People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Gold Star Financial Group and Edwards Brothers Malloy
• The e-book "17 Cents and a Dream" by Dan Milstein, CEO of Ann Arbor’s Gold Star Financial Group, was downloaded 40,309 times April 23-27 on Amazon.com during a Kindle e-book promotion. The book was also awarded an "honorable mention" by the Paris Book Festival on May 3. The book is Milstein's story about how his mother, father and brother escaped the U.S.S.R and immigrated to the United States, where Milstein eventually opened what would become a multi-million-dollar company.
• The American Forest & Paper Association presented Ann Arbor-based book manufacturer Edwards Brothers Malloy with its 2013 Business Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding paper recycling programs. The award was presented to John Edwards, president and CEO, and Bill Upton, vice president of operations, at the Book Manufacturers’ Institute Spring Management Conference in South Carolina April 29. Edwards Brothers Malloy’s Jackson Road plant in Ann Arbor is a zero landfill facility and its other facilities use, reuse or recycle 97.5 percent of all incoming materials. An estimated 12,100 pounds of office paper was recycled in 2012 at the Jackson Road plant, with a similar amount recycled at the company’s other manufacturing plants in Michigan and North Carolina.
• Dr. David A. Share, an Ypsilanti public health and preventive medicine physician, was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors during the 148th annual meeting of the MSMS House of Delegates April 27 in Grand Rapids. The MSMS Board sets policies and oversees operations for the 15,000-member medical society headquartered in East Lansing. Share is an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the departments of family medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System. He also serves as vice president of value partnerships at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
• Ann Arbor-based National Center for Manufacturing Sciences in early May announced that Charles Ryan, vice president of technology and manager of the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities Program, has resigned. The interim replacement is Tony Haynes, senior program manager.
• Duo Security, a cloud-based two-factor authentication company headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently announced that Computer Services Inc., based in Kentucky, has chosen to use Duo's online banking platform at more than 140 financial institutions.
• Donations totaling $10,200 were presented May 7 to the Education Project for Homeless Youth by 100 Women Who Care, a Washtenaw County nonprofit that twice annually makes contributions to local organizations. This year EPHY, which is housed and supported by Washtenaw Intermediate School District, has served more than 1,300 students in Washtenaw County who are homeless, ensuring these children enroll and regularly attend school. Students are provided with school supplies, clothing and other necessities to ensure their success.
• ProQuest, an Ann Arbor-based information and research company, has completed the acquisition of Ebook Library, expanding its e-book delivery and aggregation capabilities with libraries worldwide. Kari Paulson, president of EBL, and EBL's current staff, have joined ProQuest, with Paulson in the role of vice president and general manager of the combined ebrary and EBL e-book business unit.
• In related news, Simon Beale, ProQuest senior vice president and general manager of the company's North American government, public library and schools unit, was named to the board of directors of the Software Information Industry Association, a trade association for the software and digital content industries.
• ForeSee, an Ann Arbor-based customer experience analytics company, recently announced that ProQuest, an information and research firm also based in Ann Arbor, is using ForeSee's customer experience product to measure the customer experience on ProQuest's research portal used by academics around the world.
• The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees were honored by the Michigan Junior Chamber with a Management Development Vice President Award of Excellence at the Jaycees' Spring Leadership Conference May 10-12. The Vice President Award of Excellence is awarded by the state in each of the Junior Chamber's "areas of opportunity." Additionally, individual members of the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees were recognized for outstanding accomplishments in several areas. James Dreher was recognized in the Michigan Jaycees' Vice President's Parade for the first trimester. Dreher, the 2013 local management development vice president, finished first in the state-wide parade of local officers. Abby Smith, the state chair coordinator, was the recipient of the first State Presidential Medallion for 2013, meant to recognize officers and members from across the state for going above and beyond to improve the Junior Chamber.
• Paul A. King, currently senior executive at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, was selected as the new executive director of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. King will take his new post in August.
• Six professors from the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts are among 88 faculty nationwide awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies. Elizabeth Anderson, professor of philosophy, Hussein Fancy, assistant professor of history, and Martha Jones, associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies, received ACLS Fellowships, providing financial support to scholars in the humanities and related social sciences for up to one year of full-time research and writing. Sarah Moss, assistant professor of philosophy, and Ellen Muehlberger, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies and history, were named as Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellows. The program provides support to enable assistant professors and un-tenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences to pursue research. Christian de Pee, associate professor of history, was awarded the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, supporting recently tenured scholars in the humanities and related social sciences immediately following the granting of tenure by providing recipients with resources to pursue long-term, ambitious projects.
• Shell Oil Co. and the National Science Teachers Association in April announced the winner and two finalists for the 2013 Shell Science Teaching Award during the association's annual conference. The winner received a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to the NSTA National Conference. Bridgette Sparks, a science teacher at Saline High School, was one of the two finalists. She received all-expense paid trips to attend the conference and was recognized for her achievements at the awards banquet and ceremony in San Antonio.
• Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza recently announced that Robert A. VanRenterghem will join the company as vice president of product management in its supply chain services division, effective May 28. Vanrenterghem previously served in several senior positions at Gordon Food Service.
• The Employee Ownership Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Louis O. Kelso Fellowships for 2013- 2014. The fellowships are awarded to scholars studying broadened ownership of capital in the U.S. as part of a national fellowship program at Rutgers University. Among the recipients was Tricia McTague , assistant professor in the department of sociology at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
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