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 www.walshcollege.edu/veterans

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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 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).

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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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 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).

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; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Walsh Hosts Virtual Events for Transfer and Graduate Students

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

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

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

Several individual information sessions are also scheduled:

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Walsh’s virtual admissions events, visit www.walshcollege.edu/admissions-events

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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 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).

Butzel Long attorneys featured during State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section webinar on the CARES Act on May 6, 2020

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys Debra Geroux and Mark Lezotte, who specialize in health care law, will be featured speakers during a free State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section webinar from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The title of the webinar is, “CARES Act & Healthcare Provider Relief Programs: Are There Strings Attached to ‘No Strings Attached’ Money?”
The content of the webinar will be updated to reflect HHS/CMS guidance and new legislation, to give an up-to-the-minute look at how healthcare providers can obtain these funds, what they can be used for, and how to qualify and stay eligible. Space is limited. To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1824059410734302219

About Debra Geroux

Debra Geroux is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. Her healthcare practice focuses on health care regulatory compliance and reporting and healthcare-related civil, criminal, and administrative litigation. She holds the Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) designations from the Compliance and Certification Board. her representative clients include individual practitioners and group practices, community mental health authorities, FQHC’s, home health agencies, pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufactures, ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals, and DMEPOS providers.

About Mark Lezotte

Mark Lezotte is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. He has substantial experience in corporate, healthcare, exempt organization, and tax matters, including corporate and nonprofit governance, healthcare transactions and regulatory investigations, tax exemption matters, and a wide range of business and commercial transactions. He has conducted presentations on a number of topics involving health law, nonprofit organizations, and tax matters, including: healthcare reform issues; board duties and responsibilities; hospital-physician transactions; HIPAA and patient privacy provisions; compliance programs; informed consent; advance directives and healthcare powers of attorney; and charitable giving. Lezotte started his legal career with the firm and then later served as general counsel of Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. (now a part of Beaumont Health), where he was responsible for all of the system’s legal services and supporting strategic initiatives and joint ventures.

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

Butzel Long attorney Robert H. Schwartz to moderate May 6, 2020 Automation Alley livestream program on Manufacturing Next Steps for Returning to Work

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robert H. Schwartz will moderate Automation Alley’s “Tech Takeover: Manufacturing Next Steps for Returning to Work,” panel program from 8:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

The free livestream event will focus on the next steps that need to be taken to safely reopen Michigan’s critical manufacturing center amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, Michigan is part of a coalition of states including Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and Kentucky that have agreed to coordinated economic reopening. To register, visit: https://members.automationalley.com/events/details/tech-takeover-manufacturing-next-steps-for-returning-to-work-14966

Featured panelists include:

• Michael Silvio, Faculty, Wayne State University
• Samuel Hoff, CEO, Patti Engineering
• Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
• William Crane, Founder & CEO, Industry Star
• Gary Schkade, President, AMBE Engineering

About Robert H. Schwartz

Notably, Schwartz’s practice includes corporate and healthcare activities. He has extensive experience in business planning, mergers and acquisitions and in assisting healthcare and hospital clients in the healthcare regulatory areas including reimbursement, fraud and abuse, hospital-physician relations, pharmacies in both the community and long-term care setting, among others.

He is a member of the Health Law Sections of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, as well as the State Bar of Michigan. He is a Board Member of Oakland County Michigan’s Medical Main Street and an American Health Lawyer Association Trained Arbitrator, Mediator and Hearing Officer.

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

Gregory Moore Appointed Vice Chair – Educational Programming of the Behavioral Health Task Force for the American Health Law Association

TROY, Mich., April 29, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Gregory W. Moore (Member, Troy) has been appointed Vice Chair – Educational Programming of the Behavioral Health Task Force for the American Health Law Association (AHLA). The appointment is effective July 1, 2020.

The Behavioral Health Task Force is committed to advancing the understanding of laws impacting behavioral health, including the delivery of and reimbursement for such services. The Task Force monitors and evaluates these laws and developments through publications and educational programming so that AHLA members are better equipped to advise their clients and organizations. “I’m honored to be accepting this position and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Behavioral Health Task Force to provide quality programs to AHLA members,” says Greg.

Greg chairs Dickinson Wright’s Behavioral Health Practice Group. Throughout his career, he has focused on representing and counseling providers of all types and sizes across all existing and developing segments of the industry. He has been recognized as a thought leader and innovator when it comes to the integration of behavioral and physical health care. With 30 years of experience serving clients in the industry, his practice covers the full spectrum of regulatory, transactional, and litigation services.

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, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Pentastar Aviation Remains in Top Rankings by Professional Pilot Magazine

Rankings based on votes in the publication’s 47th Annual Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment (PRASE) Survey

WATERFORD, MI. – Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, has been named one of the Best US and Best Independent FBOs (Fixed-Base Operator) by Professional Pilot magazine, one of the most respected publications in the aviation industry in its 2020 Pro Pilot PRASE Survey. The PRASE Survey, heralded as the gold standard of aviation ground service leaders, is an annual tabulation of customer opinions of the services they receive. Each year Professional Pilot magazine polls executives in charge of flight departments, aviation managers, chief pilots, pilots, CEOs and other qualified subscribers to recognize industry-leading service providers.

“We are extremely proud to consistently place at or near the top of this survey year after year,” said Greg Schmidt, President & CEO, Pentastar Aviation. “Our tagline is ‘Setting the Standard,’ and we look at is as more than just a marketing slogan. We encourage our employees to not only meet the needs of our customers, but also to go above and beyond in anticipating them. That’s why customer service training is not just for the Customer Service Representatives at Pentastar, but for every single employee.”

Pentastar’s FBO, or what is more commonly referred to as their Executive Terminal, is located in Waterford, Michigan. 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.

Pentastar continues to be the most awarded aviation company for over a decade, recognized by those who appreciate their commitment to exceeding the industry standards for both safety and service excellence. This recognition in Pro Pilot as the #2 Best Independent and #3 Best US FBO follows the news last month that Pentastar was ranked #1 FBO in the Great Lakes region in the 2020 AIN FBO Survey from Aviation International News.

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 Executive Terminal 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.pentastaraviation.com
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Rehmann’s Stacie Kwaiser Named One of Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Finance

TROY, Mich., April 28, 2020 – Crain’s Detroit Business named Rehmann Chief Operating Officer Stacie Kwaiser among its 2020 Notable Women in Finance. The award is part of the Crain’s Notable Women in Michigan series, which features distinguished professional women nominated by their colleagues.

At Rehmann, Kwaiser provides strategic direction and operational management for associates, leading the firm’s finance, human resources, information technology and marketing teams. She is responsible for overall growth, profitability and management of employees. She leads a team of 15 direct reports and manages regional managing principals and department directors.

“Stacie leads many of the most critical functions of our firm and does so with a great level of skill, knowledge and strategic vision,” said Randy Rupp, Rehmann Chief Executive Officer. “Every decision she makes is based on what’s best for our clients, associates and firm overall. She operates with the utmost transparency, accountability and integrity, and we are privileged to have her at the helm.”

Notably, Kwaiser led an internal restructuring effort in 2018, was heavily involved in Rehmann’s business combination with Trivalent, an IT managed services company, and was integral to the development of the firm’s new strategic plan.

Kwaiser has been involved in the growth of the firm’s leadership programs and serves as a sponsor and mentor to many Rehmann associates. She serves on the Rehmann Women’s Initiative Network Council and has been instrumental in shaping the firm’s culture and values.

“As Rehmann’s first female COO, Stacie is dedicated to helping women in our firm thrive,” said Rupp. “Our consistent rankings among the best firms for the advancement of female employees is due in no small part to Stacie’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

In 2019, the Accounting MOVE Project named Rehmann one of the Best CPA Firms for Women for the seventh straight year.

Having joined the Rehmann audit team in 1996, Kwaiser began her career providing audit, review and consulting services for a variety of closely held commercial business clients and institutions of higher education. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association for Certified Public Accountants and PAC Task Force for the American Institution of Certified Public Accountants.

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.