People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Quinn Evans Architects and Kapnick Insurance Group
From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here's a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:
• Quinn Evans Architects has added a new principal, Alyce Riemenschneider, formerly president of Riemenschneider Design Associates of Brighton. In her new role as principal at QEA, Riemenschneider will lead the newly-created interiors studio, enabling QEA to broaden its interior design services.
• Kapnick Insurance Group was recently ranked in Business Insurance magazine's 2012 list of the Top 100 Brokers of U.S. Business. This is the company's first appearance on the list. KIG is headquartered in Adrian, with offices in Ann Arbor and Southfield.
• Magill and Rumsey P.C. recently announced the retirement of one of its founding partners, Ralph S. Rumsey. Rumsey has practiced law in Ann Arbor for 40 years. Ralph’s longtime law partner, Bob Magill, still devotes the bulk of his time to litigation of all kinds, business questions and real estate and to his own nonprofit organization for the developmentally disabled, His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Magill and Rumsey have worked together in Ann Arbor since April 1973, when they founded, with Mike Meade, the firm initially known as Meade, Magill and Rumsey.
• Edward Jones Financial advisors Mark Grieshaber and Adam Toth and Branch Office Administrators Tina Dungey and Diana Valzania in Saline and Ann Arbor recently were ranked within the top 25 percent of the country for excellence in client service at Edward Jones. The honor was bestowed based on the results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the staff of their local Edward Jones branch offices. The survey identified Grieshaber, Toth, Dungey and Valzania as providing some of the most exemplary client service within the firm.
• In other news from Edward Jones, the Milan office of Edward Jones will host a school supply donation campaign. Local residents and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office, 525 W. Main St. in Milan, during regular business hours through Sept. 5.
• The U.S. Energy Department announced July 17 nearly $13 million in new nuclear energy innovation investments, including $907,000 to the University of Michigan. Scientists and researchers from the University of Michigan as well as from Oak Ridge National Laboratory will conduct research at the university and at Idaho National Laboratory, examining why cracks in steel at nuclear reactor facilities occur and how they might be reduced without costly component replacements.
• PR Services Inc., founded in 1990 in Ann Arbor by Ron Hingst, announced it has moved its offices to 5797 Felske Drive, Suite 400 in Brighton. PR Services provides public relations, marketing communications services and association management.
• NWP Services Corp. on July 19 announced the opening of a new office in Ann Arbor, which includes 25 new staff hired from the local community. NWP, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a provider of utility management, resident and property operation services.
• Blue CrossBlue Shield of Michigan and 10 Michigan hospitals have launched the first program of its kind in the nation to examine a form of radiation therapy for breast and lung cancer patients to reduce side effects, improve effectiveness and lower costs. Among the 10 participating hospitals is St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the participating hospitals will identify which breast and lung cancer patients are most likely to benefit from Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, a form of treatment that uses 3D computer technology to deliver precise radiation doses to the tumor. The study also will help design treatment guidelines aimed at giving patients more effective treatment with fewer side effects.
• Craft brewers will convene in Chicago Oct. 4-5 as part of the Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference; there, they will learn about water quality, water conservation and alternative energy systems, with presentations by industry experts and speakers donating their time and expertise. Among the speakers will be Rene and Matt Greff, owners of Arbor Brewing Co. in Ann Arbor and the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. They will speak on sustainable energy and brewery retrofits.
• Ann Arbor-based ForeSee, a provider of customer experience analytics, has been retained to measure and analyze the in-store customer experience for Charming CHARLIE, a fashion jewelry and accessories retailer.
• Mark Barteau has been appointed the new director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research. Barteau, who is currently at the University of Delaware, will join U-M on Sept. 1.
• Colliers International recently announced the lease of 2,470 square feet of office space in the Barron Professional Building located at 4870 Clark Road in Ypsilanti. Patrich Jett and Randall Book of Colliers International represented the tenant, Comprehensive Urology, in the transaction.
• BERNINA of America, manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, recently honored its top dealers for 2011 during the BERNINA University dealer training conference in Washington, D.C. BERNINA also announced District Dealer of the Year Award winners from the company's 11 districts. Among those honored were Kris and Doni Houghtaling of the Ann Arbor Sewing Center, Ann Arbor. A special certificate of achievement was also awarded to the Houghtalings for outstanding sales and commitment to BERNINA of America for 5 Series sales in 2011.
• Ann Arbor-based residential and commercial real estate broker Charles Reinhart Co., Realtors has recently added seven real estate agents: Ryan Awwad and Esther Barrett, both working out of the Ann Arbor West office; LaDonna Bow, working out of the Ann Arbor North office; Kim Hilobuk and Jessica Omey, both working out of the Chelsea office; and John Kerrigan and Travis Otto, both working out of the Ann Arbor North office.
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