Change-Ups: ACOPNE appoints Weykamp public trustee

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The Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), a national board-certifying agency, has appointed St. Joseph-based Edgewater Resources President Greg Weykamp as public trustee to the board. ACOPNE is an entity of the American Society of Civil Engineers that grants board certification for qualified engineers who have specialized knowledge and experience in the fields of coastal, port, ocean and navigation engineering. As public trustee, Weykamp will be a voting member on the ACOPNE board and will represent the general interests of the public. Weykamp’s extensive experience and expertise in public planning and design of waterfront projects led to his appointment.

ACCOUNTING

Baker Holtz provides webinars, federal and state resources, office policies, unemployment information and liquidity assistance related to COVID-19. Details: https://bakerholtz.com/covid-19-resources/.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Kalamazoo-based LKF Marketing was recently awarded two Silver Davey Awards by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for both the website and logo categories for updating the brand and identity for Kessenich’s, a 90-year-old foodservice equipment supplier based in Madison, Wisconsin.

ARTS

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has launched a live camera stream that showcases the museum’s lake sturgeon tank, which is part of the Grand River, Grand Fish exhibit. The fish tank can be virtually visited any time, but lights are turned out for the fish at night. The live camera stream features two 10-month-old lake sturgeon, an important biological component of the Great Lakes fish community. Lake sturgeon can grow to weights of up to 200 pounds and lengths of seven feet, with females being longer and heavier than males. Their typical lifespan is 55 years for males and 70 to 100 years for females. Go to bit.ly/GRPMLiveSturgeon.

AWARDS

The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan announced the winners of its 12th annual ACG Cup Competition, an intercollegiate competition among students from colleges and universities in Michigan, where undergraduate and Master of Business Administration (MBA) students analyze complex business cases and present strategies involving merger and acquisition alternatives, valuation, capital markets, finance options and corporate strategy, and receive feedback from business leaders. Undergraduate Category: The 2020 ACG Cup winning undergraduate team is Michigan State University, which was awarded a $4,500 prize.  Master of Business Administration Category: The 2020 ACG Cup winning MBA team is Grand Valley State University, which also was awarded a $4,500 prize. 

GOVERNMENT

Ottawa County has issued a #OttawaStaysHome challenge amid the coronavirus pandemic. The challenge asks community members to share on social media why they stay home or show what they are doing to occupy the time. Use the hashtag #OttawaStaysHome across platforms. The county will share its favorite posts, images and videos. 

The Ottawa County Road Commission approved posting a 25-ton load limit for the Hayes Street bridges between 8th and 16th avenues in Wright Township, Ottawa County. Vehicles exceeding the respective weight limit on the bridge must seek an alternate route.

HEALTH

Root, led by Dr. Erica Armstrong, the first certified functional medicine MD in West Michigan, has made its proprietary anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense food plans available to the public in the form of fully cooked meals, ready to heat and serve. Benefits to its food plans include hormone and blood sugar balance, improved energy, mental clarity and digestion. Pre-orders are available at rootfunctionalmedicine.com and weekly meals are available for pick-up at Root Functional Medicine, 746 Wealthy St. SE.

HUMAN SERVICES

Care Resources is offering alternative ways to care for its participants since the stay-at-home order has closed the organization’s day center and limited the face-to-face interaction with social workers, therapists and other medical personnel. Some of these include creating activities seniors can do from home like offering “busy bags” containing puzzles, games and coloring pages, and creating “activity bingo,” which provides recreational therapy and exercise activities. Care Resources also has posted exercise videos to its Facebook page, and recently delivered more than 200 meals. The goal is to keep its nursing home-qualified seniors active and healthy and prevent the need for nursing home level care.

Degage Ministries continues to adjust its hours and services to help provide a safe place for the homeless. The organization is maintaining its effort to provide free meals every day, a drop-in center for up to 50 people during the day and overnight shelter for 50 women in the Open Door Women’s Shelter nightly. Patrons have stepped up to partner with staff by providing cleaning assistance throughout the day. More information is available at degageministries.org/degageprogramhours/.

West Michigan senior living and assisted care provider Holland Home has made a public plea for face masks. More donation information is available at hollandhome.org/news/together-we-can-help-the-helpers/.

INSURANCE

Hylant in downtown Grand Rapids has hired Grand Rapids businessman Ken Fortier in a newly created position to lead business development efforts for the West Michigan division of the national company.

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in West Michigan and the Society of Financial Service Professionals announced Edward Fedell is the recipient of the annual Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession and the community. Fedell has been in the financial services business since 1980 and has been with MassMutual Financial Group in Grand Rapids since 1993, where he serves as COO and director of advanced planning

LEGAL

Jessie LaHaie has joined Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge as its human resources director. She is responsible for staff recruitment, training and development, compensation, benefits, performance management, policy design, and all additional HR responsibilities, and also manages the Grand Rapids secretarial and support staff, including oversight management of the central services department. She also oversees facilities management for the Grand Rapids office.

Rhoades McKee announced Jon Siebers has been named chair of the firm’s Business Practice Group and Pam Cross has been named chair of the Estate Planning and Trust Administration Team.

Secrest Wardle has created a COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Task Force dedicated to following the emerging developments of the global pandemic and its repercussions on the insurance industry. The team of specialized insurance coverage and litigation attorneys are evaluating the wave of business interruption and related claims being presented as COVID-19 impacts the nation.

NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids Opportunities For Women’s online resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 include financial resources to small businesses, legislation designed to help small businesses, webinars and additional help. Visit bit.ly/GROWSmallBusinessResources.

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