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IDEA: Detroit Conference

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Event information

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Networking/cocktail reception 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Fox Theatre, Detroit, Click here for directions

$99 - Current CDB Subscriber
$85 - Groups of 10+/Adcraft Members/Students/Advisory Board Members
$125 - Non-subscriber
$123.50 - Special CDB Subscription Offer

IDEA:Detroit Conference 
Detroit the next big thing

Provocative thinking, shared experiences and inspired, workable business ideas are the earmarks of The IDEA Conference, a collaboration of Advertising Age and Crain's Detroit Business. The IDEA: Detroit conference brings business leaders from around the country to share successful stories and learning that exemplifies thinking about traditional business differently with an emphasis on Detroit and Michigan. We will also invite local entrepreneurs from Detroit who are working to develop new industries and businesses in the city of Detroit.

Read Speaker Bios Here

Keynote Speakers

Erik Qualman

Called a Digital Dale Carnegie, Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business. Socialnomics made Amazon's #1 Best Selling List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. He is the founder and owner of which PCMagazine ranked as a Top 10 Social Media Blog.


Rob Weisberg
chief marketing officer

From pizzas when you want them to wheels when you want them, Rob has mastered the art of serving up buzz-worthy brand communication. Prior to joining Zipcar, Rob was VP, Multimedia Marketing at Domino's Pizza and helped Domino's reach #1 in online market share. At Zipcar, he's the fearless leader of the marketing team, inventing new ways to connect with current and future Zipsters.


Mike Jbara
president & CEO
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.

Mike Jbara is President and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp (WEA Corp.) Based in New York, Jbara is responsible for setting the company's overall strategic direction and oversees WEA's day-to-day operations, including retail sales, direct-to-consumer sales and operations, merchandise sales, retail marketing, production and distribution. Jbara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Dan Gilbert
founder and chairman
Quicken Loans Inc.

Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Detroit-based Quicken Loans, will discuss his commitment to making downtown Detroit a vibrant urban core where young professionals live, work and play. Quicken Loans is the largest member of a family of more than 40 businesses that comprise Rock Ventures LLC, an umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration of Dan's portfolio of companies, investments and real estate. Dan is also majority owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online home lender and a top-five retail lender, closed a company-record $30 billion in home loan volume in 2011. The company, which employs more than 5,000 people nationally, was named #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010 and 2011. Quicken Loans is also regularly recognized among the best places to work by FORTUNE, ranking in the Top 10 of the prestigious business magazine's 2012 '100 Best Companies to Work For' list, as well as the Detroit Free Press and Computerworld Magazine.

The company moved 1,700 team members into Detroit's Compuware building in 2010, followed by 2,000 more creative thinkers who moved into the Chase Building in fall 2011. By mid 2012, more than 4,000 Quicken Loans team members will work in downtown Detroit.

Dan's downtown Detroit real estate investments have included the M@dison, Chase Tower, Dime, First National and Federal Reserve buildings among others—all part of his "Detroit 2.0" initiative—a commitment to making downtown Detroit a high-tech entrepreneurial hub along "WEBward" Avenue.


Allison Arden
vice president/publisher
Advertising Age and author of The Book of Doing

Allison Arden translated a love of arts & crafts into a lean forward life philosophy helping transform personal perspective to have a positive impact on business and life. As the full time, working mother of two young children and Vice President/Publisher of Advertising Age, Allison was fascinated by the question of where does creativity come from and how to infuse it into all aspects of her life. She set out to explore her creativity by using her life as a canvas and treating every activity as an opportunity to test possibilities, connect with the world around her and put the seemingly absurd into action. This brought her back to her childhood love of writing which ultimately has led her to The Book of Doing, and now to you.


Joe Faris
vice president of design
Denise Ilitch Designs
Fashion in Detroit

A Project Runway Alum and Metro-Detroiter, Joe has taken a fi rst step towards establishing the apparel industry in southeastern Michigan with the creation of Motor City Blues, a collaborative collection with Denise Ilitch Designs. Motor City Blues is designed and constructed entirely in Michigan. In 2009 Joe co-founded Fashion In Detroit and continues to create awareness and gain support for a garment industry in Detroit.


Angel Gambino
Rosa Parks LLC

Angel Gambino is a WIRED Top 100 executive and serial entrepreneur with 20 years experience working with innovative media, tech and retail businesses. Recently, Angel held the position of Global VP, Music & Content at social media giant Bebo, where she was responsible for accelerating the growth and enhancing the popularity of bebo by creating and executing bebo's music strategy, product and partnerships.


Scott Griffin
Rosa Parks LLC

Since 2009 Griffin has been one of the lead developers in The Lexington Project, a real estate organization overseeing the acquisition, renovation and redevelopment of a sleepy Victorian town in upstate New York with the aim of creating a fully sustainable community with a strong focus on the arts and education as economic engines. He is an owner of 2051 Rosa Parks Boulevard in Detroit, an upcoming hub for community retail and human services in Corktown, and is a principal of Ramscale, Inc. in New York City.


Howard Hertz
Hertz Schram, PC

Howard specializes in entertainment law and is the lead attorney of Hertz Schram's Entertainment Practice Group. Since 1976 he has represented numerous artists and entities in the entertainment fi eld, include George Clinton, Eminem, Russell Simmons and Atlantic Records. He is an advisor to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the Recording Academy/ Grammy Awards) Chicago Chapter.


Rishi Jaitly
program director, Detroit Knight Foundation
co-founder, Kiva Detroit

Rishi S. Jaitly joined The Knight Foundation in 2011. He directs Knight's grant making in Detroit, and is co-founder of Kiva Detroit. Kiva Detroit champions and makes microloans to small businesses, from food to fashion, service to transportation. Donors contribute in increments of $25 to people who make their pitch online.


Eric Moss
Detroit 4 Detroit

Born in Flint, Mi and raised in the Detroit metro area with nearly 20 years of experience on stage and screen, Eric Moss is certainly no stranger to hard work and performing arts success. This accomplished creative consultant, singer, actor, model and Dj has been warming people's hearts since his early childhood years. With a new perspective, and incredibly inspired by his travels and life experiences, Moss has joined the Detroit 4 Detroit project and looks forward to planting his roots in the city of Detroit. Detroit 4 Detroit is a movement of passionate citizens, each committed to leading the fundraising for a community project in Detroit. 100% of the funds raised go to the project of your choice, providing a direct line of sight to their real world impact.


Brian Pastoria
Harmonie Park Media Group, UDetroit Network

Brian and his brother Mark Pastoria found a smooth transition from recording and performing to producing, creating & recording music for artists like Aretha Franklin, Dave Mason, Mark Farner (Grand Funk), The Four Tops, Alto Reed, Kirk Franklin, P Diddy, Will IAM (Black Eyed Peas) Karen Clark, Paul Hill, D-12, & others. Most recently Pastoria and partners have launched a new social network called UDetroit. UDetroit is an Internet café, bar and restaurant that streams live shows and performances from internationally renowned acts while audiences dine and drink.


Barry Randolph
Church of the Messiah

Rev. Randolph is the executive director of Building Leaders for Village Development Harambee , the social services arm of Church of the Messiah. Programs include: the senior food pantry; fi tness and nutrition; Bound Together Detroit,an after-school program for elementary school age children and Ray of Hope, a tutor and computer program for children Rev. Randolph is a board member of Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation, providing affordable housing to the city of Detroit. For the past three years Rev. Randolph has spear headed " Grow Town", Church of the Messiah's urban garden's, teaching farming in the city.


Luke Song
chief designer
Mr. Song Millinery

Specializing in women's hats, Mr. Song Millinery is small enough to service individual customers for weddings and special events like the Kentucky Derby and large enough to service boutiques and department stores.Considered by some as works of art, Mr. Song Millinery's headwear is on display at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and is sought-after by galleries and museums such as The Smithsonian. Luke Song (Chief Designer) has designed for many notables around the world, such as Aretha Franklin for President Obama's Inauguration.


Marlowe Stoudamire
board of directors
Detroit Harmonie

Marlowe is a native Detroiter and founder of Unlimited Xperiences Detroit, a series of events that tour metro-Detroit to "XPERIENCE" venues and offerings of great food, music, arts & culture, community-giving, and personal/professional growth through a variation of activities, unique concepts and experiential learning. The ultimate goal of this dynamic communicator is to build an inclusive army of community ambassadors for Detroit".


Jordan Wolfe
chairman and co-founder
Detroit Harmonie

Jordan moved back to Detroit in 2009 and is on the forefront in creating a dynamic and culturally rich lifestyle in the region. He is the founder and former director of CommunityNEXT, an initiative started through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit to attract and retain talent in the region.


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