Change-Ups: Hansen named BTI Client Service All-Star

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Shane B. Hansen was selected as a 2021 BTI Client Service All-Star for mergers and acquisitions. Hansen was chosen based on in-depth and independent interviews with corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting Group.

Change-Ups: Memorial Garden earns landscape award

The Memorial Garden at Michigan Veteran Homes in Grand Rapids received a 2021 Community Landscape Beautification Award from the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association.

Change-Ups: New Holland Brewing awarded Masters Medal

New Holland Brewing, a top-50 craft brewery, recently received a Masters Medal from The Spirits Business in the American Whisky Masters Competition for its Beer Barrel Bourbon, which is aged in new American oak barrels before finishing in the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk barrels.

Change-Ups: Johnston earns Elite Award

Andy Johnston, vice president of government affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber, has been designated a Certified Chamber Executive by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Change-Ups: House selected as bank’s branch manager

Grand River Bank recently hired Jane House as branch manager of its newest full-service regional banking center located at 50 Crahen Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

Change-Ups: Whatley named CMO of Family Health Center

Dr. Carolyn Whatley was recently named chief medical officer at Family Health Center in Kalamazoo. FHC provides quality health care to some 30,000 historically underserved patients. Whatley comes to the nonprofit after nine years as Great Lakes regional medical director at Sound Physicians in Chicago. Previously, she served as hospitalist medical director for Sparrow Health System in Lansing, and as a clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University. During her career, Whatley has overseen multiple hospital sites and service lines, and championed safe, quality patient care.

Change-Ups: The Christman Co. ranks among top 100 contractors

The Christman Co., with offices in Grand Rapids, recently landed at No. 92 on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of the top 400 contractors nationally.

Change-Ups: Ingalls Pictures unveils new space

“We’ve got a room big enough to build a spaceship for a music video.” That’s how brothers Ned and Hugh Ingalls describe the new Ingalls Pictures video production space.

Change-Ups: Aguilar brings new service line to Rhoades McKee

Katie Hogan Aguilar recently joined Rhoades McKee law firm as a shareholder and member of the estate planning and administration practice group. Aguilar also brings a new service line to Rhoades McKee: elder law, Medicaid planning and special needs planning.

Change-Ups: Cribley is first-ever Bus Guardian Hero

Tim Cribley, a bus driver for the Hudsonville School District, was named by global transportation company CalAmp as its first Bus Guardian Hero. Cribley received $1,000 for leading contributions to local food pantries and prioritizing student safety when schools reopened.

Change-Ups: Flow-Rite marks 40th anniversary

Flow-Rite, a Byron Center-based manufacturer of injection-molded fluid controls components for boats, RVs, golf carts, hydroponics and industrial applications, has reached a milestone: its 40th anniversary.

Change-Ups: Kalaczinski named MOA’s Educator of the Year

Lillian Kalaczinski, an associate professor for Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry, has been named the Michigan Optometric Association’s 2021 Educator of the Year. Kalaczinski is a 1998 MCO graduate following three years in the pre-optometry program at Ferris.

Change-Ups: AEBetancourt taps Eggleston as COO

With more than a decade of experience in recruiting, business consulting, sales training and management, Brian Eggleston has joined AEBetancourt as chief operating officer. Eggleston was most recently the chief sales officer at Hub International, the world’s fifth-largest insurance broker with offices across North America.

Change-Ups: Grooters joins Bradley Company

Kyle Grooters has joined Bradley Company as an adviser within the brokerage department. Grooters brings several years of sales experience to the team. Prior to joining Bradley Company, Grooters worked with Robert Grooters Development Co. where he focused on leasing and land acquisitions among several clients generating millions in lease and sales transactions.

Change-Ups: Burger King taps Fragel as HR director

Grand Rapids resident Deb Fragel has been appointed director of human resources for 26 West Michigan-area Burger King restaurants recently acquired by Factorial Restaurant Holdings LLC.

Change-Ups: Beyer joins Independent Bank

Gary Beyer joined Independent Bank as vice president, commercial lending for the West Michigan lakeshore market. He previously worked at Chase Bank, for a total of over 30 years of experience in commercial banking and wealth management. Beyer also serves on the board of Good Samaritan Ministries in Holland and is active in volunteering with Kids Hope USA, as well as Hand2Hand, a nonprofit that mobilizes churches and schools to provide food for children on weekends. Independent Bank’s total assets are approximately $4.2 billion. It was founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864.

Change-Ups: Hall launches Healing Connection

Bethany Hall, a licensed family nurse practitioner in Grand Rapids specializing in Complex Developmental Trauma, has launched Healing Connection, a trauma-informed resource for training and advocacy for childhood trauma-related education.

Change-Ups: JetCo promotes Sweet to VP of client services

JetCo Solutions, a Grand Rapids-based government sales and marketing firm, has promoted Jessica Sweet to vice president of client services. Sweet oversees the organization’s operations, including the capture (government business development), proposal management, research and General Service Administration departments.

Change-Ups: FBA names Burns director

The Family Business Alliance has named Robin Burns its director. Burns will work with the board and staff to develop and implement the strategic plan of the association whose sole mission is to ensure family businesses throughout West Michigan succeed generation to generation.

Change-Ups: Mendez joins GR Chamber as talent development manager

Monica Mendez is the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s new talent development manager. She is responsible for overseeing Leading Edge, Leadership Advantage, and expanding upon ATHENA Grand Rapids programming, as well as providing support to chamber members.

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