Business News – March 22, 2024

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has elected Karen Aldridge-Eason to its Board of Trustees. The Flint native has been with the Mott Foundation since 1993 when she joined as a program officer. In 2003, as a loaned executive from the Foundation, Aldridge-Eason accepted a position as the first foundation liaison to a governor’s office in the United States. She has led the Governor’s Office of Foundation Liaison for more than 20 years, working with the administrations of Govs. Jennifer Granholm, Rick Snyder, and Gretchen Whitmer.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has added Jashell Mitchell-Cross to their team as a development officer.

Ken Pangborn of Farm Bureau Insurance was recently one of three recipients of the Elton R. Smith Award. This award is given to the agent that best exhibits a commitment to job, community, industry, and the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies.

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Terance Green has joined the Flint & Genesee Group’s Economic Alliance team as a small business coordinator.

The Hilton Garden Inn Flint Downtown has welcomed Tina Bausick as their sales & catering manager. Bausick has over 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry with Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, and IHG Brands.

Prestige Promotions has recently welcomed Barbara Townsel as an order fulfillment coordinator and Nick Demaray as a social media & communication coordinator.

John Rick, director of Surveying for Rowe Professional Services Company, has been named president of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors.

Kettering University will be taking part in the Michigander Scholars program as the only private institution invited to take part in it. Headed by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the Michigander Scholars aim to inspire and support college students aspiring to careers in the electric vehicle/mobility or semiconductor industries. Kettering’s hope is to engage 500 students interested in these technologies with a target of 350 scholarship recipients by the end of September.

Lear Corporation was named to Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for the eighth consecutive year. In the category of Motor Vehicle Parts Makers, they placed in the top five of the nine categories used to determine rankings. This is one of more than 80 awards they received in 2023.

Refinery Hair Co. Is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The salon opened in 2019 and has grown from seven stylists to 23 having served over 5,000 clients. They have been voted best hair salon in My City Magazine since they first opened.

The Sloan Museum of Discovery was awarded a grant of $350,000 from the state of Michigan to support STEM education for Flint and Genesee County students. The grant was awarded by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.  Part of the funding will be used to make summer STEM camps more accessible for families. Also receiving funding from this program were Whaley’s Children’s Center and St. Mark Community Outreach Center.