Faye Nelson

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Faye Nelson is vice president of public affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. Nelson is responsible for DTE’s corporate citizenship strategy and economic development initiatives. She also leads all activities of the DTE Energy Foundation, a separate philanthropic organization funded by DTE Energy.

She formerly served as president and CEO of the nonprofit Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the organization charged with leading the transformation of the Detroit riverfront. During Nelson’s tenure, over 3 1/2 miles of public space was developed, generating over $1 billion of public and private investment. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she served as vice president of governmental affairs for Wayne State University, where she led the development of the WSU Research and Technology Park, now known as “Tech Town.”

Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of Metro Detroit’s Most Influential Women.

Crystal Nickson

Financial Management Counselor, HOPE Inside-Detroit

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Crystal Nickson is a small business tax consultant and former tax law instructor. She worked for over a decade with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, traveling across the state of Michigan to conduct training seminars and certifications for financial institutions, universities and small business employees. She is dedicated to teaching financial literacy to those who live in underserved communities, ensuring that they are financially empowered.

Diana Nucera

Community Technology Director, Allied Media Projects

Diana Nucera-webDiana Nucera is the community technology director for Allied Media Projects and director of The Detroit Community Technology Project. In this role she oversees the development of education materials that empower community groups to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate and develop visionary solutions to crises. An expert in media arts, Nucera has over 15 years of experience in education, community wireless projects, media production, collaborative design and facilitation, and organizational development. As co-founder and member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Nucera led the Coalition in developing a guide to producing community science and technology fairs that feature interactive, multimedia workshops designed to engage and inform communities on Internet policies and technology tools.

Chamber Named ‘Workplace Achiever’ in Detroit Free Press Survey

The Detroit Regional Chamber is among this year’s Detroit Free Press Top Workplace, “Workplace Achiever” honorees. The designation is based on the results of a 22-question employee survey that took place earlier this year, conducted by the independent research firm WorkplaceDynamics LLC.

The statewide survey measures companies in small, midsize and large categories against several benchmarks including: alignment, execution and connection. The designation positively reinforces the Chamber’s commitment to creating a collaborative workplace culture.

Jerry Paffendorf

Co-founder and CEO, Loveland Technologies

Jerry Paffendorf-editJerry Paffendorf is co-founder and CEO of Loveland Technologies, a mapping company based in Detroit that is focused on mapping ownership and land use for properties across the world. The company works with governments, developers, neighborhood groups, and passionate individuals to gather and present information about property in clear, actionable ways. Loveland’s Detroit projects include mapping tax foreclosures at detroit.makeloveland.com, and digitizing the city’s property information to help fight blight at motorcitymapping.org. Paffendorf earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

UHY LLP Hosts Annual Accounting and Business Conference

UHY LLP Michigan to Host Free Accounting and Business Conference with Crain’s Keynote

Farmington Hills, Mich., November 18, 2015– UHY LLP, the fifth largest accounting firm in Southeast Michigan, will host their eighth annual Accounting and Business Conference (formerly known as the Accounting and Regulatory Update) at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy on Wednesday, December 2 from 8:00AM–6:00PM. This full day, complimentary program is built for business owners, board members, audit committee members, CFOs, controllers and others as we focus on how companies can achieve sustainability by reducing business risk, attracting talent and leveraging their resources.

Keynote speaker Mary L. Kramer, publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, will discuss the Detroit Homecoming and how expats are coming together to recharge, reinvest and rediscover the city. Other discussions include an SEC accounting and legal update, currency risk management, cyber security and cloud computing, corporate advisory boards and how to attract and retain talent.

CPE credit will be offered.

Pre-registration for this complimentary program is required. Breakfast, lunch and a cocktail afterglow will be provided. Space is limited. Multiple registrations are welcome. To RSVP contact Jessica Dalessandro via email jdalessandro@uhy-us.com or phone 586 843 2507.
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UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market.

UHY LLP, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com.

All of the above entities are members of UHY International (“UHYI”), a worldwide network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and advisory services around the globe. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a proud member in good standing of the Forum of Firms. Collectively, our US operating entities (UHY LLP and UHY Advisors) are the largest independent members of UHYI with significant participation, bringing the power of our international network to serve the individualized needs of our clients.

Firm revs up Tort & Litigation Practice Group with new attorneys

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently added two attorneys, Macy R. Abdallah and Chase M. Kubica, to its Tort & Litigation Practice Group.

“Macy and Chase are talented attorneys who complement our growing general liability and motor vehicle liability teams,” said Carolyn M. Jereck, who serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department Leader. “They both have a great deal of expertise and, most importantly, a real focus on client service.”

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Abdallah has a wide-ranging practice that includes the defense of commercially-insured businesses through some of the nation’s leading insurance providers. She has particular expertise in the areas of premises liability, foodservice and hospitality law and municipal law. Abdallah also works with businesses and individuals in the area of tax law.

Abdallah is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce. She received her law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2013 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2010.

Kubica is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office who focuses his litigation practice in the areas of motor vehicle liability, no-fault law and premises liability. His clients include businesses and individuals involved in first- and third-party automobile negligence claims and in matters involving uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. He also works with some of the nation’s leading insurance providers to resolve allegedly fraudulent motor vehicle accident cases and matters involving suspicious insured and medical provider claims.

A Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2013, Kubica is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2010 and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2006.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “ go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Macy R. Abdallah and Chase M. Kubica joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.


Marlin Page

Founder, Sisters Code

Marlin Page-webMarlin Page is a technology strategist, media contributor, chief diversity and inclusion officer for FCA US LLC (formally Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and founder of Sisters Code, a national training program designed to help women “re-career” into technology fields. Her mission is to empower women and girls in STEM education. With more than 20 years of experience in technology, Page has had a successful career as a coder, technology entrepreneur, and diversity and inclusion executive.

As the former deputy chief information officer for the city of Detroit, Page and her team successfully developed the city’s first e-government initiative and coordinated the technology behind Super Bowl XL. She also developed and implemented the first Global Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Development Department for a Fortune 100 company.

Today, Page lends her voice and insight to tech platforms including: Meeting of the Minds, SXSW, Techonomy, Tech Week, and the U.S. State Department International Delegation. She also serves as a national speaker for Microsoft’s global DigiGirlz program.

Huel Perkins

Anchor, WJBK FOX 2 News

Huel Perkins WJBK-editHuel Perkins is an Emmy Award-winning anchor for WJBK FOX 2 News. With an affinity for Detroit and its viewers, Perkins also hosts the popular talk show, “Let it Rip!,” that airs every Thursday night. With more 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism, Perkins has traveled the country with Nelson Mandela, followed the Pope and has attended and covered nearly every major political convention in the last two decades.

Joel Kahn

Joel Kahn, Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University; Author, “Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses”Joel Kahn is a plant-based cardiologist whose personal mission is to prevent 1 million heart attacks over the next two years. Known as “America’s holistic heart doc,” Kahn has been practicing invasive, interventional and preventive cardiology in Detroit since 1990. He is a clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

His devotion to patient care has earned him top honors in cardiology. Kahn is the author of Amazon.com top-sellers “The Whole Heart Solution” and “Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses.” Kahn is a frequent contributor on The Huffington Post. His health commentary also appears on numerous radio, television and Internet podcasts, including WJBK Fox 2.