Bill Bowling has joined the one-year-old commercial real estate firm X Ventures after serving in a consulting role in 2013. He will lead the company’s consulting division. Bowling is most well known for his 18 years at Colliers International and Paramount Properties, where he was a founding member. At X Ventures, Bowling will offer clients consulting services specific to commercial real estate portfolio planning and management, as well as landlord and tenant consulting services.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
The American Advertising Federation District 6 has announced its 2014 award winners. Gold Professional Addys: Founders Brewed For Us, submitted by Eskimo; Haworth Collection Portfolio Book, submitted by Plenty; and Closer Than You Think, submitted by Meijer. Silver: Icon Magazine, submitted by Plenty; Eat Dirt Mud Run, submitted by Gravity Six Alliance; The B.O.B.’s Brewer Responsive Webpage, submitted by The Gilmore Collection; and Founders Stacks Up, submitted by Mitch Ranger Photography. Three Kendall College of Art & Design students received Student Gold Addys and one earned a Student Silver Addy.
ZFS Ithaca LLC of Zeeland has purchased a partially developed 435-acre site in Ithaca to serve the agricultural community, including soybean processing, grain, feed ingredients, agronomy products and service, and corn processing.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the following additions to its Grand Rapids team: Timothy R. Smith, staff engineer, structural department; Timothy J. Swainston, chemical engineer, environmental services department; Mark C. Bottorff, occupational safety and health services technician, environmental services division; Joshua J. Schroedter, occupational safety and health services technician; Robert W. Skipper, mechanical engineering specialist. Also, the board of directors announced the promotions of the following senior associates: Michael Berrevoets, Adam Meeker and Chris Kretovic. Promoted to associates are Jason Early, Bruce Gillett, Juliet Jakobowski Maes, Stephanie Jarrett, Robert Pomeroy, Greg Tkacz and Karen Van Drie.
Kent District Library director Lance Werner has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science.
Macatawa Bank of Holland has named Catherine Dugan private banking relationship manager in Grand Rapids. Dugan is responsible for managing a portfolio of private banking clients, developing new private banking relationships both inside the bank and within the community and expanding client relationships.
C.D. Barnes Construction announced it has been selected general contractor for construction of Fresenius Medical Care in Grand Rapids. The construction firm will renovate about 9,300 square feet of space at the corner of Callander Drive and 43rd Street. It will consist of 16 dialysis stations, three private treatment rooms, office space, nurse’s station, staff lounge, locker area and conference room. The project will take about three months to complete.
Miller-Davis Co. announced the addition of Josh Seiler, safety coordinator.
Triangle Associates Inc. has named James D. Conner vice president of business development.
Danielle Mason Anderson, a principal in the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home, which provides juvenile offenders safety, care and training to help reduce recidivism through positive enforcement.
Grand Rapids Public Museum announced it has received a $49,200 planning grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Great Lakes Stewardship Program. The grant will be used to create a Youth Watershed Design Team composed of high school students who will develop concepts for educational programs and a museum exhibition focused on watersheds.
Guiding Light Mission has received a $5,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation for its shelter and meal programs.
Seth W. Wolk, M.D., MHSA, has been named president of Spectrum Health Medical Group.
Cooley Law School of Lansing associate dean Joan P. Vestrand was honored as a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The 2014 Leaders in the Law class included five Cooley graduates or board members, including board member Thomas Crammer, who was selected Lawyer of the Year.
James L. Scott, a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been chosen by Client Choice as winner of its Intellectual Property – Trademarks category in Michigan. Scott was recognized for his excellence in client service by Client Choice, which gathered reviews and conducted independent research from general counsels to compile the ranking.
Classic Transportation & Warehousing announced the promotion of Rod Cooper to president.
First Tee of West Michigan announced Kelly Leamon-McLaughlin has been added to its board of directors. McLaughlin will work with directors to ensure First Tee provides young people with the highest degree of life skills instruction through its educational programs.
Mary Sumners has joined Parrish Consulting as senior project manager.
The United Methodist Community House board of directors has appointed Terry McCarthy, Peggy Helsel and Kelechi Adibe to three-year terms.
West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology has appointed Nathan Salazar adult career training program director.
Signature Associates announced former intern Cameron Timmer has become a sales associate specializing in industrial brokerage for the West Michigan team. Timmer focuses on representing clients in acquisitions and disposition of industrial properties throughout West Michigan.
RedWater Restaurant Group will open the first of two new restaurants at the Cascade Watermark location April 15. The restaurant, Cork, will have a public grand opening June 13 featuring a Patio Party with live music, outdoor bars and access to new dining areas. The second restaurant, Vintage, will open June 14. It will feature an expansive wine list, prime steaks and seafood under the direction of Chef Glenn Forgie.
Cabela’s Grandville recently kicked off its Wildlife Land Management Program with tractor test drives and free land management seminars. The store also offered free professional walleye seminars and boat safety exams using the Holland and Grand Valley flotillas of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Clothing retailer Gordmans has opened a store in Norton Shores at Lakeshore Marketplace, 5159 Harvey St. At the grand opening festivities March 28, Tracie Wickenhauser, senior vice president of stores, presented a check for $2,500 to the Mona Shores Public Schools to launch the retailer’s Partners in Education fundraising events.
The Geek Group, a membership organization that provides resources for those working to take their idea from design to prototype to full production in one facility, announced it has received a donation from Autodesk Inc. of more than $200,000 in 3D design software. Geek Group members now will have access to Autodesk’s Building Design and Product Design CAD Suites.