Douglas A. Dozeman was re-elected for a third, two-year term as managing partner of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. He chairs the firm's management committee and guides its strategic direction and continued growth. During his tenure as managing partner, Warner broke ground and moved into a new $72 million mixed-use development in downtown Grand Rapids that serves as the firm’s headquarters. Work also began on new offices in downtown Kalamazoo, slated to be completed this year, as well as a new office in District Detroit, to be completed in 2021. Warner has more than 230 attorneys practicing in offices in Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Macomb County, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Lansing and Holland.
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC promoted Maryrose J. Robison, CPA, and Maggie M. Tucholski, CPA, to managers in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Robison specializes in accounting and external audit and review services for a diverse client base, including not-for-profits, closely held businesses, employee benefit plans and higher education. She also provides partnership tax services. Tucholski specializes in accounting, audit and tax services for a diverse client base, including higher education, closely held businesses, not-for-profits, partnerships and individuals.
Arbor Financial Credit Union hired Mike Lauraine as the organization’s senior commercial lender in the Kalamazoo market. Lauraine has 19 years of experience in retail and commercial banking serving West Michigan. As senior commercial lender, Lauraine will manage existing commercial relationships and expand Arbor Financial’s presence with a primary focus on growing the commercial loan portfolio. The credit union also hired Kyle Townsend as a mortgage loan originator. Townsend has 24 years of experience in mortgage lending. As a mortgage loan originator, Townsend will network and promote the Arbor Financial brand in the real estate community throughout all of southwest Michigan, in addition to mortgage origination.
Adam Pennell joined Zeeland-based HR Solutions Group of West Michigan as talent acquisition specialist. Pennell most recently worked as a talent acquisition specialist at Gentex for nine years.
Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce hired Nate Phillips and Amanda Hentsch as membership engagement managers.
Walker-based Tubelite Inc. recently marked its 75th anniversary. Tubelite fabricates and distributes architectural aluminum products and was founded in 1945 by James T. Miller. The name Tubelite was coined to represent the tubes of aluminum and lites of glass. In 2003, Tubelite opened an additional location in Walker for assembly, warehouse and distribution operations. Three years later, this became the company's corporate office with added fabrication capabilities. Tubelite’s Dallas location, opened in 2013, provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The company also has an office in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kalamazoo-based Greenleaf Trust announced the promotions of Daniel Baker to senior vice president, director of business development and trust relationship officer; Sarah Johansson to senior vice president, director of marketing; and Nicholas Juhle to senior vice president, director of research.
Molly Chelovich, wealth management adviser with Merrill in Grand Rapids, was recently named to Working Mother/SHOOK Research’s Top Wealth Advisor Moms list, which recognizes the nation’s best financial advisers who have children living at home under the age of 21.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Kalamazoo Beer Week recently marked its 10th anniversary. It’s the first community in Michigan to host a Beer Week celebrating its craft beer culture. The weeklong program featured new beer releases, food pairings, meet-and-greet opportunities, behind-the-scene glimpses and recreational activities. One highlight was the introduction of a digital presentation of Discover Kalamazoo’s popular Give A Craft Beer Trail program, where visitors received a reward for visiting local breweries.
Ottawa County announced the release of its Proactive Strategies Index, a guidebook highlighting steps to alleviate the water crisis. Index highlights include: an outreach campaign that includes educational materials; an Ottawa County Groundwater website launched last year so visitors can access detailed information and data related to the county’s challenges; youth education partnerships; partnerships with homeowners, landscapers, realtors, developers and farmers for conservation measures to be implemented; Model Zoning Guidelines; and a Coordinated Future Land Use Plan. For more information on Ottawa County’s groundwater issues, visit miottawa.org/groundwater.
Life EMS Ambulance announced an expansion of its primary 911 emergency response area in southwest Michigan to include Columbia Township in Van Buren County.
Sarah Sharp joined Grand Rapids OB/GYN as a nurse practitioner at 4070 Lake Drive Suite 101, Grand Rapids.
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced the addition of shareholders Christopher S. Berry, Jay C. Kakaty and Michael D. Wiese. Nick Reister was elected to its 2020 board of directors.
LEISURE & RECREATION
ASM Global-managed Van Andel Arena was listed on Billboard’s year-end Boxscore Charts as the No. 2 venue in North America and No. 7 worldwide in 2019 for all venues with a capacity range of 10,001-15,000.
Universal Forest Products Inc. announced it completed the reorganization of its operations and is now operating as UFP Industries. the company has updated its website, ufpi.com, with business segment information and introduced new branding that includes a modernized version of its tree logo. UFP Industries has approximately 170 locations and 14,000 employees around the world. Prior to the reorganization, UFP affiliates were organized by region; now they are organized by market.
Wedgwood Christian Services appointed Vicky Ludema, Crowe LLP; Fredric Reyalts, Mercy Health Physician Partners; and Jeff Tuori, Alticor Inc., to its executive board of directors.
Bill Bruinsma, Chemical Bank, was appointed to the Wedgwood Foundation board of directors.
Wedgwood’s NextGen Board welcomed Alexa Kramer, city of Grand Rapids; Chris Sain Jr., Grand Rapids Community College; Jaunetta Holman, Nobel Polymers; Kyle Mol, Mercantile Bank; Matthew Baxter, The Wedge; and Stephanie Gonda, Projects of Purpose.
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum hired Rose Spickler as its membership and campaigns manager. She will be based in Muskegon and will serve members and other stakeholders throughout southwest and West Michigan. Spickler previously served as executive director of the Muskegon Food Alliance and as an adjunct professor at the Culinary Institute of Michigan at Baker College in Muskegon. She will continue to serve in these roles.
Coopersville-based IT Resource announced it achieved Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity Gold competency and Cloud Platform competency.