Walsh Hosts Virtual Master’s in IT Info Sessions

TROY, Mich., July 24, 2020 — Walsh will host informational webinars about graduate technology programs on July 28 from 12-1 p.m. and Aug. 5 from 6-7 p.m. Sessions will include an informational overview of the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) and the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL) and a Q&A session with IT/Decision Sciences chair Dave Schippers, Sc.D., and professor Terri Richards, Ph.D.

Advanced registration is recommended.

The MSIT was named one of 2020’s Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs by Student Training in Education and Public Service (STEPS) and recently ranked at no. 2 on the list of Top 20 Master’s in Information Technology by CyberSecurityMastersDegree.org. Walsh was one of the first schools in Michigan to be recognized as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and its information technology programs align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards.

To register to attend a Walsh master’s in IT info session, visit walshcollege.edu/new-student-events

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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 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 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).

Technology Allows Walsh to Transition Spring Semester and Student Services to 100% Remote Delivery

TROY, Mich., March 23, 2020 — While some universities and colleges are cancelling their next semester and others are feverishly working to bring courses and services online, Walsh has transitioned 100 percent of all courses and student services to remote delivery in a week’s time. On March 13, Walsh moved all exams, classes and student services to a remote delivery format. Final exams were converted and administered remotely the week of March 16. Spring semester, starting March 30, will be 100 percent remote delivery and all Walsh locations will remain closed until April 20.

Every Walsh student receives a Zoom Pro account once enrolled in classes. This has allowed uninterrupted access to resources such as: admissions and advising counselors, career services, faculty consultations, financial aid, free tutoring, library resources, and records. Student organizations have been converting on-site events to virtual events. Students can purchase books and return them free of charge online and use the Navigate Student app to schedule advising appointments, form study groups and receive account updates and other reminders. Walsh is also offering special emergency funds for current students in need.

“Taking care of our students’ safety is our number one priority,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO. “With the technology we had in place and 96 percent of Walsh students already attending partially or entirely online, our online learning and IT teams expediently and effectively transitioned the school to 100 percent remote delivery of courses and student services. Walsh students can safely and seamlessly continue their education during these challenging times.”

Several of Walsh’s online degree programs, such as the Master of Business Administration, have received international and national recognition for excellence.

“For students experiencing an interruption in their education due to closures, Walsh welcomes you,” said Patti Swanson, Vice President and Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer. “We hope to help you keep your academic momentum moving forward during downtime at your current school.”

Current and prospective students can meet with an advisor by phone or virtually Monday through Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5 pm. Email advising@walshcollege.edu or admissions@walshcollege.edu.

Updates on Walsh’s response to the coronavirus are available at www.walshcollege.edu/coronavirus

Registration for spring semester is open through April 5. Classes begin March 30.

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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).

Automation Alley, Lean Rocket Lab and Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator launch nation’s first Industry 4.0 Accelerator

TROY, Mich., Feb. 5, 2020—A new Industry 4.0 Accelerator program—the first of its kind in the U.S.—is launching in Michigan with the goal to help small and medium-sized technology and manufacturing companies along their digital transformation journeys.

The Industry 4.0 Accelerator program—lead by Automation Alley with support services from Lean Rocket Lab and Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator—is a $2.5 million investment fund made possible through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with $1.3 million currently available for early-stage companies as well as established firms looking to commercialize products, services or technologies within the Industry 4.0 sector.

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is known as the convergence of the digital and physical technologies disrupting industry and includes technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, 3D printing and digital twin.

“Industry 4.0 is challenging the way businesses operate around the globe. It’s no longer a question of whether your company will be affected by the digital transformation but when. We are pleased to partner with Lean Rocket Lab and LTU’s Centrepolis on the Industry 4.0 Accelerator program and are looking forward to investing in innovative companies and Michigan’s future,” said Tom Kelly, executive director and CEO of Automation Alley, a leading technology and manufacturing business association and Industry 4.0 knowledge center based in Troy, Michigan.

“The attraction, development and deployment of the best technologies will help these companies succeed and simultaneously ensure Michigan’s continued role as the epicenter of advanced manufacturing,” added Brandon Marken, founder and CEO of Lean Rocket Lab, a Jackson, Michigan-based manufacturing and tech-focused startup accelerator and incubator.

Companies involved in the program will receive direct investment and business coaching services to help spur innovation, commercialization and growth. The accelerator is also looking for larger firms and organizations to partner on this effort and support Industry 4.0 adoption for Michigan manufacturers.

Services will be customized to meet the needs of each participating company, including potential pilot and demonstration project funding support with customers and strategic partners, potential connections to product development partnerships with customers and strategic partners, individualized training and mentorship, company growth assessments, technical and business milestone progress planning, strategic plan development, assessing management team and talent needs, investment and fundraising strategy support, potential connections to investors and capital sources, shared workspace opportunities and more.

“There is simply no better location for an Industry 4.0 Accelerator than in the heart of the world’s most important advanced manufacturing market—Michigan!” said Dan Radomski, Director, Centrepolis Accelerator.

“The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is proud to support the Industry 4.0 Accelerator program,” said Nadia Abunasser, Federal and Development Projects Director for the MEDC. “The addition of this program will ensure high-tech manufacturing startups across Michigan have access to the resources they need to take their projects from ideation to commercialization, solidifying Michigan as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation while continuing to build on our manufacturing heritage.”

For more information or to apply, contact John Bedz, Automation Alley’s special programs manager, at bedzj@automationalley.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. Our programs give companies a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. As a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, we connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change. Visit automationalley.com.

About Lean Rocket Lab
The Lean Rocket Lab is a Jackson, Michigan based business incubator and member of the state-wide MEDC SmartZone Business Incubator Ecosystem through an agreement with the Enterprise Group of Jackson County and the Blackman Township SmartZone. The Lab exists to offer entrepreneurial services and provides business validation, incubation and accelerator programming to manufacturing/technology focused startups and support high tech innovation in the State. Visit leanrocketlab.info.

About Centrepolis
The Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University is accelerating the growth of Southeast Michigan’s advanced manufacturing, innovative hardware entrepreneurs and small manufacturers by providing access to funding, experts and key business and product development resources. Visit centrepolisaccelerator.com.

About MEDC
MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative establishes Michigan as the place to create and grow a business by providing high-tech startup companies with access to a variety of critical resources, such as funding and expert counsel, from ideation to maturation. For more on MEDC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation visit michiganbusiness.org/entrepreneurship.

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Automation Alley announces details of 2020 Technology in Industry Report and Reveal event on April 27

TROY, Mich.—February 3, 2020—Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association and Industry 4.0 knowledge center, is set to release its 2020 Technology in Industry Report, a guide to Industry 4.o implementation, at the Technology in Industry Reveal at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Monday, April 27, 2020 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The event will include a strolling breakfast and the opportunity to network with an anticipated 300 technology and manufacturing professionals as they explore the smart and connected technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

New this year are hands-on demonstration areas where attendees can experience Industry 4.0 technologies including collaborative robotics, augmented reality, digital strategy and artificial intelligence from Behco, OPS Solutions/Light Guide Systems, Worksighted, Soothsayer and other companies to be announced. Back by popular demand are a series of Tech Talks where regional and national leaders in Industry 4.0 will share their digital transformation journeys.

All attendees will receive a copy of Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report, Seeing Industry 4.0 through a 2020 Lens. This year’s report will include case studies and white papers written in collaboration with academic and industry leaders on Industry 4.0 trending topics impacting companies today, including:

• The rise of AI
• 5G: An Industry 4.0 game-changer
• The convergence of IT and OT
• Building a strong supply chain with Big Data
• How Industry 4.0 transforms data regulation & protection
• The impact of digital twins
• Additive manufacturing trends
• Industry 4.0 & the global workforce
• And more

“As Automation Alley continues to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0, we are pleased to again host the Technology in Industry Reveal and discuss how these trends are impacting people, processes and technology now and in the near future,” Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO, said. “With rapidly evolving Industry 4.0 technologies and research, this year’s event promises to be both insightful and motivational for companies seeking a competitive edge with their own digital transformation.”

For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Automation Alley Sales Manager Kristin O’Neill oneillk@automationalley.com. To register for the April 27 event, visit https://automationalley.com/techreveal.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. Our programs give companies a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. As a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, we connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Visit automationalley.com.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.
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Crain’s “40 Under 40” Recognizes 13 Chamber Members Among Class of 2019

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates 13 business leaders from Chamber member companies for being featured on the Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” list for 2019. These leaders are recognized for their connection to each other through their work on some of Michigan’s most pressing industries and issues: technology, inclusivity and opportunity for all.

  • John Barker, Managing Director, Kresge Foundation
  • Kate Baker, Executive Director, Oakland Housing
  • Aaron Burrell, Member, Dickinson Wright
  • Dandridge Floyd, Assistant Superintendent of Human Relations and Labor Relations, Oakland Schools
  • Garlin Gilchrist II, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan
  • Tina Kozak, President, Franco Public Relations Group
  • Luke Polcyn, Principal, Miller Canfield
  • Summer Ritner, Chief Operating Officer/Director, Belle Isle Conservancy/Belle Isle Aquarium
  • Tiffany Sanford, Chief Medical Officer, The Wellness Plan Medical Center
  • Alissa Sevrioukova, Public Affairs Chief of Staff and Corporate Citizenship Manager, DTE Energy
  • Gabrielle Sims White, Partner, Honigman LLP
  • Matt Walters, Deputy Group Executive, City of Detroit Mayor’s office
  • Dan Ward: Co-founder and president, Detroit Labs

Stäubli to host Automotive Customer Days to displaying the latest in robotics technology and connector solutions.

For more info, contact:
Jan Abel
Senior Marketing-Communications Manager
Phone: (864)486-5430
j.abel@staubli.com

Stäubli to host Automotive Customer Days to displaying the latest in robotics technology and connector solutions.

Star of the event will be the new four-axis SCARA series offers modular design, hollow shaft technology and an optional integrated tool change system for improved performance

DUNCAN, S.C. (April 30, 2019) – Stäubli, a leading manufacturer of quick release couplings, robotics systems.  Following the launch of Stäubli’s NEW TS2 SCARA range at Automate 2019, Staubli will be opening their Novi facility to Automotive Customers and would like to invite you to attend, May 21st-23rd from 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day.

The “See and Touch Zone” which will include seven live demos:

TS2 High Performance Cell
Smart Production Cell including the TX2-60 and the TS2-60
Asyril Flex Feeding Cell with coordinated 7th axis
Inspection cart with the TX2 Touch 90L Collaborative Robot
Aquarium Cell with the TX2HE Water Jet Cutting
Staubli Technical Support Corner
Robotic Tool Changer and quick releasing couplings

In addition to the “See and Touch Zone”, there will be presentations throughout the day to include:

“Human Robot Collaboration and Risk Assessment”
“TX2 and TX2touch, Staubli Collaborative Options
“Staubli Robotics Suite 2019 – Programming Case Study, Optimizing ROI”
“New SCARA generation – TS2”
“I4.0 Mobility Requirements – Introduction to Helmo”|
“Staubli Solutions to Reduce Production Line TCO”
Wednesday and Thursday only will be guest speaker, Bob Doyle, RIA with a “Robotics and Automation Industry Update”
The event is taking place to present Staubli products in the new Novi, MI location to inform the local Automotive Customers that Staubli offers services and solutions are right in their back door

Register for the event here. 

About Stäubli North America

Stäubli North America has over 200 employees supporting Connectors, Robotics and Textiles customers. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Duncan, S.C. with the sales force strategically placed on the West Coast, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere thoughtout the continent.

Stäubli is a leading manufacturer of textile machinery, quick release couplings and robotics systems. With a workforce of over 5,000 employees Stäubli is present in 29 countries supported by a comprehensive distribution network in 50 countries worldwide.

Walsh Faculty Contribute to 2019 Technology in Industry Report

TROY, Mich., May 2, 2019 — Walsh IT/Decision Sciences department chair and assistant professor Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP and associate professor Christopher Heiden contributed research to Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report, which was revealed on April 29, 2019 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Schippers’ research focused on the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and cybersecurity of cyber physical systems on the manufacturing line. Heiden contributed data protection research related to cybersecurity in IIoT.

The report, titled “Industry 4.0: From Vision to Implementation,” is a guide to Industry 4.0 implementation and includes research from Michigan and Canadian universities and corporate insights, with a goal of helping manufacturers succeed in the rapidly changing Industry 4.0 landscape.

“Cyber physical systems, which are sometimes referred to as smart devices, add a level of new complexity to cybersecurity,” said Schippers. “Data needs to be protected, but so do physical devices and their ability to perform. When you consider that cyber physical systems include medical monitoring devices, autonomous vehicle systems, manufacturing machinery, and smart grids, cybersecurity is truly about protecting our modern way of life.”

Walsh was one of the first schools in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and was the first college in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity. Walsh’s information technology degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards.

The 2019 Technology in Industry Report is available to Automation Alley members free of charge. For more information about Walsh’s degree programs, 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 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 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).

Automation Alley announces speakers for April 29 Technology in Industry Reveal, plans to unveil 2019 report on Industry 4.0

TROY, Mich.— April 12, 2019 — Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, is set to release its 2019 Technology in Industry Report, a guide to Industry 4.o implementation, at the Technology in Industry Reveal at the Detroit Institute of Arts the morning of Monday, April 29. All attendees will receive a copy of the 2019 report during the event, which includes a strolling breakfast and the opportunity to network with hundreds of the region’s technology and manufacturing professionals. The event will also feature a Smart Technology Expo showcasing the latest Industry 4.0 innovations and insights from corporate and academic experts highlighting trends in the Industry 4.0 space.

Speakers and topics for the Technology in Industry Reveal will include:

• Welcome: Tom Kelly, Executive Director & CEO, Automation Alley
• 2019 Technology in Industry Report Key Findings: Cynthia Hutchison, Senior Director, Automation Alley
• The State of Industry 4.0 in Education: David Pistrui, Ph.D., Industry Liaison, Director of Graduate Recruiting, Clinical Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering & Science, University of Detroit Mercy
• Clash of the Titans—Industry 4.0 vs Hacking 4.0: Daimon Geopfert, Principal, National Leader of Security and Privacy Risk Consulting, RSM
• Equipment Condition Monitoring with Acoustics and AI: Chris Martin, Ph.D., Director, AI Development Group, Bosch (USA)
• The New Black Box: Using Data Models to Prevent Major Catastrophe: Brian Gilmore, Chief Technology Advocate, Splunk
• Big Data and the Managerial Decision-making Process: Debasish Chakraborty, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Central Michigan University
• Additive Manufacturing: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges: Anca Sala, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering, Baker College & Peter Wawrow, Ph.D., Director of Applied Research and Development, St. Clair College

Titled “From Vision to Implementation,” Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Report combines research from Michigan and Canadian universities with corporate partner insights and is designed to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological change. It includes case studies of Industry 4.0 adoption strategies, emerging trends, opportunities, action items and workforce implications based on a survey of 500 Southeast Michigan engineering students. New to the report is the Velocity Index™, which illustrates the maturity of each Industry 4.0 technology and its expected rate of growth to determine the risks associated with investment. Report research centers on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0, including the Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

Academic research partners include the University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Baker College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Walsh College, Henry Ford College and Windsor’s St. Clair College. Corporate partners providing insight include Ford Motor Company, Bosch, Intel, Dow Chemical Company, PTC, Altair, Splunk, Configit, Marco, Ghafari Associates, TTI Success Insights, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Plante Moran and RSM, all providing guidance through peer review and industry-specific feedback.

“Automation Alley’s mission is to lead the charge for Industry 4.0 in Michigan and beyond, both for our members and our state’s strong manufacturing ecosystem. The 2019 Technology in Industry Report is an actionable example of that,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO. “This report is a collaborative effort between industry and academia that should be mirrored in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. In order for Industry 4.0 to work, companies of all sizes must explore partnerships and look at this revolution holistically.”

Automation Alley’s 2019 Technology in Industry Reveal is Monday, April 29, from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts. To register, visit automationalley.com/techreveal. For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristin O’Neill oneillk@automationalley.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs, resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.
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Automation Alley announces two senior director promotions

Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces that Maryann Daddow has been promoted to senior director of finance and Cynthia Hutchison has been promoted to senior director, Automation Alley.

Hutchison had been director of business development and government affairs at Automation Alley and will continue in that role. Additional responsibilities as senior director include oversight of marketing and facilities management. Daddow had been director of finance and will continue with the elevated financial responsibilities that have emerged from Automation Alley’s transition to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center.

Daddow, who joined Automation Alley in 2009, is responsible for accounting and financial management for Automation Alley, as well as the lead interface with outside auditors. She has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, previously working in the automotive industry with Chrysler Group LLC. Her work experience has encompassed technical accounting, financial analysis and controllership responsibilities across a wide range of functions.

Daddow holds an MBA from Michigan State University. She is a resident of Rochester.

Hutchison initially worked for Automation Alley as director of member relations from October 2013 to April 2015. She returned to Automation Alley in August 2016 as director of business development and government affairs. Since rejoining Automation Alley, she has expanded membership at the Foundation level (the highest level of membership) and has sought out new opportunities to maximize Automation Alley’s reach nationally and globally. Additionally, she introduced such popular new member programs as the Tech Takeover, which provides members an opportunity to showcase their expertise on smart technologies for Industry 4.0 to those in the manufacturing and technology fields, and brought in major sponsors and partners for Automation Alley’s 2018 Technology in Industry Report and inaugural, sold-out global Integr8™ Industry 4.0 conference.

In 2006, Hutchison was named one of 14 “Michiganians of the Year” by the Detroit News for her efforts on behalf of Band of Angels, an international advocacy and support organization she founded for educating, employing and providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive impairments. Hutchison started Band of Angels following the birth of her son, Jordan, in 1989, who has Down syndrome. In addition to Hutchison, honorees that year included Dan Gilbert, Matt Cullen and Maggie Allesee. among others.

Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College. She is a resident of Rochester Hills.

“Cynthia Hutchison brings multi-faceted strategic business marketing and sales skills to Automation Alley,” Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO, said. “She’s a senior leader and outstanding connector. As we transition Automation Alley to Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Cynthia has done an outstanding job of educating our members and partners on the value of being actively involved with Automation Alley. On the operations side, she brings creativity and a strong business approach to finding efficiencies that help us best serve our members and our day-to-day operations. Leading our finance area, Maryann Daddow has been an upstanding, trusted leader and has stepped up to embrace the new financial opportunities presented by Automation Alley’s involvement in Industry 4.0. On behalf of our entire team, I congratulate them on their promotions.”


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Clayton & McKervey shareholder Tim Finerty named to Automation Alley’s Board of Directors

Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace, announces that Shareholder Tim Finerty has been named to the board of Automation Alley effective August 1. Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association. Board members provide strategic insight, corporate governance and operational oversight to Executive Director and CEO Tom Kelly and serve a three-year term, twice eligible for renewal.

Long active in Automation Alley’s domestic and international initiatives, including annual trade missions to Mexico, Finerty will also remain as vice chair of Automation Alley’s International Business Services Advisory Council, a position he was appointed to in February. Clayton & McKervey is an original foundation member of Automation Alley and its shareholders and managers have been engaged with the organization since its inception in 1999.

Finerty is the leader for the Systems Integrators and Mexico practices at Clayton & McKervey, with specialization in Research & Experimentation tax credits and consulting on Mexican and Latin American tax and accounting issues. He also helps small and midsized growth-driven businesses achieve their goals.

In addition to his efforts with Automation Alley, Finerty is a founding board member of the newest chapter of the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC), the Great Lakes Chapter, based in Detroit, and is also involved with a variety of other professional organizations, including ProMexico, Michigan Manufacturing Association, Association for Advancing Automation, Robotics Industries Association, National Tooling & Machining Association, Controls Systems Integrators Association, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Manufacturing Task Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.


About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.