Meet Detroit’s Newest Lawmakers

Following the midterm election in November, the newest crop of Detroit legislators is poised to take office on Jan. 1. As Detroit looks to continue the economic momentum it has enjoyed in recent years, these lawmakers have vowed to work across the aisle on key issues for businesses and residents including automotive insurance reform, education reform, and improving reliable transit options for all.








Marshall Bullock

Detroit native Marshall Bullock is the incoming state senator for Michigan’s 4th District. Prior to being elected, Bullock served four years as a district manager for the Department of Neighborhoods under Mayor Mike Duggan. While working for the administration, Bullock collaborated with residents and business owners to combat blight and build stronger neighborhoods in Detroit. Bullock has pledged to bring creative ideas and solutions with him when he heads to Lansing and cites automotive insurance reform as a top priority along with efforts to attract new residents and economic investment to the Detroit area.

Tyrone Carter

Tyrone Carter is the incoming state representative for Michigan’s 6th District. Carter is a Detroit native and Southwestern High School graduate, as well as a graduate of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Academy, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and the FBI National Academy. Since retiring from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in 2008, Carter has mentored young Detroiters and served as the president of the Original United Citizens of Southwest Detroit. Carter has said reforming automotive insurance is his top legislative priority.

Adam Hollier

Adam Hollier is the incoming state senator for Michigan’s 2nd District. Hollier received his undergraduate degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. After graduation, Hollier enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was commissioned as 1st lieutenant. Hollier served as the chief of staff for state Sen. Buzz Johnson from 2009 to 2012 and was later appointed to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration, where he shepherded the creation of the Public Lighting Authority. Hollier has pledged to bring high-quality education to Michigan and work with the business community to create jobs and get more residents working.

Joe Tate

Joe Tate is the incoming state representative for Michigan’s 2nd District encompassing Detroit and Grosse Pointe. Tate supports bringing comprehensive and cost-effective public transportation to Detroit. After graduating from Michigan State University, where he was a three-year starter for the Spartan football team, Tate spent two years in the NFL before commissioning as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served two tours of active duty in Afghanistan. Upon his honorable discharge, Tate came back to Detroit, working with Downtown Detroit Partnership. Continuing Detroit’s economic development and ensuring that more citizens have access to high-quality jobs are top priorities.

Karen Whitsett

Karen Whitsett is the incoming state representative for Michigan’s 9th District in Detroit. Whitsett has identified her top legislative priorities as automotive insurance reform and improving public education in urban communities. She has pledged to use her business background to help entrepreneurs and small businesses secure resources to develop the Detroit community. Prior to being elected, Whitsett ran a pest control business out of her home for 10 years and served in various roles as a community organizer and activist.

Tenisha Yancey

Tenisha Yancey serves as state representative for Michigan’s 1st District encompassing portions of Detroit, Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods. Yancey was first elected in a 2017 special election before being re-elected in 2018. She is a strong proponent of K-12 education and supports increased funding to public schools. Yancey has also voiced support for infrastructure investment as a means of boosting Michigan’s businesses, automotive industry and economy. Prior to being elected, Yancey served as an assistant prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Roger Webster named MISHRM’s director of resource partners

TROY, Mich., January 28, 2019 – Rehmann’s Roger Webster was named the director of resource partners for the Michigan Society of Human Resource Management (MISHRM).

MISHRM supports education to HR professionals including the importance of developing relationships with the companies that offer solutions in these functional areas. Companies aligned with MISHRM are recognized as important resources that every HR professional should be familiar with, in order to accomplish their jobs and support their organizations.

Currently, there are over 15,000 HR professionals in the state of Michigan with approximately 3,000 of those being members of SHRM Chapters throughout Michigan.

Webster will be responsible for maintaining and expanding Resource Partner membership for MISHRM.

“The goal is to provide valuable resources to the members of the SHRM councils throughout the state of Michigan,” said Webster. “We want this relationship to be beneficial to SHRM members and strengthen our networks by developing dynamic relationships with companies that provide HR solutions.”

Beginning his employee administration career in 1995, Webster has tremendous experience in the HR, payroll and benefits outsourcing arena, performing in sales, marketing and sales management roles. He currently leads the HR solutions department at Rehmann.

A graduate of Western Michigan University, Webster is a member and former board member of the Detroit Society of Human Resources Management.

About Rehmann

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Small Talk with Mark S. Lee – January 27th, 2019

January 27, 2019

Small Talk with Mark S. Lee

Looking to get into franchising, but don’t know where to start?

Please sit back, relax and join us this week as we talk about this and more with the following guests:

Matthew Walls, Senior Vice President, US Development, Domino’s
Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto
Sanya Weston, Your Premiere Travel
Rod Miller, Founder, Ascendent Global Consulting, Inc.

MIHEART Coalition Hosts Talent Summit

January 24, 2019

FOX 47 News

LANSING, Mich. — MIHEART, a broad coalition of business, military, law enforcement, philanthropic, education and government leaders, is hosting a Talent Summit today, Thursday Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to educate members of Michigan’s 100th Legislature and the Whitmer Administration on the urgency of supporting education beyond high school for all Michigan citizens. The Talent Summit has more than 100 attendees from a variety of sectors.

“Progress has been made, but Michigan still has work to do if we want to keep a competitive edge when it comes to filling the need for talent,” said Sandy Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “The time has come to provide all Michiganders 21st century skills to fill the job needs of tomorrow.”

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Dennis W. Archer Jr.

CEO, Ignition Media Group; Founding Partner, Archer Corporate Services; Chair, 2019 Detroit Policy Conference

Dennis W. Archer Jr. is the CEO of Ignition Media Group and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services (ACS). Archer is the majority owner of Central Kitchen + Bar, named as one of Detroit’s “2016 top new restaurants of the year” by the Detroit Free Press.

Leveraging his background in marketing and advertising, Archer has created a portfolio of companies, each creating niches for themselves. Ignition Media Group, a leading integrated marketing agency, has significantly grown its leadership team in the last decade, carrying a large network of local contacts in the media, business, political and philanthropic communities. Under his leadership, ACS has also grown into one of the nation’s leading marketing fulfillment services firms, under his leadership, serving clients such as General Motors Co., Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Michelin.

Archer serves on a number of civic and philanthropic boards and foundations, including the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Bryan C. Barnhill II

Detroit Engagement Manager, City Solutions, Ford Motor Company

Bryan C. Barnhill II is the Detroit engagement manager for City Solutions for Ford Motor Co. Barnhill plays a critical role in shaping the creation of Ford’s urban eco-system for mobility innovation in Detroit.

Prior to joining Ford Motor Company, Barnhill worked in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration as the chief talent officer. Before working in the mayor’s office, he was the campaign manager for the Duggan for Detroit campaign, leading the historic write-in campaign victory. He has also served as chief of staff, and director of policy and legislative affairs in the Detroit City Council President’s Office. He has also worked at Southwest Housing Solutions in Detroit, and at Kushner Companies in New York.

Barnhill is actively engaged in the community, serving on a number of Board of Director’s across the region. In addition, he is a gubernatorial appointee to the State of Michigan Blue Ribbon Panel for Parks and Recreation spaces and the Belle Isle State Park Advisory Board. Barnhill was also selected by the Detroit Regional Chamber to be part of the inaugural cohort of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program and has a bachelor’s degree in from Harvard University and a master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Garry D. Bulluck

Deputy Chief, Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit

Garry D. Bulluck is the deputy chief of mobility innovation at the City of Detroit within the Mayor’s office. In this role, he is responsible for improving resident’s ability to access resources and opportunities in the city and region. These efforts include working with local public transit officials to optimize existing transit, introduction of new mobility as a service options and preparing the city and residents for the infrastructure needs and impact of automated and connected vehicles.

Previously, Bulluck served as the Mayor’s district manager in City Council District 3.  During his tenure, he was charged with leading efforts to address blight and crime, implementation of city-wide initiatives that developed and fostered opportunities for business and residents, as well as building neighborhood leadership through the establishment of block clubs, business and community development associations.

Prior to his City service, Bulluck has worked with higher education and government institutions in Michigan, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Michigan State University where he holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, as well as bachelor’s degree in Political Economics.

Sandy Baruah

The Honorable Sandy K. Baruah is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in the nation. The Chamber represents the business interests of a region comprising 5.4 million residents and 11 Fortune 500 companies. The Chamber also serves as the regional economic development entity, Destination Detroit, the statewide automotive and mobility industry cluster association, MICHauto, and hosts the nationally recognized Mackinac Policy Conference.

Baruah joined the Chamber in 2010 after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. He served President George W. Bush as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, he was the chief executive responsible for the SBA’s 4,000 national employees and $18 billion small business loan portfolio. Baruah was one of the senior officials shaping the federal government’s response to the 2008 credit crisis and assistance to the U.S. automotive industry.

In 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Baruah as chair of Michigan’s 21st Century Economy Commission. He is a frequent commentator on local and national media regarding political developments, automotive industry matters, and Detroit and Michigan issues.