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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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).

Thomas Vincent elected Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO

The shareholders of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – have elected their colleague, attorney Thomas P. Vincent, as the firm’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

An accomplished trial attorney and former Oakland County Prosecutor, Vincent works in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He succeeds Dennis G. Cowan who returns to the full-time practice of law at Plunkett Cooney and will continue to lead the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group.

“This is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the challenge,” said Vincent, who was elected by acclamation to a three-year term, effective Sept. 1. “Plunkett Cooney is an outstanding law firm, and it’s my privilege to help build on our more than a century of service to our clients and community.”

Vincent is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation and Labor & Employment Law practice groups. With over 100 cases tried to jury verdict, he is one of the firm’s most experienced trial attorneys with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to financial institutions and their insurance providers. His areas of expertise include commercial litigation, employment litigation, professional liability and general liability.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Vincent served as Chief Trial Attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office. He then joined the firm in 1985 and became a shareholder four years later. In 1999, he was elected to serve as a trustee of Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, a position to which he was re-elected six more times.

In addition to his legal practice, Vincent finds time to give back to several religious and community organizations, including Gesu Parish in Detroit, St. Fabian Catholic Church in Farmington Hills, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Angela Hospice and Mercy High School.

Licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Vincent received his law degree in 1981 from Michigan State University College of Law. His professional affiliations include the Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association and American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Vincent, who received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1977, has received several honors, including selection by DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in the areas of business litigation, employment law and general litigation. Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review rating service in the legal industry, has honored Vincent with its highest rating of AV-Preeminent. He has also received recognition by Best Lawyers in America and Leading Lawyers for his expertise in the areas of commercial litigation, as well as by Michigan Super Lawyers for his work in the area professional liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial firms in the United States.

For more information about the election of Thomas P. Vincent as Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Walsh College Becomes First Private Michigan College to Support “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” for Student Veterans

Walsh College is the first private Michigan college to become an official signatory to the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success,” a set of specific strategies that colleges and universities can implement to support educational success for student veterans of the armed forces.

The strategies include practices involving trust, leadership support, advice, coordination of campus efforts, collaboration with service providers, data tracking, professional development,
and sustainability.

Walsh joins hundreds of educational institutions nationally as signatories to the program, backed by the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The eight keys work in tandem with the “Principles of Excellence,” an executive order from the White House. The principles require participating schools to have certain policies and programs in place to support veterans.

“Our signing of the ‘8 Keys to Veterans’ Success’ reinforces Walsh College’s commitment to veterans,” said Stephanie W. Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

“Veterans enrich Walsh College’s already strong business programs with their unique experiences and viewpoints, which build the educational experience for all of our students. The credentials they bring are also valued by employers and serve as key indicators of future career success,” she added.

The “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” can aid veterans in their efforts to afford and complete college degrees, certificates, industry-recognized credentials, or licenses in preparation for jobs in high-growth sectors of the economy.

G.I. Jobs magazine named Walsh College a “Military Friendly School” for 2014, making it the fifth consecutive year that Walsh has been recognized for this achievement.

Walsh received recognition earlier this year from Military Times magazine as one of 64 select national institutions ranked as a “Best for Vets Business College,” which provide high levels of service for active-duty and veteran military men and women.

The selection process considered the school’s culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost.

Registration for fall classes at Walsh is underway through Tuesday, Sept. 30. For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.


Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides 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 (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.