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jrydell_public-(1).jpgIn the early 1980s, Jerry worked as a state of Michigan co-manager for Homelife Insurance Company, now known as Phoenix Homelife. As an investment professional, he was deeply dissatisfied with the broker/dealer alternatives then available. And so in 1983, he made the decision to establish Sigma Financial Corporation as a way of creating the services he had been seeking.

The following year, he founded Sigma Planning Corporation (SPC) to function as an SEC-registered investment advisor. Originally intended as a means of providing Sigma representatives with fee-based planning opportunities, the firm currently offers numerous money management services, allowing reps to compete effectively in the rapidly growing fee-based money management business.

In 2013, Jerry celebrated Sigma’s 30th anniversary. He has employed a dedicated and caring staff of 100+ associates to help carry out his vision of providing comprehensive tools, products and services to help advisors assist middle American Investors achieve financial success. Currently the staff services nearly 1200 registered representatives/financial advisors between two SEC/FINRA registered securities broker dealers.

Jerry and his wife Donna reside in Pinckney, MI and also have a winter home in Spring Hill, FL. Their son, Brandon Rydell, maintains his role as CFO of Sigma Financial and SPC, and their daughter Kristen fulfills auditing duties within the firms Compliance Department.

Contact Sigma Financial Group at (734) 663-1611 or www.sigmafinancial.com
Posted: 7/22/2014 9:58:33 AM by Katie Jones | with 0 comments


Damiam-Headshot.jpgA graduate of the University of Natal, Durban in South Africa, Damian Farrell began his career in Natal before relocating to Ann Arbor, MI. in 1987. There he established the Damian Farrell Design Group after a six year internship. After selling his firm and an interim period of working in both a large andmid-sized architecture firm, Damian restarted Damian Farrell Design Group, PLLC in July 2008.

Acclaimed for his creative design, unwavering focus on the environment, creating healthy places to live, work, shop, and play…and ability to listen and interpret solutions for each challenge. With his guidance over a wide variety of project types, Damian’s projects have earned national recognition,and have been featured in Architectural Digest and numerous regional publications.
Posted: 7/14/2014 9:45:13 AM by Katie Jones | with 0 comments


my-career-prof-(1).JPGAlysha has been working for Robert Half, a pioneer in the concept of professional staffing services for the past two years, while holding various positions from a Staffing Manager to Branch Manager. She currently serves as the Branch Manager for the Robert Half Ann Arbor office.

She currently partners with established businesses in the Ann Arbor market to assist with their staffing needs. With Robert Half’s extensive database of highly skilled candidates, they have the resources, experience, and expertise necessary to match Administrative and Accounting professionals. We specialize in working with businesses requiring immediate and specialized assistance on a project basis, while also providing individuals who can transition into full-time roles. This staffing model helps professionals further their careers and allows employers to access the professionals they need, when they need it.

Alysha received her Bachelor’s in Finance and Bachelor’s in Business Economics from Grand Valley State University. She is currently participating in the A2Y Converge group and is on the committee as well. Alysha is also actively involved in the planning of her hometown’s Relay for Life on an annual basis.


Please connect with Alysha at alysha.connelly@roberthalf.com or 734.995.8367
Posted: 7/7/2014 7:54:21 AM by Katie Jones | with 0 comments


sri-(1).jpgSRI International is a nonprofit, independent research and innovation center providing government and industry with basic and applied research, laboratory and advisory services, technology development and licenses, deployable systems, products, and venture opportunities.

SRI bridges the critical gap between research universities or national laboratories and industry. We move R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace to create high value and real innovation. Our innovations have led to new industries and products that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse and interactive computing to medical ultrasound, cancer drugs, and much more.

SRI works on some of the world’s most important problems, collaborating across technical disciplines to spark new ideas and solutions. We believe in open innovation, bringing the best talent to the challenge at hand.
SRI’s Ann Arbor, Michigan, office is an element of the Engineering R&D Division, with research interests in remote sensing and telecommunications.

SRI’s Phase 1 Clinical Trial and Strategic Development Services unit in Plymouth, Michigan, will be operational in mid-2014. This state-of-the-art facility will provide biotech companies, university investigators, and start-ups clients with an agile, top-tier development organization with the capacity to carry programs from concept to clinic and beyond.
Posted: 6/30/2014 1:12:04 PM by Katie Jones | with 0 comments


1817-(2).jpgSince 1852, Miller Canfield's collaborative approach, deep resources and network of local, regional and worldwide relationships have helped our lawyers get work done quickly, efficiently and successfully for our clients. We engage the best people, best practices and deliver the best possible results. We know our clients' businesses, organizations and industries and look out for their best interests. They look to us for legal expertise as well as insight and business advice. Together, we build businesses, communities and prosperity. We don't just advise - we make things happen.

And making things happen, from 101 N. Main Street to Wall Street, from Ann Arbor to Australia, are the attorneys at Miller Canfield.

We’ve helped build hospitals, hospitality, convention and sports venues. We’ve helped clients reinvest in city centers, retail centers and build student, low and moderate income housing.
We help clients with public finance, private lending, tech transfer, venture capital and charitable giving. We help build bridges and protect both intellectual property and property owners.
We help employers with immigration and refugees with citizenship. We handle litigation, class actions and appeals, and M&A in the U.S.A. and worldwide.


And in A2Y, at the U and in the D – we support our communities with time, talent and resources.

Meet Miller Canfield at www.millercanfield.com.
Posted: 6/23/2014 7:40:25 AM by Katie Jones | with 0 comments