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Change Ups: Clay shoot raises $25,000 for charity

December 11, 2015
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Paul Lemley, Triangle Associates, April Sawhill, DSAWM, Amanda Roberts, ABC Western Michigan, and Meredith Lange, DSAWM.

The Associated Builders and Contractors/Western Michigan Chapter and Clays For Kids Foundation worked in tandem to raise $25,000 to support the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. The funds were raised through the foundation’s annual charity sporting clay shoot, held this year at Kent County Conservation League. This is the third year in a row ABC West Michigan and CFK have teamed to support CFK’s mission.

ACCOUNTING

Crowe Horwath LLP announced the election of Jeff Goudie, Performance Consulting, as partner, effective April 1, 2016.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Creative Many Michigan in Detroit announced Holland resident Joseph L. Voss has joined the organization as director of strategic partnerships. Voss will continue his role as senior counsel and practice leader of Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team in Grand Rapids, representing financing and producing parties for film, television and online media productions.

ASSOCIATIONS

Associated Builders and Contractors/Western Michigan Chapter announced the following have joined its 2016 board of directors: Tim Koster, Berends, Hendricks and Stuit; and Tony Roussey, Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals. Board officers are: chairman, Nate Koetje, Feyen Zylstra; chair-elect: John DeBlaay, Dan Vos Construction Co.; and secretary/treasurer: Anita Rathbun, Triangle Associates.

BUSINESS SERVICES

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced the members of its executive committee effective Jan. 1: president, Luis Avila, Varnum Law; vice president, Guillermo Cisneros, Berends Hendricks Stuit; treasurer, Omar Cuevas, Fifth Third Bank; and secretary, Amy Marshall, Management Business Solutions.

CONSTRUCTION

CSM Group in Kalamazoo announced its 2015 Key Performer Award recipients for demonstrating dedication to excellence in the CSM Select program: Earley & Associates, Associated Painting, Migala Carpet One, Lounsbury Excavating and Cook-Jackson.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Edward Jones financial advisor Becky Anderson was invited for the third consecutive year to attend Barron's Top Women Advisors Summit held in Palm Beach, Florida, to enhance the professional development of those who work with individual investors, representing the nation's top women financial advisors and industry decision-makers. 

Grand Wealth Management LLC in Grand Rapids announced the addition of Steve Starnes, senior financial advisor, who will specialize in working with families with financial challenges related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

PEF Services LLC of West Orange, New Jersey, announced Thomas P. McNeely has joined the firm as vice president, business development, based in Chicago. McNeely will oversee the Midwest region, including the Grand Rapids area.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Brewery Vivant located in the East Hills neighborhood will celebrate its fifth year as a progressive business that has become a nationally recognized leader in sustainability efforts. It is launching a large-scale sour and wild series of beers, including the Dec. 20 release of Anniversary Ale in its retail shop, offered in a 500ml glass bottles.

GOVERNMENT

The Kent County Administrator’s Office has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, which recognizes the county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2014.

HEALTH

Dr. John Nametz announced his retirement after practicing optometry for 37 years. Nametz had a private practice in Spring Lake for 28 years before merging his practice with Shoreline Vision in 2011.

HUMAN SERVICES

Dégagé Ministries announced David Hazlett has received its 2016 Marge Palmerlee Outstanding Community Service Award, recognizing a volunteer who exemplifies compassion dedication and unconditional love to its patrons. Hazlett has volunteered in the kitchen, at the hygiene desk and helped transport patrons to doctor and dentist appointments, often in other cities.

Family Promise of Grand Rapids has moved to 516 Cherry St. SE. The first floor houses its day center, craft/dining area, play area, respite room, laundry, kitchen, learning lab, reception area and case manager offices. The second floor includes the volunteer area, conference areas and additional offices. The new location is part of a $2 million capital campaign.

Hope Network announced Meg Derrer has been hired as executive director of the Hope Network Foundation, and Melissa Werkman as director of donor and community relations.

LEGAL

Miller Johnson welcomed James A. Ens as a member in its Grand Rapids office in the real estate practice group. Ens’ niche is in development including economic structuring and financing. Ens has experience in property acquisitions and dispositions, land use approvals and permits, leasing and multi-use residential development, and also does mediation and arbitration for disputes.

Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge announced the additions of Rose Kleff and Patricia Hertel to its medical malpractice defense team in its Grand Rapids office.

NONPROFITS

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council announced the election of corporate members that includes Michael Davenport, Jireh Metal Products Inc., and Jeff-Xiaojin Ge, Steelcase.

Nanette Clatterbuck has been named the first CEO of Learning Differences Resource Group, formerly West Michigan Learning Disability Foundation, that oversees Lake Michigan Academy, which Clatterbuck helped open 30 years ago. The organization has expanded its mission to ensure every person who learns differently has access to resources, services and support.

Promotional products retailer 4imprint in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, awarded 263 U.S. and Canadian nonprofits, schools and religious organizations with a $500 in-kind promotional products donation during the third quarter of 2015, including Angels of Action in Big Rapids, FARM Bus in South Haven, and the Thornapple Arts Council in Hastings.

RETAIL

Todd Wenzel Automotive Group announced the acquisition of its fourth Michigan GM dealership, Red Holman Buick GMC in Westland. This purchase represents the third Buick GMC dealership for Wenzel. The first, in Grand Rapids, was obtained in 2001, followed by a Chevrolet franchise in Hudsonville in 2004, and a second Buick GMC dealership in Davison in 2014.

TECHNOLOGY

Eric Koopmans has joined Springthrough, a Grand Rapids IT consulting and app development firm, as a solution architect.

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