Walsh’s Online MBA Receives International Recognition

TROY, Mich., March 20, 2019 – Walsh’s online MBA program has been ranked a Tier One Global Online MBA by CEO Magazine. Data was collected from 144 schools across 25 countries, with Walsh ranking in the top 25 percent. Programs were ranked based on criteria including quality of faculty, international diversity, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, cost and professional development. Schools were ranked as Tier One or Tier Two based on their overall percentage score from these criteria. Walsh is one of only three schools in Michigan to earn the distinction.

The Walsh Online MBA is identical to the traditional Walsh MBA, delivered by academic faculty who bring authentic industry experience into small class settings, both on-ground and online. Multiple term start dates, year-round registration and no GMAT requirement allow students to start anytime and schedule their education at a pace that fits their lives.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998.

This is not Walsh’s first recognition for excellence in online education. Other recent distinctions include one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., a Top Online MBA in Michigan, one of the Best Online Colleges in Michigan, one of the Best Online Programs for a Master’s in Network Security and one of the Best Online Master’s in Marketing.

The complete CEO Magazine 2019 Global MBA Rankings can be viewed at https://goo.gl/RTU9EG

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

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).

American Society of Employers (ASE) releases their first Workplace Flexibility Survey

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Manager, Communications, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —March 19, 2019 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, released the organization’s first ever Workplace Flexibility Survey today. With work/life balance an ever-growing concern for both employers and employees, ASE surveyed Michigan employers to see how they are providing flexible work arrangements to stay competitive.

The results were released by ASE’s president and CEO, Mary E. Corrado, who stated, “Companies big and small are realizing that they need to offer flexible workplace arrangements to suit various employee needs and remain competitive. Our data shows that a majority of Michigan employers offer flexible solutions for employees. New technologies that enhance communication and collaboration have removed some of the barriers that existed in the past.”

Survey Highlights

A majority of responding organizations (66%) offer some kind of flexible work arrangement to their employees.
The most prevalent flexible work arrangement offered by organizations was flexible hours/flextime (83%). This was followed by telecommuting, with 62% offering the benefit, and 46% allowing part-time schedules.
In organizations that utilize flexible hours/flextime most allow employees to have varied start and end times (96%). However, most organizations require employees to be present for core hours (79%).
Telecommuting arrangements are most frequently at the discretion of the manager (79%) and are offered on an ad-hoc basis (77%).
Technology has made telecommuting more efficient and viable. 54% of respondents indicate using some form of collaboration software and another 52% indicate utilizing some form of video conferencing. Instant messaging, popularized in the mid and late 90’s, was utilized by 75% of those surveyed.
11% of organizations offer paid parental leave beyond FMLA, short-term disability, or what is required by law.
18% of organizations offer summer/seasonal hours and majority of them use a compressed workweek (38%). The most popular form of the compressed work week is a 4/40 schedule where employees work four 10-hour days a week.
Background information on the survey

173 total participants
Organizations with one to 500 Michigan employees made up 85% of the survey sample, while organizations with 501 to 1,000 Michigan employees represented 5.8% of the sample. The remaining 9.2% of the sample comes from organizations with over 1,000 Michigan employees.
Of the 173 participants 41% are classified as Automotive Suppliers.
Almost 80% of the sample are in the Detroit Metro Region.
Pricing

To obtain copies of ASE’s 2018 Workplace Flexibility Survey members should visit their Dashboard on the ASE website or contact ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Surveys department at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.223.8051. These surveys are available free of charge to ASE members and for $525 to non-members.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

SSDM Wins Two Interactive Marketing Awards Including Best Small Interactive Marketing Agency

Troy, Mich — March 19, 2019 — SSDM, a nationally recognized digital marketing agency, has won two out the three awards for which it was shortlisted in the annual Interactive Marketing Awards (IMA) competition. This is the second year in a row that SSDM was a finalist for all three of its submissions.

SSDM was awarded the top honor as the Best Small Interactive Marketing Agency of the Year. In addition, the agency also won for its campaign for Bosch Automotive Service Solutions: OTC in the Best Interactive Marketing – B2B category. The agency also was a finalist for its Bosch Automotive Service Solutions: ADS campaign, again in the Best Interactive Marketing – B2B category.

“It’s a testimony to the consistency and caliber of work that I see from our teams every day,” says Nick Skislak, SSDM CEO and managing partner. “Their commitment to constant excellence is recognized through the trust our clients place in our campaign strategies and execution plans.”

Referring to the national awards, Skislak says, “We’re dedicated to doing what it takes to be the best in the industry and are thrilled to be able to shed an additional spotlight on Detroit, which is at the forefront of the digital movement in so many ways.”

The IMAs were awarded during Pubcon, an annual gathering of consultants, marketers and businesses to learn the latest insights and techniques to revamp and improve online marketing strategies. This year’s event was held earlier this month in Ft. Lauderdale, with featured speaker Carolyn Shelby of ESPN.

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Now in its 11th year, SSDM is an award-winning digital marketing and advertising agency in Troy, Michigan, focused on the customer journey. For more information, please visit https://ssdm.co.

Walsh Offers Career Workshop for Displaced GM Employees

TROY, Mich., March 18, 2019 — Walsh will offer a resume and job search workshop for displaced GM employees on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 112 of their main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy, MI.

Facilitated by Walsh Career Services, the workshop will include a presentation on resume writing and job search techniques, Q&A session and brief one-on-one resume reviews following the presentation. Advanced registration is required.

“As Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, Walsh is committed to retaining talent in Michigan’s workforce,” said Brenda Paine, Ph.D., CPRW, Director of Career Services at Walsh. “Our team of career advisors looks forward to providing this service at a time when so many talented Michigan workers need it.”

To register for Walsh’s Career Workshop for Displaced GM Employees, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/career-services-events.

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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).

Rehmann earns ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Accounting™ award for client service excellence

TROY, Mich., March 19, 2019 – Rehmann announced today that it has won ClearlyRated’s Best of Accounting™ Award for providing superior service.

Best of Accounting Award winners have proven themselves as industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients. On average, clients of 2019 Best of Accounting winners are 1.9 times more likely to be entirely satisfied than those who work with non-winning firms. Rehmann received a Net Promotor Score (NPS) of 75, significantly higher than the profession’s average of 24. (NPS scores can range from -100 to +100.)

“Our clients told us that we understand them and their needs. In fact, that was the number one reason that they said they would refer us to friends,” said Mitch Reno, director of client experience. “We are proud that our service teams create better experiences by listening and collaborating well.”

NPS is a measure of a customers’ likelihood to refer to a friend or colleague. Measured on a 10-point scale, company and brand “promoters” (customers giving a nine or 10 score) are subtracted from “detractors” (those giving a score of six or below).

Rehmann received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 81 percent of their clients, higher than the industry’s average of 45 percent in 2019.

“The client experience is one of the most powerful ways that accounting firms can set themselves apart from the competition,” said ClearlyRated’s CEO Eric Gregg. “2019 Best of Accounting winners have demonstrated their commitment to client service, investing in a survey and feedback program that brings transparency to the client experience at their firm. I’m thrilled to showcase these service leaders alongside their validated client ratings and testimonials on ClearlyRated.com!”

About Best of Accounting™

Best of Accounting recognizes accounting firms that have demonstrated exceptional service quality based exclusively on ratings provided by their clients. The award program provides statistically valid and objective service quality benchmarks for the accounting industry, revealing which firms deliver the highest quality of service to their clients. Winners are featured on ClearlyRated.com – an online business directory that helps buyers of professional services find service leaders and vet prospective firms – based exclusively on validated client ratings and testimonials.

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. Additionally, through a unique combination with Trivalent Group®, a top 100 managed IT service provider, we have expanded our technology capabilities and launched a managed IT solutions practice. 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.

About ClearlyRated

Rooted in satisfaction research for professional service firms, ClearlyRated (formerly known as Inavero) utilizes a Net Promoter Score survey program to help accounting firms measure the client experience, build online reputation, and differentiate on service quality. Learn more at ClearlyRated.com/Solutions

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

Great Lakes Metro Chambers Convene On the USMCA, Soo Locks, and More

The Detroit Regional Chamber and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition met with members of Congress and their staff during a two-day fly-in to Washington D.C. last week to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the Soo Locks, and immigration.

During the visit, the Coalition met at the White House with staff from the National Economic Council and the Department of Energy. The Coalition emphasized the importance of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in providing funding to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and to accelerate progress towards long-term goals. President Trump’s new budget proposed cutting funding for this initiative by 90 percent.

A later meeting with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney placed a heavy importance on supporting the USMCA. The USMCA is the renegotiated trade agreement made between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Highlights from the agreement include adding new chapters that cover digital trade, anti-corruption, and good regulatory practices; new protections for U.S. intellectual property; and improving rules of origin for automobiles, trucks, and other products. This new agreement will go to Congress for approval before the end of the year.

In a meeting with Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI 1), the Coalition discussed ongoing repairs to the Soo Locks — one of the world’s busiest waterway crossings, handling 75 million tons of commerce annually and saving the Great Lakes region $3.5 billion a year on transportation costs. Last year, President Trump approved a federal grant of roughly $21 million that will go to repairing this crucial waterway.

Meetings were also held with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA 19) on immigration and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on the Coalition’s comprehensive agenda. At the end of the fly-in, the Coalition hosted a reception for the entire Great Lakes delegation and their staff.

For more information on the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, visit http://greatlakesmetrochambers.com/.

Proposed repeal of Michigan ‘pension tax’ prompts fairness debate

March 19, 2019

Bridge Magazine

By: Lindsay VanHulle

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Fewer private-sector companies are offering defined-benefit retirement plans, what are traditionally considered employer-promised pensions. More are opting instead for defined-contribution, 401k-style savings accounts, to which employees contribute money and employers can match.

The public sector has been slower to make that change, said Lupher, of the Citizens Research Council. Many local governments struggle to set aside enough money to cover their full pension obligation, which they’re constitutionally required to pay out to retirees.

And Michiganders are getting older. In May 2008, the Citizens Research Council issued a report on the state’s fiscal future that noted that tax-exempt retirement income will limit state income tax growth as more residents retire.

“We’ve gone all in on these IRA-type plans, these self-investment type plans, for your retirement, and people aren’t investing enough,” Lupher said. “At some point, we’re going to have a lot of poor retirees, people working beyond retirement age, because they can’t afford to retire. And so levying a tax on top of that is, at some point, going to be kicking people while they’re down. But I think (policymakers are) trying to worry about: How are we going to fix the roads and how are we going to fund schools?”

Business groups that support keeping the tax in place, including the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, say the decision eight years ago to tax more retirement income addressed the fairness issue.

“Everybody’s utilizing government services,” said Dan Papineau, director of tax policy and regulatory affairs for the Michigan Chamber. “I think it struck a balance between all seniors, in whatever financial situation they’re in.”

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Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis featured during Philippine Nurses Association Annual Spring Educational Conference on April 13 in Troy

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis will be a featured speaker during the Philippine Nurses Association (PNAM) Annual Spring Educational Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Troy Beaumont Hospital. Pacis will discuss immigration issues for nurses.

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

Walsh to Host Admission Day for Prospective Students

TROY, Mich., March 15, 2019 — Walsh will host Admission Day for prospective students on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at all locations including Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Port Huron and Farmington Hills.

Prospective students can have transcripts evaluated by a Walsh academic advisor, learn about Walsh’s bachelor’s and master’s programs in business and technology and receive an on-the-spot admission decision. Application fees will be waived. Advanced registration is recommended.

“Admission Day lets prospective students learn how Walsh’s nationally ranked programs, flexibility and faculty with real-world experience can help them reach their future faster,” said Karen Mahaffy, Executive Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services at Walsh. “They will also experience first-hand the kind of personal attention they can expect throughout their time at Walsh. Our admissions team looks forward to meeting with the future leaders in business.”

To register for Walsh Admission Day, please visit apply.walshcollege.edu/register/AdmissionDay.

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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).

Susan J. Demas: Business leaders should call GOP’s bluff on Whitmer’s gas tax

Michigan Advance

March 15, 2019

Susan J. Demas

It’s almost springtime in Michigan, which means that it’s time for another glorious season of pothole roulette.

Nobody really denies that our roads are in shambles, as most Michiganders have lost a tire (or several) or coughed up hundreds of dollars for far more serious car repairs. And the $2.5 billion annual cost to really fix infrastructure is considered a conservative estimate.

But GOP leaders who control the Legislature have already called Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s gas tax increase a “non-starter” — while naturally offering up no solution of their own. There’s a danger in this obstructionism, however, as business leaders are generally not on the same page.

In Michigan, we’ve become accustomed to politicians ignoring problems for years — and then settling for half-measures and calling it good.

So Whitmer’s call for bold action is jarring.

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