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“Perhaps the most important

characteristic of the Chamber’s


progress in the past year has
been an increased emphasis on
public/private partnerships that
are being leveraged to advance

february2010 a unified regional vision.”

State of the C H A M B E R
A Year of P R O G R E S S
It was a year that started with new Chamber several exciting initiatives in the past year. The Chamber “There’s no question that the next year offers many
leadership and ended with a Celebration of Regional is working with several regional partners to develop an exciting opportunities within the Chamber, the business
Growth recognizing seven organizations that made international marketing program to support development community and the region,” said Vic Verchereau, 2010
substantial investments in new facilities, technology and and growth surrounding the Facility for Rare Isotope LRCC Board Chairman. “There has never been a better
jobs in our region. It was also a year when the worries of Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University. time to be part of a Chamber of Commerce that is at the
economic uncertainty slowly began to give way to cautious The Chamber also worked closely with business forefront of so many important initiatives.”
optimism. and education leaders in the region to launch a public Among the areas that hold great promise in the
For the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce awareness campaign that highlighted the investments coming year are the Procurement Technical Assistance
(LRCC), 2009 was a year of new vision, innovative and contributions of the region’s insurance industry. Center, which helps area businesses secure government
initiatives that delivered promising results, unprecedented Insuring Greater Lansing’s Future was designed to contracts, Port Lansing and the Foreign Trade Zone at
success in the political and government relations arenas make the Lansing region more attractive for business Capital Region International Airport and the 2010 state and
and increased membership involvement in networking investment and further the image of the region as a hub local elections, in which the Lansing Regional Chamber
events and affinity programs. for the insurance sector. will play an active role.
For the Lansing Regional Chamber and the region as The 2009 local elections gave further evidence to the A major emphasis in the coming year will also
a whole, it was a year of progress. Lansing Regional Chamber’s ability to build a winning team be placed on delivering the finest in membership
At the start of 2009, the Chamber team led by and successfully advocate for a pro business, pro growth programming and services. The Annual Dinner will take
president and CEO Tim Daman and Kristin Beltzer, senior agenda. The Lansing Regional Chamber’s Political Action place at the beautiful Wharton Center at MSU and offer
vice president, Government Relations & Public Affairs, laid Committee (LRC PAC) enjoyed an unprecedented perfect increased networking opportunities. The 2010 Economic
out an ambitious agenda that emphasized four priority record in candidate endorsements in the November Club series offers an impressive array of speakers. Finally,
areas: business growth initiatives, government elections. Nine out of nine candidates endorsed by LRC our new-tiered membership structure offers our members
relations, regional cooperation and membership. PAC were elected to office in races for Lansing Mayor, the opportunity to better align Chamber services with their
During the past 12 months, each of those areas has met Lansing City Council, Lansing Community College Board of particular needs.
with considerable success. Trustees and Lansing Board of Education. While the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Perhaps the most important characteristic of the The best part of the Chamber’s 2009 success may be is proud to celebrate its progress of the past year, we also
Chamber’s progress in the past year has been an increased in the foundation that has been laid for 2010. realize that we must turn our attention to the year ahead.
emphasis on public/private partnerships We are committed to working together with
that are being leveraged to advance a our members and our many partners to
unified regional vision. achieve even greater success and move our
“Even during the challenging times, region forward.
the Chamber Board had confidence that
advocating for the best interests of the Staff members of the Lansing Regional
region and our membership would bring Chamber of Commerce in front of their
positive results, and that’s exactly what office in the Stadium District Building.
happened,” said John Truscott, 2009 LRCC Front Row l-r Dianna Wren, Tracey Shep-
Board Chairman. “It has been rewarding to ard, Kristin Beltzer, Cindy Eiseler, Martha
be part of a team that has delivered on what Howley and Terri Humphrey. Back row
it set out to do.” l-r Jeff Cassidy, Jason Green, Tim Daman,
The ability to forge effective public and Kris Ridenour, Sarah Smith and Brent
private sector partnerships has resulted in Case
January Focus 2010

A Message from the President


What We Say is What You Get
February

When our Chamber team laid out our vision for this great organization one year ago, we agreed that we
wanted to be known throughout the region as an organization that did what it said it would do.
We also agreed that we would be a very transparent organization, that is, we would be upfront about our
goals, regularly update our membership on our progress and honest in evaluating our results.
It is that commitment to transparency that caused us to do something quite different with this month’s edition
of FOCUS. We are using our most powerful communications tool to publish the core of the Chamber’s 2009
Annual Report. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to review the highlights of what we felt was a great year.
Because of space restrictions, we couldn’t publish the entire report in this magazine, but it will be available
Tim Daman electronically at www.lansingchamber.org.
President and CEO As you read our 2009 Annual Report, I am confident you will recognize that the Lansing Regional Chamber
Lansing Regional of Commerce is an organization that is on the move. There is new energy and creativity in the Chamber that we
Chamber of Commerce believe is helping move the Greater Lansing Region forward.
I think you will also find that your Chamber is an organization that has delivered results in the areas of busi-
ness growth initiatives, government relations, business advocacy, membership services and business education
I firmly believe in the past year that and networking.
the Lansing Regional Chamber of However, we are more than that. I firmly believe in the past year that the Lansing Regional Chamber of
Commerce has become the relevant, Commerce has become the relevant, go-to organization that makes things happen in this region.
go-to organization that makes I am proud of the accomplishments of the past year, and look forward to 2010. Our energetic Chamber team
things happen in this region. stands ready to be an organization that will have a positive influence on its members and the region.

Thank you for your 2010


Platinum level C hamber investment.

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C a l e n d a r

February Focus 2010


The Chamber’s address is 500 East Michigan Avenue, Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48912.
Fe br ua ry
Wednesday, February 3 Thursday, March 4
Delta Government Relations Committee, Chamber 360, 8:00 – 9:30 am, Insurance Capital Board
8:00 – 9:00 am. Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 200, Lansing, MI 48912
Rd., Lansing, MI 48917. The Delta Government Relations New, current and prospective members are encouraged to
Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month to attend Chamber 360 to learn about the full range of Cham-
provide a forum for business leaders, schools districts, ber benefits and how to maximize your investment. Meet
local and state representatives to discuss important issues our staff and find out how we are working for you through
affecting Delta Township and share information on how to business growth and advocacy initiatives, exclusive mem-
improve the region’s business climate. All members are ber benefit programs, member exposure, networking and
welcome to attend. To ensure adequate seating, please educational event opportunities. This is a FREE event, but
RSVP to Jason Green at jgreen@lansingchamber.org or space is limited. To register, contact Sarah Smith at 517-
517-853-6474. 853-6457 or events@lansingchamber.org.

Wednesday, February 10 Tuesday, March 9


Annual Dinner, 5:00 – 8:30 pm, Wharton Center for Member Mixer, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Ameri Pro Resto-
Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan State University. ration, LLC, 1202 E. Oakland Ave., Lansing. $10 member,
Join the celebration as the Lansing Regional Chamber of Com- $20 ACCESS member, and $30 non-member. Includes
merce highlights the achievements of local business leaders hors d’oeuvres.
and presents its prestigious ATHENA, Community Service and
Small Business Awards. Featured entertainment: Capitol Steps. Tuesday, March 16
$85 Member, $160 Couple, $630 Corporate Package (8 tick- Smart Business Relationships Group I, 8:00 –
ets). Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Sarah 9:30 am. Group members and guests only. Contact Cynthia
Smith at 517-853-6457 or events@lansingchamber.org. Eiseler at 517-853-6467 or ceiseler@lansingchamber.org
for details.
Tuesday, February 16
Smart Business Relationships Group I, 8:00 –
M ARC H
Wednesday, March 24
9:30 am. Group members and guests only. Contact Cynthia Wednesday, March 3 East Lansing / Meridian Government Rela-
Eiseler at 517-853-6467 or ceiseler@lansingchamber.org Delta Government Relations Committee,
tions Committee, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Walnut Hills
for details. 8:00 – 9:00 am. Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts
Country Club, 2874 Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing, MI
Rd., Lansing, MI 48917. The Delta Government Relations
48823. The ELMGRC meets the fourth Wednesday of each
Tuesday, February 16 Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month to
month to provide a forum for business leaders, schools
Economic Club, Noon – 1:30 pm, Lou Anna K. Simon, provide a forum for business leaders, schools districts,
districts, local and state representatives to discuss impor-
President, Michigan State University. Sponsored by Michi- local and state representatives to discuss important issues
tant issues affecting East Lansing/Meridian and share
gan State University. Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, affecting Delta Township and share information on how to
information on how to improve the region’s business
East Lansing. Single Tickets $40, or tables of 8 $300 improve the region’s business climate. All members are
climate. All members are welcome to attend. To ensure
(includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. To register, welcome to attend. To ensure adequate seating, please
adequate seating, please RSVP to Jason Green at jgreen@
contact Sarah Smith at 517-853-6457 or events@lansing- RSVP to Jason Green at jgreen@lansingchamber.org or
lansingchamber.org or 517-853-6474.
chamber.org. 517-853-6474.

Tuesday, February 16 Wednesday, March 24


Legislative Dinner, presented by AT&T, 5:30 – 8:00
Member Mixer, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Causeway Bay
Hotel & Conference Center, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing. Not a member pm, Radisson Hotel Lansing, 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lan-
sing. State legislative leaders are expected to meet with
$10 member, $20 ACCESS member, and $30 non-member.
Includes hors d’oeuvres. *Please note date change* and interested in local Chamber leaders from around the state during the
annual Chambers of Commerce Legislative Dinner. $65
Wednesday, February 24 becoming one? member, $520 table of 8. To register, or for more infor-
East Lansing / Meridian Government Rela- mation contact Jason Green at jgreen@lansingchamber.
tions Committee, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Walnut Hills org or 517-853-6474.
Country Club, 2874 Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing, MI Please contact the
48823. The ELMGRC meets the fourth Wednesday of each Thursday, March 25
month to provide a forum for business leaders, schools
Lansing Regional Economic Club, Noon – 1:30 pm, Dave Brandon,
districts, local and state representatives to discuss impor- Chamber of Commerce Director of Athletics, University of Michigan and former
tant issues affecting East Lansing/Meridian and share CEO, Domino’s Pizza. Sponsored by Fraser, Trebilcock,
information on how to improve the region’s business at 517-487-6340 or Davis & Dunlap, P.C. Kellogg Hotel & Conference Cen-
ter, East Lansing. Single Tickets $40, or tables of 8 $300
climate. All members are welcome to attend. To ensure visit our website (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. To register,
adequate seating, please RSVP to Jason Green at jgreen@
lansingchamber.org or 517-853-6474. www.lansingchamber.org contact Sarah Smith at 517-853-6457 or events@lansing-
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January Focus 2010

Chamber of Commerce
2010 Board of
Directors

Officers
February

CHAIR OF THE BOARD


Vic Verchereau Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
PAST CHAIR
John Truscott The John Truscott Group
CHAIR ELECT
Century 21 Looking Glass, Inc. Innova Salon & Day Spa Retirement Options, LLC Ron Simon Auto-Owners Insurance
LEGAL COUNSEL
Real Estate Beauty Salons Pension Plan Administration Jeff Hicks Hicks & Mullet, PLLC
Mr. Mitch Crank, Mr. Alex Beal Mr. William Newberry, Vice-President TREASURER
Michelle Gallagher Gallagher & Associates
Director of Business Development 1606 E. Michigan Ave 3495 Coolidge Rd.
PRESIDENT
3490 Belle Chase Way, Ste. 130 Lansing, MI 48912 East Lansing, MI 48823 Tim Daman Lansing Regional Chamber
Lansing, MI 48911 (517) 702-9549 (517) 332-6900
(517) 887-0800 www.innovasalondayspa.com Fax: (517) 337-8906 DIVISION DIRECTORS
Fax: (517) 887-0723 www.roptions.com Economic Development
Jason Sanders Fifth Third Bank
www.c21lookingglass.com Norsemen Asset Management - Government Relations
TekCollect Tri-Star Trust Bank Kevin McKinney McKinney & Assoc.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATION
Hayes Green Beach Collection Agencies Non-Deposit Trust Facilities
Sherrill Freeborough Freeborough Automotive
Memorial Hospital Mr. Leif Rothoff, Executive Director Mrs. DB Nicolay, Vice President & MEMBERSHIP SERVICES
Hospitals 1336 Eureka St. Trust Administration Steven Hess Accident Fund

Ms. Barbara Fulton Lansing, MI 48912 3511 Coolidge Rd.


321 E. Harris St. (517) 643-3272 East Lansing, MI 48823-6390 AT-LARGE
Melanie Bergeron Two Men and a Truck
Charlotte, MI 48813 Fax: (517) 913-6444 (517) 827-0045 Lon Bohannon Neogen
(517) 543-1050 Ext:1251 www.norsemenassetmanagement.com Fax: (517) 827-0048 Alicia Boler-Davis General Motors
John Brown Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Fax: (517) 541-0036 www.tristartrust.com Julian Darden Citizens Bank
www.hgbhealth.com Prima Civitas Foundation Denyse Ferguson LEAP, Inc.
Joe Ford Netvantage Marketing
Non-Profit Organizations Pat Gillespie Gillespie Group
HealthPlus of Michigan Mr. David C. Hollister, President/CEO Mark Kellogg Chalgian & Tripp
Insurance Carrier 1614 East Kalamazoo Street Peter Lark Lansing Board of Water and Light
Nancy McKeague Michigan Health & Hospital Assoc.
Mr. Mark Holoweiko, APR, Director of Lansing, MI 48912 David Mulder Meijer
Corporate Communications (517) 999-3382 Brian Priester Lansing State Journal
Jean G. Schtokal Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith
2050 S. Linden Rd. Fax: (517) 999-3196 Heather Shawa-DeCook Demmer Corporation
Flint, MI 48532 www.primacivitas.org Dennis Swan Sparrow Health Systems
(810) 230-2000 Ryan Vartoogian Spartan Internet
Steve Webster Michigan State University
Fax: (810) 733-8966 Mike Zamiara Orchid Orthopedic Solutions
www.HealthPlus.org
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February Focus 2010
2009 Highlights 2010 Goals
The statewide election in 2010 is one of the
most pivotal in years. Races for Governor, State Leg-
islature and Congress will be before voters. LRC
PAC intends to be actively involved in evaluating,
endorsing and supporting candidates in key races
in order to ensure that the influence of the business
community is an important factor in determining
who represents the region in Lansing and Washing-
ton D.C.
LRCC will again host the 2010 Chambers of
Commerce Legislative Dinner, which is scheduled
for March 24 at the Radisson Hotel. The Chamber
also plans on hosting another Mid-Michigan Del-
egation Breakfast at a date to be announced later
in the year.
The Chamber plans to expand the role of its
Public Policy Advocacy Committee (PPAC),
which was formed last year to analyze and develop
policy positions on issues affecting the Lansing busi-
ness community and the mid-Michigan region.

Legislative Leaders participating in the Chambers of Commerce Legislative Banquet were l-r: House Speaker
Andy Dillon, House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Com- Eight members of our local legislative del-
merce’ Political Action Committee (LRC PAC) egation participated in the 2009 Mid-Michigan
was actively engaged in recruiting and endorsing Delegation Breakfast attended by business, gov-
candidates who share our pro business/pro growth ernment and education leaders. Lawmakers fielded
vision for the region. On November 3rd, LRC PAC questions from the audience on a wide range of top-
enjoyed an unprecedented perfect record as all nine ics, including the state budget, education, healthcare,
of its endorsed candidates were elected to office. tax reform and term limits.
LRCC hosted more than 230 attendees at the The Chamber launched its East Lansing and
2009 Chambers of Commerce of Michigan Leg- Meridian Government Relations Commit-
islative Banquet, held March 18 at the Radisson tee (ELMGRC). Patterned after the Chamber’s
Hotel in downtown Lansing. House Speaker Andy highly successful Delta Government Relations
Dillon, Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Committee, government, education and business
House Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer participat- officials meet monthly to discuss important business
ed in a panel discussion that centered on tax reform, and legislative issues in East Lansing and Meridian
spending of federal stimulus dollars, healthcare and Township.
urban policy.
Members of Mid-Michigan’s legislative delegation met with
local leaders from business, government and education at
the Mid-Michigan Delegation Breakfast in November.

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February Focus 2010

2009 Highlights

The Chamber established a sub-center for the vibrant, multi-media web site was launched to assist
regional Procurement Technical Assistance in strategic marketing of the region to prospective
Center (PTAC) in 2008. PTAC is enjoying con- FRIB employees and their families. The web site,
siderable success in helping tri-county businesses http://www.greaterlansinglife.com/frib/ is intended
identify opportunities to secure government con- to serve as a one-stop shopping destination for peo-
tracts. During 2009, regional businesses received ple interested in learning about the region.
550 contracts, totaling $33.4 million. Insuring Greater Lansing is a public aware-
LRCC continues to work closely with Capital ness campaign launched by the Chamber to highlight
Region International Airport on the marketing and the investments and contributions made in the
business development efforts for the Foreign Trade region by the various insurance companies that are
Zone (FTZ) and Port Lansing. In August 2009, headquartered in and around greater Lansing. The
the federal government approved the application for campaign is designed to make the Lansing region
FTZ status establishing Foreign Trade Zone #275. more attractive for business investment and further
The Chamber is working with several regional the image of the region as a hub for the insurance
partners to market the Facility for Rare Isotope sector.
Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University. A

2010 Goals
The Chamber plans to expand its successful programs so that Chamber members can begin to
international program in the coming year. Look import/export and start and/or increase the amount
for more activity surrounding the FTZ and Port of global commerce occurring in the region.
Lansing. Companies in the region and through The Chamber’s proactive marketing strategy
the Midwest are already recognizing the enormous designed to assist businesses in the region leverage
potential in utilizing Port Lansing to grow interna- number of opportunities in government contract-
tional trade opportunities. ing through the PTAC should result in significant
LRCC’s International Market Development increases in contracts and jobs in 2010.
Initiative will lead the coordination of international

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February Focus 2010
2009 Highlights 2010 Goals
LRCC hopes that the initial positive feedback
to the new Tiered Membership structure will not
only help increase overall Chamber membership
and retention levels in 2010, but will also encour-
age members to become more involved in various
events and programs. Members will find the flex-
ible options provided by the enhanced membership
will cause them to realize a greater value from their
Chamber investment.
The Chamber’s Ambassador Team has been
instrumental as a liaison between the Chamber and
its membership. The LRCC Ambassador Committee
will host the 2010 Statewide Ambassador Con-
ference held September 29-October 1, 2010 in
Lansing.

The Lansing Regional Chamber dedicated the Insurance Capital Board Room in December.

In 2009, the Chamber commissioned Capitol Affinity Programs with organizations includ-
Research Services to conduct focus groups and a ing Blue Cross Blue Shield, Accident Fund Insurance
series of in-depth interviews with Chamber members Company of America, Auto-Owners Insurance, Com-
to help us identify how we can better align our ser- cast and DBI Office Products continue to grow and
vices with the needs of our members. As a result, create added value for Chamber members. More
the Chamber developed a new Tiered Membership than 160 businesses shared a $147,999 premium
structure that offers an opportunity to choose from dividend from Accident Fund Insurance Company of
five levels of membership based on business needs. America, thanks to safe work practices and their par-
Business, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum member- ticipation in a workers compensation group dividend
ship levels are designed for businesses of all sizes program, available through the Chamber.
looking for increased exposure, access, networking The Chamber dedicated the Insurance Capital
and involvement. Board Room in December 2009 with much thanks
LRCC welcomed 145 businesses to our growing to Accident Fund Insurance Company of America,
membership base. Retention levels reached 80% in Auto-Owners Insurance, Farm Bureau Insurance and
2009, demonstrating the high return on investment Jackson National Life Insurance.
LRCC is delivering to our members.

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February Focus 2010

Send your news to Tracey Shepard at


tshepard@lansingchamber.org
PEOPLE NEWS

Kirsten McNelly, a shareholder in the General Litigation The ASU Group is pleased to announce the 2010 Board
Practice Group at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., of Directors: Kim Pavlik, Tara O’Connor LaRose,
has become a member of the Collaborative Practice Institute James R. Matthews, Luke Haase, Duane Hershberg-
of Michigan and the International Academy of Collaborative er. The following individuals were elected as officers of
Professionals. the corporation for 2010: Tara O’Connor LaRose, CEO
president; Sarah Hartman, treasurer; Debbie Claeys,
Tri-County Office on Aging is pleased to add Jennifer secretary; Kim Pavlik, chairman; and James Matthews,
Burley, BS, as community outreach specialist; Monica vice chairman. The Board appointed Debra Claeys, Matt
Cremins, LLMSW, as transition specialist; Becky Carter, Carl, Tara O’Connor LaRose and Brad Rutgers to the
LLMSW as transition specialist; and Stacey Smith as hous- ESOP Fiduciary Committee and Jim Matthews and Sarah William I Tucker IV Jim Frendt
ing specialist. Hartman as ESOP Trustees. Audrey Pike, Matt Carl and
Cheryl Hendrixson joined the ESOP Advisory Commit-
Sparrow President and CEO Dennis A. Swan has been tee.
appointed to the state’s Health Information Technology Com-
mission. Tim Walling of Dart Bank has been named to the board of
directors of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lorraine Ross has joined
Granger Construction Compa- Mike Bowler Sr. Realtor with Coldwell Banker Hub-
ny’s communications department. bell Briarwood was named by Inman News as one of
“Real Estate’s 50 Most Influential Online” for 2009.
Aarika Gerstler Kristina Kinde
The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Abraham & Gaffney, P.C. is pleased to announce that
Bureau (GLCVB) is pleased to announce it has hired William I Tucker IV, CPA is the seventh Principal to
Jennifer Pazdan as visitor services assistant. share the vision of growing the CPA firm; Jim Frendt,
CPA will be promoted to senior auditor in the East Lansing
Jerry Brand has been named office; Aarika Gerstler, CPA will be promoted to senior
Mark R. Perry, CPA, has been elected to the Yeo & Yeo, Vice President of Granger Con- auditor in the Rochester Hills office; Kristina Kinde
P.C. board of directors. David M. Sunden, CPA, has been struction Company. was hired as senior auditor in the East Lansing office; and
promoted to the position of principal. Michael Desnoyer will start his accounting career as a
staff accountant.
Jill R. Green has been named lead property manager for
TMN Commercial in Okemos. Douglas E. Wagner has been re-elected managing part-
ner and will serve a third term at the helm of Warner
The Chief Okemos Council, Boy Scouts of America Norcross & Judd LLP.
are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Distin-
guished Citizen Award: Dr. Stephen Guertin with Sparrow Theresa Cooper, CSA, with Age Navigation, a product of A.J. Boggs & Company announced the staff addition
Hospital PICU, Sheri Jones with WLNS Channel 6 and Stu- ASU Group, recently completed a comprehensive course of Joseph Dickson as a senior network administrator.
art Dunnings Jr. with Dunnings Law Firm. Dr. James E. through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and earned Additionally, Joseph Kunk has received Microsoft’s Most
Potchen of Michigan State University is the recipient of the the designation of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® and will Valuable Professional (MVP) for his work as a leader in
Distinguished Eagle Award. augment the registered nurse teams at Age Navigation. the Microsoft developer community.

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Maner Costerisan is pleased Your Spitting Image, a new traveling exhibit from the

February Focus 2010


to announce that Marvina S. National Museum of Dentistry, reveals what your mouth
Bloomfield, CPA has been says about you. It is on view at the Impression 5 Science
promoted to principal and Center through August 2010.
Sarah L. Jennings, CPA, CFE
has been promoted to senior Tri-County Office on Aging implemented a new option
manager. under the MI Choice Waiver/Project Choices Program.
Assistance can now be provided in licensed community
settings (Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged) as an
Marvina S. Bloomfield Thaddeus E. Morgan Michael E. Cavanaugh alternative to nursing home residence.

Andrews Hooper & Pavlik is proud to announce the CB Richard Ellis/Martin (CBRE) was recently award-
promotion of Traci L. Moon to partner. ed the exclusive listing for the sale of the iconic Steelcase
Corporate Development Center, commonly known as the
Cheryl Peterson was hired as the manager of the “Pyramid” in West Michigan.
Shiawassee Service Center for the Mid-Michigan Red
Cross. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. was
ranked No. 197 in this year’s Annual Franchise 500® list.
Dominic Carbone of Hungry Howie’s Pizza recently This is the 18th year the company has made the list.
received awards from the Lansing Area Hispanic Business Gary C. Rogers
Michael P. Donnelly
Association and Downtown Coaches Club for his long term Gallagher Law Firm opened an office in Grand Rapids.
commitment to the Lansing region. Fraser Trebilcock Davis &
Dunlap, P.C. has announced The Small Business Commerce Association announced
officers for the Board of Direc- that Motion Marketing & Media (M3) was selected for
tors for 2010: Thaddeus E. the 2009 Best of Business Award in the marketing consult-
Morgan, president; Michael ing services category.
E. Cavanaugh and Michael
P. Donnelly, vice presidents; The Privacy and Information Security Team of Warner
Gary C. Rogers, secretary; Norcross & Judd LLP has developed a privacy blog
and Edward J. Castellani, (www.privacy.wnj.com) to keep clients and other readers
Edward J. Castellani treasurer. informed about security breaches, consumer profiling,
HIPAA, identity theft, cloud computing and other new
Robert B. Nelson Brian T. Gallagher developments in the world of privacy.
James R. Mahoney recently joined the East Lansing-
Robert B. Nelson, Shareholder with Fraser Trebilcock based public accounting firm Warmels & Comstock, continued on page 10
Davis & Dunlap, P.C., has been appointed to the PSC’s PLLC as a partner.
Energy Efficiency Collaborative Steering Committee. Brian
T. Gallagher has joined Highfields’ board of directors. Dan Hagfors of Dale Carne-
gie Training/Ralph Nichols
The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau Corp. has opened HMT, Hag-
is proud to announce its newly elected Board Officers for fors Marketing Team, a full
2010: Cindy Bowen, Lexington Lansing Hotel, chair; service advertising marketing
Steve Frederickson, The Christman Company, vice- firm.
chair; Robert Selig, Capital Region International Airport,
secretary-treasurer; Joel Heberlein, Kellogg Center,
immediate past chair; Barry Freed, Art Craft Display,
Inc.; Thomas M. Collins, Hertz Rent-A-Car; Debbie De
Leon, Ingham County Commissioner; Gus Pine, Radis- The Capital Region Com-
son Hotel – Lansing; Dorothy E. Maxwell, Max Weingar munity Foundation has hired
Group; Mike Rice, Lansing Quality Suites Hotel; and Kel- Robin Miner-Swartz to a new
lie Dean, Dean Transportation/Dean Trailways. position as director of commu-
nications for the foundation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region
is pleased to announce the 2010 Officers of its Board of
Directors, as well as recent appointments to the Board:
Dave M. Hunt II, of Big Boy of St. Johns and Mason,
president; Jamie Schriner-Hooper, vice president;
Sharon Gillison, of LAFCU, secretary; Michael Sekoni, COMPANY NEWS
Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, treasurer;
and Ryan Kincaid, Kincaid Henry Building Group, Inc. Leaders from Sparrow and Ionia County Memorial Hos-
were elected to the Board of Directors. Outgoing members pital (ICMH) announced a formal agreement that will
Rodney Stokes of the Michigan Department of Natural allow ICMH to join the Sparrow family, effective Jan. 1,
Resources, Tony Russell of General Motors, and Greg 2010. Sparrow and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Institute
Walthorn of Plante & Moran Financial Advisors were rec- (TCI) jointly announced the completion of an agreement
ognized for their service on the Board of Directors. that fully integrates TCI into the Sparrow family effective
Dec. 31, 2009.

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February Focus 2010

A C Electric, Since 2009 Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap, P.C., Since 1977 MAXCO, INC., Since 1975
AAA Michigan, Since 1939 Genova News Co., Inc., Since 1993 Mega Mall Antiques & Collectibles, Since 2000
American Red Cross Great Lakes Region - Glenn Brown Productions, Inc., Since 1997 Michigan Health Council, Since 1997
Blood Services, Since 2008 Glenn Farm Seeds, Inc., Since 2007 Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co., Since 1954
API Commercial Real Estate Services, Since 2008 Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, Since 1954 Michigan Psychotherapy, Since 2009
Benedict Auto Body, Since 2008 Great Lakes Christian College, Since 1955 Michigan State University College of Law, Since 1999
Breslin Student Events Center, Since 2007 Great Lakes Express Service, Inc., Since 1993 Mourer Foster Inc., Since 2002
BS & A Software, Since 2006 Great Lakes HR Solutions, LLC, Since 1996 Musselman Realty Co., Since 1972
Capital Insurance Services, Corp., Since 1983 Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS, Since 1951 Omega Farms, Since 2008
Capital Internal Medicine Associates, P.C., Since 2005 Hager Fox Heating & Air Conditioning, Since 1948 Plante & Moran, CPAs, Since 1977
Cathey Company, Since 1955 Heights Auto Parts, Since 2009 Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeons, PC, Since 2002
CBI, Inc., Since 1990 Hot Prospects Direct, Inc., Since 1991 Publicom, Inc., Since 2006
Chisholm Hills Golf Club, Since 2004 Ingham County Economic Dev. Corp., Since 1983 Romanow Building Services, Since 2003
Christman Company, (The), Since 1954 J W Auto Sales, Since 1997 Schindler Elevator Corporation, Since 1988
Conestoga Rovers & Associates - CRA, Since 2008 JB Distributor, Since 2006 Sohn Linen Service, Since 1950
Corrigan Moving Systems, Since 2008 Jean E. Early, Since 1999 Spartan Signature Catering, Since 2007
Cristo Rey Community Center, Since 1989 Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Since 1985 Spartan Water & Coffee Service, Since 1996
Dale Carnegie Training/Ralph Nichols Corp., Since 2008 Kendall Electric & Lighting, Since 1987 State Farm Insurance-Greg Lemanski, Since 1988
Dean Transportation, Inc., Since 1978 Keystone Printing, Since 2004 Summer Place Townhouses, Since 2004
Delhi Cafe, Ltd., Since 1991 LAFCU, Since 1992 Summit Community Bank, Since 2003
Downtown Smoking Club, Since 2008 Lansing Charter Township, Since 1998 T.L. Hart, Inc., Since 1987
Drolett Travel, Since 1991 Lansing Electrical JATC, Since 2008 The Green Door Blues Bar & Grill, Since 2005
Educational Tours, Inc., Since 2007 Lansing Ice & Fuel Company, Since 1954 The Production Department, Since 2003
Ele’s Place, Since 1997 Lansing Radiology Associates, P.C., Since 1988 University Reformed Church, Since 2008
Emergent BioSolutions, Since 2000 Leon’s Transmission Repair, Inc., Since 1997 Voss Insurance Services, Inc., Since 1983
Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes, Since 1976 Liberty Coin Service, Since 1993 Wieland-Davco Corporation, Since 1991
Family Life Financial Services of Michigan, Since 1992 Lyle D. Hepfer & Co., PC, Since 1943 Wills Sunfield, LLC, Since 2008
Financial Services Center, Inc., Since 1972 Main Street Strategies, LLC, Since 2007 Wood’s Okemos Marathon, Since 2006
Flooring America - Carpet Studio, Since 2007 Maner Costerisan, CPA, PC, Since 1939
Forest Akers Golf Course At The Henry Center Complex, Marsh Pointe, Since 2003
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The inaugural Lansing Web Awards have been given The 2010 Lansing JazzFest has been awarded a The Small Business Commerce Association recently
to five contestants in the areas of first year business, $10,000 grant by the National Endowment for the recognized Edge Partnerships as a recipient of its
non-profit, small business, corporate and student Arts – Challenge America: Reaching Every Commu- 2009 Best of Business Award in the advertising cat-
run websites. The winners, decided by the voting nity program. egory.
public, were GiftZip, the Ronald McDonald House of
Mid-Michigan, Life in Lansing, Liquid Web and Shock Lawrence Technological University has been Teachout Security Solutions, in cooperation with
Media. The contest, sponsored by Netvantage awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to develop and the Saginaw Township Police Department and the
Marketing, was launched in December of 2009, as test stronger and lighter armor made of composite Saginaw County Sheriff Department, employed their
a way to draw attention to Lansing Area websites and materials for military vehicles. mobile camera system at the Fashion Square Mall
businesses. Citizens Bank branch this holiday season.

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February Focus 2010
2009 Highlights 2010 Goals
The 98th Annual Dinner will feature a new
venue and modified format in 2010. MSU’s Whar-
ton Center will host the event for the first time. In
response to member feedback, the Annual Dinner
will feature a strolling dinner, as opposed to the
more traditional sit-down affair. That is intended to
provide greater networking opportunities for those
in attendance. The evening’s highlight will continue
to be the presentation of the ATHENA, Community
Service and Outstanding Small Business Awards.
The 2010 Economic Club speaker series
is one of the strongest in memory. MSU President
Lou Anna Simon, U of M Athletic Director and for-
mer Domino’s CEO David Brandon, and Phil Power,
president of The Center for Michigan lead an all-star
lineup.
LRCC will focus more heavily on its signature
events in 2010 which will result in higher quality
programming for members and the elimination of a
handful of lower profile events.

The Economic Club of Greater Lansing hosted a forum on regionalism in May 2009, featuring the top six
local elected officials in the region.

Nearly 1,000 Lansing Regional Chamber mem- experienced an outstanding year with timely speak-
bers enjoyed a night of networking and entertainment ers and two lively panel discussions on transportation
at the 97th Annual Dinner. Award winners rec- and regionalism.
ognized during the evening were: Rachelle Neal of A rained out June outing allowed Chamber
Capitol Research Services (ATHENA Award), Kelly members to conclude the summer with the Lansing
Rossman-McKinney, president of the Rossman Group Open on August 18. The outing was held at both
(Community Service Award) and MessageMakers Hawk Hollow and Eagle Eye golf courses. Nearly 300
and its owner, Terry Terry (Outstanding Small Busi- players enjoyed a day of golf and networking.
ness Award). The third annual Ten Over the Next Ten
The Celebration of Regional Growth hon- Awards program honored the area’s top young pro-
ored seven organizations that have or will invested fessionals who are expected to contribute significantly
in new facilities, technology and jobs in our region. to our community over the next ten years. LRCC and
The honorees included: East Lansing Technology Grand River Connection were co-sponsors.
Innovation Center, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, The challenges of reforming the nation’s health-
General Motors, Granger, GreenStone Farm Credit care system were evident during discussions at the
Services, Jackson National Life Insurance and the second annual Healthcare Forum. The half-day
Lansing Board of Water and Light. forum featured representatives of regional health-
Annual Dinner Award Winners in 2009 were l-r Rachelle
The Economic Club of Greater Lansing care, insurance and legal organizations.
Neal, Kelly Rossman-McKinney and Terry Terry

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