People in the News: August 1, 2022

People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.

MGA’s new leader focuses on Industry 4.0 and talent development

MManufacturing Growth Alliance named Elizabeth Bernhard as the new CEO. The Alliance is a subsidiary of the Benton Harbor-based Kinexus Group, a nonprofit business development organization, and works with Michigan manufacturers to encourage growth and maintain industry competitiveness.

Bernhard brings more than a decade of management experience to this role. As a child watching her father teach shop lessons, Bernhard said she never imagined herself ending up in manufacturing, but she has worked in space for years.

As Director of Professional and Continuing Education, she led Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s high-demand workforce training programs and partnerships with Urban Alliance and Momentum Urban Employment Initiative. She also created and oversaw KVCC’s Community Life Enrichment Program.

While serving as Director of Engagement and Academies at Urban Alliance, Bernhard built relationships with companies in the manufacturing industry through the implementation of the Momentum technical training program. Most recently, she oversaw statewide partnership initiatives for talent development at Youth Solutions Inc. as the Partnership Engagement Manager.

“I never imagined myself in this role, but I feel like all of my past roles have led me to this point,” Bernhard said.

The Growth Alliance’s mission to serve small manufacturers through education, resources and advocacy attracted Bernhard to this role. As executive director, she hopes to focus on Industry 4.0 readiness and talent development. Many smaller manufacturers lack the resources to engage in long-term strategic planning, and the Alliance aims to equip them with the knowledge, funding and resources to embrace Industry 4.0.

Having worked with key talent groups like veterans, young people and returning citizens in previous roles, Bernhard said she feels ready to help small makers “provide creative and sustainable solutions to create a pipeline of diverse talent”.

She also hopes to increase MGA’s advocacy efforts by strengthening lines of communication with state leaders.

— Reported by Abigail Ham.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Eric Frederick was named the Michigan High Speed ​​Internet Officefirst Director of Connectivity. Frederick received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University. He has spent the past decade at Connected Nation Michigan, most recently as president of broadband planning and executive director. Frederick will now work to meet the goals of the state’s 2021 broadband roadmap and develop Michigan’s first five-year broadband strategy and digital equity plan. “As the state’s first-ever Director of Connectivity, Eric will lead our new Broadband Internet Office as it develops the infrastructure necessary to invest our resources effectively and efficiently to achieve our goals,” said said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist in a statement.

HOSPITALITY

  • 6:00 p.m. Hospitality Partners LLC hired Rachel Flat as project manager. Platt brings 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as Regional Project Administrator for The Christman Co. 6PM Hospitality is a Zeeland-based property development and management company. The company currently operates one hotel in Holland and has similar roles at three other hotels planned in Manistee and Battle Creek. Former Suburban Inns CEO Peter Beukema formed 6PM Hospitality late last year, previously recounting MyBiz that he identified a “huge opportunity for third-party (hotel) management done right”.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

  • Marketing LKF hired Shelby Carter as an account manager and specialist in statistical analysis reports as well as Lucy Wild as an account coordinator. Carter is a 2018 graduate of Grand Valley State University and previously worked as an account manager at Imperial Beverage. Wilde is a 2020 graduate of Calvin University who previously worked as a marketing coordinator at the nonprofit Eagle Village near Reed City. “The addition of two new account employees almost simultaneously gives our team the opportunity to share our proven methods and procedures with new team members while giving us access to new perspectives from a new generation of IT professionals. marketing,” said Heather Isch, President and CEO of LKF.

NON-PROFIT

  • children’s food basket is seeking a Director of Development to lead community engagement, strategic planning and donor relations efforts. The nonprofit organization focuses on ending childhood hunger in communities across western Michigan, serving more than 9,000 school children in Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties. The organization is looking to hire someone with a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience, including four years of experience in a supervisory role. Candidates should have strong written and verbal communication skills, budget management skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and CRM.
  • Nick Colvin was appointed to the board of directors for Grand Grand Rapids NAACP. A senior advisor at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, Colvin specializes in economic development, impact investing and government relations. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School and a member of the Michigan State Bar. He is also a board member of Ele’s Place West Michigan. Colvin will serve a two-year term on the NAACP Board of Directors.
  • DA Blodgett – St. John’s named Joel Bell as program manager. Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Calvin University and a master’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University, where he is now an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work. He brings over 20 years of experience in the child protection and mental health fields, most recently as Branch Manager for Bethany Christian Services operations in Southwest Michigan. At DA Blodgett, he will oversee 15 programs aimed at helping children and empowering families.
  • The Western Michigan Literacy Center appointed Marcus Small as director of the nonprofit’s Personalized English in the Workplace program, where he will develop English education service partnerships with businesses in West Michigan. The program provides personalized training in English in a work context, helping employers attract talent from wider backgrounds. Originally from Southern California, Little and his family moved to Grand Rapids in 2014 and served eight years as pastor of Berean Baptist Church.

SUPERIOR ED

  • Linda Witteprogram director and manager Grand Rapids Community College‘s Workforce Training Health Programs, received the Pride of the Profession award from the American Medical Technologists Association. The award honors members who have demonstrated a commitment to the profession and to service in their community. Witte manages the GRCC’s Physician Assistant, Certified Practical Nurse, Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy Skills programs and is currently helping to develop the Professional Direct Support Program.
  • Hope College named Heidi Kraus Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs. Kraus has been Professor of Art and Art History at Hope since 2012 and previously served as Department Head, De Pree Gallery Director and Global Learning Director. She is also an active researcher focused on neoclassicism and a student research advisor to the Mellon Scholars Program. Kraus succeeds psychology professor Daryl Van Tongeren, who served as interim associate provost from 2021. As associate provost, Kraus will work closely with the college’s deans and faculty leadership to support the teaching, scholarship and faculty development, and improving the academic program.

FINANCE

  • Accounting firm based in Ada Dan Carter CPA Advisors PLC recently appointed Mike Volk as main. Volk joins the company after 21 years as executive vice president of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer of Davenport University. With previous experience in the non-profit, healthcare and education sectors, Volk will focus on forensic accounting, business valuation and advisory services while participating in corporate accounting and tax practices. ‘company. Volk said he wanted to use his experience at Davenport to help companies lacking in-house expertise “achieve their goals and achieve better results.”
  • Former National Bank named George Bailey as president of the Michigan market. Bailey has over 35 years of experience managing banking and business relationships and is also invested in community service as a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Michigan. Like Michigan Market President, Bailey will work with leaders in Southwest, Central and West Michigan to continue to grow in these regions. He will also guide the brand’s expansion into Southeast Michigan.
  • A new CEO took office last month at Kalamazoo Consumer Credit Union as Scott Sylvester took over from longtime chairman and CEO Kit Snyder on July 2. Snyder retired after 38 years with Consumers Credit Union, including serving as president and chief executive officer since 1983. Worked as a bookkeeper, senior accountant, chief information officer, and vice president of technology, then chief financial officer and chief technology officer.

— Compiled by Abigail Ham.

People in the News: August 1, 2022

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