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Notable News February 2020

Greater Lansing CVB Hires  Kroll as Sales Manager

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced they have hired Hannah Kroll as sales manager. Kroll comes to the GLCVB from the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, where she performed three different roles over the last eight years. Kroll holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Central Michigan University and is an active member with the Michigan Society of Association Executives and the Society of Government Meeting Planners.

Hannah’s role with the GLCVB will include growing the meeting and events market within Michigan State University as well as generating meetings for businesses with the regional and national associations market.

“Continued growth of our relationships within MSU is an important part of the future plans of our organization,” said Jack Schripsema, president and CEO of the GLCVB. “We are confident that Hannah’s experience and valuable community relationships will make her a perfect fit for this key role.”


LAFCU Signals Importance of Enterprise Liaison with New Position

Jamell Williams has been tapped for LAFCU’s newly created enterprise liaison position.  Williams will develop, implement and manage various corporate initiatives that strengthen LAFCU, achieve superior member service and serve to live LAFCU’s philosophy, Your Credit Union for Life. The position is in the professional services division, with dual reporting to the department’s director, Ryan Larson, and LAFCU CEO Pat Spyke.

“This new position will allow LAFCU to respond with agility to organizational change in support of member-focused solutions,” said Spyke. “Jamell brings an extensive understanding of LAFCU and how it operates. He also has proven interpersonal and leadership skills, all of which will serve him and LAFCU well.”

Williams, of East Lansing, has nearly 17 years of experience in the financial industry, including six years with LAFCU. He has worked in member service at the LAFCU West Lansing Branch, most recently serving as manager. He recently received a leadership award from the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates in recognition of his commitment to self-improvement.


Terry Named Manager at Maner Costerisan

Monica Jane Terry has been promoted to manager in Maner Costerisan’s Lansing office’s audit department. Terry joined the firm as an associate four years ago, and Maner Costerisan leadership said her latest promotion is a result of an impressive work ethic and commitment to the industry and organization.

Keith Pfeifle, principal, said Terry is a rising star at Maner Costerisan and has quickly made a name for herself since joining the certified public accounting and business and technology advisory firm as an associate four years ago.

“We love having people who are so self-directed and invested in both our organization and the industry,” said Pfeifle “Terry’s promotion is well-deserved, and we look forward to seeing where she goes from here.”

After graduating from Corunna High School, Terry attended Saginaw Valley State University, completing her bachelor’s degree in professional accountancy in 2015. She joined the team at Maner Costerisan shortly after graduation.

Terry is a licensed certified public accountant as well as a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Saginaw Valley State University Alumni Association. She lives with her fiancé in Potterville, where she enjoys spending her nonwork hours reading, playing with her dogs and spending time with her family.


Loomis Law Honored with Award

Jack C. Davis, and Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting PC in Lansing, have been named the “Recommended Attorney & Firm in Michigan for 2020” by “The Corporate Lawyers, the premier guide to the nation’s leading corporate attorneys.”

As part of the firm’s business transactions, real estate, business entities and tax law departments, Davis manages a large client base, providing expert legal counsel to business clients. 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.

An alumnus of Harvard Law School, Davis is listed in the 2018 edition of “Best Lawyers in America,” as well as the 2018 edition of “Preeminent Lawyers,” maintaining that rating for over 25 years; and has been listed in Super Lawyers, Lawyers of Distinction, Leading Lawyers and Top Lawyers. He recently received the Lexis/Nexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Award.

Davis, who was honored in 2014 with the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award by the Ingham County Bar Association, was associated with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago before joining the Loomis Law Firm in 1966.

The Loomis Law Firm has positioned itself on its commitment to providing expert, innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex legal problems. They have served a wide range of Michigan businesses for the past 65 years, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, with their counsel to help navigate the challenges of an ever-changing legal, regulatory and business environment.


Maner Costerisan Names New Partner

Maner Costerisan announced that Jeffrey P. Allen has been named as a new partner for the firm. Allen has worked for the firm for 11 years in the audit, accounting and outsourced solutions department.

Allen said his recent promotion and rewarding career at Maner Costerisan came from a chance job shadow when he was 16 years old and exploring possible career paths and weighing the decision to go into finance or accounting. Allen’s father knew an engineer at Parker Hannifin Corp. who arranged the job shadow with a plant controller, and Allen said the job shadow laid the foundation for his current career.

“The controller convinced me that accounting was a language and that I could always go into finance with an accounting degree, but I couldn’t go into accounting with a finance degree,” he said.

Now 33, Allen has grown his career working with Maner Costerisan’s certified public accountants and business and technology advisors. He conducts affordable housing audits and specializes in providing outsourced chief financial officer and controller services to businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, Allen provides valuation expertise and abilities to closely held businesses looking to buy, sell or gift ownership.

Allen is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has given presentations for the MICPA as well as the Maner Solutions Conference. He and his wife live in Grand Ledge with their two sons. In his free time, Allen enjoys backpacking and world travel, and his journeys have included whitewater rafting in the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls in Africa.


Transaction Highlights for NAI Mid-Michigan

NAI Mid-Michigan announced they ended 2019 on a high note, including many sales and leases for the month of December. Recent NAI Mid-Michigan sales and leases include:

NAI Mid-Michigan has sold 1159 and 1229 S. Pennsylvania Ave in Lansing to Emterra Environmental USA. Dave Robinson represented the seller in the transaction.

NAI Mid-Michigan sold Brookside Plaza, a 24,176-Square-foot retail strip center facing West Saginaw Street on Brookside Drive in Lansing’s west submarket. John Starkey represented the seller in the transaction and NAI Mid-Michigan will continue to manage and lease the property for the new owner.

NAI Mid-Michigan sold 1141 N. Pine St. that was formerly part of the School for the Blind campus located north of downtown Lansing. Steve Slater represented the Ingham County Land Bank in the sale of the property.

D&D Bicycle Service Inc. has entered a long-term lease for 4,750 square feet at Brookfield Plaza at the corner of Grand River Ave. and Hagadorn Road in East Lansing. NAI Mid-Michigan’s Ed Weaver represented the landlord in the transaction.

Bread Bites, a Mediterranean Bakery, has entered a long-term lease for 2,850 square feet at Central Park Place on Marsh Road. in Okemos. Weaver represented the landlord in the transaction.

NAI Mid-Michigan sold the Onondaga Post Office building at 5555 Oak St., and the Onondaga building at 428 N. Cedar St. in Lansing. Steve Slater represented the seller in the transaction.

Wright and Filippis Inc. has entered a long-term lease at The Lofts at 329 S. Washington Square in Lansing. NAI Mid-Michigan’s Jim Vlahakis and Slater represented owner, Gillespie Group, in the transaction.

NAI Mid-Michigan sold more than 62 acres of land on East Five Point Highway and Cochran Road in Charlotte.  Robinson represented the seller in the transaction.


Peckham Names New President and CEO

The Peckham board of directors named Jo Sinha the new Peckham Industries CEO. Sinha moved from her current position as chief operating officer to her appointment as CEO on Feb. 1, after the current CEO Mitch Tomlinson retires in January.

“Jo brings more than 20 years of combined Peckham experience and has a unique understanding and insight into all that is involved in creating and establishing Peckham as an industry leader,” said Peckham board President Kathie Feldspauch. “We trust that Jo will continue to successfully lead this organization toward an exciting future with the same vigor, passion and purpose-driven mission that has been a part of the Peckham fabric for the last four decades.”

Peckham has more than 3,000 employees, 11 locations, five social enterprises, and more than 25 vocational rehabilitation services and programs.

Sinha has been with Peckham for more than two decades serving in a variety of leadership roles within the company, including project and grants manager, corporate vice president and, for the last five years, as chief operating officer.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Peckham into its future. Mitch has been a great mentor and nationally blazed a trail demonstrating what a modern community rehabilitation program can achieve,” said Sinha. “My vision is to build on those accomplishments embracing innovation, piloting new approaches, and defining clear upward mobility pathways for persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment.”


Capital Area Health Alliance Health Equity Forum on the Impact of Racism on Health

The Capital Area Health Alliance hosted a forum on health equity Dec. 13. The purpose of the forum was to explore the impact of racism on health, what racial healing looks like, and how we achieve both health equity and healing. More than 120 people from health systems, public health, governmental, community and faith-based organizations were in attendance.

Dr. Gail Christopher gave the keynote address, RX Racial Healing: An Engagement Strategy for Eliminating Health Inequities. Christopher is a nationally renowned speaker and an award-winning change agent widely recognized for designing holistic strategies for social change. She is also the executive director of Nation Collaborative for Health Equity. She designed the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) process underway in Greater Lansing.

TRHT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. In Lansing, TRHT is engaging community members to focus on racial healing through the TRHT framework consisting of five areas: narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, beyond separation, law and economy.


Gorchow Named Gongwer Executive Editor and Publisher

Gongwer News Service Michigan has named East Lansing resident Zachary Gorchow executive editor and publisher.

Gorchow, editor of Gongwer’s Michigan Report since 2009, succeeds John Lindstrom, who retired Dec. 31 after 37 years with the company.

In his new role, Gorchow will manage Gongwer’s Michigan operations and develop new services while still playing a role in the company’s news coverage and leading Gongwer’s reporting on the governor’s office.


Local Leader Elected to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Board of Directors

The Habitat for Humanity of Michigan board of directors voted unanimously to elect Rodney Cole Jr. to the board.

Cole is director of state government affairs for DTE Energy and also serves on the board of directors for the American Association for Blacks in Energy (Michigan), Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan, Connect Detroit, Midnight Golf and the Wayne State University Press board of visitors. Cole serves as a member of Teen Hype’s advisory board and is co-chair of the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan’s advisory committee.

“Habitat for Humanity is far more than building homes,” said Sandra Pearson, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. “Our No. 1 priority is to advocate for quality housing for all that is achieved within limited family budgets. Rodney has the skills, experience and passion to help us put a voice to the needs of Michiganders, both in the realm of housing people can afford and in achieving energy efficiencies to keep utility costs down, which means money for other important household needs. We look forward to working with Rodney and building up our DTE partnership.”


Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC Announces Merger with Southfield Firm, George W. Smith & Co., P.C.

The merger between Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC and George W. Smith & Company, P.C. went into effect on the first of the year.

“The merger with George W. Smith & Co., P.C. is a win-win for both firms and our clients,” said AHP Managing Partner William J. Mulders Jr., “AHP has been looking to expand our geographic footprint in southeast Michigan for some time. We have known the firm a long time and the firm is well-respected with a client service philosophy that is very similar to AHP’s. This addition will expand our services in Southeast Michigan.”


The Southfield-based George W. Smith & Co., P.C. is a one office certified public accounting firm.

“I worked with several AHP partners when I began my career in Lansing. I am confident in the knowledge that we will be able to continue providing quality services to our clients at the level they have come to expect from us, and now will be able to offer a broader array of services,” said George W. Smith IV, shareholder of George W. Smith & Co., P.C.


McLaren Greater Lansing Purchases Majority Stake in Local Surgery Centers

McLaren Greater Lansing is now the majority stakeholder for Lansing Genesis Surgery Centers with two existing convenient locations on Lake Lansing and Jolly Road, offering even more access to care for patients across mid-Michigan.

“McLaren continues to expand our services to our community in new and exciting ways,” said Kirk Ray, McLaren Greater Lansing president and CEO. “This purchase adds to our constantly growing partnerships with community physicians and furthers our mission to be the best value in health care as defined by quality outcomes and cost.”

These centers and this partnership will address the need for increased access to outpatient procedure centers for the patients with less complex cases, helping reduce the costs of care for McLaren patients, he added.

“We look forward to working with our physician partners in continuing to offer safe and efficient care in an ambulatory setting,” said John Patterson, McLaren Greater Lansing representative for the Lansing and Genesis Surgery Centers boards. “McLaren Greater Lansing strives to provide a full continuum of services and sites to provide the best care to our community.”



New Development Launches to Help Revitalize South Lansing

Ferguson Development Team and community partners have purchased the vacant property of the former elementary school of Malcolm X from Landbank.

“This project will utilize a prominent location in southwest Lansing with a rich history and a proud background of strong community involvement,” stated Joel Ferguson. “It will stimulate the surrounding community and improve the quality of life and help to build a strong local economy.”

The team’s plan includes a medical facility in which they will be partnering with local health care providers. There will also be a one-story community building with a cafe plus retail and residential space.

“I am very excited about this proposal, which will be transformational for southwest Lansing,” said Mayor Andy Schor. “This will provide much-needed medical care where services are currently lacking and it will create a new building and facility on a crucial corridor in southwest Lansing. I am excited to see this progress and to have it open for the residents in southwest Lansing.”  


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