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
firstname.lastname@example.org with copy of your utility bill
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!