The Future of Michigan’s Booming Cannabis Industry      

Last week, the Chamber’s “The Business of Cannabis: Impact and Opportunities” showcased the potential of Michigan’s already booming cannabis industry. Speakers shed light on the future of drug testing in the workplace, economic opportunities in the industry, and workforce development through criminal record expungement. 

“It’s not just a medicine, it’s always been a business,” said Denise A. Pollicella, founder and managing partner at Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan. “It is on pace to bring in more revenue than that of the national football league.” 

Since Michigan voters moved to legalize the adult use of cannabis last year, businesses have begun to revise their hiring and management procedures when it comes to drug testing and criminal records. Eric Mahler, assistant general counsel at Meritor Inc., said the automobile components manufacturer may consider revising their policy on cannabis. 

“There’s a struggle in our company whether or not to keep the zero-tolerance policy when we need workers,” said Mahler. “Are we going to sacrifice workers that we really need?” 

For the people who served time behind bars for cannabis-related crimes, most still face the repercussions even with the legalization of adult use.  

Most people formerly incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes are not taking advantage of expungement laws, said Maurice Morton, managing partner of The Morton Law Group. This hinders their ability to obtain jobs, which is why law firms like The Morton Law Group offer expungement services for free. 

“There’s talk of automatic expungement which is what is needed,” said Morton. “It’s necessary to make it easier for them because jobs in this state are great, they’re high paying.”  

The industry’s growth is also generating new job opportunities in Michigan. One in-demand job is as a “budtender” which are salesclerks who guide buyers with their cannabis purchases, explained Allison Ireton, founder of cannabis dispensary Bloom City Club. 

“These are $20 an hour jobs that aren’t going away,” said Ireton. “They’re revitalizing retail. You can’t order this on Amazon.” 

Walsh Honors Business Leaders at Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

TROY, Mich., October 16, 2019 — Business leaders from AT&T, Clayton & McKervey, Ernst & Young (EY), The Kresge Foundation and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) were recognized for their service to Walsh at the 20th annual Leadership Awards Dinner on October 10 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan.

David C. Lewis, Sr., president of AT&T Michigan and Peggy A. Dzierzawski, CAE, president and CEO of the MICPA were both awarded the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service. Clayton & McKervey received the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education, which was accepted by the firm’s co-founder Donald Clayton and president Rob Dutkiewicz, both Walsh alumni. EY partner and principal Vicki E. Kamenova received the Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade award and Amy B. Robinson, vice president, CFO and chief administrative office of The Kresge Foundation received the Distinguished Alumni award.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Walsh scholarships, surpassed its target goal for the evening, raising double the amount of the original goal. Since the event began in 2000, it has raised over $3 million in scholarship funds for Walsh students.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/about-us
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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 and Washtenaw Community College Sign Articulation and Reverse Transfer Agreement

TROY, Mich., Aug. 6, 2019 — Walsh and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) have signed an additional articulation agreement solidifying both institutions’ longstanding commitment to provide a clear and accessible pathway to higher education. The agreement offers more flexibility because it applies to any student meeting the minimum requirements for a bachelor of accountancy, bachelor of business administration, or bachelor of science in information technology degree at Walsh, rather than requiring specific degree to degree transfers. The agreement is effective until March 2022 and subject to review for continuation at that time.

Under the agreement, students may continue to transfer up to 82 semester credits, which has been the case at Walsh for many years. Students also have the ability to concurrently enroll in both schools and transfer credits from Walsh back to WCC to earn their associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Financial aid eligible students who are enrolled at both schools in the same semester should contact Walsh to inquire about setting up an individual consortium agreement. Additionally, all community college students who transfer with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible to receive the Community College Excellence Award Scholarship from Walsh.

“This articulation agreement continues our longstanding partnership with Washtenaw Community College and demonstrates our mutual commitment to providing options for students to obtain high quality education and pathways to career success,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO, Walsh.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with Walsh through this comprehensive agreement that covers our accounting, business and information technology programs as well as a reverse transfer option for students who transfer prior to completing an associate degree,” said Dr. Kimberly Hurns, Vice President of Instruction, WCC. “This agreement allows students to save more money by completing 82 hours at Washtenaw and then transferring to an excellent institution that combines theory with real-world application. The synergy between the approaches to learning of both WCC and Walsh make this a great path for many of our students.”

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

For more information about Washtenaw Community College, visit www.wccnet.edu/for/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).

About Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has made education accessible and affordable for the local community for more than 50 years. Located in Ann Arbor, MI, the College offers over 120 degrees and certificates, an open door admission policy and affordable tuition rates. WCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Rehmann recognized on CRN’s 2019 Solution Provider 500 list

Rehmann announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named the Firm to its 2019 Solution Provider 500 list. This is the ninth year in a row the Firm has received this recognition (previously listed as Trivalent Group).

The Solution Provider 500 features those IT companies in North America that have earned the highest revenue during the past year. Those who make the list are considered the highest performing technology integrators, strategic service providers and IT consultants.

“We are honored to be named to CRN’s distinguished list of solution providers,” said Larry R. Andrus, Rehmann’s president of technology solutions. “As we remain committed to delivering innovative solutions to our clients, we are excited to be recognized among such an elite group.”

Backed by experienced engineers, technicians and consultants, Rehmann provides managed services and other IT solutions to more than 700 clients.

“The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to the solution provider organizations leading the way in digital transformation and the latest technology services.”

The complete 2019 Solution Provider 500 list is available online at www.CRN.com/SP500.

Walsh to Host Corporate Social Responsibility Panel Discussion

TROY, Mich., March 26, 2019 — Walsh will welcome four business leaders for a panel discussion about corporate social responsibility (CSR) on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at their main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy, MI. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary buffet lunch. Advanced registration is required.

Panelists include:

David Girodat, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank – Eastern Michigan

Nicole Kiefer, President, CredentialCheck

Jeffrey Littmann, Life Trustee, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation; former Director and CFO, Buffalo Bills, Inc.

Daniel Oginsky, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, ITC Holdings Corp.

Philip Fioravante, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Marketing at Walsh, will moderate a discussion about the importance of corporate social responsibility in the modern business world.

“The intersection of doing business and doing good for the community is no longer an option, it’s imperative,” said Fioravante. “Companies must look to innovative approaches to moving beyond normal business exchanges and offer their customers a greater sense of corporate social responsibility.”

Hosted by the Walsh Marketing Association, the program will include a Q&A session and time for networking.

To register for Beyond Business: Corporate Social Responsibility, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/marketing-association.

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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’s Online MBA Named One of Best in U.S.

TROY, Mich., November 2, 2018 — Walsh’s online MBA has been named one of the best online degree programs not requiring a GMAT in the United States, according to an industry-leading educational research organization. Walsh is the only institution of higher education in Michigan to earn this distinction.

Walsh was ranked No. 9 in the United States by OnlineMasters.com, which researches every graduate program in the nation to provide prospective students data-driven, unbiased research. Schools in the study were evaluated based on the quality of their academic programs, student success and affordability.

“Walsh was an early adopter of online education,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh. “We offered our first online course in 1998 and have a dedicated online learning team that continuously innovates to offer our students an online education experience that is academically challenging, engaging and efficient. We could not be more proud of this honor.”

The Walsh MBA is structured around four 11-week semesters instead of the traditional 15 weeks at most schools, and ongoing registration allows students to plan their courses for the entire year. Ninety percent of Walsh faculty are working professionals who bring authentic industry experience into small class settings, whether on-ground or online. No GMAT is required for admission to the Walsh MBA program.

This is not Walsh’s first recognition for excellence in online education. Other recent distinctions include one of the Best Online Colleges in Michigan, one of the Best Online Programs for a Master’s in Network Security, one of the Best Online Master’s in Marketing and a Top Online MBA Program in Michigan. For more information about Walsh degrees, visit www.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, 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).

Walsh President Delivers Keynote Address at Leadership Luncheon

Walsh President & CEO Marsha Kelliher delivered the keynote address at the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Fall Civic Leadership Luncheon & Global Business Economic Forum on October 31. The theme was A Tribute to Women: Profiles in Public Service as part of the C4 Series: Courage, Conviction, Confidence and Character.

President Kelliher’s address followed opening remarks by U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell and highlighted the many ways public servants improve our communities, the value of their civic duty, and the fact that everyone, from individuals to global organizations, plays a role in caring for our communities.

“It was an honor to speak to an audience of such dynamic individuals, particularly about a subject that resonates so strongly with me – honoring women in public service,” said Kelliher.

The event also highlighted The Pink Fund in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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).

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).