Former Fox 2 Anchor Anqunette Sarfoh is Now a Cannabis Entrepreneur

Former Fox 2 Detroit Anchor Anqunette “Q” Sarfoh retired after 20 years as a TV journalist after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). She found that through a combination of changing her diet and using cannabis, she was able to go from taking nine medications a day to none. Sarfoh co-founded the soon-to-be sold dispensary BotaniQ in Corktown and is currently working on a line of cannabis edibles.

Sarfoh will join other business, civic, and government leaders to explore the continued economic progress for the city of Detroit and region at the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference on Jan. 29.
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Read more about her journey with the cannabis industry in a Q&A below:

Tell us about your journey with medical marijuana and how it helped you lessen your dependence on pharmaceuticals.

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013, I believe. The first year I took all the prescribed medications, including one that is $91,000 a year. I was on nine medications and unfortunately, I didn’t feel better – in fact, I felt worse. [The doctor] suggested that I smoke [cannabis], so I did. The nausea went away relatively quickly, as did my headache. I’m using it as a disease-modifying treatment, along with diet modification. I was able to eventually wean myself off all the other pharmaceuticals that I was prescribed, and now I use cannabis as my primary treatment for MS symptoms.

What do you want skeptics to know about using cannabis for medicinal purposes?

People don’t believe it works; people think that you just want to get high. The way I use cannabis, I’m not necessarily high. I use it at nighttime to help with sleep. I wish people would be a little more open-minded. And when you consider the fact that 40 percent of all our pharmaceuticals are derived from plants, this is real medicine. Unfortunately, it’s just so many people are used to taking a pill. It would be beneficial if people would just open their minds to the possibility that plant-based medicines do work.

What inspired you to co-found BotaniQ, the provisioning center, and dispensary in Detroit?

I wanted a place for women and people who are cannabis naive could be comfortable learning more about the plant and learn how to best use it for their own personal ailments or issues. We wanted to make sure people have an environment where they don’t feel rushed, where questions are not just welcomed but encouraged. We started off with saying that we want it to be a place where you would take your grandma. And sure enough, we have a lot of seniors.

What advice would you give to someone who’s curious about the cannabis industry and wants to participate from a business standpoint?

Find a property that is compliant, that’s going to be the hardest and most challenging part. You have so many communities in Michigan that have opted out, so the places where you can put up your business are extremely limited. Find an investor [then] set a budget and prepare for it to go up 50 to 100 percent.

Get some competency of where you best fit in. This community has so many great conferences, like at the Detroit Regional Chamber. There are so many cannabis conferences all over the country right now. Pick one and just become a sponge and just take in everything. There are so many different avenues, everything from marketing and public relations to the whole business aspect of it whether it be retail or cultivation processing.

Wellness Works Now Available on LinkedIn

Wellness Works recently launched a LinkedIn page to better connect Southeast Michigan businesses with the tools necessary to develop a cohesive wellness strategy and encourage healthy habits in the workplace.

The program’s mission is to create healthy employees, increase business performance, and contribute to a thriving Detroit region. With its new LinkedIn page, Wellness Works is positioned to cultivate a digital community of individuals passionate about health and wellness in Southeast Michigan.

Join regional businesses that are working to improve employee and community well-being.
Follow this page for motivation, support, and inspiration around workplace wellness.

What you can expect:

  • Wellness strategies for your company
  • Business benefits of prioritizing workplace wellness
  • Wellness-related community events and opportunities
  • Healthier workplaces in Southeast Michigan

Kick off 2020 with a commitment to workplace wellness – follow Wellness Works Detroit on LinkedIn to take the first step.

Sean P. McNally Named Managing Partner of Pepper Hamilton’s Detroit Office

Sean P. McNally Named Managing Partner of Pepper Hamilton’s Detroit Office
Trial and Dispute Resolution Lawyer Heads 20-Lawyer Office

Detroit, MI – January 14, 2020 — Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Sean P. McNally, a partner in the firm’s Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group and co-chair of the Automotive Industry Group, has been named managing partner of the Detroit office. He succeeds Thomas P. Wilczak, who led the office for 10 years.

“Sean is a proven leader who will successfully manage the Detroit office as the firm transitions from Pepper Hamilton to Troutman Pepper, following our combination with Troutman Sanders in April,” said Thomas P. Wilczak, former managing partner of the Detroit office. “Sean was an obvious choice to assume the role as I look to concentrate more time on my environmental law practice and serving clients.”

Mr. McNally focuses his practice on the construction, manufacturing and real estate industries, where he manages high-exposure litigation matters and serves as external general counsel to a variety of companies. He also manages transactional matters in the automotive, construction and real estate areas.

Mr. McNally is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, was named one of Detroit’s top lawyers by DBusiness Magazine, and is included on the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

He is a member of the board of trustees of the Fanny Strong Foundation, a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, a fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, and a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Civil Procedure and Courts Committee since 2008. He is also a member of the Original Equipment Supplier’s Association, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Mr. McNally received his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University and his J.D, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, where he earned a trial practice certificate from the MSU Trial Practice Institute.

Pepper Hamilton’s Detroit office represents clients in complex matters in a range of practice areas, including corporate and securities, automotive, construction, environmental law, bankruptcy and reorganization, labor and employment, litigation and real estate law. Working closely with lawyers in Pepper’s other offices, the Detroit office provides clients its breadth of national expertise with depth of its local experience. The office was opened in 1979.

About Pepper Hamilton LLP*
Pepper Hamilton LLP counsels each client as if it were our only client. With more than 425 lawyers in 14 offices across the United States, we use the unique skills and talents of our people, the breadth of our practices, and the depth of our experience to deliver powerful solutions to clients’ legal and business issues. The firm was founded in 1890.

*On January 9, 2020, Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton announced the firms had agreed to merge effective April 1, 2020. The new law firm, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, or “Troutman Pepper,” will have 1,100 attorneys in 23 offices across the country. Troutman Pepper will offer its clients greater resources and bench strength, enhanced practices and expanded geographical reach.

State of Your Detroit Regional Chamber: A Year in Review

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The Detroit Regional Chamber is recognized nationally as one of the largest and most effective chambers of commerce in the nation. Yesterday, the Chamber’s 2019 annual meeting – State of Your Detroit Regional Chamber – highlighted how the organization is addressing critical challenges facing the region and the state.

“We are proud that we have over 2,500 members supporting the regional Chamber,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah. “It’s not enough to have just a footprint here in our metro area, so we cover 11 counties that comprise the Detroit region.”

The Chamber is best known for its best-in-class convening, said Baruah. Iconic events like the unique in the nation Mackinac Policy Conference, Detroit Policy Conference, MICHauto Summit, and State of the Region address the region and state’s most pressing issues and competitiveness, connect companies to resources that can inform business decisions, and bring together business, civic, and government leaders from across the state.

The Chamber also serves as the voice for the business community in the Detroit region, and its top-rated business advocacy team is currently advancing legacy issues such as transportation, education standards, and job growth, among more. The Chamber has one of the most sought-after candidate endorsements in the state with a 90 percent success rate for endorsed candidates.

“We’ve been very involved in some of the key policy initiatives,” said Chamber Board Member Dennis W. Archer Jr., CEO of Ignition Media Group and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services. “We take a hard look at those candidates that are running for office because we have to be able to execute what’s best for the region.”

Along with serving as a voice for business in the region, the Chamber is also securing Michigan’s leadership in the automotive and next-generation mobility industry through MICHauto. With an annual economic impact of $225 billion, Michigan’s economy is dependent on the evolving automotive industry.

In order to retain and grow the industry, MICHauto is working to build the region’s talent base by changing perceptions of automotive and mobility careers among youth.

“We have 120 investors to support the initiatives retaining and attracting the talent to this industry,” said Chamber Board Member Lisa Lunsford, the CEO of Global Strategic Supply Solutions. “We are trying to get those kids a little younger than high school to show that [with a career in this industry] it’s more than an assembly line.”

The Chamber focuses on growing talent for not only the automotive and mobility industry, but for all its member companies as they prepare to create the jobs of the future. Programs such as Detroit Promise ensure that Detroit students have a pathway to a tuition-free college education, and Let’s Detroit works to attract and retain young professionals in the region.

“I truly believe that education is a steppingstone to a better life,” said Chamber Board Member Paul Glantz, co-founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment Inc.

Rehmann announces 9 promotions in Southeast Michigan

Rehmann announces 9 promotions in Southeast Michigan
TROY, Mich., Jan. 15, 2020 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, is starting the decade strong by announcing the promotions of nine associates in Southeast Michigan. Promotions in the area include:
• Cheryl Tront – Troy – Internal Processing Team Assistant (Senior level)
• Grant Pollack – Troy – Investment Analyst (Senior level)
• Michael Cannon – Troy – Assurance In-Charge
• Linda Cooper – Troy – Accounting Solutions Manager
• Sarah Cowie – Detroit – Advisory & Tax Senior
• Chris D’Agostino – Troy – Assurance In-Charge
• Patti Greenwald – Farmington Hills – Accounting Solutions Manager
• Shelby Oakes – Troy – Assurance In-Charge
• Danielle Thornberry – Troy – Advisory & Tax Manager
“We are proud to begin the year by recognizing the hard-working individuals who have shown relentless commitment to our clients’ success,” said Stacie Kwaiser, Rehmann’s chief operating officer. “We look forward to seeing the great work that lies ahead for each of these valued team members.”

Rehmann and its associates deliver forward-thinking results to clients through a progressive service model designed to provide satisfaction and confidence. Rehmann has grown to become one of the largest financial services and advisory firms with nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann’s associates are committed to working collaboratively to cultivate ideas, service and experience.

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.

Walsh Hosts Regional High School Business Competition

TROY, Mich., Jan. 14, 2020 — Walsh hosted 288 Macomb and Oakland County high school students participating in the Business Professionals of America Regional Leadership Conference at its Troy location on Jan. 10, 2020.

Students from 12 schools competed in individual and team events in accounting, financial management, information technology, interviewing skills, marketing, small business management and more. Qualifying students have the opportunity to compete at the state level March 19-22 in Grand Rapids. The conference also included presentations on current business topics such as cybersecurity, finance and networking and tours of Walsh’s award-winning Troy location.

“Walsh was proud to welcome these future business leaders and see such an enthusiastic and diverse group of students showcase their knowledge, skills and talent,” said Patti Swanson, Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer at Walsh.

“Walsh was the perfect venue for the Business Professionals of America conference,” said Maurice Henderson, State Director, Business Professionals of America. “It was clearly evident that Walsh is passionate about student success.”

Business Professionals of America is a career and technical student organization for high school and college business education students, with 54,000 members nationally. Michigan is one of 23 state associations and has a membership of 5,000 students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, 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, human resources, 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).

Butzel Long Elects Shareholders

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys Ashley Glime, Daniel J. McCarthy and Neil Patel have been elected shareholders.

Ashley Glime

Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, Glime advises clients in the areas of intellectual property, media, and technology law. Her trademark practices encompasses all aspects of U.S. and international trademark law including global trademark portfolio and brand management; clearance searches and opinions, filing and prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications, development of domain name strategies and resolution of domain name disputes, developing trademark monitoring and enforcement strategies, drafting license, co-branding, coexistence and settlement agreements.

Her copyright practice includes securing protections, licensing, fair use analysis, and enforcement. She serves as a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) agent and has represented clients with works ranging from computer software to photographs to traditional written works. She assists in analyzing infringement and U.S. copyright litigation.
Glime brings the experience of an information technology professional and a computer coder to the practice of technology law. Her practice spans the range of emerging technologies from driverless cars to blockchain.

She also advises on privacy and access issues, including the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act for a broad array of clients, including digital media, emerging technology groups and digital businesses. She conducts pre-publication review of stories/broadcasts including Fair Use analysis and has drafted talent agreements for broadcast clients.

While attending William Mitchell College of Law, Glime was a member of the Student Intellectual Property Association, and the National Security Law Association, research assistant and program developer for the Mitchell in London program, and served as a judicial intern for the Florence County Circuit Court Judge in Florence, Wisconsin. She spent her third year of law school studying in London focusing on English Company and European and English Intellectual Property Law.

Glime’s education includes the following: University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 2008; William Mitchell College of Law 2012; J.D.; BPP Law School, London, England 2012, LL.B.

Daniel J. McCarthy

McCarthy, who is based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, concentrates his practice in appellate and commercial litigation for both state and federal courts.
He is sought after for appellate litigation, as well as arbitration matters. A prolific writer, McCarthy has authored thousands of legal briefs during his career and he has garnered many victories in the appellate and circuit courts, as well as multiple arbitration awards in favor of his clients. His cumulative career is a testament to his unyielding dedication to providing every client with the most efficient and effective advocacy possible.

McCarthy served as a law clerk intern for the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He later served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marilyn J. Kelly, Justice, Michigan Supreme Court, 1999 to 2000, and then in 2000 he served as a pre-hearing attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.

In addition to his career as an experienced and trusted litigator, McCarthy also served as an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

In 2010, McCarthy was appointed to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, a position he held through 2018. McCarthy graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., cum laude) and Western Connecticut State University (B.B.A.).

Neil Patel

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Patel concentrates his practice in the areas of business and corporate law.

He advises and counsels clients on matters related to the sale or acquisition of businesses, general corporate and business law, entity formation, shareholder disputes, and preparation and negotiation of corporate and transactional documents, including merger & acquisitions, operating and compliance documents. He provides legal services to clients in a wide array of businesses, including the automotive, medical, manufacturing, franchising, technology and hospitality industries.

In addition to representing established businesses, Patel is active in start-up and growth-stage ventures, providing advice and counsel to help clients make sound business decisions.

Prior to pursuing his legal career, Patel spent nearly a decade owning and operating multiple units of a national restaurant franchise. His experience as a business owner gives him the unique ability to provide clients with guidance on legal matters while simultaneously minding the practicality of that advice from the client’s business perspective.

Patel is a graduate of Western Michigan University (J.D., magna cum laude) and the University of Windsor, Ontario (Bachelor of Commerce). While in law school, he served as Senior Editor of the Law Review and a member of the moot court executive board.

To complement his academic activities during law school, Patel interned with Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and was employed as a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure.

Patel is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA), and a Young Leaders member of the Detroit Economic Club. He participated in the Detroit Economic Club’s Career Readiness Academy, a six-month program that mentors high school students regarding career aspirations and connects them with leaders and contemporary issues. In addition to his external activities, he is a member of the firm’s recruiting, diversity, and retention committee.

Patel is admitted to practice in Michigan state courts and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.

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 an alliance office in Beijing. 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

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Lambert Acquires New York Banking And Financial Services Firm Casteel Schoenborn Investor Relations Corporate Communications

DETROIT, Mich., January 14, 2020 – Lambert & Co., a top-10 investor relations firm and a top-5 private equity communications agency nationally, today announced the acquisition of Casteel Schoenborn Investor Relations & Corporate Communications. The deal marks Lambert’s seventh transaction and second in the last two months.

The transaction advances Lambert’s strategy to be the nation’s leading integrated investor relations and public relations firm for emerging and established market leaders through organic growth, acquisitions and innovation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The Casteel Schoenborn team has built a tremendous business offering strategic guidance to publicly traded regional and community banks and other U.S. financial services firms, making them a perfect fit to accelerate our strategic plan and bolster our IR and financial services sector expertise,” said Jeff Lambert, founder and CEO. “Their unique approach, enduring partnerships with management teams and vast experience set enhances our current client roster and creates a true financial services powerhouse.”

Casteel Schoenborn serves public and private enterprises, private equity firms and their legal and financial advisors in other industries nationwide, advising on a wide range of issues including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, public offerings and private placements, regulatory enforcement actions and litigation, governance issues, as well as special situations and crisis communications. Casteel Schoenborn’s professionals have worked with publicly held firms with market capitalizations ranging from under $100 million to more than $80 billion to execute IR and communications programs that achieve corporate objectives and secure full and fair valuation for the companies’ shares.

Casteel Schoenborn is based in Williamsville, N.Y. and its team is joining Lambert as part of the transaction, with principals Lynn Casteel and Jeffrey Schoenborn named managing directors.

“Joining Lambert provides us additional scale and access to talent across its network of offices in Michigan, New York City and Phoenix,” Casteel said. “Our team is excited to leverage the additional breadth of industry expertise and integrated communications capabilities for our client, as well as contribute to the success of Lambert’s clients on each end of the capital markets spectrum – from pre-revenue companies raising their first round of capital to well-established publicly traded corporations. We have advised numerous U.S. financial services companies over the years, with a strong emphasis on banking, and look forward to this next chapter in our business to provide a broader array of services that clients seek.”

Keynote Added to 2020 Detroit Policy Conference: Hill Harper, Actor, Author, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

Hill Harper will not only bring his star power to the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference stage, but he will also share insight from a career rooted in philanthropy and service to communities in need in a can’t-miss keynote address.

Whether by helping city residents restore credit to pursue homeownership, his purchase and restoration of the Charles T. Fisher Mansion, or his youth empowerment program in partnership with Wayne State University and local businesses, Harper’s connections to Detroit run deep.

Spots are filling up quickly for this year’s Conference. Secure yours today to hear more from Harper and the rest of this year’s renowned speakers. Register here. 

Integrated Marketing Firm MCCI Sells to Executive Team

Mort Crim Communications, Inc. (MCCI), one of the fastest-growing integrated marketing firms based in Detroit, today announced it has been sold to the company’s executive team. The announcement was made by the outgoing owner, President and CEO Terrence Oprea. Terms of the transaction were not released.

“This is the culmination of years of planning between our executives and me,” Oprea said. “The new ownership team knows virtually every detail of leading, growing and managing this award-winning agency, so I expect a seamless, excellent future for MCCI. I’m thrilled this is happening at a time when we’re experiencing unprecedented client momentum, top-line growth and significant expansion of our downtown Detroit headquarters.”

Purchasing the agency are former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Christopher Heaton, who now leads as CEO of the firm; Senior Vice President Richard Donley, APR, now president; Senior Vice President Todd Haight, now chief strategy officer; and Senior Vice President Jennette Smith Kotila, now chief marketing officer. Oprea will be of counsel to the agency for the short term to aid in transition details.

MCCI boasts more than 40 clients, representing many national and international brands. Industry expertise includes automotive, supply chain, professional services, manufacturing, education, government, healthcare, real estate, association and nonprofit segments. MCCI has continued to expand its integrated capabilities including advertising, branding, creative services, digital media, video production and public relations.

“We admire and respect Terry for his 26 years of leadership since he joined the firm in 1993,” said Heaton, who has been with MCCI for 22 years. “Our agency, founded on the principles of integrity and excellence, is well-positioned in this competitive market to continue the acceleration of our growth and success as we begin this next chapter.”

Heaton said the new ownership team is committed to the firm’s Detroit home and will keep its headquarters in the Murphy-Telegraph Building, located in the heart of the financial district. MCCI also is expanding the footprint of the firm by adding 4,000 square feet of space; a grand opening is expected in the first quarter of 2020. MCCI moved to Detroit in 2014. The firm also has operated an office in Orlando since 2014.

“MCCI’s momentum stems from adding new clients, exceptional talent, as well as introducing new channel offerings,” Donley said. “We’re excited with where we’re headed in 2020 all while delivering ‘Seriously Creative’ service and results for our clients.”

About MCCI
MCCI was founded in 1993 by legendary broadcaster Mort Crim, joined by Post-Newsweek (WDIV-TV) Executive Producer and journalist Terry Oprea. Crim retired in 2008, selling the firm fully at that time to Oprea.

One of the most trusted Michigan-based integrated marketing agencies, MCCI has earned more than 70 awards for strategy, creativity and results. The firm has particular expertise in outcome-centered campaigns. MCCI specializes in brand marketing and marketing services; public and media relations; video production; advertising and creative services; web design and development; digital, social and content marketing; coaching and training; and event services.

For more information, visit www.mccicorp.com.
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