Walsh Leadership Awards Dinner Exceeds Fundraising Goal

TROY, Mich., October 19, 2018 —Fundraising that exceeded expectations, moving testimonials from Walsh scholarship recipients and the presentation of an inaugural award, the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education, to the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, highlighted Walsh’s 2018 Leadership Awards Dinner on October 11 at the Townsend Hotel.

Nearly 300 guests, including Senator Marty Knollenberg and Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, attended the Leadership Awards Dinner, which was emceed by Brad Galli of WXYZ-TV. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsor Chemical Bank and Platinum Sponsor Plastipak.

Merrill Lynch kicked off scholarship fundraising with a matching gift challenge, which was met and then exceeded by another matching challenge from the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation. Chemical Financial Corporation President and CEO David Provost then spontaneously announced a gift from Chemical Financial to meet the stretch goal for the evening. In total, attendees raised more than $90,000 to fund two new full-ride scholarships and add to the Jeffery W. Barry Endowed Scholarship and the Leadership Awards Endowed Scholarship.

Other awards of the evening included Walsh Distinguished Lifetime Service honoree Richard Aginian, Walsh Trustee and Retired President & Publisher, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers; David Provost, President and CEO, Chemical Financial Corporation, for the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service and Alan C. Young (MST, Walsh ’85), Founder, Managing Director & CEO, Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C., for the Walsh Distinguished Alumni Award.

A live auction included two original works created during the event by speed painter Jared Emerson. Raffle prizes included custom-designed jewelry from Astrein’s Jeweler and an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite at The Townsend Hotel. Since it began in 2000, Walsh’s Leadership Awards Dinner has raised more than $1.5 million in scholarship funds.

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, Farmington Hills 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).

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.