Small Business of the Year
W3R Consulting has been named the 2018 Detroit Lions Comerica Bank Small Business of the Year. Chosen among the eight Michigan-based Comerica Bank Small Business of the Game winners announced for each Lions’ home game in 2018, the award-winning talent and IT provider earned the top award based on overall contributions in the small business community and efforts to showcase its position as a Small Business of the Game honoree.
“For nearly 25 years, w3r Consulting has built a valuable service and produced robust partnerships across several industries through talent and data management solutions that generate success for its clients,” said Kim Kersten, Comerica Bank Senior Vice President of Business Banking. “Eric, Keith, Patrick and their entire team represent the true spirit of a small business built from the ground up, and it is a privilege for Comerica to serve businesses like w3r Consulting.
“This recognition is well deserved.” Chief Executive Officer Eric Hardy and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Tomina founded w3r Consulting in 1995 and then partnered with Executive Vice President Keith Echols two years later. Since the mid-1990s, w3r Consulting has delivered results by building trusted, strategic partnerships in data analytics, talent solutions and technology consulting services. They have expanded their diverse reach into numerous industries such as automotive, financial, government, health care, insurance and retail.
“Being selected from among our Michigan-based peers as the Comerica Bank Small Business of the Year is a genuine honor,” said Eric Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of w3r Consulting. “We pride ourselves for our integrity, accountability, innovation, and discipline and receiving recognition at this level from a long-standing partner indicates those values naturally radiate from our people.”
“This award is especially meaningful because we have such a long-running partnership with Comerica Bank,” said Keith Echols, Executive Vice President at w3r Consulting. “At the time, their organization was one of the first banks to provide our fledging business with a loan 24 years ago and we are committed to maintaining that relationship now and in the future.”
Fundraiser Benefitting Chaldean Community Foundation
The University of Michigan’s Chaldean American Student Association has chosen the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) as this year’s charity to benefit from their annual Live from Babylon fundraiser. Honoring the foundation for the work they do throughout the Chaldean community, Live from Babylon bring CASA chapter from universities throughout Michigan together under a common cause. Raising $13,000, all proceeds will benefit the CCF. See more photos on events page 37.
Senior Living Apartments Unveiled
The Chaldean Diocese celebrated the unveiling of the newest senior living apartments with a ribbon cutting ceremony and mass on Tuesday, March 19. Taking residence next to Holy Martyrs Church in Sterling Heights, these apartments are the second senior living facility built by the Chaldean Diocese, with the first being Chaldean Manor. See more photos on events page 34.
Private Showing of Unplanned
The Eastern Catholic Re-evangelization Center hosted a private showing of the newly released movie, Unplanned. Hosted at AMC Livonia, the showing was attended by members of the community who were eager to see this pro-life movie. Unplanned is the true story of Abby Johnson and her story of transformation. Involved in more than 22,000 abortions, Abby counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until something happened that changed it all.