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GO AHEAD, DROP THE BALL Stop being addicted to busy. p. 22


Increase your skills and become a valuable leader. p. 16


business Regional cultural organizations boost the local economy. p. 29


Deploy combat principles and tactics to advance your career. p. 36

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is an editor and writer with an MBA from Pepperdine University who has worked with several publishing firms.


is a historian, freelance journalist, and developmental editor whose writing appears in several Michigan magazines.

Editor in Chief: Mimi Bell Associate Editor: Allison Rosbury Art Director: Chad Hussle Designer: Hallie Wright Photographer: Doug Julian


is director of communications for LERN, the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning.


is a leadership author and consultant. He lives in Midland with Carleen, his wife.

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Building the Great Lakes Bay Region One Leader at a Time


hat can get 35 business and community leaders on ice skates at the Dow Event Center? Or canoeing down the Chippewa River? Or engaging in frank discussions on topics like health care, education, and economic development? The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Institute for Leaders can.  The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance’s Institute for Leaders began over 10 years ago under the then name Vision Tri County. Each year, the alliance selects a diverse group of 30 to 40 regional leaders from Bay, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties who represent business, education, nonprofit, and community institutions. Our curriculum is focused on regional priorities like economic development, health care, transportation and infrastructure, quality of life, and STEM education.   Regionalism will only be successful by bringing leaders together from our various communities to build relationships and form common goals that will have the most profound impact on our economy and quality of life.The Institute for Leaders

provides a forum for leaders to discuss these key issues as well as unique opportunities to learn about the four communities of the Great Lakes Bay Region from firsthand experiences and expertise. Martha Zehnder Kaczynski, a 2015 graduate, said of her experience with the Institute for Leaders: “[The] GLBR Alliance[’s] [Institute for] Leaders was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the region and develop relationships with leaders from different cities.” Over the course of the past decade, the Institute for Leaders has been proud to graduate over 300 regional leaders from the program. These graduates have become official ambassadors who work to build a regional construct and make the Great Lakes Bay Region the absolute best community in which to live, work, and play in the state of Michigan. So, do you want to join our efforts to influence the positive trajectory of our region, and also have some fun along the way? The application for the Institute for Leaders can be found online at The deadline for application is October 31. Apply today, and be a part of our 2018 Institute for Leaders class. Moira Branigan Director of Internal Operations Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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What It Takes To Be a Leader Don’t let a fear of leading, or a reluctance to invest time in the task, hold you back.



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Braun Kendrick welcomes Kosta D. Povich as an associate attorney. Povich, a Saginaw native, joins the firm’s business practice group. He advises individuals and businesses on a variety of matters including entity formation, business planning, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. Povich also assists clients through the estate planning process, including the preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care directives.

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Braun Kendrick welcomes Eric M. Morris as an associate attorney. Morris joins the firm’s health care and business practice groups. Originally from Saginaw, Morris specializes in health care regulatory, privacy, and compliance issues. He counsels hospitals, physicians, and other companies with Stark Law compliance, health care fraud and abuse questions, HIPAA privacy and security concerns, physician employment issues, and medical office leasing matters.

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ompared to other metro areas of larger population, the Great Lakes Bay Region is culturally affluent because of the number of organizations that present arts programming. There’s a mix of grassroots entities—storefront art galleries, community theater troupes, art film societies, and the like, where dedicated volunteers are on stage and behind the scenes—and professional entertainment— national touring musical acts and Broadway shows. While both forms add to the region’s list of amenities and embellish the standard of living within our communities, it’s the pro shows that boost economic vitality. That’s because art, of course, is more than a pretty picture or a tap dance across a stage: It’s business. Widespread research continues to verify the economic impact and social importance of the arts on local communities. They contribute to innovation within an area, foster economic inclusion, and drive downtown revitalization efforts (Saginaw’s Temple Theatre and Dow Event Center are great examples). A McKinsey & Company report says that the arts generate many benefits for cities (or, as in our case, a region) that include increased tourism and other indirect economic activity as well as improved quality of life and community engagement. The report specifically highlights the connection to the regeneration of undervalued/ underutilized urban real estate and the relocation of businesses and residents from suburbs to downtowns. According to data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2013, arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy, a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. Another key finding is that consumer spending on the performing arts (think beyond ticket prices to include a dinner out, overnight lodging, etc.) grew 10 percent annually over the 15-year period. We have a need to understand ourselves better and see the world through the expanded vision that enjoying, appreciating, and living side-by-side with the arts affords. It’s a bonus that they can advance our region’s economic development, too.

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WHEELS A luxury limo bus service continues to expand.

by Mike Thompson | photo by Doug Julian


reg Howey’s “business plan” when he launched his enterprise, Stretch Limo, was to showcase his first luxury party vehicle and build brand recognition. Sometimes this was as simple as motoring up and down Saginaw County’s Gratiot Road (M-46) in a green and orange limo bus, with the Freeland business’ phone number painted for vivid display. Other times, if a shopping trip was on his agenda, he made sure to take the van rather than his personal car, as a source of free advertising. That was 2014. Soon after, when Howey went to Community State Bank (now The State Bank) for expansion funds, loan officers required an actual business marketing strategy. Basic questions included the types of events Stretch Limo would serve, and the times of year when the business would be most busy. Three years later, Stretch Limo is a fullscale, professional coach operation with a fleet of three limo buses, each serving up to 18 to 22 celebrants for special occasions. The business’ primary source of patronage is weddings and related bachelor and bachelorette events, in

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addition to events like a Saginaw Spirit hockey game at The Dow Event Center or a midsummer Detroit Tigers ballgame at Comerica Park. Clients may order on-board food and drink, or have the driver park the bus while they visit a restaurant or nightclub. Howey, a 2007 graduate of Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw Township, combines oldschool authenticity and “pounding the pavement” with modern-day website advertising to promote Stretch Limo. His technique includes answering phone calls and emails promptly at virtually all hours. He promotes “a licensed and insured limo bus service” that features “quality, class, and consistency.” After completing his undergraduate studies at Saginaw Valley State University, Howey earned a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He continues his day job as a supply chain planning specialist at Midland’s Trinseo Corporation, a manufacturer of plastic and latex products. He developed his dreams and nurtured his business strategy for Stretch Limo from chats with his father, Gregory Howey Sr., who was a laborer for Dixie Cut Stone in Bridgeport. When his father succumbed

to cancer four years ago, Greg dedicated the startup to him. “My dad’s mantra was to never ever cut corners, which he explained he [had] inherited from his own father,” says Howey, who also is thankful for support with the business from other family members and from his longtime girlfriend, Ashley Hine. His investment, in addition to payroll, has amounted to $120,000 for the three vehicles, including basics such as insurance and gasoline. He employs an office manager and up to eight contract workers for driving and vehicle cleaning and upkeep. During the first startup months, Howey says almost all of his customers were friends and acquaintances. And then, word-of-mouth started to take over. While dining out one evening, Howey overheard a stranger telling companions about Stretch Limo. That’s when he realized his enterprise had more potential. “My main thought at the start was to keep it simple and to keep it small,” Howey says. “With growth comes risk and continued challenges. This is all very humbling, and at the same time, very rewarding.”

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VALUE Investing in a trade show presence remains an effective way to reach your target audience. by Jason Dean


hether your goal is to introduce your new enterprise to the public or merely maintain a visible presence for your established business, the trade show continues to be a great model for reaching consumers in a short amount of time. The concentration at trade shows of related industry-specific people and products is a shining beacon that attracts prospects to your business for effective engagement. In an age when methods of reaching, engaging, and capturing the attention of customers are always evolving, the trade show model persists, according to Bryan Wagner, director of exhibits and displays at Morley Companies. Morley produces more than 200 trade shows annually for clients around the world, helping to maximize impact and results for marketing efforts. “Nothing can replace face-to-face interaction,” explains Wagner as to why trade shows continue to show results. “You can go digital and try to approximate the closeness of connection, but it’s not the same.” Trade shows, he adds, offer the opportunity to reach your target 14 |

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demographic in a controlled environment where you can introduce or reinforce your brand among those who are already receptive to your message. Above all, it is essential that your trade show presence is a clear extension of your brand, says Wagner. Everything about your booth (logo, messaging, support materials, scripting, staffing, and attire) should reinforce, not contradict, who you are. “You have about seven seconds to make an impression [with passersby],” advises Wagner. If anything is perceived as out of alignment in your presentation, people will just keep walking. The ultimate goal is to grab attention while still providing an accurate depiction of who your company is. Technology has made collecting prospect information at trade shows easier. Badges can be scanned, which imports a prospect’s contact information to your company, thus making it easier to identify the source of each new contact. However, even the most effective organizational methods require diligent follow-up.   “Whether [your methods of keeping track are] in a shoebox or spreadsheet, timely follow-up with the contacts you make is key to generating results,” says Wagner.

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You can become an engaged, skilled, and valuable leader.

Inquire about changes within the market. Organizations value those who try to understand upcoming or current changes in the business world and give insight to where they can help. by Daniel Handley, regional president & CEO, Dale Carnegie Training®


usinesses are operating in a competitive, tough, and everchanging marketplace. The trick to getting ahead is to become more engaged and skillful. If you do, you’ll be more valuable to your company and in the employment marketplace. An old saying states: “The market will pay you what you are worth.” Be worth more. In addition to basic job knowledge and doing what has to be done every day, consider developing these qualities that will help you become indispensable.

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Build the skills you need. Individuals who really understand how the business works and where it’s going will know how they can contribute. Participate in or form an influential learning team. You can improve your influence within teams by re-reading How to Win Friends and Influence People. It’s a classic and still a best-seller. Tell compelling stories about what has to be done and why. Those who do this will sell the story of their business to customers and colleagues. Be a leader. Organizations are faced with a shortage of leadership that can advance their businesses. As a leader, focus on connecting to different types of people or cultures and arouse interest among these coworkers. Find a structured training program that allows you to practice your communication and coaching skills. Real habits and behaviors don’t change just from inspiration and knowledge alone.

Stand out. It’s a public world of presentations, meetings, public forums, and debates. Those who stand out don’t hide behind their technological devices; they express their thoughts freely and overcome anxieties that have to do with how they’re perceived by other people. Those who stand out know how clients operate and what they want, they continually exhibit enthusiasm about goals, and they’re cool under fire. Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said: “Skills multiply labor two, five, 10, 50, 100 times. You can chop a tree down with a hammer, but it takes 30 days. That’s called labor. But if you trade the hammer in for an axe, you can chop the tree down in about 30 minutes. What’s the difference in 30 days and 30 minutes? Skills make the difference.” Take these actions to be engaged and skillful, and you’ll be a valuable leader. For ideas on improving leadership, communication, teamwork, sales, employee engagement, and organizational performance, visit, or contact Dan Handley at, 989-799-7760 or 1-800-518-3253.

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WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A LEADER Don’t let a fear of leading, or a reluctance to invest time in the task, hold you back.

by Terence F. Moore

“Leading is doing.” ~Warren Bennis, PhD, American leadership scholar, author, and consultant


eadership has been written about and talked about so much that there seems to be little merit in another article about it. Nonetheless, one of the keys to leadership hasn’t received much attention in the literature or on the speaker circuit. In any military officer training program, someone is selected from the ranks each day to serve as a squad or platoon leader or company

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commander. At the end of the day, others begin to believe the person chosen to lead is the leader. More important, the person who is selected begins to think of himself or herself as a leader. The more they are out in front, the better they become at leading. One of the fundamentals of leadership is volunteering to be out in front. Raise your hand to lead at every chance and, when that opportunity arises, work harder than those you lead. There are two reasons why people don’t want to lead. Either of these reasons or both are why people decline to be a leader: They don’t want to take the time to lead. Leading consumes a lot of time—including a lot of nights and weekends. Most leaders would admit to being exhausted from time to time. When I was working with Eric Gilbertson, immediate past president of Saginaw Valley State University, in the Gerstacker Fellowship Program, we worked Friday night and all day Saturday once each year. When one Friday session had ended at 9:30 p.m., I knew that he

had already had a long week behind him. I told him to get some rest because we had a long day ahead of us on Saturday. He replied, “I have two more student functions to attend tonight.” There’s no rest in the corporate world—only intermittent pauses. They’re scared. Few people would admit that fear is holding them back, but very few people are fearless. Sometimes it’s fear of speaking in front of a large group. Sometimes it’s fear of failing. Sometimes it’s a fear of just attempting to do something we’ve never attempted before. John Wayne said: “Courage is being afraid but saddling up anyway.” The fact is, most leaders aren’t any smarter than the rest of us. They’re just willing to take the time to lead—and they don’t let their fears control them. Terence F. Moore is the co-editor of The Effective Health Care Executive: Guide to a Winning Management Style.

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DR. MALCOLM FIELD He stubbornly refuses to accept any notion that suffering must always be an inescapable consequence of the human condition.

by Eric Gilbertson


ineteen sixty-two was a pretty good year. Humankind was spared a nuclear conflagration when the Soviets withdrew their missiles from Cuba. John Glenn rode Friendship Seven into near Earth orbit. The Second Vatican Council was convened, and Bob Dylan challenged our idealism with “Blowin’ in the Wind.” The Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded for uncovering the molecular structure of DNA, and Arnold Palmer won both the Masters and British Open, becoming the leading money winner (with $81,000 in earnings) on the PGA tour. That same year, a young neurosurgeon named Malcolm Field began to practice his healing arts in Saginaw. He had completed his

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medical education at the University of Michigan and a residency at Henry Ford Hospital, and was prepared to develop a practice in neurosurgery— and much more. A history of stroke and brain hemorrhages suffered by his grandparents and other family members, which had been undetected and untreated in those days, first gave rise to his passion for addressing those afflictions. “One only has to see the mangled bodies of trauma, the devastation of a malignant brain tumor, the effects of stroke, and now major global-affected dementias to lead us in the quest for answers and effective treatments,” Field reflects. He was introduced to Saginaw and its possibilities by his uncle, Clifford Spicer, founder of Spicer Engineering. Over subsequent years, Field’s medical practice expanded to a wide geographic footprint, to include even the furthest reaches of the Upper Peninsula. And in Saginaw, and surrounding cities and towns, lives have been saved and broken bodies repaired—literally thousands of them—because of the dedication

of that young neurosurgeon, who became worldrenowned for his skills and accomplishments. Field’s legacy includes not just the thousands of patients and families who have had their lives saved or made better, but the promise of a research organization that bears his name and indelible imprint: The Field Neurosciences Institute (FNI). Poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “(A)n institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.” And so it is with FNI. Founded in 1988, when Field and his brothers had donated their family farm to the cause, FNI is housed and supported by St. Mary’s of Michigan. Its purpose, simply stated, is to prevent and seek cures for diseases and injuries that surgery alone cannot ameliorate—brain injuries, Huntington’s disease, glioblastomas, and many others—while exploring new ideas, approaches, and findings for the relief of these plagues and traumas. Today, FNI is headed by Dr. Gary Dunbar, a distinguished professor and researcher whose work in the potential curative powers of pluripotent stem cell therapies has added to the steady but

vital progress of discovery shared through scientific literature. He is joined by a staff of researchers, health care specialists, students, and support staff. Much of FNI’s work takes place in the laboratory, as researchers work on matters as diverse and debilitating as stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, brain cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. Rarely is there a miracle cure for such complex maladies discovered in some aha moment. Instead, Dunbar points out, progress is usually made incrementally, and often in many different labs and institutions around the world. FNI has made contributions in such advances as the discovery of how genetically altered adult stem cells might produce a critically important protein that has reduced Huntington’s disease deficits in rodents, and, too, how a new gene-editing technique may reduce the production of harmful proteins blamed in part for the same dreaded disease. Also, to date, FNI has offered its “Think First for Kids” and “Buckle Your Brain” programs to some 30,000 students, and distributed some 10,000 protective bicycle helmets to children in

the region while teaching about the importance of precautionary care. Under Field’s leadership and with the support of St. Mary’s of Michigan and a board of directors led by Martha Ann Joseph, funds have been raised through special events that are testimonials to the physician’s work. Additionally, the potential for further medical advances is made possible by Dunbar and others on staff at FNI as well as those who have experienced internships and fellowships at FNI and gone elsewhere to pursue work begun here. Many residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region are unaware of the importance and eminent quality of work being performed in their midst by their friends and neighbors. Such is the case with FNI. The world-class reputation of the institute came about because of the commitment and vision of a physician who was not content to practice his profession and reap the deserved rewards that came from a career of caring and curing. Field has raged against the causes of his patients’ suffering and tried to defeat these curses. “I have never met another person who is as dedicated to helping

the neurologically afflicted as Malcolm Field. His passion for advancing research and clinical care transcends the most noble of humanitarian causes and has become a ‘religious’ quest,” Dunbar says. In remembering and looking ahead, Field says, “I am amazed at the amount of clinical, particularly basic science research that is going on in our institution (FNI), which now is not just localized in Saginaw but multi-institutional around the world. There is still a large group of genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases, etc., that have yet to be tackled. And there are others coming down the pike that we have never even heard of before. I am happy in a way that we have come this far, and frustrated that we have not gotten further. But we lead with a dynamic institution that continues to ferret out the causes, interventions, and treatments for these illnesses.” Eric Gilbertson is president emeritus at Saginaw Valley State University and the proud grandfather of six children. To comment on this article, contact him at

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DROP THE BALL Let’s agree to stop being addicted to busy.

by Beth Bryce

“Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates


any times, people feel they are stuck in their mediocre lives and careers because they won’t slow down long enough to figure out what truly matters to them. Other times, people use their busyness as a form of numbing and to avoid taking action. (Insert a vicious circle here.) Like many overachievers stuck in a rut, are you juggling a gazillion balls in the air? A better question is: Are you addicted to busy? When asked, “How are you?” do your responses include busy, swamped, or buried? 22 |

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In a 2013 Harvard Medical School Study, 96 percent of leaders report that they are burned out to some degree, and one-third rank their burnout as extreme. I’ll pass along some great advice from my mother, who was tired of my self-imposed insanity. She said: “You make your own schedule.” Well, how’s that for brutal honesty? Recovery begins with fully acknowledging that you are in charge of your time. I get it. There’s work, parenting, caregiving, volunteering, school, chores, and sleep. “Sleep?” you ask, “What’s that?” I’ve discovered the key to making your own schedule is not how you manage your time, but how you manage your energy—and if you are giving yourself permission to drop a few balls. Paula Davis-Laack, an international stress and resilience expert, offers an extensive “Blueprint for Burnout Prevention” on her website ( that outlines six powerful strategies and techniques to effectively self-coach your way back to sanity: 1. Manage your energy, not your time. Create recovery rituals, such as five- to 10-minute breaks every 90 to 120 minutes. Know your six sources of thriving: positivity, engagement, relationships, meaning, achievement, and health.

2. Clear the mental clutter. Identify the mindsets that undercut your happiness like people pleasing, judgment, and lack of self-care. 3. Let go of perfection. Build shame resilience, stop being a maximizer, and settle for “good enough.” 4. Stay plugged in. Change your job without leaving your job—optimize the job you have, develop quality connections, and reorder your day. 5. Develop authenticity. Ignore the critics and identify the happiness myths you buy into that begin with “I’ll be happy when…” 6. Believe that you can produce results. Develop self-efficacy by keeping a list of your “wins,” and, by all means, cultivate hope.

I encourage you to carve out time to design the life and career you have always imagined. You have permission to nap often and drop a ball or two. Your sanity will thank you for it, and so will your mom. Beth Bryce is a career strategist and transformation coach. To comment on this article or to share your own observations, contact Beth Bryce by email at


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ver the past 70 years and three generations, Dobson Industrial has proudly served the Bay City area with an unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction. As each generation passed the torch to the next, as depressed economies challenged the business’ livelihood, and as shortages in the skilled labor force threatened to limit productivity, Dobson Industrial persevered and maintained its dedication to each client, establishing and maintaining the reputation it holds today. The types of clients Dobson Industrial serves are automotive manufacturers and suppliers, food processing, utilities, chemical processing, wood and paper mills, cement mines and quarries, foundries, hospitals and medical facilities, schools and universities, government and municipal facilities, and other manufacturing facilities all around Michigan and surrounding Great Lakes states. The services Dobson Industrial provides include fabricating and installing structural or

miscellaneous steel for new construction, additions, expansions, renovations, ladders, stairs, handrail, catwalks, and mezzanines; heavy machinery moving, installation, transportation, staging, and long- or short-term warehousing; plant relocations; on-site plant process equipment repair and maintenance; and on-site 40- or 20-foot storage container rentals. In addition to these industrial services, Dobson also supports the community by donating time and money to organizations like Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Free Masons, Studio 23, Bay Area Community Foundation, River Roar, Boys & Girls Clubs, Lions Club, and many more. The passing of 70 years has brought some changes to the business world; the days of doing business on a handshake are long-gone. However, doing business with Dobson is no different today than it was 70 years ago. One significant improvement has been the substantial increase in safety standards. In fact, Dobson’s exceptional

adherence to safety guidelines has earned the company repeated recognition for outstanding safety performance from the Associated General Contractors and the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association. Chris Vlk, president of Dobson Industrial and grandson of a founding member, explains, “The majority of these awards were for zero accidents in the workplace, which we are extremely proud of.” Another major point of pride for Dobson Industrial is the organization, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, which the company co-founded with eight other members in 1948. Today, this organization has over 1,300 members worldwide and will mark its 70th anniversary in 2018. Having withstood the test of time with such stability and dependability, Dobson Industrial has earned its reputation for unbeatable customer satisfaction. When you find that you need it, Dobson Industrial will be there for you.

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uring the 1970s and 1980s, four separate hospitals—Mercy, General, Samaritan, and Bay Osteopathic— merged into one hospital now known as McLaren Bay Region with the hopes of providing superior medical care to the Great Lakes Bay Region. Today, McLaren Health Care’s medical reach is enormous, including 12 hospitals and over 350 facilities throughout the entire state of Michigan. Annually, McLaren Bay Region treats

nearly 300,000 patients, sees 40,000 emergency room patients, and performs over 400 open-heart surgeries and more than 10,000 other surgical procedures. The wide array of medical services available at McLaren Bay Region include cardiovascular care at one of the largest open-heart surgery programs in Michigan; orthopedic care, boasting five orthopedic surgeons and the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted technology; top neuroscience programs; and obstetrics and women’s health services that utilize

the latest technology and highest standards of care and compassion. Most notably, McLaren operates the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 48 National Cancer Institutes in the United States. Headquartered in Detroit and offering 14 different treatment locations, Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) is the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan. With approximately 14,000 new patients annually, KCI strives to prevent, detect, and eradicate all forms

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of cancer, working to treat over 200 known forms. Looking at available services and level of care, it becomes clear that McLaren Bay Region makes a strong impact in the Great Lakes Bay Region. However, this impact is not merely due to the number of people treated in McLaren facilities or to the number of facilities available. The impact of McLaren Bay Region is attributed to the way patients are treated and to the way they are made to feel. In a word, McLaren patients are safe.

As a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, McLaren Bay Region stands among the top 5 percent in the nation of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data. This is the fourth consecutive year McLaren Bay Region has earned this honor. While the ways McLaren invests in health may be obvious, the ways they invest in the region’s communities are numerous as well. McLaren Bay Region has shown its commitment to the community’s overall well-being by donating

to various nonprofit organizations that have a mission to improve the lives of those who live here. McLaren Bay Region also provides lifesaving health screenings to the community all year long to help promote early detection and early treatment. McLaren’s wide array of medical treatment options, superior medical teams, innovative technologies, and dedication to regional communities have made McLaren Bay Region the No. 1 choice for excellent health care close to home.


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hen it comes to Saginaw businesses, very few have a history as long as Saginaw Bay Underwriters (SBU). But its longevity isn’t all that sets the local insurance agency apart. SBU traces its roots to 1863, during the Lincoln administration, when historic Saginaw insurance agencies like Brady & Savage and B. Geer & Son were needed to support the region’s booming lumber industry.

opened in 2011, making SBU one of the largest insurance agencies in the entire state of Michigan. “Our history in the Great Lakes Bay Region is why we’re so passionate about our core value of community involvement,” says Peter Ewend, SBU’s president/CEO.

Mergers, acquisitions, and new hires during the 1950s and 1960s culminated in a major move: the merger of the Carmen-Toft-Baum and Brady Schirmer agencies into Saginaw Underwriters, Inc.

nominations from the public. SBU’s Facebook page regularly features SBU Cares stories and pictures. “We’re proud of our unique history, but we’re even more proud of what we do for clients,” says Ewend.“SBU provides risk advising and insurance services to local businesses, employers, and families, but how we do so makes us very

Underwriters. A Midland SBU location opened in 2001, and another Saginaw location, on State Street,

the community for many years, but its SBU Cares program is perhaps the best example of this passion. in 2013, and continues to make a $150 donation to

Clear Advantage™, which the agency has developed over the past decade.

each client’s risks, and involves proprietary tools, as well as acumen and strategic partnerships built over our history in the industry,” explains Jim Roberts, SBU’s COO/CFO. “At the same time, it’s also intentionally forward-thinking to account for new risks and the changing political climate,” says Ewend. just insurance, now and in the future.” More information, including how to subscribe to SBU’s blog, apply for open positions, or make an SBU Cares nomination, can be found on the company’s recently redesigned website,, or call 989-752-8600.

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or over 112 years, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has provided superior moving services for traditional home and office moves as well as specialty moving services for corporate, affinity, clergy and church denomination moves, and military and government moving. Even though most of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines’ business comes from outside the area, its heart and true home base is the Great Lakes Bay Region. President and COO of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines and fifth-generation family member, Lindsay Stevens Eggers says, “The business climate is constantly changing between customer expectations, government regulations, driver shortages, technology, etc., and I am proud to see our customer base continue to expand across the globe despite these challenges.” A family business often has advantages when it comes to dedication, stability, and knowledge transfer, and Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is no exception. Despite the longevity of the family

business and its widespread success, progress became stagnant. Eggers explains that through Stevens Worldwide Van Lines’ participation with Saginaw Valley State University’s Stevens Center for Family Business, the business has heard many times about the value of bringing outside advisors to an organization. The family decided that it was time to invite outside advisors to the Stevens Group, Inc.’s board of directors. Eggers reflects, “[The outside advisors’] objective input has been invaluable. I only wish we had done it sooner.” In addition to its traditional business services, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has served the community through employment opportunities, donations, and volunteering. Due to its expansion, much of its business originates outside of the region, but it remains committed to maintaining its headquarters in Saginaw. Stevens Worldwide Van Lines’ commitment to the community surfaces through its involvement in numerous charitable endeavors.

Lindsay Stevens Eggers, president and COO

The Charitable Works Policy allows employees to volunteer for local nonprofit organizations during company hours. Organizations like The READ Association of Saginaw County, Junior Achievement, and Relay for Life (along with countless others) directly benefit from employees’ involvement. Stevens Worldwide Van Lines pledges up to 3 percent of its after-tax profits to nonprofit organizations, contributes to the Stevens Family Fund managed by the Saginaw Community Foundation, and provides scholarship opportunities for employees’ children. Employees participate in the Move for Hunger program, and the company donates a 53-foot trailer for local events like Saginaw PRIDE Friday Night Live, the Freeland Walleye Festival, Party on McCarty, and Relay for Life. After 112 years of outstanding business and philanthropic service to the Great Lakes Bay Region, the legacy of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines will last for years to come.


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A peaceful and serene setting is at the forefront of this beautifully built with exceptional quality and cared for and maintained beyond belief. Set in the heart of the Tri Cities on 15+ acres, Auburn gives you the convenience of being 15 miles or less to Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw Township. The home features a dual heating system with pellet boiler and two natural gas forced air furnaces, generator, city water, outbuilding with large workshop, car or boat storage and has separate forced air heating and hot and cold water. The home boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an open and spacious floor plan with vaulted living room and kitchen and 10 foot ceilings throughout the rest of the home. The master suite has access to the trex deck, and boasts a 200 square foot walk in closet as well as spacious master bath with custom walk in shower. The exercise room w/ sauna & family room with custom antique bar, wood ceiling, and wall of windows as well as oversized 2.5 car garage complete the home.

This spacious, elegant, and immaculate home close to the Saginaw Country Club features nearly 4,500 square feet of living space with 4 absolutely large bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom and walk in closet! The main floor boasts a stunning 2-story foyer with spiral staircase and leads into a remarkable great room with floor to ceiling windows, wet bar, built-ins around the gas fireplace, open dining room, home office, master suite with attached sun room, main floor laundry, a large eat in kitchen with center island and a cozy sitting room with built in hot tub. The 2nd floor has an open loft style hallways with 3 large spare bedrooms and staircase to the 3rd floor bonus/family room that is plumbed bath if you need a guest suite! The fenced in backyard, with immaculate landscaping and extension paver patio is tranquil and a great place to relax. The home has solid cherry trim, central vac, crystal chandelier, updated roof, furnaces, and central air.

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Stunning curb appeal, private tree lined backyard, and a spacious interior highlight the amenities of this great Saginaw Township residence. The home features 3,352 square feet of living space with 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 full, and 2 half bathrooms, as well as a finished basement with bar area, game room, and additional family room. The main floor has a grand 2 story entrance with adjacent formal living room boasting floor to ceiling windows and office with French door. Through the entrance the vaulted ceiling great room sits between the large eat in kitchen with center island, formal dining room, and main floor master suite with private patio access and 2 walk in closets. Main floor laundry, pantry, and charming sun room with wood ceiling complete the 1st level. The 2nd floor features an open loft area with guest suite with private bath and walk in closet as well as two more spare bedrooms with shared Jack and Jill style bathroom. Call for your personal showing.

Experience Uptown Penthouse Living. Wake up in your spacious master suite, get ready for work in your large walk-in closet and relax on a 400 square foot balcony. With over 1,700 sq. feet of living space, Uptown Bay City has a unique Penthouse space just for you. With design and amenities like none other, the penthouse condominiums feature two bedrooms, two full and one half baths, a dream kitchen with quartz countertops, full height tile backsplash, Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances, and an open floor plan highlighting the custom kitchen cabinets. The condo also boasts 10 foot ceilings throughout with led recessed lighting, Marvin wood windows, smart home automation system controlling the Hunter Douglas Silhouette window treatments, surround sound, and lighting, and Schonbek handmade light fixtures. Residents also get to enjoy the heated secure parking garage with private storage, and snowmelt sidewalks throughout the development.

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Exceptional 6 bedroom residence that includes a 2 bedroom carriage apartment with recent updates in kitchen and bath. Main house features include full sweeping front porch, formal foyer with open curving staircase, crown moldings, hardwood floors, solid wood pocket doors, butler’s pantry, Corinthian columns, multiple fireplaces, updated kitchen has commercial appliances as part of the renovation. Sunny and bright breakfast room for the morning ritual or casual family meals, Original gum wood library makes a great TV/media room or den. 3 car garage w/ 2 bedroom carriage apartment. Additional parking spaces on the property. Gated entrance.   Two oversized en suite bedrooms and guest rooms on the second floor. The landing features morning coffee bar. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a historic home in this condition. May be sold furnished.

Updated kitchen, immaculate ceramic baths, hardwood floors, idyllic setting, 2400 + Sq ft brick ranch, 3 bedrooms, master bath, jack & jill bath, 2 half baths all add up to a house you want to call home. Spacious living room w/ fireplace, dining room. With bay window overlooking private fenced backyard & patio. Lower level family room has a fireplace & generous space lower level family room has a fireplace & generous space to relax and entertain.

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Conveniently located in the heart of Great Lakes Bay Region this 3 bed 2 ½ bath condominium boasts golf course and lake views. Ranch floor plan, elevated deck, freshly stained. The 2 way fireplace provides enjoyment from the kitchen and great room. Open formal dining, Master suite w walk in closet and 4 pc bath with access to deck. Sunny bright kitchen, pantry, breakfast bar, fully applianced, perfect gathering space. New carpet, fresh paint, new roof. Panoramic views thru out.2 car attached garage. Custom landscaping.

Pristine Ranch now available in Iconic Allenhurst Commons. Home has a master suite, two additional bedrooms and 1.5 baths on main floor. Eat in kitchen adjoins family room & 3 seasons area. Formal dining & living rooms add up to 1821 sq. ft. of great entertaining & family living. The sizeable finished area in basement multiplies the opportunity to own this superb well kept home. Call today & schedule your private viewing.


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One of Saginaw Township’s most desired subdivisions. The backyard has views of the park and a short walk to the association pool. This home has been completely updated but still offers all of the traditional charm. Spacious foyer, large living room with crown molding and fireplace, formal dining room, family room with fireplace and new sliding door out to patio. The kitchen has been updated with white cabinets, island and informal eating area. Stainless appliances and Corian counter tops. New home office off the kitchen. Four bedrooms on the second floor with second floor laundry. Large master bedroom has walkin closet and master bath. Attached side load garage. This home is a rare find!

UNDER CONTSTRUCTION 3-bedroom ranch with 2 full baths, first floor laundry, and 2 car attached garage. Kitchen comes with all stainless-steel appliances and granite counter tops with ceramic tiled backsplash and full unfinished basement. This home is Energy Star Rated. Optional monthly maintenance fee of $125 per month includes lawn mowing, fertilizing, landscape, and snow removal. Quality Built by Geiersbach Builders. Completion date- late Fall, early Winter.





Immaculate three bedroom home. Two additional bedrooms, family room with fireplace and full bath in finished lower level with daylight windows. Spacious foyer, open floor plan, gas fireplace in living room. Large kitchen with dining area and access to deck. Master suite with walk-in closet and full bath with separate vanity area. Neutral decor throughout, 2 full baths, 1 half bath and laundry all on the first floor. 3.5 car garage, heated. Great curb appeal.

Floor Plans are basically same in either style ranch, with or without basement, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, master with shower - main bath with tub and shower combination, kitchen with all stainless-steel kitchen appliances included, granite counter tops in the ones with basement, ceramic tiled back splash, first floor laundry, 2 car garage with door opener, flooring and window blinds are included as well. Hallways are all wide enough for a wheelchair, doorways are 36 inches wide as well. Outside includes a landscaped yard.

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This property consists of 2,160 sq. ft. office with warehouse as well as a 2,000 sq. ft. pole barn. Building on the front of the property is all steel construction and boasts a large store front window. Ample warehouse storage with the two buildings combined. Call Century 21 Signature Commercial today for your private tour.

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Beautiful former Bed and Breakfast immaculately kept and updated. This property boasts five bedrooms, three kitchens, a sitting room and multiple bathrooms. Also included is a separate efficiency apartment. The grounds have been beautifully landscaped and has a fully fenced yard right in the vacation town of Caseville. Call today for your private viewing.

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here’s a common misconception that a community operates at a deficit when it comes to supporting the arts and culture. However, national and Great Lakes Bay Region data show that arts and cultural organizations—everything from museums and orchestras to theaters and galleries—drive economic activity by creating jobs, generating tax revenue, fueling spending, and improving the overall quality of life. In 2012, arts, cultural, and historical attractions and events accounted for nearly $2.5 billion—more than 18 percent—of total tourism spending in Michigan, according to the Creative State Michigan 2015 Nonprofit Report. Residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region have access to a wealth of grassroots arts events and organizations such as Bay City Players, Pit & Balcony, and Creative 360, and people participating in those groups—whether on stage or in the audience—are helping to advance the larger arts and cultural community. The region is also rich with world-class venues such as Midland Center for the Arts (MCFTA), Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Temple Theatre, and State Theatre to name a few, but there’s still a ways to go when it comes to maximizing the potential they hold, according to area arts and cultural leaders. The good news? Steps are being taken to build on the strong framework of the region’s existing artistic capabilities, and organizations are looking for ways to collaborate and grow.

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ON THE (REGIONAL) RADAR It is clear that residents of Bay, Saginaw, Midland, and Isabella counties are already trekking throughout the region to see exhibitions and attend shows. An economic impact study conducted by ArtsMarket, a national arts-focused consulting, planning, and analytics firm, was commissioned by the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, and the study found that people are coming from throughout the state and even from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, in some cases, to attend events at State Theatre, Temple Theatre, and MCFTA. Terri Trotter, president and chief executive officer of MCFTA, the region’s largest arts venue and arts-related employer, employing more than 50 people full time and operating with a budget of about $8 million, says she expects about 115,000 people to visit the center for various performances and exhibits in 2017. On top of any admission cost those 115,000 visitors are pouring into the regional economy, they’re spending another $24.60 per visitor, on average, on dinners out, gasoline, and


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hotel rooms, according to data from Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that works to advance arts and arts education nationwide. That’s an injection of more than $2.8 million into the local economy—just from attendees at one arts and cultural venue in the region. And that’s definitely a check in the pros column, but Trotter says more needs to be done to draw visitors from outside of the region and to bring in acts that regional residents often travel to Detroit, Lansing, or Grand Rapids to see. Achieving those two goals would mean that non-local attendees would spend an average of $39.96 per visitor on top of admission fees—$15 more than their local counterparts. “Keeping those dollars here is an important part of our stewardship of the region,” Trotter says. The key to success ultimately means investing in new products, and the investment is the top recommendation from the ArtsMarket study, too. “Our programming is going to be more focused on national Broadway tours, popular entertainment artists, and

touring artists from around the world,” Trotter says. “We are trying to do this at a more consistent level.” Other arts leaders in the region are on the same page. “Every cultural and arts organization in the region should be making sure that their programs are programs people want to participate in,” says Marylin Wheaton, director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University. While visitors to the sculpture museum don’t pay any fees, Wheaton says at least 25 percent of the annual 15,000 to 17,000 visitors are coming from outside of the region to see the carefully curated exhibitions. “They don’t just come to the museum—they spend the night, visit restaurants and other businesses,” she says. “It all has a multiplier effect.” Stacey Gannon, executive director of the Saginaw Art Museum, points to the recent exhibition of works from New York-based artist Brian Rutenberg. Rutenberg is considered one of the best painters of his generation and has exhibited in fine art galleries across the country. “He’s a contemporary artist who we will be talking about for generations,” Gannon says. “We had people coming [to the museum] from Chicago, Detroit, even as far away as Nebraska.” The Rutenberg exhibit and the quality of the museum’s 10 other annual exhibits are the kinds of attractions that bring people in from other areas, says Gannon, who also serves as the executive director of the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra and the Temple Theatre. Gannon says the focus of programming for the orchestra and Temple Theatre are shifting, too, to align with regional goals. “We have a big potential to become a cultural destination for the Midwest and beyond, but it is only going to happen through collaboration,” Gannon says. COLLABORATION AND THE PATH TO GROWTH The ArtsMarket study found about 18 percent of households in the Great Lakes Bay Region are interested in arts, which is just about on par with the national average arts audience that equals about 20 percent of the population. However, the study found that there is a far larger audience—41 percent of the households in the region—for popular, big-name entertainment, including recording artists and touring stage productions. Trotter says the study highlights one of the biggest opportunities for the region and suggests that bringing in nationally-known entertainers, popular Broadway

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ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS GENERATE BILLIONS IN REVENUE AND CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS. BY KATHRYN LYNCH-MORIN 2.2 million: Full-time equivalent jobs supported by U.S. arts and cultural organizations. 1.9 million: Full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts and cultural spending in the United States. 1.1 million: Jobs—such as builders, plumbers, printers, and accountants—supported directly by the arts industry. $12.1 billion: Government revenue generated by arts and cultural spending. $6.1 billion: Local government revenue generated by arts and cultural spending.

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productions, top traveling museum exhibits, and other acts to venues in the region would not only draw more locals to participate but also appeal to people far outside the area, too. Trotter, who took her position at MCFTA in 2016, cochairs with Larry Preston, chief executive officer of Tri-Star Trust Bank, and Mike Bacigalupo, chief operating officer of State Theatre, Art Wave—a collaboration among arts, cultural, and entertainment organizations across the region that was started by the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. Art Wave aims to build on the strengths of the region and promote the diverse and unique art and entertainment offerings across the communities. “We do have great arts and entertainment in our community, and we urge people who live in the Great Lakes Bay Region to get out and attend the many high-quality performances taking place on an ongoing basis,” Preston says. The formation of Art Wave was among the first of the ArtsMarket recommendations to be adopted, though Trotter says the group is working toward greater collaboration and reducing any competition or duplicated efforts with marketing, programming, and ticket operations. This will help everyone focus their efforts on improvement and growth. Another example of collaboration can be seen at MidMichigan Children’s Museum and Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at MCFTA, where each museum has set up an exhibit at the other, Trotter explains. “The region itself is becoming a great arts and culture destination because everybody is working toward the same thing—trying to get bigger acts and more people into their respective areas,” Bacigalupo says.

$6.7 billion: State government revenue generated by arts and cultural spending. $39.15 billion: Resident household income generated by arts and cultural organizations. $135.2 billion: National economic activity generated by arts and cultural organizations.

$74.1 billion: Revenue generated for local merchants and their communities by arts and cultural audiences. $24.60: The average amount spent on top of the cost of admission to arts and cultural events and exhibits by all attendees. $170.58: The average amount spent, in addition to the cost of the arts or cultural event, by non-local audiences who stay overnight. 45.2 percent: The percentage of attendees who would travel to a different community for an event or exhibit. 5,215: The average number of arts volunteers in U.S. cities and counties. $4.3 million: The value of the hours donated by arts and culture volunteers in each town. Source: Americans for the Arts – Arts & Economic Prosperity IV

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FEATURE Grassroots arts organizations in the region, like Pit & Balcony or Bay City Players, play a role in fostering a strong arts industry overall, even if they might not pack the economic punch of their larger, more seasoned counterparts, Bacigalupo says. FINDING A BALANCE Compared to other areas of the state, spending on arts and cultural experiences is lower among households in the Great Lakes Bay Region, according to the ArtsMarket study. In fact, households in the region, on average, each spend about $2,455 annually on arts and entertainment, while households in the Ann Arbor area—just 80 miles south—each spend an annual average of $5,378. While the reasons for the gap can include everything from varying levels of disposable income to the level of interest in the arts, clear driving factors for the difference include the lower cost of programming and fewer opportunities for the kinds of professional entertainment acts that are more common in cities like Detroit or Grand Rapids. While large venues like Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and Dow Event Center offer their own avenues for nationallyknown acts, shows, and artists, other performing arts spaces in the region don’t have the same capacity. For example, Bacigalupo points out that it is important to keep prices affordable to meet the demands of regional audiences, and for smaller theaters like the State where there are a limited number of seats, ticket prices would have to be higher to cover high-dollar shows and entertainers. With attempts to fix this issue, the MCFTA team creates what Trotter calls a “palette of opportunities” each season that engages as many sectors of the community as it can. “When we are curating a season, we are thinking more about our community members—who is interested in what—and trying to ensure that we provide events that pique curiosity and build broad community interest. Then, it’s more like a jigsaw puzzle to figure out what [programming] will work for us financially and based on date availability,” she says. As for the question of fees, Trotter says she looks at a variety of data in determining the feasibility of any one act, such as how the act has sold at other venues and at what ticket price.  “So we run financial scenarios based on what we know of our market—and the best gut-feel we have—and decide whether we feel something is workable based on community interest,” says Trotter. FUNDING UNCERTAINTY President Trump’s proposed budget—which is still on the table—would gut federal spending on the arts and eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In fiscal year 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts alone helped fund MCFTA, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Creative 360, Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw Arts & Enrichment Commission, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Choral Society, Art Reach of Mid Michigan, and Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum, among others, to the tune of $367,000.

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is incredibly important to community arts organizations, Trotter says, even if an organization is not an individual grant recipient. Each year MCFTA, like most of the nonprofit arts organizations around the region, receives a general operating grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), which receives its funding from NEA. “What is so important about the MCACA grants for nonprofit arts groups is that they support our general operations,” Trotter says. “They provide funding for the things that it’s hard to fundraise for—things like paying the electric bill and keeping the copy machine working. This is a critical cog in the wheel of the arts ecosystem.” MORE THAN MONEY The importance of arts and cultural organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region goes far beyond the economic effects. A vibrant artistic scene adds to the overall quality of life in a region, helping to retain residents and attract new people to the area. “People want to have a great cultural experience with arts and entertainment in our region so that businesses and employees want to continue to be part of our community,” says Preston. “Communities that have strong arts and entertainment are more attractive to businesses and employees.”


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t’s of little consequence if you’re technically proficient but tactically inept in your career. Too many executives are seeing their careers derailed as a result of tactical errors. The tactics used by executives to advance their careers and their professional responsibilities closely parallel the principles that have been followed by military commanders for thousands of years to win battles and campaigns. These principles are amoral: They’re neither good nor bad. Many would argue that there’s no comparison between war and what may be described as business warfare. No one would disagree that combat is far more horrendous and life-threatening than business warfare. Nonetheless, there are many more similarities than there are dissimilarities between the two. Executives who have seen their organizations lose market share, had their own positions “overrun” and were fired, or have seen their companies being beaten by the competition understand that there’s a war in the world of business. One executive reportedly said: “If our business was any more like war, we would be using real ammunition.” The following military principles, if properly used, can be beneficial to your professional advancement and the advancement of your organization. If these principles are not used, or if they’re misused, they can be destructive and result in undesirable consequences:

Meetings are the battlegrounds of business. Whether meetings are between two people or 22 people, they are where you’re going to advance your career or get your head handed to you. Tactically astute executives are choreographers. They work with others before the meeting to arrange what they want to have happen at the meeting. These executives review the issues with as many participants as possible if they believe they’ll receive opposition to their positions.

And remember to always arrive early to a meeting. Early arrivers have the opportunity to get the seat they want and to become better acquainted with other attendees. This enables them to build allies. In combat, when all other things are equal, the advantage almost always goes to the unit most familiar with the terrain and already in position. Avoid, at all costs, arriving late to a meeting. Latecomers send two messages: 1) I think my time is more important than that of the others in the meeting, and 2) I’m sloppy. The principle of offense. The urge to take the initiative is a characteristic shared by most successful military commanders and executives. By itself, acting on the urge will not guarantee success, but not acting on it will guarantee failure. Going on the offense requires calculated risktaking, conceptual ability, and a high energy level. Of course, it’s always easier to maintain the status quo and simply hold on to what you have. But as General George Patton said: “We can win only by attacking.” The most important rule to follow when you’re on the offense is that you should almost never attack strength. Avoid frontal attacks whenever possible. When the military strategist Lindell Hart studied 280 military campaigns, he found that only six were won by using assaults. General Robert E. Lee’s greatest and most costly blunder was his frontal attack at Gettysburg. Even his closest lieutenants advised him against it. Determine if you’re on the offense. To do so, consider whether you’re reacting to the agendas of

others or reacting to your own initiatives (emails, texts, phone calls, and written correspondence). The principle of defense. Mounting a defense is used to provide time and opportunity for you to assume an offensive position. You cannot win if you’re always reacting to the initiatives of others. Your workplace is similar to a fort. If you don’t venture from it—and aren’t working daily to develop new skills and contacts, both inside and outside the organization—you’re not maximizing your potential. If executives focus on holding on to what they have, it may be all they ever have. In today’s competitive business environment, if you’re not strengthening yourself weekly for your next career move, you’re going backward. Or, at a minimum, you’re not going anywhere. An indicator of whether you’re in a defensive position is to determine if you’re initiating actions and activities that scare you—those that make you a little “jelly-legged” and “weak in the tummy.” If you aren’t scaring yourself somewhat, you may be on the defense. If most of your fears come from others, you’re in a defensive position. The principle of mass. The concentration of mass involves gathering as many resources as necessary to accomplish an objective. Losers, both losing managers and losing organizations, don’t concentrate, concentrate their resources at the wrong point, or concentrate at the right point but with inferior forces. Mao Tse-tung was a master of concentration. He

BLOCKS TO EFFECTIVE FIGHTING ACTION APPLY THESE 4 SAMURAI TECHNIQUES TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS MANEUVERS. BY TERENCE F. MOORE Many of the reasons why we never maximize our potential professionally lie within ourselves: our inner opponents. Author David Rogers conducted an extensive study of the samurai and their set of unwritten rules of conduct or “bushido.” Rogers published what he learned in Fighting to Win: Samurai Techniques for Your Work and Life.

often said: “My war is one against 10, but my battles are 10 against one.” What three issues are you concentrating on in your work? What three issues are you concentrating on to develop yourself professionally outside of your work? Understand that your job, albeit an important part of your career, is not your entire career. The principle of economy of force. Don’t drive tacks with a sledgehammer. If you’re going to concentrate time and effort on certain initiatives, you must also determine those areas in which you’ll expend a minimal amount of time and effort. Having 15 priorities is the same as having none at all. Everyone has the same amount of time: 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. Those who are successful have somehow learned where to concentrate their time and where to spend a limited amount of time using economy of force. The principle of simplicity. A direct, simple, well-executed plan usually has the best chance of success. It’s essential that your plans, reports, directions, and vision be clear to both superiors and subordinates. Also, it’s helpful to have close associates with whom you can share draft copies of your plans to determine how they might be improved. A document that’s a product of a review by several individuals is almost always superior to one reviewed by only the one who wrote it.

attitudes remain a secret when dealing with your adversaries— unless revealing them serves some carefully considered purpose. When you’re the one who is surprised (ambushed), your objective should be to break off the contact with that person or persons. Find some excuse to not immediately address whatever the issue is that has been sprung upon you. Never try to engage others when caught in a wellthought-out ambush. In battle and in business, there’s no substitute for speed. That often requires executives to work all night and all weekend. There are very few executives who reach the top of their profession who consistently work from 8 to 5. Top executives must be able to cover a lot of ground (do a large amount of work) in concentrated periods of time. Battles are sometimes won because of rapid maneuver. Careers are often made because of exhaustive effort on the right project at the right time.

According to Rogers, there are essentially four blocks to effective fighting action: BEING AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS. The greatest opportunities often present the greatest risks. The surest way to not accomplish something is to not attempt to do it. Abraham Lincoln failed more times than can be recounted, but he never quit his attempts to succeed—and to become our greatest president. THINKING TOO MUCH. The antidote for this block is to think less and act more. Don’t stop to worry—just move. A warrior mentality is one that knows no stopping. Next time you are paused because of the what-ifs (e.g., What if I fail? What if they don’t like me?), just move—do it. DOUBTING YOURSELF. Self-doubt might arise because of your perceived humble background or past failures. It often comes from all the mental garbage each of us carries around with us (e.g., I grew up in a town of only 1,500 people. I didn’t make the varsity team. I didn’t graduate in the top half of the class). Few people know that General George Patton didn’t get into West Point on his first attempt; he spent his first year at the Virginia Military Institute. When he did get into West Point, he failed his first year. As a result, it took him five years to get through West Point instead of the usual four years. He didn’t let his failures prevent him from becoming one of the greatest generals of the last century. HESITATING. When you decide on your course of action, execute. And put all of your energy into the act. Taking action usually results in more fortune than not taking action does. It’s far better to have others reacting to your initiatives, than waiting to react to theirs. Often, hesitation might attach itself to one of the other blocks to effective fighting. Regardless of the reason for hesitating, doing so can unnecessarily damage your effectiveness. Identify the blocks that are preventing you from accomplishing all that is possible—and overcome them.

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very October since 2011, MidMichigan Health has offered free breast exams and mammograms to uninsured women in the community who qualify for the Breast Health Program. The program—which provides free breast risk assessments, screenings, and genetic counseling referrals—was established in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Located at the Center for Women’s Health on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, the program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which ensures breast cancer care quality standards are met. Mammography, the only screening method proven to lower mortality rates, is considered the gold standard for detecting breast cancer. According to Joan Herbert, PharmD, director of oncology services at MidMichigan Health, “Screening mammograms are the most important step toward early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms can detect 75 to 90 percent of breast cancers [the average is around 84 percent], often catching the cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most curable.” The Breast Health Program is available to women age 40 and older in the Great Lakes Bay

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Region who do not have insurance and have not had a screening mammogram in the past year. It has served nearly 500 women since its inception at several locations including MidMichigan’s Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Mount Pleasant, and Midland, as well as MidMichigan Health Park-Houghton Lake. MidMichigan Health also offers free mammograms year-round to women in need. MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland’s Center for Women’s Health was recently recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™, making it the only breast health program in the Great Lakes Bay Region to achieve this level of certification and one of two Certified Quality Breast Centers of Excellence in Michigan.

Other free breast health community services MidMichigan Health offers seven free online health assessments, including a screening for breast health (available at Those who are at a high risk for breast cancer are contacted by a breast health nurse to assist with mammogram scheduling and to answer any questions.

All of the services provided by the MidMichigan Health breast cancer nurse navigator are provided free of charge to women diagnosed with breast cancer, including service coordination and provision of financial assistance resources, community resources, education for patients and families, and emotional support. Support groups are offered in Midland in collaboration with Cancer Services, a local United Way agency. In addition, the American Cancer Society offers the Look Good Feel Better educational program on the campus of MidMichigan-Midland, run by a licensed cosmetologist and geared toward helping women look and feel better while undergoing cancer treatment.

Next steps Interested women must meet the eligibility requirements for the free mammogram program. For those who do not meet the criteria, MidMichigan Health’s breast health coordinator will share other options that may help make this screening more affordable. Those seeking more information about the Breast Health Program at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland’s Center for Women’s Health may visit, or call 989-8379070 (Midland) or 989-466-7253 (Alma).

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Great Lakes Bay Region Business Groundbreakings, Expansions, Initiatives, and Industry Awards

Half of the soon-to-be-residents will stay in Michigan.

Bay City and Saginaw metro areas rank in Top 10 The Bay City and Saginaw metropolitan areas tied for ninth in Site Selection Magazine’s Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier Three New and Expanded Facilities in 2016 (locations with populations less than 200,000). The rankings are part of the Governor’s Cup Awards.

Covenant Glen of Frankenmuth expands

The team of SYM Financial Advisors was recognized for reaching a landmark in business operations.

SYM Financial Advisors reaches milestone SYM Financial Advisors, headquartered in Winona Lake, IN, with offices in Fort Wayne, Carmel, and South Bend, IN, and Midland was recognized for assets under management (AUM) in the first quarter exceeding $2 billion. AUM refers to the total market value of the assets a financial institution manages on behalf of its clients. SYM is now among the top-ranking registered investment advisors in the country.

of the Tennis Center contributed cash donations. A total of $4,141 was raised.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region hosts Tea Jubilee A celebration of the young ladies from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in April. The honorees completed six to eight weeks of health and character classes to qualify for the luncheon.

Greater Midland Tennis Center raises over $4,000 for Special Olympics

Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine has 100 percent on first Match Day

Greater Midland Tennis Center held its first Team Tennis Challenge Fundraiser in January, with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics of Michigan. Over 40 adults and juniors participated in the event. Members and patrons

All 62 students from the Central Michigan University College of Medicine’s first class were placed in residencies on Match Day, the day medical students around the nation find out if and where they will complete residency training.

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In July 2014, representatives of Covenant Glen dedicated the 35,000-square-foot, all-inclusive assisted living community in Frankenmuth. Covenant Glen is again under construction, adding 12 additional resident suites.

Midland Community Center cheer teams to compete nationally Four Greater Midland Community Center cheer teams qualified with paid bids to compete at the international championships. The teams, TNT (ages 3-6), Voltage (8 and younger), Chaos (ages 14 and younger), and Xtreme Force (ages 10 and older) competed April 21 – 23 in Chicago.

Yeo & Yeo recognized among Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants, headquartered in Saginaw, were named one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) for the 13th consecutive year. This year, 627 companies completed the application process. The winning companies were honored at MBPA’s annual

Saginaw Valley State University received a grant to establish the Bay Area Community Writing Center. The funds cover two years of support for student tutors like Bria Rivet and Alison Barger.

Workforce Symposium & Awards Luncheon in Grand Rapids last May.

Central Michigan University Research Corporation opens third location Central Michigan University Research Corporation will open its third location inside the SVRC Marketplace next year, contributing to the downtown Saginaw revitalization efforts. CMURC Saginaw will be the business incubator’s second satellite location, following the opening of a facility in Uptown Bay City. The move will make the nonprofit’s programs, services, and co-working options, as well as the resources of Central Michigan University, even more accessible to entrepreneurs and businesses.

Health Dashboard receives enhancements The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) launched an enhanced web-based tool called MiHIA’s Health Dashboard 4.0 to provide consumers and health professionals with easy access to population health data. The dashboard will bring community health-related statistical data and local resources into one, accessible and user-friendly location. MiHIA received a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to provide implementation funding for the enhanced MiHIA Health Dashboard 4.0 and to conduct a regional Community Health Needs Assessment.

Community Writing Center opens at Wirt Public Library Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) has received $16,500 in grant funding from the Community Initiative Fund and the Youth Advisory Endowment Fund at Bay Area Community Foundation to establish the Bay Area Community Writing Center, which opened in September at Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library. The funds will cover two years of support for student tutors from SVSU’s Writing Center; the tutors will offer workshops as well as individual tutoring sessions for members of the Bay County community.

Dorothy Zehnder lends a hand in repainting the Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel figurines.

legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln four times every day. The Glockenspiel was treated to a complete renovation earlier this year. Its internal mechanisms were redone, and the figurines on the moving stage were refurbished and repainted.

Angels Among Us, Inc. receives grant The Saginaw Community Foundation recently awarded Angels Among Us, Inc. a $7,000 grant for Project TNR-Saginaw, a program that offers free spay and neuter services plus rabies vaccinations to homeless cats in Saginaw County.

Two Men and a Truck® helps mothers in shelters

Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation awards grants

Last spring, Two Men and a Truck® of Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland hosted its 10th annual Movers for Moms® collection drive to provide critical gifts to local women staying in community shelters. The moving company worked with local businesses to collect essential and comfort items for women staying at Bay Area Women’s Center in Bay City.

A total of $848 was awarded for Art Walk Central 2017 from the W. Sidney and Judith French Smith Community Fund, and $7,215 was awarded from the Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund to purchase a multi-function copier/printer for the organization. Additionally, $2,000 was donated by Carol Brannan to complete the purchase of the copier/printer.

Bavarian Inn celebrates 50th anniversary of Glockenspiel

MidMichigan Health announces major expansion

The Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel turns 50 in October. Installed in a 50-foot tower after being imported by the late Tiny Zehnder in 1967, this iconic piece of architecture features a moving stage with figurines that depict the

A $57 million construction project will begin at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. The expansion includes a new Heart and Vascular Center on the main campus. Recently named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular

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A Heart and Vascular Center will be constructed on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland.

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Regional students and schools win scholarships and STEM grants A total of 19 teams of students representing six regional schools presented research at the 4th annual A.H. Nickless Innovation Award Competition, an event that promotes innovation and creative thinking among high school students in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Three teams of students went home with a total of $37,000 in scholarships for themselves and $35,000 in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) grants for their sponsoring schools. The winners were: first place, Dow High Chargers, Herbert Henry Dow High School in Midland; second place, Light Savers, Freeland High School; and third place, Sleep Watchers, Freeland High School.

Covenant HealthCare volunteers reach more than 75,000 hours of service In 2016, Covenant HealthCare had over 500

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volunteers provide 75,000 hours of service in 50 different types of positions within the hospital. Volunteers also raised funds to support Covenant HealthCare Foundation efforts.

worn-out fixtures and create a more play-friendly environment.

Saginaw County students receive Zonta Club of Saginaw scholarships

May 5 marked the 40th anniversary of Saginaw’s Underground Railroad, Inc., which opened in 1977 and became the first free-standing shelter for battered women in the state of Michigan.

Four Saginaw County high school students have been awarded scholarships from Zonta Club of Saginaw to the Inland Seas Education Association Young Women in STEM program. The students are Savannah Blower, Swan Valley High School; Sommer Hahn, Freeland High School; Sophia Lee, Frankenmuth High School; and Hannah Peitsch, Freeland High School.

Lulah C. McMullen & Family Endowment Fund awards grant Underground Railroad, Inc. received a $5,000 grant from the Lulah C. McMullen & Family Endowment Fund administered by the Saginaw Community Foundation for a children’s furniture upgrade project. The funds will help to replace

Underground Railroad, Inc. celebrates its 40th anniversary

MidMichigan Health awards health care scholarships MidMichigan Health has presented $199,100 to 130 students for the 2017-2018 school year from The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund. Since it began offering scholarships in 2005, more than $2 million has been awarded in scholarship funds by the Bailey Family Fund to assist students as they pursue a career in health care.

Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union donates iPads® CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region received

On behalf of CAN Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region, Suzanne Greenberg, president/CEO, accepts Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union’s donation of 35 iPads®.

35 reset iPads® from Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union.

Covenant HealthCare receives Governor’s Award of Excellence The 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence was awarded to Covenant HealthCare for outstanding achievements in improving the quality of acute care hospitals, effective reporting and measurement, and lowering the risk of infection.

Michigan Small Business Development Center recognizes Sandlot Sports, LLC Sandlot Sports, LLC, has been recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as the Best Small Business for the Michigan SBDC Great Lakes Bay Region and the Main Street USA honoree for the statewide network. The team from Sandlot Sports was honored during National Small Business week at the 13th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event in Lansing.

Employees cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of United Financial Credit Union’ s Chesaning location.

United Financial Credit Union opens Chesaning office

purchase eyeglasses, and help obtain hearing aids for those needing financial assistance.

The Chesaning branch of United Financial Credit Union hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March at 1720 West Brady Road. The one level, 2,000-square-foot building replaced the previous 124 North Third Street location.

MidMichigan Medical Center– Midland receives Governor’s Award of Excellence

Institute of Materials launches new website The updated Institute of Materials (IOM) website,, allows 24/7 access to browse thousands of engine oils collected from the marketplace. The IOM database website can also be used to purchase custom data sets. IOM has developed this new website to bring the lubrication industry access to engine oil data.

Midland Lions Club raises money The eight-day Shoot for Sight and Hole in One Contest was hosted by the Midland Lions Club at Currie Golf Course in Midland. Proceeds will be used by the Lions Club to provide eye exams,

Michigan’s Quality Improvement Organization has recognized MidMichigan Medical Center– Midland with the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in effective reporting and measurement. The medical center was also recognized for its outpatient quality reporting in the acute care hospital setting.

Affiliated Medical Billing changes name Thomas E. Hollerback, president and CEO of Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants and its affiliates, announced the renaming of Affiliated Medical Billing to Yeo & Yeo Medical Billing & Consulting, effective immediately. The name change will create a unified name for all three of the firm’s affiliates: Yeo & Yeo Medical Billing &

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In the past year, MidMichigan Health has received 21 awards recognizing marketing campaign efforts by the Healthcare Marketing Report.

Consulting, Yeo & Yeo Computer Consulting, and Yeo & Yeo Financial Services.

MidMichigan Health recognized for marketing efforts Over the past 12 months, MidMichigan Health has received 21 awards for marketing communication excellence. The Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report, recognized MidMichigan with a gold award for the “More Equation” video series and a silver award for the “Who We Are” brochure. Healthcare Marketing Report also recognized MidMichigan with merit awards for the “Flavorful Cooking” video series and the “More Equation” radio campaign.

Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation pledges to new Heart and Vascular Center The Heart and Vascular Center construction

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project on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland received a pledge of $8 million from Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Safeguard Insurance Agency of Saginaw ranks in top 10 Auto-Owners Insurance announced that Safeguard Insurance Agency of Saginaw has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for the company in the eastern Michigan region for 2016. Safeguard Insurance Agency has represented Auto-Owners since 2012.

Shocks and Saves® celebrates 10th annual game In February, 18 local organizations benefited from the proceeds of the 10th Annual Shocks and Saves game® through the placement of automated external defibrillators. Since the first game, 188 units have been placed in service.

Saginaw Valley State University supports health of Midland children Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) educators hope to improve the health of one community through an initiative that involves growing food. Over a two-year period, faculty members and students in SVSU’s kinesiology, health science, and geography departments will examine how growing food positively impacts nutrition and healthy-eating habits, particularly for children. Supported by local organizations, SVSU will collaborate with the Greater Midland Community Center on the project.

PGA Junior League Golf grows in Saginaw PGA Junior League Golf has added three facilities in the greater Saginaw area, which hosted six teams this year. A record of more

NETWORKING EVENTS Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Eye Opener Breakfast. Held most months on a Friday. DoubleTree Hotel Bay City– Riverfront, Bay City; 989-893-4567, www. Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. Held most months on a Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. Bay City; 989-893-4567, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: WakeUp! Midland. Held on the first Friday of most months. Held at Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-8399901,

For the United States Irresistible Mail contest, The F.P. Horak Company won an honorable mention for a marketing mail piece. Those involved with the idea, design, and implementation of the entry were Jerry Langmaid, graphic designer; Shaynie Feinauer, new business development; and Paul Adler, director of integrated marketing.

than 40,000 boys and girls (as of June) are participating in PGA Junior League Golf, surpassing the 36,000 participants across 2,900 teams in 2016.

Construction begins at The Legacy in Bay City The redevelopment of the former Crapo Building began in July in downtown Bay City. The 127-year-old building is undergoing redevelopment as Spence Brothers Construction and Jenifer Acosta Development transform the five-story vacant property into a mixed-use building featuring a restaurant, offices, and 26 apartments.

The F.P. Horak Company recognized for 2017 Irresistible Mail Award The F.P. Horak Company received an honorable mention from the United States Postal Service’s

2017 Irresistible Mail contest. The Irresistible Mail Award recognizes and showcases marketers, agencies, and printers that produce creative and engaging mail pieces. F.P. Horak’s honored piece was a stereoscopic viewer, sent to conference attendees, with an image reel highlighting the company’s services and driving recipients to visit the company’s booth and a personalized website. Those who did were entered to win a free pair of Chuck Taylor® sneakers and $25.

Midland Area Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Connection. Held most months on a Wednesday, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. Midland; 989-839-9901, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. Held most months, 5 – 7 p.m., Mt Pleasant; 989772-2396, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Percolator Breakfast. Held the first Thursday of most months. Members only. Held at Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7161, www. Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce: Business After Hours. Held most months on a Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m. Members only. Saginaw; 989-752-7161, www. Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association. Meets the second Monday of each month. Saginaw; 989-7531999, Want your business news included here in Great Lakes Bay Business? Email information to





MOVE Klaczkiewicz becomes vice president of Michigan State Youth Soccer Association Andrew Klaczkiewicz was elected vice president of Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA). He immediately resigned from his position as president of Saginaw Township Soccer Association (STSA), as required by MSYSA upon winning the election. Klaczkiewicz provided STSA with 11 years of service as its president. He will continue as head coach of STSA’s Saginaw Storm ’99 boys’ travel team.

Saginaw Township Soccer Association names Solek president Matthew Solek was elected president of Saginaw Township Soccer Association (STSA). He has

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been a member of STSA’s board of directors since 2015 and is head coach of STSA’s Michigan Hawks Saginaw ’03 girls’ travel team, Saginaw Storm ’00 girls’ travel team, Nouvel Catholic Central High School girls’ varsity soccer team, and president of Sunshine Pools, Inc.

Krueger attends Medical Billing Executive Conference Kati Krueger of Affiliated Medical Billing, a provider of practice management consulting and medical billing services, participated in the March Medical Billing Executive Conference held in New Orleans.

Saginaw Club promotes Frank Mark Frank, CEC, was named

Great Lakes Bay Region Executives Hired, Promoted, and Recognized

general manager of the Saginaw Club. He will continue in his roles as executive chef and food and beverage director, in addition to assuming operating responsibilities for the private, member-owned city club. Frank has been with the Saginaw Club since August 2014. He was previously employed at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth for 21 years.

Midland Christian School names Haigh, EdD, principal Betsy Haigh was selected principal of Midland Christian School. Haigh has more than two decades of experience as an educator and administrator. She completed a doctorate in educational leadership in 2016. Previously, she served nearly 15 years in a variety of roles

including head of school at The Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies.

Phillips joins Independent Bank’s Bay City team Amber Phillips is now the branch manager of Independent Bank’s downtown Bay City office. She has over 18 years of banking experience in management, operations, and consumer lending.

JCPenney at Bay City Mall welcomes general manager Leia Lopez-Gamboa joined JCPenney as general manager of the JCPenney at Bay City Mall. Lopez-Gamboa has been with the company for 25 years. Her previous experience includes positions as department supervisor over

Kati Krueger, Affiliated Medical Billing

Gordon Siu, RN, MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland

Mark Frank, Saginaw Club

Betsy Haigh, Midland Christian School

Jennifer Swartz, RN, MidMichigan Health

multiple divisions, women’s division manager, store engagement leader, talent resource leader, operations manager, and assistant merchandise manager.

READ Association of Saginaw County Board of Directors names Pape as president/director Cynthia A. Pape was selected as president/director of READ Association of Saginaw County. She assumed responsibilities in June and succeeds Janice K. Merriam, interim director, and Carol Lechel, who retired in December after 16 years as READ president. Pape has been an educator for 28 years in Saginaw Public Schools and an adjunct faculty member in the English department at Saginaw

Rachel Darr, Saginaw Valley State University

Valley State University for the past three years. Pape earned her BA in education and MA in reading from Saginaw Valley State University.

Nurses receive Saginaw Valley State University’s Carleen K. Moore, RN, Nursing Excellence Award Nurses in the Great Lakes Bay Region were recently recognized with Saginaw Valley State University’s Carleen K. Moore, RN, Nursing Excellence Award, for their dedicated patient care and leadership. Gordon Siu, RN, is a registered nurse in the NeuroTrauma Intensive Care Unit at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. He received the Acute Care Nursing Award.

Amber Phillips, Independent Bank

Leia Lopez-Gamboa, JCPenney

Cynthia A. Pape, READ Association of Saginaw County

Jennifer Swartz, RN, is a workforce development specialist at MidMichigan Health and is a faculty member at Mid-Michigan Community College in Harrison. Swartz received the Nurse Educator Award.

on a gardening project that aims to improve the health of the community.

Professional Women in Building Council honors scholarship recipients

Pat Albrecht retired as grants administrator of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation in June after 18 years of service. Albrecht began working at the foundation in September 1998. Carrie Nielsen succeeded Albrecht as grants administrator. Nielsen joined the foundation in 2008 as an administrative assistant before being promoted to executive assistant in 2016. She will ensure that accurate reporting and due diligence is performed throughout the life of each grant awarded. Robbie Bliesener joins the foundation as the new executive assistant. Bliesener has 20 years of experience from the U.S. military.

Through the Home Builders Association of Saginaw, Professional Women in Building Council has named this year’s recipients of the Building Trades Scholarship: Elizabeth Hempsted, Saginaw, who is currently studying architecture at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield; Nicholas Berchert, Midland, who—after graduating from Midland High School— plans to attend Ferris State University and pursue a career in welding engineering; and, Travis Cryderman, Sebawing, who will graduate from UnionvilleSebewaing Area High School with plans to attend Lawrence Technological University to pursue a career in architectural engineering.

Darr to lead gardening study project Rachel Darr, Saginaw Valley State University’s assistant professor of kinesiology and a registered dietitian with a doctorate in exercise science, serves as the principal investigator

Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation promotes grants administrator

Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. welcomes associate director Trisha Charbonneau-Ivey was named associate director of Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA). Charbonneau-Ivey will provide support and leadership to aid in the fulfillment of MiHIA’s mission of improving the health of people within the region.

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Marita Hattem, MidMichigan Medical Center–Gratiot

David Dauer, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce

MidMichigan Health– Gratiot Hattem names Hattem new president Marita Hattem was named president of MidMichigan Medical Center–Gratiot. Hattem will oversee MidMichigan Medical Center– Mount Pleasant, the newly expanded health park that opened in February 2017. Hattem holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

Dauer joins Midland Area Chamber of Commerce staff David Dauer joined the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce as director of membership. Dauer’s responsibility includes new member recruitment and retention, membership services, sponsorship sales, ambassador coordination, and assisting with planning and facilitation of membership activities and events.

Lemiesz and Haselhuhn advance to partners at WTA Architects Saginaw-based WTA Architects announced that senior associates Kenneth C. Lemiesz, AIA, and Paul Andrew Haselhuhn, AIA, LEED AP, have advanced to partners of the firm. Serving as project leaders, they have

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Kenneth C. Lemiesz, AIA, WTA Architects

Paul Andrew Haselhuhn, AIA, LEED AP, WTA Architects

Kristi L. Kozubal, Michigan Small Business Development Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region

assisted clients in the design and construction of key projects throughout the state. Lemiesz has specialized in the forensic investigation of buildings, masonry restoration, and historic architecture since joining the firm in 1984. His projects include numerous buildings for Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and the state of Michigan. Haselhuhn is a 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan. He joined the firm in 1998 and has served as project architect on the firm’s commercial and higher education projects. His expertise in sustainable design has been evidenced on projects at Saginaw Valley State University, Central Michigan University, and Delta College.

executive director at the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce. Her responsibilities include leading all chamber-related functions, staff members, and programs. She represents chamber businesses and promotes a strong economic climate for the business community.

Saginaw native Courtright recognized

Michigan Small Business Development Center hires regional director

Sarah Courtright, marketing manager for Duperon Corporation, was recognized as a young professional dedicated to the advancement of the water industry by Water & Wastes Digest. Courtright, a former resident of Saginaw who now lives and works in Philadelphia, has spent the last 14 years devoted to water quality.

Midland Area Chamber of Commerce appoints Middleton as executive director Diane Middleton was promoted to

McCormick named Central Michigan University Research Center Entrepreneur of the Year Tina McCormick, owner of eTaxSolutions—a global tax technology consulting company serving Fortune 50 companies and more from offices in Central Michigan University Research Corporation’s Mount Pleasant location—was named the 2016 CMURC Entrepreneur of the Year.

Kristi L. Kozubal is the regional director at the Michigan Small Business Development Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Kozubal has more than 15 years of experience working with small businesses, nonprofit agencies, and local government organizations.

Wilson appointed to Young Professionals Steering Committee Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants announced that Alex M. Wilson, CPA, senior

Alex M. Wilson, CPA, Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

accountant, was appointed to the Young Professionals Steering Committee for the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA Global). LEA Global is an international professional association of more than 220 independently owned accounting and consulting firms in more than 100 countries.

Covenant HealthCare physicians perform 100th heart valve replacement using minimally invasive approach Covenant HealthCare completed its 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure in April. TAVR is a procedure that replaces a heart valve without cutting into the chest. In September 2014, Covenant became the first hospital in the Great Lakes Bay Region to perform the TAVR procedure. The team of physicians includes Dr. Safwan Kassas, medical director of the Structural Heart Program at Covenant and interventional cardiologist, MCVI; Dr. Manoj Sharma, medical director at the Covenant Cath Lab and interventional cardiologist, Covenant Cardiology; Dr. Adebambo Kadri, cardiothoracic surgeon, MCVI; Dr. Daniel Meldrum, cardiothoracic surgeon, Covenant Cardiology; Dr. Peter Fattal, cardiologist, MCVI; and, Dr. Parthiv Amin, cardiologist, Covenant Cardiology.

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n 1987, at Pol Veterinary Services (est. 1981), 3959 West Jordan Road, Weidman (Isabella County), Dr. Jan Pol, who treats both large and small animals, injects anesthetic into this dog’s vein. Pol’s wife, Diane, holds the dog’s leg and vein steady. “I became a vet because [since age 12] it was the only thing I ever wanted to do,” explains Pol in Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet (2014). Pol’s passion has enabled his successful career of over 40 years. He’s now treated about a half million patients and acquired over 20,000 clients. And, thanks to the Pols’ son, Charles, in the entertainment industry, the colorful Dr. Pol also has become the internationally known star of TV’s Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 reality series, The Incredible Dr. Pol. The series’ 100th program, which follows the doctor’s 14-hour workdays, was broadcast in March 2017. Dr. Pol was raised on a 40-acre dairy farm in the Netherlands. He came to Mayville, Michigan, in 1961 as a high school exchange student, with hopes of visiting his sister in Ontario. Back in the Netherlands, Pol attended Utrecht University’s School of Veterinary Medicine despite warnings of very few opportunities for practicing veterinarians there. In 1967, Pol married Diane (Dalrymple) in Mayville and immigrated to the United States in 1971. For 10 years, Pol practiced in Harbor Beach, then moved to the Weidman farming community where the Pols founded their own practice, at first operating from their garage. During a 2013 commencement speech at Central Michigan University, the ever-passionate Dr. Pol told students, “Never give up on your dreams. If there are molehills in the way, walk over them.” Photo courtesy of Pol Veterinary Services.

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