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Notable News – June 2020

Professional highlights from the 517 region

New Presidents named at Sparrow Carson Clinton, and Ionia Hospitals

Effective May 1, Mark Brisboe, Beth Daugherty and Linda Reetz were promoted to serve as Presidents of Sparrow Carson, Sparrow Clinton and Sparrow Ionia Hospitals, respectively. Each has been serving as acting hospital administrators for the past few months and bring decades of healthcare leadership experience to their new positions. The three were unanimously selected for their roles by the community-based Boards of Directors.

“We are blessed to have such strong leaders who stepped into the void at each hospital and earned their new leadership roles during these unprecedented times,” said Kira Carter-Robertson, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Operations, for Sparrow Health System.

Women Working Wonders Donates to Caretakers

The Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders has made an extraordinary donation of $500,000 to assist Sparrow caregivers and aid the health system in its response to COVID-19.

The donation is comprised of two parts and was made possible through the generosity of the community through Women Working Wonders events such as Dapper Dads, Art a´ la Carte and Hats in the Garden.

The donation included $300,000 to the Challenge Response Fund in support of ongoing efforts in the face of COVID-19. Part of that money was specifically designated to support the Code Lavender project, which creates a dedicated space at Sparrow Hospital for caregivers to seek respite and relaxation from the stresses of their work.

The additional $200,000 was given to Care for the Caregivers, which supports Sparrow caregivers in need during times of crisis. The money supports caregivers if they have their own illness, a family member illness, a car accident, a fire or a situation involving COVID-19. This financial assistance can be provided upon request to Sparrow caregivers.

2b Inclusive Acquired by 7C Lingo

2b Inclusive LLC, which is a professional development training firm, has been acquired by 7C Lingo, a Lansing-based, cross-cultural communications company that provides language services, professional development and trainings, and cultural and diversity development for its private and public sector clients throughout all industries.

Tedi Parsons, the managing partner of 2b Inclusive, has been brought onto the 7C Lingo team as the vice president of professional development and training. He will oversee a new initiative, 7C Pros, which will focus on professional development and training for those just starting their careers to individuals in the C-level suite.

Martin Arranges Sale of Lansing Property

Martin Commercial Properties recently brokered the sale of 3001 W. Main St. in Lansing.

The building is 25,256 square feet and was previously owned by Sinto America Inc. The company is consolidating its employees to be based from the headquarters in Grand Ledge and no longer had need for the office on Main Street. It was purchased by Acoustics Inn LLC.

Martin Commercial Properties Senior Associate Thomas Jamieson represented the seller. “We were glad to be able to assist Roberts Sinto Corp. as their needs evolved,” he said.

Pray Promoted to LAFCU Assistant Manager

Morgan Pray has been promoted to assistant manager of LAFCU’s West Lansing Branch.

For her new position, Pray oversees branch operations, including teller and lending functions, and has staff supervisory responsibilities.

Pray was promoted shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a key leader in restructuring services to protect members and employees. This included training branch employees to operate LAFCU’s network of interactive teller machines while working from home.

Interactive teller machines have audio-visual technology that enables virtual face-to-face banking like an in-person visit to a branch. In 2019, the Michigan credit union converted all its drive-thru lanes at all its branches to the interactive machines. 

Commission Director Receives Broadband Visionary Award

Connected Nation honored Robin Ancona, the director of the telecommunications division of the Michigan Public Service Commission, with the 2020 Broadband Visionary Award. The nationally acclaimed award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and visionary leadership with regard to the application of broadband and related technologies.

Ancona was honored during a surprise virtual ceremony, which included remarks from Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and was attended by Connected Nation staff members and leadership. Ancona has spent 40 years of her career dedicated to public service.

 Martin Helps Sell Lansing Office Park

Martin Commercial Properties recently brokered the sale of a six-building portfolio in west Lansing.

Creyts Holdings LLC purchased the portfolio from Woodlake LLC, which is owned by Donny Luberto. He purchased the properties in 2015 with plans to sell them once the properties were over 90% occupied. The six-building portfolio was comprised of 36,827 square feet, with five of the six buildings fully leased by Martin Commercial Properties as the listing agent. The portfolio is just west of the Interstate 496 and Interstate 69 exchange and less than a mile from national retailers such as Target, Burlington and Meijer.

Dussel Joins Triterra

Mike Dussel joined Triterra as an environmental scientist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Albion College. His work focuses on the investigation and remediation of leaking underground storage tank sites. He has an extensive background in the environmental science field with a history of sample acquisition and subsequent analysis.

Dussel’s responsibilities include coordinating field activities; completing subsurface investigations, including borehole logging; monitoring well installation; soil and groundwater sampling; routine free product monitoring and recovery activities; data evaluation; and preparing technical reports for investigation and remediation projects.

Concert Helps Fund Nature Center Foundation

On May 1, Lansing 5:01 hosted a live concert called the Lansing Live-A-Thon on its Facebook page featuring 11 Lansing-based musicians and special guests. The donations from the event will be distributed to 10 nonprofit beneficiaries including the Harris Nature Center Foundation.

The Harris Nature Center Foundation was established by Meridian Township in 2006 to support the Harris Nature Center by raising funds for programs, exhibits and nature center building improvements.

The Lansing Live-A-Thon’s goal was to help show support for a few local nonprofits and small businesses that have contributed to the resurgence of the region. 

Mayberry Homes Awarded Avid Gold Award

Mayberry Homes has been awarded the 17th annual Avid Gold Award for Customer Experience among all the production homebuilders in the North Central Region.

Award winners are chosen based on results received from some of the largest publicly traded builders, North America’s largest private builders and hundreds of small volume custom builders.

The awards honor homebuilders throughout North America for scoring the highest with their customers on homebuying experience surveys, which are evaluated using Avid’s award-winning GoSurvey platform.

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