Change-Ups: Brame named to 2020 Leaders in the Law Class

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Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids Associate Dean and Professor Tracey Brame has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law Class of 2020. Brame is passionate about criminal law and defense cases, and has a strong disposition for advocacy work. She believes far too many African Americans are in prison because they did not receive the appropriate legal representation. Collaborating with the Kent County Probation Department, Brame has helped to establish a Teen Court, offering an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for first-time, nonviolent juvenile offenders.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Kalamazoo-based LKF Marketing has hired Kristin Keirns as account manager.

ARTS

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ interdisciplinary contemporary art exhibition, “A Beautiful Struggle: Black Feminist Futurism,” is an exhibition that explores the integration of Black feminist and Afrofuturist ideas. The exhibit runs through June 14.

AWARDS

Experience Grand Rapids recently was presented the 2020 Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration in the tourism education and training category during the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Grand Rapids. The award acknowledges the collaborative efforts EXGR made with Grand Rapids Public Schools, AHC + Hospitality and Grand Valley State University to implement the first National Academy Foundation Hospitality & Tourism academy in Michigan.

John Kennedy IV, general manager of Autocam Medical, was named the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Newsmaker of the Year in the Manufacturing category. He was honored during the publication’s recent Newsmaker of the Year awards breakfast held at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology announced the honorees during its recent iBall: WMCAT Award for Imagination, Urban Core Collective; WMCAT Award for Innovation, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and WMCAT Award for Inspiration, Joshua Peoples, in honor of the late James C. Welch.

West Michigan International/K&R Truck Sales is the recipient of Navistar International Corp.’s International Truck Presidential Award for achieving the highest level of performance for operation and financial standards, market representation and customer satisfaction.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Carla Flanders, vice president of marketing for the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, recently completed her third year at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Benton Harbor-based Wightman announced it has been named a Silver Business Partner of Esri, the developer of ArcGIS, a mapping and analytics software used in the commercial, government, manufacturing and utilities industries.

CONSTRUCTION

Engineered Heating & Cooling is CD Barnes’ first Key To Our Success Award winner for 2020. The award recognizes subcontractors who have exceeded expectations to ensure the success of a project.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Hungerford Financial announced the additions of Connor Price as paraplanner and Lynette Rogell as administrative professional.

FOUNDATIONS

Metro Health Hospital Foundation in Wyoming hired Rev. Katherine Lee Baker as head of corporate sponsorship and Tarah Sweedyk as chief storyteller and overseer of all annual giving initiatives.

GOVERNMENT

State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has been named by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to a bipartisan Prescription Drug Task Force focused on increasing transparency of, and working toward lowering, prescription drug costs.

The 20th Circuit Court announced the Ottawa County Recovery Court (drug court), a specialty program for non-violent felony offenders with acute substance use disorders, has been selected as one of eight mentor courts in the United States by the United States Department of Justice and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals for 2020-2022. A 2014 study by Grand Valley State University concluded drug court participants were 73% less likely to commit a new crime within three years of discharge from the drug court when compared to a similar group of people who were sentenced to traditional probation.

GRANTS

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Flagstar Foundation.

HEALTH

Health care trade magazine Becker’s Hospital Review has named Darryl Elmouchi, chief medical officer, Spectrum Health, and president, Spectrum Health Medical Group, to its list of 100 hospital and health system chief medical officers to know; and recognized Jason Joseph, Spectrum Health’s senior vice president and chief information officer, to its 2020 annual list of 100 hospital and health system CIOs to know.

Jackie Taylor, retired vice president for development at Davenport University, and Jim Preston, retired senior vice president for Wells Fargo, have been appointed to Emmanuel Hospice’s board of directors.

LEGAL

Secrest Wardle announced the promotion of Justin L. Cole to executive partner.

The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed Judge Timothy G. Hicks as Chief Judge of the 14th Circuit Court in Muskegon County. Hicks also named the following new court leaders: Judge Annette R. Smedley, Chief Judge Pro Tem; and Judge Gregory C. Pittman, Presiding Judge of the Family Division.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Wayland-based Gun Lake Casino provided more than $810,000 in cash bonuses to team members at the end of January. The bonuses are part of a quarterly incentive program, providing additional compensation to team members for their contributions toward making GLC a premier entertainment destination in West Michigan. GLC employs over 1,100 team members in a range of positions from hourly to salary and from part time to full time. All active team members and GLC college interns qualified to receive a share of the bonus pool.

MILITARY

Belding native and Machinist’s Mate (Auxiliary) 2nd Class sailor Robert McCully, assigned to the Navy’s USS Montpelier (SSN 765), was awarded Service Person of the Month for outstanding achievements and contributions to his command. McCully is the leading petty officer and work center supervisor of Dive Division aboard Montpelier. He gained the recognition from his chain of command for punching well above his weight when it comes to qualifications and contributing to his boat.

NONPROFITS

DO MORE GOOD announced the additions of Paige Riopelle, principal of Riopelle Design Group in Grand Haven, and Craig Clark, owner of Clark Communications in Grand Rapids, to its board of directors.

Gretchen Mousel joined the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology as director of finance and human resources.

RETAIL

Byron Center based SpartanNash has been named among the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation, according to the National Association for Business Resources.

TRANSPORTATION

The Michigan Concrete Association recognized the city of Kentwood and the Kent County Road Commission with an Award of Excellence for the agencies’ joint project at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and 44th Street. The project’s goal was to improve traffic flow throughout the heavily traveled intersection, which serves as the entrance to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Completed in August 2019, the two-month project widened sections of both roads to provide dual left-turn lanes from eastbound 44th Street to northbound Patterson Avenue. The intersection’s north and west approaches also were reconstructed, receiving new full-depth concrete surfaces.

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