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Change Ups: Bank of America appoints Lee senior VP
David Lee was named Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s senior vice president and senior relationship manager, serving middle market companies with annual revenues of $50 million to $2 billon. Based in Grand Rapids, Lee will be responsible for delivering the full capabilities of the bank to current and prospective clients to enable them to meet their financial goals. Lee previously worked for the bank for much of the 2000s in the consumer and retail investment banking group in Chicago. He relocated to the Grand Rapids area in 2011 after joining the corporate development team at a large privately held company. He most recently was a consultant to early-stage consumer products companies.
Rehmann was named one of Accounting Today’s Fastest-Growing Firms in the United States, ranking among the country’s Top 100 Firms and Regional Leaders. Ranking 14th among the fastest-growing firms in the country, Rehmann showed a 23.28% growth rate with revenue totaling $143 million in 2018.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Bloomfield-based Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. promoted Jesse M. Morgan to associate. Morgan oversees municipal operations in HRC’s Grand Rapids office.
Paradigm Design announced the promotions of Courtney Lutz to human resources manager; Fisal Hammouda to mechanical and plumbing practice area leader; Kim VandenBerg to associate; and Ben Loznak to associate.
GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. was awarded the National Safety Council’s first Safety Leadership Award for 60 consecutive months of work without incurring an occupational injury or illness that resulted in days away from work.
Nancie Oxley, winemaker and vice president at Paw Paw’s St. Julian Winery, was honored with the Purdue University 2019 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award, the College of Agriculture’s top honor.
Wedgwood Christian Services was awarded the 2019 Program of the Year for excellence, innovation and commitment to experiential education in clinical care through group therapy at the NCCPS Facilitators UnConference in Boulder, Colorado.
Flagstar Bank was named a Fannie Mae Servicer Total Achievement and Reward Performer for 2018 by Fannie Mae in recognition of Flagstar's outstanding performance and best practices in the General Servicing category.
Sparta-based ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. and Lapeer-based County Bank Corp. jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement in which County will combine with ChoiceOne in a strategic merger of equals. The agreement was approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The combination will create an approximately $1.3-billion asset bank holding company with 28 offices in southeastern and West Michigan, making it the 12th-largest bank holding company in Michigan based on asset size. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019.
PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center recently showcased its full line of products in front of more than 34,000 fire and rescue professionals at the 2019 FDIC International Conference in Indianapolis.
Steve Lopez opened a professional carpet cleaning business, Zerorez, in Grand Rapids. Details: zerorezgrandrapids.com.
Kent Companies promoted Jordan Berens to director of project management and estimating and Steve McCoy was promoted to director of field operations.
Wolverine Building Group hired Deborah Guyton as vice president of human resources. She is the second woman Aaron Jonker and Curt Mulder have added to their leadership team since becoming owners in January 2018.
Steelcase Education announced the 12 recipients of its Active Learning Center Grant program that supports teachers and students by creating an environment that encourages engagement, collaboration and creativity. This summer, 12 schools across grades 6-12 and higher education will receive furniture, design, installation and on-site training for a new active learning classroom.
Lynn Mulder was appointed as director of sales and business development for DeLong and Brower.
Sylvia J. Frattallone, a private wealth adviser with Frattallone Wealth Management Group in Ada, reached a career milestone through the company’s Circle of Success program by achieving years of consistently high performance. Less than 8% of Ameriprise advisers earn this distinction.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks recently unveiled its limited edition Road’s End Rum Barrel Mug. The custom tiki mugs were designed by Ken Holewczynski of House of Tabu.
Holland Community Aquatic Center received a $25,000 competitive grant from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area to help fund the cost of the in-depth evaluations and planning needed to support the proposed expansion and renovation of its pool.
Metro Health – University of Michigan Health in Wyoming announced the appointment of cardiologist Dr. Ronald Grifka as chief medical officer. Grifka will oversee more than 500 physicians, provide leadership to medical education and serve as the organization’s chief clinical quality officer. He will continue to care for patients and, through Metro Health’s affiliation with Michigan Medicine, maintain a role with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
The Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation announced it has donated $100,000 to Allegan General Hospital for new sterilizing machines that significantly increase the number of surgical instruments that can be sterilized at a given time.
Hilton’s hotel brand, Tru by Hilton, announced the opening of its latest property, Tru by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, at 4570 28th St. SE, Kentwood, which is owned and managed by Midwest Lodging Group.
West Bend Mutual Insurance announced it has given its Spirit of the Silver Lining Award to Mike Doyle, president, and Shannon Heads, vice president of operations for Doyle & Ogden Insurance Advisors, and Adam Jackson, vice president for Ron Jackson Insurance in Kalamazoo.
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Timothy L. Horner was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of 2019’s Leaders in the Law.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Twin brothers Bradd and Chad Bitson opened Let Us Go Escape Rooms game in Muskegon. Up to eight people work together to solve a series of puzzles in less than one hour and escape. Details: letusgoescape.com.
Saugatuck-based insulation manufacturer Johns Manville and a Berkshire Hathaway company has partnered with Company & Cottage to provide insulation for the renovation of a small barn into a hand-crafted cottage near Saugatuck. The Little White Barn is undergoing full renovation by Christine and Gabriel Bridger of Company & Cottage.
Scott Bloem joined The Other Way Ministries as executive director.
Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. appointed BDO USA LLP as its new independent certified public accounting firm.
State Sen. Winnie Brinks is the recipient of George Heartwell Environmental Legacy Award for her efforts to protect Michigan’s environment.
EarthTronics in Muskegon introduced its new LED Mini Wall Pack to provide additional lighting options for exterior, wide-flood area illumination for commercial, industrial and municipal facilities.
Holland-based SpinDance was recognized by CIO Review as one of 50 Most Promising IoT Solution Providers in 2019.
IT Resource Inc. hired Pat Adams, senior account executive, and Nicole Camp, customer service representative.
MHVillage now provides manufactured housing professionals with a sales tool called mhvDirect, an optional call tracking service that helps cut response times, nurture leads, provide training and generally improves sales. mhvDirect allows MHVillage customers to use an assigned local phone number to field calls and provide round-the-clock information on homes for sale or rent.
Independent Bank launched a redesigned website with updates that include an easier login portal, an updated location finder section, convenient account opening features and a new info center. Visit independentbank.com.