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January 5, 2013
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Architecture firm achieves LEED milestone

Integrated Architecture’s design of the Watertown warehouse for Lansing-based Peckham Inc. achieved a milestone in sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the warehouse LEED Gold, a Michigan first. It is one of eight LEED Gold warehouses in the nation and the second to be certified under new 2009 LEED standards.


Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co. PC announced the addition of Nicholas Risko, staff accountant.

H&S Companies of Grand Rapids announced its Mount Pleasant teams will join forces at 112 N. Court St., making it the third largest of H&S Companies’ eight locations.


Brightly, a digital creative studio, announced the addition of Mark Bird, senior creative strategist.

Conpoto, an Internet service that enables businesses and consumers to order/pay for drinks and food to “treat” other people, announced a partnership with Equity Vest that adds East Lansing’s Beggar’s Banquet, Harrison Roadhouse, The Riv, Rick’s and Lansing’s Nuthouse to Conpoto’s offerings.


The Commercial Alliance of Realtors announced the following elections: president, John Francis, Prime Development; president elect, Jeff Karger, CWD Real Estate Investment; treasurer, Tony Pearson, True North Real Estate; and secretary, Derek Hunderman, Colliers International. Directors are: Bryan Bench, George Bera, Jeff Genzink, Ty Hallock, Mary Anne Wisinski Rosely and Hillary Taatjes Wozink.


Michael J. Jandernoa, former board chairman/CEO of Perrigo Co., will receive the 2013 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award at Davenport University’s May 3 Excellence in Business Award Gala. Former First Lady Laura Bush is the featured speaker.

The 17th annual Women & Leadership in the Workplace Conference and Awards announced its 2013 honorees: Stephanie Bergeron, Walsh College; Kenyetta Campbell, Cody Rough Community Action Alliance; Amanda Christides, Plymouth Technology; Anne Doyle, Anne Doyle Strategies; Linda Forte, Comerica Foundation; Maxine Gray, Herman Miller; Nancy Hickey, Steelcase; Elissa Hillary, Local First; Kathleen Stiso Mullins, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House/Henry Ford Estate Rochelle Riley, Detroit Media Partnership; and Dawn Stokes, RBS Citizens.


Founders Bank & Trust announced the promotion of Brian Hofstra to vice president, commercial lending. Hofstra joined the bank in 2002 as assistant vice president.

Grand Rapids Family Credit Union announced the grand opening  of its new office at 1815 Breton Road SE. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a 24/7 full-service drive-up ATM.


Paul Lemley has joined Van Haren Electric Inc. as executive vice president. Lemley previously was COO for Bouma Corp.


Grandville Jenison Chamber of Commerce announced Grandville Mayor James Buck is the first recipient of the Grandville Jenison Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Bob O’Callaghan, president and CEO.

Paul Boynton has joined Automatic Data Processing as major account district manager.


Ferris State University announced the appointment of Dr. David Damari, dean of the Michigan College of Optometry, effective March 28, and of Peter Bradley, director of its honors program.


Crystal Flash Energy announced it has joined the Alliance AutoGas network as its exclusive dealer in Michigan. Crystal Flash will provide a program to help regional fleets switch to propane auto gas.


Matthew J. Lehman has joined Discovery Financial LLC as a financial advisor. Lehman specializes in wealth accumulation strategies, retirement plans, estate planning and life insurance. He is registered to sell securities in Michigan, Arizona and Florida.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced the election to its board of trustees: chair, Robert Roth, RoMan Manufacturing; incoming vice chair, Wayman Britt, Kent County; and trustees, Michael Rosloniec, Graystone Consulting; and Miles Wilson, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU.


West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology announced it has been awarded three grants by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The grants total $37,180 and will go toward art classes and experiences for high school students, technology upgrades and professional development for youth arts instructors.


Dr. David Alfonso of Plastic Surgery Associates is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced the addition of physician assistant Ashley Wharton, its 1,000th current employee.


Homewatch CareGivers has added Tina Rodenhouse to its administrative team and Shannon Hayward to its client services team.


Berends Hendricks Stuit has hired Karla Bylsma, marketing/business development coordinator, and Kelly Weber and Angelea Galey, personal account managers, at its Grandville location.


Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partners Mary Jo Larson and Douglas E. Dozeman are ranked among the top Super Lawyers by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. They were among 61 Warner Norcross attorneys selected for the peer-review award.

David Lick, a shareholder in Foster Swift’s Lansing office, will teach a course on public private partnerships to law students at the University of Western Ontario.

Frank M. Scutch has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as an attorney in its national intellectual property department.

Miller Johnson announced Patrick M. Edsenga has joined the Grand Rapids office as an associate. Johnson joins the employment and labor group.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge attorney Kristen E. Ray was named to the American Society of Legal Advocate’s Top 40 Under 40 Litigators, in addition to accepting a membership invitation to the society. Also, Gregory R. Kish earned the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney from the National Elder Law Foundation.

Varnum was named a 2013 Go-To Law Firm at the Top 500 Companies by American Lawyers Media for torts litigation.


Hascall Steel Co. of Grandville has made the following management changes: CEO, Dag Hascall; president, Chris Van Wingerden; vice president, Dave Greichunos; director of purchasing and materials management, Glen Vickers; and controller, Leah Jansen.

Perrigo Co. has appointed Douglas Boothe executive vice president and general manager.


The Michigan Army National Guard announced Parker Vandeventer of Grand Rapids has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Vandeventer serves as an intelligence analyst.


Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced its board members and directors for 2013: president, Kay Staszel, KMS Group; vice president, Joe Belsito, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge; treasurer, Jason Goei, Eastern Floral; and secretary, Sanda Matei, Comerica Wealth Management. New directors: Monica Sparks, WJRW 1340; Deborah Phillips, Priority Health; and Deidra McClelland, The Skye Group.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge attorney Jane C. Hofmeyer as been appointed to the Community Media Center’s board of directors. CMC provides media services to the Greater Grand Rapids area, including TV channel GRTV, radio station WYCE-FM and online news source The Rapidian.


M&K Quality Truck Sales announced the promotion of Ted Pilecki to COO. Pilecki will oversee operations in nine locations.

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