Charles E. Barbieri Awarded the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award

Charles Barbieri, a shareholder at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, was awarded the 2015 Leo A. Farhat award by the Ingham County Bar Association. The award seeks to recognize an attorney who shows exceptional legal skill and gives back to their community. Charles Barbieri concentrates his practice on environmental law and First Amendment and media law matters. He is included in Best Lawyers®, superlawyers and is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell. Barbieri is an active member in the community and serves on the boards of numerous associations, including the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Section. He is also a frequent author of environmental issues and first amendment issues. Many of his articles are published in legal and trade publications throughout Michigan. Consumers Energy Creates New Training Program to Attract Skilled Managers to Become Field Leaders Consumers Energy is starting a new program to develop the next generation of field leaders, those who supervise electric and natural gas crews. Consumers Energy has multiple positions in Michigan to fill in the Field Leader Development Program, intended for experienced leaders who may need to develop energy operations skills. The positions are full-time and will require working outdoors during inclement weather and interacting with customers. During the 12- to 18-month training program, participants will not have direct supervisory responsibilities while receiving an overview of electric and gas operations and rotating through multiple field-based assignments. After development, the successful participants will be eligible for full-time, permanent field leader positions with supervisory responsibilities. The Field Leader Development Program is patterned after a program Consumers Energy has used reliably for years to develop engineering talent. Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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