Notable News September 2019
Hayes Green Beach President and CEO Honored with MHA Healthcare Leadership Award
Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital has announced that Matt Rush, the president, and CEO, has been honored with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association’s Healthcare Leadership Award at the MHA annual membership meeting.
This annual award recognizes exceptional individuals who have provided outstanding leadership in health care organizations and to the health and well-being of the community.
“Each of these leaders possesses the ability to collaborate with their staff and local organizations, making meaningful differences in their facilities’ impact in their communities,” states MHA.
Rush has led HGB for more than 20 years and has worked to keep HGB a patient-oriented hospital.
“Being a leader in health care is a labor of love,” Rush said when he accepted the award. “It’s about heart, and it can’t be done alone. The board of trustees and our hospital team are a large part of my heart and can be recognized as well for successfully carrying out our mission.”
Davis named to Premier Lawyers of America
Jack C. Davis, an attorney with Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting in Lansing, has been selected for membership in Premier Lawyers of America, a prestigious, invitation-only organization that recognizes the top 1% of attorneys in America. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in their primary practice areas and must be nominated by at least one other peer attorney or hand-selected by the organization’s advisory committee.
Attorneys selected for membership undergo a rigorous vetting process that examines case outcomes, legal experience, professional achievements, certifications, trial experience, educational history, teaching or publishing experience, peer and client feedback, ratings and reviews, and professionalism and ethics.
“Membership in Premier Lawyers of America is reserved for top-rated attorneys who are able to meet or exceed demanding selection criteria,” said Robert Nguyen, director of membership services for the organization. “Mr. Davis’ exceptional legal ability, client advocacy and success sets him apart from his peers.”
A member of the Loomis Law Firm since 1966, Davis works with the business transactions, real estate, business entities, and probate and estate law departments. He has served on several international delegations to advise government leaders on trade and international tax matters for the development of a free market economy.
Michigan Health & Hospital Association Presents Awards to Health Care Leaders
The Michigan Health and Hospital Association has held its annual membership meeting and presented awards to several exceptional individuals and programs.
The sepsis team at Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, was honored with the MHA Advancing Safe Care Award, which was created to recognized health care teams within MHA-member hospitals that demonstrate a fierce commitment to providing the best quality care.
Three hospital programs were chosen for the 2019 MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award, which is presented to member organizations integrally involved in collaborative programs to improve the health and well-being of area residents.
The MHA Special Recognition Award was presented to four individuals for their extensive contributions to health care. State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford; Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson; Mary Ursul, senior advisor for Converys; and Marilyn Litka-Klein, vice president of health finance at MHA have all been recognized for making contributions on behalf of Michigan hospitals and protecting funding that supports access to care.
Applications for 2019-20 Leadership Lansing Program Now Available
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) announced it is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Leadership Lansing cohort. Leadership Lansing is a program in which leaders develop a greater understanding of how important community institutions contribute to the overall quality of life in the region.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the response that the community has had for Leadership Lansing and the success of our first four years,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “The feedback we have received from those who have participated has been very enthusiastic, and many individuals have already expressed interest in enrolling in our next program.”
Leadership Lansing is an eight-month program in which participants engage in seven workshops, where they are exposed to business leaders, industry sectors and important institutions that are the fabric of the Greater Lansing region. Examples of some of the workshops in past sessions have focused on topics of government, education, manufacturing, insurance, health care, homegrown businesses and entrepreneurs, cultural gems in the region, and the history of Lansing. Participants also have received training in individual leadership skills such as how to identify and leverage their personal strengths. Leadership Lansing is facilitated by credentialed coaches and certified leadership instructors Susan Combs, MBA, PCC of Susan Combs Coaching and Consulting; and Ross Woodstock, ACC of Kolt Communications.
Lansing Regional Chamber Strengthens Growing Team
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) announced the addition of Marcy Rzepka and John Pompei to its ever-growing team. Rzepka will be taking over the position of a member relations manager and Pompei will work as the chamber’s digital media manager.
“We’re excited to welcome Marcy to the organization to help us build a better chamber, stronger community and more vibrant region,” said Michelle Rahl, LRCC vice president of business development. “The chamber’s growing team will allow us to enhance our high level of customer service while continuing to deliver value and outstanding experiences to our more than 1,000 members and our region’s business community that we serve.”
Rzepka will be focused on new business developments and membership engagement, while Pompei is responsible for managing the creative design, digital media production, website management, social media content and supporting the communications department.
“John’s experience working in marketing and media production, consulting and customer service will be a tremendous asset to the chamber’s business development and member engagement efforts,” said Eric Dimoff, vice president of marketing and communications. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact he will bring to our team as we work relentlessly to help businesses connect, grow and thrive.”
Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors holds a Ribbon-cutting Celebration
The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, to celebrate the momentous 100th anniversary of M-36, provided a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Also assisting MACC President Mike Waltz outside the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Hometown USA Visitors Center on M-36 are the community leaders and members of the Tin Can Tourists group. The Tin Can Tourists also were celebrating their 100th anniversary this year along with the 100th anniversary of the Michigan state parks. The Tin Can Tourists group has been caravanning across Michigan, including a two-night stop in Mason at the Ingham County Fairgrounds.
Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center Awarded Grant
Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from General Motors for its Driver Rehabilitation Service. The funds will help provide education and training to improve driver confidence, safety and independence, and will assist people with neurological dysfunction and developmental disabilities.
Origami also hosted the 13th annual Brain Injury Symposium of Mid-Michigan. The event brought together interdisciplinary professionals interested in the field of brain injury including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, vocational counselors, recreational therapists, case managers, discharge planners and health care students.
Origami also announced two promotions within its organization. Amy Hedley was promoted from billing supervisor to business office manager and Anne VanKirk was promoted from medical biller to accounts receivable specialist.
Origami also welcomed two new employees. Colette Chap is their newest occupational therapist and Lindsay Hunt will be the facility’s newest speech-language pathologist. Both interned at Origami last fall.
PMAC Homes Newest Team Member
MacIntyre and Cowen RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals – Grand River team has a new buyer agent, Lucas Cairns. He was born and raised in Haslett, but since moving to Lansing has called Lansing home. Cairns is more familiar with the Greater Lansing area, which helps him to find homebuyers the home they are dreaming of.
First National Bank of Michigan Appoints Board Member
First National Bank of Michigan, a Kalamazoo organization, has appointed David G. Echelbarger to its board of directors. Echelbarger is the managing partner at Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co. P.C. based in Grand Rapids. Echelbarger will serve on the Information Technology Steering Committee.
“David’s business insight, coupled with his entrepreneurial and leadership skills make him a great addition to our board,” said Daniel Bitzer, president and CEO of First National Bank of Michigan. “We are pleased that David has accepted a position on our board. We look forward to working with him, as his professional experiences will contribute immensely to the future of our bank.”
Mason Chamber Executive to Retire in October
Doug Klein has announced his plans to retire as executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce in October. He is the longest-serving executive director of the MACC in the organization’s 47-year history.
Klein was recognized for his activities by the MACC with its President’s Award in 2004 and its Special Recognition Award in 2013. He has served on Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce committees and has been an ambassador to that chamber for the past few years.
In 2018, Klein retired from Lansing Community College as an adjunct professor of public relations, communication, business and marketing. In 28 years at LCC, Klein earned recognition on four separate occasions as a Salute to Excellence and Employee Recognition award winner, twice as an individual and twice as a part of a team.
After retirement, Klein plans to continue consulting for a limited number of businesses through his one-person public relations and marketing firm, Star Associates.
Rose Pest Solutions Promotes Kandler to Lansing District Supervisor
Rose Pest Solutions has announced that John Kandler has been promoted to district supervisor and will be overseeing the company’s Lansing service area.
Kandler has been a service technician in the same market since 2017 and will assume all aspects of the district operations in his new role. Kandler also will lead recruitment, hiring and training of all new employees joining the Rose Pest Solutions team.
“John’s strong client service skills and his proven ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks will greatly benefit him and the Lansing district in his new role and responsibilities,” said Jim Ives, president of Rose Pest Solutions. “We are confident in John’s ability to take Rose to the next level.”
Maner Costerisan Earns ‘Best Accounting Firm to Work For’ Title
For the fourth year in a row, Maner Costerisan has been recognized by Accounting Today as one of 2019’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work For.” Maner Costerisan is one of the premier locally owned CPA firms in mid-Michigan; they are proud to be seen as a firm that excels at creating a quality work environment for its employees.
“It is an honor to again be recognized as one of Accounting Today’s 2019 Best Accounting Firms to Work For,” said Jeffrey Stevens, CPA, CITP and president of Maner Costerisan. “Maner Costerisan is dedicated to making the working environment very positive and employee-friendly. It is humbling to again be selected as one of the best in our business.”
Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to recognize 100 of the best employers in the accounting industry that benefit their economy, workforce and businesses. Participants were considered by meeting the following criteria: being a firm for accounting and located in the United States with at least 15 employees and having been in business for more than a year.
Two distinct surveys were included in the process of consideration. The first of which was a 25% evaluation looking at each workplace’s policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics; the other 75% of the determination was based on employee surveys to measure each firm’s employee experience. These scores determined the top firms and the final ranking. Best Companies Group both manages and analyzes the data to determine the final ranking.
Mason Ambassadors have Ribbon Cutting for Dairy Hill
The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors provided a ribbon cutting to celebrate two anniversaries at Dairy Hill, 601 E. Ash St. in Mason. It has been 50 years since Lawrence and Clara Belle Burgess bought Dairy Hill and 40 years since Ruben and Shirley (Burgess) Droscha bought Dairy Hill from them. Assisting Ruben Droscha were family, current employees, community leaders, former employees and community members.
Kirk Ray Joins the University Club Board of Directors
McLaren Greater Lansing President and CEO Kirk Ray has been elected to the University Club of Michigan State University’s board of directors.
Ray currently leads McLaren Greater Lansing’s two hospitals, while overseeing the construction and opening of a new $450 million health care campus in Lansing, adjacent to the University Club. Ray began his three-year term in July.
“The University Club is honored to have him join the board,” said University Club CEO and General Manager Karen Grannemann.
“His leadership and business skills, as well as his extensive use of the club’s facilities and services, will be an asset to the club.”
Ray earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is an active member of his local community through his service with several organizations that focus on patient safety and quality, population health and economic development. He also received the Ball State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, along with many other honors throughout his career for community service and business leadership.
MSUFCU Earns Awards from Marketing Association of Credit Unions
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union announced it has received two awards from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC). The awards were in the Direct Mail Series and Marketing Segment Program categories.
In the Direct Mail Series, the MSUFCU team created and sent mailers to incoming Michigan State University and Oakland University students and their parents promoting a $100 offer to those students opening new checking accounts. For MSU, the response rate was 22.47%, and for OU, the response rate was 16.71%. The average response rate for direct mail campaigns is generally 0.05% to 2%, according to JWM Business Services.
For the Marketing Segment Program, the MSUFCU team appealed to new MSU and Oakland University students with an introduction to the credit union. The combined response rate for the mailers was 20.64%.
“We are excited to receive these awards in recognition for our team’s work in promoting our products and services to prospective members,” said Deidre Davis, MSUFCU’s chief marketing officer. “It is rewarding to connect potential members in a way that resonates with them. These mailings also inform them about a great opportunity to establish a partnership with a financial institution whose mission is to help them achieve their dreams.”
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Announces its Board of Directors
April Clobes, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union’s president and CEO, has announced the list of people who will be serving as the credit union’s board of directors for 2019.
“This group of volunteers serving on MSUFCU’s board are uniquely qualified to lead the credit union’s strategic direction and continued development of our products, services, digital and branch growth,” said Clobes. “We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated board who gives their time and skills to help govern the credit union.”
Angela W. Brown will be serving as the chair, along with Gregory Deppong, CPA as the vice-chair. Ernest Betts, Ph.D., will be the treasurer; Sue Carter, J.D., will be the secretary; and Bill Beekman, John Brick, Ph.D., Michael Hudson, Steven Kurncz and Janet Lillie, Ph.D., will serve as the rest of the board.
“I am pleased to begin serving as the chair of MSUFCU’s board of directors,” said Brown. “As the credit union continues to expand into new Michigan communities, such as Oakland County and Holt, and identify and develop innovative products and services to help members achieve financial success, the board will provide direction to ensure MSUFCU remains a leader in the financial industry.”