Walsh College Will Host Free Retail Loss Prevention Training Forum

Retail Loss Prevention: Designing Smart Security Solutions, a free, three-hour training session co-sponsored by Walsh College, the Troy Police Department, Huffmaster Crisis Response, and ASIS Detroit, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 15, at Walsh College’s Troy campus.

Participants will learn about services available from local police units and their crime prevention sections; retail-focused “smart” security technology solutions; and the increased value component to loss prevention.

The session will also offer insight into new, “virtual security” solutions, including currently available technology and blended security solutions involving both human and digital components. Options discussed will include plainclothes “shoppers,” hidden or overt smart cameras, security officers on-foot or on-patrol, technology monitoring, or combinations of these techniques.

The event will help store owners, site managers, security or loss prevention specialists know more about available options and how to deploy them in an era of limited budgets and dwindling margins.

In addition, there will be a brief presentation on the current state of security convergence. The convergence represents the intersection of security and information technology (IT), the roles in security leadership between IT and traditional security, and the new horizon of security involving blended solutions of analog (human) and digital (smart technology) security.

Attendees who are ASIS board-certified will receive three full credits toward recertification.

Pre-registration is required and seats are limited. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/retail-loss-prevention-training-forum-tickets-11055303711.

For more information, email msaad@huffmaster.com; a.breidenich@troymi.gov; or EdwardKeiser@Protectionone.com.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Chamber-Supported Scrap Metal Bill Passes Michigan Legislature, Headed to Governor’s Desk

The Scrap Metal Regulatory Act, which has been supported by the Chamber advocacy team, received overwhelming support in the Michigan House and Senate last week. The bill passed the House with a 98-12 vote, followed by approval in the Senate, 31 votes to six, last week, marking a major victory for Detroit’s business and economic development sector.

In order to address the crippling effect that scrap metal thieves can have on cities, including Detroit, the bill regulates the sales of stolen catalytic converters, copper wire and air conditioning units by prohibiting scrapyards from offering cash payments greater than $25. It also requires scrapyards to take pictures of their customers and add them to a database that will be created by the state.

The Chamber, along with Mayor Mike Duggan, the Detroit Crime Commission and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, have advocated for the passage of a substantive piece of legislation and tougher scrap metal regulations. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Snyder. To read more about the vote, click here.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to speak at 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference

From: MLive

By David Muller

March 26, 2014

DETROIT, MI – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joins the list of speakers at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Detroit Regional Chamber announced Wednesday. The policy conference will be held May 27-30 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Duggan joins speakers such as writer Malcolm Gladwell, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton and News Corporation Education Division CEO Joel Klein. Duggan’s session, slated for Wednesday, May 28, will focus on entrepreneurship, education and impact, the Chamber said.

The annual, three-day Mackinac Policy Conference brings together business leaders, politicians and thought-leaders to discuss and shape business policy. It has been meeting since 1981.

The DRC says the goal of the 2014 conference is to create a more globally competitive and financially attractive business environment in Michigan through three pillars: entrepreneurship, education and impact. It expects about 1,500 attendees.

Bill Kohler

Partner and Co-Chair, Automotive and Manufacturing Practice Group, Clark Hill

Bill KohlerBill Kohler is a partner at Clark Hill and chairs the firm’s Automotive and Manufacturing Practice Group. During his 26-year career in the automotive industry, he has been centrally involved in the industry’s major trends, representing automotive suppliers and vehicle manufacturers in the industry’s most significant mergers and acquisitions, strategic affiliations, globalization efforts, recall and warranty cost allocation disputes, bankruptcies, supplier disputes and supplier workout situations.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Kohler served as the vice president and general counsel of Johnson Controls’ automotive operations, where he was responsible for all legal, governmental and environmental affairs of the company’s largest business unit.

Kohler has extensive domestic and international experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution arrangements, supply arrangements, supplier and customer workouts and bankruptcies, and intellectual property arrangements. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a law degree from the University of Michigan, as well as an MBA from Michigan State University.

Masa Hasegawa

Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Masa HasegawaMasa Hasegawa is a principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice and serves as a core member of Deloitte’s Global Automotive Practice, focusing primarily on profitable growth strategies. His 20 years of automotive and manufacturing experience spans both OEM and consulting, and includes new market entry, product development, customer experience, marketing strategy and global supply chain.

A former Lexus product planner and an established thought leader, Hasegawa has written industry perspectives on emerging topics like electric vehicle adoption and ecosystem and market challenges of connected vehicle space.

Hasegawa has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Walsh College Earns Vets Recognition, Hosts Traveling Memorial

Walsh College is one of 64 select national institutions ranked on the “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014” list of colleges that provide high-level service for active duty and veteran military men and women by Military Times magazine.

The selection process considers the school’s culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies and cost.

“The rigorous selection process and the caliber of the survey from a respected military publication make this an exceptional honor,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “Veterans and other military members bring unique perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints to our student body and faculty that enrich business education for everyone.”

Added Lauren Mileto, veteran services coordinator, “Vets and their families rely on Military Times to provide objective, honest recommendations based on their best interests. Walsh is proud to provide our vets with a high level of service.”

The complete “Best for Vets Business College” list is published in the March issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, as well as in print and online at MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com, and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

Walsh sponsors a Military Grant for all active duty or reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces. When this grant is used with Military Tuition Assistance, it covers all undergraduate tuition costs or a significant portion of graduate tuition costs.

Traveling Memorial

In addition, Walsh College will be hosting the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at its Troy Campus.

The public is welcome on-campus to view the memorial, learn about Vietnam’s place in our nation’s history and remember those military members who gave their lives for freedom in the Vietnam War.

Michael Rinkus, veteran, associate professor, Finance, at Walsh, and advisor, Walsh College Student Veteran Organization, will speak at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Walsh’s Veteran Services, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans, email veterans@walshcollege.edu, or call (248)-823-1660.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, www.iacbe.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Vickie Thomas

vickie thomasVickie Thomas is the city beat reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950, a CBS-owned station. Joining the station in 1991, Thomas has earned awards from the Detroit Press Foundation, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Michigan Associated Press and the National Association of Black Journalists.

She was elected to serve as the Region IV director of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in August 2013. She served two terms as president of the Detroit chapter of NABJ for two terms, from 2010 to 2013.

Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Wayne State University.

Plante Moran rebrands its client publication to further ‘Engage’ readers

Southfield, Mich. — 15 years after the introduction of its glossy, content-rich Universal Advisor magazine, Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and business advisory firms, announces a rebranding of the publication under a new title: Engage.

“For 15 years, we have engaged readers through the Universal Advisor with articles focused on the business issues that affect our clients most,” said Plante Moran Chief Marketing Officer and Partner, Jeff Antaya, CPA. “Last year we challenged our executive editor, Mindy Kroll and our in-house design team, to modernize the publication to keep pace with the developing preferences of a digital-rich world. With Engage, our experts will continue to deliver that valuable information, but we’ll do so with more Q&A’s, photos, infographics and podcasts, moving toward an on-line e-zine while still having a hard copy version available.”

The debut issue of Engage was released today and will be published three times a year and distributed to nearly 50,000 clients and friends of Plante Moran. Content includes 20 questions with Illinois-based tool manufacturer and distributor C.H. Hanson, family owned and operated since 1866, as well as a look at weak links in email security and humanizing a brand through social media (with insights from zany outdoor clothing and recreational gear retailer Moosejaw).

Also included in the debut of Engage are reflections on Plante Moran’s 90th anniversary with current leaders and former firm managing partners. Commenting on the firm’s core purpose, Managing Partner Gordon Krater said, “We all have a sense of stewardship — we’re in this together to create something outstanding and leave it better than we found it for the next group of leaders.” Noting an appropriate gift for the firm’s 90th anniversary, former managing partner Bill Matthews, who led the firm from 1993 to 2001, said, “We’ve always preferred gold…the Golden Rule. It’s our very foundation.”

View the new edition of Engage here.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

Jason Sosa

Jason Sosa-editJason Sosa is the founder and CEO at IMRSV (formerly Immersive Labs), a company that utilizes computer vision and artificial intelligence via standard webcams to measure real-time human reactions. IMRSV has been named a “NYC Startup to Watch” by Time Inc., and one of “25 Hot NYC Startups You Need to Watch” by Business Insider.

Sosa previously founded Mind Spin Research, a music research software used by radio stations nationwide. An expert generalist in human computer interaction, Sosa has been selected as a “40 Under Forty” business leader. He has been featured by Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg and Business Insider.

March 25: Chamber Adds News Corporation’s Joel Klein to Mackinac Policy Conference Lineup; MICHauto Event Aims to Drive Intelligent Mobility, April 30

Chamber Adds Joel Klein to Mackinac Policy Conference Agenda, May 27-30The Chamber has announced the addition of Joel Klein, News Corporation executive and former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, to the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference lineup of speakers.

Klein is the CEO of the educational division and executive vice president of the office of the chairman for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. He formerly served as the chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a system of more than 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget. During his tenure, he launched “Children First,” a comprehensive reform strategy that increased high school graduation rates in New York City by 40 percent.

Approximately 1,500 attendees are expected to gather for the Conference, which will highlight the key pillars of entrepreneurship, education, and impact. For more information and to register, click here.

MICHauto Aims to Drive Intelligent Mobility in Michigan at April 30 Event

With intelligent transportation systems emerging as the automotive industry’s next wave of innovation, the Chamber’s MICHauto program is hosting “Driving Intelligent Mobility in Michigan” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the Westin Book Cadillac.

The event will feature discussion from industry experts, including Masa Hasegawa, principal at Deloitte Consulting; Bill Kohler, partner at Clark Hill; and Doug Patton, senior vice president of engineering at DENSO International America. Following the presentation, they will participate in group discussions moderated by Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply.

Speakers will analyze intelligent mobility and project its evolvement into the mainstream consumer marketplace, review potential roadblocks, and discuss Michigan’s role as a leader in the development and marketing of intelligent mobile technology. For more information and to register, click here.

Michigan Recognized as Leader in Attracting International Investment

The Organization for International Investment (OFII) recognized Michigan as a leader in attracting international investment last week, highlighting the positive steps that have been taken by Governor Rick Snyder and the state Legislature. These steps include the elimination of Michigan Business Tax, development of the state’s workforce, and increased job creation numbers.

The OFII cited several achievements that have helped Michigan grow into a national leader:

  • Ranked first nationally in recovery from the Great Recession, adding 255,000 jobs since December 2010.
  • Added 32,000 insourcing jobs in 2011, twice as many as any other state.
  • Ranked as fourth-largest high-tech workforce in U.S., with the third-best high-tech job growth rate.

To read more about Michigan’s recognition, click here.

Chamber-Supported Scrap Metal Bill Passes Michigan Legislature, Headed to Governor’s Desk

The Scrap Metal Regulatory Act, which has been supported by the Chamber advocacy team, received overwhelming support in the Michigan House and Senate last week. The bill passed the House with a 98-12 vote, followed by approval in the Senate, 31 votes to six, last week, marking a major victory for Detroit’s business and economic development sector.

In order to address the crippling effect that scrap metal thieves can have on cities, including Detroit, the bill regulates the sales of stolen catalytic converters, copper wire and air conditioning units by prohibiting scrapyards from offering cash payments greater than $25. It also requires scrapyards to take pictures of their customers and add them to a database that will be created by the state.

The Chamber, along with Mayor Mike Duggan, the Detroit Crime Commission and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, have advocated for the passage of a substantive piece of legislation and tougher scrap metal regulations. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Snyder. To read more about the vote, click here.