Change: Long lands on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Wealth Advisers

Tim Long, Grand Rapids-based Merrill Wealth Management Consultant, Named to Forbes 2022 List of Best Wealth Advisors in America. long He has been with Merrill since 1994 and focuses on the financial and investment needs of corporations and high net worth households. He has long attended Hope College and was a scholar at Baker University. He is a graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and holds an MBA summa cum laude from St. John’s University in New York.


Modern dance company based in Kalamazoo Wellspring / Corey Terry and the Dancers He is the recipient of a $250,000 donation by Larry BellFounder Bell Brewery. Bell’s charitable investments aim to improve the quality of cultural life in the community.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the American Federation of Musicians, the Local 228 Bargaining Committee representing KSO’s musicians announced the ratification of a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement with its musicians. The new agreement extends through 2025, which includes a 9% pay increase over the term of the agreement for all musicians per service.


Michigan Community Bankers announced Rebecca GaylorCash Management Officer High Point Community Bank in Hastings, winner of the Rising Star award.


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independent bank Recently opened a new full service branch at 12368 Reilly Street in Holland.

Michael Cusack join Union Bank As Vice President, Commercial Banker.

Nathan E. Tag And the Chad R. Balmain They are appointed to the board of directors for both High Point Community Bank and its holding company, HCB Financial Corp.

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Judy OwczarskiPresident and CEO of a Netherlands-based company West Coast Michigan Chamber of Commerceto participate in the American Chamber Foundation’s Education and Workforce Fellowship Program, which trains leaders to build their capabilities to meet the most pressing education and workforce challenges.


Ada-based Erhardt Construction He is the recipient of the 2022 General Contractor Safety Excellence Award by Builders and Associated Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter.

Construction honor Announce internal promotions for Claire WhitmanVice President of Operations; Jason MooreVice President of Construction. And the David laughedVice President of Advance Construction.


Aquinas College For the third year in a row, it has been recognized by US News and World Report for helping economically challenged students complete their degrees and get jobs after graduation. Aquinas ranked 48th best performer in social mobility out of 196 schools listed in the National Liberal Arts Colleges list.

Hope College in the Netherlands has received the 2022 Award for Excellence in Higher Education in Diversity from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest publication focusing on diversity in higher education. Hope, along with 102 other recipients, was featured in the November 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. Marisa DoshiAssociate Professor of Communication at Hope University, and recipient of an Early Career Award from the National Communications Association’s Division of Ethnography. Susan Ebury BrownHope Assistant Professor of Engineering and director of the college’s ExploreHope academic outreach program, was elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors.


Bowen City based Great Lakes Energy eye Scott Blake to the Chief Strategy Officer. Blecke most recently served as GLE’s Vice President of Engineering.

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Greenleaf Trust Announce promotions Stacy Beckman to the Assistant Vice President, Senior Trust Relationship Officer; Jeff Bose Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor; Catherine Jadeboys Schafer confidence in the relations officer; Beverly Willy to senior partners of the trust relationship; And the Tiffany clubs For senior partners in a relationship of trust.


The Grand Rapids State Museum He is the recipient of two grants, one from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the other from the Wege Foundation, which will help ensure that indigenous voices and perspectives are incorporated into programs and exhibitions for GRPM hosts. The grants allowed GRPM to create a new full-time position for curator Anishinaabe, as well as create a strong Indigenous training program for Native American college students. Janan Cotto Join GRPM as Coordinator for Anishinaabe. Grant funds will also cover costs associated with hosting engagement meetings, public activities presenting project results, and evaluating the existing Anishinabek exhibition: The People of this Place, which is set to be updated as part of GRPM’s expansion and redesign plans.


Sanford Behavioral Health The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced that it has named its Blue Discrimination Center for Substance Treatment and Recovery at Sanford House on Cherry Street for women, and Sanford House on John Street for men in Grand Rapids.



Keshare Johnson join Rhodes Maki As a partner and member of the Litigation Practice Group.


Comprehensive treatment center eye Elaine Sawyer as interim CEO.

Disability Advocates of Kent County She announced that five community leaders have joined her board: Miriam Andrade Cuevasa comprehensive communications consultant, Corewell Health; Angela GuildRegional Sales Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Shontai WitcherAssistant Vice President for Inclusion and Equity and ADA Compliance Officer, Grand Valley State University; Solari White, Academic Advisor and Assistant Professor, Grand Rapids Community College; And the Ross askedSenior Director of Human Resources, Bimbo Bakeries USA.

North Kent Connect announce Cheryl scales as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Measurements a Retired Honorary Chair at Progressive AE.

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Byron Center Spartanach announce Andy ClausenVice President, National Accounts, and winner of the Progressive Grocer’s NextGen Award. Clausen — who leads a team responsible for managing SpartanNash’s national accounts business across multiple locations within SpartanNash’s national distribution network — was recognized for his comprehensive contributions and efforts to inspire young professionals.

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Grand Rapids Experience Promotion Kate Leto to me Associate Vice President of Marketing And the Kelsey Helstowski Associate Sales Manager.

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