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Atomic Object forges unique, permanent partnership with Ann Arbor start-up

Grand Rapids software developers Atomic Object are investing more than just money in the Ann Arbor start-up Local Orbit this time around. 

In addition to a $100,000 pledge to the budding company for their next round of funding, longtime Atomic Object developer Micah Alles will join the Local Orbit team as its new chief technology officer, signifying the beginning of what looks like a beautiful friendship. 

“This is not, ‘I’m going to do a job and go away and maybe come back later to help with another job.’ This is a continuing relationship,” says Local Orbit CEO Erika Block. “Micah is our CTO and he’s in it for the long haul in both the investment relationship and advisory relationship.” 

As the new Local Orbit CTO, Alles will leverage Atomic Object’s tools, processes, and culture to bootstrap and mentor a growing team of Local Orbit software developers - something Alles has experience doing at Atomic Object since he joined its team in 2002. 

“We have a strong culture and very attractive practices and processes that make it a really great place for developers to work,” Alles says. “Especially for the best developers in the country. I have a lot of experience leading and building teams within Atomic Object, too, so what I'm able to do is that same thing but for Local Orbit internally.”

Local Orbit, which offers the tools and software platform to help connect local farmers and local food businesses to “create stronger, more efficient food networks that can meet the demand for food produced closer to where we live,” still looks very young next to the 15-year-old Grand Rapids-based Atomic Object. 

However, it’s the newness of Local Orbit’s prospects that has Atomic Object seeing an opportunity to invest in not only a company, but also a way of doing business. 

“Atomic Object always makes our client’s problems our problems, so we always feel invested in their success,” Alles says. “With this partnership, we have one of the greatest chances we have ever had to see that through to the greatest success our clients can have. Not only are we initially helping Local Orbit continue to build their own platform with our product development team as we have for many clients before, but we also have the opportunity to help shape and build the culture and continue to build on that moving forward.” 

Perhaps due to a work-relationship that has been budding for some time now, Block says the partnership between Local Orbit and Atomic Object has been almost organic in nature. 

“What’s been really interesting is that probably because we've built a relationship prior to this partnership, our culture and our way of looking at business and the world and software development and using technology to solve problems in big markets, is something that, in the initial stages of our partnership, has been very seamless,” Block says. “There's a lot of mutual respect for each company's management processes and for the talent we've each been able to bring together.”

Right now, Local Orbit is looking for an “Atomic-quality software engineer” to join its re-imagined team, while Atomic Object is looking to hire new software developers at all three locations. For more information on job openings at either company, visit Alles blog or Atomic Object’s job page.

Written by Anya Zentmeyer
Image courtesy of Atomic Object/Micah Alles

Orion Construction grows residential and job markets in tandem with various construction efforts

As Orion Construction adds more residential living spaces to a growing list of construction projects in Grand Rapids, the company itself continues to grow alongside its development efforts in the city, too. 

“We’re growing projects, growing backlogs,” says Roger Rehkopf, president of Orion Construction. “Now that we’re into the building mode of those projects, we’ve hired several people within the last six months – interoffice people, superintendents and project managers – to look at the growth that we’ve had.”

Public Relations Coordinator Jason Wheeler says though some of the new hires at Orion Construction were based on big projects like the new Arena Place development, which boasts a total of 200 full-time construction jobs alongside an additional 30 projected employment opportunities in the retail and restaurant industry when it opens, many will remain on staff as full-time employees even after the project is completed.  

“Our workload and projects committed list is strong for 2015, so everyone who has been hired for a specific project at Orion will remain full-time after their job closes out,” Wheeler says. “They’ll head to another job.”  

Aside from Arena Place, construction efforts on three other major Orion-backed development projects has resulted in the creation of nearly 300 more full-time construction jobs. 

Rehkopf says every Orion Construction project intentionally integrates living space with work opportunities wherever possible with the intent being to create more jobs through accessible ground-floor retail space. 

“In nearly every project we have, there is some component of multi-family and retail, where somebody could have a retail space and live above it. In fact, in Eastown you could almost live beside it,” he says. “Again, they’re a kind of work, play, live concept all in the same area.” 

The construction of the 98,741-square-foot, 86-unit Gateway at Belknap has created demand for over 50 full-time construction jobs with more opportunities for job creation in the 7,500 square feet of restaurant space and 4,770 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. 

The conversion of the former Aslan Building into the 25-unit, market-rate housing complex 7th Street Lofts, brought around 40 full-time construction jobs when development began in August, while the upcoming Sept. 22 groundbreaking for Eastown Flats at 1400 Wealthy SE will create an additional 75 construction jobs with 5-10 retail positions on the ground floor. 

“We do see a lot of growth, a lot of construction opportunity,” Rehkopf says. “We think the residential market still needs additional units in downtown to be, I’ll say, in comparison to other large cities with downtown living and we think that by bringing more residential downtown that we’ll also see more growth and other retail aspects of downtown.”

Written by Anya Zentmeyer
Images courtesy of Orion Construction 

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Luxury carpet manufacturer expands operations with purchase of Texas-based Hokanson Carpets

The Grand Rapids luxury carpet manufacturer Scott Group Custom Carpets is expanding operations from private aviation and architectural design markets to include the residential design sector after its recent acquisition of Texas-based Hokanson Carpets.

With six existing showrooms in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Dallas, Scott Group’s recent purchase of Hokanson also allows for a newly established presence of its brand in Houston and Boston and will create an immediate need for 18 more jobs to support the transition. 

Although President and CEO Michael Ruggeri says those 18 jobs won’t all be located in Grand Rapids, he anticipates the creation of 20 more jobs at the Grand Rapids manufacturing plant and dye-house at 3232 Kraft Avenue SE to support the production of a wider variety in products as a results of the acquisition. 

“The product fit is very good because Hokanson tends to be more decorative or detail-oriented with their patterns and they also provide various products like Tibetan carpets that we don't produce here in Grand Rapids,” Ruggeri says, adding that Scott Group’s aesthetic leans toward a more contemporary design, so he expects demand for a wider variety of products to translate into more jobs. 

“We’re going to be producing all of those products here in Grand Rapids, which adds certainly jobs on the factory floor and in our dye-house operation, as well as our design department and customer service areas,” he says. 

Scott Group was founded in 1969, but moved to Grand Rapids in 1982 and produces luxury carpets and rugs for private aircraft, luxury yachts, high-end residential homes, commercial venues and the hospitality industry. Over 200 people work in Scott Group’s Grand Rapids headquarters and showrooms in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Written by Anya Zentmeyer
Images courtesy of Scott Group Custom Carpets 

BioLife Plasma creates 35 jobs with new Grandville donation center, expects more hires with growth

Although it has only been in operation for about two weeks, the new Grandville BioLife Center location is already getting nearly 1,000 plasma donations per week. 

It's a good sign for Regional Marketing Representative Danielle Wells, who says those numbers only confirm BioLife's need to build the new one-story, $6 million facility at 6331 Kenowa Avenue SW. 

With anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000 weekly donations at each of the existing locations in Kentwood and Walker, construction on the new 16,500 square-foot Grandville donation center began in October 2013 after existing centers began reaching capacity. 

Boasting 72 beds, free wifi and a supervised playroom where parents can drop off their children free of charge while they donate, the Grandville BioLife center is the largest of the three, also serving to bridge the Southwest gap in the region's service. 

While the Grandville BioLife center has initially created 35 jobs - some positions filled by transfers from Kentwood and Walker locations and some new - they expect to have anywhere from 50-70 employees as the donation center grows.  

"As donations to the center grow, they're going to be increasing the hours and also adding more staff," Wells said. 

Owned by the publicly traded Baxter Health Co., which turns donated plasma into products that can help treat patients for hemophilia, immune disorders and more, BioLife Plasma Services operates five total locations in Michigan and 68 locations throughout the U.S.

All three locations are currently hiring, and many of the openings are for entry-level center technicians, which Wells says don't require any special education as BioLife provides training for all new staff members. 

To learn more about careers at BioLife or to submit an application online, visit www.biolifeplasma.com and click on the "Careers" tab under the  “About BioLife” dropdown menu. 

Written by Anya Zentmeyer
Images Courtesy of BioLife Plasma Services 

Over 2000 downtown workers to get access to personal concierge services thanks to CWD

Beginning in September, clients and employees in 14 of CWD Real Estate Investment's downtown properties will have exclusive access to a personal concierge service.  

Lisa Young, CWD marketing manager, describes the CWD Concierge as a "virtual" service. "Clients will contact concierges that are dedicated specifically to our service via email, text, or phone to place requests," she says. The service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year and will coordinate a wide variety of client inquiries and requests, ranging from setting up golf tee times and dog walking to procuring event tickets and arranging preferred dinner reservations to local restaurants. The service also includes a "key-date" reminder service, wake-up calls, a comprehensive travel desk and much more, according to Young.

Young says that there are similar concierge programs in larger cities, and CWD Real Estate wanted to bring that to Grand Rapids. "Adding concierge services as an amenity at our properties might make them more attractive to prospects, but really, we wanted to add value to our existing client relations," she says. Young estimates that there are almost 2000 employees at the 14 CWD locations who will be able to access the concierge service after they register. "That is a pretty significant addition to the downtown scene," she adds.

To learn more about the new service, you can visit their site here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

 

Davenport's "Employment Guarantee" putting the money where the mouth is

Davenport University's recent announcement of its innovative 'Employment Guarantee' for accounting students is generating a buzz in the region. And it is just the beginning.  

Executive Director of Career Services Shelley Lowe says the accounting program, which she describes initially as a "pilot program," will be the first of several student guarantees that will position Davenport as a leader in professional and career education. "We are putting the money where our mouth is," she says. "We are  confident we are preparing students and programs that are in high demand."

The innovative "Guarantee" will provide additional semesters of education for accounting graduates unable to find employment in their field of study within six months of graduation. Davenport is one of only a handful of schools in the country that have similar programs.  

To be eligible, students have to meet several criteria laid out by the program, such as maintaining a 3.0 GPA in their major and overall, and internship and other experiential learning experiences. Qualified graduates unable to find employment may receive up to three additional semesters up to 48 credits total of instruction tuition-free, with students responsible for fees and books. The additional courses, worth up to $30,000, should help most students obtain a second major.

Lowe says she expects the program to spread to other colleges and programs beyond accounting such as nursing and technology. She says future roll-outs will be based on ongoing market analysis, and says Davenport is focused on educating current and future students about the program and the eligibility criteria. The core message: "Start preparing now. Start planning."  

Lowe highly recommends that students who want to get a head start in participating in this program should find as many experiential opportunities as possible. Her advice includes encouragement to "volunteer or get an internship" and "start building a professional network."

To learn more about the "Employment Guarantee," including the qualifications, visit the site here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

Saladworks opens first West Michigan location, 2nd and 3rd locations planned, jobs still available

The husband and wife owners of Grand Rapids' Kilwin's Chocolates store have ventured into the healthy foods arena with the opening of West Michigan's first Saladworks restaurant at 44 Ionia SW, across from HopCat. A second location, planned for an out parcel near Centerpointe Mall, will open soon. A third location is planned.

Each location will employ some 25 people.

Grand Rapids natives Tim and Julie Calderone say that after seeing how well the Kilwin's store has done since opening three years ago, they were looking for a new restaurant opportunity that would fill the gap of healthy foods offerings in Grand Rapids. They researched Pennsylvania-based Saladworks and decided it ticked a lot of boxes.

"We know people here are health conscious, and we had looked at the location years ago for Kilwin's," Julie says. "Saladworks is really on the 'restaurant street' and it really completes the restaurant offerings."

The chain, which Tim Calderone says is venturing into Canada and the Middle East with 100 new stores in development, offers 12 signature salads; make-your-own salads with choices of greens or pasta bases and 60 toppings; signature soups, like Cheddar Broccoli, Chicken Orzo, and Maryland Crab; house-made dressings; Paninis; and desserts. Catering, free delivery for orders over $15, and online ordering are available.

"The Centerpointe location will be next to Five Guys and PotBelly's, and will be a food destination because of all the choices for people," Tim says.

The Calderones are still hiring for the Ionia Avenue store, which opened this week, plus the Centerpointe location. Positions include prep cooks, servers, clean-up, supervisors, delivery and catering, and cashiers. Workers will have an option of which store to work at, or can even transfer to the Kilwin's store if that seems a better fit.

To apply, click here or stop by 44 Ionia SW for an application.

Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Saladworks
  
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As one steel erection shop closes, another opens in Grand Rapids with skilled trades jobs available

In the aftermath of the closing of Lamar Construction, three former employees have decided to
combine their 50-plus years of steel construction expertise into a new Grand Rapids-based company, Legacy Steel.

And where many such companies rise from the ashes only to fail, Legacy Steel is guarding against that by partnering with Rockford Construction for its financial and business savvy. With that in mind, Legacy Steel has established an office at 560 5th St. NW, a stone's throw from Rockford Construction's HQ.

Legacy Steel, headed by Jeff Leeuw, Douglas "DJ" Coke, and Wade Walcott, has hired nine ironworkers and a safety manager in preparation for its first job, which started this week, erecting the steel for the new Meijer store in Manistee. That job, anticipated to last six weeks, will be followed by steel erection for another Meijer store in Acme.

Leeuw says that all crew will be busy with these projects, so, as more projects come on board, he's looking to add at least 10 skilled ironworkers in the next six months. Along with those workers, Legacy Steel will add office and administrative support, as needed.

"In the next six months, we're looking at plenty of work," Leeuw says. "The economy in West Michigan is thriving and with Lamar going defunct it left a huge hole in the steel construction industry. We're looking to fill that hole slowly and build back up to where we were."

Leeuw says the company is looking for anyone with a steel erection background, as well as new tradesmen who would like to learn the skills. The company will provide on-the-job and classroom training, as needed.

Regarding Rockford Construction's decision to become an active partner in the venture, CEO Mike VanGessel says the company was looking into adding a "steel, pre-eng, and precast erection division this year, so the opportunity with Leeuw is a perfect fit. We know their work, have the utmost respect for the level of quality and service that Leeuw and team deliver."

To find out more or to inquire about a position, stop by Legacy Steel's office with a résumé.
 
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Legacy Steel

Generation Care adds office manager, pediatric speech therapist positions to keep up with growth

Demand for more high-quality services in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and wellness services has spurred new growth in West Michigan-based Generation Care Performance Center. Generation Care provides comprehensive services that help people restore their lives following accidents, injuries, surgeries, and illnesses, as well as providing ongoing strategies for dealing with autism, early onset dementia, and Parkinson's disease.

That growth translates to two new speech therapist positions -- one is part-time -- in Generation Care's Grand Haven location and an office manager position in the Grand Rapids office.

"We're looking for licensed speech pathologists who have a strong background and interest in pediatric care," says company owner Holly Lookabaugh-Deur. "They'll work with physical therapists and occupational therapists on a speech team, working with parents to focus on language development for their children, feeding and swallowing, and issues with kids with feeding disorders, sensory issues (autism spectrum), reading, communication, and learning strategies."

The company also seeks an experienced office manager with skills in overseeing a busy office, some marketing skills, and the ability to provide administrative support to therapists.

Lookabaugh-Deur says that school therapists are overwhelmed with the number of children needing speech therapies, so parents seek assistance outside the school. This accounts for a good portion of Generation Care's growth in demand for pediatric services.

Another factor is that, as of Jan. 1, 2015, a new law goes into effect that will enable Michigan residents to seek therapeutic care and physical rehabilitation care without needing a physician's referral.

"We want them to know there's help for chronic pain and other problems," Lookabaugh-Deur says. "I think we're going to do more and more to keep their healthcare costs down and offer an effective medical fitness program."

To find out more about Generation Care or to apply for a position, click here.

Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Generation Care

Rockford's Sable Homes helps create residential construction jobs pipeline, has numerous openings

The housing construction downturn did more than bottom-out the economy -- it also stripped the residential construction industry of the next generation of skilled, experienced carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and other trades.

As a result, John Bitely, owner of Rockford-based Sable Homes, says he can't find the workers he needs to begin work on any new home building orders, even though he has buyers waiting. In particular, the 20-home Central Town Square project in Sparta, which Bitely says sold half the homes in less than a year, is well underway -- but Bitely can't start any new homes "because of my labor situation, I can't start another house for another month or two because I don't have anybody to put on it to do the work."

"Right now, many of us (builders) are overwhelmed, the pent up demand for houses is upon us, consumers are buying homes that they want versus a lot of vanilla homes, which were just stripped models during the downturn, and now people want the amenities and nicer things and that takes longer and requires more tradesmen," Bitely says.

The reasons for the shortage of skilled construction workers vary. Bitely says it used to be that a 16-year-old could work as a construction helper and by the time they graduated high school they'd be well on their way to learning a trade that pays as well as a college-degreed job.

Another reason is that construction workers age-out -- by the time they're 40, years of heavy lifting have taken their toll. Without these experienced workers, there are no lead workers to teach younger workers the skills of the trades.

Bitely co-chairs the Next Generation Committee at the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, which, with other associations, has formed the Construction Workforce Development Alliance. The focus of the alliance is to encourage young people to take up the building trades as a career choice, help them decide which trade to pursue, and to connect them with companies that can help them get started with on-the-job training.

"The next generation, we're almost saddling them with the equivalent of a home mortgage (college costs) before they're out of college, and you don't have to go that route," Bitely says. "You can become a plumber's helper and if you like it, can write the test and get your journeyman's card. The same's true for becoming a carpenter. There are options that don't require four years of college that still provide a good living."

To find out more about the Construction Workforce Development Alliance, click here.
To contact Sable Homes about a possible construction job, click here.  

Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Sable Homes

Software developers, designers in demand as Grand Rapids' Atomic Object adds more national clients

Three new technology jobs are on the table in Grand Rapids as Atomic Object continues its steady growth and adds new national clients.

Atomic Object, 941 Wealthy St. SW, describes itself on its website as a company that designs and builds "mobile, web, and embedded software products for clients of all sizes and in nearly every industry." Establishing offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor has broadened the company's reach, resulting in a few tweaks in company structure. As the company's established software designers and developers take on newly created leadership roles, there's a greater need to bring on new user-experience designers and software developers to pick up the slack.

"This opens up new positions and brings on new innovators, and allows us to load balance the increasing national demand that we're getting," says Shawn Crowley, who shares the Grand Rapids office manager responsibilities with Mike Marsiglia. "Because the company is growing across all our offices, that's increased the workload on our leadership team. We're looking where we can carve off certain aspects of our roles and create new leadership positions, so now we can hire more people and set the foundation for us to grow."

Atomic Object has openings for a junior (two years' experience) and a senior (five to seven years' experiences) user-experience designer. There is also an opening for one junior or senior software developer.
 
Crowley says the designer positions require a wide set of skills in visual design, human-centered design process, information architecture, and interaction design.

The developer positions will fit the recent college graduate or experienced designer who has a generalist approach to software development and technology, who is excited to build solutions in a wide variety of technology stacks, and who enjoys developing embedded software and mobile web solutions for clients.

To find out more or to apply for a position, click here.

Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Atomic Object

Grand Rapids' Baker Holtz CPA "no hours" policy attracts clients, creates need for new accountants

Baker Holtz CPAs and Advisors has been in Grand Rapids over 30 years, but when the company switched to a "no hours" billing strategy in 2012, a switch was flipped that has driven a new collaborative environment for clients and created new jobs.

"The traditional process is that a client gets billed on hours we spend on a project," says Principal Steve Struck. "But we don't believe that our time has anything to do with the amount of value our customers receive. We replaced that billing model with one focused on value given to our clients, so time is no longer a factor."

The new philosophy appeals to both clients and employees, Struck says. Employees are not only spending more time collaborating with clients, but clients are bringing more projects to the company and referring new clients.

That translates to a need for Baker Holtz, located in the Waters Building, 161 Ottawa Ave., to bring on two new accounting associates -- one position was filled this week, while a second entry-level position is still open for a new college graduate with a master's degree in accounting or an undergrad degree with 150 credit hours.

While Struck says the firm fills most entry-level positions at career days hosted by various local colleges and universities, he will also review resumes from other applicants, as well.

In preparation for future growth, Baker Holtz will soon move to a 5,200-square-foot space in the Waters Building, nearly double the size of the current offices. The new space will have a relaxed, progressive atmosphere with casual seating and collaboration areas for client teams.

"A new hire will find tremendous opportunity here to create their own career path," Struck says. "We don't have to worry about making sure we don't go over budget on a particular job and we don't have to feel constrained (by hours and budgets). Clients call us more and interact with us more and that's going to continue into the future."

To contact Baker Holtz about the position, click here.

Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Baker Holtz

Local 'Ed Tech' startup takes a student-centric approach to learning

Tom Bieniewicz and Scott Goldberg are the founders of Kickstand, an education technology startup based in Grand Rapids. Their first product is Edify, an individualized learning management system (IMLS) that the duo believes will have a significant impact on how school districts, teachers, students, and parents interact in the classroom.

Bieniewicz says that although the education industry is crowded with competition and often resistant to change, the opportunity for innovation is tremendous. "The learning management system (LMS) space is very large but our research has shown us that it is lacking a system that individualizes and customizes learning at the classroom level," he says. Bieniewicz says that many systems are merely platforms to manage content, which serves a purpose, but they are not designed for any level of customization, which he says is critical to meeting the different learning styles of students.

"Our offering, Edify, has these features (content management), but our differentiator is that we truly individualize learning by having a student-centered system that has tens of thousands of learning resources and question types which are tagged to a state standards," he says. Bieniewicz says when a student answers a question incorrectly on a assessment, their software automatically identifies the appropriate resources (videos, tutorials, etc.) so the student can review the most relevant material.

The startup currently employs seven and has immediate openings for developers and teacher consultants, who will work directly with school personnel to train and assist in implementation.

To support the growth of the business, Goldberg and Bieniewicz are electing to use crowd funding instead of venture capital, and have just launched a Kickstarter campaign.  

To learn more about Kickstand and Edify you can visit their site here.

Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

 

Lambert Edwards' steady growth brings PR, digital media jobs to Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit

It's all about positioning oneself to seize the opportunities and to make them happen when they don't just saunter by. Lambert Edwards & Associates' April 2014 acquisition of public policy and issues management firm Sterling Corporation creates a need for more digital media experts, public relations associates, and a brand new position of business development director.

Lambert Edwards serves clients in the arenas of healthcare, consumer products, retail, automotive, financial services, food and beverage, and education.

The company recently brought on Chelsea Dubey as its first business development director. But, the firm still has openings for a digital strategist and a digital designer to work out of the Grand Rapids, Lansing, or Detroit offices, plus a public relations associate for Grand Rapids and one for Detroit.

"We've grown in sales each year of the past 15 years," says Jeff Lambert, president and managing partner. "Growth for us is strategic, so if that's the goal, it's up to us to figure out how to do that -- acquisitions, hiring key people, entering segments like public affairs and digital, and going out and executing the plan. We are Michigan's largest PR firm, the largest public affairs firm in the state, and a top 15 investor relations firm in the U.S. The key thing in all this is people, our secret sauce if you will."

Lambert says the digital marketing side of the business is the company's fastest growing segment, doubling in demand each of the last three years. The digital strategist position requires two to ten years' experience in digital marketing, social media marketing, SEO, and web development. The digital designer needs web design expertise, with strong skills in graphic design or video and photography.

The PR associates positions are entry-level for college grads looking to gain experience in the field or for marketers with one to two years under their belts.

To find out more or to apply for a position, click here.

Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Lambert Edwards & Associates

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Need for yoga, pool, and cardio instructors signals next growth wave at Northern Physical Therapy

Northern Physical Therapy is in growth mode again, responding to increased demand for health and wellness classes at each of its five locations. Company co-owner Gina Otterbein says the company made a decision a couple of years ago to offer clients ways to stay healthy, in addition to the traditional physical therapies that aid recovery from injuries, pain, and surgeries.

"Our goal is to help create healthier lifestyles by enabling clients to have some variety in their exercises or to begin an exercise program," Otterbein says. "(The classes) are fun because you're working out with someone else and they're fun because others are challenging you or pushing you to do more."

Northern Physical Therapy has offices in Cedar Springs, Coopersville, Grant, Sparta, and Wayland. While the Wayland, Coopersville, and Cedar Springs locations offer some type of health and fitness classes, Otterbein says the company needs at least three more instructors to extend the offerings to the Grant office.

Immediate part-time openings include one each for a certified yoga instructor (any style), an experienced pool exercise instructor certified in water safety, and a cardio instructor with experience in Circuit and Zumba classes.

The Grant location features a 25-ft.-by-25-ft. therapeutic pool with a 94-degree Fahrenheit water temperature and 15-person capacity. There is also a dedicated workout/yoga studio with wood floors and mirrors.

"We're looking for people that are high energy and driven with a passion for fitness and health," says Otterbein. "You have to want to do this because that passion inspires others."

To apply, click here.

Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Northern Physical Therapy
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