August brought the heat – from both the weather and busy days! Franconians were swept up in our normal client events and television segments but we also had time to donate $50,000 to a Detroit start-up, host 1,000 tenants inside the GMRENCEN and poll Inkster residents at a community event. Here’s the 4-1-1 on what our August looked like:
Enjoyed a Night Out in Inkster
The Inkster team – Senior Designer Ashley Dupuy, Digital Account Executive Neekita Singla, PR Coordinator Katie Kalass and Account Executive Randy Pilon – during National Night Out in Inkster. Franconians surveyed residents and business owners for the City of Inkster to help kickoff the city’s rebrand.
Traveled down #MilfordMemories Lane
Senior Account Executive Lauren Connor and Digital Account Executive Lexi Trimpe joined Raychel Rork, art director of Milford Memories and Owen Wittekindt owner of Three of Hearts Creations at WXYZ TV20 for a segment discussing Milford Memories. The three-day summer festival features more than 300 artists, music, fitness classes, 5k runs and more.
Gave Away $50,000
We didn’t give $50,000 away, of course, but Comerica Hatch Detroit sure did! Toma Detroit, the 2018 winner, will serve fresh, locally sourced cocktails and foods from Latin America when they open in Corktown. Senior Account Executive Lauren Connor and Account Executive Randy Pilon were on hand to coordinate media on the final day, Hatch Off.
Monkeyed Around at the Detroit Zoo
Account Supervisor Andrea Kenski “bugged out” with client Rose Pest Solutions at Hour Detroit’s Savor Food & Wine Festival VIP preview on Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Detroit Zoo. The two-day culinary extravaganza showcased fine wines, craft beers, specialty cocktails and gourmet bits from the best Michigan wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and more.
Franconians also had fun on Friday during the public event on Friday, Aug. 10. Lions, tigers and beers, oh my!
Hosted 1,000 tenants inside the GMRENCEN
The GMRENCEN team was busy all month planning for GMRENCEN Health & Safety Week inside the building. Activities throughout the week included American Red Cross CPR & AED trainings, MeditationWorks seminars and more, culminating in the annual Health & Safety Fair inside the GM Wintergarden. More than 1,000 building tenants attended the fair.
Wore Honolulu Blue…for Comerica Bank!
Account Manager Joe Ferlito and his wife Nicole helped kick off the Comerica Bank First Down program at Ford Field on Aug. 30. For every Lions first down this season, Comerica Bank will donate $100 to support Beyond Basics literacy program.
Surprised Our Bride
We, somehow, kept Senior Account Executive Megan Peterson’s (now, Megan Bonelli’s) surprise wedding shower a secret! Her big day was Aug. 25, so we decorated the office with all kinds of bells and whistles and achieved total surprise. Chris, Megan’s spouse to be, works inside the GMRENCEN as well, so he joined us for the party!
We “Dug” Royal Oak!
The Royal Oak team, in partnership with the City of Royal Oak, hosted an “I Dig Royal Oak” event for the community to help celebrate the upcoming ground breaking for the new police station and City Hall. The family-friendly event offered activities for elementary aged children including a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, outdoor games, sand box discoveries and more!
Enjoyed Breakfast and Conversation with dBusiness
A few Franco ladies attended the Powered By Women Panel, part of the DBusiness Breakfast Series. Assistant Account Executive Dana Blankenship, Account Supervisor Andrea Kenski, Office Administrator Lori Cook and Digital Account Executive Neekita Singla all enjoyed hearing from some of Detroit’s most influential women on Aug. 21.
Raced into GM World to See Jimmie Johnson
Office Administrator Lori Cook, Assistant Account Executive Dana Blankenship and PR Coordinator Katie Kalass also sped into GM World to meet NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie was in town for a race at the Michigan International Speedway and the seven-time champion took time to pose with fans and sign autographs on Aug. 9.
Shared Some #DetroitInspiresMe Love from the DR
Remember our happy couple Megan and Chris from earlier? They traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for a well-deserved relaxing honeymoon. Even though she’s in the Caribbean, Senior Account Executive Megan Bonellli is showing her love for Detroit! #DetroitInspiresMe
Our August was par for the course – busy! Stay tuned for what Franconians are up to in September.