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A problem he inherited that still con-
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that Crescent Capital is the U.S. private
equity arm, of the First Islamic
Investment Bank in Bahrain. In 2002,
an e-mail campaign publicized that Dr.
Yusef Abdullah al-Qaradawi, a promi-
nent Muslim cleric with strong links and
tremendous influence with Islamist ter-
rorist organizations such as Hamas and
the Muslim Brotherhood, was the chair-
man of the Islamic Bank's shari'ah
(Islamic religious law) advisory board
that advises how to conduct commerce
in line with Islam.
"Before I even agreed to step in as an
interim CEO, I spent three months
researching the issue. I got friends at the
Anti-Defamation League [he's a vice-
chair of ADL's Southwest board] and the
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Maxine Harwin of Farmington Hills
was recently recog-
nized by Century Real
Estate Corp. as one of
the system's top pro-
She was awarded the
ruby level Masters
Award. Harwin is
with Century 21 Iva
David M. Sherbin of West Bloomfield
has been appointed to
the post of senior vice
counsel and secretary
in Southfield. He will
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and compliance affairs Sherbin
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American Jewish Committee [he's a
national board member] to check out
the story," says Coles, noting that
America bases its 5th Fleet in Bahrain
and that post 9-11 both the FBI and
Homeland Security have vetted all of the
investors in Crescent and the Islamic
Bank and have found nothing that links
them to financial support for terrorism.
"When problems with al-Qaradawi
became known, First Islamic cut all asso-
ciation with him," says Coles. "There
was no posturing. They did the right
thing, and they did it immediately.
There has never been another incident
before or since."
Coles gets very emotional when dis-
cussing his recent first trip to Israel. "I
had always heard about people who
went to Israel and it changed their lives.
I was a cynic, but it changed my life."
Even so, he has had no problems
Heller PC, was elected
to the board of direc-
tors of Soputhfield-
Kramer also served on
the board of directors
of the Jewish
Nancy R. Kaufman of West Bloomfield,
director of the Kaufman Children's
Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-
Motor and Learning Potential, was
recently invited to lecture in London
and Manchester, England. Her evalua-
tion and treatment approach for teach-
ing children how to talk (who exhibit
apraxia of speech) is becoming state of
the art in the field of speech and lan-
guage pathology and.has become the
protocol for helping children with
autism to become verbal communica-
The Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
will host a family law seminar 9 a.m.-
4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at the
DoubleTree Hotel in Novi. Moderators
will be Sandor M. Gelman of West
Bloomfield and Marjory B. Cohen of
Huntington Woods. Among the speak-
ers will be Ronald Bookholder, Edward
Gold, Daniel Victor, Susan Cohen,
Henry Gornbein and Kay Schwarzberg.
Graham Fishman of West Bloomfield, a
product technical sales/program manag-