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Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:15 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Eastern Michigan University and Meadowlark Builders

By Staff


Ted Coutilish

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

• The Grosse Pointe North High School Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee has named Theodore G. Coutilish a member of the 2013 Class of Grosse Pointe North Distinguished Alumni. Coutilish, associate vice president, marketing, for Eastern Michigan University, was selected one of eight graduates to be honored during a ceremony Nov. 22.

Meadowlark Builders, a design/build firm headquartered in Ann Arbor specializing in 'green' custom homes and remodels, recently announced the company was the recipient of two different awards. Meadowloark has been awarded a 2013 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction and a 2013 Regional Chrysalis Award for Best Green Whole House Remodel.

• In related news, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Ann Arbor recently announced they won a Guildmaster Award, which celebrates service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and real estate professions. This is the fourth consecutive year the business has won the award. Each year, GuildQuality recognizes companies that deliver a consistently superior customer experience.

LLamasoft, an Ann Arbor-based supply chain design software firm, and Drewry Maritime Research, a provider of freight rate benchmarking, in mid-July announced a partnership to make Drewry’s global ocean container and air freight rate benchmarks available to LLamasoft customers for use in supply chain design. LLamasoft will resell Drewry’s Container Freight Insight and Sea & Air Shipper Insight benchmarking products as part of the new LLamasoft Data Services offering.

• The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame recently inducted eight new members, including one from Ann Arbor. Marina von Neumann Whitman of Ann Arbor was nominated for becoming the highest-ranking female executive in the American auto industry in 1985 as vice president and group executive of public affairs at General Motors. She was also the first woman on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and the first woman to serve on the board of several multi-national corporations.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently designated 52 Washtenaw County practices as patient-centered medical homes - primary care practices in Michigan that are improving quality and lowering costs through a coordinated, team focus. Download a document that contains a full list of Washtenaw County practices receiving the designation: Washtenaw-pcmh-list.doc.

• In other news from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the organization July 17 recognized 20 hospitals in the state of Michigan for delivering quality and cost-efficient cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program. St. Joseph Mercy - Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Health System were among the 20 hospitals honored.

• The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business announced July 22 the appointment of Stewart Thornhill as the executive director of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Eugene Appelbaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.

• The law firm of Miller Canfield recently served as legal adviser to Michigan Multispecialty Physicians P.C. in its integration with IHA Health Services Corp. The transaction combines a private, multi-specialty physician group practice with another physician group practice and creates an organization that provides a continuum of services to nearly 360,000 patients through 69 locations in southeast Michigan. The Miller Canfield team, which was led by corporate and M&A principal Jeffrey L. LaBine (Ann Arbor and New York City offices), included employee benefits principal Kenneth J. Sachs (Troy, Mich. office), employment and labor principal Richard W. Warren (Detroit, Mich. office), healthcare senior attorney Billee Lightvoet Ward (Kalamazoo, Mich. office), and lawyers Brandy Mathie (Ann Arbor) and Amita Gopinath (New York City).

• The Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corp. has hired a CEO, has completed a strategic marketing and organizational plan, and is rebranding itself as VantagePort. The new CEO is Tim Keyes, formerly director of economic development for the city of Romulus since 2001. The Detroit Region Aerotropolis was established to help grow the economy for the entire Detroit region. The goal was to develop the area between and surrounding Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports into a global hub for transporting both cargo and people. Members of the ADC include: Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Belleville, Huron Township, City of Romulus, City of Taylor, Van Buren Township, City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, Wayne County Airport Authority, Business Leaders for Michigan and DTE Energy.

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