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Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy Country Drive Car Tour

Six Rivers is hosting a classic car tour highlighting the natural beauty of the region on two lane, paved roads through the northern portion of the Detroit metro region on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The tour will be for classic cars, vintage sports cars, and exotic cars, giving people an opportunity to spend a nostalgic day touring the beautiful backroads of the region with their friends and other car enthusiasts.

The tour will begin at M1 Concourse in Pontiac with check-in, a continental breakfast, and a parade lap around the track to kick off the tour. Cars will follow a route of approximately 85 miles, ending at Miller’s Big Red Farms in Washington. Afterglow activities at Miller’s will include libations, delicious food, and a preview tour of their new distillery, dining, and agricultural-based family recreation activities.  The purpose of the event is to introduce participants to Six Rivers Land Conservancy and its work to preserve the natural and agricultural landscapes that are part of the region’s rich heritage. This exclusive tour is limited to 100 cars, so register today to ensure your place in the Country Drive Car Tour! (Final approval of vehicle models is left to the discretion of the event committee.)

Register today! Click here for the registration form. You can email the completed form (click here), fax it to 248-601-0106, or call in and register over the phone at 248-601-2816.

Interested in sponsoring this unique event? Click here to learn about our sponsorship opportunities!

If you have any questions regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact Angela Wilhelm, Development Director, by email or at 248-601-2816.

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Euro-Peds Foundation announces increase in treatment and travel grants

Euro-Pêds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, announced it will award $45,000 in treatment and travel grants during 2017 to assist children from Michigan and nationwide with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and other gross motor challenges receive treatment at Euro-Pêds®National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy in Pontiac. The total grant funding amount available represents an increase of about $5,000 over the previous year. Families with financial needs can apply for up to $1700 toward treatment and $800 toward hotel expenses. Euro-Pêds also has several local hotel partners with discounted rates to further support families who travel for treatment. Grant applications and donation opportunities are available on the Euro-Pêds Foundation website: www.europedsfoundation.org.

Grant applications must be received at least four weeks prior to starting a treatment session. In 2016, Euro-Pêds Foundation assisted 25 children with treatment and/or travel grants that totaled approximately $41,000. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Euro-Peds Foundation has served 39 families since 2015.

“While Euro-Pêds National Center accepts most insurances, large deductibles and co-pays still prevents some families from seeking treatment. Our foundation provides funds to children and young adults who can benefit from longer, intensive physical therapy at Euro-Peds. Using a European approach and special tools in combination with longer, more frequent treatment sessions, patients achieve greater mobility and improved functional skills. This leads to more independence and better health,” said Michelle Haney, PT, MSPT, Director of Euro-Pêds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT and Euro-Pêds Foundation Founder and President. “We believe every child deserves a first step. Most Euro-Peds patients advance at least one functional level with their treatment program.”

In July 2015, Euro-Pêds National Center purchased and moved to a new facility at 3000 Centerpoint Parkway in Pontiac, Mich.; near I-75 and M-59 at the intersection of Square Lake and Opdyke roads. The facility has large, private therapy suites for the entire family and features close, front entrance parking and extra-wide hallways for mobility equipment, biking, bowling and other fun therapy games at the one-level, 8,400 sq. ft. building. Intensive physical therapy is a complementary treatment to other traditional physical therapy programs and Euro-Pêds welcomes the opportunity to coordinate care with any other medical provider.

Established in 2013, the Euro-Pêds Foundation (EPF) raises funds and disburses treatment and travel grants to families of children with gross motor disorders in need of financial assistance for specialized, intensive physical therapy at Euro-Pêds National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy in Pontiac, Michigan. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation also assists in providing education about therapeutic interventions for the children and their caregivers. EPF believes every child deserves a first step. For more information, visit www.EuroPedsFoundation.org or call 1-844-EURO-PEDS (844-387-6733).

Euro-Pêds® National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy has helped more than 1500 children and young adults with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida and a variety of other gross motor disorders learn new skills to improve mobility, self-esteem and independence.

Located in Pontiac, Michigan, the Center opened as North America’s first intensive pediatric physical therapy center in 1999 for families throughout the U.S. and beyond seeking a specialized regimen of practice conditions, including use of the Universal Exercise Unit and optional patented suit therapy to optimize motor training and significantly improve motor skills. For more information about Euro-Pêds’ individualized programs based on intensive therapy techniques originally pioneered in Eastern Europe and blended with best practices developed in the United States, visit www.EuroPeds.org or call (248) 857-6776.

CMNtv public access television orientation April 1


Make television at Community Media Network! Visit our studio on April 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM for a free orientation and learn about the wide array of video production courses that you can take to bring your big ideas to the small screen. Orientation will cover CMNtv’s course selections, field equipment, editing software, and a tour of our studio. 

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Public art: Colorful, creative and hip


When it comes to art in downtown Farmington, DDA executive director Annette Knowles is frank: It’s sparse.

Not necessarily for long, though. Later this year, the Downtown Development Authority is planning to unveil the first in a series of public art installations around the downtown, with the goal of making Farmington more colorful, creative, memorable, and hip.

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Health Division seeks nominees for Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Award

The Oakland County Health Division Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is seeking nominations for its 3rd Annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Award. Awards will honor Oakland County pediatrician offices, employers, and businesses that are taking extra steps to support breastfeeding mothers.

Complete an online nomination form at www.oakgov.com/health. Award nomination entries are due Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

"Businesses, employers, and pediatrician offices that support breastfeeding mothers by providing a comfortable, welcoming environment send a clear message that breastfeeding is a normal and accepted way to feed babies," said Kathy Forzley, Health Division manager/health officer. "They are helping to develop healthy children."
Breastmilk helps keep babies healthy by:
  • Supplying all necessary nutrients in proper proportions
  • Protecting against diseases, infections, allergies, and obesity
  • Being easily digested - no constipation, diarrhea, or upset stomach
Mothers who breastfeed have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers such as breast cancer, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. They may find it easier to return to their pre-pregnancy weight. Plus, breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mother and child. Mothers who are able to pump while at work and continue to breastfeed their infants miss fewer days of work on average than those who are formula feeding.

Award winners will be announced during National Breastfeeding Month at the Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Awards event on August 9.

Prior award winners include:
  • The Mind Body Collective of Waterford – Business Category
  • Southfield Pediatric Physicians, PC of Bingham Farms – Pediatrician Office Category
  • City of Novi Police Department of Novi – Employer Category
  • Mom & Baby Shop, Novi – Business Category
  • Pediatric Care Corner of West Bloomfield – Pediatrician Office Category
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Pontiac – Employer Category
For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.

Leadership Oakland celebrates the tenth year of high school leadership program

Leadership Oakland will once again take an active approach to get young people to explore their own potential and contribute to their communities with its tenth Junior Leadership Oakland (Junior LO) program this summer.  Junior LO is a three-day leadership program for students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall and wish to build upon their leadership abilities.  With no cost to students, the program seeks to generate opportunities that will ignite leadership potential, create exposure to a wide variety of career paths, and provide interaction with a network of business professionals and community leaders.
“There is a lot of bright, young talent in our area looking for ways to develop and channel their skills and passion. Leadership Oakland is honored to offer a program that helps them define and chart their future.  In return, our region grows stronger through their vision and action,” comments Leadership Oakland Executive Director, Nancy Maurer.
More than 250 high school students have participated in the Junior LO program since its inception.  Over the course of three days, participants will explore leadership on three levels; personal, professional, and public.  Students will be challenged to define their own sense of leadership, creating goals that will align their desired image as a leader and their future choices.  
Junior LO will take place on June 19-21 at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus.  The application deadline is May 1, 2017.  Students can find the application and learn more about the program by visiting www.leadershipoakland.com and clicking on the Junior LO tab under programs. This year’s Junior LO sponsors are Genisys Credit Union, Oakland Community College, Crossroads for Youth and Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services.
About Leadership Oakland
Established in 1990, Leadership Oakland is a 501 (c)(3) organization focused on business and community leadership development. The organization provides a nine-month Cornerstone Program to participants from businesses, organizations and governmental agencies that are selected based on an application process. Leadership Oakland graduates are key business and community leaders serving as catalysts on boards of various organizations throughout the region.

Dodge partners with Universal Studios on The Fate of the Furious


Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US announced that Dodge has entered a promotional partnership with Universal Pictures for The Fate of the Furious, which will arrive in theatres on April 14. Dodge has been part of the Fast and Furious franchise since its inception, and is launching a multitier marketing campaign including television ads, social media and digital extensions, and licensed products in advance of the film.

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Ferndale community celebrates student artists: save the date reception

The Artist In You is a community-wide celebration of 2D student art, featuring works by young talents from Ferndale High School, University High, and Center for Advance Studies and the Arts (CASA). Students will compete to have their winning piece converted into public art.

A public reception with live music will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 6-9pm at the Ferndale Area District Library to celebrate the young talent and art in the community. One student artist is eligible to have their artwork enlarged, reproduced, and displayed on one prominent business in the Ferndale Area. The top three artists will have their pieces re-printed and mounted at their respective schools. Also, these top three scoring artists will receive Achievement Awards of $200, $100, and $50. All student winners will be announced at the reception.

The Artist In You is a collaboration of the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale Public Schools, with support from the Ferndale Area District Library.

The Artist In You provides students with a unique opportunity to exhibit, market, and gain exposure for their creative work at a formative age. The FAC event creates a lasting contribution to the vibrant landscape of Ferndale through their artwork reproductions. Works from 2015 and 2016 The Artist in You winners still hang on buildings along Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. The costs to replicate the winning 2017 artwork will be donated by Ideation Signs & Communication, from Royal Oak, Michigan. Visit: https://www.ideationorange.com

"The Ferndale Area District Library is delighted to welcome back The Artist in You event," says Interim Director Darlene Hellenberg."We're excited to see what this year's artists create. We love knowing that we'll be able to share it with our patrons. It means that these talented students will receive the exposure they deserve."

Emily Pitchford-Boeuf, Director of USArt Boutique, a mobile art gallery featuring local Artist, will share her experience at the Ferndale High School to the Students. As a young curator and business owner, Emily will enlighten the classroom with her expertise. (Exact May date to be announced.)

Jim Shaffer and Associates Realtors (Keller Williams Realty) is the “Presenting Sponsor” for Artist in You. Other sponsors include Gage Products as “Student Masterpiece Sponsor”, Ferndale Public Schools as “Student Masterpiece Supporting Sponsor”, Credit Union ONE as “Community Art Sponsor” and Kabot Orthodontics as “Creative Youth Supporter.”

“Giving our children this artist experience is a pleasure to do," says Kim Hart, Executive Director (FAC). "It's a joy to see our City come together to support our budding artists. It's an event the Chamber is passionate about putting together."

Interested in sponsoring The Artist In You?

Contact Kim Hart, Executive Director, Ferndale Area Chamber at 248-542-2160 or email: director@ferndalechamber.com. If you are interested in supporting our Student Artists, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/artistinyou.

The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has been serving as the cornerstone of the Ferndale business community for more than 80 years by promoting commerce and economic development.

For more information contact the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-542-2160, or email director@ferndalechamber.com. 

Oakland NEXT bringing "A Future You Didnít Know Existed" pilot program to area schools


Oakland NEXT, one of five Oakland County business roundtable committees, created the program, “A Future You Didn’t Know Existed”, as a way to give students career advice based on the experiences of committee members.

Oakland NEXT is a committee created to focus on the next generation of leaders in Oakland County through a branding campaign designed to highlight and retain the human capital within Oakland County.

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Oakland County's high-tech prowess on display in 2017

Oakland County’s best accomplishments lay ahead especially in high-tech investment, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during his annual State of the County address before an audience of more than 600 guests at the Auburn Hills Marriot Pontiac at Centerpoint. He began by spotlighting the new $40 million Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak slated to open this spring.

“It is a giant leap forward in cancer treatment – one that Oakland County’s Medical Main Street played a significant role in supporting,” Patterson said. “We personally lobbied Lansing so that Beaumont could receive state approval for its Certificate of Need for the Proton Therapy Center. We did so because we recognized the value of having advanced cancer treatment in the heart of Oakland County, both from a quality of life and business attraction standpoint.”

The Proton Therapy Center, which will be one of only 36 in the world, is a high-tech alternative to standard radiation treatment. Proton therapy’s greater precision destroys cancer cells but spares adjacent healthy tissue and reduces side effects.

Medical Main Street, Oakland County’s initiative to drive medical tourism to the region, continues to evolve. In 2017, it will have an additional focus on commercializing medical technologies. Medical Main Street’s Advisory Roundtable will partner with Oakland County’s One Stop Shop to provide key services to help academia, hospitals, and private businesses take that next step after researching and developing their medical advancements.

“Oakland County will become a pipeline for delivering 21st Century medical innovations to market,” Patterson said. “That, my friends, is 21st Century progress.”

Oakland County is also becoming the premier location in the United States for developing advanced vehicle technology. Patterson cited Uber’s announcement in January that it has selected a site in the city of Wixom where it will test autonomous driving technology as well as Google’s opting last year to locate its 53,000-square-foot research and development center for self-driving cars in Novi.

“Why are leading Silicon Valley companies turning their eyes toward Oakland County as the place to develop advanced vehicle technology? Certainly, it’s the fact that 75 of the top 100 global tier one automotive suppliers in advanced vehicle technology have locations in Oakland County,” Patterson said.

“In addition, we have the Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force which we launched back in 2014,” Patterson said. “In three short years we already have a couple dozen companies working in this space.”

To continue to attract these companies to Oakland County, the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs recently conducted a skills needs assessment in the connected mobility sector. The report uncovered a new job classification that was previously unknown to workforce development professionals. The position is a hybrid of electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and software developer. Plus, it provided insight into the greatest challenges faced by hiring managers in advanced automotive technology. One that stands out is that some engineering degrees outdated because the complexity of connected mobility requires a hybrid of engineering, computer, and technical skills.

“Information is power,” Patterson said. “Rest assured now that Oakland County has these survey results, we will be sharing them with industry leaders, colleges and universities, high schools, and workforce development professionals. And if the previous three skills needs assessments are an indication, there will be a strong response from our educational and training institutions to modify and create curriculum that will feed a new generation of highly skilled young people into the advanced automotive technology sector.”

Oakland County is making strides to attract the next generation of thinkers, doers, and dreamers in its Oakland Next initiative. Oakland Next is the county’s branding effort to harness young talent in Oakland County - to introduce high school and college students to the fact that so much of what they are looking for both in terms of quality of life and careers they will find right here in Oakland County.

One example is Manufacturing Day. For two years in a row, hundreds of Oakland County high school students the opportunity to tour dozens of advanced manufacturing plants at companies such as BASF, DENSO International, Hirotec America, Lear Corporation, Magneti Marelli, and more.

“You should really see how the faces of these students light up the first time they walk into one of these advanced manufacturing plants,” Patterson said. “They are in awe when they walk in and see robotics and advanced engineering hard at work. Many experience a moment when they realize that they don’t need to leave Michigan to pursue a high-tech career. It certainly is not their grandfather’s manufacturing plant.”

Manufacturing Day tours have been so effective that this year, using it as a model, Oakland County will launch “Info Tech Day,” when hundreds of high school students from around Oakland County will tour numerous Information Technology companies to see that their aspirations to pursue that high tech career can be fulfilled right here at home.

Patterson said the knowledge-based economy jobs are not just in private industry. Some are right here in Oakland County government. For example, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office is now a teaching facility after it signed a contract with Wayne State Medical School and the Detroit Medical Center to instruct their medical students who are studying pathology. In addition to those students, 25 to 30 medical students from all over the United States come to our Medical Examiner’s Office every year for weeks at a time in order to complete their pathology rotation in medical school. “Though it is a handful of students, we think it is a tremendous opportunity to highlight both the availability of knowledge-based careers and the quality of life here in Oakland County to young talent from other parts of the country,” Patterson said.

The city of Pontiac is making a comeback.

“Pontiac has come to represent an often told America story: An urban center in America’s heartland falls on hard times, at least in part because of the changes in U.S. manufacturing, in particular the auto industry. But like so many urban centers, Pontiac is seeing a renewal because of private investment by individuals with vision. Individuals who see the potential, the future,” Patterson said.

Patterson recognized and thanked a number of entrepreneurs who are helping Pontiac rebound. Among them was Pete Karmanos, Jr., whose MadDog Technology subsidiary Lenderful, an online mortgage buying experience, is investing $1.75 million in downtown Pontiac and creating 52 jobs. Patterson quoted Karmanos’ words about investing in Pontiac in his speech:
"Establishing a core technology hub in Pontiac will draw many more technology-centric companies in the near term. For employees this represents a close, convenient place to work. This competitive location will draw people from all around the region.”

Patterson said he can make assurances of technology growth in downtown Pontiac in the future because it has plentiful underground fiber optic infrastructure – a necessity to attract and retain tech companies.

Other Pontiac investors he praised:
  • Vince Deleonardis and Auch Construction for building its new 20,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Pontiac
  • Brad Oleshansky and partners for investing $50 million in the M1 Concourse project at South Boulevard and Woodward
  • Kyle Westburg and partners for investing in and restoring the Flagstar Strand Theatre and Performing Arts Center
  • Ed Lee of Lee Contracting who has been investing in the Pontiac area for over 25-years, bringing much-needed jobs to help revitalize the city and has purchased the old Wisner School, Wisner Stadium, and the former Pontiac Central High School to turn those buildings into usable space for a variety of purposes.
  • And Southfield-based REDICO and Pacific Coast Capital Partners who are investing $180 million to transform the defunct Bloomfield Park project on Telegraph near Square Lake.
A significant sign that Oakland County continues a significant recovery from the Great Recession is significant private investment at Oakland County International Airport. Corporate Eagle is investing $8 million for a new 80,000-square-foot hangar facility. Edsel Ford’s Pentastar Aviation is exploring building lifestyle hangars – the aviation equivalent of M1 Concourse for cars. Kirt Kostich of Royal Air expanded by 43,200 square feet with the completion of two passenger buildings and a third to store aircraft with a total price tag of $3.2 million. Plus, the airport itself will invest $8 million in the coming year to rebuild taxiway Charlie or taxiway C, the busiest taxiway in all of Michigan.

“Dave VanderVeen, Oakland County’s director of central services who oversees the airport, often opines that aviation is the first sector into a recession and the last out of one. So, when I report to you tonight that Oakland County International Airport is expanding its footprint for corporate business development projects this year - projects worth millions of dollars in private investment - you get the sense that Oakland County’s economy continues to strengthen from the days of the Great Recession,” Patterson said.

Finally, Oakland County will see a number of improvements in public safety in 2017. The county has begun to replace the county’s 911 infrastructure from a copper network which has reached the end of its useful life as it dates back to 1963. A new regional fiber optic network called Emergency Services Internet-protocol Network or ESINet will prepare the way for the Next Generation 911 system in Oakland County. ESINet 911 calls will be routed using geographic information system coordinates. It will enable 911 callers to not only make voice calls to emergency dispatchers, but also they will be able to send photographs, videos, in-car crash system data, and texts from emergency scenes.

Oakland County continues to prepare for active shooters. Over the past five years, Sheriff Mike Bouchard and Oakland County Homeland Security Division, under the leadership of Ted Quisenberry, have leveraged federal grants to help equip and train our local police departments to neutralize an active shooter. Across nearly the entire county in virtually every department are police officers who are part of “OakTac” response teams. OakTac stands for Oakland County Tactical Response Coordinating Group. They are trained and equipped to enter a building and contend with an active shooter.

OakTac is comprised of 36 agencies and serves over 96 percent of the population in Oakland County. There are over 2,100 Oakland County law enforcement officers who have received this training.

In 2017, we are going to implement additional training which could increase the likelihood of survivability for victims of an active shooter. Oakland County Homeland Security Division will begin to train firefighters and emergency medical personnel to strap on bullet-resistant vests and enter an active shooter scene not far behind an OakTac team, even as that OakTac team continues to locate the threat to neutralize it. In these “warm zones,” firefighters and EMS personnel will triage, treat, and evacuate victims. In recent active shooter scenes, it has been found that victims who were alive when firefighters and emergency medical personnel were able to enter the building ultimately survived.

Oakland County Children’s Village is playing a key role in our region in the fight against human trafficking. As law enforcement on all levels continues to fight human trafficking and rescue local children from forced prostitution, Children’s Village is providing services and a safe haven for these rescued underage victims.

2017 Restaurant of the Year: Mabel Gray


Don’t let the name fool you: There’s nothing drab about Mabel Gray.

The Hazel Park restaurant glows an ardent orange during packed dinner hours, smoldering with the heady aromas of North African green harissa and pungent Thai fish-sauce caramel from its kaleidoscopic global pantry.

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Royal Oak entrepreneur is youngest winner of Oakland County Executive's 2017 Elite 40 Under 40 class

Brooke Wilson Vitale, the owner of specialty bakeries in Royal Oak and Birmingham, was selected by a public online vote as the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.

The announcement was made at Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s State of the County address held at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint. As the winner, Vitale was given the honor of introducing Patterson to the crowd of more than 600 people.

“It’s a really big honor,” Vitale said. “I was really surprised and very flattered.”

At 29, Vitale is the youngest winner in the six years of the contest. She is the owner of Love & Buttercream, a bakery she opened in 2012 after turning a hobby into her passion. An Oakland County native and Michigan State University graduate, she worked for a time in Chicago but the allure of returning home was too strong to ignore.

“There’s something about this area that I can’t quite put into words,” she said. “It’s a set of values, a culture, a feeling of support and a feeling of home. It’s something magical and unique that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the nation. It was the perfect place to let my dreams fly.”

Patterson was effusive in his praise for Vitale.

“Brooke is an excellent choice,” Patterson said. “She is creative, thoughtful, has an incredible business sense and is precisely the kind of young leader we want to keep in Oakland County.”

The bakery idea was hatched in a kitchen in her parent’s basement and took flight. Her business, which began with three employees, has expanded to 29 women – all under age 35. She credits her team with her success.

“They’re the ones that make me look good,” said Vitale, who is married and has a 1-year-old son. “They are the ones committed to this business. I’ve been lucky beyond what I can comprehend.”

The bakery’s cookies were named HOUR Detroit’s “Best Cookie” in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Love & Buttercream was also named Eater’s “Top 5 Bakeries in Metro Detroit.” The bakery provided wedding cakes and desserts for 600 couples in 2016 and is the exclusive provider for wedding cakes for the Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters on the Detroit River.

Nearly 400 applications and nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges, looking for the top 40 young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County. The 40 honorees have achieved excellence in their field and contributed to the quality of life in their communities. Of that group, the three candidates who scored the highest are placed before the public vote to determine a 2017 winner. This is the sixth year of the Elite 40 program.

"I am continually amazed at the caliber of young leaders we have,” Patterson said. “We think the whole class is superb and the top three are outstanding. The future of our county is very bright.”

More than 2,900 votes were cast for the three finalists. The other finalists were:
  • Richard J. Chalmers, D.O., 36, Director of Family Medicine Residency, McLaren Macomb Hospital
    Chalmers, of Rochester Hills, began his family practice in 2010 with the McLaren Medical Group and was named director of the family medicine residence program at McLaren Macomb Hospital in 2015. He is an assistant clinical professor at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is director of the hospital’s Medical Outreach Clinic, which treats uninsured patients at no cost. Chalmers has been to Guatemala three times as part of a team of doctors, nurses and volunteers through DOCARE International, providing care to more than 3,000 patients. Chalmers is married and has two sons.
  • Carrie Schochet, 37, CEO/Founder, Purple Squirrel Advisors
    Schochet, of Rochester Hills, heads a Troy-based boutique executive search firm that connects unique C-level and senior executives with leadership positions. She is also founder of CFO Next, a group she launched in 2013 when she discovered a lack of resources and networking opportunities for transitioning or unemployed senior financial executives. The group placed 60 people into new career opportunities in the first two years and assisting another 20. She is a passionate philanthropist, raising funds for a number of non-profits, including ALS research, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Power Company Kids Club. In 2016, she co-founded 100 Businesses Who Care to connect executives who want to make an impact in metropolitan Detroit. The group is set to give a $50,000 donation to a local non-profit twice a year starting in 2017. Schochet is married and has three children.
The remaining members of the 2017 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class are:
  • Hallie Armstrong, 37, Senior Naturopathic Doctor, Beaumont Health
  • Matthew Baumgarten, 32, Berkley City Manager
  • Andrea Carollo, 37, Realtor, Max Broock Realtors
  • Alicia Chandler, 37, General Counsel – Continuing Care, Trinity Health
  • Nathan Clinton-Barnett, 32, Vice President of Clinical Services, Safe Balance LLC
  • Alex Delavan, 34, Director of Sponsored Programs, Oakland University
  • David DeLind, 30, Marketing Program Manager, 1986
  • Derek Dickow, 37, Founder, Steward Media
  • Matt Einheuser, 31, Watershed Ecologist, Clinton River Watershed Council
  • Joanne Forbes, 34, Department Chair of Art, Design/Humanities, Oakland Community College
  • Sean Forbes, 35, Co-Founder, DPAN.TV The Sign Language Channel
  • Kristin Griffith, 30, 2nd Grade Teacher & Elementary Technology Educator, Auburn Hills Christian School
  • Anthony Grupido, 21, CEO, Handsleight LLC
  • Sherikia Hawkins, 35, City Clerk, City of Pontiac
  • Michael Hohf, 31, Sr. Vice President & Financial Advisor, Advance Capital Management
  • Adam Jahnke, 33, Principal and Co-Founder, Vault Equity Partners
  • Yasser Khan, 37, Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, IBM Miraclesoft
  • Jessica Knapik, 38, Program Analyst, Walsh College
  • Anjan Kumar, 38, Assistant Director of Medical ICU, Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates – St. John Hospital & Medical Center
  • Andrew Kurecka, 29, Manager of Outcomes Research, MedNetOne Health Solutions
  • Samantha Mariuz, 25, Director of Authorities, City of Auburn Hills
  • Sam Marzban, 34, Detective Sergeant, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tylar Masters, 37, President, Tylar & Company
  • Dustin McClellan, 26, Pontiac Director, The Power Company Kids Club
  • Maureen McGinnis, 38, Judge, 52-4 District Court
  • Shaun Moore, 38, Director of e-Learning, Oakland University
  • Tany Nagy, 37, Owner, Pulse Design Studio
  • Jeena Patel, 37, Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
  • Emily Paula, 26, Human Resources Business Partner, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Katya Pruett, 37, Manager Public Relations and Communications, BorgWarner Inc.
  • Katheryn Rohrhoff, 34, Staff Nurse, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
  • Pratheep Sevanthinathan, 36, Owner, Seva Law Firm
  • Kayla Smith, Executive Director, 26, Hazel Park Promise Zone Authority
  • David Tessler, 34, VP & Co-Owner, Rain Marketing Inc.
  • Leyanna Torres, 32, Principal Product Engineer NAOSS Packaging Manager, ZF TRW
  • Kathryn Tuck, 37, Director of Foundation Giving, Leader Dogs for the Blind
  • Danielle Zuccaro, 34, Director Human Resources, Common Ground

Troy-based funeral home marks 100 years


The family that owns Troy-based A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors, is commemorating 100 years of providing funeral services and comfort to families. The original location was established in Highland Park in 1917.

Now the firm has three locations, two in Troy and one in Royal Oak.

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Oxford pub partners with Birmingham brewery for signature craft beer


Sullivan’s Public House of Oxford will soon have its own craft beer. Birmingham brewery, Griffin Claw Brewing Co., worked with the Oxford restaurant’s owners, Jerry and Jamie Cremin, to create Sullivan’s Irish Ale.

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Oakland County offers free severe weather spotter training

Registration is now open for Skywarn severe weather spotter training classes coordinated by Oakland County Homeland Security Division which begins in March. Skywarn is an effort to save lives during severe weather by having a network of well-trained spotters who can accurately observe weather phenomena and identify cloud features that lead to tornadoes and those that do not.

“Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel cloud with complete certainty - the human eye,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “While new technological and scientific tools have advanced the capability of meteorologists to predict severe weather, the trained spotter remains essential to the National Weather Service warning process. Trained spotters save lives.”

The Skywarn classes cover what kinds of weather phenomenon to report, how to report it, and severe weather safety. Classes are free and last 1.5 hours.

“The more trained eyes we have in the field during a severe weather event, the better our service to the public will be,” Patterson said.

To register, go to www.OakGov.com/homelandsecurity and click on the Skywarn logo to register or call 248-858-5300. Space is limited.

Upcoming Skywarn spotter training classes:

Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford

Tuesday, March 21 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Commerce Township Offices, 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Township

Thursday, April 6 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Karl Richter Campus Community Center, 300 East St., Holly

Monday, April 10 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion

Wednesday, April 12 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield
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