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Goodwill recognizes area companies

October 8, 2012
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Goodwill Honorees
Herb Fitzon, vice president, human resources, Dematic; Amy Proos, CEO, Proos Manufacturing; Peter Varga, CEO, The Rapid; Larry Yachcik, CEO, Porter Hills Retirement Community; and Mark Murray, president, Meijer Inc.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids has recognized five local companies for their efforts in supporting Goodwill’s job training and placement services. Porter Hills has been an integral part of Goodwill’s Certified Nurse Aide training program. Meijer Inc. has partnered with Goodwill for more than 50 years through board member participation, business collaborations and employment opportunities. Dematic first began working with Goodwill by hiring veterans and has expanded by supporting participants of other Goodwill job training programs. The Rapids supports Goodwill Hospitality Services and Work Alliance programs. Proos Manufacturing continues to hire Goodwill participants who demonstrate a high desire to work and maintain long-term employment.

H&S Companies announced the addition of Ross & Ross Certified Public Accountants, Mount Pleasant.

Jon Czeranna has joined Alexander Marketing as its creative director.

Sears Architects announced the appointment of Julianne Rapp as office manager and the addition of Ryan LaHaie to its custom design team.

Corp! Magazine named JetCo Solutions president and founder Jon Tellier one of 10 finalists from West Michigan and among 32 from 125 nominees statewide for its Entrepreneurs of Distinction Award. Tellier operates JetCo, which conducts business to government sales, with his wife, Sue Tellier, and a team of researchers, writers and project managers.

Chemical Bank announced the appointment of Mark Aronoff to mortgage loan office for its Cascade and Wayland offices. Aronoff will originate One to Four Family Home Mortgages for customers.

Jim Lilly has joined Macatawa Bank as commercial team leader. He will be responsible for business and commercial banking activities along the lakeshore including business development and portfolio management.

Triangle Associates Inc. named Heath Thorndill project engineer. His responsibilities include assisting the project manager with contract management and administration and management of shop drawings and submittals. Thorndill also will assist the estimating group with the preparation of bid proposals.

Ameritemp Staffing has been renamed Fettig.

The Employers’ Association of West Michigan announced it launched The Exchange (, a web-based and primarily ad-hoc system to reuse materials by direct sharing between businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations.

Office Staffing announced the addition of Terri Sobolewski, director of business development for the legal and medical staffing divisions.

Davenport University announced the addition of Peg Luy, executive vice president for advancement. Luy previously served as vice president for alumni and development at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. She will be responsible for Davenport’s advancement, grant writing and alumni relations efforts.

GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education announced the opening of its new culinary amphitheater, intended to enrich the teaching and learning experience in the state-of-the-art culinary program.

Grand Rapids Community College announced it intends to implement My Degree Path Oct. 15, a web-based tool designed to help students stay on a clear path to graduation.

Grand Valley State University associate professor of nursing Rebecca Davis is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health grant, which will be used to continue researching how patients with Alzheimer’s disease use visual cues to navigate their living areas.

Allegan Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center announced the addition of Dr. Sacha Tehranchi, who recently completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is the recipient of a $147,819 check from Kohl’s Department Store’s Kohl’s Cares Kids Cause merchandise program.

Spectrum Health System announced Dr. J. Michael Kramer has been named senior vice president and chief quality officer. Kramer has been with Spectrum Health since 2011 as vice president, chief medical information officer. His new role combines his former responsibilities with a focus on using data to enhance quality and patient safety.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc. announced Tony Calcagno has been promoted to vice president of talent development. He will oversee the strategies and execution of talent development and support the nonprofit’s mission and strategic plan of helping individuals develop their talent to secure a sustainable future.

Hilger Hammond PC announced construction law attorney Steve Hilger will speak on the topic “BIM: Raising the Accountability Bar for Building Performance” at the Oct. 10 BIMForum, in Tacoma, Wash. Details:

Tammy L. Helminski, an associate in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids office, has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Section Council. Helminski will serve a three-year term and also will continue to chair the Hazardous Substances & Brownfields Committee of the Environmental Law Section.

Varnum announced the additions of attorneys Conor Dugan as counsel and Kyle Konwinski as an associate. Both are members of the litigation and trial services group. Varnum also announced trial attorney Mark Hills is a State Certified Civil Mediator for Michigan. Hills will focus his mediation practice in Ottawa, Allegan, Muskegon, Oceana, Kent, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Ingham, Clinton, Gratiot and Eaton counties.

Perrigo announced the additions of Derric Riegel, IS systems engineer, and Mark Betz, senior corporate industrial hygienist, and the promotion of Rob Lievense, formula R&D statistician.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the addition of Demitria Sneed, administrative assistant.

Bradley Hartwell II has joined NAI Wisinski of West Michigan as a service provider, specializing in investment sales.

IT Resource announced expansion of its cloud-based hosted and disaster recovery solutions by adding a second data center site operating out of the U.S. Signal Managed Data Center in Grand Rapids. The new data center will provide increased bandwidth, high availability, additional redundancy and other services.

Trivalent Group announced the additions of Larry Radtke, client support engineer, and Scott Whitman, resource coordinator.

Rachel Jarosz has joined Crystal Mountain as group sales manager. Her responsibilities will focus on business groups involved in energy, finance, insurance, law and food and beverage throughout Michigan. She also will work closely with religious and education organizations statewide and corporate groups throughout West Michigan.

Holland Board of Public Works is the recipient of the 2012 Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Award from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for its creativity, response to community needs and successful outcomes.

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