Leaders Of The Pack

January 13, 2003
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Dr. WayneCreelman, the executive vice president and medical director at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, this week becomes the first psychiatrist to serve as president of the Kent County Medical Society.

Creelman will assume the role during the 100-year-old Medical Society’s annual meeting Tuesday evening at the Peninsular Club in downtown Grand Rapids.

“As the Society begins its second century, I look forward to serving its physician members and the community to bring about a better appreciation of behavioral health care, disease prevention efforts, and community health issues, plus mentor students pursuing careers in medicine and allied health fields,” Creelman said. “In over 20 years serving as a physician, I feel it is important to work with KCMS in advancing public health and safety issues through prevention measures and providing increased access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured.”

In addition to his role at Pine Rest, Creelman serves as a clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and director for medical student training in psychiatry for MSU at its Grand Rapids campus.  He also serves on the board of directors for Michigan Psychiatric Society, Kent Medical Foundation, Pine Rest Mercy Care, Aurora Behavioral Health System and the Flowers Mill Homeowners Association.

  • More leadership changes are in the wind; this time in the financial services industry.

Fred S. Missad, former COO of Heart of West Michigan United Way, is the new president for Irwin Union Bank’s Grand Rapids market.

Missad replaces interim president KimSmith, who will now serve as the bank’s vice president and senior commercial lender.

Missad brings nearly 30 years of banking, investment and management experience to Irwin Union.

Prior to Missad’s three-year stint with United Way, he was director of private banking and investments at the former NBD Bank in Grand Rapids.

“I am excited to join such a fine organization that blends the customer focus typically found in a community bank with the products and technology of a large institution,” Missad stated.

Missad has a history of involvement in the West Michigan community.

He is currently chair of both Kent Community Hospital and the Kent Community Health Foundation and is a member of the Heartside Business Association, as well as the Main Street Advisory Council. He also serves on the Sackner Foundation board.

The 30-year-old Irwin Union Bank is a full-service bank with more than $180 million in assets. Each of its 20 employees has, on average, 17 years of banking experience in Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.

  • A leader in the tech industry is being recognized for its efforts. BlackBOX has been awarded the 2002 Flashy Award by the GlimaWest Interactive Association of Michigan.

The Web site for which the multimedia company won the award was part of a partnership with Design Team at Jager Group and included input from Fusionary Media.

“We are particularly pleased that with this award, GlimaWest has recognized our original sound design work, advanced animation and interactive development capabilities,” said PaulWard, co-founder of BlackBOX.

BlackBOX has been able to forge new directions in the digital media industry and plans to push the line even more in the new year.

In 2002 BlackBOX partnered with gNetworks to provide a single, comprehensive resource for new media, Web and application development technologies, e-commerce and Web hosting.

Check out the award-winning work at www.getblackbox.com

  • Do you ever just not want to go to work? Well, several companies in the area are working hard to change that perception.

Fortune magazine has ranked Republic Bancorp Inc. 17th among the  “100 Best Companies To Work For In America.”

Judging conducted by Fortune and the Great Place to Work Institute was based on surveys of company policies, practices and employee opinions.

Republic Bancorp, the holding company for Republic Bank, is the third largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan.

It’s the third time the company has made Fortune’s “100 Best” list.

The company also has been twice named to Working Mother magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.”

  • Sometimes, it seems, the big banks get overlooked when it comes to the financial services industry. But Fifth Third Bank is the unquestioned leader in West Michigan market share, and here’s part of the reason why: It gives back to the community.

Fifth Third Bancorp, one of the first institutions to establish a permanently endowed foundation, announced that its 2002 fiscal year philanthropic giving totaled $20.5 million, and more than $2 million of that amount landed in West Michigan.

“Our employees’ families live and work where our customers do and we take to heart the notion that if we help build a better community, we build a better bank,” said KevinKabat, Fifth Third Bank (Western Michigan) president and CEO.

Kabat said more than 750 not-for-profit organizations in West Michigan got a Fifth Third boost. The largest gift, $200,000, went to the Spectrum Health Heart Center in Grand Rapids.           

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