Individuals within the Information: June 20, 2022


Right here is the MiBiz Individuals within the information report for June 20, 2022 


  • Colliers Worldwide’s West Michigan workplace has employed Leann Stachowiak as advertising and marketing supervisor. Stachowiak brings greater than a decade of selling expertise to the position. At Colliers, she’s going to oversee exterior communications and produce property campaigns and different advertising and marketing supplies. “Leann provides large worth to our crew together with her years of selling expertise,” mentioned Jon Potvin, managing director for Colliers West Michigan. “Leann embodies the values of Colliers and we’re so excited to see how she grows our sturdy advertising and marketing technique to create extra alternatives for our purchasers.”


  • Greg Cane has been named vp of finance for meals distribution at Byron Heart-based SpartanNash Co. Crane holds a grasp’s of enterprise administration from the College of Michigan and is a licensed public accountant. His previous roles embody chief monetary officer for GHSP Inc. and a wide range of monetary and management positions at Wolverine World Broad Inc. At SpartanNash, Cane will assist the meals distribution management crew and supply management over budgeting, forecasting and threat evaluation in addition to monetary steerage on bettering effectivity and decreasing working bills.


  • Tim Shangle of Sparta-based ChoiceOne Financial institution was named to Unbiased Neighborhood Bankers of America’s “40 beneath 40: Rising Neighborhood Financial institution Leaders.” Shangle holds a bachelor’s diploma in pc data programs from Aquinas School and is a graduate of the Michigan Bankers Affiliation’s Perry College of Banking. He’s assistant vp of innovation and information analytics and head of the innovation division at ChoiceOne.
  • Jessi Goldner, director of compliance for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi’s financial growth agency Waséyabek Improvement Firm LLC, has been named to the Nationwide Heart for American Indian Enterprise Improvement’s 40 beneath 40 checklist. Goldner has labored for the tribe since 2011, serving as an training program specialist and workplace administrator to the board of administrators and CEO earlier than taking up as director of compliance in 2021. The Nationwide Heart’s checklist acknowledges rising leaders in quite a few skilled fields 
  • Grand Rapids-based Intandem Credit score Union introduced Govt Vice President Kristen Plichta will succeed president and CEO Barbara Web page, who plans to retire July 1 after six years on the helm. Plichta has 28 years of expertise within the credit score union trade and has been on the Intandem crew since 2017. She holds a grasp’s in enterprise administration from Western Michigan College and designations of Financial institution Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist and Credit score Union Human Sources Compliance Skilled.
  • n Southern Michigan Financial institution and Belief has appointed John Waldron as Jackson market president. Waldron brings greater than 30 years of expertise to the position, together with serving as president and CEO of County Nationwide Financial institution in Hillsdale since 2002. He’s a graduate of Western Michigan College and a resident of Jackson, the place he serves on a number of native boards. 
  • Alison Mast has been appointed senior managing director and president of Western Michigan at Northern Belief Wealth Administration. Mast has served as head of technique for wealth administration with Northern Belief since 2019. She holds a bachelor’s diploma from the College of Michigan and a grasp’s of enterprise administration from Harvard Enterprise College.
  • Michigan State College Federal Credit score Union has appointed Quinetta Roberson Connally to its board of administrators. Roberson Connally — the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Administration and Psychology at MSU — has been serving on the Board of Managers of MSUFCU’s holding firm, Reseda Group, since 2021. She has printed greater than 40 scholarly journal articles and ebook chapters, and her analysis focuses on organizational functionality, variety and strategic administration. 


  • The Michigan Producers Affiliation has introduced an inside reorganization that features a number of promotions and new hires. Longtime president of the MMA Service Corp., Larry Janicki, plans to retire June 30. He shall be retained as a marketing consultant by way of the top of the 12 months. Delaney McKinley, who has labored with MMA since 2011, has been named government vp of operations. Mike Johnston, who beforehand led MMA’s authorities affairs crew, has been named government vp of presidency affairs and workforce growth. Brenda Nalett, MMA’s longest-serving worker, has been promoted to director of member companies; Ashley Wakefield was named director of membership, advertising and marketing and occasions; and Dane Cooke was named data know-how and amenities supervisor. MMA within the coming weeks plans to rent a number of further employees members in its membership and insurance coverage departments.


  • Kaylie Pomper, a 2020 graduate of Michigan State College, has been named advertising and marketing supervisor of the West Michigan Vacationer Affiliation. Pomper has two years of expertise within the property administration area and likewise beforehand labored with the coed demographic in occasion planning, social media and gross sales.
  • Broadway Grand Rapids has named Jennifer Pascua as advertising and marketing director. Her earlier roles embody serving as a member of the group relations crew at Spectrum Well being, adjunct professor of communication at Hope School and proprietor of media freelance group Halo Halo Multimedia LLC. Pascua additionally spent 25 years as a broadcast journalist. At Broadway Grand Rapids, Pascua hopes to create extra group partnerships and elevate DEI initiatives.
  • The Manistee County Guests Bureau has named Sammie Lukaskiewicz as government director. Lukaskiewicz is a Manistee resident who brings to the position greater than 20 years of expertise in advertising and marketing and public relations, together with a few years as vp of selling and communications for NASCAR and, most lately, vp of selling and communications at Crystal Mountain resort. 


  • Davenport College has named Rashid Faisal affiliate professor and division chair for the School of City Training. Faisal involves Davenport from the College of Michigan-Dearborn, the place he served as an teacher and principal internship supervisor for the School of Training, Well being and Human Providers. He holds a grasp’s diploma in training from the Rackham College of Graduate Research, a grasp’s of training in organizational management with college constructing certification from Lecturers School of Columbia College, and an training doctorate in metropolitan training from the College of Michigan-Dearborn. He’ll lead Davenport’s graduate program choices in training.

— Compiled by Abigail Ham


Simmons to go DEI at Bell’s-New Belgium

As somebody who has loved West Michigan’s craft beverage group, Courtney Simmons will now carry affect at one of many trade’s heavier hitters.

Kalamazoo-based Bell’s Brewery Inc. and Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing Co., which at the moment are companions beneath the Lion Little World Drinks portfolio of manufacturers, lately introduced that Simmons would assume the position of director of variety, fairness and inclusion. In late 2021, Australian beer conglomerate Little Lion bought Bell’s, bringing the 2 breweries collectively.

“What’s interesting to me is that I’ve all the time personally loved collaborating within the craft beer group,” Simmons advised MiBiz. “I’ve had a number of alternatives to sit down in taprooms and be part of the communities which are created there, and I like that mixture of beverage, group and meals.”

Simmons will now oversee DEI efforts throughout the businesses’ mixed 1,300 staff who conduct operations all through 4 totally different states. 

Simmons took the position after serving as DEI supervisor at Zeeland-based international furnishings producer Herman Miller, now referred to as MillerKnoll Inc. Simmons additionally serves because the chairperson for the Equality Michigan Motion Community and is a volunteer for Make-A-Want Michigan.

She steps into an trade that has notoriously struggled with attracting extra various enterprise homeowners and workforce. Nevertheless, each Bell’s and New Belgium have launched into initiatives to repair this persistent drawback. New Belgium is a licensed B-Corp that put in the trade’s first variety and inclusion specialist again in 2019.

Nevertheless, the trade has a protracted approach to go because it stays dominated by white males. A 2019 survey carried out by trade commerce group Brewers Affiliation confirmed that, amongst its membership, 88 p.c of brewery homeowners have been white and solely 7 p.c have been categorized as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and folks of colour). Simply 1 p.c of homeowners have been Black, per the survey.

“It does really feel just like the trade is a bit additional behind,” Simmons mentioned. “I used to be coming from 100-year establishments earlier than I joined this a lot youthful trade.”

“(Different industries) had totally different assets and totally different groups devoted to the work,” Simmons added. “As a younger trade, it has been stunning to see how far craft has to go and I’m actually inspired that I joined organizations that I feel are on the forefront. That doesn’t imply we’re doing it completely, it doesn’t imply we’ve got it discovered — we nonetheless have quite a bit to determine.” 

— Reported by Jayson Bussa


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