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Palomaki Gets New
Role At RVB
MARQUETTE — River Valley Bank recently announced the promotion of Christian Palomaki to the position of business banking officer. Palomaki, who was formerly River Valley’s mar- ket manager, will be serving business customers from the bank’s branches in Marquette, Houghton and Calumet.
Palomaki began his career in banking in 1997 and has held a variety of posi- tions with River Valley Bank since 2010. Throughout his River Valley career, he has worked in loan under- writing, personal banking, home lend- ing and branch management. In his new position as a business banking officer, he will be responsible for busi- ness development, maintaining exist- ing banking relationships, commercial loan closings, underwriting and struc- turing.
Palomaki is also an active member of the community including serving as the board chairman of the Salvation Army of Marquette County, board member of The Care Clinic, and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Marquette. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan Technological University. .
TruNorth Elects Board
ISHPEMING — TruNorth Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors recently elected Thomas Skrenes as board president following the retire- ment of Patricia Kroon in 2018.
The Rev. Skrenes has served on the board since 1990. Before being elected president, he had served as secretary and vice president.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio and was pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ishpeming from 1980 until 1993. In 1993, Skrenes was appointed assistant to the bishop of the ELCA Congregations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northeastern Wisconsin and retired from that office
in 2017. He also serves on the staff of the American Legion Boys State in Wisconsin. In his free time Skrenes enjoys singing in the Negaunee Male Chorus and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
TruNorth Federal Credit Union is cooperatively owned by over 16,000 local residents and was organized in 1949 to provide low-cost financial services to all owner/members.
Ryan Gordon
Gordon Earns Top Spot In
Area Real Estate Sales
IRON MOUNTAIN — Ryan Gordon of Iron Mountain was the area’s top-producing real estate agent for 2018 with $8.5 million in produc- tion volume earned, according to the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors’ rankings of 83 local agents.
Across the Upper Peninsula, Gordon ranked in the top 6 percent of 350 agents. An associate broker for Stephens Real Estate in Iron Mountain, Gordon was in the No. 2 spot in 2017.
Additionally, he ranked second in units sold for 2018 with 71.
“To say that Ryan is an exceptional sales professional is an understate- ment. To attain this level is outstand- ing and truly shows his strong work ethic,” said Sally Blom and Maddy Tousignant, co-owners and brokers at Stephens.
Now in its 40th year, Stephens Real Estate is at 1320 Carpenter Ave. in Iron Mountain.
Lake Superior Partnership Honor’s IM’s Champion
MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership rec- ognized its 2019 Distinguished Service Award winners Feb. 20 at Northern Michigan University.
The business service award went to Champion Inc. of Iron Mountain. Having served the region for almost a century, Champion Inc. has expanded to three divisions, Champion Concrete, Champion Charter and Gundlach Champion. A few of their notable projects in the Marquette area include Thomas Theatre, Hampton Inn and the Humboldt Mill.
“Not only has Champion, Inc. been at the forefront of economic develop- ment throughout the region, the com- pany is extremely involved in all the communities in which they serve,” said Amy Clickner, CEO of LSCP. “When Champion Inc.’s partners need anything or seek counsel in their industry, they are available.”
The individual award went to Tony Retaskie, executive director of the Upper Peninsula Construction Council. Retaskie is involved in edu- cation and training in the U.P., work- ing to develop opportunities for young people to be exposed to skilled trades. He has assisted in developing programs such as the Skills Challenge and Hands-on Trades Career Fair at the Marquette County Fairgrounds.
The LSCP works in the Marquette County and the region to promote economic development by providing a variety of development services. It helps foster connections between busi- nesses, organizations, leaders and leg- islators, and provides a legislative voice for programs and policies.
More information on the partnership can be found at
Pharmacist Of The Year
MANISTIQUE — Mark Rhode, of Manistique, was honored as the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) Pharmacist of the Year at the Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention & Exposition at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Rhode has been a pharmacist for 40 years, with the last 35 of those years at Putvin’s HealthMart in Manistique. All throughout his career Rhode has given his time and energy to improve the health and wellness of the commu- nity he serves.
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