Accreditation of Walsh Business Programs Reaffirmed by ACBSP

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

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

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

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

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

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results have been remarkable. Specifically:

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

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

Rehmann Announces 17 Promotions in Southeast Michigan

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

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

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at

Contact: Holly Shier

Pentastar Aviation Receives Safety 1st Clean Certification

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

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

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

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

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

Scott A. Petz Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2020

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

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

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

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

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

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

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

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

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

Rast, who chairs Butzel Long’s Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Practice Department, blends her expertise in law, business, and science to assist companies in their strategic use of technology, counseling clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data security and governance, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events, and the vulnerability of business as their workforce connects from home in response to COVID-19, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable to both defend against and respond to cyber attacks and to conduct cybersecurity awareness and response training sessions.

Similarly, over the past several years, she has worked within both the IT entrepreneur community and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles, addressing security, privacy, IP ownership, and to the impacts of new laws and regulations, ranging from the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU to the California Consumer Privacy Act.

At the same time, Rast is an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project. In 2019, she moderated an environmental rule of law panel at The Hague sponsored by the World Justice Forum.

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

Rast’s memberships include the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she has been involved in the leadership of the Section since 1999, including Chair of the Section in 2008-2009, Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum Board of Directors (2008-2017), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors (2008-2013), ICLE’s Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-2017), and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors (2017-present). In 2001, she was the only lawyer named as a Technology Industry Leader in Crain’s Detroit Business, and in 2003 the Ann Arbor Chapter of American Women in Computing named her as one of twenty “Top Michigan Women in Computing.” In 2015, she was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law.”

Rast is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review. In 2014, she successfully completed the four-week online program, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” developed and taught by the faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Congratulations Leadership Detroit Class XLI Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

“This group of leaders showcases the promise for the future of our city and region. Their diverse talents and dedication to imparting meaningful change in the Detroit community is an inspiration,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “This year’s Leadership Detroit graduates have embraced a host of challenges and changes to the program amid the turbulence of COVID-19, all the while demonstrating unwavering commitment to their peers and community. I’m certain they’ll continue on to great accomplishments and service.”

Class XLI represented a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services, and community organizations.

The complete Leadership Detroit Class XLI graduate roster is available at

About Leadership Detroit
Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with nearly 2,000 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit

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Networking Opportunity: Join Us May 7 for Coffee With the Chamber


Looking for a way to connect with fellow Chamber members during this stay-at-home period? Attend the all-new Coffee with the Chamber on Thursday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. This virtual networking event will bring members together in an intimate setting to have an open dialogue with the opportunity to share a one-minute overview of their business and services.

Please note, this event is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to attend, you can forward this invite to a colleague. 

Event Details
Thursday, May 7
9:30-10 a.m.
A confirmation email with the link to join the meeting will be sent to those who RSVP.

Helpful Tips for Joining
It is recommended that you use a web browser to participate in the event as users experience issues with mobile. If you join using Chrome or Internet Explorer, no download is required. If you use Safari or Firefox, please download the GoToMeeting app.

When you enter the meeting, please mute your microphone. Attendees should use the chat function to ask questions for the Q&A portion and share contact information to continue networking after the event.

The Detroit Regional Chamber Welcomes New Board Members

The Chamber’s new fiscal year began July 1, 2020. At the July 15 meeting of the Board of Directors we welcomed Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Malow Holdings, as the Chair of the Board; and Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, as the new Vice Chair and 2021 Mackinac Policy Conference Chair. We welcome their upcoming leadership – and thank them for sharing their immense time and talents in leading the Chamber during this unique period.

The Chamber Board also welcomed new Board members:

  • Carmen Fakhoury, Founder and President, Fakhoury Global Immigration Services
  • Audrey Gregory, CEO, Detroit Medical Center
  • Lorron James, CEO, James Group International
  • Carrie Leahy, Member, Bodman PLC
  • David Parent, Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP
  • Derron Sanders, Member, SG Companies
  • Dug Song, CEO and Co-founder, Duo Security; General Manager, Cisco
  • Frank Torre, CEO and Chairman, Signal Restoration Services

The Chamber’s undying gratitude to outgoing Chair Patti Poppe, president and CEO of Consumers Energy and CMS Energy, for her outstanding leadership of the record-breaking 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference and her steady hand as the Chamber responded to the COVID-19 crisis.

View the full Board of Directors.

Detroit Regional Chamber PAC Endorsements for August Primary Election 

Detroit Regional Chamber PAC Endorsements for August Primary Election

Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced endorsements in several key races at local, state, and federal levels. This is the Chamber PAC’s first round of endorsements for the August primary election. A second round of endorsements will be announced following the primary for the November general election.

“As our track record for endorsements will show, the Chamber PAC wants to help Michigan elect the candidates that will be best for the state and its communities,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We believe these candidates have the best track record to represent the needs of the state and business community successfully.”

U.S. House of Representatives

10th District – Doug Slocum (R) 

“Macomb County and the 10th Congressional District are at the center of Michigan’s effort to be a leader in the aerospace and defense industry.  We are fortunate to have Gen. Slocum, who served 35 years in the United States Air force, offer himself for service one more time to help lead our state and nation and play a pivotal role in growing our region. As a commander for the 127th Wing and Selfridge Air National Guard Base, he shares the Chamber’s recognition of the importance of defense assets to the Southeast Michigan economy,” said Williams.

12th District – Debbie Dingell (D)

“Rep. Dingell is one of the true champions for Michigan in Congress. From her on-the-ground experience in the business world to her tireless defense of the working men and women of her district, returning her to Washington is imperative to our region’s success,” said Williams.

Oakland County Executive

David Coulter (D)

“County Executive Coulter has done a remarkable job leading Oakland County following the passing of L. Brooks Patterson. He has put together a top-notch team and has continued the long tradition of superior financial management, all while navigating COVID-19 this year.  Democratic primary voters should be confident in supporting Coulter in August,” said Williams.

Mike Kowall (R)

“Sen. Kowall’s legacy of public service and friendship with the Chamber stretches back over 20 years.  He has been a leader in economic development and next-generation mobility.  Republican voters are fortunate to have such a qualified candidate to vote for in the primary,” said Williams.

Michigan House of Representatives

  • 2nd District – Joseph Tate (D)
  • 4th District – Delorean Holmes (D)
  • 6th District – Tyrone Carter (D)
  • 8th District – Reggie Reg Davis (D)
  • 9th District – Karen Whitsett (D)
  • 10th District – Mary Cavanagh (D)
  • 12th District – Alex Garza (D)
  • 13th District – Tullio Liberati (D)
  • 18th District – Kevin Hertel (D)
  • 22nd District – Richard Steenland (D)
  • 24th District – Steven Marino (R)
  • 31st District – William Sowerby (D)
  • 32nd District – Pamela Hornberger (R)
  • 35th District – Kyra Bolden (D)
  • 48th District – Sheryl Kennedy (D)
  • 51st District – Michael Mueller (R)
  • 53rd District – Yousef Rabhi (D)
  • 63rd District – Matthew Hall (R)
  • 74th District – Mark Huizenga (R)
  • 97th District – Jason Wentworth (R)
  • 101st District – Jack O’Malley (R)

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-business candidates and policies that support the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Board made the endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members and individual interactions. The Chamber PAC Board is comprised of business leaders representing bipartisan views and reflecting diversity in industry, business size, and location. The Chamber PAC historically makes bipartisan endorsements based on alignment with the Chamber’s legislative policy priorities.