Dr. Audrey Gregory

Audrey Gregory, PhD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Medical Center. She was named to the post on January 1, 2020. She joined the Detroit Medical Center in October 2019 as the President of Detroit Medical Center and CEO of DMC’s adult central campus including DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, DMC Heart Hospital and DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Gregory came to the DMC from Tenet Healthcare’s Saint Francis Healthcare System in Memphis, where she served as Market CEO, and CEO of St. Francis Hospital – Memphis. Dr. Gregory has been with Tenet for more than 15 years in a variety of senior leadership roles, including Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer and CEO Placentia-Linda Hospital in Southern California. She is a recipient of three Tenet Circle of Excellence awards in recognition of her leadership.

Dr. Gregory is a highly respected leader who has been recognized nationally for her commitment and dedication.  She has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the nation’s Top 25 Minority Leaders in health care, and was named as one of 70 African American leaders in health care to know by Becker’s Hospital Review. She serves as a trustee at-large on the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, and was appointed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. Dr. Gregory also serves as a member of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, and is as a board member of Detroit Regional Chamber.

Dr. Gregory earned a Ph.D. in global leadership from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She
earned both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Chamber Statement on the American Jobs Plan

In response to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, Detroit Regional Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy K. Baruah released this statement.

Michigan and the United States need significant modernization for our aging infrastructure, and the Detroit Regional Chamber supports a generational infrastructure investment and applauds President Biden’s leadership in presenting an overdue infrastructure package to Congress. Modern physical and connective infrastructure is critical national competitiveness imperative.

There will be a cost to building the 21st century infrastructure system America needs, and neither party in Washington has demonstrated adequate concern for the exploding national debt. Therefore, serious consideration for how we pay for this investment is required. The Detroit Regional Chamber offers the following principles as this proposal is debated:

  • Placing the costs of this historic investment exclusively on the back of businesses – that just recently had their tax rates reduced from among the highest in the industrialized world – would cause job losses and create a less competitive American economy.
  • Spreading costs over more economic sectors, and exploring additional financing mechanisms, such as bonding, should be considered.
  • The overall size of the proposal can be reduced to focus on the types of investments that will drive the greatest long-term economic impact.

Addressing our state and national infrastructure challenges is a bi-partisan priority. This is an opportunity for Washington to demonstrate to their fellow Americans that they can work together to achieve a bold path forward that also addresses the very real concerns about cost.

The Chamber will continue to be engaged on this issue and hopes to be able to support the final package once developed.”

Michigan’s Business Community to Leaders: Use Stimulus Funds to Transform our State, Create Sustainable Growth

Associations urge strategic, deliberate investments with one-time funding to make Michigan more competitive for jobs and income

April 6, 2021

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s leading business associations representing thousands of employers have issued a call to government leaders: use federal stimulus dollars to transform our state. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) signed by Pres. Biden allows leeway for how state government, municipalities and school districts can spend the one-time funding over the next several years. Instead of simply spending the funding quickly, the business community is asking for strategic investments that will help Michigan grow for years to come.

Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Chamber, the Lansing Regional Chamber, the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA), and the Small Business Association of Michigan joined together to encourage leaders to work together across party and jurisdictional lines to assure these funds have lasting impact. The letter was sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, legislative leadership and municipal leaders this week, outlining six key principles to guide potentially transformational investments.

The letter states, in part: “There will be many ideas for spending these one-time dollars and an inclination toward doing so quickly. Our organizations strongly urge leaders to take the time needed to assure these funds aren’t simply spent, but are used effectively in transforming Michigan into a better place to live, work, and play.”

Despite ten years of economic growth following the Great Recession, Michigan has struggled to recover, with household income, educational achievement and economic growth trailing most states. These one-time funds offer Michigan an opportunity to make long-range investments that spur growth for residents and businesses.

Many states and communities are already leveraging one-time funds to better compete for jobs and investments, and many more are ready to do so.

“It can be easy to find ways to spend one-time funding on short-term needs, but far harder to find investments that will transform our state in the next decade,” said Jeff Donofrio, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “Michigan’s goal shouldn’t just be returning to pre-pandemic status: this is an opportunity to both help our state recover from COVID-19 and advance long-term, widely shared prosperity. We know states and regions across the country are planning strategic investments that will give them even more of a competitive edge for jobs and economic growth in the coming years – Michigan can’t be left behind.”

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah said: “The American Rescue Plan is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Michigan to advance our state’s economic competitiveness responsibly. It is imperative that leaders in Lansing strategically use the money to support communities, businesses, and people without new taxes or unfunded mandates that would create impediments to sustained growth.”

“COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented challenges in our state and it’s critical that we make the most of the federal stimulus dollars that Michigan has been allocated,” said Brian Calley, President of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “If used effectively, these dollars can help Michigan rebound from the economic, health and educational gaps the pandemic created.”

Tim Daman, President and CEO, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Lansing region will see more than $185 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan. The time for action has never been more critical. We encourage our local municipalities and K-12 education system to be strategic in moving forward for our state and region’s long-term success. Our business community has indicated that spending priorities must focus on jobs, the economy, and critical infrastructure investment.”

“Policymakers must use these one-time funds to crush the virus, mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on our businesses and communities and set the stage for future success,” said Rick Baker, President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. “Expenditures should be carefully considered for maximum, measurable and long-term impact, while avoiding the creation of unfunded, ongoing obligations or liabilities.”

John Walsh, President and CEO of MMA, said: “The ARP provides much needed support for our citizens, the state and our local governments, as well as a tremendous opportunity to stabilize our economy and grow jobs in Michigan! Spent wisely with a long-term focus on infrastructure, the economy and job growth, funds from the ARP can provide a massive investment with benefits that will last for years to come. The MMA is proud to stand with the business community in working with the Whitmer administration and the Michigan Legislature to remain focused on the best use of the funds for all Michiganders. The greatest risk will be the failure to act strategically and with bold measures that can truly transform our economy.”

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Editor’s note: The attached letter was delivered to the Governor, legislative leadership and the House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs and vice chairs, as well as leaders of the state’s largest municipalities.

Download this letter here. 

Breaking Down the American Jobs Plan

President Biden outlined a $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan on Wednesday, March 31, that would make a significant investment in roads, bridges, telecommunications, and climate change. The American Jobs Plan includes many Chamber priorities including workforce development, a responsible approach to a clean energy transition, and research and development funding.

However, the proposed tax increases would be counter-productive to economic recovery and competitiveness. The Chamber views this bill as a starting point for negotiations and recognizes that transformative infrastructure investment requires bipartisan consensus. In response to President Biden’s plan, Detroit Regional Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy K. Baruah released this statement.

Michigan and the United States need significant modernization for our aging infrastructure, and the Detroit Regional Chamber supports a generational infrastructure investment and applauds President Biden’s leadership in presenting an overdue infrastructure package to Congress. Modern physical and connective infrastructure is critical national competitiveness imperative.

There will be a cost to building the 21st century infrastructure system America needs, and neither party in Washington has demonstrated adequate concern for the exploding national debt. Therefore, serious consideration for how we pay for this investment is required. The Detroit Regional Chamber offers the following principles as this proposal is debated:

  • Placing the costs of this historic investment exclusively on the back of businesses – that just recently had their tax rates reduced from among the highest in the industrialized world – would cause job losses and create a less competitive American economy.
  • Spreading costs over more economic sectors, and exploring additional financing mechanisms, such as bonding, should be considered.
  • The overall size of the proposal can be reduced to focus on the types of investments that will drive the greatest long-term economic impact.

Addressing our state and national infrastructure challenges is a bi-partisan priority. This is an opportunity for Washington to demonstrate to their fellow Americans that they can work together to achieve a bold path forward that also addresses the very real concerns about cost.

The Chamber will continue to be engaged on this issue and hopes to be able to support the final package once developed.”

The Chamber outlines what is in the proposal below.

Public Infrastructure

  •  $115 billion to revamp highways, roads, and bridges. The plan outlined 10 major and 10,000 smaller bridges in need of reconstruction.
  • There is $20 billion in the plan to improve road safety, including measures for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • The plan calls for $85 billion to modernize existing transit systems and help agencies expand to meet rider demand. This would double federal funding for public transportation.
  • The plan would invest $111 billion for clean drinking water, $45 billion of which would be used to replace the country’s lead pipes and service lines. The effort would reduce lead exposure in 400,000 schools and child-care facilities and improve the safety of drinking water.
  • The plan includes a $25 billion in airports, that would renovate terminals and expand car-free access to air travel.
  • Finally, there is $17 billion proposed for inland waterways, coastal ports, land ports of entry and ferries.
  • $80 billion to fix Amtrak’s repair backlog.

Electrifying Transportation

  • The plan provides $174 billion in grant and incentive programs for state and local governments and the private sector to build a national network of 500,000 electric-vehicle chargers by 2030.
  • The proposal would electrify 20% of the country’s yellow school bus fleet and help electrify 50,000 transit vehicles that are currently diesel powered.

Infrastructure for the Home and Local Community

  • The plan would provide for universal broadband, including to more than 35 percent of rural Americans who lack access to high-speed Internet.
  • Biden’s proposal would invest $213 billion to build and retrofit more than 2 million homes. The plan would build and rehabilitate more than 500,000 homes for low- and middle-income home buyers and invest $40 billion to improve public housing.
  • The plan includes $100 billion to upgrade and build new public schools, $12 billion in community college infrastructure, and $25 billion to upgrade child-care facilities.
  • $18 billion to modernize Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and $10 billion to revamp federal buildings.

Worker Training and climate resiliency research and development

  • $180 billion for research and development that focuses on reducing emissions, climate resilience and boosting climate-focused research.
  • The plan would invest $50 billion in domestic semiconductor manufacturing.
  • The plan creates incentives for companies to locate local manufacturing jobs in the “industrial heartland.”
  • The plan would double the number of registered apprenticeships to more than 1 million and invest in a more inclusive science and technology workforce.

Next Steps

This proposal is only the start of a long process to pass a meaningful infrastructure package. Over the coming months, the Chamber will continue to provide insight on what the bill means for Michigan businesses and residents.

Pentastar Aviation Takes #1 Spot in The Americas in Annual Industry Survey

Pentastar Aviation Takes #1 Spot in The Americas in Annual Industry Survey
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE, KATHY CORTEZ, ALSO NAMED AS AN “ABOVE & BEYOND” EMPLOYEE AGAIN

WATERFORD, MI.— Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, has once again received recognition for their world-class customer service. Aviation International News (AIN), one of the most respected publications in the aviation industry, named Pentastar Aviation the #1 FBO in the Americas in their 2021 Survey of FBO Services. Customer Service Representative, Kathy Cortez, was also recognized in the survey in the Above and Beyond category.

Pentastar’s FBO, or what is more commonly referred to as their Executive Terminal, is located in Waterford, Michigan at the Oakland County International Airport. It provides ease of access into Southeast Michigan and the surrounding areas and features luxurious passenger lounges, secure ramp access, attentive concierge service, heated hangars and Fivestar Gourmet catering among the many amenities offered to its clients.

“Reaching the top ranking in AIN’s Annual FBO Survey is a distinguished honor,” said Greg Schmidt, President & CEO, Pentastar Aviation. “Even during the unprecedented times we faced in the past year, our team continued to deliver on our commitment to provide world-class customer service, and we could not be more proud of this recognition.”

“A full-service FBO in every sense of the term. The company and its 163 onsite employees offer everything from aircraft management and charter to 24-hour maintenance and interior refurbishments. It even has its own in-house kitchen, Fivestar Gourmet, which supplies catering to aircraft operators as well as meals to airport workers and customers,” writes Curt Epstein, AIN. “Unique among FBOs, the 10,000-sq-ft, two-story satellite Stargate terminal is specially equipped to handle larger charter flights such as sports teams, with its own jet bridge, baggage carousel, and departure lounge. The Avfuel location, which also serves as a DCA Approved Gateway…, has achieved IS-BAH (International Standard for Business Aviation Handling) Stage 1 registration and is certified under NATA’s (National Air Transportation Association) Safety 1st Clean Program for Covid mitigation.”

AIN asks its subscribers to evaluate FBOs they have visited in the past year based in five categories — line services, passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities, and customer service representatives. The current survey process, in which Pentastar has annually been recognized among the top FBOs, provides overall cumulative average scores from 2013 to the present. The survey respondents are also asked to identify specific FBO employees or teams who routinely go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. This year, Kathy Cortez, who has been with Pentastar for nearly 20 years, was recognized in the survey as an Above and Beyond employee.

Pentastar continues to be the most awarded aviation company in the FBO survey for over a decade, recognized by those who appreciate their commitment to exceeding the industry standards for both safety and service excellence.

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, maintenance, avionics, interior, and award-winning FBO services, industry-leading Fivestar Gourmet® catering, and private jet charter. 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.pentastaraviation.com.
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Butzel Long attorney Thomas A. Kabel reprises role as Corporate/ Real Estate Practice Department Chair

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Thomas A. Kabel, attorney and shareholder, Butzel Long, has once again been appointed Corporate/ Real Estate Practice Department Chair, a role he previously served in for six years.

Based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kabel concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance. He has been involved in all facets of acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of real property throughout his career.

Kabel’s real estate practice spans a wide range of diverse areas and clients, representing developers, automotive companies, colleges and universities in all aspects of their real estate needs. He also has extensive experience representing commercial lenders in conventional financing and has served as bank and bond counsel on numerous industrial revenue and other tax-exempt financings.

Kabel is certified by the National Association of Development Companies (a trade association of companies that have been certified by the Small Business Administration to provide funding for small businesses) to close SBA loans under the SBA’s 504 Loan program. For the past eight years, he has devoted a portion of his practice to representing Oakland County Business Finance Corporation in connection with their SBA 504 Loan program, closing approximately 20-24 such loans each year.

Kabel is currently Vice Chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a former Chair of the Section’s CLE Committee. He is the author of Equitable Subrogation: Why the Refinance Lender’s Security Interest May Not be as Secure as it Thinks (Michigan Real Property Review) and has participated as a speaker and/or author in numerous seminars and other continuing legal education programs over the years.
Kabel is also a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Kabel is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1999), where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Wayne Law Review, and Grand Valley State University (B.S. 1995).

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

Detroit Students Struggle To Earn Degrees Despite Financial Help

March 31, 2021

WDET

By Detroit Today

Detroit youth face significant challenges when it comes to successfully graduating from high school and attending college. For decades, it’s been an issue defined more by obstacles than by achievement. But in recent years, big programs have been rolled out to help change the trajectory of Detroit students trying to attain a degree or certificate. The Detroit Promise program offers to pay full college tuition for any Detroit student who graduates from high school in Detroit and has lived in the city for at least their junior and senior years. And there are other programs out there to help cover the cost of college for Detroiters. But are those efforts making much of a difference?

Kim Kozlowski is the higher education reporter for The Detroit News. In discussing a new study, which looked at the Detroit Promise program, Kozlowski says the study ”did show there was some progress made. … But the big takeaway was after three years, the students who got the coach and the stipend were graduating at about the same rate who just got free tuition.”

As far as what’s getting in the way of students finishing degrees and certificates, Kozlowski says there are many factors including financial problems, transportation, racism, a lack of diversity on campus and a lack of support where they live.

“It’s important to go to college, but you need to make it to the finish line,” says Kozlowski, who adds that many students who are enrolled in the Detroit Promise program ”need a little assistance to get them to the finish line.”

View original article here. 

Walsh announces part-time DBA designed for working professionals

 

TROY, Mich., April 1, 2021— Walsh has introduced a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), an intensive, part-time program designed for working professionals and comprised of online coursework, Zoom-enabled remote delivery and on-campus engagement opportunities to advance knowledge of business administration through applied research. The first cohort of students will be admitted in the fall 2021 semester beginning Sept. 15, 2021.

The DBA joins several new programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, graduate certificate and continuing education offerings to provide students a comprehensive portfolio of education options in business and technology.

“Walsh’s DBA program is designed for working professionals and taught by faculty with years of industry experience. The program enables deep knowledge of business administration for candidates seeking executive leadership, consultancy or teaching roles,” said Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D., director, doctoral programs.

Admission to the Walsh DBA program is competitive and based on a review of the candidate’s academic and professional experience. Applications are being accepted for the fall 2021 semester.

For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/doctor-business-administration

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ABOUT WALSH
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 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).

UHY strengthens presence in Asia Pacific region: New member firm in South Korea joins the UHY network

We welcome Daeyoung Accounting Corp., our new member firm in South Korea, to the global accountancy network UHY, strengthening our representation in the Asia Pacific region. The firm is in the process of adopting the UHY branding and will soon be known as UHY Daeyoung Accounting Corp.

Daeyoung Accounting Corp. was established in 2010 and has over 60 professional staff, including 25 CPAs, primarily handling accounting and tax services, particularly for foreign clients doing business in Korea. Industries represented by clients include packaging, automotive manufacturing and real estate.

The firm offers services in fluent English and provides a wide range of commercial services, including business set up, statutory audit/review, book keeping, tax management and M&A support. A number of the firm’s professionals were formerly with Big 4 firms as auditors, tax specialists and finance/accounting consultants.

Managing partner of Daeyoung Accounting Corp., San Kyu (Sam) Shin comments “Being part of the UHY global network will be of great value to our current and potential clients. The global presence of the network combined with the expertise and knowledge shared among UHY’s 8,500 colleagues around the world strengthens our own market position, locally and internationally.”

Dennis Petri, chairman of UHY comments: “We are delighted to welcome Daeyoung Accounting Corp. to the UHY network. Their capabilities strengthen our presence in the Asia Pacific region where we have members in 20 countries. South Korea has developed into one of the world’s major economies. Manufacturing accounts for a significant segment and the country exports a range of goods including vehicles, chemicals, and integrated circuits (microchips). We believe the firm’s knowledge and expertise should present a very good fit for our network”.

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About UHY LLP
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About UHY
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a leading network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 300 major business centres across 100 countries. Our staff members, over 8,200 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to www.uhy.com.

UHY is a member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit www.forumoffirms.org

UHY liaison office for Daeyoung Accounting Corp.
Contact San Kyu (Sam) Shin Managing Partner on +82 32-427 3210 or +82 10 8955 3047 skshin@daeyoungcpa.com
W: http://www.daeyoungcpa.co.kr/

UHY global press contact: Leigh Lyons, marketing & business development manager, on +44 20 7767 2624 l.lyons@uhy.com – www.uhy.com