Notable News for January 2021

Here is some great news from the last month

Independent Bank Gets Nod for Volunteerism

Independent Bank was recently recognized by the American Bankers Association in its ABA Foundation Community Commitment Awards in the category of volunteerism for 2020. The award recognizes banks that put their employees to work for the good of the community, including outreach programs, mentoring and other partnership initiatives.

Independent Bank received one of four honorable mentions in the volunteerism category for its commitment to volunteering in local communities, particularly with its annual Making a Difference Day. Every year, the bank closes on Columbus Day for a companywide volunteer day in which all employees volunteer with their teams at various organizations and nonprofits across Michigan and parts of Ohio.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the American Bankers Association,” said Tricia Schabel, senior vice president and director of marketing at Independent Bank. “Our employees look forward to our various volunteer events throughout the year, and it’s always nice to see the positive feedback that comes from our efforts.”

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Maner Costerisan Notes New Hires

Maner Costerisan, a Lansing-based accounting and business advisory firm, announced several new hires to its team.

Nate Whitson joined Maner Wealth as a senior financial adviser in October to help support the increasing needs of the wealth management division. With more than 15 years of experience in the financial planning and wealth management industry, Whitson spent time at Michigan Money Management and East Lansing-based Morrison, Nordmann and Associates prior to joining Maner Wealth.

Maner Costerisan also welcomed Ashley Davison to its Association Solutions division as a senior communications and events coordinator. In her new role, Davison will provide marketing and communications support to the firm’s association clients.

In addition, Maner Costerisan welcomed Brandon Secord as an associate in the audit department and Shane Obi as an associate in the tax department.


Sparrow Ionia Recognized for AHA Membership

The American Hospital Association recently recognized Sparrow Ionia Hospital for 75 years of membership. The hospital, originally known as Ionia County Memorial Hospital, opened in 1943, joined the AHA shortly thereafter and has been protecting the community’s health ever since.

“It was an honor and privilege to be recognized by the AHA,” said Linda Reetz, president of Sparrow Ionia Hospital. “Celebrations and recognitions need to occur, particularly during these challenging times.

“This type of recognition reminds us of our purpose as health care professionals, which is to serve the people of Ionia County,” added Reetz. “We are grateful for the Sparrow Ionia Hospital caregivers who are committed to providing high-quality health care to this community each and every day.”

Heumann Joins WILX

WILX-TV 10 has added longtime Michigan sports broadcaster Fred Heumann to the Sports 10 team.

Heumann is a familiar name in mid-Michigan sports, having worked in broadcast for 39 years in various TV and radio stations in Lansing, Flint, Detroit and, most recently, WLNS-TV in Lansing. Heumann has won more than a dozen awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Associated Press, in addition to winning an Emmy Award for outstanding feature reporting. He was elected to the Central Michigan University Journalism Hall of Fame in 2018 and is an avid collector of sports paraphernalia and a below-average golfer. Heumann joins a staff that consists of Tim Staudt, Kellan Buddy and Natalie Kerwin at WILX.

AT WILX, Heumann is involved in a variety of on-air projects, including his well-known feature stories titled “The Heumann Touch,” in addition to producing and co-hosting “Sports Blitz” and various other WILX sports specials. Heumann is also a Wednesday noon regular on “Staudt on Sports” radio, WVFN-AM 730.


Williams Nominated for Dealer of the Year

Jeff Williams, vice president of Williams AutoWorld in Lansing, was nominated for the 2021 Time Dealer of the Year Award.

Williams is one of a select group of 40 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 104th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show being held virtually Feb. 9-11.

The Time Dealer of the Year Award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Williams, 58, was chosen to represent the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition — one of only 41 auto dealers nominated for the 52nd annual award from more than 16,000 nationwide.

“In the true spirit of entrepreneurship, I get the most enjoyment from growing the business year after year and helping our team flourish personally and professionally,” Williams said.

A 1990 graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising, Williams always planned to join the dealership founded by his father, Wayne, in 1971. In 1995, Williams was named general manager. When his father decided to semi-retire in 2001, Williams became dealer operator and vice president. The company now also includes Williams Subaru in Lansing.


Krajniak Joins NAI Mid-Michigan

Todd Krajniak has joined NAI Mid-Michigan as a commercial adviser.

Krajniak was most recently with Pike Street Properties with a focus on large package multifamily acquisitions. Prior to that, he was the founder, owner and operator of The Mowing Co. until 2002. In the early 2000s, he transitioned into the securities industry, heading Krajniak Capital as a registered investment adviser running managed accounts. In 2017, he took a position managing public and private equities for a family office that operated 12,000 units of multifamily as a core holding.

“Todd’s skill set in delivering clients services including equity raising, deal sourcing and real estate financing marries well with our repositioning, leasing, management and disposition services,” said Jeff Shapiro, principal at NAI Mid-Michigan.


Merger and New Name for Two Michigan Credit Unions

CP Financial Credit Union, recently known as CP Federal Credit Union, based in Jackson, has finalized a merger with Washtenaw Federal Credit Union located in Ypsilanti.

In addition to the merger, CP Financial Credit Union and Washtenaw Federal Credit Union will operate with a new name, TRUE Community Credit Union.

Plans include combining both teams of CPFCU and WFCU and retaining all staff as well as expanding membership eligibility under a state charter in which anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the state of Michigan will be invited to join.

TRUE Community Credit Union will have more than 63,000 members, $600 million in assets and will serve 12 branches located in Jackson, Ingham and Washtenaw counties.


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