Our History

Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd. began in 1986 as a full-service consultancy and language agency in the Japan-North American interface. SM&A has grown to represent the highest in skill and service with clients of all levels in the US, Canada, and Japan.


1984


  • In March, Myers & Associates was founded by Steve Myers in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • The company became an advisor to the sister-city relationship between Grand Rapids and Omihachiman in Shiga Prefecture.

1985


  • In December, the company moved to Pontiac, MI.

1986


  • Became consultant for the sister-city relationship between Pontiac and Kusatsu.
  • Myers worked at the Augsburger Law Office in Birmingham. Izumi Suzuki became Manager for Japan Relations after training at Holiday Inn in Farmington Hills. She also began to provide various services for Japanese expats.
  • Held monthly Japan Night parties for single Japanese expats temporarily in the U.S.

1987


  • Moved to the Business Point inside the Sheraton Oaks Hotel, and changed the company name to Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd.
  • At the same time, Suzuki became the Director of Japan Relations for the hotel. She started the first Japanese breakfast, which attracted reporters from Chicago, New York, etc.
  • The company hired its first employee to manage a meet-and-greet service at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
  • Began offering Japanese business culture seminars for various businesses, universities, and city governments.
  • Myers planned and implemented Japan concert tours for the Michigan Duo, which consisted of a flutist and a pianist.

1988


  • Number of repeat clients steadily increases.
  • Started “Junior Japanese,” in which a child teaches other children about Japan. The lecturer was  son Ken in the beginning, and then daughter Jun joined.
  • The company received Minority Business certification.

1989


  • Myers becomes Japan consultant to the City of Monroe.
  • Joint venture with ISS, a company in Tokyo, begins.
  • Begins work as an accompanying advisor to the GMI (now Kettering University) Japan tour.
  • Myers and Ken teach “Junior Japanese” at Schoolcraft College.
  • Suzuki receives Woman of the Year award from the Business & Professional Women’s Club.

1990


  • 24/7 Japanese/English bilingual hotline installed at Detroit Metro Airport (announced by Wayne County Executive MacNamara).
  • Japanese hotline installed at Botsford General Hospital.
  • Myers planned and implemented a Japan concert tour for Vladislav Kovalsky, a Russian concert pianist.
  • Suzuki became a regular writer for the Hokkaido PR magazine “Hoppoken.”  She also was selected to be a director of the Japan-America Society. She passed the Japanese-to-English certification exam given by the ATA (American Translators Association).
  • Suzuki awarded Small Business Person of the Year by the Novi Chamber of Commerce.

1991


  • Moved to office building in the city of Novi.
  • Became a founding member of an informal group called MiTiN (Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network).
  • Myers planned and implemented a Michigan/Canada concert tour for a group called Shikandaza from Kyoto.
  • Suzuki held a series of Japanese cultural seminars through the Japan-America Society.

1992


  • Suzuki passed the English-to-Japanese translation certification exam and became a grader for certification exams.
  • Suzuki & Myers, along with other directors, make MiTiN an official entity.
  • Interpreting for Ford’s Ride & Drive program for Japanese journalists began.

1993


  • Myers selected to be a member of the Oakland County Roundtable. He is invited to be a speaker at many Rotary Clubs around Detroit. Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd. awarded the Best of Class Award by the National Economic Development Council for helping with the Japan Market Promotion production.

1994


  • Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd. celebrates its 10th anniversary.
  • Held many Japan/US business seminars at universities, chambers of commerce, companies, etc.

1995


  • Office moved to its current location in the city of Novi.
  • Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd. awarded the Franklin Small Business Award (and received congratulatory remarks from Carl Levin and Dennis Archer.)

1996


  • First annual summer BBQ party held in June.

1997


  • Suzuki becomes president of MiTiN. She is also elected to be an ATA Board member.
  • Suzuki reorganizes MiTiN as an ATA chapter.

1998


  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra asks the company to hold a series of Japanese culture seminars for orchestra members before they traveled to Japan to perform.
  • Suzuki receives a special tribute from Governor Engler and Senator Bullard.

2000


  • Suzuki becomes the administrator of the Japanese Language Division of the ATA.
  • Myers plans and implements a Michigan performance tour for Rakugo (Sanyutei Kyoraku) and Edo Daikagura – traditional juggling and balancing art (Maruichi Kosen).
  • Myers plans and implements Japan a concert tour for Ragtime pianist Bob Milne.

2002


  • Myers founds ArtBridge, a 501c(3) organization which promotes art exchange among Japan, US, and Canada.
  • Suzuki becomes a member of Governor’s Commission on Asia in Schools.

2003


  • Suzuki passes J<>E court interpreting certification exam and becomes a certified court interpreter (the first outside California).
  • Suzuki becomes a member of NAJIT (National Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators)

2004


  • In March, the company celebrates its 20th anniversary.

2005


  • Suzuki accompanies Governor Granholm to Japan as her official interpreter in July.

2006


  • Myers and Suzuki implement a series of lectures/classes for Japanese culture and language at Jatco.
  • Suzuki serves as a rater for the J<>E court interpreting certification exam.

2007


  • Suzuki serves as a rater of the J<>E court interpreting certification exam.
  • Myers and Suzuki implement a series of lectures/classes for Japanese culture and language at Jatco.

2008


  • Myers begins writing a series of articles titled “Mr. Marume’s Diary” for Magazine X.
  • Myers becomes a member of the Oakland County Workforce & Education Committee.

2009


  • Suzuki interprets at the Japanese woodblock print show (featuring images of Saigo Takamori) at the U of M Museum of Art.

2010


  • Suzuki proposes the first MiTiN annual conference, which was held in October in Novi.

2011


  • In November, Myers travels to Japan for the last time.

2012


  • In January, Myers passes away.
  • In May, the City of Novi dedicates a cherry tree in memory of Steve Myers, which was planted by the Consul General of Japan, Hon. Matsuda, in May.
  • In the same month, Suzuki travels to Japan to express thanks for the friendship and support of Myers’ friends.

2013


  • In February, in accordance with Myers’ will (and the commemoration he prepared), the Genro Committee holds a Life Celebration Event at the Detroit Golf Club.
  • Suzuki invited by ATA to become a member of the Certification Committee.

2014


  • Suzuki, Myers & Assoc., Ltd. celebrates its 30th anniversary in March.