Change-Ups: Breed joins DYS Media

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Tim Breed recently was hired as director of public relations for the Holland-based public and media relations firm DYS Media. Breed offers decades of experience in the industry, including 11 years with Hackley Hospital (now Mercy Health Muskegon) and 14 years as the top PR communicator for Holland Community Hospital. DYS president Dave Yonkman said Breed was hired because he understands the cost and transparency issues that will keep health care providers up at night in 2020. Breed, Yonkman added, returns real results through his nuanced and thoughtful approach to achieving clients’ goals.

ACCOUNTING

Alexis M. Wilson joined Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors as an associate. Wilson is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BBA in accounting and plans to work toward obtaining her CPA designation.

ARTS

The Grand Rapids Art Museum’s exhibition, “A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass,” that is on view through April 26 features the work of 19 artists working in glass including Grand Rapids artist, Norwood Viviano. Each exhibit uses glass in innovative ways while presenting its metaphorical possibilities: connecting to broader cultural, environmental, political and spiritual themes. In addition to the exhibitions, visitors can explore a range of related interactive and educational activities and materials, including artists’ video profiles, hands-on activities and detailed information on many of the participating artists’ glassmaking techniques, including blowing, kiln-forming, casting and flameworking.

BANKING

Independent Bank Corp. announced  it hired Katherine Wolthuis as vice president human resources, employee experience. Wolthuis will lead members of the team in the areas of talent acquisition, employee relations and communication with a focus on continuously improving the overall employee experience.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association announced Thomas Reardon will retire following 22 years as the trade association’s executive director. The BIFMA board has formed a search committee to oversee the international search for a new executive director and has retained Vetted Solutions, an executive search firm that specializes in associations and nonprofit organizations.

The Right Place Inc. board elected the following as its 2020 officers on the board of directors: chair: Sean P. Welsh, regional president, Western MI, PNC Bank; vice chair: Mitch Joppich, Grand Rapids Managing Partner, PwC; and treasurer: Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO, Spectrum Health. Executive committee appointments: Steve Downing, president and CEO, Gentex Corporation; Renee Tabben, director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Market Executive and Market President, Bank of America; and Garrick Rochow, senior vice president-operations, Consumers Energy. New appointments to the 2020 board of directors: Stephen Abbott, executive director, middle market commercial banking, JPMorgan Chase; Dennis Eidson, president and CEO, SpartanNash; Dr. Hyung Kim, president, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s; Dr. Philomena Mantella, president, Grand Valley State University; and Anthony Gagliardo, Lake County Regional Representative.

Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage announced the appointment to its board of directors of Scott Lubbers, vice president, Fifth Third Bank; Jeff Stutz, EVP and chief financial officer, Herman Miller; and Sandra Trammell, assistant vice president, HR and Support Services, Holland Hospital.

CONSTRUCTION

Ada-based Erhardt Construction announced Kevin Warren was promoted from controller to vice president of finance. Warren started his career with Erhardt as an accountant in 2013. As vice president of finance, he is responsible for all of the company’s financial activities, including accounting, investments and risk management. Warren has 28 years of accounting and financial management experience spanning across multiple industries including agriculture, manufacturing, distribution and financial services. 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

HopCat recently celebrated its 12th anniversary with new menu items: shakshuka fries and funnel cake fries to the dessert menu, as well as chicken and waffles and the honey Sriracha veggie bowl.

GOVERNMENT

Additional circuit judgeship has been recommended to be added to the 20th Circuit Court in Ottawa County by the Michigan Supreme Court’s State Court Administrative Office’s 2019 Judicial Resources Recommendations for the State of Michigan. The recommendation was based on SCAO’s most recent biennial review of the judicial needs of Michigan courts and have been forwarded to the Legislature. New judgeships must be created by legislation and then approved by the county board of commissioners before a new judge can be elected.

GRANTS

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools received a $23,000 grant from the Frey Foundation to support the district’s change of its mascot from The Rebels to the Godfrey-Lee Legends. To date, Godfrey-Lee has received donations from individuals in the community, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Native American Heritage Foundation and the Frey Foundation totaling approximately $147,000 since the new name was identified June 2019.  The district set a fundraising goal of $200,000 with full implementation set for August 2020.

HUMAN SERVICES

Holland Home was recognized as the first agency in Michigan, and third nationally, to achieve the Designated Organization accreditation from Positive Approach to Care, the dementia education organization founded in 2005. The PAC designation means every Holland Home team member has specific dementia-care training and all team members participate in regular dementia training.

INSURANCE

Abigayle (Abbey) Sladick joined the Priority Health marketing department as the senior community relations specialist. Sladick comes to Priority Health from Mel Trotter Ministries, where she served as vice president of communication for the nonprofit since 2015.

NONPROFITS

The Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance and Ottawa County Planning & Performance Improvement Department joined forces to conduct the first Nonprofit Community Assessment. The LNA Nonprofit Community Assessment Summary Report can be viewed at bit.ly/LakeshoreNonprofitAssessment.

RESTAURANTS

A promotion called Lakeshore Restaurant Week (Feb. 21-29) was organized and promoted by the Muskegon branch of Cumulus Broadcasting, which consists of four radio stations: 98.3 WLCS; V-100 WVIB; Sunny 92.5 WWSN; and 97.5 NASH Icon WLAW. Its intent is to bring more people into local eateries in Muskegon and on the lakeshore by banding together a group of restaurants that offer discounts and other promotions to entice couples and families to try restaurants they have not tried before. Restaurants who are members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will receive a discount to participate.

TECHNOLOGY

X-Rite Inc. and subsidiary Pantone LLC announced the third-generation of its i1 Family of Color Management solutions for the print, imaging and photo industries. The redesigned i1Pro 3 spectrophotometer is more accurate and reliable, as well as two times faster than its predecessor. The i1Pro 3 is ideal for professionals who require accurate color from their printer, display and projector.

TRANSPORTATION

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority announced the appointment of Doug Small, president and chief executive officer for Experience Grand Rapids, to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport board.

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