April 12, 2022
On Thursday, April 7, Let’s Detroit hosted its first sponsor meet and greet with Bollinger Motors in Oak Park. This event marks the beginning of Let’s Detroit’s return to in-person events, which will include additional events that will highlight careers in the automotive and mobility industry, provide opportunities for talent to connect with potential employers, and showcase unique assets and experiences in the Detroit region.
The event was split into two parts: a tour of Bollinger Motor’s headquarters and a networking reception at Unexpected Craft Brewery. Those that attended the tour received an exclusive look inside Bollinger’s new offices, product development floor, and even had an opportunity to sit inside their all-electric, off-road truck. Bollinger Motors employees were available throughout to answer questions about their products that were on display. After the tour, attendees headed two blocks east of Bollinger Motors to the networking reception at UCBC located in the Oak Park Social District. The conversation was flowing as everyone was eager and excited to be back in person.
“It was exciting to see so many people come together to learn about Bollinger Motors, career opportunities, and network with local professionals. You could definitely tell everyone was eager to be back in-person,” said Jenny Orletski-Dehne, Let’s Detroit engagement manager. “This was also a great opportunity to spread the word about Let’s Detroit and the amazing tools we offer, including our job board. In fact, some attendees were already very familiar with Let’s Detroit. A group of University of Michigan master’s engineering students said they have been using the job board frequently for their post-graduation job searches.”
Let’s Detroit promotes living, working, and playing in the region with the goal of retaining and attracting top talent in the state. By showcasing a local employer and their products and by providing an opportunity for attendees to talk one-on-one with Bollinger employees, Let’s Detroit was able to help build a connection between talent and employer, while also promoting a unique and fun place to go after work – Unexpected Craft Brewery.
“Let’s Detroit has been a great addition to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s talent portfolio, and Bollinger Motors is excited to be a part of its efforts to attract and retain talent in the region,” said Jason Puscas, general counsel for Bollinger Motors. “The event on Thursday was a great opportunity to connect with talent one-on-one and showcase the amazing products Bollinger is developing for our commercial fleet customers. We look forward to continuing our sponsorship of Let’s Detroit and contributing to its mission.”
Attendees ranged from software developers, community leaders and partners, representatives from the state, representatives from automotive suppliers and OEMs, human resource firms, and students. Some chose to attend the event as a learning opportunity and a way to grow their network, while as mentioned previously, many others were actively seeking job opportunities post-graduation or for their next career move.
“I had a great time connecting with folks like Krishaun of Let’s Detroit about what’s happening around the region lately, and I’ll even be heading down to a Detroit City FC match soon with CJ of Bollinger Motors who I ended up chatting with until the reception location closed! Overall, it was a fun evening and a fantastic way to meet some fellow professionals from around the region,” said Chris Copacia, program manager for City Institute.
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