Plante Moran rebrands its client publication to further ‘Engage’ readers

Southfield, Mich. — 15 years after the introduction of its glossy, content-rich Universal Advisor magazine, Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and business advisory firms, announces a rebranding of the publication under a new title: Engage.

“For 15 years, we have engaged readers through the Universal Advisor with articles focused on the business issues that affect our clients most,” said Plante Moran Chief Marketing Officer and Partner, Jeff Antaya, CPA. “Last year we challenged our executive editor, Mindy Kroll and our in-house design team, to modernize the publication to keep pace with the developing preferences of a digital-rich world. With Engage, our experts will continue to deliver that valuable information, but we’ll do so with more Q&A’s, photos, infographics and podcasts, moving toward an on-line e-zine while still having a hard copy version available.”

The debut issue of Engage was released today and will be published three times a year and distributed to nearly 50,000 clients and friends of Plante Moran. Content includes 20 questions with Illinois-based tool manufacturer and distributor C.H. Hanson, family owned and operated since 1866, as well as a look at weak links in email security and humanizing a brand through social media (with insights from zany outdoor clothing and recreational gear retailer Moosejaw).

Also included in the debut of Engage are reflections on Plante Moran’s 90th anniversary with current leaders and former firm managing partners. Commenting on the firm’s core purpose, Managing Partner Gordon Krater said, “We all have a sense of stewardship — we’re in this together to create something outstanding and leave it better than we found it for the next group of leaders.” Noting an appropriate gift for the firm’s 90th anniversary, former managing partner Bill Matthews, who led the firm from 1993 to 2001, said, “We’ve always preferred gold…the Golden Rule. It’s our very foundation.”

View the new edition of Engage here.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

Plante Moran Named a “National Top 150 Workplace” by WorkPlaceDynamics

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan – February 1, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, has been named to the National Top 150 Workplaces by WorkPlaceDynamics. The announcement was made that Plante Moran ranked 19th nationwide out of 150 organizations. The national list was compiled from the 872 organizations with more than 1,000 employees that participated in regional top workplaces awards programs. The full list of 150 winners can be viewed at www.topworkplaces.com.

The National Top Workplaces list was determined solely by feedback gathered through an objective employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP. The survey consisted of a proprietary set of 22 questions to rank companies. Survey results highlight that employees want to work at companies with high levels of organizational health, meaning the company has set a clear direction for its future, executes business objectives well and brings real meaning to work.

Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA, welcomed news of the award. “Workplace awards such as the National Top 150 Workplaces have added meaning when they are based on staff input. Nurturing our unique culture and fostering open communication with staff is critical to Plante Moran’s success,” said Krater. “I really want to thank our team firmwide for their belief in and dedication to our client service goals and to each other, because that is ultimately what this award acknowledges.”

This is the second national award Plante Moran has received in 2013 for workforce satisfaction. On Jan. 16, the firm announced it had been named for the 15th consecutive year to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “The 100 Best Companies to Work For.”

About Plante Moran
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India.

Plante Moran has local offices in the following cities:

Michigan: Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, East Lansing, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Macomb, St. Joseph, Southfield (two offices) and Traverse City
Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo
Illinois: Downtown Chicago (two offices) and Elgin

ABOUT WORKPLACEDYNAMICS
Founded in 2006, WorkplaceDynamics is the fastest-growing employee survey provider in the United States. Based on their “on-demand” employee survey, last year they surveyed more than 5,000 organizations, polled 1.7 million people, and handled more than a million employee responses.

ABOUT THE SURVEY
The Top Workplaces program accurately reflects the opinions of employees through measurement of engagement, organizational health and employee satisfaction. The survey is utilized year after year by human resource professionals and C-suite executives nationwide as the gold standard in internal measurement of organizational health and employee satisfaction.

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Contact: Dan Artman, Plante Moran Public Relations, 248.223.3469

Plante Moran Receives Top Workplace Recognition

Firm Also Receives Standout Award in “Training” Category

Southfield, Mich. — November 26, 2012 -Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, was named one of the top five workplaces in Michigan in the 2012 Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces survey. The state-wide survey looked at companies in small, midsize and large categories; Plante Moran was named number three in the large companies category.

Plante Moran has a tradition of workplace success and has received numerous workplace awards through the years, including the coveted national award from FORTUNE magazine, which has named the firm one of the country’s best places to work for 14 consecutive years. Plante Moran Managing Partner, Gordon Krater, CPA shared the firm’s core belief.

“We thank the Detroit Free Press for commending our efforts to remain a top workplace,” said Krater. “Our culture is at the center of our client service efforts and we continue to invest in programs and policies that optimize the career satisfaction of our staff, who then in turn are motivated to provide outstanding service to our clients.”

Highlights of Plante Moran’s workplace policies supporting individual and team development include:

• The assignment of a team partner and experienced staff member to serve as a “buddy” beginning on the first day of employment to encourage and sustain long-term relationships among staff and promote professional development and personal satisfaction
• A nationally recognized professional training program that includes social media to help ensure effective networking and relationship building with current and future clients and friends of the firm
• A PTA (Personal Tightrope Action) Committee that researches and recommends programs and policies that address and support balance of life issues; examples of PTA programs include a PTA buddy program for first-time parenting staff and on-site child care on Saturdays during tax season.
• Firm-wide volunteer initiatives, including paid time off to support community efforts

As part of the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces award, Plante Moran received a special award as a Top Workplace Standout in the Training category. The training award was given to Plante Moran based on staff responses to the following statement: “I get the formal training I want for my career.”

The Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces survey was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics. To view the Detroit Free Press article about the awards, which was published on November 18th, please visit http://tinyurl.com/bbr565c.

About Plante Moran
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 22 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

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