Newsmakers: People On The Move
Russ Knopp, co-owner of Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan, has been elected treasurer of the Small Business Association of Michigan. Knopp has been an association member since 2009 and on the board of directors for three years.
Michele Shane, head of school at The Children’s House in Traverse City, has been elected vice president of the Montessori Administrators Association, an international group of Montessori professionals whose mission is to support administrators in leading high quality Montessori schools.
Erika Chamberlain has been promoted to member service supervisor at TBA Credit Union in Traverse City. She supervises frontline staff, oversees cash handling and balancing and assists with opening accounts. She has worked for the credit union for three years.
Holly Hall has joined Oryana Natural Foods Market in Traverse City as finance manager. She brings more than nine years of experience advising businesses and supervising high-functioning teams. She previously served as an associate at Plante Moran in Traverse City
Kathleen Murchie of Prout Financial Design in Traverse City has received her Certified Long Term Care license. She is a licensed producer for the state of Michigan for long-term care insurance and client relations administrator at Prout.
Dennis J. Prout of Prout Financial Design in Traverse City recently earned the Retirement Management Analystdesignation sponsored by the Retirement Income Industry Association.
Tammy Stoerkel recently joined the team at Intentional Wealth Advisors in Traverse City. She is licensed to sell securities as well as life and variable contracts. Additionally she oversees day-to-day account maintenance, client communications and office management.
Honor Bank announces the following promotions:
Pamm Laing has been promoted to first vice president and senior credit officer. She began her career with Honor Bank in 1997 as a commercial loan clerk and has more than 26 years of banking experience.
Troy Noble has been promoted to first vice president and senior lender. He began his career with Honor Bank in 2007 and has more 25 years of banking experience in business development, commercial lending, sales management, and credit and SBS lending.
Norm Plumstead is now the senior vice president and head of retail banking. He began his career with Honor Bank in 2000 as account executive in Chicago. He has more than 19 years of banking experience.
Plante Moran in Traverse City announces the following personnel news:
Josh Richards has been named an associate. He joined the firm in 2009 and has more than five years of experience in public accounting providing audit and consulting services to hospitals and health systems across the United States.
Michael Gano has been named an associate in the firm’s Traverse City office. He first joined the firm in 2008 and specializes in financial planning and investment management in the firm’s wealth management group.
Jaime Miller has been named an associate. She first joined the firm in 2006 and specializes in reimbursement consulting and not-for-profit tax departments. Her background includes providing accounting, auditing, tax, and financial reporting services to individuals, hospitals and other clients.
Deborah A. Blashill has been appointed CEO of iNDIGO Health Partners in Traverse City. She joined the company (then Hospitalists of Northern Michigan) in 2010 and has been instrumental in many aspects of the company’s growth and development.
John W. Polley, M.D. has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in plastic surgery. He practices at JP Center for Plastic Surgery in Traverse City.
Coryn Briggs is the new digital marketing & design specialist for Traverse City Tourism. She previously was the director of marketing at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay for five years. She manages website content, social media outlets and connections to third-party sites, conducts its web-based marketing and newsletter campaigns and assists in design projects.
Andrew Reh was recently promoted to vice president of resort operations at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. Reh had been serving as executive chef since 2007.
Lindsey Southwell was recently promoted to director of marketing at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. Southwell had been serving as the resort’s marketing manager since 2003.
Melissa L. Baumgartner has joined Smith Haughey in Traverse City as an attorney. Baumgartner hails from New York and practices in family law and estate planning. She also has expertise in child adoption and custody.
L. Page Graves of Smith & Johnson Attorneys in Traverse City has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.
Timothy P. Smith of Smith & Johnson Attorneys in Traverse City has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors announces the following personnel news:
Gary Nelson is a new agent in Traverse City.
Jennifer Marlow has joined the company as a new agent.
Danielle Jerome has joined Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors’ 402 Front Street office as a new agent.
Dianne Leshinski is the new finance director of the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA). She brings more than 20 years of operations, finance, and management experience.
Katie Michels, a stylist at Salon Verve in Traverse City, was recently honored for customer service excellence by The Industry Source, a division of TNG Worldwide that provides products, expertise and solutions to the beauty industry. Michels was among ten industry professionals selected nationwide.
Robin O’Malley has joined Sonny’s Body Shop in Traverse City as administrative coordinator. O’Malley spent more than 20 years in the financial industry and brings a full range of professional and leadership experience. She oversees accounts payable, marketing, and community outreach.
Kelli Schroeder is the new manager of human resources & communications for Traverse City Light & Power. She was with the City of Traverse City for the last 11 years and most recently served as its human resources generalist.
Victoria Champagne-Sutherland, publisher and founder of ForeWord Reviews Magazine in Traverse City, has become a member of Vistage Michigan’s Key Executive Program. Vistage Michigan provides business leaders with access to new business perspectives, innovative strategies and actionable items.
Jessica Wheaton was recently promoted to manager of energy services & key accounts for Traverse City Light & Power. She has been with the utility since 2008 and most recently served as the marketing & community relations coordinator.
Ascomnorth in Acme announces the following personnel news:
Co-owner Dave Barth recently attended the ASCOM teleCARE IP, Unite Middleware, and Mobility solutions for the Acute, Sub-Acute and Long-Term Care Market training session in Detroit.
Jenny Courtade has joined the company as administrative assistant, receptionist and also serves in purchasing roles.
Rick Gavitt recently attended the ASCOM teleCARE IP, Unite Middleware, and Mobility solutions for the Acute, Sub-Acute and Long-Term Care Market training session in Detroit.
Mark Messer is a new installation technician. He is responsible for the installation of telephony, intercom, A/V systems, cabling infrastructure and nurse call systems.
Mark Perkins is a new installation technician and is responsible for the service and installation of telephony, cabling infrastructure and fiber. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the voice and data industry.