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MAY 2019
Thomas Joins St. Francis
Hospital As PA
ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group welcomes Ashley Thomas, PA, to its medical staff. She will see patients at the OSF St. Francis Walk-In Clinic and the Hannahville Clinic.
A Gladstone High School graduate, Thomas earned her bachelor of sci- ence in nutritional sciences from Michigan State University and master of science in physician assistant stud- ies from Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
“I’m excited to begin my career back in the Upper Peninsula, said Thomas. “I was born at OSF St. Francis Hospital and continued my own care there until I left the area for college, so I’ve personally witnessed the value of having high quality health care close to home.”
Located at 3409 Ludington Street in the OSF Medical Office Building, the walk-in clinic is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on holidays. For more information, please visit
Dale Cook
Cook Joins First National
Bank & Trust
IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (April 2, 2018) – First National Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the hiring of Dale Cook as a Business Banker at First National Bank & Trust’s down- town Iron Mountain location. He will
be working with businesses to help them plan for all their current and future needs, including commercial loans, depository, and treasury man- agement needs, as well as establishing and maintaining portfolio growth goals and profitability.
Mr. Cook is an Iron Mountain native with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University. Previously, he was employed by Northern Initiatives as a Commercial Loan Officer covering the Central and Western U.P. along with Northern Wisconsin since 2012. Prior to working at Northern Initiatives he served as a Community Bank Manager and Retail Banking Officer.
“We are pleased to welcome Dale Cook to the First National Bank & Trust team. His addition to our Business Banking team brings valu- able experience to our organization,” said David Kashian, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our cus- tomers and employees will benefit greatly from his knowledge and expertise.”
Chief Lending Officer Russ Kassin commented, “Dale’s years of experi- ence and specialized lending back- ground present new avenues for financing in our commercial loan department, and he will be a great asset to our customers.”
Mr. Cook is an active board member of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (EDA) and serves as treasurer of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Additionally, he also serves on The City of Kingsford’s Police and Firemen’s Pension Fund board, and is a member of American Martyrs Church. He and his wife Kimberly, a 6th grade teacher at Florence Elementary, reside in Kingsford, MI, with their two children, Kate and Benjamin.
About First National Bank & Trust First National Bank & Trust is one of the oldest and largest independently owned banks in the Upper Peninsula. Chartered in 1887, First National Bank & Trust is a full service, FDIC federally insured bank providing seven convenient locations in Iron
Mountain, Kingsford, Menominee, Iron River, and a Wealth Management office in Marquette. For more infor- mation, visit
Carlson Earns Nar
Advisor Certification
ESCANABA — Amber Carlson with Premier Real Estate has earned the nationally recognized Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the PSA certification to realtors as determining property values depends more than ever on profes- sional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commit- ment to approach the pricing assign- ment from various perspectives. “Consumers deserve accurate property value assessments, so NAR is proud to provide realtors with a credential that provides enhanced tools, education, and expertise to determine the most accurate value for a home,” said Marc Gould, Executive Director of the Center for Specialized Realtor Education.
Carlson has been a realtor at Premier Real Estate for seven years and covers all of Delta County.
“I feel that my buyers and sellers ben- efit tremendously from the knowledge I receive furthering my real estate edu- cation and I think it shows the com- mitment I have to my profession,” Carlson said. “Taking classes definitely helps me to sharpen my skills and be a better agent.”
She can be reached at Premier Real Estate, Inc at 118 N 22nd St. Escanaba, or call/text (906) 420- 2806.
UPCC Names Apprentice
Of The Year
HARRIS — An Escanaba man has been chosen as Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year.
Dejian Dean belongs to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 906. Other finalists were Joe Beaudry, IBEW Local 906, and Ethan Ledford, Carpenter/Millwright Local 1510, both of Marquette.
More than 200 people attended the eighth annual recognition banquet March 9 at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris.
This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry, with 18 apprentices nomi- nated.
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