Change Ups: Winkelman promoted to principal


Tom Winkelman. Courtesy Rehmman

Troy-based Rehmann promoted CPA Tom Winkelman to principal in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Winkelman provides services to medium- and large-sized clients, as well as nontraditional services, including consulting, financial statement analysis and planning, with a focus on manufacturing, construction and higher-education clients. He has worked in public accounting since 2005 and joined Rehmann in 2010. Prior to Rehmann, Winkelman worked for a West Michigan-based accounting firm and has additional work experience in the printing industry.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum changed its weekend open hours: Visitors can visit the museum from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, to provide more opportunities for visitors to take advantage of the GRPM as the community hub for science, history and culture. GRPM also is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. GRPM no longer offers extended evening hours on Tuesday nights with plans to do more regular evening programming, including the Concerts Under the Stars series and Beer Explorers.

The Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon for the second year in a row was ranked one of the Favorite Small Town Art Fairs by The website ranked festivals based on a survey taken by thousands of art festival attendees.


West Michigan business leader Steve Johandes received the Founders Lifetime Achievement Award for his service and impact at Zeeland-based Empire Moulding, a small regional distributor of building materials serviced from a single location. Johandes is a Grand Rapids-based business strategist, adviser, founder and CEO of 100X and chair of Vistage.


Fifth Third Bank welcomed back Josh Van Manen as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager. Van Manen returns to Fifth Third after becoming an entrepreneur and business owner. Before that, he spent 14 years as a relationship manager and eventually became managing director of Fifth Third’s Structured Finance Group based in Denver, Colorado.


The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Alexa Rae Malesky as public policy coordinator to its Government Affairs team. Malesky previously worked for MGS Consultants, a lobbying firm in Lansing where she worked on client issues ranging from health care to transportation.

Right Management received the ALM Vanguard rating in Talent and Workforce Consulting by ALM Intelligence, a third party research company that creates products and services to help decision-makers answer questions and assess growth opportunities.

Zeeland-based HR Solutions Group of West Michigan announced the additions of Rebecca Pilko, HR advisor, and Lynn Stuk, consulting services coordinator.


URBANEER hired Lauren Applin as vice president of product and Jim Branski as chief financial officer.


Aquinas College announced Lisa VanDeWeert was named vice president and chief financial officer.


Bier Distillery in Comstock Park added Tesla car chargers, a first for a Michigan distillery, brewery or winery. Owned and operated by Bier Distillery, the Tesla chargers are available free of charge to electric vehicle drivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are four chargers that can be used simultaneously.


Zeeland Lumber and Supply received one of the largest awards in the West Michigan Lakeshore region ($149,927) of the 57 companies that received a collective $2,445,300 in Skilled Trades Training Fund grants to train new and current employees and for apprenticeship training in 2018. The awards were given through the state of Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency. This is a near doubling of awards from 2017 when 34 companies received $1.37 million to upskill employees.


Metro Health – University of Michigan Health hired physicians Renee Elderkin and Susan VandenBosch for its obstetrics and gynecology practice.


Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Michigan partnered with the Clays-for-Kids Foundation to raise $27,000 for the Baxter Community Center when it recently held its 19th annual Clays-for-Kids Clay Shoot at the Caledonia Sportsman’s Club. CFK is a nonprofit created by a group of construction executives who enjoy shooting sports together.


Price Heneveld LLP’s associates M. Alyssa Barksdale and Jeffrey D. Simon passed the July 2017 Michigan Bar Exam, and became official members of the State Bar of Michigan on Nov. 3, 2017, in a swearing-in ceremony held by the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partners Mark Harder and Susan Gell Meyers took top honors for three papers delivered at the Family Office Exchange Fall Forum. The three articles ranked in the top 13 in 2017 and included: “Who Can I Trust to Be My Trustee?” by Harder; “Reinvigorating Your Family Meetings,” by Meyers; and “A High Net Worth Guide to Hiring Private Staff and Domestic Help,” by Harder.


Stiles Machinery Inc. supported the following organizations in 2017 to make the world safer and healthier: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, which repopulates the world’s oldest and most resilient trees to leave a living legacy for generations to come; hurricane relief efforts following the destruction left by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with an equal match for every dollar donated by Stiles employees to the Red Cross; and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life as well as the AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer. Stiles employees raised over $5,600 in support of the American Cancer Society, while regional sales manager Rebecca Lee ran a total of 39.3 miles in the AVON 39 event, raising an additional $2,200 to fight cancer.


Guiding Light hired Grand Rapids-based creative agency Extra Credit Projects for its new advertising and branding campaign of real stories of real men with biblical counterparts to highlight their journey to recovery that’s solidified the organization’s faith-based mission.

Mel Trotter Ministries served 250-plus Christmastime meals. Gift bags containing hats, gloves, hygiene products and other items were given to men, women and children.


First Companies announced the company hired CJ MacKenzie as vice president of construction and Colin Schiefler as vice president of property management.

Farmington Hills-based Pogoda Companies closed on an institutional grade-three property self-storage portfolio sale located in Western Michigan. Pogoda’s Self Storage Real Estate advisor, Mark Floria, represented the seller in the sale of Felch Street Self Storage in Holland; Lakewood Self Storage in Holland; and Georgetown Self Storage in Jenison, which collectively represented Pogoda Companies’ largest sale of the year.


Grand Rapids Community College freshman and volleyball team member Kendra DeJonge was named to the 2017 Two-Year College Third Team All-American team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The honor comes less than two weeks after she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division II All-American Second Team. DeJonge is a Rockford High School graduate.

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