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Change Ups: O-A-K opens branch office

December 13, 2013
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Change Ups: O-A-K opens branch office
Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball operates five offices, including one in Kalamazoo.

Construction firm Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has opened a new branch office at 161 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 102, Kalamazoo. O-A-K oversaw the 1,800-square-foot build-out for the new space and completed the bulk of architectural design work in-house. The space is within the historic Haymarket Building and features an open-concept work space, high-end conference room with a 62-foot built-in wall monitor, private office and meeting area and full-service kitchen. The firm has been headquartered in Grand Rapids since 1891.


Hungerford Nichols + Advisors announced the additions of Chrysostom Rowland, CPA, and administrative professionals Lynette Rogell and Libby Shaw.


Opera Grand Rapids announced Anne Berquist is its new executive director. Berquist previously served as executive director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. Her 19-year history of arts organization leadership includes The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.


Craig Wolffis has joined Northpointe Bank as area manager of the bank’s mortgage lending business.

Kimberly Gorski has been promoted to assistant vice president retail deposit specialist at Independent Bank. Gorski supports the bank’s retail initiatives as well as managing the Horizons Club customer loyalty program. She previously was a financial analyst at the bank.


AIGA West Michigan announced Chris Fredricks will volunteer as its sustainability director.


Edward Jones financial advisor Becky Renner Anderson, of Grand Rapids, attended Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top Women Advisors Summit in Palm Beach, Fla., held to enhance the professional development of those who work with individual investors. magazine has ranked Edward Jones No. 1 in its annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms. Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.5 out of 10 points. The firm scored top marks across the board earning near perfect scores in overall ethics (9.8) and public image (9.7).


Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced the addition of Meredith Fennema, public relations and marketing specialist. She will assist in all communications, including writing for the website and print publications, managing social media and working with the Challenge Scholars program.

Gary Vandenberg has been appointed president of the Society of Exchange Counselors Education Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that brings creative real estate education throughout the United States.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids has been awarded a $7,500 grant to fund improvements to its IT systems. The funds are derived from the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund, which GRCF administers. 


Amanda Ayala, M.D., has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as a pediatric physiatrist. She will focus on treating children with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, dystonia and other conditions that limit mobility and function.

Bronson HealthCare Midwest Digestive, Endocrine & General Surgery and Midwest Vascular & Endovascular Surgery announced the addition of Michael M. Bush, PA-C. Bronson HealthCare Orthopedics & Joint Specialists announced the addition of Jodi Haller, PHD, PA-C. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcome Lauren Weessies, PC. Lindsey Chorney, AG-ACNP, has joined the Bronson Rapid Response Team.

Cynthia Bell has joined the Hospice of Michigan Institute as a nurse-researcher. Bell will focus her research on palliative early care, psycho-social needs for chronically ill children and families, end-of-life communication with adolescents and related issues.


American Red Cross of West Michigan has named Joe Corrado its new major gifts officer. Corrado previously was a major gifts officer for the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, and has fund development experience from positions at the American City Bureau, Christopher House Agency in Chicago, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.


Rhoades McKee announced the additions of associates Timothy R. Dudley and G. Will Furtado. Dudley joins the law firm’s corporate and business practice group, and Furtado will practice in its litigation services group.

Joni LarsonThomas M. Cooley Law School professor and assistant director of its Graduate Tax Program, has published a training resource book for chief counsel attorneys representing the Internal Revenue Service before the Tax Court. The book is titled “A Practitioner’s Guide to Tax Evidence: A Primer on the Federal Rules of Evidence as Applied by the Tax Court.”


Viastore Systems U.S. announced John Clark has joined the company to manage marketing and business development efforts for its North American operations. Clark has more than 17 years of experience in material handling automation marketing and previously ran marketing for TGW Systems, Dematic and Provia software, which was a sister company to Viastore.


The Billy Bear Hug Foundation has donated teddy bears to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids for the children who participated in its grief and cancer support groups earlier this month.


Clark Communications announced the addition of Morgan Fedewa, public relations associate.


Cambridge Partners Inc. announced the addition of Marketing Director Alicia Kroesing-Sosnowski.


The Grand Rapids Griffins has hired Phil Cronin as director of games operations. He previously was director of game day operations for the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit. In addition, has recognized the Griffins as a winner for Best Team Operations in 2013.


IT Resource announced the additions of Denise Sabo, help desk analyst, and Jeremy Potvin, network engineer II. 

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