architecture, and social media design and production. Q LTD is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and also has offices in California and Toronto. On international projects, Q LTD collaborates with its partner agency in Europe, Q GmbH (Germany). For more than 30 years Q has been committed to making the world a better place through creative excellence in design and communication. Learn more at www.qltd.com.



  • Tuesday, December 15, 2015 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    Priority Health didn’t need to look very far when naming the replacement for retiring CEO Mike Freed. Effective Jan. 1, Joan Budden, former chief marketing officer, will assume the role of president and CEO, announced Richard Breon, CEO of Spectrum Health, the parent organization of Priority also based in Grand Rapids.

     

    Budden has been with Priority Health since 2009 after holding various executive positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. They included stints in the Blues’ individual consumer division, project management office and corporate strategy departments.

     

    Freed, who had been with Spectrum for more than 20 years, announced his plans to retire in September. He replaced Kim Horn, who is now with Kaiser Permanente, in 2012.

     

    “The future of the health care industry is based on increased competition, consumer choice, innovation and models of care that provide a higher level of quality at lower costs,” Breon said in a statement.

     

    “Given Joan’s extensive experience in the health insurance industry and the results produced under her leadership as chief marketing officer, she is an outstanding choice to lead Priority Health in this new and ever-changing health care environment.”

     

    Budden said she plans to continue Priority’s focus on improving the health of its members.

    “We’ll continue to offer products and services that keep our members healthy and ensure they have access to high-quality, affordable care when needed,” said Budden in a statement

    Budden has been involved with Priority Health’s individual, group commercial and government programs. She also led the development of Priority’s compliance with the Affordable Care Act, allowing it to be named the state’s first benchmark plan.

     

    Budden holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

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