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        Cool Places to Work 2011

        • O'Keefe's goal: Nurture employees

          Pat O'Keefe, managing member of O'Keefe and Associates LLC, knows keeping talent is as valuable as attracting it.That's why his Bloomfield Hills-based financial consulting firm makes it a priority to keep the employees it brings on.

        • Municipal League: Career path guide

          Although the Michigan Municipal League advocates for Michigan villages and cities, the organization makes sure to look out for its employees, as well.

        • United Way: A collaborative workplace

          When United Way for Southeastern Michigan moved to the renovated First National Building in Detroit in May 2009, CEO Michael Brennan was looking to save the nonprofit money.But he also wanted to create a cool environment for United Way's employees.

        • A fun-loving tribe

          With on the verge of a move into downtown Detroit amid a rapid expansion, it isn't hard to see why employees think it is a cool place to work.

        • JVS: Satisfying work keeps employees moving ahead

          When asked why she loves her job, Karen Gutman of JVS simply describes what she and her co-workers do each day.It doesn't involve playing a Wii on a big-screen television in the break room, but it does involve changing lives, Gutman said.

        • Sun Communities: Rewards rain down

          Early last month, the employees of Sun Communities Inc. got the day off for a scavenger hunt at the Detroit Zoo. The outing may seem like a stretch of resources in this tough economic climate, but for Sun Communities, it's a common and necessary occurrence.

        • HHA Services: "Welcome to the family'

          Scott Wise knew HHA Services Inc. was different before he was even hired.Wise, now a regional director of operations at HHA, was being recruited from one of HHA's competitors.

        • IAC: Concerned with employees, community

          When International Automotive Components Group North America Inc. planned to move its headquarters, the company looked at where its employees lived.Human Resource Specialist Lindsey Lawler said that speaks volumes about those who run IAC.

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