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Brickley DeLong Welcomes Chris Hasenbank

Brickley DeLong is pleased to announce our newest staff accountant, Chris Hasenbank. He is originally from Free Soil, MI.  He and his family moved back to the area in 2015 and now live in New Era.

His prior working experience includes eight years as a tool marker before getting his accounting degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015.

Since 2013, he has been an artillery officer with the Michigan Army National Guard.

Some of Chris’ hobbies include home renovations, auto repair, gardening, and spending time with his family. He has his wife have 2 children, a seven-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.

He has just begun the process of completing the CPA exam and plans to complete is by March 2017.

“I came to BD because it is a firm with a great reputation that is large enough to enable it to provide extensive services to clients and provide me with a great diversity of work experiences and career growth while still serving the local communities”.

 

 

Muskegon Lakeshore’s “Future 15”

The ‘Future 15’ are celebrated and recognized as up and coming young professionals that are making a difference along the Muskegon Lakeshore. The public is allowed to nominate anyone under age 40 who lived or worked in Muskegon County and excelled within their places of employment and in the community.  There were about 50 nominations that came in this year. There is a six-member panel that whittled down the nominees to a list of 15 up-and-coming leaders.

Kerry Halloran, supervisor and CPA, was recently named a Muskegon Lakeshore’s “Future 15”. Muskegon has a very close business community.  According to the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, this list is compiled of up and coming young professionals in the area. selection committee in Muskegon consisting of seven young professionals that were among the 2013 Future 15 award recipients, determined who this years ‘Future 15’ would be.  She was recognized at the Business After Hours Event held at the USS Submarine Museum in Muskegon on June 19. See attached flyer for more details.

2014 Future 15 Flyer 2 – Jun)

Don DeLong’s Trip to Uganda

This February, Don DeLong had the opportunity to take a trip to Uganda. This was his third trip there, as he is involved in the Gulu Uganda Country Dairy Project.  This project aims to help the people of Uganda produce quality milk and improve nutrition and build business. He spent the majority of the trip at the farm; however, he took a Gorilla trekking excursion at Gwindi National Park. Below are a few pictures from his trip. To learn more about the Gulu Uganda Country Dairy Project, we invite you to visit their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GuluDairyProject

 

 

This January we welcome three new staff accountants

This January, we are excited to announce three full-time staff accountants working in our Grand Rapids and Muskegon offices.

J Photography of Grand Rapids, LLCDavid Milligan has received his bachelor’s in accounting from Grand Valley State University. He is recently married and he and his wife reside in Grand Rapids. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. He will be working out of our Muskegon office.

 

 

J Photography of Grand Rapids, LLCDonny Baird did his undergrad at Grand Valley State University. This year he plans to finish the MSA program and then sit for the CPA exam. In his free time he enjoys bowling. He currently lives in Grand Rapids and will be working in the Muskegon office.

 

 

J Photography of Grand Rapids, LLCEric Huizing (previously our tax intern in Grand Rapids) returned to our Grand Rapids office as a full time staff accountant.  He received his Master’s in Accountancy and Chinese from Calvin College. This past year he had the opportunity to study abroad in China. In his free time he enjoys cycling.

 

Brickley DeLong 5/3rd River Bank Run Team

History of the 5/3rd River Bank Run:  When Frank Cashman from the Grand Rapids Track Club approached Marty Allen, then Marketing Director for Old Kent Bank, in the mid 1970s about initiating a local road race, Allen was intrigued. Cashman worked out what he felt was the perfect distance, a 25K that started and finished in downtown Grand Rapids and Allen pledged the funding. In 1978, just over 1,000 runners took to the streets on the second Saturday of May for the first annual Old Kent River Bank Run.  In 2001, Old Kent Bank merged with 5/3rd Bank, and the race was renamed to showcase its new owner and called the 5/3rd River Bank Run.

This year, we decided to put together a 5K Team for the 5/3rd River Bank Run. There were 9 employees from Brickley DeLong that ran the 5/3rd 5K and one ambitious employee who ran the 5/3rd 25K (Patrick Mutchler).

 

Andrea, Anne, Paul, Sharon, Ed, Ann, Chris and Kirk

Sharon and Ann

Anne and Ann

Mark and his wife Jennifer with Ronald McDonald

Ann, Anne, Chris, and Sharon

Brickley DeLong Welcomes New Accounting Employees!

We are pleased to announce three new employees who will be working at Brickley DeLong.

Andrea Kerkstra
Andrea is originally from Scottville, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 2006. After earning her degree, she worked at an Accounting firm in Gaylord for two and a half years and then a firm in Manistee for three years. Some of her hobbies include reading, traveling, and scuba diving. Andrea will be working in our Grand Rapids office.

Evan Patterson
Evan was born and raised in Ravenna, MI. After graduating high school, he began attending school at Muskegon Community College, and then transferred to Grand Valley State University. At Grand Valley, Evan is currently a senior majoring in Accounting and Finance. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball as well as outdoor activities such as snowboarding and water skiing. Evan will be interning at our Muskegon office during tax season.

Eric Huizing
Eric is a senior at Calvin College and will be graduating with a degree in Accounting and Chinese Language. He is from Grand Rapids and is currently living in Easttown. Some of his hobbies include cycling, film, competition, and brewing beer. He comes from a family of four (three of which are accountants); he believes that this is where his interest in accounting stemmed from. Eric will be interning at our Grand Rapids office during tax season.

Brickley DeLong Welcomes a New Employee

The staff at Brickley DeLong are excited to welcome Kirk Kauffman, CPA to our Grand Rapids Office. Kirk is originally from the Grandville/Jenison area. He received a Bachelor’s as well as a Master’s in Accounting at Grand Valley State University. Since finishing school, he has worked as a CPA in Texas as well as Vermont.

He and his wife are expecting a baby girl in December. Because of this exciting news, they decided to move back to West Michigan to be close to family and friends.

Kirk enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping. In addition, he played water polo at GVSU; he is looking forward to continue playing through a local club team.

I am happy to be with Brickley DeLong and excited about the prospect of joining the Grand Rapids office, which is looking to grow considerably in the near future.  Having the chance to get in at the ‘ground floor’ of that kind of growth was just too good of an opportunity to pass up!  I am hoping that this is the beginning of a long career with Brickley DeLong – Kirk Kauffman

Brickley DeLong Welcomes a New Employee!

We are excited to welcome Larry Hall to the Brickley DeLong family. Larry just moved back to the Muskegon area from North Carolina. While he was there,  he worked as a Intercompany Accountant at Ingersoll-Rand corporate headquarters. Prior to living in North Carolina he worked at another accounting firm in Muskegon in which he performed client accounting, payroll services, and tax services. In 2010, he became a CPA and recieved an MBA from Baker College.

Larry lives in Norton Shores with his wife. He has one daughter. He enjoy road bicycling and playing the guitar. He is a former (retired) musician and used to make a living traveling and playing in bands. He has played at such local events such as Summer Celebration and Party in the Park.

I am very excited to be a part of the team here at Brickley DeLong.  I plan to make a long career here and maybe start playing in bands again as a hobby.- Larry Hall, CPA

Brickley DeLong Welcomes a New Employee

Brickley DeLong is pleased to introduce a new employee! Jennifer Batts, a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University was hired on to be our new marketing assistant. Before receiving her B.S. degree in Advertising and Public Relations, Jennifer worked two different internships where she was responsible for all social media, direct mail, e-mail marketing, and creating and designing ads. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, biking, and skiing. We are excited to have her as part of the Brickley DeLong family.