One aspect that sets apart the leadership and editorial team at Corp! is the fact that we are business people as well as journalists. We bring business insight and expertise to our stories and readers – combined with strong journalism credentials and experience – truly embracing our mission of “Everything Business.”
Richard Blanchard has worked in reporting and editing roles at the Port Huron Times Herald, Lansing State Journal and The Detroit News, where he was most recently assistant business editor. A native of Michigan, Richard also worked in Washington state as a reporter, photographer and editor at the Anacortes American. He received a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and a master’s in accountancy from the University of Phoenix.
Michael Carmichael is called a “seasoned professional” by some – which means he has been writing since before the Internet. Sometimes it was in advertising, sometimes marketing, but for the past few years it has been as a contributing writer for Corp! and Online Editor for our ePub since its inception. Having taken courses at the Medill School of Journalism on his way to a B.S. in communication from Northwestern University, Michael was equally prepared to sell you something – or, now, tell you.
Along the way Michael has won a Clio and a Chicago Film Festival award as well as a few local awards from the Direct Marketing Association – and he’s been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Journalist of the Year. That’s only natural because, having been the managing partner in one, Michael is interested in the success of small businesses everywhere.
However, Michael’s interest in business isn’t limited to “small” – he adheres strongly to the tagline of Corp! “Everything Business.” He has written stories on The Critter Barn in Zeeland, Mich., Microsoft, David Van Andel, Pete Karmanos and the President of the United States, as well as alternative energy projects, alternative transportation projects and electronic gadget recycling. If it’s an interesting story and it’s about business, Michael wants to tell you about it.
Karen Dybis graduated from the University of Michigan and has worked at The Mackinac Island Town Crier, The Kalamazoo Gazette, The (Adrian) Daily Telegram and The Oakland Press. She spent five years at The Detroit News as a business writer with stints in retail, workplace issues and personal finance. During her years in Detroit, Dybis covered everything from Kmart’s massive bankruptcy to the state’s unemployment crisis to debates over how dirty desktops really are.
Susan Voyles is a writer, editor, communications professional and entrepreneur. She has worked in the nonprofit field, public relations, marketing and journalism over the course of her 25-year career. In 2006, she became managing editor of Corp! magazine and assumed the role of executive editor in 2011. Susan possesses a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Madonna University. She is a part-time English instructor at Schoolcraft College and also holds a Best Practices business certification from the Management Impact Institute.
Susan most recently completed her term as treasurer of the board for the Association for Women in Communications (AWC), a longstanding national association of professional communicators, and is a member of the Madonna University Foundation Board. She has been very involved the National Association of Women Business Owners-Greater Detroit Chapter, and is a past board member.
In 2004, Susan received the Innovator Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners-Greater Detroit Chapter and in 2005, she was honored with the Headliner Award from the Detroit chapter of AWC. Her work received national AWC Clarion Awards in 2009, 2011 and 2012.