Change Ups: Copan joins Eerdmans as senior acquisitions editor


Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has hired Lil Copan as senior acquisitions editor — general trade. Her areas of expertise are trade line development, project management, author and platform cultivation, substantive editing and cross-platform content development. Copan previously worked in acquisitions for several religious publishing houses including Abingdon Press, Ave Maria Press and Paraclete Press.


Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. has made the following management and leadership promotions: senior associate, Timothy Platz; associates: Todd Campbell, Jeremy Kramer, Michelle Lazar, David Meade, Ryan Musch, Randall Oostdyk, Kyle Patrick, David Potter, Richard Sageman, Maria Sedki, Jason Vander Kodde and Christopher Weatherford.


Chelsea Flemings, a sophomore at Innovation Central High School, has received the Boys & Girls Club of America’s 2015 Youth of the Year award.


DK Security has been awarded a contract to provide security services to Sanilac County Courthouse.

Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business announced Keith Brophy has been appointed state executive director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center.


For the second year in a row, CSM Group of Kalamazoo has been selected as one of the National Association for Business Resources’ 2014 National Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.

Elzinga & Volkers announced the promotions of Amy Elston, marketing manager; Jordan Gougeon and Brett Lesiewicz, project managers; Nate Meeuwsen, firestop manager; and Shaun Price, firestop field manager.

Firestone Building Products announced Mikalan Roofing Inc. in Zeeland and Great Lakes Systems Inc. in Jenison are among 256 firms that won its 2015 Master Contractor Program.


Davenport University has named Pamela R. Imperato dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and of the College of Technology. She begins her new role in July. Imperato previously was dean of the College of Business at Bellevue University in Nebraska.

Grand Rapids Community College is offering a 50 percent scholarship for a six-month membership to The Geek Group to all of its students who are enrolled in a workforce development program. 

The MSU Foundation announced Jeff Smith is the director of the University Corporate Research Park, a new position created to help grow MSU's commercialization and technology transfer efforts.


Rua Associates in Zeeland is celebrating its fifth anniversary. For details, visit


Spectrum Health Foundation announced the election of board members: chair, Davey Mehney; vice chair, Marge Potter; treasurer, Dick Antonini; and secretary, Maria DeVos. New board members are Ron Alvesteffer and Ryan Cook.

The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation elected: chair, Patricia Betz; and vice chair, Tom Kyros. Ethelyn Haworth was named an honorary member, and Bruce and Candace Matthews were named co-chairs of the 2015 annual giving campaign.


Avon Breast Health Outreach Program awarded a $26,300 one-year grant to Catherine’s Health Center to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and to assist low income and underinsured women in accessing services.


AAA has named FireKeepers Casino Hotel, in Battle Creek, a Four Diamond Hotel. The recognition is given to 5 percent of the more than 28,000 properties rated each year.

Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo received Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Responsible Business Award for its philanthropic efforts. The hotel was ranked the No. 1 contributor to nonprofit Clean the World, which recycles discarded soap and shampoo and distributes it to impoverished people.The hotel also was presented with a $5,000 check from the Worldwide Carlson Foundation to be donated to the Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity.


D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s announced Jim Paparella has been named president/CEO.

YWCA West Central Michigan announced it is the first-ever YWCA in Michigan to achieve perfect assessment by the state on its full inventory of 172 standards.


Acuity announced the promotion of Jennifer Fahrenkrug to general manager — sales at the corporate headquarters in Sheboygan, Wis.


Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy of Norton Shores has added attorney Jake Lombardo.

Miller Johnson welcomed Jeffrey G. Muth as a member in the Grand Rapids office. He will continue his complex commercial litigation and corporate counseling practice.


ASQ announced ALCOA, of Whitehall, is a finalist in the 30th annual International Team Excellence Awards. The company will be part of the quality impact sessions at ASQ’s May 4-5 World Conference on Quality and Improvement at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville.

Baker Perkins has promoted Dan Christie to senior account manager and Katie Winkle to project manager.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne has hired Andy Hills, sales engineer.


WOOD TV 8 has been named Station of the Year 2014 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the 12th time in 14 years it has received the honor. 


DK Security’s senior vice president of operations and human resources Sindia Narber has been appointed to the board of directors for Silent Observer Kent County.

Family Futures has welcomed program manager Veronica Quintino-Aranda.


City of Grand Rapids announced the following Grand Rapids Police Department promotions: deputy police chief, David Kiddle and Daniel Savage; captain, Michael Maycroft and Matthew Ostapowicz; lieutenant, Geoffrey Collard, Matthew Janiskee and Kristen Rogers; and sergeant, Brad Bush, Terry Dixon, Jana Forner and John Purlee.

The Kent County Health Department has hired Steve Kelso as its new marketing and communications manager. Kelso was a part of the WOOD TV 8 News Team for 15 years. KCHD’s previous marketing and communications manager, Lisa LaPlante, has been promoted to community liaison and communications director.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the following appointments: Scott Ayotte, of Kentwood, to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission; Dennis Van Dam, of Hudsonville, to chair of the Community Corrections Board; Christopher Kropf, of Lowell, to the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission; and the reappointment of Scott Wierda, of Georgetown Township, to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board.


Truscott Rossman has added Shaun Wilson, senior vice president. He will head the firm’s expanding Detroit office.


The West Michigan Group has merged with Greenridge Realty at its East Grand Rapids location.


Computing Source has enhanced its electronic discovery (e-discovery) services by becoming a Relativity Premium Hosting Partner.

IT Resource Inc. has hired Susan Ratzsch as project manager. She will be a member of the engineering team.

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