Macomb County Chamber
is proud to annouce our
2015 Hall of Fame Recipients
The Macomb County Chamber will hold its annual
Hall of Fame Award Ceremony and Dinner
on Thursday, September 24 at
Villa Penna, located at
43985 Hayes Road in Sterling Heights
The Demers Family
It's been 38 years since Gil Demers' first paper hit the presses. What started as a modest monthly advertiser called the Shores Shopper quickly expanded into the Eastsider, the Advertiser and the Warren Weekly, until the company that would be known as C&G Newspapers had grown to 19 trusted weekly newspapers in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
C & G is named for its husband-and-wife team, Charlotte and Gil Demers. According to the patriarch, the company was a labor of love from the start, with the goal of creating a thriving family business that would include his five children. Today, C & G has an impressive circulation of more than 600,000 homes. The company employs a staff of more than 100 and gives back in a number of ways, including through dozens of local sponsorships annually.
The Demers family is proud to be known for the publications their neighbors and local businesses have turned to for decades to find reliable news, advertising opportunities and a sense of community.
Dr. Arthur Frazier
Dr. Arthur Frazier attended Virginia Tech and completed his undergraduate education in 1986 with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Afterward, he attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, where he met his future wife, Patricia Kavulich.
After he completed medical school in 1990, he interned at William Beaumont Hospital until 1995.
After obtaining his Board certification, he became a practicing radiation oncologist in Detroit working at both Sinai and Sinai Grace Hospitals. Dr. Frazier became part of the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Wayne State University as part of the group of radiation oncologists and ran a residency program from 1999 until 2004.
Between 2002 and 2003, Dr. Frazier began to look at various opportunities available in radiation oncology. Ultimately, after many meetings to brainstorm, he found himself working with Mt. Clemens General Hospital and ultimately, the Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center was constructed. With the additional partnerships with McLaren Heath System and Karmanos, Dr. Frazier works to continue to provide impressive and successful cancer services in Macomb County.
Ray Weingartz was born in Warren, the first of seven children for Raymond and Florence Weingartz. While Ray was still in grade school, his father saw the need for a farm supply store in Utica and on February 9, 1945 he opened Weingartz Feed Store. Ray helped work in the store from day one and tended shop every weekend and after school from age seven until he graduated from Utica High School in 1955. After graduation, Ray started full time in the family business and found it very challenging and rewarding.
When Ray's father passed away in 1975, Ray purchased the business from his mother and took over as President. As the needs of the community changed, Ray saw the need to change the focus of the business to concentrate exclusively on outdoor power equipment. That decision proved to be wise as the business grew significantly over the years and now Weingartz has five retail locations and
a distribution company in Richmond, Michigan.
Ray and his wife Marie have seven children, 31 grandchildren,and 6 great-grandchildren. Their children now run the growing business. Ray is a lifelong resident of Macomb County and has been very active in the community. He has been an active parishioner at St. Isidore Catholic Church for the past 42 years, was a charter member of the Utica Downtown Development Authority, serves on the Board of Directors for Austin Catholic High School and has been active in the Utica/Shelby Kiwanis.
As chief executive officer and president of Anderson, Eckstein, and Westrick, Inc. (AEW) with over 35 years of experience, Mr. Rose offers knowledge of engineering innovation. Joining the firm in 1985, his career has included all phases of project management. This incorporates planning, design, specification writing, and cost estimates. Additional aspects include construction administration utilized for municipal and private developments. Roy is a licensed engineer in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.
Roy has received recognition for his decades of experience and continued dedication to strengthening Southeast Michigan's economy and infrastructure. Mr. Rose feels it's vital to have an understanding of the need for mobility and this has led to the privilege of representing Macomb County as a board member of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Additionally, Roy serves as Chairman of the RTA's Planning and Service Coordination Committee and on the Board of Regents for Baker College, Clinton Township Campus, the Macomb Community College Civil Advisory Committee, and as a Construction Arbitrator with the American Arbitrator Association.
Frank and Andrea Nicolella
Andrea and Frank Nicolella have been married for 17 years and are proud to say they have lived in Macomb County for all of those years. They have three school-age children who keep them very active while they also remain involved
in continuing the legacy of Andrea's father, Nino Salvaggio.
Nino Salvaggio began his first fruit market/grocery store in St. Clair Shores in 1979. He later opened the Troy (1996) and Clinton Township (2003) locations. Nino's dream was to offer even more services and products to his customers in Clinton Township. He worked tirelessly on this vision and the design prior to his death in 2003.
Andrea grew up working in the Nino's stores and holds the position of President of the Nino Salvaggio Charitable Foundation for Children in Need, founded by her father in 2001. Frank was hired by Nino in 1997 and is currently the General Manager of the Clinton Township Nino's. As the General Manager, he is part of the corporate decision making process, community involvement and also oversees the daily operations of the store.
Andrea and Frank, along with their family, share Nino's passion for business and supporting their community. Their sons, Joseph and Nino, have begun their work life at the Clinton Township Nino's.