Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Develop a Robust Employee Wellness Strategy

“Healthy doesn’t always mean happy, and vice versa,” said Matt Wozny, virtual well-being coordinator for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, at the Employer Health Care Forum on Wednesday, June 12 at the Rattlesnake Club.

At this event, created in partnership by the Detroit Regional Chamber and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, three regional health care experts discussed the evolution of wellness and provided suggestions for how businesses can improve or establish effective employee wellness strategies.

“60% of people say their employers negatively affect their well-being. This may be because modern wellness programs place an emphasis on physical health but ignore other crucial areas,” Wozny said.

Wozny suggested that employee wellness strategies should place more emphasis on wellness as a holistic concept, including mental health, financial health, social health, and stress management. Employers with advanced well-being programs have the likelihood to reduce staff turnover by roughly 87%.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers virtual well-being webinars for employers on Tuesdays at noon to teach them how to evaluate, implement, or develop an employee wellness program. They also offer members webinars on Thursdays at noon to provide motivation to help them improve their own well-being. Learn more by downloading the following resources:

Susan Morgan Bailey, vice president of culture and wellbeing practice for the Marsh & McLennan Agency, engaged attendees to get them thinking about how to help employees thrive at work.

“Why does it matter if your employees are thriving? Because it results in positive results for your business, including higher commitment, higher satisfaction, and less burnout,” Bailey said.

She concluded her talk by providing a hierarchy of needs to help employees thrive:

  1. Offer the basics: good benefits and living wages.
  2. Help people connect authentically at work by establishing stability and security, and trust and transparency.
  3. Provide growth and development opportunities, a sense of community, and the ability for employees to have input on major decisions.
  4. Allow employees to make a difference and highlight the meaningful impact their company is making in their community.

Kate Monti, head of operations at Workit Health discussed implementing targeted wellness solutions. Specifically, Workit Health provides resources to recovering drug addicts.

“Nine out of 10 recovering individuals do not get the care they need, and they don’t use available Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) because they are nervous that these programs aren’t really confidential,” Monti said.

Monti argued that employers should implement targeted wellness solutions into their employee wellness programs because they allow for customized marketing, privacy and confidentiality, and control over where employer health care dollars are being spent.

To learn more about how to establish or improve your employee wellness strategy, visit

Rehmann named among 2019 Best CPA Firms for Women

TROY, Mich., June 11, 2019 – In its seventh straight year of inclusion, Rehmann was once again named by the Accounting MOVE Project as one of the Best CPA Firms for Women. This demonstrates consistent efforts in the Firm’s advancement of women.

The Accounting MOVE Project is an annual survey of leading financial and accounting firms to determine the state of women in the industry. The annual list released by the Accounting MOVE Project ranks public accounting firms by their women’s initiatives, female leadership, and driving results.

To earn a spot on the Best CPA Firms for Women list, an employer must have both a high proportion of women at most or all levels of management and proven success with the MOVE factors.

The 2019 theme, “Promotions, Plateaus and Possibilities: New Ways Forward,” discussed the complicated, often conflicting, layers of career opportunities, barriers, expectations and assumptions at CPA firms to show women and firm leaders new ways to craft success for all.

“We’re thrilled that the MOVE Project has recognized the efforts that we’re putting into the growth of our female associates,” said Amy Flourry, Rehmann director of operations for Rehmann Wealth and chair of Rehmann’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) Council. “We will continue to raise the bar for advancing women not only at Rehmann, but within the industry.”

Through its WIN Council, Rehmann strives to create a culture that enhances the retention and recruitment of women, helps them develop their careers and increases the awareness of their success.

For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit

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

About the MOVE Project
The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success: M – Money: fair pay practices; O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development; V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers; E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership.

Contact: Holly Shier

Butzel Long attorney Beth S. Gotthelf recently served as a panelist at the Michigan Space Forum in Traverse City

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Beth S. Gotthelf was a featured panelist on Government Roles in Commercial Space at the Michigan Space Forum in Traverse City. She discussed a variety of issues including freedom of use and exploration; protection of the space and Earth environments; liability for damages caused by space objects; rescue and return of astronauts and space objects; licensing of satellite launches; compliance with ITAR; and, the export of defense items, to name a few.

Gotthelf is Butzel Long’s Director of Innovation and External Relations. She also is an Executive-in-Residence at the Macomb-OU INCubator and serves on the Macomb-OU INCubator Advisory Council.

She has helped auto suppliers diversify into alternative energy and defense, which have been lifelines to those companies.

Gotthelf brings a pragmatic and holistic approach to clients’ issues, assisting them in reaching their business goals, often matchmaking clients’ needs and acting as an outside general counsel. Her assistance in diversifying automotive suppliers into the aerospace & defense arena during the economic downturn is just one example of her holistic approach. She now counsels clients in governmental contracting, ITAR, EAR, and Foreign Military Sales. Gotthelf also is a leader in environmental law, bringing creative solutions to remediation, redevelopment, tax incentives, and waste management.

She represents and counsels a diverse mix of clients in numerous matters throughout the country. These matters include compliance and permitting; alternative energy issues; responding to an emergency; siting new facilities; civil and criminal enforcement; compliance audits; brownfields; tax incentives; remediation of contaminated sites; insurance claims; administrative procedures; solid and hazardous waste; landfills; composting; and occupational safety and health.

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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter @butzel_long or:

Global Leader in Digital Media to Speak at Walsh Commencement

TROY, Mich., Jun. 11, 2019 — Lon Otremba, Chief Executive Officer of Bidtellect Corporation, will address graduates and receive an honorary doctor of laws at Walsh’s 113th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Zion Church in Troy, Michigan. Bidtellect is currently one of the largest and fastest-growing digital advertising platforms, serving global brands such as Microsoft, Hilton, Toyota and many other Fortune 500 companies.

Otremba has over 25 years of experience in technology and media as an operating executive, investor, and adviser in the internet publishing, mobile, and broadcast music industries and is considered a pioneer in digital media. He was the founding EVP of CNET Networks, the founding COO and President of, EVP of AOL, CEO of Muzak Corp., CEO of Access 360 Media and CEO of Tylted. Otremba also holds two patents in mobile ad technology.

“We are honored to welcome Lon to share his journey with our students as they embark upon their own paths,” said Michael Plotzke, chair of the Walsh Board of Trustees. “Lon epitomizes the meaning of hard work, coupled with tenacity to achieve the success he has experienced. We are truly grateful for the message and inspiration he will deliver to our graduating class of 2019!”

A Michigan native, Otremba grew up in Eastpointe and graduated from East Detroit High and Michigan State University. He currently resides in Lantana, Florida.

For more information about Walsh, visit


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

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

Examine proven techniques to maximize efficiency, reduce risk, and improve quality with this DU certificate program!

The Certificate of Integrated Operations Management supports every organization’s quest for operational excellence. In this program, we follow a proven, interdisciplinary approach — incorporating operations management, project management, and quality management — for designing and managing effective business operations. Participants gain a holistic view of operations management in increasingly complex organizations.

Our 12-week program uniquely highlights learning efficiencies by removing the redundancy you might experience in a traditional academic class. With the integrated application of topics through discussion, analysis, simulation, project work, and corporate visits, our participants not only learn the theory and concept, but they put that knowledge into practice.

Participant Testimonial:

“What I really took out of it was the experiences the other classmates brought as they shared their applications it allowed me to see a wider way of spreading operations management. The peer-to-peer interaction was terrific, even the instructors sharing their experiences was absolutely great – that’s the best part of going to a class like this, these are real life people that are in-industry leading you, helping develop you to become the next set of leaders.”
-Operations Manager, Spring 2019 cohort

Course Information:

Grand Rapids
September 20 – December 13, 2019
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September 18 – December 11, 2019
Wednesdays from 8am-4pm

Early bird pricing ends 9/13/19!

If you have questions or would like to register, please visit or call Bethany DeVine at (616) 233-2589.

WJR at #MPC19: What the State of Michigan Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Pro Business Climate and Innovative Policy to Lead in Mobility

May 28 – WJR’s Mobility Makers with Guy Gordon

What the State of Michigan Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Pro Business Climate and Innovative Policy to Lead in Mobility


  • Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • State Rep. Joe Tate, State Representative, District 2, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Jim Lilly, State Representative, District 89, Michigan House of Representatives

WJR at #MPC19: What the Industry Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Change Perception

May 28 – WJR’s Mobility Makers with Guy Gordon

What the Industry Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Change Perception


  • Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Cheryl Carrier, Executive Director, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford Motor Company,
  • Jon Husby, President and Chief Executive Officer, North America, SEG Automotive

MichMash: Former Lt. Gov. Calley On Why Mackinac Matters

June 4, 2019

National Public Radio

Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth

Mackinac Island — fudge, bicycles, horses, and thousands of schmoozing bigwigs.

That last part is applicable at least one week of the year after Memorial Day weekend. The Mackinac Policy Conference is an annual gathering of some of the most influential politicians, business leaders, and non-profit folks at the Grand Hotel sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

We know what you’re thinking: The Swamp on an island (pardon the terminology). Who really cares about the Mackinac Policy Conference if you’re not a policy wonk or a business type?

It turns out, there are plenty of reasons to pay attention to what goes on each year.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with someone who has not only attended several of these conferences, but has been directly involved in some of the major wheeling and dealing that goes on each year.

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a Republican who is now president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), talks with Jake and Cheyna about all that happens at the Grand Hotel and why it’s important to Michigan politics and the economy.

Listen to the conversation here

Butzel Long President and CEO Justin G. Klimko featured during ACG Detroit June 7 program

DETROIT, Mich. – Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO, Butzel Long, is among seven business leaders who will be featuring during a program presented by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The title for the program is, “Navigating Cross-Border Transactions.” The discussion will focus on the legal, business, banking and accounting issues that arise in cross-border deals.

Klimko, based in the firm’s Detroit office, has extensive experience in securities regulation, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters, areas in which he has practiced since 1980. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for business law matters and is ranked as one of Michigan’s leading corporate and M&A lawyers. He also has chaired the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Opinions, which has issued reports to address opinion issues in business transactions, including issues specific to Michigan law.

He previously taught corporation law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, frequently lectures and authors articles on business law subjects and has served as general editor of a treatise on Michigan Business Forms and as a contributing author for a treatise on Michigan contract law.

Klimko is included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America and enjoys an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating system. He is rated one of Michigan’s top Corporate/M&A attorneys by Chambers USA Guide of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers (Mergers and Acquisitions).

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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Rehmann recognized on CRN’s 2019 Solution Provider 500 list

Rehmann announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named the Firm to its 2019 Solution Provider 500 list. This is the ninth year in a row the Firm has received this recognition (previously listed as Trivalent Group).

The Solution Provider 500 features those IT companies in North America that have earned the highest revenue during the past year. Those who make the list are considered the highest performing technology integrators, strategic service providers and IT consultants.

“We are honored to be named to CRN’s distinguished list of solution providers,” said Larry R. Andrus, Rehmann’s president of technology solutions. “As we remain committed to delivering innovative solutions to our clients, we are excited to be recognized among such an elite group.”

Backed by experienced engineers, technicians and consultants, Rehmann provides managed services and other IT solutions to more than 700 clients.

“The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to the solution provider organizations leading the way in digital transformation and the latest technology services.”

The complete 2019 Solution Provider 500 list is available online at