Walsh Welcomes Financial Services Leaders to College

Three women from Merrill Lynch who have achieved success in the financial services industry will share how others can bridge the gender gap and build a career in this competitive field during Walsh’s Conversation With Leaders event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

The event, open to the public, will be held in room 199 at the Troy location, 3838 Livernois Rd. Troy, MI 48083.

Merrill Lynch’s Laurie Bournias, first vice president, wealth management advisor; Nicole Morgia, vice president, client relationship manager; and Estrella (Star) Crawford, community relations manager with the company’s local markets organization, will speak at the event. The panel will be moderated by Nathan Marsden, managing director and market executive at Merrill Lynch.

“These three women are not just leaders in their field, but also role models for other women who are interested in building a career in the financial services industry,” says Walsh President & CEO Marsha Kelliher. “We are proud to welcome them to Walsh and share with our students and the community their experiences in the financial services industry.”

Bournias began her career at Merrill Lynch after earning a bachelor’s degree in finance from Walsh in 1992. As a first vice president, wealth management advisor, she assists clients with a net worth of $1 million or more. She holds certifications and designations including Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and FINRA and insurance licenses.

Morgia, a client relationship manager, joined Merrill Lynch in 2016 after holding positions as director of operations for MetLife and regional manager at Raymond James. She graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in English/communications.

Crawford, community relations manager at Merrill Lynch, is responsible for supporting the market president and leadership team revenue growth and brand in local markets. She joined Bank of America in 2004 as a relationship manager and has held a wide variety of roles including change consultant, quality team manager and senior business controls specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish from Morris Brown College.

There is no cost to attend the Conversation With Leaders forum. For more information and to register, visit info.walshcollege.edu/cwl/.

About Walsh

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Dickinson Wright Names Michael C. Hammer as CEO

DETROIT, Mich., October 30, 2018 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael C. Hammer has been elected as the Firm’s next Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Hammer will succeed William T. Burgess, who has served as the Firm’s CEO for the past nine years. Upon the conclusion of his term of office, Mr. Burgess will resume his practice in the areas of banking, finance, and restructuring.

“Dickinson Wright is fortunate to have a leader with Mike’s breadth of knowledge, energy, and vision,” Mr. Burgess said. “Mike is committed, first and foremost, to excellence in client service and providing exceptional value to every client of the Firm and the corresponding expansion of our business opportunities, prosperity, and national reputation.”

Michael Hammer has served as Deputy CEO for the past 10 years and is a 30-year veteran of the Firm.

“I am honored and excited to accept the position of CEO and to continue building on the many successes Dickinson Wright has experienced in recent years,” Mr. Hammer said. “It’s a privilege to have the support and confidence of the Firm, and I look forward to continuing our Firm’s expansion in existing and additional markets. We will leverage our technological advantage, excellent client service, business acumen, and expertise in our clients’ industries to build on the Firm’s profitable growth. As one of the fastest-growing Am Law 200 firms of the past five years, it is important that we continue to build client relationships that exceed expectations and become even a more diverse and inclusive work force”

As Deputy CEO, Mr. Hammer oversaw the firm’s lateral recruitment efforts and office expansion efforts. Under his guidance, the Firm hired more than 250 laterals partners and opened 13 offices around the country, including in Texas, California, and Florida. Through these efforts, he strengthened and broaden the firm’s offerings to its clients. According to American Lawyer, Dickinson Wright is one of the fastest-growing Am Law 200 law firms of the past five years. Mr. Hammer also oversaw the firm’s accounting and finance departments, gaining knowledge in the day-to-day management and operations of the firm.

Mr. Hammer is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Ann Arbor, Mich. office. His clients rely on him to provide sound business advice across a broad range of legal areas, including outside general counsel services, contract negotiations and commercial disputes, financial restructurings, bankruptcy, distressed acquisitions and sales, and wealth-protection solutions. Mr. Hammer is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness Top Lawyers. He was named a “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2018.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Dennis W. Archer Jr. is the CEO of Ignition Media Group and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services (ACS). Archer is the majority owner of Central Kitchen + Bar, named as one of Detroit’s “2016 top new restaurants of the year” by the Detroit Free Press.

Leveraging his background in marketing and advertising, Archer has created a portfolio of companies, each creating niches for themselves. Ignition Media Group, a leading integrated marketing agency, has significantly grown its leadership team in the last decade, carrying a large network of local contacts in the media, business, political and philanthropic communities. Under his leadership, ACS has also grown into one of the nation’s leading marketing fulfillment services firms, under his leadership, serving clients such as General Motors Co., Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Michelin.

Archer serves on a number of civic and philanthropic boards and foundations, including the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Laura Appel

Laura Appel is senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA). In her current role, she focuses on health care policy, hospital finance, legislation, and governance. She also leads the MHA Innovation Council.

At the federal level, she represents the interests of Michigan hospitals and health systems in both the legislative and regulatory arenas on key issues, including federal healthcare reform and Medicare. She served as vice president of federal policy and advocacy, executive director of the MHA Health Reform Resource Center, and senior vice president of strategic initiatives.

Before joining the MHA, Appel started her career as a policy analyst at the Michigan Insurance Bureau (now the Department of Insurance and Financial Services) before moving to the Democratic policy staff of the Michigan House of Representatives. She currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Citizens Research Council, the board of the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and the executive committee for the Coalition to Protect Auto No-Fault based.

Appel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She recently received an MBA certificate in design and innovation from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jim Ananich

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich serves the 27th District in the Michigan Senate.

During his tenure in the legislature, Ananich has been at the forefront of addressing the Flint Water Crisis. He continues to push for answers and champion long-term solutions to the critical infrastructure, health, and economic needs the community now faces. Ananich led efforts to help create good-paying jobs, improve workforce development, prevent scrap metal theft and keep unused prescription drugs off the streets.

Prior to his inaugural term in the Senate, Ananich represented portions of Flint and Genesee County for one full term and one partial term in the Michigan House of Representatives. He also served four years on the Flint City Council, including one year as its president. He is a former civics and government teacher at Carman-Ainsworth and Flint Community Schools and worked as an education coordinator for Priority Children.

Ananich earned a bachelor’s degree in political economics from Michigan State University, as well as a secondary education certificate in social studies. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.

He lives in Flint with his wife, Andrea, and son, and Jacob.

Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen is the president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing, and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and increase opportunities for its people, particularly its children, who live in under-resourced communities.

Before joining The Skillman Foundation in 2004, Allen worked as a program officer for both the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Thompson-McCully Foundation. She founded Detroit Parent Network and led the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Rebuilding Communities Initiative in Detroit.

Allen has been instrumental in many successful philanthropic, government, and community initiatives, including the 10-year and $120-million Good Neighborhoods Initiative, the creation and expansion of Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, co-chairing the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, and serving as chair for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and co-chair for My Brother’s Keeper Detroit and Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.

She serves on numerous boards including Oakland University, Council on Foundations, Council of Michigan Foundations, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degrees in social work and public health, all from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

She’s married to husband, Louis, and has three daughters, Phylicia, Brianna, and Alanna.

Rick Albin

Rick Albin, Political Reporter, WOOD TVRick Albin is the political reporter for WOOD TV. He has been associated with WOOD TV since the mid-1990s. Albin is also the host of “To The Point,” a show that examines issues and elections that impact the state and the nation. It airs every Sunday morning on WOOD TV8.

Albin has been in broadcasting since he began working at his hometown radio station while in high school. He has covered politics on the radio and on television in five states and has interviewed every U.S. president since Gerald Ford. Albin has participated in numerous candidate debates, including primary and general election debates during the 2018 gubernatorial race.

Albin and his wife Dee and sons, Grady and Grant, live in Ada, Michigan.

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams is the founder and chair of Fair Fight Action, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring free and fair voting practices in the state of Georgia. She was also the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia.

After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia. She won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States.

Over the course of her career, she has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, and a current member of the board of directors for the Center for American Progress.

Candidate Spotlight: Crawford Fights for Jobs, Will Continue Michigan’s Comeback

Rep. Kathy Crawford (R-Novi) is the incumbent candidate running for re-election in the Michigan House of Representatives’ District 38 in Oakland County. Prior to her work in the state Legislature, Crawford served on the Novi City Council and Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Her husband Hugh is an Oakland County commissioner and former state representative.

Crawford serves on a multitude of volunteer committees and boards in Oakland County, as well as serving as the vice chair of the Local Government Committee in the state House. Crawford also serves on the Education Reform, Regulatory Reform, and Workforce and Talent Development committees.

During her time in the Legislature, Crawford fought to improve Michigan’s business climate through infrastructure, education spending and economic development. She has supported using existing tax dollars from the general fund for road construction and repair.

Crawford fought for the highest funding for K-12 education in state history and has worked to remove burdensome government regulations to encourage job growth and creation in Michigan, helping to create 420,000 jobs in the last four years.

View the complete list of Chamber PAC-endorsed candidates for the Nov. 6 election.

Candidate Spotlight: Road Funding, Education Reform Top Priorities for Knollenberg and Tietz

As a three-time “Legislator of the Year” recipient, state Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) is a proven leader whose willingness to reach across the aisle has helped position Michigan for a bright future. Knollenberg is running for re-election in Senate District 13.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Knollenberg served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 41st District. As a small business owner from Oakland County, Knollenberg has authored 29 bipartisan bills on issues such as sexual assault, school safety, opioids, and automotive insurance rates.

Knollenberg is also a strong advocate for Michigan’s roads, voting to increase road funding by more than $2 billion. As vice chair of the Senate Education Committee and chair of the Michigan Merit Curriculum Subcommittee, Knollenberg has also put a strong focus on education, advocating for more customized curriculum for students and greater flexibility for educators.

Knollenberg has helped increase education funding by $2.8 billion a year, secured $340 million to make sure students are career ready, and pushed for increased tech training in schools.

Doug Tietz, a former small business owner, knows firsthand the importance of reducing government oversite and increasing transparency. An Oakland County commissioner and former Troy City Council member, Tietz has fought the growing reach of government, spearheading efforts to fight government waste, increase transparency and cut taxes.

Tietz is the Republican candidate running for the 41st District in the Michigan House of Representatives. His top priorities include finding long-term solutions to Michigan’s roads and infrastructure as well as fixing the state’s automotive insurance system.

Tietz will prioritize education funding for all students and provide teachers with the tools they need. Tietz also hopes to make Michigan a national leader in vocational and technology training so that every student is career ready.

View the complete list of Chamber PAC-endorsed candidates for the Nov. 6 election.