Change Ups: Home Advantage Dialysis earns Gold Seal of Approval


From left: Ryan Height, Home Advantage Dialysis’ director of operations; TJ Geary, executive director; T.J. Montgomery, president and co-founder; and Casey Montgomery, vice president of business development.

Home Advantage Dialysis is the first home dialysis provider in the nation to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval through its Ambulatory Care Program by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. Home Advantage Dialysis underwent a rigorous on-site survey in April 2018. During the survey, compliance with home dialysis standards reflecting key organization areas was evaluated, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership.


Jack Gould joined LKF Marketing in Kalamazoo as account coordinator.

LEAD Marketing Agency hired Christine Flodin as account manager and Lauren Brandt as graphic designer.


Beene Garter LLP joined Sage Intacct’s Value Added Reseller Program and added the cloud-based ERP financial software to its current portfolio of tax, audit and business advisory services. Beene Garter now can sell and implement the software to organizations in West Michigan.

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors hired Taylor Boonenberg, Emily Quist, Ryan Smith and Rio Vale as staff accountants, and promoted Daniel Harris to senior manager, Nate McCorry, Josh Cammenga and Marc Sawyers to manager, and Allison Glowacki to senior accountant.


Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the additions of Greg Whittle, civil engineer; Eric Ball, mechanical engineer; Bryan McDowell, civil engineer; Juan Pablo Lontscharitsch, architectural graphics specialist; and Shelby Proffer, environmental specialist.


The name of a new library and community center in the village of Ada will be the Amy Van Andel Library and Community Center. The name recently was announced during an event at the future site of the facility on Headley Street adjacent to The Community Church at 7239 Thornapple River Drive SE in Ada.

Julian Kuerti was appointed music director of Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2018-19 season. He succeeds Raymond Harvey, who ended his 18-year tenure with the orchestra in 2017, and has since then become the orchestra’s first music director emeritus.


The Construction Financial Management Association Western Michigan Chapter announced the following 2018-19 board of directors: Grace Silva, Elzinga & Volkers, past president; Theresa Sickles, Plummer’s Environmental Services, president; David Coates, Grand River Construction, vice president; John Naylor, Top Grade Site Management Contractors, secretary; Victor Sturgis, Crowe Horwath LLP, treasurer; Dan Hatch, Hilger Hammond PC, director; Ken Bos, Hylant Group, director; Scott Bishop, Buist Electric, director; Steve Wilfong, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., director; David Coates, Grand River Construction, program committee chair; Theresa Sickles, Plummer’s Environmental Services, committee chair; Ann Plummer, Beene Garter LLP, membership committee chair; Mike Waalkes, Lighthouse Insurance Group, promotions committee chair; and Harriet Perdue, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., website/social media manager.


Kalamazoo-based Levine & Levine legal professional Cathy Zackery is the recipient of NALS Greater Kalamazoo’s 2018 Member of the Year Award.


Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo was named a Corp! magazine Michigan Economic Bright spot for a third time in its history.

Legacy Trust announced the additions of investment advisers Marica Rumsey, Anthony Lewis and Jeremy Barber.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the hiring of Takunia Collins as a mortgage loan originator for its Westnedge, Kalamazoo branch office.


Triangle Associates Inc. announced John Raimondo was named the company’s chief operations officer. Former COO Jim Huyser transitioned to senior vice president/director of field operations.


Maureen M. Walsh was named associate vice president for human resources at Grand Valley State University.


Grand Wealth Management was named a Michigan Economic Bright Spot by Corp! Magazine.

The Michigan Cannabis Risk and Financial Association hired Jay Fagan as director. Fagan will continue to grow MCRFA’s mission of providing financial solutions to Michigan’s legal medical marijuana industry.


The Michigan Fitness Foundation Board welcomed Tom Boehr, manager of Amway’s Corporate Wellness Program, and Wayman Britt, county administrator/controller for Kent County, to its board.


The city of Grand Rapids and Ford Motor Company announced the Grand Rapids City of Tomorrow Challenge — a crowdsourcing platform for residents, businesses and community groups to propose and pilot solutions that improve mobility in Grand Rapids. The City of Tomorrow Challenge will identify opportunities to improve mobility and support long-term enhancements to help people get around.


Mercy Health Saint Mary’s earned re-designation as a Magnet hospital, which recognizes nursing excellence.

Network180 announced that its CEO Scott Gilman decided he will not renew his annual contract. Bill Riley, COO for Network180, will serve as the transition manager until an interim CEO is named.

SmileDirectClub announced the opening of its Grand Rapids brick-and-mortar SmileShop at 250 Monroe Ave. NW.

Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital was ranked for the seventh year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Children’s Hospital with a total of six specialty areas in the following categories: Pediatrics: Cancer; Pediatrics: Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Pediatrics: Nephrology; Pediatrics: Orthopedics; Pediatrics: Pulmonology; and Pediatrics: Urology.


The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans met for the first time all 231 standards for nursing home and domiciliary care, according to surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mel Trotter Ministries recently opened a transitional house for homeless women. The MTM Melanie House was established to provide additional housing opportunities for women who have gone through a program at the Mel Trotter Ministries’ downtown shelter but still face challenging barriers to having a home of their own.

Michigan’s Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund recently raised $37,573 toward financial support for youth exiting foster care in Michigan at the fourth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Event – Grand Rapids held at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.


Bodman PLC announced Stephen J. Staple joined the firm as a senior associate attorney based in the Grand Rapids office. Staple is a member of Bodman’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. 

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced Jessica L. Wood joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as Of Counsel.

Hilger Hammond PC announced the additions of Inara Klovans, paralegal; Andy Hilger, law clerk; and Rebecca Palomino, receptionist.

Secrest Wardle executive partner James R. Bradley and partner Drew W. Broaddus authored a Negligence Law article titled “Nickola and the Limitations on Penalty Interest Awards in Tort Actions,” in the June 2018 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. Their article provides an overview of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Nickola opinion and discusses the importance of understanding how it can affect practice.


Defense technology supplier Plasan North America Inc. received three-star honors for outstanding performance as a supplier to Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Plasan also has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. of Norton Shores was named one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots by Corp! Magazine.


EarthTronics in Muskegon expanded its line of vintage EarthBulb filament LEDs with the introduction of its energy-efficient, clear finish 1-watt S14 and 5-watt T10 decorative LEDs for home, hospitality, restaurant and commercial applications.

OST hired the following individuals to its Grand Rapids office: Victor Becker, end user support; Tim Ring, enterprise resource planning; Ben Slater, configuration services; Hannah Staal, recruiting; and Robbie Verhulst, operations.

Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon introduced its RMX75 miniature ring light, which offers an ideal working distance of 100-500 millimeters. The RMX75 is specifically engineered for radial and bright field applications.


The Rapid hired Andrew Johnson as CEO, who is expected to start in August.

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