Craig Fahle

Director of Public Affairs, Detroit Land Bank Authority

Fahle photoCraig Fahle is the director of public affairs for the Detroit Land Bank Authority, a public authority dedicated to returning Detroit’s vacant, abandoned and foreclosed property to productive use. He previously served as co-general manager of WDET-FM and host of “The Craig Fahle Show.” He is a former reporter and host of WDET’s “Morning Edition.”

Dee Edington

Founder and Chairman, Edington Associates LLC

Dee-EdingtonDee Edington is founder and chairman of Edington Associates LLC. He is the founder and professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center and was the director of the Center until June 2011. In addition to his research and teaching, Edington has 25 years of experience in academic administration.

Edington’s research focuses on the precursors of disease and vitality. His interest is in the relationships between healthy lifestyles, vitality and quality of life, as they benefit both individuals and organizations. He is specifically interested in how individual health management, worksite wellness activities, and programs within organizations impact health care cost containment, productivity and human resource development. He is the author or co-author of over 800 articles, presentations and books.

Nemeth Law to present annual labor and employment update on Jan. 14

Detroit, Mich. —Dec. 22, 2014— Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, is presenting its annual labor and employment law update on Jan. 14 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. Founding partner Patricia Nemeth says 2014 was a roller coaster year for Michigan employers who saw the law flip flop on a variety of fronts.

“Employers were perplexed in 2014 on issues such as when they might be required to permit employees to work from home; when they might be required to provide accommodation for pregnant employees; and when they might be required to recognize the marriages of their employees, ” Nemeth said. “As 2014 ends and 2015 begins, much of the law remains unsettled and employers need to understand how their employment practices may be impacted over the coming year.”

The attorneys of Nemeth Law, P.C. will discuss a variety of topics at the 2015 Labor and Employment Law update, including:

• Same sex marriage as recognized under both federal and state law
• Defining what reasonable accommodation is, specifically related to working from home and EEOC updates
• Understanding recent changes to overtime exemptions under new wage and hour laws
• Workers compensation and the status of Michigan’s ‘independent contractor exemption’
• Unemployment compensation and issues impacting entitlement to benefits
• Focus areas of the NLRB
• OSHA’s referral program

The Labor and Employment Law update will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy 48084. The event is being offered in two sessions: Employment Law at 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Labor Law at 1 to 3:30 p.m. Each session will have a fifteen minute break and registration opens 30 minutes prior to the start time. The cost of the event is $75 for one session or $125 for both and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at or call 313.567.5921.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law, mediation and arbitration and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.


IPS Technology Services Signs Contract with Healthcare Industry Client to Place Five IT Professionals

TROY, Mich., December 18, 2014 –IPS Technology Services recently signed a contract with a client in the healthcare industry to place five IT professionals. The client sought the help of IPS in order to find the best-suited individuals to aid in the launch of an upcoming project.

Specifically, the team of individuals placed for this project will have the responsibility to aid the client with data quality and process integration across multiple sources of healthcare data—ultimately helping the client’s revenue cycle management process.
Revenue cycle management (RCM) helps healthcare companies to become more effective in terms of revenue collection and due diligence, resulting in improved accuracy and collection rates. By having an efficient revenue cycle management plan in place and utilizing the latest advancements in healthcare IT technology, healthcare companies can follow claims through every step of the process. This monitoring allows the client to keep an organized and steady cash flow—leading to a financially sound company in both the short-term and the long-term.

IPS Technology Services offers IT Staffing as one of many services to its clients. Please feel free to contact them at or call 248-526-9000.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-526-9000, send an email to or click

Marcus Gagnon

Wellness Coordinator, Trek Bicycle Corporation

mgagnonMarcus Gagnon is a wellness coordinator for Trek Bicycle Corp. In this role, he coordinates all wellness programs for the approximately 850 employees who work at the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Wis. Trek’s wellness services include a 4,000-square-foot fitness center, exercise and educational programs and an onsite clinic. Gagnon is a certified personal trainer and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Sandy Baruah Reviews Metro Detroit’s Year In Business

From: WDET

December 17, 2014

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah was on WDET with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s Rod Miller and Crain’s Detroit Business’ Amy Haimerl to review metro Detroit’s year in business and discuss how the region continue to grow its small business and entrepreneurial presence.

Butzel Long elects shareholders

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys Ziyad I. Hermiz and Paul M. Mersino have been elected shareholders. Previously, they were associates with the firm.

Ziyad I. Hermiz

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Hermiz concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation and was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star (Business Litigation) 2012-2014. Prior to joining Butzel Long, Hermiz interned for the Honorable Judge Avern Cohn for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2007-2008).

Hermiz served as the Vice President of the Chaldean American Bar Association from 2011-2013. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a graduate of Leadership Oakland (Class XXIV).

He has served and currently serves as a member of the firm’s Future Leaders Club and 2015 Detroit Business Symposium Steering Committee. He also assists the Recruiting Committee. He has served as the firm’s coordinator for the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s Access to Justice Program’s legal clinic, providing pro bono legal services.

Hermiz is a graduate of The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008), where he was the Executive Editor of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review and received the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He also was inducted into the Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society, honoring graduates with outstanding academic achievement. He completed his undergraduate business studies at Michigan State University (B.A., with honors, 2004) where he was the recipient of the Phillip and Viola May Scholarship.

Paul M. Mersino

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Mersino is a member of Butzel Long’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, construction litigation, automotive supplier disputes, non-competition and trade secret disputes, and landlord-tenant disputes. He also represents and advises several startup companies, assisting them with their legal needs and matching them with potential venture capital funding and serves as a mentor to startup business incubators and accelerators in the region.

Mersino also handles appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, and federal courts. He has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Mersino is very active in the community. He currently is the Vice President of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Barrister’s Section and serves as an advisor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Litigation Advisory Board. He is a member of the current class of Leadership Oakland and recently graduated from the Detroit Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He also is a member of the Detroit Historical Society.

Mersino is a 2008 graduate of Ave Maria School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Law Review and the State Championship Moot Court team. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Northwood University (B.A., 2005).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting

Bonnie Fahoome

Portfolio Manager, SWOT City, TechTown

Fahoome, Bonnie-croppedBonnie Fahoome is portfolio manager for TechTown Detroit’s SWOT City program. In this role, she supports the stabilization and growth of small businesses in Detroit’s Hope Village, University District, and southwest neighborhoods. A graduate of Leadership Detroit Class XXXV and member of two incubator advisory boards, Fahoome actively collaborates with partner organizations such as InsYght and BizGrid to develop new tools and resources to support the economic and community development ecosystem in Detroit.


DETROIT, December 18, 2014: Today, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah issued the following statement on the proposed plan to ask voters to provide more than $1 billion in funding for Michigan’s roads:

“Functioning and safe roads are not luxury items. You cannot cut corners investing in critical infrastructure crucial to Michigan’s economy. We are disappointed that the Legislature was not able to successfully address this issue in 2014 – despite the urgency of the situation.  The Chamber preferred the Senate’s user-based approach that more closely tied the cost of fixing the roads to the users of the roads – and prevented an increase in the sales tax and the cost of a ballot initiative.

It is also questionable whether there is enough time or resources to execute a successful awareness campaign to sufficiently educate voters on this issue.  The Chamber does not have an official position on amending the constitution at this time, but still considers fixing our state’s roads a top economic and legislative priority.”

Walsh College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members, Names New Chair and Vice-Chairs

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected three new members to serve three-year terms and has appointed a new chair and two vice-chairs to the governing body of the College.

The new members are Betty S. Chu, M.D., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., chief medical officer and vice president, medical affairs, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; Thomas W. Proctor, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., chief executive officer, White Light Capital Ltd.; and Gerald Schafer, Cary, N.C., recent corporate vice president, worldwide development, McDonald’s Corp.

The new chair is Edward T. Gwilt, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., senior vice president, credit administration, Comerica Bank. He replaces Richard Aginian, Birmingham, Mich., who remains a member of the Board following a five-year term as chair. Kathleen M. Kosmatka, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., partner, global employer services, Deloitte Tax LLP, and Michael J. Plotzke, Troy, Mich., chief financial officer, vice president of finance, and treasurer, Plastipak Handling, Inc., have been named vice-chairs.

“These leaders bring a wealth of business experience and knowledge to Walsh College which is invaluable in guiding important decisions made to advance the educational experience for our students,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

“We look forward to their guidance as we embark on execution of “2020 Driven,” our strategic plan, completion of our building addition and renovation, and enrichment of our academic programs. Our Trustees provide a solid foundation for governance that builds Walsh’s reputation as a destination business college in southeast Michigan,” Bergeron added.

Betty S. Chu, M.D.
In her current position at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Dr. Chu works with the executive leadership team and is responsible for quality, safety, clinical growth initiatives, and medical staff affairs. She is a graduate of the Integrated Premed/Medical program at the University of Michigan Medical School, and has an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. In addition to her administrative role, she is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist.

Dr. Chu currently serves on boards at the Michigan State Medical Society and the Area Agency on Aging 1B.

Thomas W. Proctor
Proctor has spent the last 33 years in the business community. For 25 years he worked in several executive positions at Proctor Financial, Inc., the largest private insurance underwriter in the metro Detroit region, serving the last 13 as CEO. In 2004, he sold the company. In 2002, he founded White Light Capital, Ltd., a private equity fund specializing in start-up companies. It holds interest in companies in the entertainment, real estate, health care, and construction industries.

Proctor co-founded Loancraft, LLC, in 2003, providing outsourcing services to the lending industry. He earned a BBA from the University of Michigan.

Gerald Schafer
In his current post, Schafer is semi-retired and does strategic development consulting for McDonald’s in Latin America, Canada, and the U.S. Schafer is also current president of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House in Durham, N.C.

He was also appointed to the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors in 2009.

Edward T. Gwilt
Gwilt joined Comerica in 1977. He has held a number of management positions, including service as a commercial lending officer, corporate credit administration officer, chief loan review officer, and presently divisional credit administration officer. He was named to his current position in September 2014.

Gwilt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hillsdale College in 1976. He was appointed to the Walsh College Board of Trustees in November 2004. Gwilt is also chair of the Walsh Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he is a past member of the alumni boards of Alpha Tau Omega and Hillsdale College.

Kathleen M. Kosmatka
Kosmatka is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor of accountancy degree from Walsh College. She has more than 37 years of professional tax experience, specializing in international assignment services to various clients.

Kosmatka was the first woman partner in the Touche Ross Michigan Practice when she was promoted in 1988, and served as Touche Ross national director of expatriate services for four years prior to the firm’s merger in the early 1990s. She is now the global international assignment services engagement partner for one of Michigan’s Big Three automotive manufacturers.

Michael J. Plotzke
Plotzke has been with Plastipak for approximately 30 years. He previously worked for Doeren Mayhew, Deloitte & Touche, and KPMG, where his special focus was mergers and acquisitions and turn-around, troubled company management.

A certified public accountant, Plotzke received a bachelor of accountancy in 1980 and a master of science in taxation in 1986, both from Walsh College. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Walsh College since 2007. Plotzke was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Walsh in 2004.

For more information on Walsh College, visit