- Nicholas Porritt of Traverse City joined Dennis Gartland and Niergarth as an associate. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting with a minor in business information systems from Central Michigan University and is responsible for a variety of duties in Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth’s audit, tax and BizTek departments. He will prepare to sit for the CPA exams during the upcoming year.
- Aaron Mansfield, CPA, an audit manager at Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth in Traverse City, earned Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation by the internationally recognized Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
- Charlotte Bengsch accepted the position of manager at the Higher Self Bookstore. Bengsch also offers private sessions in readings and Reiki, and will be teaching classes in the store.
- Peggy Whiting, Cameron Corteggiano, Kevin Perkins and Lucas Craig have joined Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors as new Realtors.
- Attorney Greg Kish of Smith Haughey has been listed as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
- The Grand Traverse County Chapter of the Michigan Townships Association and the Grand Traverse County Planning Commission presented their annual community planning awards at its 28th annual awards on Nov. 7.
Rob Manigold, Peninsula Township supervisor, was awarded the Frank Purvis Stewardship Award for his commitment to land conservation. He was instrumental in establishing the successful purchase of development rights program in Peninsula Township that protects working farmland. The program has been recognized nationally for its success.
Jean Derenzy, deputy director for Grand Traverse County Planning and Development Department, was given the Roger Williams Planner Award, recognizing excellence in the professional field of planning. Jean has many notable efforts in leading brownfield redevelopment projects in the Traverse City area, from the River’s Edge project, Traverse City’s first brownfield project; to the recent Hotel Indigo project, she has been integral in the reclamation of contaminated lands and the rebirth of the community through new development.
Outstanding developments and placemaking efforts honored were given to: Fife Lake Chamber of Commerce for the Best 4th of the North; Munson Medical Center for the Kids Creek Restoration Project; Traverse City Bayfront Planning Committee for the Clinch Park Revitalization Project; and The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for the Holiday Road Improvement Project.
Special recognition awards were presented to: Traverse City Planning Commission for the Traverse City Corridors Master Plan and Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners for the Grand Traverse County 2012 Housing Inventory and the 2013 Housing Strategy.
Local officials recognized for their service include: Carl Bauer, Mayfield Township Fife Lake Downtown Development Authority; Bob Carstens, Grand Traverse County Planning Commission; and Dave Bieganowski, Grand Traverse County Planning Commission.
- Dingeman, Dancer & Christopherson in Traverse City received a Tier 1 ranking from Best Lawyers, in partnership with U.S. News and World Reports. The ranking is achieved from feedback from clients and peers as well as information obtained from the firm.
- Mark Hagan and Associates were named among the Top 25 of all Coldwell Banker real estate teams in the nation. Mark and his team were no. 10 for total sales volume through September 2013.
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