Changes: Hansen named BTI Client Service All-Star

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Shane B. Hansen, Partner of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, has been selected as the 2021 BTI Customer Service Star for M&A. Hansen was selected based on in-depth, independent interviews with corporate legal advisers conducted by BTI Consulting Group. Client Service All-Stars are attorneys with an exceptional understanding of client affairs, excellent legal skills and a strong client focus. Hansen focuses his legal practice in the securities industry on corporate and regulatory matters for brokers, investment advisers, mergers and acquisitions and banks.

ACCOUNTING

Adam holka joined Pennell CPA as director of operations.

DeHoek & Co. SARL moved to 2025 E. Beltline Ave. SE, office 204. Accountant Jonathan DeHoek recently received his CPA certificate.

Moran plant announcement Adam Stevenson and Diane verdun are now partners in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Stevenson specializes in audits for large hospitals, healthcare systems and healthcare organizations across the United States and Verdun is in charge of human resources.

ADVERTISING MARKETING

Clutch, one of the leading assessment and review platforms for IT, marketing and business service providers, recently appointed based in Kalamazoo LKF Marketing to its 2021 list of the best advertising and marketing agencies in Michigan.

REWARDS

Kalamazoo integrated services announced the local disability advocate and ISK board member Sarah carmany de Kalamazoo won the 2021 Betty Williams Champions of Equal Opportunity Award from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, an annual award that recognizes a leader and self-advocate with a long history of successful advocacy that promotes values of NACDD of self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion.

VSity of Grand Rapids civil engineer Michael staal is the recipient of Michigan’s Watershed Management Professional of the Year Award.

BANKING

Bank of America over the summer, high school students from the Grand Rapids area Daniela Castro-Pumay, a senior at Grand Rapids City High, and Alexis Miranda, a senior at Grand River Preparatory High School, participates in her leadership, civic engagement and workforce skills development program with the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Student leaders were paid $ 17 per hour for 36 hours per week for eight weeks.

CONSTRUCTION

Construction CD Barnes announcement Todd oosting was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer; Tom berry became vice-president and chief operating officer; Lynne blondell was hired as a project manager; and Tom minnema, Ken medema and James phelps joined the company as superintendents.

EDUCATION

Brooke Odle, assistant professor of engineering at Hope College, received an Up and Comer Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. The award aims to foster the mentorship and networking of early career faculty and postdoctoral fellows with SBA fellows with similar research interests.

Grand Rapids Public Schools announced that four recent bond-funded school projects have received LEED certification from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program: Lycée Sud-Ouest – Academia Bilingüe obtained silver certification; Buchanan Elementary School, Ottawa Hills High School and Grand Rapids Public Museum High School has achieved LEED basic certification status.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Windquest Group, a private investment company, announced Dick DeVos will step down from his daily role as Chairman but will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors. Greg McNeilly was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

FOOD AND DRINKS

Founders Brewing Co. is the recent recipient of six Craft Beer Marketing Awards: Best Tap Handle Design / Unique Gold; World’s best / unique faucet handle design; Best logo design / use of Icon Gold; Best Logo Design / Gold Typography; Best Gold for Best Original Video / Series; and Platinum linked to social media / to the cause.

Nora robinson joined Nothing Bundt Cakes Grand Rapids as manager and Ashley Doré as an assistant manager with the aim of leading the bakery wedding business.

FOUNDATIONS

Chaney Bear joined the Kalamazoo Community Foundation as head of human resources.

Community Foundation of the Fremont regionthe board of directors of selected Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki as the new president and CEO of the organization.

GOVERNMENT

Al Vanderberg, former Ottawa County Administrator, has been appointed Kent County administrator / controller by the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

LEGAL

Barbara j kennedy joined Wheeler Upham PC as a senior partner. Kennedy is a civil litigator with experience primarily in professional liability, family relations, landlord / tenant, general civil litigation and professional licensing matters.

Keller & Almassian SA was regionally ranked as Best Law Firm 2021 by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as Litigation-Banking & Finance. Lawyers Todd Almassian, Bankruptcy and Debtor Creditors Law / Insolvency and Reorganization Law – Banking and Finance, and James Keller, Bankruptcy and Debtor Creditors Law / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, were recognized as 2022 Best Lawyers. The company has also hired Brandon J. Stewart advice and Andrew J. Villanueva as associate lawyer,

Plachta Murphy & Associates PC changed its name to Reeder Plachta Murphy PC. Bryan D. Reeder was added as a shareholder.

LEISURE & LEISURE.

The Grand River Greenway Campaign announced that its fundraising effort launched in 2017 to fund key land acquisitions along the 36.5-mile Idema Explorers Trail has been met. The campaign recently hit its fundraising goal of $ 7.2 million, which is key to raising public funds for the $ 21 million Grand River Greenway project. The Grand River Greenway project will ultimately establish a public land corridor from Grand Haven to the border with Kent County.

NON-PROFIT

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore announcement Vivian TerMaat took over the leadership of the organization as CEO, succeeding the interim CEO Marie charles. TerMaat comes to GSMISTS from Wedgwood Christian Services where she held the position of Director of Advancement.

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids announcement Paula jastifer, municipal assessor for the city of Grand Rapids, will be the club president in 2021-2022. She has been a Rotarian since 2003.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Truscott Rossman promoted Allie Walker to the vice-president and Amy The February to Senior Manager, West Michigan. The firm launched two new divisions: a fully dedicated crisis management team and an enterprise-level digital storytelling team.

RESTAURANTS

Smoked bones hiring Antoine Thomas as general manager of its 4875 28e Location Saint-SE.

TECHNOLOGY

Michigan Software Labs, a software consulting firm specializing in building applications, is now located at 7471 River St. SE in Ada.

Based in Coopersville IT Resource Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Michigan Community Bankers. The alliance enables CBM members to implement the latest and most comprehensive technology solutions that will monitor IT infrastructure, protect data and information, and manage risk and compliance.


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