Change-Ups: Hansen named BTI Client Service All-Star

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Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Shane B. Hansen was selected as a 2021 BTI Client Service All-Star for mergers and acquisitions. Hansen was chosen based on in-depth and independent interviews with corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting Group. Client Service All-Stars are attorneys with an exceptional understanding of the client’s business, excellent legal skills and strong client focus. Hansen concentrates his legal practice in the securities industry focused on corporate and regulatory matters for broker-dealers, investment advisers, mergers and acquisitions, and banks.

ACCOUNTING

Adam Holka joined Pennell CPA as director of operations.

DeHoek & Co. PLLC moved to 2025 E. Beltline Ave. SE, Suite 204. Staff accountant Jonathan DeHoek recently received his CPA certificate.

Plante Moran announced Adam Stevenson and Diana Verdun are now partners in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Stevenson specializes in audits for large hospitals, health systems and health care organizations across the United States, and Verdun is in charge of human resources.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Clutch, a leading ratings and reviews platform for IT, marketing, and business service providers, recently named Kalamazoo-based LKF Marketing to its 2021 Top Advertising & Marketing Agencies in Michigan list.

AWARDS

Integrated Services of Kalamazoo announced local disability advocate and ISK board member Sarah Carmany of Kalamazoo won the 2021 Betty Williams Champions of Equal Opportunity Award from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, an annual award that recognizes a leader and self-advocate with a long record of advocacy success who promotes NACDD’s values of self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion.

City of Grand Rapids civil engineer Michael Staal is the recipient of Michigan’s Watershed Management Professional of the Year Award.

BANKING

Bank of America over the summer had Grand Rapids-area high school students Daniela Castro-Pumay, a senior at Grand Rapids City High, and Alexis Miranda, a senior at Grand River Preparatory High School, take part in its program for leadership, civic engagement and workforce skills-building with the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The student leaders were paid $17 per hour for 36 hours per week for eight weeks.

CONSTRUCTION

CD Barnes Construction announced Todd Oosting has been appointed president and CEO; Tom Berry has transitioned to vice president and COO; Lynne Blondell has been hired as project manager; and Tom Minnema, Ken Medema and James Phelps joined the company as superintendents. 

EDUCATION

Brooke Odle, assistant professor of engineering at Hope College, received an Up and Comer Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. The award intends to foster mentoring and networking of early-career faculty and post-doctoral trainees with ASB Fellows of similar research interests.

Grand Rapids Public Schools announced four recent bond-funded school projects received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program: Southwest Middle High School – Academia Bilingüe earned silver certification; Buchanan Elementary School, Ottawa Hills High School and Grand Rapids Public Museum High School earned LEED’s basic certification status.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Windquest Group, a privately held investment firm, announced Dick DeVos will step down from his day-to-day role as president but will remain chairman of the board. Greg McNeilly has been appointed president and CEO.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Founders Brewing Co. is the recent recipient of six Craft Beer Marketing Awards: Best Tap Handle design/Unique Gold; Best Tap Handle Design/Unique Global; Best Logo Design/Use of Icon Gold; Best Logo design/Typography Gold; Best Original Video/Series Gold; and Social Media/Cause-Related Platinum.

Nora Robinson joined Nothing Bundt Cakes Grand Rapids as manager and Ashley Dore as assistant manager with a focus of leading the bakery’s wedding business.

FOUNDATIONS

Chaney Bear joined the Kalamazoo Community Foundation as human resources manager.

Fremont Area Community Foundation’s board of trustees selected Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki as the organization’s new president and CEO.

GOVERNMENT

Al Vanderberg, former Ottawa County administrator, has been appointed Kent County administrator/controller by the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

LEGAL

Barbara J. Kennedy joined Wheeler Upham PC as a senior associate. Kennedy is a civil litigator with experience primarily in professional liability, domestic relations, landlord/tenant, general civil litigation and professional licensing matters.

Keller & Almassian PLC has been regionally ranked as a 2021 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as Litigation-Banking & Finance. Attorneys Todd Almassian, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law litigation-banking and finance, and James Keller, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, were recognized as 2022 Best Lawyers. The firm also hired Brandon J. Stewart of counsel and Andrew J. Villanueva as an associate attorney,

Plachta Murphy & Associates PC changed its name to Reeder Plachta Murphy PC. Bryan D. Reeder has been added as a shareholder.

LEISURE & RECREATION.

The Grand River Greenway Campaign announced its fundraising effort launched in 2017 with a goal of financing key land acquisitions along the 36.5-mile Idema Explorers Trail has been reached. The campaign recently achieved its fund-raising goal of $7.2 million, which is critical in leveraging public funding as part of the $21 million Grand River Greenway project. The Grand River Greenway project will ultimately establish a public land corridor connecting Grand Haven to the border with Kent County.

NONPROFITS

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore announced Vivian TerMaat has assumed leadership of the organization as chief executive officer, succeeding interim CEO Mary Charles. TerMaat comes to GSMISTS from Wedgwood Christian Services where she served as the chief advancement officer.

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids announced Paula Jastifer, city assessor for the city of Grand Rapids, will serve as the club’s 2021-22 president. She has been a Rotarian since 2003.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Truscott Rossman promoted Allie Walker to vice president and Amy LeFebre to senior director, West Michigan. The firm launched two new divisions: a fully dedicated crisis management team and an enterprise-level digital storytelling team.

RESTAURANTS

Smokey Bones hired Anthony Thomas as general manager of its 4875 28th St. SE location.

TECHNOLOGY

Michigan Software Labs, a software consulting company that specializes in making apps, is now located at 7471 River St. SE in Ada.

Coopersville-based IT Resource Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Community Bankers of Michigan. The alliance enables members of CBM to implement the latest and most comprehensive technology solutions that will monitor IT infrastructure, protect data and information, and manage risk and compliance.

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