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May 10, 2013
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The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has named Gloria Lara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, 2013 Hispanic Business Person of the Year. The award recognizes the accomplishments of business leaders who have made a significant impact on the West Michigan Hispanic community. In her position with GSMISTS, which she’s held since September 2010, Lara is a passionate advocate of access to scouting programs for young girls from all walks of life. 

ARTS

Opera Grand Rapids has named Tom Wesholski interim executive director while a search is conducted for a new executive director. Wesholski will join the organization in June.

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology announced appointments to its board: board member, Daniel Williams, principal of University Prep Academy; and vice president, Nancy Hickey, Steelcase senior vice president/chief administrative officer.

ASSOCIATIONS

NALS of Wet Michigan announced its 2013-14 officers: president, Wil Antonides; vice president, Cheryl Zorn; secretary, Karen Banks; treasurer, Suzie Christensen; director, Carolyn Field; and parliamentarian, Lynn Philp.

AWARDS

Douglas Hekman of Quincy Street Inc. in Holland was named 2013 Michigan Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Quincy Street is a pork processor and seller that has been in business since 1994. Hekman has led the company to double-digit growth in each of the past five years. Holland’s Teddy’s Transport, a second-generation family trucking business started in 1982, was named the Michigan Family-Owned Business of the Year.

BANKING

Kevin Comps has joined Northpointe Bank as vice president and controller.

Huntington Bank announced it has promoted Terry Dorgan to commercial region manager for all Huntington Bank West Michigan region markets. Dorgan will continue to serve as Huntington’s Kalamazoo community president.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the promotion of Alex Clayson to branch manager of its Alpine office.

BENEFITS

Acrisure Benefits Group announced the addition of Kate Mundwiler as a communications consultant to its advisory team.

Advantage Benefits Group announced Charley Schlosser has joined its team as an employee benefits specialist. 

BUSINESS SERVICES

Human resources firm Axios Inc. has celebrated 25 years of servicing West Michigan.

Emily Heilig has joined Custer’s Michigan sales team. She’ll be based in Custer’s new space in Traverse City and will support the company’s commercial, health care, technology and architectural products initiatives in Northern Michigan. Also, Custer announced it has been designated a 2013 Steelcase Platinum Partner for quality and performance to deliver a best-in-class Steelcase experience to customers and community.

Fishladder Inc. announced Kris DeVries is its new business manager.

Haworth Inc. has awarded Interphase Interiors in Grand Rapids its Best In Class distinction for the second year running. The honor recognizes Haworth dealerships for exceptional market development performance, sales, customer satisfaction, operational excellence and enterprise development.

EDUCATION

Davenport University announced faculty members serving in leadership roles with affiliates of the American Health Information Management Association. Western Michigan HIM Association: president-elect, Toni Windquist. Mid-Michigan HIM Association: president, Christi Beck; treasurer, Lisa Kagay; and nominating committee, Megan Tober and Nikki Grondzik. Michigan HIM Association: president-elect, T.J. Hunt, nominating committee, Linda Sorensen; and nominating committee chairperson, Margaret Neterer.

George Guichelaar, principal of South Christian High School, has been selected by the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College for a 2013-2014 fellowship for school heads who seek professional development in administrative work for faith-based schools.

ENERGY

Varnum attorney Bruce Goodman was elected secretary to the Michigan Energy Innovators Business Council, a statewide organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Michigan’s advanced energy sector.

HEALTH

Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery, Kalamazoo, announced the addition of physician assistant Kelli Roe

Mercy Health Partners’ parent organization, Trinity Health, announced a capital allocation for a $96.7 million expansion project for the Mercy Campus on Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon, the first step in a two-part approval process.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services announced it has received notification of accreditation for its new psychiatry residency program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The first residency class begins in July 2014. The four-year program will have eight residents annually, post-graduate year one through post-graduate year four, for a total of 32 residents in 2017.

The Western Regional Center of the Michigan Area Health Education Center announced it has selected Lori Stegmier to serve as executive director. Stegmier will design, direct and assess administration, program planning and development, personnel management, fundraising and public relations and marketing.

HUMAN SERVICES

Mel Trotter Ministries marked the one-year anniversary of its Day Center, which provides shelter for up to 100 homeless men, women and children. The ministry so far has provided shelter for more than 14,000 men, women and children.

Women’s Resource Center announced its 40thanniversary. It has served 40,000 women with its focus on women’s workplace and economic opportunities.

INSURANCE

Waterstone Insurance Agency Inc., Muskegon, recently was named the sixth highest ranked insurance agency out of 350 West Michigan agencies by Auto-Owners Insurance Co. The award is based on production, profitability and customer service.

LEGAL

Brian K. Lawson, a litigation attorney and shareholder with Rhoades McKee PC, was elected to serve a three-year term as trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association beginning July 1.

Jamie Mosqueda, Priority Health, has earned professional paralegal certification; Christine Bosker, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has received professional legal secretary certification; and Mary Alles, Melissa Barnes, Courtney Blanchard, Amy DeVries, Martina Martinez and Meghan Polera, all of Davenport University, have earned accredited legal secretary certifications.

Mike Meyers Beckett & Jones announced the Gockerman Wilson Saylor & Hesslin firm, Manistee, has joined the Grand Rapids law firm. Attorneys Richard Wilson, George Saylor and Daniel Hesslin will maintain the downtown Manistee office; Bruce Gockerman will become “of counsel” to Mika Meyers.

Parmenter O’Toole, Muskegon, announced the addition of Horia Neagos as a litigation attorney. 

INSURANCE

Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency inc. has earned senior partner designation from Grange Insurance, a special status for independent agencies that sell Grange products based on experience, professionalism and performance.

LOGISTICS

Chemtreat has awarded Holland its 2012 LT Carrier of the Year Award, the second year in a row and the fourth time since 2004 Holland has received the honor.

SERVICES

Corrigan Moving Systems announced the launch of its new website: www.corriganmoving.com.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Patty Janes, GVSU associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, won the Pure Michigan Jump Start Competition with her idea called Michigan Cares for Tourism. Janes beat four other finalists to win $5,000 to implement her idea.

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