Western Michigan University Cooley Law School tapped former Michigan 29th Circuit Court judge and retired WMU Cooley Associate Dean Jeffrey Martlew as interim president beginning in September. Martlew, a 1976 graduate of WMU Cooley, is a former member of the WMU Cooley board of directors. He retired as the founding associate dean of the law school’s Tampa Bay campus in 2016. Martlew first joined WMU Cooley as an adjunct professor from 2005-07 and then was visiting professor until his appointment to the full-time faculty. President and Dean Don LeDuc will retire from that office, which he held for 16 years.
DeHoek & Co. announced Jonathan DeHoek is a licensed enrolled agent.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Clear Channel Airports in Kalamazoo announced it won a five-year renewal, with an option to extend for an additional five years, with Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport to provide brands with innovative advertising solutions. The new agreement began May 17 and media upgrades begin fourth quarter 2018.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
The board of directors for F&V Companies Inc. was expanded from five to seven members, adding senior associates John R. DeVol and Jeffrey F. Pugh. DeVol joined F&V in 2004 as a project manager and has since become group manager for the Traverse City office of the West Michigan municipal services group. Pugh, who has more than three decades of experience in water and wastewater process and design, is the process design group manager in Grand Rapids.
Fleis and VandenBrink announced the additions of senior project managers for its process group: Brad Lyons and Mark Bratschi; Steve Mills, construction technician; Anthony Plutz, CAD designer and drafter; Robert LaPlaca, engineer-in-training; and Ty Williams; construction inspector.
Co-authors of a college-level statistics textbook, Todd Swanson and Jill VanderStoep of Holland-based Hope College’s mathematics faculty, won the Daniel Solow Author’s Award. “Introduction to Statistical Investigations” received the award Aug. 3 during MathFest 2018, the annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, held in Denver. The textbook soon will reach more students with a new version developed for high school advanced placement classes.
ChoiceOne Bank in Sparta was selected as one of the country’s Most Innovative Community Banks from research conducted by the Independent Community Bankers of America. Twenty community banks were chosen throughout the country for their innovation in the areas of technology, products and branch design.
Grand River Bank in Grandville announced Sara Bos joined its mortgage team as a mortgage loan officer in the lakeshore region, which includes Holland, Zeeland and Grand Haven. Bos will focus on residential mortgage lending. Bos, who has over 17 years of diverse banking experience, came to Grand River Bank from Macatawa Bank, where she was the marketing event supervisor.
Independent Bank was recently named a Best-In-State bank by Forbes magazine, coming in as the best bank headquartered in Michigan.
Mary Brown joined Northpointe Bank’s Portage lending team as a senior loan officer.
Susan Linker and Scott L. Freeman joined Detroit-based Comerica Bank’s Grand Rapids region wealth management team. Linker joins Comerica as vice president and trust adviser and Freeman as vice president and senior investment strategist.
Calvin College is among The Princeton Review’s best institutions in the nation for undergraduate education. The education services company featured the school in the 2019 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 384 Colleges.”
The Hope College Alumni Association board of directors appointed as members Chandler Alberda; Lindsay Allward-Theimer; Suzanne Caltrider; and Phillip Torrence. Elected officers are Jonathan Liepe as vice president and Katie Schubert as secretary.
Kuyper College’s associate professor of theological studies Branson Parler authored the Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage and Sexuality, an instructional, document on marriage and sexuality.
Michelle Morrow joined Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic School as principal. Morrow joins Saint Paul with 13 years of experience as an educator. Most recently, she served Godwin Heights Public Schools for 11 years as a teacher and then as an instructional specialist. Her previous experience also includes serving as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools for two years. She is skilled with teaching students in the classroom and with leading her colleagues in current educational practices.
Alex Lentine and Jennifer MacKenzie joined the Centennial Group & The Principal Financial Group as financial advisers and principal securities registered representatives. They will work with individuals and business owners to build plans and strategies to help ensure financial success.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Perrin Brewing in Comstock Park recently released the Razzberry Blonde, available in a 6-pack from the Perrin Pub and Michigan market distribution.
Jeffrey Johnson of Holland-based Hope College’s chemistry faculty received a three-year, $275,855 grant from the National Science Foundation to help organic chemists by working in the developing field of carbon-carbon bond activation.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology announced the addition of Joe Morehouse, D.O. Morehouse performs small incision cataract surgery utilizing advanced technology intraocular lenses, implants for astigmatism, and traditional intraocular lenses, as well as treating patients for routine eye care, glaucoma and diabetes.
Mika Meyers attorney Nikole L. Canute was selected as a member of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law Class of 2018. Canute has been a member of the firm since 2012 and her areas of practice include labor and employment law, employment litigation, energy litigation, civil litigation, fraud investigation and litigation, and securities litigation.
Code Blue Corp. in Holland promoted Katie Petre to director of distribution. In the newly created role, Petre will be responsible for leading sales, marketing and customer service projects with nonenterprise business partners for the organization.
Faran Fronczak joined the cast of WZZM’s 13 ON YOUR SIDE Mornings; Meredith TerHaar moved from weekend morning news anchor to morning content director; and journalist Kamady Rudd now anchors the noon news.
Colliers International West Michigan announced the additions of Peter Clifton, senior associate; Mia Jankowiak, marketing team leader; and Ann Yarnal, executive assistant.
Amanda Gielczyk was promoted to vice president of marketing and operations at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Gielczyk joined the Downtown Market staff in May 2016 and most recently served as the market’s director of marketing and special events. The Downtown Market will celebrate its fifth anniversary in September.
Andrew Johnson joined The Rapid as CEO.
West Michigan International and K&R Truck Sales’ annual charity campaign raised $9,000 for three local charities — specifically $3,000 for each charity. During June and July, 10 percent of sales on designated parts were donated to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Starlite Shores Family Camp and Catholic Charities of West Michigan. Suppliers Delco, Fleetrite and Jost had a share in the contribution.