Changes: Union Bank hires Kowalewski as vice president

Robert Kowalewski joined Union Bank as Vice President, Director of Business Development. Kowalewski will focus on strategic initiatives that will help support and develop the bank’s brand in the various markets served by Union Bank. This will include business, retail, consumer, mortgage, investment and treasury management.


Beene Garter LLP promoted Brandi clark hubbard, Sarah Pattison, Elizabeth potocki and Jennifer Stolsonbourg to partner.

Korte & Kowatch hiring Trevor Maas like a tax partner and Joann harding as executive assistant.


Taylor kallio joined the staff of the Windmill in Vicksburg as a content creator.


Based in Rochester Hills Spalding DeDecker hiring Jean Fortunato as a senior project manager in construction engineering.


Kent District Library announcement Darius quinn is the recipient of the Library Champion Award for his consultancy work which has helped KDL ensure that library services better reflect the diverse needs of the community.

the Grand Rapids Historical Society elected for its board of directors 2021-22 president Gina Bivins; vice-president Matthieu daley; treasurer John gelderloos; Secretary Nan Schichtel; Charles Bocskey; Angela Cluley; Thomas dilley; Matthew Ellis; Chris kaupa, Ed Paciencia; Jeffrey Sytsma; Julie tabberer and Jim Winslow.

The city of Muskegon received $ 50,000 from a philanthropist Patrick o’leary create a fund to preserve the Muskegon public art collection. O’Leary’s previous philanthropy spurred the creation of the Muskegon City Public Art Initiative, which has added six new works of art over the past three years.


Carrie Rivette, Superintendent of Wastewater / Stormwater Maintenance with the City of Grand Rapids‘Department of Environmental Services, is West Michigan Environmental Action Councilis eighth George Heartwell Award for Environmental Legacy recipient.

the Michigan works! Association State named Rep. Beth griffin (R-Mattawan) Michigan Works! Association 2021 Legislator of the year.

Wave burns of Western Michigan Works! received a Shining Star Award from Michigan works! Association for his efforts to meet employment needs in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties.


First community bank hiring Alicia Skiver Palmer as branch manager of its new full-service regional banking center at 4455 Cascade Road SE


BIFMA appointed Andi Barajas in charge of marketing and communication.


Aquinas College for the third year in a row was named by US News and World Report among the best performers in social mobility among national liberal arts colleges and Aquinas ranked 40th on the list among the national liberal arts colleges.

Grand Valley State University has been filed by US News & World Report third overall for the best regional public universities in the Midwest. Among Michigan regional universities, GVSU is # 1.

Western Michigan Veteran Educator Thomas De Jonge was appointed president of the Grand Rapids Promised Zone Authority, overseeing the program that removes costs as a barrier to higher education for Grand Rapids students.


Aperitif added Alex blake as deputy general manager, Stephen staggs as a cheese maker and Krystal Cripe as the main chef / head of the kitchen.

Based in Fennville Waypost Brewing Co. received a gold medal at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival competition presented by the Brewers Association. Waypost was recognized in the Classic Season Beer category for its Season.


the Sainte-Marie Foundation announced four additions to its board of directors for three-year terms: Erine Bonovetz, senior vice president / general manager, OTC and Consumer Selfcare Americas at Perrigo Co.; Jill Onesti, Medical Director of the Surgical Oncology Department at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s; Roslyn “Roz” Sullivan, Student Mentor at Catholic Central High School and Executive Coach / Volunteer Mentor for the Exodus Place Fundraising Committee; and Ellie Frey Zagel, president and founder of Successful Generations Coaching. The following officers have been appointed: Kim clarke, chair; Scott breslin, vice-president; Kim mclaughlin, treasurer; Jennifer Crowley, Secretary; Brian Hauenstein, officer; Rhonda huismann, officer; and Ben williams, officer.


Kentwood The chief of police Richard roberts withdrew from the force. He first served from 1987 as a police paramedic. During his more than 30 years with the Town of Kentwood, Roberts held many different positions, including 24 years in supervisory and management roles. As chief, Roberts led a team of nearly 95 people, including 70 sworn police officers.


Michigan Great Lakes Start-ups is the recipient of a $ 200,000 grant from the Perrigo Company and the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation for its fundraising campaign to establish the JA Free Enterprise Center for students across the region and scholarships for students of the Allegan, Kent and Ottawa counties region.


Michigan Home Care and Hospice Association to Okemos added board members Melinda Gruber, Vice President, Continuing Care Services, Spectrum Health Lakeland, St. Joseph, and Sara lowe, Managing Director, Emmanuel Hospice, Grand Rapids, for a two-year term.

the Michigan works! Association appointed based in Kalamazoo Bronson Health employer of the year 2021.


Acrisure appointed Singer Lowell as CFO. The singer joined Acrisure after 14 years at The Walt Disney Company, where he served as senior vice president of investor relations.


Rhoades McKee announcement Meaghan Clayton joined the firm as an associate and member of the social law team, and Nathan Russel as a partner and member of the corporate and business services team.


Based on Wayland Gun Lake Casino opened two restaurants and a new entertainment space included in its most recent $ 100 million expansion, bringing the total investment in the Gun Lake Casino property to $ 415 million. The expansion adds 72,000 square feet to the existing 156,000 square foot facility.


MiBiz Director of Manufacturing and Economic Development announced Justine Burdette joined the company as an associate editor.


Arbor Circle announcement Monique Carter as Program Director of Arbor Circle Youth Development Services.


Mark Peters, CEO of Butterball Farms Inc., wrote a book called “THE SOURCE” which explains how to develop meaningful leadership that is successful in running a profitable business, improving the lives of frontline workers, and helping the community. It is for sale at


the Grand Rapids Gold hiring Travess Armenta, Tamisha Augustin, Nathan Babcock and Jim lyman jr. as assistant coaches.


Based in Coopersville IT Resource Inc. announced that Community Bankers of Michigan has appointed IT Resource as a Preferred Partner providing intuitive managed support, managed security and compliance services to community banks across Michigan. The company has also hired Carrigan conaway as a customer service representative and Noah Veik as an IT support analyst.

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