Change Ups: Hope College opens new buildings


Two projects at Hope College in Hollandrecently were completed by G.O. Construction, a joint venture of GDK Construction of Holland and Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.The 64,000-square-foot Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts (shown) features a concrete structure weighing more than 10 million pounds. The Kruizenga Art Museum provides exhibition space for the college’s permanent art collection. The building’s shell consists of 27 granite slabs, with LED lights illuminating the space between each panel.


Andrew Erlewein was appointed to the Kent District Library board of trustees. The following have joined KDL’s fund development board:Kristen Rampe, Kristen Rampe Consulting; Katey Morse, Chemical Bank, Lori DeBruyne, community advocate; and Linda Masselink, retired, GVSU.Jamie Junod, Stifel, was elected chair, and vice chair is Heather Ross, ddm Marketing.


Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced 2015 award recipients at its 35th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner: Manufacturer of the Year, Amerikam; Retail Business of the Year, Costco; Service Business of the Year, Two Men & A Truck- Wyoming; Daniel Vandyke Volunteer of the Year Award, Jerry DeGood, Auto Finance; Daniel McLaren Committee of the Year Award, Santa Parade Committee; and Gerald E. Fessell Distinguished Service Award, Todd Duncan, Consumers Energy.


Joe Crittendon has joined United Bank as vice president/commercial lender, and Connie Hook has joined as senior vice president, marketing. Robert M. Atwell has joined United Bank Mortgage Corp. as senior vice president, mortgage administration.


Blackford Capital announced its investment in Hastings-based Quality Aluminum Products, a manufacturer of residential exterior aluminum products. The transaction is the seventh by Blackford’s Michigan Prosperity Fund, which invests exclusively inMichigan companies.

Custer announced the addition of two directors of strategic alliances: Nikki Probst will serve the architecture and design communities in Grand Rapids and the lakeshore; Mary Mudgett, who has been with Custer for more than 10 years, has been promoted to director of strategic alliances, serving the architecture and design community throughout southern Michigan.


The board of directors of Builders Exchange of Michigan has appointed Elizabeth Bovard to executive vice president. Also, Builders Exchange has moved its office location to 678 Front Ave., Suite 330, Grand Rapids.

Laura Jacoba has joined Bruce Heys Builders as its office coordinator.


Davenport University received $3,000 from the American Council on Education to help implement the Alternative Credit Project, which was developed by ACE to encourage greater acceptance of alternative credit by participating colleges and to provide a more flexible pathway toward post secondary education attainment for students.


Rehmann has promoted Richard Carpenter and Paul Matz to principal positions.Carpenter is based in the Jackson office and Matz in Muskegon.

Principal Financial Group announced five advisors have joined the Grand Rapids office of the Great Lakes Business Center, 3196 Kraft Ave. SE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids: Jennifer Hoyt, Cory Bulemore, Leigh Platt, Nolan Goslee and Dan Michaud. They can be reached at (616) 942-1251.

Watkins Ross announced Kylie Young has passed the Enterprise Risk Management exam administered by the Society of Actuaries.


Bill Byl announced he will not seek a fourth term as Kent County drain commissioner, bringing his 30-year political career to an end in December. Byl served eight years on the county Board of Commissioners, six years representing the 75th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, and the past 10 years as drain commissioner. He also directed the GVSU Public Policy Institute for six years.

Linda Likely has retired from her position as director of Kent County’s Housing Commission and Community Development. Her achievements include being selected by Harvard University for the Achieving Excellence Series, and developing and managing more than $70 million in HUD funding.


Catherine’s Health Center has received a one-year $26,300 grant from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.

Kent District Library has received a $30,000 grant from Consumers Energy for its summer reading program, and a $10,000 grant from Grand Rapids Community Foundation for 2016 KDL Reads,a community-wide reading program.


Northern Physical Therapy has hired patient care specialist Mackenzie Abeare in its Cedar Springs clinic.

Simple Truth Chiropractic will relocate its practice from 831 Fuller Ave.NE and lease a 2,675-square-foot building at 2757 Leonard St. NW. The space is undergoing renovation with an opening date scheduled for first quarter 2016.


Gymco’s Discovery Preschool, a movement-based program, announced the addition of Robin Alvarez, director and lead teacher.

Wedgwood Christian Services has appointed Janis DeVree, Tom Stritzinger and Jacob Dunlop to its board of directors.


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC announced Karl Butterer, Lisa Hamameh, Ray Littleton, Mindi Johnson and Archana Rajendra are newly elected shareholders of the firm.

Hilger Hammond PC announced Aileen Leipprandt has been designated a Leading Lawyer in 2016 in Commercial Litigation and Construction Law.

Miller Johnson welcomed associate Gerald E. Henn II in the business section.


Griffin Transportation Inc. has hired Sherry A. Turner as its director of corporate sales.


Coleen Davis has joined Alternatives in Motion as executive director. AIM provides quality used wheelchairs and wheelchair repair services to individuals and families demonstrating financial need.

North Kent Community Services in Rockford announced the appointment of board members Jackie DeBruler and James Ward.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of John Mulder, of Spring Lake, to the Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management.


Jeff Draft has joined Signature Associates’ West Michigan team where he will specialize in the retail sector, offering a full range of services.


Vestaron Corp. in Kalamazoo announced energy and agriculture entrepreneur Mark Wong has joined its board of directors.


Blue Medora announced the availability of its VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Dell PowerEdge, which gives Dell users access to predictive analytics, performance and capacity information, allowing for proactive monitoring and troubleshooting of their entire environment from a single console.

Open Systems Technologies has been named a 2015 Best and Brightest Company To Work For by the National Association for Business Resources for the second year in a row.

Worksighted in Holland has hired Alyssa Guerrin, accounts payable/accounts receivable specialist.


Northern Jet Management director of operations Steve Cok has been appointed to the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Board of Governors. 

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