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Change Ups: Kendall hires community arts advocate

September 27, 2013
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Kendall hires community arts advocate

Salvador Jimenez is Kendall College of Art and Design’s new community arts advocate. Jimenez will develop relationships with multicultural communities that contain underrepresented, underserved and first-generation student populations. He will also serve as a liaison to multicultural outreach organizations such as West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and Hispanic Center of West Michigan, where he will provide networking opportunities to foster these relationships.

ACCOUNTING

BDO USA LLP announced Kevin Muntter was admitted to the firm’s partnership in Grand Rapids.

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones announced the election of Jan Frantz, of Battle Creek, as its board chair.

BENEFITS

Bill Lewis, principal of Integrity Benefits LLC, announced he has merged his business with Pinnacle Insurance Partners, with Russ Manz, partner.

BUSINESS SERVICES

John Engler was appointed chairman of the advisory board to Blackford Capital’s Michigan Prosperity Fund, which focuses on acquiring and growing middle-market manufacturing, distribution and service companies.

Kim Lisman has joined Custer’s corporate sales team and will work with corporate and annuity accounts.

Wurth Service Supply announced the addition of Jeff Diller, business development manager. His role will focus on bringing in new business opportunities for the key account team to manage.

CONSTRUCTION

Miller-Davis Co. announced the additions of Chloe McCotter, communications specialist, and Taimoor Khan, preconstruction services manager.

EDUCATION

Christian Schools International announced the promotion of Darryl Shelton to vice president of corporate development and innovation, and the addition of Jane Mulder, vice president of marketing. 

Ferris State University’s Center for Latin@ Studies is hosting “Hablemos: Speaking Spanish Together” sessions for faculty, staff and community members with an eye on strengthening diversity and inclusion at Ferris and introducing Latino culture to the community.

Jessica Jennrich has been named director of Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center, succeeding Marlene Kowalski Braun, who is now assistant vice provost for student affairs.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Pasman GSC Financial announces Joseph Pasman Jr. has been elected a member of the 2013 Chairman’s Council of New York Life Insurance Co.

Watkins Ross, an employee-owned actuarial consulting and retirement plan administration firm, has completed 65 years of providing service to its clients.

GRANTS

Muskegon Rotary Club’s 1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County initiative and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County announced $500 grants will be awarded to 10 projects that will help make their communities healthier.

HEALTH

Bronson Children’s Hospital received more than $50,000 from Kohl’s Department Store during the Child Passenger Safety Week Celebration/National Seat Check event that will go toward injury prevention programs in Kalamazoo County.

Bronson HealthCare Midwest Rheumatology announced the additions of Drs. Lakshmi Kocharla and PhilipVelderman.

Dr. William Cunningham, of Metro Health Hospital, is the recipient of a 2013 Healthcare Leadership Award from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. Cunningham, executive vice president of systems development, was one of three health-care leaders recognized.

HUMAN SERVICES

Tiffany Page has joined Catholic Charities West Michigan as volunteer services director.

INSURANCE

Berends Hendricks Stuit has retained its status of a Best Practices agency for the 20thconsecutive year, as part of the Agents & Brokers of America Best Practices Study Group.

LEGAL

Mark E. Nettleton, a member of Mike Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, was named recipient of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys’ Distinguished Attorney Award.

Thrun Law Firm PC announced the opening of a new law office at 3260 Eagle Park Drive NE, Suite 121, in Grand Rapids.

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP announced 129 of its attorneys were named 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers; 87 are Super Lawyers; 42 are Rising Stars.

Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos PC announced shareholder Stephen J. Hessen has been selected as a 2013 Michigan Super Lawyer in the practice areas of business/corporate, litigation and estate planning.

Miller Canfield announced five lawyers in its Grand Rapids office have been recognized as 2013 Super Lawyers: Robert L. DeJong, litigation; Joseph M. Infante, business litigation; Charles “Sandy” Mishkind, employment litigation defense; Stanley J. Stek, litigation; and Trent J. Taylor, banking.

Twenty-seven attorneys from Miller Johnson were named Michigan Super Lawyers 2013. Nine were named Lawyer of the Year: Jeffrey S. Ammon, Banking and Finance; David M. Buday, Nathan D. Plantinga and Peter J. Kok, Management; Gary A. Chamberlin, Education; Carol J. Karr, Trusts and Estates; Craig H. Lubben, Litigation Labor and Employment; Jon R. Muth, Legal Malpractice, Defendants; and D. Andrew Portinga, ERISA. Rising Stars include Dustin J. Jackson, Raj A. Malviya, Neil J. Marchand and Robert D. Wolford.

P. Haans Mulder, a partner with Holland’s Cunningham Dalman, has been selected to the 2013 Michigan roster of Rising Stars.

LOGISTICS

M&K Quality Truck Sales has expanded its presence in the Chicago area, opening a parts sales operation in Melrose Park.

MANUFACTURING

Perrigo announced the additions of Larissa Linton, organizational development and change management consultant for the global talent management team in Allegan, and Wendy Collier, SAP business analyst for the IT and systems team.

SPORTS

Grand Rapids Griffins announced the hiring of Kelsey Perras, corporate sales fulfillment coordinator; Alan Cross, public relations manager; Marissa Malson, social media sales and marketing manager; and Nathan Hone, video coordinator.

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