People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including McMullen Properties and Interim HealthCare
The following is a list of achievements by businesses and individuals in the Ann Arbor area:
• Terri Neely has assumed expanded responsibilities with McMullen Properties, the Ann Arbor commercial and residential real estate development, leasing and management firm. Neely joined McMullen Properties in 2009 as the general manager for Valley Ranch Apartments on Ann Arbor’s south side. She now continues in that role, while also serving as a commercial leasing associate and the marketing administrator for the company. Neely resides in Grass Lake.
• Interim HealthCare, a national home healthcare franchise company, will host the grand opening of its newest location in Ann Arbor. The local owner is Don Ottomeyer. A grand opening barbecue celebration will take place at the Ann Arbor Interim HealthCare office, located on 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 2-A, today from 4-7 p.m.
• University of Michigan Press associate director/digital manager Karen Hill was named interim director, effective Sept. 1, when director Phil Pochoda retires. Pochoda, who has been at the Press for 10 years, will serve as a consultant to the U-M Library and its MPublishing division, The University of Michigan Press is a unit of MPublishing at the University of Michigan Library.
• Daniel Milstein, an Ann Arbor resident and CEO of Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group, recently had a book, "The ABC of Sales," published earlier this year by Gold Star Publishing.
• Mark T. Boonstra, a principal in the Ann Arbor office of Miller Canfield, was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Judges Retirement Board for a term ending on March 31, 2015. He represents the general public and replaces Chris Swope. The board provides oversight of the Judges Retirement System Defined Benefit Plan. At Miller Canfield, Boonstra is co-chair of Miller Canfield’s Appellate Section and deputy leader of the Litigation Group.
• Kapnick Insurance Group recently held a grand opening for their newly-renovated office building at 1201 Briarwood Circle, adjacent to the Briarwood Mall. The company’s two current Ann Arbor offices — Kapnick Insurance Group located on Victors Way and the Ufer & Co. office on Stadium Boulevard — will be consolidated into one new location. With the move to the Briarwood Circle location, Ufer and Co. will also be consolidated into the Kapnick Insurance Group name.
• Baker Strategy Group has relocated to a new office at 214 S. Main St., Suite 212 Ann Arbor.
• The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber recently announced that it will partner with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk for the second year in a row. The Light the Night Walk is LLS’s annual fundraising event held each fall to raise money for cancer research and patient services, and last year, the Ann Arbor Walk raised nearly $74,000. This year's walk is set for Oct. 8. To find out more information about forming a team or participating in a Light the Night Walk, visit www.lightthenight.org/mi.
• The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has added two new members to its board of directors: Julie Hepler, vice president of franchise operations for the Midwest Region of Dominos; and Renee Birnbaum, a trial attorney with her own practice.
• Several Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling more than $1.8 million. Among those awarded investment money are several Ann Arbor firms: ArborWind, whose patented wind turbine design enables its customers to generate electricity efficiently and economically using renewable wind energy; Practical EHR Solutions LLC, which helps physician practices manager their electronic health records; RetroSense Therapeutics, an Ann Arbor company that's developing a gene therapy to restore vision in retinal degenerative diseases; and Reveal Design Automation, which provides scalable software products and services for identifying flaws in complex digital chip designs.
• DTE Energy received a $5.4 million federal grant through Clean Energy Coalition to fund the conversion of more than 170 gasoline-powered fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas. The grant, which was awarded to Clean Energy Coalition's Green Fleets program by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also pays for the construction of two new CNG fueling stations and the refurbishment of 11 others across Michigan. Clean Energy Coalition is an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working with public and private partners to develop and implement clean energy technologies and strategies. Its Green Fleets initiative helps Michigan companies deploy clean-fueled vehicles and build the fueling infrastructure to support them.
• Ann Arbor-based Tecumseh Products Co. recently named James J. Connor president and chief executive officer. Connor most recently served as the chief financial officer for Tecumseh Products since January 2010.
• Quinn Evans Architects, based in Ann Arbor, was part of a construction team that recently received national recognition for work on Accident Fund Holdings Inc.'s corporate headquarters in Lansing. The group received the American Institute of Steel Construction IDEAS (2) 2011 Presidential Award of Excellence in a ceremony at the Accident Fund National Headquarters, the site of the rehabilitated, historic former Ottawa Street Power Station, in downtown Lansing.