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Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 5:16 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute

By Staff


Karla Velikan

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

• Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP recently announced that Karla Velikan joined the firm as an attorney in its Business Immigration Practice Group of Honigman’s Corporate and Securities Department. Velikan, a resident of Ann Arbor, will be based in the firm's Detroit office.

• Dr. Joel Saper, founder and director of the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute, based in Ann Arbor, was named a 2012 Legacy Society Honoree by the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. Saper will receive the Professional Service Award at the 2012 Spring Tribute on Saturday, March 31 at The Diamond Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. MHNI is the first comprehensive head pain program in the world and has served as a model for others for the past 34 years. Saper is a board-certified neurologist and pain medicine specialist. He is an educator in the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Headache Society and the American Pain Society. He is a clinical professor of Medicine (Neurology) at Michigan State University and a former assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan.

• The Charles Reinhart Co. Realtors, based in Ann Arbor, recently added three real estate agents. Joining Reinhart are Ariel Hurwitz-Greene, working out of the Ann Arbor North office, and Nancy McLeod and Betsy Stover, both working out of the company's Ann Arbor South office.

• MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently announced that Dr. Michael Stebbins will be the keynote speaker at its 2012 Annual Business Meeting & Showcase on April 19 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Dr. Stebbins is the assistant director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private regional economic development nonprofit, recently launched the first of four videos that will describe SPARK's core initiatives to support business and workforce development. The videos were created by Emmy award winner Beth Tanenhaus Winsten of Ann Arbor's tinyBigPictureshows. The videos will be used as part of the new $1 million Pure Michigan advertising campaign, a collaboration between Ann Arbor SPARK, the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Ypsilanti Area CVB.

Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan recently announced that its executive director, Danielle Plunkett, was the recipient of the 2011 ATHENA Leadership Award. Recipients are individuals who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential. The Women’s Council of Washtenaw County hosts the local award.

Jyco Sealing Technologies, a producer of thermoplastic sealing systems for automotive and industrial applications, has announced two high-level management promotions. Benoit Singher was promoted to vice president of Engineering and Technology. Singher will manage Jyco's product engineering and testing in Asia, Latin America and North America. He will be based at Jyco's headquarters in Ann Arbor. Jyco also announced the promotion of Peter Yang to the position of plant manager for Jyco Asia, which has manufacturing operations in Shanghai. Yang will be responsible for production, quality, materials management, process engineering, facility management and plant operations.

• The Ann Arbor office of Real Estate One recently welcomed Jeff Roth and Tony Trupiano to the sales team.

Rob Guilloz has joined the Ann Arbor office of Edward Surovell Realtors as a sales associate.

Cindy H. Harrison will join Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital as director of Human Resources in April. Harrison is a resident of Ann Arbor.

Online Tech, based in Ann Arbor, is the first Michigan data center operator to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Online Tech improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its Mid-Michigan data center.

• The Washtenaw Contractors Association announced the winners of its 14th annual PYRAMID Awards on Friday, March 23. The winners were selected by an independent jury composed of industry experts in Nebraska and Iowa. Awards included Best Project Team - Projects over $25 Million, which went to Accident Fund’s new national headquarters in Lansing. Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor shared architectural responsibility for the project. Best Subcontractor Award - Contracts under $500,000 went to the Edwards Glass Co. of Livonia for its work on the JJR office finish out project in Ann Arbor. Best Subcontractor Award - Contracts over $500,000 went to Dee Cramer of Holly for the University of Michigan Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital project in Ann Arbor. Leidal & Hart Mason Contractors in Livonia won the “Best Innovation” award for the University of Michigan Law School addition and renovation and Aikens Commons in Ann Arbor.

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