American Society of Employers (ASE) announces the Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2016; honorees will be celebrated on Nov. 3 at ASE’s Annual Summit

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce the honorees for its annual Michigan HR Executive of the Year for 2016. Through a nomination process overseen by ASE, candidates are selected in four categories and recognized for their admirable work that distinguishes them in the field of Human Resource Management. The category winners are:

• Adam Jeffries, Vice President of Human Resources, North America, Faurecia North America – Organizations with over 1,000 Michigan employees
• Brenda Gallick, Director of Team Member Success, Billhighway – Organizations with fewer than 1,000 Michigan employees
• Cynthia M. Glass, Ed.D., Vice President of Administrative Service and Human Resources, Henry Ford College – Health and Human Services organizations with 500 or more Michigan employees
• Danielle Crane, Chief Talent Officer, GreenPath Financial Wellness – Health and Human Services organizations with fewer than 500 Michigan employees

“ASE congratulates all the honorees and thanks them for their dedication to the HR profession,” Mary E. Corrado, ASE president and CEO said. “Their work is highly regarded by their peers and has had a significant impact on the companies they work for.”

The Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2016 will receive their awards at ASE’s thirteenth Annual Summit, which celebrates not only the honorees but the pivotal role of the HR profession in Michigan’s business and non-profit communities. The ASE Annual Summit will be held Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club.

ASE’s 2016 Annual Summit is open to both ASE members and non-members. Tickets are $99 per person, $539 for groups of six, and $639 for groups of eight. The evening includes networking, cocktails, small plates, and dessert. To purchase tickets or for registration information, please call 248-223-8006 or visit the ASE website.

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.

Douglas Marketing Group announces industry awards

Douglas Marketing Group (DMG), an international marketing and PR firm with a 25-year history of award-winning creative initiatives, announces recent awards received for client websites.

DMG’s website for Detroit-based Ideal Shield, a member company of the Ideal Group, a manufacturer of various facility maintenance products, received the Hermes Creative Gold award from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Overall, the competition received more than 6,000 entries from around the world. The website can be viewed at http://www.idealshield.com/.

DMG received a Silver 2016 Summit Creative Award for Consumer Image Website for its work with the spirits maker, Wolfhead Distillery, which is about an hour across the water from Detroit and the first new distillery to open in the Southern Ontario region since Prohibition. The website can be viewed at http://www.drinkwolfhead.com/home/.

About Douglas Marketing Group
Celebrating a quarter century of providing art- and technology-infused, relationship-based marketing solutions, Douglas Marketing Group (DMG) is the visionary behind the marketing brand management software and visual roadmap, DMG Big Picture Landscape® and its companion software, ROIAlly™, the strategic marketing return on investment budget tracker. With offices in Detroit and Windsor and Niagara, Ontario, the full service marketing and public relations firm offers international reach and local appeal.

Learn more at http://www.experiencedmg.com.

 

American Society of Employers (ASE) seeks nominations for Michigan’s 2016 HR Executive of the Year award; deadline is July 1

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is seeking nominations for ASE’s 2016 Michigan HR Executive of the Year award. The call for nominations was announced by Mary E. Corrado, president and CEO of ASE.

“The HR Executive of the Year award is a coveted honor in Michigan’s HR community that recognizes leaders in the profession who dedicate their careers to bettering not only their organizations, but also their industries and the broader community,” Corrado said.

Nominees will be evaluated on their commitment to the HR profession, successes in past/current positions, contributions to the community, impact on the lives of others and the success of the organization he or she serves. Nominees must meet the following criteria for consideration:

 Are currently employed as an HR executive
 Serve as the company’s highest-ranking HR person residing in Michigan
 Have at least 10 years of HR management experience
 Demonstrate consistent proven successes, enthusiasm and leadership/support of the HR profession
 Apply professional experience both inside and outside his or her organization

A selection committee comprised of ASE board members, past award recipients and HR executives will review all nominations and select the award winners. A total of four individuals will be recognized in the following categories: executive of an organization with 1,000 or more Michigan employees; executive of an organization with fewer than 1,000 Michigan employees; health and human services organization with 500 or more Michigan employees; and a health and human services organization with fewer than 500 Michigan employees.

The 2015 HR Executive of the Year honorees and their titles when the awards were announced in Nov. 2015 were Scott Pepin, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Federal-Mogul Powertrain; Meghan Berg, HR Director, Fortis Energy Services, Inc.; Sharon Butler, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Michigan State University; and Ron Carr, Human Resources Director, United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

Nominations are being accepted now through July 1. To view the nomination form or to nominate an HR executive, click here. The 2016 HR Executive of the Year recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit on Nov. 3.

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.

FreeStar Financial Credit Union earns Macomb County’s Best of the Best Award for fifth year

FreeStar Financial Credit Union, formerly known as Central Macomb Community Credit Union, was named in Macomb Daily’s Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards as the best credit union for the fifth year in a row.

“We are thrilled that the Macomb Daily readers and our members feel so strongly about the excellent service and products at FreeStar Financial that they voted for us again,” said Drema Isaac, President/CEO.
With technological advancements like mobile deposit and online loan closings to provide convenience to our members, the credit union has been able to retain members who now reside in 49 states and throughout the world. Additionally, the credit union created programs to help members rebuild their credit with a Fresh Start loan or Fresh Start checking account. Niche programs like the first-time auto buyers program and the Visa One card were created to help young members without credit establish themselves without the need of a cosigner.
Educating members is another important element of FreeStar Financial’s success. Complimentary educational seminars are presented at the credit union for members on topics such as Wills & Trusts, Elder Law, Home Buying, and Understanding Your Credit Score each spring and fall. A special team of volunteers also visits high school students to conduct a budgeting simulation called Mad City Money. In the 2-1/2 years since the program started, the credit union has reached over 1,200 students with the message of save early and create a budget.
In addition, the credit union grants $4,000 in scholarships to high school seniors annually for either Community Action, demonstrating community involvement, or Military Honor, having a parent in the military while also demonstrating academic and community achievements.
“We are very appreciative of our volunteer board of directors and supervisory committee who exemplify the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’ by volunteering their time to the oversight of our great credit union,” said Isaac. “With that model, our employees donate over 200 hours each October for Make A Difference Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday, by assisting at soup kitchens, helping with senior citizen activities, and organizing at food pantries.” The credit union sponsors dozens of events and organizations each year in the Macomb County area.
FreeStar Financial Credit Union was originally established in 1957 at what is now the Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Today, the credit union serves over 18,000 members with the ability to accept members from 10 counties in Southeastern Michigan and military and veterans throughout Michigan.

American Society of Employers (ASE) seeks nominations for Michigan’s 2016 HR Executive of the Year award

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is seeking nominations for ASE’s 2016 Michigan HR Executive of the Year award. The call for nominations was announced by Mary E. Corrado, president and CEO of ASE.

“The HR Executive of the Year award is a coveted honor in Michigan’s HR community that recognizes leaders in the profession who dedicate their careers to bettering not only their organizations, but also their industries and the broader community,” Corrado said.

Nominees will be evaluated on their commitment to the HR profession, successes in past/current positions, contributions to the community, impact on the lives of others and the success of the organization he or she serves. Nominees must meet the following criteria for consideration:

 Are currently employed as an HR executive
 Serve as the company’s highest-ranking HR person residing in Michigan
 Have at least 10 years of HR management experience
 Demonstrate consistent proven successes, enthusiasm and leadership/support of the HR profession
 Apply professional experience both inside and outside his or her organization

A selection committee comprised of ASE board members, past award recipients and HR executives will review all nominations and select the award winners. A total of four individuals will be recognized in the following categories: executive of an organization with 1,000 or more Michigan employees; executive of an organization with fewer than 1,000 Michigan employees; health and human services organization with 500 or more Michigan employees; and a health and human services organization with fewer than 500 Michigan employees.

The 2015 HR Executive of the Year honorees and their titles when the awards were announced in Nov. 2015 were Scott Pepin, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Federal-Mogul Powertrain; Meghan Berg, HR Director, Fortis Energy Services, Inc.; Sharon Butler, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Michigan State University; and Ron Carr, Human Resources Director, United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

Nominations are being accepted now through July 1. To view the nomination form or to nominate an HR executive, click here. The 2016 HR Executive of the Year recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit on Nov. 3.

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.

Clayton & McKervey President Robert Dutkiewicz Wins ACG’s Meritorious Service Award

Robert Dutkiewicz, president of Clayton & McKervey, an international accounting and business advisory firm servicing growth-driven middle market companies, is one of five national recipients of the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) Meritorious Service Award. This honor is given to ACG members who have provided distinguished volunteer service and leadership.

Rob has served as the president of ACG Detroit and as vice president of programs for the chapter. During his tenure, he helped develop a strategic plan to grow membership and increase brand awareness. He also played a key role in the organization’s public policy initiative, including visiting representatives in Washington D.C. and in his district, and forming the chapter’s public policy committee. In addition, he served on the organization’s NextGen and Women’s Forum committees.

Rob and his peers will be recognized for these prestigious awards during ACG’s InterGrowth Conference held May 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

“This year’s lineup of winners represents the diversity, dedication and drive that make the ACG membership experience a unique and irreplaceable one,” said Richard P. Jaffe,-partner with Duane Morris LLP and 2016 ACG chairman of the board. “We are grateful for Rob’s leadership and dedication over the years and honored to include him among our award winners,” he said.

ACG Detroit, founded in 1984, was recently named the 2015 Chapter of the Year by ACG Global.
ACG serves 90,000 investors, owners, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG’s mission is to drive middle-market growth. For more information, visit acg.org.

Clayton & McKervey is a Detroit-based accounting and business advisory firm helping growth-driven entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm was established in 1953 and is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout Europe, China, North America and South America.

To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

Heather Zara, Founder + CEO of Zara Creative, recognized by DBusiness; 30 in Their Thirties

Founder and CEO | Zara Creative, Troy | Employees: 9 | Revenue: NA | Michigan State University

Heather Zara’s friends thought she was crazy to quit her 10-year sports broadcasting career to open a video company that specializes in TV commercials, branding videos, philanthropic films, and weddings.

“It’s funny because I never thought I’d be an entrepreneur, but I was always fascinated with why people became successful,” Zara says.

She started with zero funding but, in just over three years, Zara Creative has grown to serve more than 500 clients ranging from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. It has nearly doubled its sales every year.

Zara estimates that weddings make up about 35 percent of her business. They’ve taken her and her crew to far-flung destinations like Cancun and Miami, and in Michigan to Petoskey and Glen Arbor. Because her business has grown so much, Zara recently turned over supervision of the wedding portion of her firm to one of her employees.

Zara, meanwhile, maintains direct responsibility for the rest of the business. “It’s really cool because it almost ties back to my days as a reporter,” she says. “Every time I work with a client I get to learn about their business.”

The video storyteller prides herself on always trying to push the creative envelope for clients. One client, a lawyer, wanted a commercial shot in his library, with him standing in front of shelves of law journals.

“After he told us what he was looking for, I asked him if he was married to that idea,” Zara says. “I just thought we could do something more creative.”

Instead, she made a commercial intended to make the attorney’s target audience laugh. “The lawyer wasn’t even in it,” she recalls. “He ended up getting a ton of new business and we won a national award.”

Zara says her philanthropic efforts are a driving force in her life: She works with more than 30 Detroit-area nonprofits, serves on committees for the Boy Scouts of America, and is one of the sponsors of the newly-relocated Ronald McDonald House at the Detroit Medical Center.

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

Walsh College will honor the achievements of four business and community leaders at its annual 2015 Leadership Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, November 21, 2015 at the MGM Grand Hotel, Detroit.

The honorees are:

Lori Blaker, owner and CEO, TTi Global, Rochester Hills

William F. Jones, Jr., CEO, Focus:HOPE Detroit, recipients of the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service

Rebecca Sorensen, senior vice president, wealth management and institutional consultant, UBS Financial Services, Birmingham, recipient of the Walsh College Distinguished Alumna Award

Brian Pilarski, sales leader, Brown & Brown of Detroit, Sterling Heights, recipient of the Walsh College Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award.

“We will recognize four exceptional people who make extraordinary contributions every day to their firms, to the community, and to Walsh College,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “Through their example, they inspire excellence and bring energy to important initiatives in the southeast Michigan community and beyond.”

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

Under Lori Blaker’s leadership, TTi Global, a provider of business performance solutions based in Rochester Hills, Mich., has grown worldwide with offices in the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

It is one of the top 25 woman-run businesses in the U.S. as recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (2008 and 2009). Blaker and TTi Global have also been the recipients of numerous local and national business awards.

The company has also succeeded in diversifying its client base from mostly automotive companies to include retail, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and industrial products.

William Jones became chief executive officer in 2009 of Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based, non-denominational, non-profit organization which provides education and training for underrepresented minorities and others, after an extensive career with Chrysler and Chrysler Financial.

Under Jones’ leadership, Focus: HOPE has expanded services to the community through its three primary areas of emphasis: a food program, education and training programs, and community development initiatives.

Jones has placed a high priority on excellence in education and, in particular, supported academic achievement and opportunities for children growing up in the neighborhoods around Focus: HOPE.

A native of Hampton, Virginia, Jones is a member of the Walsh College Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, and the boards of directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber, Forgotten Harvest, and Eastern Market.

Rebecca Sorensen is based in UBS’ Birmingham, Mich. office. She earned her a bachelor of accountancy degree from Walsh College in 1985. With more than 25 years of investment industry experience, she is a CPA, Certified Financial Planner, and Certified Investment Management Analyst. Additionally, she has completed the Wharton School’s IMCA program on Alternative Investments.

In 2001, Leadership Oakland recognized Sorensen as one of its 2001 Distinguished Leadership Award recipients in the individual category. She is also a recipient of the 2003 State of Michigan Governor’s Award for Volunteerism for her work with Lighthouse PATH.

Most recently, Sorensen has received the national distinction of being named a member of the 2014 Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisers.

Brian Pilarski was recently promoted to sales leader at Brown & Brown of Detroit, based on his history as a top performer in commercial insurance brokerage. He has won numerous national Brown & Brown Insurance awards for his high performance, including the Million Dollar Club and “Top Gun” of the entire company. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor, property and casualty agent and counselor, and a life and health insurance agent.

Beginning this fall, Pilarski has been accepted into Class XXXVII of Leadership Detroit. He is actively involved in many community organizations, including Forgotten Harvest, Cornerstone Schools, and the American Polish Cultural Society.

He earned his Master of Science in Management degree from Walsh College in 2007. He also graduated cum laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. His support of Walsh College includes current service as the youngest director of the College’s Foundation Board. Pilarski was also president of the Walsh College Alumni Association for two terms.

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.

Nemeth Law’s Susan Koval named to 2015 ‘Women in the Law’ class by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Detroit, Mich. – August 26, 2015 – Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based management labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce partner Susan D. Koval was named to the 2015 class of ‘Women in the Law’ by Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly. The legal trade publication salutes 30 high achieving women attorneys throughout the state who are committed to excellence in the practice of law, serve as an inspiring and accomplished leader in the profession and a mentor to other women, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism. An award ceremony to honor the Women in the Law recipients will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Mich.

Koval is a management-side employment litigator with more than 30 years of legal experience. After a clerkship with a federal judge in her home state of West Virginia, she moved to Michigan to practice employment law. Koval’s personal and professional development was greatly influenced by her mother Nedra Koval, who was in an orphanage as a baby, dropped out of high school and married young. She ultimately went back to school and obtained a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in fine arts, and received a law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she graduated in the class just ahead of her daughter.

“The Women in the Law award means a great deal to me,” Koval said. “I was strongly influenced by my mother’s tenacity and am deeply committed to woman-to-woman mentoring to facilitate the success and retention of female attorneys, especially in litigation.”

Koval currently serves as co-chair of the Eastern District of Michigan Federal Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Committee, has a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent rating of 5.0/5.0 and regularly appears on the Michigan Super Lawyers list, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. She is a presenter and guest lecturer for professional organizations on a variety of employment topics and has published articles on employment law matters, including a recent article about employers’ obligations to transgender employees, which was published nationally by Employment Law360.

Koval participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure activities and contributes considerable support to breast cancer research. She previously served as a volunteer mediator for the EEOC mediation program and has also volunteered her time to high school youth groups. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from West Liberty State College in West Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law. Koval is a resident of Northville.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

JVS Vice President Named Human Resources Executive of the Year

The American Society of Employers has named Livonia resident Teresa Schwartz HR Executive of the Year in the Health and Human Services category with fewer than 500 employees. The award recognizes the meritorious work by executives in the field of Human Resources Management, and distinguishes those who represent the best in their profession.

Schwartz has more than 35 years of HR experience. For over 22 years, she has directed the HR functions at Southfield-based JVS, which employs 350 full-time, part-time and on-call employees at four JVS offices in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties as well as locations in the community where staff are contracted to work.

Several contracts are with governmental agencies, which have scrutinized JVS’s HR practices during comprehensive audits and lauded JVS for its compliance with best practices.

Schwartz also oversaw the development and launch of HR Solutions Group, a JVS subsidiary which helps other businesses and nonprofits strategically manage their human resource functions.

“This business venture brings in revenue to support unfunded or underfunded services that are at the core of the agency,” explains JVS President and CEO Leah Rosenbaum. “This protects the people we serve while making a critical impact in the HR field in metropolitan Detroit. We congratulate Teresa on being a leader in her field, which ultimately contributes to JVS’s reputation of excellence.”