Butzel Long health care attorney Mark R. Lezotte, re-elected to United Cerebral Palsy National Board of Trustees

DETROIT, Mich. – Mark Lezotte, a leading southeast Michigan health care attorney with Butzel Long, was re-elected to the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) National Board of Trustees during UCP’s 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Lezotte has long served UCP in various public policy and governmental activities roles, and as chair of UCP’s national public policy committee. He previously served on the UCP national board from 1999-2004, received the UCP National Chairperson’s Award in 2004, and has served as a board member and president of UCP of Metropolitan Detroit. He also has served in leadership roles on many other civic and nonprofit boards.

He has substantial experience in corporate, health care, tax, and exempt organization matters, including corporate and nonprofit governance, business transactions, tax-exempt issues, hospital-physician ventures, and regulatory investigations.

Lezotte has been active in numerous bar and professional organizations. He has been recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America” (health care law), published by Woodward/White, Inc. since 2013; and has been selected to Michigan Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, each year since 2008.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com.

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Mark Troianovski is an account manager at Google. Troianovski works with small and medium-sized businesses using Google’s various advertising products, including the search, display, and YouTube networks. Together with clients, he focuses on optimizing marketing efforts and building out custom attribution models, all while delivering the best experience to end-users. Troianovski went to Georgetown University, where he studied government and economics. Troianovski loves visiting Detroit on weekends, and is currently working on exploring his way through Corktown.



Detroit – October 27, 2014 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Sandra M. Cotter has been named Director of the firm’s Regulated Industries Department, effective January 2015. Cotter will be taking over for Leonard Wolfe, who is joining the firm’s Executive Board. Cotter will also assume Wolfe’s role as Leader of Dykema’s Government Policy and Practice group.

Cotter, who joined Dykema in 1989, is based in the firm’s Lansing office, has substantial experience in handling legislative and regulatory matters, principally in the areas of liquor control, insurance, elections, and campaign finance. She is in frequent contact with Michigan’s executive office, state legislators and various agencies, including the Department of Insurance and Financial Services and the Liquor Control Commission. Cotter has been involved in drafting complex legislation and administrative rules on a variety of matters including insurance, liquor control, economic development, gaming, and environmental regulation.

“Sandi has an impressive background in government policy and a vast amount of experience working with legislators and government agencies,” said Peter Kellett, Chairman and CEO of Dykema. “Under her guidance, Dykema’s Regulated Industries Department and Government Policy & Practice group will be in very good hands.”

Cotter has received a number of gubernatorial appointments, including service on the Michigan Natural Resource Management and Environmental Code Commission, the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control, the Site Review Board, and most recently, Governor Snyder’s Occupational Licensing Advisory Rules Committee. The recommendations of that committee have been implemented through legislation and rules in 2012 and 2013.

“I’m extremely excited to lead our Regulated Industries Department and continue to ensure that our Government Policy & Practice team helps our clients strengthen their voices in the political realm and achieves their objectives,” said Cotter. “Our attorneys and government policy advisors will sustain our passion for delivering exceptional client service and work closely with our clients to understand their government policy goals in order to devise effective strategies to promote their best interests.”

Cotter has served on the Firm’s Professional Personnel Committee for several years she works closely with the Firm’s lobbying team. She is active in the State Bar’s Latin American Bar Section, serving as Treasurer for the past two years. She has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® each of the last three years, as well as being named a Michigan Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network in 2014.

Cotter received a B.S. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., October 14, 2014 — Princeton Enterprises[1], a privately held real estate investment company based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. is pleased to announce the purchase of Lansing Tower Apartments located in Lansing, Mich.

Princeton closed on Lansing Tower Apartments, a 140 unit multifamily apartment community on October 8, 2014 with the assistance of Cary Belovicz from Commercial Property Advisors[2] who brokered the deal on behalf of a private seller.

Built in 1968, Lansing Tower Apartments offers studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes in a metropolitan high rise setting. Significant renovation work is expected to include cosmetic upgrades to the exterior of the building, plumbing improvements, a new swimming pool deck and fitness center, a resident lounge and renovated lobby with a new wifi beverage café. In addition to the above, the building offers a covered parking garage, on-site laundry facilities, and additional storage rooms. Individual apartments feature unique and spacious layouts, oversized windows, spectacular views of downtown Lansing, multiple bathrooms, walk in closets, and select units include dressing rooms and breakfast nooks.

Lansing Tower has spectacular views of the Capitol Building and surrounding area and is within walking distance to Cooley Law School, Lansing Community College, restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. Located in the heart of downtown Lansing, the property is just a short commute to MSU, the Capital Region International Airport, and numerous parks and nature reserves.

“There are few opportunities in this business to buy a building as well conceived and as well located as Lansing Tower,” commented Matt Lester, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Princeton Enterprises, LLC. “We are very excited by the resurgent Lansing market and believe that Lansing Tower will once again become a housing destination of choice for people who live and work in the area.”

For additional information on this announcement or Princeton Enterprises, please contact Michele Dreer at (248) 683-2500 or m.dreer@prinmgmt.com.

About Princeton Enterprises:
Princeton Enterprises, L.L.C. located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is a premier real estate acquisition, development, and property management company that enjoys one of the finest reputations for successfully acquiring, repositioning and operating a diverse portfolio of real estate assets. Founded in 1994 by Matthew B. Lester, the company has acquired over 100 properties with an aggregate value of $1 Billion and has grown to more than 525 employees, and nearly 20,000 individual apartment units in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina.

About Commercial Property Advisors:
Commercial Property Advisors is your nationally connected, local leader in providing commercial real estate services. We have a network of affiliates to create a unique firm that understands the challenges of our new real estate economy. Our affiliates have helped individual investors and institutions alike in managing their real estate goals and helping them build their wealth.

October 28: Chamber Leads Delegation on Lessons Learned Tour of New Orleans; Election Day Nears, Check Out Chamber PAC-Endorsed Candidates

Chamber Leads Delegation on Lessons Learned Tour of New Orleans

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber led a delegation of over 30 business, civic and philanthropic leaders, and representatives of the city of Detroit, to New Orleans, La. for a three-day lessons learned tour to bring back insight for Detroit’s continued revitalization. The trip focused on New Orleans’ successful – and still developing – recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

The Detroit delegation toured key areas of the city and attended panel discussions comprised of New Orleans experts who have firsthand experience and insight on efforts to revitalize the city. Topics explored the major factors contributing to New Orleans’ path to recovery including economic development, education and charter school reform, government function, the entrepreneurial ecosystem and urban resiliency.

The New Orleans trip was a continuation of an action item from the Chamber’s 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. The Chamber extends its appreciation to The Kresge Foundation, Strategic Staffing Solutions and the offices of Mayor Mike Duggan and Mayor Mitch Landrieu for their partnership in supporting the trip. Click here to view photos from the tour.

Date Change: Inside the CEO Mind Moved to Nov. 14

The date has changed for the Chamber’s next installment of Inside the CEO Mind, featuring Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Company. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13, the event will now take place on Friday, Nov. 14. The event will still be held at The Parade Company from 8 to 10 a.m.

Come hear Michaels share his leadership perspective on how innovation and creativity can combat challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Following the program, attendees can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the company’s headquarters in Detroit ahead of America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by Art Van Furniture. Click here to register for the event.

Election Day Nears, Check Out Chamber PAC-Endorsed Candidates

The Nov. 4 general election in Michigan is quickly approaching, and the Detroit Regional Chamber encourages its members to get out and vote.

This year’s elections are crucial to Michigan’s continued comeback. The Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has diligently spent the past year interviewing and reviewing candidates across Michigan in order to endorse and support pro-economic growth candidates. For a full list of the Chamber PAC’s endorsements, please click here.

Remember, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Click here to view a sample ballot and find your polling location.

Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township)

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is endorsing Congressman Gary Peters for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat. Peters has a consistent record of representing the Detroit region and the state on issues that align with the Chamber’s mission.

During the 2008 financial crisis, Peters was an effective voice in rescuing Detroit’s automotive industry, providing necessary congressional support to companies, including General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, to reinvent themselves and save thousands of jobs across the country. Peters also helped implement the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, and the State Small Business Credit Initiative.

Peters is a leading advocate to secure $250 million in federal funding for the Detroit Customs Plaza, a key component of the New International Trade Crossing. He has shown similar support for freight and rail infrastructure investment critical to the region’s success.

Peters’ commitment to the business community has spurred the foundation for strong economic growth. He embodies the characteristics that are required of an effective civil servant, and the Chamber looks forward to partnering with him as Michigan’s next U.S. senator. For a full list of the Chamber PAC’s endorsements, please click here.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Kristi Katsma to Receive the Pro Bono Spirit Award at the 2014 Laddy Awards

DETROIT, Mich., October 27, 2014 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Kristi Katsma will receive the Pro Bono Spirit Award at the 2014 Laddy Awards presented by the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD). Ms. Katsma is one of three recipients of the Pro Bono Spirit Award this year.

Ms. Katsma is being honored for her work representing an elderly client in a Detroit property tax dispute. The client received notice of tax foreclosure by the City of Detroit when the City claimed it could significantly raise the property taxes in arrears due to the transfer of the property solely into the client’s name upon her partner’s death. The client otherwise qualified for the poverty exception to payment of property taxes but had not previously applied. The matter involved an appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal and substantial negotiations to resolve this matter on behalf of her client. The result of her work, which included approximately 55 hours of pro bono work, ensured that this client could continue to live in her home.

Ms. Katsma is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office. She focuses her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring & creditors’ rights; automotive litigation; banking & financial services; mergers & acquisitions; and commercial transactions. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and served as a past Board Member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association and Past President of the Washtenaw County Young Lawyers Association. Ms. Katsma received her B.S. from Western Michigan University and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.

Ms. Katsma, along with the other honorees, will receive her award at a ceremony on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the historic chief judge’s courtroom of the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse. Dickinson Wright is also honored to be a sponsor of this great event that honors members of the legal community for their pro bono efforts to LAD clients.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 360 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

The Seventh Annual Making It In Michigan Conference Provides Food and Agricultural Entrepreneurs Fresh Thinking to Grow Their Business

One-Day Event Hosts Educational Sessions and Trade Show Featuring Over 160 Michigan-made Food and Agricultural Products

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The MSU Product Center is pleased to announce the seventh annual Making It In Michigan Conference and Premier Specialty Food Show to be held Wednesday, November 12th from 7:30AM – 4:00PM at the Lansing Center.

“This is poised to be our biggest event yet in terms of the number of Michigan vendors participating in the Marketplace Trade Show and the caliber of industry experts that will be leading the educational sessions,” states Matthew Birbeck, MSU Product Center’s High Impact Venture Action Team Project Manager. “We will be showcasing some innovative processes and strategies specifically targeted for food and agricultural entrepreneurs supporting this year’s theme of ‘Fresh Thinking For Success’,” says Birbeck.

Garden Fresh Gourmet Founder Jack Aronson and Co-CEO John J. Latella will share the company story of developing an iconic brand and building brand engagement with customers and will field questions from the audience. Attendees will be able to provide questions to be addressed by the panel through the MSU Product Center social media channels prior to the conference.

The one-day event features morning educational sessions that will bring together leading Michigan experts to help guide attendees in refining and growing their businesses in the following areas:

  • Making Your Product Shelf-stable
    • The Essential Process Authority Review for Shelf-stable Food Products
    • Product Formulation Challenges for Commercial Refrigerated and Shelf-stable Foods • Growing Your Specialty Food Business
    • Working with Retailers – Getting Product On The Shelf and How Retailer Size Affects Your Opportunity
    • Growing Sales and Meeting Customer Expectations
    • Making The Most Out of Limited Marketing Resources with Effective Social     Media and Public Relations Strategies
  • Finding the Right Poly Packaging Product For Your Own Product • Protecting Your Business
    • The Latest Status in Food Safety Modernization Act Compliance
    • Determining the Right Business Structure – is an LLC Right For You?

The $79 per person conference registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and educational sessions, digital copies of all presentations and reference materials and admission to the Marketplace trade show.

The Marketplace trade show in the afternoon will feature over 160 new and existing businesses that will be showcasing their Michigan-made food and agricultural products to the general public and Michigan-based food buyers. The trade show is free to the general public.

Conference participants will also have time to network with the winners of this year’s MSU Product Center awards and learn from their success stories. Awards will be presented for the Best Barrier Buster, Start-up to Watch and Entrepreneur of the Year. MSU Product Center innovation counselors and staff members, Product Center clients, business consultants, regulatory officials and food and farming groups will also be available to provide in-depth information and counseling.

More information and conference registration is available at www.productcenter.msu.edu/miim/registration. Those interested in attending can also call Greta McKinney at 517-353-7185 or send an email to mckin134@msu.edu.

About the MSU Product Center

Founded in 2003, the MSU Product Center helps Michigan entrepreneurs develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture, natural resources and bioeconomy sectors. The Center’s statewide network of innovation counselors provides business counseling support to Michigan residents interested in starting or expanding a business or product line.

The Product Center’s assistance in launching 396 known new businesses and business expansions has had the following estimated economic impacts:

  • Increased annual sales: $321.9 million (cumulative first year sales only) • Value of increased investment: $322.1 million
  • Jobs created: 1,147
  • Jobs retained: 644


IPS Technology Services’ President Pradip Sengupta Appointed to Troy Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors

TROY, Mich., Oct. 21, 2014 — IPS Technology Services’ President Pradip Sengupta was recently appointed to serve on the Troy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the term October 2014 – December 2017.

IPS Technology Services has been a proud member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce since 2009, when Pradip started IPS Technology Services out of his home in Troy. Over the last five years, IPS Technology Services has grown exponentially, both in size and in revenue. The company’s commitment to the Troy chamber, however, has also grown—with IPS becoming a top-level Platinum member in 2013.

“I feel that serving as a director for the chamber is an excellent opportunity to give back to this worthy organization,” says Pradip Sengupta. “The Troy Chamber of Commerce has always promoted my business throughout metro Detroit; we wouldn’t be where we are today without their ongoing support.”

As one of the Directors for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, Pradip Sengupta will join a group of elite business professionals who serve the community organization by making important decisions for the chamber—including who will serve in positions of leadership and fostering relationships among Troy Chamber members to promote business “within.” Members of the Board of Directors serve a three-year term.

For more information about the services and products offered by IPS Technology Services, please feel free to contact them at info@ipstechnologyservices.com or call 248-526-9000.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-526-9000, send an email to info@ipstechnologyservices.com or click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.

Manufacturing in the “D”

Skilled trades jobs are booming in the Detroit region and play an important role in Michigan’s economic recovery. From building and maintaining homes, to manufacturing and electrical development, skilled trades workers touch almost every aspect of our lives.

This year in Southeast Michigan alone, overall demand reached 10,639 openings in the second quarter for skill trades and technicians as well as engineers and design talent. Manufacturing inspectors and testers are one of the top open positions in Michigan, with 11,578 new job postings in 2013, and 127,700 projected job openings through 2022.

The manufacturing industry has recognized a great need for the development of a talent pipeline through training and apprenticeship programs, notably the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program. The program combines theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce. For more information on career pathways in manufacturing visit http://win-semich.org/youth.