Change Ups: ABD earns preservation merit award


Local acoustical engineering and audiovisual design firm ABD Engineering & Design Inc. earned the Connecticut Preservation Award of Merit from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. ABD worked with Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York, New York, to renovate and add on the Hartford Times Building that will be used as the University of Connecticut Hartford downtown campus. ABD’s work included complete acoustical engineering and consulting for all six floors, plus basement mechanical spaces divided between approximately 140,000 square feet of new construction and 90,000 square feet of historic preservation renovation.


The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2018 Ambassador Awards: Nolan Kamer of Nolan Kamer Agency/Farm Bureau Insurance received its All About You Award; Stacy Sergist Kamphius of The Insurance Group, the Contagious Energy with a Positive Attitude Award; Kevin O’Keefe of Chemical Bank and Kim Vandermolen of Lakeshore Family Chiropractic PLC tied for the Deliver Remarkable Experiences Award; Sarah Fuhs of Westwind Construction, the Learn Innovate Share Award; and Aris Knitter of Five Star Real Estate Lakeshore LLC, the Think Big Be Great Award.


Katie Gardner joined Northpointe Bank as the creative marketing manager. She is responsible for creating and executing effective marketing solutions for real estate agents in the Grand Rapids area. Katie will be helping realtors tell their stories and market their businesses by utilizing photography, videography and a variety of promotional marketing materials.


Jennifer Maxson & Associates, formerly Varnum Consulting, hired Lori Dunn as its administrative coordinator. Dunn will coordinate marketing support, social media support and program support.


Erhardt Construction announced Stan Elenbaas was promoted to director of estimating.


David Coffey, Grand Valley State University professor of mathematics, was named director of the Design Thinking Academy, which helps students develop into inventive thinkers and problem-solvers by utilizing the design thinking process. The 2017-18 academic year was the academy’s inaugural year.


The Frey Foundation announced Holly Johnson, president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, will join the Frey Foundation as its president.


The Native American Heritage Fund Board announced the first grant recipients: Belding Area Schools, $334,690.60 to support replacement of equipment, apparel and signage following revision of the school’s mascot from Redskins to Blackhawks; city of Battle Creek, $3,377.50 to assist with the removal and replacement of a stained glass window medallion in city hall; and city of Kalamazoo, $76,765 to assist with the removal of the Fountain of Pioneers and site improvements at Bronson Park.

Plainfield Charter Township Fire Department received two automated chest compression systems valued at $29,822 and Oshtemo Township Fire and Rescue Department received nine sets of turnout gear, including coats and pants, three protective helmets and 22 pairs of boots worth a combined $28,151 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.


Metro Health – University of Michigan Health in Wyoming was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health partnered with My Community Dental Centers Inc. to provide greater access to dental care in Ottawa County. A new dental center will open in this fall at 805 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven. MCDC will operate a six-chair center on behalf of the health department and will provide quality dental care to children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, Healthy Kids Dental, Healthy Michigan Plan and private dental insurance. MCDC also offers MyDental Program for people without dental insurance, which provides reduced fees based on household income. Details: (877) 313-6232 or

Paul Wasielewski, vascular neurologist, joined the Metro Health-University of Michigan Health neurosciences, as well as the Comprehensive Stroke Center team.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services recently added team member Ron Scott to the Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program as a consultant. Scott’s primary responsibilities are in the areas of business development, account management, consultation regarding difficult human resource situations and training.


Dickinson Wright PLLC announced attorney Rock Wood joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as Of Counsel.

WMU-Cooley Law School assistant dean Tracey Brame was selected to serve as vice president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.


Ottawa County Parks expects to begin working on the new Ottawa Beach Marina in mid-October, with plans to open spring 2019. The marina will have 15 seasonal slips, four moorings and 26 transient slips.


Bret Asper joined Clean Rooms International Inc. as chief operating officer. Asper will be responsible for all aspects of Clean Rooms International including operations, sales and marketing, finance, human resources and information technology.


Chris Slater was appointed CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan.


CBRE Grand Rapids announced Matthew Dewitt, assistant real estate manager, earned the Facility Management Professional credential through the International Facility Management Association.

13 On Your Side Investigative reporter David Bailey is leaving the station to start his own real estate business. His last day is Aug. 26. He'll join Clarity Realty, based on the west side of Grand Rapids. He also is opening his own company called DEPTH OF TRUTH to help homebuyers and sellers understand and negotiate real estate deals. Bailey soon will have his private investigation license and also plans to use his FAA drone pilot license.


Meritage Hospitality Group recently opened a Wendy’s in Hudsonville that features an all-new smart building design, located on 32nd Avenue just south of I-196. It’s a smaller footprint than a traditional Wendy’s restaurant, and the total square footage is nearly half that of former restaurant designs. It seats a capacity of 55 customers.


Dematic announced a large supplier in the food distribution industry selected Dematic for a new robotics solution. Frozen product entering the distribution center will be depalletized and loaded onto transfer conveyor by the first robot. As the cases arrive at the palletizing cell, a second robot will arrange the cases on pallets specifically designed for store delivery. Software and controls ensure the pallets are built to meet the daily needs of the individual stores.

OST welcomed to its Grand Rapids office Ashley Muhlenkamp, application development, and Drew Van Maanen, configuration services.


Nonstop service from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Miami International Airport will begin in Grand Rapids this winter. American Airlines announced the service will be operated by American Eagle. The service begins on Dec. 19 and will feature one daily trip in and out of Miami International Airport. Tickets are on sale now. The flight schedule for the new service includes a departure time from Grand Rapids daily at 6:05 a.m., and a daily return flight from MIA to GRR arriving at 12:48 a.m.

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