Changes: Beyer joins Independent Bank

Gary Beyer joined Independent Bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending for the West Michigan Lake Shore market. Previously, he worked at Chase Bank, for a total of over 30 years of experience in commercial banking and wealth management. Beyer also sits on the board of Good Samaritan Ministries in Holland and is active in volunteering with Kids Hope USA, as well as Hand2Hand, a non-profit organization that mobilizes churches and schools to provide food for children on weekends. Independent bank total assets are approximately $ 4.2 billion. It was founded as the first national bank of Ionia in 1864.


The city of Grand Rapids Plaster Creek Family Park, 2401 Buchanan Ave. SW, received a 2020 Park Design Award from the Michigan Recreation & Park Association.


Based on Kalamazoo Arbor Financial Credit Union announced the addition of Jeff Kalmbach and Robert Merrill as originators of mortgage loans.


BIFMA appointed Steve kooy as technical director, health and sustainability.

Brandon bissell was appointed president of Imperial Clinical Research Services.

Lisa young joined the Federal JetCo team as administrative director.

the Good place inc. appointed new directors to the 2021 board of directors: Luke Tcherveny, partner in tax reporting and strategy, PwC; Jeffrey Connolly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Patrick greene, Cascade Die Cast Group Inc. (representative of The Right Place / The Center-West Manufacturers Council, two-year term); Tony sarsam, Spartan Nash; and Darrel schmalzel, town of Walker (suburban representative, two-year term). Officers for 2021: president: Sean P. Welsh, Western MI, PNC Bank; vice-president: Tina Free Decker, Spectrum health; and treasurer: Bill Rose, Grand Rapids Community College.


Builders Michigan Stock Exchange has appointed to its board of directors: chairman: Jodi van haren, Mechanical Refrigeration Advantage; Dave moore, Grand Rapids Gravel Co .; Adam tweedy, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.; and Jason ruud, SA Morman & Co.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed private lawyer in East Grand Rapids Noreen K. Myers to a term of eight years on the Grand Valley State University board of directors.

the Grand Rapids School Board unanimously approved the following to fulfill new functions: Jen Schottke, President; Kimberley williams, vice-president; Tower. Jean Matiastreasurer; and Katherine Downes-Lewis, secretary.

Associate Dean and Professor WMU-Cooley Tracey Brame had been named director of the WMU-Cooley Law School Innocence Project, Winner professor Marla Mitchell-Cichon who will continue to work with the project on a part-time basis, as legal advisor. Brame most recently served as Associate Dean at WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids Campus and is Director of the Law School’s Access to Justice Clinic.. The WMU-Cooley Innocence Project is part of the Innocence Network, which has been credited with releasing more than 375 wrongfully accused prisoners through the use of DNA testing.


Based in Saranac Poultry ranch Herbruck President Greg Herbruck was elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs, which works to improve the sustainability of poultry and eggs. Herbruck will serve a three-year term as producer representative on the board of directors.


State Senator Jon bumstead, R-Newaygo, announced to have brought Diane schindlbeck to assist it in its district operations. Schindlbeck, who is now the Senator’s District Representative, is originally from the Fremont area and brings to the Senator’s office years of experience as a small business owner in West Michigan.

the Kent County Council of Commissioners unanimously selected Mandy Bolter (District 5) as president and Stan Stek (District 6) as vice-president for the 2021-2022 term.


the Kent County Children’s Advocacy Center is the recipient of a $ 30,000 grant from CARWM Cares Real Estate Business Alliance campaign to support child victims of sexual abuse and their families.

The Energy Consumers Foundation recently awarded the following grants to support those working on the front lines to directly meet basic needs: $ 30,000 to Start the garden; $ 15,000 to Community duties in Kalamazoo; $ 10,000 to Clearance Ministries; $ 10,000 to Associates in trauma recovery; and $ 5,000 to Urban roots.

TCF Bank rewarded Spectrum health system $ 40,000 to support frontline and essential workers providing essential services amid the COVID-19 crisis; Downtown Christian Federation $ 5,000 to support its mission to provide affordable long-term and emergency housing; and the Grand Rapids Downtown Market $ 5,000 to support his foundation for education.

Childrens Food Basket recently received a $ 25,000 donation from Amazon on behalf of the company’s 1,500 associates working at the Gaines Township distribution center.


Holland Hospital Bariatric Services in partnership with Major Health Partners opened a practice in Grand Rapids for healthy weight loss. The new partnership provides access to nutrition, exercise, behavioral health and surgical support for weight loss. Bariatric surgeons Drs. Randal Boulanger and Jeremy bushman working with a multidisciplinary team of experts to provide weight loss solutions including minimally invasive bariatric surgery at Holland Hospital.

Based in Wyoming Metro Health – University of Michigan Health consolidated two governance boards – Metro’s and Michigan Medicine – into one to support its growing role as a leader in healthcare innovation. The two separate boards with 23 members, some serving on both, were merged into a single board with 15 voting directors.


Based on Kalamazoo Gibson announced an expanding partnership with Health Rosetta after Brian J. Bellware was selected as one of 214 benefit advisors nationwide to be accepted into the Health Rosetta Advisor program in recognition of their work to better manage client spending on health insurance. Bellware joins Gibson colleagues Ray korson and Ryan colvin in the program. He is one of seven Health Rosetta counselors in the state of Michigan and the first in Southwest Michigan.


Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced the election of the following directors as shareholders: Michael E. Doversberger; Krista a jackson; Ashley C. Quackenbush; Rachel M. Roseman; and Ryne J. Takacs.

Warner Norcross + Judd partner Jeffrey S. Battershall was named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Michigan Go To Lawyers for 2020. It was shortlisted for the inaugural class of the Senior Business Lawyers program in this peer-nominated award.

Warner Norcross + Judd Lawyers Thomas M. Amon and Kelly R. Hollingsworth recently became partners.


Zenger News, the world’s first digitally native news feed, owned and operated by journalists, has hired a Buzzfeed quiz contributor and a native of Grand Rapids. Rachel mcmahon as Zenger’s new Quiz Master.


Guiding light announced that it has received for the third consecutive year a grant of $ 20,000 from the SpartanNash Foundation which will help support the association’s return to work program.

Kyle hinton, a licensed marriage and family therapist dealing with trauma, addiction, behavioral and mental health, has joined Guiding lightboard of directors of.

Western Michigan Center for Arts and Technology welcomes to its board of directors: president: Tim williams, Meijer; Michelle Meulendyk-Yost, Amway; Omar room; and Gilda Gély, Davenport University. WMCAT Celebrates Long-Time Board Member Garrick Rochow in his career milestone to succeed Patti Poppe as Chairman and CEO of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy in December 2020. He has served on the WMCAT Board of Directors since 2015.

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