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Change Ups: Lectronix engineering design center based in GR

November 13, 2015
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Lansing-based technology and engineering firm Lectronix Inc. will lease for five years a 1,482-square-foot space at 2627 East Beltline Ave. NE that will serve as its engineering design center. The building is a former Bank of America location. Lectronix serves technology companies in a variety of industries from automotive to health care. NAI Wisinksi of West Michigan brokers Mary Anne Wisinski Rosely and Jason Makowski represented the lessor, and Patrick Mohney represented Lectronix.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fleis & VandenBrink announced the additions of Allen Wiltse, human resources director; Bruce Pindzia, senior project manager supporting the municipal group in Grand Rapids; and John Scott, GIS technician in F&V’s survey group.

AWARDS

Open Systems Technologies (OST) announced its CEO Meredith Bronk has been recognized as a 2015 CEO of CEOS in The Best of MichBusiness awards.

BANKING

Comerica Bank has promoted Debra VanHevele to senior vice president and regional manager for its West/Southwest banking center region. VanHevele is responsible for the bank’s 34 banking centers in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Midland, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

Larry Shortt has joined Lake Michigan Credit Union as a mortgage loan officer for its member direct mortgage department.

BENEFITS

ACI Specialty Benefits announced the addition of Michael Willett to its business development team. Willett previously worked for Health Management Systems of America covering the state of Michigan.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Blackford Capital has hired Jeffrey W. Johnson as managing director.Previously, Johnson served as managing director for Gilbert Global Equity Partners LP, a billion-dollar private equity fund.

EPS Security received the following awards from Honeywell Corp. at a security industry event in Scottsdale, Arizona: the Life Safety Award, Community Service Award, Circle of Excellence Award and the Residential Installation of the Year Award.

Nichols’ Norton Shores headquarters and distribution center earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance Version 4.0 Gold Recertification. A new building category, Warehouse and Distribution Center, became available in LEED V4, and Nichols is the first to receive this designation.

CONSTRUCTION

Builder’s Iron Inc. in Sparta was recognized in the 2015 NuHeights Design Awards hosted by Vulcraft/Verco Group, for the Cornerstone Chapel in Grand Rapids. The awards acknowledge outstanding design, architecture and the diverse applications of building with steel.

Clark Construction will serve as construction manager for the Muskegon Community College Wellness Center. The project is expected to include new gymnasiums, cardio area, strength and conditioning area, elevated track, warm therapy pool, multi-purpose rooms, locker rooms and other supporting spaces. 

EDUCATION

Baker College of Fremont will add the basic emergency medical technician program to its roster beginning 2016 winter quarter. The college will partner with nonprofit ambulance service Professional Med Team Inc. to provide hands-on training and clinical experience.

Grand Rapids Community Collegeand Central Michigan University reached an institutional agreement that maps out what classes students need to take at GRCC to seamlessly transfer to Central. The program agreements will appear as academic programs in the GRCC catalog and will be eligible for financial aid.

The Hope College Student Activities Committee has been named a Programming Organization of the Year for the Mid-America Region of the National Association of Campus Activities for overall excellence in the category of programs with an annual budget of at least $75,000.

Mind Meets Musicand Kent County Head Start announced a partnership to bring a musical academic achievement program to its preschool students. The partnership will serve approximately 92 preschool classrooms at nine Kent County Head Start sites.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Principal Financial Group announced Caleb Brown, Andrew Hughes and Cheyenne Slachter will serve as financial and Princor Registered representatives to work with individuals and business owners to help build plans and strategies. The three will be located in the Grand Rapids office, 2851 Charlevoix Drive SE, Suite 110, Grand Rapids.

GOVERNMENT

Kent County Board of Commissioners approved a five-year agreement with Experience Grand Rapids to continue its efforts to market Kent County to visitors and conventioneers. The new agreement provides for the county to pay Experience Grand Rapids between 17 and 18 percent of lodging receipts, based on financial benchmarks, over the next five years.

HEALTH

Dr. Michael Rykse, chiropractor and owner of AlignLife of Norton Shores, has become a platinum charter member of Health Missions, established in 2004 to enhance the exposure of natural health care.

HOSPITALITY

Nick Gillman has been promoted to sales manager at Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East.

INSURANCE

Edify North in Holland welcomed Roxanna Dieterle, senior account manager, to serve its Midwest clients in benefits, human resource systems and compliance adherence.

LEGAL

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge attorney D. Adam Tountas has been named a 2015 Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

HUMAN SERVICES

Dégagé Ministries has added Kelly Domagala to its board of directors. Domagala is chief nurse executive, hospital-based services, at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

United Way’s Kent County Tax Credit Coalition announced it will help working individuals and families achieve economic success through free tax services and financial literacy courses. Since 2002, KCTCC has generated almost $67 million in tax credits for over 57,000 tax payers in the local community.

HOSPITALITY

AHC+Hospitality, a division of Amway Corp., announced the debut of an online version ofits Solace Magazine. Solace TV launched in rooms within its three Grand Rapids hotels — Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott and Downtown Courtyard by Marriott — showcasing must-do activities in the city.

HUMAN SERVICES

The AARP Michigan Office announced it has contributed $5,000 to the West Michigan Veterans Assistance Program, whose services include gas and food cards, assistance with housing and utilities, clothing, on-site pantry, funds for prescriptions, co-pays, dental care, eye exams and reading glasses.

MANUFACTURING

Great Lakes Caster in Wayland and its Richmond, Virginia, division have successfully rebranded under the name CasterDepot.

PRINTING

Sean Nowaczyk has joined Norton Shores-based Source One Digital’s sports and events sales team.

SPORTS

Fifth Third Bank announced John Zimmerman, the region’s marketing director, is Fifth Third River Bank Run’s new race director. The 39th annual event will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016. Details: 53riverbankrun.com.

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