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February 23, 2018
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Calvin Clark
From left: Peter Reese, Leslie Cardinal, Calvin Clark and Jerry Cardinal.

Calvin Clark is the top finisher for the first annual ABC WMC Electrical Craft Competition. The competition was hosted by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter, which partnered with Grand Rapids Community College to showcase the skills of six top electrical apprentices from ABC WMC member companies who are enrolled in the GRCC apprenticeship program. Clark from HighPoint Electric now qualifies to represent ABC WMC and GRCC at the ABC National Craft Championship, scheduled March 20-22, in Long Beach, California.


ThrivePOP in Muskegon was certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Great Lakes Women's Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.


Rehmann consulting manager Chantal Eikey was certified insolvency and restructuring adviser by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.


Ottawa County’s Farmland Preservation Program is accepting applications from landowners who want to preserve their farms. Applications can be downloaded from the county’s website at and are due March 30.


Fleis & VandenBrink announced the additions of Lauren DeJager, human resources generalist; Katelyn Kaczanowski, marketing assistant; and Lauren Edson and Peter Drogosh, water resources group engineers-in-training.

Tom Mathison was named president of the Michigan Architectural Foundation.


Dr. Valencia Agnew is the recipient of the 2018 Giants’ Eugene Browning Medical Service Award.

Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy students Tracy Harrell and Yamel Marmolejos-Tolentino are the first recipients of the $1,500 Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith Why We Can’t Wait scholarship for students in criminal justice, education or health care who plan a career in public service.

Superior Business Solutions in Kalamazoo is the recipient of the 2018 Best of Print & Digital Award from NAPCO Media and Butler Street.


Sparta-based ChoiceOne purchased a building at 590 E. Division St. NE in Rockford with plans to renovate it and open a full-service branch office expected in October.

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. and ChoiceOne Bank appointed Greg L. Armock to their respective boards. Armock also was appointed to serve as a member of ChoiceOne’s loan committee and asset/liability and risk committee.

Tom Borrelli joined Northpointe Bank as vice president of national sales.


Flor Valera joined Downtown Grand Rapids as an administrative assistant.

Jarvi Group welcomed Bill Smitley as its business development manager.

The Right Place Inc. was accredited by the International Economic Development Council as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. The Right Place is one of only 62 economic development organizations in the country to achieve AEDO accreditation.

Veronica Kirin Inc. announced it is the first Grand Rapids business to be certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s leading certifying body for LGBT-owned and -operated businesses.


CSM Group in Kalamazoo named Jim Feltch chief executive officer and president; Todd McDonald is chief operations officer; and Julie Byrne is vice president of construction services.

CSM Group announced the establishment of CSM Group of Companies, the parent company to five brands: CSM Group; Compliance One Group; Level 5 Safety; Food Safety Readiness; and SPARK Business Works.

Lakewood Construction in Holland announced Scott D. Nykerk as chairman of the board, Nicholas S. Nykerk as president and Kyle Engberg as vice president. 


Thompson Remodeling was named by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry the 2018 Region 4 East Central Regional CotY winner in the Residential Exterior Under $100K category of its annual awards competition.


Steelcase Inc. president and chief executive officer James Keane will deliver the commencement address to Aquinas College’s Class of 2018 at its May 5 ceremony.

The Employers’ Association established a partnership with CX University to offer professional development online courses designed to help build exceptional customer and patient experience.


The Community Foundation for Muskegon County announced Janelle Mair was promoted to vice president, programs, and Heidi Sytsema was promoted to vice president, development. 


The Grand Rapids City Commission approved an ordinance that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks as part of a 2018 effort to lower Grand Rapids’ higher-than-state average rate of pedestrian-involved crashes with motor vehicles. The commission’s action is part of a new Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by promoting safe driving behaviors and addressing pedestrians’ vulnerability when crossing city streets.

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.


Allegan General Hospital’s board of trustees elected Nathan Hoffman and Amanda Morgan to its board.

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology now offers ocular allergy diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of eye allergies or irritations at 6050 Northland Drive NE, Suite 100 in Rockford. 

Smile Grand Haven recently marked its 10th anniversary. In that time, the practice has grown to include Little Smiles (pediatric dentistry), Smile Orthodontics and more than 40 team members. Smile also launched the Ten for Ten campaign that allows new adult patients to select between three local charities to receive a portion of a $10,000 donation: Love in Action Free Dental Clinic, TCM Counseling and The Children’s Advocacy Network. Patients who have been with the practice since it opened, as well as team members, also will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite charity.


Miller Johnson attorney Wendy P. Holtvluwer was appointed to the board of directors of the Western Michigan Planned Giving Group. Holtvluwer chairs Miller Johnson’s nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations practice.

Miller Johnson attorney Dustin J. Jackson was accepted into the 2018 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program. The program accepts midcareer attorneys with strong leadership and relationship skills who are committed to fostering diversity within the country’s leading law firms and largest companies, and the legal profession at large.

Parmenter O’Toole in Muskegon transitioned to Parmenter Law.

Wardrop & Wardrop PC announced the elections of Thomas (Mac) M. Wardrop as president, Denise D. Twinney as vice president and Robert F. Wardrop II as secretary/treasurer.


Holland-based Holland was recognized with the 2017 Midwest Region LTL Carrier Partner of the Year Award from Unishippers Global Logistics LLC.


River Valley Insurance Agency was appointed to Frankenmuth Insurance’s agent network.


Sherwin Robinson joined Guiding Light’s board of directors for a three-year term. He is vice president and chief underwriter at Priority Health.


BannerFlex in Kalamazoo created a unique Wind Force Calculator program available at that tests the strength and durability for its banners, banner bracket hardware and related equipment in a full size wind tunnel.


Watermark Properties announced the acquisition of Ravines Golf Club, 3520 Palmer Drive in Saugatuck, effective March 1. Ravines will be the sixth property acquired by Watermark Properties and will join Thornapple Pointe as the second public facility in the group. The other four clubs are all private and include Watermark Country Club, StoneWater Country Club, Sunnybrook Country Club and Thousand Oaks Country Club.


Greg Seregi was appointed executive chef of Amway Grand Plaza’s The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck.


BASIC in Portage announced the release of an employee portal that helps business owners and employees by giving them convenient and intuitive access to everything they need to manage their FMLA leave and unplanned absences. To learn more, visit

OST hired Jessica Hofman, application development, and Terry Meeusen, accounting.


The law firm Varnum launched a new website featuring a fresh design that prominently showcases several well-known clients of the firm. The site also includes security and compliance features for better user experience and accessibility. Varnum's website address is

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