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Hard Work Pays Dividends – The Marx Layne & Co. Team Launches Fender Premium Audio System, Verizon iPhone, Motown Winter Blast and “Touching Communities, Touching Lives” Ice Sculpture Competition at MGM Grand Detroit

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

By MICHAEL LAYNE, Marx Layne

If there’s a harder working account team than the members of Marx Layne & Co., show me.  From top to bottom, the Marx Layne team has showed that hard work pays dividends.

The partners, vice presidents, senior account executives, digital architects, account executives, account assistants and interns have kicked it into high gear in this still relatively new 2011.

A team recently returned from the Chicago Auto Show, where we were representing Panasonic Automotive Systems of America and are proud of their launch of the new Fender Premium Audio System in the new line of Volkswagen vehicles.

Our team worked the early morning hours last week with Verizon to successfully launch the new version of Apple’s iPhone 4.  Gathering photographs, video and interviews, Marx Layne associates were able to deliver results for Verizon Wireless.

In Metro Detroit, the Marx Layne team successfully completed the seventh annual Motown Winter Blast.  Held in and around Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit, the event features value-conscious, winter-themed activities for children of all ages, including marshmallow roasting, a snow slide, ice-skating and more.

This year’s event also featured the best ever local musical and entertainment acts on three different stages with genres appealing to all tastes and ages.

The Marx Layne team also put on the first annual “Touching Communities, Touching Lives” collegiate ice sculpture competition hosted by the MGM Grand Detroit at the Grand Garden.

Six teams consisting of students from Henry Ford, Oakland and Macomb Community Colleges will compete with the top three teams receiving scholarships.

MGM Grand Detroit has committed $1 million over a 5-year period toward the Green Garden, which is maintained by Greening of Detroit.  Creating alliances and partnerships with key organizations are instrumental in providing resources and opportunities to Detroit and its citizens.

All of this work shows the continued dedication of Marx Layne & Co. to its clients.

The Lost Children of Michigan

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

By Alan Upchurch

Recently, I watched with pride as my youngest child walked across the stage and received his high school diploma.  It was a special moment for me, my wife Patty, and our son Trevor.  Trevor was diagnosed with autism when he was about 4 years old.  There have been many obstacles along the way, but Trevor has defeated most of them and grown into a bright, engaging, happy young man.

On graduation day, I also thought a lot about his future.  Trevor always tells his Mom and I that he loves the state of Michigan and can’t imagine leaving.  But as Michigan struggles to rebound from years of economic calamity, I wonder if his best opportunities will come elsewhere.  My eldest daughter has already left the state.  She’s in California. Many of her friends are gone, too.  They’re working in Chicago, Atlanta and other cities around the country.  In the last 10 years Michigan has lost nearly 800,000 private sector jobs.  What frightens and angers me is the lack of outrage, and the lack of urgency from government and business leaders throughout the state. They talk a good game. But where is the action.  The candidates for governor are as unimpressive as I have seen in the past 30 years.  Have you heard any of your friends or neighbors talking about the great ideas and leadership skills of these candidates?   People are apathetic and one of the big reasons for their indifference is the uninspiring candidates.

We need a Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild war-torn Europe, because Michigan is losing one battle after another in this economic war.   And now we are losing our children to other states that are better prepared and, apparently, more willing to fight for their economic future.   Cool cities?  How about a cool jobs creation plan that will give young people like my son a reasonable chance at economic success in a state he loves so much.