Accreditation of Walsh Business Programs Reaffirmed by ACBSP

TROY, Mich., July 23, 2020 —Walsh has achieved reaffirmation of the accreditation of its business programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners.

ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials and educational support to determine whether or not an institution’s business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and demonstrate continuous quality improvement. It certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs offered at Walsh meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

“Walsh’s ACBSP accreditation aligns with our mission to provide a transformative business education combining theory, application and professional experience to prepare graduates for successful careers. We look forward to continuing to uphold these standards of excellence in everything we do,” said Michael Levens, Ph.D., interim provost, chair and professor of marketing.

“This reaffirmation of accreditation is evidence that Walsh is committed to maintaining the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done for the last decade,” said ACBSP chief accreditation officer Steve Parscale, Ph.D.

Walsh’s undergraduate and graduate business programs were first accredited by ACBSP in 2010. Institutions must undergo the reaffirmation process every 10 years to maintain ACBSP accreditation. Walsh’s next reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in 2030.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

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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 internationally and 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).

ABOUT ACBSP
ACBSP, www.acbsp.org, is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence in the accreditation of business education programs throughout the world. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. ACBSP currently accredits business programs at nearly 1,200 campuses in 63 countries.

Miller Canfield Shortlisted for 2020 Chambers USA Diversity & Inclusion, Pro Bono Awards

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has shortlisted the firm and one of its notable attorneys in the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020 honors. The awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and firms for advancing diversity and inclusion in the U.S. and Canada.

Miller Canfield Hiring Chair/Diversity and Professional Development Principal Michelle Crockett has been shortlisted in the Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year category, and the firm’s Pro Bono practice is shortlisted for the Pro Bono Program of the Year for 2020.

“We could not be prouder of Michelle and of our Pro Bono team, which is led by Pro Bono Counsel Wendy Richards,” said Miller Canfield CEO Michael McGee. “Their dedication and hard work have made the firm stronger and more inclusive, as well as making the communities we serve fairer and more equitable.”

Miller Canfield has been a longtime leader in pro bono service. During 2019 and 2020, the firm was engaged in dozens of complex matters in pursuit of promoting access to justice for all. Notable projects focused on the areas of:

*Prisoners’ rights/criminal justice, particularly assisting prisoners who had been sentenced as juveniles to mandatory life without parole
*Immigrants’ rights, and a major class action in collaboration with the ACLU of Michigan and others in the highly publicized Hamama v. Adducci to protect hundreds of Iraqi nationals living in the U.S. from removal without due process in immigration courts
*Voting rights, and a partnership with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Brennan Center for Justice and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel to create state-specific guides on how and why to become an election poll worker

Crockett’s achievements include leading the firm to be included in the first class of major law firms nationwide to pilot the Mansfield Rule, which requires us to affirmatively consider women and minority candidates when making hiring and promotion considerations (30 percent of the candidate pool must be women, minority and LGBTQ applicants). Miller Canfield was the only firm in Michigan to meet Diversity Lab’s stringent standards for Mansfield Certification Plus and, after two years, remains the only firm in Michigan to earn the designation.

These achievements would not be possible without Crockett’s relentless efforts to create actionable, measurable, results-driven initiatives that foster meaningful and sustainable change. She developed an aggressive two-year diversity plan that sets specific targets within leadership ranks, including the firm’s managing directors, to increase representation across the board.

The results have been remarkable. Specifically:

*49% of Miller Canfield’s associates are women
*40% of the firm’s non-equity principals are women
*40% of managing directors are women
*40% of resident directors are minorities and women
*78% of the firm’s 2019 summer associate class were women
*55% of 2019 summer associates were minorities

Firms and individuals are selected based on extensive research by Chambers USA and its D&I team. Chambers & Partners and Chambers USA are leading law firm and lawyer research and ranking publications that rank the top lawyers and law firms across the U.S. and globally. Winners of the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020 will be announced on Sept. 24, 2020.

Rehmann Announces 17 Promotions in Southeast Michigan

TROY, Mich., July 21, 2020 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, is recognizing the hard work of team members—even amid uncertain times—by promoting 17 associates throughout Southeast Michigan. Among them, four associates have been promoted to senior manager positions. The promotions include:
• Ashley Dunworth – Senior Manager – Dunworth leads Rehmann’s southeast region construction group. Joining the firm in 2010, Dunworth works closely with business advisors and client management contacts to provide assurance and financial reporting services to businesses in the commercial, construction, and engineering industries.
• Becky Guenther – Senior Manager – Guenther develops and manages benefit plan design and administration, as well as well-being and recognition program strategy for Rehmann’s over 900 employees across Michigan, Florida and Ohio. Additionally, she leads the Firm’s associate engagement initiatives and is responsible for FMLA and disability leave administration.
• Sejla Kulaglic – Senior Manager – joining Rehmann in 2013, Kulaglic assists clients with inbound and outbound tax matters, and supervises and reviews complex flow-through, corporate, individual, trust, estate and international tax engagements
• Ryan Wichmann – Senior Manager –joined the firm in 2013, Wichmann provides tax and financial statement consulting and compliance services to businesses and individuals. He is actively involved in the firm’s Dealership Group.
• Richard Blanchard – Assurance In-Charge
• Abby Buchholz – Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
• Sabina Celo – Advisory & Tax Senior
• Jason Fedorinchik – Senior Analyst
• Alaina Gargano – Assurance In-Charge
• Shirley Gordon – Accounting Manager
• Josh Katkin – Assurance In-Charge
• Marissa Kautz – Advisory & Tax Manager
• Nancy Kukielka – Senior Administrative Assistant
• Simon Micakovic – Retirement Plan Advisor
• Sarah Nanni – Advisory & Tax Manager
• Patti Pensko – Assurance Senior
• Tyler Scarsella – Advisory & Tax Senior

Rehmann and its associates deliver forward-thinking results to clients with its progressive service model to provide satisfaction and confidence. It has grown to become one of the largest financial services and advisory firms, with nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann’s associates are committed to working collaboratively to cultivate ideas, service and experience.

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, making it our duty 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 rehmann.com.

Contact: Holly Shier
248.458.7923
holly.shier@rehmann.com

Pentastar Aviation Receives Safety 1st Clean Certification

WATERFORD, MI. – Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, announced today that they have received the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Safety 1st Clean standard certification. The standard, implemented within Pentastar’s Executive Terminal or Fixed Base Operation (FBO), is a cleaning guideline developed in response to infectious disease and provides guidance on facility cleaning, disinfecting and facility operations in response to a pandemic. The goal of this standard is to safeguard our valued customers, their personal and corporate assets and FBO team members.

The standard is a compilation of industry best practices from government agencies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and offers a checklist of the measures needed to be implemented in the company’s cleaning and sanitizing regimens to protect the health of customers and staff. Upon completing the self-certification checklist and submitting the required documentation to NATA, FBOs are allowed to highlight their participation in the program by displaying the Safety 1st Clean logo.

“The safety of our customers, employees and visitors to our campus will always be our top priority,” said Pentastar President Greg Schmidt. “Implementing the NATA Safety 1st Clean standard reinforces our steadfast commitment to safety. As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 daily, we are doing our part to create an environment that is clean, safe and comfortable while strictly adhering to the latest CDC, TSA and FAA protocols. We will also continue to implement leading ways to improve preventative safety measures, and consistently review new solutions designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 as they become available.”

Pentastar Aviation adheres to the highest standards of safety and service excellence. In addition to the NATA Safety 1st Clean certification, Pentastar is also a member of the National Safety Council, Air Charter Safety Foundation and is involved in their voluntary Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). Pentastar has a robust Safety Management System, a well-documented Emergency Response Plan, and has earned numerous aviation safety designations.

About Pentastar Aviation
Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.
Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit www.pentastar.aero.
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Scott A. Petz Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2020

TROY, Mich., July 16, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Scott A. Petz has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2020. Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. To learn more, please click here.

Attorney Scott A. Petz is a Member in the Firm’s Troy, Mich. office where he focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use. Mr. Petz received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.

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.

Butzel Long attorney Claudia Rast appointed to co-chair ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Claudia Rast has been appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. To date, she has served six one-year terms since this Task Force was created in 2012.

The Task Force unites representatives from 25 ABA entities with cybersecurity expertise and leaders from the public, private, and technical sectors. From this cross-disciplinary vantage point, the Task Force identifies, compiles, creates, and promotes cybersecurity resources; focuses and coordinates the ABA’s analyses and assessments of cybersecurity proposals; leads projects and spotlights ABA cybersecurity initiatives; and undertakes a wide range of publishing, programming, and outreach.

Notably, Rast is a co-author of a book to be published this year titled, “Cyber Incident Response Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals.” In 2017, she co-authored a chapter to the second edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook, which is heading for its third update and edition in 2021.

Rast, who chairs Butzel Long’s Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Practice Department, 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 security and governance, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events, and the vulnerability of business as their workforce connects from home in response to COVID-19, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable to both defend against and respond to 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, addressing security, privacy, IP ownership, and to the impacts of new laws and regulations, ranging from the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU to the California Consumer Privacy Act.

At the same time, Rast 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. In 2019, she moderated an environmental rule of law panel at The Hague sponsored by the World Justice Forum.

She is a frequent national speaker on matters ranging from cybersecurity, privacy, and data governance. In addition, she has published numerous articles including an online privacy course for CPA’s to receive CPE credit.

Rast’s 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 (2008-2017), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors (2008-2013), ICLE’s Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-2017), and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors (2017-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 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 www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Harold Ford Jr.

Harold Ford Jr. is a former U.S. representative and current political pundit for MSNBC and CNBC. Ford represented Tennessee in the U.S. Congress for 10 years, serving on both the Financial Services and Budget committees, where he actively worked to balance the budget, improve the nation’s education system, and lower taxes on job creators and the middle class. Since leaving office in 2007, Ford continues to promote nonpartisan debate on key issues to promote entrepreneurialism and grow the middle class.

Highly regarded for having his finger on the pulse of national politics, Ford is currently driving discussion around how the Democratic Party can reconnect with middle and working-class families following the 2016 presidential election. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Pentastar Aviation Receives Safety 1st Clean Certification

WATERFORD, MI. – Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, announced today that they have received the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Safety 1st Clean standard certification. The standard, implemented within Pentastar’s Executive Terminal or Fixed Base Operation (FBO), is a cleaning guideline developed in response to infectious disease and provides guidance on facility cleaning, disinfecting and facility operations in response to a pandemic. The goal of this standard is to safeguard our valued customers, their personal and corporate assets and FBO team members.

The standard is a compilation of industry best practices from government agencies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and offers a checklist of the measures needed to be implemented in the company’s cleaning and sanitizing regimens to protect the health of customers and staff. Upon completing the self-certification checklist and submitting the required documentation to NATA, FBOs are allowed to highlight their participation in the program by displaying the Safety 1st Clean logo.

“The safety of our customers, employees and visitors to our campus will always be our top priority,” said Pentastar President Greg Schmidt. “Implementing the NATA Safety 1st Clean standard reinforces our steadfast commitment to safety. As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 daily, we are doing our part to create an environment that is clean, safe and comfortable while strictly adhering to the latest CDC, TSA and FAA protocols. We will also continue to implement leading ways to improve preventative safety measures, and consistently review new solutions designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 as they become available.”

Pentastar Aviation adheres to the highest standards of safety and service excellence. In addition to the NATA Safety 1st Clean certification, Pentastar is also a member of the National Safety Council, Air Charter Safety Foundation and is involved in their voluntary Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). Pentastar has a robust Safety Management System, a well-documented Emergency Response Plan, and has earned numerous aviation safety designations.

About Pentastar Aviation
Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.
Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit www.pentastar.aero.
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Pentastar Aviation Receives Safety 1st Clean Certification

WATERFORD, MI. – Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, announced today that they have received the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Safety 1st Clean standard certification. The standard, implemented within Pentastar’s Executive Terminal or Fixed Base Operation (FBO), is a cleaning guideline developed in response to infectious disease and provides guidance on facility cleaning, disinfecting and facility operations in response to a pandemic. The goal of this standard is to safeguard our valued customers, their personal and corporate assets and FBO team members.

The standard is a compilation of industry best practices from government agencies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and offers a checklist of the measures needed to be implemented in the company’s cleaning and sanitizing regimens to protect the health of customers and staff. Upon completing the self-certification checklist and submitting the required documentation to NATA, FBOs are allowed to highlight their participation in the program by displaying the Safety 1st Clean logo.

“The safety of our customers, employees and visitors to our campus will always be our top priority,” said Pentastar President Greg Schmidt. “Implementing the NATA Safety 1st Clean standard reinforces our steadfast commitment to safety. As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 daily, we are doing our part to create an environment that is clean, safe and comfortable while strictly adhering to the latest CDC, TSA and FAA protocols. We will also continue to implement leading ways to improve preventative safety measures, and consistently review new solutions designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 as they become available.”

Pentastar Aviation adheres to the highest standards of safety and service excellence. In addition to the NATA Safety 1st Clean certification, Pentastar is also a member of the National Safety Council, Air Charter Safety Foundation and is involved in their voluntary Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). Pentastar has a robust Safety Management System, a well-documented Emergency Response Plan, and has earned numerous aviation safety designations.

About Pentastar Aviation
Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.
Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit www.pentastar.aero.
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Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan is serving his second term as mayor of Detroit. Duggan has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight and access to jobs.

As mayor, Duggan created a land bank to manage abandoned properties in the city, demolishing more than 13,000 blighted homes, and established a public lighting authority to replace 60,000 streetlights citywide. His focus is on rebuilding neighborhoods, improving public safety and transportation, encouraging job growth and economic development, and restoring parks and recreation.

Duggan’s tenure includes the creation of Project Green Light, which partners with more than 300 business and has reduced crime by nearly 40 percent; creation of the Detroit Promise Zone authority to dedicate a portion of tax dollars to fund free college tuition assistance to city high school graduates; and expansion of the summer youth job program, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent.