Casual Networking Event for Metro Detroit IT Professionals Tomorrow Night, Updates for 9/19/2012

Well, the cold and rainy days are here, which means that Fall is officially on the way.

Usually that signifies the start of my favorite thing each year – hockey season.  But not this year…sigh.  The year that the NHL has the Winter Classic in Detroit and the All Star Game right down the road in Columbus…sure, let’s screwup this year.

So while millionaires and billionaires bicker over who gets what percentage of jersey sales, let’s focus on things like our casual networking event for information technology professionals tomorrow night, as well as some other events you might want to check out…

As always, we start off with our upcoming event.

Tomorrow night, September 20th. Back to the familiar and comfortable spot of the back room of the BlackFinn in Royal Oak. 5:01pm start time like always. And still no sales pitches, no agendas, no speeches, no cover charges, no anything other than good, solid connection building and conversations with some of the best people you’ll find here in the metro Detroit area information technology industry.

Details are available on our site: or on LinkedIn, Facebook (, Meetup (, or any of our other “presence” pages or event listings around the web.

Should be a good time, looking forward to seeing you there.

While you’re coming, if you have a chance to help out some school kids, that would be great. A note from Steve Gaura, one of the recruiters who’s basically always been around with us and has done a lot of good for people:

Megan is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Brewster Elementary in Rochester Hills and she uses iPods for her Daily Five (Guided Reading and Books on Tape). Her goal is to have 10 iPods that she could share amongst her students. Don’t worry about headphones or even deleting the music you have on it, she can handle that no problem.

I will be more than happy to collect them at one of our events or even meet up for a beer between events to pick them up.

So if you can help out, that’s awesome, please hook up with Steve.

We’ve done a couple things with The Pink Fund over the years, and it’s time to fire up your clicking fingers to help them out.  They’re in the running for $250,000 …and that can help an awful lot of cancer survivors.  You can vote for them in Chase’s contest on Facebook by clicking here:

Not an actual photo of Brandy

The first “guest blogger” post we ever had on bubbled up the other day, and it still has a lot of truth to it.  Before you go freaking out all over a recruiter, you might want to read The Recruiter Strikes Back over at

If you’re in the downtown area tonight, you might want to check out the Refresh Detroit meeting taking place over at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield office.  Details can be found at

If you’re not downtown, but you’re in Southfield and happen to be in the .Net world, you should probably check out the MIGANG event at the Microsoft office.  Details are at

But we still expect to see you tomorrow night as well –

BRAND camp. Brand.

Then there was this one time…at brand camp …wait, what?  Sorry, that gets stuck in my head every year.  Brand Camp 2012 is coming up in October, and early registration is available through this coming Monday, September 24th by clicking here:

Speaking of movie references…they seem to always pop up in conversations in our LinkedIn group.

Right now, here are a few of the topics being discussed:

– A heartwarming tale of a geek being reunited wtih a stolen laptop through the power of technology:

– Remember when there was a collective snort of derision whenever anyone mentioned “javascript” as “a programming language”.  Well those days are gone:

– A decent event taking place in October over in Ann Arbor looking for recruiters and folks to attend:

Jobs?  Oh, of course there are jobs getting discussed in our Career Discussions area:  Here’s a few of what’s in there at the moment:

Amy Buchner, PHR

Now Hiring: IT Helpdesk Manager in Warren, MI Central Transport Inc., one of the leading transportation and logistics firms in the nation, is currently seeking a Help Desk Manager at our office located in Sterling Heights,…

Jim Carlson

Junior HR Professional
I’m helping a friend at a major Troy, MI based firm find a bright, recent graduate interested in a beginning HR role. Following several months, should hire as full time employee. Please send resume in confidence to …

Sarah Sheffer

I’m hiring – Awesome culture – Check out this job!
Know anyone for this job? Front End Web Developer in Pleasant Ridge, MI Front End Web Developer About ePrize: ePrize is a digital engagement agency specializing in mobile, social media, and web campaigns. Last year, more…

I’m hiring for this position – It’s a great place to work – Check out this job!
Are you a good fit for this job? Technical Project Manager in Pleasant Ridge, MI Technical Project Manager About ePrize: ePrize is a digital engagement agency specializing in mobile, social media, and web campaigns. Last…

Karen Lopez

Sr. UI Developer Needed
Python/CSS/HTML – Sr. UI Developer
Seeking a Sr. UI Developer in Ann Arbor MI. Sr. UI Developer: Responsibilities for this position will include the generation of HTML, CSS and software (Javascript, and potentially Python) for a Django-based web application…

SAP Basis OS/DB Migration Experience.
SAP Basis Administrator

Oracle DBA Needed in Warren MI
Oracle DBA
Seeking an Oracle DBA in Warren MI. This is 6 months contract to DIRECT HIRE! Oracle Database Administration . Work with developers to define and maintain an Oracle environment for application development and testing. ….

Aisha Gutierrez, CIR

Looking for a Sr Technical Analyst in Warren, MI. Will need to start IMMEDIATELY!!!
We are looking for an IT Professional that can provide Technical Assistance to Small Businesses participating in Government Programs. Please visit our site for additional information.

Ryan Taylor

Technical Support Representative

Monica (Van Scyoc) DeJager

If you are a junior level developer looking for a solid contract-to-hire opportunity, I have it in Troy, Mi with my direct client.
We are seeking to fill a position for a Junior Web Developer contract to hire. This will be a ‘6 months’ contract to HIRE position. The chosen candidate will need to prove himself/herself to be hired in. Here is our wish…

Matt Karrandja

SAP Developer – ABAP
Need a true Developer for ABAP – position is in Troy Mi

Jeff Schuster (

Looking for a Sr. Project Manager with experience leading projects in IBM Websphere or Microsoft Sharepoint solutions. Full-time, direct…

Job: Senior Project Manager in Livonia, MI We are currently seeking an experienced Senior Project Manager or Program Manager with client and/or engagement management skills, for our Detroit business unit.  Qualified…

Dave Dullack

Contract-to-Hire .Net Developer in Birmingham; 5+ years full SDLC exp., C#, SQL Stored Procedures, business application exp. / Call…

Brooklyn Frontiera

Senior Microsoft Exchange Network Engineer– Taylor, MI

Position Title: Senior Microsoft Exchange Network Engineer Company: Cygnus Systems (Do NOT Contact) Location: Taylor, Michigan Industry: Technology/Computer/IT Years of experience: 7+ years of HANDS ON Experience …

Jason P. Sullivan

Help Desk Specialist – 3 Year Contract – Troy – Fortune 15 Client
Description: The Help Desk Specialist provides level application support by phone and/or remote log-in to users of Outlook client, MS SharePoint, and Microsoft Office Communicator. This position will work a standard day…

Natalie Staroba

We are searching for a C# developer with strong SQL knowledge for a six month contract-to-hire.
C# / SQL Developer (Contract-to-Hire) (1518-LI) LOCATION Orion, MI COMPENSATION 30-40/hr (depending on skills and experience) for the contract portion 60-80K upon conversion REQUIRED 5+ years’ recent C#…

We are searching for a Security Engineer to provide technical assistance with the design, installation, operation, service and…
Network Security Engineer (Direct Hire) (1511-LI) LOCATION Ann Arbor, MI COMPENSATION Up to 89K with potential for 10% bonus. REQUIRED CISSP required Bachelors degree or equivalent experience 3 to…

We are searching for a QA Analyst with BA familiarity.
Senior Technical QA Analyst (1527-LI) The QA will be involved in the development process from day one and will be expected to become, and attend development meetings, as a Subject Matter Expert (SME). LOCATION Troy,…

We are searching for a Systems Integration Engineer who enjoys working with computers, PLCs, HMIs, with particular emphasis on high level…
Systems Integration Engineer (Mitsubishi PLC) (1526-LI) LOCATION Ann Arbor, MI COMPENSATION Up to 85K (depending on skills and experience) REQUIRED Strong Mitsubishi PLC programming experience Solid…

We are seeking a C# .NET Web developer for a-3 month contract (possibilities for extensions).
Web Developer (Contract) (C# / ASP.NET) (1497-LI) We are looking for someone who enjoys working as part of a high-energy creative team. LOCATION Toledo, OH COMPENSATION 30-55/hr (depending on skills and…

We are searching for an experienced VB.NET programmer to solve complex business problems with automated systems incorporating VB.NET and…
VB.NET Programmer (Direct Hire) (1505-LI) Our client is an established firm specializing in distribution of audio and video media. They are mid-migration to a rich, web-enabled platform to improve the interface to an ever…

We are searching for a junior to mid-level Embedded Systems developer.
Embedded Systems Developer (Contract-to-Hire) (1504-LI) The work will be a combination of in-house development and on-site development at a variety of client locations. LOCATION Primary location is Novi, MI Note:…

We are searching for a talented Senior .NET Software Engineer to join our client’s team.
Senior .NET Software Engineer (1523-LI) LOCATION Ann Arbor, MI. COMPENSATION Up to 115K plus 10% bonus potential REQUIRED Strong .NET experience Strong server-side development experience with either…

Want to break stuff? Our client’s test engineers work as a team to ensure that software runs flawlessly for every customer.
Test Engineer (1521-LI) LOCATION East Lansing, MI COMPENSATION 60-85K plus competitive benefits and a great work environment REQUIRED Experience using development tools, languages and code libraries with…

We are searching for a senior hands-on Data Architect.
Senior DB Engineer / Administrator (1524-LI) This will be somebody who understands how to store, retrieve and manage all attributes of LARGE databases in an efficient enterprise-wide methodology. LOCATION East…

…and that’s just a bit of what’s out there.  If you’re looking, our LinkedIn group is a great place to start, but our events are where you’ll actually get face time with the recruiters looking to hire people, so that’s where you’ll want to be tomorrow night.

Oh, and don’t think I’ve forgotten about the long-since-derailed debacle with the downtown pub crawl.  Well, I kind of have forgotten about it now since I actually managed to pull one together and it was friggin’ awesome.  Well, unless you were a certain someone who wound up with alcohol-infused whip cream in her hair because some jokes are way funnier in one’s head than in actual implementation…

…but I digress.

Keep an eye over on The Detroit Funnies site – – if you’re at all intrigued by the concept of bar hopping with some lunatics on a bus with handrails across the top of the bus that certain women after certain levels of alcohol are consumed begin to do gymnastic maneuv…

…I’m wandering again.  I know.  Sorry.  Anyway, I’m probably going to be involved with doing that on a monthly basis now, and if you’re interested, it’d be cool to have you come explore some fun bars and have a blast in a setting.  I promised you a few updates ago that we were going to be doing some fun stuff from time to time and that we’d clue you in.  Consider yourself clued.

Well, I think that’s about it for this time around. See you – – tomorrow night!  And if you’re in the mood, after our event wraps up at the Blackfinn, The Detroit Funnies has an Open Mic night taking place at The Detroit Pub (14 and Harper, Clinton Township).  Should be a good time, and that’s where a few of us will be heading for some laughs and chill time.


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