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Change Ups: Spectrum Health appoints diversity officer

February 1, 2019
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Ovell Barbee
Ovell Barbee. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Ovell Barbee, Spectrum Health’s senior vice president of human resources, is the health care system’s new diversity officer. Barbee will lead Spectrum Health’s inclusion and diversity efforts to ensure the recruitment, attraction and development of talent. He also will work to foster an environment that is welcoming and respectful for all, while leading talent acquisition and employee relations for the organization. Barbee intends to champion Spectrum Health’s strategic initiative on workforce diversity, as well as the employee-led Inclusion Resource Groups.

ACCOUNTING

Hungerford Nichols promoted Heather Halligan to marketing manager.

Kristel Marshall, CPA, joined Korte & Kowatch as a staff accountant.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Netvantage Marketing relocated its Grand Rapids office to 800 Monroe Ave. NW, just outside the downtown district, to accommodate additional employees needed for business growth.

Symposia Lab hired Andrew Terpstra as project manager and Adam Osman as marketing automation specialist. Faith Bischoff is now Symposia’s digital media specialist and Kristen Haveman is lead copywriter.

ARTS

The Grand Rapids Art Museum recently debuted its newest exhibit, “A Decade At The Center,” which highlights the 100 new pieces of art GRAM has been gifted or acquired since moving into its new building 10 years ago. More than half of the works in the exhibition are being made public for the first time, including two pieces from the 15th century. The exhibit runs through April 28.

AWARDS

Greenleaf Trust (with offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Traverse City and Bay Harbor) was named by the National Association for Business Resources as one of the nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

BAKING

First National Bank of Michigan welcomed Chris Jacobs as vice president, branch manager, at the Woodbridge Hills location in Portage. Promoted to officers of the bank were Kathleen Reenders to assistant manager, Woodbridge branch, and Michelle Hoopman to assistant manager, Grand Rapids.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of a Community Champion Premier Partnership with Gentex Corporation. Gentex Corp. is a longtime Gold Premier Partner and has been a member of the chamber since 1976.

The Right Place Inc. recently appointed new board members to the 2019 Right Place board of directors: Ron DeWaard, partner, Varnum; Steve Downing, president and CEO, Gentex Corp.; Krista Flynn, regional president - West Michigan, Chemical Bank; Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health Systems; Andi Owen, president and CEO, Herman Miller, Inc.; Jim Teets, CEO, ADAC Automotive; Mark Washington, city manager, city of Grand Rapids; Greg Madura, supervisor, Alpine Township (Suburban Representative); Dave Beemer, COO, Terryberry (Manufacturers’ Council new chair); and Eric Fox, president, Oceana County Economic Development Corporation (Regional Representative).

The Right Place board of directors elected the following officers for 2019: chair: Sean P. Welsh, regional president, West Michigan, PNC Bank; vice chair: Mitch Joppich, Grand Rapids managing partner PwC LLP; and treasurer: Dave Staples, president and CEO, SpartanNash. Executive Committee Appointments: Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College; Matt Becker, managing partner, BDO; and Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Rinvelt & David LLC announced it is the recipient for the third time of InvestmentNews’ Best Practices Award for the firm’s methodologies, client communication and education, human capital management, technology integration, as well as its revenue and cost structure in 2018.

GOVERNMENT

The city of Rockford and Plainfield Township have reached a mutual aid agreement. The Rockford Department of Public Safety will respond to all calls for emergency medical services in Plainfield. Plainfield Fire Department will respond to structure fires in Rockford.

GRANTS

A project called the Team Grand Rapids: Interurban Transit Partnership was awarded a $373,782 Michigan Mobility grant. The project team consisting of The Rapid, the city of Grand Rapids, Disability Advocates of Kent County and Via will use the grant to improve rider experience by shortening trip duration and reservation lead time. This will allow booking trips the same day and mean users spend less time on the bus.

Embody, a Grand Rapids nonprofit that enhances physical and mental wellness through yoga and meditation, is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Isagenix Legacy Foundation.

HEALTH

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health in Wyoming announced the additions of Mark Traill, M.D., as a diagnostic radiologist, and Matthew Tiede, M.D., as a vascular interventional radiologist.

LEISURE & RECREATION

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation announced two key property transactions for the Grand River Greenway Initiative that are crucial to connect the Idema Explorers Trail to Kent County. Property transactions include: a purchase agreement to acquire 16½ acres of land on the Grand River with 651 feet of riverfront in Georgetown Township for $100,000; and acquisition of a 1,000-foot-long easement that will connect a parks property on Cottonwood Drive to the riverfront for $10,000.

MANUFACTURING

Hilco Industrial, in partnership with ReSell CNC and Miedema Auctioneering & Appraisals Inc., announced the sale of CNC machining, metal fabrication, and welding operation assets from Grand Haven-based A & B Machining Inc. — part of the Westshore Innovative Network companies — will take place through a live, on-site webcast scheduled Feb. 21.

MILITARY

Grant resident and Navy Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Shastyn Nelson, assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia is the recipient of the C10F Sea Sailor of the Year Award.

NONPROFITS

Mel Trotter Ministries named Tim Swiney its chief campaign officer. Swiney will oversee Mel Trotter Ministries’ fundraising campaigns associated with helping the Heartside area nonprofit grow.

RETAIL

DIBS! On Resale, a nonprofit resale store benefitting the West Michigan Christian Schools in the Lakeshore region, moved from Norton Shores to 1279 East Apple Ave. in Muskegon.

Muskegon-based Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube celebrated its 50th anniversary.

SPORTS

The Harbor Shores Operating Committee announced Joshua Doxtator was appointed general manager of The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Golf Course at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor.

TECHNOLOGY

BizStream in Allendale announced the additions of web developers Nathan Graham, Ben Buurstra, Mike Webb, Preston Stewart and Tyler Stirtz; solution architect Darian Bonnell; and quality assurance specialists Julie Stanard and Tyler Pfhol.

Fusion IT LLC hired Michael Pearce as director of business development.

TRANSPORTATION

Allegiant Air LLC plans to base two Airbus A320 planes and expand its operations at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of more than $42.8 million and create at least 66 permanent jobs, resulting in a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. Michigan was chosen over competing airports in several other states.

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport announced it set an all-time passenger record for 2018, marking the sixth straight year the airport has seen record-setting growth. In 2018, 3,263,234 passengers flew in and out of GFIA, an increase of 16 percent from 2017. The record-setting year was capped in December with 273,673 total passengers, an increase of 17 percent year-over-year, making it the first time the airport served more than a quarter-million passengers in December.

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