Change Ups: Children’s museum marks 18th anniversary


The Grand Rapids Children's Museum opened in 1997 at 11 Sheldon Ave. NE.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is celebrating its 18th anniversary with an animal-themed Birthday Street Party July 31. The event will reflect a mini-version of what the museum has to offer by featuring animal mask making, a bug matching game, bubble snakes, fish bean bag toss, snowcones, animal tattoos and more. The event is free but regular admission charges apply inside the museum. For more information, visit


Baker Holtz announced the additions of associates Michael Stodulski and Seth Hanenburg.

Crowe Horwath LLP has appointed Josh Cole managing principal of its national performance-consulting services.

Hungerford Nichols has promoted Betty Marier to staff accountant on the specialized accounting services team.


Lindsey Cadwallader-Katz has been hired by Stap in Richland as an account coordinator. 


Alexandra Stroh of Hudsonville is the recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship from Lake Trust Credit Union Foundation.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties has named among the leading government websites in the country. Ottawa County clinched the sixth spot in the nation compared to counties of similar size for improving services and boosting efficiencies.


Mark Millis has joined Independent Bank as a senior residential loan officer, working from the Cascade office. He is responsible for lending in Kent County, originating both first and second mortgages.

Northpointe Bank welcomed Cheryl Famulak, vice president, compliance officer, to the headquarters in Grand Rapids. Famulak has nearly 20 years of banking experience and was most recently in lending compliance and community reinvestment.


Cisco Inc., an industrial equipment supplier, has been recognized by Hawker as a Dealer of Excellence for the eighth consecutive year.

Forklifts of Michigan has been recognized by UniCarriers Americas as a gold-level winner of the Aftermarket Excellence Program.


Wolverine Building Group announced the retirement of Bill Cherry, field manager, after 43 years; the promotion of Mike Bilski to field manager; and the additions of Brittany Berry, project coordinator; Angela Wiersema, assistant project manager; and Bruce Soloway and Michael Taylor, superintendents.

Triangle Associates has named Kenneth W. Pitchford, senior project manager; Brett Verner, construction superintendent; and Paula Greene, executive administrator.


Grand Rapids Community College’s computer information systems department has reached a partnership with Cisco Networking Academy, CompTIA Academy and Microsoft IT Academy to provide students pursuing computer careers with access to the latest curricula and certifications.

Jeffrey S. Padnos, president of Padnos Inc., has been named for the second year the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative Business Ethics fellow for 2015-16. The program is within Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

Southwestern Michigan College criminal justice students Abbigale Guyott, Nicole Brill, Jon Brown and Justin Desjardin competed in the SkillsUSA National Championships in criminal justice in Louisville. They qualified after sweeping the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in April.


David Young, a financial advisor with the Holland branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named managing director – investment officer, and a member of the firm’s Premier Advisors Program.


The Holland Area Arts Council received a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland area that will fund its new hands-on art and design studio, Creative Connections, opening this fall.


The Ottawa County Planning Commission launched a crowd-funding campaign to secure funds for a widened bike lane on Lakeshore Drive between Butternut Drive and New Holland Street.


Mercy Health Saint Mary's was named Most Wired in 2015 by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wire survey, which examines how organizations are leveraging IT healthcare performance.

Northern Physical Therapy has added Stacy Tarrh, physical therapist and fitness director, who oversees the Northview Community and Wayland Community fitness centers, and treats patients at the Grand Rapids/Northview clinic; and Keith Slenk, physical therapist at the Grand Rapids/Northview clinic.


Senior Neighbors Inc. has merged with four older adult volunteer programs formerly of Gerontology Network: AARPExperience Core, Foster Grandparents, Traveling Grannies & Grandpas, and Senior Companions.


Dominion Risk Management has merged with West Michigan Insurance, resulting in an agency with three locations and multiple outside agents operating under the West Michigan Insurance Inc. name.


Jack Cook has rejoined Baker Perkins Inc. as die production supervisor.

Renée Messina has joined American Seating as a marketing project manager for the company’s transportation group.


Kim Dabbs, executive director of West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology since 2012, announced she is relocating to Germany. She will remain at WMCAT and assist with the transition to new leadership until October.


Berkshire Hathaway Michigan Real Estate – Commercial announced Olga Hallstedt has joined its real estate team, resulting in the merger of her brokerage firm, Results! By Olga Hallstedt Commercial Real Estate Services PC.


Barb Stein of Stein Great Northern Trading Co. in Rockford has been recognized as one of America’s Retail Champions by the National Retail Federation. She is now in the running to be named America’s Retail Champion of the Year during NRF’s July 28-29 awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Child1st Publications LLC announced it will open its first retail store Aug. 21 at 2221 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.


The West Michigan Sports Commission announced USA Cycling has named Grand Rapids a host city for the 2017 and 2018 Fat Bike National Championships. Planned location is Indian Trails Golf Course. For more information visit


Fusionary celebrated its 20th anniversary as a digital studio specializing in designing and developing websites, apps, software and interactive novelties.

i3 Business Solutions announced the addition of Jim Rouse, project manager.

Trivalent Group has been named to The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Solution Provider 500 for its top revenue-generating technology integrators, MSPs and IT consultants in North America.

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