Change-Ups: Fazakerley joins LMCU

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Molly Fazakerley. Courtesy Lake Michigan Credit Union

Molly Fazakerley joined Lake Michigan Credit Union as a loan originator in the Grand Haven area. Fazakerley attended Baker College and studied sign language interpreting before starting her career in finance. She then specialized in mortgages, receiving her Michigan Mortgage Originators License. Fazakerley started as a personal banker, but found her passion was more in lending. LMCU is the largest credit union in Michigan. It employs more than 1,500 people and its assets exceed $10 billion.

ACCOUNTING

Saginaw-based Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC announced the promotion of Eric Ryan to partner in its Grand Rapids office.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

1 Bold Step hired Caleb Radford as senior account executive and promoted Danielle Fedel to the new position of marketing operations manager.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Progressive AE announced a new partnership with renowned design architect Rand Harder. Harder has 36 years of national and international experience in large-scale planning, design and architecture of retail centers and mixed-use developments.

The American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids announced the recent winners of its annual Honor Awards: Lynda Haith, 2021 Gold Award; Pamela Vanderploeg, 2021 Humanitarian Award; and Jenny Waugh, 2021 Honorary Allied Award. Project awards: Lucid Architecture, 2021 Residential Architecture Award; Integrated Architecture, 2021 Residential Architecture Award; GMB, 2021 Interior Architecture Award; Progressive AE, 2021 Interior Architecture Award; Fishbeck, 2021 Sustainability Design Award; Cornerstone Architects, 2021 Building Award; and Sean Guirey, 2021 Student Project Design Award.

Maria Carpita. Courtesy Wightman

Benton Harbor-based Wightman announced the additions of Nate Weinberg as a field service technician; Ryan Smith as a field survey technician; Maria Carpita as a civil engineer; Jon Utter as a field service technician; and Matthew Mitchell as a field service technician.

AWARDS

United Methodist Retirement Communities and Porter Hills announced Lisa Lea was honored by LeadingAge Michigan as a Hometown Hero as community manager at UMRC and Porter Hills’ Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta; and Lori Potter, chief operating officer for UMRC and Porter Hills, was honored as a Life Member of LeadingAge Michigan.

BANKING

Arbor Financial Credit Union announced the addition of Heidi Walker as a mortgage loan originator.

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank was recognized at the annual American Bankers Association Foundation award ceremony as a finalist in the Economic Inclusion category and received honorable mention for the Growers Program.

Wyoming-based Honor Credit Union hired Kayleigh DeWitt as the Wyoming member center manager.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Advantage Commercial Real Estate Services announced the consolidation of Midwest Air Filter’s Lansing and Grand Rapids locations. The new 60,000-square-foot facility allows the business to grow and continue its 60-plus-year tradition of serving the local and regional community.

Paul Laidler joined JetCo Federal as director of operations, and Matthew Schwallier as an account manager.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan announced Lisa Frohnapfel as its president and CEO, replacing retired Phil Catlett. Frohnapfel comes from the financial service industry, where she has experience in sales, communications and community involvement with a focus on servant leadership.

CONSTRUCTION

Miller-Davis Co. president Rex Bell was inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame. The Associated General Contractors of Michigan nominated Bell for his many contributions to the construction industry and his community throughout his career.

EDUCATION

Ferris State University’s Operations and Supply Management program has been recognized by BachelorsDegreeCenter.org as among the top 25 Supply Chain Management degree programs in the country.

Ferris State University president David Eisler received the Hispanic Advocate of the Year Award during the 2021 César E. Chávez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and Community Awards Gala.

Ferris State University’s Now and Always Campaign co-chair Jeff Rowe announced his former business partner and fellow Ferris pharmacy alumnus Phil Hagerman has made a $5 million planned gift to Ferris that puts its $115 million comprehensive campaign goal seven months ahead of its official close. The campaign sits at $117.2 million

ENERGY

Altenergy Inc., a solar contractor with a branch in Grand Rapids, rebranded itself to Tiger Solar.

Grand Rapids-based Crystal Flash Inc. acquired J-M Transports Inc. of Newark, Illinois. JMT, founded in 1983 by Barry Jacobson, is a fuels and propane transport provider serving Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and other Midwestern states.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Calder Capital announced the additions of Jakob Simonds as lead analyst of its central services team and Jonathan Dykstra to its central services team.

HEALTH

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy LP announced acquisition of Crossroads Physical Therapy at 3536 Meridian Crossing Drive, Suite 240, Okemos.

HOSPITALITY

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association recently honored the following at its Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner: The Women in Hospitality Leadership Award to Christina Post of Anna’s House in Grandville; The Heart of the House Award to chef Carl Clarke of AC Hotel in Grand Rapids; the 2021 Sustainability Recognition Award to Leigh Farrell of Suburban Inns in Grand Rapids; and the 2021 Front of the House Restaurant Star of the Year to Jaslyn Staten of Margaux restaurant in JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

LEGAL

Plunkett Cooney has been named a Tier 1 National Best Law Firms in 11 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in 2022.

Bloom Sluggett PC has been selected for the seventh time as a 2022 Best Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers for its work in municipal law in the Grand Rapids metro region.

Hirzel Law PLC opened a third office at 250 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 400. The firm represents condominium associations, homeowners associations and summer resorts throughout Michigan.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP has been ranked one of the 2022 Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.

MANUFACTURING

Steve Moreland. Courtesy Automatic Spring Products Corp.

Automatic Spring Products Corp. announced CFO Scott Zylstra as its president and CFO, allowing longtime president and CEO Steve Moreland to focus exclusively on the strategic future of the company.

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Comstock Park-based Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets the 2021 President’s “E” Award for Export Service, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

MEDIA

Cornerstone University announced Alicia Wyant as executive director of the university-owned radio station WCSG.

REAL ESTATE

Advantage Commercial Real Estate Services announced the launch of its property management division, Advantage Commercial Real Estate Management Services LLC. Advantage hired director of property management Shaun Biel and accountant Michelle Mixon, who will work together to manage clients’ portfolios.

RETAIL

Ileana McAlary joined Byron Center-based SpartanNash as senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

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