PRIME 2019

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.

2019 PRIME voting for this year's PRIME nominees will go from August 20 through September 3. Balloting will be done using the Election Buddy service; all members will receive an email with a link to place their votes; the email will come from "Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association", but the email address will be [email protected] If you are concerned with receiving your ballot invitation, please make sure to add this as a trusted email address or check your junk/spam folder.

2019 PRIME Nominees include Rande Listerman, Rachel Piner, and Tricia Wiggle-Bazzy. Please see their biographical information below - we hope you vote when you receive your ballot invitation.

Rande Listerman

Rande has served residents in Michigan in local government for over twelve years. She was appointed the Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of Pentwater on November 1st, 2017. She has embraced the quintessential harbor town on the shores of Lake Michigan. The village’s unique landscape is surrounding by the 500-acre Pentwater lake with a recreational channel connecting it to beautiful Lake Michigan. Within the Village limits on the northwest side of the channel border is Mears State Park with sand dunes and the gorgeous sandy beach. The community is a unique Michigan tourist destination. Due to the high-water levels on Lake Michigan this season the village council and the township board worked together to purchase a water taxi to serve the residents and tourists that were affected by the Longbridge road closure. The water taxi is a free shuttle during the day and provides sunset and history tours for a small fee to support the cost of operation. As one of the village’s newest residents, Rande volunteers as a docent for the History tours.

Currently, Rande is the President-Elect for the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Board of Directors. This year she is the 2019 Fall Conference Chairperson; she has served on the MMTA Board of Directors since 2014. Rande has been past chairperson for the Education Committee overseeing Basic and Advanced Institute in 2015. Rande also chaired the Professional Development committee and the 2018 Winter Workshop.

Rande earned the designation of Michigan Certified Professional Treasurer in May 2011 and has been re-certified in 2015 and 2019. She has also earned the nationally recognized CPFIM (in 2012) and CPFA (in 2014) designations from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada (APT US&C).

Rande began her service in local government in October 2007 when she was appointed the Village of Dryden Treasurer and Deputy Clerk. As the Treasurer of the Village and with the support of Council, Rande re-organized the village financial record keeping in accordance to the GASB Standards and Michigan Treasury guidelines. In 2008, the Building Department was brought back under the umbrella of the village offices and Rande launched the Village of Dryden website. She served as the Secretary of the Downtown Development Authority from October 2009 to August of 2017. As a member of the DDA Board, Rande Co-Chaired the Annual Dryden Fall Festival each year. Also, Rande served as the Secretary to the Lapeer County Treasurer’s Association from June 2009 to June 2015.

In her personal life, Rande and her husband Dan have been married for 36 years. They have three adult children Ryan (34), Jessica (33) married to Jason, and Ally (23) married to Mark. Rande and Dan are blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Olivia (7) and her brother Leo (4). The grandchildren absolutely love coming to visit grandma in Pentwater! Rande and her husband enjoy camping, bicycling, boating, canoeing and spending time at the beach in Pentwater, and enjoying the magnificent sunsets as often as possible. Her newest pastime is exploring the lighthouses on the west side of the state.

Rande credits her growth professionally and personally to the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association. The educational opportunities along with the life-long friendships she has formed make her proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

 

Rachel Piner 

Rachel began her municipal interest as a junior in high school serving as a liaison between the Student Council and the St. Louis City Council. During her senior year of high school, she worked as a co-op student at St. Louis City Hall and continued to work there throughout college. She graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2006. She was the Clerk/Treasurer at the Village of Webberville for seven years prior to being hired as Treasurer for the City of Williamston, a position she has held since 2013.

Rachel joined MMTA in 2007, earned her MiCPT in 2011 and CPFA in 2015. She was elected to the Board of Directors at Fall Conference in 2016. Prior to being elected, Rachel served as Parliamentarian and was an active member of the Education, Membership and Fall Conference Committees. After attending her first year of Basic Institute, she worked with colleagues in her area to form the Capital Area Treasurers, which meets throughout the year to discuss treasury related issues.

She and her husband, Tim, have two young children, Morgan and Jackson.

 

Tricia Wiggle-Bazzy 

Tricia was appointed Deputy Treasurer of Hamburg Township in August of 2010. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the finance sector of the Hospitality industry since her graduation in 1992 from Clarenceville High School. 

Tricia has been a member of the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association since 2011. In April 2013, she graduated Basic Institute and received her MICPT certification. Tricia take so much pride in being part of such a wonderful organization, MMTA is a big part of her success and growth both professionally and personally. Tricia also takes pride in being involved with the members, networking and always lending a helping hand. Tricia actively serves on the Education committee, Fall Conference Committee and Membership Committee. Tricia has served on the MMTA board since fall of 2013 and is now the Vice President for the MMTA Board, Professional Developmental Chair and serves on the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada (APT US&C) Board since 2015 and is currently the Treasurer and Accreditation Director.  

Since becoming Deputy Treasurer in 2010 she has worked with her Treasurer’s office staff as well as the director of finance to now have eight years of excellent Audits reviews. Due to the outstanding effort and determination and TEAMWORK, Hamburg Township’s Standard & Poor’s bond rating has gone from a B in 2009 to an AA rating as of today. Tricia takes pride in the procedures and policies that she has implemented to increase collection of current real property taxes as well as delinquent personal property success rate collection to around 70% collection rate.

Tricia has received her MiCPT certification, CPFIM, and CPFA. Education and continuing education are a pure driving force for her. Tricia is very personable and truly enjoys the interaction with her residents as well as her co-workers; she is always willing to step in and help in other departments without hesitation. Hamburg Township is her pride and joy and she loves working for such a great community. Tricia also loves to spend time with her residents, helps them shop, and do things around their homes. 

Tricia is the mother of three beautiful children, Sedric, Trevor and Brianna and soon to be MIMI for her first grandchild, Kyrie, and recently started a new tradition of family night every week, where she has dinner with all her kids and her wonderful boyfriend Mike. Tricia volunteers for her son’s athletic boosters; she loves to always be busy. Everyone knows her as fun loving, and easy to get along with, but she will be tough when she needs to be. Her motto is: “you are put on this earth with a purpose” and God’s purpose for her was to help others achieve their goals as well as her own.