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Change Ups: West Michigan residents destined for U.S. sled hockey team

August 9, 2013
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West Michigan residents destined for U.S. sled hockey team

Grand Rapids Sled Wings’ adult sled hockey defenseman Tyler Anderson, of Jenison, and forward Robert Thrailkill Jr., of Grand Haven, have been named to the 2013-14 U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team. The 22-year-olds were among 67 players who took part in USA Hockey’s two-day tryout camp near Buffalo, N.Y. Of the 17 players elected for the developmental team and the 18 chosen for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, Anderson and Thrailkill are the only natives of Michigan.

ASSOCIATIONS

Law Weathers announced COO Steve Edison will serve as president of the West Michigan Association of Legal Administrators.

BANKING

Joel Van Eldere has joined Founders Bank & Trust as vice president, mortgage group manager.

Lake Michigan Financial Corp. announced Craig Wever is the new vice president of accounting and corporate controller. He will oversee all accounting and financial reporting for LMFC, The Bank of Holland and The Bank of Northern Michigan.

Nancy Jesko, vice president, retail group manager, at Founders Bank & Trust, has been selected to be a member of the 2014 Leadership Grand Rapids team, a nine-month program managed by the Grand Rapids Chamber’s Center for Community Leadership.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Axios Inc., a 100 percent employee-owned human resource services firm, noted its 25th year in business.

Corrigan International has earned certification from the International Federation of Furniture Movers.

Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties announced the additions of six staff members to expand its business services team: business services manager, Deb Lyzenga; and business services representatives Michael Blakley, Dan Cain, Shelly Jewell, Amy Lebednick and Whitney White.

CONSTRUCTION

Dan Vos Construction Co. announced the groundbreaking of a 25,000-square-foot addition to the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, 2919 Leonard St. NE. The addition will mirror the Georgian Revival architecture of the original building, also by Dan Vos Construction.

J. Peterson Homes announced the addition of Matt Reinsma as a project manager. He will be responsible for the operations of the company’s renovation and new construction projects.

EDUCATION

The Chronicle of Higher Education included Davenport University on its list of Great Colleges to Work For. Davenport won honors in compensation and benefits; supervisor/department chair relationship; and respect and appreciation. This is the second consecutive year Davenport was recognized.

Grand Rapids Community College was named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education in the compensation and benefits category for its employee health and wellness program.

Grand Rapids Community College computer information systems professor Cheryl Kautz is the recipient of two 2013 Blackboard Catalyst awards for Exemplary Course Program.

GRCC student Alexi Bettig, who earned his associate degree in arts last spring, is the recipient of the President’s Scholarship from Davenport University. Bettig qualified by receiving first place, along with teammate Corwin Tobias, in video production at the Business Professionals of America national Leadership Conference in May.

Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy has selected Beverly Franks Grant to be its first associate director. Grant will serve as the chief operational leader, supporting executive director James Edwards in leadership projects and maintaining client relationships with foundations and organizations. She also will support members of the leadership team and serve as a key strategist in the center’s daily maintenance and operations.

ENERGY

Marc H. Foerster has joined Crystal Flash as vice president of business development. Foerster is responsible for coordinating marketing, sales, customer service, value engineering and new product and service development activities.

HEALTH

The Intersocietal Commission has granted Bronson Methodist Hospital a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of adult and pediatric transthoracic.

Michigan Pain Consultants PC announced the addition of Dr. Bindu Lewis, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain physician who will work in the Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Wyoming clinics.

HUMAN SERVICES

Friendship Ministries announced Dan Blauw has been appointed interim executive director. Blauw is a former Friendship Ministries’ board member who has been actively engaged in disability law.

Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services announced it has hired Larry Young, marketing coordinator.

LEGAL

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced attorney E. Thomas McCarthy Jr. has been elected a member of the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced it has awarded academic scholarships to assist minority students from Michigan to complete their legal studies: Bernadette Walli, of Pierson, law school scholarship; and Brenda P. Garcia, of Grand Rapids, paralegal/legal assistant scholarship.

MANUFACTURING

Perrigo announced the additions of Brad Lake, dispensing supervisor, Allegan location; Claire DeWitt, talent acquisition consultant; and Eric Neal, IT internal auditor for the global internal audit and compliance team.

REAL ESTATE

Leigh VanderMolen has joined the newly branded J. Peterson Reality as a sales associate.

RELIGION

First United Methodist Church in downtown Grand Rapids announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Bob Hundley as senior pastor. Hundley recently served as the Lansing district superintendent of the West Michigan Conference of the UMC. The church also has launched a $1.2 million tower renovation.

RESTAURANTS

Fred’s Italian Restaurant, 3619 Plainfield Ave. NE, announced it is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Aug. 13 with a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by second-generation owner Sam Pizzo along with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

RETAIL

A.K. Rikk’s President Jim Murray is the recipient of MR Magazine’s eighth annual Uptown Downtown award for the store’s innovation in men’s retailing and growth from a 3,000-square-foot store in Grand Rapids to 28,000 square feet.

SERVICES

Corrigan International has earned the international Federal of Furniture Movers Accredited International Mover certification.

Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men announced the opening of a salon at 3450 Alpine Ave. in Walker.

Rose Pest Solutions announced the promotion of John Steenstra to district supervisor in Grand Rapids.

Two Men And A Truck/International Inc. announced Jon Nobis, former chief information officer, is now chief operating officer at its Lansing-based headquarters. Nobis will continue to lead the IT department.

TRANSPORTATION

Supply Chain Solutions, a global transportation, logistics and supply chain management and improvement group, announced it has acquired Vanik International Inc., a Westmont, Ill.-based international freight forwarder.

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