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Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 5:12 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Embree Dentistry and Edward Surovell Realtors

By Staff


Dr. Sandra Embree

From new hires and promotions to industry awards, read on to learn about achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:

• Dr. Sandra Embree, of Ann Arbor's Embree Dentistry, was recently honored with recognition by Hour Detroit in its selection of "Top Dentists." She was included in a special recognition appearing in the July 2010 issue of Hour Detroit published by Hour Media LLC.

• Edward Surovell Realtors, based in Ann Arbor, recently awarded the company’s President’s Club Award to 47 real estate agents at a recent luncheon held at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor. Among those honored were 17 sales associates from the company’s Ann Arbor office. In order to qualify for the President’s Club, an agent must attain a minimum of 20 transactions and $5 million in sales per year. The Ann Arbor-based associates receiving this recognition were: John and Suzanne Arndt, JoAnn Barrett, Jack Brown, Ellen Cimmino, Victoria and Paul Evans, Allison Fishwick, Bill Flood, Anne Gilbert, Marla Heatley, Ron Herman, Alex Milshteyn, Candy Mitchell, Zak Moehler, Dave Rukkila, Gordon Taylor and Maryanne Telese.

• On Friday, Dec. 2, RydeOn! Cycling Studio is teaming up with Saline-area Rodan+Fields distributor Emily Piniatoglou to host a benefit for Saline Area Social Service, which provides food and other assistance to struggling Saline families. During the event, which will start at 6 p.m., 10 percent of all sales made by both businesses will be donated to the charitable organization. RydeOn! Cycling Studio opened at 450 E. Michigan Ave. in October, offering indoor cycling lessons. For more information about the charity event, visit or call 734-316-2356.

• A newly-established Ann Arbor company, Priceless Photo Preservation, will help residents of southeast and central Michigan and northwest Ohio preserve their photographs, slides and home movies. Rob Hoffman serves as CEO and founder. Besides Hoffman, who specialized in archives and records management while obtaining a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, the company’s other partners include U of M grads Eric Hansen and Hanna Stelman. Collectively, the three have worked at University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library, the University of Michigan Preservation and Conservation Lab, Grand Valley State University, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.

United Way of Washtenaw County was recently selected as one of the host sites for an AmeriCorps Community Navigator. The AmeriCorps member will provide a year of service in partnership with United Way and the Washtenaw Health Plan to help connect financially struggling families with available community resources. The specific focus of the AmeriCorps member will be working in Washtenaw community settings to educate low-income individuals about community resources available and to assist them in the application for benefits through MiBridges.

• To celebrate the opening of Online Tech's new Ann Arbor Data Center, the company is hosting a free open house event at the new facility on Friday, Dec. 2 from 3-7 p.m. Speakers from Comcast, Dell and other IT-related business will be featured, as well as tours of the facility. Online Tech's new Ann Arbor Data Center is located in the Avis Farms office park, at 5430 Data Court Suite 300 in Ann Arbor. The event is free, but registration is encouraged. For more information, visit

• Ann Arbor-based Annie’s Children’s Center, locally owned and operated by Robert and Anne Kennedy since 1995, has introduced an electronic childcare application which allows parents to become more involved in their child’s growth and education. The Childcare Daily App gives parents the opportunity to log in and view various daily activities, from snacks to play activities, and even a diaper tracker. Parents and teachers can also communicate through the program, and teachers are able to send entire class reminders or individual messages.

• The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences was awarded its 10th National Center for Advanced Technologies Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award at the 2011 Defense Manufacturing Conference Nov. 29 in Anaheim, Calif. The award-winning collaborative team, managed by NCMS, brought together several small companies including Gravikor, the Michigan Research Institute and SpaceForm Welding Solutions as well as the U.S. Army PM Light Tactical Vehicles division and the Marine Corps Maintenance Center Albany. The project team’s objective was to develop solutions for lighter, stronger military vehicles, allowing for the use of the latest lightweight armor solutions and improving overall ease of maintenance. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, a cross-industry collaborative research and development consortium based in Ann Arbor, aims to drive innovation in commercial, defense, robotics and environmentally-sustainable manufacturing.

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