Growing With Detroit – Giffels Webster Celebrates 25 Years Downtown

Growing With Detroit – Giffels Webster Celebrates 25 Years Downtown
August 25th, 2020
Consulting firm plays integral role with those leading the city’s revitalization

Giffels Webster Celebrates 25 Years in Detroit
DETROIT, Aug. 25, 2020 – Giffels Webster, a Detroit-headquartered consulting firm, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the city this month. The firm has provided a broad scope of civil engineering, surveying, planning, GIS and landscape architectural services. They are dedicated to the revitalization of the city and improving overall quality of life, as well as actively involved in community service and volunteerism.

“We’re proud to have played a role, working side by side with the city’s visionaries, leaders and residents, in the remarkable rebirth that the City of Detroit has experienced over the past 25 years,” said Scott Clein, P.E. LEED, AP, president of Giffels Webster. “During that period, we have become a part of the community we serve and remain passionate about making it a better place for all Detroiters.”

Giffels Webster’s move to Detroit was fueled by the opportunity to work amongst the community it serves. The firm’s growing range of services has helped the city rejuvenate private buildings and public spaces through a mix of traditional surveying and engineering services, as well as newer technologies like laser scanning and drone mapping to preserve and update historical buildings and sites. Giffels Webster has also been instrumental in major Detroit initiatives, such as the city’ non-motorized transportation network, which boasts over 170 miles of bike lanes throughout the city.

Giffels Webster – Beacon Park
Shown: Beacon Park in Downtown Detroit
Key Detroit projects and places impacted by Giffels Webster’s expertise include:

Little Caesars Arena
Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan
Campus Martius
Henry Ford Health Systems South Campus
Comerica Park and Ford Field
Dozens of Residential Developments in Capital Park, Midtown and the CBD
Foundation Hotel
Beacon Park
Orleans Landing
Baltimore Station
Detroit Police Athletic League
Wayne County Justice Complex
Partnering with communities, municipalities and the private sector, Giffels Webster provides innovative solutions to everyday problems. The firm designed Michigan’s first protected bike lane on East Jefferson, which fits their “complete streets” model, where roadways are accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists in addition to motor vehicles.

Giffels Webster has received three consecutive Top Workplaces awards from the Detroit Free Press, crediting their shared vision, known as “True North,” a guiding influence which draws inspiration from their surveying roots. “Each day, our team comes together to make a difference,” says Scott Clein. “We aspire to improve ourselves, our work, our company and our community a little bit every day. It’s exciting to think about what the next quarter century will bring in the Motor City.” The firm sponsors and participates in many education-based and volunteer activities throughout each year, including Game On Cancer, Adopt-A-Highway, Tour De Troit and Life Remodeled.

About Giffels Webster

Giffels Webster is a collection of people – civil engineers, landscape architects, planners, surveyors and GIS specialists – who choose every day to make communities better. The Michigan-based firm helps public, private and institutional clients throughout the United States with their planning, land development and infrastructure needs.

Since its inception in 1952, Giffels Webster has evolved to offer a broad scope of services centered on helping clients achieve their project or programming goals, including civil engineering, municipal consulting, planning, land development consulting, landscape architecture, traffic engineering, surveying and GIS consulting. For more information, visit giffelswebster.com.

BROWN & BROWN WELCOMES NEW PERSONAL LINES LEADER

Brown & Brown of Detroit is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Haines to the team. Lisa will bring her expertise in client experience to the role of Personal Lines Leader.

In her new role, Ms. Haines will guide her team as they help clients protect their wealth by delivering creative risk management solutions. She will deliver an exceptional client experience by utilizing her insurance, credit, and business skills to recognize opportunities and recommend solutions to benefit overall financial health.

Lisa stated, “I’m dedicated to providing efficient and clear solutions to my clients’ insurance needs. Honestly and integrity drive my daily practices, which my clients appreciate. I work hard for my clients, communicate effectively along the way, and genuinely care about their future.”

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to joining Brown & Brown of Detroit, she served as a leader in the banking industry. She looks forward to making new connections and forging valuable relationships as part of an independent insurance agency.

Brown & Brown of Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO), a leading insurance brokerage firm, providing risk management solutions to individuals and businesses. Located in Sterling Heights, Brown & Brown of Detroit is the largest insurance brokerage in Macomb County. For more information, please visit bbdetroit.com.

Integrated Marketing Firm MCCI Sells to Executive Team

Mort Crim Communications, Inc. (MCCI), one of the fastest-growing integrated marketing firms based in Detroit, today announced it has been sold to the company’s executive team. The announcement was made by the outgoing owner, President and CEO Terrence Oprea. Terms of the transaction were not released.

“This is the culmination of years of planning between our executives and me,” Oprea said. “The new ownership team knows virtually every detail of leading, growing and managing this award-winning agency, so I expect a seamless, excellent future for MCCI. I’m thrilled this is happening at a time when we’re experiencing unprecedented client momentum, top-line growth and significant expansion of our downtown Detroit headquarters.”

Purchasing the agency are former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Christopher Heaton, who now leads as CEO of the firm; Senior Vice President Richard Donley, APR, now president; Senior Vice President Todd Haight, now chief strategy officer; and Senior Vice President Jennette Smith Kotila, now chief marketing officer. Oprea will be of counsel to the agency for the short term to aid in transition details.

MCCI boasts more than 40 clients, representing many national and international brands. Industry expertise includes automotive, supply chain, professional services, manufacturing, education, government, healthcare, real estate, association and nonprofit segments. MCCI has continued to expand its integrated capabilities including advertising, branding, creative services, digital media, video production and public relations.

“We admire and respect Terry for his 26 years of leadership since he joined the firm in 1993,” said Heaton, who has been with MCCI for 22 years. “Our agency, founded on the principles of integrity and excellence, is well-positioned in this competitive market to continue the acceleration of our growth and success as we begin this next chapter.”

Heaton said the new ownership team is committed to the firm’s Detroit home and will keep its headquarters in the Murphy-Telegraph Building, located in the heart of the financial district. MCCI also is expanding the footprint of the firm by adding 4,000 square feet of space; a grand opening is expected in the first quarter of 2020. MCCI moved to Detroit in 2014. The firm also has operated an office in Orlando since 2014.

“MCCI’s momentum stems from adding new clients, exceptional talent, as well as introducing new channel offerings,” Donley said. “We’re excited with where we’re headed in 2020 all while delivering ‘Seriously Creative’ service and results for our clients.”

About MCCI
MCCI was founded in 1993 by legendary broadcaster Mort Crim, joined by Post-Newsweek (WDIV-TV) Executive Producer and journalist Terry Oprea. Crim retired in 2008, selling the firm fully at that time to Oprea.

One of the most trusted Michigan-based integrated marketing agencies, MCCI has earned more than 70 awards for strategy, creativity and results. The firm has particular expertise in outcome-centered campaigns. MCCI specializes in brand marketing and marketing services; public and media relations; video production; advertising and creative services; web design and development; digital, social and content marketing; coaching and training; and event services.

For more information, visit www.mccicorp.com.
Follow MCCI on Twitter @MCCICorp or Facebook: facebook.com/MCCICorp
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Integrated Marketing Firm MCCI Sells to Executive Team

Mort Crim Communications, Inc. (MCCI), one of the fastest-growing integrated marketing firms based in Detroit, today announced it has been sold to the company’s executive team. The announcement was made by the outgoing owner, President and CEO Terrence Oprea. Terms of the transaction were not released.

“This is the culmination of years of planning between our executives and me,” Oprea said. “The new ownership team knows virtually every detail of leading, growing and managing this award-winning agency, so I expect a seamless, excellent future for MCCI. I’m thrilled this is happening at a time when we’re experiencing unprecedented client momentum, top-line growth and significant expansion of our downtown Detroit headquarters.”

Purchasing the agency are former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Christopher Heaton, who now leads as CEO of the firm; Senior Vice President Richard Donley, APR, now president; Senior Vice President Todd Haight, now chief strategy officer; and Senior Vice President Jennette Smith Kotila, now chief marketing officer. Oprea will be of counsel to the agency for the short term to aid in transition details.

MCCI boasts more than 40 clients, representing many national and international brands. Industry expertise includes automotive, supply chain, professional services, manufacturing, education, government, healthcare, real estate, association and nonprofit segments. MCCI has continued to expand its integrated capabilities including advertising, branding, creative services, digital media, video production and public relations.

“We admire and respect Terry for his 26 years of leadership since he joined the firm in 1993,” said Heaton, who has been with MCCI for 22 years. “Our agency, founded on the principles of integrity and excellence, is well-positioned in this competitive market to continue the acceleration of our growth and success as we begin this next chapter.”

Heaton said the new ownership team is committed to the firm’s Detroit home and will keep its headquarters in the Murphy-Telegraph Building, located in the heart of the financial district. MCCI also is expanding the footprint of the firm by adding 4,000 square feet of space; a grand opening is expected in the first quarter of 2020. MCCI moved to Detroit in 2014. The firm also has operated an office in Orlando since 2014.

“MCCI’s momentum stems from adding new clients, exceptional talent, as well as introducing new channel offerings,” Donley said. “We’re excited with where we’re headed in 2020 all while delivering ‘Seriously Creative’ service and results for our clients.”

About MCCI
MCCI was founded in 1993 by legendary broadcaster Mort Crim, joined by Post-Newsweek (WDIV-TV) Executive Producer and journalist Terry Oprea. Crim retired in 2008, selling the firm fully at that time to Oprea.

One of the most trusted Michigan-based integrated marketing agencies, MCCI has earned more than 70 awards for strategy, creativity and results. The firm has particular expertise in outcome-centered campaigns. MCCI specializes in brand marketing and marketing services; public and media relations; video production; advertising and creative services; web design and development; digital, social and content marketing; coaching and training; and event services.

For more information, visit www.mccicorp.com.
Follow MCCI on Twitter @MCCICorp or Facebook: facebook.com/MCCICorp
Follow MCCI on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/mort-crim-communications/

Walsh Joins Detroit Promise as First Bridge Partner

Walsh will allow qualified students graduating from community college to transfer and continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree.

TROY, Mich. Jan. 3, 2020 – In an effort to provide more students with the opportunity to advance their learning, Walsh has entered into a partnership with Detroit Promise, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, offering transfers and scholarships to Detroit Promise two-year students graduating from a participating community college, beginning in the winter 2020 semester.

“For more than 50 years, Walsh has provided an accessible, seamless pathway for community college students to finish their degree at a nationally ranked, private institution. We are very proud to continue this practice as the first bridge partner for the Detroit Promise,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO of Walsh.

Walsh has committed to being an unlimited partner to Detroit Promise, which means they will provide a tuition-free path to an unlimited number of Detroit Promise students who meet the general requirements.

To qualify for the transfer to Walsh, Detroit Promise community college students must have 60 credits or an associate degree from a participating community college: Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College or Wayne County Community College District.

If the student meets these qualifications, they can apply to transfer to Walsh subsequently applying to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Since 2013, the Detroit Regional Chamber has administered the Detroit Promise, which is funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and university partners. Through this funding, the program ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate, technical certificate, or bachelor’s degree at participating community colleges and four-year universities.

For more information on the Detroit Promise, please visit www.detroitpromise.com.

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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).

ABOUT DETROIT PROMISE
The Detroit Promise scholarship, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating from a high school in the city will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree or technical certificate at participating community colleges, or a four-year degree at participating universities. Since 2013, the Chamber has administered the Detroit Promise (formerly the Detroit Scholarship Fund), which is privately funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation to fulfill Gov. Rick Snyder’s pledge. In 2016, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the Detroit Promise Zone authority to dedicate a portion of tax dollars to permanently fund the two-year scholarships.

Walsh Honors Business Leaders at Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

TROY, Mich., October 16, 2019 — Business leaders from AT&T, Clayton & McKervey, Ernst & Young (EY), The Kresge Foundation and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) were recognized for their service to Walsh at the 20th annual Leadership Awards Dinner on October 10 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan.

David C. Lewis, Sr., president of AT&T Michigan and Peggy A. Dzierzawski, CAE, president and CEO of the MICPA were both awarded the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service. Clayton & McKervey received the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education, which was accepted by the firm’s co-founder Donald Clayton and president Rob Dutkiewicz, both Walsh alumni. EY partner and principal Vicki E. Kamenova received the Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade award and Amy B. Robinson, vice president, CFO and chief administrative office of The Kresge Foundation received the Distinguished Alumni award.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Walsh scholarships, surpassed its target goal for the evening, raising double the amount of the original goal. Since the event began in 2000, it has raised over $3 million in scholarship funds for Walsh students.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/about-us
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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our 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).

Legislative Update: Raise the Age Unanimously Clears Senate Committee

The Chamber is a longstanding supporter of juvenile detainment reform. A package of 16 bills that raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 to 18 recently cleared a Senate committee and is being prepared to move to Gov. Whitmer. Under these changes, 17-year-olds are subject to the juvenile justice system instead of state prisons. This legislation changes Michigan statute so that minors currently entrapped in the penal system can instead receive age-appropriate rehabilitation and then participate in Michigan’s workforce without the disadvantage of a criminal record.

Michigan’s Talent Shortage Requires Preparing All Types of Citizens

To ensure we are building the future workforce that the economy demands, the Detroit Regional Chamber is focused on supporting smart policy that will empower and prepare all types of Michiganders to fill the talent demand for employers across the region and state that tell us their top issue is a talent shortage.

The Chamber has advocated in the education and workforce space for decades with a focus on increasing postsecondary education attainment through policies such as increased dual enrollment and expanded, need-based financial aid, among other focuses on K-12 education.

There is a significant opportunity for the nearly 700,000 people in Detroit that have started college but “stopped out” before receiving a degree or credential to connect with the required education or training businesses need in their talent pool.

To get more of Michigan’s citizens into the workforce and continue to grow the economy, the Chamber supports:

  • Michigan Reconnect, to help connect a large portion of the adult population without degrees or certificates on a path towards continued education. This policy work is supported by the Chamber’s education and talent strategy program work that is already reengaging adult students with some or no college experience in the Detroit region to get them on a track to a degree or training certificate.
  • Going Pro in Michigan, to upskill and rescale adults who find themselves left behind in our rapidly changing economy.
  • Criminal Justice Reform, to reduce lengthy and costly sentences and provide age-appropriate rehabilitation. Currently, the Chamber is advocating for a six-bill expungement reform package is going through the Michigan House of Representatives that will open up the expungement process to many Michigan residents who struggle to find a job because of past criminal records and open up eligibility for a number of low-level offenses such as traffic offenses that are ineligible under the current expungement law.
  • Immigration Reform, to fix the broken immigration system and provide businesses with global talent that will help keep our economy competitive.

The data shows that getting our high school graduates into the right universities or skilled trade programs is not enough to produce the workforce pipeline needed to be competitive in a 21st-century economy and beyond. By engaging all kinds of populations, Michigan can meet the talent demands businesses require and be an economically competitive state.

 

Walsh President, Alumni and Trustees Named Top Business Leaders

TROY, Mich., Sept. 6, 2019 — For the second year in a row, Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher has been named one of the most powerful business leaders in metro Detroit by DBusiness Magazine. The Detroit 500 list recognizes business leaders who have made a significant impact in their role and is determined by factors including organization size, growth rate, geographical reach, and each leader’s network.

“I am honored by this recognition and proud to be in the company of these strong business leaders, including Walsh alumni, trustees and partners,” said Kelliher.

Since joining Walsh in 2017, Kelliher has been instrumental in the enactment of an ambitious strategic plan initiative and the launch of several new academic programs, including the country’s only multi-course concentration in automotive cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, the Master of Arts in Business, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Several Walsh alumni and trustees were also recognized for their leadership:

Saber Ammori, Co-Founder and CEO, Wireless Vision
Van Conway, CEO, Van Conway & Partners; Walsh Trustee
David Girodat, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank; Walsh Trustee; Member, Walsh Foundation Board
Paul Glantz, Chairman, Emagine Entertainment Inc.
Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, H.W. Kaufman Group; Walsh Trustee; Member, Walsh Foundation Board
Thomas W. Lopp Jr., President, Sterling Bancorp Inc.
Steven McCarty, CEO, UHY
Madhava Reddy, President and CEO, HTC Global Services; Walsh Trustee

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our 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).