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DTE EnergySmarts Spring 2021

Work done for Michigan utility company DTE Energy’s B2B custom publication EnergySmarts, Spring 2021 issue. (Two PDFs, one for each of three articles written)

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Clean Cultivation: CANNABIS PIONEER PLANNING NET-ZERO GROW WITH THE LATEST IN GREEN DESIGN

Article written for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association’s magazine, 2021 second issue. (PDF)

Anyone who’s ever been tempted by a project to go all the way on it, expense be damned, will appreciate what Dori Edwards is doing.

She’s going “all in” on her vision of creating a net-zero grow facility. Her plan is to build a super-clean pharmaceutical-grade grow facility that demonstrates sustainability in every one of its 25,000 square feet, from the heating and cooling system to the materials that make up the building itself.

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Still in charge: Whiskey businesses directly invest in wind and solar through MIGreenPower

Article for DTE Energy’s EnergySmarts publication, winter 2021

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NEW INDUSTRY, NEW TECH: Businesses Use Software to Get Over Regulatory Hurdles

Article written for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association’s magazine, 2021 first issue. (PDF)

It could be fairly said that without technology, the cannabis industry may never have gotten off the ground.

Inevitably tight regulations make running a cannabis business touchier than selling office supplies or even whiskey. Cannabis businesses must track every gram of the product from “seed to sale.” This includes even when cannabinoid oil is divvied into many products for many customers. Businesses and regulators must be able to identify  where the products of a given plant are at any time.

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DTE EnergySmarts Fall 2020

Work done for Michigan utility company DTE Energy’s B2B custom publication EnergySmarts, Fall 2020 issue. (Four PDFs, one for each of three articles written)

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DTE EnergySmarts Summer 2020

Work done for Michigan utility company DTE Energy’s B2B custom publication EnergySmarts, Summer 2020 issue. (Three PDFs, one for each of three articles written)

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DTE EnergySmarts Spring 2020

Work done for Michigan utility company DTE Energy’s B2B custom publication EnergySmarts, Spring 2020 issue. (Three PDFs, one for each of three articles written)

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Every Person Counts

Oakland County’s Complete Count Committee working to raise 2020 census participation

A widely used rule of thumb says that each person counted in the U.S. Census represents $1,800 a year in federal funding. Oakland County has an estimated 211,507 people who are at risk of being undercounted, according to the Michigan Department of State. That would come to more than $380 million a year, or more than $3.8 billion over the course of a decade, in potentially lost revenue. For reference, Oakland County’s 2020 budget is $922 million.

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Interview with Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D. (Flint water crisis whistleblower)

Profile for the 100 Influential Women recognition program, Crain’s Detroit Business, 2016

Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D.

Director of the pediatric residency program, Hurley Medical Center; assistant professor of pediatrics and human development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

 

Big win: Hanna-Attisha’s campaign brought the Flint lead issue to national and international attention. She has been honored about a dozen times, including Time magazine’s 2016 list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

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Crain’s Detroit Business ’40 Under 40′ Awards

2015 40 Under 40 Section CoverI was the lead editor and project manager for the 2015 edition of the newspaper’s flagship awards program. My job was to evaluate hundreds of submissions, narrow them down, vet them, recommend winners, and produce an editorial package of the 40 selected honorees. For the vetting, I either interviewed candidates personally or someone from my team of writers did and reported back. After a painstaking review process involving the newspaper’s top leadership, the honorees were selected, and then my team produced the final editorial package. I edited all profiles and managed the scheduling of all the associated photography. I was also deeply involved in the marketing of the awards program and the event that went with it.

“Every year since 1991, Crain’s Detroit Business has honored 40 professionals in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks before age 40. This year’s winners launched successful companies, grew established firms, took on high-pressure projects and gave a hand to those in the community.” — Full coverage at crainsdetroit.com

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Meet the CFO who shepherded the DIA through the worst financial crisis in its 120-year history

Robert Bowen
CFO Awards 2015
Winner, nonprofit

In the long history of the Detroit Institute of Arts, it would be hard to find a period any shakier than the one it just went through.

The museum found itself at the center of Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, its storied art collection used as a poker chip during the negotiations of 2013 and 2014.

Just a year before that began, the DIA pulled itself out of budgetary quicksand by pushing through a 10-year tri-county millage that gives it about $23 million annually.

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Retooling Globalization Strategies for Auto Suppliers

The automotive industry team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) spends its days fine-tuning and funding the strategic plans of middle-market parts suppliers. What do these companies say are their most pressing concerns as the new year begins? Globalization and capacity.

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Fundamentals of Investment: Michigan’s venture capital history

Michigan VC History -- Accelerate Michigan Advertorial(One of three promotional articles done for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition’s 5-Year Anniversary)

The existence of a competition like Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is proof of sorts that Michigan’s venture capital community has come of age.

Any thriving regional venture scene is going to have a respected competition in its mix of offerings and assets, investors say.

Besides drawing publicity, the competitions also play a crucial role in the venture funding spectrum by offering very early-stage companies a chance to get capital. … (Full Ganglecom articles here – PDF)

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Nobody got hit like us: A new day in Detroit (Above, The RE/MAX Magazine)

ReMax Magazine -- Fall 2014 Feature on Detroit Real Estate MarketThe year 2008 might have been when the United States woke up to its real estate problem, but for Detroiters it was the year when everyone else started to feel what it was like to be them. Comments from homeowners in formerly bullish markets like California, Nevada and Florida began sounding an awful lot like the talk around Detroit. Boarded-up homes suddenly dotting the landscape? Welcome to the club.

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OnStar ‘Stressful Commutes’ project (Lowe Campbell Ewald)

I interviewed the subject matter expert and wrote the content for this 2014 OnStar project on behalf of advertising firm Lowe Campbell Ewald

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The District Detroit will create a more walkable city (Lowe Campbell Ewald)

Content marketing article reported and written on behalf of advertising firm Lowe Campbell Ewald for The District Detroit, the massive neighborhood real estate development project anchored by the new Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Detroit Bus Company

Marketing and PR work done in the summer of 2012 on behalf the Detroit Bus Company, a “party bus”-type transportation service

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The Thunderdrome

Marketing and PR work done for The Thunderdrome, a moped, scooter, and bicycle racing event to raise funds for a dilapidated historic park in Detroit.

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Crain’s ’20 in their 20s’ (2012)

I led the honoree selection and editorial coverage of this recognition program for the 2012 edition, while also managing the associated awards ceremony and marketing.

In its seventh year, Crain’s 20s program highlights the brainpower and entrepreneurial talent of the region’s young professionals and creatives. Crain’s editors and reporters selected the honorees from among more than 300 nominees.

March 22, 2012 | Crain’s Detroit Business

 

 

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Crain’s ’20 in their 20s’ (2011)

I co-managed the honoree selection, editorial coverage, and marketing of the 2011 edition of this awards program.

In its sixth year, Crain’s 20s program highlights the brainpower and entrepreneurial talent of the region’s young professionals and creatives. Crain’s editors and reporters selected the honorees from among more than 300 nominees.

May 2, 2011 | Crain’s Detroit Business