Change-Ups: Torskiy joins Progressive AE with health care focus


Architecture and engineering firm Progressive AE hired internationally distinguished architect Vlad Torskiy to lead its health care practice. Torskiy holds master’s degrees in architecture, health care administration, urban design and fine arts from institutions in Ukraine, Israel and the U.S. His portfolio of projects include the sprawling 1,383,000-gross-square-foot Manazel Medical City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; an extremely complex and prominent 1,565,000-gross-square-foot Ohio State Wexner Medical Center modernization; and integrated planning commissions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to improve care services and integrate facilities across multiple Veterans Integrated Services Networks and states.


Hungerford Nichols announced the election of shareholders Tessa Keena and Steve Triezenberg.


Kalamazoo-based LKF Marketing received a Gold Hermes Creative Award for a website it created for C2Dx, a medical device company also in Kalamazoo.


Entrepreneurs’ Organization West Michigan, the local chapter of a global peer-to-peer network of 198 chapters in 61 countries representing more than 14,000 business owners, elected Wade Wyant as president for 2021-2022.


The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum announced the 2021 inductees to the West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame: Cascade Engineering Executive Vice President Kenyatta Brame and city of Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong. South East Market co-founder Alita Kelly received the Future Hall of Fame Award.


CU*Answers selected current President/COO Geoff Johnson to replace Randy Karnes as CEO.

Honor Credit Union in Berrien Springs announced Dustin Nehls, VP of consumer lending, earned the Certified Credit Union Executive designation as a member of the 2021 graduating class of CUNA Management School.

Independent Bank has been recognized for the third year in a row by Mastercard in its annual Community Institution Segment Awards with an Innovation Award.

Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the addition of Katey Morse as treasury management officer.


DK Security announced the promotion of Nancy Rhodes to vice president of human resources.

Management Business Solutions recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.

ODL Inc. announced Ron Woznick as its chief financial officer.


First Companies achieved Diamond Level in the Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP Safety Management System.


Jevon Willis has been named director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Holland-based Hope College.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report a top racially and ethnically diverse law school21 out of 199 American Bar Association-accredited law schools.


Greenleaf Trust human resources coordinator T’Ausia Bronson earned the Certified Human Resources Specialist certification from Michigan State University.


Daddy’s Dough is the recipient of a $4,000 second quarter 2021 Growth Grant from the National Association for the Self-Employed to help expand business operations. Daddy’s Dough makes homemade cookies from scratch locally but can ship them across the country.


Jenny P. Tsai, MD at Spectrum Health, has been elected a member of the 2021 board of directors for the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, a scientific and educational association dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurointerventional surgery.


Kathleen Schiefler joined West Michigan Tourist Association as materials and marketing coordinator.


Bodman PLC announced five of its attorneys based in its Grand Rapids office are listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022: Lindsay M. Cummings, Brian E. Kersey, Wayne D. Roberts, Matthew R. Smith and Carrie E. Trimpe. Roberts was also named the Best Lawyers in America 2022 Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law. Attorney Erin M. Haney has joined the firm as an associate in the Grand Rapids office.

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced Steve Glista has joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as of counsel.

Eleven attorneys from Foster Swift‘s Grand Rapids office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2022. Attorney Laura J. Genovich from Grand Rapids was named Lawyer of the Year and Leslie A. Dickinson, Julie L. Hamlet and Michael C. Zahrt were listed as Ones to Watch.

Kirsten Holz, Kent County Office of the Defender district court chief, joined Levine & Levine Attorneys At Law, a Kalamazoo-based law firm specializing in criminal defense, estate law, business law, real estate law and professional licensing defense.

Mika Meyers PLC announced five of its attorneys were named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America: Douglas A. Donnell, environmental law; Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer, family law; John M. DeVries, oil and gas; Ross A. Leisman, municipal law; and Scott E. Dwyer, litigation-labor and employment. In addition, 26 of its attorneys were included in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Attorney Michael J. Huff was named Ones to Watch 2022.

Plunkett Cooney attorney Michele Dunsky Adams was named to the Michigan Super Lawyers magazine list of 2021 Rising Stars.

The Best Lawyers in America named 16 Barnes & Thornburg lawyers in the Grand Rapids office to its 2022 edition.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP had 24 attorneys recognized in the second annual A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll, which recognizes both firms and individual attorneys who support access-to-justice efforts by providing pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and families throughout Michigan.


DENSO named Santosh Singh vice president of human resources for North America.


The U.S. Navy promoted a Calvin University graduate, Dean VanderLey, to the rank of rear admiral upper half. VanderLey assumed command as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific, and Fleet Civil Engineer, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and leads a team of more than 9,000 military and civilian personnel across seven Echelon IV commands and public works and construction offices in over 40 locations along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and across the entire Indo-Pacific theater.


Do More Good announced the addition of Tammy Charles, founder and chief strategist of Inovo Strategic Consulting, to its board of directors 

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids announced leadership changes: Clare Portinga is now vice president of programming; Leigh Conard, vice president of finance and corporate operations; Shawn Campbell, vice president of development and engagement; Hannah Dayton, director of brand awareness and communications; Mitch Neubert, director of major gifts and corporate partnerships; and Zack Berends, events and festival manager.


The Grand Rapids Griffins hired Andrew Streitel as public relations manager.

The Grand Rapids Gold hired Jason Terry as head coach.

WEBSITES redesigned its website to help visitors and locals plan trips and outings around West Michigan with improved navigation and an enhanced events calendar, as well as new features to make the site more accessible to those with disabilities.

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