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The Home of Business in Michigan. Get on-demand access to audio programs, articles and resources presented by savvy business leaders and industry experts.

    Leadership Lowdown | How Can You Fail in America?

    Leadership Lowdown | How Can You Fail in America?

    Vic Verchereau welcomes Dr. Jihad Mustapha, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Cardiac & Vascular Centers.

    This is one of the more amazing stories we have ever shared on the leadership Lowdown. This is inspiring! Jihad Mustapha, MD, FACC, FSCAI, has held many academic and professional titles throughout his career, but the one he’s most proud of is the simplest: “The Leg Saver.”

    A board-certified interventional cardiologist, Dr. Jihad Mustapha developed the notion early in his practice that a device to unblock arteries leading to the heart might be used to perform the same thing for legs. Dr. Jihad Mustapha performed his first peripheral vascular limb-salvage treatment more than a dozen years ago, preventing the amputation of the leg of a 52-year-old woman suffering from severe peripheral artery disease, or PAD.

    Today, Dr. Jihad Mustapha is recognized throughout the world as a pioneer for his groundbreaking work in critical limb ischemia, or CLI, which is marked by the severe obstruction of arteries drastically reducing blood flow to the extremities. Left untreated, CLI can result in amputations. He has authored numerous papers and teaches and speaks internationally on the topic.

    Dr. Jihad Mustapha’s story is even more incredible considering that at just 15, he fled his war-torn homeland of Lebanon, landing alongside not a single friend or family member at JFK airport, with $80 to his name and little more than a single change of clothes.

    By the next day – despite knowing no English – he was hawking umbrellas and flowers on the streets of New York. He enrolled in night school to learn the language, lived with a sister to save money, and eventually moved to Michigan, where he worked at a restaurant cleaning toilets and busing tables.

    In time, Dr. Jihad Mustapha enrolled in college to become a physicist, but to honor the memory of a brother who died before realizing his own dream of becoming a doctor, switched gears and entered the pre-med program at Wayne State University. He later earned his medical degree from St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada. 

    From the most humble and unlikely beginnings, this story is one of perseverance, courage and dedication to finding a pathway to extraordinary success. Dial up this edition of the Leadership Lowdown! You will be inspired!

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    • 41 min
    Media Business | Kerry Ebersole Singh - How Media Deals with the Talent Issue

    Media Business | Kerry Ebersole Singh - How Media Deals with the Talent Issue

    Tony Conley welcomes Kerry Ebersole Singh EVP, Chief Talent Solutions & Engagement Officer, for MEDC, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Their discussions revolve around talent and solutions for that issue in Michigan.

    CURRENT FOCUS

    As the Chief Talent Solutions & Engagement Officer, Kerry leads MEDC’s strategic focus of developing high-wage skills growth by working with businesses, higher education institutions and communities to better attract, retain and cultivate the talent critical to growing the state’s economy.

    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to serving at MEDC, Kerry was Director of the Office of Sixty by 30 in the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), where she established the office. During her time as Director, Kerry launched two instrumental programs, Futures for Frontliners and MI Reconnect, which aim to create a more talented workforce by providing a tuition-free path for Michiganders pursuing in-demand certificates or associate degrees. In this capacity, she also served as the Chair of the MI STEM Council, designed to improve and promote innovation and collaboration in STEM education and prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She also served as the lead staff supporting the state’s Workforce Development Board, helping to create a comprehensive, accessible and successful workforce development system. In conjunction with Kerry's time at LEO, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2021 tapped her to lead the Protect Michigan Commission’s community engagement strategy, which aimed to educate residents on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. Before she returned to state government by leading the Be Counted 2020 Census effort on behalf of Gov. Whitmer, Kerry operated her own independent consulting firm, serving a variety of clients across business, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She has experience creating and developing strategy for a variety of national, state and local government programs and advocacy campaigns, as well as nonprofit social organizations and causes. Kerry began her career 25 years ago in Michigan’s competitive political and legislative arena. As a former chief of staff to Barbara Farrah, a legislative liaison for the Department of Information Technology and constituent relations staff in the House of Representatives, Kerry has proved time and again to be a multisector professional adept at leading solutions around critical issues facing Michigan.

    EDUCATION/PERSONAL

    Kerry is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in political theory and constitutional democracy.

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    • 20 min
    Media Business | Michael Van Beek - How a Watchdog Deals with Politics, Lockdown, and Media

    Media Business | Michael Van Beek - How a Watchdog Deals with Politics, Lockdown, and Media

    Tony Conley welcomes Michael Van Beek, who is director of research for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He joined the Mackinac Center in June 2009 as director of education policy. He has authored several studies for the Center as well as analysis and commentaries that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Hill, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, and elsewhere.

    Van Beek obtained his graduate degree in history from Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from Hope College.

    He lives in Midland, Mich., with his wife and three children. His favorite color is orange.

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    • 19 min
    Michigan Business Beat | Alexander S. Rusek, Expungement Process for Convictions in Michigan

    Michigan Business Beat | Alexander S. Rusek, Expungement Process for Convictions in Michigan

    Jeffrey Mosher welcomes back Alexander S. Rusek, Senior Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, Lansing, MI, to the 'Michigan Business Beat'.

    An article he just did: Expungement Process for Convictions in Michigan | Six Steps to a Fresh Start: Foster Swift

    What is “expunging” or “setting aside” a conviction?

    Why is it important for an individual to have a criminal conviction expunged?

    What kind of convictions are expungable and how can I find out if I am eligible to have a criminal conviction expunged?

    What are some of the steps to the expungement process?

    What resources are available and where can I find more information?

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    • 6 min
    Leadership Lowdown | Check That!

    Leadership Lowdown | Check That!

    Vic Verchereau welcomes Neal Check, who is the founder of SoundCheck Inc. Vic also welcomes Dawn Check, who is the business manager and integrator for SoundCheck Inc.

    SoundCheck Inc. was founded by Neal Check after twenty-five years in the low voltage industry. The goal at SoundCheck is to make the confusing world of consumer electronics, easy to understand, and affordable to everyone. They specialize in seamless integration of audio, video, lighting, temperature, shading, and security. His wife Dawn plays a vital role as the business Manager and Integrator for the business. They both join the Leadership Lowdown and share the triumphs and challenges of building this dynamic organization.

    Technology changes rapidly so it is important to consider a company that understands the constantly evolving world of consumer electronics and how to tailor installations to meet present and future needs. This innovative and cutting edge organization has some great experienced leaders at the helm and they share some amazing stories about their journey! Turn up this edition of the Leadership Lowdown!

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    • 41 min
    Michigan Business Beat | David Haddad - MI Film Industry Association Bills Working through Lansing

    Michigan Business Beat | David Haddad - MI Film Industry Association Bills Working through Lansing

    Jeffrey Mosher welcomes David Haddad Chair, MiFIA = Michigan Film Industry Association, David and the Association is the EDGE Partnerships November 2022 Spotlight Interview of the Month.

    Where are you based out of, and please tell us about your mission?

    Have you been able to serve as a strong collective voice to address common issues in business circles and government offices?

    Speaking of government offices, the main reason we are having you on today is that we found out
    The Bipartisan Michigan Film Incentive bills are now in House and Senate committees in Lansing, tell us about those?

    How can your members and the broader concerned or connected business community help get the bills passed? How do they TAKE ACTION?

    Is there a website?

    They have legislation in the state House and Senate they hope to move after Election. Pro-jobs, pro-economy bills to create a film incentive in MI. 40+ other states have them, and MI is losing talent and money by not doing so yet/currently.

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