Detroit entrepreneurs to compete for pitch prize

From: Crain’s Detroit Business

By: Michael Lewis II

February 23, 2016

The Michigan Women’s Foundation, Comcast Business Solutions and the Detroit Regional Chamber have teamed up for the chamber’s first Pitch Detroit competition at the 2016 Detroit Policy Conference on Wednesday.

“This is our fifth pitch competition, but it’s our first unisex competition as well as our first in Detroit,” said Peg Tallet, chief community engagement officer for the Michigan Women’s Foundation. “There were 120 entrepreneurs, men and women, who reached out to pitch. That was narrowed down to the four that will be pitching (Wednesday).”

Tallet said the competition is meant to give four Detroit entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a panel of expert judges in front of conference attendants.

The winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $7,500, including cash, personal business services and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference to pitch again for a grand prize in front of 1,500 business and political leaders.

The finalists are:

Tatiana Grant, co-owner of Flash Delivery and president of Infused Public Relations and Events;
Anthony Hatinger, co-founder of Detroit Ento;
Jarret Schlaff, co-founder of Boots on the Ground; and
Justine Sheu, co-founder of Pro:Up.
Tallet said the competition will give insight on how to approach the business sector in the future.

“I think it will give us a sense of the broader entrepreneur landscape in this region,” Tallet said. “Small businesses are a big part of this city’s comeback. We want to make sure business owners have everything they need to be successful.”

The event will be emceed by Carolyn Cassin, president and CEO of Michigan Women’s Foundation. It will take place 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Plunkett Cooney moves Detroit office to Madden Building

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, announces that its Detroit office will have moved to the Madden Building in the city’s financial district, effective Feb. 22.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to move to the heart of Detroit’s revitalization near the riverfront,” said the firm’s President & CEO Dennis Cowan. “The Madden Building is an excellent facility, and this location will provide our attorneys with immediate access to local courts, businesses and government facilities. Our move reaffirms our commitment of over a century to the city of Detroit.”

The firm’s new offices will be located on the 8th floor of the building overlooking the Detroit River. An open floor plan and contemporary design will welcome clients and guests upon their arrival. The office will also feature inviting collaboration spaces and state-of-the-art conference rooms.

As of Feb. 22, the firm’s new office address will be:

150 West Jefferson
Suite 800
Detroit, MI 48226
General: (313) 965-3900
FAX (248) 901-4040

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office will initially be home to 21 attorneys, along with paralegals and support staff members who provide a range of legal services to clients in the public and private sectors. The firm has maintained a major office presence in Detroit since its founding in 1913.

Plunkett Cooney provides an array of transactional and litigation services to clients in such diverse industries as healthcare, manufacturing, professional services, retail, insurance, banking and finance, real estate and many others. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held companies, municipalities and nonprofits.

Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities and one each in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading international directory of law firms, and it is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Plunkett Cooney has also received several awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about the firm’s new office location, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John E. Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Webinar to offer HIPAA Update; Butzel Long conducts free webinar February 25

Employers and healthcare practitioners can gain key insight on various regulations under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, related laws and the Affordable Care Act during a free webinar hosted by Butzel Long from Noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Attorneys Deb Geroux, Lynne McGuire and Mark Jane, will discuss the following:

*HIPAA assessments, training and updates for annual compliance mandates;

*General HIPAA compliance programs and the annual assessments and training attendant to an “effective” program;

*Risk of not complying with the HIPAA Compliance Program mandates;

*Discussion of recent cases involving HIPAA non-compliance;

*HIPAA requirements that you might not expect;

*Changes employers may want to make to their Business Associate Agreements regarding risk assessments; and,

*Discussion of recent IRS guidance on PPACA impacting health reimbursement arrangements, flexible credit plans, and opt-out cash programs

To register for the free webinar, visit www.butzel.com/events/. For more information or questions, contact Jonathan Spencer at (313) 983-6995 or spencer@butzel.com.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms.

Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

An Interview with David Maraniss

Portrait of David Maraniss by Lucian PerkinsPulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author and Detroit native David Maraniss will deliver a keynote address at the 2016 Detroit Policy Conference. Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, will share reflections from his best-selling book, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story.” 

The Detroiter magazine’s interviewed him recently prior to his appearance in Detroit.

Registration is still open for the Detroit Policy Conference.

(Note: portions of the interview, which will appear in the March Detroiter magazine, have been shortened or edited for clarity)

What has been the reaction from the rest of the country to the book?

Well that was interesting to me. There was a feeling that some people had that it would just be a regional book. But in fact, Detroit is much bigger than that. It represents a lot to the country and to the whole world. So I found a really strong positive reaction everywhere I went, from Los Angeles to Nashville to Chicago and New York. I was interviewed by German magazines and newspapers from other places. I think Detroit was moving from a symbol of ruin to a symbol of hope in some way and people were interested in that transformation.

How did writing it impact your overall view of Detroit?

The book takes place, most of it, more than 50 years ago. I saw a little bit that echoes of what’s going on today. I think that, for instance, race has always been the American dilemma and you can see it in Detroit then, and see it across the country the last couple of years.

Even though I was born in Detroit, I was only there the first seven years of my life. The whole process of writing this book deepened my affection for the place in ways I wasn’t even expecting. It sort of solidified the long, not forgotten, but almost buried feelings I had for Detroit.

There are no shortage of influential and great leaders as your book points out, and many of them were optimistic about the city. How is it that the fate of the city took such a starkly different path from that optimism in 1963?

Some of it was forces beyond Detroit’s control. The transformation of manufacturing jobs to the rest of the country and overseas. Some things, it could have controlled. The auto industry could have seen more clearly then how important the city of Detroit was to its own future and health, and not sort of abandon it emotionally and financially. The sort of block-busting of that era and the racial tensions, some of that was common to cities across the country. Some of the urban renewal of that era served counter and actually accelerated white flight and the abandonment of the city in many ways. And then some of it was just bad leadership over the next several decades.

Were the leaders unaware, oblivious, head in the sand, in denial?

Some of it was beyond their control, but rather than saying they had their head in the sand, I’d use the metaphor that they were blinded by their own success and they thought it would continue and only grow. They didn’t really see what was coming because they thought they were doing well. It is often hardest to see trouble ahead when you’re not in trouble in that moment. So, they thought the newer, better, revitalized Detroit was what was in the future, when actually it was just the opposite.

Today is another time of great optimism today. What are the key lessons for Detroit to take away from its past?

One is diversifying. In that sense, Detroit is much less reliant on one industry than it was in that era. I think another is, to the best that leadership can, (ensure) that no one is left behind. That means honoring the infrastructure that every human being deserves. I think that Flint is a bigger lesson than that right now than Detroit, although Detroit schools are going through some of those issues at this point. Those are very difficult, larger sociological problems, but nonetheless you can’t really say a city is booming or in a renaissance if there are still a majority of people who are suffering. That’s not to say that what’s going on in Detroit isn’t positive, because I think it is. And I think that people realize the need to connect the positive events that are happening downtown and midtown with the rest of the city, and I think that’s essential.

The book ends kind of questioning if Detroit can come back. What’s your assessment on Detroit’s progress in making a full comeback a reality?

As a journalist I am always skeptical but positive. That’s sort of where I’m at. I’m skeptical, but I think Detroit is making most of the right steps to make that possible. I think from the mayor on down there are a lot of people committed to trying to making that happen and understanding the issues that need to be dealt with.

There were so many iconic figures in the book, who did you find most compelling or fascinating?

Oh boy. (Laughs) I don’t think I would choose. Reverend Franklin was incredibly colorful. Walter Reuther was one of the under-recognized figures in 20th century American life. Berry Gordy and Motown is a fabulous story. I think those three probably caught me the most. Of course, Henry Ford is as colorful as Reverend Franklin in some ways.

You mentioned race as the great American dilemma and we’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of 1967 riots. As it approaches, you can expect talk about how to prevent something similar from happening again. What type of conversation does Detroit have to have around the 50th anniversary of 1967?

(To be clear) I don’t talk about it as giving advice. But I think talking about how to prevent it is the wrong way to look at it. In other words, that is a negative approach. It’s just wanting to stop something from happening, as opposed to thinking about why it happened, which is a different way of looking at. I think the answers are pretty obvious, but they are difficult to deal with. The only way to do it is with consistent hard work and a willingness of the entire community to see it as something worth doing, and that takes leadership.

David Maraniss will deliver a keynote at the 2016 Detroit Policy Conference. Register for the Conference now – spots are going fast!

Cyber Security Conference – Learn How To Protect Your Business!

From: Michigan Business Network

February 17, 2016

Chris catches up with Tammy Carnrike, Chief Operating Officer, at the Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit, MI. She is looking forward to a big upcoming event focused on cyber security. The Detroit Regional Chamber is hosting an event in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber, on March 10, 2016. It is an issue that has statewide business appeal – Cybersecurity Is a Team Sport. Learn how to protect your business. Join the Detroit Regional Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the 2016 Cybersecurity Conference on Thursday, March 10, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Detroit Golf Club.

The Conference is the first event of the year for the U.S. Chamber’s Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Campaign: Improving Today. Protecting Tomorrow. Cyber threats are increasing in frequency, scale and sophistication. Attendees will hear from top national and state experts from government, law enforcement and the private sector, who will cover topics to help navigate the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework, released by the White House. Experts will discuss best practices, provide tools and tips for strengthening cybersecurity programs, and explore ways for businesses to communicate cybersecurity practices with their supply chain partners.

For more information about this event, click here.

Brooks Kushman Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney Honored as a 2016 “Leader in the Law”

Brooks Kushman shareholder, John S. LeRoy, has been named a 2016 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. LeRoy will be recognized along with 30 other honorees including prominent counsel and judges at the 2016 Leaders in the Law award ceremony hosted by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 in Troy.

“We couldn’t be more proud of John for his recognition,” said Mark A. Cantor, president, Brooks Kushman. “This accomplishment is well deserved, as John is a valuable asset to the firm’s litigation department. His ability to mentor others and think outside of the box has allowed him to play a vital role in the firms’ overall growth.”

According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, this honor recognizes lawyers for: significant accomplishments or achievements in law practice; outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan; leadership in improving the justice system in Michigan; seeking improvements to the legal community and their communities at large; and setting an example for other lawyers.

LeRoy focuses his practice on software and electrical patent litigation. John has successfully tried patent cases in Federal Courts nationwide and has successfully handled appeals before Federal Circuit. John is also the chair of Brooks Kushman’s Open Source Compliance practice, where he advises companies on the effective use of open source software in their products and creates customized strategies to help them comply with various license terms. He has been at the forefront of this relatively novel and dynamic field, not only creating the firm’s practice but leading the industry through promoting education and awareness on the topic as well.

LeRoy holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Walsh College Earns Ranking as a Best Business School For Veterans For Third Consecutive Year in Annual Survey by The Military Times

For the third consecutive year, Walsh College is ranked as a “Best for Vets: Business School 2016” by The Military Times.
The annual survey focuses on veteran culture and curriculum, cost in the context of military and veteran benefits, overall veteran policies, and publicly available outcome measures. Walsh was one of 77 select institutions to receive the “Best for Vets” designation in 2016.
“Veterans and other military members bring unique perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints that enrich the classroom experience for everyone,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “This exceptional recognition from a highly respected, military-focused group affirms our emphasis on veterans’ business education needs.”
Best for Vets: Business Schools is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans. The Military Times organization – comprised of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times – analyzed graduate business schools’ complete offerings for veterans.
“The Military Times provides objective, honest recommendations to veterans and their families based on their best interests,” noted Patrick Forystek, veteran services coordinator, Walsh College. “Walsh is proud of its high level of service to our veterans and their families.”
In addition to other veteran-oriented programs, 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.

Walsh College also supports an on-campus Student Veteran Organization that provides veterans with community networking opportunities and outreach.

The “Best for Vets” rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of February 8, as well as on MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

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

Genpact Executive Jeff Schultz Joins QStride As Vice President of National Business Development

QStride, a leading technology solutions provider specializing in business intelligence, analytics and information technology (IT) consulting services, today announced that technology healthcare executive Jeff Schultz has joined the company as Vice President of National Business Development. QStride recently opened its new headquarters on the 16th floor of the landmark One Woodward Avenue building in downtown Detroit.

Schultz, after almost a decade with global IT leader Genpact, will be responsible for national business development activities including: client recruitment, operations, sales, business relations management, and leveraging QStride’s expertise in business intelligence, analytics and information technology consulting services to grow the healthcare practice of the business.

“We are building a strong team of A-players, focusing on the human side of information technology. Jeff’s background in sales, IT consulting, project based work, business administration and management is a perfect fit,” said Shane Gianino, CEO of QStride. “Jeff has an impressive track record of working with enterprise companies across the country such as Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. Our goal is to make these companies even more successful leveraging our business intelligence, analytics, and specialized IT consulting services. Jeff will play a crucial role in helping us establish ourselves as innovators in our field.”

Previously, Schultz served as Assistant Vice President, Business Development Healthcare at Genpact, a global company specializing in business process management and services. Genpact serves tens of thousands of clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, delivering growth, efficiency and business agility with annual revenues of $2.2 billion.

“Shane has a solid plan and vision for QStride’s future. We are excited to make significant investments and expand our operation in the midst of downtown Detroit’s technology-focused corridor,” Schultz said. “I’m thrilled to join this innovative and growing team and to be part of Detroit’s burgeoning IT sector.”

Schultz is a graduate of Central Michigan University where he studied business administration and was a member of the Men’s Varsity Soccer program. He is a “Friend” of the Michigan Ballet Theater and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

About QStride
QStride is a leading technology solutions provider serving mid-market and Fortune 500 companies with highly specialized information technology consulting and business intelligence solutions. Founded in 2012, QStride helps customers better leverage data to increase company metrics and overall business performance, resulting in better business analysis, profit margins, and a sustainable competitive advantage.

For more information about QStride, visit www.qstride.com or engage with us on Twitter @QStride and Facebook.

Butzel Long President Justin G. Klimko receives ACG Detroit Meritorious Service Award

Justin G. Klimko, President and Managing Shareholder, Butzel Long, received the Meritorious Service Award from the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit on February 9, 2016. Klimko is a Board Member and Secretary of ACG Detroit.

ACG is a global organization with 57 chapters and more than 14,500 members including professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services.

Klimko, based in the firm’s Detroit office, has extensive experience in securities regulation, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters, areas in which he has practiced since 1980. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for business law matters and is ranked as one of Michigan’s leading corporate and M&A lawyers.

He taught corporation law for five years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, frequently lectures and authors articles on business law subjects and has served as general editor of a treatise on Michigan Business Forms and as a contributing author for a treatise on Michigan contract law.

Klimko is a past chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He serves as Chair of the Section’s Corporate Laws Committee, which prepares amendments to Michigan corporate statutes for legislative approval to keep Michigan corporate law current with modern trends and developments.

He also is a member of the Legal Opinions Committee, the Negotiated Acquisitions Committee and the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association.

Klimko is included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America and enjoys an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating system. He is rated one of Michigan’s top Corporate/M&A attorneys by Chambers USA Guide of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers (Mergers and Acquisitions).

Klimko was the recipient of the 2009 Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award from the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and was named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Detroit for Corporate Governance Law, 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Detroit for Corporate Law, 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Detroit for Corporate Governance Law and 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Detroit for Mergers and Acquisition Law.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms.

Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Brooks Kushman Appoints Shareholder Linda Mettes as 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

Brooks Kushman Shareholder Linda Mettes has been selected to represent the firm as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2016 class of Fellows. This landmark program identifies, trains, and focuses on the development of the industry’s next generation of professional leaders.

The LCLD Fellows Program offers participants virtual and in-person training, peer-group projects and networking opportunities with LCLD’s top leadership and industry professionals alike.

“Brooks Kushman is proud to appoint a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow for a second year,” said President Mark Cantor. “Participation in the program not only promotes on-going development and leadership training for our shareholders’ professional growth, but enables our firm to gain insight on best practices and methods to achieve our firm’s diversity goals.”

Linda is a registered patent attorney and focuses on intellectual property litigation. She has handled cases in Federal courts across the country in a wide array of technologies including mechanical, electrical, chemical and pharmaceutical.

Linda has a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law where she graduated cum laude. She has been involved with mentoring and teaching during her entire career and is currently an adjunct professor at Michigan State University teaching patent litigation.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.