Change Ups: Bank earns diversity lender award


Gerald Moore, right, Michigan district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, presents the Michigan SBA Diversity Lender of the Year Award to Brad Dyksterhouse, The Bank of Holland’s senior vice president of the resource lending group.

The U.S. Small Business Administration presented The Bank of Holland with the No. 1 Michigan SBA Diversity Lender of the Year Award for demonstrating a commitment in providing guidance and capital to Michigan businesses owned by veterans, women and minorities.


J.W. Messner Inc. announced it has been selected as the advertising agency-of-record for Visser Brothers Construction.


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre announced its board of directors: Dr. Marvin L. Sapp, Lighthouse Full Life Center Church; Gwendolyn Jackson, Meijer Inc.; Jeremiah Kossen, Lake Michigan Credit Union; Jeremy Kress, Celebration Cinema; and Kate Wiltzer, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry. New executive officers: president, Bill Scarbrough, Bodman PLC; president elect, Chuck Burpee, Warner Norcross & Judd; vice president, Chuck Smeester, William-Charles Search Group; treasurer, Peggy Murphy, Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter; and secretary, Matt Vicari, Miller Johnson. 


Theresa Petko, vice president and business line leader for URS Great Lakes, has been appointed to the board of directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies – Michigan Chapter.


Grand Rapids Community College English professor Mursalata Muhammad was recognized with Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Champion Leadership Skills Award. Associate professor of English Katrina Katie Kalisz was honored for her piece “Viewing of the 14-Year-Old Girl’s Wake.” 

Soliant Health announced Metro Health Hospital is one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the country for the third year.


Independent Community Bankers of America announced Mercantile Bank is one of the top 50 community banks in social media and top 20 community banker influences on Twitter.


Nichols announced it has acquired Industrial Cleaning Supply, a family-owned and operated janitorial/sanitation distributor for more than 40 years.


CSM Group announced project manager Eric Kella has received the Certified Healthcare Constructor certification.

Erhardt Construction announced the additions of Tim Johnson, field manager, and Ryan Nelson, project engineer.

Wolverine Building Group announced the additions of Landon Jones, assistant project manager of its multi-family division, and Shane Adams, project superintendent overseeing construction of retail and multi-unit living facilities.


Cooley Law School announced Lisa L. Fadler has been named assistant dean of career and professional development across its five campuses; Monty Moyer is the school’s new assistant vice president of operations for its five campuses; and Ronald Sutton has been named assistant dean for the Tampa Bay campus.

Western Michigan University announced it will offer a Master of Arts in Leadership for Organizational Learning and Performance at WMU-MetroDetroit in Royal Oak and WMU-Southwest in Benton Harbor.


ASTI Environmental’s Mike Gazdik and Lucas Wright have been certified for radon testing with the National Radon Safety Board, the first Michigan-headquartered environmental consultants to achieve this certification with the National Environmental Health Association-National Radon Proficiency Program.


Centre for Plastic Surgery announced the new location of its cosmetic and remonstrative surgical practice, which includes an accredited state-of-the-art in-office and outpatient surgical facility and skin care center, is at 2060 East Paris Ave. SE. 

Fitness Therapy Unlimited is the recipient of a CORP! Magazine Michigan’s Economic Bright Spot award.

Michigan Blood announced the additions of Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services, and Donna Martorano, director of volunteer services.

Philip H. McCorkle Jr., president/CEO of Saint Mary’s Health Care, is the recipient of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s 2013 Meritorious Service Award. John MacKeigan, chief medical officer and executive vice president of Spectrum Health, is a recipient of the association’s 2013 Special Recognition Award.


Porter Hills announced it has hired Dr. Nathalie Meyer as its community liaison, a newly created leadership position to direct its community outreach efforts. She will work with area employers, churches, parishes and other organizations that seek a comprehensive approach to elder issues.

The Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division of The Salvation Army announced the appointments of Major Michael Gates, divisional secretary for business; Major Rebecca Gates, women ministries secretary; Majors Jason and Mary Poff, divisional youth secretaries; Majors Timothy and Debra Pascoe in leadership roles at territorial headquarters in Des Plaines, Ill.; and Captains Trevor and Rochelle McClintock to serve as corps community center officers in Omaha, Neb.


Cortney Schaffer has joined Bloom Sluggett Morgan as an associate attorney. She will practice in the areas of public sector, library and real estate law.


Hapman, a Kalamazoo-based conveyor and material-handling equipment maker, announced that from July 1-Dec. 31, it will donate $250 to the Alzheimer’s Association for each Heliz conveyor order it receives, with a minimum of $25,000 committed. Personal and corporate donations are also solicited. 


Randy Slikkers has joined Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA in Belmont as executive director.


CRB of Kalamazoo announced the new leadership roles of Marika Hawes-Ruhrup, secretary for the West Michigan Chapter of ASHRAE 2013-2014. She will serve as treasurer 2014-2015, vice-president/membership promotion 2016-2017, and chapter president 2017-2018. Also, Ryan Callahan was appointed chair of the Kalamazoo County Drafting Advisory Committee, and Paula Van Valkenburgh, chair of the Michigan Board of Architects.

Gov Rick Synder announced the appointment of Ricky Ackerman, of Ada, to the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP attorney Jeffrey S. Dornbos has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the Child Development Services of Ottawa County Lakeshore Head Start.


Marlee Grace and partner John Hanson announced the opening of Have Company, a new shop in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood at 136 S. Division Ave. The general store and small publication ship will specialize in handmade goods, artist publications, lifestyle journals, zines, vintage clothing, home goods and more.


The Community Foundation for Muskegon County announced it has hired restaurateur Dave Biesiada to open Smash Wine Bar & Bistro in the lower level of the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon. An opening date is slated for mid-September.

Trillium Haven Restaurant owner Ken Sung announced a name change to Terra GR. The eatery, at 1429 Lake Drive SE in the historic Kingsley Building, will continue to focus on locally sustainable and ethically raised products, and will also feature new handcrafted techniques, daily menu changes and a seasonal menu in an updated interior.

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