Reflect on Memorable Moments from Past Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conferences


Join Discussions on Moving Michigan Forward Today

As Michigan’s business, government, and civic leaders continue to work remotely under Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay at Home, Stay Safe” order, many are missing the tradition of the annual Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. For the past 39, years statewide leaders have spent three days each spring discussing Michigan’s critical issues, and in many cases, putting solutions into motion.

For individuals used to attending or tuning in to the Conference the week of Memorial Day, the Chamber and Detroit Public Television will spend Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, May 28 sharing some of the most memorable #MPCMoments.

The #MPCMoments will be combined with a discussion among statewide leaders on moving Michigan forward today, which has long been the essence of the Mackinac Policy Conference.

During the week that would have been the 2020 Conference, join these special sessions each day at noon.

Tuesday, May 26 at Noon

Moderator: Nolan Finley, Contributor, One Detroit and DPTV

Look back on:
MPC18 Keynote: Gov. Rick Snyder | MPC19 Keynote: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Move forward with:
Sandy K. Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
James Blanchard, Former Governor, State of Michigan
Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy

Look back on:
MPC15 Keynote: Bill Ford |  MPC16 Keynote: Dan Ammann

Move forward with:
John McElroy​​​​​​, Host, “Autoline”

Wednesday, May 27 at Noon

Moderator: Stephen Henderson, Contributor, One Detroit and DPTV

Look back on:
MPC16 Mackinac Moment: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Move forward with:
Wright L. Lassiter III, President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Ridgway H. White, President, CEO, and Chair, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Look back on:
MPC16 Keynote: Mayor Mike Duggan | MPC16 Panel: An Opportunity for Inclusion and Economic Prosperity

Move forward with:
Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation

Thursday, May 28 at Noon

Moderator: Christy McDonald, Anchor, One Detroit and DPTV

Look back on:
MPC16 Discussion: Dan Gilbert and Dennis W. Archer Jr. | MPC17 Keynote: Amy Liu

Move forward with:
Dennis W. Archer, Jr., CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services
Ryan Maibach, President and CEO, Barton Malow Holdings; Chair, 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference
Stacy Fox, Founder and Principal, The Roxbury Group

Final thoughts from:
Sandy K. Baruah and Ryan Maibach

Detroit Regional Chamber Releases Findings from New Statewide Poll of Michigan Voters

DETROIT, MICH. (May 20, 2020) – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber released the findings from a new statewide poll of registered voters in Michigan that provides insight and data on how Michiganders have reacted to the state’s dual public health and economic crises. The poll’s findings demonstrate both key consistencies and mood shifts compared to the Chamber’s previous poll conducted April 15 through 16, 2020.

“As the State’s ‘Stay at Home’ Executive Order slowly begins to lift, and with evidence of growing frustration with these orders from some quarters, the Chamber wanted to provide employers of all types and sizes a clearer picture of employees’ comfort returning to work and their view of the order,” said Sandy K. Baruah, President of CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The statewide general population poll was commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber and conducted by the Chamber’s polling partner, Glengariff Group Inc., of 600 likely Michigan voters between May 12 through 16, 2020.

The following are some key themes from the polling results:

Michiganders Overwhelmingly View COVID-19 as a Public Health Threat

  • 86.3% say COVID-19 is a threat to public health, compared to 9.8% who disagree. 
  • 58.8% believe the threat of COVID-19 has been balanced or downplayed, compared to 32.2% who believe the threat has been exaggerated. 
  • 55.5% are more concerned about their health, while 21.7% are more concerned about their financial situation. 

Voters Remain Supportive of the Governor’s Handling of the Crisis and Gradual Re-Opening

  • 63.7% approve of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic, including 44.7% who strongly approve. 32.8% disapprove of the governor’s handling.  
  • The governor’s approval level is an increase from the 57% of the Chamber’s April poll. 
  • 71.7% support reopening our economy gradually in order to avoid a second wave. 
  • 25.7% state that the economic damage is worse than the health damage and the economic restart needs to occur quickly. 
  • 58.5% agreed that the state is opening up about right, with 7% reporting it is opening too fast, and 32.3% it is opening too slowly. 
  • 66.8% believe Michigan’s response to the crisis made sense and 29.2% disagree. 

While Michiganders Understand the Public Health Challenge, the Economic Impact is Significant

  • 24% characterized the impact on their household finances as “catastrophic” or “major”.  
    • This is down compared to the April finding of 47%. 
  • 16% of voters reported being worried about putting food on their table.  
    • This is down compared to the April finding of 26%. 
  • 23% of workers still working, but at reduced hours, worry about putting food on the table. 
  • 50.9% of those working for companies with 1-10 employees and 43.8% of those working for companies with 11-25 employees have been either laid off or had their hours sharply reduced.  
  • The hardest financial implications appear to be for employees of small businesses with less than 10 employees – 34.3% of those individuals said the results had been catastrophic or major. 

A Majority of Workers are Ready to Return to the Workplace 

  • 66.1% of workers feel safe going back to work, and 32.7% of workers do not yet feel safe returning to the workplace.
  • The Chamber’s April poll indicated that 61% of respondents felt safe or somewhat safe returning to the workplace. 
  • A majority, or plurality, of workers of businesses of all sizes, are comfortable going back to work.  
  • Small business employees feel the most comfortable returning to their place of employment, with 83.3% for businesses employing 11 to 25 persons.   
  • Metro Detroit workers feel safe returning to work by a narrower margin, 58.3% compared to the 66.1% statewide average.  

Partisan Difference are Striking

  • While Gov. Whitmer’s approval for handling the crisis is strong at 63.7%, only 19.3% of Republicans approve. 
  • 70.4% of voters who identify as Strong Republican believe the COVID-19 threat has been exaggerated, compared to 32.2% of all voters. 
  • 60.7% of Strong Republican voters believe the economic damage is worse than the illness, compared to 21.7% of all voters.   
  • Republican voters, contrary to all voters, believe Michigan is opening up too slowly; with 77% of those who identify as Strong Republican voters agreeing it is opening too slow. A majority, 58.5%, said Michigan is opening about right. 
  • Republicans believe the recent protests at the State Capitol in Lansing sent the right message, especially Republican men in age categories of 40 to 49 and 50 to 64; with over 60% agreeing that the protesters sent the right message.  A strong majority, 69%, of all voters said the protests sent the wrong message.     

“Differences in Michigan’s handling of COVID-19 are not based on region, age, type of work, or education levels. They are fundamentally based in partisan affiliation. Strong Republican voters — particularly strong Republican male voters — believe COVID-19 is overplayed as a threat, believe Lansing protests send the right message, and are the least likely to wear masks when going out. They fundamentally differ in their approach from Democratic voters, Independent voters, and even Leaning Republican voters,” said Richard Czuba, the founder of Glengariff Group Inc.

The Chamber conducted a similar statewide poll in April with the Glengariff Group to get an early view into how the pandemic was impacting Michigan households. This poll from May contains some of the same questions and additional questions about the prospect of reopening Michigan businesses of all sizes.

  • 42.8% of Michigan voters approve of President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 50.4% who disapprove. In April, respondents disapproved by a margin of 44%-50%.  
  • By a margin of 77.0%-19.6%, workers trust their workplace to keep them safe. This is an increase from 60% in April.    
  • By a margin of 63.7%-32.8%, Michigan voters approve of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, respondents approved by a margin of 57%-37%. 
  • In April, 47% of residents said the financial effect had been catastrophic or major. In May, that number dropped to 24%.  

View the full findings from the May Michigan Voter Poll, the April public opinion poll, and the Chamber’s regional executive survey.

Additional Findings from May Voter Poll:

Michigan Voters Support Gradual Reopening

Respondents were read two different statements and asked which one more closely reflected their current position on COVID-19.

  • 71.7% – “So that we do not experience a second wave of the illness, we need to reopen our economy gradually.” 
  • 25.7% – “The economic damage is worse than the health damage. We need to quickly get our economy up and running again.” 

Michigan Voters: Health Threat Much Greater Risk Than Economic Threat

By a margin of 86.3%-9.8%, Michigan voters say COVID-19 is a threat to public health.

Respondents were asked if the COVID-19 threat was exaggerated, downplayed, or balanced?

  • 38% believe the threat has been balanced. 
  • 32.2% believe the threat has been exaggerated. 
  • 20.8% believe the threat has been downplayed. 

There were important statistical differences among three demographic groupings: Party identification, race, and region.

  • Only one demographic group falls below 80% who say that it is a threat, 67.4% of Strong Republican voters believe it is a public health threat.  
  • By a margin of only 57.6%-36.4%, Strong Republican men see COVID-19 as a public health threat.  
  • Strong Republican women see COVID-19 as a public health threat by a margin of 76.8%-13%.  
  • 38.1% of Strong Republican men in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan, 44.4% of Strong Republican men in Southwest Michigan, 50% of Strong Republican men in East Central Michigan (Tri-Cities), and 33.3% of Strong Republican men in border counties of the Detroit Metro region believe COVID-19 is not a public health threat. 

Michigan Voters: Health Threat Much Greater Risk Than Economic Threat

Respondents were asked if they were more worried about their health or their financial situation.

  • 55.5% are more concerned about their health. 
  • 21.7% are more worried about their financial situation. 
  • 19.2% of respondents said they are equally worried about both. 

Only one demographic group saw a difference in this pattern: Strong Republican voters.

  • 43.7% of Strong Republicans are more concerned about their financial situation. 
  • 36.3% of Strong Republicans are more concerned about their health. 
  • 14.1% of Strong Republicans are equally concerned about both. 

Michigan Voters: We Need to Learn to Live With COVID-19

Respondents were read three different positions and asked which most closely reflected their current position.

  • 58.3% – “For now, we will need to learn to live with COVID-19. So, we need to start getting the economy going again, but with protections in place to try and keep as many people safe as possible.” 
  • 26% – “The top priority must be health care and saving lives until a vaccine is developed even if it means the economy suffers.”  
  • 13.3% – “We just need to re-start the economy and get people back to work. We can’t let the economic damage be worse than the illness.” 

One key difference is that Strong Democratic voters appear equally split between learning to live as safely as possible with COVID-19 and waiting for a vaccine.

50% of Strong Democratic voters say we must learn to live as safely as possible with COVID-19 compared to 45.1% who say we should wait for a vaccine. This difference is driven by 59.8% of African American voters that say we should wait for a vaccine compared to 35.4% that say we should learn to live with COVID-19.

President Trump and the National Response Numbers Look the Same

Respondents were asked if they approve or disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 42.8% approve of his handling of the pandemic, including 27% who strongly approve. 
  • 50.4% disapprove of his handling of the pandemic, including 43.2% strongly disapprove. 

Demographics show:

  • 90.2% of Democratic voters disapprove of the President’s performance – with 81.5% strongly disapproving. 
  • 87.4% of Republican voters approve of the President’s performance – with 68.9% strongly approving (18.5% somewhat approve). 
  • Independent voters disapprove of his performance by a margin of 39.1%-46.8%. Only 17.9% of Independent voters strongly approve of his performance while 39.1% of Independent voters strongly disapprove of his performance. 

Respondents were asked if the nation is opening up too fast, too slowly, or about right.

  • 40% believe the nation is opening too fast. 
  • 31.8% believe the nation is opening about right. 
  • 20.3% believe the nation is opening too slowly. 

Michigan Voters Strongly Behind Whitmer Approach

Respondents were asked if they approve or disapprove of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 63.7% approve of her handling of the pandemic, including 44.7% who strongly approve. 
  • 32.8% disapprove of her handling of the pandemic, including 25.3% who strongly disapprove. 

Demographics show:

  • 96.2% of Democratic voters approve of the governor’s performance – with 81% strongly approving. 
  • 78.5% of Republican voters disapprove of the governor’s performance  with 64.4% strongly disapproving 
  • Independent voters strongly approve of the governor’s performance by a margin of 65.3%-27.5%. 39.7% strongly approve and 22.4% strongly disapprove. 

Respondents were asked if the state is opening up too fast, too slowly, or about right.

  • 58.5% believe Michigan is opening about right. 
  • 32.3% believe Michigan is opening too slowly. 
  • 7% believe Michigan is opening too fast.    

Demographics show:

  • 50% of voters in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan believe Michigan is opening about right, while 39.7% say Michigan is opening too slowly.  
  • Only Republican voters believe Michigan is opening too slowly.  
  • 51.2% of out-state voters believe Michigan is opening about right, while 40.3% say the state is opening too slowly.  
  • 65.5% of metro voters believe Michigan is opening about right while 24.8% say the state is opening too slowly.    

Michigan voters were asked if Michigan’s response has or has not been clear and easy to understand.

  • 62.3% said it was clear and easy to understand.
  • 34.7% said Michigan’s response was not clear and easy to understand.    

Demographics show:

  • Only Republican voters said Michigan’s response was not clear and easy to understand. 
  • By a narrow margin of 47%-53%, voters in Macomb County believe Michigan’s response was not clear and easy.  
  • By a margin of 66.7%-30.8%, Independent voters said Michigan’s response was clear and easy to understand. 
  • In Northern Michigan, voters say Michigan’s response was clear and easy 54%-45%. 

By a margin of 65.8%-31.8%, Michigan voters strongly support opening some business by region as compared to treating all areas of the state the same. Every region of the state overwhelmingly supports opening some regions before others, except voters in Detroit. By a margin of 45%-53%, Detroit respondents say every region should be treated the same.

Michiganders Will Approach the Economic Future ‘Gradually,’ No Rush to Reengage

Voters were read thirteen different locations. Using a one to 10-point scale, they were asked if that location was to open next week, how comfortable would they be to go to that location. With 10 showing the most comfortable, and one being the least.

The chart below indicates that Michigan voters will take a ‘gradual’ approach to reengaging with the economy. They will prioritize smaller, essential interactions to larger settings with the singular exception of being ready to be part of small group gatherings again.

7.4 Grocery store
6.9 Your doctor’s office
6.6 Small group gatherings of 10
6.0 Hospital for a medical procedure
5.8 Smaller retail sore
5.3 Church and religious service
4.5 Universities
4.4 K-12 schools
4.3 Sit-down restaurant
3.9 The mall
3.6 Movie theatre
3.2 Sporting event
3.0 Concert 

Demographics show:

  • Republican voters are substantially more prepared to interact in all of these settings as compared to Democratic and Independent voters.
  • African American voters by a wide margin will be the most reluctant to engage in any of these settings – more so than voters over the age of 65.

Financial and Food Emergencies Have Eased from April Survey

As with the Chamber’s April survey, voters were asked if the effect of COVID-19 on their household finances have been catastrophic, major, minor, or no effect at all. The chart below compares the April findings to the May findings.

Effect               April     May 

Catastrophic    12%     5% 

Major               35%     19% 

Minor               36%     46% 

No Effect         15%     28% 

Some comparisons show:

  • Among those furloughed or laidoff, 45.2% say the financial implications are catastrophic or major – this is a drop from 69% in April. 
  • 16% of Michigan residents continue to be worried about putting food on their table. This figure represents a drop from 26% in April.    
  • 24% of furloughed or laid-off workers continue to be worried about putting food on their table – a reduction from 54% in April.

Workers Largely Ready to Return to Work, Small Business Workers Most Comfortable

By a margin of 77%-19.6%, workers trust their workplace to keep them safe. This is an increase from 60% in April.

Respondents were asked would you feel safe or not safe going to work.

  • 66.1% of Michigan workers said they feel safe going back to work – 45.7% said they feel very safe while 20.4% feel somewhat safe.
  • 32.7% of Michigan workers do not feel safe going to back to work yet – with 16.1% feeling somewhat unsafe and 16.6% feeling very unsafe.
  • 1.3% did not know or did not answer.

The chart below looks at safe versus unsafe by the size of the workers’ business.

Number of Employees           Safe                Unsafe 

1-10                                         76.3%              21.9% 

11-25                                       83.3%              16.7% 

26-100                                     58.7%              41.3% 

101-500                                   63.3%              35.0% 

500+                                        50.0%              47.2% 

Demographics show:

  • Outstate workers feel safe by a margin of 78.7%-19.7%.   
  • Detroit Metro workers feel safe by a margin of 53.8%-45.2%.  
  • Men feel safe by a margin of 73.7%-23.7%.  
  • Women feel safe by a margin of 58.3%-41.7%.  
  • African American workers feel unsafe by a margin of 40.0%-57.8% 
  • White workers feel safe by a margin of 70.8%-28.2%. 

Workers Support Three Major Safety Precautions

Workers were read four different things their workplace might do to keep them safe at work.

For each, respondents were asked to rate on a one to 10 scale how safe that would make them feel. Three of the four rated in a range from 7.2 to 7.6.      

  • 7.6 Require that everyone maintains at least a six-foot distance from each other. 
  • 7.4 Require that everyone wears a mask during the workday. 
  • 7.2 Require that everyone has their temperature checked as they come into work. 

But when asked about requiring employees to get a vaccine once it is available, that measure only rated it a 5.9.

When asked in an open-ended question what one thing employers could do to make them more comfortable, seven different answers rose above 5%.

  • 11.5% require masks.
  • 10.5% follow CDC guidelines.
  • 9.2% maintain social distancing/ or allow work at home.
  • 9.2% conduct extreme cleaning and sanitizing.
  • 7.1% provide personal protection equipment.
  • 6.1% screen upon entering the facility.
  • 5.9% have open communication with workers.

Who Do Voters Trust On COVID-19?

Voters were given 10 different sources of information and asked to rate them on a one to 10 scale for how much they trusted each source to give them accurate information on COVID-19. Medical providers were, far and away, the most trusted sources of information.     

8.7 Your doctor
8.2  Medical professionals 
7.0 Dr. Anthony Fauci 
6.1 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 
6.1 Your friends and family 
5.3  Your local newspaper or local tv news 
4.5 National news like NBC, CBS, and ABC 
4.4 President Trump 
4.3 Cable news like CNN, FOX, and MSNBC 
2.4 Posts on social media like Facebook

President Trump and Gov. Whitmer receive strongly different ratings based on party affiliation. While Independent voters rate Governor Whitmer at 6.1, they rate President Trump at only 4.2.

69% of Michigan Voters Say Protests Send the Wrong Message

Respondents were asked if recent protests occurring at the State Capitol sent the right message or the wrong message. By a margin of 22%-68.7%, Michigan voters believe the protests send the wrong message.

Demographics show:

  • There is no region of the state that believes the protests send the right message.  
  • The only voters who think the protests send the right message are Strong Republican voters at 51.1%-34.8%.  
  • By a margin of 57.6%-30.3%, Strong Republican men believe the protests send the right message.  
  • Republican women believe the protests send the right message by a margin of 44.9%-39.1%. 
  • Independent voters think the protests send the wrong message by a margin of 17.3%-69.9%.  

80% of Michiganders Self-Report Wearing Masks

Respondents were asked if they were masks when they go out in public.

  • 80.7% said they wear a mask when they go out.  
  • 11% said they do not wear a mask.  
  • 7.8% said they sometimes wear a mask.  

Demographics show:

  • 88.8% of women wear a mask compared to only 71.9% of men who wear a mask.  
  • While 72.5% of Republican women wear a mask, only 48.5% of Republican men wear a mask.    

By a margin of 74.5%-16.5%, Michigan voters believe businesses should be required to have their employees and customers wear face masks.

  • Strong Republican voters rate the lowest – 60.7% believe business should be required to have employees and customers in face masks.  
  • 96% of Strong Democratic voters believe face masks should be required. 
  • 80% of Independent voters believe face masks should be required.  
  • While 92% of voters over 65 support the mask requirement70% of voters ages 18 t29 support the mask requirement.

The 600 sample, live operator telephone survey was conducted on May 12 through 16, 2020, and has a margin of error of +/-4.0% with a 95% level of confidence.  60% of respondents were contacted via landline telephone.  40% of respondents were contacted via cell phone telephone.

View the full findings of the poll at:


Foster Swift Adds Sydney Steele to Firm


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Foster Swift is pleased to welcome new associate Sydney T. Steele. Sydney will practice from the firm’s Southfield office as a member of the Litigation practice group. Steele earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin Madison and earned her Juris Doctor after attending Wayne State University Law School. Steele was also a summer associate and Law Clerk at Foster Swift before joining the firm as an associate this spring.



Since 1902, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC has provided comprehensive legal services to businesses, municipalities and individuals. The firm employs 100-plus attorneys and over 100 support staff in six locations; Lansing, Detroit, Southfield, Grand Rapids, Holland and St. Joseph.  For more information about the firm, its attorneys and to access recent publications, visit


Butzel Long donates $5,000 to Gleaners providing 15,000 meals to neighbors in need

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is responding to meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating $5,000 to Gleaners. The donation through the Butzel Long Charitable Trust, will provide 15,000 meals to neighbors in need.

Butzel Long has been a longtime supporter of Gleaners. Over the years, the firm hosted a PB & J fundraiser for Gleaners and collected boxes of cereal during a food drive for kids, to name a few.

Throughout the year, Butzel Long supports many local organizations, charities, and community activities in an effort to give back to the City that it has been located in for more than 160 years.

“The current health and economic crisis has been devastating to our community,” said Paul M. Mersino, attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long and Trustee of its Charitable Trust. “A growing number of families are looking to Gleaners to secure nourishing food that they may not otherwise be able to obtain elsewhere right now. Gleaners is a vital link in our community especially during these unprecedented times. Butzel Long is proud to be able to assist Gleaners and those in need.”

About Gleaners

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners distributes more than 45 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 92 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.

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:

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:

Kelly Sweeny, 810.922.8657


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;