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

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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. Aguilar has worked alongside seniors and their families to navigate the complex world of aging and long-term care. She assists with planning and applying for Medicaid and assessing the need for Veteran’s Aid and Attendance benefits. She also is skilled in administering special needs trusts.

ACCOUNTING

Plante Moran has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For for the 23rd consecutive year.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

April Stevens joined 1 Bold Step as digital content producer.

Extra Credit Projects recently had 12 finalists in the annual 2021 OBIE Finalists Awards hosted by the Out of Home Advertising Association of America.

ARTS

Grand Rapids Ballet appointed Jessica Meldrum as marketing director.

Melissa Horton joined the Lakeshore Museum Center as executive director.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum updated five classrooms providing enhanced educational experiences and making the spaces more accessible for all learners, due to funding provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Steelcase and Custer Inc. The museum also collaborated with various organizations that conducted site evaluations and offered guidance on accessibility and universal design for learning including Disability Advocates of Kent County, Grand Valley State University Occupational Therapy Department, Hope Network and Calvin University.

AWARDS

Marge Wilson, owner of Marge’s Donut Den in Wyoming, received the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award, given by the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids. The award was presented in recognition of Frederik Meijer’s philanthropic acts of selfless service to the community, which left a lasting impact on the lives of others.

BANKING

ChoiceOne Bank announced the promotion of Lucas Marble to branch manager of the Rockford division office, 590 E. Division St. NE.

First National Bank of Michigan announced Mike Hollander has been appointed market president of its Grand Rapids bank.

Grand River Bank recently opened its newest full-service banking office at 50 Crahen Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Independent Bank was recently recognized as a 2020 top U.S. community bank by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Blaze Fire Protection’s new location is at 3054 Northridge Drive NW, Grand Rapids, 49544. Its newly constructed 20,000-square-foot building encompasses its headquarters, warehouse storage and space for a future tenant, plus a new logo.

CertifID has been recognized as one of the 2021 awardees for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. 

Wedge, a video screening service that helps recruiters make connections with candidates, announced Theo Rokos as the company’s president.

CONSTRUCTION

EV Construction announced the additions of Rhea Estrada and Julisa Duran-Gomez in the painting division; Dan Allen in the sitework division; and Travis DeGrazier as an assistant project manager.

EDUCATION

Mary Inman and Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet of the Hope College psychology faculty have been recognized as Fellows by the Midwestern Psychological Association.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Sarah Dunn joined Callesen Wealth Management as an administrative assistant.

UBS Wealth Management USA financial adviser Michael Toth has been named to 2021 Forbes/SHOOK Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. Toth is one of 5,000 (out of 32,775 wealth advisers nominated) named to the list.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Saranac-based Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has been awarded Project of the Year by Consumers Energy for its sustainable practices.

Wayland-based Gun Lake Casino appointed experienced culinary artist Josef Huber as its executive chef. Huber has more than 40 years of culinary experience from restaurants across the world.

GOVERNMENT

The Grand Rapids Communications Center’s Public Safety Answering Point was recognized by the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies as an accredited dispatch center, making it the only dispatch center in Michigan to earn CALEA accreditation.

GRANTS

Comstock Park-based Feeding America West Michigan is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the DTE Energy Foundation that will be used to fund 20 mobile pantries that will serve the equivalent of more than 140,000 meals to an estimated 3,400 families across five counties.

HEALTH

Grand Valley State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been ranked as one of the best in the nation in the 2022 Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

HealthBridge Financial Inc. is a recipient of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

HOSPITALITY

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center is the recipient of three awards: RHG Americas Hero Award sponsored by the American Red Cross; Hospitality Excellence Award because Radisson Plaza Hotel is one of four Radissons in the United States recognized for the hotel’s commitment to excellence out of 149 Radisson-branded hotels in all of the Americas; and Craig Davies was presented with General Manager of the Year Award for his leadership, community involvement and brand engagement.

INSURANCE

Acrisure appointed its first chief innovation officer, Matthew Marolda, who will focus on business and growth opportunities aligned with Acrisure’s artificial intelligence, data and technology platform.

Coldbrook Insurance Group LLC hired Paul Reinke as an agent; Johnny Nutter as an account executive; Tracie Rosenthal as an account manager in the personal lines department; and Alaina Van Houdt as an account manager.

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company announced Jay DePasquale as its vice president and chief underwriting officer.

LEGAL

Amber Beebe was named director of the Directorship on Diversity & Inclusion for the State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section. Beebe is an assistant city attorney for the city of Grand Rapids.

Bodman PLC is the recipient of Law Firm of the Year Award for the eighth consecutive year by the internationally recognized client- and peer-review journal Benchmark Litigation.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge shareholders E. Thomas (Tom) McCarthy and William (Bill) Jack Jr. are recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award and Distinguished Mediator Award, respectively, from the State Bar of Michigan’s Negligence Section.

Warner Norcross + Judd has been recognized for the eighth time as a national leader in client services among law firms, by the recent BTI Client Service A-Team survey, conducted by BTI Consulting Group, which evaluates individual law firm performance through the eyes of the client.

MANUFACTURING

HEL Inc. announced the addition of Steve Eichbauer to its team as solutions provider.

Holland-based GHSP announced the appointment of Dan Dawiedczyk, formerly Aptiv’s vice president and managing director of Connection Systems Americas, as its president.

MEDIA

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognized WGVU Public Media PBS NPR as Public Radio Station of the Year for the 10th time. The station also was honored with 12 other Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards.

NONPROFITS

Kathy Rohlman joined Holland-based Camp Sunshine as executive director. Since 1983, Camp Sunshine has offered people with developmental disabilities ages 12-50 summer camp experiences in a safe, caring and inclusive environment.

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council added board members Ara Seo, Keli Christopher and Tom Christy.

RETAIL

Byron Center-based SpartanNash announced the promotion of Todd Riksen to vice president, corporate controller.

TRANSPORTATION

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA, which ensures strict cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

WEBSITES

Transnation Title Agency recently launched a new website at transnationtitle.com.

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