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regional Census Hub was recently established in the Great Lakes Bay Region to ensure an accurate count in the upcoming 2020 Census. The effort is supported by the Midland, Saginaw, Bay City and Mount Pleasant Community foundations, with additional backing from the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Council of Michigan Foundations. The Census Hub will be housed at the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance in Freeland. The United States Census counts each resident of the country every 10 years. In addition to determining our important representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, data from the Census is used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to states and local communities, including vital programs such as Medicaid, food assistance (i.e. SNAP, WIC), education (i.e. Title I, Head Start), foster care and children’s health insurance programs. It is estimated that for each person not counted in the Great Lakes Bay Region, the area will lose out on $1,800 of government funding. This factor is of course multiplied by 10 years for each non-counted person, meaning there is a lot at stake for the area, and an accurate count is of utmost importance.

Spearheaded by the Michigan Nonprofit Association and supported by the Council of Michigan Foundations, the campaign aims to mobilize nonprofits and partner with state and local government to encourage participation in the Census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted. For more information, visit

The upcoming 2020 Census brings some challenges. Compared to the 2010 Census, there will be a 50 percent reduction in regional and local Census offices, and door-to-door outreach will be reduced in favor of an online-first model (which could hinder the response rate of lower-income and elderly populations or those who have limited access to the internet). Additionally, there is the potential of an immigration status question, which could prevent immigrant and minority populations from feeling comfortable taking part in the Census. Community foundation officials say that without government funding, communities turn to philanthropic efforts, straining the nonprofit community. To prevent the funding and representation loss that could occur in the region, Chloe Updegraff has been appointed to coordinate the Great Lakes Bay Regional Census Hub. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, she has her master’s degree in Public Health and experience, having worked with underserved populations. Updegraff will work closely with local organizations, government officials, and nonprofits by providing support, training, partnership and funding to assure an accurate count of the region, specifically in hard-to-count populations, as well as giving an important voice to each resident of the Great Lakes Bay area. For more details or to get involved, Census Hub Coordinator Chloe Updegraff can be reached at cupdegraff@ Chloe Noelle Updegraff, MPH Regional Census Hub Coordinator Great Lakes Bay Region

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Publisher: Marisa Horak Belotti

OUR COMMUNITY JEWELS DESERVE HIGH PRAISE The Great Lakes Bay region has no shortage of local gems who put a polish on their communities and make the area shine and sparkle by their professional undertakings and endeavors. Since 2005, 1st State Bank has been giving these people their due through the annual RUBY Awards. Just as the name of the award implies, the designation’s intention is in Recognizing the Upward, Bright and Young of our region by singling out local professionals under the age of 40 who are making a mark in their chosen occupations and contributing to the positive impact of the Great Lakes Bay community. This year’s awards honored 12 individuals at a Feb. 26 ceremony at the Apple Mountain Conference Center. Great Lakes Bay Business Magazine is proud to have served as a sponsor of this year’s event, and we offer a heartfelt congratulations and thank you to the 12 award winners: Jim Bailey, Adam Bierlein, Jenna Briggs, Kelly Chandler, Jessica Dore, Wayne Hofmann, John Kaczynski, Michael Love, Grant Murschel, Justin Pomerville, Erin Strang and Tara Welch. Read all about these exceptional young professionals and find out how their contributions are making the Great Lakes Bay region a community force (page 26). While paying some deserved recognition to individual efforts is certainly important, it’s also vital to take stock of all the big-picture things happening in our community. Staff writer Rich Adams steps back to bring the wider-angle view into focus in an article on the economic development projects that are bolstering the region’s downtown areas (page 32). The story highlights how organizations and entrepreneurs are combining efforts and resources to lay the groundwork for significant forward momentum that will benefit all. Finally, zooming in from the big picture to the fine details, one local business owner is getting back to the basics. Mitch Delemeester is bringing artisanal craftsmanship to the masses with The Bread Guy (page 10). The Saginaw Valley State University graduate opened the bakery in Saginaw’s Old Town last fall, quickly gaining a loyal following with his homemade offerings that rely heavily on locally produced staples. The business is proof that sometimes the key to creativity lies in simplicity. The warmest weather of the year may still be on the way; however, there’s no question that things are definitely heating up for the Great Lakes Bay region, and the extended economic forecast is calling for blue skies and balmy temperatures.

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UPPER CRUST The Bread Guy brings old-world artisanal style to Old Town Saginaw

BETTING ON THE MIRROR Understanding that success lies within one’s self

SERVICE ABOVE SELF The No.1 trait to be happy and successful


Career Moxie


The Long View

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CRUSH THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME The fear of faking it won’t help you make it

EXAMINING OUR CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS Leading the way one moment at a time



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Exposure MY BUSINESS COMMUNITY Professional Highlights from the Great Lakes Bay Area


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Oddly enough, for someone who bakes bread for a living, it’s not easy to get a rise out of Mitch Delemeester. Becoming a business owner by opening The Bread Guy in Saginaw in his mid-20s may seem ambitious; however, when discussing his entrance into the entrepreneurial world, the Saginaw Valley State University graduate’s passion is only tempered by his down-to-earth demeanor. “That’s just my personality. I don’t like people to feel rushed. I don’t like people to feel uncomfortable,” he said. “I very much want to be a part of the community, so I try to, on most days, be relaxed and approachable. “My girlfriend might tell you otherwise,” Delemeester added with a laugh.

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The Bread Guy’s opening in late October in Saginaw’s Old Town district received a fresh-out-of-the-oven warm welcome from the surrounding community. Offering French baguettes, daily sourdough varieties, specialty loaves, scones, Danishes and croissants, The Bread Guy’s business model is meant to serve the community from the community. Ingredients used at the business are gathered from local sources such as Star of the West Milling Co. in Frankenmuth, Backwoods Blueberries and Keane Farms in Hemlock, and the neighboring Oracle Brewing Co. in Saginaw. “It’s been overwhelming. It’s been excellent,” Delemeester said of the response from the public. “When we did our soft opening,

we just got slammed. I don’t use one mix, so we are somewhat limited in what we can do because everything is handmade … but we’re kind of finding our sweet spot now.” While he has always maintained an inclination toward being in the kitchen, Delemeester took an unusual path into the baking world. While studying mechanical engineering in college, he took a study abroad class in France for a semester. During his time overseas, Delemeester developed an appreciation for the use of simple, quality ingredients to create something significantly superior. Upon graduation, he moved to Hawaii with his girlfriend where he worked part time baking bread at a restaurant. Delemeester parleyed the passion that was sparked in France and the skills that were fine-tuned in Hawaii to open The Bread Guy upon his return to the area, bringing the establishment to the former home of the famed Hamburger Hut in the city. “I thought about getting an engineering job, but this seemed like it was more fulfilling than sitting behind a desk,” he said. Not that his degree hasn’t been put to good use in the new business. He leaned back on his education when it came to the planning, project management and production aspects for The Bread Guy. There might be more work for his mechanical engineering knowledge down the line. For now, though, Delemeester is content to be part of something good, be part of something that is growing, and be part of something that is basic yet wonderfully complex and satisfying. As Delemeester put it, it’s incredible what can be crafted from a base of three simple ingredients such as flour, salt and water. “This is something that satisfies my artistic needs as well as my need to create,” Delemeester said. The Bread Guy is at 411 Hancock St. in Old Town Saginaw. The business is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (989) 401-9977 or visit

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We proudly congratulate owner Adam Bierlein on his Ruby Award.

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ationally, SPACE anew has kept over 1,000,000 pounds of office furniture out of landfills since 2010 by upcycling and recycling. Our goal is to increase that amount to 5,000,000 pounds by 2025. You can help make that happen! As companies, government agencies, and non-profits have recognized the value and importance of being socially conscious, the SPACE anew movement has grown. ARE YOU READY TO JOIN? Before you purchase new office furniture, contact us first to learn about upcycling and recycling!

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There are many avenues that lead to success; however, according to Warren Buffett, the first step along the path should be the same for everyone: Invest in yourself. On the surface, that may seem a bit of an oversimplified cliché – something that you might find printed on one of those inspirational posters around the office that you never bother reading because they kind of fade into the droning gray hum of background static that is the average workday. But when it is words of wisdom coming from one of the wealthiest and most successful investors on the planet, it’s worth taking a few minutes to mull over.

In an interview with Forbes, Buffett explained that taking the time to address and overcome your personal weaknesses or shortcomings provides you with a personal, internal power that cannot be taken away. As for his own self-investment, Buffett described taking a Dale Carnegie course early in his career in an effort to overcome his crippling fear of public speaking – a decision he said changed his life because it gave him the confidence and self-assuredness to not only move forward in his professional life but also pop the question to his girlfriend at the time. She said yes. Investing in yourself means making a determination to improve your quality of life as well as improve your professional prospects to help move your brand and your business forward by paying closer attention to your image and message. It allows you to set goals; keep learning and improving; and develop stronger relationships, which in turn increase your value with colleagues and clients. We improve ourselves through learning. That means being open to and accepting of change and new perspectives that challenge our thinking and cause us to re-evaluate the way we view the wider world around us. The strongest quality a person can develop is to acquire, refine and nurture a love of learning because learning should be a lifelong skill. As author and motivational speaker Brian Tracey put it: “Personal development is a timesaver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.” The best action you can take toward success may not be to invest in a stock. Rather, it may be to take stock of yourself. The returns could be significant.

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Service ABOVE SELF by Dan Handley, regional president & CEO, Dale Carnegie Training®


Dale Carnegie wrote that if you want to control worry, stress and uncertainty while cultivating an attitude of peace and happiness, try being of service to others. He meant that you would forget about yourself and your troubles and get in the right attitude, possibly more in the moment so you could stay focused and productive. I also recall how billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently said the No. 1 reason why Amazon is so successful is because it is so committed to making life better for its customers. It is a long-term strategy that has driven the company’s innovation and evergrowing success. He said that most corporations are only interested in short-term financial results. So, being productive, happy, less worried and more innovative can be achieved by being of service to others. Being successful in business can result from this principle as well. Success and happiness in business, family, friends and community is a little complicated. We can even get lost at times. We can make it less complicated by realizing that every now and then we get caught up in ourselves and our pursuit of success and perhaps forget about others. We think we can succeed without others. If that is normal and happens to everyone at times, then the truth is few people are thinking about us. They are

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thinking about themselves. Talking about what we want is futile. So, if you and I want to be of more value to the marketplace and we are measured by that, we need to become more genuinely interested in others. We need to find out what people want, talk about their interests and help them get there. Yes, be of service to others. Let’s not forget that you are paid in direct proportion to how well you serve. I see many people choosing to help others as a way to build purpose and meaning in their lives. They see it as the highest form of satisfaction in their jobs and in their lives – and it is. You have to pay your bills and run around taking care of the details of life, but operating in the context of service can change everything for you. Catch yourself this week: How much of your time is in the service of others? You can make a big impact in the Great Lakes Bay region and beyond when service is your focus. Let’s get moving because it will make you both happy and successful. For ideas on improving leadership, communication, presentations, teamwork, sales, employee engagement and organizational performance, visit or contact Dan Handley, regional president and CEO of Dale Carnegie, at dan., (989) 799-7760 or (800) 518-3253.


Please join us in congratulating Jessica Dore, CISA for being named a 2019 RUBY Award winner and for her exceptional leadership at Rehmann and within her community. The RUBY Award recognizes professionals under 40 that are making an impact in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor. Business solutions. Peace of mind. That’s The Rehmann Experience. | 989.799.9580

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by Beth Bryce, director of career advancement adjunct professor ADP & DeVos Graduate School of Management Career Advancement Center Virtual office, North America

If you’re doing well but have persistent internal doubts of your accomplishments or fear being exposed as a fraud, that’s a psychological pattern known as the Imposter Syndrome. Stop telling yourself that lie. More times than not, I’ve noticed when someone lands the job offer, wins a promotion or is granted an incredible opportunity, they seem shocked. After realizing their success, they freak out and start questioning their ability to deliver on their skills: “Now (bleeping) what?” While it’s commonly thought the Imposter Syndrome applies mostly to women, recent studies show men equally experience this phenomenon. Men just don’t vocalize their feelings as much. However – surprise, surprise – the condition is genderless. Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like an imposter. Honestly, everyone does at some point in our careers: young professionals, seasoned leaders and bigwigs. It’s common for anyone who is reaching for the next level. The key is to recognize your crippling behaviors, feel the selfdeprecating emotion and then crush it.

Here are four tips to help you overcome feeling unworthy: 1. Own your success: Stop downplaying

past successes. Recognize and attribute them to your hard work. It’s not being in the right place at the right time or knowing the right people. It’s your talent and tenacity that got you here. 2. Reduce procrastination: Fear of

failure sits at the core of procrastination, not laziness. Having a detailed action plan breaking up tasks into manageable pieces and deadlines will help alleviate fears and propel you forward. 3. Challenge perfectionism: While

incredibly high standards produce exceptional results, they also bring intense stress and pressure. Stop micromanaging yourself and work on setting realistic standards rather than superhuman ones. Knock it off already. 4. Talk to others: Having a support network

is critical. Speak up to someone you trust when you don’t understand something or have made a mistake. Peers and friends can help you feel normal, boost your confidence and share lessons that they’ve learned along the way. We both know the success you’ve achieved isn’t because of luck. You’ve worked hard and crushed your goals. As my wonderful mentor, Terry Duperon, told me, “Don’t be the one thing that stands in your own way. Nothing can stop you but you.” Stop lying to yourself. Yes, you are that good. For more support on increasing your confidence and whipping the Imposter Syndrome, check out these books: “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges” by Amy Cuddy and “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women” by Valerie Young.

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The other day I took a long look at my calendar. Perhaps you’ve done this recently. You start scrolling through the weeks, anticipating what to prepare. What jumped out at me were the meetings. I spend most of my time in one-on-one meetings, mostly with clients and my team. Then a simple thought came to mind: True leadership happens through these relatively short conversations, one meeting at a time. The conversation might be a research project review that needs my input or a slight course correction. Another meeting could be a review and update of a client’s changing needs. Leadership is most often expressed in these critical, brief conversations. Sure, leadership is also on display in the large group settings, but they are less frequent. My day-to-day interactions form the majority of my leadership challenges. Issues related to strategies and priorities almost always come up in these brief meetings. I find myself encouraging new ideas while questioning others. Our progress is measured by the actions taken after these moments in time.

I was talking about this concept with a colleague the other day. She agreed with the premise and offered several more examples of how leadership happens one critical conversation at a time. In fact, she is reflective about her leadership every time we meet. We end up talking about our challenges and accomplishments and focus more on the “how” rather than the “what” when it comes to our interactions with others. She mentioned reading a book that frames the issue exactly: “Critical Conversations as Leadership: Driving Change with Card Talk” by William Donohue, a professor at Michigan State University. Apparently, Donohue based the book on his research in hostage negotiation, which is certainly a critical conversation event. Hostage negotiators must know how to ever so carefully move the conversation from a wild free-for-all crisis into a focused, problem-solving negotiation. It’s hard to imagine a situation with higher stakes. I happen to know Donohue based on my work at Michigan State. In the book, Donohue walks readers through a series of “card games” and explains how to win them. After delving in, I discovered that the point of the book is learning how to play a “leader card.” He stresses in the book that leadership happens one critical conversation at a time when individuals learn to play a “leader card” combined with others like a “colleague card” or an “expert card” to direct the conversation in a productive direction. The book is full of useful examples of the myriad types of cards people play every day in their busy lives. Playing the wrong card with the wrong style choices compromises credibility. I have faced many diverse leadership challenges in my career. In my automotive and locomotive career, I interacted with front-line workers, engineers and project managers to work through technical issues and production problems; teams to achieve corporate objectives; and executives on strategic plans, budgets and quarter-end achievements. I am currently learning the unique culture of, and how to converse with, academics and university leaders. Each of these different groups offers unique communication challenges. What this really means, based on Donohue’s model, is that I’ve had to play more of my cards in these critical, one-on-one meetings. I have learned that leadership happens one critical conversation at a time. So, take a look at your calendar and think strategically about which cards you need to make these meetings more productive. Your team members, co-workers and clients will thank you.

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TITLE: Principal, Hemmeter Elementary School

TITLE: Owner, Bierlein-Trombley Electric

TITLE: Senior director, international and graduate studies, Saginaw Valley State University

TITLE: Dow DuPont transaction communications leader, public affairs growth and development leader, Dow Chemical Co.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: It is a tremendous honor and I was completely humbled to learn that I had been selected. I have lived in the Great Lakes Bay region my entire life. My kids are growing up in this community and it’s important to me that we have a safe, thriving community. My passion is for educating children. I firmly believe that a strong education is the foundation of a strong community. I have the opportunity EVERY day to inspire the future engineers, doctors, plumbers and teachers of the world. ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: My all-time favorite quote comes from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” It is posted right above my desk. It is part of my email signature. It reminds me every day that I have the power to change the world. I try to instill that belief in my teachers, my staff and my students each day. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): We recognize that there is a talent gap in Michigan. A recent report estimated that Michigan could have 100,000 technologyrelated jobs unfilled by 2020. For the Great Lakes Bay area to thrive, we must start addressing it. Saginaw Township and Discovery Education have formed a partnership to help address this shortfall. Last year at Hemmeter, we implemented a computer science coding curriculum for the first time. These are the skills are students need to be successful.


ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: Being selected as a RUBY Award winner is an honor and a bit of a surprise. It is humbling to be put into a category with some of the current and past recipients. There are some very talented young leaders in the Great Lakes Bay region. It is an exciting time for the region. ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: Hard work and a willingness to learn. If you realize that you do not know everything, it makes it so much easier to learn from others that do. Along with a strong work ethic, this is essential for maturing as a business owner. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): We saw a need amongst our customers when it came to technology seamlessly coordinating with electrical and so we started Bierlein-Trombley Technologies (BT Tech) just this past year. Through BT Tech, we offer a new line of services to our customers that we hope will help us better cater to all of their electrical and networking needs.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: I was a bit surprised, honored and humbled – all those good things. The person that nominated me didn’t tell me ahead of time, so when we got the email saying I’d been selected it was a huge surprise. It’s a great group to be included in. ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: I was instilled with a strong work ethic from my family. From a really young age I was taught that failure isn’t an option and hard work is the way to being successful. They taught me that if you don’t figure something out right away, you don’t give up. You rework things from a different angle, and you keep plugging along at it. There are no substitutes for hard work. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): Here at Saginaw Valley University we’re looking to grow and expand our graduates program. We’re in a unique position right now, where there are a lot of great, young professionals in the region. We’re poised to see some big growth in our region over the next few years, and I think that goes hand-inhand with our ability to grow our graduate program and enrollment.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: Humbled and honored. To be recognized with this award means that each of us is making an impact in our community – we are driving local change for greater good. While our backgrounds and talents may be different as young leaders, we are all rallied around one common factor – we call the Great Lakes Bay region our home. Our next challenge will be in bringing our talents together to enable even more opportunity for the region. ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTESS FOR SUCCESS: It is my belief that we can achieve so much more by working together than we can alone. I thrive in building relationships, building strategic plans from thoughts and ideas and working with talented teams to execute against defined objectives. My individual success and recognition stems from my ability to surround myself by some of the best and brightest people in Dow – and in our community. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): Earlier this year, Dow launched a new employee resource group called RISE - a platform for the voice of new employees (fewer than eight years of service to the company) to be heard and to be a positive influence on the culture of future Dow. In RISE our mission is to accelerate how quickly new Dow employees – both young professionals and experienced hires – contribute and feel valued through their integration into the company, their access to build a network and drive their personal development.





TITLE: Principal, technology risk management, Rehmann

TITLE: Project leader, Spence Brothers

TITLE: Director of governmental affairs, Saginaw Valley State University

TITLE: Agency owner, Allstate Insurance-Michael Love Agency

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: It is an honor to be selected for a recognition that has been awarded to so many successful leaders from the Great Lakes Bay region. So many recipients are now doctors, judges and presidents of organizations in our region. Being part of this particular cohort is humbling. As a lifelong resident in the Great Lakes Bay region, receiving this recognition now pushes me to be further engaged in our regional community.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: It is a great honor to be selected and placed in the same company with present and past awardees. Each honoree has made a significant impact on the Great Lakes Bay region. I am especially humbled in knowing that in some small way I may be a role model and leader to others.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: It’s a great honor to me. It’s a recognition of the accomplishments that I’ve had over the course of my career and within the Great Lakes Bay region, too. It’s a very meaningful award to receive. ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: Hard work and determination. I’ve always set very high goals for myself and always understood that hard work would be essential to reaching those goals. I always try to do the best at everything that I do. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): To continue and grow from an employee development perspective but also grow our team’s revenue. Ultimately my goal is to become a partner within the firm.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: I count myself as lucky to have a career that allows me to work so deeply in building a better community in my home region. So, it’s a truly special honor to be recognized like past RUBY recipients who have made such a positive impact on the Great Lakes Bay region. I’m very much a forward-looking person and I don’t like to dwell on past accomplishments. However, I can’t help but feel pride in the career path I’ve chosen and the relationships I’ve built. ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: Curiosity and self-learning. I love the quote attributed to Mark Twain: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” The vast majority of skills and knowledge I use on a daily basis were gained after getting my degree, which I credit to my curiosity and willingness to be mentored. Curiosity also enabled me to grow as a problemsolver. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): I recently co-founded a nonprofit community development organization, Infuse Great Lakes Bay. It’s my hope the organization will build on the current momentum in our urban cores to continue to transform our downtowns, midtowns and neighborhoods. We will mobilize developers, investors, philanthropy, corporations and the public sector to advocate for and invest in high-quality redevelopment of these important spaces.

ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: Being a lifelong learner has been essential to my journey. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” Even after college, learning never stops with participation in programs like the Great Lakes Bay Region Institute for Leaders or the Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): In 2007, I received a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer. Even though there was a recurrence of cancer in 2016, I am now cancer-free. Being diagnosed with any disease changes the way you look at life. You live each day as if it were your last. In 2015, I met the love of my life, Martha. We married in 2017, and most recently, we have received some excellent news that we are expecting a son in July. All of these various changes combined with now living in the beautiful town of Frankenmuth has changed the focus of my life. Over the next 20 years, my life will be focused on my family and serving my community. Martha and I pray and hope to be as good as our parents and grandparents were with raising us.

ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: Passion, open-mindedness and determination allowed me to discover and take advantage of business opportunities to make my mark on the Great Lakes Bay region. Just as important, I feel strongly about my ability to assist families and individuals who face stressful times, whether it be from a damaged home or car or an uncertain financial future. I take pride in providing needed advice and services to make peoples’ lives less worrisome. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): I will continue to grow my business and give back to a community that has given me so much. I know that dedication, awareness and humility will help me along this journey. One should never underestimate the importance of being agile, adjusting and adapting to changing business conditions and personal situations.







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TITLE: President and CEO, Central Michigan University Research Corp.

TITLE: Executive director, Studio 23/The Arts Center

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: I feel incredibly honored to be amongst this year’s award winners and the others that have received this award in past years. Being selected as one of the area’s brightest professionals encourages me to work harder to impact positive change in the Great Lakes Bay region.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: It’s a super-high honor to be selected amongst this elite group of professionals under the age of 40. I work around many of these people every day, so to know what they believe in and what they stand for and to be honored in the same group is a huge compliment.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: This award reminds me that I still fit within a category of individuals under a certain age group – to me that means I have a lot more years to make amazing things happen. It also tells me that I have been able to accomplish enough to date that has caught the eyes and attention of extraordinary leaders that have come before me.

ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: I have been fortunate to have a group of individuals around me that have helped drive me to success. From my parents (Mike and Marlene) to many previous bosses and mentors (Brad Kaye, Steve King, Jon Lynch, Marc McGill and Cindy Winland), all of them have guided me and taught me a lot about how to be successful. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): It is time for the city of Midland’s master plan and zoning ordinance to go through a comprehensive update. Midland has undergone substantial change over the last decade, and this coupled with the need to diversify the housing stock, improve upon walkability, boost economic development and increase third-place offerings within walking distance to housing is providing the impetus to undertake such a project.

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ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: What I lack in ability I try to make up for in effort. There’s a lot of crucial times where it comes down to identifying what I don’t know and relying on good advice. The one word that I live by is respect. If you respect people and you respect your job, all things will fall in place. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): In my organization, our goal will be to market UA Local 85’s plumbers, steamfitters & HVACR service techs. They’re an amazing group of people and I’d like to get the word out. The general public doesn’t necessarily always understand what the union brings to their communities or what they stand for. I’d like to bring that to the forefront and continue our involvement in the community.

ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: I try to keep things simple; I research and evaluate everything, think through how things go together in the most effective and efficient way, and then I determine a way to make things happen. Ultimately, just do what you know is right and do it for the right reasons. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): I am hoping to continue to grow the entrepreneurial community throughout the Great Lakes Bay region. I would like to strengthen local and regional connections that can not only help entrepreneurs, but support professionals and corporations. There are so many win-win relationships that can be created.

ON RECEIVING A RUBY AWARD: I feel honored to be getting the RUBY Award, especially with the great group this year. It is so fun to be an arts professional in the region, and I am glad that art is important to our community. ESSENTIAL MOTTOS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES FOR SUCCESS: One of my favorite quotes is from Kandinsky: “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” I’ve been very passionate that everyone can connect with art, and Studio 23 has given men the opportunity to grow as a leader. NEXT MAJOR GOAL(S): I have so many goals to work toward, but the one that is on my radar is to be involved with arts advocacy on the state level. Currently, I’m in a program with the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs and am working with 14 other arts professionals in the state. It’s a fantastic way to learn with the best and brightest and think of ways to get your community more involved with art. Personally I’d like to see more sculptures, installations and interactive pieces of public art around our region.



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he signs of economic development in the Great Lakes Bay region aren’t difficult to spot. From real estate development of historic buildings to formation of nonprofits that help entrepreneurs find the resources they need to succeed, the region is definitely on the move. Some of the projects are smaller, while others are more noticeable. Some of the growth is less obvious, such as a grant to the Bay County Road Commission that will create factory jobs. Much of the new development is driven by female entrepreneurs (see related story).

We are starting to be noticed by millennials, because in the Great Lakes Bay region it is very affordable to live a high-quality lifestyle.

Recent developments include: • The Legacy, a downtown Bay City mixed-use development that was known locally as the Crapo Building, a former bank building. Jenifer Acosta Development has transformed the historic structure into luxury apartments and three commercial spaces. • The Times Lofts, also an Acosta development in downtown Bay City, has been transformed from the former home of the local newspaper into 31 energyefficient loft apartments with an urban atmosphere. • Recent legislation signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder allows hotels in Midland and Bay counties to increase assessment rates of up to 5 percent at overnight facilities with two or more guest rooms, which will help grow the local economy. • A $518,127 Michigan Department of Transportation grant to the Bay County Road Commission will pay for road construction at Flajole and Salzburg roads, enabling Falcon Road Maintenance Equipment to complete a $4.7 million expansion and add 50 jobs to the area. • In Bangor Township, Shaheen Development acquired riverfront property in 2014 and turned it into 43 acres of business growth. A three-story mixed-use building coming in at $8.6 million is the newest development at the site.

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One of the keys to the developmental growth is the affordability of the region, which includes Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties. Another factor is millennials coming on board. “I think what we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Kristi Kozubal, regional director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center - Great Lakes Bay Region. “We are starting to be noticed by millennials, because in the Great Lakes Bay region it is very affordable to live a high-quality lifestyle. “When you have an affordable home you can launch a business with less than $50,000,” Kozubal continued. “I see lots of different people from other areas of the state here right now. There is a great amount of opportunities here.” Kozubal said she has looked at residential and commercial rentals on the west coast of Michigan and found them to be as much as three times higher than in the Bay region. “Here entrepreneurs can afford to pay for good talent because commercial rent is still affordable where it is available,” Kozubal said. “They don’t have that opportunity in the Grand Rapids or Detroit regions.” Jenifer Acosta, owner of Jenifer Acosta Development, moved back to the Great Lakes Bay area from Miami to start her real estate

development company, is also co-founder of the nonprofit Infuse Great Lakes Bay. Acosta uses local construction crews and businesses for her developments, investing in the community as she rescues historic buildings. “Mainly what I do creates a lot of jobs. We hire local companies for all the work,” Acosta said. “Primarily it’s the construction jobs, but there are also secondary services. I use local interior designers, local graphics designers, local accountants, local banks. I always adhere to a process of using local items. The more things you can source locally, the better. That has big economic implications in and of itself.” Acosta explained the economic climate has changed in recent years from one of communities in the region competing with one another to that of a collaboration. “I think we have seen progress in the culture of collaboration and cooperation,” she said. “We have broken down what used to be barriers of

I always adhere to a process of using local items. The more things you can source locally, the better. That has big economic implications in and of itself.

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competition when we realized cities don’t have to compete for jobs and companies. We collaborate as much as possible. If we don’t compete, it improves the brand of the entire region.” Through Infuse, Acosta hopes the information being gathered will help future entrepreneurs who want to invest in the region. “The way towns were originally planned, a business owner built a business, had a storefront and grew,” Acosta said. “Infuse is taking a strong towns approach by compiling the right data.” She said within a few years Infuse hopes to have a market analysis and then a retail analysis to help development in the region’s downtown areas. Working with governments of cities and counties, as well as regional downtown development authorities, Acosta hopes to help smooth the way for future businesses. “We are doing deeper dives so people can put together solid business plans,” Acosta said.

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The economic development boom in the Great Lakes Bay region has included everything from roadwork to facilitate a plant expansion to a 43-acre waterfront development in uptown Bay City. Trending from that boost in development is creation of womenowned businesses. Kristi Kozubal, regional director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center - Great Lakes Bay Region, said she has seen an increase in female ownership. “I have been very involved with new business startups. We have had a lot of new startups, especially with female entrepreneurs,” Kozubal said. “They identify with niche markets, smaller sectors of larger industries. “It is mostly retail, selling very specific boutique-style products,” she continued. “One example is organicbased beauty products, Michigan made with Michigan ingredients. We’ve also seen service-based businesses with young owners, in their 20s and 30s, in branding, marketing and social media.” The Michigan Small Business Development Center is operated under Delta College Corporate Services and usually works with small businesses with anywhere from two to 20 employees. Kozubal said the trend is driven by not only women, but other entrepreneurs taking control of their time. “They have a desire for flexibility to not be chained to a desk, but to work when and where it is most convenient for them,” she explained. “Women at the moment have built a sense



of community entrepreneurship, a collaborating community of young female entrepreneurs.” That trend of cooperation amongst women business owners has been noticed by Jenifer Acosta, owner of Jenifer Acosta Development, as well. “In our area we have an amazing group of female entrepreneurs and it is really fantastic to be a part of it,” said Acosta, who is a real estate developer and co-founder of Infuse Great Lakes Bay. “It’s happening everywhere, where women want to have a side business, or they have dreams and they are able to go after those dreams.” Acosta, who developed The Legacy and Times Lofts in Bay City, said the cost of living is so much more affordable in the region than in other areas in the state. As a result, business owners are able to take risks and be successful. Often women entrepreneurs are seeking better balance in their lives. Acosta said the environment for startups in the Great Lakes Bay region is vastly different from that of Miami, where she used to live. “Here entrepreneurship is more approachable, and there is a better balance to it in work-to-life balance,” Acosta said. “There’s a pretty good cohort of (women entrepreneurs). We keep a private Facebook page, we collaborate with one another, encourage each other, and use each other’s goods and services. “These seem like such basic common-sense concepts,” she added. “When we put them into fact we can have an economic impact.”




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LPGA INVITATIONAL TEED UP The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Dow Chemical Co. announced the official tournament format for the inaugural 2019 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, which will debut at Midland Country Club from July 15-20. The world’s top female talent will make their way to Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay region this summer to play a new 72-hole, strokeplay format featuring 72 two-woman teams. The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational marks the first official full-field team competition since the LPGA Tour began in 1950. “We have seen the excitement a team format can bring with events such as the Solheim Cup and the UL International Crown,” said LPGA Tour star and Dow Ambassador Suzann Pettersen, who will serve as a

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vice captain for Team Europe for the second time at the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland. “I’ve been fortunate to play on eight Solheim Cup teams, and I’m thrilled the LPGA and Dow have created an official LPGA event that is truly unique and new for the sport.” Official event rounds begin July 17 and continue through July 20. For more information, visit SVSU PROFESSORS TAKE LEADERSHIP POSTS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY Vanessa Brooks and Catherine Macomber will serve in leadership roles at a newly created community enrichment organization centered in downtown Saginaw after the two Saginaw Valley State University professors were voted in as vice chair and secretary by the board of the nonprofit Saginaw Collaborative. Saginaw Collaborative Inc. was established to turn the Warren Avenue Presbyterian Church building in downtown Saginaw into a space for various community organizations and nonprofits. The board seeks to analyze community needs and invite organizations into the building that meet those needs while complementing each other.

The SVSU forensics team proudly shows its award certificates from the MISL tournament.

BUILDING FOR CHANGE HOSTS GROUNDBREAKING, FRAMING EVENTS In partnership with Greystone Homes, Midland’s Open Door held an Oct. 24 groundbreaking ceremony for its Building for Change fundraising initiative and a Jan. 9 framing party. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, Greystone Homes began construction on a custom-built home, with 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the home benefiting Midland’s Open Door. The framing party was a celebration of progress made as supporters wrote their well wishes on the bare studs of the structure. Although the writing will not be visible after the frames are covered with drywall, the words and hopes expressed will remain on the supporting structure beneath as a symbol of the supportive community. The funds raised will be used for programs that provide mentoring and services for single homeless mothers to find permanent housing, maintain financial stability, and build a community of supportive and lifechanging relationships.

NINE SVSU FORENSICS STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL TOURNAMENT The Saginaw Valley State University forensics team continued to reap the rewards of its determined preparation, winning several honors at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Tournament at Eastern Michigan University on Dec. 8. SVSU students claimed six of the 11 top novice awards, given to the student who places highest in an event and who has participated in fewer than six competitions. The SVSU team is largely comprised of novice competitors. Three students qualified for the National Forensics Association competition in April by virtue of their impressive public speaking at the tournament: • Aubree Harrell of Essexville and Josh Lloyd of Bay City, both communication and theater majors, earned top novice as well as second place for their duo interpretation performance. • Tiler Jewell, a communication and creative writing major from Midland, earned third place in persuasion. Six SVSU students qualified for nationals at previous tournaments. They are: • Kennedy Bachman, a communication major from Grand Blanc

• Monae Hawthorne, a criminal justice major from Detroit • Darious Henry, a communication major from Chesterfield Township • Gina Kearly, a communication major from Midland • Ashley Murdock, a communication major from Oxford • Courtney Perrou, a communication major from Pinconning Other SVSU students to place at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Tournament included: • Samantha White, a communication major from North Branch, earned second place in rhetorical criticism along with earning top novice award in that event. • Henry earned third place in dramatic interpretation and fourth place in persuasion. He also earned top novice awards in both events. • Kearly earned third place in the POI event. • Hawthorne earned fourth place in poetry and top novice award in that category. • Perrou earned fourth place in prose as well as top novice award in that category. SVSU finished third overall among the seven Michigan colleges and universities that competed at the event.




Lauren Legner, a psychology major from Bay City; and Ted Meckley, a political science major from Saginaw, and Porche Spiller, a sociology major from Saginaw. CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM INC. HOLDS FIRST MAJOR EVENT The Great Lakes Bay Chapter of Conscious Capitalism Inc. held its first major event Oct. 17 at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. Nathan Havey of Thrive Consulting Group was guest speaker and led an exercise on conscious culture and the building blocks of a high-performing culture. There were over 125 attendees at the event. ROTARY CLUB BRINGS AWARENESS TO WORLD HUNGER RELIEF The Rotary Club of Frankenmuth brought awareness to world hunger relief with a “meal packaging” event Nov. 1 at the Frankenmuth Credit Union’s community room, 580 N. Main St. in Frankenmuth. The event was in conjunction with Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable citizens. About 90 Frankenmuth Rotarians, friends and family gathered to assemble 20,000 meal packages consisting of nonperishable foods to be distributed to the poor and underprivileged around the world. Justin Weller and Lindsey Meed, moot court national qualifiers

TEAM QUALIFIES FOR MOOT COURT NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Since Saginaw Valley State University’s moot court program was established in 2010, SVSU has never failed to qualify competitors for the nation’s most elite tournament. SVSU students have earned another impressive showing, and that streak will continue for a ninth consecutive year in 2019. SVSU students Lindsey Mead and Justin Weller advanced as a

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team to the American Moot Court Association national tournament at Florida A&M College of Law in Orlando. Three other SVSU teams finished among the top 16 teams at the SVSU-hosted tournament. Those teams featured the duos of Justine Brabaw, a political science major from Breckenridge, and Erik Byron, a political science major from Birch Run; Joshua Cianek, a political science major from Auburn, and

SEEDS YOUTH CORPS WORKS TO AID WILDLIFE REFUGE For the second consecutive year, the SEEDS Youth Corps partnered with the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge to hire a local crew to restore and protect native wildlife habitat, post visitor signage, maintain visitor facilities and trails, and build brochure boxes and benches at the 10,000-acre refuge. “Through the SEEDS program we have the opportunity to provide employment for

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youth in the city of Saginaw as well as motivate these youth to become involved in the protection of their community, now and into the future,” said Deputy Refuge Manager Lelaina D. Muth. After completing their work at the refuge, the Saginaw crew of five traveled “up north” for a cultural exchange work trip in October. For a week, they worked alongside other SEEDS Youth Corps members to help open a Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy preserve in Kalkaska County.

CREDIT UNION NAMES VIELE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Catholic Federal Credit Union employee Eric Viele was chosen as the 2018 Deborah L. Frisch Employee of the Year. Credit union management staff annually selects one employee who has displayed exceptional work performance, service to the membership and dedication to the credit union goals. “Since joining Catholic Federal, Eric has made a positive impact in our member solutions department,” said President and CEO Alan Watson. “He has also made a big impression on his coworkers and management. Eric is an interesting guy of many talents, and I am very pleased to see him recognized as our eighth Deb Frisch Employee of the Year.” Viele said he was honored to receive the award: “Having joined a select group of previous winners, this award demonstrates our credit union culture as one that is conducive in allowing its employees to thrive professionally. None of the aforementioned would have been possible without great coworkers and a supportive management team.” CG FINANCIAL SERVICES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS CG Financial Services celebrated its 20th anniversary March 1. Since its founding by CEO and President Tony Mazzali, the company has grown to six offices across Michigan, as well as one in North Carolina and

another in Virginia. The company is managing approximately $2.5 billion for individuals, businesses and retirement plans. Over the years, CG Financial Services significantly expanded services to insurance for workers’ compensation, commercial auto, commercial property, and private wealth management for businesses and its corporate officers. Estate planning for individuals and succession planning for businesses are other quality services the company provides. HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECEIVES 2018 MDHHS DIRECTOR’S AWARD The Bay County Health Department was recognized by the Bay County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 11 for receiving the 2018 Director’s Award from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The MDHHS Director’s Award, established in 1983, is presented annually to a local health department in recognition of excellence in public health. This year’s award recognizes local health departments that are using innovative approaches to improve health, well-being and equity. “This is a great example of Bay County’s innovation and providing leadership on important health matters,” said County Executive Jim Barcia. “The recognition from MDHHS highlights our efforts to improve the community’s health by leveraging important partners within Bay County. This award puts Bay County in the forefront among health departments in the nation that are taking new and groundbreaking approaches toward promoting the health of its local citizens.

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“The MDHHS Director’s Award is a great honor and reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff at the Bay County Health Department, the SVSU College of Health and Human Services, the Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Authority and the community organizations that we work with to make the clinic a success,” Barcia said. “I cannot stress enough how much hard work and dedication has gone into the clinic as it serves a very important purpose in Bay County bringing essential and complex services to those in need. This is truly an innovative and groundbreaking initiative, and I am grateful to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for the recognition.” This is the third time in 33 years that the Bay County Health Department has won the Director’s Award. It was the recipient in 1992 for its work in reducing infant mortality in Bay County and again in 2001 for the establishment of one of the first home-visiting programs in Michigan to focus on early childhood development. GCI WATER SOLUTIONS NAMED SMARTZONE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Central Michigan University Research Corp. named GCI Water Solutions as the 2018 SmartZone Small Business of the Year, honoring co-founders Mike Schuette and Josh Lauderman for their entrepreneurial spirit. “GCI Water Solutions came to CMURC while in the early development phase. By utilizing surrounding resources and funding opportunities, they progressed into a full-scale facility,” said Erin Strang, president and CEO of Central Michigan University Research Corp. “The persistence and dedication of

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these entrepreneurs is why they were chosen for this honor.” As one of 20 Michigan SmartZones, CMURC is able to highlight the entrepreneurs at the annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards. At this year’s award ceremony, one business will be chosen as the Michigan SmartZone Best Small Business of the Year. On May 8, all SmartZone Best Small Businesses will be recognized at the awards gala in Lansing.

KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE RECOGNIZED FOR CANCER CARE The Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Bay Region has been recognized by the QOPI Certification Program LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Inc. (ASCO), for successfully completing a threeyear certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meets nationally recognized standards for quality

The 2018 Institute for Leaders graduating class

cancer care. The QOPI Certification Program builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative. “On behalf of Drs. Cook, Abramson, Levandowski and Kukreeja, we are most pleased to receive QOPI Certification,” said Nancy King, director of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Bay Region. “This reflects our ongoing commitment to our patients and community to provide state-ofthe-art, clinically excellent oncology care. We are proud of the work our team of oncologists, pharmacists, patient care and administrative team members did to achieve this certification, which supports McLaren’s ongoing mission to be the best value in health care as defined by quality outcomes and cost.” 2018 INSTITUTE FOR LEADERS ANNOUNCES CLASS GRADUATES The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance 2018 Institute for Leaders class graduated Oct. 18. Graduation capped off an eight-

month program where the leaders explored the four-county region and learned about the art and entertainment, culture, education, health care, transportation and infrastructure, and ecological features that distinguish the region from the rest of the state. FINANCIAL ADVISER NAMED TO FORBES LIST Merrill Lynch financial adviser Ryan D. Iles was recognized on Forbes’ 2018 America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors list. In all, 247 Merrill Lynch advisers are included on this year’s list, the most of any firm. “We believe Ryan exemplifies what it means to be a leader in the wealth management space,” said Bank of America Market President Renee Tabben. “He demonstrates a commitment to helping clients achieve their most important life goals. We are proud to congratulate Ryan on being named to this list.” ADELANTE AWARDS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED La Unión Cívica Mexicana presented the ninth annual Adelante Awards on Nov. 3 at the Dow Event Center’s Red Room. Celebrating 73 years as a nonprofit advocacy group, the Unión Cívica presented the awards in celebration of Hispanic contributions to the Great Lakes Bay region. The awards are in recognition of community involvement, cultural display and achievement. Award recipients included Ana Hildago, who won the Adelante Culture Award; state Rep. Vanessa Guerra, who won the Adelante Political Award; and Dr. Roberto Garcia, who won the Adelante Education Award.

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SANCHEZ JOINS MERCHANT PAYMENT SOLUTIONS TEAM Andrea Sanchez has joined Independent Bank’s Merchant Payment Solutions team as a merchant service account representative for east Michigan and is working from the bank’s Saginaw State Street office. Sanchez has over five years of experience in the financial industry, focusing on community and business development. In 2017, she was honored with the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute’s Daniel G. Soza Jr. Alumni Leadership Award, as well as the 2017 Young Professional Achievement Recognition Award by the NAACP. Sanchez serves on the board for the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Office of Counsel for Indigent Defendants. MANUFACTURERS RECOGNIZE BOCKELMAN AS 2018 MFG EMERGING LEADER The Michigan Manufacturers Association selected Jeremy Bockelman, regional director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, as the recipient of the 2018 MFG Emerging Leader Award.

The award is given to an individual who has contributed exceptionally to the industry over the past decade and who has limitless potential as a manufacturing leader moving forward. Bockelman was chosen by an independent panel of judges for how he dedicates 100 percent of his passion and energy into benefiting regional manufacturing and takes every opportunity to support the industry. He received the award during the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards in November. SAVANT LABS ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF CUSTOMER SUPPORT TEAM As Savant Labs continue to grow, so has the customer demand for experienced technical talent from the lubrication industry. To meet this demand, a new role has been created and Sheli Porter has been added as the technical service representative to the customer support team. Prior to joining the Savant Labs, Porter worked at Lubrizol-CPI Fluid Engineering in Midland in a series of roles from laboratory technician to research chemist. MILROY TO BECOME PRESIDENT AND CEO OF 1ST STATE BANK The board of directors of 1st State Bank announced the appointment of James R. “Jim” Milroy as the bank’s new president and CEO, effective in April. The appointment is part of a planned succession of current President and CEO Rick Goedert, who is retiring April 12. Goedert will continue to serve on the board of directors of 1st State Bank.





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We salute 2019 Ruby Award winner Justin Pomerville, Business Manager of Plumbers, Steamfitters and HVACR Service Techs Local 85, for his outstanding leadership in the Bay Region.

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Dow is proud to salute Kelly Chandler as a Ruby Award honoree and one of the area’s best and brightest professionals under age 40. As the leader of communication strategy and execution for the merger of Dow and DuPont, Kelly has been an important conduit for collaboration and communication between the company and our Dow communities, including the Great Lakes Bay Region. In addition to her impressive professional success, she is actively involved in the community as a board member, volunteer and mentor for several cultural and educational organizations throughout the region. We are grateful for Kelly’s contributions and congratulate all of this year’s honorees for their commitment to build a stronger community for everyone.

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