Preh, Inc., a global auto electronics supplier in Novi, Mich., has been named one of the best places to work in America for employees now categorized as “millennials” – persons born in the 1980s and 1990s – according to the Center for Generational Kinetics, a research consulting group in Austin, Texas that teaches companies to better employ and sell to millennials.
The designation comes after news that millennials are now the largest workforce in America. This is the first list of its kind to identify companies that excel at recruiting, developing and retaining top millennial performers.
Preh was one of only 75 companies making the list from over 4,000 U.S. organizations whose data was analyzed by the Best Companies Group, a workplace research firm located in Harrisburg, Pa. BCG included policy and benefit offerings from employer questionnaires, as well as employee engagement data from over 500,000 employee surveys conducted in the last 12 months. The company was one of only three in Michigan chosen.
In determining the winning organizations, eight core focus areas in the surveys were assessed: Leadership and Planning; Corporate Culture and Communications; Role Satisfaction; Work Environment; Relationship with Supervisor; Training, Development and Resources; Pay and Benefits and Overall Engagement.
“We are constantly looking for ways to make Preh a great place to work for our employees,” said Nick Lontscharitsch, president of Preh, Inc. “We want to provide not only outstanding rewards and professional growth for our people, but a high level of involvement and enthusiasm in our mission.
Over the past three years, Preh has received the Novi Chamber of Commerce “Best Place to Work Award,” as well as being selected a “Cool Place to Work,” by Crain’s Detroit Business.
Miller Vein, Metro-Detroit’s premier medical office for varicose and spider vein treatment, has been recognized as one of Michigan’s “Coolest Places to Work” by Crain’s Detroit Business magazine. The “Cool Places” distinction was designed to identify and honor the best employers in Michigan, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses.
“After screening potential new hires and insuring they are the best and brightest, we try our very best to employ only the most kind, caring and compassionate people,” said Founder Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D. “I consider myself extremely lucky to work with such amazing people. They created this cool place!”
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Cool Places to Work in Michigan. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Crain’s Detroit Business runs the “Cool Places to Work” program in conjunction with the Best Companies Group, a specialist in employee surveys and analysis.
The rankings and profiles of the 2014 Cool Places to Work were published on November 17, 2014 by Crain’s Detroit Business. The full list can be found at www.crainsdetroit.com/cool.
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Each summer, Community Financial invites 501(c)(3) organizations serving the communities within Community Financial’s field of membership to submit nominations to receive $1,000. The Summer of Sharing program lasts 60 days and a winner is announced each day. The Novi Youth Baseball League(NYBL), with the help of Fundraising Chair Andrew Giddings, submitted a successful written request to Community Financial explaining how the youth of NYBL could benefit from a donation of $1,000. They were named the winner this past July 29 and the money will go toward helping the NYBL in its goal to become a year-round organization.
Allstate Insurance Company - Insurance Agency
Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern - Burgers
Bar Louie - Martini
Carrabba’s Italian Grill - Italian Restaurant
Club Pilates - Health/Fitness Center
Just Baked - Desserts
Keford Collision - Collision Shop
Larson Jewelry Design - Jewelry Store
Library Sports Pub & Grill - Beer Selection/Restaurant, After Work Meeting and Sports Bar
Maria’s Italian Bakery - Deli
Novi Chophouse - Romantic Dinner
O’Brien-Sullivan Funeral Home - Funeral Home
Outback Steakhouse - Steaks
PNC Bank - Bank and Mortgage Company
Pei Wei Asian Diner - Asian Restaurant
Re/Max Classic - Real Estate Company
Sheryl’s School of Dance - Dance Studio
Steve & Rocky’s - Wine Selection/Restaurant
The Big Salad - Salad
Town & County Eyecare - Eyecare
On June 19, Vibe Credit Union awarded five high school seniors each with a $1,000 college scholarship as part of their ongoing FU$E Young Adult Program. The five recipients will continue their education this fall and were chosen based on their demonstration of character, concern for the community, and scholastic achievement.
“We are happy to provide the opportunity for these students to take the next step towards their educational goals and future careers,” said Tom Reagan, Vibe CEO. “We have been providing FU$E Scholarships to our young adult members for six years now and have presented a total of $30,000 in scholarships.”
Vibe CEO, Tom Reagan and CFO, Ron Lang
2014 FU$E Scholarship recipients
Christine Rysenga, Berkley High School
Deirdre Gerke, South Lyon High School
Sara Weldon, Whitmore Lake High School
Brittany Gates, Churchill High School
Justin Rogers, Berkley High School (not pictured)
Novi’s 2014 “State of the City Address” was held January, 16th at the Suburban Collection Showplace and one of the highlights was the presenting of the “Spirit of Giving” award to a community member. This year the award went to Michael Stanford, president of the Varsity Lincoln dealership in Novi. Mayor Bob Gatt presented the award saying that Novi is blessed to have some of the kindest people and Stanford is a shining example of what it means to give back to the community. Stanford regularly assists the Novi Police and Fire Benevolent Association, the Novi Youth Council, and the Novi Public Library. Gatt spoke highly of Stanford saying, “He is the first to say yes to Novi Youth Assistance, recognizing that there are those who are less fortunate and wanting all Novi children to succeed.” Stanford, along with Varsity Lincoln, is also a big supporter of the Novi Chamber of Commerce. Varsity Lincoln contributes as a benefactor and a sponsor of many chamber events. Congratulations Michael!
In January 2014, one of the District Managers for Premier Relocations, Gary Miller, was named Mayflower Transit’s December 2013 Salesperson of the Month! Gary has been recognized for this award based on sales initiative, increasing revenues, positively impacting the local community, being a good steward of Mayflower and exhibiting professional behavior above and beyond expected norms. This is quite an achievement for Gary, to stand out among all the sales representatives from over 530 agencies. Way to go, Gary!
October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Novi and their employee, Caryn, were recently honored by Lt. Governor Brian Calley and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Carrabba’s took part in the Investing in Abilities program and Caryn is a client of the Jewish Vocational Services, an organization that helps people with disabilities find employment through their Supported Employment Program. Agencies like JARC and JVS prepare disabled workers by providing job training and job search services that allow them to realize their potential and find employment.
Pictured left to right: Jeff Wilk-Proprietor of Carrabba's
in Novi, Marcia Gershenson-Oakland County
Commissioner, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Bill Dwyer-
Oakland County Commissioner, and Carrabba's
employee and award recipient, Caryn.
Senator Mike Kowall recognized the Michigan State Fair Scholarship recipients during Senate session Wednesday, October 30th, 2013. The group includes students from ten different Michigan counties. In total, the Michigan State Fair scholarships amounted to $20,000 and went to recipients ranging in age from kindergarten to college, and from inner city to rural communities. The scholarship program goes to winners in two categories: urban farming, whose initiatives are a cornerstone in helping neighborhoods thrive; and rural farming, which is carrying on the rich tradition of Michigan farming.
On Wednesday, November 6th, Hines Park Ford in New Hudson hosted their Annual Chamber Holiday Networking Breakfast. Chamber members from Novi, South Lyon, Lakes Area, Huron Valley, and Brighton Chambers got together to network and help raise money for the West Oakland Chapter of Meals on Wheels. This program provides healthy meals to seniors who are unable to shop for or prepare meals for themselves and they provide over 500 meals a day to seniors in Western Oakland County. Through this event, chamber members donated almost $1,000 to the program and Hines Park Ford donated $500.
Providence Hospital is a leading provider of heart care in Michigan and has been ranked one of the top 50 hospitals for heart care in the United States for the 12th time according to a study by Truven Health Analytics. Providence also ranks in the category of “Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs” and is one of only 15 hospitals in the country to do so. Providence provides research and fellowship programs along with access to innovative technology in cardiovascular medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recognizes Providence Hospital as one of their Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care.