Change Ups: BDO taps Calhoun as CFO


BDO USA LLP announced Lynn Calhoun has been named its new chief financial officer. Calhoun, a partner, was previously director of finance. He succeeds Howard Allenberg as CFO. Calhoun joined BDO USA in 1999 and has 30 years of experience in financial and leadership positions. Prior to joining BDO, he spent four years with Deloitte and Touche before assuming roles as CFO and president for a privately held business from 1987 to 1999. 


Byce & Associates Inc. announces the hiring of F. Alan Frederick, architectural technician; Peter Oudsemaas, structural engineer; Matt Fraser, mechanical engineer; Gene Dummer, electrical designer; and Miranda Bishop, accounting/human resources assistant.


Women’s City Club announced its 2014-2015 officers: president, Marilyn Brune; president elect, Margaret Burrows-Getz; 1st VP, Carol Wigert; 2nd VP, Kathleen Oliver; 3rd VP, Mae Preston; 4th VP, Tamara Steil; secretary, Myra Bradford; treasurer, Donna Warber; treasurer elect, Ginia Lorenz; SHF president, Marilyn Lundquist; SHF house, Margaret Burrows-Getz. In addition, 14 directors were appointed.


Mary Freund Wilson, a Metro Health nurse practitioner, has been awarded the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Healthcare Champion Award. Wilson was chosen based on her long-time advocacy for people with diabetes, which includes serving as a member of the West Michigan Glycemic Collaborative.


Northpointe Bank announced the addition of Bill Clancy, vice president of deposit banking.


DWH has hired William Blanton as a director to help expand the firm’s corporate leadership and management capabilities.

Interphase announced interiors designer Beth Hulst has been promoted to design manager and architecture and design specialist. 

Grand Rapids project management consultancy Progress Strategies + has launched a new website,, which includes the areas of diversity and inclusion, community engagement strategies, grant writing and grant project management, public policy and advocacy, and corporate social responsibility.


Doug Klann has joined Lakewood Construction in Holland as project manager.

Miller Davis Co. of Kalamazoo has hired Ben Ochoa as a project engineer.  


Hope College in Holland has earned national accreditation from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for its majors in molecular biology and biochemistry. Hope is among 13 colleges and universities to receive the designation since the ASBMB established the accreditation program in 2013.

Ferris State University in Big Rapids master of science in nursing program has ranked seventh nationally on a U.S. News and World Report list of the top online graduate nursing programs for veterans.

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University has named Ken Krayer its inaugural director of business engagement.


Inxcorp Business Advisors, with offices in Grand Rapids, Chicago and Naples, Fla., announced it has revamped its website:


Partners for a Racism-Free Community is the recipient of a three-year $395,186 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for work to eliminate institutional racism. Also, Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded PRFC $25,000 in support of its efforts to bring the Race: Are We So Different? exhibit to Grand Rapids.


The Center for Physical Rehabilitation has received an Outcomes Excellence Award from Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes for exceeding the national average for functional patient outcomes for the first quarter of 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year it has received the award.

Metro Health Hospital has been honored by the Michigan Peer Review Organization’s 2014 Governor’s Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in reducing health care-associated infections in the acute care hospital setting and for outstanding inpatient clinical achievement in the acute care hospital setting 

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best in cancer, nephrology and urology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. This is the third consecutive year for the hospital to be recognized.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids has launched the final phase of its $3.9 million Building Bridges for Brighter Futures capital campaign by reaching out to individuals to raise the last $75,000. Details:


Bob Wuerfel, title president of Lighthouse Group, has earned the professional designation of Certified Land Title Professional. He is the sixth person in the state to achieve this certification. 

Tony Grossa of Graves & Co. in Ada has earned the Professional in Human Resources certification.


Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced Robert T. Grand will assume the position of firm managing partner, effective Nov. 1. Alan A. Levin, who has served as the firm’s managing partner since 1997, will step down from his day-to-day management duties and assume a new leadership position as chairman emeritus.

Mark A. Gilchrist, shareholder with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge’s Grand Rapids office, has been elected president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. Gilchrist is a trial attorney representing individuals and businesses in commercial, professional liability, criminal, legal malpractice and general liability matters. 

Miller Johnson has been ranked by Chambers USA 2014 among Michigan’s best in corporate/M&A, employee benefits and executive compensation, labor and employment and litigation: general commercial. The following lawyers were named Leaders in Their Field: Jeffrey Ammon, corporate/M&A; Mary Bauman, employee benefits and executive compensation; Frank Berrodin, employee benefits and executive compensation; James Bruinsma, employee benefits and executive compensation; Peter Kok, labor and employment; Jon March, labor and employment litigation; and Jon Muth, litigation: general commercial.

Rhoades McKee announced Mary Ann Cartwright will serve as chair of its employment and labor practice group.


Industrial Innovations in Grandville announced the appointment of Doug Goetz to vice president of operations, responsible for the company’s operating efficiency, financial management and software/IT systems. 

Trendway of Holland has named Eva Meekhof to the new position of director of customer relations. She oversees customer service, order management, custom solutions and scheduling functions


Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointments of Thomas Cottrell of Ada, Phyllis Van Order of Battle Creek, and Tom Knapp of Wyoming to the Task Force on Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Also, Scott Prince of Holland has been reappointed to the Collection Practices board.


RedWater Restaurant Group announced it will open a new taphouse restaurant. Renovation of the current Malarkey’s Restaurant, next to the Northpointe Bank at the East Beltline and 196 interchange, will begin immediately and be completed in October.


Carbonic Systems Inc. has appointed Jonathan Holm to vice president.


Fusion IT LLC in Jenison announced the additions of Brian Walter, systems network engineer; Dawson Panter, PC technician level 1; Damir Kesar, systems network engineer; Sarah Adams, executive administrative assistant; and Chris Vela, helpdesk L1 dispatch.

Management Advisory Services announced Doug Blazer is a Sage Certified Consultant and has recently completed all Sage Software requirements to recertify for the 2014 edition of Sage 100 ERP software.


Experience Grand Rapids has certified 1,002 tourism ambassadors since the program launched in August 2013, making it the fastest growing in the country out of 21 nationwide programs.

Protravel International, with a location in Ada, has launched a more user-friendly website at

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