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Professional Highlights from the 517 Region – June/July 2024

Pictured above – Clockwise starting at top left: Melissa DeMott, Abby Feltzer, Dani Schneider, Judith Herbert and her daughter, Habitat for Humanity

Choose Lansing Announces New Hire, Promotion
Choose Lansing announced the addition of Abby Feltzer to the team as sales and services coordinator, as well as the promotion of Dani Schneider to sales manager.

Feltzer has a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. Her responsibilities will include administrative sales support, as well as event and meeting coordination.

Schneider is formerly Choose Lansing’s sales and services coordinator. In her new role, she will focus on selling to social, military, education, religious and fraternal groups, in addition to assisting with Michigan State University market growth.

M3 Group Tallies Staff Accomplishments
M3 Group, a full-service branding and marketing firm in Lansing, released details on a range of recent staff accomplishments.

Melissa DeMott has been promoted to senior client strategist at the firm after her years of dedication and contributions have repeatedly elevated client expectations.

DeMott, Chief Strategy Officer Shelley Davis Boyd and Vice President of Marketing Technology and Development Cameron Marie Needham increased their skill portfolios by graduating from the Workamajig Project Management Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

Publications and Events Director Mary Gajda and Senior Editor Christopher Nagy each received the designation of certified tourism ambassador for Greater Lansing through a course offered by Choose Lansing.

Maner Costerisan Recognized by Publication
Accounting Today acknowledged Maner Costerisan as a leading accounting firm.

Maner Costerisan was ranked No. 29 on the Top Firms to Watch list, up from No. 37 in 2023. The list highlights firms nationwide by revenue. It was also No. 21 among the top firms in the Great Lakes region, which consists of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“These notable recognitions from Accounting Today continue to reaffirm our firm’s commitment to providing our clients with thoughtful, solution-based expertise to help them achieve their desired outcomes,” said Trey Williams, principal and president of Maner Costerisan.

Regional Robotics Teams Make an Impact
Four local robotics teams are forging a path to bring FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — to each district in mid-Michigan and are making an impact in their communities and themselves.

The consortium of teams, known as Capital Area Robotics, has the mission of giving the opportunity of FIRST to every student in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties.

This year, the four founding members of Capital Area Robotics earned the Impact Award at their respective district events: Tractor Technicians at Mason High School, RoboRams at Holt High School, Red Thunder Robotics at Laingsburg High School and Error 404 at Waverly High School.

Habitat for Humanity Honors Local Volunteers
Habitat for Humanity Capital Region honored volunteers at the third annual Heart of Habitat Gratitude Gala on April 18.

The event celebrated the people who volunteer their time to the mission of the organization and gave special recognition to several volunteers who were presented with Gratitude Awards for their exceptional volunteer service over the last year.

During the event, Habitat for Humanity Capital Region renamed the Heart of Habitat Award to the Jane Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring Jane Johnson, a recently deceased core crew volunteer of over 25 years.

Clark Dietz Acquires Lansing Engineering Firm
Clark Dietz Inc. acquired RS Engineering LLC of Lansing, as operations for Clark Dietz expand into its fifth state.

RS Engineering was founded in 2003 by Robert D. Rayl and Thomas D. Sereseroz with the mission to help clients achieve infrastructure objectives while fostering long-term partnerships and empowering professionals in their performance. By 2024, it grew to a firm of more than 45 professionals.

Lansing Kiwanis Supports Area Youth
Lansing Kiwanis awarded a $1,000 grant to Todd Martin Youth Leadership to support a full-time  summer program for under-resourced youth in Lansing.

“We continue to be deeply grateful for the generosity of the Lansing community in supporting our mission,” said TMYL Executive Director Rebecca Swan Johnson. “Funds from this award will support our partnership with Lansing Parks and Recreation and the Lansing School District to provide a full-time, nine-week summer program for students at Riddle/Willow Elementary. Studies show that when children have safe, quality summer programming, they are less likely to engage in dangerous behavior.”

Johnson Sign Co. Celebrates 60 Years
Johnson Sign Co. is celebrating 60 years in business. The company was founded by James “Jim” Johnson and his wife, Beverly.

Today, the company is a third- generation business with Johnson’s son and grandsons running the business.

“Our company was built on hard work, integrity, being people of our word and faith,” Johnson said. “We truly believe that is what has sustained our company through three generations and, hopefully, a fourth and fifth generation one day.”

Herberts Honored with Founders’ Award
Community leaders Judith Herbert and her late husband, James, were recognized with the 2024 Founders’ Award, the highest honor given by the University of Michigan Health-Sparrow, for the incredible impact they’ve had on the health of mid-Michigan.

The Herberts, both of whom battled cancer, not only helped fund the University of Michigan Health-Sparrow Herbert- Herman Cancer Center but also made dozens of other gifts over the past 40 years to improve the health of the community. The family made the largest single gift in Sparrow history when they created an endowed fund to support the growth of genomics for diagnosis and treatment.

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