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My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

My Town: Optimists recognize top students; offer cash prizes for contests

My Town: Optimists recognize top students; offer cash prizes for contests

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On January 28 and February 4, 2015, Mona Shores Optimist Club members celebrated the successes of area high school students with a recognition luncheon at Baker College. Two students from each of the 14 Muskegon Area high schools were honored for their academic success and for best reflecting the Optimist Creed. The creed charges members to expect only the best, wear a cheerful countenance, forget the mistakes of the past, and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

The students briefly shared their accomplishments and plans for the future, followed by a speech from Baker College President Lee Coggin on January 28, and Baker College Business Department Chair Tim Stein on February 4. At the close of the luncheon, each student was awarded a gold keychain and certificate.

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

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SPARTA, Mich. (ChoiceOne Bank) — ChoiceOne Bank recently announced the appointments of Kyle Purdy, Carrie Olson and Angela Anderson, along with staff changes for Patricia Brown, Peggy O’Dea, Dan Wheat and Tina Hall.

“As we continue to grow and expand in the communities we serve, it is necessary for us to expand our levels of expertise and customer service,” explained James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “As the local community bank, our culture is centered on our customers. That means having experienced, caring and professional staff that serve our customers exceptionally well. I am pleased to announce these internal changes.”

Kyle Purdy is appointed to Vice President, Controller. He began his career with ChoiceOne Bank in August 2013 as Controller. Purdy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University in 2003 and an MBA from GVSU in 2008.

My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter

My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter

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Two Baker College of Muskegon information technology (IT) students spent their holiday break giving back to the community. The lucky recipient, Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, the largest animal shelter in Muskegon County, is beginning the new-year able to find homes for shelter pets quicker than ever before.

Although the shelter counts eight staff members and dozens of active volunteers as critical to the organization’s success, it didn’t have the necessary resources to fix and upgrade technology at the shelter.

“We never could have done this without the help from Baker College,” said Lana Carson, executive director of Pound Buddies. “The students didn’t just repair and replace equipment, they evaluated our processes and recommended new ways of doing things that we never would have considered before.”

Frontier Communications’ SVP Bob Pero Honored by GR Business Journal

Frontier Communications’ SVP Bob Pero Honored by GR Business Journal

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Robert Pero, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Frontier Communications’ Michigan operations, has received the prestigious “Technology Newsmaker of the Year” award from the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

The award acknowledges Frontier’s capital investments and Pero’s leadership since acquiring the Michigan operations from Verizon in 2010.  Frontier has invested more than $220 million in Michigan, $30 million of it in 2014. Today, Frontier provides state-of-the-art broadband, voice, video and security communication solutions to residential and commercial customers throughout Michigan. Frontier also offers Frontier Secure, Landline Texting, state-of-the-art phone systems and Metro Ethernet and has is always improving its network systems and processes.

Military Nurses Exhibit at USS Silversides

Military Nurses Exhibit at USS Silversides

Come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum through Sunday, February 22, 2015. WW11 Nurses will explain the training and military services of Muskegon Nurses during the war.

The museum is located at 1346 Bluff St. in Muskegon, MI 49441

For more information, please call 231-755-1230

My Town: Tech Center students earn top spots at Business & Technology Challenge

My Town: Tech Center students earn top spots at Business & Technology Challenge

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Muskegon ISD)-- Students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) Computer Aided Design and Internet, Network & Security Technologies programs earned top-three spots during the annual Business & Technology Challenge sponsored by Baker College.

The event, which took place on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, hosted more than 150 students from nine schools in Michigan.

CAD students from the MACTC demonstrated success in the AutoCAD and Drafting & Design events by earning the following awards: