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Change Ups: Plante Moran promotes within

August 7, 2015
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Plante Moran recently promoted four staff members in its Grand Rapids office. Clockwise from top left: Cameron Kleinheksel was promoted to associate and specializes in institutional investment consulting; Jesse Richardson is a principal in the forensic and valuation services practice; Cheri Stein was promoted to senior associate in the wealth management practice; and Blake Wieringa was promoted to associate in the firm’s auditing department, where he specializes in manufacturing, employee benefits and financial institutions.

ASSOCIATIONS

Davenport University management and sustainability professor Jack D. Cichy has been re-appointed to the board of regents of The Institute of Certified Professional Managers for another three years.

AWARDS

Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail graphic designer Heidi Pollock is the $1,500 recipient of an international calendar design competition sponsored by Alliance Franchise Brands. This is Pollock’s second consecutive win in the contest; her design will be available to all Allegra centers in the U.S. and Canada.

The Michigan Water Environment Association awarded Sandra Buchner, chemist in the city of Grand Rapids Environment Services department, its 2015 Educational Professional of the Year Award. The department’s manager, Mike Lunn, received hissecond James R. Rumsey Award and the association’s Willard F. Shephard Award.

BANKING

First National Bank of Michigan in Kalamazoo announced the promotion of Matt Morgan to senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced it has hired mortgage loan officer Sharon Waldecki serving West Michigan and Florida.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Ernst & Young LLP announced the promotions of Sarah Mezwicki to partner, Jackie Lillie to director, and Joe Pawlanta to executive director.

CONSTRUCTION

Kent Companies general superintendent Mike VanBemden was named a finalist for the inaugural Craft Professional of the Year by the Associated Builders & Contractors Western Michigan Chapter.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced the additions of Dave Fleece, project manager, Rob Gulliver, project superintendent, and Jason Nugent, carpenter.

Porous Pave Inc. in Grant announced it added three distributors in the U.S. and Canada: Napa Valley Materials (California), Brico Services (British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan) and J&J Porous Pave (Ontario).

Wolverine announced the addition of Jon Flieman, assistant estimator. 

ENVIRONMENTAL

Borculo Fuel Services LLC, an affiliate of Zeeland Farm Services Inc., received approval from the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners to use tax increment financing to help construct Michigan’s first alternative energy fueling station, called Anew fuel station, in Blendon Township.

FOUNDATIONS

The Allegan General Hospital Foundation board of directors have elected members James Wheat and Frank Baker. Wheat is a retired physician who practiced at the Allegan Medical Clinic, and Baker is the undersheriff for the Allegan County Sheriff’s office.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek announced an investment of $4.7 million in 10 community-based organizations in Mississippi and New Orleans that are working to promote racial equity and healing and eliminate barriers to success for young men and boys of color.

CFRE International has named Michelle Rabideau a certified fundraising executive. Rabideau is president of Saint Mary's Foundation.

GOVERNMENT

Ottawa County officials and community planners announced necessary funds were raised to construct a 4-foot-wide bike lane on Lakeshore Drive between Butternut Drive and New Holland Street through a combination of $23,325 in crowdfunding pledges and $120,000 in previous contributions.

GRANTS

Grand Rapids Community College received a $387,564 grant for the first year of a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Education's TRiO Student Support Services program, which works with first-generation GRCC students to provide them with academic advice, tutoring, mentoring, financial guidance, counseling and other supports.

HEALTH

Spectrum Health Medical Group’s Integrated Care Campus at 2750 East Beltline Ave. NE celebrated its one-year anniversary. The campus offers coordinated health care including neurology, obstetrics, radiology, family medicine, rehab and urgent care.

INSURANCE

HUB International Midwest-East announced the additions of sales executives Tony Phillips and Max Larson.

LEGAL

Kotz Sangster Wysocki PC Detroit attorney Thomas J. Vitale has joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as co-group leader.

Miller Johnson welcomed Jason M. Crow to its Grand Rapids office as an associate in the litigation section and fraud and embezzlement group.

Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan announced mediator and arbitrator Robert E.L. Wright has joined its organization.

Secrest Wardle partner Sarah L. Walburn is co-chair of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s General Liability Section.

Varnum corporate attorney Rick Manczak has been named to the Michigan DEQ's Compost Facilities Work Group, tasked with advising Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection on compost facility regulation.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Tamara Buyck has been appointed office manager at Gymco Inc.

MANUFACTURING

Perrigo Co. PLC has hired Steven Morris as a distribution supervisor at the Allegan Logistics Center, and Jada Neal as sales and operations planning analyst in Allegan.

NONPROFITS

Heart of West Michigan United Way announced its 2015-2016 board of directors: chair, Richard Pappas; vice chair, Lauren Walker; secretary/treasurer, Janet Veldhouse; 2015 campaign chair, Steve Heacock; past campaign chair, Mike Jandernoa; Nancy Kennedy; and past board chair and chair of public policy committee, Stacie Behler. Elected for a first three-year term are Renwick Brutus, Mary Command, Robert B. Kaminski and Jamie Mills.

Trudy Ngo-Brown has joined West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology as the program director of the nonprofit’s Teen Arts + Tech.

RESTAURANTS

Brian Bentoske, general manager of the Olive Garden in Muskegon, and Jim Jonkman, general manager of the Olive Garden in Grand Rapids, have attained parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status for their commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level and making a difference in the lives of guests, employees and in their community.

SPORTS

Young Champions Inc. has marked more than 60 years of involvement in youth sports in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania with a name change to Champion Force Athletics

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