Digital health and well-being to be addressed by keynote speaker at Macomb Business Awards

Sick of constantly checking your phone? Find yourself scrolling through Facebook only to see disturbing images and tragic news? Tried to enjoy a dinner with friends who stared at their screens the whole time? If you answered yes to those questions, you’ve probably experienced bursts of what Mark Ostach calls “i-Drenaline”— the 21st century neurotoxin that’s robbing us of the peace, joy and meaningful connections we all crave. Ostach will discuss this and ways to improve digital health at the upcoming Macomb Business Awards on Tuesday, April 23. As the event’s keynote speaker, he’ll help attendees defeat distractions and interruptions in order to become purposely connected to their work and the people around them.


As background, Ostach works for Skidmore Studio, a creative agency in Detroit. He holds degrees in economics, psychology and technology. Through his speaking engagements, he has become a recognized leader in southeast Michigan – with accolades like recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20s and Oakland County’s 40 under 40 awards. Ostach is also certified in mental health first aid, is a certified Denizon Consultant in workplace culture and is a past board member for several non-profits related to mental and emotional health. He has presented on these topics for Blue Cross Blue Shield, the University of Michigan, Cranbrook, Henry Ford Health System, the MEDC and TEDx Oakland University. And audience feedback is resoundingly positive:

  • “Packed with powerful insights and takeaways.”
  • “An inspiring message for our connected culture.”
  • “Thought-provoking and funny!”

If this is something you’re interested in experiencing, we ask that you make your reservation for the 7th annual Macomb Business Awards today! Entry is $30 per person and includes breakfast and networking opportunities with more than 400 regional leaders. The event, which will be held at the Sterling Inn Banquet and Conference Center from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., will also feature Fox 2 Detroit’s Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton as emcees. County Executive Mark A. Hackel will present all of the awards to winners in the following categories:

  • Champion of Work / Life Integration (Sponsored by MetroParent magazine)
  • Corporate Citizen
  • Hidden Gem
  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Model of OneMacomb
  • Trailblazer of Future Talent

We hope to see you there!

For more information on the Macomb Business Awards, visit

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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