Change Ups: Cimitile tapped as GVSU provost, executive VP


Starting July 1, with the opportunity for an extension, Maria Cimitile will be Grand Valley State University’s new provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs. Cimitile currently is GVSU’s associate vice president for academic affairs. Previous administrative positions include associate dean for students and curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2005. She then returned to her faculty position three years later and then worked in various positions within the provost's office in 2009 followed by associate vice president in 2015.


Experience Grand Rapids hired Kelsey Helstowski as national sales manager following the retirement of Bob Snyders.


Ottawa County is accepting applications from landowners interested in preserving farmland. Its Purchase of Development Rights program is a voluntary program that preserves farmland by purchasing or receiving donations of development rights from an actively farmed property. For more information, call (616) 738-4852.


The Architecture Studio at Wightman & Associates Inc. in Benton Harbor added the following to its team of architectural and planning professionals: Carl Baxmeyer, J. Vincent Rigg and Mark R. Smith.


The Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon was awarded the 2017 Sustainability Champion Award at the 2017 Sustainability Champion Awards Ceremony.


Haworth Inc. announced Interphase Interiors, an exclusive dealer for Haworth, was awarded the national 2017 Best In Class distinction for the sixth consecutive year and was recognized as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Schupan & Sons Inc. in Kalamazoo and LP Transport LTD (LP Padnos) in Holland are the recipients of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ 2016 Best Fleet Award Medium Class 1,000,001 – 5,000,000 Miles Award.


Kalamazoo-based Consumers Credit Union Vice President of Organization Development Kristen Davidson was named Professional of the Year by the Credit Union National Association’s Human Resources and Organizational Development Council.


Jennifer Westra joined Kentwood Office Furniture as a human resource manager.

Muskegon-based Kohley’s Superior Water & Propane marked its 60th anniversary.


Rockford Construction was awarded a $6.3-million loan and $13 million in Tax Increment Financing through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Michigan Strategic Fund for a planned mixed-use development on Grand Rapids’ West Side at the corner of Bridge Street and Seward Avenue. The project includes a Meijer grocery store, 116 market-rate apartments Rockford will manage, a 275-space parking deck and an office and retail building. The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology will occupy 20,000 square feet of the available 56,000. The development also includes an affordable housing development by Inner City Christian Federation; the first floor of ICCF’s building will feature retail space.

Wolverine Building Group hired the following employees: Richard L. Robbins Jr., project manager; Drew Sorenson, project manager; Meghann Varnum, assistant project manager; Ryan Balagna, superintendent; Patrick Tynan, superintendent; Brandon Haywood and Jaeger Valk-Feeney, crew workers; and Nailah Stackhouse, administrative receptionist.


Kent County Commissioner Stan Ponstein recently was elected to the board of the Michigan Association of Counties.


The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business was recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders

Hope College psychology faculty member Lindsey Root Luna is the recipient of the 53rd Hope Outstanding Professor Educator Award by the graduating Class of 2017.


Perrin Brewing in Comstock Park recently released its high gravity double black lager Black Goat, the third specialty bottle release of 2017 from the Perrin Pub.


The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission received a $210,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration to help spur economic development in West Michigan. The funding to work with local communities within the five-county region, including Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana counties.


CSL Plasma Inc. has opened a new plasma collection center at 1290 28th St. SW in Wyoming.

Robinet Physical Therapy in Rockford added to its staff Jason Meagrow and Sydney Savage, both doctors of physical therapy.

Spectrum Health announced the retirement of Asghar Khaghani as Richard DeVos Endowed Director for heart and lung transplant surgery and mechanical circulatory support with the Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program. Cardiothoracic surgeon Theodore J. Boeve will succeed Khaghan.


Individuals associated with Porter Hills are recipients of 2017 LeadingAge Michigan awards: Caring Spirit Award, Shirley Evans, care partner at Meadowlark Retirement Village; 2017 Certificate of Merit, Rich Kafulani, Marywood Health Center employee, in partnership of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and Porter Hills; and Group Volunteer Award, Marywood Health Center’s Pastoral Care Team.


The Brian O’Neil Insurance Agency earned Meemic Insurance Co.’s top sales award, the 2016 President’s Circle of Honor Designation.

Hylant announced the promotion of Jeff Lumpp to president of its Grand Rapids office.


834 Design & Marketing added full-time staff members Kayden Grinwis, web director; Emma Thibault, public relations coordinator; and Mari Behovitz, digital coordinator.


The Keller Williams Grand Rapids North office opened a new state-of-the-art office at 3237 Platinum St. NE.

X Ventures relocated to the Exhibitors Building in downtown Grand Rapids, 220 Lyon St. NW, Suite 500.


Harvest Health Foods celebrated its 65th anniversary. Henry Diedering, 90, opened the first grocery store in 1952 on Wealthy Street, shortly after coming to the United States from the Netherlands. It has grown to three locations and employs 70 people and still is family owned and operated.


M&K Truck Centers in Wyoming announced the promotions of Steve Waters to regional vice president of operations and Don Kortman to vice president of parts. Both are new leadership positions.


Fox Technologies Inc. released BoKS ServerControl 7.1, a privileged access management solution for organizations strategically deploying Enterprise Linux driven by accelerating business investments in Cloud, Big Data and Digital Transformation.

Open Systems Technologies welcomed to its Grand Rapids office Brett Butler, application development consultant, and Mitch Kett, senior application development consultant.

Trivalent Group in Grandville announced the following appointments: Aaron Darland, account manager for Trivalent’s Mid-Michigan Branch in Mount Pleasant; Angela Applebee, account manager for the company’s Capital Area branch in East Lansing;  Becky Peuler, inside client account manager; and Jenna Cairo, market development specialist.


Jeremy Forrester joined TelDesigns in Holland as a senior strategic consultant.


The West Michigan Airport Authority, comprised of Park Township and the cities of Holland and Zeeland, named the appointments of Beth Blanton, Skip Keeter and Scott Corbin to its board.


West Michigan Tourist Association marked its 100th anniversary. In 1917, delegates from across Michigan gathered in the former Pantlind Hotel, now part of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, to form what they dubbed the Michigan Tourist and Resort Association. With over 850 member properties throughout the area, WMTA is recognized as the leading source of travel information for the West Michigan area.

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