Change-Ups: Guiding Light receives over $49K toward Back to Work

Guiding Light received $25,000 from TCF Financial Corp. and $24,943 from Builders Exchange of Michigan to support its Back to Work program.

Change-Ups: County administrator announces retirement

Kent County Administrator/Controller Wayman P. Britt announced his intent to retire from the county effective July 2021. He has held top administrative positions with Kent County since March 2004 and was appointed to his current post in January 2018.

Change Ups: Two-story building planned for Ada Village

Ada First LLC has selected First Companies to construct a two-story building at 523 Ada Drive SE in the new Ada Village. The building...

Change-Ups: Heymoss joins Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Jennifer Heymoss is Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s new community investment officer. She will support an equitable and effective grantmaking process and build relationships with community partners. Heymoss previously worked for 15 years in the education field as a teacher and youth development professional in Kalamazoo.

Change-Ups: FBA names Burns director

The Family Business Alliance has named Robin Burns its director. Burns will work with the board and staff to develop and implement the strategic plan of the association whose sole mission is to ensure family businesses throughout West Michigan succeed generation to generation.

Change Ups: TowerPinkster hires senior architectural designer

Tony Reiner joined TowerPinkster as a senior architectural designer. Imported from Detroit with over 15 years of design expertise, Reiner has worked on stadiums...

Change-Ups: Prein&Newhof garners engineering awards

Prein&Newhof recently garnered the Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award and the People’s Choice Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan for its work on Plainfield Charter Township’s Water Treatment Pilot Study for PFAS Removal project.

Change-Ups: Grooters joins Bradley Company

Kyle Grooters has joined Bradley Company as an adviser within the brokerage department. Grooters brings several years of sales experience to the team. Prior to joining Bradley Company, Grooters worked with Robert Grooters Development Co. where he focused on leasing and land acquisitions among several clients generating millions in lease and sales transactions.

Change-Ups: Kalaczinski named MOA’s Educator of the Year

Lillian Kalaczinski, an associate professor for Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry, has been named the Michigan Optometric Association’s 2021 Educator of the Year. Kalaczinski is a 1998 MCO graduate following three years in the pre-optometry program at Ferris.

Change-Ups: Acosta joins Independent Bank as digital marketing manager

Frank Acosta Jr. is Independent Bank’s new digital marketing manager. He will focus on management of the bank’s website and social media platforms, as well as search engine optimization and search engine marketing.

Change Ups: Goei honored with Local Legacy Award

Bing Goei, owner of Eastern Floral, which employs nearly 100 people in five locations, received Local First’s Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award during its...

Change-Ups: King is crowned MSU outstanding alumni

Coleen King, president and founder of King Media, a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and digital media agency founded in 1999, is the recipient of a 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award by the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences.

Change Ups: Mullins appointed to lead GRCC Foundation

Kathryn Mullins recently was appointed vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. In addition to the...

Change-Ups: Feeding America West Michigan receives $10,000 grant

Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance have donated $10,000 to Feeding America West Michigan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering and distributing food to relieve hunger and increase food security in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Change-Ups: Jenks promoted to principal architect

Paradigm Design has promoted senior architect and design director Aaron Jenks to principal architect. Jenks joins the current ownership team including William Brunner, Bill Hadlock, Joe Greco and Dave Hendershott. Jenks will continue to work in the Grand Rapids office and will be responsible for leading the design department and work with the business development team.

Change-Ups: Erhardt Construction hires its 5th female project manager

Melissa Hruska was recently hired as Erhardt Construction’s 5th female project manager. Hruska joins director Aaron Mead in the Facilities Solutions Group division of Erhardt Construction, managing multiple projects throughout West Michigan.

Change Ups: Blandford Nature Center founder receives inaugural award

Blandford Nature Center founder and former director Mary Jane Dockeray is the inaugural recipient of the Association of Nature Center Administrators’ ANCA President’s Award...

Change-Ups: Burger King taps Fragel as HR director

Grand Rapids resident Deb Fragel has been appointed director of human resources for 26 West Michigan-area Burger King restaurants recently acquired by Factorial Restaurant Holdings LLC.

Change-Ups: Sutter joins state’s first environmental justice council

Alison Waske Sutter, the city of Grand Rapids’ sustainability and performance management officer, was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the state’s...

Change Ups: Twisted Hot Yoga to open third location

Twisted Hot Yoga’s third location at 3339 Century Center St. SW in Grandville was formerly a photography studio. Significant renovations included installation of a...

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