LIFT Announces Registration Open for Fall Welding and CNC Machining Courses

LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, announced today that it is accepting registrations for its fall welding and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) courses held at the institute’s Corktown facility.

LIFT’s Welding Technician program prepares students to become entry-level welders in either Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). Utilizing curriculum aligned to the American Welding Society SENSE Level I standards, this course covers the required knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits required to perform routine, predictable, repetitive, and procedural welding tasks. Topics include: Safety, Occupational Orientation, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), four Thermal Cutting Processes, and Welding Inspection and Testing.

LIFT’s CNC Operations program prepares students to operate CNC mills and lathes. Utilizing curriculum aligned to NIMS Machining standards, this course covers: Machine maintenance, safety, print reading, measurements, inspection, cutting tool assembly, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and hands-on project-based learning done in the Learning Lab.

“The skills gap in advanced manufacturing has been growing for decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for manufacturing talent in the United States,” said Kevin Kerrigan, vice president business development, LIFT. “Our LIFT Learning Lab is equipped to help students start their advanced manufacturing careers safely.”

Learn more about LIFT’s skills trades classes and the Learning Lab by visiting

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is the Detroit-based, public-private partnership between the Department of Defense, industry and academia, committed to the development and deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies, and implementing talent development initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit or follow on LinkedIn at LIFT or on Twitter @NewsFromLIFT to learn more.

John James

President, James Group International

John James is president of James Group International. Prior to this role, James served in the U.S. Army as a Ranger qualified aviation officer after graduating from West Point. He served with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he logged more than 753 combat flight hours, leading two Apache helicopter platoons. He earned a Combat Action Badge and two Air Medals during his service.

After eight years of service to the nation, James was honorably discharged and returned to Michigan to work in the family business, James Group International. In addition to leading the family business, James served on Governor Rick Snyder’s mobility council and Veterans Trust Fund board. He currently serves on Detroit Mayor Duggan’s Workforce Development Council and on the board of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

Are you ready to return to your workspace?

The physical workplace is where connections are made, innovation is fostered and culture is grown. It’s also where employees have access to the people, tools and resources they need to collaborate and innovate most effectively. But getting people back to the workplace safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will require some significant changes in workspace design, processes and technology. Companies should be thinking about what needs to happen now and in the near and far future to evolve their spaces into safe, functional environments that meet needs for physical safety, employee wellbeing and productivity.

A return-to-space strategy should include several elements.

• Design: Most workspaces will need to be reconfigured to reduce density and prevent the spread of pathogens. Strategies include reducing seating in common areas to promote social distancing, eliminating shared desking, changing the geometry of furniture, installing partitions and screens to create boundaries, and posting signage with safety and physical distancing cues. Overall spaces will need to be flexible and adaptable to support the changing needs of employees and businesses.

• People: Effective communication and clear health and safety protocols will go a long way towards making employees more comfortable returning to the office. Your policies may include daily health screening checks for employees and visitors, installation of sanitation stations, use of masks or other PPE, and communication of personal hygiene expectations. Don’t forget employees still working from home full- or part-time: establish clear protocols and guidelines for at-home work, set up regular check-ins, and make sure at-home workers have the right tools, technology, training and furniture to maximize productivity.

• Technology: Technology can help improve communication, safety and productivity in the post-COVID workplace. In addition to the virtual conferencing and collaboration tools you’re probably already using for remote work, consider leveraging employee-facing apps for health screening and company news, digital signage to communicate evolving safety protocols, and touch-free room reservation systems and other hands-free devices. Occupancy sensors can help companies make data-driven decisions to reduce density and identify under-utilized spaces.

Organizations need to strategize how they can retrofit their workspaces for now, reconfigure for the near-term and reimagine for the future. The role the workplace will serve in the future will be more important than ever. NBS offers integrated interior solutions to help companies get people back to work faster while being safe and smart in the process.

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Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski featured during Ann Arbor Mobility Summit on September 23, 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s connected car/autonomous vehicle working group, will be featured, leading a dialogue with Ed Olsen, CEO of May Mobility, exploring the strategies to build a resilient mobility future during a Q&A titled, “Fireside Chat: Behind the Scenes of Autonomous Vehicles,” on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 during the third annual Ann Arbor Mobility Summit presented by Ann Arbor SPARK.

The theme for this year’s virtual event is to focus on strategies to build resiliency within the mobility ecosystem in the context of supply chain, improving access, smart city, innovative partnerships, and more.

Jennifer Dukarski

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media and content, cybersecurity and privacy, infotainment and shared mobility, and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has assisted clients with defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright, and other content-based claims. She focuses on compliance with various industry regulations and has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car/autonomous vehicle working group.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski was named one of the 30 Women Defining the Future of Technology in January 2020 by Warner Communications for her innovative thoughts and contributions to the tech industry.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Plunkett Cooney attorneys among 2021 ‘Best Lawyers in America’

Twenty five Plunkett Cooney attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which lawyers within their own geographic region nominate their peers. These lawyers are not allowed to select nominees from the same area(s) in which they practice. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

In addition to inclusion on the list this year, David K. Otis received the Best Lawyers™ 2021 Municipal Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” award in Lansing, Michigan and Mary Massaron was named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Lawyer of the Year is a designation awarded to only a single attorney in each practice area in each community.

Below is the complete list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2021 Best Lawyers designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Best Lawyers:

Michael P. Ashcraft (partner) – Legal Malpractice Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Douglas C. Bernstein (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law / Real Estate Law
William D. Booth (of counsel) – Personal Injury Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for over 30 years]
Charles W. Browning (partner) – Insurance Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Lawrence R. Donaldson (of counsel) – Professional Malpractice Law
Michael A. Fleming (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Jeffrey C. Gerish (partner) – Appellate Law
Robert G. Kamenec (partner) – Appellate Practice. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Mark S. Kopson (partner) – Health Care Law
David A. Lerner (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Mary Massaron (partner) – Appellate Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Lauren B. McMillen (partner) – Insurance Law. [New to the list this year]
Saulius K. Mikalonis (senior attorney) – Environmental Law
Kenneth C. Newa (partner) – Insurance Law
Scott H. Sirich (partner) – Construction Law and Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Thomas P. Vincent (partner) – Commercial Litigation

Plunkett Cooney’s Columbus, Ohio Best Lawyers:

Amelia A. Bower (partner) – Real Estate Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Daniel J. Hurley (senior attorney) – Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit, Michigan Best Lawyers:

D. Jennifer Andreou (partner) – Medical Malpractice Law
Laurel F. McGiffert (partner) – Medical Malpractice Law
Claudia D. Orr (senior attorney) – Employment Law, Labor and Employment Litigation
Stanley A. Prokop (partner) – Insurance Law
Mary Catherine Rentz (partner) – Insurance Law

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing, Michigan Best Lawyer:

David K. Otis (partner) – Municipal Litigation and Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]

Plunkett Cooney’s Grand Rapids, Michigan Best Lawyers:

Michael S. Bogren (partner) – Municipal Law and Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2021 “Best Lawyers in America,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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Growing With Detroit – Giffels Webster Celebrates 25 Years Downtown

Growing With Detroit – Giffels Webster Celebrates 25 Years Downtown
August 25th, 2020
Consulting firm plays integral role with those leading the city’s revitalization

Giffels Webster Celebrates 25 Years in Detroit
DETROIT, Aug. 25, 2020 – Giffels Webster, a Detroit-headquartered consulting firm, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the city this month. The firm has provided a broad scope of civil engineering, surveying, planning, GIS and landscape architectural services. They are dedicated to the revitalization of the city and improving overall quality of life, as well as actively involved in community service and volunteerism.

“We’re proud to have played a role, working side by side with the city’s visionaries, leaders and residents, in the remarkable rebirth that the City of Detroit has experienced over the past 25 years,” said Scott Clein, P.E. LEED, AP, president of Giffels Webster. “During that period, we have become a part of the community we serve and remain passionate about making it a better place for all Detroiters.”

Giffels Webster’s move to Detroit was fueled by the opportunity to work amongst the community it serves. The firm’s growing range of services has helped the city rejuvenate private buildings and public spaces through a mix of traditional surveying and engineering services, as well as newer technologies like laser scanning and drone mapping to preserve and update historical buildings and sites. Giffels Webster has also been instrumental in major Detroit initiatives, such as the city’ non-motorized transportation network, which boasts over 170 miles of bike lanes throughout the city.

Giffels Webster – Beacon Park
Shown: Beacon Park in Downtown Detroit
Key Detroit projects and places impacted by Giffels Webster’s expertise include:

Little Caesars Arena
Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan
Campus Martius
Henry Ford Health Systems South Campus
Comerica Park and Ford Field
Dozens of Residential Developments in Capital Park, Midtown and the CBD
Foundation Hotel
Beacon Park
Orleans Landing
Baltimore Station
Detroit Police Athletic League
Wayne County Justice Complex
Partnering with communities, municipalities and the private sector, Giffels Webster provides innovative solutions to everyday problems. The firm designed Michigan’s first protected bike lane on East Jefferson, which fits their “complete streets” model, where roadways are accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists in addition to motor vehicles.

Giffels Webster has received three consecutive Top Workplaces awards from the Detroit Free Press, crediting their shared vision, known as “True North,” a guiding influence which draws inspiration from their surveying roots. “Each day, our team comes together to make a difference,” says Scott Clein. “We aspire to improve ourselves, our work, our company and our community a little bit every day. It’s exciting to think about what the next quarter century will bring in the Motor City.” The firm sponsors and participates in many education-based and volunteer activities throughout each year, including Game On Cancer, Adopt-A-Highway, Tour De Troit and Life Remodeled.

About Giffels Webster

Giffels Webster is a collection of people – civil engineers, landscape architects, planners, surveyors and GIS specialists – who choose every day to make communities better. The Michigan-based firm helps public, private and institutional clients throughout the United States with their planning, land development and infrastructure needs.

Since its inception in 1952, Giffels Webster has evolved to offer a broad scope of services centered on helping clients achieve their project or programming goals, including civil engineering, municipal consulting, planning, land development consulting, landscape architecture, traffic engineering, surveying and GIS consulting. For more information, visit

Rehmann Recognized Among Construction Executive’s Top 50 Accounting Firms

Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, has been named one of Construction Executive’s (CE) Top 50 accounting firms for the second year in a row.

“The construction industry has been impacted significantly by COVID, and our advisors have continued to provide critical support and real-time solutions to clients in the industry,” said Bob Nagle, principal at Rehmann. “Rehmann has a solution to meet a wide variety of business needs, and we are honored to partner with a many leaders in the construction industry.”

CE developed The Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms ranking by asking hundreds of U.S. construction accounting firms to submit their 2019 revenues from construction practices, number of CPAs in construction practices, percentage of firm’s total revenues from construction practices and number of construction clients in 2019, among other data.

“Construction accounting firms play a vital role in helping construction companies make sound financial decisions, whether it’s business as usual or during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lauren Pinch, editor-in-chief, CE. “This ranking highlights the leading firms in our industry and the people who help contractors financially plan for the short- and long-term to ensure their businesses and their workforce are resilient, profitable and successful.”

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm with nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida, providing accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services to their clients.

Wright L. Lassiter III

President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System

Wright L. Lassiter III is the president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, headquartered in Detroit, Mich. He oversees the $7 billion health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory and retail and related health services consisting of more than 250 locations and 32,000 employees. He has amassed significant experience in governance, strategic planning, market expansion, health care M&A, performance improvement, and corporate turnaround.

Lassiter is a seasoned health care executive, with significant board experience across multiple corporate and non-profit sectors. In the corporate sector, he serves as board vice chair for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee, and also serves on its Audit Committee. He was recently selected as chair-elect designate by the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Arsenal Capital Partners and Quest Diagnostics.

In the nonprofit sector, he serves on the boards of Henry Ford Health System, America’s Essential Hospitals, Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Children’s Fund, Invest Detroit and Business Leaders for Michigan. He has completed service on the YMCA of the USA Board and City Year-Detroit.

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun

Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun is the chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). She also practices emergency medicine part-time at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Prior to her roles at MDHHS, Khaldun was the director and health officer for the Detroit Health Department, and before that, the Baltimore City Health Department’s chief medical officer. She has held several local and national leadership positions, including director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, founder and director of the Fellowship in Health Policy in the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine, and as a Fellow in President Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in public health in health policy from George Washington University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she served as chief resident.