May Member Spotlight – Crystal Curtis
As a loan officer with over 5 years in the lending industry, I am passionate about your story. Whether you are looking to purchase your first home, build your dream home, or refinance your existing home, I have just the talent you need to execute. With an array of products, including new construction, you will get fast pre-approvals and an on-time or early close.
Mortgage Loan Officer
April Member Spotlight – Jason Tracey
After dedicating his career to resurrecting a struggling small business, and developing the careers of several hundred sales & leadership professionals Jason Tracey was inspired to start Roar Consulting in January 2018. “What I discovered is the business became my vehicle to speak in front of groups, make lasting impacts on the lives and careers of other people, to mentor aspiring leaders and it was when I was doing these things that I felt most fulfilled. While money is necessary to support my family, and accolades like Franchisee of the Year in 2017 are fantastic it is the calls and messages I receive thanking me for the positive influence I have had on another persons career that I most cherish.” Because he started his career as an entry level sales person working in positions from door to door, advertising sales, community organizing, and retail sales one of his biggest strengths is the ability to relate with the obstacles sales people are presented. The same can be said for the many challenges, and mistakes that are made when elevated into a position of leadership. Jason has an intimate understanding of what a sales individual, new leader, or small business owner must endure on a daily basis in order to survive. He has a strong history of thriving through the conditions, and coaching others to do the same.
“While our business is still new our start has been nothing short of exciting. Right out of the gates we partnered with IDIC Broadcasting to develop Weekly Roar a social media video show focused on supporting those in sales, leadership, and small business. This month we are presenting the Education Series with the WWBA titled “Moving Inches to Put Miles of Separation Between You and the Competition.” We are also working closely with a couple of corporate clients and have developed a training titled “Identifying What Is & Isn’t in Your Control: Reduce Stress, Increase Results, Embrace Change, & Save Time”. It is amazing how receptive the market has been to our business so far, and I love seeing the results we have been able to produce right out of the gates.”
Roar Consulting Inc. is excited to work with small businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals that are looking to achieve greater results. Because we believe that every situation is different, and not everyone is going to be a fit, our first step in the process is a no obligation consultation. From there we will go through a discovery process to get a clear understanding of The Why, The Vision, &, The Obstacles before we move forward with The Game Plan.
LinkedIn: Jason Tracey
March Member Spotlight – Larry Fitzpatrick
Larry Fitzpatrick is founder and owner of United Systems. He supports individuals, families and other businesses with health and wellness products and services. Larry is a graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation and a Masters in Special Education. His career has spanned 40 years in education and health related areas. “I have been involved in sports all my life, serving as captain on my high school and college football teams, as well as coaching many young men and women in athletic programs. I am more passionate than ever about applying my knowledge and helping others experience optimal health.”
United Systems provides exclusive NSF Certified 100% organic quality nutritional products and education to benefit our environment and our bodies. “I know through my own personal experience how to improve health and well-being. Our goal is to help people look better, feel better, and increase their energy levels by making small changes and additions to daily routines. This is how you can improve your quality of life over time. We are educating and assisting others to manage their habits on a day to day basis. We can help them move in the right direction to have outstanding and remarkable positive results.”
Finally, in today’s world, we know the demands the modern age makes on our air and water quality. It is important to improve the air and water quality in our homes and businesses for our families, communities as well as ourselves. We do this with NSF Certified air and water treatment and purification systems. You can be confident that the water from your tap is safe to drink. You can experience the benefits of breathing filtered air, free of allergens and odors. Take a step in the direction of your own health and wellness. It can make all the difference.
February Member Spotlight – Nish Saxena
When I ask people what worries them most, the common responses are, “How will I provide for my loved ones?” and “Will I have enough money for retirement?” The statements often revolve around finances.
Preparing for that next step in life isn’t always easy. The road to financial stability can seem complicated, time consuming, and difficult—perhaps even a bit overwhelming. Life is full of so many responsibilities and priorities that it can be hard to find time to start or even to know where to begin.
Hi, I’m Nish Saxena. I represent Insight Financial Group, a solutions-based organization. Whether you are preparing for a milestone life event, such as retirement or the sale of a business, or simply looking for financial protection for the future, I promise to offer you a new level of attention, insight, and guidance.
We offer a straightforward approach to building financial strategies focused around you, your schedule, your circumstances, and your objectives. We take the time to understand your needs, explain different options to you and earn your trust before offering possible solutions. By working with us, you can take meaningful, manageable steps toward developing an integrated strategy to help achieve a secure financial future. Since your financial situation is bound to change, we work with you over time to monitor your progress and help ensure you are on track to achieving your goals.
A little bit about me:
Born and raised in Mid-Michigan
Favorite sports: College football, MLB, golf, tennis, martial arts
Pets: Currently have 2 indoor cats. One was recently rescued from a kill shelter. We also built a small outdoor house in our backyard for 3 of our friendly stray cats we took in last year. We had them fixed and vaccinated. They have plenty of warmth, food, and water! Planning to get a dog once we get more space.
Favorite foods: I eat just about everything! Pizza is an all-time favorite!
Music: I recently started listening to classical music. I didn’t think I would like it, but I tuned in about 5 months ago and have been enjoying it ever since!
Movies: I love watching foreign films, especially for the action and martial arts!
I enjoy: Movie night with my girlfriend and our cats; local craft beers; relaxing near a bonfire; football tailgates.
In my Spare time: I enjoy working out or doing something active; learning something new and educational. I also volunteer as a tutor!
Company website: http://www.insightfinancialgroup.biz/
My LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nish-saxena/
Mobile phone: 734-707-1948
January Member Spotlight – Shasta Grifka
Grifka Marketing manages social media, website, and email marketing for small businesses. Our goal is to keep small businesses strong by managing their digital marketing and offering classes and training for businesses who manage their own digital marketing. We meet with businesses to help evaluate their marketing plan and advise them on the best plan moving forward.
Three Uniques of working with Grifka Marketing:
- Local, personalized service
- Deep commitment to their success
- Stays abreast digital marketing trends with classes and webinars
Shasta’s Core Values:
- Lifelong learner/compulsive student
- Compassionate sharing of talents/compassion
- Intuitive – find need and transfrom
- Active compassion 0r Accountable
- Hardworker/dedicated/deeply committed
December Member Spotlight – Janelle Reichman
Hello! I’m Janelle, and here’s my story: after repeatedly meeting entrepreneurs with a TON of heart whose websites in no way correspond to their passion, I decided to make it my mission to create website designs for entrepreneurs that are in complete alignment with the spirit and character of their business.
Believe it or not, prior to making websites full-time, I spent ten years living in New York City making a living as a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist. My web design business was born in NYC when I saw that so many musicians there desperately needed a person who could create an artistic website for them, and someone who understood the sensibilities of musicians. Turned out that person was me.
Now happily back in the Midwest, I could not imagine a more fun or satisfying way of spending my days than helping other entrepreneurs and creatives get the most out of the web and propel their businesses forward!
And if you’re a music fan, make sure and check out janellereichman.com/shows for where I’m performing in Michigan or NYC next.
November Member Spotlight – Kristine Reed
Kristine Reed is a Sales Executive with ISU-Great Northern Insurance Agency who specializes in Commercial (Business) and Farm Insurance. During her career of over 30 years she has obtained experience working directly for both insurance carriers and agencies. She has a degree In Business Administration and obtained two designations from the Insurance Institute , the CPCU, and AAI. This gives her the background and knowledge needed to assist her clients select the coverage they require at the best available premium.
October Member Spotlight – Ann Arbor Arms
Ann Arbor Arms (A3) is a family owned business that was created out of the enthusiasm and passion for shooting sports, coupled with the love and concern for protection and wellbeing of friends and family.
Although Ann Arbor Arms retail focus is far removed from the industries which my wife, Holli, and I have focused on in our careers, the core of the store and its mission is at the heart of what we have always followed and believed: Have access to high quality products for the everyday person to ensure the safety and security of their family and friends.
Our times living and raising a family in south Florida led to the attention to preparation and protection as we repeatedly prepared for hurricane season and the challenges it brings to that region. Following the tragic events of Sept. 11th, as I was separated from family while on business in the Northeast, it became glaringly obvious that our family had to have a plan for such unseen events, and that God forbid something happen tragic again, the US infrastructure and our dependence on technology could become crippling and disallow our continued sense of security.
Once moving to Michigan we finally found a place, unexpectedly, that offered a sense of community and excellent friends with shared values we had not readily felt in other locations. However, access to defense and preparedness supplies cannot be easily found, and those other places we went locally often lacked in what we felt was a comfortable environment, a welcoming place to discuss common concerns without feeling like being viewed as “alarmists”, or failed to provide access to high quality products we could touch, feel and ask questions about with a live person. While I and other avid shooters may know what I’m looking for, or a law enforcement officer knows what they need, we also wanted to establish a place for those who don’t know, but can be comfortable in asking someone just like them…the average citizen. Women who want to learn more about personal defense (lethal and non-lethal), families who want to prepare but have no idea where to start, or the person that wants to just get a little more “serious” about their preparedness and personal defense options.
Whether it’s a global financial crisis, solar flares, the end of the Mayan calendar, earthquake fault lines, a global pandemic, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, or zombies, A-Z, we want to offer you and your family the best products to help your chances of survival. Or, if you’re just worried about raising crime rates, losing power during an average snowstorm, driving into a ditch and having to walk home, or gearing up for an average outdoor adventure we want to help provide the best products to help you protect yourself and your family from harm. Education is the best way to ensure a prepared society, so A3 also offers a wide variety for courses, from basic gun information to emergency medical care.
We look forward to serving you and providing the best customer service possible, and if there is something you feel you need to protect or prepare that we don’t have, let us know and we will try and find it for you. No one can ever anticipate all needs alone, some come on in to Ann Arbor Arms and let’s help prepare together.
Bill and Holli Pinon
September Member Spotlight – Kevin Postill, Tropical Smoothie Cafe Downtown Ann Arbor
August Member Spotlight – Rachel Olson, Davidson Promotional Products
Rachel Olson is a Davidson Promotional Products Account Executive who partners with all size businesses to grow their professional brands through promotional products. After spending years in the industry, she knows what truly drives customers. Rachel holds dual degrees in Horticulture and Business Administration from Kansas State University. Being a recent transplant from Kansas, Rachel has immersed herself in the local community. She has a seat on the Board of Directors for the Western Washtenaw Business Association and is an ambassador for both the A2Y chamber and the Brighton Chamber. Rachel resides in Hamburg with her husband and two cats. When she isn’t working, she enjoys hiking and kayaking as well as Caribbean travel.
July Member Spotlight – Homeland Solar
Since 2004 (with lifelong Washtenaw County personnel), Homeland Solar – “own your own power™” – focuses on energy issues and Energy Star building (Dave Friedrichs as owner has been licensed builder since 1990). The shift into solar came with the technology’s rapid advance (toward universal affordability) – and, specifically, the legislature’s 2008 passage of Public Act 285 (PA285) requiring all utilities to produce 10% of their power from renewable sources by 2015. (Note – now 15% by 2021.). We put an emphasis on user-ownership of solar, rather than third-party ownership. Heavy legal and operations background in professional work with community associations can help make solar possible FOR ALL, through user-owned and financed community solar projects, rather than simply the 30% or so of property owners who have favorable south-facing exposure to the sun.
Dave Friedrichs, Mark Dorogi, Jonathan Dreyfuss
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Local Community Blast started in 2009 and I started with them in 2016. I offer direct mail marketing for both B2B and B2C companies in their local markets.
Married for 30 years to my husband (Scott, an engineer at GM) and mother to 3 terrific adult children, my life has been blessed! I have a Business Marketing degree from Auburn University and have always looked at how to make any organization function at its best. After working in the corporate world before having children and then as a substitute teacher in the Dexter school district for 16 years (a job that offered the same work days as my children) and volunteering for many things from Cub Scouts, to Swim Team to Equestrian Team to Prom while continuing to serve in my local church in the Worship Team and county 4H, my children grew up and are on their own. So, I decided to build my own career and set about for three years looking for the best place to do that. After learning about how Mary Kay is founded on the principles of God first, family second and career third and treating people by the Golden Rule, along with the positive “sisterhood” of fellow Consultants and of course, the opportunity to make money, I found that Mary Kay is the perfect place for me and have been building my business with Mary Kay for over 2 years (since January, 2015). I absolutely LOVE what I do!
What sets me apart from shopping for skin care or color cosmetics at a store is the personal service, trying product before you buy to make sure it is right for you, a 100% return policy and the fact that I carry inventory so that you very likely don’t have to wait weeks for product.
Let me help you LOVE the skin you are in!