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        Crain's Newsmaker of the Year

        Crain's Newsmaker of the Year for 2017 is outgoing Lear Corp. CEO Matt Simoncini.

        Read about him and other top newsmakers, all of whom made headlines in some of the most significant stories of the year Ė most notably, the unfolding, accelerating comeback of Detroit and other major Michigan cities.

        We picked our Newsmaker of the Year, now itís time for you to choose yours.
        Why? Because we value your opinion, and because we want you to be part of our news-making process. This is your chance to make your voice heard (and to tell us if you donít agree with our pick!).

        The candidate with the most votes will be honored as the Readersí Choice Newsmaker of the Year at the annual luncheon event on Feb. 8.

        The 2017 Newsmakers of the Year are:
        Mike Duggan, City of Detroit
        Art Van Elslander, Art Van Furniture, Van Elslander Capital and the A.A. Van Elsander Foundation
        Martha Firestone Ford, Detroit Lions
        Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans Inc. and Rock Ventures LLC
        Vinnie Johnson, Piston Group
        Wright Lassiter III, Henry Ford Health System
        Rip Rapson and LaJune Montgomery Tabron, Kresge Foundation and Kellogg Foundation
        Matt Simoncini, Lear Corp.
        Dug Song, Duo Security Inc.
        Deirdre Waterman, City of Pontiac

        VOTE NOW!
        Hurry - voting closes at midnight on Jan. 19.

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