Oakland Community College is Riding the CREST of Public Safety

June 16 marked a big day for the OCC Police Academy, which celebrated its 50th graduation since the program’s establishment in 1967. Recognized as a leading police training facility in the State of Michigan, the Police Academy consistently graduates high achievers through a combination of skilled and experienced training staff and hands-on training through CREST (Combined Regional Emergency Services Training).

The June ceremony recognized 33 new graduates – 17 from various agencies in the area and 16 pre-service or self-sponsored candidates.

“Our graduates represent courage, compassion and dedication to our community,” said Interim Chancellor Peter Provenzano. “They are committed by oath and honor to protect and serve, and we are indebted to them for their service.”

Graduating Police Academy class president Samuel Hannum added, “This is where we start representing every officer in the United States.”

CREST is the region’s unique training center, developed by local Police, Fire and EMS agencies in collaboration with Oakland Community College. It includes furnished houses, a bank, convenience store, motel and five-story live fire-training tower on Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus. The CREST site offers an experience where real-life scenarios are simulated by trainees who must not only think through options and decisions, but also actively apply their public safety skills.

OCC offers advance training, degrees and certificates in public safety fields including Police, Fire, EMS and Emergency Dispatch. It is is overseen by a new interim dean, Lt. David Cece, former OCC public safety officer.

OCC is also pleased to announce two new endowed scholarships related to CREST. The first, the Rolland C. Thayer III Firefighters Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Thayer was Captain of the Pontiac Fire Department for more than 25 years and this scholarship honors his service by supporting a student in the Basic Fire Academy.

The second new scholarship is the Richard and Patricia Tillman Endowed Scholarship Fund that will benefit the top marksman in each class at the Academy. The Tillmans both worked at the Police Academy; Mr. Tillman served for nearly three decades.

For more information on training opportunities, please visit www.oaklandcc.edu/crest/

Henry Ford Health System, COO Named Distinguished Citizen


Bob Riney, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer with Henry Ford Health System, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Riney will receive the award during a dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on June 22 at Henry Ford Museum’s Lovett Hall, 20900 Oakwood Blvd.  He was selected for his commitment to youth in the Detroit area and his impact on Scouting, said Vic Pooler, Scout Executive with the Great Lakes Field Service Council which serves more than 25,000 youth in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

Paul W. Smith, who hosts a talk show on WJR NewsTalk 760 Radio, will be the emcee for the DCD event.

“Bob’s dedication to youth in Detroit and surrounding communities has positively impacted many lives which has created positive outcomes for those boys and girls who face numerous challenges on a daily basis,” Pooler said.  “Bob is the type of leader who knows how to get things done in a quiet, yet effective way, and we are very pleased to be able to honor him with this award.”

Established by the Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States.  The Great Lakes FSC is one of four field service council’s in Michigan managed by the Michigan Crossroads Council.

Riney said good leaders don’t get to where they are on their own.  He said he was fortunate as a child to have caring adults who mentored him and gave him the tools he needed to succeed.

“The reality is that we live in a time when our youth are continually faced with negative influences,” Riney said.  “The Boy Scouts is an organization dedicated to ensuring that all youth have the opportunity to make the right decisions based on the morals and values they learn through Scouting.

“The leadership and life skills Scouting teaches really create a foundation for success.”

Previous DCD recipients include Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan and Dave Bing, retired professional basketball player and former mayor of Detroit.

Riney was appointed EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Henry Ford Health System in 2003 and President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer in 2017.

In this role, Bob oversees all hospital and service operations for the six-hospital health system consisting of more than 60 clinical locations, 30,000 employees and annual revenues of $6 billion. In addition, Bob is responsible for Corporate Information Technology, Corporate Facilities & Security, International Strategies, the Henry Ford Innovation Institute and the System Chief Nursing Office.

Riney, a graduate of Wayne State University, joined Henry Ford Health System in 1978.  His current board and community roles include: board member, Nemours Foundation – one of the country’s largest foundations; vice chair, National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL); chair, Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA); board member, Detroit Zoological Society; board member, M1 Rail Transit Authority; board member, The Parade Company; and, board member, Hudson-Webber Foundation.

To register for the dinner click on https://scoutingevent.com/272-dcad.  For additional information contact Jaime Hayes, Great Lakes FSC Development Director, at jaime.hayes@scouting.org or 313-361-1291.

For more information about the MCC click on www.michiganscouting.org.

Andra Rush to Entrepreneurs: ‘Do What You Say, Say What You Do’

By Nick Mattar

Rush Group LLC founder Andra Rush addressed 70 Detroit Regional Chamber members and other business leaders at Inside the CEO Mind this week, discussing her journey as a female business owner through thoughtful tips and humorous anecdotes. Rush gave attendees insight into how she launched Rush Trucking with three vehicles and grew her company into an award-winning manufacturing and logistics hub.

Hosted at The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit, Rush followed up her remarks by participating in a question-and-answer session with the audience. She provided some tips for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners:

  • Do what you say and say what you do. In business it is important to keep your word and follow through on larger projects or smaller tasks.
  • When starting a business, make sure you have a great chief financial officer and operations people. Being able to manage finances and the physical aspects of a business are paramount.
  • Take advantage of as many networking opportunities as possible. Making connections with other professionals is necessary to move a company forward.

Other questions from the audience focused on a myriad of topics, from the prospect of flying cars to the latest disruptive technology in manufacturing. Rush Group LLC is headquartered in Wayne and now features a network of more than 500 tractors, 1,000 trailers and 500 company drivers.

Interested in attending a future Inside the CEO Mind event? Check out the Chamber’s Events page for a full list of upcoming events.

Nick Mattar is the director of marketing at the Detroit Regional Chamber. 

Testimony to the House Tax Policy Committee in Support of House Bills 242-244

The following testimony from the Detroit Regional Chamber was provided to the Michigan House of Representatives’ Tax Policy Committee on June 14, 2017.

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber takes pride in advocating on behalf of businesses throughout the city and region. As one of the most influential chambers of commerce in the country, our members look for us to collaborate with government partners in support of Michigan’s reinvention and continued economic growth.

The Chamber prioritizes capitalizing on every opportunity to compete for high-wage job creation in order to maximize Michigan’s built-in advantage in automotive R&D, advanced manufacturing and next-generation mobility. In an increasingly globalized economy, companies are seeking states with attractive business climates and strong economic development tools. In order to compete, Michigan must continue to position itself to aggressively pursue private investment.

While Michigan has made great progress in recent years, many states we compete with offer more robust economic development programs and are being rewarded with increased capital investment, job creation, and tax revenue that could be coming to Michigan. In particular, Michigan offers insufficient cash incentives and thus lacks a competitive edge in attracting large-scale projects that have the potential for the greatest impact.

As a member of the Coalition for Michigan Jobs, the Chamber encourages you to support Senate Bills 242 – 244, creating a new “Good Jobs for Michigan” program. This legislation aims to address the specific need for large-scale incentives that Michigan currently lacks, and deserves the attention of this legislature as part of our mutual, ongoing objective of growing Michigan’s workforce.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have or in order to continue this conversation at 248-709-4866 or jpuscas@detroitchamber.com.

Detroit Regional Chamber Hosts Commencement for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVIII, Recognizes Past Alumni for Creating Positive Change in the Community

Today, Leadership Detroit, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, will celebrate the commencement of its 38th class, marking the end of the 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXVIII features 68 executives from across the region, drawing from eight counties and 33 municipalities in Southeast Michigan. The class represents 39 industries including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“The Detroit Regional Chamber has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to help shape and support aspiring leaders who are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This year’s group of exceptional and diverse leaders came to together and recognized that as our region experiences unprecedented change, assumptions and stereotypes need to be challenged to make way for better collaboration and momentum going forward,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Chamber.

The commencement ceremony will take place at the Garden Theater in Midtown and includes Leadership Detroit’s annual awards, which recognizes past alumni that act on and support the program’s five pillars of exemplary leadership and individuals who have made a positive impact in the community. This year’s award recipients include:

  • Inspirational Leader Award: David Rudolph, President, D. Ericson & Associates Public Relations; Leadership Detroit Class XXIV
  • Moving the Needle Award: Lisa Nuszkowski, Executive Director, Detroit Bike Share, Downtown Detroit Partnership; Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV
  • Lifelong Leadership Award: John Van Camp, President and CEO, Southwest Solutions; Leadership Detroit Class XX

The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXVIII roster is available at www.leadershipdetroit.com.


About Leadership Detroit

Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with more than 1,800 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership. For more information, please visit leadershipdetroit.com.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

Butzel Long attorney Claudia Rast reappointed to ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force; Attorney also will be a featured speaker at The Hague conference in the Netherlands in July

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Claudia Rast has been reappointed to serve a one-year term on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Cybersecurity Legal Task Force by the ABA President-Elect. Task Force members are charged with examining risks posed by criminals, terrorists and nations that seek to steal personal and financial information, disrupt critical infrastructure, and wage cyberwar.

Notably, Rast co-authored a chapter to the second edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook that will be published at the end of July.

Further, she will be a featured speaker at The Hague, during the World Justice Forum V, a conference of global leaders addressing the Rule of Law July 10-13 in The Netherlands. She will be speaking on the New Environmental Rule of Law Index workshop panel.

Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, Rast blends her expertise in law, business, and science to assist companies in their strategic use of technology, counseling clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data theft, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events in recent years, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable in working with clients to both defend against and respond to pervasive cyber attacks and to conduct cybersecurity awareness and response training sessions. Similarly, over the past several years, she has worked within both the IT entrepreneur community and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles, to address security, privacy, IP ownership, and new and potential regulations.

Rast also is an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project.

Rast is a frequent national speaker on matters ranging from cybersecurity, privacy, data breach, eDiscovery, and social media. In addition, she has published numerous articles including an online course for CPE credit, CPA’s Guide to Privacy (Bisk Education 2006, 2012, 2014 & 2016), a chapter on Privacy & Data Breach for Thompson Reuters’ “Inside the Minds” Aspatore Book series (April 2013), and a chapter entitled “Confidentiality and Security in a Modern World” to be included in the 2017 ABA publication Ethics and Environmental Practice: A Lawyer’s Guide.

Her memberships include the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she has been involved in the leadership of the Section since 1999, including Chair of the Section in 2008-2009, Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum Board of Directors (2008-present), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors (2008-2013), and ICLE’s Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-present). In 2001, she was the only lawyer named as a Technology Industry Leader in Crain’s Detroit Business, and in 2003 the Ann Arbor Chapter of American Women in Computing named her as one of twenty “Top Michigan Women in Computing.” In 2015, she was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law.”

Rast is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review. In 2014, she successfully completed the four-week online program, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” developed and taught by the faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.

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, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. 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: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Automation Alley offers Integr8™ early bird member pricing through July 7; Special VIP ticket package also available to first 100 members

Automation Alley is offering its members a special early bird rate and VIP ticket package to attend Integr8™, the technology and manufacturing business association’s new interactive, cross-discipline global Industry 4.0 conference. Integr8™ will feature world-renowned speakers, panels and a technology expo, and is expected to attract 500 manufacturing and technology professionals from across the region and world to Detroit, Nov. 9.

Members can save $100 on conference tickets by taking advantage of early bird member pricing of $349 through July 7. In addition, members have access to a VIP Package for $599 that includes tickets to both the VIP Dinner and Cocktail Reception on Nov. 8 at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and the Integr8™ conference on Nov. 9 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The VIP Package is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Integr8™ will advance attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the eight key technologies associated with Industry 4.0: cybersecurity, big data and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and modeling, simulation and visualization.

“These are technologies disrupting the manufacturing industry, innovations that will not only reshape the way things are made, but also the way we live,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director. “Our vision in developing Integr8™ was to create a global gathering where ideas are shared, knowledge is transferred and, most importantly, an actionable Industry 4.0 roadmap is created so that companies can begin to implement these technologies on their factory floors.”

Integr8™ attendees will benefit from breakfast and lunch keynote presentations, a technology expo featuring the latest in cutting-edge technologies and breakout sessions focused on advancements in manufacturing, how to overcome obstacles to adoption, financial ROI and blueprints for successful Industry 4.0 implementation. Confirmed speakers include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from Carnegie Mellon University, Fraunhofer, University of Michigan, General Motors, Omron Automation and more.

To register, sponsor, or inquire about Integr8™ speaking opportunities, visit automationalley.com/integr8.

About Automation Alley
Integr8™ is presented by Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.

Kopson elected to board of American Health Lawyers Association

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s leading law firms, announced today that attorney Mark S. Kopson, a director of the firm and chair of its Health Care Industry Group, has been elected to the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) Board of Directors for a three-year term commencing on July 1, 2017.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kopson has been a member of the AHLA since 1987 and has served the organization in a number of roles, including as chair and as a vice chair of the Payers, Plans and Managed Care Practice group, as chair of the Managed Care Contracting Affinity Group, and as a member of the Board’s Mentoring Committee. In addition, Kopson is a regular speaker at AHLA programs and is a contributing author of several AHLA publications.

AHLA President Charlene McGinty offered congratulations to Kopson and the other new board members, saying “the roster of applicants was very impressive and it is this level of commitment and dedication that makes AHLA so special.”

Kopson has practiced health care law for nearly 30 years with special emphasis on matters related to managed care. He represents plans, payers and providers in Michigan and throughout the United States. He has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of clinically integrated networks of hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgery centers and ancillary providers, managed care negotiation, contracting and dispute resolution, value-based reimbursement and revenue cycle, as well as regulatory compliance and agency investigation response.

In addition to his service to AHLA, Kopson has served as the chair and secretary of the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Care Law Section. He is also the recipient of numerous honors, including recognition among The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law, 2014-2017 and designations as a Michigan Super Lawyer in Health Care by Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014-2016, a Leading Lawyer in Health Law by Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2015, and a Top Lawyer in Health Care Law by dbusiness Magazine, 2014-2015. Kopson has also received Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review rating – AV® Preeminent™.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group is designed to meet the unique needs of clients in the increasingly complex business of healthcare. Using a multi-specialty approach, the group’s attorneys develop strategies and both prevent and solve problems on behalf of all types of healthcare providers, payers, plans and health-related businesses. The firm’s clients include clinically integrated networks, health plans, behavioral health providers, for-profit and non-profit health systems, single- and multi-specialty professional practices, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities and many others.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 140 attorneys in nine Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2016. Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about Mark S. Kopson’s election to the AHLA Board of Directors, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

American Society of Employers (ASE) Announces New CFO

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces that Tracy Neil, CPA, MBA, MST, had joined ASE as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing Gary Lovio who retired after 12 years of service. The announcement was made by ASE CEO Mary E. Corrado.

“Tracy has a wealth of experience, and we are very happy to have him on board,” Corrado said. “He has jumped right in and is already making an impact with his financial expertise. I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

Prior to joining ASE, Neil served as the VP of Finance for GDI Integrated Facility Services. Before that, from 2014-2016 he was the Chief Financial Officer for Burroughs, an ASE member, where he employed best practices in cash and liquidity management. Neil started his successful career at McKesson Pharmacy Systems. He was recognized for providing proactive insights, interpretations of financial results, and partnered with all constituents to drive operational and financial results.

“I am pleased to be part of a non-profit organization with a long tradition of being a trustworthy human resource advocate that drives innovative approaches addressing human resource issues,” Neil said.

In addition, Neil is an active board member and past chapter president of Financial Executives International (FEI) and a board member for Samaritan Counseling Services.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young Rejoins Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young returned to the firm’s Lansing office as Of Counsel. Mr. Young originally joined Dickinson Wright in 1978 and became a partner in 1982.

“I am pleased to return to the firm that welcomed me with open arms 30 years ago,” said Mr. Young. “It’s like returning home and I look forward to assisting the firm and its clients.”

Mr. Young has more than two decades of appellate judicial experience to share with firm clients on how to achieve more successful trial and appellate outcomes. In addition, as a former business lawyer, General Counsel and the chief executive of Michigan’s judiciary, he has a keen awareness of and direct experience in how to help clients identify and manage risk tolerances as they formulate and execute strategic business plans.

As the longest-serving Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, he promoted initiatives to measure judicial performance, track public satisfaction, adopt best practices, and implement technologies that expand public access, increase efficiency and boost productivity of trial courts. During his tenure as Chief Justice, the court committed to “rightsizing” Michigan’s judiciary so that it cost citizens no more than necessary for the efficient administration of justice. To this end, during Justice Young’s tenure as Chief, 26 judgeships were cut, saving taxpayers nearly $15 million over the past 6 years.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Young was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1995. After being appointed to the Supreme Court in 1999, Mr. Young was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2010. Mr. Young also previously served as vice president, corporate secretary, and general counsel of AAA Michigan.

Mr. Young has served on the boards of many charitable groups, including the Detroit Urban League, United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, and Vista Maria. Mr. Young was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and “Michiganian of the Year” in 2016 by the Detroit News. He has been awarded honorary degrees by Central Michigan University and Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Young was an adjunct professor of Wayne State Law School for more than 20 years and now teaches at Michigan State University Law School.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.