Rehmann strengthens team with 16 promotions in Southeast Michigan

TROY, Mich., July 31, 2019 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, is expanding its leadership team by promoting 16 associates in Troy and Farmington Hills. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Promotions include:

  • Corey Boller – Troy – Manager, Capital Management Group
  • Eve Berton – Troy – Senior Manager
  • Carley Chrencik – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Senior
  • Jordan Early – Farmington Hills – Office Manager
  • Eric Hamann – Farmington Hills – Advisory & Tax Manager
  • Liz Jarboe – Troy – Advisory & Tax Manager
  • Karen LeGendre – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Manager
  • Kayla McCarthy – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Senior
  • Dan Milano – Troy – Assurance & Financial Reporting Senior
  • Rachel MinikelFarmington Hills – Senior Manager
  • Kelly Morrin – Troy – Senior Marketing Assistant
  • Sarah Nanni – Troy – Advisory & Tax Senior
  • Himanshu Puri – Farmington Hills – Advisory & Tax Manager
  • Ron Simmons – Troy – Senior Manager
  • Connie ThompsonTroy – Senior Manager of Brand and Market Strategy
  • Joann Vitale – Troy – Project Resource Manager

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.

 

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.

Sandy Baruah

The Honorable Sandy K. Baruah is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in the nation. The Chamber represents the business interests of a region comprising 5.4 million residents and 11 Fortune 500 companies. The Chamber also serves as the regional economic development entity, Destination Detroit, the statewide automotive and mobility industry cluster association, MICHauto, and hosts the nationally recognized Mackinac Policy Conference.

Baruah joined the Chamber in 2010 after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. He served President George W. Bush as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, he was the chief executive responsible for the SBA’s 4,000 national employees and $18 billion small business loan portfolio. Baruah was one of the senior officials shaping the federal government’s response to the 2008 credit crisis and assistance to the U.S. automotive industry.

In 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Baruah as chair of Michigan’s 21st Century Economy Commission. He is a frequent commentator on local and national media regarding political developments, automotive industry matters, and Detroit and Michigan issues.

Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac to receive the Detroit Bar Association’s ‘One to Watch’ Award on July 24

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac will receive the Detroit Bar Association’s “One to Watch” Award during the 2019 Summer Breeze event at the Detroit Shipping Company on July 24.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Zajac is an associate and registered patent attorney, focusing his practice in the areas of automotive, intellectual property (IP), compliance, and international trade.

Before joining Butzel Long as a summer associate in May 2017, while attending law school full time, Zajac was an engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He moved quickly through the ranks at FCA. He was responsible for multiple ground-breaking development projects, led the international engineering team producing the Ram ProMaster City, and had a leading role in FCA’s corporate audit group with responsibilities in safety/regulatory compliance, quality and purchasing.

In less than a year as a licensed lawyer, Zajac has practiced in six federal courts, the U.S. Patent Office, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Zajac’s career as an attorney builds on his strengths and experiences he gained while at FCA and has helped him to grow his practice beyond the automotive industry. Zajac already has helped several clients manage and craft IP portfolios in other unique industries, like medicine, light-weighting, and industrial manufacturing. His experience is extensive in complex patent, trade secret and commercial litigation cases. He crafts unique solutions for clients in emerging industries, achieves improbable deals, and recently helped a client achieve hundreds of thousands of dollars working with customs agents and import brokers to exclude tariffs on millions of dollars of imports exercising exceptions to President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs.

Zajac has built a book of business that includes automotive and transportation companies developing IP portfolios, multiple start-up companies with $4M+ capitalization developing strategic national partners, and multi-million-dollar global automotive clients navigating international trade issues. Between trials and hearings in Detroit Washington D.C. on behalf of Detroit auto suppliers, sitting first-chair and taking depositions across the U.S. and around the world (including London, Singapore, and Taiwan), Zajac also spends time presenting across the country as a thought leader in remanufacturing, automotive IP, and automotive contracting and supply agreements.

Zajac attended WMU-Cooley (J.D., 2017) after graduating from Western Michigan University with Bachelors’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German (2012) and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (2013). He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist (2012); interned for Congressman Fred Upton; and was a four-year starter on the Division 1 football team at WMU. Zajac also is completing his Master’s degree in Corporate Law and Finance.

He also is an advocate for continuous education and public service. He’s the Association for Child Development (ACD) President, a non-profit organization facilitating ~$30M/annum through the USDA CACF Program providing healthy meals to children across the Midwest. He has helped this organization achieve financial stability, organizational structure, and leads strategic expansion of ACD programs to more children and to provide education to more families.

Moreover, Zajac dedicates hundreds of hours each year coaching high school football in Howell, turning his standard 12-hour workdays into 15+ hour days in order to work with and mentor young athletes. Zajac is an adjunct professor and curriculum coordinator for the engineering project management graduate programs at Trine University; serves on the WMU Lee Honors College Board; and, volunteers as a Challenge Master for Destination Imagination – a creative problem-solving program for kids around the world.

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: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

UHY Strengthens Presence in the Americas: New Member Firm in Paraguay Joins the UHY Network

Sterling Heights, Mich. July 23, 2019 — We welcome, Consultoria Integral Del MERCOSUR (CIME), our new member firm in Paraguay, to the global accountancy network UHY, extending our coverage within the Americas region. The firm is in the process of adopting the UHY branding and will soon be known as UHY Consultoría Integral Del MERCOSUR (UHY CIME).

Consultoría Integral Del MERCOSUR (CIME), was established in 2000. With a team of 26 staff and two partners, the firm is based in Coronel Oviedo, with additional offices in the capital city of Asunción, as well as in the cities of Villarrica and Ciudad del Este. The team brings wide-ranging experience in audit, accounting, tax, insolvency and corporate recovery, corporate finance, management and IT consultancy to a portfolio of domestic and international clients.

Managing partner of Consultoría Integral Del MERCOSUR (CIME), Miguel Vera comments: “The UHY network’s collaboration, combined with the reputable UHY brand, will give our firm a competitive edge in Paraguay and the wider region. The global presence of the network combined with the expertise and knowledge of UHY’s 8,200 people around the world, not only strengthens our own capabilities, locally and internationally, but also these of our clients and their operations. We look forward to elevating our business through a successful cooperation with other firms operating within the UHY network.”

Rick David, chairman of UHY comments: “We are delighted to welcome Consultoría Integral Del MERCOSUR (CIME) to the UHY network. Paraguay has economic advantages of a young population, strong agricultural industry combined with vast hydroelectric power generation capabilities. Consultoria Integral Del MERCOSUR (CIME)’s membership extends our footprint in the Americas region and strengthens UHY’s regional market expertise and capabilities to serve our international clients who have a business presence in this country and the wider region.”

About UHY LLP

UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are US members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

UHY liaison office for Consultoría Integral Del MERCOSUR (CIME)
Contact: Miguel Vera, on +595 521 202386, Email: cime@cime.com.py, W: www.cime.com.py

About UHY
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a leading network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 320 major business centres across 100 countries. Our staff members, over 8,200 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to www.uhy.com.

UHY is a member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit www.forumoffirms.org

UHY press contact: Dominique Maeremans on +44 20 7767 2621 Email: d.maeremans@uhy.com.

HELLA further expands its positioning as a leading supplier of steering control modules

Scalable fail-operational modules from HELLA pave the way for automated driving functions

Lippstadt, July 23, 2019. In the last twelve months, the lighting and electronics expert HELLA has been able to acquire important new business in the area of steering control modules. On this foundation, the company is further expanding its position as major supplier of steering control modules. Especially demand for modules for semi-automated driving (from Level 2 of driving automation) increased. Around half of all new orders are for these kinds of modules now. “We are offering our customers a scalable product – from Built-to-Print products to the fully assembled modules,” says Frédéric Laure, Vice President Head of Program Management Steering at HELLA. This customized approach allows HELLA to already develop steering systems which are suitable for highly automated driving according to Level 4 today.

HELLA has been producing steering control modules (Electronic Control Units, ECUs) since 2010. These not only form the basis for electrical power steering (EPS) and fuel efficiency, but also enable functions for automated driving, such as lane keeping assistance and automated parking. According to the definition of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Level 4 (highly automated driving) does not require driver interaction in certain scenarios. The HELLA control modules are available in a fail-operational version to address these application scenarios. This means that in the event of a fault in the electronics, the system is not switched off, but the power steering assistance continues to function. “A reliable fail-operational control unit is essential to meet requirements in the field of automated driving in the future. In this respect, HELLA is already well positioned today,” says Ralf Kuhl, Head of Product Center Electric Power Steering at HELLA.

The control unit in the fail-operational version also enables the implementation of steer-by-wire systems, in which the transmission of steering commands takes place by means of electrical impulses instead of a steering rod. This enables several functions such as a retractable steering wheel during automated driving mode. But other individualization functions are also possible. For example, the steering behavior could be individually adjusted to meet the driver’s preferences.

HELLA has further expanded its production capacities this year in order to fulfil the increasing customer requirements even faster. HELLA intends to produce the steering control modules not only in Germany and China, but also in Romania, Mexico, Brazil and India.

Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis featured during MAPAAC Immigration Educational Seminar on August 24, 2019 in Grand Rapids

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis will be a featured speaker during the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) Immigration General Information Educational Seminar on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Grand Rapids.

Topics that will be addressed include:

• Immigration Documents: Basics you should know
• Immigration Agencies: Who does what?
• Basics of Family, Employment, and Government Sponsorship
• Overview of Common Immigration Status Classifications
• Benefits affected by Immigration Status
• Myths vs. Reality

Pacis focuses his practice in immigration law and has handled a variety of immigration matters including H-1B specialty occupation cases, L-1 Intracompany transfers, Labor Certification matters, Immigrant Visa Petitions/Adjustment of Status applications and interviews, TN Free trade cases, H-1B Department of Labor Investigations, I-9 employer verification compliance, and U.S. Port of Entry airport and land port interviews.

Pacis was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a Commissioner to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC), which helps address the needs and concerns of the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in Michigan.

He was named Immigration Lawyer of the Year 2013 in the field of Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America and has been listed in Best Lawyers for several years. Pacis is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization. He served two consecutive one-year terms from 2003 to 2005 as Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and was a member of the AILA National Board of Governors for those terms. Pacis previously served as Secretary (2001 to 2003) and Membership Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA (1998 to 2003).

Pacis earned a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1996 and a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1992. He joined the State Bar of Michigan in 1997.

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: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Michigan’s Dart Bank Wins 2019 Elder Justice Good Neighbor Award

LANSING, Mich., July 26, 2019 – The Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan are delighted to announce Dart Bank as the 2019 Elder Justice Good Neighbor Award winner. This award is presented by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. The Elder Justice Good Neighbor Award is the association’s way of showing appreciation for the efforts made by individuals and community-based organizations to help Michigan’s seniors and vulnerable adults.

“At the Michigan Bankers Association, we are proud of Dart Bank’s efforts in preventing financial crimes against the elderly: fraud committed by strangers, and financial exploitation by relatives and caregivers,” said T. Rann Paynter, President & CEO, Michigan Bankers Association. “Every year, millions of seniors fall victim to financial fraud. Dart Bank is most deserving of the 2019 Elder Justice Good Neighbor Award due to urging older customers and their trusted caregivers to safeguard all personal information and stay alert to the common signs of financial abuse. Dart Bank has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for over 22 years, and routinely delivers three routes of meals to the elderly community.”

Dart Bank is a homegrown community bank in the Lansing, Delhi, Mason, and Grand Ledge communities, with over 94 years of experience. Dart Bank makes it their mission to serve the community, and to be there for what matters most to their customers. They dedicate themselves to serving their communities in financial and non-financial ways and strive to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

“This award was received because of the work of Mary Tressel,” stated Bill Hufnagel, President & CEO, Dart Bank. “Mary is an exceptional volunteer in our communities, serving several different agencies and non-profits. She exemplifies Dart Bank’s purpose, which is to positively impact lives and communities. Mary and our employees like her are some of our greatest assets.”

“I have been volunteering for over 27 years with Tri-County Office on Aging and continue to educate the community on elder abuse and fraud,” said Mary Tressel, Special Assets Manager, Dart Bank. “I am extremely grateful to be able to serve the elderly community.”

“It takes a team effort to fight elder financial abuse, we need all hands-on deck. Which is why Mary Tressel and Dark Bank deserve so much credit, because they heard that call to action and took it to heart,” said PAAM President and Muskegon County Prosecuting Attorney D.J. Hilson. “They’re a great community partner, and I think a lot of other organizations can learn a lot from them.”

What is Elder Financial Abuse? It is a crime that deprives older adults of their resources and ultimately their independence. Anyone who sees signs of theft, fraud, misuse of a person’s assets or credit, or use of undue influence to gain control of an older person’s money or property should be on the alert. Those are signs of possible exploitation. Older Americans that may have disabilities or rely on others for help can be susceptible to scams and other fraud. Advances in technology can also make it difficult for seniors to know who to trust and what’s safe.

Despite these threats, taking simple steps to safeguard personal information and being aware of warning signs can protect aging men and women from financial abuse.

For more information visit, dartbank.com.

The Michigan Bankers Association (MBA), the voice of the banking industry since 1887, consists of Michigan financial institutions with more than 2,800 branches located throughout the state. The MBA promotes strong communities and economic activity in Michigan by advancing a positive business environment. MBA assists banks by offering products and services to reduce expenses and increase profitability through the strength of the association.

For more information, visit www.mibankers.com

Butzel Long attorney Linda J. Armstrong named a “2019 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Linda J. Armstrong has been named a “2019 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

She is one of 30 female attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on
September 5, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. The event will celebrate the individuals who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. Honorees also will be profiled in an upcoming edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Armstrong is Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice Department, leading one of the largest immigration practices in the state. She also is a member of the Firm’s Global Automotive Industry Group.

Armstrong concentrates her practice in the area of business and family immigration law, including all aspects involved with the international movement of personnel; immigration consequences of corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions; employer and workplace compliance issues, including I-9 and H-1B public access file investigations; inbound and outbound work-authorized immigrant and nonimmigrant matters; and labor certification. Armstrong is instrumental in helping businesses transfer employees with company specific expertise to the U.S., thereby allowing companies to grow and remain competitive.
She provides on-site training to business clients on numerous topics, including U.S. nonimmigrant visas; U.S. permanent resident processing; outbound general strategic planning, and employer compliance issues, including I-9 completion and compliance and H-1B public access file compliance. In addition to I-9 training she has developed action plans for companies to allow them to correct their I-9’s in advance of a government audit – all with the goal of putting the company in the best possible position prior an audit. With the number of government audits doubling in recent years and the huge increase in possible fines for violations, this type of training had proven very successful in allowing companies to avoid liability.

Armstrong is a frequent speaker on business immigration to professional and business organizations, including the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, Walsh College, and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

She also has helped organize and presented at Butzel Long’s full-day Immigration Seminar and/or the Butzel Long’s Annual Labor, Employment and Immigration Law Forum for more than 20 years.

Moreover, she is a member of the American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, past Immigration Committee Co-Chair; State Bar of Michigan: International Law Section, past Council Member and Chair, Immigration Committee; Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); AILA Michigan Chapter and past Membership Committee Chair and Department of Labor Liaison.
As part of the State Bar of Michigan’s International Law Section, Armstrong developed multiple programs that featured the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Detroit District Director and the Detroit Field Office Director. These programs provided members invaluable access to the highest ranking USCIS officials in the State of Michigan.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Armstrong was an associate at another major Detroit law firm, where her practice was concentrated in the area of immigration law. She also was employed as Associate General Counsel with Federal-Mogul Corporation where she had responsibility for legal matters relating to employment relations, product liability, advertising, political action committees, and immigration.

Notably, Armstrong is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Immigration Law).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing 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: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Clayton & McKervey shareholder offers 6 targeted questions for businesses considering overseas expansion

Southfield, Mich.—July 29, 2019—Susan Tuson, CPA, a shareholder with Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping growth-driven companies compete in the global marketplace, encourages U.S. manufacturers and entrepreneurs to know their options when it comes to overseas business expansion.

“When the idea of expanding a business overseas is considered, the first questions are typically, ‘What’s the best way to start?’ ‘Should I set up an office immediately or use an independent contractor familiar with the country?’ As with all business decisions, the answer depends on the nature of the business goals,” Tuson said.
Tuson addresses the following questions when determining how to best approach an overseas business expansion analysis:
• Is the expansion to service an existing customer?
• Is the expansion to reach a new population of customers?
• Does the expansion serve a marketing purpose, such as the ability to say, “We have manufacturing in country X a low-cost jurisdiction?”
“The business goals will drive the process,” Tuson said. “Sometimes a company is looking for a way to test market conditions prior to making a substantial investment. They may do this by considering the use of an independent contractor in the target country. The advantage is there are very little, if any, capital investment or administrative compliance costs to hiring an independent contractor. However, many of the independent contractor issues that exist in the U.S. are similar overseas.”
Tuson outlines three key considerations when using independent contractors to test the waters overseas.
• What are the duties of the independent representative/distributor?
“Many countries have rules similar to the U.S. that would examine whether the ‘independent’ contractor is truly independent. If not, the independent contractor could be considered an employee, thereby making the U.S. company subject to all the employment laws, taxes, and payments of an employer in the jurisdiction,” Tuson said.
• What type of authority does the independent contractor have? Can they execute contracts on behalf of the U.S. Company?
“If an agent regularly exercises the authority to enter into contracts, they are likely to be creating a taxable presence in countries where the U.S. has an income tax treaty. The threshold may be lower for non-treaty countries,” Tuson said.
• Will you have enough control over an independent contractor to protect your brand and customer list? “It is important to understand the local laws related to the status and rights of an independent contractor/distributor. An iron clad contract should be in place that protects the company and supports its subcontractor versus employee status, as well as the rights and obligations of each party,” Tuson said.

If, after the exploration process has been completed and it is determined to move forward with overseas expansion, Tuson urges business owners to use international tax and accounting specialists and legal counsel well-versed in global business operations.

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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