Walsh Foundation Appoints Two New Board Members

TROY, Mich., Sept. 10, 2019 —The Walsh Foundation announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The newly appointed Board members are business leaders and Walsh alumni Todd Hohauser, Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Hohauser & Associates and Chairman of IIC Partners and Daryl Kaiser, Chief Financial Officer for American Roads and the Detroit Windsor Tunnel.

“We are pleased to welcome these two individuals to the Walsh Foundation Board of Directors,” said Susan Foley, Vice President, and Chief Advancement Officer of Walsh. “In addition to being leaders in their industries, as active, engaged alumni, they demonstrate a strong commitment to Walsh’s continued success transforming lives through education.”

Hohauser received his Master of Science in Management from Walsh in 2003. In 2009 he was named Outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade. In addition to the Walsh Foundation Board, Hohauser has served as Board Member and Chair with The Epilepsy Foundation, CORP! & MichBiz Board of Advisors and is a mentor for Endeavor Detroit.

Kaiser earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh in 1991. He has remained highly engaged with Walsh since that time, previously serving as activities chairman of the Walsh Alumni Association. He currently is an adjunct faculty member and a member of the Walsh Accountancy Advisory Board.

The Walsh Foundation Board fosters private and public philanthropic support for strategic educational initiatives at Walsh while ensuring the integrity of the philanthropy program. It is staffed by Walsh employees and led by volunteers who are business, community and industry leaders.

For more information about the Walsh Foundation, visit foundation.walshcollege.edu

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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 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).

Walsh President, Alumni and Trustees Named Top Business Leaders

TROY, Mich., Sept. 6, 2019 — For the second year in a row, Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher has been named one of the most powerful business leaders in metro Detroit by DBusiness Magazine. The Detroit 500 list recognizes business leaders who have made a significant impact in their role and is determined by factors including organization size, growth rate, geographical reach, and each leader’s network.

“I am honored by this recognition and proud to be in the company of these strong business leaders, including Walsh alumni, trustees and partners,” said Kelliher.

Since joining Walsh in 2017, Kelliher has been instrumental in the enactment of an ambitious strategic plan initiative and the launch of several new academic programs, including the country’s only multi-course concentration in automotive cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, the Master of Arts in Business, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Several Walsh alumni and trustees were also recognized for their leadership:

Saber Ammori, Co-Founder and CEO, Wireless Vision
Van Conway, CEO, Van Conway & Partners; Walsh Trustee
David Girodat, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank; Walsh Trustee; Member, Walsh Foundation Board
Paul Glantz, Chairman, Emagine Entertainment Inc.
Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, H.W. Kaufman Group; Walsh Trustee; Member, Walsh Foundation Board
Thomas W. Lopp Jr., President, Sterling Bancorp Inc.
Steven McCarty, CEO, UHY
Madhava Reddy, President and CEO, HTC Global Services; Walsh Trustee

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

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of 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).

Digital Media Pioneer Lon Otremba Receives Honorary Doctorate from Walsh

TROY, Mich., July 2, 2019— Lon Otremba, Chief Executive Officer of Bidtellect Corporation, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws and delivered the keynote address at Walsh’s 113th commencement ceremony on June 29 at Zion Christian Church in Troy, Michigan.

Otremba was the founding EVP of CNET Networks, the founding COO and President of Mail.com, EVP of AOL, CEO of Muzak Corp., CEO of Access 360 Media, and CEO of Tylted and holds two patents in mobile ad technology. He shared the five core principles he’s adopted in his 35-year career: work hard and love your work, work as a team, the measured variable is the one that improves, communicate honestly and fearlessly and collapse time.

“I am truly humbled as I stand here, knowing how very hard you’ve worked to get to this day. But don’t rest on your accomplishment now,” said Otremba. “If you work hard and live and work according to positive values and principles, things will likely turn out great for you.”

Student speaker Kabina Bhari, a Master of Science in Taxation graduate and academic award recipient, shared her Walsh story with the audience. Bhari was born in Nepal, also earned her bachelor’s degree at Walsh and works as a tax senior manager for a major accounting organization.

Walsh’s 113th Commencement class included graduates aged 21 to 58 from eight countries. Several graduates were U.S. veterans and four individuals were recognized for achieving a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. They join a network of nearly 29,000 alumni, 86 percent of whom live and work in Michigan.

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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 courses 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).

Walsh Golf Event Raises Over $72K in Scholarship Funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Launches Success Stories Radio Ad Campaign

TROY, Mich., March 13, 2019 — Walsh has partnered with the Detroit Radio Advertising Group to launch a storytelling campaign featuring narratives about notable alumni, leadership, and important figures in the school’s history, such as founder Mervyn Walsh. The campaign concept was developed and executed by The Yaffe Group of Southfield, MI.

“Walsh alumni represent some of the best and brightest in the world,” said Patti Swanson, Vice President, Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer. “We are proud of their successes and thrilled to share their stories in a way that honors their accomplishments.”

The 15 and 30-second spots can be heard on several AM and FM stations throughout metro Detroit and Ann Arbor through the first week of April.

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

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Welcomes Financial Services Leaders to College

Three women from Merrill Lynch who have achieved success in the financial services industry will share how others can bridge the gender gap and build a career in this competitive field during Walsh’s Conversation With Leaders event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

The event, open to the public, will be held in room 199 at the Troy location, 3838 Livernois Rd. Troy, MI 48083.

Merrill Lynch’s Laurie Bournias, first vice president, wealth management advisor; Nicole Morgia, vice president, client relationship manager; and Estrella (Star) Crawford, community relations manager with the company’s local markets organization, will speak at the event. The panel will be moderated by Nathan Marsden, managing director and market executive at Merrill Lynch.

“These three women are not just leaders in their field, but also role models for other women who are interested in building a career in the financial services industry,” says Walsh President & CEO Marsha Kelliher. “We are proud to welcome them to Walsh and share with our students and the community their experiences in the financial services industry.”

Bournias began her career at Merrill Lynch after earning a bachelor’s degree in finance from Walsh in 1992. As a first vice president, wealth management advisor, she assists clients with a net worth of $1 million or more. She holds certifications and designations including Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and FINRA and insurance licenses.

Morgia, a client relationship manager, joined Merrill Lynch in 2016 after holding positions as director of operations for MetLife and regional manager at Raymond James. She graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in English/communications.

Crawford, community relations manager at Merrill Lynch, is responsible for supporting the market president and leadership team revenue growth and brand in local markets. She joined Bank of America in 2004 as a relationship manager and has held a wide variety of roles including change consultant, quality team manager and senior business controls specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish from Morris Brown College.

There is no cost to attend the Conversation With Leaders forum. For more information and to register, visit info.walshcollege.edu/cwl/.

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. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, 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).

MICPA Honors Walsh Leadership, Alumni and Students

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has announced the 2018 MICPA Award Winners, and many have a Walsh connection. Honorees are recognized for outstanding commitment and leadership, both to the CPA profession and their communities, and will be celebrated at the MICPA Awards Dinner on October 3.

Robert M. Johnson, BAC ’85 and MSF ’92 is the newly elected Chair of the Board. Former Walsh Finance Department Chair Leon C. LaBrecque will receive the Chair’s Service Award. Alan C. Young, MST ’85, will be recognized as the outgoing Chair of the Board and Walsh President Emerita Stephanie Bergeron will be recognized as an outgoing Board Officer. Young’s firm, Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C. will receive the Firm Appreciation Award.

Several additional Walsh alumni will also be recognized:

Bailey Altman, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Tony Burdick, MSA ’94 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Educators
Joanne M. Candela, MSF ’92 – Outstanding High School Teacher
Alex J. Drost, MSF ’16 – Emerging Leader Award; Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Paul L. Gimbutis, MAC ’08 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Victoria A. Mundinger, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Bradley P. Perry, MAC ’14 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Earl J. Poleski, MST ’86 – Outstanding CPA in Government Impact
Jonathan Satterfield, BAC ’16 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Audrey M. Victor, BAC ’91 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Federal Tax
Andrew F. Zaleski, MST ’99 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions

Current Walsh BAC student Joslyn Le will also be honored as part of the Outstanding Task Force as an Emerging Leader.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our alumni in the field of accountancy,” said Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher. “Walsh was founded on our Accountancy program and these individuals are a strong reflection of our values of excellence, integrity and collaboration. We join the MICPA in honoring all of the 2018 award winners.”

For more information about Walsh Accountancy programs, visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-ba-degree-accountancy.

WALSH HONORS BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AT LEADERSHIP AWARDS DINNER

TROY, Mich., Sept. 11, 2018 — Walsh will recognize business and community leaders Richard D. Aginian, David Provost, Alan C. Young and the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation at its annual Leadership Awards Dinner, which takes place at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 11 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

The annual Leadership Awards Dinner recognizes business and community leaders, distinguished alumni and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to Walsh. The event also benefits Walsh’s Leadership Awards Scholarship and Jeffery W. Barry Endowed Scholarship and has raised more than $2 million in scholarship funds since it began in 2000. Sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Chemical Bank as well as CareTech Solutions, Plastipak Packaging, Wealthcare Management Services and Ernst & Young.

The Walsh Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Aginian, Walsh Trustee and Retired President & Publisher, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. The Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service will be presented to Provost, President & CEO of Chemical Financial Corporation. The Walsh Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Young (MST, Walsh ‘85), Managing Director and CEO, Alan C. Young & Associates. The President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education will honor DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, which helps fund programs that improve the lives of people in metro Detroit.

“Walsh is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and organizations,” said Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher. “As leaders in their businesses and communities, they have shared their expertise and talent in their commitment to Walsh. We are pleased to honor them while raising funds to help change lives and provide scholarships for deserving students to pursue their educational goals.”

For more information about reserving your seat at Walsh’s Leadership Awards Dinner and available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gail Ball at 248-705-0287 or visit foundation.walshcollege.edu/LeadershipAwards.

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. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, 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).

Walsh College Establishes an Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Outgoing President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron

When Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron retires from her position at the College in April, she will leave behind a legacy of leadership, integrity, and devotion to the students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the College.

Her sharp business acumen, and her ability to implement current educational needs and anticipate future employment trends has guided the College’s mission since she assumed the role of president in January of 2007.

To pay tribute to all Bergeron has accomplished during her tenure, College trustees, foundation directors, alumni, and other friends of the College have established the Stephanie W. Bergeron Endowed Scholarship. The initial gift that created the scholarship and propelled the tribute campaign was from College trustee William C. Roney and his wife, Joanne.

Unlike most endowed scholarships, which traditionally place specifications on eligibility, such as a particular field of study, this scholarship will be awarded at the College president’s discretion — wherever the need is the greatest. Initial contributions to the scholarship exceed $200,000. The hope is to continually grow the endowment through future contributions in an effort to help more deserving business students fulfill their educational aspirations.

“Stephanie’s tenure at Walsh College is marked by her sincere and total dedication to students,” said Audrey Olmstead, Walsh College vice president and chief development officer. “There truly is no better way to honor Stephanie for all that she has done for the College and the community than to contribute to the scholarship that will benefit deserving students in perpetuity.”

The scholarship fund will be managed by the board of trustees of the College in accordance with the College’s investment and disbursement policies.

Bergeron has presided over a host of major initiatives during her Walsh tenure, including the opening of the Jeffery W. Barry Center in 2008; the introduction of the dual degree program with the MBA/Master of Science in Finance (2009); the Take Charge skills-training workshop program for displaced workers offered during the recession (2009-10); the Walsh College LaunchPad for aspiring student and alumni entrepreneurs (2010); Entrepreneur-YOU, a program providing local women with tools and knowledge for entrepreneurship (2012); the Driving Aspirations campaign, which raised more than $5 million for scholarships (2012); the addition of an award-winning Finance Lab at the College (2013); the implementation of three additional dual degrees, the MBA/MSM, the MBA/MSMKT, and the MBA/MSITL (2014); and the completion of a $15 million renovation of the Troy campus that includes the Executive Success Center and a state-of-the-art Cyber Lab (2016).

Bergeron has also personally contributed to Walsh College’s success with the creation of a conference room in the faculty area, a green roof in the new construction at the Troy campus, and by creating an endowed scholarship named for her mother.

For more on the Stephanie W. Bergeron Endowed Scholarship, visit www.walshcollege.edu/scholarships.

Walsh College Will Honor Four Community Leaders at Annual Awards Dinner at MGM Grand in Detroit

Walsh College will honor the achievements of four key community leaders at its 2014 Leadership Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, November 22, 2014, at the MGM Grand Hotel, Detroit.

Awards will be presented to Matthew Simoncini, president & CEO, Lear Corporation, recipient of the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service; Jeffrey Groen, recipient of the Walsh College Distinguished Alumni Award; and George and Elizabeth Seifert, recipients of the Walsh College Distinguished Lifetime Service Award.

“Leadership is an important attribute for success in business and in education. We will honor four outstanding people who model that attribute in their careers and in their communities,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “They inspire others to make extraordinary contributions every day to their firms, to society, and to Walsh.”

Individual tickets for the event are $250. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Simoncini, recipient of the Barry Award, named for third president of Walsh College who oversaw 21 years of its significant growth, has been president, CEO, and a director of Lear since September, 2011. He is responsible for the strategic direction and operational leadership of the company. Formerly, Simoncini was senior vice president and chief financial officer, a role he held since 2007.

His memberships include the board of directors at the, Wayne State University (WSU) Foundation; member of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Board and Campaign Cabinet Committee, as well as the Detroit Economic Club, Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Detroit Recreation Foundation. Simoncini earned a bachelor’s degree from WSU.

A few years after graduation from Walsh College (BAC, 1976; MST, 1981), Groen opened his own accounting firm, Groen Kluka & Company, in Troy, where he continues to serve as managing partner. The firm recently received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Specialty Designation with an accreditation in business valuation.

Groen has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching undergraduate and graduate accounting courses at Walsh. He currently sits on the board at Great Oaks Country Club and is the treasurer for the North Oakland YMCA. He belongs to the AICPA and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

George and Elizabeth Seifert created the George and Elizabeth Pyle Seifert Endowed Scholarship at Walsh in the 1990s. They are currently members of the Patron Society of the Mervyn B. Walsh Society.

George Seifert was born in Toledo, Ohio, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth (Betty). They were married in 1956 and have three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Following retirement from ATT, George Seifert formed Seifert and Associates. This firm is a consortium of academicians and other professionals who work with non-profit and for-profit organizations. The practice focuses on governance policies, marketing, and strategic planning. He has co-authored and published more than twenty business articles and a textbook, “Practicing Financial Planning for Professionals.”

For more information on the event, contact Andrea Richards, Development Office,
248-823-1204. For more information on the Leadership Awards or Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipawards.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

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WALSH CONTACTS:
Brenda Meller/Assistant Vice President, Walsh College bmeller@walshcollege.edu or
248-823-1205.

Alicia Boltach/Account Supervisor, Airfoil Public Relations boltach@airfoilgroup.com or
248-304-1453.