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

Walsh College Board of Trustees Appoints Scott Rice to Foundation Board of Directors

The Walsh College Board of Trustees has elected Scott Rice to a three-year team on the Walsh College Foundation Board of Directors.

Rice is the chief operating officer at Powerlink, a Detroit-based staffing, facilities management, and construction company. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Walsh College in 2004 and joined Link 2 Technologies in March 2003. Rice helped founder Link Howard launch Powerlink in August 2003.

Starting with just one customer and 20 employees, Powerlink has grown to more than 500 employees working at health care, education, manufacturing, and utility facilities in the Midwest. Rice has had responsibilities for every facet of the operation, from sales and marketing to operations.

He had previously succeeded in turning around two plastic injection molding plants in the automotive and consumer products industries.

His honors have included recognition as Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40-Under-40” and dBusiness’ “Thirty in Their 30’s,” both in 2012. Since 2010, he has been chair, board of directors, for Winning Futures, an award-winning, nonprofit organization. It offers school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle- and high-school students in southeast Michigan.

Rice’s professional associations include the International Facility Management Association, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

He was co-chair of the 2014 Walsh College Wine Gala, a fundraiser for student scholarships, and is a member of the College’s Golf Classic committee.

Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College. The Foundation encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program. It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders. Walsh alumni comprise 62 percent of the 26-member Foundation Board of Directors.

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, accredits specific degree programs.