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Notable News for May 2021

Professional highlights from the Greater Lansing region.

Davis Named to Lobbying Guide

John Davis, president and co-owner of Kheder Davis & Associates Inc., has made the 50 Names to Know in Lobbying guide in Crain’s Detroit Business. The guide is a selection of professionals representing trade groups, major corporations, law firms, long-established multi-client lobbying firms, sole proprietors and rising stars in this business.


CASE Receives National Recognition

CASE Credit Union was awarded first place in the Alphonse Desjardins Award adult category and an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award during the 2020 Credit Union National Association Awards.

The Alphonse Desjardins Award honors credit union leadership for efforts with youth and adult financial literacy. The Dora Maxwell Award recognizes community service achievements by credit unions.

Jeffrey Benson, president and CEO of CASE Credit Union, said the recognition reflects the hard work CASE puts into helping its members and the Greater Lansing area.

“We are honored to be recognized at the national level by the Credit Union National Association,” Benson said. “These awards reflect our commitment to our members and the Greater Lansing community. They are what make us great.”


DBI Named Best in Class

The Lansing-based office supply company DBI has been awarded 2021 Best in Class status by Haworth Inc. This distinction is based on exceptional performance in market development, sales, customer satisfaction, operational excellence and enterprise development.

DBI is a 10-year honoree and is one of only five dealers that have earned the Best in Class distinction each year since the program’s induction in 2012. The distinction is reserved for dealers that operate at the highest performance levels and are successful in maintaining rigorous standards over time against high-performing peer dealers. In 2021, Haworth named 23 dealerships as Best in Class. Haworth currently has 650 partners in its dealership network worldwide.


Ele’s Place Adds Board Member

Ele’s Place Capital Region appointed Chad Ross of the Christman Co. to its community board. Ross is stepping in to fill the board seat held for the past six years by Christman Vice President Amy Baumer.

“The Lansing region is fortunate to have the tremendous support that Ele’s Place provides, ensuring no child or teen in our community has to suffer grief alone,” Baumer said. “Their unwavering commitment to moving this mission forward and the life-changing results they achieve are inspiring.”

Ross added, “Ele’s Place is a first-class organization with a life-changing mission, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to this worthwhile cause.”


Grant to Habitat Capital Region will Bring Affordable Homes to Lansing

Habitat for Humanity Capital Region received a $6,330 Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grant from the State Farm Companies Foundation to provide safe, decent, affordable homes for first-time homebuyers in the Lansing area. The grant from State Farm will help Habitat Capital Region complete homes for two local families that will be purchasing their homes by early summer.

“We are so grateful that State Farm Companies Foundation understands the value of safe and affordable housing, especially during this pandemic, which has made the need for a healthy home more important than ever,” said Vicki Hamilton-Allen, president and CEO for Habitat Capital Region.


MDHHS Awarded Veteran-Friendly Status

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been promoted to a gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Employers in the Veteran-Friendly Employer program are recognized for their commitment to recruiting, training and retaining veterans. Employers must hire and retain a certain number of veterans and implement a number of veteran-focused human resources, support and training programs. MDHHS is one of only 14 employers to meet these criteria.


Raubolt Joins M3 Group

M3 Group in Lansing has added Jordan Raubolt to its team as a senior PR/content strategist. Raubolt is a strategic communications professional and creative storyteller with more than a decade of senior management experience in the worlds of public relations and government affairs.

Previously, Raubolt was senior counsel at SeyferthPR. He also served as senior manager at Weber Shandwick Detroit for seven years, where he developed, managed and executed integrated communications and marketing programs to increase reputation, accelerate engagement and drive innovative solutions for an array of public and private sector clients, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Michigan Economic Development Corp., Spectrum Health, Priority Health, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and General Motors.


Land for Development Available in East Lansing

East Lansing has partnered with NAI Mid-Michigan to offer 26.83 acres of commercial land in the city.

The property is at Coleman and West roads along the border of Clinton and Ingham counties. This is the center of what is referred to as the “northern tier” — north of Lake Lansing Road — where the majority of East Lansing’s vacant land is located. Following years of planning and partnerships with surrounding jurisdictions, land in this area is now ready for gateway development.


Mercantile Assists Homebuyers

Mercantile Bank has committed $250,000 in funding to its Extra Credit Homebuyer Assistance Program. The program provides eligible first-time homebuyers up to $3,000 that can be applied toward loan closing costs as well as homeowners insurance and taxes if certain income or property location eligibility requirements are met.

Upfront costs associated with buying a home are often a significant obstacle for potential buyers, especially for those with low to moderate income. The program is designed to provide resources and support to those who may need help, as well as those purchasing a home in a low- to moderate-income geographic area.


Martin Offers 16 acres in Haslett

Martin Commercial Properties is offering 16.5 acres of land for mixed-use development next to a 10-acre redevelopment underway at the southwest corner of Marsh and Haslett roads in Haslett.

Zoned for five-story development, the parcel provides an ideal setting for residential and mixed-use projects and complements the independent living community slated to replace the Haslett Village Square shopping center.


Holistic Medicine Welcomes New VP

The Michigan Center for Holistic Medicine  announced that Claire Corr has joined the organization as vice president. She will be working directly with Dr. Andrea McSwain.

Corr has been a patient of the Lansing clinic since 2018 under the care of McSwain. The peace of mind she found at the center fueled Corr’s passion to support the health and well-being of communities through a holistic and integrative approach. Corr’s focus is to see that everyone who enters the clinics has with them the best toolkit to become healthier for the long-term.


Data Defense: Businesses Look to Cyber Insurance to Protect Against Attacks

It’s the smaller businesses — and even individuals — that can suffer the most harm from malware hackers.

Focusing on Mental Wellness in the Workplace

Are we remembering there is more to being healthy than having glowing skin and a tone body?

Businesses Ignoring Mental Health Pay a Costly Price

While many places of employment offer employee assistance programs, they are often unknown to employees.

Issues Over Breast Cancer Treatment in Pandemic are Easing

The global pandemic hindered the care of patients diagnosed with breast cancer, as it did many aspects of life.

Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

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