Change-Ups: New Holland Brewing awarded Masters Medal


New Holland Brewing, a top-50 craft brewery, recently received a Masters Medal from The Spirits Business in the American Whisky Masters Competition for its Beer Barrel Bourbon, which is aged in new American oak barrels before finishing in the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk barrels. The Dragon’s Milk barrels provide a softer, more rounded flavor with notes of vanilla and smooth dark malts. Launched in 2008, the Global Spirits Masters rates and rewards excellence in spirits production from retailers, brands, distillers and blenders around the world. 


Lansing-based The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan announced St. Joseph resident Christopher Cook, Abonmarche consultant, as its 2021-2022 president and Jeffrey Schumaker, Fishbeck, as a member of its 2021-2022 board of directors.


Kent District Library hired LuLu Brown as the regional manager II at the Cascade Township and Caledonia Township branches.

The Board of Library Commissioners of the Grand Rapids Public Library appointed Sheila García Mazari as a commissioner, replacing Kent Sparks, who resigned from the board. Garcia Mazari will fill the seat until a commissioner is publicly elected in the 2024 election.


The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan announced its Vandenberg Prize was awarded to Gen. James N. Mattis, who served as the 26th Secretary of the Defense (2017-18).


Arbor Financial Credit Union hired Mike Griffin as a commercial loan officer.

Greg Wierenga joined Consumers Credit Union as a mortgage loan officer out of its Cascade office.

Jeffrey Lumpp, Hylant Group in Grand Rapids, joined Lake Odessa-based Union Bank’s board of directors.

Kalamazoo-based First National Bank of Michigan appointed Bill Manns, president and CEO of Bronson Healthcare, to its board of directors and compensation committee.

Northpointe Bank announced Nathan Smith joined the company as senior vice president and chief accounting officer. Smith is responsible for overseeing the accounting policy and strategy for the bank, as well as increasing efficiencies through accounting workflows.


Elizabeth Black joined St. Stephen School in East Grand Rapids as principal. She was unanimously recommended from the school’s search committee, made up of teachers, parents, parishioners and the school board.

Terra Luckett has been appointed executive director of the Children’s After School Achievement program at Holland-based Hope College. Luckett succeeds Fonda Green, who retired this spring after 38 years at the college.


Peggy Bodinaku, a 20-year financial industry veteran, has been promoted to chief marketing officer at Amerifirst Home Mortgage.

The Mortgage Bankers Association announced Mark Jones, co-founder of Amerifirst Home Mortgage, has been nominated to serve as MBA’s vice chairman for the 2022 membership year. He is expected to be installed at the association’s 108th Annual Convention in San Diego in October.


The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation recently celebrated its 50th year of service.


Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab is the recipient of a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund that will provide startup education and support for veteran entrepreneurs in West Michigan, as well as the greater Detroit region, central southern Michigan, Muskegon and the Upper Peninsula.


Emmanuel Hospice‘s newest board members are Thomas W. Czerney and Micah N. Foster.

Health Pointe in Grand Haven has been branded Spectrum Health Grand Haven Center.

Holland Home announced Carolyn Flietstra, executive vice president, Home and Community Based Services, has been inducted into the Michigan Homecare and Hospice Association Hall of Fame.

Holland Hospital announced its new specialty care practice and welcomed pulmonary and sleep medicine specialist Dale Coller, DO, to the lakeshore. The specialty practice is designed to help people breathe better and rest easier.


The Saugatuck Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has been named the Best Beach Town in the Midwest by Midwest Living magazine


Plachta, Murphy & Associates expanded its current veterans disability practice group with the addition of Mark Northrup, a 14-year commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Varnum welcomed seven law school students to the firm’s 2021 summer associate program: Amy Baddley, Vanderbilt University Law School; Conor Boland, University of Notre Dame Law School; Alexander Bourdeau, University of Notre Dame Law; William Frush Jr., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; Michael McFerran, University of Michigan Law School; Elizabeth Rasch, University of Michigan Law School; and Aaron Roberson Jr., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.


The Lowell YMCA announced the investment of local employer Litehouse Inc. toward naming the future Litehouse Family YMCA at the former Impact Church. Key supporters and local employers’ contributions have resulted in more than $400,000 raised, with less than $200,000 remaining in the capital campaign to begin building renovations and preparation for critical member service.


Reefer Service Inc. of Hudsonville for the second time has been named Carrier Transicold’s 2020 dealers of the year for North America.

The Allendale/West Grand Rapids KOA is now a KOA Holiday, one of more than 525 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada, and one of three descriptive brands created to help campers select the right campground for their camping needs.


Flow-Rite for the fifth straight year has been named as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources.

Zeeland-based Gentex Corp. has been named a 2020 Technology and Development Award winner by Toyota Motor Corporation for its superior innovation and product development efforts.


Allies in Action announced the appointment of the following to its first board of directors: Nathan Beene, Building Bridges Professional Services; Greg May, Nexus Technology Services & X(US) Hosting; Tom Cizauskas, Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority; Sarah Chartier, Spectrum Health; Kavy Lenon, Meijer; Jason Cole, Michigan Minority Contractors Association; and Elizabeth Bovard Strong, Builders Exchange of Michigan.

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore announced the addition of five board members: Emma Baranowski, AUVESY Inc.; Megan Smith Jovanovic, Lavender Legal Services; Mary Nader, Ascension Health; Ana Ramirez-Saenz, La Fuente Consulting LLC; and Kevin Yeomans, Allendale Charter Township.

Jody Newman and Laura Moody have opened a shelter for injured, neglected and stray cats called Second Chance Cats of West Michigan.

The Salvation Army Western Michigan and Northern Indiana Division announced the hiring of Jason Boeve as its Turning Point Programs director. Turning Point is a licensed and accredited specialized treatment center with a focus on treating alcohol, prescription or illicit drug misuse and co-occurring disorders.

West Michigan-based DO MORE GOOD announced the addition of Delaney Mullennix as director of partnerships.


Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co. announced the appointment of Douglas Hacker as chairman of its board of directors.


West Michigan Sustainable Business hired Wesley Watson as its engagement manager. Watson will provide tactical support for the Forum’s growth as a regional and statewide network, its educational programming, and collaborative projects.


Muskegon-based Next I.T. celebrated 20 years of offering managed I.T. services, cyber security, backup disaster recovery as a service, and IT consulting to organizations across the Midwest.

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