Suttons Bay Cellars General Manager Rick DeBlasio was named president of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association. DeBlasio joined Shady Lane Cellars in Suttons Bay in May of 2014 as a tasting room manager and was promoted to GM less than two years later. DeBlasio holds business and hospitality degrees from Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and Mars Hill University. He worked for six years at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, where he managed winery guest operations at the 8,000-acre estate.
The Community Foundation elected Marty Colburn and Joe Short as new members of its board of directors. Representing Grand Traverse County, Colburn is the Traverse City manager. Short, representing Antrim County, is the founder and CEO of Short’s Brewing. The Community Foundation elected Chuck Mueller (Leelanau County), a member of the board since 2016, to its first term as secretary. Re-elected to officer positions were chairman Roger Perry (Benzie County), vice-chairman Amy Schindler (Benzie County) and treasurer Beth Dunckel (Grand Traverse County).
Munson Healthcare President and CEO Ed Ness began a term July 1 as chair-elect of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Board of Trustees for 2019-2020. The association represents hospitals and health care providers. Beaumont Health Southfield President John Fox was elected chair and Spectrum Health President and CEO Freese Decker as treasurer. Ness has served as president and CEO of Munson Healthcare since May of 2010. He joined Munson Medical Center as executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1999 and was named president of Munson Medical Center in 2004.
Melissa Niedzielski has joined TreMonte Financial Consultants, LLC of Traverse City as operations manager. According to a release, Niedzielski will manage the processes for operations and compliance. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a double major in business management and accounting. Niedzielski previously worked at a global logistics company. In addition to her role at TreMonte, Niedzielski is a certified life coach with a focus on Money Mindset Coaching.
Jennifer Borkovich has joined The Huntley Group as a consultant. Borkovich will be responsible for optimization and implementation of the company’s Salesforce Platform. The Huntley Group is a management consulting firm, according to a release.
Ben Comstock has joined the Traverse City office of Plante Moran as a senior associate. According to a release, Comstock will provide tax compliance and consulting services to clients in commercial and investment fund practices. He will also work with other private equity and investment fund clients. Comstock is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Comstock comes to Plante Moran from Deloitte where he managed tax compliance and consulting for investment fund clients. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in accounting from Loyola University in Chicago.