Change Ups: Erhardt Construction founder receives ICON


Larry Erhardt Sr., founder of Erhardt Construction, is the recipient of the inaugural ICON Award from the Western Michigan Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

The award recognizes an individual who has had a significant impact on the construction industry. It is conferred to Erhardt the same year his company celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The list of significant projects completed by Erhardt Construction include the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Tower, Van Andel Arena, Van Andel Institute and DeVos Place Convention Center.


Dennis M. Echelbarger, long-time board member and former chair of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, is the recipient of the MACPA’s Distinguished Achievement Award, for his expertise in litigation, business valuation, audit, accounting services and involvement as West Michigan’s liaison for government relations.


Extra Credit Projects announced it was selected for the 53rd Communication Arts magazine’s Design and Advertising Competition. ECP’s work was recognized as one of the 142 projects selected out of 4,423 entries submitted from around the world.


Alliance for Health announced the winners of the West Michigan Salutes Health Heroes: Unsung Hero: Suzan Couzens, Calvin College nursing professor; Everyday Hero: Betty Vreeman, co-chairperson, Region 8 MI Choice Waver Program Consumer Quality Control; Organizational Hero: Access Health; Regional Hero: Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for Health, GVSU; Rising Hero: Stevi Riel, pharmaceutical assistance program manager, Muskegon Community Health Project; and Innovation Hero: Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief, Native News Network.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Michigan has awarded Vos Glass Inc. with two 2012 Award of Excellence honors in glazing for: Calvin College Fine Arts Center, exterior glazing, and Stryker Renovations, interior glazing.

National Nail Corp. announced its CAMO Hidden Deck Fasteners were used in the construction of two decks that received first place in North American Deck and Railing Association’s National Deck Competition in the  Best Deck and Best Covered Deck categories.


Founders Bank & Trust announced James T. Polonczyk has been appointed to its board of directors.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced financial advisor Nick Venlet has moved from his Kalamazoo base to Lake Michigan Investment Services’ Holland office. Also, Bill Clancy, vice president of retail strategy, won the September 2012 Trailblazer 40 Below Award from Credit Union Times.

My Personal Credit Union announced it hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a future office at 1147 W. Randall St., Coopersville. The stand-along facility is scheduled to open in mid-2013. Amenities will include drive-up service lanes, a drive-up ATM and Saturday hours.


Metropolis magazine announced it has selected Kevin Budelmann, president of Peopledesign, as the newest contributor to its Point of View blog.


Grand Rapids Community College announced two students qualified to compete in the Nov. 7 Regional Idea Pitch Competition. The annual event allows students 90 seconds to explain a new idea for a new business. First-place winner Jeffrey Noel received $800 for his BookHippie idea, and Damion Harden earned $300 for his Glow n Walk concept. A $100 award also went to Jennifer Vanderploeg for her ArtMarket pitch.

Grand Rapids Community College social science professor Robert Hendershot was selected to collaborate in writing “Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives,” a book to be published Nov. 29.

Michigan State University Extension announced Garrett Ziegler has joined its team as a community Food Systems educator based in its Kent County office.


Bobby Hopewell has been named administrative director for Borgess Health Park, Battle Creek. Hopewell has served as director of hospitality services at Borgess Medical and as mayor of Kalamazoo. The $26.9 million, 65,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility is under construction and will be completed in mid-2014.

Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, announced it has joined the American Joint Replacement Registry, an independent, non-for-profit database designed to store comprehensive data about joint replacement procedures.

HealthCare Midwestand Bronson Healthcare announced plans to bring their organizations together by early 2013. Pending legal and regulatory approvals, HealthCare Midwest and its affiliated components will join the Bronson family of companies as a wholly owned subsidiary. Healthcare Midwest will retain its physician-led operational structure and CEO Jim McKernan will continue as senior executive. HealthCare Midwest’s name will change to Bronson Healthcare Midwest.


Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids announced the appointment of Daryl Vogel as vice president of development. Vogel has 30 years of fund development experience. He most recently served as vice president of advancement for Inner City Christian Federation.


DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar announced Grand Rapids native Mary Massaron Ross is the second woman and first Michigander to serve as president of the 22,000-member organization. DRI is one of the three largest professional organizations for attorneys in the country. Massaron Ross is a member of the board of directors of the Plunkett & Cooney PC law firm in Bloomfield Hills.

Miller Canfield announced U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ranked the firm among the nation’s best law firms in the 2013 edition of Best Law Firms.

Miller Johnson announced U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers positioned the firm with high rankings for 34 practice areas in the Grand Rapids Metro area and 11 in Kalamazoo in its 2013 Best Law Firms.

Rhoades McKee announced Thomas L. Saxe will serve as chair of the firm’s family law practice group. Saxe is a shareholder with the law firm and current chair of the construction practice group; he concentrates his practice in family and construction law.


Lisa C. Young has joined BIFMA International as chief marketing officer. Young will be responsible for directing all branding, marketing, education and advocacy related activities.

Ranir, a global leader in private label consumer oral and personal health care products, announced Dr. Stephen Thong has joined its leadership team as vice president of global technology and development.


Amy L. VanDyke, an associate of the law firm Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, was elected to the Spring Lake Township Planning Board.


NeXt I.T. announced Eric Ringelberg was honored by Corp! Magazine as a 2012 Entrepreneur of Distinction. Ringelberg was honored for his stamina, creative insight and forward thinking to establish, maintain and grow NeXt I.T.

Trivalent Group announced the six selection committee members who will determine the recipients for Compassion IT, a philanthropic initiative that will provide $30,000 in technology equipment and support to Michigan nonprofits. The seventh spot is reserved for a public vote of the top five nonprofit organizations starting Nov. 15 ( The six committee members are: Candace Dugan, Warner Norcross & Judd; Judi Sullivan, Community Bankers of Michigan; Quincy Williams, School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration, Grand Valley State University; Larry Andrus, Trivalent Group; Bjorn Bylsma, Trivalent Group; and Phil Catlett, Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan.


Tulip City Air Service Inc. announced it has named Dwight Quenga director of operations and Rex Bartlett chief pilot.

Tzell Travel Group, a Travel Leaders Group company, announced is has signed an agreement to merge with Protravel International Inc., pending government antitrust approval.  The merged operations within Travel Leaders Group would represent combined annual sales volume of more than $2.35 billion.

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