Walsh College Offers Webinar on Master of Science in Management: Human Resources, International Business, Strategic Concentrations

Walsh College will present a free, information-packed webinar for future students interested in enrollment in its new Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree program from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 24, 2014. Participant registration is required for the session at www.walshcollege.edu/webinars.

Designed for busy working professionals interested in pursuing an advanced degree, the webinar will cover course and program content; on-campus and online content delivery; application, admission, and enrollment requirements; and career services. It will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Walsh’s $35 application fee will be waived for all webinar participants.

The Walsh College MSM program provides students with the modern business principles and advanced managerial skills needed to lead effectively. The core of the MSM program incorporates high-level curriculum in primary business concepts, taught by faculty who are skilled practitioners in their fields.

Students must choose from one of three concentration areas:

• Human Resources Management — to assess the strategic role of human resources functions in achieving organizational goals; analyze recent trends in staffing and human resource management practices in a global environment; and respond to changes and challenges in human resources in managing a global workforce, among other issues

• International Business — to enhance cognitive analytical skills and overall performance in a variety of cultures and organizational settings; focus on strategic management theory and possible resolution practices; and tackle the cultural impediments that international executives are likely to confront, among other topics

• Strategic Management, to understand the strategic implications of managing organizations as complex adaptive systems in an increasingly dynamic global environment; and cultivate skill in using systems thinking to achieve competitive advantages, among other challenges.

The MSM program is also available as part of a dual-degree option with an MBA. The dual MBA/MSM allows students to complete two distinct graduate degrees in one concise program with only 12 additional credit hours of study (four courses), providing an important academic credential.

“The Walsh MSM delivers the skills necessary for students to move forward in their careers whether it’s a promotion, a new job, or a total career change,” said Sheila Ronis, Ph.D., professor, Management, and Chair, Department of Management, and featured webinar presenter. “It maintains Walsh’s high-quality standards for academic rigor and value sought by students and employers.”

Dr. Ronis is also president of The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm and think tank, specializing in strategic management, visioning, leadership, national security, and public policy.

Fall priority registration for new students begins Monday, August 11 and runs through Tuesday, September 30. For more information on Walsh College and all programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

 

July 23, 2014: New Arena District a Big Step in Detroit’s Resurgence; Chinese Foreign Investment Can Bolster Region, State

New Arena District a Big Step in Detroit’s Resurgence

Last week, the Ilitch family unveiled more details regarding the new arena and entertainment district planned in downtown Detroit, showcasing what will serve as another critical step in Detroit’s comeback. The Chamber applauds the Ilitch family for their continued support and investment in the Motor City.

The new arena district is expected to create at least $1.8 billion in total economic impact over several years, 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs, and 1,100 permanent jobs. The recent announcement included the fact that portions of the project have been moved up due to the positive impact on the city and its residents. In addition to creating jobs and investment, the project will better connect downtown with Midtown and reflects the city’s increasing momentum.

To see the Free Press’ coverage of the new arena district, including renderings, click here.

Governor and Former Treasury Secretary; Chinese Foreign Investment Can Bolster Detroit Region, State

Chinese investment provides great opportunity for growth and jobs for Midwest states but further action is needed to ensure Michigan gets its fair share of that development. That was the message as Governor Rick Snyder and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discussed the need to embrace direct foreign investment from China during a Detroit Economic Club event Monday at Ford Field.

During the discussion, moderated by Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah, Paulson highlighted that Michigan should marry its strengths such as world-class research and development and agriculture, to needs in China. The Governor called attention to the need to build strategic relationships with China, increase skilled trades education, and be “loud and proud” about Detroit as a global value option.

The event was held in partnership with The Paulson Institute as part of its series of “American Competitiveness Dialogues” in the United States.

Spend an Evening Network with Mayor Duggan and Chamber Members, Aug. 26

The Detroit Regional Chamber is launching a new series of quarterly Networking Receptions for Chamber members that will showcase the Big Four regional leaders and their senior staff. Each reception will be held in the geographic area the elected leader represents.

The Chamber’s first Networking Reception kicks off in Detroit with special guest Mayor Mike Duggan on Tuesday, August 26 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Chamber members are expected to attend for brief remarks from Mayor Duggan and the opportunity to network with the Mayor and his senior staff along with fellow Chamber members and the Chamber’s Board of Directors. To register, click here.

Detroit Three Matchmaking Summit with PMBC Features Gov. at Luncheon, Connects Tier 1 Suppliers with 400 Vendors

The Chamber and MICHauto served as strategic partners for the Detroit Three Matchmaking Summit on Tuesday at COBO Center in Detroit. The event, a Pure Michigan Business Connect supplier summit, brought together the Detroit Three automakers and more than 40 Tier 1 suppliers with 400 Michigan vendors from around the state for pre-arranged, exclusive purchaser-supplier matchmaking engagements to help grow business and the industry.

Hosted by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Chamber, the summit also featured a luncheon speech by Governor Rick Snyder. During the keynote introduction, MICHauto’s Vice President Glenn Stevens praised the Governor for his leadership in developing a statewide automotive strategy to promote, grow and retain the state’s signature industry. To read more click here.

Support the Life-Saving Work at Henry Ford Health System; Attend “Get Your Heart Racing” Fundraiser, Sept. 12

Join Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Company for the “Get Your Heart Racing” Pit Party on September 12 at Eastern Market’s Shed 3 to benefit the state-of-the-art Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. The institute is a metro Detroit heart treatment leader and the annual fundraiser ensures that it can continue its life-saving work.

Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah serves as a chair for this year’s event, which is entering its fourth year. In addition to great food, drinks, and entertainment, the Pit Party will also auction off a 50th anniversary Mustang and giving one attendee an all-inclusive VIP weekend for two to the NASCAR Ford Ecoboost 400 Championship race.

To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit the Get Your Heart Racing website.

IAV President Andy Ridgway to Share Why Michigan is Auto at 2014 MICHauto Summit, Sept. 23

As the undisputed leader in automotive research and development, Michigan is the one place stakeholders must be to thrive in the industry. The Chamber’s MICHauto announced recently that IAV Automotive Engineering President Andy Ridgway will deliver a keynote address on “Global Insight: Engineering Mobility in Michigan” at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit.

Ridgway will share his journey in the automotive industry and highlight why his foreign-owned engineering firm continues to grow and make the decision to be located in the state; providing global perspective on why Michigan is auto. Register today. To view an up-to-date agenda, click here.

Candidate Spotlight – Rep. Wayne Schmidt for Michigan Senate

The primary for Michigan’s 37th state Senate district has been identified as one of the defining races of this election season, and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board recently endorsed Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City). Rep. Schmidt’s consistent record on issues affecting the state’s economy and business climate makes him an ideal candidate.

Rep. Schmidt currently serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee, leading efforts to provide adequate funding for our state’s transportation infrastructure. Previously, he served as chairman of the House Commerce Committee, championing the expansion of the Pure Michigan campaign and supporting new job training programs for Michigan workers. Prior to serving elected office, Rep. Schmidt managed a local small business in Traverse City.

The Chamber supports pragmatic, pro-economic growth candidates that advance Michigan’s reinvention. For a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here.

Chamber CEO Urges ‘Yes’ Vote on Prop. 1 in Crain’s, WJR’s Frank Beckmann Show

As part of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do Item to eliminate the Personal Property Tax, the Chamber continues to advocate for a “yes” vote on Proposal 1 on August 5. Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah highlighted the importance of Proposal 1 to Michigan’s reinvention recently in a guest column in Crain’s Detroit Business.

As Baruah wrote: “Michigan businesses pay an unfair double tax that puts them at a competitive disadvantage with businesses in neighboring states that don’t charge the tax. The PPT also siphons money they could instead put into creating jobs. That will continue unless voters pass Proposal 1 on Aug. 5.”

Baruah also discussed the impact of the job-killing PPT on WJR News/Talk 760’s Frank Beckmann Show last week. For more information on Proposal 1, including how it fully resorts PPT funding to local municipalities, click here.

Brian Gruber

General Plant Manager – Molding Operations, Lacks Trim Systems

Brian Gruber-editBrian Gruber is an operations executive with 15 years of experience in manufacturing. He has been in the aerospace, military, office furniture, and automotive industries with extensive operations, engineering and skilled trade involvement. He is currently the General Manager of Molding Operations at Lacks Trim Systems.

The molding operation consists of four plants: three in Grand Rapids and one in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Gruber spearheads the development of the molding technical and leadership teams along with creating a vision and strategy to automate and drive continuous improvement. His passion for building talent within organizations has led him to developing internal skilled trades programs with a partnership through Grand Rapids Community College. These programs have helped to fill the talent gap with internal candidates.

Gruber has a BS in Engineering from Michigan State University and a MSMI (Masters of Science in Manufacturing and Innovation) from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University.

Ron Hall

President and CEO, Bridgewater Interiors

Ron_HallRon Hall Sr. serves as president and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors. In addition, Hall is the president and CEO of Renaissance Capital Alliance, an equipment leasing company; chairman and CEO of New Center Stamping, an automotive service parts stamping facility; and CEO of Departure Travel Management.

Hall is best known for turning the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) into one of the premier minority business organizations in the country. Under his leadership, MMSDC’s minority business and corporate membership more than doubled. Hall also was assistant vice president of Minority Business Development for New Detroit Inc., the nation’s first urban coalition. Hall continues to play an active role in business and civic organizations across the state of Michigan, including the Detroit Regional Chamber, Business Leaders for Michigan, Booker T. Washington Business Association, National Athletic Amateur Union (AAU) and numerous public and private entities.

Hall earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Western Michigan University.

Laurie Harbour

President and CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.

Laurie Harbour-smallLaurie Harbour is president and CEO of Harbour Results, Inc. She has over 26 years of experience in operational improvement, strategic planning, benchmarking and performance enhancement. Harbour works closely with manufacturing companies and their suppliers, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, identifying existing gaps and risks and developing a tactical transformation to achieve sustainable improvements. In 2013, Harbour Results, Inc. published the 2013 Automotive Vendor Tooling Study and through her work in the automotive tooling industry, Harbour has become an expert in this area of manufacturing. She works regularly with tool suppliers to improve their overall business and also supports Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs with tooling strategies and cost improvement opportunities.

Detroit is home to the fastest growing e-commerce company in the country

Detroit — Chalkfly is a Detroit startup with a mission to change the way the world buys office supplies, and we’re excited to announce that we’re the fastest growing e-commerce company ranked by Internet Retailer in 2014. Chalkfly has achieved the highest growth rate out of all of the companies ranked by Internet Retailer, on both the First and Second 500 lists, and tops the Second 500 list two years in a row.

After just two years in business, Chalkfly has provided its many consumer and business customers with exceptional customer service, 365-day returns and an opportunity to give back to their community with every purchase. Each customer can choose a teacher to receive 5% back from their order — giving students and teaches with the supplies they need to succeed in school. Chalkfly’s Giveback has empowered customers to contribute to over 3,000 teachers around the country.

“We are extremely lucky to be part of the entrepreneurial renaissance that’s happening in Detroit. Our customers and incredible team have allowed us to change the dynamics of how office and schools supplies are sold. As we grow, our give back to students and teachers grows. That’s what makes this ranking from Internet Retailer truly exciting.” said Chalkfly’s Co-founder, Andrew Landau.

Chalkfly was founded in 2012 when brothers, Andrew and Ryan Landau returned from working out-of-state at Google and IBM. They came back to their home state and set up shop in Detroit to reinvent the experience of buying office and school supplies. In 2013, Chalkfly received $750,000 in Series A funding from Detroit Venture Partners, Ludlow Ventures, Start Garden, Griffon Ventures and Bizdom. Their office is located in downtown Detroit’s M@dison building, which serves as startup incubator.

Walsh College Offers Webinars on Undergraduate, Graduate Programs in Information Technology for 2014-2015: BSIT, MSIT, MSITL

Walsh College will present free, information-packed webinars for future students interested in enrollment in its undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), graduate Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), or graduate Master of Information Technology Leadership (MSITL) degree programs in two individual sessions this month.

The BSIT webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, while the MSIT and MSITL webinar will be held Thursday, July 31. Both start at 12:15 p.m. and run until 1 p.m. Participant registration is required for the sessions at www.walshcollege.edu/webinars.

Designed for busy working professionals interested in pursuing an advanced degree, the webinars will cover course and program content; on-campus and online content delivery; application, admission, and enrollment requirements; and career services. They will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Walsh’s $35 application fee will be waived for all webinar participants.

Here are some IT degree highlights:

  • The BSIT provides a unique undergraduate curriculum focused on enhancing the ability to employ information technology for strategic advantage through an integrated study of core technology concepts and skills
  • The MSIT focuses on preparing information technology (IT) professionals to optimize IT management in support of business strategies and goals
  • The MSITL degree is designed to educate organizational leaders on how to assess, evaluate, determine, and manage technology choices from a business perspective.

The MSITL program is also available as part of a dual-degree option with an MBA. The dual MBA/MSITL allows students to complete two distinct graduate degrees in one concise program, providing an important academic credential.

Featured webinar presenters are Barbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., professor, Business Information Technology, and Terri Washburn, Ph.D., professor, Business Information Technology. Dr. Ciaramitaro teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business information technology, project management, business intelligence, data and decision making, software engineering, secure software development and cyber security. Dr. Washburn has more than 20 years of experience in information technology.

“Demand for skilled, highly-educated IT professionals continues to out-pace supply and advanced education is more important than ever,” said Dr. Ciaramitaro. “Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate IT programs help equip students with the knowledge and critical thinking coveted by employers.”

Fall priority registration for new students begins Monday, August 11 and runs through Tuesday, September 30. For more information on Walsh College and all programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

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). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

CONTACTS:
Brenda Meller/Assistant Vice President, Walsh College bmeller@walshcollege.edu or 248-823-1205.

Alicia Boltach/Account Supervisor, Airfoil Public Relations boltach@airfoilgroup.com or 248-304-1453.

Birgit Klohs

President and CEO, The Right Place

birgit kholsBirgit Klohs is President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., a position she has held since 1987. The Right Place, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses in the West Michigan Area. Klohs, a native of Germany, came to The Right Place, Inc. from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she served as Assistant Director of the Office for Economic Expansion. Her economic development career began in 1977 as an Industrial Consultant with the Economic Development Corporation of Berrien County, Michigan.

During her 25 year career at The Right Place she has organized numerous trade missions to Europe, the Far East and Israel. She is also a frequent speaker at national and international economic development conferences and seminars, having lectured in France, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, China, Australia and Israel.

Klohs is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she earned her B.A. degree in Corporate Finance. She is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma; and completed the professional economic development finance program through the National Development Council.

Brian McDaniel

Senior Human Resources Manager, American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.

2014 MICHauto Summit speaker Brian McDanielBrian McDaniel is the senior human resources manager for American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.’s Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility. McDaniel joined the company in 2003 as a health and safety manager for front axles at Detroit Gear & Axle. In 2007, he became the manager of corporate safety programs and senior manager of corporate safety and security. Prior to that he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. as a health and safety ground officer, mountain warfare instructor, and jump school qualification instructor.

After leaving the military, he was employed by Allied Environmental Services PSC., and Omnichem LLC, in the field of environmental health and safety before beginning his career at American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.

Mark Reuss

Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors

mark-reuss-web3Mark Reuss is the executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain at General Motors. He is responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of General Motors vehicles around the world, and oversees GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization. Previously, Reuss served as the president of GM North America, leading GM’s performance, manufacturing, portfolio and dealer network in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Under Reuss’ watch, GM’s North America region produced consistent profits and improved margins during a product renaissance that included the launch of award-winning vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS and ATS, Chevrolet Corvette and Impala, Buick Encore and GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks.

Previously, Reuss served briefly as GM’s vice president of engineering after spending two years overseas as vice president and managing director of Australia and New Zealand. During this time, he also was a member of the GM Asia Pacific Strategy Board. Reuss is a mechanical engineer who began his career with GM as a student intern in 1983. He has held numerous engineering and management positions with GM brands, including serving as chief engineer of GM’s large luxury vehicles and manufacturing body shop tooling launches.