Change Ups: 7GenAE garners Honor Award for Native Justice Center


Kalamazoo-based Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering (7GenAE) received the 2017 Honor Award in the unbuilt category by the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The firm received the honor for its work on the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Native Justice Center. Native justice is focused on the healing of the individual and the healing of the community as a whole. The Pokagon Band is developing an initiative to restore the spirit and ideals of native justice within the Pokagon Community.


Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC announced the promotions of Maryrose J. Cook to senior accountant and Barbara A. Garza to manager.


Byce & Associates Inc. in Kalamazoo announced the additions of Angela Tibaudo, administrative project coordinator; Rick Eshlaman, senior civil engineer; Ron Cook, senior electrical designer; Trevor Richardson, mechanical engineer; and Tim Baker, project manager. Matthew Norko was named marketing manager and Jason Quarry was named Building Information Modeling manager.


The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s GiftWorks: Make it, Take it, Give it program runs through Dec. 23. The daily program gives children an opportunity to make, wrap and share a gift with someone special. Details:

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Innovation Gallery is an all-new science exhibit and interactive space with more than 26 new interactive challenges, including the use of endoscopic manipulation, game show style food systems quizzes, race car building, wind turbine construction, and “dancing” MRI and X-ray images that follow your every move, climate simulator, music and augmented sound generator and more.


City of Grand Rapids treasurer John Globensky was awarded the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association’s Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence Award.

Escribano Smith Agency in Wyoming is a recipient of DTE Energy’s 2017 Business Pride Contest for explaining why it is proud of the agency and how a $5,000 DTE energy makeover can enhance its business.

The Federal Highway Administration presented the Michigan Department of Transportation and Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman with the Roadway Safety Foundation Award for its risk reduction solutions, contributions to roadway safety and defining safety issues experienced by emergency responders on Michigan highways. The GRFD partnered with MDOT, the Michigan State Police, the Kent County Road Commission, the West Michigan Transportation Operations Center and private towing companies on this effort.


ChoiceOne Bank in Sparta announced the addition of Rodney Prahl to vice president commercial loans, business development leader and Aaron Griffin to assistant vice president, business development officer.

Independent Bank Corp. announced the promotions of Russ Daniel as executive vice president – operations and digital banking, and Patrick Ervin as executive vice president – mortgage banking.

Macatawa Bank in Holland announced John Pettit joined its commercial banking team as vice president, commercial banker for its Grand Rapids office; Mike VanOmmen joined the commercial banking team as vice president, commercial banker for Macatawa’s Holland team.

United Bank is collecting blankets at all of its branches through the end of the year and distributing them to those in need through its Blanket the Community project. 


A Grand Rapids Community College analysis concludes it adds $413.5 million to the Kent County economy and $34.2 million to Ottawa County's economy. EMSI, a provider of economic impact studies and labor market data, looked at GRCC’s economic impact through its students, employees and alumni.

Holland-based Hope College chemistry faculty member Jeffrey B. Johnson was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


ASTI Environmental received $200 million of incentives via grants, tax credits, loans and tax increment financing to redevelop distressed properties.

The Kent County Lead Task Force created a draft of recommendations for the Board of Commissioners to consider regarding the public health threat caused by lead. Its recommendations can be read at

The Kent County Recycling & Education Center at 977 Wealthy St. SW is undergoing upgrades to improve recycling efficiency and add dairy cartons and juice boxes to its list of accepted materials. Upgrades will continue through Dec. 19; the facility is closed and unable to accept materials until upgrades are completed.


Wells Fargo Advisors’ Holland branch welcomed Thomas M. O’Rourke as a financial advisor.


Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. launched new packaging and recipe for its specialty line of snacks, Lush Gourmet Foods. Packaging features include a breakdown of ingredients, pairing suggestions and pouches that make the line more consistent and approachable.

The House Regulatory Reform Committee unanimously approved state Rep. Tommy Brann’s bill that would allow more retailers to fill and sell beer growlers, and streamline the regulatory process by eliminating the need for these merchants to get an additional license.

The MSU Product Center recognized three Grand Rapids area food businesses at its 10th annual Making It In Michigan conference and trade show with the following awards: Director’s Award, Rebecca Cruttenden of Clara Cookies; Startup to Watch Award, Andrew Maternowski and Monica Randles of Nutcase Vegan Meats; and Value-added Agricultural Producer Award, Kris and Steven Haitsma of Mud Lake Farm.

New Holland Brewing in Holland released its 20th Anniversary Ale, a beer specifically brewed to commemorate the company’s 20th year in the brewing industry.

Comstock Park-based Perrin Brewing introduced Perrin Light Lager, a clean, crisp beer with a perfect balance of malt and hops.


The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously approved the Equal Services Regardless of Immigration Status and/or National Origin Policy that respects the rights of all and provides equal services to all.

The city of Grand Rapids released its preliminary Water/Sewer Rates Study to its Utility Advisory Board partners and customer communities for water and sewer utility rates to be effective Jan. 1, 2018. The annual water rate study can be viewed at

James K. Joseph was appointed regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and will oversee a six-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.


The Grand Rapids Public Library received a $25,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to build collections of historically valuable, web published materials documenting local communities.


Allegan Professional Health Services announced Kenneth Forsman, M.D., was named the full-time provider and medical director of the Fennville Medical Center.

Dr. Richard L. Brown joined ConcertoHealth in Kalamazoo as market medical director for West Michigan/Kalamazoo.

Metro Health Hospital’s Child Life Toy Drive for new, unwrapped toys runs through Dec. 14. Drop off locations: Metro Health Hospital, 2122 Health Drive, Suite 280, Wyoming; Brann’s Steakhouse, 4157 S. Division Ave., Wyoming; CareLinc, 89 54th St. SW and 3125 28th St.; Custer, 217 Grandville Ave. SW; Eastern Floral, 2836 Broadmoor Ave. SE; Georgetown Public Library, 1525 Baldwin St., Jenison, Laser’s Resource, 4775 40th St.; Wyoming City Hall, 1155 28th St. SW, Wyoming; and Metron, 13030 Commercial St., Coopersville.

Spectrum Health System received an infrastructure grant from St. Baldrick's Foundation to allow more kids with childhood cancers access to clinical trials.

Tracey Nelson joined the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans as its administrator.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen announced the agency has invested more than $4 million in rural Michigan in fiscal year 2017, from medical equipment to key infrastructure, to help improve access to health care for rural Michigan residents.


Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Hospitality Association announced the 2017 winners of the 10th Annual Way Above Visitor Expectations Awards: Restaurants & Breweries: Carmen Gehring, Cygnus27; Lodging 150+ Rooms: Janet Johnson, JW Marriott Grand Rapids; Lodging Less than 150 Rooms: Jordan Strah, Country Inn & Suites East Beltline; Retail & Service: Adeshola Makinde, Madcap Coffee; Attractions & Events and CTA Star of the Year: Candice Flesza-Smith, Discovering Michigan; and Volunteer in Hospitality: Melissa Greko, Showspan. The six winners also will be nominated in their respective categories for the Stars of the Industry Awards, and the winners will be announced at the 2018 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference.


Miller Johnson attorney Raj A. Malviya is one of 36 new fellows of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He’s the only attorney from Michigan to be elected by the Board of Regents.

Secrest Wardle Grand Rapids partner Drew W. Broaddus was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section.


Praxis Packaging announced its first acquisition in company history of Randolph, New Jersey-based Unette Corporation. The purchase expands Praxis’ packaging solutions to include liquid, cream and paste products in tubes, bottles, jars and stick packs.


The Michigan Supreme Court reappointed Ottawa County’s 20th Circuit Court judge Jon Van Allsburg to chief judge for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2019.


Discount Tire opened its second Wyoming location at 392 54th St. SW.

Revolve Records, a shop that sells vinyl records and other music-related merchandise, will open at 453 S. Division Ave. in January 2018. The 2,706-square-foot space is almost double the size of its current location at 1606 Fuller Ave. SE.


Schneider Risk Management and Blue Horizons Wellness held a joint open house at 1991 Lakeshore Drive, Suite A in Muskegon. Schneider provides safety and environmental compliance and training services, and Blue Horizons offers a full suite of wellness practices.


EarthTronics in Muskegon announced it appointed Matthew Travis as regional sales manager. 

SalesPad announced the promotion of Jennifer Jurgens to president.

Portage-based BASIC announced the release of Advisor, a new service that helps brokers grow their book of business and maintain existing groups. Advisor provides agents and brokers the ability to send customized marketing materials to prospects and current clients with just three clicks. For more information, visit

PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center announced it was selected as a winner in the Technology Guru category in the 2017 Best of MichBusiness Awards.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport and SpartanNash recently opened the Military Welcome Center near the airport’s Concourse A exit. The space is open for active military, veterans and their families 24 hours a day, and offers refreshments, charging stations, an airport arrival/departure monitor, lounging spaces, veteran profiles and programming, interactive maps and murals where military personnel and veterans can pinpoint where they have been stationed or deployed.

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