Dave O’Connor, MBA Founder and President
Dave is currently Manager of Business Development with Fresenius Medical Care, where he negotiates dialysis Hospital Contracts with C-Level professionals, nephrologists and oversees marketing and business growth for 43 dialysis clinics. He has over 15 years of consultative sales & marketing experience in the Financial and biopharmaceutical industry where he has won numerous awards.
Dave is a leader in the Irish community, serving as VP of the Norman O’Brien AOH division, an active member of the United Irish Societies (UIS) and Founder and President of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce (MIACC). Dave has also accepted an appointment to serve on the Council of Ethnic Chambers with several other ethnic business and chamber leaders attracting economic development in Southeastern Michigan across the globe. As part of the Council appointment, Dave mentors executives through Tejara Global Business Center which is an incubation and accelerator center for businesses.
Dave resides in Beverly Hills, MI with his spouse Amy of 17 years and children David, Ben and Ashley, where they are active parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church and elementary school in Beverly Hills. Dave earned his BS in psychology and biology from Northern Michigan University in 1996 and was appointed to a six year term on the alumni board of directors in 2013. Dave earned his MBA from California Lutheran University in 2012.
Judge Daniel P. Ryan has been a judge for the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan since 1998 and has presided over 400 criminal and civil jury trials. In April 2003, President George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Previously, he served as a District Court Judge for the 17th Judicial District Court from 1994 until 1998. He was Chief Judge of the 17th District Court from 1996-1998. He has also sat by assignment on the Michigan Court of Appeals. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1994, Judge Ryan was associated with the firm of Plunkett and Cooney where he specialized in the defense of complex architect, engineer, and construction liability cases. He is admitted to practice law before all State and Federal Courts in Michigan and Indiana, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has taught numerous international and state continuing legal and judicial education Evidence programs. He is also on the National Evidence Faculty for the Kaplan/PMBR Bar Review course. Judge Ryan has also authored several books and law review articles on various topics including the Evidence area. He is a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). Judge Ryan also has served on the faculty of the National Judicial College since 1996 and served on its Faculty Council from 2006 through the present . He served as National Judicial College Faculty Council Chair in 2009.
Principal at Foley, Baron & Metzger, PLLC
Mr. McGill has extensive litigation and transaction experience in commercial law, business and estate planning, and complex corporate, probate and real estate matters. He advises clients for compliance with regulatory and procedural requirements in multiple areas. Mr. McGill’s practice includes complex litigated matters such as business torts, construction litigation, coverage disputes, creditor rights, employee benefits, real property title disputes, subrogation/recovery, tax appeals and family law. In addition, he has experience in environmental matters, including contamination originating from UST’s, AST’s, and industrial air quality. He actively participates in emergency release response, pre-purchase/pre-sale due diligence, and defense of environmental contamination contribution actions across the nation. His environmental experience includes defense of mold related injury claims, lead contamination litigation and municipal sewage defect claims. Mr. McGill is a Principal at the firm.
Wayne State University School of Law – Master of Laws, Taxation – 2001 Wayne State University School of Law – Master of Laws, Corporate and Finance Law -1994 The University of Detroit School of Law – Juris Doctorate – 1990 The University of Detroit School of Business – Master of Business Administration – 1990 Michigan State University – Bachelor of Arts, Finance – 1987
Professional Background and Licensure
Mr. McGill is licensed in the states of Michigan and Ohio. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Veterans Appeals, United States Tax Court and several US District Courts. He has been admitted to practice in numerous state courts, including Missouri, Texas, New Jersey and California. He has completed advanced training in probate and estate planning through the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. McGill is also a certified Medicare Set-Aside Allocation consultant. He serves as Emeritus Director and past President of the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit and is a board member of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers. He is a 2009 Michigan Super Lawyer.
Publications & Presentations (Selected)
Author, “Medicare Liability Set Asides” Michigan Defense Quarterly, January, 2010. Co-author, “Court Rejects Environmental Plaintiffs’ Efforts at ‘Windfall’ Damages,” Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, January, 2007. Fall Conference, Michigan Self Insurers’ Association, October 2006, Medicare Set-Aside Compliance and Enforcement. Spring Rehabilitation Conference, May 2006, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Wright & Fillipis, Medicare Set-Aside Compliance and Enforcement. State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Commercial Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, 1994, Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements. “Enforcement of Shrink-Wrap and Click-Wrap Agreements Under the USS: Mutual Assent is Pivotal,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, Summer, 2006. “Franchisor Franchisee Relationships Under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, May 1997. “Corporate Directors and Officers Duties and Other Common Law Bases for Liability,” The General Practitioner, September 1993. “Equitable Subordination of Claims in Bankruptcy: An Overview,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, August 1993. “Private Actions Under the False Claims Act,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, May 1991. “Limitation of Remedies in the Commercial Context,” The General Practitioner, December 1991
Skiing, scuba diving, cycling, golf, swimming, softball, racket ball, distance running, and backpacking.
Timothy P. Higgins, Major (USA Ret), MBA. Printer Extraordinaire.
Owner, International Minute Press of Western Wayne County, Plymouth, Michigan.
Tim Higgins owns the International Minute Press of Western Wayne County since 2003. International Minute Press is part of the Minuteman Press printing franchise established in 1975. Before becoming a printer, he spent seven years with Circuit City’s Product Service Division culminating in his being promoted to Service Manager for all of Michigan and Northwest Ohio.
Tim is a veteran of the US Army’s Corp of Engineers. He served on active duty for ten years before joining Circuit City in 1995. He was recalled to active duty and posted to Germany after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Tim retired from the Army as a Major. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Devise, Army Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze “M” devise, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), as well as, being an expert marksman with pistol and rifle.
Tim is third generation Irish from County Clare on his mother’s Sullivan side and fourth generation Irish on the Higgins side. Joining the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) in 1994, he is a past President of the AOH Patrick Ryan Division completing six consecutive terms. He also served four years as President of the AOH Wayne County Board. Currently he serves as the Veterans Affairs Chairman on the AOH Michigan State Board.
Tim is a past Sir Knight (President) having served as in this roll for two consecutive terms. He is currently on the Knights of Equity Supreme Board serving as National Lecturer.
Tim also has served as a delegate to the United Irish Societies of Detroit (UIS) since 2002. Tim was chosen to be a judge for both the UIS’s Maid of Erin and the LAOH Court of St. Brigid pageants. Tim is a member of the Gaelic League and Irish American Club, Msgr. Clement Kern Council of the Knights of Columbus, Pope John XXIII Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and the Lloyd H. Green American Legion Post #147.
Tim is originally from Youngstown Ohio and attended Youngstown State University on an Army ROTC Scholarship graduating in1984. He eared his MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1994.
Tim is married to the former Kathleen (Kittie) Loftus from Youngstown Ohio. Tim and Kittie have been married thirty years and have four children Virginia, Katie, Patrick and John. They make their home in Northville and have lived there for twelve years. They are long time parishioners of St. Thomas a’Becket Parish in Canton.
Immigration Attorney, Private Practice & Professor at Cooley Law
Patty’s practice is limited to all aspects of immigration and nationality law: work visas, green cards, family immigration, nationality and representation of individuals in deportation proceedings in the Immigration Court. In addition to her private practice, she also teaches immigration law as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is a founding Director of the Immigration Law Professors Association of Michigan, is a Board Member of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce and a Past President of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers. Patty was born in Detroit and graduated from St. Mary’s of Redford. She is also a graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Michael Kelly, President, United Irish Societies
Founder & President of Environmental Maintenance Engineers
Mike started EME in 1997 with more than 10 years of successful experience as a senior project supervisor for a large environmental firm. He has been in the environmental industry since 1982. Mike brings his expertise to EME as a hands-on Project Manager/Estimator. He developed EME based on quality, responsiveness and attention to detail.
Owner of Shamrock DJ Service. Professional Disc Jockey and MC. Providing DJ, MC, Karaoke and Up Lighting service in southeast Michigan for 23 years. As Michigan’s Premier Irish DJ entertainment company, Patrick has provided his service for many of Michigan’s major Irish events including The Motor City Irish Fest, The Great Lakes Feis, The Toledo Feis, St. Patrick’s Senior Center Irish Festival and The M.I.A.C.C. Annual Gala among many other events. Patrick is also a co host for the Detroit Irish Radio Show heard on WNZK AM 690. Patrick’s mother Mary O’Neill was born and raised in Thurles, County Tipperary Ireland, his Father Carol Jason Johnson was born in Morehead Kentucky and served in the United States Air Force.
Patrick has been married for 26 years and has 3 daughters all currently attending college. He grew up in Redford Township and is a graduate of Redford Union High School and earned an Associates Degree from Schoolcraft College in Marketing and Applied Management. He currently resides in White Lake Township and is a member of St. Patrick’s Parish, The Irish American Club of Detroit, The Knights Of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Knights of Equity, The American Disc Jockey Association and is a Charter Member of the M.I.A.C.C.
Blake graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors of Science in Finance, and worked in the financial industry throughout college. While attending OU, Blake worked as a Mortgage Loan Officer at McLellan Financial and held many roles in the company including Vice President. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization Next Generation and serves as a board member of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce.
Meghan Kennedy Riordan has 25 years of experience in all aspects of immigration law but is a specialist with regard to corporate-based employment matters including both inbound/outbound corporate migration. Meghan is also licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Foreign Legal Consultant. As a solo-practitioner for over 11 years she was responsible for conducting business development and developed unique strategies to attract and retain corporate immigration clients for Kennedy Riordan & Associates. She delveloped a highly successful immigration law practice group for Kerr Russell in Detroit and recently joined Dean & Fulkerson in Troy Michigan as a Shareholder. Meghan is Past-President of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers (ISIAL) and a member of the Daughters of Erin. Her husband, Hon. Mike Riordan of the Michigan Court of Appeals, is the first generation Irish from County Kerry. She has three children (Jeremiah, Molly, and Fiona) all involved in various Irish activites ranging from Gaelic Football to competitive Irish Dance. Meghan is looking forward to the opportunity to promote Irish entrepreneurs and possible cross-border activities with Canada.