Lori Blaker won the Business for Peace Award, commonly called the Nobel Prize for business. The award ceremony will be held on May 16 in Oslo, Norway. She is CEO of TTi Global, a business based in Bloomfield Hills that does, staffing, recruiting, and consulting for businesses with over 2000 workers on five continents. But she sees her work as more than that–she tries to make sure that the businesses she works with are doing good for their communities.
Making a Difference Where It’s Needed
Lori champions inclusion and gender equality as core values of TTI Global. She brings these values to communities in the US and abroad, even in communities traditionally hostile to women’s rights. For example, she is being recognized for opening an automotive service center and school-to-work training center in Kabul, Afghanistan, that teaches job skills to both women and men. She created a special training program for women to learn management skills in an industry that would traditionally ban them. Talking about the impact of the job center to the Detroit Free Press, Lori said, “A hungry man is a desperate man. A hungry man is a dangerous man. And the plight of women there, in Afghanistan? In order to get aid, the government had to make rape illegal and punishable as a crime. Until then, nobody thought twice.”
Other international efforts include a general job training center in a rural area outside of Bangalore, India.
She believes so strongly in her commitment that she opens her home to women from around the globe. They come to live at her home in Metamora, and shadow her during her daily work.
Validation of Her Personal Efforts and Achievement
She married very young and had her first child at age 21 and wasn’t able to finish her college degree. When she found herself divorced with four children to support, she helped her father, who had worked as an aerospace engineer, build his business developing service manuals for automotive computers. He did the technical writing, and she did the typing. “I used a lot of correction tape,” she jokes.
As the computers grew more sophisticated, they expanded their offerings to include training programs, and that is where Lori excelled. Then her father died suddenly in 1992, and she became the CEO of the company. She expanded to company to offer overseas training in 1994.
As she worked to build the business, she was faced with discrimination and hostility. She remembers when she got her first large contract. As she came out of the client’s office, she heard one of a group of men say, “Look at her. She just one a contract, and we all know how she got that one.” It was heartbreaking, because she knew that all the work she had done to win the contract had been dismissed out of hand. And that was just one example of the treatment she received, which included belittling comments, groping, and more.
She says, “Do I watch out for other women in the industry? D*** right, I do. It’s our obligation.” She knows that women often depend on the support of other women for success. That’s in part because she knows how much she leaned on her mother and older sister for help with the kids when she was working.
She feels that this award is an endorsement that her efforts haven’t just been good for business (TTi has grown 100-fold since she took control, with $82.7 million in revenue in 2016), but good for the communities she works with.
An Inspiration for Us All
In the years we have enjoyed Lori’s company at our practice, we have known how special she was. We always like to see her and marvel at her dynamism, energy, and commitment. This is not the first recognition of her efforts, and we know it won’t be her last. We look forward to seeing her continued achievements in the US and around the world.
If you are searching to learn more about the farm-to-table lifestyle to create health and vibrancy for you and your family, Healthy Traditions Network might be the right resource for you.
Healthy Traditions Network, the Metro-Detroit Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, was founded with the belief that each individual is responsible for building their own good health. The Network’s goal is to support those trying to create better health through education and by improving dietary practices.
The Network is all about teaching people how to eat healthy and make their own nutrient-dense foods at home. They connect consumers to holistic practitioners, organic farmers, and sustainable food producers.
The people involved with the Network are varied. The volunteer Leadership Team and followers come to the Network – aged 18 to 85 – because they have had enough of an unhealthy lifestyle, and what the Network offers piques their interest.
The Network is a non-profit, run by volunteers who are passionate about teaching health through nutrition. They host monthly food demonstrations and presentations by functional practitioners, with topics ranging from making fermented or cultured food to how to prepare meals for babies and children.
Susan Randall puts it plainly, “the food you eat can make you chronically ill or it can make you well; it all depends on your choices.” She should know as she overcame 25 autoimmune diseases through diet changes and supplements.
What is the one face guaranteed to bring a smile to every child’s face at your next Christmas party? Who can turn the stodgiest old co-workers into laughing, giddy children? What’s the perfect way to bring a festive, magical air to the family gathering? It’s none other than that jolly old elf, Santa Claus.
And here at Rochester Advanced Dentistry, we’re lucky enough to have Santa Claus for a patient: Keith Mäkelä, also known as “Santa Finn.”
So Lively and Quick
Never have you seen a Santa truer to the spirit of the holidays than Santa Finn. He’s a true bearded Santa–his beard white as snow, wreathing his merry face. Twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks, and dimples all included.
He brings with him a festive air, immediately setting the atmosphere for a Christmas party that is truly special. We promise: you’ll definitely laugh in spite of yourself!
Happy Christmas to All
Santa Finn is able to bring a custom experience to your party. His actions and words can be customized to your desires. If you talk with him before the party, you can fill him in on secrets that can help kids feel that he’s really got a list and checking it twice! He also has several costume options that you can see on the website — you choose which is best for your party.
Typical activities that are included in a visit from Santa Finn are:
One-on-one conversations with children and other guests
Posing for photographs
Handing out gifts
Eating cookies (note: cookies don’t count as payment)
And other similar activities that will bring joy to every girl and boy and man and woman at your party.
So, if you’re looking for a Santa Claus to bring the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas party, email email@example.com or call 1-734-735-5135 and he’ll get straight to his work of bringing his festive magic to you.
For many Americans, coffee is an everyday ritual for helping you get up, get out the door, and get to work. But if you’ve ever looked at your cup of coffee and wished it could do more than help you get going, you’re not alone. Our patient Brad–who’s been with us since 2016 after finding us through the Community Lifestyles Magazine–and the people at VitaPerk also had this wish, and they decided to do something about it. They developed the world’s first “Nutrient Coffee Enhancer.”
What the Heck Is a Nutrient Coffee Enhancer?
Brad doesn’t take it personally that you don’t know exactly what this is. As a pioneer, he’s used to having to explain.
VitaPerk is a powdered energy and nutrition boost that can be easily added to any cup of coffee. It contains 15 different nutrients, including a boosted dose of vitamin B6 and B12. It also includes guarana, a natural plant-based stimulant that can help you get a little more perk from your daily cuppa.
VitaPerk comes in three flavors: original (does it count as a flavor if it’s flavorless?), vanilla, and hazelnut. The original flavor has zero calories, and zero flavor. It’s not like that waitress who always adds more coffee just after you get the mix perfect–you can enjoy your java just the way you like it.
The flavored varieties are a better choice for flavoring your coffee than those creamers and syrups. They add just 5 Calories to your coffee as well as all the bonus nutrients.
The Best Part of Starting Up
Although Brad and his colleagues love the opportunity to work with coffee–they’re all aficionados who find that their habits have only deepened since starting the company–that’s not the best part of being in a startup.
No, the best part is taking an idea and turning it into a product that is not just something people buy, it’s something they love. They love getting phone calls, emails, and reviews from people who have tried VitaPerk and found how much it’s improved their daily routine. The reward of being a positive influence in so many people’s lives is worth all the hard work, ups, and downs that makes start-ups such a challenge.
We have to say that we’re happy for this product, too. We love that it has so many vitamins that are essential for oral health, including vitamin C, folate, and, of course, vitamin D. Vitamin D is especially crucial because it helps our body process and utilize calcium. Although our bodies can produce vitamin D with sunlight exposure, people in Detroit are often vitamin D deficient (because we’re often sunlight deficient in the winter!)
Local Boy Made Good
Brad lives in Rochester Hills with his wife Kim and their two children Kailey and Kiera. He enjoys outdoor activities like running marathons, skiing, and travel, but he’s also a big fan of TVs and movies. He has a DVR full of programs and films he hasn’t had a chance to watch because he’s been so busy getting VitaPerk started.
Now that the product is out and doing so well, we hope he has time to sit down and enjoy some of those shows, hopefully with a cup of joe.
Meet our patient Sarah, owner of “Little Honey Prints” in Oakland Township, Michigan. Originally from Ohio, Sarah earned her degree from Bowling Green State University then moved to Michigan in 2005.
Sarah’s artistic touch and creativity combined with her love for graphic design fueled her desire to create a virtual store where shoppers can combine their ideas with Sarah’s expertise to create a truly unique product.
As a mother of three, Sarah quickly realized how creating custom designs for birthday parties, graduations, weddings and other lifetime events, can add enriching personalization to make the event even more unique and memorable.
Little Honey Prints is a one stop shop for popular items such as Banners, Birthday items, Wedding invitations, Digital design downloads, Character props and Customized vinyl tumblers, all tailored to very specific and unique ideas. Make your child’s first day of school picture memorable with a personalized Chalkboard poster or make her first birthday cake smash photo unique by adding a high chair banner featuring his or her favorite colors. Whatever the occasion, make it extra special by visiting Little Honey Prints Personalized Invitations, Prints and Unique Party Decor by LittleHoneyPrints for all your custom graphic design desires.
Sarah takes pride in her excellent rating on Etsy and all the great comments shared by thousands of followers and delighted customers and looks forward to sharing her experience with you. Little Honey Prints can also be found on Facebook at Little Honey Prints by Sarah.
Some of the beautiful products from Little Honey Prints!
Ben Jones is a patient at Rochester Advanced Dentistry as well as a famous figure in the bowling and family entertainment center (FEC) industry. In a career that’s spanned 40 years, Jones has transitioned from freestyle skiing to bank loan evaluator, but no matter what industry he’s in, he’s always been considered a leader.
Rochester Advanced Dentistry patient Ben Jones, then and now!
From Freestyle Skiing to Family Entertainment
In the mid 1970s, Jones helped originate the sport of freestyle skiing. He was one of 40 or 50 individuals in the world who were participating in the sport, and they pioneered the sector of the skiing industry. Although Jones participated in the 1975 finals of the World Freestyle skiing championship, there wasn’t much money in the sport, so, like many of the other pioneers, Jones entered a related industry.
In Jones’ case, this was the hotel industry, where he was doing reasonably well when he became interested in mini golf. A piece of property became available next to his hotel, and he began investigating the mini golf industry. He did his due diligence, sitting in parking lots and observing the business that mini golf centers were doing. When he had learned how to make a successful go of it, Jones developed the property into a mini golf course and it turned out to be a great success.
Ben freestyling a back flip at the 1975 finals of the World Freestyle skiing championship
Consulting, Conferences, and Business Loans
As he was operating his first mini golf course, Jones worked to design others, as well as helping to design entertainment centers.
He started talking about customer service at other people’s courses, and was sometimes asked to speak to the staff. At first he was just helping out, but it began to be such a demanded service that he decided to make it into a business and founded Recreation and Entertainment Consultants (REC).
As this consulting business took off, he joined the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He developed many connections through them, and under their auspices he put on the first FEC conference that was oriented toward experienced managers. Then he developed his own conference called F2FEC that focused on specific themes in a large group setting.
Ben and his extended family
Then he was approached by a friend about Live Oak banks, which was seeking to develop niche financing divisions, including a division oriented toward loans to FECs. After showing that he truly understood the industry with a state of the industry prospectus and a tour of various FECs, Jones was tapped to be the face of this loan program.
He now helps FECs understand what their business needs to do to become finance-able. This helps them escape the trap that many face: they are local institutions and are unable to expand because all their financing is local. He also advises the bank on which businesses are good investments and should be granted a loan.
At Rochester Advanced Dentistry, we are happy to have Jones at our practice and we always enjoy the visits of this skilled raconteur and successful businessman.
We like to occasionally highlight one of our patients who have local businesses on our website and Facebook page. Today’s Patient Spotlight is about Lauren Yacteen…
Patient Spotlight: Lauren Yacteen
Lauren (right) and her family
I’m from Ohio but have called Rochester MI my home for the past 24 years. I am a registered nurse and work at Beaumont hospital in Maternal Child Health (Labor & Delivery and NICU). That is where this business was born out of necessity you could say.
My coworkers and I would not take long enough breaks to go the cafeteria for lunches and dinners so therefore we brought food from home to work. I would bring my homemade hummus and fattoush salad and they fell in love with them. My nurse and doctor friends encouraged me to bring it to work and sell it. So I did and it took off. I leased a space, built a commercial kitchen and prepare and package everything myself.
My company, Bekka Valley, was born right in the labor and delivery department at Beaumont hospital! My husband and kids help out and they are so supportive. Bekka Valley is named after the region in Lebanon where our family is from. A beautiful area between the mountains where the soil is rich and fertile.
Married to my hubby and love of my life, Hamoudy, for 25 years. I have 4 children ages 21,19,16 &13 who all help out at Bekka Valley in various roles from helping cook, package, and deliver goods to manning the farmers market booths. I continue to work at Beaumont a couple of shifts a month because i love it so much but I work 5-7 days a week at my commercial kitchen.
You can check out our website at Bekka Valley Mediterranean Foods (www.bekkavalley.com) for further info on our company, where you can purchase products or order. We also cater events and lunches. you can like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.
We were recently featured on WXYZ news Mom’s a Genius” segment with JoAnne Purtan. Click here to view, or watch below!
Neil and Carie started dating in 1996 at the tender age of 14. While many of us can’t even remember the names of our high school flames, Neil and Carie found true love. They were married in a beautiful June wedding in 2004 on a little island in Grand Ledge, Michigan.
As a young married couple, they moved to the Detroit Metro Area in 2006, and joined the Kensington Community Church. Alone in a new city, they joined a young married group at the church and found it more than a social group–it deepened their appreciation of love and especially marriage.
Since joining that small group, they have been studying marriage as one of the most important and beautiful aspects of life. When two people commit their lives to one another, it’s an impossibly romantic statement against all the potential disasters in life. And from that blessed union come so many other beautiful aspects of a relationship: the deepening enrichment of love with time, the creation of a family, and the endless riches that are children.
Following a Passion for Photography
Carie has always had a passion for photography. She studies Photographic Imaging at Lansing Community College, and began taking on side photographic projects, with Neil’s help. Neil encouraged her to pursue her dreams, so in 2009 they founded Coscarelli Photography.
With a mediocre day job in insurance and a true passion in photography that was turning into a viable business, Carie felt God was encouraging her to leave her day job and pursue her passion. She was also encouraged in her calling by Neil and friends who supported her decision to pursue an extraordinary life as a photographer.
Coscarelli Photography does a full range of professional photographs for all occasions, such as engagements, family portraits, graduating seniors, professional portraits, real estate, and corporate photography. But, of course, their true passion is wedding photography, and they feel blessed whenever they are able to take part in this loving, joyful occasion.
Follow Your Passion
As dentists who are passionate about our calling, we can definitely recognize the drive that Carie feels and appreciate the support that Neil and others have given her. We encourage people to pursue their own passions, and to always work with passionate professionals whose craft and care comes not just from their hands, but from their heart as well.
If you are looking for a passionate dentist in Rochester, we invite you to visit our office. Please call (248) 656-2020 for an appointment at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.
Rochester Advanced Dentistry is happy to announce that one of our former patients, Kelsey Rose Andridge, will be coming through Rochester with the ArtsPower National Touring Company’s production of Are You My Mother? Performances will be at the Meadowbrook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University, on Saturday April 2 at 10 am and 1pm. Click here to purchase tickets. People who are interested can also investigate performances in Clinton County, MI, on Wednesday, March 30.
A Rising Star
Kelsey is a Rochester, MI native who moved to New York to attend New York University. Recently graduated, she has been working with the ArtsPower production company. In the fall, she starred in the company’s production of Madeline and the Bad Hat, playing Madeline.
Now Kelsey is happy and proud to return to her hometown in the production of Are You My Mother? She plays the lead role of Baby Bird, a role that showcases her acting, singing, and exuberant spirit.
Although Kelsey is now based in NYC, we still consider her part of our extended dental family and expect to see her career grow.
A Fun and Inspirational Production
We’re also excited to see Kelsey in this production. Are You My Mother? Is based on the picture book of the same name by author P. D. Eastman. The book has been named one of the 100 best children’s books of all time, and the production expands and enriches its simple premise while staying true to the spirit of this classic.
The basic plot is that Baby Bird hatches from her egg to find that her mother is not in the nest. Baby Bird doesn’t realize that her mother has gone to look for food, and the spirited little bird decides to go look for her. Although Baby Bird can’t fly, she can walk, and as she walks in search of her mother she encounters a Kitten, a Hen, and a Dog. This literally and figuratively colorful cast of characters helps Baby Bird find her mother.
This performance is specifically directed at children who are preschool-aged to second graders. Full of delightful songs, important lessons, and challenging puzzles that kids can help solve, the performance is both uplifting and educational. For parents who wish them, appropriate educational materials are available for download here.
A Great Smile Is a Great Start
We were so delighted to have Kelsey as our patient, and we are proud of what she has accomplished. We know this is just the beginning of her career and that with a smile as warm, friendly, and attractive as hers, we expect to see more great things in the future from Kelsey.
Potential patients who are interested in joining our dental family should call (248) 656-2020 today for an appointment at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.
Wanderlust Boutique opened its doors to the public in October 2013 to the charming community of Rochester, Michigan. Co-owners Ally and Denise Martin are a mother /daughter team with a dream of owning and operating a whimsical fashion boutique offering unique and trendy fashions for women and men at affordable prices. They feel that their variety of inventory provides their customers with a complete ensemble for a one stop shopping experience. Wanderlust forms respectful relationships with their customers, getting to know their personal styles to ensure their fashions meet the needs of their customers.
Wanderlust Boutique Address: 404 S Main St, Rochester, MI 48307 Phone: (248) 652-3300