Change-Ups: Broaddus named to Top Lawyers list

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Secrest Wardle partner Drew W. Broaddus was named to Grand Rapids Magazine’s 2019 Top Lawyers list in the Insurance Law category. Inclusion in the list is based solely upon an attorney’s standing within their peer group. Broaddus serves as chair of Secrest Wardle’s Appellate Practice Group and is chair of the Insurance Coverage Practice Group. Broaddus is a member of the Michigan State Bar’s Appellate Practice and Insurance and Indemnity Law Sections. In 2017, he was elected to the State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section Council.

ACCOUNTING

Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors announced the promotions of Robert W. Westdorp to principal and Lauren S. Kurtz to senior associate. Westdorp is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and joined the firm in 2005; Kurtz is a graduate of Aquinas College and joined the firm in 2017.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Daniel Rivera joined the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a success navigator for the Building Bridges Through Education initiative, which is charged with advancing Michigan Latinx college students by bridging college and career through career connections and development in order to help grow an inclusive workforce in West Michigan. Rivera will provide support for Latinx college talent to connect, build and empower their Latinidad as they prepare themselves for their next steps as young professionals in West Michigan.

The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan announced its 2020 board of directors: president, Jason Brinks, Oxford Financial; vice president, Eric Fischer, BDO; treasure/secretary, Heather Hoezee, Crowe LLP; Dustin Jackson, Miller Johnson; Lauren Davis, Chemical Bank; Peter Roth, Varnum; and Todd Tjoelker, Comfort Research. 2020 general board members: Elisa Berger, Charter Capital Partners; Jennifer Folsom, JPMorgan Chase Bank; Bill Grice, MW Advantage, LLC; Brian Hamilton, Blue Sky Vision; Matt Hylant, Hylant; Eric Kamstra, Gun Lake Investments; Andrew Mason, Ottawa Avenue Private Capital; Larry Muzyk, Alticor; Greg McCormick, Ranir; Jon Siebers, Rhoades McKee; and Jim TenBrink, Waseyabek Development Company LLC.

The Vantage Group announced Missy Jackson joined the firm as a managing partner. Jackson brings more than 20 years of expertise in business development and sales, strategic planning, management and training to her new role for the Grand Rapids-based business consultancy. As a managing partner, Jackson will serve as a business coach and consultant, working directly with clients on leadership development, sales, talent acquisition and retention, strategic planning and teamwork training. She is certified in all the assessments used by The Vantage Group, including the DISC leadership assessment, and will be key in managing overall operations and growth.

CONSTRUCTION

Elzinga & Volkers Construction promoted Nick Novakoski and Taylor Ostwinkle from the positions of assistant project managers to project managers and hired Mike O’Sullivan as manager of preconstruction services and Blythe Brown as a project coordinator.

The Builders Exchange of Michigan announced the following new board members for 2020-22: 2020 president, Ken Jansen, Lake Michigan Insurance Agency; 2020 vice president, Jodi van Haren, Advantage Mechanical Refrigeration; Bruce Courtade, Rhoades McKee PC; Tom Dylenski, Mechanical & Industrial Insulation; and Jay Miedema, The Architectural Group Inc.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Kentwood-based Regal Holdings is the recipient of WealthManagement.com's Thrive Award as one of the fastest-growing advisers in America. According to WealthManagment.com, Regal Holding’s revenue growth of those on the 2019 list of Thrive Advisors was three times the industry average, as calculated by McKinsey & Company's PriceMetrix.

LEGAL

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP announced Emily E. Cantor, Wyatt J. Istvan-Mitchell, Beth L. O’Laughlin, Margaret C. Stalker, Ford J.H. Turrell and Laura N. You were named partners from Warner’s Grand Rapids, Holland, Midland and Southfield offices. Cantor focuses her practice on business and corporate law, assisting publicly traded and privately held companies in mergers and acquisitions, contract development and review, corporate governance and compliance matters. Istvan-Mitchell’s practice centers on patent preparation, prosecution and opinion work in the chemical and mechanical arts. O’Laughlin focuses her practice on counseling families and businesses on trust and estate planning and administration, succession planning, tax matters and wealth preservation. Stalker’s practice focuses on litigation environmental law. Turrell’s practice focuses on transactional counseling for the real estate and corporate sectors, and You focuses her practice on commercial litigation in the automotive and financial services industries.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Experience Grand Rapids announced the economic impact in Grand Rapids via the projected January meetings and conventions: Total No. of meetings: 9; total attendees: 11,875; total hotel nights: 5,312; and total estimated spending: $5,961,529.48. Meetings include: Alaska All Stars Hockey Association; Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions 2020 Annual Convention; 2020 Michigan Music Conference; Dewpoint 2020 Annual Meeting; 2020 Huntin' Time Expo; Michigan Center for Career & Technical Education 2020 Annual Conference; Steelcase Inc. Dealer Product School January; Tregaskiss RR January 2020 Meeting; and Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association 2020 Middle Level Conference.

MANUFACTURING

Benton Harbor-based kitchen appliance designer and manufacturer JennAir announced the arrival of a new JennAir Experience at Ferguson in Las Vegas. The new showroom will feature the RISE and NOIR designs. The latest opening concludes a year of nationwide showroom transformation for JennAir and marks the 17th JennAir Experience to modernize retail floors, helping to further establish the brand's defiant approach to marketing and sales.

Riverside-based Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of two Electrically Heated Atmosphere Pit Furnaces to the automotive industry. The nitrogen atmosphere pit furnaces will be used for heat treating automotive parts. The two pit furnaces utilize high velocity-forced convection heating systems inside an atmosphere-tight retort chamber and have a maximum operating temperature of 1250 degrees Fahrenheit. Unique features of these Lindberg/MPH nitrogen atmosphere pit furnaces include: Eurotherm programmable temperature controller; motorized butterfly valves and air blowers in the forced cooling system; nitrogen pressure reducing regulator and two manually adjusted flowmeters; electrically operated boom lift cover lid; alloy propeller furnace fan with high-efficiency 3-HP motor; helical coiled Nichrome heating elements; and thermal-efficient ceramic fiber insulating modules.

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