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Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 : 5:15 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including law firm Lorandos Joshi and Foundation Financial Group

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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Ashish Joshi

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 attorney Ashish Joshi was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the association’s 54th annual Meeting in San Francisco July 28. Joshi is a frequent lecturer in continuing legal education courses and has served as an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. He is a shareholder attorney at Lorandos Joshi.

• Foundation Financial Group employees and executives from across the nation awarded the Timothy Brosier Diamond Award for outstanding service during the second quarter of 2012 to Joseph D. Craigmile IV of Ann Arbor. Craigmile is a section manager at Foundation Financial Group’s Rochester center. Each quarter, Foundation Financial Group honors one of its employees for outstanding service and for going beyond the call of duty while maintaining a positive attitude. Recipients are nominated by fellow employees.

• On Aug. 21, the United States Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, kicked off a year-long Safety Pilot Model Deployment test vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in Ann Arbor. According to the USDOT, nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses equipped with Wi-Fi technology will enable vehicles and infrastructure to "talk" to each other in real time to help avoid crashes and improve traffic flow.

• The University of Michigan and the InternationalGenomics Consortium have launched a new joint venture called Paradigm. The new nonprofit company brings together the expertise of the U-M Health System and IGC in using genetic information to understand and treat disease. The company will also help support clinical trials at UMHS and other health systems.

Tara E. Mahoney, a partner in the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s labor and employment department, has been elected president of the Neutral Zone’s board of directors. Located in Ann Arbor, the Neutral Zone is a youth-driven teen center. Mahoney has served as a board member and chaired its human resources board committee since 2008.

• Gov. Rick Snyder Aug. 16 announced the appointment of Knut Simonsen of Ann Arbor to the Michigan Early Stage Venture Investment Corporation board of directors. Established in 2003, the seven-member board encourages a healthy economic climate by fostering job creation, retention and expansion through the promotion of investment in venture capital businesses, specializing in early stage and seed investments. Simonsen is vice president of strategy and corporate development for Detroit-based DTE Energy. He also serves as president of DTE Energy Ventures, a clean technology investment group.

Steven J. Cernak joined Schiff Hardin LLP’s Ann Arbor office as "of counsel" in the litigation and antitrust and trade regulation groups.

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