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Change Ups: MPCU opens Coopersville branch
My Personal Credit Union has opened a new office at 1147 W. Randall St. in Coopersville. The facility includes drive-up service lanes and ATM, wireless banking and Saturday hours. Services include access to free checking, mobile banking, online banking and bill pay, 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs, car loans, mortgages, credit cards, financial planning and more. Other MPCU offices are at 1327 Plainfield Ave. NE, 2187 Port Sheldon St., 4833 Town Center SE and 1414 Burton St. SW.
BDO USA LLP announced Doug Bekker has been appointed to the role of Grand Rapids tax office managing partner, and Tony Lawrence has been appointed to Grand Rapids assurance office managing partner.
Jennifer Lahey has joined Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter PC as its business advisor.
Cynthia McCurren, dean of Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing, was elected to the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Her term is from 2013-2015.
Creative Child Magazine has awarded School Zone Publishing of Grand Haven with the Kids Product of the Year Award for its Bedtime Alphabet Night-Time Learning, Interactive Flash Cards, and its I Like to Paint Letters, Numbers, and Shapes (iOS App), which received the Top App Award in the Painting Apps category.
Independent Community Bankers of America announced Mercantile Bank is one of the top 50 community banks in social media and top 20 community banker influences on Twitter.
Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the additions of Brad Cook, senior mortgage originator; Paula Darling, mortgage loan originator for the Lakeshore area; Jim Schipper, board of directors member; and the promotion of Matt Cook to director of community relations.
Macatawa Bank announced the promotion of Jeremy Prins to assistant vice president, branch manager and Infinex financial group investment representative in its Hamilton office.
John Doherty, president/CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Western Michigan Chapter, announced his retirement after 42 years of service to the organization. Norm Brady, former vice president of human resources for Triangle Associates Inc., was selected as the new president/CEO by the ABC/WMC board of directors.
Nancy Stellini has joined Triangle Associates Inc. as its human resources manager. Triangle also announced the promotions of Brent Gibson to vice president-operations; Josh Szymanski to vice president-business development; April Bollenbach and Matt Novak to project managers; and Andrea Adkins, cost accountant. Gibson and Szymanski also will serve as market leaders: Gibson will focus on the higher education, housing and commercial markets, and Szymanski will drive the K-12 education, industrial and retail markets.
Calvin College announced 71 high school students from 14 U.S. states and from Nigeria, India and Rwanda will graduate from its Entrada Scholars program. Entrada, Spanish for “gateway,” is a merit-based grant program that brings exceptional ethnic minority high school students to Calvin for a month-long summer college immersion experience.
The Grand Valley State University board of trustees announced the elections of: chair, Shelley Padnos, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Co.; and vice chair, Mike Thomas, special Michigan assistant attorney general in Genesee County.
The U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has named Ferris State University the first university in the country to be designated a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence.
Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation is the recipient of a $60,000 grant from the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc., which will support genomic cancer research for children with cancer, specifically research using molecular guided therapy.
The Fertility Center announced the addition of Dr. Valerie I. Shavell, a fellowship-trained specialist in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
For the fourth consecutive year, Metro Health Hospital is among 289 hospitals and health systems nationwide to make the top ranks of Hospitals & Health Networks’ annual survey as one of the nation’s most wired hospitals. IT benchmarks include infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration.
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2013-14 edition has ranked Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Blodgett Hospital 21st in gynecology; 25th in diabetes and endocrinology; and 40th in pumonology. The hospitals also were recognized as high performing in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology.
Price Heneveld LLP announced partner Brian R. Cheslek has been appointed to the firm’s management committee.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP attorney Kelechi E. Adibe has been named to the Lawyers of Color inaugural Hot List, which features 100 minority attorneys from the Midwest under age 40.
Granco Clark announced the promotion of Kurt Lipka to mechanical engineering manager.
Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Richard Bandstra of Grand Rapids to the state Board of Ethnics; Jason T. Hanselman of Lansing to the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission; and the reappointment of Laura Mammen of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Kentwood Office Furniture announced the addition of Karenaan Ford, design/sales administration, in its Grand Rapids office.
Fred’s Italian Restaurant, 3619 Plainfield Ave. NE, is celebrating its 50th anniversary Aug. 13 with a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by second-generation owner Sam Pizzo and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
Grand Rapids Griffins staff has been honored by the American Hockey League, receiving a Community Service Award of Excellence in the Western Conference and ranking fourth in attendance in 2012-13; season ticket sales and customer service executive Mike Myeno ranked second in the Western Conference in new FSE sales, and social media sales and marketing manager John VanderHaagen finished third; group ticket sales manager John Hoffa placed second in group ticket sales; and the team was presented with certificates for achieving a 10 percent increase in per-game FSE sales and selling a total of 450 new FSEs.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
Jessica Griffin has joined the sales and administrative staff of Protravel International – Ada Michigan