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Entry deadline extended for County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 Program

If you or someone you know has made significant contributions at work or the quality of life in southeast Michigan and think he or she – or you – should be recognized for the good work, you have a little extra time to make that happen.

The deadline for nominations for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2015 has been extended until Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor young professionals and thought leaders who excel in their field and have demonstrated dynamic leadership.

“We have an abundance of talented entrepreneurs, teachers and other thought leaders who are shaping the future of our region,” Patterson said. “With the holidays upon us, I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to nominate one or several of these young women and men, or themselves. We’re looking for the best and brightest the region has to offer.”

To submit a candidate, go to www.AdvantageOakland.com/Elite40. Nominees must live or work in Oakland County to be eligible. A panel of judges will review all completed applications and reduce the number to the top 40 entrants. Of that group, three candidates who scored the highest will be placed before the public for an online vote to determine the winner.

The winner will introduce Patterson at his State of the County address on Feb. 5, 2015. The winner will also receive:
  • A feature article or video about their business/volunteer agency in Oakland County PROSPER
  • Attend three Oakland County signature events: Economic Outlook Luncheon, Quality People/Quality County Awards and the Business Roundtable Annual Meeting
  • Promotion on www.AdvantageOakland.com, the county’s economic development website
Complete information about rules and prizes are available at www.AdvantageOakland.com/Elite40.

Chinese auto supplier to invest $15.1M, hire 176 in new Madison Heights plant


Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric Co. Ltd. is establishing a North American operations in Madison Heights.

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Oakland County workforce development survey identifies challenges and job opportunities

An aging workforce and a lack of experienced job applicants are two significant employment challenges area health systems face in the coming years, according to a regional survey of six leading health systems commissioned by Oakland County.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the release of the survey – the Skills Needs Assessment Project – to more than 400 health care and life science professionals, educators, physicians and government officials attending INNO-VENTION 2014 – a Medical Main Street Conference  on October 22. The event was held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

“We are focusing on the health system needs because they are the fastest growing and the largest of our employment sectors in Oakland County,” Patterson said. “This professional review of the health systems’ future needs will be an indispensable aid to the health community as it adjusts to an aging workforce.”

The Skills Needs Assessment Project (SNAP), a year-long survey of health systems in southeast Michigan, presents important information about job prospects in the health care industry for employers, educators and students. SNAP began in 2009 with a study of skills and knowledge required for jobs in the Emerging Sectors®, which identifies the top growth sectors in the region such as medical, communications, information technology and advanced materials. A second study was completed in 2013 on advanced manufacturing. The complete report is available online at www.AdvantageOakland.com.

“It’s important to not simply talk about the need but to roll up your sleeves and do the difficult work,” Deputy County Executive Matthew Gibb said. “Oakland County doesn’t just talk about it. We develop the tools to fix it.”

The 32-page report provided an in-depth look at employment within area health systems and identified challenges and potential solutions. It also identified the skills and education job seekers need to qualify for one of a host of attractive health care opportunities. The health systems who participated in the survey were Beaumont Health System, Henry Ford Health System, McLaren Health Care, Oakwood Healthcare, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and the University of Michigan Health System.

The survey created 16 customized job profiles needed by area health systems, the median salary, the educational requirements and number of graduates expected for that job, tasks the job requires and the number of anticipated job openings from now until 2019. Information gathered included company demographics, greatest hiring challenges and suggested remedies, specific job openings that were difficult to fill and the skills and abilities needed with specific occupations.

Job profiles created include:
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Registered Nurse with specializations
  • Surgical Technologist
Among the current employment challenges health systems face in order:
  • An aging workforce nearing retirement
  • Lack of candidates with required experience
  • Financial concerns or restrictions
  • Insufficient labor pool to meet demand
  • Perception of Southeast Michigan region
  • Insufficient clinical space for learning opportunities
Proposed remedies centered on two key factors: the need for more nurses, whether through the creation of additional schools or programming; and for newly trained or educated health care workers be exposed to the workplace environment. The respondents suggested health care systems work more closely with K-12 and post K-12 guidance counselors and Michigan Works! agencies to screening potential candidates and gauge their sincere interest in the profession.

SNAP was conducted by EdEn Inc., a Rochester-based research firm. It was funded by Oakland County, the Oakland County Workforce Development Board and through the Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Automation Alley to host two-day product lifecycle management workshop for manufacturing executives

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is hosting a two-day product lifecycle management (PLM) workshop for manufacturing executives, managers and anyone tasked with implementing PLM in their organization, Dec. 4-5 at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy. The event, titled “PLM for Manufacturing Executives and Managers: It’s Not Just for Engineers Anymore,” will explore a holistic corporate approach to PLM, including best practices and strategies for application. 
PLM is the process of managing the lifecycle of a product from its conception and design, through manufacture, to service and disposal. It integrates people, data, processes and the latest digital tools. 
“Traditionally, engineers are the ones handling PLM within a company,” said Alex Violassi, director of the Automation Alley Technology Center. “Our strategy with this workshop is to help companies take a more holistic approach to PLM, starting with management. If you’re a manager or executive at a small or medium-size manufacturer in Southeast Michigan, I would encourage you to attend. PLM technologies and processes are changing the game in manufacturing today, improving productivity, reducing costs, creating less waste and producing higher quality products.” 

Dr. Michael Grieves, international PLM expert, author and educator, will lead the two-day workshop. Grieves will dive into the benefits of incorporating PLM practices into manufacturing businesses and will also present case studies of companies that have successfully implemented PLM using the latest digital tools and cutting-edge technologies. The workshop will conclude with an assessment and a recommendation for future education and actions each participant can take back to their company for consideration. 

The workshop begins Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.

The cost to attend is $1,198 for members and Foundation Members. The cost for non-members is $1,298. There is a two-person per company limit, and registration is required. Seating is limited.

To register or for more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or info@automationalley.com. Registration closes Nov. 10 at close of business. Payment is required with registration. Registrations not canceled by close of business Dec. 1 will be charged.

About Dr. Michael Grieves
Dr. Michael Grieves is the author of “Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking” (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and “Virtually Perfect: Driving Innovative and Lean Products through Product Lifecycle Management” (SCP, 2010). In addition to his books, Dr. Grieves has published numerous articles on PLM. He lectures worldwide on engineering, manufacturing and PLM in both industry and academia conferences and consults with a number of leading international manufacturers and governmental organizations, including NASA. Dr. Grieves has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University. He received his doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. 

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley’s membership has grown to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions, government entities and nonprofit organizations from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. 

Automation Alley provides a variety of exclusive benefits to its members to help them succeed, including networking opportunities, meeting space and public relations tools. Automation Alley also serves the general business community in five key areas: entrepreneurial services, talent development, international business services, product lifecycle management and defense and manufacturing.

Automation Alley collaborates with regional partners to provide its members and clients with the best business resources available, to drive local economic growth, and to positively influence the stories being told around the globe about the people and businesses of Greater Detroit.

For more information, visit automationalley.com.

Michigan aims to give skilled-trade education a boost


In an effort to prepare and train more workers for skilled-trades jobs, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a program today to offer the state's community colleges $50 million for equipment.

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Dynamic Robotic Solutions aims to double in size

KMT Robotic Solutions is rebranding itself as Dynamic Robotic Solutions, and the Auburn Hills-based company has some big plans for growth over the next few years.

"Our goal is to double in size over the next 3-5 years," says Dick Johnson, director of business development and marketing for Dynamic Robotic Solutions.

The 29-year-old company has made a name for itself in robotic trimming with more than 1,500 of its systems installed around the world. Dynamic Robotic Solutions more specifically works with water jet cutting. So while the water coming out of a faucet may clock in at 20-25 psi, the water Dynamic Robotic Solutions's robots use spits out at 65,000 psi. That’s strong enough to take the flesh off your finger.

"If you add in a little bit of sand into the stream you can cut two-inch steel," Johnson says.

Robotic cutting is often used in manufacturing, such as cutting the roof liners in cars, carpet for automotive floor mats, and plastic in instrument panels.

The company had its best year in 2012 in regard to revenue growth and is on track to have another strong year. It has hired five people over the last year, expanding its staff to 60 employees. It’s also looking to hire a handful of people in software engineering and sales.

Source: Dick Johnson, director of business development and marketing for Dynamic Robotic Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Community Choice Credit Union creates 50 jobs, set to open new branch

Community Choice Credit Union is experiencing a significant bump in just about everything these days. The Farmington Hills financial institution is adding members, deposits, staff, and new branches.

"We're in the process of opening one right now," says Philip Cooper, COO of Community Choice Credit Union. "It should be ready in late November, early December."

The 79-year-old credit union likes to call its branches member centers. The newest one will open in Northville near Six Mile and Haggerty roads. It will employ seven full-time people.

Community Choice Credit Union is focused on serving the metro Detroit area. It has hired 30 people for a broad range of jobs over the last year, expanding its staff to 189 employees. It also has 20 open positions, some of which can be found here.

The credit union has also grown its assets, which now total $17.3 million, up 3.5 percent since the beginning of the year. Cooper credits the increase in assets to his organization's additional membership.

"It was growth in membership and what the members have brought to us in deposits," Cooper says.

Community Choice Credit Union has eight branches across metro Detroit. The new branch in Northville will be its ninth location. The credit union plans to open a handful of branches each year for the next five years to keep up with its expansion plans and better serve its membership in the region.

"Our growth is really centered on the tri-county area," Cooper says.

Source: Philip Cooper, COO of Community Choice Credit Union
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Simons Michelson Zieve moves into dynamic new space

Simons Michelson Zieve's new home is light years away from its old space in regards to openness and feel. Its old and new homes are also just a few blocks away from each other in Troy.

The 85-year-old advertising agency just moved into its new office at 1200 Kirts Boulevard, which measures out to 12,000 square feet. The space is actually a little smaller than its previous office but it doesn’t feel that way, with wraparound windows bringing in more natural light and multiple floor-to-ceiling, glass-walled meeting spaces.

"It just feels bigger," says Jamie Michelson, president of Simons Michelson Zieve.

The new office is much more open, conforming to the modern creative class demands of connecting people by breaking them out of the physical office silos. Michelson's team worked in several individual offices at the old office but wanted a more collegial atmosphere in its new one.

"People would say you have all of these wonderful people here but I can't see them," Michelson says.

Simons Michelson Zieve has a staff of 47 employees and a couple of interns. It has hired three people over the last year and is looking to hire another three right now. The open jobs include junior-level account coordinators. More info on the openings here

Source: Jamie Michelson, president of Simons Michelson Zieve
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Douglas Communications Group exemplifies new age in local media

Sharlan Douglas has become a prime example of what it often means to be working in media in the 21st century.

The Royal Oak resident has a career in local media that includes stints at WKBD TV as a promotion coordinator and a vice president of marketing & development for Metropolitan Center for High TechnologyTechTown's predecessor from the 1980s/90s. Today she is the owner of her own boutique public relations firm, Douglas Communications Group, a partner in a wine-tasting staffing company, and a recently elected member of the Royal Oak City Commission.

"I enjoy having the ability to control my work," Douglas says.

That means working from home with her one-woman PR firm. Today she handles a number of local clients, her largest being Carlisle/Wortman Associates. She handles a lot of the owned media for the Ann Arbor-based planning firm, such as producing content for blogs, newsletters, and trade show materials. One of the current projects is helping create awareness of how populations in local communities are aging and what that means to their areas. She is doing similar work for the LGBT Older Adult Coalition, which has partners like Affirmations in Ferndale and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

"How do you respond to that shifting?" Douglas says.

Douglas was recently elected to a seat on the Royal Oak City Commission. She had served on the city's planning commission for nine years prior and is an active member of the Michigan Association of Planning.

She is also a partner in Professional Pours, a staffing agency for wine sampling in grocery stores. Think of the people with a small table that ask shoppers if they would like to try a taste of a new wine. Professional Pours finds the people making the pitch.

"I am doing more and more work for Professional Pours," Douglas says.

Source: Sharlan Douglas, owner of Douglas Communications Group
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Brogan & Partners adds 5 jobs in downtown Birmingham

New jobs and promotions have been cropping up at Brogan & Partners this year.

The advertising and digital marketing agency recently promoted three account managers (Kristin Morris, Katie Rehrauer and Morgan Eberle) to account directors. It has also hired five people over the last year, including another account director. The company currently employs 42 people, including 27 employees at its downtown Birmingham headquarters.

"We're hoping to get a really good intern that can become a permanent position," says Ellyn Davidson, managing partner of Brogan & Partners.

The 30-year-old firm has enjoyed 12-percent revenue growth over the last year. That makes for its best year since 2008. It’s also looking to increase revenue by 20 percent in 2014. The firm has more work with existing clients like HoneyBaked Ham and has attracted new clients, like ComForcare, Frankenmuth Insurance, and Michigan First Credit Union.

Brogan & Partners hopes to turn each of those new clients into a long-term business relationship. Davidson is optimistic that will happen thanks to the company’s track record of staying ahead of what’s coming up in the digital marketing world.

"We're heavily invested in research in what's new in marketing and what's next," Davidson says. "We stay on top of how communications are changing."

Source: Ellyn Davidson, managing partner of Brogan & Partners
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Supplier Software changes name to Xeeva, Inc.

Supplier Software Inc., a global provider of next generation, intelligent procurement solutions, today announced that the company has changed its name to Xeeva. The company also announced it has been spun out as an entirely independent entity from its former parent company Netlink, Inc., an award-winning services company with 15 years’ experience in the procurement and financial software space. Xeeva’s vision is to take that experience and drive the development and delivery of the next generation of intelligent procurement and financial solutions.

“More than a name change, Xeeva represents our promise to deliver immediate and sustainable financial and operational results to our clients through innovative technology and value add services,” said Dilip Dubey, Founder and CEO of Xeeva. “Launching Xeeva as an independent entity is the natural next step in the growth of the company, which on day one becomes one of the largest procurement and financial technology companies in the indirect spend and MRO space,” said Dubey.

Xeeva’s embedded intelligence technology is an industry first and supports the full life-cycle of indirect procurement including sourcing, procure to pay (P2P), eInvoicing, supplier collaboration and extended enterprise processes such as inventory management. Apart from other P2P software companies, Xeeva also has rich, value- add professional services depth it can bring to bear to help clients unlock even greater value from their technology investments.

“Indirect P2P solutions can deliver tremendous return on investment for private and public-sector organizations through improved compliance to contracts, quicker order processing cycle times and better adherence to budget,” said Deborah Wilson, Research Vice President at Gartner in the June 2, 2104 report, Build a Compelling Procurement Business Case for Indirect Procure-to-Pay Technology. “Gartner sized the indirect P2P market at $824 million in 2013. This size validates the broad appeal of indirect P2P solutions,” continued Wilson.

For more information please visit www.xeeva.com/ .

About Xeeva
Xeeva is driving the development and delivery of the next generation of intelligent cloud procurement and financial solutions for indirect spend and MRO. Xeeva’s technology is used in over 40 countries and is available in 18 languages. The company’s technology suite includes Sourcing, Procure to Pay, Supplier Collaboration, Financial Collaboration and Extended Enterprise solutions. You can learn more about Xeeva’s focus on driving immediate and sustainable results for its customers by visiting www.xeeva.com/ .

Chamberlain College of Nursing announces new campus in Oakland County

Filling a critical and growing need for nursing education in the metro Detroit area, Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Troy, Michigan, and is now accepting applications for admission to spring semester classes, which begin Jan. 5, 2015. The Troy campus is Chamberlain’s first in Michigan and 16th in the nation.
“The city of Troy has good reason to be proud of its quality educational opportunities,” said Troy Mayor Dane Slater. “Chamberlain College of Nursing, moving into Troy, adds to this fine tradition, and we welcome Chamberlain’s nursing students. I am glad that Troy attracted a regionally-accredited college that educates students for a high-demand field, such as nursing.”
Michigan is one of many states currently facing an impending nursing shortage, with a projected shortfall of 18,000 nurses by 2015. Several factors are driving demand for primary care services: the rapidly growing population of baby boomers age 65 and older, who constitute 20 percent of the population and have more chronic healthcare needs; 1.5 million newly insured patients entering the healthcare marketplace by 2015; and the anticipated retirement of more than 40 percent of the state’s registered nurse (RN) workforce within 10 years.
“Healthcare is adding more jobs than any industry in Michigan to meet the shortage of health professionals in Detroit,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, national president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Chamberlain looks forward to educating the future nursing leaders who can respond to the state’s healthcare needs and care for Michigan’s diverse and aging population.” 
Despite rising demand for healthcare services and personnel, 2,154 qualified applicants were turned away from Michigan nursing programs in 2013 due to insufficient capacity. In addition to helping fill this need, the new Chamberlain campus provides baccalaureate-level education opportunities for future nurses. The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of nurses hold a bachelor’s degree by 2020. However, in Southeast Michigan, less than half of RNs hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Located 21 miles north of Detroit at  200 Kirts Blvd., Chamberlain’s new Troy campus offers an on-site Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program that can be completed in as few as three years of year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off. The campus features Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTER™, which provides high-tech simulated patient care in clinical learning environments, and a Center for Academic Success, which delivers comprehensive academic resources and support for students. The education experience is grounded in Chamberlain Care, an approach that includes a unique student academic success model. Through extraordinary student care, students are empowered to achieve their career goals and to deliver exceptional patient care.
The campus dean, Jaime Sinutko, PhD(c), MSN, RN, has more than 14 years of experience as an RN and a decade of experience as a nurse educator. Sinutko was previously the inaugural director of nursing and an associate professor at Rochester College School of Nursing in Michigan. She earned BSN and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Oakland University, where she is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational leadership.
Open houses for prospective students will be held at the Troy campus on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 4-7 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Troy campus or to RSVP, visit chamberlain.edu/troy.
About Chamberlain College of Nursing
For 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education. Chamberlain is increasing access to nursing education nationwide with campuses offering the three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible online programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and Graduate Certificates.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (ncahlc.org). HLC is one of the eight regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
Program/program option availability varies by state/location. Chamberlain reserves the right to update information as it becomes available. Information is current at the time of posting. For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation. Comprehensive consumer information is available at chamberlain.edu/studentconsumerinfo.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services. All rights reserved. chamberlain.edu.

OCC dominates American Culinary Federation Michigan Chefs De Cuisine Awards

An OCC instructor, two alumni and one student were awarded top honors at the 39th Annual American Culinary Federation (ACF) Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association’s Chef of the Year Awards Gala on September 29 at Oakland Hills Country Club.
OCC Chef Susan Baier, FMP (Food Management Professional), was voted Michigan Chefs De Cuisine Association’s2014 Educator of the Year. An OCC Culinary Studies Institute educator for 30 years, Baier has taught Culinary Skills, Garde Manger, Menu Development and Event and Catering Management. She also facilitates culinary internships. She has held the position of department chairperson and is the current program coordinator. She was part of the program’s curriculum revision, offering new courses and schedules providing greater accesses to working students and professionals wanting to hone their skills in cookery, international cuisine, certification, competition or pastry. Baier has a degree is in Restaurant Management. Her industry work experience includes the Somerset Hotel, St. Regis Hotel and Melting Pot Café in Detroit.
The following OCC alumni also received prestigious awards:
Andrew Sayes, CEC (Certified Executive Chef), Executive Chef of the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, received the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association 2014 Chef of the Year Award. Executive chef at The Townsend since November 2012, Sayes creates and executes the fine dining menu at The Townsend’s award-winning Rugby Grille. He also oversees menus associated with the hotel’s other dining operations, including room service, afternoon tea and catering. Prior to joining The Townsend Hotel, Sayes was executive chef at the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. He worked for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company at various property locations throughout the U.S., including Dearborn, Mich., Marina del Rey, Calif., New Orleans, La. and Buckhead, Ga. A metro Detroit native, Sayes received his formal training at OCC’s Culinary Studies Institute and honed his skills through cooking competitions and working with the area’s top chefs. While at OCC, Sayes was a member and coach of the OCC culinary team receiving two gold and silver medals in state and regional competitions. He is currently a coach for the culinary team. In August 2012, Sayes became a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. Sayes takes pride in serving guests the finest quality products. He is an advocate of local farms and sustainable practices. He focuses on regional cuisine rooted in French technique with approachable, unpretentious flavors. Sayes enjoys giving back to the community through teaching and mentoring.
Amy Knoles, pastry chef at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms since 2010, received the 2014 Pastry Chef of the Year Award. Prior to the Country Club of Detroit, she was assistant pastry chef at Pine Lake Country Club for two years. After deciding to pursue her love of cuisine, she left her job as a test technician in the automotive industry and earned a certificate in baking and pastry arts from OCC in 2009. She launched Amy’s Chocolate Fountains and Desserts in 2005. Amy is an avid competitor in culinary events. As a member of OCC’s Ice Carving team, she competed in Zehnder’s Snowfest Ice Carving Competition, receiving National Ice Carving Association (NICA) gold and silver medals. She also earned gold medal at state level and silver at nationals in the Skills USA Commercial Baking Competition 2011. She won gold at the 2012 ACF Collegiate State Competition with OCC’s Hot Food Team. Amy is passionate about her love of pastry arts and enjoys competing. She lives in Flat Rock and is a member of ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association.
Knoles and Sayes are now eligible to compete in the American Culinary Federation’s Central Regional Competition.
In addition, OCC student Rebecca Dubicki was named OCC’s 2014 Outstanding Student Culinarian. Dubicki was a leader and pastry member of the OCC American Culinary Federation’s Student Culinary team in 2012 and 2013, winning three silver medals in two state competitions and one regional competition in St. Louis, Mo.
Last year, OCC’s Doug Ganhs won the 2013 Educator of the Year Award.
About the OCC Culinary Studies Institute:
The award-winning OCC Culinary Studies Institute offers give programs in hospitality including degrees in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, restaurant management and hotel management. If also offers a variety of culinary events and dining experiences throughout the year. Visit our website to learn about our student success stories and newsmakers.
About OCC:
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is celebrating its 50th year. OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. It offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.

Ann Arbor-based OcuSciences, Inc. Named Medical Main Street's INNO-VATOR of the Year

An Ann Arbor-based medical device manufacturer that developed a technology to detect eye disease years earlier than current methods is Medical Main Street’s “INNO-VATOR of the Year.”

OcuSciences, Inc. is a medical diagnostic device company commercializing a rapid, non-invasive test for early detection of retinal disease. Physicians can use the device to screen patients for diabetes and early eye disease. Optometrists and ophthalmologists can use the device to diagnose and monitor disease progression and guide therapy.

“I stand in awe of the work done by OcuSciences and its new imaging techniques to measure damage to retinal tissue from diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This achievement in medical device manufacturing is indicative of the type of world-class research being conducted in the Medical Main Street region.”

The INNO-VATOR of the Year award honors the creators of a medical device which demonstrates the most dramatic change in the health care industry in Michigan. To be considered for the award, the device must have been developed in Michigan, achieved prototype development and validation, and incorporate a game-changing innovation.

The award was presented Oct. 22 during Medical Main Street’s INNO-VENTION 2014 conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. In 2013, Ann Arbor-based HistoSonics won for its Vortx Rx® device that uses sound energy to treat tissue inside the body without the need for traditional surgery. In 2012, Sentio LLC of Southfield and Ablative Solutions of Kalamazoo were each named co-winners. Sentio created a device to alert doctors when nerves are at risk during surgery and Ablative Solutions’ technology treats hypertension.
Based on technology licensed from the University of Michigan, OcuSciences has developed a proprietary, ocular imaging technique, Retinal Metabolic Analysis ™ (RMA), as a non-invasive, rapid biomarker for measuring the damage to retinal tissue due to diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma. This new measure has been termed a new vital sign for patients – similar to blood pressure or body temperature.

The RMA technology provides a means to detect disease processes several years earlier than current clinical methods and before irreversible structural alterations due to cell death become visible in the retina.

OcuSciences has demonstrated that RMA is more predictive of diabetes than other tests, helping pharmaceutical companies develop ophthalmic drugs more rapidly and precisely.

With 57 million diabetics in the U.S. today, and eight percent of those as undiagnosed diabetics, diabetes is a rapidly growing epidemic, especially among children. The screening for diabetic retinopathy and early treatment can help prevent blindness in 24,000 patients annually and reduce the $174 billion costs associated with diabetes.
The Medical Main Street board includes Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Beaumont Health System, Beckman Coulter Molecular Diagnostics, Crittenton Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Ferndale Laboratories, Henry Ford Health Systems, Housey Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, McLaren Health Care - Oakland, MichBio, State Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Oxus Inc., Priority Health, Rockwell Medical Technologies, St. John Providence Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Stryker Corp.


Technical Problem Solutions adds staff on growth in work abroad

Paul Rosko has one of those storybook careers in the automotive industry that starts on the factory floor and ends in a management office. However, Rosko's story isn't over yet now that he has his own company, Technical Problem Solutions.

Rosko worked as a machinist in a tool-and-dye shop for 20 years before he worked his way into the management at General Motors. That worked for a little while as Rosko solved technical problems in the corporation. But it didn’t take too long to see the writing on the wall.

"When you get to a certain age at a big company your career aspirations can become limited," Rosko says. "I was 50 and had gone about as far as I could at General Motors."

So he left and started his own consulting company, Technical Problem Solutions, in 2007. The Troy-based firm helps larger companies, primarily in the automotive industry, figure out better ways of doing business. Rosko says he named the company Technical Problem Solutions because that is what he is good at. He didn't realize at the time that the acronym for the firm would be synonymous with the hated reports from the movie Office Space.

"I didn't think about Toyota Production System either," Rosko says. "I wanted to name it something that I could sell in 10-15 years."

Prospects for a sale are looking up these days. Technical Problem Solutions doubled its revenue in 2013 and is on track for 25-50 percent revenue growth this year, thanks to increasing workload abroad.

"We've been doing a lot of work in Russia over the last two years," Rosko says. "That has helped us a great deal as we expand globally."

Technical Problem Solutions now serves markets in Europe and Asia. That has allowed it to hire two people over the last year, expanding its staff to seven employees and about 40 independent contractors.

Source: Paul Rosko, CEO of Technical Problem Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke

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