CHANGE-UPS

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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.

Change-Ups: Erhardt Construction hires its 5th female project manager

Melissa Hruska was recently hired as Erhardt Construction’s 5th female project manager. Hruska joins director Aaron Mead in the Facilities Solutions Group division of Erhardt Construction, managing multiple projects throughout West Michigan.

Change-Ups: First Tee hires its first coordinator

Benjamin Elenbaas has been hired as First Tee-West Michigan’s first full-time administrative and accounting coordinator. Elenbaas’ work experience includes two years at Everett’s Landscape and two years at the Christian Athletic Complex, serving in accounting and programming roles.

Change-Ups: Guiding Light receives over $49K toward Back to Work

Guiding Light received $25,000 from TCF Financial Corp. and $24,943 from Builders Exchange of Michigan to support its Back to Work program.

Change-Ups: The Rapid taps Schipper as COO

After serving as interim chief operating officer since June, The Rapid appointed Steve Schipper as its new COO. His new role has Schipper overseeing the transportation, fleet maintenance, facilities and special services departments.

Change-Ups: County administrator announces retirement

Kent County Administrator/Controller Wayman P. Britt announced his intent to retire from the county effective July 2021. He has held top administrative positions with Kent County since March 2004 and was appointed to his current post in January 2018.

Change-Ups: Independent Bank hires first VP of digital banking

Aaron Smith has joined Independent Bank as first vice president, digital banking. Smith will create strategies to deliver the best digital experience for Independent Bank’s customers, as well as identify new digital products and service opportunities.

Change-Ups: Henry joins Metro Health’s gastroenterology department

Dr. Antonia Henry has joined Metro Health – University of Michigan Health’s gastroenterology department, serving multiple departments across the health system, including Metro Health’s contributions to the Cancer Network of West Michigan, a joint venture launched this year in collaboration with Mercy Health and Michigan Medicine.

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