Change-Ups: Harpst tapped as LMCU’s VP of mortgage strategy

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John Harpst. Courtesy Lake Michigan Credit Union

John Harpst joined Lake Michigan Credit Union in a new position as vice president of mortgage strategy. Harpst is responsible for strategic initiatives and special products within LMCU’s mortgage division, with the goal of improving operational efficacy, ensuring regulatory compliance and helping to continually improve service to the credit union’s members. LMCU is the largest credit union in Michigan, with assets that exceed $10.5 billion, a mortgage servicing portfolio of over $12 billion and more than 504,000 members.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP’s headquarters in the new Warner Building, designed by GMB Architecture + Engineering, received a 2021 Interior Architecture Award from the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids. The law firm is the anchor tenant in the Warner Building in downtown Grand Rapids, housing more than 240 attorneys and staff.

ARTS

Shannon DeVries joined Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo as business operations manager.

The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo announced the additions of Ty Hicks as marketing director, Carrie McFerrin as administrative assistant and Miriam Thomas as temporary programs director. Nicki Poer and Nicole Weber also join the staff as community box office associates. Eric Oliphant has been promoted to operations manager/membership director.

UBS Financial Services Inc. along with its wealth management team based in Grand Rapids, announced Michael Toth has been elected to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park board of directors.

AWARDS

Holland-based Tiara Yachts founder Leon Slikkers was awarded for Lifetime Achievement at the recent Boat Builder Awards, facilitated by the International Boat Industry and METSTRADE.

BANKING

Justin Salava. Courtesy Macatawa Bank

Holland based Macatawa Bank hired Justin Salava as branch manager, senior VP for its branch at 5271 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming.

Old National Bank announced the promotion of Ryan Elwell to banking center manager.

Wyoming-based Honor Credit Union recently opened for business. It previously was ATL Federal Credit Union. Honor and ATL joined forces to mark Honor’s 24th member center in Michigan.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Integrity Tree Services announced Adam Witzel is now Midwest account manager; Dakin Wright is Midwest regional manager; and Kristen Ryan is work planning manager.

Sue (Schweim) Tellier, owner and president of Grand Rapids-based JetCo Federal, was elected to the Leadership Advisory Council as vice chair and a member of the board for Women Impacting Public Policy

The Grand Rapids Chamber welcomed Caylie Peet to the newly created position of minority business program manager.

CONSTRUCTION

Chris Wert joined Construction Staffing Solutions/Staffing Solutions as a recruiter.

EV Construction hired Veronica Cline as FSD coordinator at its Coldwater location; Jack Bohannon as an assistant project manager; and Chase Weatherell in the general trades division. Brett Lesiewicz was promoted to vice president of project management.

Jason Nulf. Courtesy Bruce Heys Builders

Jason Nulf joined Bruce Heys Builders as project manager. Nulf will focus on new homes built within the Kennett Square neighborhood, the exclusive BHB development located in Ada.

EDUCATION

Daryl Van Tongeren of the Holland-based Hope College psychology faculty has been named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

ENERGY

Military Times ranked Consumers Energy as the No. 1 employer in Michigan for veterans. In the 2021 Best For Vets: Employers list, Consumers Energy also ranked 20th nationally.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Molly Chelovich, financial adviser with Merrill in Grand Rapids, was named to the 2021 Forbes Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors list, which recognizes the nation’s top up-and-coming wealth advisers under age 40.

FOUNDATIONS

Stephanie Adams, a longtime nonprofit leader and community organizer, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation, the fundraising partner of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

The United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation and Porter Hills Foundation boards officially approved the merger into one UMRC & Porter Hills Foundation. Combined, the UMRC & Porter Hills Foundation is one of the largest foundations supporting aging services in Michigan.

GRANTS

The Grand Rapids Public Library has been awarded a grant of $21,00 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts to support GRPL’s One Book, One City for Kids program, which provides fifth-graders in Grand Rapids Public Schools a copy of the selected book and the opportunity to meet the author. It also will be used for the Summer Reading Challenge, the library’s summer literacy program.

LEGAL

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge hired attorney Michael J. Bovill, practicing in the firm’s litigation practice group; Allen G. Nederveld joined the firm as chief operating officer.

The American College of Bankruptcy extended an invitation for A. Todd Almassian to become a Fellow of the college. This honorary association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals plays an important role in maintaining excellence in the industry

LEISURE & RECREATION

John Ball Zoo received its continued Association of Zoos & Aquariums accreditation status following its 2021 review by the AZA Accreditation Commission. John Ball Zoo became the first in Michigan to earn AZA Accreditation in 1983 and has maintained this status for 38 consecutive years.

MILITARY

Hudsonville native Jacob Ellis received a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps $180,000 scholarship.

NONPROFITS

Gadson “Chris” Pompey has been named Kalamazoo-based Urban Alliance’s executive director after serving as interim executive director for five months.

Bob Evans. Make-A-Wish Michigan

Guiding Light donor relations officer Bob Evans has been named one of Senior Neighbors’ 16 Over 60 for his engagement in the community and impact on the lives of others.

Make-A-Wish Michigan announced its volunteer board of directors’ officers for the 2022 fiscal year: board chair: Rob Casalou, Trinity Health Michigan & Southeast Regions; vice chair (elect): Denise Christy, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC; vice chair of strategy: John Lallo, Orka Solutions; treasurer: Phil Bocketti, UBS Financial Services; secretary: Todd Van Tol, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Elected to the organization’s volunteer board of directors: Jon Albert, Michigan Head & Spine Institute; Noble Billingsley, DTE; and Luanne Thomas Ewald, University of Michigan Health, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Wayland-based Paws With A Cause announced Christina Elmore, Faye Richardson-Green and Anne Barea joined its board of directors.

RETAIL

Byron Center-based SpartanNash for the ninth consecutive year has been named among the 2021 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation, by the National Association for Business Resources.

Nick Hayes joined Kentwood Office Furniture as product marketing manager.

TECHNOLOGY

Byron Center-based Pro-Vision announced it has extended its sales force to the United Kingdom, establishing its first physical presence outside of North America. Daryl Moore, Pro-Vision business development manager and a Northern Ireland native, will oversee the sales force in the U.K.

Coopersville-based IT Resource Inc. hired Carrigan Conway as customer service representative and IT support analysts Liam Griffin, Dan Grigsby and Noah Veik.

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