One wonders how former U.S. Ambassador to
- One of Secchia's contemporaries, former Chrysler chief and Dick DeVos for Governor pitch-man Lee Iacocca, is a primary investor in the purchase of Stockman's Casino in
in partnership with Full House Resorts, the Nevada gaming corporation that will operate the Nottawaseppi Huron Band's FireKeepers Casino in Las Vegas Battle Creek
He owns 12 percent of Full House and has been a director since 1998.
Coincidentally, the local daily's Chris Knape suggests the casino as a potential tenant to fill the recently closed Kellogg's Cereal City USA, a potential City Centre/Mackie's World-type albatross.
- The restaurant Secchia launched in remembrance of his family's
Old Worldcooking has fallen on hard times. Earlier this month, the and Holland Pietro's Italian Restaurant locations served their last wood-fired pizza and family style meal. Plainfield Township
Michael Passero, parent company River City Foods' executive vice president of marketing, cited economic factors for the closing, adding that the company will now focus on its
"We've achieved a lot of recognition," he said. "All we're doing now is just reconsolidating and strengthening the original restaurant (at
It's not all gloom and doom on
"It's going a lot better now that the bridge is open," said Real Food Café owner Frank Amodeo of the Northland Drive construction that Passero dismissed as a contributing factor in the Pietro's closing. He said that business has been good, but is glad the restaurant did not open during the summer, when construction was at its peak.
- Eastbrook Homes President Mick McGraw took the priciest seat in the house from last week's 13th Annual West Michigan Winter Baseball Banquet. McGraw shelled out $3,200 for a Detroit Tigers branded lounge chair signed by Brandon Inge, Jim Leyland, Justin Verlander and several other Tigers on hand for the banquet's charity auction.
A total of $43,000 was raised for the YMCA Inner-City Youth Baseball and Softball Program.
- As reported in the Business Journal's online edition last week, Hope College graduate and GM Grand Rapids alum Mark Rebhan dropped by his old stomping grounds for an Ad Club of West Michigan program at The BOB. The senior vice president of Leo Burnett Detroit, Rebhan shared some insights on the digital demographic the firm discovered during last year's launch of the Pontiac G5.
The launch centered on what Rebhan called the "fifth culture," a digital culture that evolved from the succession of nomadic, village, religious and economic cultures. Leo Burnett saw the G5 as an opportunity to introduce
"This had to be bigger than just a car," said Rebhan. "This was a digital car for a digital life."
The G5 was positioned as a subscription to an experience. The monthly payment provided access to not only use of the car, but member-only events, accessories, music and entertainment. As a result, first-month sales exceeded goals by 185 percent.
A promotion launched this month seeks to further extend
"Rather than a community going to a dealer, we had this idea of really, really big communities going to
- Quote of the week comes from the man of the hour. During an interview last year with former Business Journal reporter
Kevin Murphy, Secchia said of late President Gerald R. Ford
"If you're from
"The only guy he really has any bad feelings about in