Professional Highlights from the Great Lakes Bay Region

Amigo Mobility Founder Receives MFG Lifetime achievement Award

With over 50 years as a Michigan family-owned-and-operated business, Amigo Mobility International has been recognized many times. Now, the Michigan Manufacturers Association announced that the Al Thieme, the owner, founder and driving force behind Amigo Mobility, has received its MFG Lifetime Achievement Award


“I think of the impact he has had and it’s almost overwhelming; the way in which Al and Amigo Mobility are able to touch the lives of others,” said Beth Thieme, Al’s wife and vice president of Amigo Mobility. “It’s amazing to meet people who come in to visit us and write to us, and see how mobile and active they are. That’s all because of him and who he is as a person.”


Al Thieme founded Amigo Mobility International Ince. In 1968.


GMCA Appoints Purdy As Director of Admissions and Placement Services

The Greater Michigan Construction Academy announced new staff member Carly Purdy will take the role of admissions and placement services director. Purdy will work out of the Midland-area office and will be responsible for the admissions process for apprentices as well as a resource for those students who are looking for employment.

“We are excited about the experience Carly brings to GMCA. Her role will continue to build the caliber and quality of GMCA.” said GMCA Vice President Stephanie Davis.


Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Wins Gold Driver Award as 2019 LPGA Tournament of the Year

The LPGA Tournament Partners recently selected the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational as 2019 Tournament of the Year. The honor recognizes the LPGA event that “stands out among all tournaments as truly exceptional.”

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational also received the Gold Driver Award for Best Social Media Campaign as well as runner-up honors for Best Foodie Experience and the LPGA Spirit Award.

“We are so honored to be recognized by the LPGA, and to receive this award in our first year is unbelievable,” said Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Executive Director Chris Chandler. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our team and how much the Great Lakes Bay Region really welcomed this tournament with open arms. We want to thank everyone in our community who was a part of the event, and we look forward to continuing to build this tournament together for years to come.”

The 2020 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will take place July 13-18 at the Midland Country Club in Midland. For more information about the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, visit


SYM Financial Advisors Earn Special Designations

Anne Randall, financial paraplanner qualified professional with SYM Financial Advisors, has been authorized by the College for Financial Planning to use the FPQP certification marks in accordance with board certification and renewal requirements.

Randall joined SYM in 2017 to serve the financial needs of corporate executives, health care professionals, retirees and business owners as a client service representative. She is a 2006 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University.

Individuals who hold the FPQP designation have completed a course of study encompassing the financial planning process, the five disciplines of financial planning and general financial planning concepts, terminology and product categories. They must also pass an end-of-course examination testing their ability to synthesize complex concepts and apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.

Dawn Wright, financial advisor with SYM, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP certification marks in accordance with board certification and renewal requirements.

The CFP marks identify people who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework, and have passed the CFP certification examination covering the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement, and employee benefits and estate planning.


Local Construction Trade Students to Compete at National Competition

The Greater Michigan Construction Academy announced the winners of its Local Craft Championship. Competitors in the championship were required to complete a written exam and a three-hour project performance test.

The competitors were judged on safety, quality of workmanship, layout of project, use of materials, assembly of components, sequence of project, ability to follow instructions, ability to complete in a timely manner and accuracy.

“We are very proud to announce that not only do we showcase the best and brightest skilled professionals during out local craft competition, but they are now among the many who will showcase their talent at the national level,” said Stephanie Davis, vice president and chief learning officer at the academy.


The Winners are;

Chase Gohsman, pipefitting, Three Rivers Corp

Jason Honeman, electrical, A & B Electrical

Logan Schweinsberg, plumbing, Custom Plumbing & Heating

Daniel Beebe, carpentry, Three Rivers Corp.


The students will compete in the Craft Championship competition in March.