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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Wendy Batiste-Johnson

Wendy Batiste-Johnson has over 15 years of experience driving sales growth in the retail and real estate industry. As the General Manager of The Mall at Partridge Creek, Wendy functions as the local executive of the 609,000 square foot center property with internal and external leadership responsibilities among numerous stakeholders...

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Sandy Fester

My name is Sandy Fester and I’ve spent my entire career in the health care industry, specifically health insurance.  I hold a bachelors degree in business administration from Northwood University.  I am currently the Vice President of Middle and Small Group at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, with primary responsibility for the membership, profit and loss (P & L) and our distribution channel. I spent the first half of my career on the operations side of the business before transitioning to the sales area.

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Paul Kropp, Chief Operations Officer, Bakes & Kropp

When you look at the website for Bakes & Kropp Fine Cabinetry, you see a portfolio of gorgeous, high-end kitchen and bath design projects pulling clients mostly from the Hamptons and New York City. These beautiful luxury creations start right here in Macomb County at a custom woodworking shop in Mount Clemens.

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Patrick Hartford

As VP of Emerging Technology, Patrick leads Quicken Loans’ usage and implementation of the latest industry standards, as well as drives the research, evangelism and implementation of new and emerging technologies...

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Matt Casey, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd

Matt Casey, partner at Warner Norcross + Judd’s Macomb office and Advancing Macomb board member, “has focused his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, commercial loan workouts, commercial loan documentation and bank-related litigation. He has extensive experience in loan workouts involving industrial facilities, shopping centers, real estate developments and gas stations."

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Mark Rathbone

I’m Mark Rathbone, CEO of PTI Engineered Plastics. I was born in Detroit and raised in Clinton Township. I attended Chippewa Valley High School, class of 1970. I started in the mold-making trade while attending high school, and enrolled in an apprenticeship program through Macomb Community College during the early seventies. In my earlier years, I worked in mold design, mold making, and manufacturing process engineering.  In 1984, I started my own business which operated under the name of Proto-Tech Industries until 1987.

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: John Nitz, Founding Member, O’Reilly Rancilio P.C.

John Nitz is a founding member of O’Reilly Rancilio P.C. and has served as a Director since 1984. John is a current board member of Advancing Macomb and a founding member of Leadership Macomb. He believes in good leadership and feels that an individual can be a leader in their family, business, church and greater community. John has represented numerous family-owned manufacturing and service businesses and has prepared estate plans and succession plans for many business owners. He provides estate and trust administration services and serves as a trustee for numerous family trusts. 

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: John Myers III, C.J. Barrymore’s Entertainment

John Myers III has risen through the ranks at C.J. Barrymore’s Entertainment to become part of the executive management team at the Clinton Township entertainment center. Myers says “For the past 22 years I have operated C.J. Barrymore’s, a multi-million dollar Macomb County based business that, under my leadership, has doubled in size during the last decade and continues to grow substantially each year. I have gained valuable experience in financial planning, projecting growth, and gaining value for the dollar, while also never losing sight of the big picture: ensuring that every dollar spent provides a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests, while also maximizing the return for our business. The best part about my job is my 300 plus staff they help to keep the train on the tracks.”

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Jake Howlett, Partner, Viviano Law/Viviano, Pagano & Howlett PLLC

Jake Howlett is a Partner at Viviano Law in Mount Clemens specializing in commercial litigation and real estate law.  Jake joined Viviano Law in early 2011, bringing with him a wealth of experience both as an attorney and business executive at a large real estate development company. Recently, Jake was an integral part of breaking news in Detroit as the lead outside counsel for the Moroun family in the sale of the storied Michigan Central Station sale to Ford Motor Company.  Jake noted that as real estate deals go, this one was exciting for its scope, size and for the redevelopment possibilities for Detroit. While every deal is important to each client, Jake noted, “it was fun and challenging to help complete a deal of this scope and public importance.”

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Who’s Advancing in Macomb: Fran-Marie Silveri, Founding Member of La Grasso, Abdo & Silveri, PLLC of Sterling Heights

Attorney Fran-Marie Silveri is a Macomb County native who is growing her legal practice in estate planning and administration. Silveri is a founding member of La Grasso, Abdo & Silveri, PLLC of Sterling Heights.

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