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  • Friday, May 08, 2015 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    TROY, Michigan -- Meeting Coordinators, Inc., the leading association and meeting management firm in southeast Michigan, announced that its president, Ann K. Bruttell, was honored with a Most Valuable Professional Award from Corp! magazine, presented at a ceremony on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the VistaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.

    The Most Valuable Professional award was inaugurated by the publication to spotlight C-suite executives and entrepreneurs of distinction, who represent the trailblazer mentality and philosophies that keep Michigan strong.

    When asked about her personal vision, Bruttell notes that “the world is run by those who show up. However, many people lack confidence in their own abilities. To show up is risky. It requires courage, pride in yourself, tenacity, moral fortitude and a willingness to learn from others.”

    Bruttell founded Meeting Coordinators in 1988 after working for another meeting and association management company. “It was time for the next step in my career by becoming an independent meeting consultant,” she says. “After all, what’s the worst that could have happened? If it didn’t work, I was skilled and employable. Thankfully, it worked!”

    Economic conditions from 2007-2010 made it difficult for businesses to remain strong, “but an interesting thing happened — it made those of us who survived stronger,” Bruttell says. “We were willing to break out of traditional modes, learn new modes of operation and form strong alliances. We need to continue this work philosophy as we move forward.”

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    Since 1988, Meeting Coordinators, Inc. has been the leading association and meeting management firm in Southeast Michigan. We organize and execute corporate meetings conferences and events from 5 to 30,000 participants on a local, national and international basis. Additionally, we provide association management services for volunteer-led organizations.

    For more information, please visit      

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    On Monday, March 2nd, Reliance One is celebrating the official opening of their Chicago-Area office. The company is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan and specializes in engineering and information technology recruiting services. The new office reflects the company's vision of expansion and growth into one of the leading recruiting firms in the Midwest.

    Reliance One’s presence in Chicago will enhance its relationship with current clients in the Midwest, as well as, open up new opportunities.  “We have a great partnership with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council which has helped fuel our growth in Michigan.  We are looking forward to actively participating with the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council,” said Jim Beath, Chairman and Co-Founder of Reliance One.

    “Reliance One is committed to developing relationships with businesses in and around Chicago and expanding its diverse client base,” Beath said. “The new office allows us to identify business partnerships, strengthen relationships with existing clients, and better support those clients that utilize our recruiting solutions.”

    The new office is located at 1001 Warrenville Road, Suite 224, Lisle, Illinois 60532 (30 minutes west of downtown Chicago), and the telephone number is (630) 874-3100. For more information regarding this new office or to discuss recruiting solutions, please contact Cody Winer, Account Manager at (630) 874-3091.

    About Reliance One:
    Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

    About The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council:
    The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (ChicagoMSDC) is a premier organization for increasing business opportunities between major buying organizations and minority-owned businesses.

    Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Reliance One, a minority owned staffing and recruiting firm, was just ranked as the 20th largest (2013 Revenue) Staffing Firm in Metro Detroit by Crain’s Detroit Business.  

    Reliance One broke into the top 20 by increasing (2013) revenue by 36%.  The growth was fueled by strategic alliances with new clients and the opening of another office, located in Bingham Farms. In addition, Reliance One has hired a number of new team members which has helped meet the demand for our customers.

    “There is a lot of momentum in Detroit, and our services are more in demand than ever,” said Jim Beath, Chairman and Co-Founder of Reliance One.  We partner with companies that are serious about hiring the right person at the right time.  This partnership allows us to put the right number of team members on our customers’ most critical job openings.  Companies are struggling to find the talent they need to meet their resource demands and unemployment is very low in southeast Michigan for experienced, technical professionals.  Our employees make the difference when it comes to providing great customer service and highly qualified candidates.

    Reliance One is currently planning the opening of new offices in markets that are geographically located near current customers with plans of attracting new business.

    Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct).

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:25 PM | Anonymous

     TROY, Mich., Oct. 2, 2014 – The Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) will honor top executives Joseph Anderson Jr., chairman and CEO of TAG Holdings, LLC; John Rakolta Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge; and Toby Barlow, executive vice president and chief creative officer of Global Team Ford at the annual black-tie Gala to be held at the Detroit Athletic Club on Nov. 20.


    The 21st annual black-tie fundraiser, hosted by MSED, celebrates the outstanding achievements of exceptional marketing professionals and business executives in southeastern Michigan. Net proceeds from the MSED event supports scholarships, educational seminars and charitable events.


    “It’s an honor to award such prestigious business and marketing professionals for their invaluable dedication to their respective industries,” said Dave Harries, chairman of the MSED Gala and president of Spartan Marketing Services. “Each year we look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding leaders and celebrating the success of our peers.”  


    Anderson, a highly distinguished military veteran and subject of the Oscar winning documentary “Anderson’s Platoon”, will be the recipient of the 2014 Herb Everss Lifetime Achievement Award. Through his leadership and success in building companies in the United States and Asia, as well as serving on the boards of several other public businesses, Anderson has proven to be an invaluable asset and inspiration to both shareholders and employees.    


    Rakolta will receive the 2014 Executive Leadership Award. Rakolta held positions of increasing responsibility at Walbridge, where he succeeded his father John Rakolta Sr., as chairman and CEO in 1979. During his tenure, Rakolta has a history of delivering business results as evidenced by the growth of Walbridge from a regional firm to a global entity registering sales of $1.3 billion. Walbridge is recognized as an industry leader in the areas of safety, quality and lean construction.


    Barlow will be recognized with the 2014 Trailblazer Award. Through his creative leadership at Team Detroit, Barlow blazed new trails for Ford as they navigated their way through the darkest time the automotive industry has ever seen.  In addition, he has made tremendous efforts to make Michigan the primary source for excellent creative talent with efforts like the “Write-a-House” project.


    The Gala will also recognize southeastern Michigan’s top sales and marketing professionals with MSED’s Platinum award. This year’s event will be emceed by award-winning writer, speaker and consultant, Bryce G. Hoffman.


    Tickets for the black-tie event cost $150 for MSED members, $195 for non-members, $1,100 for a member’s table of eight and $1,400 for a non-members table. The price includes an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and afterglow reception. For more information on tickets, event details or sponsorship opportunities, contact Meeting Coordinators at (248) 643-6590 or visit the organization’s website at

  • Monday, August 04, 2014 10:37 AM | Anonymous


    Meet the Priority Health Sales Team, Winners of a 2012 MSED Platinum Award

    Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of its members. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs, and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide with wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization that also rated Priority Health's plans among the best health plans in the nation. Priority Health was also named the benchmark plan by the State of Michigan for all individual and group plans to model.

    Priority Health team members Scott Norman, Director of Sales and Client Services; Lenny Brucato, Senior Manager; and Tammie Briscoe, Account Manager accepted the Platinum Award in 2011.


    MSED: MSED prides itself in being associated with the premiere marketing and sales executives in southeastern Michigan. What did it mean to the team to be awarded with the Platinum Award?


    PH: Winning this award was a tremendous honor. We were very flattered to be recognized by an organization of marketing and sales professionals as prestigious as MSED.


    MSED: How did you feel when you heard the team's name announced as a winner at the Black Tie Gala?


    PH: Very excited. We all put a lot of time and efforts into our jobs and to be recognized like that was very rewarding and very exciting.


    MSED: Can you share the story about what the team has accomplished to get the award?


    PH: South East Michigan was a relatively new market for us at the time and we had been working to established ourselves in this area. We were recognized by MSED for those efforts and the resulting membership growth and provider network expansion in South East Michigan.


    MSED: What advice do you have for aspiring Platinum Award winners who want to achieve success in marketing and/or sales?


    PH: Know your customer and your sales people. They know what they want and what they need and are more than willing to tell you. You just have to be willing to listen and recognized that you may have to be willing to break from the status quo.


    MSED: What do you enjoy most about MSED and in what ways, if any, has it helped you in your career?


    PH: I enjoyed the relationships the most. MSED was how I met people like Susan Gibson, Len Damico and many other great people. They throw some pretty good parties, too!





    Know of a great individual or team that deserves to be recognized for their excellent marketing and sales achievements? Nominate them for our Platinum Awards here.




    Click to learn more about Priority Health


  • Wednesday, July 09, 2014 11:57 AM | Anonymous
    MSED: MSED prides itself in being associated with the premiere marketing and sales executives in southeastern Michigan. What did it mean to you to be awarded with the Platinum Award?

    MM: Bragging rights, meeting the MSED judges, the other nominees and learning what has made them successful. . . . .

    MSED: How did you feel when you heard your name announced as a winner at theBlack Tie Gala?

    MM: Honestly, the company I founded and run, was so very different from the other nominees . . . I was not sure whether this was an advantage or disadvantage.  Obviously, I was pleased and thrilled. 

    MSED: Can you share your story about what you accomplished to get the award?

    MM: I think what set me apart from all the other nominees was the nature of the work, and the fact that without a single dollar available for marketing, I launched our enterprise- The Pink Fund, a non-profit that pays bills for women and men undergoing treatment for breast cancer - by putting a plaster painted cast of my bust on ebay to get attention and donations.  Seventeen newspapers across the country picked up the story and we were on our way.

    Other companies have marketing challenges around budget as well, but I don’t think their execs were personally broke and standing in line at the local food bank while trying to launch their ventures. I believe my story had a totally different appeal.

    MSED: What advice do you have for aspiring Platinum Award winners who want to achieve success in marketing and/or sales?

    MM: Do something crazy and different. Use humor. Emotionally grab your potential customer’s attention.  Stop talking features and benefits and think with your heart.  Once you’ve touched their hearts and have their attention, then you can talk features and benefits. Engage, entertain and educate, in that order.

    MSED: What do you enjoy most about MSED and in what ways, if any, has it helped you in your career?

    MM: What has been most helpful is the bragging rights  around the award.  Honestly, when others who don’t know you see the value in your work, your creativity and persistence, it is a huge encouragement to keep on going. 

    Know of an outstanding individual or team that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for our Platinum Awards here.

    Click to learn more about The Pink Fund.

  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014 1:46 PM | Anonymous

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

    Two Platinum Award winners will be honored at MSED’s 21st Annual Black-Tie Gala Dinner in October. The awards recognize work which led to the awarding or generation of new business and/or cost savings from Jan. 1, 2013 through June 1, 2014. Nominees do not have to be MSED members and the nominations can be made for a team or individual.

    Past Platinum Award Winners include individuals or teams from companies such as Borg Warner, Rugged Liner, Reliance One, Dow Automotive, CSM Worldwide, Priority Health, Grede Holdings, SKF, Rehmann and Compuware.

    The award nomination form can be downloaded through the MSED website at The completed nomination along with any additional information about the nominee should be emailed to by September 1.

    According to Len Damico, chairman of the 2014 MSED Platinum Awards and executive vice president, H.C. Olsen & Associates, recipients of the Platinum Awards are commended by their peers for their top performances in the marketing and sales professions.

    “Given the improving economy, this is a great opportunity for marketing and sales professionals to celebrate their business achievements and share their tips for success to help other southeast Michigan businesses,” Damico said.

    Nominees will be evaluated by MSED judges based on their achievements in increasing or maintaining sales, using creative problem-solving methods, reaching or exceeding company goals, impacting a business or industry and exhibiting exemplary teamwork or leadership as an individual, including distinguishing oneself from the competition during 2013 and the first part of this year.

    A group of finalists will be selected from the nominees and interviewed by a panel of judges, with the winners being announced at MSED’s annual Black-Tie Gala Dinner in October.

    The Platinum Awards are sponsored again this year by Corp! magazine.

    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

  • Monday, May 19, 2014 9:43 AM | Anonymous
    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP earned its fifth Elite award from the Michigan Business and Professional Association at an event recognizing West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For held in the Grand Rapids area on May 8, 2014. Honigman scored the highest of all 101 companies in the Strategic Company Performance Elite award category, which is one of only 12 award categories.

    This is Honigman’s third recognition for Strategic Company Performance, which underscores the affirmative feedback from Honigman’s staff and attorneys. Their survey responses identify how firm leadership effectively and proactively collaborates with them to achieve the established strategic goals and objectives for the firm and its clients.

    "We are proud to provide a forum for these select companies to be recognized and honored. It takes dedication and a strong commitment to one's employees to be named an Elite Winner. This year's recipients keep innovative human resource initiatives at the forefront and make it a priority to consider their workforce as an essential aspect in their company success," said Jennifer Kluge, president of the MBPA, which presents the 101 Best and Brightest program.  

    For the last several years, Honigman has earned a total of nine regional and three national Best and Brightest Company to Work For awards, three Detroit Free Press Top Workplace in Michigan awards, and five Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women awards.

    About Honigman
    Honigman is a leading business law firm based in Michigan with an international practice. Headquartered in Detroit with offices in Lansing, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, the firm has attorneys practicing in more than 50 different areas of concentration. Honigman’s highly credentialed attorneys and staff, along with its customer-service focus, provide clients in a wide variety of industries timely and cost-effective counsel. For more information about Honigman visit
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:17 AM | Anonymous
    This past Friday, a team from Reliance One spent their R1 Impact Day at Forgotten Harvest of Southeast Detroit.  They assisted the farm personnel with clean up in the barns in order to get them ready for the upcoming season.  In the first barn, they removed straw so they could start relocating dirt to the lower areas of the barn, while also disposing of large piles of trash.  In the second barn, Robin, Joe, and Jake focused on leaf removal while Ericka sorted gloves for future volunteers. 
    The team said Forgotten Harvest was very thankful they were able to get some of these larger tasks off of their list, since they usually get pushed aside when the weather gets nicer, which is when their focus turns to planting and harvesting. 
    "While we sit down at our tables each and every day to enjoy a meal, we don’t realize that one out of every five people in Southeast Michigan goes without.  This farm has a goal of delivering 1.7 million pounds of food to the tables of those in need.  Knowing that we had a small part in that eventual success was a great feeling,” stated Robin Hilliker, R1 Account Manager.
    About Forgotten Harvest:

    The mission of Forgotten Harvest, founded in 1990, is to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing extra, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers.  This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.
    About Reliance One:

    Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with a focus on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). 
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Northern Lakes Economic Alliance took time Friday to recognize several groups and individuals whose efforts help enhance Northern Michigan economically.  The event drew more than 700 guests to North Central Michigan College and featured a keynote address by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

    Northern Lakes presented economic development "Project of the Year" honors to the organizations that collaborated to develop the Mobile Digital Fabrication Lab, or "Fab Lab" for short. This recently unveiled mobile lab is meant to help area workers, as well as high-school and college students, develop skills needed to use computer numeric control (CNC) systems in manufacturing.

    North Central Michigan College is leading the way in providing a new “channel” of education for the benefit of many.  “You are on the forefront due to the Fab Lab”, said Governor Snyder.
    “Triune Specialty Trailers was honored to be selected as the prime contractor for the development of this extraordinary mobile outreach trailer on behalf of North Central Michigan College,” said Harry Kurtz, President of Triune Specialty Trailers.   “Producing these types of creative, meaningful, mobilized solutions is what we do best.”
    The Mobile Fab Lab is already scheduled for training and students are lining up to get on the schedule.  Governor Snyder, North Central Michigan College and the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance are confident this is the beginning for many more trailers similar to this one.  CNC education is a primary focus with many other areas of educational need for manufacturing, skilled trades and professional services.
    About North Central Michigan College:  North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School®.
    About Northern Lakes Economic Alliance: The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is a non-profit economic development partnership providing resources to create and retain quality jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties.
    About Triune Specialty Trailers:  A specialized manufacturing company located in the heart of Automation Alley, Triune’s mission is to be the premier designer and manufacturer of specialized transportation solutions with the highest standard for excellence, client services and noteworthy reliability. Our commitment to quality “is a way of life.”


    For additional information on Triune Specialty Trailers, please visit our website at or contact Tim Turczyn or Mike Bamrick at 248-629-2965.

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Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED)


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