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Vidhan began working part-time at Whittaker Associates in January, 2008. His primary responsibilities include gathering and analyzing data on targeted companies to predict change and using statistical analysis to improve the lead qualification process used by the company. He is also creating a database of companies from emerging markets currently or potentially looking to expand in North America.
Vidhan is a senior at Hope College, where he is majoring in Economics and Management. Vidhan grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he finished high school before moving to the United States in the fall of 2004. As a student at Hope College, Vidhan was the president of Hope’s Asian Perspective Association, a minority student group on campus, and is serving as the public relations officer of the Baker Scholars, an honors group for business students.
Vidhan is also involved with the Santi School Project, which is building a primary school in Ramche, a rural village 100 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu. The school will be operational by June 2008 and will enroll around 80 students in its first year. Most of these children have never been to a school before.
By Jim Bruckbauer
Jim Bruckbauer, Account Manager
Jim will mine his skills in strategic planning and his knowledge of current business trends as the latest addition to the Whittaker Associates team. He will direct a variety of projects as our Account Manager.
A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Jim plans to undertake a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Economic Development and Urban Planning. While at Grand Valley, he served on the Executive Board of the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization and is currently an Alumni Advisor to the group.
Jim is passionate about the economic vitality of West Michigan and has forged relationships with many community and business leaders while working with the City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Office. He is also involved with Neighborhood Ventures, a non-profit focusing on the revitalization of the business districts of Grand Rapids.
In his spare time, he enjoys live music, traveling, camping, hiking, and running.
By Mario O’Connell
Maria recently began work for Whittaker Associates in September. As a part-time research analyst, her responsibilities include gathering and analyzing data, and speaking to key representatives of target companies in order to predict movement.
When she is not working at Whittaker Associates, Maria is involved in an array of other activities. She is a volunteer leader for Young Life, occasionally substitute teaches for Holland Christian Schools, tutors Spanish, and is an avid member of Hope College’s Pew Society.
Maria moved to Holland in 2004 to begin undergraduate work at Hope College. She is passionate about traveling, people, and Spanish. During her career as a student, Maria did AIDS education work in South Africa, and studied for four months in southern Spain. She is currently completing her final semester at Hope College, graduating in December with a degree in Communication and Spanish.
By Stephanie Poll
A company’s website can be one of its main marketing tools, so keeping up with trends and technology can really have an impact. Here at Whittaker Associates we are working to make our website an even greater asset and resource tool for our clients and visitors. Currently, we’re adding search capability to our site.
By adding a search feature to our website, we will help visitors search our entire website for a certain newsletter article, case study, or other resource by keyword or phrase. No more scrolling through all the different pages of our website trying to find the exact thing you are looking for–just search for it using the new search box!
The hosted service that we have chosen to index our website search is called PicoSearch. It offers multiple plans, from free to paid plans, each with multiple options and features. Whether your company has a large or small website, PicoSearch has a plan to fit your needs. And the implementation is simple. When you choose from its many different site options, PicoSearch will put together the HTML code for you so all you have to do is copy and paste it into your site. One of the great features that I have run across is the Re-indexing feature. Instead of having to manually tell PicoSearch to go back and re-index your site when you have updated something, you can schedule it to automatically re-index based on how often your site gets updated–very convenient!
So if your company is looking to upgrade its website a bit, check out www.picosearch.com as a search feature addition. Here at Whittaker Associates, our search feature should be implemented very soon in order to give you, our clients and visitors, better access to our website.
By Stephanie Poll
A couple of months ago I wrote an article about RSS, Really Simple Syndication–what it is and how it can be used and implemented. Whittaker Associates has now added this feature for The Whittaker Report . Instead of receiving The Whittaker Report through a regular e-mail that we send out, you can now automatically receive up-to-date reports from our website, as long as you have some sort of RSS Reader.
So how can you take advantage of this feature? This first thing you need is a news reader, if you don’t already have one. There are many news readers (aggregators) to choose from. If you are someone who is constantly on an e-mail program such as Outlook, RSS popper is a free downloadable reader that will incorporate right into Outlook. If you are looking for something with more options, NewsGator is also available for Outlook for a small fee. If you don’t have Outlook or are looking for more options, check out this website: http://www.hebig.org/blogs/archives/main/000877.php .
The next step is to add the link for the RSS feed into your news reader. This is done differently depending on the reader that you have, but here is the necessary link: http://www.whittakerassociates.com/newsletter/new/feedRSS.xml . Once you add this feed, you should get the stories from the current newsletter coming through. As these stories are changed and updated every month on our website, you will now automatically receive these new stories! The next step for us is creating an RSS button on our newsletter page, so that new clients or subscribers can click on that button to get the link for the feed.
If you are currently subscribed to our newsletter and get the RSS feed working, you might like to be taken off the e-mail distribution list. If so, please e-mail email@example.com with the subject line ‘Unsubscribe’. Also, if you have any other questions regarding the set up of a news reader or the link to the feed, please feel free to contact me! Enjoy!
Dennis Burnside has recently joined Whittaker Associates as President of its Real Estate Advisory Services Group. In his role Dennis will be focusing on developing relationships and providing services to the real estate service community, institutional owners, developers and investors. Additionally, Dennis will provide a specific suite of services to end-users of real estate. Dennis will also work closely with Whittaker’s corporate and economic development clients.
Dennis has over 25 years of experience in the real estate services industry, having held senior positions with Grubb & Ellis, Colliers International and Equis. Much of his career has been spent representing corporate real estate clients and institutional and regional developers. He has experience representing clients throughout North America and internationally.
Dennis sees the Whittaker Associates platform as a unique opportunity to serve a broad and diversified client base.
“Whether we are supporting the client in the process of a relocation, expansion or disposition, identifying lead tenants for a new development, or supporting the property-specific marketing efforts of a brokerage firm, Whittaker is uniquely positioned to have a positive financial impact on the result of the assignment,” according to Burnside.
Dennis is a resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and will split his time between Shaker Heights and Holland, Michigan, headquarters of Whittaker Associates.
Burnside has been an active member of various professional organizations, including CORENET, NAIOP, IREM, and BOMA. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Cleveland Zoological Society, North Coast Community Homes, and the Cleve
David Chang May 7, 1982 – November 19, 2005
I am very sorry to report that David Chang passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2005, after a strong fight against stomach cancer.
David was born in Grand Rapids, MI, and raised in Beijing, China. He came back to Grand Rapids at 18 years old and graduated from Davenport University. David joined the staff of Whittaker Associates in April of 2005. He is survived by his mother and father; paternal grandparents, and many uncles, aunts and cousins in China. David will be buried with services in Beijing, China.
David taught us about courage, suffering, compassion and the importance of following our passion. He will be missed.
Back Row: (Left to Right) Dean Whittaker, Pete Julius, Megan Jewell, Joel Burgess, Maryjane Miedema, Cory Koch – Front Row (Left to Right) Jami Miedema, Tammy Hart
We were in great company with our friends and clients as we enjoyed lunch during the IEDC convention in Chicago on Tuesday. For those of us who were able to go sailing aboard the 77-foot schooner, “The Red Witch,” it was an afternoon that we won’t soon forget, and we could not have asked for more beautiful weather. Thank you to all who were able to attend.