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Posted on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 5:09 a.m.

People & Achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Paul Davis Restoration and The Beal Group

By Staff

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Rob Toole

The following is a list of achievements by businesses and individuals in the Ann Arbor area:

Rob Toole has been named emergency services manager for Paul Davis Restoration of Washtenaw County. Toole will be responsible for the sales and management of all emergency services including board-ups, tarps and mold remediation along with water, fire and smoke damage, and structural cleanup. He will also oversee a team of full-time technicians in the contents cleaning and inventory divisions.

• The Michigan Jaycees chapter presented its annual Outstanding Young Michigander Award to Stewart Beal of Ann Arbor's The Beal Group on Aug. 14 at the Kellogg Center in Lansing. Beal was honored with a video presentation and an award that is given to an individual who exemplifies the best characteristics of young people between the ages of 21 and 40.

• Seven centers in the University of Michigan International Institute have been awarded more than $16 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants are awarded under the Title VI program, which strives to develop the nation's capacities in international and area studies, foreign languages, and international business education. The following were awarded grants: The East Asia National Resource Center, consisting of the Centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies; Center for International Business Education; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and Center for South Asian Studies; and Center for Southeast Asian Studies. The U-M International Institute houses 18 centers and programs focused on world regions and global themes. The institute develops and supports international teaching, research and public affairs programs to promote global understanding across the campus and to build connections with intellectuals and institutions worldwide.

Dynamic Advisory Solutions will open its second office in Ann Arbor, with Rob Marshall serving as managing director of the Ann Arbor office. Marshall will celebrate the launch of his new office by giving away 250 copies of "Profitpreneurship - Creating a Business that Produces Outstanding Financial Results" by Ren Carlton from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber office. The new Ann Arbor office of Dynamic Advisory Solutions will be at 2020 Hogback Road, Suite 10, Ann Arbor.

• Ypsilanti-based nonprofit Washtenaw Literacy recently launched a new website designed to better support the agency's growing outreach efforts. Washtenaw Literacy supporter Jacek Spiewla developed the website's new architecture, Phire Branding Co. provided a new look, and local photographer Myra Klarman

• The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber and Ann Arbor's The Whole Brain Group have partnered for an affinity program that will provide Web packages to chamber members for a discount. All four Web packages include website hosting, installation of Google Analytics, basic SEO (search engine optimization) planning, social media integration capability and several other features. • The University of Michigan was named to the top five public universities in recently released rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The Ross School of Business within U-M received additional high rankings, with several specialties making the top five and the business school's management program making the number one spot for the third year in a row. The business school was named fourth best BBA program in the nation overall.

• The Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, a new regionwide network for building and retaining new business in southeast Michigan, recently announced the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, an international business plan competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity. The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan has granted Ann Arbor SPARK $750,000 to launch the competition on behalf of the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, composed of four of the region’s key business accelerators: Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown. The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is open to entrepreneurs in Michigan and worldwide who are willing to establish a business in the state. Participants will submit entries in nine categories. For more information about the Accelerate Michigan Innovation competition, visit

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has launched Senior Emergency Departments at all eight of its emergency department locations across southeast Michigan. By Jan. 1, emergency departments at Chelsea Community Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Brighton, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and St. Joseph Mercy Saline will each have a Senior Emergency Department staffed by caregivers who are specially skilled in geriatric emergency care.

• Ann Arbor-based Borders Group Inc. announced Aug. 26 that Vice President Glen Tomaszewski was named interim CFO after Mark Bierley resigned his position.

• Domino's Pizza Inc., headquartered in Ann Arbor, announced Aug. 20 that it named Michael Lawton as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. Lawton is an 11-year veteran of Domino's Pizza and succeeds Wendy A. Beck.

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