Three top executives, Matthew Cullen, principal of Rock Ventures LLC and CEO of JACK Entertainment LLC, Lon Offenbacher, president and CEO of Inteva Products, and Jake Sigal, CEO of Tome, will be honored for their accomplishments at the Evening of Excellence, hosted by the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED), on March 27 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.
The 23rd annual Evening of Excellence celebrates the outstanding achievements of exceptional marketing professionals and business executives in southeastern Michigan. Proceeds from MSED events support the Detroit marketing and sales community through educational programming and collegiate scholarships.
“Each year we are proud to honor outstanding business leaders who have made a significant impact in their company, their industry and the communities in which they reside,” said Dave Harries, chairman of the MSED Evening of Excellence and president of Spartan Marketing Services.
Cullen will be recognized with the 2017 Herb Everss Lifetime Achievement Award. As CEO of JACK Entertainment and principal of Rock Ventures, Cullen has helped bring hundreds of companies, as well as thousands of new workers and residents into the city and has helped transform the way people view investing in Detroit. To date, Rock Ventures has invested more than $2 billion in Detroit’s central business district with plans to invest an additional $2 billion in the coming years. Prior to his current position, Cullen served as the general manager of economic development and enterprise services for General Motors Corp. He was credited for inspiring General Motors’ purchase of the Renaissance Center and subsequent $500 million in improvements, and was a driving force for the Detroit riverfront development. He also serves as president and CEO of the M-1 Rail Streetcar initiative. The 6.6 mile streetcar, known as QLINE, launched in May and connects the city’s largest cultural destinations, educational and entertainment facilities and employment centers along Woodward Avenue. In 2000, Cullen won MSED’s Marketing Innovator of The Year award and was a recipient of the Executive Leadership Award in 2007.
Offenbacher will receive the 2017 Executive Leadership Award. Since founding Inteva Products in 2008, he has tripled the size of the company, expanding to nearly 50 sites worldwide and growing the customer base exponentially to 90 automakers. Prior to starting Inteva Products, Offenbacher served as business line executive for the Integrated Closure, Cockpit, and Interior Systems business lines at Delphi Corp. Among his previous industry honors, Offenbacher was recently named 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Michigan and Northern Ohio Region and a national finalist for the U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year.
Sigal will be recognized with the 2017 Trailblazer Award. As co-founder and CEO of Tome, a software company located in Royal Oak, Mich., Sigal creates organic opportunities to collaborate with established companies and market leaders spanning a variety of industries. The company was named TechWeek Detroit’s 2017 Startup of the Year. Sigal has made a career out of creating experiences consumer tech users want. Prior, Sigal was founder of Livio, an automotive connectivity company, which he sold to Ford Motor Co. in 2013. Sigal sits on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders and is a proud supporter of Techstars. In 2010, Sigal was named to Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20s and in 2014 he received the Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Up and Coming Award.
The ceremony will also recognize southeastern Michigan’s top marketing and sales professionals with MSED’s Platinum Award. Judges on the Platinum Awards panel are made up of marketing and sales executives and past award recipients.
For more information on the MSED Evening of Excellence, event sponsorships or advertising opportunities, contact Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590 or visit the MSED website at www.msedetroit.org/2018Celebration.
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Founded in 1988, the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) is a non-profit association of accomplished sales and marketing professionals that recognize the powerful advantage of building and nurturing relationships with their peers and their community. MSED provides the network and resources to advance new thinking, exchange counsel, ideas and new business; and help its members advance their sales and marketing careers. MSED contributions to charities and its own scholarship program help foster the value of the sales and marketing profession in the community.
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., a leading Michigan business law firm that has a long history of helping businesses succeed, has selected Bianchi Public Relations, Inc. – a metro Detroit public relations (PR) agency with deep media relations and communications experience – as its PR agency of record.
The announcement was made by William Sider, CEO of Jaffe, and James A. Bianchi, PR agency president.
Bianchi PR will help Jaffe with media relations around its key business law growth areas – including entrepreneurial start-ups, technology, real estate, estate planning, intellectual property, privacy and data security, mergers and acquisitions, and nonprofits – as well as promote the law firm’s upcoming 50th anniversary and related future-focused activities.
Founded in 1968 in Detroit to provide responsive legal services to help business owners succeed, Jaffe has grown into one of Michigan’s top business law firms (ranked #8 in Crain’s Detroit Business’ latest list of largest Detroit law firms). The firm is still deeply rooted in Detroit with an office in the historic Grand Park Centre building at W. Adams and Woodward. Jaffe also operates offices in Southfield and Ann Arbor, Mich. and Naples, Fla. to meet its clients’ needs. Jaffe clients include: American Airlines, Detroit Zoological Society, Feldman Automotive, REDICO, Spirit Airlines, Storage Pros Management LLC, Strength Capital Partners, Sun Communities, Inc., Toll Brothers, Inc. and Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.
Based in Troy, Mich. and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Bianchi PR pioneered the proprietary Social Media Use by Professional Service Firms (SMUPS) study. The study analyzed how the top Detroit law, accounting, engineering service, staffing and architectural firms use social media platforms and identified issues and opportunities for local professional service firms.
Adriana Van Duyn, a PRSA-accredited professional and a 13-year veteran with Bianchi PR, will direct the firm’s work for Jaffe as account supervisor.
About Bianchi PR
With special expertise in business-to-business PR and social media for professional service firms and automotive suppliers, Bianchi PR was founded in 1992 and is ranked among the top three independent PR agencies based in Metro Detroit, according to PRWeek’s 2017 ranking of PR firms.
Among Bianchi PR’s ongoing business-to-business PR clients are Adient, BASF, Cooper Standard, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, KIRCO, Schaeffler Group, Toptal Automotive & Mobility, and Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. The firm’s experience also includes work with several law and consulting firms and multiple industry trade organizations. For more information, visit http://www.bianchipr.com or call 248-269-1122.
Bianchi PR is a member of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), one of the world’s largest international PR networks. Clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of PRGN to deliver targeted PR campaigns in markets around the world. With revenues of more than $101 million, PRGN harnesses the resources of more than 50 independent public relations firms and 900-plus communications professionals to connect international companies and organizations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally. Visit PRGN online at www.prgn.com, on Twitter at @PRGN and on Instagram at @PublicRelationsGlobalNetwork.
About Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.
Michigan-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. is a full-service business law firm representing and advising entrepreneurs and businesses nationwide. Focused on results, invested in relationships and driven by opportunity, Jaffe has 110 attorneys at its Detroit, Southfield, Mich., Ann Arbor, Mich. and Naples, Fla. offices.
The firm’s practice areas include appellate, aviation, corporate, criminal, privacy, data breach & data security, e-commerce, electronic banking, emerging and growth business, employee benefits, environmental, estate planning, family law, financial services, franchise law, immigration, impact investing/social enterprise, insolvency and reorganization, insurance, intellectual property, information technology, litigation, labor, mergers and acquisitions, mortgage banking, property tax appeals, public finance, real estate, securities and tax law. For more information, visit www.jaffelaw.com.
SS Digital Media, an industry leader in digital marketing, has been awarded the Best of MichBusiness Award in the Marketing and PR Prophets category by MichBusiness, powered by MBPA (Michigan Business and Professionals Association).
As described in the judging criteria, winners in this category are “laser-focused on the right audience with the right answer, at the right time.”
“We live this mantra each and every day,” says Nick Skislak, agency founder and managing partner. “Our teams are constantly studying, attending conferences and seminars, earning certifications and sharing knowledge with each other. It’s absolutely essential in digital marketing, where advancements happen with lightning speed.”
The Best of MichBusiness Award ceremony will be held the evening of Thursday, November 30 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit.
SS Digital Media
SS Digital Media is a nationally recognized digital marketing and advertising agency in Troy, Michigan, focused on e-commerce and B2B companies. Services include e-commerce strategies and development, search and social marketing, brand strategy and implementation, website design and optimization, video production, measurement and reporting. For more information, please visit www.ssdigitalmedia.com.
For more than three decades, as the Michigan Business and Professional Association, the organization’s mission and history of successful business partnerships have positively impacted more than 150,000 businesses.
Through interactive programs, affiliates, and sister companies, professionals and leaders in our statewide business community have been able to apply the tools and opportunities we provide to their organizations in order to make their businesses better.
The Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) is seeking nominations for its prestigious Platinum Awards, an award program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of marketing and sales professionals in southeastern Michigan.
Two Platinum Award winners will be honored at the MSED Evening of Excellence, which has been moved and will be taking place on March 27, 2018, extending the nomination period to February 1, 2018. 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 make a difference in their industry,” said Dave Harries, event chairman, MSED and president of Spartan Marketing Services. “The Platinum Awards provide the opportunity for recipients to be recognized by their peers and celebrate their business success, as well as provide a platform to showcase their expertise.”
The Platinum Awards nomination form can be downloaded at https://www.msedetroit.org/Platinum/. Nominees will be evaluated by MSED judges based on how they are helping their companies achieve critical business success by overcoming obstacles, creating new sales and marketing approaches, meeting company goals, impacting a business or industry, exhibiting exemplary teamwork or leadership, and delivering significant accomplishments between Jan. 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017.
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. The winners will be announced at MSED’s Evening of Excellence on March 27. They will also have the opportunity to present their stories at a future MSED dinner meeting.
Past Platinum Award winners include individuals or teams from companies such as Hella, MERA, Dow Automotive, Priority Health, Grede Holdings, SKF, Rehmann, The Pink Fund, Reliance One, Altair and Rugged Liner.
At the event, MSED will also honor Southeast Michigan business leaders with its Trailblazer, Executive Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
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.
Global marketing and communications firm Finn Partners today announced that Mike DeVilling, one of Detroit's longstanding public relations professionals, has joined the agency as Senior Partner.
Reporting to Finn's managing partner, Dan Pooley, DeVilling will serve as senior partner in the Detroit office. He will lead new business development, client service and counsel, and will provide a variety of content, media relations and issues management services.
"Mike brings entrepreneurial energy, senior leadership, marcomm expertise, strong community and industry knowledge to our growing Detroit team," Pooley said. "His background in multiple industry sectors is a great match for our Detroit office and his automotive experience adds to our strength in the technologies that are driving the future of vehicle autonomy and mobility. Mike will be a catalyst for both our Detroit office and for Finn Partners' automotive tech expertise around the globe."
For more than nine years, DeVilling ran his own boutique agency in metro Detroit, servicing clients across the country in the automotive, nonprofit, real estate and personal finance sectors. His firm specialized in media relations, social media and content marketing services.
DeVilling was previously on the management team at John Bailey & Associates, Detroit, rising to executive vice president in 2006. While there, he led several automotive client relationships, including the North American International Auto Show. Prior to that, DeVilling was director of corporate communications for Cars.com. He also served on the management team at Eisbrenner Public Relations after launching his career at Casey Communications.
"Finn Partners has quickly become one of the most respected global marketing and communications firms, and I've found out very quickly, the Detroit team reflects that reputation by doing amazing work for its clients," DeVilling said. "The Agency has a growing operation here, and is uniquely positioned to counsel clients at the intersection of the automotive and technology sectors. I look forward to helping the team continue to grow, both in Detroit and across the agency's network of offices."
About Finn Partners Founded in 2011 on the core principles of innovation and collaborative partnership, Finn Partners has more than tripled in size in six years, becoming one of the fastest growing independent public relations agencies in the world. The full-service marketing and communications company's record-setting pace is a result of organic growth and integrating new companies and new people into the Finn Partners world through a common "work hard-play nice" philosophy. With over 550 professionals, Finn Partners provides its clients with global access and capabilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in addition to its PROI Worldwide affiliates. Headquartered in New York, Finn Partners' other offices are in: Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Washington D.C. Find them at finnpartners.com and follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @finnpartners.
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SS Digital Media, a full-service digital marketing and advertising agency, recently was awarded the Renaissance Award by the Detroit Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
SS Digital Media’s campaign to restore the reputation of the Humane Society of Macomb won a Gold Quill award in the Community Relations category of the Communication Management division.
Adhering to global IABC standards, the award is bestowed for excellence in strategic communication recognizing smart thinking, flawless execution and results. Each entry consists of two components: the work plan and the work sample.
SS Digital Media worked with the Humane Society of Macomb when the shelter was being assaulted by protesters, both online and physically on the sidewalk outside its front door. Local TV news stations featured the story often as the accusations involved treatment of animals, a tender subject for most.
The agency delved into the issues behind the accusations and helped the shelter remedy situations that led to misrepresentation in the media and online. A strategic plan, including operational changes, a new website and social media initiatives were implemented and within a relatively short time period, positive public sentiment was restored.
“As gratifying as it is to win this award from IABC, the real ‘win’ was the turnaround in public opinion about the Humane Society of Macomb,” says Amanda Farley, accounts director and partner at SS Digital Media. “Swift communications action in a crisis situation is critical and we were delighted at the outcome. HSM has since been recognized as a model shelter and we continue to work with them to spread the word about their caring, compassionate care.”
The IABC awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 4, from Noon to 2:00 at the Henry in Dearborn.
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SS Digital Media is a full-service digital marketing and advertising agency in Troy, Michigan. Services include e-commerce strategies and development, search and social marketing, brand design and implementation, website design and optimization, video production, measurement and reporting. For more information, please visit www.ssdigitalmedia.com.
Meeting Coordinators, Inc. today announced that Ann K. Bruttell, president and founder, has been named one of Smart Meetings 2017 Smart Women in Meetings Industry Leaders.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by my industry with this award,” said Bruttell. “When starting my own firm and throughout my career I, alongside my team, have strived to maintain close client relationships and provide them with exceptional service based on our vast experience and best practices.”
Since founding the firm in 1988, Bruttell has led Meeting Coordinators to be a top association and meeting management firm in Southeast Michigan, assisting companies and organizations with professional meeting planning and execution, from site selection, contract negotiation and attendee registration to onsite execution and logistics of the event. In addition, the firm provides association management services for volunteer-led organizations. In her role, Bruttell ensures the day-to-day operations of the company run smoothly.
Bruttell is currently on the board of the Michigan Council on Economic Education and a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. In 2015, she received the Most Valuable Professional Award from Corp! magazine.
According to Smart Meetings, the Smart Women in Meetings Awards honor talented, dedicated women who are making an impact on the meetings industry by elevating and inspiring female meeting ambassadors worldwide. Award winners will be recognized on April 28 at the Smart Women in Meetings Awards luncheon at the 2017 Smart Women Summit in Denver.
The second annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards recognizes the industry’s top female meeting professionals in five categories, including Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Doers and Rising Stars. For more information, visit: Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017.
About Meeting Coordinators, Inc.
Since 1988, Meeting Coordinators, Inc. has been the leading association and meeting management firm in Southeast Michigan. The firm organizes and executes corporate meetings, conferences and events from five to 30,000 participants on a local, national and international basis. Additionally, it provides association management services for volunteer-led organizations. Current clients include Autoline, Detroit Association for Talent Development, Detroit Society for Human Resource Management, Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit, Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, State of Michigan Department of Agriculture-Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, Project Management Institute-GLC, SAE International, SAE Foundation, Wings & Wine Society, and Women in Defense-Michigan. For more information, visit www.meeting-coordinators.com.
What better way to celebrate your 25th birthday than with 50 of your best friends? Bianchi Public Relations, Inc. and the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) – which are both celebrating 25th anniversaries this year – today announced the addition of two new communications agency affiliates to one of the world’s largest PR agency networks. These firms – S&A Communications and asoluto – joined PRGN during the consortium’s recent bi-annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. The group also unveiled a new PRGN website, which incorporates powerful search functionality to help companies find the right expertise in the right location around the globe. The new prgn.com also is a new resource for PR professionals searching for tools and templates, including press releases or plans, while serving as one of the first-ever international job search banks for the profession.
“Bianchi PR has been a proud PRGN member since 2014,” said James A. Bianchi, president of Bianchi PR. “Our ability to harness the power of more than four dozen independent agencies worldwide allows us to serve clients whenever and wherever they need us.”
During the Dallas meeting, PRGN members elected Christina Rytter, managing director and founder of Copenhagen, Denmark-based Scandinavian Communications as its new president. Rytter, who replaces Evelyn Holtzhausen, founder and director of South Africa-based HWB Communications, leads the worldwide network of 50 independently owned firms for the next 12 months. Founded in 1992 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, PRGN is planning a celebration for its 25th anniversary later this year. With more than $101 million in revenues and 900 professionals in 50 locations, PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks.
“As we celebrate 25 years of service to our clients around the world, we’re thrilled to reach the 50-member mark for the organization,” said Rytter. “The addition of a multi-disciplinary firm in Austria further strengthens our impact across the European Union, while our expansion in the southern U.S. increases our capabilities in such key practice areas as technology, health care and government relations.
The newly inducted agencies are:
The New PRGN.com
PRGN’s enhanced website represents a significant milestone for the global network. A complete redesign of the site now allows businesses and corporations worldwide to more easily research and connect with the communications partners that fit their needs.
“The new, search friendly PRGN.com gives prospective clients one-stop access to a curated suite of PR services. Also, it serves as a common conversation point for member agencies to interact with each other and build business together,” said Bianchi. “For those on the outside, it’s a new resource that anyone can use, including those hunting for a job in one of our 50 markets.”
PRGN partners meet twice a year in cities around the world. The next meeting will be held in October 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. At each meeting, the group’s leadership teams discuss best practices and find new ways to collaborate and develop business partnerships globally. Agency members are independent, local, owner-operated public relations and marketing communications firms that share expertise and resources, while providing broad-based comprehensive communications strategies to clients worldwide. Companies or organizations interested in the services of PRGN’s local agency network can visit www.prgn.com for more information.
Independent agencies interested in joining the network can visit the member recruitment section of the PRGN website for more information or email its membership chair, Layth Dajani, founder of The Content Factory at email@example.com.
With special expertise in PR and social media for automotive suppliers, professional service firms and other business to business enterprises, Bianchi PR is now celebrating its 25th year. The firm is ranked the top independent PR agency based in Metro Detroit, according to PRWeek’s most recent ranking of public relations firms.
Among Bianchi PR’s ongoing automotive, industrial and business-to-business PR clients are Adient, ATA National Title, BASF, Cooper Standard, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, KIRCO, Schaeffler Group, SRG Global and Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. The firm’s experience also includes work with organizations such as SAE International, the Automotive Industry Action Group, the Center for Automotive Research and the Steel Market Development Institute. For more information, visit http://www.bianchipr.com or call 248-269-1122.
About Public Relations Global Network (PRGN)
Clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in markets around the world. With revenues of more than $101 million (US), PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks. PRGN harnesses the resources of 50 independent public relations firms and more than 900 communications professionals to connect international companies and organizations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally. Visit PRGN online at www.prgn.com or on twitter at @PRGN.
The Hunter Group Partners are pleased to present the third of our 2017 Leadership Trends Series with "Small Talk with Mark S. Lee" on CBS Radio and Crain's Detroit.
Our co-founder, Sherry Muir Irwin, recently discussed Evolving Leadership Trends for Women in the Auto Industry Across MI with Mark S. Lee. To read the article click here: http://leegroupinnovation.com/evolving-leadership-trends-for-women-with-the-automotive-industry-across-michigan/
The Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corp. named MSED Board Member, Rob Luce, as its new executive director.
Luce, 37, began his post March 6 to oversee the economic development agency's day-to-day operations and will report to the board of directors, the organization announced Tuesday. He is the first person to take on this role for the agency, which was managed by Wayne County or a part-time consultant since its inception in 2013, Luce said.
"Rob's experience, knowledge, and passion for economic development in Southeast Michigan make him the ideal leader for the Aerotropolis," Detroit Region Aerotropolis Executive Committee Chairman Tim Keyes said in a news release. "His work with MICHauto and knowledge of the automotive sector will be a valuable addition to our organization."
Luce brings more than a decade of experience as director of the Detroit Regional Chamber's MICHauto and Automotive Retention & Growth initiative. There he oversaw marketing of the state's automotive assets, lobbying for the industry in Lansing, attracting automotive investment, and creating initiatives to help improve the talent pipeline for auto companies.
Luce also has political experience as a fundraising director for a state Senate campaign and as a legislative aide in the state Senate. He has also worked in government relations and as an executive mortgage banker at Quicken Loans Inc.
He earned a business degree from Adrian College in 2003 and a master of public administration from Eastern Michigan University in 2010, according to the release.
Detroit Region Aerotropolis is a public/private agency that advocates for investment in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport region. The agency is supported by various public and private entities including DTE Energy Co., Wayne County Airport Authority, cities surrounding the Metro Airport, and Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
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