By Gretchen Murray
Traverse City Record-Eagle
TRAVERSE CITY — TRAVERSE CITY — Good deeds don’t often go unnoticed in a close-knit community like Kalkaska.
That’s why community members selected Mike and Kim Babcock, owners of Trend Services, as recipients of its 2013 Citizen of the Year Award.
The Babcocks will be recognized for their community involvement during an April 4 Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, as will representatives of Coding Products, winner of the 2013 Kalkaska Business of the Year Award.
Long-time business owner Mike Babcock operated Trend Services, a measurement and supply company for the oil and gas industry, with wife Kim’s assistance since they bought the company from Kim’s father about 20 years ago. The company remained at the same site, 311 Maple Street, since 1973, and it’s also the Michigan distributor for Kimray, Inc. products.
Kim Babcock also has had a long career with the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, where she serves as director of Operations.
Mike Babcock was born and raised in Kalkaska and said living and raising their four children in a small town naturally led to community involvement. Over the years they’ve supported church-related activities and youth group sponsorships, and Mike helped coach Kalkaska girls’ varsity softball teams for many seasons. The company sponsors Little League teams and the Commendable Student recognition section of the local newspaper.
“The oil and gas business has some people coming and going; but in general, Kalkaska is made up of generations of families, Mike Babcock said. “The people here all are committed to their community.”
Babcock finds running the business both challenging and a real joy.
“Our nine employees are all from Kalkaska,” he said. “They’re also very involved in their churches and are thoughtful, giving people who make business ownership very easy.”
Babcock is devout in attributing the businesses’ success to God and said being able to give back to the community in any small way is a privilege.
“Kim and I are blessed to live in Kalkaska,” he said.