People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Citizens Bank and Huron Valley Ambulance
From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here's a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:
• Citizens Bank announced that Thomas E. Bell was named community bank president - Ann Arbor. In this role, Bell is responsible for leading the local Citizens Bank team helping individuals and business with their personal and business banking needs. In addition, Bell was named commercial relationship manager, responsible for managing banking relationships with businesses and working with business clients to provide recommendations. His office is located at 350 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor. Citizens Bank is part of Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc., headquartered in Michigan and serving communities in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
• The Huron Valley Ambulance Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Deloisteen Brown to its board for a three-year term. Dr. Brown, former director of the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Neighborhood Health Clinic and a longtime family physician, recently retired from practice in Ypsilanti. The board also elected officers for 2012, including Jacalyn Liebowitz, vice president for patient care continuum at Allegiance Health in Jackson, named chair; Richard B. Lundy, community leader from Dexter, named vice chair; and Joseph Dulin, retired principal at Roberto Clemente Center - Ann Arbor Public Schools, named secretary/treasurer. Additionally, two community leaders were appointed to the HVA Board as new trustees: Robert Casalou, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Health System, and John Thorhauer, president and CEO of United Methodist Retirement Communities, Chelsea.
• The American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, has granted full approval to Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Ann Arbor campus. The council determined that both Cooley’s Ann Arbor campus and the law school are in full compliance with ABA standards and that the school may continue to report its annual questionnaire data and basic consumer information in consolidated fashion.
• Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje recently joined a list of local officials supporting the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs initiative. The Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs initiative is collecting petition signatures to place a 25 by 2025 renewable energy standard before voters this November. The proposal would require 25 percent of Michigan’s electricity come from wind, solar, biomass or hydropower by 2025.
• Saline, recently selected 17th Michigan Main Street Community, has named Kelly Idzikowski the first main street manager. Responsible for coordinating downtown revitalization activities, promoting public awareness of the organization and acting as a liaison to other government and community organizations, Idzikowski started on June 1.
• The 17th annual Business Enterprise Awards program, sponsored by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, is now under way. Each year the chamber honors two local businesses with the Business Enterprise Award. One award will be presented to a business with 20 or fewer employees and one to a firm with more than 20 employees. The awards recognize established, successful companies that have exhibited exemplary business practices. Service to the community as well as a commitment to the health and productivity of the Saline area are also essential attributes. Nomination forms with selection criteria are available at the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, and nominations must be received at the Chamber office, 141 E. Michigan Ave., Suite B, by mail, fax or in person by Sept. 4. The two honorees for the 2012 Business Enterprise Awards will be announced on the Saline Chamber website, www.salinechamber.org, and in local media.
• On June 12 Ford Motor Co.'s last working farm — Cherry Hill Farm in Superior Township — was honored by the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program for effective land stewardship. Ford's Cherry Hill Farm is an 800-acre working farm at 2734 Gotfredson Road, between Geddes Road and Cherry Hill in Superior Township. The farm produces corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Once used by Ford's Tractor Division for testing, the land currently is managed by Ford Land, the company's real estate arm and VanWashenova Farms. The MAEAP verification is a voluntary program that shows producers how to identify and prevent agricultural pollution risks on their farms.
• Air Canada has recently awarded Liebherr-Aerospace with the first round of landing gear overhauls on its fleet of 15 Embraer E175 Jets. They are the first overhauls ever for this type of Embraer jets. The work is performed at Liebherr-Aerospace’s repair facility in Saline. To date, two ship sets have been overhauled, and the campaign will be completed by the end of 2013.
• The Suburban Collection June 26 announced an expansion of their automotive business in Ann Arbor with the acquisition of Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor. The new dealership, Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, is located at 2060 W. Stadium Blvd. The Troy-based company has two existing Ann Arbor operations, Suburban Cadillac of Ann Arbor and Suburban Chevrolet of Ann Arbor on Jackson Road. Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor dealership is a 18,000-square-foot sales and service facility and currently employs 40 persons. The company said that planning is underway to update and expand the dealership, including adding Fiat by the end of this year. The dealership will operate under the direction of Ron MacEachern, General Manager of a number of The Suburban Collection dealerships.
• Dr. Edward L. Bove, a pediatric cardiac surgeon, performed his 10,000th surgery on March 27 at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. At the time, Bove was not aware of the significance of that procedure, which was an aortic valve replacement. But later, a departmental administrator was going over some paperwork and noted the 10,000th milestone. On June 23, at the biennial reunion for all University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Congenital Heart Center patients, Bove was honored by his patients, staff and colleagues. More than 900 registered to attend the "We Got the Beat" event, most of them patients of Bove and his colleagues in the U-M Congenital Heart Program.
• London-based E-Waste Systems Inc., an electronic waste recycling and reverse logistics services firm, recently announced that Steve Manning has joined its advisory board. Manning is chairman, president and CEO of Ann Arbor-based electronics recycling company ReCellular Inc.
• Ann Arbor Rehabilitation Centers Inc, behavioral experts in brain injury, recently announce that the Michigan State Medical Society has approved continuing medical education credits for an upcoming two-day conference, "The Interpretation and Clinical Applications of Dense Array EEG," to be held Oct. 26 and 27 in Dexter.
• Toll Brothers, a national builder of luxury homes, on June 23 held a grand opening ceremony of its newest location in Ann Arbor, The Pines at Lake Forest. Toll Brothers will offer 24 home sites in the community located on the east side of Maple Road, south of Ellsworth Road.
• Domino's Pizza Inc., headquartered in Ann Arbor, opens its 5,000th store outside of the U.S. today. The company operates more than 9,800 stores in 72 international markets. The company is celebrating by presenting three stores with the symbolic title of Domino's 5,000th international store. Grand opening celebrations will take place Thursday, June 28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cologne, Germany; and Penang, Malaysia.
• Thomson-Shore, an Ann Arbor-based book manufacturer specializing in short to medium run digital and offset book printing, binding and publishing services, recently announced a partnership agreement with the largest printer in the United Kingdom, Clays Ltd. The global print initiative gives each printer access to each other's market, creating value and market opportunity for customers of both Thomson-Shore and Clays.
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