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Change Ups: Bowers new dean of Davenport’s College of Business

December 15, 2012
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Davenport University appoints Michael Bowers as business school dean

Davenport University announced it has named Michael R. Bowers dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business. Bowers previously was academic director for the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where he served as professor of entrepreneurship and marketing in the Crummer Graduate School of Business. In his new role, which he assumes Jan. 7, Bowers will lead the development of new programs while overseeing the operations and budget for the College of Business.


Kaptein, Dykstra & Co. PC announced the addition of Bruce M. Haveman, CPA.


Lon L. Morrisson has joined Progressive AE as health care practice leader. Morrisson previously was director of facility planning, design and construction for Spectrum Health.


Gary Vandenberg of Real Estate Solutions/1031 INC. was elected president of the Society of Exchange Counselors for 2013. He has served on its executive committee the last three years.


Cascade Engineering announced it is the recipient of the Credentialed Partner designation for its anti-racism efforts by the Partners for a Racism-Free Community Partners.

Woodland Creek Apartments announced it was named Best Overall Community of 451-plus units; criteria include customer service, fiscal responsibility, curb appeal and employee retention. It also received the Outstanding Leasing Team of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Employee Tim Boelman received Outstanding Leasing Consultant of the Year from the Great Lakes Area Star Awards.


Chemical Bank announced the appointment of Jason M. Alexander to branch manager of the Dutton office, 3205 68th St. SE. He will be responsible for building and maintaining customer relationships in the Dutton area, as well as overseeing daily office operations.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the promotion of Nicholas Groulx to district manager of retail operations for Ottawa County.


Pioneer Construction and Concept Design Group are the recipients of a 2012 Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan. The category is Recognizing Excellence in Merit Shop Construction in Renovation Under $5 million for Ruth’s Chris Steak House.


Grand Rapids Community College announced eight finalists for its annual Armen Awards. The competition is designed to inspire innovation within best practices for teaching and learning. Finalists: Mobile Device Security and Development course partnering with student Collegiate newspaper; Child Psychology course partnering with Family Promise; Community Transcultural Nursing course partnering with American Red Cross; Community Dental Health course partnering with Salvation Army-Booth Family Services; College Writing course partnering with Grand Rapids Public Library; Consulting with Writers partnering with GRCC’s Writing Lab; Community Transcultural Nursing course partnering with North End Community Ministry; and Principles of Physical Education course partnering with East Leonard Elementary.


Custer HealthWorks announced the addition of Jeremy Erard as director of its health care division. Erard’s background in health care includes sales, management and business unit development within the furniture industry as well as other industries serving the health care vertical market including technology-related products.


Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded a $125,000 grant to support the Muskegon Retail Incubator. It is the 10th and final $125,000 grant it has made during 2012 to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary.


AvaSure, a division of AvaSure Holdings Inc., announced its advisory board: chair, David W. Benfer, former CEO of Saint Raphael Health System; William M. Kelley, former chair/CEO of Hill-Rom; Charles S. Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare magazine; Samuel L. Odle, former CEO of the University of Indiana Hospitals; William D. Petasnick, former CEO of Froedtert Health System; Andrea Amalfitano, chief clinical officer of AvaSure; and Connie R. Curran, president of Curran Associates.

Metro Health Hospital has received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the national independent nonprofit The Leapfrog Group. Scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Group has designated Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital and Spectrum Health United Hospital with an “A” Hospital Safety Score.


West Michigan Miracle League, which provides children with mental and physical disabilities an opportunity to enjoy baseball and softball, announced it received a $130,000 donation from the Hurwitz and Berkowitz families. The contribution was made in memory of Nate Hurwitz, a junior at Forest Hills Eastern High School who died of the degenerative muscle disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


Hastings Mutual Insurance Co. announced the appointments of Timothy Bremer, CIO, and Bill Gregor, vice president of insurance operations.


Ellen L. Nendorf has joined the firm of Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos PC as an associate. Her practice primarily focuses on insurance law, litigation and family law.


Classic Transportation & Warehousing announced it is Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism certified with U.S. Customs as a Third Party Logistics Company and also is a certified transportation company.

Holland trucking has been named a Top 100 Trucker for 2012 by Inbound Logistics magazine. Holland was selected from more than 250 trucking companies for the annual Top 100 Motor Carriers directory.


Holland’s The Stow Co. Inc. announced Frank Newman has been appointed president/CEO. Newman’s background is in international and domestic marketing and manufacturing. Prior to joining Stow in May 2012 as interim president/CEO, Newman was chairman/CEO of Medical Nutrition USA Inc.; president then chairman/CEO of Eckerd Corp.; president/CEO of F&M Distributors Inc.; and director of Jabil Circuit Inc.


Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes announced it ended the 2011-12 fiscal year with a budget surplus and extended its classroom presence with more than 1,200 volunteers serving 2,300 classes across Michigan. It reached nearly 60,000 students, marking a 6.7 percent increase over the previous year.

Literacy Center of West Michigan announced officers and members of its board: chair, Rick Adamy, founder of Adamy Valuation Advisors; vice chair, Mark Peters, CEO of Butterball Farms Inc.; treasurer, Katie Ferris of BDO USA LLP; secretary, Jesse Herstein of Amway; and past chair, Lisa Buffin of PNC. Other board members: Stephanie Setterington, Varnum; Kim Large, Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones; Micki Benz, Saint Mary’s Health Care, Ken Jansen, Lake Michigan Insurance Agency; Caralee Witteveen-Lane, Grand Rapids Public Library; Sandy Sefton, Metro Heath (retired); and Win Irwin, Irwin Seating.


U.S. Retail, a Muskegon-based group, has purchased six Pet Supplies Plus stores in the Grand Rapids/Holland area. Steve Adams is CEO of the group, with partners Chad Bush and Aaron Young. Three of the stores are in Grand Rapids, one is in Grandville, one in Wyoming and one in Holland.


Service Express Inc. has hired Jessie Sprotte, marketing and lead generation specialist.

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