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Posted on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 : 5:15 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Humantech Inc. and Kahootz Toys

By Staff


Winnie Ip

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

• Ann Arbor-based Humantech Inc. recently announced that Director of Consulting Winnie Ip was named the Safety Professional of the Year for Ergonomics award by The American Society of Safety Engineers. Ip was recognized during the 2013 ASSE Conference June 24-27 in Las Vegas. Of the 600 members in the Ergonomic Practice Specialty committee, she was selected for providing valuable content to its members and for her performance in developing the committee and the profession as a whole.

• The Original Spirograph Deluxe Set, manufactured by Ann Arbor-based Kahootz Toys has been honored with a 2013 Best Toys for Kids award by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

Masco Corp. has selected Ann Arbor-based LLamasoft Supply Chain Guru as the primary tool for supply chain design across the Masco enterprise. Masco is a manufacturer of home improvement and construction products. Llamsoft is a producer of supply chain software.

• Ann Arbor-based nonprofit Legacy Land Conservancy recently announced the appointment of two new members of the board of trustees: James Adams, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of the law firm Butzel Long, and Lew Kidder, a conservation developer and attorney.

• Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload trucking company headquartered in Ann Arbor and a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., in early July announced that Rod Fracassi, chief counsel for Con-way Freight, was honored with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by the Transportation Lawyer's Association. The TLA is an independent international bar association whose members assist providers and/or commercial users of logistics and transportation services. Each year, TLA honors a member of its organization with the Distinguished Service Award.

• More than 500 Detroit Tigers fans from Eastern Michigan University raised $2,600 for SOS Community Services during TRUEMU Day at Comerica Park July 10. SOS is a community-based nonprofit agency dedicated to preventing and ending family homelessness in Washtenaw County. SOS received $5 from every ticket purchased through the Tigers' TRUEMU Day website.

• The Washtenaw County Breastfeeding Coalition is now accepting local applications for the 2013 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards. To nominate an area business that provides exemplary breastfeeding support to its employees, its customers or both, visit Nominations must be received by close of business on Monday, Aug. 5. An awards ceremony and Breastfeeding Awareness Month celebration is planned for Aug. 14 at Washtenaw County Public Health.

Concordia University Wisconsin recently announced that the merger with Concordia University Ann Arbor is now complete. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association approved CUW’s acquisition of CUAA in a July 9 letter to Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry, president of CUW and now CUAA. Curt Gielow, executive dean of CUW’s School of Pharmacy, will move to Ann Arbor and has been promoted to vice president of administration and chief campus officer at CUAA. Gielow will be in charge of assessing and developing the campus and its programs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Fitness Foundation, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, University of Michigan and Wayne State University July 12 announced a partnership to promote healthy lifestyles to schoolchildren. The expanded Building Healthy Communities partnership joins together five organizations that have a long history of childhood obesity prevention programs, with components ranging from healthy eating and physical activity, to creating a healthy supportive school environment. Building Healthy Communities is a comprehensive, school-wide program created to fight childhood obesity. For more information on Building Healthy Communities, visit

• Ann Arbor-based healthcare information company Truven Health Analytics July 3 announced the appointment of Roy Martin to the position executive vice president and chief operating officer of its commercial division. In this role, Martin will be responsible for the activities of Truven Health Analytics hospital, clinician, employer/health plan, and life sciences customer channels. He will be based in Chicago.

United Bank & Trust is sponsoring its eighth annual “Tools for Schools” campaign — a community wide collection drive of school supplies for homeless and disadvantaged youth in grades K - 12. The campaign started Monday, July 15 and runs through Aug. 16. Donations can be made in any of United’s 17 banking offices during normal business hours. In addition, United has implemented the use of a “Wish List” via where the community can purchase donations and ship directly to the United collection site. Needed items include backpacks, calculators, combination locks, binders and folders, compasses, thumb drives and notebook paper. United volunteers will collect all donated items, and work with area program directors for distribution. United Bank & Trust is a community based financial services company located in Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston and Monroe Counties.

• Gov. Rick Snyder July 12 announced the reappointment of Thomas Oldani of Ann Arbor to the Michigan Collection Practices Board. The nine-member board licenses and regulates collection agencies operating in Michigan. Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring June 30.

• A group of 10 Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers and administrators are traveling to Singapore to learn about successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, often referred to as STEM, education strategies. The two-week trip was provided by Toyota and organized by the International Institute of Education. This is a pilot program for Toyota, which has supported a similar initiative on a smaller scale over the past 14 years, sending teachers and librarians abroad. During the trip, the AAPS staff will learn about Singapore’s STEM educational practices.

• ProQuest, an Ann Arbor-based company providing research and archival tools, has appointed Tony Rummans as vice president global sales. In addition, Rummans will also serve on the sales, marketing and customer experience leadership team.

Barbara Furin Sloat, a resident of Ann Arbor and a cell biologist at the University of Michigan whose career has focused on cellular morphogenesis in yeast and on the recruitment and retention of women in the sciences, was recently recognized for her work by her alma mater Denison University, where she is a member of the class of 1963. Denison honored her with an alumni citation, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate or friend of the college.

• Cultivian Sandbox Venture Partners July 16 announced the addition of Matthew Bell as a principal to the firm. Bell’s primary responsibilities will include identifying, screening and managing new investments for the Cultivian Sandbox Food and Agriculture Fund II. He will be located in Michigan and will focus on investment opportunities in Michigan and the Midwest in general. Cultivian Sandbox Venture Partners has offices in Carmel, Ind., Lenexa, Kansas, Chicago and Ann Arbor.

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