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Posted on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 5:15 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including The Oxford Co. and Custom Design Build, Ann Arbor

By Staff


Jeff Hauptman

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

• Vistage Michigan selected Oxford Co. President Jeff Hauptman as the recipient of its 2012 Soaring Eagle Award, presented annually to recognize one member's overall success in business. Vistage Michigan, a membership-based organization that supports business leaders, honored Hauptman during its annual CEO Summit Sept. 21.

Custom Design Build, Ann Arbor is a winner of two Master Design Award from Qualified Remodeler. Custom Design Build won the Gold Medal Master Design Award and Best in Show for its Quiet Creek Cottage project. Custom Design Build will be honored during the Qualified Remodeler Awards Gala on Oct. 9. In related news, Custom Design was named a winner in two categories in the annual Professional Remodeler Design Awards contest, sponsored by Professional Remodeler magazine. Custom Design Build garnered a bronze award in the Additions category and a silver award in the Whole House category. The Professional Remodeler Design Awards is a nationwide contest recognizing outstanding remodeling projects in 20 categories.

• Ann Arbor's Gratzi restaurant celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The restaurant is owned by Mainstreet Ventures.

• The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business today was named one of the top graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation. The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine recognized the Institute in a joint ranking of "Top 25 Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs." This marks the third consecutive year the Institute has appeared among the top five. More than 2,000 schools were surveyed.

• Maurice Pogoda, owner of National Storage Center Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to the storage business he bought in August.

• The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants announced the recipients of the organization's 2012 awards at its awards dinner Oct. 1, and Randolph C. Paschke of Ann Arbor received the Chair's Service Award. • Certified public accounting and business advisory firm Plante Moran PLLC will support literacy-focused organizations for Plante Moran Cares, its staff-driven community service initiative for the 2013 fiscal year. In Ann Arbor, Plante Moran staff will support the Washtenaw Literacy Council with volunteer hours and fundraising efforts.

• Ann Arbor-based law firm Hooper Hathaway P.C. attorneys James R. Beuche, Charles W. Borgsdorf, Mark R. Daane, Angela L. Jackson, Marta M. Manildi and Bruce T. Wallace have been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2013” in each of their respective areas of practice, including corporate law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, and trusts and estates administration. Selection for Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey by the top attorneys in the country. awarded its first grand-prize winning school - Whitmore Lake High School - with a total of $1,250 in prizes to be applied to their 2012-2013 athletic season. The school was chosen through Stadium Trophy Inc.’s, Michigan Student Athlete of the Week program. The program offers an opportunity to recognize high school scholar athletes and give school sports programs a chance to win a year-end equipment donation. Whitmore Lake qualified to be part of a drawing for the prize when its student athlete - Ronnie Milbocker - won the Michigan High School Athlete of the Week Award through Stadium Trophy Inc. is based in Ypsilanti.

Elizabeth Raines, Keller Williams Market Center leader, and several real estate agents in the Ann Arbor office, returned Sept. 23 from Austin, Texas after attending the Keller Williams Mega Camp, a mid-year opportunity to learn about the latest tools and trends in the real estate industry. Ann Arbor agents attended both Mega Technology Camp and Mega Agent Camp over their three day stay in Texas.

• For the second consecutive year, Con-way Freight, an Ann Arbor-based less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has been named LTL Carrier of the Year by Whirlpool Corp., based in Benton Harbor.

• Northville resident Dan Gilmartin, executive director at Michigan Municipal League in Ann Arbor, and Howell resident David Beeman, senior general manager at ArtCraft Display Inc. in Novi, were honored at the Michigan Society of Association Executives’ award ceremony Sept. 27 in Dearborn. Gilmartin was awarded the “Strategic Association Leader” award for his participation with MSAE since becoming a member in 2005. Beeman was awarded the 2012 “Supplier Partner” award for his involvement on several MSAE committees and taskforces and his work with hundreds of MSAE executive and supplier members for more than 28 years. MSAE is a professional organization of more than 600 association executives throughout Michigan.

Candace Pinaud has joined the compliance department of Huron Valley Financial as a compliance officer. Huron Valley Financial is a mortgage firm with branches in Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Brighton, Clarkston and Fenton.

• United Bank & Trust recently announced the hire of Michael Aginian as vice president of the special assets group. In his new role at United, Aginian will manage a portfolio of non-performing problem loans/assets assigned for collection or rehabilitation. United Bank & Trust is a community-based financial services company located in Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston and Monroe counties in Michigan.

• The University of Michigan's Radrick Farms Golf Course in Ann Arbor has been chosen to receive the 2012 Washtenaw County Environmental Excellence Award for Water Quality Protection announced by the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office.

• The Gateway Communities Initiative unveiled their new brand, “The Big 400," and website, Sept. 28 at a press conference at the Washington Street Education Center in Chelsea. The project was led by Mark Lantz, owner of The Mark Lantz Project. The Big 400 identifies an area of nearly 400 square miles of Southern Michigan connected by public lands, waterways, and the communities that border these lands, extending through Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston and Ingham counties. The Gateway Communities Initiative is a collaboration between the Department of Natural Resources, local units of government, public schools, nonprofit organizations and private business owners working together to develop an economic strategy for the region.

• The Michigan Economic Development Corp. in late September announced that SRI International, a nonprofit research and development institute, will establish a Phase 1 clinical trial facility at the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center in Plymouth. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the Center of Innovation designation and $5 million in initial funding for the Biosciences Division of SRI to open a clinical trial facility. The clinical facility will expand SRI’s presence in Michigan. SRI has an engineering and advanced radar facility in Ann Arbor.

• The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber recently announced the winners of two annual awards recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of chamber members. William D. Kinley, President of Phoenix Contractors and Phoenix Co., will be presented with the Chamber’s Distinguished Service Award, and Matt and Rene Greff, owners of Arbor Brewing Co., will receive the Small Businessperson of the Year Award.

Tecumseh Products Co., headquartered in Ann Arbor, will provide technical training and support to its network of authorized North American wholesalers with the establishment of Tecumseh University. The purpose-built classroom and lab facility at the site of Tecumseh’s main North American production hub in Tupelo, Miss. will provide the training and education necessary for key wholesaler personnel to become Tecumseh certified “refrigeration specialists.” A total of six week-long Intermediate Refrigeration sessions will take place in 2012, with additional Intermediate and Advanced courses planned for 2013.

• Washtenaw County’s Marie Marion has been named Michigan Farm Bureau’s Volunteer of the Month for September 2012 for her leadership and dedication to the county Farm Bureau. Marion served as co-chair of the membership committee, and she helped organize and implement a membership campaign, exceeding recruitment goals. Marion also promotes agricultural education through involvement in the Promotion and Education program. Additionally, Marion helps out behind the scenes of Farm Bureau programs and events and assists as the “handyman” for minor repairs and tasks at the county Farm Bureau office. A graduate of Saline High School who is pursuing her veterinary technician degree, Marion lives with her parents on the family farm outside of Saline.

• Law firm Dykema recently announced the hire of two new associates, Janet Conigliaro and Arielle Tokorcheck, in their Ann Arbor office. Conigliaro focuses her practice in the area of automotive and products liability litigation. Tokorcheck focuses her practice in the area of health care law and is a member of the firm’s health care practice group.

• The Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists, based in Ann Arbor, was honored at the Michigan Society of Association Executives’ 11th annual Diamond Awards Sept. 27 in Dearborn. The awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in associations. MANA earned Gold Honorable Mention for Innovative Collaboration (less than $1 million budget) for joint work with American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and American Medical Response. MSAE is a professional organization of more than 600 association executives throughout Michigan.

• New Make-A-Wish Michigan board officers were recently named. Among the new board officers is vice chair Janette Ferrantino of Ann Arbor. Additionally, joining the Make-A-Wish Michigan board for their first term were Rob Casalou, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals in Ypsilanti, and Dr. Gregory Yanik, a professor of pediatrics with the University of Michigan.

• Officials from Ann Arbor-based McKinley announced Oct. 2 that Eugene A. Miller has been elected chairman of the board, effective immediately. Miller is the retired chairman and CEO of Comerica Inc. and Comerica Bank. He is also a director of TriMas Corp., Handleman Co. and DTE Energy Holding Co., as well as trustee and former chair of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the McGregor Foundation.

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