People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione and Logic Solutions
From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here's a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:
• Kelly Burris, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, was named co-chair of the Green Technology Intellectual Property Summit to be held in Chicago June 27-29. Additionally, she will serve as a conference speaker on the topic "Utilizing New Patent Portfolio Valuation Metrics for Green Technologies Post-America Invents Act." At Brinks, Burris is chair of the firm’s Green Technology Practice Group. (See AnnArbor.com's "Executive Profile" of Burris here.)
• Logic Solutions Inc., a private technology and web development firm headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently acquired Quantum Compliance Systems; Logic Solutions had served as a technology partner with QCS for more than a decade. Quantum Compliance, as the company will now be called, develops software that embeds sustainable environmental, health and safety practices into a company's daily operations.
• DesignHub Inc., a creative services and marketing firm based in Saline, has developed the new website for Process Results Inc., an engineering services firm also based in Saline.
• A book by Michigan author Dan Milstein, "The ABC of Sales," was selected the first place winner in the “How-To” category of the Paris Book Festival. As a first place honoree, Milstein will be presented with the award at a ceremony Saturday, May 19. The ceremony will be attended by authors, publishers and members of the media. Milstein is founder, president and CEO of Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group, based in Ann Arbor.
• Jessica Seacord recently joined the Ann Arbor office of Edward Surovell Realtors as a sales associate.
• Ann Arbor-based Synthetic Biologics Inc., a developer of DNA-based therapeutics and disease-modifying medicines for serious illnesses, recently appointed Dr. Carol Reed as senior vice president of clinical and regulatory affairs. In related news, Synthetic Biologics announced May 11 that it had split the roles of chairman and CEO and appointed Jeffrey J. Kraws to serve as its independent, non-executive chairman of the board. Kraws has served on the company's board of directors since January 2006 and will continue to serve on the compensation and nominations committees. Kraws is CEO and co-founder of Crystal Research Associates.
• The Ann Arbor office of technology integrator and consulting firm Open Systems Technologies is looking for startup companies, innovators and entrepreneurs to submit a big idea for a contest called ‘Think Big.’ The competition allows entrants to share their innovative ideas with the company for a chance to receive up to $5,000 worth of I.T. services. The campaign started May 7 and runs through June 7. OST is headquartered in Grand Rapids with local offices in Ann Arbor, and the contest will also be offered in Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids and Minneapolis. Each local winner of the “Think Big” effort will be chosen and announced on June 22. Interested individuals and companies should visit http://www.ostusa.com/ThinkBig/ for more information.
• Ann Arbor real estate broker Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors recently added four new real estate agents: Nancy Burghardt, working out of the Ann Arbor South office; Pia Crum, working out of the Saline office; Toni Golden, working out of the Chelsea office; and Reesha Sullivan, working out of the Ann Arbor North office.
• Robin Burke joined the Legacy Land Conservancy staff on May 7 as the nonprofit's land protection coordinator. She will be working with the county’s farmland protection program as part of her position.
• More than 700 Ford volunteers were digging, chopping and hammering their way to complete community projects on May 11 across nine states, including Michigan. These Ford Accelerated Action Day projects are focused on the environment. The volunteer projects were selected by Ford's nonprofit agency partners, and the auto company provided more than $110,000 in grants to purchase the tools and supplies needed to complete the work by the volunteers. Organizations receiving grants in the greater Ann Arbor area included Arbor Hospice of Ann Arbor, where volunteers built a gazebo retreat space for families; Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley of Ann Arbor, where volunteers installed kitchen cabinets, counter tops and flooring in houses; Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, where volunteers worked to curb trail erosion with a stable gravel surface; and Recycle Ann Arbor, where volunteers used recycled materials to construct storage and work areas.
• KeyBank and Kumho Tire U.S.A. are expanding a free program, Key to Safe Teen Driving, designed to improve teen driving skills and raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers. Now in its fourth year, the program will include 24 events in 14 cities, including a session in Ann Arbor June 28 and 29. The program is designed to improve teen driving skills and raise awareness about the importance of proper training for young drivers. Students at each event will receive classroom instruction and practice in wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers. Registration for all events is open at www.keytosafeteendriving.com. Parents and teens can also call 877-793-8667 for more information.
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