PTM Named “Michigan WBE of the Year”


Photo Courtesy:  PTM Website  
Nika Russell-Hess, Donna Russell-Kuhr, Dannielle Russell and Gina Russell pictured from the left

St.Clair County, Michigan – October 5, 2017  

PTM Corporation, located in Ira Township (St. Clair County) has been named as Michigan’s Women Business Enterprise (WBE) of The Year by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.  Awardees are selected from a pool of more than 900 certified woman-owned, woman-managed businesses statewide.    

A women-owned business is defined as being at least 51% owned, capitalized, operated and controlled by a woman or group of woman.  The business must be a “for-profit” business which typically resides in the United States or one of its territories. 

Donna Russell-Kuhr, Nika Russell-Hess, Dannielle Russell and Gina Russell all deserve this achievement as business leaders and community minded individuals here in Ira Township, their corporation has been tremendous to work with over the years,” said James J.Endres, Jr, supervisor of Ira Township.  “ The entire Ira Township board of Trustee’s congratulates them and PTM on winning WBE of the year.”

Founded in 1970 by Charles T. Russell, PTM Corporation is now owned and operated by Mr. Russell’s four daughters (Donna, Nika, Gina, Dannielle).  Donna Russell-Kuhr, President and Co-Owner of PTM Corporation, shared that among the many challenges the company has faced in a highly competitive industry, one significant challenge was beating doubts that the four sisters would be able to sustain and  thrive in what was traditionally a “man’s business.”     

“PTM is proud to be a certified WBE by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, we are tremendously honored to be named as its Michigan WBE of the year. We are proud of our company’s diversity, and proud to support other Women’s Business Enterprises, as well as many other community programs and events," said Donna Russell-Kuhr. 

Donna Russell-Kuhr was also recently named President of the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County.  This position has traditionally been filled by a man for several years.  The EDA ’t is pleased that Donna was nominated and chosen by its Board of Directors as our new President via our annual meeting held in September.

“Donna is very involved in the community and passionate about its success.  She cares deeply not just about business, but more importantly about people.  You can’t take a plant tour without Donna proudly introducing you to nearly every employee she passes by; and often with a story about them, their family or their work ethic.  Economic Development is about relationship building, and so is Donna, so she’s going to be a fantastic President during her term,” said Dan Casey, CEO of the EDA.