Editor's note: This article was published in Grand Traverse Business magazine's Fall 2018 issue. For more stories from the magazine, click here to read GT Business in its entirety online.

Clyde Sheets

Interlochen Arts Academy named Clyde Sheets as Director of Comparative Arts.

Comparative Arts, the most recent major at the Arts Academy, is now seven years old. It was created to respond to the needs of students who desired the opportunity to pursue their interest in more than one art form at Interlochen.

A Michigan native, Sheets has worked in performance as a musician, director, producer, designer and production manager. He taught costume, set and lighting design at Interlochen Arts Academy, lighting at Grand Valley State University and Mills College in Oakland California, and production and stage management at San Francisco State University.

His lighting designs for The Missing Generation and Boys in Trouble for Sean Dorsey Dance, both Isadora Duncan Dance Award-winning productions, are currently on tour in the U.S. and Europe.

Sheets has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Directing and Sculpture from Central Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Production from San Francisco State University.

John DeVol

Traverse City native John DeVol was named to the Board of Directors for F&V Companies, Inc., headquartered in Grand Rapids.

Shareholders for the parent company of Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V), F&V Operations and Resources Management, Inc. (FVOP), and F&V Construction (FVC) selected the Senior Associate to the expanded seven-member Board.

DeVol served as an advisory member to the Board in the past. He joined F&V in 2004 as a project manager and has since become Group Manager for the Traverse City office of the West Michigan Municipal Services Group.

F&V Companies, Inc. has more than 200 employees in Michigan and Indiana and provides full-service engineering and architectural services with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors.

Kathy Morin

The Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau hired Kathy Adair Morin as Group Sales Manager. Morin comes to the bureau with several years of local and regional experience in hospitality, economic development and marketing. Her focus is to connect the lodging and meeting facilities in the greater Cadillac area to the network of public and private meeting planners across the state.

The bureau’s new position is focused on an emerging market for the area hospitality industry. The CAVB Group and Conference Collaborative was formed a year ago to collectively market to downstate meeting planners. The Group offers more than 3,600 conference and meeting seats at 10 facilities in the greater Cadillac area, ranging in capacity from 8 to 800.

Filling the new position is the first part of a process of launching a full marketing and sales campaign. The marketing and sales campaign will include a new ‘meetings’ focused 24 page printed guide, direct mail, association advertising, trade shows, planner incentives, direct sales, and association networking.

Cadillac area hotel occupancy has grown from 26 percent in 2011 to 44 percent in 2017, equating to an additional 25,000-plus visitors annually.

Matt Jackson

Matt Jackson, D.O., was named Director of Sports Medicine at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital. One of his primary goals it to create more awareness around concussion prevention.

A graduate of Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, Dr. Jackson has formerly served as medical director for Central Michigan University Athletics and head team physician. He is board certified in sports medicine.

Jackson practices sports medicine in Traverse City. He joined Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital to ensure Benzie area athletes receive the same kind of support as those in urban areas across the state.

“There is a gap in coordinated rural sports medicine between Traverse City and Grand Rapids,” he said in a release. “The initiatives we’re working on are really in line with what you might expect to see in a metropolitan area, and help prepare student athletes for safety in whatever is next, whether that is college sports, active adult lifestyles, or in the workforce.”

Jackson said he commends the Paul Oliver Sports Medicine and Rehab team members for their work with local school districts to initiate athletic training services, create awareness of injury prevention, and concussion prevention and treatment.

Jeremy Terrell

Jeremy J. Terrell joined the staff at Cornwell Architects, PC as an Associate Designer Draftsperson.

Terrell has lived Michigan for most of his life. He and his wife have 3 children. He attended Lawrence Technological University and Northern Michigan College. He gained first-hand knowledge of construction while in college as an apprentice on a construction crew and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

He worked as a Draftsperson/Designer for more than 20 years. He is an Associate AIA member.

Paul Heiberger

The Traverse City City Commission appointed Paul Heiberger to serve on the Traverse City Light & Power Board.

Heiberger filled the remaining term that expires April 1, 2019, of Jan Geht, who resigned, and a subsequent five-year term that expires April 1, 2024.

“As a bit of an energy nerd, the utility’s board is a natural fit for my interests and professional background,” Heiberger said in a release.

Heiberger has a M.S. Degree in Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a B.S. Degree in Ecology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He currently works as an Energy Advisor for Franklin Energy in Traverse City and has been a resident since 2016.

Doug Rath

Doug Rath was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources at Graceland Fruit. In his new role, Rath will have an increased focus on broad, strategic planning as it relates to the human resource function and continuing to position Graceland Fruit as an employer of choice. This will include streamlining Wisconsin and Michigan programs and platforms.

Rath previously worked as HR manager and HR director at Graceland. He serves on the boards of Networks Northwest and Michigan Food Processor & Distribution Fund, a self-insured workers comp fund. He holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Personnel Administration and Human Resources from Michigan State University.

Graceland Fruit produces and markets dried fruit and other products to more than countries worldwide. The company is based in Frankfort.

Dan Engler

Dan Engler joined Graceland fruit as Chief Operations Officer. He has experience in operations, supply chain, and new product innovation. In the newly created position, he will lead Graceland’s operations and supply chain teams, using his skills in organizational development to strengthen all areas of operations. Engler brings decades of experience working in leadership positions within the automotive industry.

Engler previously served as Global Vice President of Supply Chain for Dayco Products., LLC and most recently as Executive VP of Sales and Operations at FGA technologies, where he assisted with startup operations in the USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla (now Missouri School of Science and Technology).

Graceland Fruit’s customer base includes some of the largest commercial baking and food companies in the world. The company also markets its branded products to consumers in retail outlets and online.

Krista Cooper

Big Brothers Big Sisters hired Traverse City native Krista Cooper as the Director of Mentoring.

Cooper had for five years served as executive director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She has 25 years of administration experience in the non-profit sector, with leadership experience in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, financial planning, marketing, relationship building, infrastructure strategies and community outreach.

“I am honored to join the team at Bigs and serve its mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring mentor relationships. A child’s well-being is of utmost importance to me. I feel a responsibility to take care of the children who may not have the benefits and blessings I had in my youth,” Cooper said in a release.

Tori Craig

Rotary Charities of Traverse City hired Tori Craig as Strategic Communications Manager.

“She’s has an impressive mix of communications talent, heart and systems knowledge,” Becky Ewing, Executive Director of Rotary Charities, said in a release.

In recent years, Rotary Charities has evolved the focus of its grant making and community engagement. The need to tell the stories of the organizations served through Rotary grants and investments became apparent, and a priority for Rotary trustees.

Originally from Cincinnati, Craig spent parts of her childhood summers in the cool waters of Lake Michigan. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Portland State University and developed a career in nonprofit program management. Years of program work inform her understanding of the holistic approach needed to build systems supportive to all.

Tori returned to the Midwest in 2017 for a fellowship at Traverse City’s Groundwork Center. She also worked with Meadowlark Farms.

Katie Sabo

Katie Sabo has joined Dingeman & Dancer PLC as a new attorney. She practices primarily in the areas of business law, real estate, estate planning, trust and probate administration.

Sabo is originally from the Upper Peninsula, where she attended Lake Superior State University and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Legal Studies. She was awarded the Outstanding Legal Studies Graduate Award.

After college, Sabo attended WMU Cooley Law School where she graduated first in her class with a 4.0 GPA. She received several awards and scholarships, including the Sol Siegel Award, Shane Joseph Johnson Award, Alumni Memorial Scholarship, Edward H. Rakow Scholarship and twenty-three Certificates of Merit.

While attending law school, Ms. Sabo served as the Editor-in-Chief of the WMU Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law and as an intern for Justice Bridget Mary McCormack at the Michigan Supreme Court. She also worked full-time as a paralegal for eight years before obtaining her law degree.

Barbara Shellman

Barbara Shellman, of Craig Wealth Advisors, achieved her licensure by passing Series 7 and Series 66 exams.

Shellman’s new position as a Registered Associate entails processing mutual fund and equity orders. She also is responsible for client and prospect communications and marketing.

In addition to her position with Craig Wealth Advisors, Shellman serves as a business mentor for SCORE and serves as the Chair for the chapter’s marketing committee. Shellman also teaches several Junior Achievement classes at local high schools that focus on financial literacy.

Tori Craig

Rotary Charities of Traverse City hired Tori Craig as Strategic Communications Manager.

“She’s has an impressive mix of communications talent, heart and systems knowledge,” Becky Ewing, Executive Director of Rotary Charities, said in a release.

In recent years, Rotary Charities has evolved the focus of its grant making and community engagement. The need to tell the stories of the organizations served through Rotary grants and investments became apparent, and a priority for Rotary trustees.

Originally from Cincinnati, Craig spent parts of her childhood summers in the cool waters of Lake Michigan. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Portland State University and developed a career in nonprofit program management. Years of program work inform her understanding of the holistic approach needed to build systems supportive to all.

Tori returned to the Midwest in 2017 for a fellowship at Traverse City’s Groundwork Center. She also worked with Meadowlark Farms.

Krista Cooper

Big Brothers Big Sisters hired Traverse City native Krista Cooper as the Director of Mentoring.

Cooper had for five years served as executive director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She has 25 years of administration experience in the non-profit sector, with leadership experience in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, financial planning, marketing, relationship building, infrastructure strategies and community outreach.

“I am honored to join the team at Bigs and serve its mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring mentor relationships. A child’s well-being is of utmost importance to me. I feel a responsibility to take care of the children who may not have the benefits and blessings I had in my youth,” Cooper said in a release.

Michele Conway

Big Brothers Big Sisters hired Michele Conway as Mentoring Specialist.

She previously ws Director of Silver Lake Elementary School’s preschool program. Conway earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Illinois State University and has omore than 14 years of experience working with families in the community.

Conway is overseeing volunteer recruitment and match support for Bigs’ community and school based programs in Grand Traverse County.

“The amount of support, guidance, and resources Bigs gives to the community is amazing. I am excited and grateful to be a part of a positive life-changing agency,” Conway said in a release.

Joel Newton

Joel Newton, detail manager at Windemuller, was named 2018 Craft Professional of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan.

The award winner is a master of skills whose commitment to excellence makes him or her the ultimate example of merit-shop success in the field.

Windemuller is an advanced technical and design services provider.

“This award is about recognizing people who raise the bar for what professionals in their craft can be,” said Jen Schottke, Vice President of Operations. “We felt that Joel Newton’s strong leadership, notable accomplishments, and palpable dedication to his company and to the industry as a whole made him a textbook example of what defines the Craft Professional of the Year.”

A panel of six craft judges comprised of industry leaders, past Craft Professional of the Year winners, and sponsor Tradesmen International, review all nominations and select the top finalists. These finalists then meet with the judges for in-person interviews.

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Andrea Galloup

The Traverse Area Association of Realtors named Andrea Galloup, with Century 21 Northland, the TAAR 2018 Realtor of the Year.

Andrea was nominated and selected for her exemplary Realtor Spirit, activity in civic affairs, activity within TAAR and the local community, and business accomplishments.

Century 21 Northland has offices in Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Empire, Northport, Beulah, Elk Rapids, Old Mission Peninsula, Roscommon, Houghton Lake and Grayling. The company is locally owned by Brad Platt, Jason Kudary, and Julia Lilley and is supported by 90 licensed realtors.

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