Newsmakers: People On The Move


Bill Golden, co-president of Golden Shoes in downtown Traverse City, has been re-elected to the Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. (MRS) Board of Directors. He was first named to the board in 2012 and has been re-elected annually. MRS is the wholly owned subsidiary of Michigan Retailers Association that provides business services to the association’s nearly 5,000 members.

Steve Kershner, director of snowsports at Shanty Creek Resorts, has been re-elected to a tenth, two-year term on the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association, which is comprised of representatives of ski areas, ski shops, sales representatives, and associate members in the snowsports industry.


Bruce A. Anderson, a senior financial consultant in Traverse City for Titan Wealth Advisors, has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. He specializes in retirement planning and wealth management.

David Fox, vice president/loan officer of Alden State Bank’s Elk Rapids office, is retiring after having worked for the bank for nearly 22 years. His entire banking career spanned nearly 43 years in various locations around northern Michigan.

Gary Hicks of State Savings Bank Investment and Trust Services has earned his Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers. He has more than 36 years of investment acumen and experience, including 30-plus years in the Traverse City area.

Jess Kombol has joined Peterson McGregor & Associates in Traverse City as a commercial account manager. She is licensed in property/casualty insurance and brings four years of experience in the industry, specializing in claims.

Meghan Phillips Dykstra, president of Tandem Wealth Management in Traverse City, recently attended the 2015 Ladenburg Institute of Women and Finance Symposium in Chicago. Ladenburg holds the conference annually for its top female advisors.


Thomas E. Hartwig, M.D., has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a board-certified specialist in psychiatry. Hartwig practices inpatient psychiatry at the hospital.

Rana Kaminski, director of the ECI Patient Safety Organization, has achieved board certification as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). The ECI Patient Safety Organization provides services to ECI Healthcare Partners, which is headquartered in Traverse City.

William A. Kanner, M.D., has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a board-certified specialist in anatomic and clinical pathology, transfusion medicine and dermatopathology. He practices at Grand Traverse Pathology.

Karrin E. Licht, M.D., has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in internal medicine and pediatric hospital medicine. She practices at iNDIGO Health Partners.

Hillary A. Loomis-King, M.D., has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep disorders. She practices at Pulmonary and Critical Care.

Dr. Steve Niergarth was recently honored with induction into the International College of Dentists in Washington, DC. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only 310 dentists from the United States were accepted into the College this year. Niergarth practices in Traverse City at Deerhaven Dentistry, which he started in 1985.

Andrew W. Olsen, D.D.S., has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in oral & maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Olsen practices at Grand Traverse Oral Surgery.

William P. Potthoff, Jr., M.D., has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in ophthalmology. He practices at Northern Vision Eye Care in Traverse City.


Dane Carey has joined the law firm of Dingeman & Dancer in Traverse City. He joins the firm’s corporate and transactional practice, concentrating on the areas of real estate, development, estate planning, and general business matters.

Attorney Cortney S. Danbrook has joined the Traverse City office of Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge, practicing real estate, business estate planning and probate and trust administration law. She has an extensive background in wealth management, estate planning, family cottage succession planning, and representation of corporate and individual fiduciaries in trust and probate administration.

Lee Hornberger is now a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi), a group of renowned and respected alternative dispute resolution neutrals. Hornberger owns an arbitration and mediator practice in Traverse City.


Adrienne Brunette has joined Real Estate One in Traverse City as a full-time realtor working with her mother and longtime realtor Shelly Brunette. She brings a business, management and sales background.

Carolyn Collins, an associate broker/realtor based in Century 21 Northland’s downtown Traverse City office, was recently elected to the 2016 Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) Board of Directors. She has been a member of TAAR for 14 years.

Matthew Dakoske, with RE/MAX Bayshore Properties in Traverse City, was recently presented with the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents who have earned more than $3 million in commissions and have completed seven years of service with the company. Less than six percent of the RE/MAX network has achieved this award. Dakoske has been working in the real estate industry for more than 36 years.

Kellie Sergent of Century 21 Northland’s Elk Rapids office, was recently elected to the 2016 Traverse Area Association of Realtors. She is currently serving as the reverse mentor on the TAAR board.

Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in Traverse City announces the following hires:

Ashley Adams has joined the office as an agent.

Sam Flamont has joined the office as an agent.

Jennifer Hastings has the office as an agent, bringing 20 years of business owner experience to her transition to the real estate industry.

Corey Peterson has joined the office as an agent.


Gary “Levi” Brief has joined the sales team at America’s Carpet Barn in Traverse City. He has been in the floor covering industry for the past 36 years.

Harry Burkholder has been named its new executive director of the Traverse City-based nonprofit Land Information Access Association (LIAA). He has worked for LIAA for the past 11 years, most recently as the organization’s director of community planning. He oversees all of LIAA’s programs, including community planning, development and resource management, website and database development, IT support and LIAA’s UpNorth Media Center.

Jeff Henkel has joined the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City as sales manager. He brings more than 18 years of sales and marketing experience in technology, software and direct marketing. His past experience includes account executive positions with Blackbaud and Ledgeview Partners, and he also owned and operated Valpak/Reach Marketing for ten years. His focus is on expanding the corporate, government, education, medical, and fraternal market segments.

Lisa Monache has joined Traverse City’s Park Place Hotel as director of sales & marketing. With more than 25 years of conference sales experience, she was most recently with the Great Wolf Lodge, after previously working four years with the Park Place as sales manager. She also held management positions at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Shanty Creek Resorts and the Holiday Inn in Traverse City.

Ed Lassa has been promoted from sergeant to lieutenant within the Corrections Division of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. In that role he serves as assistant jail administrator.

Todd Ritter has been promoted from lieutenant to captain within the Corrections Division of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, responsible for its administration.

Global Environmental Engineering in Traverse City announces the following personnel news:

Cole Chambers has joined the team as the general manager in charge of environmental and treatment solutions. He brings 25 years of management and contracting experience to the role.

Alaina Korreck is the new marketing director in charge of all communications and marketing efforts.

Trevor Painter has joined the firm as a staff engineer. His primary responsibilities include remedial environmental investigations, regulatory reporting, operation and maintenance of remediation systems and environmental site assessments.