Change-Ups: The Christman Co. ranks among top 100 contractors

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A recent project for the company’s Grand Rapids office is the Interurban Transit Partnership Laker Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Operations Center. Courtesy the Christman Co.

The Christman Co., with offices in Grand Rapids, recently landed at No. 92 on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of the top 400 contractors nationally. The ranking was based on 2020 construction revenue. Additionally, the firm ranked No. 77 on ENR’s list of top 100 contractors based on new contracts. “Obviously, the last year created new challenges for everyone and the construction industry was not an exception,” Christman President and CEO Steve Roznowski said. “We are thankful that our company could still serve clients and keep our team members employed across the country. It is an honor to again be named in ENR’s top 100 national contractors, and we are especially grateful to maintain our status this past year. Our focus, as always, is on future growth in our industry and exceeding the expectations of clients.”

ACCOUNTING

Pennell CPA hired Courtney Pontious and Janice Brian as staff accountants.

ARTS

ArtRat Gallery plans to open this fall in a work space owned by Dwelling Place Inc. at 46 South Division Ave. in the city’s Heartside neighborhood. The gallery’s first show will be “Woods Walk,” a collection of recent work by ArtRat owner and nationally recognized painter Nancy Tobin.

BANKING

Grand River Bank added Ken Sommerdyke, vice president and commercial lender, to its commercial banking team.

Darin Clark joined Independent Bank’s mortgage team as vice president and mortgage loan officer. He will work out of the bank’s East Beltline office.

Kent County Credit Union changed its name to Intandem Credit Union effective July 1.

Northpointe Bank earned the No. 8 spot in the nation for best performing community banks between $3 billion and $10 billion in assets, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence rankings for 2020.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Drug and alcohol testing resource HourGlass Testing Solutions moved to a new location at 418 Plymouth Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.

CONSTRUCTION

Madsen Concrete received CD Barnes Construction’s Key To Our Success Award for its work on the Skymint provisioning center in Big Rapids.

EDUCATION

The U.S. Department of Education recognized Kuyper College as a Work College, one of only 10 colleges in the nation and the only one in Michigan to achieve this status. The honor is based on the school’s commitment to the purposeful integration of work, learning and service

Newly elected to three-year terms on Hope College’s board of directors are Andrew Ohm, of Seattle, Washington, and Laura Paredes, of metro New York. The Rev. Dr. Nathan Hart of Greenwich, Connecticut, was reelected to a three-year term.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Wealth management firm Legacy Trust announced the addition of Kurt Trevan, CEO of Gun Lake Investments, to its board of directors and the promotion of Brian Balke to vice president.

GRANTS

Holland-based Community Action House received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to expand its collaboration with Zeeland-based Harvest Stand Ministries on perishable food rescue — the recovery of food that grocers or restaurants would otherwise discard due to overstock or near-term expiration dates.

HEALTH

The surgical center at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital was verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program, the only West Michigan hospital with this verification.

HOSPITALITY

West Michigan Tourist Association hired Erin Murphy as marketing manager.

LEGAL

The commercial litigation team at Rhoades McKee was recognized by Chambers and Partners for its representative work in 2021. Additionally, Rhoades McKee attorney Paul McCarthy was named one of only two West Michigan attorneys ranked by Chambers and Partners for work completed in commercial litigation.

The Grand Rapids office of Clark Hill appointed James R. Stadler as its new member in charge. He replaces Ingrid Jensen, who is stepping aside after 15 years in this leadership role while remaining with the firm.

Matthew E. Sierawski joined Warner Norcross + Judd’s Grand Rapids office. He is a litigator with experience in commercial, automotive supplier, civil and criminal matters.

Government and economic development attorney Nicholas M. Colvin joined Warner Norcross + Judd as senior counsel.

MANUFACTURING

ADAC Automotive hired Cristian Baretti as executive vice president and CFO.

NONPROFITS

Stephanie Miletich, PHR, has joined the YWCA West Central Michigan as chief organizational development and people officer.

RETAIL

Meijer Inc. was named a 2021 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index based on the retailer’s organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.

Veurink’s RV Center recently acquired Preferred RV Inc. in Newaygo. The dealership is Veurink’s second location.

Progressive Grocer named several SpartanNash employees to its 2021 Top Women in Grocery list, including Yvonne Trupiano, executive vice president and chief human resources officer; Amy McClellan, vice president of fresh merchandising; Megan Bryant, corporate HR director; Jennie Garbarek, manager of floral merchandising; Audra Ladronka, administration manager; and Julie Morales, pharmacy manager.

The Downtown Market added Melissa Collar, chief counsel and vice president of strategic partnerships for Rockford Construction, and Richard MacKeigan, regional general manager for ASM Global, to its board of directors.

SPORTS

First Tee-West Michigan participants Jack Seufert and Angelo Luciani were selected to play in the PGA Tour Champions’ Pure Insurance Championship at the Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill courses in California.

Grand Rapids’ G League franchise changed its name to the Grand Rapids Gold, an affiliate of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.

Bob Kaser, Grand Rapids Griffins vice president of community relations and broadcasting, was elected to the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame as the winner of the Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award. Kaser has served as the voice of Griffins hockey for 21 seasons.

TRANSPORTATION

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA, which ensures strict cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

WEBSITES

Transnation Title Agency recently launched a new website at transnationtitle.com.

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