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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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Keith Klucevek

Audit Partner                    

Amy Whipple

Director of Business Development                     

Andy Zaleski

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                 

Todd Piersol

Profit Center Leader                

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

PwC's accounting practice originated in London well over a century ago. As times changed and PwC expanded worldwide, our commitment to clients-like you-never wavered. With us, you're always supported by a global network of more than 236,000 people in 158 countries with one goal: to help your business thrive.

PwC's professional services include audit and assurance, tax and consulting that cover such areas as cybersecurity and privacy, human
 resources, deals and forensics. We help resolve complex issues and identify opportunities across these industries.

Let's combine your aspirations with our world-class capabilities to achieve your goals.


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Phil Biggs

Director, Private Company Services               

Jackie Gouvia

Marketing Manager              

Nancy Lizotte

Managing Director                

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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Daniel Mishler

Division Director              

Trisha Plovie

Senior Regional Vice President         

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         

Baker Tilly

Gold 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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Andy Bernhard


Patrick Killeen

Michigan Market Managing Partner       

Kurt Siebenaller

Partner, MI Construction/Real Estate      

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              

Ernst & Young LLP

Gold Partner: Ernst & Young LLP

At EY, we’re dedicated to helping organizations solve their toughest challenges and realize their greatest ambitions - from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies – and the work we do with them is as varied as they are.

Through our four service lines — Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transaction Advisory Services — we help our clients capitalize on transformative opportunities. We also help them fulfill regulatory requirements, keep investors informed and meet the needs of all of their stakeholders. And in a fast-changing world, we give them the support they need to be effective today and create long-term value for tomorrow.

Across all disciplines and from every angle, EY professionals draw on our shared creativity, experience, judgment and diverse perspectives to reframe the future for our clients – now, next and beyond.

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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              

Kapnick Insurance Group

Gold Partner: Kapnick Insurance Group

In today’s rapidly evolving business environment, technology continues to impact the way business is done. How do you make sense of increasingly complex insurance issues? How does one minimize risk? Is it possible to increase program quality while reducing cost? This is where Kapnick Insurance Group excels. We simplify complexity. We innovate. We partner. We lead clients in new directions that minimize risk and reduce cost.

When he first opened his doors for business in 1946, Elmer Kapnick believed success came from a deep commitment to customer service, hard work and giving back to the community. Nearly seventy years later, his philosophy still propels our company forward.

With offices in Adrian, Ann Arbor and Troy, our roots remain local but we have also obtained a global reach. Kapnick Insurance Group is a fourth generation brokerage that has grown to be one of the largest independently owned insurance brokerages in the Midwest. We represent top rated national and regional insurance carriers. As a top performer in the insurance industry, we have access to markets, products and programs giving us the flexibility to match each client with the best carrier – whether it’s providing business insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits, risk management or financial strategies.

Our success can be attributed largely to our people. Kapnick employs 170+ insurance professionals who have earned a national reputation for anticipating clients’ problems, creating innovative solutions and passionately giving back to the communities we serve.

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Don Engle

President Property & Casualty                

Rama Gupta

Client Executive               

Lily Palaj

Client Executive               


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             


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                

Fifth Third Bank

Silver 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                 

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                        


Silver Partner: iSolved

Simple to use.

Powerful technology.

Transforms your company culture.

iSolved human capital management was designed for today's employer. It helps your organization deliver a better work life and get the employee mojo going. iSolved provides payroll, HR, time tracking, and benefits, unified in one solution for a better user experience.

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Rick Torrence

Senior Vice President             


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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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                     

Kane Polakoff

Practice Leader, Client Accounting Advisory Services                 


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                     

Willis Towers Watson

Silver Partner: Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets.

We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance.

Together, we unlock potential.

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Ryan Ballantyne

Senior Director, Client Management

Matt Brady

Client Advocate    

Ryan Pischke

Head of Corporate Risk and Broking, Michigan  

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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Ali Gongos

Talent Acquisition Specialist       

Carrie Schochet

Founder & CEO