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July 25, 2014
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David R. Fernstrum, an associate of law firm Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones PLC, has been elected a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. New fellows will be installed Nov. 8 in Los Angeles.

ACCOUNTING

PwC US announced Luke Cherveny will be admitted as a partner in its tax practice in Grand Rapids. 

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Jeremiah Elbel has been named the fourth partner of Deksia, a brand strategy, marketing and advertising agency with offices in Des Moines and Grand Rapids.

ARTS

Michigan Ballet Academy announced the appointment of Nikoloz Makhateli as artistic director. Makhateli’s experience includes head of the dance department at the Institute of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia, master teacher and choreographer at National Ballet School, Madras Africa, in Senegal, master ballet teacher of the National Ballet School in Nicaragua, and artistic director of Makhateli Ballet.

ASSOCIATIONS

John G. Cameron Jr., a lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, was installed as the public director for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

AWARDS

The Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship Medal, one of Grand Valley State University’s most prestigious awards, was presented to former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

CONSTRUCTION

Wolverine Building Group announced the addition of Michael B. Verhulst as vice president of business development and community relations.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its 100th anniversary with 100 Ways To Give service projects including care packages for foster children at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s Home, Toys For Tots, Grand Rapids Homes for Veterans and In The Image.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University graphic design professor Ron Riksen has been named interim dean of the college for a two-year appointment.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Shawn Kersjes of the PearlStreet team of Oppenhimer & Co. has been named to the National Association of Plan Advisors’ list of Top 50 Plan Advisors under 40.

HEALTH

Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming has received an Excellence in Patient Care award from the Studer Group. Metro received the award for having an overall rating of 9 or 10 on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient survey.

Spectrum Health announced Tina Freese-Decker has accepted the position of president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. Seth W. Wolk, president of Spectrum Health Medical Group, has assumed the additional responsibilities of chief medical officer, Spectrum Health. 

Spectrum Health announced the opening of its Integrated Care Campus at 2750 East Beltline Ave. NE. It includes urgent care, balance center, neurology and neuropsychology, obstetrics and gynecology, occupational health and rehabilitation services.

Spectrum Health’s Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals have been ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Hospitals 2014-15 rankings. The hospitals placed 20th in pulmonology, 23rd in gynecology; 25th in diabetes and endocrinology and 49th in gastroenterology, GI surgery, and ears, nose and throat. 

INSURANCE

Donald Shampine, president of Michigan Insurance Group, was elected to the board of directors for the Michigan Association of Independent Agents.

HUB International announced the additions of Torrie Meier, property and casualty client manager and client executive, in the Kalamazoo location, and Andrea Jordan, employee benefits/account executive, in Grand Rapids.

LEGAL

Lindsay Hartman has joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as an associate. Hartman will concentrate her practice in healthcare, with an emphasis in compliance, risk management, privacy and related issues. She also concentrates her practice on corporate and tax law.

Varnum LLP has achieved rankings in four of six practice areas by Chambers USA: banking and finance; labor and employment; litigation – general commercial; and real estate. Several Varnum attorneys named notable practitioners: David McLeod (banking); Richard Hooker (labor and employment); David Khorey (labor and employment); Lawrence J. Murphy (labor and employment); and Nyal Deems (real estate).

Varnum labor and employment attorney Luis Avila has been named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, recognizing early- to mid-career minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession. Honorees will be profiled in Lawyers Of Color’s Hot List 2014 Issue. Avila is one of seven attorneys from Michigan and the only attorney from West Michigan to be named to the list.

MANUFACTURING

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne announced the addition of Valerie Klaas, inside sales coordinator.

J. Timothy Gargaro has joined Gill Holding Co. Inc. as its chief financial officer.

Perrigo in Allegan announced the promotion of Nannette “Nan” Ainsworth to associate director, integretion. Ainsworth is responsible for integrating supply chain functions and processes of newly acquired businesses into Perrigo systems.

MILITARY

Lt. Col. Michael Sellers has assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. The district’s area of responsibility includes all of Michigan and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana, a total of 82,000 square miles of land with 4,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Samuel Sterk, of Grandville, to the Michigan Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons; the appointment of Brandi McBride, of Hudsonville, to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund board of trustees; the reappointment of Harold Mast, of Grand Rapids, and the appointment of Matthew Adeyanju, of Big Rapids, to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging.

SPORTS

Elite Baseball and Softball Training Center has opened a facility at 5920 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming.

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ ticket sales and social media departments were named the American Hockey League’s Ticket Sales Department of the Year for the 2013-14 season, before winning the AHL’s Team Business Services Award for digital media excellence among Western Conference teams. The Griffins also announced the promotions of Matt Batchelder to vice president of ticket sales; Zack Krywyj to group sales account manager; and Mike Myeno to season ticket sales and customer service account manager.

TECHNOLOGY

The KR Group Inc. announced it was named to the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500. The annual list recognizes the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners serving the small and midsize business market. Ranked at No. 19, KR Group expanded its business with Ingram Micro Inc. by more than 205 percent in the past three years.

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