Rob Sayre

Rob Sayre, Vice President, Technology, Bedrock Detroit

Rob Sayre is the vice president of technology for Bedrock Detroit, a full-service real estate firm that specializes in acquiring, leasing, financing, developing, and managing commercial and residential space. In his role, Sayre leads Bedrock’s technology team by managing the infrastructure, operations, and security for all technology services across the Bedrock portfolio.

Prior to joining the Bedrock team in 2018, Sayre spent seven years as the vice president of technology for an automotive finance company. Sayre earned his bachelor’s degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix and holds a master’s degree in information technology management from Oakland University.

Butzel Long attorneys publish article in Law360 highlighting trend limiting noncompetes

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, and Ziyad Hermiz co-authored an article that appears in the September 16, 2019 Law 360 newsletter and Expert Analysis section. The article is titled, “Mich. Bill Adds to States’ Trend of Limiting Noncompetes.”

Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs

Fuhs, Vice President and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, is a nationally recognized expert on non-compete and trade secret matters, having litigated and/or counseled clients on such matters in all 50 states and has presented to many national and local business and/or legal organizations regarding the same.

Fuhs serves as Co-Chair of Butzel Long’s Diversity & Recruiting Committee and Chair of the firm’s Franchise Specialty Team. He also is a member of the firm’s Non-Compete and Trade Secret Specialty Team.

Fuhs is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006).

Ziyad Hermiz

Hermiz concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation and has significant experience in non-compete and trade secret matters, civil RICO claims, and franchisor/franchisee disputes. He was named as a 2020 Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law and a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Business Litigation from 2012-2019.

Hermiz is currently a member of Butzel Long’s Diversity & Recruiting Committee. He is also a member of Butzel Long’s Non-Compete and Trade Secret Specialty Team. He also previously served as Vice President of the Chaldean American Bar Association.

Hermiz is a graduate of The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law 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 and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter @butzel_long or :

Walsh President Marsha Kelliher Named to Crain’s Notable Women in Education

TROY, Mich., Sept. 23, 2019 — Marsha Kelliher, J.D, LL.M., President and CEO of Walsh, has been named to the 2019 Notable Women in Education list by Crain’s Detroit Business. The list highlights women in the education sector who are leaders in their workplaces and communities.

Since arriving at Walsh in 2017, Kelliher has led an ambitious strategic plan initiative and launched several new academic programs including the nation’s first multi-course concentration in automotive cybersecurity, the innovative Master of Arts in Business, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Kelliher has championed the use of technology at all levels, leading to new software implementations for recruitment, advancement, advising, financial aid services and academics. In 2018 and 2019, she was named One of the Most Powerful Business Leaders in Metro Detroit in Education by DBusiness’ Detroit 500 and was an Honored Guest at the 2019 Inforum Inner Circle.

“Marsha Kelliher embodies the leadership and innovation that Walsh was founded on nearly 100 years ago,” said Michael Plotzke, Chairman of the Walsh Board of Trustees and CFO of Plastipak Holdings, Inc. “She challenges the entire organization to continually look to the future and embrace new technology and methodology. This recognition is well-deserved.”

Kelliher is a member of the Executive Committee of Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities and the Board of Directors of the Detroit Economic Club. She is a member of the Army-Southeast Michigan Advisory Council and also serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

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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

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

Dykema’s Bloomfield Hills Office Adds IP Attorney Thomas T. Moga

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today the addition of Thomas T. Moga to its Intellectual Property & IP Litigation Department and Automotive Industry Group as a Senior Counsel in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. Moga joins Dykema from the Dearborn, Mich., office of LeClairRyan.

Moga has more than 30 years of experience in domestic and international intellectual property portfolio development and enforcement. He is an experienced patent prosecutor in various fields, including the mechanical, chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical arts. Moga has also been qualified and testified as an expert witness in patent disputes.

As an IP portfolio developer, Moga’s experience includes the development of domestic and foreign patent portfolios, the acquisition of registrations for trademarks and copyrights, licensing, and policy development. Within the discipline of IP rights enforcement, he manages patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions in Asia, including overseeing initial counterfeit product investigation, selecting and working with local investigators, selecting and working with local counsel, preparing administrative and judicial documents, and participating in raids.

Moga is also a pioneer in protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in China and has represented foreign companies in China since the 1980s. He was a Fulbright Scholar in China, where he taught patent law at Jilin University and acted as a foreign advisor to China’s patent office.

In 2018, Moga was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC 13). As the only representative on the committee for the U.S. automotive industry, Moga’s contributions include analyzing national trade positions and providing advice on a broad array of trade issues as they relate to IP for both The White House (by way of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative) and the Department of Commerce in pursuit of trade agreements that benefit U.S. businesses, workers and the economy.

“Tom’s reputation certainly precedes him,” said Dan Harkins, Director of Dykema’s Intellectual Property and IP Litigation Department. “His vast knowledge for handling IP matters both domestically and overseas, especially as it relates to his experience working in the Automotive Industry, is going to be a great benefit to Dykema and our clients. We’re extremely excited to add Tom to our talented lineup of practitioners.”

Moga received a J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law. He also earned an M.A. in English Language & Literature as well as a B.A. in both English Language & Literature and Political Studies (with a China concentration) from the University of Michigan. Moga also received a B.S. in Biochemistry, cum laude, from Madonna University.

National Health IT Week Celebrated in Michigan and Beyond

This September 23-27, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is a proud partner of U.S. National Health IT Week. U.S. National Health IT Week is a nationwide action week focused on supporting healthy communities across the U.S. through the application of information and technology.

Comprehensive healthcare reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), U.S. National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.

The focus of the week revolves around five focus areas – advancing public and population health, modernizing the public health infrastructure, accelerating workforce development, expanding access to broadband and telehealth and addressing social determinants of health.

In Michigan, we are focusing on each of these areas alongside our stakeholders as we continue to move health information technology forward in the state and contribute to the national focus for interoperability solutions. Most notably we celebrate recent announcements focused on public health, telehealth and workforce development.

In February, MiHIN partnered with Livonia Public Schools and Wayne RESA to pilot a new online program to help parents and legal guardians quickly request and receive immunization records from the state which is imperative for registration for children in kindergartners, 7th grade and new enrollees. Through integrating the Consumer Mediated Exchange into the school’s parent portal, parents or guardians can immediately access their child’s immunization record. You can read more on the pilot program here.

In August, MiHIN partnered with Care Convene, a virtual health platform that allows for greater patient access to quality care via a secure platform. Care Convene extends the reach of the care team beyond the traditional brick and mortar practice, increases patient retention and helps providers work more efficiently, increase revenues and improves patient satisfaction in a virtual environment. Care Convene integrates with MiHIN services including Active Care Relationship Service, Common Key Service, Admission, Discharge and Transfer Notifications, and Quality Measure Information to drive the virtual delivery of patient centered, provider-delivered care and health information exchange in a coordinated and triaged way to further serve the citizens of Michigan with patient-centered care.

And in September, MiHIN announced the formation of the Interoperability Institute, a new not-for-profit organization focused on innovative research designed to accelerate national interoperability and to attract and develop health information technology (IT) talent. The Interoperability Institute provides a collaborative learning space where organizations can work towards national interoperability via product solutions like Interoperability Land™, which will help organizations work within the new health data rules expected to be announced soon by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and work to further develop and enhance the health IT workforce, which is expected to increase dramatically as health information-sharing expands nationally, and grows to support telemedicine, predictive medicine, and population health management.

Join us in celebrating National Health IT Week with other National Health IT Week participants including market suppliers, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all work together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.


About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services
The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. MiHIN is a nonprofit, public-private collaboration that includes stakeholders from the State of Michigan, Health Information Exchanges serving Michigan, health systems and providers, health plans/payers, pharmacies, and the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission. For more information, visit

Mobility Report: MICHauto Makes the Case for the Passage of the USMCA in Washington, D.C.

MICHauto Makes the Case for the Passage of the USMCA in Washington, D.C.

MICHauto’s Jason Puscas visits Washington for a Legislative Fly-In with MICHauto investors to advocate for the passage of the USMCA.











Earlier this month, Jason Puscas, director of government and community affairs for MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber, visited Washington for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) USMCA Legislative Fly-In. Joined by member companies, the group advocated for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an ongoing effort by MICHauto and the Chamber to remove the uncertainty and unpredictability of trade and to continue to enable export growth for American businesses.

Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney joined the coalition to provide an update on the ongoing negotiations between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the House Democratic working group. Read more.

Metro Detroit Students Get Hands-On Experience with Manufacturing Careers Through Regional MFG Day Events

In an effort to eliminate Michigan’s workforce shortage, regional businesses are hosting local Manufacturing Day events to provide students with hands-on experience and information about the career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry. This year, Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties have worked collectively to promote this signature industry on Friday, Oct. 4. Learn more about events scheduled across the region.

MICHauto’s Katelyn Davis and 14 Investors Embark on 10-Month Leadership Detroit Journey

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s signature Leadership Detroit program kicked off Class XLI. Katelyn Davis, director for MICHauto joined 69 executives from across the Detroit region for a 10-month transformational leadership journey designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from the Detroit region to bring about positive change. View the full list of MICHauto investors in Class XLI and learn more.


Dykema and the Detroit Urban Debate League Team Up to Host Season Opening Tournament

On September 18, 2019, Dykema’s Detroit office hosted the Detroit Urban Debate League (“D-UDL”) for a tournament to kick off its 2019-2020 season. The topic for debate was, “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.”

The D-UDL is a Detroit-based non-profit that provides opportunities for Detroit-area high school students to prepare for and compete in policy debate tournaments. The Dykema Tournament is an effort to strengthen relationships between lawyers and students of the D-UDL. Dykema attorneys Lew Loss and Boyd White took time to address participants of the event. Loss, who serves as counsel to the Commission on Presidential Debates (“CPD”), discussed the importance of debate to our American democracy and the role of the CPD. White, a Detroit Public Schools alumnus, discussed the value of extra-curricular activities and planning for success by believing in your potential. At the conclusion of the event, Loss also presented each student with a special memento in recognition of their achievements with the D-UDL.

Through the efforts of Dykema attorney, Michael P. Fannon, and Detroit Urban Debate League Director, John Lawson, Dykema and the D-UDL partnered for the event in order to celebrate the outstanding work and dedication to debate each student has demonstrated. The D-UDL students spent an average of 10-20 hours each week studying argumentation, critical thinking, and oratory skills. The students also conducted research related to the domestic and foreign policy of U.S.

Recently, Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan, along with prominent legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Laurence Tribe, joined more than 40 law school deans and professors from top schools in a Statement of Support endorsing the connection between urban debate and racial and economic diversity in the legal profession.

There is also a correlation between academic success and involvement in the D-UDL. Students who have participated in the D-UDL have shown to be 70 percent more likely to graduate high school, and are twice as likely to score at or above the college-readiness level on the English portion of the ACT. D-UDL participants also feature a 100 percent high school graduation rate since 2009.

J. Michael Bernard Elected as Chairman of the World Services Group

Dykema, a leading national law firm, is proud to announce that J. Michael Bernard, Detroit-based Member in the firm’s Corporate Finance Practice Group, was elected as Chairman of the World Services Group (WSG) for 2019 – 2020. Bernard officially took over the Chairman position at the WSG 18th Annual Meeting, which took place in Washington, D.C., from September 4-6.

WSG is the globally recognized resource for professionals and their clients to receive the highest quality, value and service from legal, investment banking and accounting services, with coverage in more than 130 jurisdictions. WSG provides members the ability to create new business opportunities and relationships to better serve their clients. Through innovative access and technology, WSG offers members and clients immediate access to prospects, information and leading specialists with a known record of superior quality service. For additional information about WSG, click here.

“Through the hard work of Franco Gianni, Chairman Emeritus, prior Board members, prior members of the Regional Councils and all of our member firms, WSG is situated today as a very strong and vibrant organization, with more than 120 member firms comprising over 19,000 professionals,” said Bernard. “I am honored to serve as Chairman of WSG, and I look forward to continuing to add value to WSG and its prestigious Membership.” To read about Bernard’s objectives as Chairman of WSG, please click here.

In his law practice, Bernard focuses primarily on business counseling and planning, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions (representing both buyers and sellers); capital raising transactions (including private placement, private equity and seed and venture financings); corporate formation matters (including shareholder control and buy-sell arrangements); corporate governance (for-profit and nonprofit entities); and executive employment agreements and related matters. He has experience in a variety of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, service and technology.

Bernard has held various other leadership positions throughout his career. He is a former member of Dykema’s Executive Board, as well as a former leader of the firm’s Corporate Finance Practice Group. He is also a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Executive Committee and its Board of Directors. Bernard is also a member of the Detroit Athletic Club’s Board of Directors and Chair of its Community Outreach Committee.

Bernard has been named by Chambers USA as a Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer each year since 2005 and was named Detroit Lawyer of the Year for Mergers and Acquisitions Law by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2014, 2017, and 2019. He earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

MICHauto Investors Embark on Leadership Detroit Journey

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s signature Leadership Detroit program kicked off Class XLI. MICHauto’s Katelyn Davis joined 69 executives from across the Detroit region for a 10-month transformational leadership journey designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from the Detroit region to bring about positive change.

Congratulations to the following investors for embarking on their journey:

Jay Brown, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, RPM-The Driving Force in Logistics

Jade Burns, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Stephen Campbell, Attorney, Clark Hill PLC

Daniel Click, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

Ana Romero Davila, Senior Program Manager, Adient US LLC

Julianne Frost, Assistant Vice President, FCA Foundation; Engagement Manager, FCA Foundation and External Affairs; FCA US LLC

Richard Glover, Manager, U.S. Inside Sales Organization, IHS Markit

Farah Harb, Global Education Programs Analyst, Ford Motor Company Fund

Tom Komjathy, Director, SE Operations, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Dawn Medley, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management, Wayne State University

Robert Nederhood, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Lucas Polcyn, Principal, Miller Canfield

Christine Roeder, Senior Vice President, Growth and Development, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Daniel Schairbaum, Attorney, Dykema Gossett PLLC

View the full class roster and learn more.

Maria F. Dwyer

Member in Charge, Clark Hill

Maria F. Dwyer is the member in charge of Clark Hill’s Detroit office and is a member in the firm’s Labor and Employment Group concentrating in employment defense litigation and counseling. Dwyer is a trusted advisor to senior management across a wide range of industries including public and private employers.

Dwyer has been named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” and identified by Hour Detroit magazine as one of the top women attorneys in Michigan every year since 2013. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law.