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JANUARY 2018
UPPER PENINSULA BUSINESS TODAY
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Garceau Insurance Joins
Acrisure Network
Garceau Insurance Agency has joined the Acisure network of insur- ance agencies. Based in Caledonia, Michigan, the Acrisure network of independent insurance agencies is one of the fastest growing insurance agency organizations in the country. Garceau will continue to operate out of their Escanaba and Powers loca- tions with its current employee team, maintaining their local presence and client relationships.
“Partnering with Acrisure gives Garceau Insurance more horsepower in serving our customers,” says Jeff Magowan, President of Garceau Insurance. “Having access to tools, companies and products beyond the reach of the typical local agency will enhance our ability to provide the best insurance products and services to our customers and community well into the future.”
Garceau continues to be independ- ently and locally operated, with the Acrisure affliliation adding extensive industry resources along with network of expert agency partners to enhance Gareau’s insurance services and solu- tions. Garceau’s commitment and ability to serve their customers and community is strengthened with access to markets and resources unavailable to other local agencies.
As the 2016 Daily Press “Best of the Best” Insurance Agency, Garceau Insurance continues to being superior insurance services to the area, as well as actively giving back to the commu- nity and participating in local causes.
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Nolde joins UPSB Financial Services
Escanaba, MI, December 9, 2017– Upper Peninsula State Bank and Infinex Investments Inc. are pleased to announce that Stephen Nolde has joined the team at UPSB Financial Services as an Investment Representative at its Escanaba office. Nolde is fully licensed to sell Life and Health Insurance and is a Registered Investment Representative, licensed to sell a vast array of investment prod- ucts including stocks, bonds, mutual
funds, and annuities. He is a graduate of Escanaba High School where he was awarded the Gessner Scholarship Trophy for being the top student ath- lete in his senior class. He also holds a bachelor degree from Michigan State University and has earned 42 hours of post graduate work in actuar- ial science. He has worked as an actu- arial technician for the past three years in the Lansing area.
“We are very excited to have Stephen join our Investment Center as we con- tinue to fulfill our vision of offering access to a full slate of financial servic- es under one roof. Our communities deserve this kind of convenience and service,” said David C. Williams, President and CEO of Upper Peninsula State Bank.
“We launched our investment center just under four years ago and commu- nity response has been phenomenal,” said Larry Hathaway, Senior Investment Representative for UPSB Financial Services. “The addition of Stephen Nolde, with the exceptional character and abilities he brings, will be right in line with the core values of UPSB Financial Services and Upper Peninsula State Bank as a whole.” “The opportunity to come back home, to be a part of the premier and established institution in the area is something I am very excited about,” Nolde said.
UPSB Financial Services provides cus- tomers with access to a broad range of financial services such as fixed income securities and investment accounts, man- aged money solutions, 401k rollovers, retirement planning, long term care and life insurance products and educational funding.
Upper Peninsula State Bank, a Bauer Financial 5-star rated and very well-capi- talized Bank, has offices in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and soon-to-be Gladstone, MI. Nolde will be located in the Investment Center at Upper Peninsula State Bank’s office at 430 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba. To learn more about financial planning, or if you have ques- tions on retirement or investments, call Stephen at (906) 789-7774.
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Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance Hires Director of
Economic Development
Dickinson County - The Dickinson
Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA) recently hired Lois Ellis as the Director of Economic Development.
Ellis has an extensive background in Economic Development in the Upper Peninsula. Her experience in econom- ic development started in 2002, when she was hired at the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP). After 11 years at the LSCP, Lois worked as a Business Development Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Most recently, she was the President of Lasco, Inc.
Lois' background in economic devel- opment includes analyzing and solv- ing business challenges, delivering resources to clients, managing detailed projects, and building posi- tive relationships with clients and the community.
During her employment with the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Lois was provided the opportunity to have some of the best economic development training avail- able. After completing her basic eco- nomic development training through the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), she was able to continue with advanced courses and earn two key professional designa- tions. In 2010, she was awarded her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation and in 2011, she earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certifi- cation. These educational opportuni- ties armed her with the current infor- mation and best practices, economic development strategies, assistance program knowledge and broad profes- sional network to enhance her work in economic development.
While serving the Upper Peninsula as the Business Development Manager for the MEDC, she was able to build relationships across the U.P. with local, regional, and state eco- nomic development partners and con- duct visits with hundreds of compa- nies across the region.
"While the search for a Director took longer than anticipated, it was priori- ty for us to find a top notch candi- date," commented Russ Kassin, Chairman of the DAEDA board of directors. "It is my pleasure to intro- duce our new director, Lois Ellis, to the community. With her extensive economic development experience, we expect her to hit the ground run- ning when she starts on December 4."
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