Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 8, 2009

Biz Memoranda: 8/9/2009


n Jim McDonnell, of the Ford Insurance Agency of Traverse City, has qualified to receive the Golden Eagle Award from the National Association of Health Underwriters.

n Forest Gallery, of Glen Arbor, has been nominated for two awards, Top Retailer and Best Visual Merchandising, by Niche Magazine. The program recognizes the nation's best craft retailers, artisan nonprofits, museums and guilds. Award winners will be published in the Autumn 2009 issue of Niche.

n Joseph E. Quandt, of Zimmerman, Kuhn, Darling, Boyd, Quandt and Phelps PLC in Traverse City, was selected for the 2010 edition of the The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of environmental law.

New Business

n Northport Highlands Assisted Living and Memory Care facility, located at 215 S. High St. in Northport, is open and available for occupancy. Open House is held Wednesdays, Aug. 5-19, from 2 to 4 p.m., with tours, answers to questions and refreshments. For details, call Beth at 386-9900.

n J.E. Johnson, Inc., a mechanical contracting firm based in Midland, opened a new office at 1779 S. Garfield Ave. in Traverse City. The company designs, services and installs HVAC systems, plumbing and refrigeration systems and process piping systems, and provides round-the-clock emergency repairs. The company can be contacted at (800) 646-2690 and its Web site is at www.


n Hilton Hotels Corporation (Hilton) has hired Jonas E. Neihardt, a Traverse City native, as senior vice president of government affairs. Neihardt will report to Richard Lucas, executive vice president and general counsel. Hilton plans to relocate global headquarters to McLean, Va., this month.

n Megan Umulis, last year's National Cherry Festival queen, joined the staff of Village Press Inc., of Traverse City, as a marketing and sales executive. She is a recent graduate of Michigan State University.

n The Bank of Northern Michigan recently added Debbie Highway, Karie Lambert and Kerry Jesse to its mortgage team, bank executive vice president John Paul announced.

n Mike Maitland is a new account executive for Charter Communications serving Traverse City after working for the company in the Petoskey region. Maitland grew up in Traverse City and is graduate of Michigan State University. He was replaced in Petoskey by Charlie Stratton.


n The Michigan Retailers Association awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Katherine Leonhard, of Kingsley, among 33 scholarships awarded around the state by the MRA. She is a graduate of St. Francis High School and will attend Albion College this fall. She is the daughter of Kelly and David Leonhard, an employee of Streamside Inc., of Traverse City.

n Timothy P. Smith, a partner at Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C. in Traverse City, was elected to the board of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. The 15-member board assists with support, education, adocacy, research and prevention of traumatic brain injury.

n Douglas McFarlane, executive vice president of Corporate Title Agency, was elected president of the Michigan Land Title Association after serving as a director the past four years. The association also honored Corporate Title president Jerome Jelinek with its Robert J. Jay Award for sustained leadership and service to the title industry at its recent convention in Grand Rapids.


n Team Elmer's produced its one millionth cubic yard of concrete at its Traverse City facility as part of the state bridge reconstruction on M-22 over Glen Lake. The plant along U.S. 31 south of Traverse City started production in 1990 and the first yard was poured at the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College. John Meddaugh has served as quality assurance officer throughout the plant's operation. The company currently operates 13 concrete plants around northern Michigan.

n The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. It was based on an external review of the governance and management of the conservancy and its systems and policy used to protect land. The conservancy owns and manages 32 nature preserves open to the public, and has protected 32,000 acres of land in six area counties and preserved nearly 100 miles of shoreline.