Awards

MMTA recognizes its member's extraordinary contributions in two different ways: through the PRIME award and through service awards. The PRIME is our most prestigious honor, and stands for: Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence (PRIME). The PRIME recognizes individuals who have shown distinguished service in their professions, communities, and the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association. Since 1989, the MMTA has recognized 32 outstanding individuals who exemplified these attributes.

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2018 PRIME Award Recipient

Margaret Birch, Waterford Township Treasurer, was awarded the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association (MMTA) most prestigious honor, the Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence (PRIME) Award.

Margaret received the award at the MMTA 40th Annual Fall Conference held at the DoubleTree Riverfront Downtown Bay City in mid-Michigan on September 25, 2018. The PRIME Award annually recognizes an individual member for outstanding service to his or her profession, community, and the Association. The recipient is selected by their peers within the MMTA.
 

Margaret was elected Treasurer of Waterford Township in 2006, a community of now approximately 73,000 residents. As Treasurer, she is also responsible for payroll and benefits, administrator of two defined benefit pension plans, a Retiree Health Care Trust, a defined contribution plan and a member of the Board of Trustees.

Margaret earned the designation of CPFIM in 2010, and her CPFA was originally awarded in 2011 and renewed in 2016. She earned her MiCPT in 2014. She also wrote and had the Township’s investment policy certified in 2008.

Margaret is a past board member of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada (APT US&C) and has organized many welcome receptions for the Association at its annual conference; she earned a Service Award from the APT US&C in 2015.

Margaret has served on the MMTA board of directors for years, and is the current President.

Margaret is on the Board of Directors for the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization of almost 600 members. She is a strong believer in collaboration and works closely with the Township, Chamber, and the Waterford School District.

Margaret is involved with the Waterford Senior Center, the CAI Golden Age Club, Waterford Historical Society, Waterford Youth Assistance, and Relay for Life. Margaret is also a member of the Waterford Beautification Committee and works with others to enhance her community.

Margaret’s passion is water-skiing the slalom course. She competes on a local, regional, and national level. She lives with her husband, Paul, who supports her in everything she does. Margaret and Paul enjoy dancing, and began taking lessons almost four years ago, which allows them to do something they both enjoy together.

Margaret believes that MMTA provides not only education, but support and camaraderie which exceed any organization she has ever belonged to.

2017 MMTA PRIME Award Recipient 
The Globensky family: son Andrew, wife Kate, Award Recipient John Globensky, and daughter Alaina.
John Globensky, City of Grand Rapids Treasurer, was awarded the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association (MMTA) most prestigious honor, the Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence (PRIME) Award.
 
John received the award at the MMTA 38th Annual Fall Conference held at the Crystal Mountain Resort in northern Michigan on October 10, 2017. The PRIME Award annually recognizes an individual member for outstanding service to his or her profession, community, and the Association. The recipient is selected by their peers within the MMTA. Eight members were nominated for this year’s award from MMTA’s 900 members.
 
John has been a member of MMTA since 2009; his first hands-on exposure to MMTA was when he started Basic Institute in 2011, where he served as his class leader. John believes that the 100 hours of instruction provided over the three year Basic program was “the best preparation for my professional development.”
 
Former PRIME recipient Cheryl Rhein O’Neill, Oregon Township Treasurer and MMTA Past President, noted that “John’s willingness to always share knowledge and information with other treasury professionals helped solidify his selection as this year’s PRIME recipient.” She further commented that  “John’s dedication to supporting the continued growth and development of the City of Grand Rapids as well as the MMTA is evidenced through his personal and professional achievements.”
 
John joined the City of Grand Rapids in May 2009 and held the positions of Investment Analyst and Administrative Analyst prior to being appointed City Treasurer in May 2014. He has earned certifications as a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM) through the Association of Public Treasurers of the U.S. and Canada (APT US&C), and his Michigan Certified Public Treasurer (MiCPT) certification through MMTA. Having earned enough credits to apply, he looks forward to being awarded the Certified Public Finance Administrator (CPFA) certification through APT US&C in the near future.
 
His professional accomplishments over the past three years include “certifying the City’s investment policy, upgrading technology, and playing a vital role with the City’s vision of becoming a ‘Digital First’ city.”
 
John is a strong believer in MMTA’s role of supporting constant improvement within the municipal treasury profession. “Each day is a learning experience, and I’m blessed to have the connection with the MMTA members … everyone’s questions and input are extremely valuable as we learn and shape the practices and policies that impact our communities.”
 
John enjoys speaking at conferences, with his most recent presentation “Organizational Cash Handling” first received at the 2017 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado. John remarks, “I’m passionate about sharing information and discussing topics that impact our communities.” He also serves on the Michigan GFOA Legislative Committee.
 
John has a strong commitment to community, especially as it intersects with his passion of finance. He believes that personal finance should be taught both to teenagers and to couples who are planning to marry, and is working with his church leadership to begin offering such a program.
 
PRIME Award Recipients
2018  Margaret Birch, Waterford Township
2017 John Globensky, City of Grand Rapids
2016 Cheryl Rhein O'Neill,Oregon Township
2015 Matthew Horning, City of Ann Arbor
2014 Barb Fandell, City of Ithaca and Annge Horning, City of Tawas City
2013 Rose Dillon, Fruitport Township
2012 Kim McKay, City of Rockford
2011 Janice Thelen, Watertown Township
2010 Joseph G. Ferrari, Oxford Charter Township
2009 Albert C. Mooney, City of Grand Rapids
2008 Kathy Revels, City of Mason
2007 Bruce Maliczak, Charter Township of Canton
2006 Tim Arends, Traverse City
2005 Blinda Baker, City of East Tawas
2004 Jeffery Cyphert, Grand Blanc Charter Township
2003 Cynthia Dagenhardt, Charter Township of Milford
2002 Robert Brang, Redford Township
2001 Kay Bissonette, Oscoda Charter Township
2000 Joyce Golden, City of Walled Lake
1999 Susan L. Gross, Commerce Charter Township
1998 Penny Kovacevich, City of Midland
1997 Mary Carpenter, Cascade Charter Township
1996 Judy M. Volk, City of Bay City
1995 Judy McManus Garfield Charter Township
1994 David R. Moore, City of Greenville
1994 Jacqueline Rousselo, Frenchtown Charter Township 
1993 Margaret M. Robbins, City of Owosso
1992 Elaine S. Goebel, City of Auburn Hills
1991 Keith Sawdon, City of Rochester Hills
1990 Roman J. Gronkowski, City of Southfield
1989 Patrick M. Dohany, Commerce Charter Township

MMTA Service Awards

In 2010, the MMTA Board of Directors developed the Service Award to recognize MMTA members whose commitments to the Association go beyond the call of duty and promote our mission to provide our membership with the tools needed to meet the diverse challenges facing them by offering education, services, continuing professional development and ethical standards.

2018 Service Award Recipients
Andrea Boot, of the City of Wyoming, was honored with the 2018 MMTA Service Award in grateful recognition of outstanding service and dedication, especially her commitment and loyalty to the Association through her service on the Legislative and Nominating Committees and her 18-year commitment as a member giving of her time and talents in her advocacy of MMTA. 

Marie Sherry, of the City of Dexter, was also honored with a 2018 MMTA Service Award in acknowledgement of her commitment and loyalty to our Association through her continued service as active committee member, a presenter and facilitator at educational trainings offered annually, and her 16-year commitment as a member giving of her time and talents.

Andrea and Marie are both tremendous assets to MMTA and we stand stronger because of their support and encouragement.
 
Service Award Recipients
2017 - Paul Linn, City of Ironwood
2017 - Linda Poole, City of Marquette
2017 - Lorraine Jackman, Comerica Bank
2016 - Kim Goethe, Flagstar Bank
2016 - Mary Ann Kornexl, City of Mt. Pleasant
2015 - Laura Branchickformerly of Comerica Bank
2015 - Kurt DawsonCity of Rochester Hills
2015 - Rich GarayPublic Trust Advisors, LLC
2014 - Michael Pettigrew, City of Ann Arbor 
2014 - Les Pulver, Plante Moran 
2013 - Pam Hardy, Flagstar Bank
2013 - Greg Prost, Ambassador Capital Management 
2013 - Don Rogers, Coldwater Township
2012 - Anne Giroux, Marquette County
2011 - Nancy Robinson, Comerica Bank
2010 - Diane Giddens, City of Marquette
2010 - Russ Mollan, City of St. Clair