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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.

Change-Ups: Blackstar garners CD Barnes’ Success Award

Grand Rapids-based Blackstar Building Group recently received CD Barnes Construction’s Key To Our Success Award for its work at the new Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Caledonia.

Change-Ups: Clark earns executive certification

Jane Clark, Holland-based Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce president, has been designated a Certified Chamber Executive by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Change-Ups: Heymoss joins Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Jennifer Heymoss is Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s new community investment officer. She will support an equitable and effective grantmaking process and build relationships with community partners. Heymoss previously worked for 15 years in the education field as a teacher and youth development professional in Kalamazoo.

Change-Ups: Torres selected as WMSBF’s 2020 President’s winner

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has selected Adnoris “Bo” Torres as its 2020 President’s Award winner for his contributions to the organization’s growth and development.

Change-Ups: Acosta joins Independent Bank as digital marketing manager

Frank Acosta Jr. is Independent Bank’s new digital marketing manager. He will focus on management of the bank’s website and social media platforms, as well as search engine optimization and search engine marketing.

Change-Ups: Jenks promoted to principal architect

Paradigm Design has promoted senior architect and design director Aaron Jenks to principal architect. Jenks joins the current ownership team including William Brunner, Bill Hadlock, Joe Greco and Dave Hendershott. Jenks will continue to work in the Grand Rapids office and will be responsible for leading the design department and work with the business development team.

Change-Ups: Feeding America West Michigan receives $10,000 grant

Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance have donated $10,000 to Feeding America West Michigan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering and distributing food to relieve hunger and increase food security in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.