School of Management Increases Advisory Board

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Four new members have been added to the Advisor Board of the School of Management (SOM) at the University of Michigan-Flint. The Advisory Board provides an added dimension to SOM in its ongoing efforts to maintain and develop forward looking programs of teaching, research, and service.

"The Board assists the School in building relationships with community business, cultural and governmental leaders," said SOM Dean Jack Helmuth. "The board members provide a mechanism through which key issues can be anticipated, explored, analyzed, and evaluated from a variety of differing viewpoints."

New Board Members:

William R. Hartman is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Republic Bankcorp. He joined Citizens in February 2002. Prior to joining Citizens, Hartman served in various CEO roles at the state and regional levels for a large financial institution. Citizens is the largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan with roots back to 1871. Citizens serves communities in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin and in Iowa as F&M Bank.

Phil D. Bahr is the managing principal of the 130-person Troy office of The Rehmann Group. Established in 1941, The Rehmann Group, LLC, has grown to become one of the largest CPA and business-consulting firms in the Midwest with more than 550 professionals in 12 offices throughout Michigan.

Mark J. Antakli is the Vice President of Business Development for Intraco Corporation a company providing sales, marketing, distribution, logistics, and financial services for their automotive suppliers in over 80 countries. Intraco focuses on four different business units: construction materials, vehicle distribution, aftermarket automotive parts, and automotive chemicals.

Samuel Cox is a regional entrepreneur and the owner of three McDonald franchises. Originally from Kansas, he opened his first McDonald's restaurant in the early 1990s. Over the years he has successfully operated multiple locations, employing over 200 people in Genesee County. Prior to his McDonald's career, Mr. Cox was the Detroit's leading sales executive for Purina Mills LLC, a Fortune 500 company.

The School of Management has over 800 undergraduates, nearly 200 MBA students both in a traditional format and a mixed delivery NetPlus program mode. The school has been AACSB-International accredited for three decades. The faculty are acclaimed for their excellence in the classroom, research, and interaction with the business community.

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