Walsh President, Alumni and Trustees Named Top Business Leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rehmann expands footprint with opening of new Detroit office

TROY, Mich., August 14, 2019 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm with locations across Michigan, Ohio and Florida is strengthening its Michigan presence by relocating in downtown Detroit. The new, expanded 6,000-square-foot office is located at 1249 Griswold St., Suite 201 in the historic Farwell Building in Detroit’s Capitol Park district.
Headquartered in Troy, Rehmann has been offering solutions to clients across the country for more than 75 years. The new downtown location will continue to allow the Firm to provide its signature “Rehmann Experience” to its clients—many of which are located in Detroit.
“Rehmann has long-standing ties to the city of Detroit and to the community, and we’re eager to expand our services and network in downtown Detroit,” said Randy Rupp, CEO of Rehmann. “Committed to being the firm of choice for our associates, we pride ourselves in creating a people-centric culture. We expect our Detroit office will be a great space for our employees and our clients to call home.”
Built in 1915, the Farwell Building’s rich history includes an interior designed by famed glass artist Louis Tiffany and most recently served as the setting for hit movies such as “Batman vs. Superman” and “Transformers”. It’s listed on both the State Register of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.
While Rehmann is the central tenant, the building will house apartments and a new restaurant by Phoenicia owner Sameer Eid. Rehmann’s office is a modern, open-concept office space and includes a staff of roughly 20 employees, who have relocated from other offices.
“The historic Farwell Building in the heart of Capitol Park is the perfect addition to our current footprint, and a draw for current and future employees,” Rupp added. “As our firm continues to experience rapid growth across the country, we’re excited about the opportunities for our firm and our employees right here at home.”
For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit Rehmann.com/careers.
About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has over 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

LIFT Opens Doors to Advanced Manufacturing Learning Lab in Corktown

Detroit-based LIFT – Lightweight innovations For Tomorrow has opened the doors on its 6,500 SF immersive Learning Lab, located in the LIFT Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Corktown.

Eight unique labs are equipped to prepare incoming students for the most in-demand manufacturing careers, with K-12, community and technical college, and university programs.
CNC Operations and Welding Technician Training Centers, maker spaces for hands-on fabrication, as well as labs to learn Smart Factory basics and explore materials science and metrology are available to partnering organizations.

Detroit’s University Prep Science and Math High School (UPrep) will be utilizing the Fundamental Skills Development and Project Fabrication labs during the 2019-2020 school year. UPrep Schools will roll out the “IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing” curriculum to students in the Learning Lab to produce the “multi-skilled technician” needed in today’s workplace.

Looking ahead, additional schools, organizations and businesses are invited to partner with LIFT to provide education in a real, working advanced manufacturing setting.

For more information, please visit https://lift.technology or contact LIFT Communications Director, Joe Steele at c: 734-233-4567, jsteele@almmii.org.

About LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow
LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research.

Walsh Student Collects 700 Books for Detroit School

TROY, Mich., May 20, 2019 — Walsh student Marissa Campo has been named a Literacy Heroine by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter for launching a book drive that collected more than 700 books for Westside Christian Academy in Detroit. Recognition is given to AWC members who have contributed to the success of the chapter’s Driving Literacy in the D initiative. Awards will be presented at an AWC networking celebration in June.

Campo launched the book drive at Walsh during National Reading Month in March and was overwhelmed by the response from Walsh students and staff and employees from area businesses including Alps Electric, Inc., Level One Bank and Materialise.

“Driving Literacy in the D was a great way for Walsh students to get involved with and give back to our community,” said Campo. “I hope our donation inspires students to foster a love of reading and dream big dreams for their future.”

“Marissa’s enthusiasm for this project was contagious and it was evident very early that she was going to exceed her original goal,” said Julie Battani, Student Life Coordinator at Walsh. “It was fulfilling to deliver the books to Westside Christian Academy and see Marissa interact with students who will benefit from her partnership with AWC’s Driving Literacy in the D.”

Campo is pursuing a bachelor of business administration in marketing, works as an intern in Walsh’s marketing department and serves as president of the Walsh Marketing Association student organization.

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

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

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

Walsh Students Volunteer Time at Detroit Taxathon

TROY, Mich., April 12, 2019 — Walsh accounting and taxation students participated in this year’s Taxathon event on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2019 to provide free tax preparation services to Detroit residents eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

“The Taxathon is an excellent way for Walsh students to gain practical hands-on experience outside of a class setting while providing a valuable community service,” said Heather Rinkevich, Director of Academic Advising at Walsh. “The Taxathon is an important program and Walsh has been proud to participate for many years.”

In addition to the Taxathon event, the Walsh Accounting and Taxation Student Organization and graduate-level taxation students volunteer with the Accounting Aid Society annually to file taxes for local families and individuals for free. The Accounting Aid Society provides tax and financial services to underserved taxpayers in southeast Michigan.

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

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

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

Butzel Long attorney Ivonne M. Soler featured during seminar on Women’s Empowerment in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Ivonne M. Soler was a featured speaker during a seminar presented by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit on March 4, 2019
at Wayne State University. The seminar focused on Women’s Empowerment. Soler discussed the use of the law as a tool for the empowerment of women.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Soler concentrates her practice in the areas of family law litigation and commercial litigation. She represents clients with family and domestic relations issues, including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, child custody and parenting time, change of domicile, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, post-judgment enforcement, adoption and assisted reproduction (family building) issues. She also represents clients in general matters pertaining to business and commercial litigation, including breach of contract actions and non-compete, trade secrets, and unfair competition disputes.

Soler is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013) and Wayne State University (B.A., cum laude, 2006). While in law school, Soler served as the Associate Director of the Moot Court Board of Advocates, the President of Conexiones: The UDM Hispanic Law Society, and a member of the Dean’s Honor Society. She also enjoyed many honors while in law school, including book awards for the highest grade in Legal Writing and Trial Practice. She also was the winner of the 2012 Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament.

A native of Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish, Soler is actively involved with the Hispanic Bar Association (HBAM) and the Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Michigan (WLAM). Notably, Soler serves on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. She was appointed by former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

COTS Joins Four Local Nonprofits that received $1.25 million from the Kresge Foundation NextGen Detroit Initiative Designed To Help Break Poverty Cycle

DETROIT, Feb. 28, 2019 – COTS has received $250,000, a portion of $1.25 million in operating grants from the Kresge Foundation as part of Kresge Foundation’s NextGen Initiative. Kresge’s goal was to help accelerate social and economic mobility (SEM) for Detroiters through a two-generation approach. Kresge Foundation describes their NextGen Initiative as “a two-year program consisting of three components: 1) leadership development; 2) development of a community of practice; and 3) the creation of organizational and cohort action plans designed to advance and accelerate SEM using a two-generation, whole-family approach. “

COTS, an organization that offers programs emergency shelter for families, develops affordable housing, and provides permanent supportive housing assistance, will use the grant to continue to work with parents and children through their Passport to Self-Sufficiency™ (PTS). This theory of change serves as the DNA of COTS and involves mobility coaching and mentoring to support families as they set goals in the following areas: family stability, economic mobility, education, career development, and health and well-being. COTS provides the support of PTS through robust partnerships with other organizations, corporations, and individuals and offers the services of the PTS to anyone connected with any of COTS programs. With the grant, this program will continue to transform lives and COTS will be able to develop an evaluation process to measure its success.

“Frontline providers in the human services sector play a critical role in advancing social and economic mobility,” said Joelle Jude-Fontaine, senior program officer for Kresge’s national Human Services program. “Over the next two years, these organizations will have the opportunity to learn from each other and national experts around the country and become a network that collectively works to integrate the delivery of services and supports to improve outcomes for children and families living in Detroit.”

The winners of Kresge’s NextGen Detroit initiative will share the grant for two-year programs. Other winners include: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Matrix Human Services, Starfish Family Services, and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.

“We are honored to receive and be recognized amongst fellow nonprofits with a passion for supporting and creating sustainable change for Detroit’s most vulnerable population. This helps us continue to be a catalyst for eradicating generational homelessness and poverty,” said Cheryl Johnson, COTS CEO.

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About COTS
Founded in 1982, Detroit-based COTS http://cotsdetroit.org is a private, non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, housing services, and comprehensive support services for homeless families and the at-risk population. COTS’ mission is to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services which enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. Through the Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, COTS assists families in reaching their housing, economic, health, education and career goals. COTS also exists to advocate for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness.

The Skillman Foundation Awards $200,000 To COTS To Expand Youth Program Services

DETROIT, Feb. 25, 2019 – The Skillman Foundation awarded COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) a $200,000 grant to fund a new program that uses art, plus social and emotional engagement, to help homeless youth develop important mental health markers related to executive functioning.

Designed by COTS, The Art+LifeChange project is a winning submission of The Skillman Foundation’s Call for Collaboration grant opportunities. In partnership with Chalkboard & Erasers, Creative Alchemy, LLC, and Broadstreet Presbyterian Church, the Art+LifeChange project will help homeless and low-income youth develop and strengthen important skills such as working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibition.

The two-year grant (2018-2019) has a focused mission on locally ending the cycle of trauma, poverty and unstable housing through mental health development. Research has shown that after experiencing persistent poverty and trauma, youth are at risk of undermining brain development and executive functioning skills. The Art+LifeChange project also engages parents to help create a caring environment and supporting network for youth.

While meeting the immediate needs of homeless families, COTS’ overarching goal is to stop multi-generational homelessness in the current generation. The Art+LifeChange Project is part of COTS’ Passport to Self-Sufficiency™ approach, which is designed to help homeless families end their homelessness permanently. Using best practices of intensive coaching and mentoring, the passport approach helps families set and achieve outcomes in the five areas which are the core of self-sufficiency: housing and family stability, financial literacy, health and well-being, education and training, and employment and career development.

“This grant from The Skillman Foundation will allow us to do the essential work of helping youth grow their executive functioning skills,” said COTS CEO Cheryl P. Johnson. “These skills are critical for them to navigate the complex challenges they face at school, home and in life. In short, this funding will put the youth back on a roadmap for success.”

For this program, COTS will offer expanded sites for homeless and low-income youth, including:
Peggy’s Place, the new site for COTS Family-Only Emergency Shelter (Opening held Feb. 20 at 16700 Wyoming Ave.)
The community center located at Buersmeyer Manor Apartments (8520 Wyoming Ave.)
Broadstreet Presbyterian Church (12065 Broadstreet)

COTS and its partners seek to:
Serve 80 children, ages 8-14, in art-based after-school programming three days a week, enhancing executive functioning skills, building social-emotional skills, and preparing them for independence;
Implement a six-week art, gardening and nature-based summer program for a total of 40 children, ages 8-14, that builds social-emotional and executive functioning skills;
Hold two community events that engage parents, caregivers, siblings and the community to showcase the power of art to build social-emotional and executive functioning skills;
Offer incentives and support systems to mitigate transportation barriers and encourage participation.

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Founded in 1982, Detroit-based COTS http://cotsdetroit.org is a private, non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, housing services, and comprehensive support services for homeless families and the at-risk population. COTS’ mission is to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services which enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. Through the Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, COTS assists families in reaching their housing, economic, health, education and career goals. COTS also exists to advocate for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness.

Opinion: Civility and progress go together

February 10, 2019

The Detroit News

Sandy K. Baruah 

Regardless of where you reside on the political spectrum, most Americans can agree that what they see from Washington leaves much to be desired. Many of our national leaders and media voices no longer seem to be conversing. This has led to political stalemate. The only time it seems that something gets done is when one side muscles something over the objections of the other side.

Given the progress Michigan and Detroit have made in recent years — and how much remains to be accomplished — we cannot afford to follow the example of incivility that grips much of our national dialogue. The continuation and acceleration of Michigan’s progress is dependent upon all of us working together, finding common ground and handling our inevitable disagreements with humility and grace.

We are a nation of 325 million and a state of 10 million people. Each of us has a perspective and opinion on matters great and small. Our Founding Fathers knew this and built a system based on representation, balance of power and compromise. Our system of governance is specifically designed to drive compromise.

In Michigan, we are fortunate that civility is still visible. Our former governor made a point to never criticize political opponents, even when he was criticized by them. Our new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is following a similar ethos and is actively working to build bridges with the Republican leaders of the legislature, who are responding in kind.

Being civil toward each other does not mean suppressing ideas or agreeing just to agree. There is an art to disagreeing without being disagreeable. If we begin our conversations with the knowledge that others have the right to believe in what they believe, and their life experiences may be very different than ours, we can view these interactions as an opportunity to learn a different point of view, not necessarily change our own.

Furthermore, while we often disagree about how to accomplish something (e.g. access to health care, providing more job opportunities) our end goal is often the same.

As a “Reagan-Bush era” Republican, I readily acknowledge that our society is stronger thanks to the leadership and contribution of those more politically conservative or liberal than me.

The opportunities and challenges Michigan faces are too great to be bogged down by the incivility driven by hyperpartisanship. Our state is poised to be the global leader in the transformation of how society moves. Positive economic outcomes for more citizens continue to build. Our global reputation remains on the ascent.

But despite the good news, there are warning signs we must recognize. The Detroit Regional Chamber’s State of Region report shows that our growth is lagging our peer regions across the nation. Business Leaders for Michigan data reports similar findings comparing Michigan with other states.

As Michiganians we can’t allow our leaders and citizens to follow Washington’s lead.  We have too much at stake.

Sandy K. Baruah is CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for President Bush.

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How Gov. Snyder’s ‘Relentless Positive Action’ Is Helping Detroit Win

With Michigan’s new governor and legislators poised to take office in the new year comes an opportunity to support Detroit in its continued growth and revitalization.

Three years after exiting bankruptcy and nearly a decade since the Great Recession, Detroit is coming back — the Detroit MSA labor force is up 6.2 percent, employment is up 15.9 percent, and per capita income is up 34.2 percent. It has been a remarkable turnaround, and so much of the success is attributable to the earnest work of Gov. Rick Snyder and his administration.

That he has been able to garner statewide support for Detroit’s transformation without criticizing others or resorting to the lack of civility that is so common in today’s public discourse is remarkable – and appreciated.

Gov. Snyder’s unique willingness to bring the business, community, government, nonprofit and the public and private sector together as “One Michigan” paid dividends for Detroit, our state and region during his tenure. His positive message that “when one community wins, we all win,” resulted in a city and region more unified than when he took office.

The results of the Governor’s collaborative spirit is evident in the work being done and the relationships forged between the business community and groups across the city and state in everything from economic development legislation, the Gordie Howe International Bridge project and foreign business attraction to support for the landmark passage of the “Grand Bargain” facilitating Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy.

Part of this success is the result of the Governor’s message that cities, of all shapes and sizes, play a role in fostering economic growth and talent attraction. Gov. Snyder’s leadership in the comeback of Detroit was not just critical to Southeast Michigan, but his “ignore the politics” approach resulted in a transformation that the nation is still talking about – and has made Detroit a city that once again makes all parts of the state proud.

Under the leadership of the Governor, Detroit has achieved more than anyone could have expected in 2010. You need look no further than the growth of our economy and the vibrancy of places like downtown.

There is still much left to do for Detroit to experience its full renaissance. It is paramount that Governor-elect Whitmer and the soon-to-be-sworn-in members of the state Legislature take a page from Gov. Snyder’s playbook and set aside their differences, avoid politically-charged attacks and come together on key issues like education reform, broadband access, transportation and mobility, and other economic issues that will allow our business community to thrive.

In his exit interview with the Detroit Economic Club the Governor said, “The greatest threat to our country is our lack of civility between one another. It’s not about who is on the other side and why you should insult them or call them a name or anything else. What’s the problem we are there to solve?”

Let’s show the world how Detroit and Michigan can disagree without being disagreeable, how we can debate without personal attacks, and how we can solve more problems together than we can apart.