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January 9, 2002

Business Memoranda

Personnel file
      - Fred Weber has joined Northern Michigan Land Brokers, Inc. in Traverse City. He has more than two decades in the sales and marketing of vacation condominiums and will be specializing in land sales and development.
     
      Appointments
      - Fifth Third Bank Northern Michigan president John Pelizzari has accepted an appointment on the Munson Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors, serving a three-year term. A Traverse City native, he has been with the bank for 20 years and has served five years as president.
      Senior vice president of the investment advisor division, Dennis Piskor recently began a three-year term on the Women's Resource Center board of directors. The WRC has a 25-year history helping women and their families in Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Benzie counties. Piskor is a 33-year veteran of the bank in Traverse City.
      Tom Heiks, senior vice president of the commercial loan division, has been elected to a three-year term on the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation board of directors. In that role, Heiks, a 12-year employee at Fifth Third in Traverse City, will assist TBEDC in providing economic development programs that retain and expand business and industry in the Traverse Bay region.
      Wade Van Houzen has accepted a position on the advisory board for the Finance & Law Department at Central Michigan University. Board members provide advice on course and curriculum development, program assessment and skill identification for career development relative to the Finance and Law Department. Van Houzen is a commercial loan relationship manager in Traverse City with over 11 years experience in commercial lending; he has been with the bank since October 2000.
      Vice president of marketing, Tracey Towner is serving a one-year term on the Friends of the Traverse Area District Library 20th Anniversary Committee. Fifth Third Bank will serve as corporate sponsor of the Friends' 20th Anniversary Celebration throughout 2002. Towner joined Fifth Third Bank Northern Michigan in April 2001.
      Amy West has been elected to the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She has been active with chamber committees and events for the past two years, including Elk Rapids Harbor Days, the Chamber's Annual Volunteer Dinner and Business After Hours. West is Manager of Fifth Third Bank's Elk Rapids office, and has been with the bank since 1996.
     
      Awards
      - Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan presented its 2001 service awards at a presentation and reception Dec. 3 at The Music House in Acme. Award winners for 2001 include: Elva M. Hiner, Volunteer of the Year; James and Joseph Alpers, Teen Volunteer of the Year; Chuck and Susie Konieczny and Lois Lannin, Donor of the Year; Meijer's, Pure Essence Salon and Ken's Outdoor Service, Goodwill Inn's Business Partners of the Year; Jack's Auto Sales, Jack Toike, WOW's Business partner of the Year; Younker's, Retail business partner of the Year; Shoreline Container, Business Partner of the Year; Days Inn and McDonald's, Employer of the Year; Yuriy Matskebvych, Achiever of the Year; and Jacki Nagy, Graduate of the Year.
      - A 27,000-square-foot "metal turtle" located in Peshawbestown won this year's Build Michigan Award. Comstock Construction of Traverse City was the construction manager for this $4.2 million turtle-shaped civic center constructed for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The judges were impressed with the way the construction team constructed the self-supporting 150-foot diameter dome that featured a 25-foot diameter skylight at its center. The Build Michigan Award is given annually by the Michigan Chapter Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. The award recognizes the construction team for the year's best construction project in the state.
     
      Sales
      - Bill Stireman and Karen Steckley-Schmidt were recognized by Coldwell Banker for their efforts in the third quarter of 2001. The Stireman Team, consisting of Bill, Gwen and Andy Stireman, was cited for placing third in Michigan in Listing Units, third in Total Units, fourth in Buyer Controlled Sales, and fourth in Gross Commission Income. Steckley-Schmidt ranked sixth in GCI. Both agents are from the 402 E. Front Street office.
      The office ranked first in Listing Units, first in Total Units, second in BCS and third in GCI for the state. For the entire Midwest Region, the office also ranked third in Listing Units, sixth in Total Units, eighth in BCS and fourth in GCI. The office is managed by Cyn Flynn.
      As a whole, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors ranked tenth in Total Units and 13th in GCI among 1,250 affiliate companies in the country.
     
      Editor's note: Those with news about their businesses and employees should send press releases to: The Traverse City Record-Eagle; attn. business editor; 120 W. Front St. P.O. Box 632; Traverse City, MI 49685-0632. Releases should be typewritten and double-spaced. Photos of individuals may be included, but will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. When indicated, photos will be held for one month for those who wish to pick them up at the Record-Eagle office.
     
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