People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Edward Surovell Realtors and Anna Belle Salon
The following is a list of achievements by businesses and individuals in the Ann Arbor area:
• The Michigan Library Association has announced that Ed Surovell, long-time trustee of the Ann Arbor District Library, will receive this year’s MLA Trustee Citation of Merit, the highest award bestowed by the Association for a Library Board Trustee. The award will be presented at the Association’s Awards Banquet in October. The Trustee Citation of Merit is awarded to a public library trustee to recognize his contributions to Michigan library service by promoting library cooperation, working effectively toward legislative and appropriations beneficial to libraries, and for outstanding work in the development of local library service. Ed Surovell has served on the Ann Arbor District Library Board continuously for 15 years and was a member of the first elected board. Surovell has served longer than any AADL board member, and his tenure also includes a term as board president. Surovell is founder and owner of Edward Surovell Realtors, a regional real estate company based in Ann Arbor. He was elected to the inaugural AADL board of trustees in 1996, when the new district library moved from under the auspices of the Ann Arbor School District to become its own independent entity.
• In other news from Edward Surovell Realtors, Patti VanRiper has joined Surovell's Chelsea office as a sales associate.
• Anna Belle Salon will celebrate its grand opening from 2 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 26, and from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 27. The celebration will include giveaways, a raffle, hors d’oeuvres, discounts and free services. The event is free and open to the public. The new salon, owned by Chelsea residents Ed and Bonnie Gomula, is located at 897 W. Eisenhower, Ann Arbor.
• The Ypsilanti District Library recently received the American Library Association’s Best of Show Award at this year’s annual conference held in New Orleans recently. Out of hundreds of submissions, YDL’s Latitudes newsletters were selected as Best of Show for the category “Calendars-Newsletters-Print.” In addition, the library’s annual report “I Dwell in Possibility,” received an honorable mention citation. YDL competed against other libraries with annual budgets of $2-6 million.
• Rehmann recently announced the promotion of CPAs Joe Rossmeissl and David J. Robertson to audit managers. Rossmeissl performs audits and reviews for commercial entities, nonprofits and employee benefit plans, while Robertson concentrates on commercial and nonprofit client audits as well as employee benefit plan audits. Both are located in the Ann Arbor office of Rehmann.
• The American Red Cross and Edible Arrangements, a company that sells artistically designed fresh fruit displays, are partnering during the month of August to encourage blood donations. During the month of August, blood donors at select American Red Cross blood drives will receive a coupon for a free box of six pieces of chocolate dipped fruit as a thank you for donating blood at a time when blood donations tend to drop due to hot weather, school vacations and holiday travel. Edible Arrangements has 23 stores throughout Michigan, including one in Ann Arbor and one in Brighton. To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information.
• Three new companies have moved into the University of Michigan Venture Accelerator, which provides space, services and mentoring for emerging U of M start-ups. The accelerator is now 60 percent full after seven months in operation. The three companies that moved in this summer are Wolverine Energy Solutions and Technology, which specializes in innovative, efficient, cost-effective and green energy storage materials; Reveal Design Automation, which develops software tools for full-chip, full-coverage verification of digital chip designs; and Edington Associates, which works with organizations to develop healthy and high-performing workplaces and people. Accelerator tenants have access to Tech Transfer's Venture Center to help them refine business models, attract investors, acquire gap funding and connect to talent that enhances the company's quality and sustainability. Tenants can also seek guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs in Tech Transfer's Mentors in Residence program.
• Ann Arbor Clean Cities, a program of Clean Energy Coalition, on Aug. 11 hosted a Propane Lunch-and-Learn to educate the community on propane autogas as a transportation fuel. The event was sponsored by ROUSH CleanTech, a manufacturer and developer of propane autogas vehicle technology based in Plymouth. Attendees learned how to convert fleet vehicles to run on propane autogas, where fleets can fuel their vehicles, and how Frito-Lay is utilizing this technology across Michigan to deliver snack products.
• On Aug. 11, the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration announced a $250,000 grant award to regional economic development nonprofit Ann Arbor SPARK. The funding will support development of a business accelerator model that can be used by communities throughout the U.S. Initially, the model will be deployed in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, providing a full range of business development services to tech-based start-up companies.
• AmeriHealth Administrators Inc., a third party administrator of health benefits based in Pennsylvania, recently selected Ann Arbor-based Thomson Reuters for health care analytic and account group reporting services.
• Keystone Solutions, a web analytics consulting group based in Las Vega, on Aug. 9 announced that it selected ForeSee Results, a customer experience analytics firm based in Ann Arbor, to be its partner for customer satisfaction measurement and analytics. Through this partnership, ForeSee Results will measure satisfaction for Keystone clients and deliver insights on where to prioritize improvements.