Clayton & McKervey to present “Using Industry 4.0 to Improve Accounting Performance” on Oct. 17 as part of Automation Alley’s Tech Takeover series

Southfield, Mich.—September 24, 2018— Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace, will present “Using Industry 4.0 to Improve Accounting Performance” as part of Automation Alley’s ongoing Tech Takeover series sharing member expertise in various facets of Industry 4.0. The event will take place at Automation Alley on Wednesday, October 17 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the presenters are Sarah Russell CPA, and Tim Finerty CPA, shareholders and leaders of the firm’s systems integrators practice.

As automation continues to revolutionize the economy, there has never been a greater opportunity to understand and take advantage of various cash saving strategies. According to Russell and Finerty, many thriving companies are leaving money on the table by not utilizing federal and state tax credits and incentives in the area of research and development that support Industry 4.0 adoption and growth.

“Real-time data, combined with an understanding of the impact of tax credits and incentives, can often make a business more nimble and competitive,” Russell said. “Our presentation is geared to business owners, CFOs and controllers who want to learn how they can uncover savings within their own organizations to fund future research and development activities.”

For registration information, contact Automation Alley at 800-427-5100 or info@automationalley.com. Register online here.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.
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The Walsh Master of Arts in Business: The Business Degree for the Right-Brained.

There is a dictum in business commonly attributed to Peter Drucker, “Innovate or die.” In order to survive in an ever-changing world, companies need to anticipate change or be left behind.

The same holds true for schools that teach business. The true test of innovation for those colleges and universities is their responsiveness to the demands of the business world and the needs of their students. As a result, more and more colleges and universities are creating programs around the evolving requirements they see in their students and in the business community.

One such program is the Master of Arts in Business (MAB) degree at Walsh. It is designed specifically to provide professional development for non-business majors. Dr. Michael Rinkus, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh spent 35 years in the international banking field. “I saw people in the industry that had degrees other than finance, other than accounting, other than business degrees bring a different perspective to how we and other companies would transact business.”

The Walsh MAB was created for people with a non-business bachelor’s background. “The good news is they loved what they were doing, the bad news is they found themselves being promoted,” said Dr. Rinkus. Whether it’s running their own businesses or working within a corporate culture, he believes there is a large group of people who can benefit from a stronger understanding of how business works: fashion designers, graphic artists, chefs, architects, entrepreneurs, nurses, police officers, even figure skating instructors. Understanding the ins and outs of business is a key component for professional growth.

Sandy Lyons, a figure skating instructor and a current MAB student at Walsh, said what drew her to the program was its ability to focus on what was important to her. “I was considering a career change and I didn’t want something that was math heavy. I wanted something that was more focused on people with an art background, which is what I have. I don’t have a background in accounting or finance.” Ms. Lyons had considered similar degrees offered by other schools but found them to be mostly re-tooled MBA programs.

“The Walsh MAB curriculum looked a lot more varied and a lot more interesting.”

The Walsh Master of Arts in Business offering started with a two-fold strategy. First, review their MBA program and ensure that it meets the needs of their core business students. Then, create an entirely new program for people who are more right-brained. “We really wanted to talk to people that needed a program heavily weighted toward tactics rather than a re-baked MBA program,” said Dr. Rinkus. “In order to do that, we took a look at the requirements for a Master of Arts in Business and molded that program and the faculty. It’s a completely different program, but with the same high standards that we are used to here at Walsh.”

One of the biggest draws to the Walsh program for Ms. Lyons was the convenience of having her coursework completely online. “I’m not a traditional student with a 9-to-5 job who can go to a class that starts at 7:00 at night. I’m still on the ice at 7:30 most nights. What’s brilliant about this for me is that I can drop my daughter off at school in the morning, then come home and work all day long on the classes,” she said.

For her, and students like her, innovative curriculum like the Walsh Master of Arts in Business is a way to gain the crucial knowledge needed to be successful in business without taking on a full MBA. According to Dr. Rinkus, the faculty is learning as much from the MAB program as the students, “Throw out the old PowerPoints, come up with new delivery mechanisms, use the whole brain.”

Added Ms. Lyons on the impact the program has had on her, “You need to have something there that’s a little bit different than what you learned before. You need a bit of that edge to stay in front of the competition.”

For more information on the Walsh MAB, please visit: https://mainbusiness.walshcollege.edu/


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 Appoints Business Leaders to Board of Trustees

Walsh is pleased to announce the appointment of four business leaders to its Board of Trustees: Jackie Buchanan, Michael Davenport, Dennis J. Harder and Brian Pilarski.

“We are excited to welcome these outstanding professionals to our Board of Trustees,” said Walsh President and CEO, Marsha Kelliher. “Each of them brings a unique perspective and expertise, and they all have a strong commitment to Walsh.”

Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO of Genisys Credit Union, received her Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh. Under her leadership, Genisys has grown to be one of the largest credit unions in Michigan and was named an S&P Top 50 Best Performing Credit Union. Genisys is known as one of the most technologically advanced credit unions in the country and has high customer satisfaction ratings because of its innovative online banking and award-winning mobile applications.

Michael Davenport is the Founder and Chief Security Consultant of TrilogySecurity, Inc., a cybersecurity consulting and managed services firm. Davenport attended Michigan State University and holds several industry certifications and professional licenses. With more than 25 years of cybersecurity experience, Davenport regularly speaks on cybersecurity and provides IT security strategic planning and risk management for various organizations. TrilogySecurity provides cybersecurity assessment, investigation, and advisory services to all industries including healthcare, financial, manufacturing, industrial and education.

Dennis J. Harder is the Managing Director & Detroit Region Head for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Harder holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh and is a former adjunct assistant professor of Finance and Economics. He is the Vice Chair of the Walsh College Foundation Board, co-chairs Walsh’s Leadership Awards special events committee and is a member of the Archie Waring Society.

Brian Pilarski is a Business Insurance Advisor at Brown & Brown of Detroit. As a successful sales professional within the organization, Pilarski has been inducted into the Champions’ Club (a distinction only 8 out of 1000 share) and teaches technical and sales classes to other agents enrolled in Brown & Brown University. Pilarski holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Walsh, is a member of the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors and in 2015 was named Graduate of the Last Decade. He has also created the Brian M. Pilarski Endowed Scholarship for Walsh, which will help graduate students complete their degrees.


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).

Clayton & McKervey shareholder Tim Finerty named to Automation Alley’s Board of Directors

Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace, announces that Shareholder Tim Finerty has been named to the board of Automation Alley effective August 1. Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association. Board members provide strategic insight, corporate governance and operational oversight to Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and serve a three-year term, twice eligible for renewal.

Long active in Automation Alley’s domestic and international initiatives, including annual trade missions to Mexico, Finerty will also remain as vice chair of Automation Alley’s International Business Services Advisory Council, a position he was appointed to in February. Clayton & McKervey is an original foundation member of Automation Alley and its shareholders and managers have been engaged with the organization since its inception in 1999.

Finerty is the leader for the Systems Integrators and Mexico practices at Clayton & McKervey, with specialization in Research & Experimentation tax credits and consulting on Mexican and Latin American tax and accounting issues. He also helps small and midsized growth-driven businesses achieve their goals.

In addition to his efforts with Automation Alley, Finerty is a founding board member of the newest chapter of the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), the Great Lakes Chapter, based in Detroit, and is also involved with a variety of other professional organizations, including ProMexico, Michigan Manufacturing Association, Association for Advancing Automation, Robotics Industries Association, National Tooling & Machining Association, Controls Systems Integrators Association, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Manufacturing Task Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

TiECon Detroit 2018 AI Competition

TiE Detroit and Kyyba Innovations have partnered to bring the AI Competition to TiECon Detroit 2018, Michigan’s largest ongoing conference for entrepreneurs. The contest will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, Michigan.

Aimed at identifying the six top-level entrepreneurs and startups working on disruptive AI technologies, the competition will center on Artificial Intelligence technologies in the areas of Sensors/Electronics/IOT, Food/Health/Fitness, Fintech, Blockchain / AI / ML / DL, and Manufacturing / In Vehicle Technologies / Mobility. During the contest, six finalists will compete before an audience of AI executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and technologists. They will have a total of 10 minutes to pitch and answer questions from the judges.

The winner, which will be announced at 7 p.m. on October 6th, will be eligible to receive up to a $50,000 equity investment and support services from Kyyba Innovations, as well as mentorship from the organization’s extensive network.

“Current wave of disruption requires an expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning. We have both investment capital and talent in Michigan but there is a money/talent mismatch. Through Kyyba Innovations and the TiECon platform we aim to build an innovation ecosystem to create real value to the entrepreneurs ,” said Tel Ganesan, President, TiE Detroit. “I am looking forward to seeing what the participants have innovated or the ideas they plan to share that will help catalyze the future of AI”.

TiECon Detroit 2018, will take place Saturday, Oct. 6. Bringing together TiE members, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, top industry executives and thought leader. The event provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, explore new businesses, discuss emerging technologies, share growth strategies and obtain insight from global business leaders, community leaders and worldwide experts. The conference also will feature “TiE20,” which will showcase the most promising 20 startup companies.

Applications for the AI Competition are due no later than Sunday, August 19th.

For more information or to apply visit http://tiecondetroit.org/ai-competition.php, or contact Jacqueline Perry at 248-254-4087 or jacquelinep@kyyba.com.


About TiE
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

About Kyyba Innovation (KI)
Kyyba Innovations is a innovation and collaboration eco-system that provides innovators and entrepreneurs the environment to enable their ideas to become reality. We provide services that allow startups to scale to the next level. We do this by investing in businesses and leveraging our network to empower your organization to accelerate your mission forward.

Walsh Leads Cyber Day Camp for Girl Scouts

Walsh hosted and facilitated Cadette Cyber Day Camp for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan from June 18-21 at its main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy. A second session of Cyber Day Camp will take place on August 13-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at Walsh’s Troy location.

Scouts grades six through eight participated in workshops and activities led by faculty from Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. Workshops covered safe online behavior and “netiquette,” the Internet of Things, encryption, networking basics, how to conduct accurate online research, and more. Other activities included Raspberry Pi coding with handheld computers, an escape room exercise and a session on career paths in the field of technology.

“We were pleased when the Girl Scouts approached Walsh to lead Cadette Cyber Day Camp,” said Dave Schippers, CISSP, Assistant Professor and Chair of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. “We encourage young people’s curiosity in technology and welcomed the opportunity to teach the girls skills that will help them make safer choices online today and give serious consideration to the field of technology as a career path in the future.”

Scouts completing the camp will earn their Netiquette badge as part of the Girl Scouts’ expanded STEM-(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related programs. For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-bs-degree-information-technology.


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.

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

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN

The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. There are currently 1.8 million Girl Scouts across the United States.

Chamber Chief Financial Officer and Elite Member Executives Among Crain’s ‘Notable Women in Finance 2018’

Crain’s Detroit Business recently released its “Notable Women in Finance” report, distinguishing women who work in finance roles for Michigan companies. This year, Karen Belans, chief financial officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber, as well as 11 Elite member company executives, were awarded the distinction. These women were nominated by their peers and are being recognized for their ability to navigate restructurings, advise on acquisitions, and lead mergers. View the list of Chamber member companies below:

  • Marlene Beach, Principal, UHY LLP
  • Karen Belans, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Rita Sola Cook, Midwest Region Executive, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bridgett Feagin, Chief Financial Officer, DMC Harper-Hutzel and Detroit Receiving Hospitals
  • Gretchen Holloway, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, ITC Holdings Corp.
  • Pamela May, Partner, UHY LLP
  • Christine Moore, Executive Vice President and General Auditor, Comerica Inc.
  • Margaret Scheske, Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, AAA – The Auto Club Group
  • Tosha Tabron, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Terri Weems, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.
  • Loni Winkler, Principal, UHY LLP
  • Donna Zuk, Vice President, Financial Operations, Beaumont Health

View the full list of 2018 Notable Women in Finance here.

Lee Meadows, Ph.D., In-Demand Keynote Speaker

Professor Lee Meadows, Ph.D. is always a favorite among Walsh College students. His schedule is also filled with numerous speaking engagements at local businesses and organizations. As a highly sought-after speaker and presenter, Dr. Meadows combines organizational research with fundamental principles to help today’s managers succeed in an ever-changing work environment.

Upcoming speaking engagements include:

Event: Monthly Meeting of BOMA of Metro Detroit
Hosted by: Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Detroit)
Topic: Developing strategies to insure long-term retention of talent and best practices for mitigating major threats
When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 8am
Where: Glen Oaks Country Club, Farmington Hills

Event: The Annual Small Business Workshop
Hosted by: Hosted by the LEE Group in conjunction with Fifth Third Bank
Topic: Attracting and Retaining Customers
When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8 am – 1pm
Location: TechTown, Detroit


WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 16 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region’s largest business schools and one of Michigan’s top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. There are about 28,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.
Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

TiE Detroit organizes an Interactive Session with Sheena Monnin at Tech Town, Detroit

The Detroit chapter of TiE, is organizing an interactive session with Sheena Monnin at The Garage, Tech Town Detroit ,440, Burroughs St., Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Sheena is a TV host and reporter and is a twice-published author of self-help books that have received acclaim with readers across the country. She has been interviewed by CNN’s AC360, Inside Edition, Today Show, USA Today, Guardian, BBC, Buzz Feed, and many other media outlets. Sheena won the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 and competed at Miss USA in 2012. Sheena is the CEO of Custom Life Design Consulting.

“We are excited to have the bold and amazing Sheena Monnin, a trained psychologist, Author, Founder and CEO of Custom Life Design, and Ex-beauty Queen address and engage with the entrepreneurial community. She has a passion for excellence that is unrivaled and life’s experiences in dealing with conflicts are great lessons for anyone let alone entrepreneurs”, said Tel Ganesan, President TiE Detroit.

In accepting the invitation to be the guest speaker at the TiE Detroit monthly event, Sheena Monnin said, “I will be discussing on my entrepreneurial journey towards starting my own consultancy company as well as giving some tips and tricks that I have learnt as far as how you keep conflict out of your life as you journey towards success. I hope to see everybody there.”

“All are cordially invited to attend the keynote and fireside chat with Sheena Monnin. Admission is FREE but limited to the first 50 and registration is mandatory.”, said Jacqueline Perry, Executive Director, TiE Detroit. Online registration and more information are immediately available at www.detroit.tie.org
Click Here to register directly.


About TiE Detroit
TiE Detroit is a chapter of TiE- Global, the largest global not-for-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship. The Detroit Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs is based in Farmington Hills, MI. TiE Detroit has been supporting entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities. The organization represents a diverse set of industries, including information technology, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and other emerging markets. TiE-Detroit members leverage the global network of members from 61 chapters in 18 countries. TiE has 12,000 members throughout the world, and has contributed over $250B in wealth creation.

 

 

Jacqueline Perry
TiE Detroit
248-254-4087

Three Upcoming Chamber Events You Do Not Want to Miss

In March and April, the Detroit Regional Chamber has approximately 15 events. For Chamber members, it can be difficult to know which events are the most important to attend. Non-members often have the same issue, especially considering the numerous obligations and events around the region that can quickly fill calendars.

To help you slim down your choices, check out three key events for businesses the Chamber is hosting over the next two months:

  1. State of the State: Now and in the Future. During a conversation over lunch on Tuesday, March 27, Gov. Rick Snyder will discuss how the state has grown over the past eight years while also looking at the long-term impact of those accomplishments. Following his remarks, the Governor will participate in a moderated discussion with business leaders from three key industries to forecast how Michigan will continue to grow in the coming years. This Chamber members-only event is $65. Please note that prices will increase on March 20. Register here.
  2. Inside the CEO Mind: Patti Poppe. Hear from Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe on Thursday, April 19 as she shares her journey in the energy and automotive industries that have led to her current position and how her commitment to customer-first management allows her to be a successful leader. Following her presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session. This event is $30 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Please note that prices will increase on April 12. Register here.
  3. Networking Reception: Meet the Candidates. Attendees will meet the candidates who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 9th, 11th and 13th districts while mingling with fellow Chamber members in attendance. This event offers early access and the first opportunity to meet the declared candidates. This Chamber members-only event is $15 and takes place on Tuesday, April 24. Please note, pricing will increase to $25 on April 10. Register here.

For a full list of upcoming Chamber events, visit the events page.