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Change Ups: Chamber names diversity award recipient

February 15, 2013
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Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has named Faye Richardson-Green recipient of its 2013 Diversity Visionary Award. Richardson-Green is a long-time diversity and inclusion leader and director of learning and development at Steelcase Inc. She has been instrumental in influencing the strategic direction of schools, health care systems, leadership institutions, foundations and nonprofit human services in roles as co-founder, committee chair, facilitator and board trustee. Her work within Steelcase has enabled it to become an equitable, diverse and inclusive place to work. Richardson-Green also is co-founder and a board chair for Partners for a Racism-Free Community.


H&S Companies has hired accountants Michaelia Breuker, Heidi Tice, Tom Garner and Jarred Hibma, and Julie Lawton, administrative assistant.


Lürzer’s Archive magazine, an international showcase of worldwide advertising campaigns, has showcased Grand Rapids creative firm Extra Credit Projects.


Greg A. Yeomans and William L. Rapson have joined Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. as senior architects.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services announced it named Quota International of Grand Rapids 2012 Organization of the Year.

Four Michigan leaders have been recognized as among the top 40 under 40 economic development professionals in the United States by Development Counsellors International: Dusty Duistermars, site location services manager, Michigan Economic Development Corp.; Trevor Pawl, director, Pure Michigan Business Connect, MEDC; Ken Harris, president/CEO, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce; and Jennifer Owens, vice president, Southwest Michigan First.

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced Janet Hentges of Achievement Resources has been named 2012 Ambassador of the Year for providing exemplary service to the chamber, serving as its volunteer customer service liaison.

The Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2013, who will be honored May 11 at the Air Zoo in Portage: Capt. Robert D. Gibb, fighter pilot and World War II ace; David Wakefield, WWII fighter pilot and Flying Tiger; Maj. Gen. Paul Wurtsmith, military pilot and commander; Robert E. Ellis, aviation executive and innovator; and Vice Adm. Richard K. Gallagher, Navy pilot and U.S. military representative. The MAHF also presented the Harriet Quimby Award to authors Blaine Pardoe and Warren Benjamin Kidder for their contributions to the history of flight.


Consumers Credit Union announced the additions of Ben Burley, operations project manager; Kristen Davison, training and development manager; Kelly Smith, plastics manager; and Joel Pyard, IT data center supervisor.

Jonathon P. Bradford, president/CEO of Inner City Christian Federation, was re-elected to the board of directors at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis.

Jordana Dickinson has joined Macatawa Bank as branch manager of its 8th Street office in downtown Holland. Dickinson is responsible for building and retaining relationships with customers, and fostering the bank’s support in downtown events.


CSM Group announced the additions of Lisa Ruthruff, project coordinator, and Beth Willson, senior project coordinator.


Blackford Capital LLC, a national private equity firm that acquires, manages and builds middle-market companies, appointed Jono Castleton to analyst. Castleton will be responsible for conducting financial and operational reviews of new investment opportunities and monitoring current portfolio companies.

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the promotions of Andy Johnston, vice president of government and corporate affairs; Mark Allen, senior director of membership development; and Latricia Trice, senior director of marketing and communications. The GRACC also hired Tori Bennett, membership development coordinator; and Desiree Reed, membership development representative.

Custer has named Brad Laackman head of its interior architectural products division. He previously worked at CSM Group as associate partner and director for new construction.

Joel Koeh has joined the Brewers Professional Alliance as a salesman and craft brew industry specialist.


Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design announced Gayle DeBruyn is its first chief sustainability officer. DeBruyn previously was assistant professor in design programs at Kendall for 22 years.


First Companies broke ground on a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as the new corporate headquarters of Heeren Brothers Produce, a family-owned wholesaler and distributor of fresh fruits, vegetables and apple packaging. The 150,000-square-foot building will house the business’s office, distribution and production operations in Alpine Township.


Michigan Women’s Foundation has elected to its board: Joan Budden, Priority Health’s chief marketing officer; and Michelle Rabideau, Saint Mary’s Foundation’s executive director.


Ashley Tittle has joined Eastown Veterinary Clinic as its second full-time doctor.


Mel Trotter Ministries’ 2012 renovation and addition project at 225 Commerce Ave. SW has received the silver level of LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Rockford Construction built the project.


Tori Ruesink has joined Lighthouse Group as a business insurance technical assistant.


Charles Cottrell of The West Michigan Estate Planning Center is now accredited with the Veterans Administration.

Miller Johnson announced Michael B. Quinn will chair the firm’s family law practice and Catherine A. Tracey will chair its education practice group.


Perrigo has promoted Carrie Weldon, training professional, and Tonya Retherford, stage gate project manager. It also has hired Christopher Steinway, packaging engineer; Jake Cook, tax analyst; and Kevin Seckel, IS applications manager.


West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology announced the appointment of Michael Walton, shareholder with the law firm Rhoades McKee, to its board of directors.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Danielle Sneller of Holland to the Michigan Board of Cosmetology; Lola Audu of Grand Rapids to the Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons; and Dr. Lynn Happel to the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine.


Realtor Marilyn Hazard with Keller Williams has been awarded the designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative by the National Association of Realtors.


Hunting and outdoor retailer Cabela’s Inc. will open its 88,000-square-foot Grandville store March 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m., part of a weekend-long celebration featuring guests, celebrities, activities and giveaways. The store is at the east end of the RiverTown Crossings retail corridor in a new 380,000-square-foot retail center. It will employ about 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.


Les Hoogland and Jim Storey were appointed to the West Michigan Airport Authority.

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