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May 2, 2018
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BizStream new hires
Front row from left: Darian Bonnell, Nathan Graham and Mike Webb. Back row from left: Jordan Whiteley, Ben Buurstra and Caleb Compston. Courtesy BizStream

A web and software development firm in Grand Rapids has added six new team members.

BizStream said last month it brought on the new hires to support project and product growth.

Each hire is filling a newly created position:

— Jordan Whiteley, web developer
— Ben Buurstra, web developer
— Mike Webb, web developer
— Nathan Graham, web developer
— Caleb Compston, project manager 
— Darian Bonnell, solution architect 

Whiteley, Buurstra, Webb and Graham will join the firm’s team of developers in the creation of new client-based projects and BizStream-built products.

Compston will collaborate with the existing project management team to oversee organization of client projects, and Bonnell will assist in creating approaches for software design and implementation to guide the development team.

“I’m excited to welcome our new team members during another period of growth in the company,” said Brian McKeiver, co-owner and solution architect, BizStream. “Together, their various areas of expertise and numerous years of experience will help support the BizStream team and our clients as we continue to take on larger, more complex projects.”

BizStream currently has 28 full-time employees and plans to hire two more in the spring.

“Attracting talent in the technology industry can be really competitive,” said Mark Schmidt, founder and web developer, BizStream. “I think people are excited to join BizStream, because we have an extremely talented team that works hard to create awesome stuff, and we have a lot of fun doing it.”

Backgrounds

Whiteley has been a web developer for over 10 years, specializing in C#, F#, ASP.NET and JavaScript. He attended Grand Valley State University.

Buurstra worked as a full stack developer at a local health care organization for just under two years, specializes in C# and AngularJS and has been starting to work on mobile applications using Xamarin. He holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Webb has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is skilled in C#, the .NET framework, full stack web development and Visual Basic SQL. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Graham has five years of web development experience across a variety of industries, including insurance, inventory, automated printing and custom software solutions. He specializes in web development using C#, JavaScript and various other frameworks. He earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Western Governors University.

Compston worked in product management for more than two years at a local IT solutions provider before joining the BizStream team as a project manager. He specializes in all forms of web, art, marketing and program design and attended Ames Christian University.

Bonnell has worked in the tech industry for more than 20 years writing computer software and building software solutions. He specializes in web development using ASP.NET, C# and SQL. He also has extensive knowledge in OnBase and Etail e-Commerce. He is a graduate of Kettering University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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