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Awards And Certifications From February 25

7 Cool Business Meeting Technologies On The Cheap: The Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Collaboration Center will present "Seven cool Business Meeting Technologies On The Cheap" Thursday, March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at the incubator, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. At some point, many of us are charged with the responsibility of coordinating a business meeting. Whether it's for 50 or 5,000 people, budgets are always tight. Find out about seven cool meeting technologies that add video, increased engagement and live interaction to your event -- all on the ultra cheap. Karl Siegert is currently the director of business strategy for MVP Collaborative. With 20 years of experience in the communications industry, Karl has provided account and business strategy support for key MVP Collaborative agency clients including Comcast, OnStar, Audi and Allstate. Karl establishes business parameters and processes to ensure the strategic integrity of any given communications project. In addition, Karl created and serves as managing director of, an on-demand webcasting tool that allows anyone to easily synchronize video and PowerPoint slides to create an online version of any presentation. For more information on this free Lunch and Launch program, or to register, call Joan Carleton (586) 884–9324 or email

Three Named to Verizon Wireless' Prestigious President's Cabinet: Verizon Wireless has named Steven Ray, Marc Garrett, and Jonathon Khamarko to the company's prestigious President's Cabinet. The honor is reserved for those ranking in the top 1 percent nationally in sales during 2012, placing them as top performers from among the company's more than 25,000 sales people nationwide. Steven Ray is a business account executive in metro Detroit. Marc Garrett is a retail sales representative in Farmington Hills. Jonathon Khamarko is a retail sales representative in Clinton Township. He was named to the company's President's Cabinet in 2011 as well. They earned the distinction by demonstrating exceptional sales leadership and delivering an outstanding customer experience.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Clinical Manager Receives Michigan Pharmacists Association Awards: Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation's largest privately held specialty pharmacy company servicing the needs 24of patients and physicians nationwide, announced that Michael Crowe, clinical technology manager at Diplomat, is a recipient of the Fellow of Michigan Pharmacists Association award. The award was announced during the MPA's Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 22-24 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. At Diplomat, Crowe is responsible for leading the clinical development of Diplomat's proprietary software, eNAV, and other clinical programs. He also researches, reviews and analyzes the effectiveness and efficiency of existing clinical requirements and develops strategies for enhancing/leveraging these processes. Crowe also directs and supervises company projects and provides day-to-day input and support for execution of the work performed by IT. Crowe holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. He has been a member of MPA for nine years and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pharmacy Political Action Committee. He is also a member of the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy Alumni Board. Crowe also received a second honor at the MPA convention, the Pharmacy Hank Fuhs Good Government Award. He was instrumental in reinstating the Genesee County Pharmacists Association as an active local association in 2012 and now serves as its chairman. Since the group was restored, he has spearheaded many functions, including several legislative events that encourage area pharmacists to meet with their elected officials and discuss issues of importance to their practice. Genesee County Pharmacists Association also co-hosted an evening reception to support Senator Roger Kahn, M.D., and the Chapter is a past recipient of the Local Association Achievement Award from the MPA. MPA advances the profession of pharmacy and patient care on behalf of the 14,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in the state. Pharmacy PAC is the advocacy arm of the MPA. Michigan-based Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, founded in 1975, serves patients nationwide as the country's largest privately held specialty pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions. More at

Trivalent Group Named To CRN's 250 Tech Elite List: Grandville-based Trivalent Group announced it has been named to CRN's third annual list of the Tech Elite 250. Companies on the 2013 Tech Elite 250 list represent an elite group of IT solution providers that have invested in the training and education needed to earn the most advanced technical certifications in the IT Channel for data center or cloud. In compiling the list, CRN editors worked with the UBM Tech Channel research group and a team of outside experts to define the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the IT channel. These technical certifications have enabled solution providers to deliver the most premium products, service and support to their North American customers. Established in 2003, Trivalent Group, Inc. has emerged as one of Michigan's largest technology firms through strong leadership, organic growth and acquisitions. Trivalent Group exists to lower the cost of use and eliminate the operational headaches of technology. Trivalent's services allow clients to take advantage of cutting edge technologies by subscribing to various 'managed service' options that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to purchase outright. Bundling hardware, software, bandwidth and support capabilities together improves efficiency, reduces downtime and can result in significant cost savings. Trivalent is headquartered in Grandville, with offices in Mt. Pleasant, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek.

MTEC SmartZone Earns Keweenaw Spark Plug Award for 'Growth': MTEC SmartZone, a high-tech business incubator in Houghton, Michigan, contributed significantly to the economic vibrancy of the local business community in 2012, creating over 50 jobs. For that reason, they received a Keweenaw Spark Plug Award for "Growth." Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, and co-host MTEC SmartZone, sponsored the annual Keweenaw Spark Plug Awards to recognize area businesses for extraordinary successes in 2012. Businesses were nominated by Chamber and KEDA members. KEDA board member Dave Olsson presented MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark with the growth award, calling MTEC SmartZone "a fuse of energy for this community." She shared her inspirational story about her life growing up on a dairy farm in Chassell. Her father, a "necessity entrepreneur," relied heavily on data and numbers to make a successful living for their family. MTEC SmartZone created a total of 52 jobs in 2012 and attracted Fortune 500 companies Dematic and Controltec, who opened remote offices in Houghton. Among other key accomplishments, MTEC SmartZone created an Entrepreneurial Training Center, with over six active companies whose founders are learning how to take a business concept and bring it to market. For more information about MTEC SmartZone, call (906) 487-7000.

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