As CPAs and business advisors, we’re fortunate to work with some of the most successful organizations around and we have been pleased that our sponsorship of Michigan Radio has helped us to connect with these leaders and share information that is useful to them.
We’ve have also found that the leaders of these organizations have built powerful careers and are willing to share their advice in our “Learn from leaders” blog. Here are some of their best tips for success:
1. An idea doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t let perfection paralyze decision-making. Linda Hubbard, President and COO, Carhartt
2. You can’t provide quality service to your customers unless you first provide quality service to your staff. Randy Bufford, CEO, Trilogy Health Service
3. Embrace endurance: nothing significant is easy or immediate. Ron Kagan, CEO, Detroit Zoo
4. Embrace innovation: look at things differently, be responsive to what people want, and imagine what that means for the future. Roger Myers, CEO, Presbyterian Villages
5. When you lead, lead with passion. Others will follow — and when they do, they’ll become part of the journey. Scott Becker, CEO, Chromaflo
Whether you want to succeed in business or in life, we think their inspiring insights are worth hearing and sharing.
Housed at the University of Michigan, UMS has been presenting world-class performances by professional orchestras, dance and theater companies, jazz artists, and music ensembles from across the globe on campus for over 140 years.
At UMS, we believe that the arts are vital to the human experience because they expand the ways in which we think about the world and how we approach the complicated issues and challenges of our time. Through the stories presented on the stage, we are able shift our perspective and identify the many ways in which we are all more alike rather than different. The stories heard on Michigan Radio offer similar opportunities for empathic approaches to understanding the world around us.
We hear, time and time again, from the artists we present about how gracious, curious, and well-informed UMS audiences are. And we’re thrilled to have a community partner like Michigan Radio connecting us with those remarkable individuals who delight in the uncommon and engaging experiences that we bring to the stage.
As a locally owned and operated bank, we truly appreciate Michigan Radio. From morning traffic reports to local news and programs, Michigan Radio keeps its listeners informed, educated and entertained 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Bank of Ann Arbor is proud to continue its support of Michigan Radio. We share one very important value—we both help our communities.
While we’ve expanded beyond Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, Saline, Plymouth and Birmingham, our mission remains the same—helping local people and businesses thrive through our time, effort and financial resources, and by making customers our top priority.
Since 1996, Bank of Ann Arbor has been steadfast in our local support. We’ve contributed over $5.4 million to help support area nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based institutions, the arts and others. Each year Bank of Ann Arbor supports more than 200 nonprofit organizations and charities throughout Southeast Michigan.
From our recent Birminghelps campaign that donated $75,000 to Oakland County nonprofits to our free Sonic Lunch concert series, which fills downtown Ann Arbor every summer, we love to help.
So does Michigan Radio. Its listeners can count on our support in the years ahead.
By Carolyn Bloodworth, Secretary and Treasurer, Consumers Energy Foundation
Every hour of every day, Michigan Radio links communities across Michigan by sharing information and stories about our state and the people who make it a great place to live. The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to continue our support of Michigan Radio because it shares our mission of building and bringing our state’s communities together.
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. We fulfill our company’s mission to deliver hometown service by investing in and supporting good, thoughtful work that goes on across the state.
That takes many forms, whether it’s dollars to help Flint high school students attend college, to preserve environmental habitats, or to build recreational trails that get people outdoors. We’ve put our support behind initiatives that enhance the culture of the places we live, from expanding children’s museums to renovating historic theaters. Our impact touches all of our state’s residents, even the penguins and polar bears at the Detroit Zoo!
We value Michigan Radio’s efforts to inform people, to give a voice to everyone in our communities and to shape public policy. Michigan Radio and its listeners can count on us to continue our support for their important mission.
By Terry Carella, Director of Communications, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School was established in 1972 to provide an opportunity to those who share the dream of becoming a lawyer. We excel in teaching not only the law but how to practice it competently and ethically so students can succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – world.
We are proud to be a part of Western Michigan University, one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. WMU is rated by the Carnegie Research Foundation as a “high research” institution, by U.S. News as a top-tier university, and by Washington Monthly as a “best buy” and top-100 university.
In WMU we have a partner that enthusiastically shares our access, teaching, service, and professionalism philosophies. With three shared-degree programs already in place, we are now building many new opportunities for learning, research, and job placement.
Cooley has always been a leader in innovative legal education by providing students with knowledge of the law, the skills they need to practice it competently, and the ethics they must observe while doing so. WMU-Cooley’s philosophy of knowledge, skills, and ethics prepares students well to practice law.
WMU-Cooley Law School has been a proud partner with Michigan Radio for more than a decade. We collaborate with Michigan Radio to connect with prospective students and alumni across the state. Sponsoring Michigan Radio allows us to reach an educated, affluent audience.
By Diane Willcox, Director of Marketing & Communications, Wharton Center
Wharton Center for Performing Arts is celebrating 35 years of inspiring programming and outreach that benefit the entire state.
Cherishing the belief that art is integral to living a fuller, richer and more purposeful life, Wharton Center presents work that is intended to connect with the creative spirit. Community can be created simply by sharing a meaningful performing arts experience with others. This outlook has led to programming Broadway shows like An American in Paris and Disney’s The Lion King, as well as presenting Michigan-born artists like Jeff Daniels, as well as world-renowned artists from different genres, including Yo-Yo Ma, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Natalie MacMaster and Maceo Parker.
Located on the campus of Michigan State University, Wharton Center is home to the Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity. The Institute, supported by the MSU Federal Credit Union, creates life-changing programs for schools, families, aspiring professionals and adults. Each year these programs serve over 30,000 Michigan residents ranging from Traverse City to Flint, to Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Jackson and beyond.
Michigan Radio is integral to supporting Wharton Center’s mission by allowing us to reach out to an audience that is as passionate and as open to the possibilities of the performing arts as we are. We are privileged to collaborate with Michigan Radio to build ties with listeners with whom we can share our stories.
By Lisa Quinn, Marketing Coordinator, Alden B. Dow Home & Studio
The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is an architecturally significant Mid-Century Modern structure, designed by Michigan’s sole architect Laureate, Alden B. Dow.
This National Historic Landmark located in Midland, Michigan is a multi-faceted organization that not only inspires area youth through extensive educational programming; engages the community through special events and camps; provides researchers and historian with extensive collections of original documents; but creates an exciting and inspiring touring opportunity that is unique to the Mid-Michigan region.
Supporting Michigan Radio and NPR allows us to reach loyal brand purchasers and potential new customers as well as hit multiple goals at once; executing our radio and digital campaign; and drive traffic to our website.
Through our sponsorship, Michigan Radio allows us to share our message with a listening audience that is not only focused on a “Life Long Learners” lifestyle, but want adventure, travel, and experiences that are both educational and fun in nature.
Our Michigan Radio driven traffic often includes individuals that are passionate and curious. People connected to their local communities and tuned in to the latest public affairs that often return for tours and bring their friends and family. This helps us grow our presence on a state and national level.
By Michael P. Brennan, Managing Principal, Harness Dickey
Since 1921, Harness Dickey has focused exclusively on patent, trademark and copyright law, helping our clients succeed in the marketplace and in the courtroom. We are privileged to represent some of the most recognized companies in the world, including many Fortune 100 companies, as well as many smaller successful businesses.
Harness Dickey takes great pride in protecting our client’s innovations and brands globally, while at the same time defending their right to commercially exploit those assets in view of the competitive landscape. Importantly, services are tailored in a way that recognizes each client’s unique intellectual property needs while leveraging and working within that client’s internal strengths and culture.
Our 115 intellectual property attorneys provide clients with high quality patents and trademarks, litigation in courtrooms across the country, clearance investigations and licensing for new products and brands, global IP portfolio management, and beyond.
For more than two decades, Harness Dickey has been a proud sponsor of Michigan Radio. Our Michigan Radio sponsorship not only allows us to reaffirm the relationships we have with our existing clients, but also allows us to reach new clients, which is a part of the reason we have been in business for nearly 100 years.
By Craig Williams, Director, Bishop International Airport
For decades Bishop International Airport has been the smart way to fly in Southeast and Mid-Michigan. We are a proud supporter of Michigan Radio and are incredibly thankful for the relationship we have. Through sponsorship, Michigan Radio allows us to share our message with business and leisure travelers in hopes of making their travel experience easy and convenient, in an efficient and friendly atmosphere.
Bringing you more travel opportunities while making the experience relaxing is what drives Bishop International Airport. We’re especially grateful for the opportunity to communicate all the recent service changes with Michigan Radio’s listening audience.
In April 2016, Southwest launched three daily flights from Flint to Chicago-Midway. This new route opened up more connections than ever before. Passengers can now easily connect to their favorite cities like Phoenix, Houston, Austin, and Nashville. In addition, Bishop welcomed Allegiant, an ultra-low cost carrier offering twice weekly nonstop routes to Tampa Bay/St. Pete and Orlando/Sanford.
In July 2016, United Airlines introduced daily nonstop flights to New York/Newark. This route is a vital east coast connection for business and leisure passengers. The flight is perfectly timed for a day trip if you have meetings in the city and want to return home the same evening.
Michigan Radio plays a vital role in helping us achieve our goals by allowing us to reach an audience that we consider family and loyal customers. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Michigan Radio while growing our family at Bishop International Airport.
By Gail Heffner, Ph.D., Director of Community Engagement
Calvin College, a Christian liberal arts college ranked #1 in the Midwest*, has called Michigan home since its founding in 1876. We are rooted in this vibrant state, with branches of influence across Michigan and around the globe. Indeed, our continuing partnership with Michigan Radio—an organization that reaches communities in Michigan and beyond—is a natural fit.
Over half of the students that Calvin serves are from households in Michigan. We are proud to educate so many students and families from our great state alongside students from 47 other states, 5 Canadian provinces and 61 other countries.
Calvin is committed to investing deeply in the “mitten state,” from community nursing to business partnerships, ACT tutoring to low-income tax assistance, service-learning with nonprofits to environmental stewardship of our land and resources. Our Plaster Creek Stewards initiative is one example. Calvin College faculty, students and community partners have been working together to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek waterway in West Michigan.
It makes sense that Michigan Radio is the place Calvin turns to get the word out about our world-class concerts, in-depth conferences and seminars, and the January Series: an annual lecture lineup deemed “fifteen days of a free liberal arts education.” We welcome many Michigan Radio listeners to our events, listeners who join us in being inquisitive about new ideas, hungry for truth, and passionate about solutions.
Thank you, Michigan Radio and listeners statewide, for participating in our community, whether through an hour-long event, four years of study, or a lifetime of learning.