Change Ups: ACG Western Michigan Recognized as National Chapter of the Year


FROM LEFT: Accepting the award are ACG Western Michigan board members Eric Kamstra and Elisa Berger; John O. Loughlin, ACG Global chief operating officer/chief financial officer; Leslie Whittet, CAE, ACG Global vice president, chapter operations; Jon Siebers, ACG Western Michigan board chair; Julie Metsker, CAE, ACG Western Michigan executive director; and Brian Hamilton, ACG Western Michigan board member.

The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan won the national organization’s midsize chapter of the year award for the third consecutive year, making it the only chapter to win the award three times. Last year, ACGWM gained the second-highest membership retention rate of all chapters and the sixth-highest membership growth rate. More than half of ACGWM’s members actively participate in chapter committees, and it pioneered a young professional program and launched a diversity and inclusion committee.


1 Bold Step hired Danielle Fedel as its marketing operations coordinator and has moved to 408 Bridge St. NW, where it is co-located with Media Place Partners.


Five Ludington area businesses won cash awards at Mason County’s fifth annual Momentum Business Plan Competition Pitch Night: Inspired Parties, art business of Ludington was awarded $14,000 as the top winner; Art by Mary Case, HumaniTea, Leta's Educational Daycare and The Tailor Shop each won $9,000.

Kalamazoo-based GMB Architecture + Engineering announced it was selected as the 2019 LeadingAge Michigan Business Partner of the Year.

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce was named an Award of Excellence winner in the Communications Excellence awards program for its Create Great Video – A Year in Review, presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an Alexandria, Virginia-based association.

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce in Holland was named an Award of Excellence winner in the Communications Excellence awards program presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an Alexandria, Virginia-based association representing more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals and 1,300 chambers of commerce worldwide.


Independent Bank announced its independent app, Zelle, is live. The app enables users to send money to friends, family and others. Additional information about Zelle and its participating financial institutions is available at

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank received the 2019 Financial Literacy Award from the Michigan Bankers Association for the bank’s effort in developing and implementing the KickStart to Career programs in Muskegon and Newago counties.

St. Joseph-based United Federal Credit Union was named the Credit Union Lender of the Year 2018 by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office for support of SBA-backed lending with seven SBA loans totaling $1.6 million in the state.


DK Security was chosen by Corp! Magazine as one of two Grand Rapids-based Michigan Economic Bright Spot winners in the Large Business category for experiencing success in the last year in increasing revenue, launching a new service or product, expanding locations or hiring Michigan talent.


The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter announced the finalists of the ABC Western Michigan Craft Professional of the Year Award. The winner will be announced Sept. 19 at 20 Monroe Live. Finalists are Neal Kooiman, site foreman, Feyen Zylstra; Gary Peasley, senior project superintendent, Owen-Ames-Kimball; and Holly Wight, journey level electrician, Control Logic of Michigan.

Marc Montpetit joined Clean Rooms International as director of sales and marketing.


Olivet College announced Ray Loeschner, president from 1970-77, was honored as president emeritus; and Charles Blackman, Ph.D., ’46, was presented the degree Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Cause at the college’s recent commencement ceremony.


Andy J. Egan Co. presented the 3 Mile Project, a nonprofit community youth center, with a $10,000 donation as part of the company’s 100-year anniversary celebration.

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum was chosen as the Grand Rapids Buddy's Pizza first charity partner in Grand Rapids to receive $5,000 because the museum’s mission as an advocate for play aligns with the innovative spirit of Buddy's Pizza.

The Grand Rapids Symphony was awarded a $25,000 grant by the League of American Orchestras to enhance initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion.


Holland-based the Open Source Imaging Consortium was formed as a cooperative effort between academia, industry and philanthropy to enable rapid advances in the fight against idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other progressive interstitial lung diseases. OSIC wants to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of ILD research through the joint efforts of radiologists, clinicians and computational scientists from around the world who will develop digital imaging biomarkers for accurate imaging-based diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of therapies.

UP Health System – Portage announced it was named a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate for succeeding in transforming its culture of safety and achieving high standards of quality care, performance improvement and patient engagement.


Beacon Hill at Eastgate promoted Caitlin Becker to executive chef and Maggie Thiel to garden café manager.


Christine VanAbel and Jeffrey Harrold will be inducted Aug. 13 at Olivet College’s Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame.


Rhoades McKee announced law students Bryndan Arnold, Amber Anderson and Tysean Hendrix are joining the firm to complete its summer associate program. The students are current or past participants in the Grand Rapids Bar Association Floyd Skinner Minority Clerkship Program. The Grand Rapids Bar Association, in conjunction with the Floyd Skinner Bar Association, strives to increase the diversity of attorneys in the Grand Rapids area. Rhoades McKee has participated in this program since its inception in the 1990s.


WZZM 13 president and general manager Janet Mason announced she will retire this summer after 22 years at the station and 44 years in the broadcasting industry.


Elizabeth Bovard, executive vice president of Builders Exchange of Michigan, joined Guiding Light’s board of directors.


Walgreens stores nationwide are selling Kellogg’s Pringles Mystery Flavor Crips through July 30 that gives people a chance to guess the flavor and win $10,000. Fans can submit guesses online at by Aug. 13 for a chance to win the cash prize. The Mystery Flavor and contest winner will be revealed on or about Aug. 18. For rules, including how to enter for free, go to


Grand Rapids Community College hired Jeff Bauer as the men’s basketball coach. Bauer has experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels, including 11 years at his alma mater, Grand Valley State University. Bauer will be the eighth coach since 1965 to coach GRCC’s men's basketball team. He replaces Luke Bronkema, who had a successful three-year run with two national tournament appearances: a sixth-place finish in 2017 and eighth-place finish in 2018.


NuWave Technology Partners welcomed Angela Hill as the company’s security practice manager. As a former naval reservist and intelligence officer, Hill will lead NuWave’s overall corporate strategy for security offerings, with a focus on protecting people and securing technology assets.

Shawn Crowley and Mike Marsiglia were named co-CEOs of Atomic Object.

US Signal, a provider of data center services, announced it has expanded its partnership with Veeam Software. Customers using Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 can seamlessly back up and replicate to an off-site US Signal data center, creating ultimate availability for any disaster recovery plan with no additional licensing fee.

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