Walsh Golf Event Raises Over $72K in Scholarship Funds

TROY, Mich., June 26, 2019 — Gray skies didn’t keep golfers away from the 28th Annual Walsh Scholarship Golf Classic on Monday, June 24 at Franklin Hills Country Club in Franklin, Mich., where more than $72,000 was raised to fund scholarships for Walsh students. Presenting event sponsors included Fifth Third Bank, Plastipak Packaging, Inc. and Dynamic Marketing.

More than 100 people attended, including David Girodat, regional president, Fifth Third Bank (Eastern Michigan), event committee chair and double Walsh alumnus. Scholarship recipient Chris Gagnon addressed the audience during lunch. Gagnon will complete his master’s program in the fall and already has a position waiting for him at a major certified public accounting and business advisory firm.

“Knowing there are complete strangers who care enough to support scholarships and see students like me succeed inspires me to someday afford others the same opportunity,” said Gagnon.

“Fifth Third Bank is committed to improving lives of people in the communities we serve, including college students like Chris,” said Girodat. “We are proud to sponsor the Walsh Scholarship Golf Classic.”

Alumnus Richard Pearson (’61) founded the Walsh Scholarship Golf Classic in 1991. To date, it has raised more than $1.5 million in scholarship funds.

For more information about Walsh, 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).

Legislators propose first statewide electric vehicle charging network in the nation

Driven

June 26, 2019

Read the original article on Driven here.

LANSING — Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), along with legislators from the House and Senate, today announced a bipartisan package to support the growth of electric vehicles in Michigan and establish the first statewide charging network in the nation.

The four-bill package would:

  • Create the Electric Vehicle Council within the Michigan Department of Transportation. The council, comprised of experts in energy, technology, transportation, environment, economic development and other related fields, would be tasked with developing a plan for a statewide charging infrastructure in coordination with utilities and private companies;
  • Allow the state to install or lease space for electric vehicle charging stations at state park and rides;
  • Allow the state to install or lease space for electric charging stations in state parks, generating revenue for the park system; and,
  • Provide tax incentives for small businesses and multi-unit housing to install electric vehicle charging stations.

“Michigan built the American automotive industry, but it’s an industry that’s changing more rapidly now than any other time before. No other state has the history, talent and capability to design and build the next generation of electric vehicles, but we need to have the infrastructure in place to support that development,” Sen. McMorrow said. “These bills encourage our state to create a collaborative and coordinated plan, working with private companies, small businesses, utilities and various state departments to build out the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, making Michigan the first fully networked state.”

MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, supports the legislation. “The industry is rapidly transforming; our automotive companies are integrating emerging technologies for all aspects of next-generation mobility. With a commitment to sustainability and solving global issues, Michigan’s signature industry and leaders are working together to lead the nation in bringing electric vehicles and the needed infrastructure to our state,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “I applaud Senator McMorrow for her leadership and commitment to Michigan’s competitiveness.”

Eight state senators and representatives join Sen. McMorrow in introducing the bill package.

Rep. Julie Alexander (R-Jackson), sponsor of House Bill 4788, on charging stations and tourism: “This is an opportunity to give residents and visitors what they need as they explore our state. Installing charging stations at state parks will ensure people have the infrastructure they need to get from one point to the next, support local businesses and enjoy the natural beauty and recreation opportunities across our state park system.”

Rep. Joe Bellino (R-Monroe), sponsor of House Bill 4789, on the benefit to businesses: “This electric vehicle legislation would preserve good automotive jobs as the industry continues to shift, reduce taxes on businesses and encourage those who stop to charge vehicles to put dollars back into our local economies while they wait. This bill gets it done for Michigan residents and our state as a whole.”

Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), sponsor of Senate Bill 408, on establishing charging stations to ease travel for commuters:

“Allowing charging stations to be installed at park and rides along our state’s highways will give drivers confidence that they can reach their destination no matter where they travel within our beautiful state.”

Rep. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), co-sponsor of the package on supporting the growth of electric vehicles:

“As a small business owner, I know that this package of bills would not only support our state’s changing automotive industry, but also infuse dollars into our economy overall as drivers stop in communities, state parks and downtowns to charge their vehicles. This is a smart step to support Michigan jobs as the automotive industry continues to evolve, protect our environment, give residents what they need and generate additional state revenue.”

Sen. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township), sponsor of Senate Bill 407, on adding charging stations in state parks:

“As electric vehicles become more prevalent, it will be important that we have the necessary infrastructure in place at our state parks to ensure both residents and visitors alike have the ability to charge their vehicles while they enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors. This bill is both good for the economy and the environment.”

Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), sponsor of House Bill 4787, on the installation of charging stations at park and rides: “Our automotive industry is changing and, as automakers continue to develop cars with less impact on our environment, we must also do what we can to support the jobs workers and suppliers across the state depend on. Establishing a reliable charging station infrastructure at Michigan’s park and ride locations will mean more drivers can feel confident opting for electric vehicles and automotive companies can employ more workers to develop these next generation technologies.

Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton), sponsor of House Bill 4786, on automotive innovation and technology: “As Michiganders, we take pride in our state’s history as a leader in automotive innovation. Electric vehicles will be a critical aspect of our transportation future, and we should continue to lead by example by embracing its continued development. The Electric Vehicle Council will play a crucial role in developing a comprehensive charging infrastructure plan and ensuring our state is prepared to support this transformative technology.”

Chamber’s Research Team Shares Regional Data Insights at National Conference

Representing the Detroit region, the Chamber’s research team attend the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The national conference, which took place June 3 to June 7, convened more than 315 community and economic researchers.

Christyn Lucas, manager of business research for the Chamber, participated in a session titled Integrating Multiple Economies Within One Region exploring how individual communities must look beyond their borders and include nearby areas within a larger region when marketing themselves. Doing so can better help regional economists target meaningful and actionable data. Panelists discussed how regions such as Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, and other metropolitan areas share a labor shed — an area from which an employment center draws its commuting workers — with counties that have seen major economic transformation over the past two decades. They also explored how researchers can uncover the multiple economies within their regions and link “new economy” opportunities to “old economy” areas.

Lucas presented on Detroit’s automotive industry transformation and expansion into the mobility space along with Workforce Intelligence Network’s Michelle Wein and representatives from the Charlotte region.

“The transformation of the Detroit region — from automotive to mobility — over the past decade resonated with attendees from across the country, who also have experienced changes to their industry footprints and economies,” Lucas said. “Sharing best practices at this conference, focused on data and research, proves to be a valuable way to connect and improve the economies of all regions.”

Angela Ladetto, director of business research for the Chamber, participated in The Data-ing Game, a session reminiscent of the popular game show, The Dating Game. Guest contestants were asked several questions by a St. Louis-based site selection consultant. Contestants shared stories and best practices regarding how they use data to create compelling business propositions that resulted in a corporate investment win. At the end of the session, the site consultant crowned one lucky contestant winner.

“Getting together every year with 300-plus research professionals at the annual C2ER conference is a great way to stay abreast of research best practices, to learn more about other regions’ ongoing research, and discover new tools,” Ladetto said.

Member of the Month: Grand Hotel Hosts Mackinac Policy Conference for 39 Consecutive Years

Grand Hotel was named the Chamber’s June 2019 Member of the Month for the world-class experience and hospitality provided to the more than 1,700 attendees at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference. The Mackinac Policy Conference is Michigan’s premier public policy event, convening the state’s most influential business, political, and civic leaders.

The Conference could not happen anywhere other than at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Statewide leaders can fully disconnect and dedicate their attention to discussing issues of critical importance. Attendees hear from national thought leaders in the hotel’s theatre, which offers a high-caliber audio and visual experience. The hotel offers multiple venues for attendees to network and connect with each other. More than 150 working media are seamlessly integrated into the hotel and given the space and resources they need to do their jobs effectively.

Consistently exceptional service from Grand Hotel staff allows attendees who travel to the island to fully immerse themselves in the experience, without interruption. Conference attendees are fed, some housed, and welcomed by Grand Hotel staff with open arms.

In 2020, the Conference and the hotel will celebrate 40 years as partners. The Detroit Regional Chamber is grateful to Grand Hotel for its dedication to the Conference’s mission of elevating Michigan and looks forward to continued partnership in the years to come.

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.

Scott A. Petz Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019

TROY, Mich., June 20, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Scott A. Petz has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019. Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. To learn more, please click here.

Attorney Scott A. Petz is a Member in the Firm’s Troy, Mich. office where he focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use. Mr. Petz received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.

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.

Statewide Business Organizations Share Statement on Budget Negotiations

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lansing Regional Chamber, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Realtors Association, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Midland Business Alliance made the following statement regarding ongoing road funding negotiations:

“As budget negotiations continue, job providers are clear that fixing Michigan’s worst-in-the-nation transportation infrastructure is a top priority. As the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and other reports illustrate, solving this problem will require a multi-year investment of billions of new dollars.  We acknowledge there are differences of opinion regarding how to secure $2 to $2.5 billion annually, but the need is not in question.

“Michigan’s economic competitiveness is harmed by our failing infrastructure and we expect our elected leaders to work cooperatively to dramatically improve roads and bridges across the state.  The window of opportunity that exists in this nonelection year must not be wasted, and we strongly believe meaningful progress needs to be achieved prior to recessing for the summer.”

News Coverage
Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan Business Groups to Legislature: Fix Roads Funding Before You Go on Vacation

Walsh Leads Second Annual Cyber Day Camp for Girl Scouts

TROY, Mich., June 19, 2019—Walsh faculty and Microsoft staff will facilitate Cadette Cyber Day Camp for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan for the second year on June 25-27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy. An additional session will be held July 15-17.

Cadette scouts, grades six through eight, will participate in hands-on activities and workshops led by faculty, including Raspberry Pi and Micro:bit coding with handheld computers, Python programming, a cyber-themed escape room exercise and how to practice safe online behavior. A photography app exploration workshop will be led by Microsoft staff.

“We look forward to welcoming the Girl Scouts for a second year of Cadette Cyber Day Camp,” said Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Assistant Professor and Chair of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. “We have added even more activities to give them firsthand experience with coding and programming, spark their curiosity and hopefully lead them to seriously consider careers in technology.”

Scouts completing the camp will earn their Netiquette badge and Walsh Cyber Patch as part of the Girl Scouts’ expanded STEM-(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related programs.

For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please 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 and 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).

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. There are currently 1.8 million Girl Scouts across the United States.

Legislative Updates: Bill Introduced to Support Automotive Research, CODER Act Passes Out of Committee

Last week, Sen. Ken Horn introduced legislation that would encourage companies to conduct automotive research and development in Michigan and invest in communities. Senate Bill 378 would create a research and development tax credit that can be claimed under Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax. Businesses conducting research and development related to the design, engineering, testing, or diagnostics of automated driving systems would be eligible for the credit, expanding the automotive footprint of the state and next-generation mobility.

“Michigan remains the global center of automotive ingenuity, but we continue to face increasing competition both domestically and abroad,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “I applaud Sen. Horn for his efforts to ensure that the next generation of the automobile is designed, tested, and built in Michigan.”

Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s bipartisan Creating Opportunities through Defense Engineering Requirements (CODER) Act, was incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual bill that funds the Department of Defense (DoD). The NDAA passed out of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, June 13.

“The CODER Act will provide new opportunities to small- and medium-sized software firms in Michigan, while supporting the goal of a new acquisition pathway for the Department of Defense,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer of the Chamber.

Currently, defense software-acquisition is a lengthy and one-size-fits-all process. It also poses as a risk for service members. The CODER Act would overhaul and modernize the way the DoD acquires the software it relies on to carry out missions, manage weapons systems and personnel, communicate with allies, and expand opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses.

Martin Waymire wins Silver Anvil for Voters Not Politicians

First-place PR award for work on Proposal 2, Award of Excellence for I Vaccinate

NEW YORK CITY – Martin Waymire, a Lansing-based, full-service public relations and digital
marketing firm with a focus on public policy, won the nation’s top award for public relations
excellence — the Silver Anvil — at a ceremony Thursday night in New York City.

The firm was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for its work on
Voters Not Politicians’ Proposal 2, the grassroots, nonpartisan campaign to end partisan
gerrymandering in Michigan. Supported by 61% of Michigan voters on Nov. 6, 2018, the
constitutional amendment transfers the power of drawing the state’s election district maps from
the Legislature to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Silver Anvil is
considered “the Oscar” of the public relations profession.

“Martin Waymire is passionate about making Michigan a better place,” said Martin Waymire
partner David Waymire . “We are extremely proud of the role we played to help tell the story of
thousands of passionate volunteers who came together from across the state to amend the
state constitution to ensure voters can choose their politicians – not the other way around.”
Voters Not Politicians started with a Facebook post and grew to earn national attention from
outlets including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow Show, Full Frontal with
Samantha Bee, The Washington Post, The Hill and The Wall Street Journal. Martin Waymire
was retained to provide strategic insight and communications expertise.

It is the fourth Silver Anvil won by Martin Waymire staffers over the years, a remarkable
accomplishment for any public relations firm.

Martin Waymire also received an Award of Excellence in public service campaigns for its work
on I Vaccinate , a campaign to boost childhood immunization rates in Michigan in partnership
with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and the Franny Strong Foundation.

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“We’ve seen tremendous feedback from the I Vaccinate campaign and a growing awareness of
the importance of keeping children safe from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Martin
Waymire Vice President Andie Poole . “We are incredibly proud that our work to provide
science-based evidence to support vaccinations through innovative and creative online tactics
such as influencer marketing, blogging, social media and paid digital advertising is making an
impact.”

For more information on Martin Waymire, please visit www.martinwaymire.com .

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Martin Waymire is proud to support clients working to make Michigan a better place. For over 15
years, we’ve earned the trust and respect of hundreds of clients, managing award-winning
public relations, digital marketing and advocacy campaigns with winning results. It’s why we’re
considered one of the top public relations firms in the state.

Lynn Capp Sirich Elected President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation

TROY, Mich., June 17, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Lynn Capp Sirich (Member, Troy) has been elected President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF). Her term is effective July 1, 2019.

“I’m honored to represent the Oakland County Bar Foundation as President for the 2019-2020 term,” said Lynn. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and our Fellows to continue to promote programs in our community that increase access, affordability, and understanding of the law and legal system.”

The OCBF partners with the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) to support worthy causes in the Oakland County community. The OCBF promotes and funds programs designed to increase access, affordability, and understanding of the law and legal system. Through support from members of the OCBA, the OCBF is able to expand its reach and grant-giving efforts. To learn more, please click here.

With over 27 years of experience in all areas of family and domestic relations law, Ms. Sirich skillfully guides her clients through this legal process, always mindful of the fact that she is assisting clients through an emotional and traumatic period of their lives with more than just their immediate divorce and child custody issues, as the business of divorce incorporates many different legal specialties. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan (Family Law Section), the Oakland County Bar Association, the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (Past-President), the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Inter-Professional Association. She is a Life Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. She is recognized as a leader in her field by DBusiness Top Lawyers and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of “2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan”. Ms. Sirich received her B.A. from Michigan State University, James Madison College and her J.D. from the Detroit College of Law. Admitted as a Fellow to American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 2019.

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.