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Change Ups: Insurance CEO recognized for contributions

February 22, 2013
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Insurance CEO recognized for contributions
Gary Marker, C&M Insurance (Ann Arbor); Richard Dunning, CEO, Fremont Insurance Co.; Carol Dunning (Spouse); and Wayne Blackwell, Blackwell Insurance Services (Grand Rapids).

Retiring Fremont Insurance Co. CEO Richard Dunning was recognized for his contributions and service to the independent insurance agency system by the 167 independent insurance agencies representing Fremont. A $8,270 donation was made in his honor to United Way of the Lakeshore – New County. The Fremont-based company provides property and casualty insurance to individuals, farms and small businesses.

AGRICULTURE

The Michigan Farm Bureau honored the Ottawa County Farm Bureau with its Excellence in Grassroots Lobbying Award for its lobbying efforts on behalf of its farmer members at the local, state and national level.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Prein & Newhof announced the additions of airport engineers Bob Nelesen and Jon Van Duinen and former Gerald R. Ford International Airport executive director Jim Koslosky.

ASSOCIATIONS

Clock Conversions businessman Ron Mohr has been appointed northern representative on the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association board of directors.

BANKING

Consumers Credit Union announced the additions of Ben Burley, operations project manager; Kristen Davison, training and development manager; Kelly Smith, plastics manager; and Joel Pyard, IT data center supervisor.

Shelby State Bank has appointed Ron Maciejewski to executive vice president.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Joel Koch has joined the Brewers Professional Alliance as a salesman and craft brew industry specialist.

Kelly Piliouras has joined Staffing Inc. as a recruiter.

EDUCATION

Davenport University announced community leader and philanthropist Carol Van Andel will join its board of trustees, effective March 2013. Van Andel is executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation.

The Teacher’s Education Accreditation Council has granted Aquinas College School of Education the maximum five-year accreditation.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Mortgage 1 Inc. was recognized as having four of the top funders of Michigan State Housing Development Authority home loans in West Michigan: Matt Harris, Scot Veneklase, Scott Reilly and Daniel Grzywacz.

Primerica announced the promotion of Ken Chesterman to regional vice president.

FOUNDATIONS

Bronson Health Foundation announced Michele Marquardt is the chair of its board of directors. Marquardt is a founding member of DeMent and Marquardt PLC in Kalamazoo.

Kyle Wilson has joined Economic Development Foundation as a small business association specialist.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Donald MacKenzie, a senior principal with Chicago-based Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, will serve as associate vice president for advancement/executive director.

HEALTH

Bronson Methodist Hospital has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in its new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative.

Roxanne Cornelius, a certified physician assistant specializing in all aspects of cosmetic medicine, has joined the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery team.

HUMAN SERVICES

The American Red Cross has named Dean Herried regional chief development officer for Red Cross of West Michigan.

Mel Trotter Ministries announced two leadership changes within its development department. Tim Swiney, vice president of development, now oversees the development and marketing and communications departments; Vanessa Daniels has been promoted to director of donor relations.

INSURANCE

Humana Inc. has appointed Ross Westreich vice president of its Medicare operations for Michigan and Wisconsin.

Lighthouse Group announced the addition of Alan J. Woznicki, risk consultant, and Cindy Hicks, account manager serving the east side of Michigan.

LEGAL

Attorney Adam C. Sturdivant has been named partner at the Drew, Cooper & Anding law firm.

Miller Johnson announced the following leadership positions: Robert D. Wolford, chair, and Laurie K. Murphy, vice chair, of the firm’s business section; Peter J. Kok, chair, and John F. Koryto, vice chair, employment and labor section; Craig H. Lubben, chair, and Richard E. Hillary II, vice chair, litigation section; Sarah K. Willey, administrative member in the firm’s Kalamazoo office; and Jeffrey J. Fraser, diversity office and chair of the diversity council.

Four partners with Warner Norcross & Judd were named top litigators in Michigan by Benchmark Litigation: Douglas A. Dozeman, commercial and intellectual property litigation; Richard A. Kay, commercial litigation; F. William McKee, personal injury litigation; and William R. Jansen, commercial litigation. The law firm was also listed as “highly recommended” in the areas of general commercial, intellectual property and personal injury litigation.

MANUFACTURING

Fashion Footwear Association of New York and trade publication Footwear Plushonored Wolverine Worldwide with three Plus Awards for Excellence in Design: Company of the Year, Work Boots and Sperry Top-Sider, Men’s Street brand.

MILITARY

Mark Gorzynski of Lansing has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and reassigned as new post commander at Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta. Gorzynski will be responsible for the oversight of training, personnel, facilities and maintenance. Fort Custer is home to eight Michigan National Guard units.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Foster Swift attorney Nichole Jongsma Derks of the Holland office has been appointed to the Ottawa County Community Corrections Advisory Board.

Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Steve Wilson of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Humanities Council.

Rodney D. Martin, diversity partner with Warner Norcross & Judd, has been appointed co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. Martin’s one-year term will involve advising Start Bar leadership on implementing the Pledge to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion.

REAL ESTATE

Gary Vandenberg of Real Estate Solutions was installed in the 2013 Society of Exchange Counselors at the National Real Estate Marketing Conference.

Realtor Marilyn Hazard with Keller Williams has been awarded the designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative by the National Association of Realtors.

RESTAURANTS

McDonald’s Corp. has appointed Francisco “Pancho” Gonzalez its new vice president/general manager of the Michigan region.

SPORTS

Grand Valley State University hosted the Gazelle Sports/Adidas Elite Meet at the Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale. It is the second year Gazelle Sports partnered with GVSU to put on the high school track event as part of the Michigan Indoor Track Series.

TRANSPORTATION

Les Hoogland and Jim Storey were appointed to the West Michigan Airport Authority.

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