People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Bodman PLC and Arboretum Ventures
From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here's a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:
• Amy J. Durant, a lawyer with Bodman PLC, has been appointed vice chair of membership for the Banking Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Durant currently practices in the Bodman PLC Ann Arbor office.
• Kristin Myers has joined Arboretum Ventures as a principal. Located in Ann Arbor, Arboretum Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in private health care and life sciences companies.
• At its April 25 annual awards banquet, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan recognized four Michigan legislators for their advocacy efforts and support of the organization in 2011. Receiving Habitat’s 2011 Public Official of the Year award were Sen. Mark Jansen, Sen. Rebekah Warren, Rep. Lisa Howze and Rep. Wayne Schmidt. The award was established to recognize a public official who demonstrates an outstanding leadership role on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan. This year’s honorees all served as co-chairs of the 2011 “Legislators Building Communities” initiative, which had legislators, state officials and volunteers working in hundreds of affordable housing and community development projects throughout Michigan.
• NSF International — an independent organization based in Ann Arbor that writes public health standards and tests and certifies products for the food, water, and consumer goods industries — appointed Tom Chestnut as vice president of NSF International’s Global Food Safety and Quality Division.
• University of Michigan professor of psychology Susan Gelman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences for her excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Gelman will be inducted into the academy in April 2013 during the NAS 150th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
• Saline Area Social Services will sponsor its 24th annual Share Day on May 19. Saline Area Social Services is manned by a small administrative staff and local volunteers who help citizens in short-term need who are currently living in the Saline School District. On Share Day, local participating restaurants will be making a donation to the Direct Aid Fund at SASS. The community can help by eating in or taking out orders on May 19 at any of the participating restaurants in Saline: Benito’s Pizza, Dairy Queen, Maplewood Lanes, Mark’s Midtown Coney Island, Mickey’s Dairy Twist and the Saline Inn.
• A University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center nurse practitioner has been selected to receive the 2012 American Cancer Society Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award, a national prize for cancer caregiving. G. Lita Smith, a nurse practitioner in the Breast Care Center and nurse practitioner supervisor at the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of 11 cancer care providers honored this year. The Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through innovation, leadership and consistent excellence in providing com-passionate, skilled care and counsel to people living with cancer and their families. The awards were presented in a ceremony in Dallas on May 3.
• IHA, a physician group practice, and Michigan Multispecialty Physicians PC, a regional private multi-specialty group practice, both of Ann Arbor, have executed a memorandum of agreement to investigate integration of their organizations. Upon the successful conclusion of this process, the integration is expected to be effective by the end of 2012.
• The Ann Arbor Market Center and the Dexter Business Center will be among more than 70,000 associates from Keller Williams Realty across the United States and Canada participating in the third annual RED Day, Thursday, May 10. RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is a collective service initiative where the company’s associates donate a day to give back to the community. Washtenaw County associates will be volunteering at the Huron Farms Subdivision, planting flowers, trees, and putting down mulch at Dexter homes that were devastated by a recent tornado.
• Automotive Components Holdings LLC has reached an agreement with Faurecia on a deal that will keep the ACH facility in Saline open for the foreseeable future. Faurecia, headquartered in Nanterre, France, is one of the largest international automotive parts manufacturers. ACH was formed in 2005 to restructure and prepare former Visteon automotive components plants for sale or closure. Faurecia will lease the facility from ACH, and purchase the equipment and book of interior trim and components business.
• TCF Bank partnered with schools in Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County to celebrate Teach Children To Save Day with savings education the week of April 23. More than 2,000 local youths explored the difference between wants and needs and learned to identify expenses when moving out on their own, and how to cut spending.
• Scientific Certification Systems, an international certifying agency and founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council, recently recognized Ann Arbor-based Fingerle Lumber Co. with the FSC Chain of Custody Certification. FSC provides third-party certification confirming that materials sold as FSC certified are harvested from well-managed forest operations.
• Ann Arbor-based ProQuest on May 7 officially launched its first-ever information service designed for individual users (rather than institutions). Udini is designed for serious researchers who don’t have access to a scholarly library, enabling them search and use premium content that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
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