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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Business Magazine
July/August 2012 • Volume 18-NO. 4

A night of recognition
Burrill & Winkle honored by the Chamber
See pages 5 & 6
Mission Statement Visionary Partners:
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is a visible
business leader that advocates and drives business
opportunities. Through business alliances, we are a
catalyst for our membership and provide a persuasive
regional voice benefiting our communities.

Meet the Board A great place to do business
Cadillac and its surrounding area are slowly a nation. We need to make sure the Cadillac
Mike Hamner, Executive Director
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. 779-6200 recovering from the worst economic condi- area is well represented at all levels of govern-
tions since the1930s-era Great Depression. ment, and the Chamber needs to be the facili-
Katy Huckle, Past Executive Director
Northwestern Bank 775-9077 As a community, we are beginning to reas- tator for making sure our industries, employ-
Scott Hunter, Treasurer semble the economic and social fabric that ers and employees get heard at all levels.
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC. 775-9789 so many of us rely on for prosperity and live- Cadillac has tremendous resources and it is
Jon Catlin lihood. We are not there yet — but there is a great place to work and live, but this didn’t
Chemical Bank 775-6151
light at the end of the tunnel. The Cadillac happen by chance. A long list of predeces-
Kelly Cater
Rec Boat Holdings 775-1351 Area Chamber of Commerce is the best tool sors (going back to 1899!) to me has worked
David Cox we have to help improve our economic future very hard to make the Cadillac area what it
Wexford-Missaukee ISD 876-2260 and everyday lives. is today. It is my goal to further pursue this
Eric Baker Through improving the suitability and as Executive Director and make sure we keep
Wolverine Power Cooperative 775-5700 increasing the sustainability of our employ- the Cadillac area a place where business gets
Dennis Benson ers, this Chamber plays a very active role in done and people can get meaningful employ-
Dennis H. Benson, PLC 876-9405
ensuring legislation gets passed that enhanc- ment.
Bill Cinco
The Trend Designers 775-5711 es our community, as well as providing a This position is much bigger than just one
Bill Kring direct conduit on a local, state and federal person or group. It takes support from the
9 & 10 News 775-3478 level when it comes to facilitating beneficial community to make change happen and to
Dr. Kyle Hogg change. keep us going in the right direction. For that
Dental Health Professionals 775-9797
In some ways our federal government is reason the Chamber needs to grow and con-
Melody Hurley
Walmart Supercenter Store 775-8778 broken and it is up to us, the residents in the tinue to provide the services that make an
Brian Jones Cadillac area, to pull ourselves up and make impact.
Willow Mercantile LLC 468-2682 sure we can sustain, develop and improve our The 2012/2013 year will present many chal-
Kelly Smith own economy and our own community. lenges to the business community and to
Baker College of Cadillac 876-3100
I have been part of Cadillac since 1996 and employers and employees alike. It is all of our
Mike Stebbins am very excited to serve as the 2012/2013 jobs to work to make the Cadillac area a great
Mercy Hospital Cadillac 876-7200
Executive Director. I believe in this commu- place to do business, whether it’s retail and
CHAMBER STAFF 775-9776 nity and I believe we have what it takes to tourism, industry or education, healthcare,
Bill Tencza, President continue to help put folks to work and to help the food industry, etc... That’s what makes a
businesses be successful. community work, and it’s what I, the board
Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services Our world is becoming smaller and smaller of directors, staff and volunteers will work for
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant as we go; it has become all the more impor- every day. tant that this Chamber be on the forefront
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant of the economic recovery we are entering as
Mike Hamner, Chamber Executive Director
Doug DeYoung, Vice President of Government Relations
and Business Advocacy
Annie Shetler, MI-SBTDC Business Consultant
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Removing barriers for business
By Doug DeYoung both MDOT and in the State House of Representatives worked
Vice President of Government on language to be added to the bills. Legislation was then intro-
Relations and Business Advocacy duced by Representatives Phil Potvin and Schmidt to make
It starts with a phone call or e-mail. Michigan laws more competitive with other states in our region
“We need help removing a barrier to and up to date.
improve our ability to move goods to In early June, all of our hard work came to a close when the
market.” That is the call and e-mail I State House and then Senate voted to change the laws and
received from two businesses back in remove this barrier for our northern Michigan businesses. In
February of this year. the near future Rec Boat Holdings and Cherry Growers will be
The barrier that both businesses had able to transport more goods and services and save on transpor-
was the law in Michigan on the size of the semi-trucks and trail- tation costs.
ers did not match other states and Canada. Our law was out- The importance of advocating for improvements in our state
dated to today’s technology and competitive market. The busi- and business community have never been more important. The
nesses, Rec Boat Holdings and Cherry Growers, also pointed out Northern Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance has four guiding
that changing the law would reduce transportation costs and principles: make it easier for businesses in Northern Michigan
would put fewer semi-trucks on the road. to be profitable; help strong business sectors remain strong in
 So how do you remove a barrier? our region; make sure we have a workforce educated and pre-
As your connection to state government, I started meeting with pared for the future needs of northern Michigan businesses, and
key staff at the Michigan Department of Transportation and the promote investment in our public transportation and business
offices of our state legislators. The meetings were followed up infrastructure.
with numerous phone calls and e-mails providing facts and fig- Your partnership in the Alliance helps to remove barriers
ures on the need for change. and create connections to state government officials on other
That need created discussion on how existing legislation could local issues. If you have any legislative questions or comments
be changed to remove the barriers our businesses faced. Staff at please contact me at

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A life-changing experience for the class
by: Michelle Geiger, Katrina Bontekoe, Nick Nowlin and Dan Smith seemed to prove not
As summer approaches, the focus shifts from classes and education only worthwhile,
to this year’s 2011-2012 Cadillac Leadership Class project, “Building but truly a positive
Hope, The After 26 Patio Project.” life-changing expe-
We would like to thank all the area businesses and individuals that rience to all class
attended and supported the Leadership Dinner, “Party on the Patio” members.
in April. The goal of the class was met, as it was a sold-out event, while The first phase of
increasing awareness of The After 26 Group and the need for employ- “Building Hope” is
ment options in our community for the developmentally disabled and already underway,
cognitively impaired individuals in Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola as the class has begun the demolition of the asphalt and prep-work for
counties. the new patio foundation. The class will immediately begin phase two
In April, the class portion of the program concluded with Justice with the fencing and landscaping being completed before the finish-
Day, hosted by the Michigan State Police Post in Cadillac. From there, ing touches are added to the AMVET building’s lakeside patio along
we took a trip to the Wexford County Sheriff’s Department for a tour the tracks. The goal is that “Building Hope” will be complete by mid-
and lunch. Our final gathering, on a beautiful May afternoon, consist- July. Please make plans to visit the After 26 Depot Café and unique
ed of a “teambuilding” game of golf (a first for many), lunch and a re- Gifts, to experience what can happen when The Cadillac Leadership
cap of the year’s favorite moments and activities. In the discussions, Class and our communities come together to make great things hap-
it proved difficult to pick favorite moments as the 9-month program, pen.

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A quiet, humble volunteer
By Mardi Suhs
After Jack Richards decided to nominate
his friend David Burrill for the Spirit of the
Community Award, it took him two years
to build his resume. That’s because Burrill
doesn’t tell anybody what he’s doing. He’s a
quiet, humble volunteer.
But at the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce Annual Awards Dinner, Burrill’s
many selfless contributions to the commu-
nity were thrown into the spotlight when
he received the 2012 Spirit of Community
Typical of his humble demeanor, when
Burrill accepted his award he responded
with modesty.
“All I can say is thank you,” he said. “But
there’s a special person I need to mention.
Thirty years ago when I moved here this per-
son set a lot of goals and objectives for me. I
worked with Fred Sprague for 25 years and
he set an example. This gentleman pushed
me forward into community service. He’s the
one that really deserves this.”
But according to Richards, Burrill has
since paved his own way.
“He will tell you he doesn’t deserve this,”
Richards explained. “But this is his time.
Dave, this is your year.” Jack Richards, left, congratulates David Burrill, who received the 2012 Spirit of Community Award.
Burrill retired from the Sprague Agency
but continues to mentor new staff members. works in the concession stand at football with his student.”
“Dave has been recognized in his business games. “He’s always calling this student and mak-
life as one of the prime guys in terms of life As a member of the United Methodist ing sure he’s doing the right thing and doing
and health-care insurance,” explained Judy Church he has been involved on numerous his homework,” Richards explained. “He
Coffey. “He’s at the top of the heap in terms committees. also takes him to ballgames in the summer
of his ability to help businesses and individ- He delivers meals for the Shepherd’s Table and he’s very proud that this student will
uals know what they need at a fair price. He’s and helps distribute food in Cadillac twice a graduate next year.”
still there in the background. He’s a man who month for Feed America Burrill is dedicated to his wife Diana and
doesn’t walk away from a commitment.” He also enjoys being a Big Brother to a their two grown children and grandchildren.
Burrill has been an active member of the local high school student. “Dave is very selfless,” added Chamber
Kiwanis Club for 29 years. He has held “He made a decision when he retired to President Bill Tencza. “He doesn’t want
numerous positions on the Kiwanis board, get more involved,” added Coffey. “He want- to be acknowledged. But Jack is right –
including club president, and he has helped ed to do more things and he wanted to be Dave, it’s your time. His desire is always
with building renovations to Camp Torenta, a Big Brother. That was very important to to advance the community. God Bless you
raised money to heat the Wex Ice Arena and him. Tim (Coffey) and I often see him out Dave for that.”

Dave Burrill’s Service Record:
Dave Burrill is a former insurance executive who retired from the Sprague He has helped with the renovations at Camp Torenta, works concessions at high
Agency. But Burrill continues to work as a mentor with new staff members and has school football games and helped with the new disc golf course at Diggin’s Hill.
volunteered to work as a mediator between the insurance company and the hospital After raising his two children, Mike and Michelle, Burrill became a Big Brother vol-
to help a former client in a time of need. unteer. He’s very dedicated to mentoring the student in his care. He delivers meals
Burrill has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Cadillac, holding numer- for the Shepherd’s Table and helps distribute food for Feed America twice a month
ous positions on the Kiwanis Board, including club president. He helped build the in Cadillac.
Kiwanis Park in Cadillac and raised money to put heat in the Wexford Ice Arena. He’s a dedicated and devoted husband to his wife Diana.

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Behind the scenes,
but first in line to help
By Mardi Suhs

You can’t miss Jeremy Winkle. He’s the tall, handsome President of
VanDrie Home Furnishings in Cadillac.
He’s a quiet and private man. But there’s a side to 37-year-old Winkle
that most people never see.
He’s a tireless community volunteer and an anonymous supporter of
many charitable community causes.
At this year’s Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards
Dinner, Winkle was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Citizen.
Winkle was praised by nominator Precia Garland as being a man of
strong faith whose priorities in life are his faith and his love for his
family. He’s also very dedicated, she noted, to his responsibilities at the
family business.
And at the event, that “walk-the-talk” lifestyle was obvious when
Winkle was not there in person to accept his honor.
Instead, he was at VanDrie’s making sure a big sales event ran
“Jeremy is so dedicated,” explained his mom Bev Winkle. “We have
been wracking our brains trying to figure out how to get him there.
There’s a private sale that night and I can’t imagine he will leave that.”
She also noted that her son, although very private, loves the com-
“He’s just involved behind the scenes,” she said. “He’s involved in his
church and he’s very dedicated to the business. He feels blessed and
needs to give back. His father was a great role model for that.”
In fact, Jeremy is an Outstanding Citizen legacy. His father Gerard
Winkle received the honor in 1992.
“You can always count on Jeremy,” Garland said. “Rarely does he say
no. And it’s just part of his nature to be humble about what he does in
the community. He doesn’t seek acclaim.” Precia Garland, nominator surprises Jeremy Winkle with the news by cell phone.
“He’s remarkable,” agreed Chamber President Bill Tencza. “He was
the chairman of the Chamber board when he was 32 years old. And council and chair of the finance committee.
that just doesn’t happen.” “Jeremy gets work done very quietly,” added Mercy CEO John
Highlights of Winkle’s volunteerism include membership and lead- MacLeod. “He’s deeply religious and I think he believes that he’s been
ership in the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Hospital blessed and he likes helping others.”
Cadillac Foundation Board of Trustees and the Chemical Bank board. Winkle was notified of the honor during a phone call after Garland’s
He’s a supporter of Cadillac OASIS, Eagle Village, Young Life, Spring nomination speech. While talking on speaker phone to all the event
Hill Camps and Northern Michigan Christian Schools. He’s an elder attendees, Winkle said: “I’m caught off guard. I don’t know what to
of the Lake City Christian Reformed Church, president of the church think. I’m stunned as well as overwhelmed by the recognition.”

Jeremy Winkle’s Service Record:
Jeremy Winkle is the President of VanDrie Home Furnishings with oversight tees. He also serves on the Clam Lake Township DDA board, the Cadillac Country
responsibilities for all four store locations, including human resources administra- Club board, and the Chemical Bank board.
tion and information systems and technology. A man of faith, Winkle serves as an administrative elder of the Lake City Christian
Winkle has served the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce for six years, one Reformed Church, President of the Church Council and chair of the Finance
year as its Executive Director. While serving on the Chamber board, Winkle helped Committee. He is a strong supporter of the Cadillac OASIS as an unofficial advisor.
launch the Leadership Learning Series to make continuing education and business He is a major supporter of programs that develop and support youth, includ-
skills available in the community. He is an original member of the Mercy Hospital ing Eagle Village, Young Life, Spring Hill Camps and Northern Michigan Christian
Cadillac Foundation Board of Trustees and has chaired multiple foundation commit- School.

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Deadline for the September/October
2012 Cadillac Area Business Magazine
is August 08, 2012. Share your
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Leadership Learning Series
April 2012
Kathy Salvatore, Baker College of Cadillac Instructor,
owner of S.S. Signals & The Northern Camper presented:
“Deliver the World’s Best
Customer Experience” Competition is High!
Presented by: Bill Quiseng, Time to Prepare!
Chief Experience Officer at Kathy Salvatore spoke to over 40 women at the Women in Business Luncheon about
professional what makes your business different from
Bill Quiseng is a highly sought others is critical. Your business must stick out
cust ome r serv ice for front-
speaker in the areas of
r serv ice lead ersh ip for from others through giving the best customer
line associates and custome
rning Seri es Bill disc usse d ‘The service, know who needs your services or
managers. At the June Leadership Lea wha t you sell, you are
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Three Principles of Customer Loyalty’ ines s; you are now in The
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NOT in the sales business or even the
s. You mus t create an experience for your customers individuality and identify who your customer is,
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continue to buy from you and, as
customers love their experience, they will
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importantly, tell others of their positive
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key skills of being a Customer Experie
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the guidelines necessary to capitaliz Legislative informat
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motivation when delivering exemplary Northern Michigan
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Rise Up! Cadillac

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2012 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner Sponsors
Where Super Heroes Unite!
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Baker College of Cadillac MI-Small Business &
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Cadillac News Northwestern Bank
Chemical Bank Piranha Hose Products, Inc.
Citizens Bank Rec Boat Holdings, LLC
Firstbank-Cadillac Four Winns®, Glastron® and Wellcraft®
Fox Motors of Cadillac Rexair LLC
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Thank You
19th Annual Briefcase
Cadillac’s Best
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Audiological Services of Cadillac Hansen Collision, Inc.
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Thank you!
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce would like
to thank our sponsors for their generous support,
allowing nearly 500 area students to attend the

35th Annual Governor’s Breakfast
held on Friday, May 4, 2012
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Avon Automotive Firstbank-Cadillac
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. Fox Motors of Cadillac
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Breakfast is centered on a business and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan McCurdy, Wotila & Porteous PC
education collaboration, which includes BorgWarner Thermal Systems Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Chamber member businesses supporting Cadillac Casting, Inc. Northwestern Bank
the program through sponsorships that Cadillac News Orrin A. Sprague Agency, Inc.
Cadillac Tire Center Piranha Hose Products, Inc.
allow up to 500 area students from the Chemical Bank Rec Boat Holdings, LLC
Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School Citizens Bank Four Winns®, Glastron® and Wellcraft®
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The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is the proud organizer of this annual program since 1976.

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Hermann’s European Café
receives Trip Advisor Certificate
of Excellence Award
Hermann’s European Café has been recognized by TripAdvisor for
Business with The Certificate of Excellence for earning exceptional
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The Certificate of Excellence honors businesses that consistently
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Rocks to receive 2012 formers in TripAdvisor’s global business community. With a rating of
4.5 Hermann’s European Café has earned a place among the very best.
Philanthropists of the Year award

Long-time Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce members will
receive the 2012 Philanthropist of the Year Award.  The Cadillac Area
Community Foundation is honoring George and Victoria Rock as Excavating
Philanthropists of the Year, Wednesday, August 22.
Guests are invited to hear about George and Vicki’s land conservan-
cy efforts, their humanitarian achievements across the globe, their
volunteer service to the Cadillac community and their philanthropic
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Largest Business Training Alliance merges with the
graduating class Michigan Small Business & Technology
in Baker College Development Center
of Cadillac’s After a successful first year, the Business Training Alliance has merged with the Northwest Regional Office
of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), bringing even more
history resources to support small businesses in the region. The Business Training Alliance (BTA) was launched in
April of 2011 as an entrepreneurial development program for Wexford and Missaukee Counties.
A record 325 Baker College of Since its launch, BTA has counseled more than 40 small businesses in the Cadillac area, including 14
Cadillac students were honored at start-up businesses. These counseling efforts resulted in more than $1 million in capital formation and
commencement ceremonies June approximately 20 new jobs. In addition, 219 people received training in starting and managing a small
8, at Resurrection Life Church.  business.
“We are so proud of this year’s The BTA began in partnership with many local organizations, including the Cadillac Area Chamber
graduates,” said Kelly Smith, of Commerce, Baker College of Cadillac, Northwest Michigan Works! and numerous local businesses.
Baker College of Cadillac presi- The MI-SBTDC is a network of business consultants and resources, providing Business Counseling,
dent. “They made a commitment to Training, and Market Research to small businesses. Programs are available in every state; in Michigan,
invest in their future and now have there are 12 regional offices. The program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and
the training and skills necessary to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and is hosted in northwest Michigan by Northwest
succeed in today’s workplace.” Michigan Council of Governments.

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Data track 2011-2012
Wexford County Jan. 12 Feb. 12 Mar. 12 April 12 May 12 June 11 July 11 Aug. 11 Sept. 11 Oct. 11 Nov. 11 Dec. 11
Labor Force 13,224 13,101 13,256 13,123 13,585 13,810 13,560 13,220 12,832 12,750 12,750 12,938
Employment 11,478 11,523 11,666 11,696 12,128 12,042 11,734 11,521 11,276 11,343 11,358 11,322
Unemployment 1,746 1,578 1,590 1,427 1,457 1,768 1,826 1,699 1,556 1,407 1,392 1,616
Rate 13.2% 12.0% 12.0% 10.9% 10.7% 12.8% 13.5% 12.9% 12.1% 11% 10.9% 12.5%

Missaukee County Jan. 12 Feb. 12 Mar. 12 April 12 May 12 June 11 July 11 Aug. 11 Sept. 11 Oct. 11 Nov. 11 Dec. 11
Labor Force 5,682 5,738 5,800 5,635 5,777 6,152 6,013 5,881 5,708 5,649 5,642 5,738
Employment 4,950 4,970 5,032 5,044 5,376 5,231 5,246 5,152 5,042 5,072 5,078 5,062
Unemployment 732 768 768 591 664 546 767 729 666 577 564 676
Rate 12.9% 13.4% 13.2% 10.5% 11.0% 9.5% 12.8% 12.4% 11.7% 10.2% 10% 12.5%
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