American Society of Employers (ASE) Welcomes 17 New Members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces 17 organizations joined ASE as members during the third quarter of 2017. The organizations are:

• ATS Printing is a volume apparel decorator specializing in screen printing, embroidery, and digital printing located in Bay City, MI.
• Banner Engineering is a global leader in industrial automation, developing smart sensor solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) headquartered in Plymouth, MN.
• BMI Mobile Imaging provides high quality mobile diagnostics services geared specifically to the needs of homebound and non-ambulatory patients and is headquartered in Southfield, MI.
• Consolidated Agencies is an independent insurance agency located in Birmingham, MI, representing various insurance companies.
• Die Services International, formerly Republic Die & Tool Company, is a stamping and assembly facility located in Belleville, MI.
• DSA Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of hardware and software systems for electrical and electronic testing of vehicle components located in Troy, MI.
• Kistler Instrument Corporation is the global leader in dynamic measurement technology for measuring pressure, force, torque and acceleration located in Novi, MI.
• Irvin Automotive Products is an automotive interior trim and seating material manufacturer based in Pontiac, MI.
• Samsung SDI America, Inc. is a global leader and creator of energy and materials solutions located in Auburn Hills, MI.
• Smith Brothers Tool Company is a manufacturer of a variety of tool fabrication solutions for the Aerospace, Defense, Automotive and Power & Energy Industries located in Shelby Township, MI.
• Spider Development is a web development company located in Waterford, MI.
• StarrVista, Inc. is a care management organization that offers a system of services designed to invest resources of time, energy and people in the lives of youth and their families. They are located in Detroit, MI.
• Synergy Computer Solutions, Inc. is a comprehensive IT professional services provider performing highly effective custom software development, application maintenance, and complete IT strategic staffing located in Bingham Farms, MI.
• The Allen Law Group, PC is a Detroit-based law firm serving the increasingly diverse needs of the private and public sector.
• The Tetra Corporation is a leading in-office dispensed pharmaceutical provider in the podiatric and dermatological physician office space located in Eaton Rapids, MI.
• Total Door Systems is a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of integrated door systems and related technology located in Waterford, MI.
• WABCO North America, LLC is a global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles located in Rochester Hills, MI.

ASE president & CEO, Mary E. Corrado, made the announcement and stated, “ASE welcomes our 17 newest members, and we look forward to providing them services that grow their bottom line and enhance their talent for years to come.”

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at

Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal, where her weekly column, “Declarations,” has run since 2000. She is also the best-selling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture, including “What I Saw at the Revolution,” and “When Character Was King.”

Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize for political commentary for her coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Her essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television. She previously served as special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan. She also served as producer and writer at CBS News, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. Her most recent book, “The Time of Our Lives,” chronicles Noonan’s career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena.

Mark Muro

Mark Muro is senior fellow and policy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution. Muro is an expert on regional technology ecosystems, digitalization, and economic development and has published extensively on advanced industries, manufacturing, innovation, automation, digital trends, energy, and regional development issues.

Muro’s most recent work focuses on the industry and labor market underpinnings of building an “advanced economy that works for all.” He is also focused on the divergence of community economic performance. Muro earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Virginia Sabia Wilkinson

Director, Strategy and Business Intelligence, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

Virginia Sabia Wilkinson is the director of strategy and business intelligence for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC). In this role, Wilkinson facilitates both internal and external thought partnering for multi-disciplinary activities in the recovery of the Detroit economy. Her work includes place-based and sector-based strategies extending throughout the city and region.

Wilkinson is focused on establishing and enhancing the value proposition for the city of Detroit, cultivating work in the medhealth and design/creative economies, global commerce, and cultivating cross-border opportunities with the Windsor-Essex region and Greater Canada. She also advises all elements of the DEGC including business development, real estate, and small business programs.

Wilkinson has 20 years of professional experience primarily in economic development, transportation and mobility, land use, and environmental work.

Anthony Minghine

Anthony Minghine is chief operating officer and deputy executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. He is a tireless advocate for local government, and frequently testifies to the state Legislature on matters relating to local government finance. With more than 25 years of combined experience, Minghine is an expert in operational and finance issues relating to municipalities and nonprofits. He is a regular speaker on a variety of topics affecting local government, and plays a key role in training local officials.

Minghine is a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, the Governmental Finance Officers Association, and the Michigan Governmental Finance Officers Association.

Clayton & McKervey shareholder to moderate panel at Integr8™ Industry 4.0 conference on Nov. 9 in Detroit

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, announced that shareholder Sarah Russell, CPA, will be a moderator at Integr8™, a new cross-discipline global conference focused on Industry 4.0 technologies, Nov. 9 in Detroit. The conference, the first of its kind to tackle the integration of the eight technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry, is being hosted by Automation Alley.

Integr8™ will advance attendees’ knowledge and understanding of Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, and will help companies enhance their global competitiveness. It is expected to attract hundreds of manufacturing and technology professionals from across the region and the world to discuss the eight technologies associated with Industry 4.0: cybersecurity, big data and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and modeling, simulation and visualization. Russell will moderate a panel on the financial return on investment for Automation & Robotics. The panelists are Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC America Corporation; Brent Kelso, Director of Marketing & Business Development, North America, Comau LLC; and Matt Tyler, President and CEO, Vickers Engineering, Inc.

At Clayton & McKervey, Russell is a point person for implementing tax strategies to help business owners reduce their tax liabilities and maximize cash flow with tools such as the Research & Experimentation tax credit and IC-DISC. She advises owners and executive teams on global operational structuring, foreign tax credit utilization and tax treaty analysis, working with companies that are expanding both within and outside of the U.S. in a variety of industries, including automation. Russell holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Michigan–Dearborn.

Clayton & McKervey is pleased to be a technology sponsor for Integr8™. For a complete list of Integr8™speakers, as well as registration information, visit

About Automation Alley
Integr8™ is presented by Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. The mission of Automation Alley is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically as they keep pace with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit

Andy Meisner

Andy Meisner is the treasurer for Oakland County. As treasurer, Meisner focuses on preserving property values, preventing mortgage and tax foreclosures, and prudent stewardship and investment of Oakland County taxpayer dollars.

Prior to his election as treasurer, Meisner served three terms as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. As a state representative, he worked primarily on legislation to bring the motion picture industry to Michigan, advance stem cell research, and reform the mental health system.

Meisner earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He is a certified public finance administrator (CPFA).

David Meador

David Meador is vice chairman and chief administrative officer of DTE Energy. In this role, he oversees information technology, procurement, fleet, facilities, corporate communications, as well as government, corporate and public affairs, and the company’s philanthropic giving. Meador joined DTE Energy in 1997 as vice president and controller. In addition to controller, Meador previously served as senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer.

Prior to joining DTE Energy, he served in a variety of financial and accounting positions at Chrysler Corp. (FCA US LLC) for 14 years, and was an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand. Meador was appointed to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Executive Committee by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2014 and is an executive committee member of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

Meador was named “2008 CFO of the Year for Large Public Companies” by Crain’s Detroit Business. He is co-chair of Mayor Mike Duggan’s Detroit Workforce Development Board and is involved in various community and civic activities.

Barbara McQuade

Barbara McQuade is a law professor at the University of Michigan, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and national security law. She is also a contributor as a legal analyst for MSNBC. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as the U.S attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was appointed by President Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. McQuade also served as vice chair of the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and co-chaired the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.

During her tenure, McQuade’s convictions included former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and more than 30 others for public corruption charges; an Al-Qaeda operative for attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas in 2009; Volkswagen for cheating on emissions testing; and Takata Corp. for fraudulently concealing defective airbags.

McQuade previously served as assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit for 12 years, serving as deputy chief of the National Security Unit. She serves on the boards of SafeHouse Center, Crime Stoppers of Detroit, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the Hudson-Webber Foundation.

Nancy McKeague

Nancy McKeague is the senior vice president and chief of staff for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA). In this role, McKeague manages the MHA Unemployment Compensation Program and Human Resources division and assists the Advocacy division by lobbying on labor and employment at the state and federal level.

McKeague previously served as the senior vice president of administration for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. In this position, she was responsible for internal human resources management for a staff of 58 at three locations.

McKeague holds dual national certification as a senior certified professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) and from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). A former legislative staff member in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, she has more than 30 years of experience in government relations and nonprofit association management.