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Professional Highlights from the 517 Region

Professional highlights from the region – from new business to promotions, awards and other notable news.

Maner Costerisan Hires Nordmann to Lead New Practice

Maner Costerisan has announced the hire of Michael Nordmann to head its new division, Maner Wealth, as principal and chief wealth officer.

“We feel fortunate to continue to add to our growing team and expand our robust service offerings despite the challenges of COVID-19,” said Maner Costerisan President Jeff Stevens. “Maner Wealth is an exciting initiative that allows the firm to elevate and expand our service offerings and create comprehensive, individualized financial strategies for our clients. Michael’s strong leadership skills, financial planning experience and passion for helping people reach their financial goals makes him the excellent choice to lead Maner Wealth.”

Nordmann managed multimillion-dollar accounts as a personal chief financial officer for nearly seven years at Morrison, Nordmann & Associates in East Lansing prior to joining Maner Costerisan.

Maner Costerisan has made 11 additional hires in various departments across the firm since March 31, including an investment in its Association Management Services division with the hire of Emily Harris. Harris will be responsible for expanding the reach and services of the firm’s association solutions business.

Other hires include Julie Ross as the firm’s first director of marketing; David Henson as the firm’s newest business development manager; Gina Vermeersch as an associate in the tax department; and Trevor Polewka, Kyle Feguer, Brendan Baker, Matthew Bainor and Victoria Argyle as associates in the audit department. Abagail Miller is an associate in the accounting and outsourced department.


FCC Awards Telehealth Funds to McLaren

McLaren Health Care has been awarded $626,328 in funding for expanded telehealth services from the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. McLaren is one of 30 health care providers nationwide to be approved for this special allocation at this time.

The funding allows for 12 of McLaren’s hospitals across Michigan to enhance telehealth connectivity between providers and patients statewide. McLaren first launched its consumer-based telehealth service, McLarenNow, in March 2019.

“The accelerated growth we have seen in our telehealth program from March 5 to May 1 is equivalent to the growth we were forecasting over a two- to three-year period of time,” said McLaren Vice President of Service Lines Cheryl Ellegood. “We are very appreciative of receiving this FCC allocation, as it allows us to continue our telehealth outreach. This is a trend that will continue to gain traction. Physicians and patients have truly bought into telehealth as a means of accessing care.”


DAISY Award Winner Named at Sparrow Carson Hospital

Nursing supervisor Karmen Bussell has been recognized as Sparrow Carson Hospital’s DAISY Award winner. Bussell was nominated by a family member of a patient she cared for, citing her compassion and dedication.

Bussell has more than 30 years of experience in health care — from bedside nursing to mental health to nursing supervision — and has served as a director of nursing for the state of Michigan.


Gage Cannabis Opens Fourth Provisioning Center

Gage Cannabis Co. opened its fourth Michigan provisioning center in Lansing at 3425 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Lansing. Curbside delivery is available.

“Gage understands that growing in small batches and hand-preparing elevates the cannabis product for an exceptional quality and user experience,” said Dave Malinoski, Gage license holder. “Gage is unwavering in its commitment to bringing Lansing only the best cannabis products.”

The 4,000-square-foot Gage Lansing store will employ 18 to 24 local residents and feature more than 50 varieties of flowers. Gage hopes to add recreational sales in the near future.

“We are excited to be opening in the capital of this state, providing medical patients products and creating jobs during this unprecedented time,” said Malinoski.  “We look forward to welcoming Lansing residents to the Gage team.”

In Lansing, Gage has invested more than $1.55 million in improvements to the space on Martin Luther King Boulevard.


ACEC Elects New President, Board

The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan in Lansing has announced Jack Wheatley as its 2020-21 president.

Wheatley is vice president and director of corporate marketing at ROWE Professional Services Co., a firm specializing in professional engineering, surveying, planning, landscape architecture and aerial photogrammetry from offices in Michigan and South Carolina.

Also among the 2020-21 Michigan officers is National Director Amy Trahey of Great Lakes Engineering Group in Lansing. Rick Chelotti of Bergmann Associates Inc. in Lansing and Eric Morris of HNTB Michigan Inc. in East Lansing are among the 2020-21 ACEC/Michigan directors.


Firm Recognized by BTI Consulting Group

Warner Norcross+Judd LLP has been recognized by BTI Consulting Group as a “Midsize Heavyweight.”

The selective award is based solely on client input and recognizes 37 midsized firms across the nation that take on projects “above their weight.” These firms are noted for their confident attorneys, who provide the substantive and important work large firms offer without skipping a beat in developing meaningful connections with clients.

According to BTI, the selected firms are “uber-responsive, dig deep, hard and fast to find the answers. Always quick to embrace new approaches to billing and problems, these firms make sure clients always know who is accountable for their work and the relationship.”

Warner is one of only two Michigan law firms on the list and has eight locations in Michigan, including one in Lansing.


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