The Jackson Magazine Editorial Board is tasked with serving as a goodwill ambassador and spokesperson for the magazine and its events. They keep us informed of people/businesses that we should feature in the magazine. The board members are chosen because they are active in many local organizations as well as in their business. We asked them to answer the question: “What is your favorite “Good News” story in Jackson today.”
Brad A. Brelinski, Partner, Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C. Law Firm
Service on board: 2017-present
As someone who has worked in downtown Jackson for the last 14+ years, I am both ecstatic and optimistic about the continued growth of the downtown business district. With more and more residential units being built and rehabbed, it’s only getting better. Come downtown, check it out, and support local.
Chad Rumsey, V.P. Commercial Lending, CNB
Service on board: 2021-present
I don’t have just one favorite story but I really enjoy reading about the growth and changes in Jackson as a whole. The “Jackson Living” magazine had 4 great articles about the positive changes in Jackson and as recently as just last weekend (April 30th) seeing all the food trucks and people in downtown Jackson is exciting to see. I feel as though recent changes have really brought a buzz to the downtown area and I look forward seeing more of this in the future.
Paul Buchholz, President and Chief Financial Officer
Ganton Retirement Centers
Service on Board: 2012 -present
My favorite “Good News” story would have to be our company’s continued success through a very challenging time in our history. The pandemic has and continues to be a difficult situation for our residents, families and staff. Through tough times, perseverance and character are tested and our team has excelled and have grown closer together and our residents have shown amazing strength and positivity!
Greg Stevenson, Director of Small & Medium Business Customer Products, Consumers Energy
Service on the board: 2017 - present
Downtown! Ogma, The Blue Julep, RJs, and the Around the World Shop joined the excitement on Michigan Ave., Bright Walls is preparing a huge finale, and a myriad of new businesses opened. And our downtown mainstays endured through the tumultuous pandemic – showcasing our community’s resiliency!
Jessica Webb, Branch Manager, BlueOx Credit Union
Service on board: 2019 - present
“My favorite “good news” story is the development of a new nonprofit People for the Parks and Trails which enhances the City of Jackson’s public parks and trails, in collaboration of the City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Department. Picking up litter, mowing the grass, weeding the garden, is a sense of pride giving back and providing value to our communities.” https://m.facebook.com/people4parksjax/
James E. Shotwell Jr
CEO Miller Shoe Parlor 2001
Chairperson Jackson County Board Commissioners 2006
Service on board: 2001 - present
The Business Park on County Farm road. This development will help lead Jackson in to the future. supporting the state of Michigan as we begin building a stronger job base.
Steven E. Makulski, President and Managing Shareholder Attorney, Anderson & Makulski, PC
Service on board: 2018 - present.
My favorite “Good News” story in Jackson today is the story of Andy’s Place, an apartment complex for individuals recovering from addictions and participating in the Michigan Drug Court System and their families. It is a unique concept for a much-needed cause and I’m in awe of the project right here in Jackson.
Philip ‘PJ’ Hoffman, Jr.
Supervisor, Quality Management
LifeWays Community Mental Health
Service on board: 2017 – present
Summer is here! Plenty to do such as going to the lake and boating, hitting the links at some of great golf courses and the Jackson Run-Walk series is an excellent way to stay active! Take advantage of eating at local restaurants, in or outside!
Also serving on the Editorial board are:
Jason Butterfield, Tricia Cramer, Cory Mays, Kirk Mercer