5 Questions: Q & A with Derek Bailey

When elected Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in 2008, Derek Bailey became the youngest to hold that position in the organization's history. The TCBN caught up with him to discuss the region, the economy, and the Tribe's future. For...

Q&A with Steve Cassens

Steve Cassens has led Cherry Capital Airport since 1978 - an eternity in the rapidly changing aviation business. He's retiring this month, and he spent a few moments with the TCBN talking airfares, changes in Traverse City, and more.BN: What was the airport like...

Q&A with Donald Ponniah

Donald Ponniah became the new general manager of the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in July. Previously he led the Los Angeles Hilton, and has also led resorts and hotels in British Columbia and Yosemite National Park.BN: When you first arrived, what was your...

Q&A with Mario Batali

Mario Batali is one of - if not the - most famous chefs in America today. He also has a close tie to northern Michigan: a cottage in Northport, which he and his family return to each summer. His time Up North isn't all play,...

Q&A with Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones is the new director of the Michigan Film Office. Given that our issue is devoted in part to the burgeoning film industry here, we caught up with Carrie for some reel talk.BN: What does the Michigan Film Office do?CJ: It was actually...

5 Questions: Q&A with Hans VanSumeren

Hans VanSumeren is the director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, a program started in 2004.BN: Water has really risen to near the top of NMC's priorities. Why?HV: Water represents one of our region's major underpinnings in terms...