Michigan State University Federal Credit Union has announced its employees have donated $49,533 in the second quarter to its 2019 charity partners: Child and Family Charities, Be Nice Mental Health Foundation, Hope Against Trafficking and Capital Area United Way. Each organization received $12,383 on behalf of the more than 900 MSUFCU employees.
“Our annual charitable giving campaigns offer a unique opportunity for our employees to support area organizations, and I am always gratified by their generosity,” said MSUFCU President and CEO April Clobes. “We make great strides in fulfilling our core value of giving back through the work our employees do to raise funds and volunteer to support these organizations. Each of these nonprofit organizations plays a vital role in serving and strengthening the communities we serve.”
MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The credit union was named in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes’ Best-in-State Credit Unions, Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine, received the ATHENA Award for organizational leadership, and for the fifth year was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has 19 branches, more than 278,000 members, nearly $4.5 billion in assets and more than 900 employees.
The Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission recently announced the 2019 Global Impact Awards. The awards were to be presented at the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission’s 25th anniversary Celebration of Global Diversity during an evening gala Sept. 7. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and former Lansing Mayor Dave Hollister were the honorary co-chairs of the event. The master of ceremonies was WLNS-TV/WLAJ-TV news anchor Sheri Jones.
Global Impact Through Educational Excellence went to Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul, who has demonstrated her passionate, dedicated leadership and commitment to globalizing her students. She once distinguished herself as principal of the Center for Language, Culture and Communication Arts. The school’s mission, Caamal Canul explained, was “to create a unique global learning environment based on the premise that diversity enriches the lives of everyone.” In Lansing, she has used her vision and ability to transform the district by implementing the Pathway Promise, ensuring student success through choosing from three pathways using diverse educational models. Caamal Canul has dedicated her entire life to public service. After serving in many local, regional and state-level positions, including 12 years as Lansing’s superintendent, she plans to enter retirement Jan. 1.
The Global Impact Through Humanitarian Service honor went to Dr. Seong H. Chi, who was one of two surgeons who teamed up in 1966 to perform the first open-heart surgery in mid-Michigan at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. He was one-half of a dynamic husband-and-wife duo at McLaren from 1965-1995. The John W. Chi Memorial Medical Library dedicated in 1976 now echoes both the hospital’s and the Chi family’s example of excellence in offering many new resources and concepts at consumers’ fingertips.
Based on surveys ranking trust, service and recommendation of credit unions in each state, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union has been named to the top five out of 226 credit unions in Michigan in Forbes’ 2019 Best in Banks and Credit Unions for 2019.
For the list, Forbes partnered with Statista, a market research firm, to produce its second annual financial institution ranking for banks and credit unions in Michigan. Banks earned an average score of 4.2 out of 5, while credit unions reached an average score of 4.5.
“Our mission is to help our members achieve their financial goals and dreams,” said MSUFCU President and CEO April Clobes. “We are very proud of receiving this recognition as it illustrates our credit union’s commitment to the mission and our members.”
More than 25,000 U.S. consumers were surveyed for their opinions on current and former financial institution relationships. Credit unions were rated on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five subdimensions including trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice.
Twenty-three attorneys from the Foster Swift Collins & Smith Lansing office were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2020. Firm-wide there were 42 attorneys who were included in the list. In addition, four attorneys from Lansing were also named Best Lawyers 2020 or “Lawyer of the Year.”
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The Best Lawyers 2020 Lawyer of the Year attorneys are Brian G. Goodenough, who was named the Best Lawyers 2020 Real Estate Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Douglas A. Mielock was named the Best Lawyers 2020 Trusts and Estates Litigation Lawyer of the Year, James B. Jensen was named Best Lawyers 2020 Tax Law Lawyer of the Year and Stephen J. Lowney was named Best Lawyers 2020 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year. All of them are based in the Lansing area.
Dickinson Wright PLLC has announced that three of the firm’s lawyers in Lansing have been identified as the leading practitioner in their practice area by Best Lawyers in America 2020 as “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each specialty and in each community can be honored with this title.
Best Lawyers in America 2020 is a list of outstanding lawyers compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional colleagues. The lawyers that have been given this honor previously have received particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.
The Dickinson Wright lawyers that were chosen were Kester K. So for public finance law, Peter H. Ellsworth for government relations practice and Jeffery V. Stuckey for appellate practice.
Quality Dairy held the grand reopening of its Holt location Sept. 6. The location was completely remodeled and now features a Corner Creamery with a walk-up window and outdoor seating. In addition, the location now features a drive-up window and a completely remodeled interior.
“The updated Holt store is a model for future Quality Dairy locations and existing store remodels,” said Ken Martin, president and co-CEO. “Customers will still find all their favorite QD products in Holt, but we’re excited to provide a few new touches too.”
The Holt Quality Dairy continues to offer all the iconic Quality Dairy products, including items like coffee, doughnuts, milk, bread, ice cream and chip dip. Customers can now purchase Detroit Frankie’s hand-crafted pizza from the location as well.
After an electrical fire forced the location to close in October 2017, Quality Dairy leadership worked diligently to ensure that the revamped store will be an exciting experience for customers.
This year, Fraser Trebilcock attorney Peter D. Houk has been honored by Best Lawyers in America 2020 as “Lawyer of the Year” in arbitration in Lansing.
Houk also has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the field of mediation. Houk has practiced law for 50 years. He was the city attorney for Lansing, the prosecuting attorney for Ingham County and assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan before being appointed to the bench in 1986. Since retiring from the bench, Houk has mediated hundreds of cases.
He has also accrued many honorable recognitions throughout his career, including being named twice by Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan’s most respected judges, being listed in Super Lawyers continuously since 2006 and Best Lawyers in America for alternative dispute resolution. Houk is the past president of the American Inns of Court, Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, and was an adjunct professor of criminal law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for 20 years. Houk also has been elected as a fellow of the State Bar of Michigan, is on the American Arbitration Association list of approved mediators and arbitrators for construction and commercial matters, and is a U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan court-approved mediator.
After 13 years of traveling the world as a chef, Teri Faulkner has come home to Lansing to prepare meals for people who could use a good meal: the patients, visitors and staff at McLaren Greater Lansing.
“I feel very blessed to be here,” said Faulkner. “The thing about this job is you get to touch lives in a way that you don’t when people come into your restaurant. The food we make is impacting people’s lives.”
Faulkner completed her undergraduate studies at Northern Michigan University preceding a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard before completing her internship at the Michigan State University Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
She has also worked on special projects at MSU until she was hired as a sous chef for the Sheraton Lansing Hotel and was later promoted to executive chef. Since then, Faulkner has been traveling the world preparing food for people.
When Faulkner turned 50, she promised her family she would stop her world travels and come home. “I was ready to come home, but I wanted to find a company where I could continue to grow and so I chose to work for Compass, who services McLaren Greater Lansing.”
Faulkner has been with McLaren for just under a year and McLaren Greater Lansing for the past month. However, she and the team are already working on many ideas to improve the culinary experience for the patients and community members who eat at the hospital, including future plans for McLaren Greater Lansing’s new $450 million hospital that is scheduled to open in early 2022 on MSU’s campus.
While Faulkner is excited for the future, she and the team also are working hard to improve patient satisfaction and overall experience in the current hospital.
“I was born and raised right here. My dad held a degree in horticulture from MSU. Because of his support and influence, I enjoy preparing low-and-slow home-cooked meals that are both healthy and packed with flavor, and I’m excited to share that passion,” said Faulkner.
Greater Lansing Food Bank has announced that its board of directors has appointed Michelle Lantz as CEO, which became effective Sept. 9.
Lantz will be bringing years of experience to the organization. She previously held the position of senior vice president of donor and public relations at the Capital Area United Way in Lansing. She also founded and operated Lantz Communications for 12 years, which was a public relations and fund development consultancy. Lantz has served in staff and volunteer roles for Care Free Medical & Dental and St. Michael Parish School in Grand Ledge. She has also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lansing and Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan and is currently an active member of the Rotary Club of Lansing and a former board member of its foundation.
Lantz received her master’s degree in public relations and a bachelor’s in communications from Michigan State University. She holds an accreditation in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America and has served as chair of numerous national, regional and local boards and committees of the society during her 25-year career.
“I am honored to serve the organization as its next CEO,” Lantz said. “The food bank creates a foundation of health and sustainability for thousands of families in mid-Michigan through its distribution of nutritious food. It’s thrilling to be involved at this point in its history as we work to enhance collaborations and optimize the systems in our seven-county region.”
EDL, a global leader in sustainable energy solutions originally established in Australia, is set to solidify its North American headquarters location following the unveiling of a company-wide rebrand in December 2018. EDL intends to create “a world of new energy” and is continuing its journey as a global contributor to a more sustainable world. EDL is currently in the planning stages of determining the physical location of its headquarters site but is expected to settle in the capitol region of Michigan.
In 2017, EDL doubled its North American operations when it purchased Granger Energy Services’ landfill gas recovery division – which features two landfill sites in the Greater Lansing area dedicated to recovering waste gas for beneficial reuse.
“The Great Lakes region, and particularly Michigan, is home to many of our landfill gas customers and key partnerships” said EDL North American CEO Jim Grant. “There is an abundance of skilled labor to support our operations, and as such it was a logical choice to bring our company’s new North American headquarters to a region we are familiar with. The capitol region will be our base for optimizing our existing portfolio and continued growth in the United States and Canada.”
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