n For the fourth year in a row, James Christopherson of Dingeman, Dancer & Christopherson has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty area of arbitration and mediation. Less than 1 percent of practicing attorneys nationwide receive this award in any year. Christopherson practices primarily in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, healthcare law, construction law, commercial law and oil and gas law. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Conflict Resolution Service and serves as an arbitrator and mediator for many courts and organizations.
n The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area, Inc. has named the winners of the 2013 Parade of Homes Awards. The People’s Choice awards went to Pathway Homes for homes with a fair market value of $145,000-$267,000 and $300,000-$375,000; Millward Custom Homes won in the category of $470,000-$500,000; and Bay Area Contracting was the winner for homes valued in the $600,000-$800,000 category.
n The Lighthouse Group — Manistee Abstract Team and Shelby State Bank have demonstrated their continued commitment to the re-opening of the Vogue Theatre by each donating $1,000. Bob Wuerfel, title president of Lighthouse Group and Mishelle Comstock, president of Shelby State Bank, pledged their gift to contribute to the final phase of the capital campaign.
n FLOW (For Love of Water), a Great Lakes water policy and education non-profit based in Traverse City, has been selected by Andrew and Amy Kohlmann as recipient of their 2013 recycling program proceeds. The owners of Signs Now recycles returned signage materials throughout the year and donates a percentage of the original product sale to a non-profit.
n Brand Tonic has added project manager Shannon Beery to their staff. The brand consulting and design firm is celebrating one year at their 14th Street location in Traverse City.