Editor's note: This article was published in Grand Traverse Business magazine's Spring 2018 issue. For more stories from the magazine, click here to read GT Business in its entirety online.
Kingsley Lumber & Hardware named Scott Williams as President and Chief Operating Officer. Williams brings with him more than 30 years of executive level experience in the building materials industry. He is past president of Michigan Lumber & Building Materials Association and past board member of the Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area.
“The values and vision of those involved with helping take Kingsley Lumber and its associates to a futuristic level was just too exciting to pass up,” Williams said.
Kingsley Lumber is focused on re-shaping the landscape of the building supply industry, said CEO Beau A. Vore, and a big part of innovating in any industry is finding motivated professionals who dare to think outside of the box.
“Scott is one of the most respected and experienced lumbermen in Michigan,” Vore said. “Scott’s extensive industry knowledge, strategic insight, and strong relationships will play a critical role in supporting Kingsley Lumber’s vision to be the choice supplier for quality building materials in Northwest Michigan.
Munson Healthcare Foundations promoted Debra Henderson to Director of Stewardship and Annual Giving. She joined Munson Healthcare Foundations in August 2013 after a move to Michigan from Charlotte, N.C. She previously worked with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association, helping raise more than $25 million for those organizations.
Henderson has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in health communications from Boston University. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, kayaking, skiing and hiking on trails around Traverse City.
Chef Jack Wenz has taken the lead as Director of Culinary Operations at Black Star Farms. Wenz has 20 years of management experience in Sheraton hotels, resorts, private clubs and convention centers throughout the Midwest and the South, including at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Iowa Events Center. Black Star Farms 160-acre estate features multiple year round event venues, a café, luxury Inn, winery and tasting room.
Wenz, formerly of Sarasota, Florida, returned to his roots in northern Michigan, said he's excited to explore the local agricultural scene and engage in the robust farm-to-table philosophy at Black Star Farms.
Wenz said he was captivated at a young age by the culinary scene while watching his father hone his trade as a baker. Wenz joins the Black Star Farms team, which includes Chef Lance Griffus, embedded in true farm-to-table cuisine, and looks forward to highlighting the best farms in our region, enhancing the Black Star Farms commitment to local agriculture.
Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc., a consulting firm providing engineering, surveying, environmental, geotechnical and landscape architecture services to clients across Michigan and the Midwest, hired Chris Bott, P.E., P.S., as project manager.
Bott has 27 years of experience in designing and implementing engineering projects. He has worked on large transportation projects, water resources, utility systems, subdivisions and site plans. A registered professional engineer and professional surveyor, Bott will work on municipal utility projects across the area. Chris practiced for the majority of his career in Illinois and North Dakota before relocating to Michigan to join Gosling Czubak.
Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc. is a professional consulting firm providing surveying, landscape architecture, engineering, environmental, and geotechnical services. The firm has served public and private clients throughout Michigan since 1957.
Munson Healthcare has appointed Cheryl Wieber as Executive Director of Heart & Vascular Services.
Wieber has extensive leadership experience in Florida and Michigan hospitals. Her most recent role was as assistant vice president of Cardiovascular, Imaging and Pulmonary Services for Martin Health System in Stuart, Florida. She previously worked in several management roles at McLaren Health System in Flint. She grew up in Michigan.
Wieber will work to enhance quality care through assisting the development of a comprehensive, integrated, and patient-centered cardiovascular service line across the entire system and into each community served by Munson Healthcare hospitals.
Promethient, a start-up provider of human-scaled climate control systems, named automotive industry veteran Scott Kunselman to its board of directors.
Kunselman, currently the Chief Operating Officer of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, also holds a board position with Horizon Global Corporation. He also had been the chair of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and held board positions with the FCA Foundation (former Chrysler Foundation) and the Detroit Science Center.
Kunselman holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He and his family live in White Lake Township.
Before joining Oakland University, Kunselman held executive positions reporting to the CEO within Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Purchasing and Supplier Quality, and Engineering with FCA — North America for FCA US LLC (“Chrysler”), an automobile manufacturer headquartered in Auburn Hills.
Promethient was founded in 2014 by Chuck Cauchy, an expert and innovator in the field of solid state cooling and thermoelectrics. The company will be entering into production in 2018 and is currently developing prototypes for products in a variety of industries.
Former Executive Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority Rob Bacigalupi joined Mission North Consulting, a planning and real estate firm also led by Leslie Sickterman, AICP, PCP, CNU-A.
Bacigalupi and Sickterman have combined strategic forces with Jane B. Martin, Esq. and Elizabeth M. Teklinski, Ph.D., who recently launched Mission North Real Estate, a concierge-styled boutique brokerage firm that specializes in urban infill, luxury residential and brownfield redevelopment projects.
The principals at Mission North Consulting and their associates at Mission North Real Estate bring together more than 70 years’ experience of combined internationally-recognized real estate law, municipal development, investment financial analysis, project feasibility, market analyses, site selection, property management, planning and zoning, parking supply and demand, parking management, corporate business development, retail and commercial leasing, estate planning,
The Music House Museum named Timothy Keaton as Executive Director. Keaton comes to the museum with decades of leadership in corporate and non-profit marketing, strategy development and management.
“The MHM Board is very pleased to be working with Mr. Keaton. We feel his past as well as current work experiences and contacts will help our organization grow not only financially but will enable us to increase the number of patrons who come to enjoy unique musical experiences” said Dorothy Clore, President Music House Museum Board of Directors.
Keaton's work has included national brands in the automotive, healthcare, durable household and consumer packaged goods categories, including for GM/Chevrolet, Kaiser- Permanente, Whirlpool, Burger King and Kellogg's. Locally it includes work with Blustone Vineyards, Great Lakes Potato Chips and Brys Estate. He also has broad Development/Fundraising experience for several non-profits on both a professional and volunteer basis, including the United Way of SE Michigan, Christ Child House and Brother Rice High School.
Keaton said he has been visiting the region for most of his life and decided a few years ago to settle full-time in the Traverse City area.
Team Bobs named Chris Regier as Service Manager. He has 28 years of experience in the HVAC trade and has an extensive background working with commercial and residential equipment.
Regier will lead service technicians while promoting teamwork and guidance in various HVAC and plumbing applications. He previously served as a full-time faculty instructor for NMC’s HVAC/R program, where he developed curriculum and delivered classroom instruction to enrolled students.
Regier will also focus on continued education and training of all field employees.
He served in the United States Air Force for 24 years as an HVAC technician. He served in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom before he retired in 2013.