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Change Ups: Shubert tapped for DeVos Learning Center

February 12, 2016
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Clare Shubert has been hired by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation as director of engagement and programming for the new DeVos Learning Center at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The 8,000-square-foot, $5 million learning center will be completed this fall. The foundation and museum will collaborate to offer educational opportunities for students and adults to study history, civics, and Gerald and Betty Ford’s integrity, character and public service. 

ACCOUNTING

Brickley DeLong announced the following promotions: Michael Atkinson, supervisor (Muskegon); Donny Baird, senior accountant (Grand Rapids and Muskegon); Kerry Halloran, manager (Muskegon); Jennifer Kloosterhouse, director of marketing, recruiting and retention (Grand Rapids); and Elizabeth Kramb, supervisor (Grand Rapids). New hires: Beth Wilcox and Jacob Barton, staff accountants (Grand Rapids); Margaret Westman, tax intern (Grand Rapids); and Lannon Unick, staff accountant (Muskegon).

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Mathison|Mathison Architects announced the addition of architect Ben Franceschi.

The Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering LLC in Kalamazoo received the Honor Award for its work on the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Wellness Center in Dowagiac.

AWARDS

Local First announced the recipients of its LocalMotion Awards: Change Agent: Brewery Vivant; Local Hero: Dan Broersma and Ken Freestone; Mover & Shaker: Love’s Ice Cream; Triple Bottom Line, Longstanding Business: Catalyst Partners; Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business: Gluten Free Bar; and Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award: City of Grand Rapids.

BANKING

West Michigan Community Bank announced Steve Woodcock has joined the bank as vice president, trust officer, in Holland and surrounding areas.

CONSTRUCTION

Granger Group welcomed Mike Balke, vice president of construction. 

Morris Builders Inc. of Rockford has won Best Of Customer Service on Houzz.com, chosen by more than 35 million monthly unique users.

Pella Windows and Doors by Horne of Grand Rapids earned the Pella President’s Award for exceptional performance in 2015; sales representative Larry Luft received the President’s Award and Chris LaLone is Pella Rookie of the Year.

Tony Vermaas has assumed the responsibilities of president/CEO at Sobie Co. Inc. from Jack Austhof, who is now chairman of the board of directors after 38 years of continuous service.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will air a 12-part series on WZZM 13 starting Feb. 21 called “Cooking with Angus,” which follows GRCC chef instructor Angus Campbell and two students as they learn about food preparation first-hand in Italy and Scotland.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ARGI Financial Group announced Shari K. Hooper is now a partner.

Rehmann announced the promotions of Mark Brininstool and Angie McPherson, assurance managers in Muskegon and Grand Rapids, respectively.

Trust and estate attorney George F. Bearup has joined Greenleaf Trust in Kalamazoo as senior trust advisor.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Catered Creations Inc. marked its 30th anniversary with a new brand, website and menu items. For more information, visit cateredcreationsinc.com.

GOVERNMENT

The Wyoming City Council approved the purchase and installation of exercise equipment for $26,855.09 that came from a Community Development Block Grant to be used for upgrades to Pinery Park. New LED lights at the lodge will replace fluorescent fixtures. Projects are projected to be completed by May 31.

HEALTH

Rebecca M. Jansen has joined Dermatology Associates of West Michigan as a partner.

Simple Truth Chiropractic will relocate its practice from 831 Fuller Ave.NE to 2757 Leonard St. NW. The space is undergoing renovation with an opening date scheduled for first quarter 2016.

HOSPITALITY

Parkland Properties of Michigan LLC announced the hiring of Sarah Tarnowski as hotel sales manager representing Holiday Inn & Conference Center and Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, both in downtown Muskegon.

HUMAN SERVICES

Bethany Christian Services announced the additions of Allison Poosawtsee, digital director, and Fallon McMurray, social media manager.

Heartside Ministry announced Janice Murray and Charles Wegener joined its board of directors, and the reelection of Wendy Wenner. Tracy VanderHeide was elected treasurer.

LEGAL

Clark Hill attorney David W. Centner has been named chair of the Hillman Advocacy Program for 2016 and 2017.

Sean P. McNally has been appointed leader of Kotz Sangster Wysocki PC’s Construction Practice Group.

Dykema announced the election of Mark J. Magyar to its executive board. He is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group in Grand Rapids. 

Joshua Traeger has joined Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos PC as an attorney in the Grand Rapids office. Traeger’s primary practice areas include business law and litigation, civil litigation, criminal law, family law, military law and veterans’ law.

Miller Johnson welcomed back Stephanie J. Quist as an associate in the Grand Rapids office.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Blandford Nature Center will launch the Growing Up Blandford campaign March 8, breaking ground on a 300-seat auditorium to be named the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center. It will also celebrate founder Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray’s 89th birthday.

Jill Emery, group sales representative for Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park in Muskegon, was recognized with a Sales Excellence Award for overall sales performance for the 2015 season at the Cedar Fair Annual Sales Conference in Napa Valley.

MANUFACTURING

Fleet Engineers Inc. in Muskegon has acquired Charlotte, North Carolina-based Save-A-Load Inc., a manufacturer of cargo bars for tractor trailers and pick-up trucks.

Innotec, a Zeeland manufacturer, has been chosen by Forbes as one of America’s Best Small Companies.

Pro-Vision announced the addition of Jake Groeneveld, project engineer.

Ranir announced the addition of Mark McCumby, senior vice president, sales and trade marketing, for its North American business.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Peg West, who spent more than 20 years as a West Michigan journalist, most recently as Muskegon Chronicle editor, has joined Sabo PR as media sage.

REAL ESTATE

Sun Title Agency has opened its seventh office. The 2,500-square-foot space at 115 S. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids will accommodate up to six employees.

RESTAURANTS

Wichita, Kansas-based Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened a restaurant at 3777 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids. Michigan becomes the 28th state in which Freddy’s has a presence.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Caitlin Ward has joined the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau as sports and niche markets sales executive.

The Michigan Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus named Bob Lukens, of Muskegon, a member at large for the 2016 calendar year.

TECHNOLOGY

SEI has acquired Compu-Fix, a TPM provider serving the Pittsburgh market and surrounding areas.

Worksighted announced the promotions of Andrew Perales to associate solutions designer on the technical services team and Nicholas Genther to lead dispatcher on the remote support team, both in Holland.

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