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Posted on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 5:15 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Con-way Inc. and Aunt Millie's

By Staff


Stephen L. Bruffett

From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here's a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:

Stephen L. Bruffett, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Con-way Inc., a transportation and logistics services company headquartered in Ann Arbor, was set to lead a discussion Wednesday at the Stephens Inc. Fall Investment Conference in New York City. An internet replay of the talk is available on the Con-way site:

Aunt Millie’s Nov. 9 donated 2,400 loaves of Butter Top White Bread to Food Gatherers Food Bank and Food Rescue Program in Ann Arbor. Food Gatherers rescues food from a variety of sources and redistributes it to a network of 150 programs on the front line of hunger relief. In total throughout the holiday season, Fort Wayne-based Aunt Millie’s will donate 64,212 loaves of bread throughout the Midwest.

Spence Brothers, a Michigan construction firm with offices in Ann Arbor, Saginaw and Traverse City, recently completed the bulk of two major construction projects for The University of Michigan. Crisler Arena, originally built by Spence Brothers in 1967, is a multi-purpose venue used for academic, athletic, and entertainment events. The facility, rededicated as the "Crisler Center," underwent a $38-million construction expansion, including new spectator entrances, retail spaces, ticketing areas, a private club space and other fan amenities. The second project was the $16-million renovation of Yost Ice Arena. The ice arena's facelift included new bench seats, box seats, a new press box, a redesigned concourse with improved concessions, exterior windows and updated lighting.

• The University of Michigan Health System has earned a $9.1 million core grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve disease diagnosis through metabolic profiling. With the support, the U of M will create the Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Core, one of only three centers in the country that will help researchers examine small molecules called metabolites to detect changes in cell behavior and organ function. Dr. Charles Burant, director of the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center, and the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism at the U of M, is the principal investigator of the grant, with Stephen Brown serving as program coordinator of the new regional metabolomics research core.

• The University of Michigan Nov. 9 honored three individuals with The David B. Hermelin Volunteer Fundraising Award: Ari Spar ('89), Charles Woodson ('97) and Roger Zatkoff ('64). At the Ross School, Spar endowed the Rabbi Elliott T. Spar Scholarship Fund, honoring his father, created the Sondra Lee Spar Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, to honor his mother, and, to honor his brother, he established the Elon D. Spar Innovation Partnership Research Fund in the Life Sciences Institute. Spar has also supported facilities and learning opportunities in the Department of Athletics.To support scientific inquiry into life-threatening pediatric illnesses, Woodson endowed the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. He created the Charles C. Woodson Scholarship, in the School of Kinesiology, and the Georgia A. Woodson Scholarship Fund in the Office of Financial Aid, honoring his mother. Zatkoff and his wife, Elaine, established the Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide need-based support for a School of Kinesiology undergraduate assisting the women's lacrosse team. He created the Zatkoff Family Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women's Volleyball, providing financial assistance for a student athlete through the Department of Athletics. Recently, he established the Gary and Ann Moeller Scholarship Fund to provide support for Detroit-area undergraduates.

Rhonda Weathers will become the executive director of SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti effective Jan. 1, 2013. Weathers was hired as the associate director in December 2010 as part of the leadership transition plan for SOS. Faye Askew-King, the present executive director, will retire in August 2013. Next year, the agency will host a celebration for Askew-King’s retirement in recognition of the contributions she has made during her 20-year tenure.

ForeSee, a customer experience analytics firm based in Ann Arbor, Nov. 12 announced a partnership with Branding Brand, a mobile solutions platform that powers mobile commerce sites and apps. Through this partnership, mobile sites and apps built on the Branding Brand platform can now integrate ForeSee Satisfaction Analytics for Mobile to measure the customer experience.

• Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza is offering several ways to participant in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's ninth annual Thanks and Giving campaign. When Domino's customers order the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Combo, $1 of the purchase price will go to St. Jude. Donations can also be made when ordering over the phone, in stores or online at Customers also have the option to text "PIZZA" to 50333 to donate $5 to St. Jude.

• Gov. Rick Snyder Nov. 9 announced the opening of the Michigan Cyber Range, a state-of-the-art facility that prepares cybersecurity professionals in the detection and prevention of cyber attacks. It is a partnership between the state of Michigan, Merit Network, federal and local governments, colleges and universities, and the private sector. Merit Network, a nonprofit corporation governed by Michigan’s public universities, owns and operates a regional research and education network and supports the networking needs of Michigan’s universities, colleges, schools, libraries, state government, health care and other nonprofit organizations. Hosted by Merit Network, the Michigan Cyber Range enables individuals and organizations to develop detection and reaction skills through simulations and exercises. Initially, the cyber range’s physical assets will be housed at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Additional sites are planned for Ferris State University and the 110th Airlift Wing in Battle Creek.

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