Rehmann Launches New, Purpose-Driven Brand

TROY, Mich., May 12, 2020 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, today launched a company-wide rebrand. The firm’s new tagline, “EMPOWER YOUR PURPOSE,” centers on maximizing the potential of clients and associates by providing business insights and solutions that help them maintain focus on what makes them extraordinary.

Launching amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the new brand is reflective of the firm’s efforts to help clients navigate the unprecedented impact of the pandemic. Rehmann released a brand video to accompany the launch, available at this link:

“Moments like this define us. In the midst of this pandemic, we have walked alongside our clients and helped them navigate challenges we never could have predicted,” said Randy Rupp, CEO at Rehmann. “We, like our clients, are focused on the long-term view: reopening, restoring and reinventing new ways of doing business. We are prepared to help our clients and advisors empower their purpose and come back stronger than ever, and our new brand is reflective of the work that is to come.”

Amid the pandemic, Rehmann has helped clients navigate federal stimulus programs, cyberattacks targeting remote workforces, investing in an uncertain financial market, cashflow and deferral strategies, revenue generating opportunities, human resource needs and operational and infrastructure considerations, among other issues.

“Our firm has continually evolved as we anticipated and adapted to clients’ needs,” said Holly Shier, Chief Marketing Officer at Rehmann. “Rehmann’s ability to support our clients holistically is now more important than ever and our new brand reinforces that purpose. Our intention is to be the accelerators and the trusted advisors that fuel their ability to innovate, adapt and move forward.”

Rehmann’s core values, unchanged in the rebrand, include: put people first, be obsessed with client success, cultivate business wisdom, embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, and exhibit unwavering integrity.

Rehmann advises clients throughout the US from offices located in Florida, Michigan and Ohio, and is in the top 50 largest firms in the United States, according to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms list.

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 and made it a priority to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at

Contact: Holly Shier

Detroit Regional Chamber Provides New Restart Resources to Michigan Businesses

DETROIT – (May 13, 2020) – The Detroit Regional Chamber announces new restart resources to its members and other businesses across the state, to help them prepare for a new era of operation amid the COVID-19 crisis. As “Stay at Home” restrictions are eased, the Chamber has entered the second phase of its three-phase approach – respond, restart, recover – to serving businesses amid COVID-19.

“Since the start of this crisis, the Chamber responded to help businesses navigate the ongoing challenges of the constantly changing COVID-19 environment. As businesses begin to ease into restart the Chamber is now connecting them with trusted advisors from many global consulting firms,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We are grateful for the wealth of knowledge and expertise the teams at Accenture, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, and UHY are providing at no cost to Michigan businesses.”

The Restart Michigan initiative offers businesses across the state access to critical information and counsel to enter the restart and recover phases of the crisis. This will include resources, such as webinars and online “how-to” guides and at no extra charge, as well as member access to the Chamber’s government affairs team, to ensure the business maintains its collective voice during the process.

Offerings available consist of a variety of webinars designed specifically for business size, industry, decision-making role within the organization, or state of distress. The webinars are planned and hosted with leading consulting firms including Accenture, Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP (EY), KPMG LLP, PwC, and UHY LLP. Topics range from Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness, to workforce strategies post-COVID recovery, as well as a full series specifically designed for automotive reopen best practices. Participants gain access to restart and recovery materials and have the opportunity to ask questions during the sessions. Restart Michigan information can be found at:

The Chamber has also converted its website to a COVID-19 Business Restart center to support members as Michigan begins to reopen the economy. It allows visitors to access restart resources, continued Tele-Town Hall programming, data dashboards and surveys, the latest COVID-19 news, and updates on Chamber activities to help restart the economy.

Media Contact:

Megan Spanitz


What State Budget Cuts Are Looming? We’ll Have a Better Sense Friday

How deep is Michigan’s budget hole for the current fiscal year?

Answering that question will go a long way toward charting the road ahead for business and government alike.

Friday’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference in Lansing will provide one of the first substantive glimpses into the state’s fiscal outlook as the economy re-opens in phases, and will set the backdrop for budget negotiations amid historic unemployment.

This week, the Detroit Regional Chamber participated in calls with two legislators who will be front and center in the budgeting process: State. Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and State. Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) – who serve as Appropriation Committee Chairs for the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.

Below are some key things to watch based on the conversations with the lawmakers:

How big is the budget shortfall for this fiscal year?

There’s been much speculation that the hole in this fiscal year ranges from $1 billion to $5 billion. While there is some recent optimism that the shortfall may not be as large as initially feared, we should expect the fiscal realities to be grim. Friday should provide the information needed to start making the budget cuts for this fiscal year and planning next year’s budget.

Will partisanship flare as budget talks heat up?

With partisanship ramping up around the re-opening of Michigan’s economy, one might expect that political brinkmanship to continue into budget negotiations. However, addressing this fiscal year’s budget will require some form of legislative sign off. So the administration and Legislature will have to work together at some point – something the legislators said is already occurring with the budget office – perhaps limiting the fireworks.

To what extent will the Rainy Day fund utilized?

There is little doubt Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund of nearly $1.2 billion will be used to help fill budget gaps this year and next. Expect that be debated as programs and services land on the chopping block and lawmakers haggle over how much should be spent. While $1.2 billion sounds large, it is not. Bridge Magazine reported in March that the State “blew through” much of a $1.26 billion Rainy Day Fund between 2000 and 2002, so the money goes fast. Current state statute, however limits spending from the fund to 25%, or about $300 million each fiscal year.

Will lawmakers have enough info to pass next year’s budget by July 1?

 No matter the result of Friday’s conference, expect many questions to persist due to delays in tax collections. The state may be forced to pass a bare-bones budget covering large categories such as School Aid, local government, essential state functions, and Medicaid – with the Legislature opting to finalize the budget after the July 1 deadline as more precise information on revenues become available. The extent to which federal funds can be used to backfill budget gaps will play a key role moving forward, but more clarity is needed.

Will any business attraction funding survive?

At some point in the budget process, funds for economic development will be debated – and based on this week’s conversations, expect there to be little appetite for business attraction dollars. Given the fiscal realities, anticipate that any economic development funding that survives cuts to be earmarked for business retention.

The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference will be broadcast live at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Tune in via the internet at the following sites:

Stay tuned for updates via the Detroit Regional Chamber’s COVID-19 Business Restart Center.


Walsh Retains Gold Level Status as Veteran-Friendly School

TROY, Mich., May 7, 2020 — Walsh has retained its status as a Gold-level Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. The MVAA’s Michigan Veteran-Friendly Schools Program highlights institutions committed to offering services and support to meet the needs of veterans or military-connected students.

Gold-level status is the MVAA’s highest distinction and recognizes schools meeting six or more of the required criteria including veteran-specific advising, resources and staff, a system to award credit based on prior military training or experience and a process for identifying current veteran students.

Walsh helps veterans transition from military service to a successful career by providing personalized service and a clear pathway to a degree. The application fee is waived and veterans have access to veteran-specific scholarships, licensed professional counselors on staff to assist during transition and extended payment due dates for GI Bill® users. Career Services advisors help translate military terms, experience and responsibilities into civilian business language for resumes and job interviews. Walsh also offers a designated space for veterans at its Troy location and a student veteran organization.

For more information about Walsh’s veteran services, visit

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

11 Walsh Alumni Named Crain’s Notable Women in Finance

TROY, Mich., May 5, 2020 — Crain’s Detroit has released its 2020 list of Notable Women in Finance and Walsh alumni account for more than 25 percent of the honorees. The women featured were selected based on career accomplishments, track records of success, community involvement and commitment to mentoring others. Walsh and the University of Michigan were the only two schools represented by more than 25 percent of the list, each with 11 alumni featured.

Walsh alumni included graduates from the Bachelor of Accountancy program, nationally ranked Master of Science in Finance, and internationally ranked Master of Business Administration:

Jackie Buchanan BAC ‘94
President and CEO, Genisys Credit Union
Walsh Trustee

Courtney Chang MSF ‘06
Senior Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, Flagstar Bank

Kathleen Crockett ’90 BBA & MSA ‘01
Managing Director, UHY Advisors

Kathleen Dobrovic MSF ‘10
Director of Finance, Treasury and IT, SEG Automotive North America LLC

Krystal Giacchina MBA ‘18
Controller, Superior Electric Great Lakes Co

Michelle Kotas MBA ‘09
CFO and Senior Vice President of Corporate Services, YMCA of Metro Detroit

Betsy Meter Honorary Doctorate of Laws ‘20
Michigan Managing Partner, KPMG LLP

Sonya Nicks MBA ‘19
Director of Finance and Administration, Henry Ford Learning Institute

Roberta Remias MSA ‘89
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Oakland Community College

Rebecca Sorenson BAC ‘85
Senior Vice President of Wealth Management USA, UBS Financial Services Inc.

Cathy Stoner BAC ‘02
Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and CFO, Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc.

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

Dickinson Wright Receives ISO/IEC 27701:2019 Certification for Security Techniques

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has received ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, becoming the first law firm headquartered in Michigan and one of the first law firms in the world to achieve the privacy management certification.

“ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification is an important next step in Dickinson Wright’s evolution to make sure that our information technology services and privacy information management systems are secure and efficient for our clients,” said Michael Kolb, Chief Information & Security Officer. “ISO certification allows us to continually improve the firm’s information security and privacy information management systems while streamlining our efforts to provide additional security for our clients when handling highly-sensitive matters concerning their business.”

The ISO/IEC 27701 standard, published in August 2019, provides a framework for organizations to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII). Privacy regulations, such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), are increasing in many jurisdictions, which is causing many law firm clients to take a closer look at how their PII is being protected. By achieving ISO/IEC 27701 certification, Dickinson Wright can demonstrate to its clients that it is one of the legal industry leaders in the area of data privacy.

ISO/IEC 27701:2019 provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving the firm’s Privacy Information Management System (PIMS). ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification is an extension to ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002 for privacy management within the context of the organization. Dickinson Wright became ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified in 2016.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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 and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

Kopson elected to second term on American Health Lawyers Association board

A shareholder at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, Mark S. Kopson was recently elected to a second term on the board of directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

Kopson, who leads Plunkett Cooney’s Health Care Industry Group, was reelected to a three-year term beginning on July 1. He also was elected to serve a one-year term as an At-Large member of the association’s Nominating Committee.

With over 13,000 members, the AHLA is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field. The organization, whose members include attorneys practicing in law and consulting firms, academic institutions, corporate legal departments and in the public sector, seeks to foster excellence in health law by educating and connecting the health law community.

Resident in Plunkett Cooney’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 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 several board of directors committees. In addition, he frequently speaks at AHLA programs and is a contributing author for several AHLA publications.

Kopson has practiced health care law for 33 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.

Kopson is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Care Law Section and previously served as its chair and secretary. A recipient of numerous honors, Kopson has been named a Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law, a Michigan Super Lawyer in Health Care by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, a Leading Lawyer in Health Law by Leading Lawyers magazine Michigan, and a Top Lawyer in Health Care Law by Dbusiness magazine. Kopson also has received the highest peer review rating – AV® Preeminent™ – awarded by Martindale Hubbell, an international legal industry directory.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group serves the 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, and long-term care facilities.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

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


Walsh Hosts Virtual Events for Transfer and Graduate Students

TROY, Mich., May 11, 2020 — Walsh will host virtual, interactive information sessions and drop-in open houses for transfer and graduate students throughout May and June. Admissions and academic advisors will be available virtually or by phone to answer questions, help students select a program path based on careers goals and start the application process. Advanced registration is recommended for all events.

Graduate Open Houses will take place Friday, May 22 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday, June 9 between 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Waiver Wednesdays are every Wednesday in May and June from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Students can meet with an admissions or academic advisor and application fees will be waived.

Several individual information sessions are also scheduled:

FastTrack: How to earn two degrees in five years (May 19, May 28 or June 11)

Financial Aid: Scholarships, how to apply for financial aid and save on tuition (May 21 and June 9)

Transferring to Walsh: How to transfer up to 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree (May 28, June 19 or July 14)

In March, Walsh transitioned all exams, courses and student services to 100% remote delivery in less than a week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing students to continue their education without interruption to class or exam schedules.

“We understand these are uncertain times,” said Karen Mahaffy, Executive Director, Admissions and Enrollment Services at Walsh. “Pursuing a degree provides a steadying sense of purpose and we are here to support students in their goals.”

For more information about Walsh’s virtual admissions events, visit

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

3 Positions the Chamber Advanced Publicly on Behalf of Business This Week

The Detroit Regional Chamber and our national peers are having essential conversations with government officials and entities behind the scenes to help mitigate the COVID-19 crisis and ensure the health of businesses in the Detroit region coming out of the crisis. The Chamber and its automotive cluster association, MICHauto, are dedicated to advising the state on how to best accommodate the needs of businesses and communities through this difficult time.

1. MICHauto Advocated For Supplier Ramp-Up Period In Letter To Gov. Whitmer

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the reopening of the manufacturing sector for May 11. This was welcomed news to the Chamber and MICHauto, who have provided ongoing guidance to her Administration regarding the needs of the industry amid reopening. MICHauto released the following statement as part of Gov. Whitmer’s announcement:

“MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber applaud the Governor for her continued steps to safely re-open our economy.  Automotive and manufacturing is not only the backbone of our regional and state economy, it is essential to the functioning of the global supply chain.  This is good news for Michigan and the nation,” said Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto, and vice president of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives for the Chamber. Earlier in the week, MICHauto Executive Director Glenn Stevens Jr. sent a letter to the governor on behalf of suppliers requesting she permits a minimum period of five days for supplier operations to start prior to the start of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) production. View or download the full letter here.

2. Chamber Joins 3,500 Organizations Nationwide On Letter To Congress On Extending PPP To Nonprofits

On behalf of the undersigned chambers of commerce, civic groups, trade associations, and other nonprofits, the Chamber joined 3,500 organizations to urge U.S. Congress to extend eligibility for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to include all nonprofit organizations when Congress considers the next COVID-19 emergency assistance legislation. Learn more.

3. With 150 Organizations From 39 States, Chamber Calls on U.S. Congress to Provide More Relief to Cultural Organizations

With a group of 150 organizations that represent businesses of all sizes and industries, the Chamber signed onto a letter that shares the critical gaps in the CARES Act that fail to meet the needs of important organizations in communities across the nation. The collective group call for the following provisions to help cultural institutions like aquariums, zoos, performing arts centers, and museums are to survive this crisis. Read the full letter to Congress.

Butzel Long presents Virtual Management and HR Training program in the COVID Era on May 6, 2020; Labor and Employment attorneys will discuss practical solutions for how to Restart Work, Limit Liability, and Navigate the Quickly Changing Rules Governing the Workforce

DETROIT, Mich. – Every day it seems a new law is passed or executive order issued that changes how to manage a workforce. How are frontline supervisors and HR staff supposed to keep track of these rules let alone manage employees?

Further, What are supervisors supposed to do if an employee reports to work with a 102-degree temperature? Are managers trained to recognize that the response to this employee could be governed by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Michigan Executive Order 2020-36, the Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act, the FMLA, local executive orders such as those in Oakland and Wayne Counties, OSHA guidance, CDC guidance, and, the response could impact loan forgiveness for those companies who received Paycheck Protection Program funds?

Attorneys from Butzel Long law firm’s Labor and Employment Practice are presenting a Virtual Management and HR Training program in the COVID Era from 12-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The registration fees: $500 per person (first registrant); $250 per additional registrant. (Please note: those registered for the program will receive an invoice after attending this event. The invoice will include a fee of $500 for the first attendee and $250 for each additional attendee from a company after that). To register, visit

During the two-hour training session, firm attorneys will discuss practical solutions, in plain language, to manage these new laws and limit legal liability. Topics include:

• Strategies to manage your workforce for essential employees or for employees returning to work;
• Navigating Michigan’s Executive Order prohibiting discrimination or retaliation in the workplace for COVID related absences;
• How to create and implement a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan as required by Michigan’s Expanded Stay at Home Order;
• Managing new paid leave laws for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA – who is eligible, how to document it, and how to get the government
to pay for it?;
• How do these paid leave laws intersect with State and Local orders that might trigger an employee leave entitlement or create unknown legal liability?;
• Maintaining a workforce and managing employees who do not wish to return to work;
• Managing remote workers;
• Common questions on reductions in force, pay cuts, and wage and hour issues related to COVID-19; and,
• Q&A with Butzel Long’s COVID Team on common issues impacting workplaces or restart plans.

Notably, program participants will get free access to a white paper on Reductions in Force During the Coronavirus Crisis; a sample Families First Coronavirus Response Act Policy; FFCRA Certification Forms; and, a template of the Michigan-mandated COVID Workplace Preparedness Plan.

For more information and resources on all COVID-19 related legislation, programs, and orders from both federal and state authorities, visit the online Butzel Long Coronavirus Resource Center.

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 an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: