People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Butzel Long and Prudential Snyder & Company Realtors
From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here's a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:
• Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robert A. Boonin will be a featured speaker during Michigan HR Day on June 13 in Lansing. The title of Boonin’s presentation is: “Capitol Hills’ Updates: What’s Pending in DC and Lansing on the Employment Law Front?” Based in Butzel Long's Ann Arbor office, Boonin's law practice is largely concentrated in the areas of labor, employment discrimination and education law.
• On May 17, Commerce Secretary John Bryson hosted the 50th annual Presidential “E” Awards at the White House, and 41 companies from 16 states that have contributed to increasing U.S. exports were honored. Among those honored was NuStep Inc. of Ann Arbor. The Presidential “E” Award was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
• A new locally-owned pet supply store opened May 5 in Ypsilanti; Wright Brand Pet Supply is located at 1145 W. Michigan Ave.
• Three Arbor Hospice employees were honored by the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization during its annual conference held in April. Arbor Hospice President and CEO Gloria Danna Brooks was named 2012 Educator of the Year. In addition, two Arbor Hospice employees received “Dream Team” awards meant to reward excellence in individuals providing outstanding commitment and services to hospices and palliative care organizations in Michigan. Annette Vondenberger of Ann Arbor received the Dream Team Award for support team member, while Tyne Kreiner-Smith of Ypsilanti received the Dream Team Award in the social work/counseling category.
• Bar Louie of Ann Arbor debuted a new beverage menu on May 15, featuring eight new cocktails, a completely revamped wine platform and a stronger focus on local beer. A kickoff party was held May 21 to allow patrons to sample drinks from the new menu.
• Ann Arbor-based Ozone House has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. Each day of the initiative, which began May 14, 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com and individuals may vote for whichever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models. Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota. Ozone House is a community-based nonprofit agency that helps young people through intensive intervention and prevention services for runaway, homeless and high-risk youth. Ozone House will be up for consideration from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day).
• The law firm of Miller Canfield recently announced that Soni H. Mithani will serve as the litigation and trial group deputy group leader in Ann Arbor. Mithani is a principal in the firm's Ann Arbor office. She specializes in litigation and dispute resolution.
• The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation recently welcomed five business and community leaders and a new Youth Council representative to its board of trustees. The new community leaders who will serve a three-year term as trustees are: Rose B. Bellanca, president of Washtenaw Community College; George Borel, managing partner of Deloitte’s Ann Arbor tax practice; Robert Laverty, the retired president and CEO of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System; Jeff Hauptman, president of the Oxford Co.; and Chris Vaughan, retired licensed CPA. Matt Haarer, Huron High School class of 2013, is the new Youth Council Representative and will serve a one-year term with full voting privileges. Additionally, the Community Foundation re-appointed three trustees for an additional three-year term (2012-2015): Brian Campbell, Jennifer Poteat and Paul Schutt. And finally, AAACF appointed four officers who will also serve on AAACF’s executive committee for a one-year term: Martha Darling as chair, Bhushan Kulkarni as vice chair, Campbell as treasurer and Poteat as secretary.
• In related news from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Jillian Rosen has joined the foundation as its new program officer. She will manage AAACF’s general and targeted grant-making programs.
• To make Mother’s Day a little brighter for women in crisis, the national moving company Two Men and a Truck partnered with more than 200 schools and community organizations in early May for its Movers for Moms charity drive. Locally, the Ann Arbor Two Men and a Truck franchise partnered with East Arbor Charter Academy, South Arbor Charter Academy and WAAM-FM to collect items — including food, clothing, toiletries and other essentials — for women staying at SafeHouse Center, an Ann Arbor-based shelter for victims of domestic abuse. For more information about the Movers for Moms program, visit www.facebook.com/MoversforMoms.
• The Ann Arbor office of Prudential Snyder & Company Realtors recently added Michael Page to its team. Previously, Page served in several leadership roles at the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors.
• Ann Arbor-based Everist Genomics, a personalized medicine company, has established a joint-venture company with the Manipal Group, one of the three largest health care sector companies in India.
• The Hartwell Foundation has again named the University of Michigan a Top Ten Center of Biomedical Research, having recognized the U-M in this way every year since 2006.
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