Michigan Mobility Institute and Wayne State University Announce Development of Advanced Mobility Curriculum

The Michigan Mobility Institute today announced Wayne State University’s College of Engineering as its inaugural education partner to develop the world’s first advanced mobility educational curriculum. Over the coming months, the organizations will begin development of programming that will power new mobility careers in Detroit and around the globe.

“We’ve always envisioned that partnerships would be the best way to deliver on the Institute’s mission,” said Jessica Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Mobility Institute. “In bringing industry and academia together, we can accelerate workforce development, upskilling programs, and post-secondary degrees. From our first meeting, it was immediately clear that Dean Fotouhi thought differently about how to meet students’ needs for technology-based careers. We’ve been thrilled to get to know some of his professors and students and see strong alignment with our vision of a multi-disciplinary approach.”

In January, the Boston Consulting Group and the Detroit Mobility Lab, the Institute’s sister organization, found that the national demand for engineering graduates with required skills for mobility careers could be up to six times greater than expected supply. Autonomous driving, connectivity, and electrification will help create more than 100,000 industry jobs in the next decade, including up to 30,000 jobs for engineers with degrees based in computer-related subjects.

“I could not be more excited to partner with the Michigan Mobility Institute,” said Farshad Fotouhi, the Dean of the Wayne State College of Engineering and Computer Science Professor. “Together we are poised to create something very special as we embark on a shared mission to create the premiere institution focused on educating the mobility engineer of the future.” The College of Engineering today offers a graduate certificate in cyber-physical systems, a program in electric-drive vehicle engineering, and a newly developed M.S. in Data Science and Business Analytics.

“The College of Engineering is one of Wayne State University’s many outstanding schools and colleges. The Michigan Mobility Institute represents an ideal partner for the outstanding faculty and students in the college to contribute to the future of mobility for the city, the state, and the nation,” added Keith Whitfield, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Collaboration with Wayne State represents the chance to bring mobility education to a diverse learning and business community and build a world-leading institute in the City of Detroit. Wayne State’s Midtown campus is directly accessible by transit from Detroit neighborhoods and has quick access to numerous employer sites throughout Southeast Michigan. It is one of only six public universities in the U.S. to have received the highest Carnegie Foundation ratings for both research intensiveness and community engagement.

“For the past 100 years, Detroit has been a home for mobility innovation. This partnership holds tremendous promise to extend our region’s dominance on this front into the 21st century and beyond,” said Kim Trent, Chair of the Wayne State Board of Governors. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that the futurists behind the Detroit Mobility Lab and the Michigan Mobility Institute have chosen Wayne State as their partner. This Institute will make our university a world leading center for cutting-edge thinking and leadership for this critically important emerging sector.”

Commenting on the development of the Michigan Mobility Institute, Chris Thomas, President and Co-Founder of the Detroit Mobility Lab added, “We’ve come so far in less than a year since the initial announcement of our effort to understand mobility talent needs in Detroit and around the globe. The interest and engagement we’re seeing from employers and educators domestically and internationally strongly validates there is a shared understanding of the urgency of coming together. Now is the time for leadership, and we feel privileged to be at the forefront of equipping the mobility engineer of the future with the tools to build and win.”

Member of the Month: Emagine Entertainment Inc. Offers New Programs to Upskill Regional Talent

Editor’s note: The Member of the Month highlights a Detroit Regional Chamber member company working to grow the regional economy through innovative leadership and programs or support of policies that benefit the business community at large.

Emagine Entertainment Inc. was named the Chamber’s member of the month for May 2019 because of their long history as cheerleaders of Michigan. Emagine hires, trains, and retains talent in the state and plays a key role in Detroit’s continued development.

Emagine’s first theater opened in Birch Run in 1997. The company has since expanded to 20 locations across Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota. Their ability to bring jobs to the region was recently recognized when Chief People Officer, Shelby Langenstein, was recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business’s 2019 20 in Their 20s for her efforts to create jobs that attract young talent to the company.

Langenstein is currently working to develop a certification program for theater managers, showing Emagine’s investment in upskilling employees.

“People leave people, not jobs,” Langenstein said. “If I hire people to just scoop popcorn, that’s not fulfilling. I want to provide an experience and make an impression on our people that they can do work they enjoy. That’s what’s going to retain employees.”

In February 2018, Emagine Entertainment Inc. and Big Sean announced their joint venture agreement to develop Sean Anderson Theatre, powered by Emagine, a cinematic and live music entertainment center in Detroit. This announcement is expected to bring even more jobs to those living in Southeast Michigan and highlights the company’s commitment to the region. The new partnership is actively scouting prospective sites with the goal of opening in Detroit in 2020.

Clayton & McKervey shareholder to present an alternate solution to revenue and lease accounting standards at 2019 AICPA Engage

Southfield, Mich.—May 21, 2019—Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping growth-driven companies compete in the global marketplace, announced that shareholder Julie Killian, CPA, is part of a panel that will present on the advantages of implementing a financial reporting option for smaller businesses at the 2019 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Engage conference. The professional development event for accounting and finance professionals takes place June 9–13 in Las Vegas.

Along with Killian, session speakers Mike Brand Johnson, a partner at Feigley, Newton & Brand, LLP, and Robert Durak, Director of Audit & Accounting Technical Services for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, will discuss how accountants can help many private, small- and medium-sized businesses to avoid the difficulties that stem from the new revenue and lease accounting standards. Their presentation, “Does Your Client Have to Adopt the Revenue and Lease Standards? An Alternative Solution,” will take place on June 10 at 3:45 p.m.–4:35 p.m. and cover key topics including:

1) The fundamental principles of the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs)
2) How the FRF for SMEs differs from other accounting frameworks
3) How to transition financial statements to the FRF for SMEs

In October 2018, Killian was appointed to the Technical Issues Committee (TIC) of AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS). This national committee is made up of CPA practitioner volunteers who work to represent the views of local firms and their clients in the standards-setting process. TIC monitors the activities of the various standard setting boards including the FASB, GASB and ASB, as well as other AICPA senior committees, and submits comments and recommendations to the standard setters as the collective voice of small and medium-sized firms, as needed. Earlier this month, TIC sent a letter to FASB to request a one-year delay on implementation of a new lease standard, citing an overload of new accounting standards for private companies that are all effective within a similar time frame. The letter was picked up by numerous accounting and business publications including the Wall Street Journal and is currently under consideration by FASB.

Killian was named a shareholder at Clayton & McKervey in July 2018, and leads the firm’s Assurance practice. She works with owners, CFOs and controllers of closely-held companies with operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Mexico and is focused on the technical and compliance aspects of reporting, including audits and reviews of corporate financial statements, audits of employee benefit plans, and reviews of internal controls and performance reporting. Additional areas of expertise include U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), AICPA Financial Reporting Framework for Small and Mid-sized Entities (FRF-SME) and the updated revenue recognition standard released by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 2015. Killian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University and IFRS certification from the American Institute of Public Accountants.

About AICPA
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 431,000 members, and has a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. Its mission is to drive a dynamic accounting profession ready to meet the demands of a constantly changing, disruptive world—providing the tools, resources and intelligence needed to clarify complexity, anticipate risk and create opportunity.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

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Former Executive Director of State of Michigan’s Office of Performance and Transformation named CEO of Michigan Israel Business Accelerator; Scott W. Hiipakka will build on MIBA successes and expand startupMICHIGAN.tech’s footprint

DETROIT, Mich. – Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA), which elevates the scope and scale of the Michigan-Israel economic relationship, has appointed Scott W. Hiipakka as Chief Executive Officer.

For the past three years, Hiipakka has held several key positions with the State of Michigan. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the State of Michigan’s Office of Performance and Transformation, where he provided leadership and direction to five departments. Previously, he was the Program Management Director for the Executive Office of the Governor. He also was a Senior Strategic Planner and Advisor with the State of Michigan.

Hiipakka will build on MIBA successes and expand the startupMICHIGAN.tech footprint, an innovative free web platform connecting startups, hubs and funders, which officially launches on May 20, 2019.

MIBA, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) backed organization, supports the growth of bi-lateral Michigan–Israeli economic and business relationships. MIBA serves as the primary catalyst to leverage the highest value from such relationships by functioning as the central repository of economic and business connection between Michigan and Israel.

“MIBA is a conduit for growing Michigan’s ecosystem,” said Hiipakka. “startupMICHIGAN.tech is an exciting new web platform, managed by MIBA, that has enormous potential moving forward.”

Mark Davidoff, Chairman of MIBA Board said, “Scott is a proven leader. With his vision and passion for moving Michigan forward, MIBA will be positioned for continued and sustainable growth and impact.”

Hiipakka, a resident of Milford, has more than 20 years of operational expertise, business development and program-management experience. Notably, Hiipakka is a Michigan Army National Guard Colonel and currently supervises more than 2,650 people. He has held multiple command and staff positions with service in conventional and special operations forces as well as in the Michigan National Guard.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising, Distinguished Military Graduate from Michigan State University. Hiipakka received a Master’s degree in Professional Studies–Homeland Security from Penn State University. He earned his Master in Strategic Studies degree as an Honors Graduate at the United States Army War College.

Hiipakka is a Commissioner, Michigan Community Service Commission-Gubernatorial Appointment. He also is a director on the board of Leadership Oakland. He is a Founder of Together We Can (Annual Food Drive) Leadership Oakland.

He has received several awards and tributes including the 2018 State of Michigan Governor’s Tribute for Service; the 2016 Leader of Leaders Award, Leadership Oakland; 2014 The Legacy Award, Winning Futures; and, 2013 Rare Everyday Hero Award, Winning Futures.

About Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA)

MIBA elevates the scope and scale of the Michigan Israel economic relationship, targeting the convergence of technology, industry and research in such sectors as advance manufacturing, mobility, cyber, defense, water, health and life science and agriculture. For more information, visit www.michiganisrael.com3.

Walsh Student Collects 700 Books for Detroit School

TROY, Mich., May 20, 2019 — Walsh student Marissa Campo has been named a Literacy Heroine by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter for launching a book drive that collected more than 700 books for Westside Christian Academy in Detroit. Recognition is given to AWC members who have contributed to the success of the chapter’s Driving Literacy in the D initiative. Awards will be presented at an AWC networking celebration in June.

Campo launched the book drive at Walsh during National Reading Month in March and was overwhelmed by the response from Walsh students and staff and employees from area businesses including Alps Electric, Inc., Level One Bank and Materialise.

“Driving Literacy in the D was a great way for Walsh students to get involved with and give back to our community,” said Campo. “I hope our donation inspires students to foster a love of reading and dream big dreams for their future.”

“Marissa’s enthusiasm for this project was contagious and it was evident very early that she was going to exceed her original goal,” said Julie Battani, Student Life Coordinator at Walsh. “It was fulfilling to deliver the books to Westside Christian Academy and see Marissa interact with students who will benefit from her partnership with AWC’s Driving Literacy in the D.”

Campo is pursuing a bachelor of business administration in marketing, works as an intern in Walsh’s marketing department and serves as president of the Walsh Marketing Association student organization.

For information about Walsh programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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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, offering classes in several locations 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).

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Core Principles on Auto Insurance Reform

With auto insurance debates heating up in Lansing, the Detroit Regional Chamber is highly involved in the discussions working with bipartisan legislators and the governor’s office. The Chamber membership and Board are united in the recognition that the high cost of auto insurance is a critical issue that impacts our state’s economic development, talent attraction, and citizen well-being, and must be addressed.

The Chamber is eager to support legislation that meets the following criteria:

  • Result in a statewide and quantifiable reduction in auto insurance rates.
  • Recognize that rate reduction must be even greater in urban areas. Even a 20% reduction in urban areas leaves auto insurance unaffordable for low-income residents.
  • Reduce the number of uninsured drivers through rate reduction and increased mobility options for low-income residents.
  • Maintain Michigan’s high-quality health care delivery system.
  • Reduce insurance related fraud.

Detroit Regional Chamber Reform Vision

Auto insurance is a statewide issue that demands to be addressed. While our membership does not have a consensus view regarding detailed solutions, the Chamber supports the following core principles.

  • Reform should provide additional oversight of attendant care, particularly when delivered by relatives of the injured.
  • Michigan should pursue insurance fraud at all levels through a strong fraud authority or another enforcement mechanism.
  • Any proposed regulation of reimbursement rates should consider:

– The impact on motorists requiring catastrophic care, particularly care in trauma centers.

– The ability of health care providers to provide quality care.

– The need to lower rates for drivers across geographic, socioeconomic, and other demographic factors.

– Michigan’s insurance rates are high across the state, however, drivers in urban areas are disproportionately impacted. Reviewing the factors that cause high rates should be a special focus of policymakers.

  • Uninsured drivers in high-cost areas, like the city of Detroit, are left with few alternatives to driving illegally because of the region’s lack of effective and efficient public transportation. The number of uninsured drivers is a key component of insurance costs and the region’s consistent failure to provide mobility options has exacerbated the problem.

The Chamber Board endorsed these principles in 2017. The Chamber’s Government Relations team urges that all impacted parties must be at the table and compromise equally – there is no one single aspect of this challenge that can solve this problem – or can escape reform.

Butzel Long attorney named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Hall of Fame; Justice Maura Corrigan is one of 20 lawyers to be honored on during a luncheon on May 30

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Maura Corrigan has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2019. She is among 20 attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on May 30, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. The honorees will be recognized in a special section appearing in the June 3, 2019 edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Justice Corrigan has been a trailblazer, visionary and thought leader. Her leadership and contributions in both the legal profession and in child welfare in Michigan has been exemplary.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Justice Corrigan concentrates her practice in litigation and appeals.
Justice Corrigan served as a law clerk to Judge John Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She then became a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney in 1974, and Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit in 1979. In 1986, she was promoted to Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first woman to hold that position. She became a partner at Plunkett and Cooney in 1989.

In 1992, former Governor John Engler appointed her to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1997, the Supreme Court named her Chief Judge of the appeals court. She was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 and reelected in 2006. Justice Corrigan is the only person ever to serve as Chief Judge of both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She served two terms as Chief Justice.

Justice Corrigan left the court on January 14, 2011 to become the Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services under Governor Rick Snyder.

From 2015 – 2016, Justice Corrigan was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. where she worked on poverty and child welfare issues. In that role, she testified in Congress, authored papers and book chapters, and served as liaison to state secretaries of human services.

Justice Corrigan has participated in numerous community and professional activities. She currently serves on five nonprofit boards. She is a past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
She served as a public member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission from 1991-1998, as an executive board member of the Michigan Judges Association, and as a member of the Judicial Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas Law School. She was vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices from 2003 – 2004. She is a published author in the legal and child welfare fields. She holds seven honorary doctorates from Michigan colleges and universities, among numerous honors and awards. Notably, Justice Corrigan was named to WJR-AM 760’s 2018 Class of “Women Who Lead.”

Justice Corrigan earned her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and her B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Marygrove College.

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 and Shanghai. 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 @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

PR Firm Lambert Teams with HarperCollins Publishers to Donate Gifts to Last a Lifetime to Detroit, Flint Schools

DETROIT & FLINT, Mich., May 7, 2019 — Lambert & Co., Michigan’s top-ranked public relations firm and a top-50 PR firm nationally, partnered with long-time client HarperCollins Publishers to donate 5,000 early-reader books from the Michigan-based Zonderkidz imprint to students at Detroit Public Schools, Flint Community Schools and the Detroit Literacy Project.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary and heritage built on the written word, Lambert is giving the gift of lifelong learning to the next generation of readers. The premium hardcover and softcover books, including New York Times Best Seller Fiona the Hippo and selections from the wildly popular and iconic Berenstain Bears series, including Sister Bear and the Golden Rule and Berenstain Bears Respect Each Other, were given to 5,000 individual K-4th grade students across 20 Detroit and Flint schools.

“Literacy and specifically fourth grade reading levels are key determinants of future success – in education and in life,” said Jeff Lambert, CEO and founder of Lambert. “We wanted to celebrate our success as an agency by paying it forward to our most deserving communities and to the kids who will most benefit from the gift of words.”

Representatives from Lambert and HarperCollins presented the pallets of books to schools and kids in Flint and Detroit.

“Literacy is an integral part of the learning process, and giving children books – their very own, brand new books – will make a meaningful impact on the essential skills for thousands of students,” said Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez. “It’s truly a gift that lasts a lifetime and will have a multiplying effect as these books go home to siblings, families and neighbors. We’re grateful for our partnership with Lambert and appreciate their investment in our students and the next generation.”

Lambert added: “We worked with Detroit Public Schools when it reorganized and many of our colleagues and clients are graduates of DPS and neighbors with these students. Likewise, we have supported Flint Community Schools since the water issues challenged the community of Flint, and we could think of no better way to give back than to causes and kids we care about.

“One phone call to a client and friend of the firm for most of our 20 years, HarperCollins, and they were expanding our vision from 2,000 books to 5,000, and did a remarkable job of curating best-sellers and award-winning authors to give the kids of Detroit and Flint not just books, but the best books with the most potential to impact early reading development.”

HarperCollins has been entertaining, educating and inspiring generations of readers for 200 years. As the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, HarperCollins Publishers supports local communities through volunteer efforts, book donations and various charitable organizations.

Lambert’s Education and Social Impact practice works with educational institutions from early childhood development to higher education and non-profit and community organizations and causes that matter. The firm has contributed more than $2.5 million in pro bono work and contributions since its founding in 1998.

About Lambert
Lambert (www.lambert.com) is Michigan’s top-ranked PR firm, and a top-10 investor relations and top-10 private equity PR firm nationally with clients based in 20 states and six countries. Lambert serves middle-market companies and national brands across a wide array of industries and is the state’s largest bipartisan public affairs firm. Lambert has posted 20 years of growth, been named PR Week and PRNews Firm of the Year, been honored as an Edward Lowe “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” and earned Crain’s “Michigan’s Healthiest Employers” and “Coolest Places to Work” awards. Lambert is also a global partner in PROI Worldwide, the largest partnership of independent PR firms in the world spanning 120 cities on five continents.

About Zonderkidz
Zonderkidz, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As a leader in children’s publishing, Zonderkidz creates products that awaken the hearts of readers 12 and under. For additional information, please visit www.zonderkidz.com.

About Zondervan
Zondervan is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivering transformational experiences through its bestselling books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan’s offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

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CONTACT
Jessica Price, coordinator
jprice@lambert.com
313.309.9503

WatchGuard names Rehmann the 2019 North America Partner of the Year

TROY, Mich., May 16, 2019 – Rehmann, formerly Trivalent Group, announced today that WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader in network security and intelligence, secure Wi-Fi and multi-factor authentication products, has named it as the North America Partner of the Year in the company’s 2019 Partner Awards program.

The Partner of the Year award honors partners that have exhibited exceptional performance over the past year as part of the WatchGuardONE Program, while providing the most valued and innovative solutions within the channel partner community.

“WatchGuard’s partner community is second to none, which is why it’s always so challenging to select just one winner for the Partner of the Year award,” said Prakash Panjwani, chief executive officer of WatchGuard. “This year, I’m pleased to recognize Rehmann with this honor, for its unwavering commitment to furthering our mission to provide simplified, enterprise-level security to organizations of all sizes, and for the remarkable performance and growth the company has achieved along the way.”

The judges selected this year’s Partner of the Year winners based on a variety of factors including sales numbers, year-over-year growth, WatchGuardONE partner level, innovation of services, and overall relationship with WatchGuard.

“We have been a partner of WatchGuard since the late 1990s,” said Larry Andrus, Rehmann’s president of Technology Solutions. “WatchGuard is one of the most significant security companies in the market today and they have been good counsel for us as we developed our MSSP strategy. It was not only a pleasant surprise, but an honor to accept this recognition and award on behalf of everyone at Rehmann. We look forward to another great year with WatchGuard!”

WatchGuard and its channel community gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico to celebrate another year of tremendous growth and momentum, and honor top-performing partners.

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 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.

Contact: Holly Shier
248.458.7923
holly.shier@rehmann.com

Butzel Long and OESA team up to host Supplier Legal Academy Series beginning May 30 in Troy

DETROIT, Mich. – The automotive industry continues to grow and innovate at a rapid pace which may present challenges when it comes to protecting the best interests of the business. New types of agreements, customers, buyers and negotiation strategies have become daily topics of conversation.

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), in partnership with Butzel Long, will host a “Supplier Legal Academy Series” designed to provide a “back-to-basics” approach for supply chain management in the current landscape, while looking ahead toward uncharted territory.

The OESA 2019 Butzel Long Supplier Legal Academy Series will take place at the MSU Management Education Center, located at 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy.

The dates and focus for the meetings are:

May 30, 2019: “Best Practices in Contract Formation and Buyer Vulnerabilities”

June 28, 2019: “Dealing with Bad Products, Supplier Threats and Unprofitable Programs”

July 26, 2019: “Protecting Trade Secrets, Who Owns Your Work, Rights to Information and Tooling Fundamentals”

The briefings are designed for supplier executives responsible for understanding, fulfilling and enforcing supply chain contracts.

Butzel Long presenters are attorneys from the firm’s Automotive Industry Team. Some of the speakers include:

• Jennifer Dukarski
• Cynthia Haffey
• Sheldon Klein
• Donald Orlandoni
• Daniel Rustmann
• Mitchell Zajac

Registration is available in the events section of http://www.oesa.org. For registration and program information, contact OESA at 248.952.6401 or info@oesa.org.

About OESA

The mission of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association is to champion the business interests of automotive original equipment (OE) suppliers. Since 1998, the Association has been addressing issues of common concern and advocating on behalf of the supplier community throughout the supply chain and in Washington, D.C.

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 and Shanghai. 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 @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long