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FEI Detroit Thanks Our Strategic Partners


Platinum Partner: BDO USA, LLP

BDO combines senior-level attention with an array of value-added assurance, tax, and advisory services – in Detroit and across the globe.

BDO’s Detroit practice helps clients handle their fast changing business needs. The firm serves clients through more than 60 offices and over 500 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of 1,408 offices in 162 countries. BDO has more than 100 years of experience delivering assurance, tax, and advisory services to publicly traded and privately held companies throughout the United States. BDO is poised to address your immediate service needs and is ready to leverage our capabilities to support you for the long term — where you need us, when you need us. Our Detroit leaders are on the ground ready to serve you.

"So far, your firm has been a joy to work with. Very professional and very responsive.  We have a unique set of needs as a company that straddles the technology, marketing and manufacturing industries, and because of this we require an accounting partner that understands the intricate tax issues surrounding the automotive ecommerce industry.  We were immediately impressed with BDO’s deep experience in the automotive ecommerce industry and pleased to see how easily you handled our ecommerce and internet related state tax issues. Our expectations were exceeded and you guys paid for yourselves this year with the MBT savings.  Everyone from you, to Emily to Richard and Aziza have been great.  I am also certain the rest of your support staff is excellent.  Thanks for a great year." - Ted Vincent, CFO,

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Kevin Patterson

Audit Officer Managing Partner                   

Amy Whipple

Business Development Director                     

Andy Zaleski

Tax Office Managing Partner                     

Brown & Brown of Detroit

Platinum Partner: Brown & Brown of Detroit

The professionals at Brown & Brown, Inc. and its licensed subsidiaries serve the insurance needs of individuals, professionals, families, and businesses with a simple customer-focused philosophy. Every client is unique. Every need is individual. Every plan is customized. There is no "one size fits all" solution.

To be able to provide this exemplary and unique level of service involves a range of skills and knowledge drawn from more than 40 local offices across the United States, and one in London.

“Since making the switch to Brown & Brown of Detroit five years ago for our employee benefits needs, I could not be happier! We have found Brown & Brown to be customer-centered and creative, while offering great customer service! They focus on finding the best insurance “fit” for our needs, keep us in compliance with the health care laws, and streamlined our open enrollment process. Words cannot describe how appreciative I am for everything Brown & Brown has done!  I would highly recommend their group benefits team to anyone!" - Joan Pulford, Director, Human Resources at Acme Mills.

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Tricia Godin

Employee Benefits Producer                 

Huntington National Bank

Platinum Partner: Huntington National Bank

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with $114 billion of assets and a network of 839 full‐service branches, including 12 Private Client Group offices, and 1,434 ATMs across seven Midwestern states.  Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services. Huntington also provides vehicle finance, equipment finance, national settlement, and capital market services that extend beyond its core states.

"We just renewed our eight-year partnership with Huntington Bank. It truly is a partnership – they look out for us by offering advice, sharing insights and responding to our needs – all of which makes us a better organization. That’s why we continue to choose them to provide all our financing needs including machinery and equipment financing, a revolver, credit cards, 401k management, and private banking. Thank you, Jason and all of our Huntington team.” - Susan M. Ayres, CFO, Papertech; FEI Detroit Officer and Member

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Jason Bierlein

SVP - Commercial Banking      

Scott Terryn

Senior Vice President          

Plante & Moran

Platinum Partner: Plante & Moran

As one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, Plante Moran provides clients with audit, tax, business consulting, and wealth management services. Whether you have a single, specific need or require comprehensive services on a worldwide scale, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to meet your goals.

“We’ve loved working with Plante Moran for the past 4 years.  They have been trusted advisors in the growth of our business.  They’ve helped us for audit, created significant tax savings, and are advisors we lean on when we talk about future growth, whether organically or when inquiring about acquisitions.  We’re very fortunate to have Plante on our side.” - ​Brandon Gritinni, CFO, RP; FEI Detroit Officer and Member


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Paul Flanagan


Brian Kirby

Business Development Leader          


Platinum Partner: PwC

We are among the leading professional services networks in the world.  We help organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for, by delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. In Michigan, we provide services to 80% of the state’s Fortune 1000 companies in addition to hundreds of entrepreneurial, family-owned and private businesses.
 Our purpose is building trust with our clients and solving important societal problems. It’s at the core of everything we do. Trust is earned by delivering exceptional, high quality client and people experiences.
As a national ‘practice within a practice’ Private Company Services is an important PwC team and unique among the Big Four. PCS has been exclusively serving privately-held clients for nearly 20 years.
Whether you are an entrepreneurial organization, family-owned enterprise, an inbound organization, or a private-equity backed organization, we’ve got a team to help you develop and deliver business strategies that are right-sized for your business. Our one goal is to help your business thrive with our global network of over 276,000 people in 157 countries.


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Phil Biggs

Director, Private Company Services               

Kerri Heydens

Tax Partner, Private Company Services              

Nancy Lizotte

Managing Director, Private Company Services                

Robert Half

Platinum Partner: Robert Half

Robert Half Management Resources specializes in providing businesses with skilled senior-level accounting, finance or business systems professionals on a project or interim basis. We do so by combining cutting-edge recruiting technology and matching algorithms with best-in-class customer service and seven decades of staffing experience.

“In December of 2018 we had purchased a Surgical center in Warren Michigan, we quickly learned that we needed a Corporate Controller with health care background and a Director of Human Resources. Robert Half provided us 2 very experienced consultants who have put structure, process, organizational change, an updated ERM system that now provides the financials we need to be successful. They have established a solid succession plan and organizational structure as they complete their duties with Robert Half and our surgical center. We could never have gotten to the level of success without Robert Half and their top-notch consultants.” - Atiq Nakrawala, CEO

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Michele Etters

Assistant Vice President & Staffing Executive        
248.368.6457 (47748)

Trisha Plovie

Senior Regional Vice President         

Cora Vollmar

Staffing Executive                
248-205-5580 (48107)

Wells Fargo

Platinum Partner: Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo has become one of the nation's largest financial institutions, serving one in three U.S. households and employing approximately one in 600 working Americans. Wells Fargo has team members in 36 countries, serving 70 million customers in more than 130 countries around the world. Forbes magazine ranks Wells Fargo among the top 10 publicly traded companies in the world based on a composite of sales, assets, profits, and market value. And they are consistently ranked as one of the world's most respected banks by Barron's magazine and one of the world's most admired companies by Fortune magazine. The reason for this is simple. Wells Fargo has never lost sight of putting their customers first and helping them succeed financially.


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Kim Gorman

Michigan Market Executive          

Jeff Judge

SVP Commercial Banking Leader         

Kathy Kasperek

Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager     

Comerica Bank

Gold Partner: Comerica Bank

Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management.

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David Zablocki

Vice President              

Fifth Third Bank

Gold Partner: Fifth Third Bank

With more than 20,000 employees and more than 1,200 banking centers in 10 states, we are proud of our heritage to work hard to improve the lives of our customers, communities and employees. We’re working hard to make banking a Fifth Third better®.

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Yasmeen Jasey

VP Corporate Banking                 


Gold Partner: Hylant

Since the founding of our family-owned business over 80 years ago, Hylant made a promise to make you our top priority. To deliver on that promise, we remind ourselves daily to be here when you need us, to come to you with things that matter to you, and to go above and beyond to protect you and the things you care about most. We’re more than an insurance brokerage firm. And you’re more than a client, employee and neighbor. You’re family. And that’s just the way we treat you.


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Scott Crane

Vice President, Client Executive               

Curtis Iorio

Client Executive              

JPMorgan Chase

Gold Partner: JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase has been doing business in Detroit for more than 85 years and we’re committed to helping rebuild a stronger, more resilient economy that benefits more Detroiters. We are investing $200 million in Detroit by the end of 2022. We’re working with partners to address some of the city’s biggest economic challenges, from catalyzing development and boosting small business growth to revitalizing neighborhoods and equipping Detroiters with the skills they need for in-demand jobs. Our work in Detroit – and the unprecedented collaboration among local government, business and nonprofit leaders in the city – serve as a model for JPMorgan Chase’s work in other areas of the country.

About JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking
JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking is a business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $3.4 trillion and operations worldwide. Through its Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries, Corporate Client Banking & Specialized Industries and Commercial Real Estate businesses, Commercial Banking serves emerging startups to midsize businesses and large corporations as well as government entities, not-for-profit organizations, and commercial real estate investors, developers and owners. Clients are supported through every stage of growth with specialized industry expertise and tailored financial solutions including credit and financing, treasury and payment services, international banking and more.  Information about JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking is available at

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Sara King

Vice President, Commercial Banker                  

Nick Kushner

Executive Director      

Terrah Opferman

Michigan Region Manager       


Gold Partner: KPMG LLP

Through helping other organizations mitigate risks and grasp opportunities, we can drive positive, sustainable change for clients, our people and society at large.

KPMG member firms operate in 147 countries, collectively employing more than 219,000 people, serving the needs of business, governments, public-sector agencies, not-for-profits and through member firms' audit and assurance practices, the capital markets. KPMG is committed to quality and service excellence in all that we do, bringing our best to clients and earning the public's trust through our actions and behaviours both professionally and personally.

We lead with a commitment to quality and consistency across our global network, bringing a passion for client success and a purpose to serve and improve the communities in which member firms operate. In a world where rapid change and unprecedented disruption are the new normal, we inspire confidence and empower change in all we do.

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Joe Dineen

Managing Director, Deal Advisory                


Gold Partner: Rehmann

For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions to our clients. We are obsessed with client success, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs, while providing them with proactive solutions to meet their goals. Our trustworthy advice, answers and guidance take the stress out of every challenge and change. We’re there when you need us. That’s The Rehmann Experience.

To deliver our clients peace of mind, Rehmann deploys a progressive service model that provides client satisfaction and confidence. We offer our clients access to associates from all service lines who are committed to working collaboratively as an everyday business partner to cultivate more ideas, more service and more experience.

Rehmann has grown to become one of the largest financial services and advisory firms, with nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. We provide a broad suite of services ranging from accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management. As a member of Nexia International, a leading worldwide network of accounting firms, we can help our clients do business around the globe.

“We have worked with Rehmann’s 401(k) team for more than three years now, and they continue to provide excellent service and sound advice. We can always count on Rehmann to provide suggestions that keep us ahead of the curve with our employees.” - Mark Wright, CFO, EOS of North America

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Sharon Berman

Principal, Finance and Accounting Solutions            

Daniel Clark

Principal, Governmental and Not-for-Profit Service             

Susan Gibson

Director of Client Services & Business Development             
(248) 458-7919


Gold Partner: RSM

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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Warner Norcross + Judd

Gold Partner: Warner Norcross + Judd

Founded in 1931, Warner Norcross + Judd is one of the largest and most respected business law firms in Michigan. The firm provides client-focused, proactive legal and business counsel to clients of all sizes – from startups to Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses and high net worth individuals. With more than 230 attorneys working in 14 industry groups and 27 specialized practice areas, Warner can meet the legal needs of clients operating throughout North America and around the world.

“Warner Norcross + Judd brings a wealth of knowledge across the law spectrum and has expert knowledge in numerous categories. They are the leader in the state of Michigan for financial institutions and for good reason. Usually they can draw from five or six team members who have intimate legal knowledge in critical areas. They were very efficient and accomplished everything we needed at a reasonable cost. With Warner, you know you are going to receive the highest quality of service, attention to detail as well as customer attention, and a team that understands that each member has a strength that should be utilized for the customer’s benefit. There’s no egos. There is a reason they are the market leader.” Client, Chambers Unpublished, 2018.

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Silver Partner: Awecomm

We are a strategic IT partner solving real business challenges like efficiency, employee experience, and client retention.

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Katie Porritt

Marketing and Communication Specialist                 

Dave Townsend

President and COO                

Baker Tilly

Silver Partner: Baker Tilly

We are Baker Tilly. A leading advisory, tax and assurance firm dedicated to building long-lasting relationships and helping you win now and anticipate tomorrow. We have only one agenda: Yours.


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Patrick Killeen

Michigan Market Managing Partner       

Kurt Siebenaller

Partner, MI Construction/Real Estate      

Howard  & Howard Attorneys

Silver Partner: Howard & Howard Attorneys

Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has over 160 attorneys, serving clients from offices in Royal Oak, Michigan; Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. Our business is business. As a dedicated, results-oriented law firm, we offer attorneys skilled at solving the many legal challenges that confront the modern enterprise. We focus on providing value and core legal services to our clients that are crucial to modern business success.

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Joseph DeVito

Attorney and Counselor          

Jeffrey Hoover

Attorney and Counselor          

Cindy Schram

Director of Marketing                        

HUB International

Silver Partner: HUB International

Hub International Limited (Hub) is the largest privately owned full-service global insurance broker in the US providing property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services. From offices located throughout North America, Hub’s vast network of specialists provides peace of mind on what matters most by protecting clients through unrelenting advocacy and tailored insurance solutions. For more information, please visit
About Danielle Leath and Brian Gibbs: As Consultants at HUB we work with local, national and international businesses to help design Property & Casualty and Employee Benefits programs that reduce the organization’s bottom line, using products and strategies exclusive to HUB, data and predictive analytics to drive decisions. We help employers protect their businesses, save money and design their total rewards program to attract and retain best-in-class talent.

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Brian Gibbs


Danielle Leath

Senior Advisor  


Silver Partner: Marsh

Marsh is the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. We protect and promote possibility for businesses by providing holistic views of risk and creative solutions to manage it. We provide insurance broking, risk consulting, claims advocacy services, and advanced analytics to help our clients grow and thrive.

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Kevin McCarron

Managing Director             


Silver Partner: PNC

PNC offers a wide range of services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, we're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success. 

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Kait Hudspeth

Associate Relationship Manager             

Scott Kowalski

Managing Director               

Chelsea Nakken

Senior Vice President               


Silver Partner: Stout

Stout is a global advisory firm specializing in: Investment Banking; Transaction Advisory; Valuation Advisory; Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations; and Management Consulting. We serve a range of clients, from public corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries. Our clients and their advisors rely on our premier expertise, deep industry knowledge, and unparalleled responsiveness on complex matters. Learn about our Relentless Excellence® at

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Jasmeet Marwah

Managing Director                    

The Siegfried Group

Silver Partner: The Siegfried Group

We work alongside financial executives across the nation on their most important accounting and finance projects. Filled with an innovative spirit and led by an ambitious entrepreneur, we provide unique Leadership Advisory combined with high potential talent. At the heart of our Firm is our approach to individual leadership and the continual pursuit of helping people grow both personally and professionally. We value being fair, having fun and sharing stakeholder value!

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Anthony Rosenblum

Associate Director        

UHY Advisors MI INC.

Silver Partner: UHY Advisors MI INC.

UHY LLP’s Michigan practice is the fifth largest accounting firm with over 400 employees to serve you. UHY offers a wide range of audit and tax services, plus a variety of specialty groups including cybersecurity, corporate finance, professional search and placement, business valuation, software solutions, and much more. UHY combines depth of resources with breadth of services to offer clients the Next Level of Service using a one team, holistic approach.

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Donna Frye

Director of Transfer Pricing                     

Stephanie Rosenbaum

Managing Director                


Silver Partner: Vaco

Vaco (va – cō), verb: to free oneself. (Latin)

To the people we serve, Vaco is more than just a name.

It’s a revolutionary thought process, a game-changing business model, and a loud-and-clear rallying cry for entrepreneurial spirits who want more.

Yes, Vaco provides expert consulting, permanent placement, executive search and strategic staffing for companies across the country and around the world, in all kinds of different industries. We place qualified candidates in hard-to-fill positions and solve tough problems for businesses. But most importantly, we help people find freedom.

Freedom from a soulless job. Freedom to land in a place that fits today, and one that fits in the future. Freedom from chasing the talent needle through the resume haystack, on repeat. Freedom to find clarity in chaos, to lean into transition and achieve growth. Freedom to thrive, on both sides of the equation.

Vaco: Liberating talented malcontents since 2002.

The Vaco story begins with three rebellious veterans of bureaucratic “Big 4” accounting and staffing mega-conglomerates. Together, they set out to build a new kind of recruiting company: a place where the best and brightest would be free to reach their full potential, and where the most brilliant and passionate outlaws would happily choose to spend their entire careers.

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Paul Bishop

Managing Partner                     

Trisha Henry

Division Director, Vaco Financial                      

Nadine Yassin

Accounting and Finance Recruiter                     

Purple Squirrel Advisors

Titanium Partner: Purple Squirrel Advisors

Purple Squirrel Advisors recognizes that finding a good “fit” goes beyond writing a job description or screening resumes. Chemistry and culture are everything. We provide a consultative approach customized to meet the needs of each client. Our expansive and loyal network of industry connections results in candidate referrals not found through traditional sources. Every step of our “white glove” recruiting process is designed to create a positive client and candidate experience. We impact businesses every day with our product – exceptionally matched talent.

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Carrie Schochet

Founder & CEO