Michigan Business & Professional Association Announces the Winners of 'Metropolitan Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For'

    WARREN, Mich., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The qualities of a well managed
 company with good benefits and fun amenities is what every experienced
 professional is on a quest for.  The Michigan Business & Professional
 Association (MBPA) has worked extensively to determine the companies that meet
 those requirements.  The MBPA is sponsoring the fifth annual "Metropolitan
 Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" symposium and awards
 gala, which showcases local companies committed to exceptional human resource
     The 101 companies will be honored at an "Academy Awards" style awards
 luncheon on Wednesday, October 12 at the Conference and Events Center in
 Dearborn, Mich.  Murray Feldman from FOX 2 News will serve as the master of
 ceremonies for the awards gala.  This award program was established to
 recognize the renaissance and economic prosperity of our communities through
 innovative human resources practices.
     An independent research firm evaluates each company's entry based on a
 number of key measures, such as communication, community initiatives,
 compensation and benefits, and diversity and multi-culturalism.
     Jennifer Kluge, executive vice president of the MBPA said, "The MBPA takes
 the awards process very seriously and has worked diligently to create a
 program that is unbiased, collects quantitative data, is rigorously judged and
 uses statistical analysis in order to achieve an award that is well respected
 in the HR field and among other associations."
     This year's winning companies have proved to be innovative when it comes
 to demonstrating their commitment to their employees and represent the leading
 edge in human resources practices in industries as diverse as the automotive,
 insurance, hospitality, communications and non-profit.  (See following list of
     The luncheon and award ceremony at 11:30 a.m. will be preceded by a series
 of interactive educational workshops on human resources practices starting at
 8:30 a.m.  This year's program will cover Becoming an Employer of Choice,
 Technology Challenges and Motivating Survivors in the Face of
     The awards for 2005 "Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest
 Companies to Work For" include the following categories: Diversity and Multi-
 Culturalism, Work-Life Balance, Employee Communication and Recognition,
 Compensation and Benefits, Employee Education and Development, Recruitment and
 Retention, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Community Initiatives,
 Strategic Planning and Integration.
     Nominated companies compete for nine elite awards, one granted for each
 category and the Lisa Wicker Best of the Best award.  The 10 winners of these
 elite awards will be announced during the awards luncheon on October 12.
     If you are interested in attending the conference and luncheon, please
 contact the Michigan Business and Professional Association's events team at
 586-393-8800 or visit http://www.101bestandbrightest.com .  The price for
 individual registration is $135 for the symposium and awards lunch for MBPA
 members; $165 for non-members.  The 101 Best and Brightest event is sponsored
 by Detroit Free Press, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DaimlerChrysler and
     Based in Warren, Mich., the MBPA is the largest business organization of
 small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000
 members who employ over 160,0000 persons.  Member businesses receive numerous
 benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted
 technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment
 assistance; and competitive insurance rates.  The MBPA is a sister association
 to the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA).
      Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
                                  2005 Winners
     ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc.                       Ann Arbor
     Airfoil Public Relations, Inc.                      Detroit
     ALCOS                                               Sterling Heights
     Altair Engineering, Inc.                            Troy
     American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM)           Detroit
     American Community Mutual Insurance Company         Livonia
     ARCADIS                                             Detroit
     Arrow Strategies, LLC                               Rochester Hills
     ArvinMeritor, Inc.                                  Troy
     ASG Renaissance                                     Farmington Hills
     Atwell-Hicks, LLC (Atwell)                          Brighton
     Barton Malow Company                                Southfield
     bd's mongolian barbeque                             Ferndale
     Beaumont Hospitals                                  Royal Oak
     Belle Tire                                          Royal Oak
     Bridgewater Interiors LLC                           Detroit
     Cambridge Financial Services, Inc.                  Troy
     Campbell & Co.                                      Dearborn
     City of Sterling Heights                            Sterling Heights
     Clayton & McKervey, P.C.                            Southfield
     Clear ! Blue                                        Birmingham
     Cobasys LLC                                         Orion
     Comcast                                             Southfield
     Computer Consultants of America, Inc.               Rochester Hills
     Computer Engineering Services, Inc.                  Southfield
     Compuware Corporation                               Detroit
     Contract Counsel                                    Royal Oak
     Co-op Services Credit Union                         Livonia
     CSIG                                                Milford
     Deloitte & Touche USA LLP                           Detroit
     DeMaria Building Company, Inc.                      Detroit
     DeMattia Group                                      Plymouth
     Detroit Athletic Club                               Detroit
     Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau          Detroit
     DFCU Financial                                      Dearborn
     Easter Seals - Michigan, Inc.                       Waterford
     Employees Only                                      Troy
     Enterprise Rent A Car                               Farmington Hills
     Ernst & Young LLP                                   Detroit
     Evangelical Homes of Michigan                       Detroit
     FANUC Robotics America, Inc.                        Rochester Hills
     Farbman Group                                       Southfield
     Fifth Third Bank                                    Southfield
     Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.              Grand Rapids
     Flagstar Bank                                       Troy
     Four Seasons Nursing Center                         Westland
     Freudenberg - NOK General Partnership               Plymouth
     Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.                    Troy
     Garden City Hospital                                Garden City
     gedas USA, Inc.                                     Rochester Hills
     Gordon Advisors, P.C.                               Troy
     G-TECH Professional Staffing                        Dearborn
     Harada Industry of America, Inc.                    Novi
     HarleyEllis                                         Southfield
     Henry Ford Health System                            Detroit
     Human Capital LLC                                   Lathrup Village
     Huntington National Bank                            Troy
     Hyundai - Kia America Technical Center, Inc.        Superior Township
     IKON Office Solutions                               Grand Rapids
     Industrial Control Repair                           Warren
     Inergy Automotive Systems, LLC                      Troy
     KPMG LLP                                            Detroit
     Marx Layne & Company                                Farmington Hills
     McGraw Wentworth                                    Troy
     Meadowbrook Insurance Group                         Southfield
     MEEMIC Insurance Company                            Auburn Hills
     Menlo Innovations LLC                               Ann Arbor
     MidWest Financial Credit Union                      Ann Arbor
     Mill Steel Company                                  Grand Rapids
     Motorola Automotive                                 Farmington Hills
     Neighborhood Service Organization                   Detroit
     Nemeth Burwell, P.C.                                Detroit
     Netarx Inc.                                         Farmington Hills
     NTH Consultants, Ltd.                               Farmington Hills
     Oakwood Healthcare, Inc.                            Dearborn
     Otterbase Technical Services                        Livonia
     Palace Sports & Entertainment                       Auburn Hills
     Peoples State Bank                                  Madison Heights
     Plunkett & Cooney, P.C.                             Bloomfield Hills
     Project Control Systems, Inc. (PCSI)                Livonia
     REDICO                                              Southfield
     Research Federal Credit Union                       Warren
     Rock Financial/Quicken Loans                        Livonia
     Saturn Electronics & Engineering Inc.               Auburn Hills
     Schonsheck, Inc.                                    Wixom
     Service Express, Inc.                               Farmington Hills
     Skanska                                             Southfield
     Spring Engineering & Mfg. Corp.                     Canton
     Strategic Staffing Solutions                        Detroit
     TAC Automotive Group                                Bloomfield Hills
     The Nailco Group                                    Farmington Hills
     The Rains Group, Inc.                               Bingham Farms
     The Rehmann Group                                   Lansing
     UHY Advisors MI, Inc.                               Sterling Heights
     University of Michigan Health System                Ann Arbor
     Valassis                                            Livonia
     Verizon Wireless                                    Southfield
     Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA)                  Auburn Hills
     Wade-Trim Group, Inc.                               Detroit
     Walbridge Aldinger                                  Detroit
     WOW! Internet Cable & Phone                         Madison Heights

SOURCE Michigan Business & Professional Association

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