Change Ups: Greenland named 40 Under 40 Bank Leader


Adom Greenland. Courtesy ChoiceOne Bank

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank senior vice president and COO Adom Greenland was named one of the 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders by the Independent Banker, the flagship publication of Independent Community Bankers of America. The award recognizes community bankers who demonstrate exceptional potential in leadership, innovation and community work. Greenland is known as a technology innovator in community banking and forges partnerships with local fintech companies. These partnerships enable Greenland to get involved early and work side by side with technology companies to pilot and refine technology for other banks to use.


Gorilla opened an office in Detroit in Corktown, producing film, animation and VR content.


Festival of the Arts announced its honorary co-chairs for 2020 are Grand Rapids Symphony President Mary Tuuk, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and Associate Conductor John Varineau.

The second annual Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition will have on display at the Fillmore Administration Building through Aug. 23 77 entries by 42 artists who live or work in Ottawa County.


Crowe LLP recently named Josh Cole as managing principal of the consulting team at Crowe, a convergence of the firm’s former performance consulting and risk consulting teams. Cole leads the new business unit, which includes approximately 1,200 personnel and generates nearly $325 million in revenue.

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids elected the following to its board of directors: Tasha Blackmon, CEO, Cherry Health; Johnny Brann Jr., owner, Kitchen 67/Interphase Interiors; Guillermo Cisneros, president, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College; Carlos Sanchez, director, Latino Business and Economic Development Center; Kris Spaulding, co-founder, Brewery Vivant; John Truscott, president and principal, Truscott Rossman; Mary Tuuk, president, Grand Rapids Symphony; and Mark Washington, city manager, city of Grand Rapids.


Ada-based Erhardt Construction announced it has gone seven years without a lost-time incident.

Feyen Zylstra construction superintendent Neal Kooiman was named a finalist for the 2019 West Michigan Craft Professional of the Year Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan chapter. Kooiman is joined by Gary Peasley of Owens-Ames-Kimball and Holly Wight from Control Logic as award finalists. This year’s West Michigan CPOY award winner will be announced live at the Excellence in Construction Awards on Sept. 19 at 20 Monroe Live.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter announced the finalists of the ABC Western Michigan 2019 Safety Award of Excellence: Trade Contractors Finalists: Allied Electric, Feyen Zylstra and Van Dyken Mechanical. General Contractors Finalists: CSM Group, Pioneer Construction and Wolverine Building Group.

Wolverine Building Group announced the addition of Patrick Schrauben and Bryan Richardson as project managers.


Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new Welding Skills Certificate program designed to teach basic welding skills in a semester, although part-time students might need two. The new Welding Skills Certificate will prepare students for entry-level welding positions, but the credits also will count toward GRCC’s one-year Welding Technology Certificate and the two-year Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Welding Technology.

Jim Bachmeier, former associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Grand Valley State University, is now Ferris State University’s vice president for administration and finance. Bachmeier replaces now-retired Jerry Scoby.


Big Dipper Dough, an all-natural safe to eat raw cookie dough that also can be baked, can be found at Kingma’s Market, 2225 Plainfield Ave. NE, Harvest Health Foods, 1944 Eastern Ave. SE and Sobie Meats, 3450 Remembrance Road NW, Walker. For more information, visit

Chef Kevin Vander Meer moved KJ Catering to 1808 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.


The city of Walker announced the selection of David L. Pelton as fire chief, following the pending retirement of Fire Chief Robert Walker after a 40-plus years of service.


Upgrades funded by Consumers Energy will help the Muskegon River Walleye Pond produce 300,000 more walleye yearly for anglers and significantly reduce expenses to operate the Michigan Department of Natural Resources facility. A multiyear $140,607 grant from the Habitat Improvement Account has been used to install a permanent power source and provide three new pumps at the pond where walleye fingerlings are reared for stocking in the Muskegon River and other Michigan waters.


Allegan General Hospital and its pain management partner, Pain Management Group, announced Spencer Bertram, D.C., M.D. joined AGH’s Pain Management team.

Pediatric Dental Specialists of West Michigan announced the launch of its new practice at 2155 East Paris Ave. SE, led by certified pediatric dentists Kathryn Swanson and Stephanie Kloostra.

Physical therapist Matthew Simms from The Center for Physical Rehabilitation is newly certified in active release technique, which facilitates the restoration of pain-free range of motion and helps break the cumulative injury cycle from daily activities or work-related tasks.

Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital was included again in U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Children’s Hospital rankings in the following categories: Pediatrics: Cancer; Pediatrics: Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Pediatrics: Nephrology; and Pediatrics: Urology.

Susan G. Komen Michigan awarded a $22,777 grant to Catherine’s Health Center for women’s breast health education and services. The grant will support Count Me In, an initiative to reach women who may be underserved due to low income, knowledge deficits or social barriers.


Gruel Mills Nims and Pylman welcomed John Paul Janes, Jr. as a summer intern.

Mary C. Bonnema joined Warner Norcross + Judd as a partner, and Jarrod H. Trombley as an associate.


Austin, Texas-based Petros PACE Finance LLC closed a $1.3 million Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) transaction to finance energy efficiency upgrades for the Battle Creek YMCA, marking the first C-PACE deal in Calhoun County. The C-PACE financing will allow the YMCA to make the much-needed improvements to inefficient and outdated electrical and mechanical systems.


Wolverine Glass Products moved to a newly renovated 130,000-square-foot facility in Grand Rapids that allows the company to consolidate all glass fabrication processes into one building and integrate Fenevision production management for efficiency gains.


The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan announced the election of the following to its board of directors: Scott DeMeester, Bank of America; Cary Justice, Amway; Paul Quinn, JP Morgan Chase; and Adnoris “Bo” Torres, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.


Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it entered into a Development Agreement with Wendy’s under the Groundbreaking Incentive Program to develop 40 new Wendy’s restaurants. Meritage will develop 40 new Wendy’s restaurants by the end of 2024 and receive significant economic incentives provided under the Groundbreaking Incentive Program, which includes royalty and national marketing fee relief.


Macatawa Golf Club in Holland has re-opened after completing extensive clubhouse renovations, according to its new owner Watermark Properties. Finished renovations include a new 350-seat grand ballroom, as well as new, enhanced golf memberships, pool memberships and a combined golf/pool membership. Membership benefits feature multigolf club access to additional private and public golf clubs and courses in West Michigan. Macatawa Golf Club also is open to the public for golf, dining, events and banquet rentals.

The Detroit Red Wings announced Todd Krygier was hired as an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins.


St. Joseph-based the John James Group announced the release of NDX01 v2.4, an iOS App that has developed into a platform with improved Apple Watch integration that includes improved Apple Watch compatibility with charts, improved detail view with volume chart, summary trackers to roll up accounts and more.

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