For a growing IT firm, the end of an era has created a new one.
Open Systems Technologies in Grand Rapids, or OST, said today that longtime CEO Dan Behm, who co-founded OST with Chief Innovation Officer Jim VanderMery in 1997, is retiring and passing his role to President Meredith Bronk.
Bronk, who Behm hired in 1998, was named chief operating officer in 2009 and president last April.
She will take the office of CEO on Behm’s last day, March 31.
“We take succession planning very seriously and have been preparing for this transition for nearly eight years,” Behm said.
Behm said that Bronk has held positions with "increasing responsibilities" at the company, and her "diverse experience has created a unique combination of financial and interpersonal skills."
He added that Bronk possesses a "servant attitude and commitment to the success of others."
Behm will retire, but remain a company shareholder and continue to serve on OST’s board of directors.
He also plans to partner with his son, Kyle, on “their new real estate and investment business.”
“I will miss everything about OST — especially the people — many of whom I consider my best friends,” Behm said.
The promotion is a part of a steady and successful career for Bronk.
"I remain incredibly grateful to have served with Dan for so many years at OST,” Bronk said. “He created the culture that OST is so very well known for. I intend to honor our culture of putting employees first.
“These are exciting times for OST and the industry as a whole, as high-tech jobs continue to lead economic rebounds throughout the country."
Bronk added that there "is not a greater responsibility than guiding our culture and providing the very best work environment for our employees and their families."