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Change Ups: Bailey, Kirk earn top customer service award

January 8, 2016
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Kevin Kirk (left) and Joe Bailey (right) receive the Walt East: Excellence in Customer Service Award from Steve East, CEO of CSM Group.

Joe Bailey, executive vice president of Kalamazoo-based construction management company CSM Group, and Kevin Kirk, its vice president of environmental, health and safety, have received the company’s Walt East Excellence in Customer Service Award. Walt East was known for his ability to build lasting relationships with clients and co-workers and was a key reason people wanted to work with him. Bailey and Kirk exemplify the qualities described in East’s legacy of outstanding customer service and personify the attributes of servant leadership.

ACCOUNTING

Helmholdt+Co. LLP announced the promotions of Nicholas P. Badgerow and Eric D. Lowe to senior staff accountant.

Lindsey Gendron was promoted to tax manager at D.K. Weiss & Associates, where she specializes in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

ASSOCIATIONS

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan announced the addition of Erica Kubik, program director,and the promotion of Ashley Kassuba to marketing associate.

BANKING

DFCU Financial, a credit union with 25 full-service branches in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing, will open new branches in 2016 in Birmingham, Clinton Township, Ypsilanti and Taylor.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The 2015 year-end review for Lakeshore Advantage in Zeeland showed 22 companies working with the nonprofit to support projects that will create 780 new jobs and more than $180 million in private investment; a new initiative, Holland Satellite SmartZone, that will result in $7.5 million in investment in early-stage start-up efforts and infrastructure; and completion of the Smart Coast internship development program that educated more than 150 interns.

CONSTRUCTION

Elzinga & Volkers in Holland has been named for the fifth consecutive year to the 2015 national list of Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. This is marks the 20th time the company has been listed on the West Michigan, National and Elite lists.

EDUCATION

Michelle Bombe of the Hope College theater faculty was selected to receive the 2016 Kennedy Center Medallion from Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Muskegon County Land Bank and the city of Muskegon Heights have selected ASTI Environmental to provide pre-demolition asbestos surveys and abatement monitoring services for 37 properties in Muskegon Heights.

GOVERNMENT

Kent County Department of Public Works and Kent County Health Department launched the SafeSharps program to ensure safe disposal of medical devices with sharp points or edges. Kent County residents may request a free container that can be returned and exchanged for a new one at the following locations: Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave. NE; Sheldon Clinic, 121 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids; South Clinic, 4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood; and North County Clinic, 4388 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners has appointed Kelly N. Rice to the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission. Rice is a wildlife and wetland biologist and senior project manager with GEI Consultants.

Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, was selected as the Most Conservative member of the state House this week by the Michigan Independent Research Service.

HEALTH

Emmanuel Hospice announced the promotions of Brenda Jaszczyszyn to director of education and quality and Vern Bareman to director of operations.

INSURANCE

Tim Vreeman has joined the health insurance firm Edify North as senior account manager serving its national accounts.

LEGAL

Hilger Hammond PC announced Steve Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt have been listed in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers for Construction Law. Leipprandt practices commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. Hilger is engaged in commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. Hilger also is included in Best Lawyers in the area of litigation.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced three attorneys have been named partners: Vito Ciaravino, whose practice focuses on patent matters; Madelaine C. Lane, who concentrates her practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and corporate compliance; and Nathan W. Steed, who focuses on technology and intellectual property law, health law and privacy and information security law.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Quarter Century Award for more than 25 years of continuous accreditation, recognizing its commitment to maintain the highest standards in animal care, welfare, management, veterinary care, conservation, education, staffing, facilities, safety and guest services.

MANUFACTURING

Burgaflex North America in Fenton has named Erik Roeren CEO. Blackford Capital, a Grand Rapids-based private equity firm, invested in Burgaflex NA in July 2014, the fourth investment in the firm’s Michigan Prosperity Fund.

Custom Profile in Walker has partnered with communities to support the following education initiatives: CECyTECH No. 22, a public high school located near one of the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; and Grand Rapids Community College's Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC Manufacturing Readiness course.

NONPROFITS

Jeffrey S. Dornbos, an attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been named to the Restoring Family Links Advocate Committee, a national committee housed under the International Services Department of the American Red Cross. He has also been selected to serve as chair of the board of the Ottawa County American Red Cross.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of Robert Ferrentino to the Michigan Education Trust board of directors; the appointment of George Heartwell and the reappointment of Lynn Afendoulis to the State Transportation Commission; the appointment of Valencia Agnew to the Michigan Board of Psychology; the reappointment of Christopher Mills to the Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology; the reappointment of Brian Gilbert to the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy; the reappointment of Ronald Wilcox to the Michigan Board of Chiropractic; and the appointment of Kaushik Nag to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

SUSTAINABILITY

Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming received a check for $10,687.50 in recognition of the hospital’s successful completion of the Consumers Energy Smart Buildings program. Metro Health was rated on key metrics including an Energy Star benchmark rating that saved the hospital in 2014 more than $121,000 by making changes to the way it operates.

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