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Change Ups: Journalist inducted into Hall of Fame

April 25, 2014
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WOOD TV8’s Target 8 investigator Ken Kolker has been inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Kolker has spent more than 30 years in journalism and his work has been recognized with two Michigan Emmy Awards. The Hall of Fame nomination committee chose Kolker because of the difference his journalism work has made. His stories prompted a law requiring prisons to take prisoners’ DNA, which has led to multiple arrests.


Greg Ayers, president and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo, has been appointed vice chair and chair-elect of the National Association of Sports Commissions.


Consumers Credit Union has hired Carmen Villahermosa de Cox and Skylet Cummings as office managers of two Grand Rapids locations it will open later this year. Also, Stephanie Surns has been hired as digital strategy manager.

Founders Bank & Trust partnered with Mulick Elementary, Harrison Park Elementary and Innovation Central High School to celebrate Teach Children To Save Day. Bankers explored lesson plans that included learning how to make a budget.

Independent Bank Corp. has hired Bob Storrer, residential loan officer working from the East Beltline office; Marisol Linstro, residential loan officer who will work from the Muskegon office; and Sharon Nicholson, senior residential loan officer working from the Plainfield office.

Northpointe Bank announced David Kuiper, vice president/mortgage loan officer, has again been named to Mortgage Executivemagazine’s 2013 Top 1 Percent Mortgage Originators in America. Kuiper is the only loan officer recognized in West Michigan.


DP Fox Ventures has hired Mark Tomasik, associate general counsel, and has promoted Jestin Simon to information technology manager and Yuriy Demidko to systems utilization manager.

Jennifer Maxson of Varnum Consulting LLC announced she has completed the application process with Inscape Publishing Inc. to become an authorized DiSC distributor. DiSC delivers insights about workplace relationships, teamwork and communication.


Cynthia Kay & Co. announced it has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Great Lakes certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.


Firestone Building Products Co. LLChas honored J&L Roofing Co. with the 2014 Master Contractor Award. The Grand Rapids firm is one of 251 to earn the distinction for roofing system excellence.

Jay Bachtel has joined The Skillman Corp. as a site manager. Skillman, which provides project administration and construction management services,has offices in Kalamazoo, Indiana and Ohio.


Cornerstone University announced Dee Mooney has accepted the position of vice president and chief financial officer beginning July 1. She will oversee the university’s financial interests, business office, human resources and financial aid.

Grand Valley State University’s new Field Station building at the Annis Water Resources Institute on Muskegon Lake has been certified LEED Gold. It was completed in 2013, and LEED certification and review was completed earlier this year.

Oliver Evans, immediate past president of Kendall College of Art and Design, will serve as interim president upon the resignation of David Rosen. Evans retired as Kendall president in 2012 after leading the college for 18 years.


Rua Associates LLC of Zeeland announced the additions of Bill Veldboom, operations manager, and Alex Calder, sales and marketing manager.

Tom Werkman has joined Legacy Trust as its first chief operating officer.


Grand Rapids Public Museum has been awarded a $24,000 grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to fund exhibitions and programming focused on Grand Rapids. The museum also was awarded a $66,038 capital grant for the recent upgrade of the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.


Bronson Methodist Hospital has attained recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcomed Dr. Ahed Zayzafoon to its team; Bronson Internal Medicine – Oak Ridge has added Haley Crites, certified physician assistant; Cristy J. Burghardt, certified physician assistant, has joined Bronson Pediatric Surgery; and Bronson HealthCare Midwest Vascular & Endovascular Surgery added Jessica Kinnell, physician assistant.

Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan announced the successful completion of its capital campaign, Standing Tall, having raised more than $4 million.


Bruce Lyon in the new director of Porter Hills’ Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta.

St. Ann’s has added Tim Bulson, director of community relations.


Compass Insurance Agency is relocating to the Steiner Building, 525 Ottawa Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, and will be open for business starting May 5.


Attorney Shaun Patrick Willis of Kalamazoo has been certified as a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to trial lawyers who have won million- and multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.


Perrigo announced the additions of McKensey Hedberg, customer service representative; Brandon Persinger, quality manager/quality assurance for the tablet value stream team; and Holly Kequom, systems analyst for the IT and systems team.


Tom Clinton has joined Grand Rapids Community Media Center as executive director.


Lakeshore Advantage of Ottawa County has appointed Jennifer Owens president.


Truscott Rossman announced the addition of Amy LeFebre, senior account executive.


Gov. Rick Synder has appointed Doug Wood, director of the Kent County Department of Public Works, to represent governments and regions on the nine-member Michigan Recycling Council.


Jeff Rounds has joined Mortgage 1 Inc. as business development manager.

Third Coast Development announced Max Benedict has been elected to partner of the firm. He previously served as project manager.

X Ventures announced Steve Penfield has joined the company as an associate. He will be responsible for cultivating relationships and assisting with client deals in the lakeshore communities of Holland and Grand Haven.


C3 Exchange of Grand Haven has named Barbara Lee its interim leader.


Ken Gronsman has joined Ari Noel Auto Center Inc. as an automotive technician. Gronsman is a VW master certified technician.


Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill is the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding coach for the 2013-14 season.

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