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 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).

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

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

The honorees are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on the event, contact Andrea Richards, Development Office, 248-823-1204. For more information on the Leadership Awards or Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipawards.