Business Memoranda: 11/24/2021 | the BIZ

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TCNewTech managing director Jennifer Szunko was recognized as one of the “Top Midwest Tech Community Builders” as the winner of a 2022 Purpose Award according to a press release. The entry presented by Purpose Jobs read, “TC NewTech is Northern Michigan Connectivity Room for Startups Looking for Funding,” according to the article. The article states that Szunko is “the one doing things for this outpost or the ‘creative coast’ of Michigan’s tech startup scene”.

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State food. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan School Counselors Association. Schmidt was recognized for “his consistent support not only for Michigan’s K-12 schools, including those in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, but also for his persistent support for school counselors and student mental health,” a statement said . Schmidt heads the Senate Funds Subcommittee for K-12 and the Department of Education.



Northwest Education Services Licensed Masters Social Worker Laura Miller was named Northern Michigan Region G School Social Worker of the Year on November 11 by the Michigan Association of School Social Workers.

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Chief Operations Officer of the TBA Credit Union Christie Dompierre was named Optimist of the Year 2021 by the Traverse City Optimist Club. The goal of the Optimist Club is to “support local youth and youth organizations in the community, encourage community engagement, and promote community and optimism as a way of life,” according to a press release. The “Optimist of the Year” award is selected by the club president “based on commitment to the club’s mission, vision and purpose, and involvement in club committees and projects,” the statement said.

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Former telecommunications manager David L. Summers is the new CEO of the Traverse City SCORE Chapter. A seasoned SCORE mentor and former vice chairman of the small business mentoring organization in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties, Summers succeeds Michael Caruso, who led the chapter for the past two years. Summers is a board member of Northern Michigan Angels and a mentor to TCNewTech and 20Fathoms. Summers began his career in the global telecommunications and private equity space in 1970 and has served as Chairman and / or Non-Executive Director of more than 15 corporate subsidiaries, private equity and venture capital portfolio technology companies in the US and Europe a publication. His last position before retiring was with a mobile data security software company in Dublin.



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from Alstine

Four new members joined the board of the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. New members of the Groundwork Board are Jean Kerver, an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine; Martha Lancasterwho has retired from a career in health and human service administration and development, including a long tenure with Planned Parenthood of Northern Michigan; Stephanie Rustem, Program and Fundraising Coordinator for Discovery Center in Traverse City; and Joe Van Alstine, Chairman of Ziibimijwang Inc., a 300-acre tribal-owned nonprofit farm in Carp Lake and program director of the Small Traverse Bay Bands of the Odawa food distribution program.

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