Global Leader in Digital Media to Speak at Walsh Commencement

TROY, Mich., Jun. 11, 2019 — Lon Otremba, Chief Executive Officer of Bidtellect Corporation, will address graduates and receive an honorary doctor of laws at Walsh’s 113th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Zion Church in Troy, Michigan. Bidtellect is currently one of the largest and fastest-growing digital advertising platforms, serving global brands such as Microsoft, Hilton, Toyota and many other Fortune 500 companies.

Otremba has over 25 years of experience in technology and media as an operating executive, investor, and adviser in the internet publishing, mobile, and broadcast music industries and is considered a pioneer in digital media. He was the founding EVP of CNET Networks, the founding COO and President of, EVP of AOL, CEO of Muzak Corp., CEO of Access 360 Media and CEO of Tylted. Otremba also holds two patents in mobile ad technology.

“We are honored to welcome Lon to share his journey with our students as they embark upon their own paths,” said Michael Plotzke, chair of the Walsh Board of Trustees. “Lon epitomizes the meaning of hard work, coupled with tenacity to achieve the success he has experienced. We are truly grateful for the message and inspiration he will deliver to our graduating class of 2019!”

A Michigan native, Otremba grew up in Eastpointe and graduated from East Detroit High and Michigan State University. He currently resides in Lantana, Florida.

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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 the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

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Walsh College Honors Military Graduates at 103rd Commencement Ceremony and Announces Robinson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship for Veterans

Several graduates at the 103rd Commencement of Walsh College were service men and women of the U.S. armed forces, distinguished at the June 21 event by wearing a red, white, and blue regalia cord.

“Walsh College is honored to have these service men and women among our ranks and we want to express our respect and gratitude for their service,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO of Walsh College, in remarks in the opening address of the ceremony.

Of the entire graduating class of 464 students, two graduates, both veterans, and both earning Master of Management degrees, completed their programs with perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point averages. Both of these students, Daniel Capizzo and James Polak, are featured in the photo (attached) among their fellow service member graduates.

Walsh College offers multiple scholarship opportunities to active military or veteran students. The most recent addition is the Robinson-Coleman Endowed Scholarship for Veterans. This scholarship was established by Amy Coleman, BAC ’90, and vice president and chief financial officer at the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan. The scholarship honors several of Coleman’s family members who served in the United States military and to recognize all veterans for their valiant service.

The very first Walsh College student scholarship designated specifically for U.S. armed forces students, the Walter P. Rinkus Memorial Scholarship, was created earlier this year. Mike Rinkus, veteran and associate professor, Finance, at Walsh College, established this scholarship along with his wife, Judy Rinkus, in honor of Mike’s father, a veteran of World War II.

Walsh College also waives all application fees for veterans and current military service members. Helpful and knowledgeable Veteran Services staff members are readily available at the College to assist veterans in learning more about these educational benefits and career counseling.

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Photo Caption: (L to R) Back Row: Jaclyn Atkins, BBA; Joshua Wessel, BBA; Jerrison Boor, BSBIS; Stephen Juhasz, BBA; Zachary Luckhart, MM; James Polak, MM; Front Row: Bafti (Ben) Baftiu, MM; Daniel Capizzo, MM

Founded in 1922, Walsh College, one of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, offers upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, designed to provide solutions for businesses through training, continuing education and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, accredits specific degree programs.