Change-Ups: Clark earns executive certification


Jane Clark, Holland-based Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce president, has been designated a Certified Chamber Executive by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The CCE designation signifies the highest quality of performance in chamber management. The program assesses and tests the applicant’s knowledge of core chamber management areas, including management, planning, development, membership, communication and operations. Clark is one of six chamber professionals to earn the Certified Chamber Executive designation in 2020.


Baker Holtz promoted Seth L. Hanenburg to senior associate.

Maner Costerisan was recently named one of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For in 2020 by Accounting Today in partnership with Best Companies Group.


McKenna promoted M. Paul Lippens to vice president and director of its Kalamazoo studio, and relocated its Grand Rapids office to 124 E. Fulton Street, Suite 6B.


Rose Ellis of Grand Rapids received $1,000 from the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center for her work, THE MAC.

The Muskegon Museum of Art reopened with Shaping the Future, Celebrating the Past, an exhibition that explores the various facets of its internationally recognized permanent collection in all of its galleries through fall of 2020. Each gallery in the museum features a different theme with displays of works representing various facets of the collection.


The city of Grand Rapids’ collaboration with May Mobility and its electric autonomous vehicle pilot, Grand Rapids Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, has earned the Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award from the Alliance for Innovation.

The Grand Valley State University Public Relations Student Society of America was recognized for the 8th consecutive year as a Star Chapter by the PRSSA National Board due to its award-winning podcast, faculty and student leadership, programming, community initiatives and student-run agency, Grand PR.


Grand River Bank promoted Stephen Grey to vice president, Ada/Cascade market executive.

Hudsonville-based West Michigan Community Bank opened a new retail and commercial lending center in the Cascade area of Grand Rapids Township at 4797 Cascade Road SE, marking the community bank’s seventh location.

Kalamazoo-based Consumers Credit Union opened its sixth office at 54th Street and Haughey Avenue in Wyoming and began construction of an office in the Standale/Walker area marking the credit union’s 22nd West Michigan location.


Creston Industrial Sales announced David Darling has been named president. Company owner Paul Hendricks will assume chief executive officer duties for the 60-year-old company.

Grand Rapids-based Vos Glass opened a second location in Lansing.

Service Express welcomed new CFO John C. Madden.


EV Construction hired Justin Wierenga and Matt Wintjes as assistant project managers, and Kaileb Ferris, Anna Mantooth, Alex Faga, Yulissa Andrade, Greg VanderJagt, Kyle Clish and Mindy Davis as part of EV’s self-performed trades divisions.

Rockford-based Sable Homes ranked No. 244 in Pro Builder’s annual Housing Giants list. Sable Homes had 90 single-family home closings in 2019.


The Hope College board of trustees appointed to its board the Rev. Eddy Alemán of Grand Rapids and Dr. Llena Chavis of Holland.

Hope College is the recipient of a $320,498 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the purchase of a mass spectrometry system that allows for the identification of molecules within complex biological and environmental samples and high-resolution analysis of synthesized molecules.


Advance Capital Management announced independent financial adviser Ryan Sheffer has been named to Forbes magazine’s 2020 Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors list.

Five Lakes Wealth Management in Jenison recently welcomed Brian Allen to its team of financial advisers.


Comstock-based Bell’s Brewery announced it will begin distribution to the state of Oklahoma later this year, becoming the 42nd state in Bell’s distribution footprint. Republic National Distributing Company of Oklahoma will help sell the Bell’s portfolio.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation welcomed Kathleen B. Vogelsang, chief investment officer for Van Andel Institute, as its chair of the board.


Grand Rapids city attorney Anita Hitchcock and director of legal affairs Elizabeth Joy Fossel are the recipients of the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award and Grand Rapids Bar Association’s Donald R. Worsfold Award, respectively.


Henry A. Fox Sales, a statewide beer, wine and spirits distributor, announced local food banks Feeding America West Michigan; The StoreHouse Grand Rapids; and Kids’ Food Basket each received $5,000.


Grand Rapids-based Advanced Cardiac & Vascular Amputation Prevention Centers opened an office in Las Vegas, the first outpatient endovascular center in the region — and its first office outside Michigan.

Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Metro Health – University of Michigan, Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine, Spectrum Health, and Mel Trotter Ministries have aligned to open a free clinic onsite at Mel Trotter Ministries’ downtown location to increase access to care for individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals for excelling in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Muskegon Family Care announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Ball as chief medical officer, as well as the additions of Drs. Marisha Agana and Ashley Gelderman.

Muskegon Pregnancy Services received a new a Samsung HS50 ultrasound machine valued at $90,000 that is capable of both 2D and 3D imaging made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Knights of Columbus Prince of Peace Catholic Church Council #15337 in addition to local businesses, churches and donors.

Susanne Pettigrew joined Dr. Diana Bitner and the True Women’s Health team at the recently opened clinic in Grand Rapids where she will serve as the clinic’s physician assistant, bringing a holistic approach to menopausal wellness and sexual health.

Life EMS Ambulance expanded its primary 911 emergency response area in Southwest Michigan to include the city of Fennville and surrounding communities in Allegan County.

Dr. Brooke Vasicek joined Grandville-based West Michigan Dermatology.


Andrew T. Hilger joined Hilger Hammond as an associate in the practice areas of construction law, complex commercial litigation and employment law.

Foster Swift municipal law attorney Leslie A. Dickinson is a 2020 recipient of the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s 3 in 10 Award, which honors three attorneys in their first 10 years of practice who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, exceptional public service and significant contributions to the legal profession.

WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean Tracey Brame has been named Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Brame and WMU-Cooley graduate Michael Rutkowski of Rutkowski Law Firm in Bloomfield Hills were named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law Class of 2020.


Battle Creek-based Binder Park Zoo’s version of the zoo map is now available for Spanish speaking visitors when they enter through the admission gate, and available to view or download from the zoo website at


American Seating announced longtime chief executive officer and chairman of the board Edward Clark has shifted to the chairman role; president and chief operating officer Thomas Bush has been appointed CEO.

Duvaltex announced the launch of its X7face mask, a highly innovative, non-medical protective facemask that provides maximum comfort while minimizing the risk of contamination and transmission of viruses, such as COVID-19.

Fabri-Kal refreshed its Greenware brand. The company’s updated Greenware Cup and Portion Cup stock print design instructs customers to properly dispose of Greenware packaging in commercial composting facilities. The new stock design is available on all Greenware Cups and Portion Cups.


Samantha Jacques joined 13 ON YOUR SIDE as a weekend morning meteorologist.


The West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognized Spectrum Health as a winner of its Diamond Award in the 42nd annual Diamond Awards competition for its internal communications work being done for the “The Next Us — Wave 2 of the Spectrum Health Nexus Journey” campaign.


Kent Communications Inc. is the first company in Michigan to work with local election officials to add a critical layer of integrity and accountability to the vote-by-mail process with its TrackMIBallot, which uses a service from the United States Postal Service, Informed Visibility, to track each piece of ballot mail as it travels through the postal system.


The American Hockey League announced Larry Figurski, sports anchor and reporter for WOOD TV8 and color commentator for Grand Rapids Griffins games on Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM, has been selected as the recipient of the James H. Ellery Memorial Award for the 2019-20 season, in recognition of outstanding media coverage of the AHL.


West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum hired Maritza Vasquez as an intern working to support its sustainability and equity programming.


Holland-based Wedge, a one-way recorded video assessment that enables job candidates to show their true selves, announced a partnership with Hiretual, an AI-powered recruitment software that functions as a candidate data engine to centralize all recruiting efforts for hiring teams big and small.


Comstock Park-based the Label Gator Brand launched a new website,, that allows growers to quickly and efficiently purchase online horticulture labels, ribbons, printers, software, rewinders and more.

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