Collin Mays Named Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair

The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce that Collin Mays, a celebrated Michigan public service expert and community advocate, will serve as event chair for the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Oct. 30, 2021.

“I’m very excited to serve as the chair of the 2021 Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Mays said. “My passion for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association is long-standing as I have seen two grandparents suffer from this horrible disease.

“As chair, I’m hoping to engage a new group of activists to help bring awareness surrounding Alzheimer’s and its terrible effect on our loved ones. We all know someone who has dealt with this disease. Many people do not realize the impact of Alzheimer’s on minority groups. In fact,
older Black/African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites, and Hispanic/Latinos are about one and one-half times as likely. These are alarming statistics. It’s time to help provide more resources to fighting it.”

Mays was recently selected by Delta Township as their new community and economic development coordinator due to his experience and expertise in both economic and workforce development. Previously, he served as economic development director in Center Line, Mich.

He is a 2015 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 award winner and was included in the Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20’s Class of 2019.

Mays received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University and master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are thrilled to have Collin serving in this key role for the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter. “Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever. Every dollar raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s allows the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research.”

Longtime media personality Chuck Gaidica — whose mom, Geri Gaidica, and father-in-law, John Ottens, both battled Alzheimer’s and dementia — will once again serve as the Detroit Walk emcee and celebrity advocate.

More information about the format of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be available in the coming months.

“Whether we’re together at a large in-person gathering at the Detroit Zoo or in small groups in our individual neighborhoods, we can make a difference,” said Erin Lin, director of the Detroit Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “The health and safety of our constituents, staff and volunteers will be our top priority as we assess the changing status of the pandemic and make a decision about how we’ll walk in 2021.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading
cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members
and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In
Michigan alone, there are more than 190,000 living with the disease and 518,000 caregivers.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit
alz.org/walk or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Lambert & Co. Expands Sales Team to Include Two Industry Veterans

Lambert is bolstering its new business operations with the hiring of Sarah Smith and Karen Keller. The duo will be responsible for strategic growth initiatives to attract and cultivate major clients across industry sectors on behalf of Lambert and its family of companies. Serving as vice president of sales, Smith brings over a dozen years of business development, strategic planning, and integrated marketing experience. She joins Lambert from Olympia Entertainment and The District Detroit. Keller brings more than two decades of experience and a balanced financial and marketing perspective as director of sales for Lambert’s capital markets and investor relations practice.

LAMBERT PARTNERS AND CO-INVEST WITH GLOBAL MARKETING & AD AGENCY 9THWONDER

HOUSTON – Continuing to break the agency norm, 9thWonder and Lambert & Co. today announced an innovative joint venture and co-investment aimed at building the integrated agency of the future. The partnership and capital infusion aims to accelerate the growth of both companies, deepen 9thWonder’s communications, public relations and multicultural market reach, and fund future acquisitions in the U.S. and internationally.

Hispanic-owned 9thWonder is among the nation’s leading marketing and brand strategy firms with offices in Houston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Argentina and Vietnam. A team of more than 180 professionals support clients in 9thWonder’s consumer, food & beverage, sports & entertainment and B2B practices, and in consumer X — its Hispanic and multicultural marketing unity. Lambert is a national, award-winning public relations, investor relations and integrated marketing firm with clients spanning the globe including the North American International Auto Show, Green Giant Fresh, Bell, The Shyft Group and Faurecia.

“Our focus over the past two years has been to acquire and integrate a collection of complementary agencies, but always with an eye toward a bigger vision of a new business-impact-centric agency model with partners invested in one another and with a shared focus on marketing and communications that deliver to the bottom line,” said Jose Lozano, CEO of 9thWonder. “We found this like-mindedness and similar track record of success in Lambert, and together we can bring best-in-class expertise to our client rosters, and new scale and significance for our teams.”

As part of the strategic investment and joint venture, Lambert acquired the PR practice of 9thWonder. The team will remain based in Houston, adding a Southern hub to the firm’s offices in Michigan, New York and Arizona. Likewise, 9thWonder adds world-class marketing, creative and ad buying firepower to Lambert’s clients and practices in automotive & mobility, consumer, education & social impact, healthcare, investor relations & capital markets, and public affairs.

Additionally, within Lambert’s family of companies is Black and woman-owned diversity, equity and inclusion consulting and diverse board development firm, EQUALSIGN, who will join with 9th Wonder’s Consumer X team to offer a full-spectrum of multicultural marketing and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) expertise. This is a key element in the partnership and one that both firms feel is extremely important for the future landscape of businesses and marketing.

“We are excited to invest in 9thWonder as part of the growing Lambert Family of Companies and believe this unique agency partnership and co-investment model will be another catalyst in our accelerating growth,” said Jeff Lambert, founder and CEO of Lambert. “Jose and the 9thWonder team are a perfect complement to our offerings in PR, investor relations, crisis communications and diversity consulting; their office network is a hand-glove fit with our regional hubs in Michigan, Arizona and New York, and we both have an active M&A strategy that we believe will be compelling to owner entrepreneurs looking for an alternative to the agency networks.”

As part of the agreement, Jeff Lambert will join the 9thWonder board. Joining Lambert in the deal is an investor group led by Monika Mantilla, a fund manager and capital markets leader with a proven track record of investing in minority, women-led and diverse-owned companies as well as owners and entrepreneurs located in low or moderate-income (LMI) communities. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We see tremendous potential with the 9thWonder team and their proven multi-market platform and felt the time was right to accelerate their growth with our strategic capital and connections,” said Mantilla. “Our commitment to diverse entrepreneurs and companies, coupled with a shared alignment as Hispanic founders and leaders with complementary national platforms, make this a tremendous opportunity.”

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
Follow MCCI on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/mort-crim-communications/

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).