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Hillary Hovinga joins United Way as Director of Marketing and Communications

Hillary Hovinga joins United Way as Director of Marketing and Communications

Ottawa County has named Hillary Hovinga as Director of Marketing and Communications for United Way. She will be responsible for the development and implementation of Greater Ottawa County United Way’s marketing strategies, planning, marketing communications and public relations activities.

Previously she worked with United Way as a marketing and graphic design contractor. She brings over ten years of experience in the field of marketing, public relations and graphic design.

Hillary lives in Holland with her husband and two daughters. She volunteers at Engedi Church and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center along with other organizations.

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

As a service to our community, the City of Holland and WORKFORCE will host a Job Fair on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th St., Holland, MI from 3 – 6pm.

There is no charge to participate or to attend. Below is a list of businesses participating in this Job Fair:

ITW Drawform

Zeeland Farm Services

Dykhuis Farms

Zeeland Lumber

Woodward

JR Automation

Holland Hospital

Taco Bell

Tennant

GVSU. Meijer Campus (Higher Education Opportunities)

GRCC (Higher Education Opportunities)

Thermotron

Boatwerks

Haworth

The list of participants is growing daily. A great way to explore new opportunities in the working world.

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

2015 Minority Business Award Recipients Announced in Holland

Approximately 225 guests were in attendance on Wednesday, April 22nd at The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Midtown Center to honor two recipients for the 2015 Minority Business Award.

Lon Aguilar of Promesa Logistics and Andrew Lebron of the Bank of Holland were both honored. Lon became an entrepreneur in 1997, starting a business as a sole operator. As it grew, the company held the philosophy to provide a very personalized service for their customers. The company has grown 50% and looks forward to continued growth.

He was chosen using the following criteria:

He was a member of the West Coast Chamber

He is a minority business owner

He has been in business more than 3 years

His company demonstrates strong financial stability

My Town: Aquinas College hosts panel discussion to commemorate César Chávez

My Town: Aquinas College hosts panel discussion to commemorate César Chávez

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Aquinas College will host "The Undocumented Experience," on Tuesday, March 24 as part of the annual César Chávez Commemorative Lecture.

Panelists include: Liz Balck, an attorney with Justice for our Neighbors; and Sergio Reyes, the intern pastor at New Community Fourth Reformed Church in Holland.

  • What: César Chávez Commemorative Lecture: "The Undocumented Experience"
  • When: Tuesday, March 24 from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Wege Center Loutit Room, 1607 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids
  • Cost: Free

The 2015 César Chávez Commemorative Lecture aims to highlight the struggles associated with the undocumented experience in the U.S. César Chávez was a humanitarian and social justice advocate who fought for the rights of migrant workers, a vulnerable population in the United States.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

Elzinga & Volkers announces the promotion of five key employees

Elzinga & Volkers announces the promotion of five key employees

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers, a leading provider of construction management services, has announced the promotion of five key employees: Amy Elston, Jordan Gougeon, Brett Lesiewicz, Nate Meeuwsen and Shaun Price.

Amy Elston has been promoted to marketing manager. Elston has more than eight years of experience in construction management and has been with E&V since 2013. In her new role, Elston  will be responsible for oversight of all the marketing activities and initiatives including sales proposals and presentations, special events and branding. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and commercial real estate from Marquette University.

My Town: New role for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

My Town: New role for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- After a failed run for the senate, Terry Land has found a new leadership role.

The former Secretary of State recently joined the board of directors for Legacy Trust and the Legacy Trust Holding Company.  The company is an independent, locally-owned trust bank focused on wealth management.  Land will lend more than two decades of experience in leadership, management and public service to the 11-member board of business leaders and executives.

“We are very pleased to welcome Terri to our board,” said William Walker, CEO of Legacy Trust.  “She has strong roots in West Michigan and solid connections throughout the state.  A committed public servant and business leader, Terri brings tremendous expertise and insight to her new role with us.

“As we look to continue Legacy’s growth, Terri will be able to provide the direction and leadership we need to expand our successes.”