Change Ups: Historic downtown building renamed


Kendall's President David Rosen (foreground) addresses the crowd while FSU President David Eisler looks on.

Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design have renamed the historic Federal Building the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building. Ferris President Dr. David Eisler said the new name is in honor of the former Michigan governor, U.S. senator and founder of FSU. The building was the Grand Rapids Art Museum until the museum’s relocation in 2007. FSU redeveloped the building to provide additional space for Kendall College.


Ernst & Young LLP announced the promotion of Joe Ponstein to partner. Ponstein is a member of the firm’s assurance practice, focusing on the consumer products and life sciences sectors.

Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter PC announced the promotions of Corey Balkon, Tom Cripps and Aaron Sal to senior manager; Andrea Russel and Chris Veldman to manager; and Terra Muckenthaler, Jenny VanBemmelen and Diane Brownell to senior accountant.


Extra Credit Projects has hired Chad Hutchison, art director.

834 Design & Marketing announced the addition of Stephanie Dallman, project manager.


Andrew Brooks has joined Callen Engineering Inc. as a project manager.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the promotions of Chad R. Everts, Ryan D. Musch and Deann E. Falkowski to senior engineer, and Mark E. Ellens to senior technician.


James A. Bridenstine, executive director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, announced he will retire after 23 years with KIA. He will remain until the board of directors and the succession committee find a replacement.

The Girls Choral Academy announced the appointment of Lori Tennenhouse, executive and artistic director. Founder Monique Salinas has stepped down from the position to pursue opportunities with Mind Meets Music, which has left GCA and become a separate entity.

Grand Rapids Ballet announced contract extensions for Patricia Barker, artistic director, and Glenn Del Vecchio, executive director. Barker joined the ballet in August 2010 and Del Vecchio joined in September 2009.


The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – West Michigan Chapter announced its officers: president, Luke Finchem, and president-elect, Michael Michalak, both of New York Life; vice president, Matthew Lehman, Discovery Financial; executive secretary, Carol Doge, Pinnacle Wealth Management. Directors are Emily Stapleton, Kay Goodemoot, Scott Embree, Ryan Smith and Zac Woodward.


Laura McDowell has joined First National Bank of America as branch manager in Grandville.


Custer announced Custer HealthWorks designers Beth Bronson, Kate Early and Megan Kuzma have passed the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification Healthcare Exam.


Orion II Construction Inc. announced the addition of Tony Cronkhite, project manager/superintendent.


The Western Michigan University chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources is the recipient of a Merit Award from the Societyfor the fifth time in six years.


Alliance for Health announced the appointment of Executive Vice President Paul W. Brand. He will direct the activities of West Michigan’s Aligning Forces for Quality, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Bronson announced Laurel Barber has been promoted to vice president of Bronson Healthcare Group and administrator of Bronson Medical Practice. Also, HealthCare Midwest, a physician group serving southwest Michigan, has joined the Bronson family of companies and is now Bronson HealthCare Midwest.

Bronson Heart Valve Clinic announced the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement in southwest Michigan was performed at Bronson Methodist Hospital. TAVR currently is the only method other than open-heart valve replacement approved for commercial use in the U.S. for severe aortic stenosis.

Metro Health Hospital Main Laboratory has again been granted accreditation by the College of American Pathologists.


American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids announced its new board of directors: Scott Ayotte, Spectrum Health; Dan Brondyk, Steelcase Inc.; Denise Grubb, Farmers Insurance; Marty Gurry, Meijer; Nadeem Hamid, Ocean Inc.; Cassandra Hayes, Amway; Mike Simon, Mindscape; Marjorie Steele, 616 Development; and Jason Taber, Mercantile Bank.

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan announced four new board members: Daniela Garcia, Spectrum Health; Susan Kntych, KMC Enterprises; Brian MacKenzie, West Michigan McDonald’s; and Lorene Elzinga, Lauren James Studios.


Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge attorney and shareholder Mark A. Gilchrist has been named vice president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and head of several committees. Attorney and shareholder Thomas W. Aycock has been named chairman of MDTC’s general litigation department.

Peter Kosydar III has joined Kreis, Enderie, Hudgins & Borsos PC as an associate.

Thomas J. Hillegonds has joined McShane & Bowie PLC as an associate attorney. He will provide legal solutions to clients in areas related to business law, taxation, estate planning and tax-exempt organizations.


Classic Transportation & Warehousing announced the addition of Patrick Cody, operations and dispatch manager. He is responsible for formulating policies, programs and procedures related to transportation and assuring all DOT, safety and government regulations are communicated and followed.


Brad Anderson has joined 616 Development as facilities manager.


Lisa Marie Brown has joined Eastern Floral as wedding floral and event manager.

Brew’s Creations in Floral announced it has relocated to its new Design and Wedding Center at 4340 Callander Drive SE, Suite 103.


Rose Pest Solutions announced Mark VanderWerp has been promoted to manager of education and training.


IT Resources announced the promotion of Justin Graeff to network engineer I, and the additions of Kris Homrich, network engineer II; Paul Montag, senior account executive; and Andrew Watson, help desk analyst.

Trivalent Group Inc. was named WatchGuard Technologies Inc.’s 2012 Managed Security Services Provider Partner of the Year, which is awarded to MSSP partners in the U.S. that have met its partner revenue threshold year over year and demonstrated the highest growth in MSSP business.

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