Change Ups: Laackman appointed to contractors’ board


Custer’s director of interior construction services, Brad Laackman, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the state of Michigan’s Residential Builders’ and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors’ Board. The nine-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with licensing and regulating the construction, alteration or improvement of residential structures. Laackman will serve a four-year term.


Hope College’snew Kruizenga Art Museum has received from California residents David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton more than 500 works of Asian, European and American art, a library of more than 7,000 art-related books, museum publications and auction catalogs.


Gov. Rick Snyder presented 10 2015 Governor’s Service Awards at An Evening with the Stars at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Gov. George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism, Lorraine Knuth; Volunteer of the Year, Debra Howe-Wierenga; Corporate Community Leader, Grande Mere Inn (small company) and Farmers Insurance (large company); Mentor of the Year, Tom Hickman; Outstanding National Service Program Award, Huron Pines AmeriCorps; Outstanding Volunteer Program Award, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks; Senior Volunteer of the Year, Clarenda Webb; andYouth Volunteer of the Year (tie): Cameron Doan and Hunter Gandee.


Northpointe Bank has been recognized by the Independent Community Bankers of America magazine, Independent Banker,as an ICBA top performer based on its earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2014.


The Cultural Intelligence Center welcomed Dr. Sandra Upton, vice president of educational initiatives. Upton previously was dean of business programs at Cornerstone University.

Superior Business Solutions in Kalamazoo announced it has earned ISO 9001:2008 accreditation.


Erhardt Construction in Ada announced Jim George and Brenden Wallace have joined the company as project superintendents. They will coordinate day-to-day operations on construction sites and oversee project schedules, quality control and subcontractor activities.


Grand Rapids Community College's visual arts department was reaccredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


Rehmann has named Randy Rupp its CEO. Rupp succeeds Steven D. Kelly, who continues to serve as chairman of the board.

Robert H. Bishop, a financial advisor with the Holland branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named associate vice president – investment officer. Wells Fargo Advisors also has designated Nelson E. Walters, senior vice president – investments, a member of its Premier Advisors Program.


Fortune 500has moved SpartanNash up 452 spots to No. 359, becoming the highest-ranking West Michigan company listed. Fortunealso ranked SpartanNash No. 1 on its Hottest Companies on thelist. 


Warner Norcross & Judd LLP attorney Madelaine C. Lane has been named to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation board of directors. The foundation is the strategic fundraising partner of Grand Rapids Public Schools.


Tibbits Opera Foundation in Coldwaterwas awarded $25,000 from the Michigan Humanities Council through its Heritage Grants program. Tibbits will partner with area schools, service organizations and the Arab American community to offer presentations, workshops and exhibits about the history and culture of the Arab American community.


Ingrid Cheslek has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as director of nursing/chief nursing officer. Cheslek spent more than three decades at Metro Health Hospital, most recently as vice president of patient services/chief nursing officer.

Plastic Surgery Associates welcomed Melissa Hoogland and Leesha Czerniak as skin care specialists. Hoogland is a licensed aesthetician, and Czerniak is a licensed cosmetologist. 

The Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has granted Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ psychiatry residency program continued accreditation through June 1, 2025. The four-year program has capacity for eight residents per year for a total of 32 residents in 2017.


The Association of Gospel Rescue Mission’s 2015 annual convention recognized Guiding Light Mission with a first place award in the newsletter/magazine category and second place for its 2014 annual report.


Frankenmuth Insurance executive/agency round table meeting has recognized Waterstone Insurance Agency Inc. of Muskegon as a Preferred Partner for 2015.


Erika Salerno has been named managing attorney of Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos PC’s St. Joseph office. Salerno practices divorce and family law and healthcare law. She previously worked out of the Kalamazoo office and will continue serving clients in the Kalamazoo area.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge attorney Sheila E. Eddy has been elected vice chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.


FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek announced Brian D. Decorah has been named president/CEO. R. Bruce McKee will continue to serve as president through the end of 2015.

Gymco Inc. recently marked its 35th anniversary. It has served more than 90,000 children in West Michigan since opening its doors.


Classic Transportation & Warehousing announced the opening of a 72,000-square-foot facility at 7357 Expressway Drive, Suite D, located along U.S. 131 and 76th Street in Grand Rapids.


WOTV 4 Women was named a mid-size market winner of the Just Cause Awards at the PromaxBDA awards in Las Vegas for its “Go Red for Women” series of public service announcements. The campaign is part of WOTV 4 Women’s “Real Women. Real Stories.” brand.


Inner City Christian Federation announced Ryan VerWys is its new president/CEO, effective Sept. 4. VerWys will succeed longtime president/CEO Jonathan Bradford, who will retire after 34 years in the position.


Blue Medora announced the release of its vRealize Operations Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server.

Fusion IT in Jenison announced the launch of its redesigned websitethat features a cleaner design, enhanced content and navigation, and quick access to essential information.See

 Trivalent Group has hired Dennis Brown, virtual chief information officer; Sara Parmeter, HR manager; new client service engineers Tim Wiseman, Dan Slauter and Renee Zuidema, and Danny Dubord, systems engineer. Promoted are: BrianGoda, to director of managed services; Andy Syrewicze, to team leader; Brad Andrus, toportfolio manager of managed and cloud services; and Becky Peuler, to account manager. 

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