Change-Ups: Garza-Malone promoted to membership director

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Yadira Garza-Malone. Courtesy Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce promoted Yadira Garza-Malone to director of membership. She previously served as a membership engagement manager since April 2018. In the last three-and-a-half years, Garza-Malone has worked to cultivate deep engagement with the businesses and organizations invested in the work of the Grand Rapids Chamber. Her role also included sponsorship support and assisting chamber members in strategic partnerships to enhance visibility. Garza-Malone’s background is in the financial industry, working in sales and management at Fifth Third Bank prior to joining the chamber.

ACCOUNTING

Rehmann has been named to The Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms by Construction Executive for the third year in a row.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Mathison I Mathison Architects announced the additions of architectural designers Chia-Wei Chan and Dan Smuk.

ARTS

Kent District Library Executive Director Lance Werner recently was appointed to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees by Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth.

AWARDS

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings presented Fifth Third Bank with the Energy Opportunist Award for results achieved from a significant energy reduction project at the bank’s Corporate Service Center campus in Grand Rapids during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BANKING

Kaydi M. McMahan joined West Michigan Community Bank in Hudsonville as retail loan officer.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Chicago-based L&W Supply promoted Bill Neldon to branch manager of its Grand Rapids location.

Disability Advocates of Kent County relocated to Special Olympics Unified Sports & Inclusion Campus, 160 68th St. SW, Grand Rapids 49548.

Kalamazoo-based Knight Watch acquired Lansing-based physical security integrator VidCom Solutions.

Inc. magazine announced Holland-based FlexPost Inc. made its 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals: Midwest list for the fastest-growing independent small businesses within the Midwest.

Kalamazoo-based OCBA Landscape Architects announced the launch of a company rebrand with a three-pronged focus on climate resiliency, green infrastructure and placemaking that supports the role of landscape architects as stewards of the land and positions OCBA to address conserving and incorporating natural beauty with development planning.

CONSTRUCTION

Construction Simplified ranked No. 1,392 on Inc. magazine’s 2021 Inc. 5000 list, with three-year revenue growth of 440% and construction and development involvement of more than $115 million.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Amerifirst Home Mortgage in Kalamazoo ranked No. 2,960 on Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list as one of the nation’s top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. This is the seventh time in the past 10 years Amerifirst has received the designation.

Greenleaf Trust senior wealth management associates Michal Mikrut and Steve Davis have been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP board certification and renewal requirements.

Greenleaf Trust announced the additions and role changes of Lyndsay Deery in its Business Information Services Division, responsible for the coordination, oversight and testing of the business continuity and disaster recovery programs within the business information services division; Marisol Quiroz moved from Greenleaf’s Operations Division to its Corporate Administration Division as a financial accounting analyst; Demetra LaFayette joined the Operations Division as a tax specialist; Maria Tomlinson and Erin Young were hired as trust operations specialists; and Luke Paxson and Katlynn Brown joined as IT service specialists.

GOVERNMENT

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Dowagiac announced the election of new Tribal Council members Rebecca J. Richards as Tribal Council chair; Sam Morseau as secretary; Mark Topash as member at large; and Barbara Ann Warren as elders representative.

HEALTH

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s named Matt Biersack, MD, as president.

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation relocated its Wyoming clinic to a new building at 6500 Byron Center Ave., Suite 202, Byron Center, 49315. The project was completed by First Companies and consists of 2,800 square feet of clinical treatment space including dedicated areas for specialties in sports functional rehabilitation and women’s health and pelvic floor treatment.

Wyoming-based University of Michigan Health-West announced Amway co-chair Steve Van Andel has been elected chair of the board of directors; Dr. David Miller, president of University of Michigan Health and executive vice dean of clinical affairs for the University of Michigan Medical School, is vice-chair; and immediate past chair Bill Barkeley will remain on the board after seven years in leadership roles.

LEGAL

Attorney Charles L. Bogren joined the governmental law practice group at Plunkett Cooney.

Bodman PLC announced three of its attorneys based in its Grand Rapids office have been included in the 2021 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers: Floyd E. Gates, Jr.; Wayne D. Roberts; and Carrie E. Trimpe. Grand Rapids attorneys Lindsay M. Cummings, Brian E. Kersey, Roberts and Trimpe were honored in The Best Lawyers in America.

Corinne N. Sprague, a partner with the law firm Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, has been selected to participate in Leadership Grand Rapids. She is among more than 40 business professionals, nonprofit executives and government leaders to participate in the nine-month community leadership program from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. 

Warner Norcross + Judd LLC attorneys Larry Murphy, Doug Dozeman and Mary Jo Larson were named Top Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner John V. Byl was elected as a Fellow to the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

MANUFACTURING

Feyen Zylstra has been designated an Inductive Automation Premier Integrator, the highest level of integrator certification recognized by Inductive Automation.

MILITARY

Lansing-based Michigan Veteran Homes has hired Carly MacDonald to serve as administrator of Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids.

NONPROFITS

Carla Moore has been promoted co-CEO of United Methodist Community House.

RETAIL

Byron Center-based SpartanNash announced the promotion of Tyler King to vice president, finance and finance business partner for the company’s retail business segment.

Focus on the Family opened Family Central, 215 Central Ave. in Holland, a retail store that includes books, gifts, greeting cards and family-friendly products for all ages. The store will eventually include a dedicated interactive kids’ area where children can learn and play. This is the first time the ministry has expanded its retail offerings outside of its headquarters in Colorado Springs.

RESTAURANTS

Muskegon-based Parkland Properties of Michigan, a real estate development and hospitality firm that operates the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon/Convention Center, Lake House Waterfront Grille & Event Center, Walker’s An American Brasserie, Lake Effect Bistro and the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, appointed Peter Birk as executive chef.

SUSTAINABILTY

Amy Senter, former vice president and chief sustainability officer for the Kellogg Co., has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s North American team based in New York City as director. WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

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