Best and Brightest honored for ‘Wellness’ efforts

A high level of winning was on display at the eighth annual Best and Brightest in Wellness event Oct. 4 at The Henry in Dearborn.

More than 100 winning companies honored and celebrated with the theme, “Creativity and Wellness: Exploring the Relationship Between Self Expression and Wellbeing.”

The celebration kicked off with an exciting cardio drumming exercise, which organizers said “pumped everyone up.” That was followed by yoga and meditation to cool everyone down.

The morning keynote speaker, Mark Ostach, talked about creating a culture of digital wellness to reduce stress in the workplace. The afternoon keynote speaker, Kathy Schnur, shared how creating art can help express emotions.

The awards portion of the program was “high energy” as the winners accepted their honors.

Organizers pointed out this program “continues to impact the community with the outreach of employers, schools, faith based organizations and nonprofits.”  Many gave testimonies about how this program has positively affected the health and wellness of their employees, congregants, students and the community as a whole. 

Congratulations are in order, and we invite you to join us in a shoutout to the winners:

Elite Winners

Operation Fit — Operation Fit is a program developed by the collaborative efforts of Bronson Battle Creek, Battle Creek Community Foundation, and Regional Health Alliance, community agencies, organizations, and the philanthropic community working toward decreasing the rate of childhood obesity in Calhoun County.

Faith Based
Fellowship Chapel — Fellowship Chapel is a free fellowship of men, women and children who are dedicated to the fulfillment of the Christian principles of Jesus Christ in all areas of social, economic, civic and spiritual life. The belief there is that the chief purpose of religion is the search for those universal truths which will make people free, at peace and productive.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School — The mission of St. Charles is to assist parents in fostering total growth and development of their children by combining the Gospel message of Jesus with academic excellence.

Wellness Provider to Individuals
Cooking with Que — Cooking With Que is a place where vegans and meat eaters coexist. The mission is to teach people how to eat to live by introducing more plant-based meals into everyday lives.

Wellness Benefit Consultant Provider to Corporations
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC — Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) was established in 2008 as a separate operating subsidiary of Marsh LLC to serve the property and casualty and employee benefits needs of mid-size organizations. Marsh is the largest global insurance broker and risk management advisor in the world.

Small Business
Southwest Michigan First — Southwest Michigan First is an organization of privately funded economic development advisors who act as the catalyst for economic success in Southwest Michigan. Founded in 1999 on the principle that the most powerful force for change is a well-paying job, the organization works across all industries throughout the seven counties making up the Southwest Michigan Region.

Medium Business
Consumers Credit Union — Consumers Credit Union has the products and financial services that allow customers to bank how and when they want. From access to 30,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide to a Zillow-recommended mortgage team, they are local, loyal and dedicated to helping clients keep track of their life, home, car, business and future.

Large Business
Quicken Loans — Quicken Loans Inc. is a mortgage lending company headquartered in the One Campus Martius building in the financial district of downtown Detroit. Quicken has helped over two million families finance their homes.


Wellness Employers


Argent Group 

Art Van 

Baudville Brands 

Bell’s Brewery, Inc.



Cascade Engineering

Center for Financial Planning

Clark Retirement Community

Comfort Research

Consumers Credit Union

Custom Profile

Dematic Corp.

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.

DTE Energy

Easter Seals Michigan

ELGA Credit Union 

Express Employment Professionals

Farbman Group

General Dynamics Land Systems

Gentex Corporation

GMB Architecture + Engineering 

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa 

Great Expressions Dental Centers 

Greenleaf Hospitality 

Greenleaf Trust 

Henry Ford Health System

Herman Miller, Inc.

Humanetics Innovative Solutions

Inteva Products 

KIRCO Management Services, LLC 

L&L Products 

Lacks Enterprises, Inc.

Lake Michigan Credit Union 

Lake Trust Credit Union

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital 

MidMichigan Health

MMI Engineered Solutions

MSU Federal Credit Union

Oakland County

OHM Advisors 


Oswald Companies 

Peckham, Inc.


Progressive AE

Quicken Loans

Ramco Gershenson 



Sachse Enterprise of Companies 

Schupan & Sons, Inc.

Service Express, Inc.

Southwest Michigan First


Studio C


The Taubman Company 

The Wiser Financial Group  

Thornton & Grooms Company 

United Shore Financial Services Company

University of Michigan 



Yeo & Yeo CPAs and Business Consultants

 Wellness Benefit Consultant  Providers to Corporations

Austin Benefits Group 


Kapnick Insurance Group

Manquen Vance 

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Michigan 

Michigan Planners


Wellness Providers to Corporations


Edify North 

Health Plan Advocate

Wellness Providers to Individuals

Awaken Yoga Studio

Cooking with Que

Elite Body Training Studio

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC 

The Tough Gym

Faith Based Organizations

Aijalon Baptist Church 

Chapel Hill Ministry 

Christian Tabernacle Church

Family Victory Fellowship Church

Fellowship Chapel

Flowery Mount Baptist

Historic Little Rock Baptist Church

Historic Motor City Baptist Church

Holy Cross Missionary Baptist Church

Kadesh Missionary

Smith Chapel AME

Third New Hope Baptist Church 

True Rock Church

Schools and School Districts

Bennett Elementary – Detroit  Public Schools

Cornerstone Health + Technology  High School

Dearborn Public Schools 

East Middle School 

Jefferson Elementary

Keith Elementary School

Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School

New Haven Community School District

Oakland Schools

Roosevelt Elementary

St. Charles Borromeo 

White Pine Middle School

Y Detroit Innovation Academy

Non Profit

Development Centers 

Kalamazoo Regional Educational  Service Agency 

Metro Detroit CLUW

MIU Men’s Health Foundation 

Operation Fit – Bronson Battle Creek

Redirecting Youth to  Strive for Excellence (R.Y.S.E.)

Rhonda Walker Foundation

The Color of Autism Foundation