Change Ups: AQ taps Craig as VP for enrollment management


Aquinas College tapped Syracuse, New York, native Erin Craig as its vice president for enrollment management. Craig’s admissions experience includes enrollment strategy, data analysis, financial aid and scholarship management, and marketing and communications. She comes to Aquinas from the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry in Syracuse, where she has served as associate provost for enrollment management and marketing since 2017. Her new role is effective July 15.


Cedar Springs-based Applied Ballistics LLC founder and owner Bryan Litz received the National Defense Industrial Association 2019 Hathcock Award for making significant contributions in operational employment and tactics of small arms weapons systems that have impacted the readiness and capabilities of the U.S. military or law enforcement.

BASIC in Portage was recognized by WEX Inc. with a 2018 Partner Excellence Award for outstanding business achievements for the fifth consecutive year.

Sunrise of Wayland received a 2019 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for improving the lives of residents through consistent, quality care from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.


Matthew J. Morgan, CFO of First National Bank of Michigan in Kalamazoo, earned the Certified Banking Cybersecurity Manager credential through the SBS Institute.


Norton Shores-based Nichols expanded its presence in the northeast Ohio area with the acquisition of Cleveland-based DawnChem. The agreement was closed on June 10 and is the latest of numerous acquisitions completed since Nichols was founded in Muskegon in 1936. DawnChem has been in business since 1977 as a family-owned and -operated cleaning supplies and equipment company. The acquisition further reinforces the Nichols position as the leading provider of solutions for clean and healthy facilities and the safe shipment of products.

The Muskegon Area First Economic Development Corp. was transformed by community leaders from a government-led organization to one mainly funded and directed by the private sector. A newly recreated, private sector-led Muskegon Area First board of directors selected Jim Edmonson as its president and chief executive officer to launch the new direction of the agency. Edmonson will spend his initial months with MAF establishing the private sector-led agency, which still will have financial and strategic relationships with local governments in Muskegon County.


Lake Odessa-based Carbon Green Bioenergy LLC marked its 10-year anniversary.


Grand Rapids-based ASTI Environmental president Tom Wackerman announced the opening of its fifth office in Williamsburg, Kentucky, serving the environmental due diligence and ecological needs of real estate developers, manufacturers, engineers, the public sector and others.

Boxed Water Is Better in Holland launched a new campaign encouraging consumers and brands to join them in giving up single-use plastic water bottles. In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, Boxed Water launched its No-Plastic Pledge campaign and challenged everyone to give up plastic bottles for 30 days. Up to 8.8 million metric tons of single-use plastic enters the oceans annually. By 2050, more plastic is expected in the ocean than fish.


Four parcels in Spring Lake’s downtown will be repurposed. The shuttered Phoenix Café, along with the two buildings east of it, are slated to be demolished to make way for a 28,000-square-foot mixed-use development, thanks in part to a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan Amendment approved by Ottawa County. The parcels are eligible for tax increment financing under a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan, allowing developers to capture a portion of the new taxes created by their investment to offset some of the extra costs associated with redeveloping blighted or contaminated sites. The project is expected to be complete by the summer of 2020 and is projected to increase the taxable value of these parcels by almost $1.4 million in the first year. An estimated 15-30 new jobs could be created to staff the retail shops and café planned for the venue.

Ottawa County announced it hired Robyn Afrik as its first diversity, equity and inclusion director.


The Grand Rapids Arts Museum received a $25,000 grant for its Language Artists: Creature Connections program and West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology is the recipient of a $40,000 grant for its Teen Arts + Tech program from the National Endowment for the Arts’

Art Works grant-making program.


Rhae-Ann Booker joined Wyoming-based Metro Health – University of Michigan Health as vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.


Care Resources PACE opened a new facility at 4150 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. The 36,300-square-foot building is a repurposed church with a dedicated medical clinic, three-day center rooms for socialization, a therapy gym for rehabilitation, outdoor courtyards and activity areas.


Lake Michigan Insurance Agency announced its recognition as one of West Michigan’s top 10 for highest personal and commercial insurance growth in 2018 by Auto-Owners Insurance.


Club Pilates recently opened in Brenton Village in Grand Rapids and is the first location in West Michigan. It is owned and operated by Kim Stuk and two of her daughters.

Studio C! and Celebration Cinema now are offering a movie and entertainment subscription program that provides guests discounted ticket rates, including IMAX & 3D movies, for a monthly payment. The service, named C Rewards VIP, is part of a larger redesign of the Michigan-based theater company's current rewards program. The redesigned program is expected to launch later this year across all 12 Michigan Celebration Cinema locations, including Studio Park set to open this fall.


Blandford Nature Center hired Teresa Newmarch as chief development officer.


Byron Township-based SpartanNash announced Walt Lentz joined the company as executive vice president and president, food distribution.

The Watch Muskegon campaign in collaboration with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Muskegon, Norton Shores and Roosevelt Park have worked to add over 50 large-scale floral planters at multiple locations along Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon. The planters are located at the main crossroad intersections that include: Lincoln, McCracken, Glenside, Wickham and in the front of Sherman Bowling Center. Planters were designed, grown and will be maintained by a Muskegon-owned business Barry’s Flower Shop & Greenhouse.


MyWay Mobile Storage of Grand Rapids supported the Grand Rapids Triathlon for the ninth consecutive year by donating portable storage units to help support various needs for first aid and water stations along the course.

The recent Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was the first tournament on the LPGA Tour to add a Family Care Area for nursing mothers and parents to utilize during tournament week at Blythefield Country Club.


IT Resource Inc. in Coopersville hired Jenny Stratton as project manager and customer success coordinator.

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