Change Ups: Leonard wins lending officer award


Kenny Leonard, vice president of commercial loan services for Kalamazoo-based Educational Community Credit Union, has won the Credit Union Times 2016 Trailblazer Award for Lending Officer of the Year. The award recognizes top credit union professionals in the country in the areas of lending, marketing, volunteering, and more. Leonard’s extensive background in SBA lending and the collective strengths of his team have enabled them to carve a niche in the local commercial lending scene. 


Crowe Horwath has promoted Dori Couvreur to director.

Plante Moran has been named for the 18th consecutive year to Fortune Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, making it to No. 33.


The Clausen Gallery, 2921 Breton Road SE in The Breton Center, announced its March 22 opening. It will showcase select paintings and prints of Surrealist artist Salvador Dali and hundreds of paintings by Don Clausen. See website for hours:

Sherrie Barber Willson has been appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners to represent Wyoming on the Kent District Library board of directors. Her term runs through 2019.


Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce selected Davenport University as the 2016 Diversity Award recipient, and Ronald Jimmerson Sr., Seeds of Promise co-founder and executive director, as the 2016 Change Agent award recipient at its 2016 Diversity Awards Celebration.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s board vice president Allison Sutter received West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s Environmental Hidden Heroine Award, Woman of Inspiration.

Mercy Health announced its television ads for the 2015 regional campaign “It’s Not Either/Or” won a Silver Addy Award from the American Advertising Federation at the national convention in Toledo.


Old National Bank announced Matt Kaluske and Ken Danhof have assumed the positions of vice president, commercial relationship managers.


Battle Creek Unlimited announced economic development specialist Amy Deprez has joined the organization as vice president. Deprez will lead recruitment and retention efforts and co-manage the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority. Doug Voshell will retire from the organization April 1. Voshell served as vice president the last eight years.

Sun Coast Packaging Inc. has purchased a 9,333-square-foot office building at 4211 N. Division Ave. in Comstock Park to expand its offerings of flexible packaging requirements to its customer base. The company remains headquartered in Sodus but has expanded to Grand Rapids through the acquisition of Shapiro Packaging. 


Disher announced the additions of Victor Manske, electronics engineer; Jason Verlarde, product development engineer; Rob Waara, product development engineer; and Jacquelyn Pogue, talent engineer, in the Ann Arbor office.

Jenn-Air of Benton Harbor served as a sponsor of the Architectural Digest Design Show in Manhattan March 17-20 and attracted more than 45,000 consumers and design professionals over four days to its presentation stage, the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio.


Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan students Valerie Paige and Jessica Roman won an MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit gold medal for their sculpture, “Capture the Crown.” Dawn Boertman won the gold medal in the Cakes & Tortes category, and instructor Amanda Miller won a bronze medal in the Masterpiece category.

Davenport University announced Dr. Susan Gunn has accepted the position of dean for the College of Urban Education

Ferris State University in Big Rapids has established a bachelor of science program in industrial chemistry in response to the demands of manufacturers and the surging statewide interest in producing beers, wines and distilled spirits.


ASTI Environmental has opened an office in Detroit at 28 W. Adams, Suite 1001, in the former Stroh Brewing Co. headquarters, now known as the Grand Park Centre building. This is its third office in Michigan.


SpartanNash announced Craig Sturken’s retirement as a member of its board of directors at the expiration of his current term. Sturken has served as chairman and a member of the board since November 2013 when Spartan Stores merged with Nash-Finch Co. to form SpartanNash.


Kent County employees, the Cultural Insight Council and employees from several partner agencies announced the delivery of 6,000 gallons of water and money to purchase water filters and meet long-term needs of the people of Flint. Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Meijer coordinated delivery and the rest is being donated to Community Foundation of Greater Flint, which is assisting in crisis response.


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services awarded Network180 $869,000 in FY16 for its program to treat people suffering from a first break of psychosis. The funding comes from the Federal Mental Health Block Grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Shoreline Vision Ambulatory Surgical Center in Muskegon has again achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.


Mika Meyers announced the additions of the following attorneys: members Christopher D. Matthysse and Kurt M. Graham, and associate Bradley A. Fowler.

Varnum litigation attorney Charyn Hain has been appointed to the board of directors for the Michigan Council of School Attorneys. Varnum estate planning attorney Linsey Gleason is now a certified Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy after completing coursework through the American College of Financial Services.


The American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council in Nashville honored Rob Nissen, national service manager of SAF-Holland USA in Muskegon, as a Recognized Associate.


March of Dimes announced Jim Overbeck, vice president of wealth management at Fifth Third, and Dan Meyering, partner at Trillium Venture MSV, are 2016 co-chairs for its March for Babies.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of James Engelsma, of Walker, to the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.


CoStar Group has awarded its annual Power Broker Awards to 27 Signature Associates brokers. The Signature brokers account for 30 percent of the award winners and more than 50 percent of the industrial award winners. The company also was named in the Top Leasing Firm and Top Sales firm categories for Metro Detroit, Toledo, Ohio, and West Michigan.


Van Andel Research Institute professor H. Eric Xu has received the Hans Neurath Award presented by The Protein Society and sponsored by the Hans Neurath Foundation in recognition of a 2015 discovery that could lead to the development of more targeted therapies for many diseases.


Blue Medora announced its vRealize Operations Management Pack for Kernal-based Virtual Machines to collect performance data from critical Linux-based virtual machine resources within the end user’s KVM landscape that makes it available in a single VMware vRealize Operations console.

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