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Change Ups: ECCU raises money to benefit Wounded Warriors

January 2, 2015
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Wounded Warrior

Educational Community Credit Union of Kalamazoo and its staff recently raised $2,512 for the Wounded Warrior Project, which strives to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid to meet the needs of injured service members. ECCU staff began its fundraising campaign in fall 2014, raising approximately $1,000 in September, but wanted to do more and continued fundraising for another 30 days, with a goal of doubling the amount already raised.

ACCOUNTING

Baker Holtz announced it has moved. Its new address: The Waters Building, 1616 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids.

ARTS

The Board of Library Commissioners of the Grand Rapids Public Library has re-elected James Botts, president, and M. Jade VanderVelde, vice president/secretary, for one-year terms that began Jan. 1.

Grand Rapids Art Museum announced the appointment of Khary Bridgewater, Sydney DeVos and Christopher Rosmarin to its board of trustees. Officers are: president, Jane Boyles Meilner; vice president, Tamara R. Bailey; and secretary/treasurer, Tony S. Lawrence. Joy Uddin was appointed volunteer council president.

Grand Rapids Art Museum Foundation board appointed the following officers: president, Douglas Williams, and secretary/treasurer, Tony S. Lawrence.

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology Executive Director Kim Dabbs has been invited to participate in a three-month residency at Stanford University’s d. school with a focus on design thinking and innovation in education. The residency will help WMCAT build capacity for sharing innovative approaches to education on an international scale.

ASSOCIATIONS

The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan announced its officers and members: president, Bob Stead; vice president, Joani Gill; and board members: Jason Brinks, Martin Stein, Roger Colman and Jon Seibers.

AWARDS

The National Association for Business Resources has named Michigan Office Solutions one of the 2014 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For.

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan was listed on Corp! magazine’s 101 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2014.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan announced the election of its board of directors: Tom HanleyBeth Hinshaw-Hall, Rhonda Huismann, Bob Karel and Justin Karl. The 2015 executive committee members are: chair, Larry Andrus; vice chair, Kathy Crosby; immediate past chair, Scott Hill; secretary, Steve McCarthy;  and treasurer, Ron Wierenga.

Valpak of West Michigan, a locally owned franchise offering advertising solutions to businesses, announced it has a new brand and new logo.

CONSTRUCTION

CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced Nancy Murray, accounting coordinator, and Brian Roy, senior project manager, are recipients of the company’s Walt East: Excellence in Customer Service Award. CSM also announced the promotions of Don Brown, Steve Jones, John Kakoczki, Terry Moerman and Brian Roy to senior project managers.

Triangle Associates presented employee service awards to project manager Matt Novak, the Golden Hard Hat Award, and project manager Chris Huyser, the Community Steward Award.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College, with funding help from JP Morgan Chase & Co., now offers an industrial sewing course that costs students $35. The classes are in response to increased workforce demands. Steepletown Neighborhood Services and Blue Marble Threads provided machines and helped develop the curriculum.

ENERGY

The Wildlife Habitat Council recognized two Consumers Energy generating facilities, the B.C. Cobb Plant in Muskegon and the J.H. Campbell Complex in Ottawa County, for contributions to wildlife habitat conservation and environmental stewardship. The Campbell complex was recognized with recertification of the Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning program, and the Cobb plant was recertified for the Wildlife at Work program.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Bryan Blackburn has been hired as director of client services for ProNexus Michigan West. He will overseeall aspects of client and consultant services for the company’s Michigan West operation.

GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Local First a two-year, $94,000 grant in partnership with the West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their Community Supported Agriculture programs.

HEALTH

Allegan General Hospital’s board of trustees elected Paul Hodge to its board. He is an optometrist and the owner of Allegan Eyecare. 

Great Lakes Caring Home, Heath, Palliative Care and Hospice presented the staff of Waldon Woods in Wyoming with a 2014 Award for Excellence for providing quality care to residents and patients. This is the third year the staff has won this award.

Koko FitClub, 2845 Thornhills Ave. SE, announced its opening as a digital gym that uses technology and science to prescribe and execute exercise and nutrition plans for its members. More information is available at (616) 301-5366 or kokofitclubmi.com.

Metro Health Hospital has received a 2014 Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the Quality Registry Get with the Guidelines program, a national standard of quality for patients with strokes.

HUMAN SERVICES

Guiding Light Mission announced the election of Peter Albertini, Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt, and Edward Postma, Cross Creek Consulting, to its board of directors.

LEGAL

Laura E. Morris, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has completed requirements to become an approved general civil mediator.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced Conor B. Dugan has joined the firm’s appellate and Supreme Court practice as senior counsel.

MANUFACTURING

Perrigo Co. has hired Kelley Brassard as store brand marketing manager in Allegan. She is responsible for managing the diabetes category, specifically working with meter and strip products.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Tom Goodwin, of Kalamazoo, and the reappointment of Susan Sevensma, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, and the reappointment of Mary Hollinrake, of Grand Rapids, to the Electronic Recording Commission.

PUBLISHING

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. announced William B. Eerdmans Jr. has stepped away as president and publisher and assumes the role of chairman of the board of the family-owned company. Anita Eerdmans, who was previously vice president of marketing and of Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, is now president and publisher.

REAL ESTATE

The Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan announced its 2015 marketing committee:chairperson, Mike Visser; vice-chairperson, Pamela Collins; director liaison, Hillary Taatjes Woznick; and committee members Jeff Balgoyen, Jeff Beyer, Diane Dusendang, David Hill, Ryan McNally, Victoria Mitchell, Denise Nowak, Jon Siebers, Doug Snyder, Cameron Timmer and Ryan Wolthuis.

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