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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Transway Data enters Pepsi Refresh Project

TROY
Transway Data enters Pepsi Refresh Project for ‘Green IT’

The Pepsi Refresh Project, a groundbreaking effort that funds ideas, announced that Troy-based Transway Data, a privately-owned web hosting and design company founded in 2004, received the most votes in October and is on track to be collectively awarded a $25,000 grant.
The organization’s idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of six state-of-the-art, energy-efficient servers and an awareness campaign to educate the public about the benefits of environmentally sustainable computing.
In 2010, Pepsi is awarding more than $20 million to ideas that will move the world forward. To vote, visit www.refresheverything.com/greenservers by Dec. 31.

Banka appointed to Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel
 Theresa Banka, CPA, of Farmington Hills, the lead technical partner in Plante & Moran’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit practice, was appointed to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel for a one-year term.
Banka is responsible for the development of the firm’s employee benefit plan audit approach and oversees the technical group that performs quality control reviews. She joined the company in 1993 and was named partner in 2003.

SOUTHFIELD
Primerica rep promoted to regional VP
Primerica, headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, promoted Roderick Threets to Regional Vice President, after one year on the job. Threets is based in the Southfield location. He said, “I am very gratified by this promotion, it means that a lot of long hours and hard work have begun to pay off. But the most satisfying aspect of being a Primerica representative is knowing that you are helping other people take control of their personal finances. I look forward to expanding our business in order to serve even more people in the community.”

Salesin named to Super Lawyers
Lowell D. Salesin, a shareholder and Executive Management Committee member at Southfield-based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C., has been recognized in Law & Politics Michigan Super Lawyers 2010 issue as one of the top 100 attorneys in Michigan.
A resident of Bloomfield Hills, Salesin was included in the Top 100 list for the third year in a row. The list includes the lawyers who received the highest point totals in the nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. He was listed as a top practitioner in Real Estate.

BIRMINGHAM
Agents join Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel recently welcomed a number of new agents to the rapidly growing company. They are Ann Peterson, Birmingham/Bloomfield North; Becky Livernois, Macomb Center; Beth Dever, Clarkston/North Oakland; Jeff Kue and George Perry, Commerce/West Bloomfield; Mary Aldis, Michael Cutsinger and Jessica Tremonti, Plymouth/Canton; Joanne McMurry and Larry Patterson, Rochester; and Norm Lussier, The Grosse Pointes. Visit www.cbweirmanuel.com.

DETROIT
Legal Aid appoints new VP of Human Resources
Gail M. Wilson of Lathrup Village is the new Vice President of Human Resources for the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. of Detroit. Wilson was previously director of human resources and labor relations for Southfield Public Schools, director of human resources for the 36th District Court in Detroit and a division human resources manager for Home Depot, U.S.A. Wilson is also an attorney who practiced labor and employment law, including practice with the law firm of Miller Cohen, PLLC.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Leadership Detroit selects Zana Tomich
Zana Tomich of Birmingham, a partner at the Bloomfield Hills-based law firm Dalton, Tomich & Pensler, PLC, was selected to participate in Leadership Detroit Class XXXII. Leadership Detroit is a yearlong community leadership program to enhance leadership skills and gain insight and knowledge of regional issues among senior-level executives in southeast Michigan.
Tomich is one of 63 local leaders selected to participate in the program this year. Participants represent a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations. Visit www.detroitchamber.com.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Brown named to International Insurance group
Stephen P. Brown, a partner of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, was recently selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an international organization whose members dedicate their practice to the representation of corporations and insurance companies in the defense of civil litigation.
In addition, Brown, who is a member in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, has extensive experience handling bad faith and failure to settle claims on behalf of insurance companies.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Mattieson joins Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Practice
Chiara Mattieson has joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, as a member of the firm’s Litigation and Commercial Litigation practice groups. Mattieson will concentrate her practice on litigation defense in the areas of retail law, business law, and premises, motor vehicle and general liability.
An attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Mattieson’s clients include insurance companies, national retail chains, financial institutions and other businesses involved in litigation ranging from standard collection cases to complex claims seeking multi-million dollar awards.

ROCHESTER HILLS
HireGenics, Inc. appoints sales officer
HireGenics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of American CyberSystems and a leading provider of workforce compliance and risk mitigation services, appointed Brian Soderholm as Chief Sales Officer. Soderholm will be responsible for driving strategic sales nationwide for the company’s contract labor payroll offerings and other services focusing on independent contractor classification and compliance. A resident of Savage, Minnesota, Soderholm has 25 years of experience leading sales efforts leading workforce management and staffing companies. He was a recognized sales leader in the human capital industry.

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