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Detroit Experience Factory to kick off 4th annual DXF Challenge, encouraging patronage of small businesses

The Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) wants to give you new dinner plans. On August 1, DXF is launching the fourth annual DXF Challenge to inspire locals and visitors alike to experience some of the 694 bars, restaurants and cafes from​ DXF’s Bar & Restaurant Checklists​. Over the course of three months, participants will compete to win prizes while visiting some of these Detroit culinary destinations.

DXF will be hosting a Detroit birthday party at their 123 Monroe St. Welcome Center on Monday, July 24 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., in honor of the city’s 316th anniversary – this will also serve as the DXF Challenge launch event. Tania Mackey, a past Challenge grand prize winner, visited 210 bars and restaurants on the checklists during the 90-day timeframe. “It was great to learn about so many small businesses that you wouldn’t really know about unless you take the time to explore. I took my son almost everywhere with me – it can be really kid friendly,” Mackey said. “I’m a lifelong Detroiter but there’s a lot of places I’ve never been. This was a great opportunity to explore home.”

The DXF Challenge is simple: the individual who visits the most places between August 1 and October 31, 2017 will win the Ultimate Detroit Experience Package, valued at over $1,000. Random winners will also be selected for prizes throughout the Challenge – even a participant who visits one destination can be a winner. Participants just have to post a photo on Instagram of themselves and their purchase and include the hashtag, #DXFChallenge. For more details and registration, visit ​www.detroitexperiencefactory.org/challenge​.

To help people learn about spots they might not already be familiar with across the city, DXF has expanded their summer tour schedule to offer 26 different tours including free neighborhood walking tours, monthly bar tours and more. See the full list of tours at ​www.detroitexperiencefactory.org/tours​.

As an affiliate of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Experience Factory uses interactive experiences and innovative resources to help newcomers and locals get more connected to the people, places and projects in Detroit. It operates Detroit’s community based Welcome Center at 123 Monroe and has taken over 90,000 people on tours since it started in 2006. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is a nonprofit that strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. DDP convenes business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant, resilient urban core for Detroit and the surrounding community.

Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA firm for women

Accounting MOVE Project names Rehmann Best CPA firm for women
Embracing diversity means creating a workplace where people of all backgrounds feel included and valued. Rehmann is committed to supporting opportunities that foster diversity and gender equality. As a result, Rehmann has been named to the Accounting MOVE Project’s “Best Public Accounting Firms for Women” for the fifth consecutive year.
The list, released by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, recognizes firms that provide:
• Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women
• Proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women
• Evidence that the firm’s advancement of women is intrinsic to its growth and succession goals
The 2017 MOVE Project theme, “Pipeline to Finish Line: Powering Women to the Partner/Principal Level,” discussed specific strategies and programs that will advance women leadership.
In addition to having two robust leadership development programs that pair sponsors with pro

tégés — allowing for development at both the individual and firm levels — Rehmann ranked 4 percent above average in the Accounting MOVE Project’s 2017 survey of the number of women partners, principals and management committee members at participating accounting firms.
Rehmann also has a dedicated Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) that focuses on the development of female associates and women’s career advocacy across the Firm to ensure a strong progression of women leaders.
“We are honored to be included among the best accounting firms for women for the fifth time in a row,” said Katie Strehler, Rehmann chief human resources officer.” Equal opportunity and advancement are fundamental to Rehmann’s culture and we’ll continue to drive that same principle.”
For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit Rehmann.com/careers.
About the MOVE Project
The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success: M – Money: fair pay practices; O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development; V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers; E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

Highgate’s Stephen Polk to Lead Chamber Board, New Directors Announced

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced the election of Highgate President and CEO Stephen Polk as chairman of its Board of Directors for the 2017-18 term. Polk, who chaired the highly successful 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, succeeds Archer Corporate Services President Dennis Archer Jr., whose one-year term as board chairman came to an end.

“My vision for this year is to push forward,” Polk said. “I plan to continue the momentum of this year’s Conference pillars of restoring civility in American politics, winning the race in connected technology, and increasing economic opportunity.”

With the announcement, PwC Greater Michigan Market Managing Partner and U.S. Automotive Leader Ramesh “Ray” Telang becomes the Chamber’s first vice chairman who will chair the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, which will be held from Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1.

In addition to announcing the new board chair, the Chamber welcomed 12 new board directors, including:

  • Chris Brochert, Partner, Lormax Stern Development Co.
  • Dean Brody, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Michael Brosseau, President, Brose North America Inc.
  • Jeff Davidman, Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines
  • Brian Demkowicz, Managing Partner, Huron Capital Partners LLC
  • Alessandro DiNello, President and CEO, Flagstar Bank
  • Anthony Frabotta, Managing Director, UHY LLP
  • Wright Lassiter III, President, Henry Ford Health System
  • Trevor Lauer, President and CEO, DTE Electric, DTE Energy
  • Leon Richardson, President and CEO, Chemico Systems Inc.
  • David Segura, CEO, VisionIT
  • Chris Thomas, Founder and Partner, Fontinalis Partners LLC

In recognizing the new directors Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said: “We are incredibly grateful for you volunteering your valuable time. You are all leaders working nationally and internationally and the fact that you would spend some time with us, we are very honored by that.”

Archer will remain a member of the board as immediate past chair and serve on the Executive Committee.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

Chamber Welcomes New Board Members, Stephen Polk Named Board Chair

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced the election of Highgate President and CEO Stephen Polk as chairman of its Board of Directors for the 2017-18 term. Polk, who chaired the highly successful 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, succeeds Archer Corporate Services President Dennis Archer Jr., whose one-year term as board chairman came to an end.

“My vision for this year is to push forward,” Polk said. “I plan to continue the momentum of this year’s Conference pillars of restoring civility in American politics, winning the race in connected technology, and increasing economic opportunity.”

In addition to announcing the new chair, the Chamber welcomed 12 new executives to its Board of Directors. The new board members, representing the region and a variety of industries, include:

  • Chris Brochert, Partner, Lormax Stern Development Co.
  • Dean Brody, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Michael Brosseau, President, Brose North America Inc.
  • Jeff Davidman, Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines
  • Brian Demkowicz, Managing Partner, Huron Capital Partners LLC
  • Alessandro DiNello, President and CEO, Flagstar Bank
  • Anthony Frabotta, Managing Director, UHY LLP
  • Wright Lassiter III, President, Henry Ford Health System
  • Trevor Lauer, President and CEO, DTE Electric, DTE Energy
  • Leon Richardson, President and CEO, Chemico Systems Inc.
  • David Segura, CEO, VisionIT
  • Chris Thomas, Founder and Partner, Fontinalis Partners LLC

In recognizing the new directors, Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said: “We are incredibly grateful for you volunteering your valuable time. You are all leaders working nationally and internationally and the fact that you would spend some time with us, we are very honored by that.”

The Chamber also made a special presentation to honor Archer for his work as board chairman.

“Dennis made us a better organization. Our culture of diversity and inclusion was impacted by his leadership this past year,” Baruah said.

Archer will remain a member of the board as immediate past chair and will serve on the Executive Committee.

The staff also recognized the service of the outgoing directors including: Stephanie Bergeron, president of Walsh College; Phil Cooley, co-owner of Slows Bar BQ; George Johnson, managing director of George Johnson & Company; Steven Kurmas, vice chairman of DTE Energy; Nigel Thompson, advisor to the CEO for Yazaki North America Inc.; and David Zilko, CEO of Fuel Leadership LLC.

View the full list of board members here.

Ninth Annual Escape to Belle Isle run raises $45,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

 

Babies in strollers, families, teens, young adults, middle-aged men and women, and people in their 70s totaling about 800 gathered on Belle Isle on July 15 for the 9th annual Escape to Belle Isle race/walk, which netted $45,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.

The race course started and ended at the Belle Isle Casino, with a gorgeous view of Scott Fountain, the Detroit River and the Detroit skyline. The top male (and overall) winner of the 10K was Aaron McLemore at 38:50; Erin Webster was the winning female at 41:42. For the 5K race, the top male (and overall) winner was Kyle Johnson at 16:26; Allison Lucas led the female category at 20:25.

Race organizer Jenna Greenman, of West Bloomfield, served as master of ceremonies and cheered on the runners as they crossed the finish line. Her husband Milt Greenman led the volunteers and set up the course.

Jenna said, “It’s great to see so many people attend – runners, walkers, families. We even allow people to run with their dogs. People like the uniqueness of this race and keep coming back. One female runner comes from Ohio every year and explores the city after the race. Another runner, Ronald Ramirez, runs the race and his six grandkids do the fun run.”

This year, the race enveloped the GOah Noah race – an annual fall run/walk held in Shelby Township, which has benefitted the House for the past eight years. The namesake of the GOah Noah race, Noah Wexler, was there to cheer on the racers. His family, mother Renee Sulllivan and dad Bob Wexler, stayed at the Ronald McDonald House when he was being treated for a rare brain tumor at age 9. He has since made a strong recovery.

“We had a fantastic turnout this year,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “The money raised at this race helps fund operations. We provide families with a bedroom and private bathroom and access to a vast kitchen, a beautiful garden, and much more. We offer a house full of love and support when families need it most.”

Other fun activities that made the race unique included portraits by sketch artist Darryl Swift, a Magic Mirror photo booth, and music by D.J. Michael Karach, which matched the crowd’s high energy level. New this year was a spring warm-up run in April on the Belle Isle course, open to registered runners.

“We could not put on a successful race without the dedication of our loyal friends and colleagues, and the awesome staff and connections of the Ronald McDonald House,” Jenna added. She is president-elect of the board of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, which has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, Absopure and Running Fit were lead sponsors of the race. Other companies and organizations sent volunteers, including Kohl’s, La-Z-Boy and the Michigan Association of CPAs (MICPA).

Crestmark Closes 12 Transactions Totaling More Than $8 Million in the First Half of July

Crestmark secured a total of $8,241,431 in financial solutions for 12 new clients in the first half of July.

  • A $150,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 3 to a startup freight brokerage in Alabama. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 5, a $450,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a trucking company in Colorado. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,500,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 7 to a startup trucking company in Texas. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 7, a $141,431 term loan facility was provided to a trucking company in Virginia. The financing will be used for capital equipment.
  • A $150,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 7 to a startup trucking brokerage in Illinois. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 7, a $250,000 traditional factoring facility was provided to a wholesaler of women’s fashion jewelry in Texas. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,000,000 new lease transaction was completed on July 11 with a telecommunications company in the northeastern U.S. The financing will be used for technology equipment.
  • On July 12, a $500,000 ledgered line of credit facility was provided to a temporary staffing agency in Michigan. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $100,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 12 to a startup trucking company in Pennsylvania. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 12, a $1,500,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a trucking company in California. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,000,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on July 14 to a startup trucking company in Missouri. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On July 14, a $1,500,000 new lease transaction was completed with a technology services company in the eastern U.S. The financing will be used for technology equipment.

Crestmark is an FDIC-insured bank that provides innovative financial solutions for businesses nationwide. Financing solutions include asset-based lending, accounts receivable financing, lines of credit, term loans, factoring, machinery/equipment financing and equipment leasing. Crestmark has extensive experience in helping many industries including transportation, manufacturing, staffing, petrochemical, government contractors, apparel/footwear/furniture distribution/manufacturing, hospitality/hotels, insurance agencies, and technology hardware/software. Headquartered in Michigan, with additional offices in California, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, and Illinois; and representatives nationwide.  www.crestmark.com

 

Business Management Consulting Firm Slalom to Open Detroit Office

Slalom is continuing the movement in Detroit by moving right in the heart of the city after announcing the opening of its doors on October 3rd. On June 5th Slalom began to call the First National Building home. Located on the 19th floor you will find unique culture pieces and even graffiti done by local artist Fel3000ft. The layout and design resonates with Slalom’s core values, which you’ll find on the walls of every collaborative space. This is a reminder to Slalom employees that they are encouraged to be their authentic selves. Slalom’s goal has been to focus on Detroit and stay committed to its people, clients, and the community.

Slaloms story extends in 25 markets with Detroit being its newest story. Slalom is a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps companies solve business problems and build for the future. Slalom is here to help local companies produce innovative solutions with top talent in each industry. Detroit’s market already has clients in industries that span across healthcare, automotive, financial services, high tech and professional services.

Slalom’s onshore delivery model is a key differentiator when it comes to consulting. Hire locally, deliver locally. This innovative model is attracting talent near and far to make Detroit their home. “After having traveled and worked all over the globe helping companies, I’m excited about building a team that could help create hundreds of Detroit jobs—right here,” said General Manager David Rouls.

“I was born and raised here, have always had my home here. I love Detroit,” said Rouls. Rouls along with Sales Director, Michael French, sit on boards of two charitable Detroit organizations, THAW and The Mariners Inn. Slalom’s commitment to the city is outlined in its core values and is a huge reason why people come to Slalom to start a career.

With a final note, Rouls said, “Detroit is in the middle of a renaissance in every sense of the word, and we’re launching Slalom Detroit right in the middle of that. How perfect is it that we, Slalom, get to be a part of this?” Looking ahead, Slalom is excited to be in the middle of the renaissance, watching the comeback of Detroit unfold.

About Slalom – Slalom is a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps companies solve business problems and build for the future, with solutions spanning business advisory, customer experience, technology, and analytics. We partner with companies to push the boundaries of what’s possible—together. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, WA, Slalom has organically grown to over 4,500 employees. We were named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016 and are regularly recognized by our employees as a best place to work. You can find us in 25 cities across the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Learn more at slalom.com.

Chamber President: Globalization Vital to Business but More Work Needed to Protect Growing Middle Class

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah joined a panel of world leaders to discuss the impact of globalization and economic inequality during the 2017 International Economic Forum of the Americas in June in Montreal. The panel included: Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; Rebeca Grynspan, secretary-general of Ibero-American Secretariat; and Rifat Hisarcıklıoǧlu, president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. Panelists shared insight on how to preserve the benefits of open economies worldwide while still promoting a healthy middle class. Panelists also discussed the importance of collaborative policies and institutions that support individuals who aspire to become part of the middle class.

Watch the session here.

OCC Names Interim Vice Chancellor Administrative Services

Oakland Community College (OCC) is pleased to announce former director of finance and investments at Macomb Community College, Bobbie Remias, CPA, will join OCC as interim vice chancellor for administrative services, effective July 17. Remias assumes the duties formerly held by OCC’s Interim Chancellor, Peter Provenzano, Jr.

Remias is a certified public accountant with a strong finance background. She started at Macomb Community College in 2003 as director of financial services and promoted to director of finance and investments in 2010. Her responsibilities included managing college and Foundation treasury management functions and investment portfolios; overseeing the Financial Services and the Financial Aid departments; and, periodically serving as adjunct faculty for traditional and online accounting courses.

“I am thrilled to have Bobbie serve in this interim role; she is a great addition to our team.” Provenzano said. “Her unique skillset which includes financial leadership and teaching in the higher education sector will benefit OCC’s administrative operations. Bobbie will seamlessly continue our emphasis on fiscal accountability and enhancing student success.”

Remias, a Shelby Township resident, has over 30 years of progressive finance and accounting experience in higher education, K-12, manufacturing, and the service industries, including work at accounting firm, Plante Moran.

“It is an honor to be joining the team at Oakland Community College,” said Remias. “I truly believe in the mission and value of community colleges and look forward to working together to strategically prepare and help lead OCC into the future.”

She holds a master’s degree in professional accountancy from Walsh College and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Remias is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Community College Business Officials Association (MCCBOA) and an active participant in higher education leadership.

About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve. More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.
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