Change Ups: Conner appointed to operations committee


Triangle Associates’ James D. Conner, vice president of business development, was appointed to the operations committee of the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority. The committee advises and assists the CAA’s board of directors in the operations of the organization’s facilities. Established in March 2000 by the city of Grand Rapids and Kent County, the Authority administers DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and the Van Andel Arena, and encourages economic development within the West Michigan region.


Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC announced the promotions of Maryrose J. Cook to senior accountant and Barbara A. Garza to manager.


Byce & Associates Inc. in Kalamazoo announced the additions of Angela Tibaudo, administrative project coordinator; Rick Eshlaman, senior civil engineer; Ron Cook, senior electrical designer; Trevor Richardson, mechanical engineer; and Tim Baker, project manager. Matthew Norko was named marketing manager, and Jason Quarry was named Building Information Modeling manager.


The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s GiftWorks: Make it, Take it, Give it program runs through Dec. 23. The daily program gives children an opportunity to make, wrap and share a gift with someone special. Details: 

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Innovation Gallery is a new science exhibit and interactive space with more than 26 interactive challenges, including the use of endoscopic manipulation, game show-style food systems quizzes, race car building, wind turbine construction, and “dancing” MRI and X-ray images that follow your every move, climate simulator, music and augmented sound generator and more.


City of Grand Rapids treasurer John Globensky was awarded the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association’s Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence Award.

Escribano Smith Agency in Wyoming is a recipient of DTE Energy’s 2017 Business Pride Contest for explaining why it is proud of the agency and how a $5,000 DTE energy makeover can enhance its business.

The Federal Highway Administration presented the Michigan Department of Transportation and Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman with the Roadway Safety Foundation Award for its risk reduction solutions, contributions to roadway safety and defining safety issues experienced by emergency responders on Michigan highways. The GRFD partnered with MDOT, the Michigan State Police, the Kent County Road Commission, the West Michigan Transportation Operations Center and private towing companies on this effort.

Grand Rapids resident and Ferris State University student Alana Fletcher won the Illustrators of the Future Contest. Fletcher will travel to Hollywood for a weeklong workshop, attend a gala awards ceremony and have the opportunity to win the Golden Brush Award and $5,000. Her art will be published in “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34.”


Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo hired Mark Candey as a mortgage loan officer and Mitch Vrooman transitioned from a retail role to mortgage loan officer.

Lake Michigan Credit Union’s Santa’s Best Helpers one- to two-minute video contest recognizes community members who better the lives of others throughout the year with acts of kindness, service and goodwill. The contest is part of LMCU’s Santa Squad, an annual initiative focused on giving back to the community each day in the month of December leading up to Christmas Eve. Submissions can be made here:

Holland-based Macatawa Bank announced Kurt DeHorn joined its mortgage sales team as vice president, mortgage loan originator in its Grand Rapids market.

Steven Todd joined Holland-based Macatawa Bank as vice president, commercial banker senior for its Kalamazoo market.


Adamy Valuation announced Meg Post was promoted to director.


Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo announced the hiring of Rachael Jennings, culture coordinator; Kevin Frye, project manager; Troy Geister, project superintendent, who is working on Dansville Schools’ 2016 bond program; and project engineers Amjed Al-Qudah and Allison Warner.


ASTI Environmental received $200 million in incentives via grants, tax credits, loans and tax increment financing to redevelop distressed properties. 

The Kent County Lead Task Force created a draft of recommendations for the Board of Commissioners to consider regarding the public health threat caused by lead. Its recommendations can be read at 

The Kent County Recycling & Education Center at 977 Wealthy St. SW is undergoing upgrades to improve recycling efficiency and add dairy cartons and juice boxes to its list of accepted materials. Upgrades will continue through Dec. 19; the facility is closed and unable to accept materials until upgrades are completed.


Grand Wealth Management announced Steven A. Starnes was named a principal with the firm.


Gray Skies Distillery released Breakfast Rye, its first rye whiskey available for purchase in its tasting room and through licensed retailers, bars and restaurants around Michigan via statewide distribution.


Barry Community Health’s new facility is at 200 S. Boltwood St. in Hastings. Capacity to serve the community will be nearly doubled, accommodating 3,500 patients. Medical services offered at the center includes family practice, dental and mental health services.

Great Lakes Management Services Organization announced the appointment of Surya Desiraju as chief operating officer.

Dr. Richard L. Brown joined ConcertoHealth in Kalamazoo as market medical director for West Michigan/Kalamazoo.

Jeremy Moore, director of community health innovations for Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, is one of 40 people nationwide selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program, co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Hospitality Association announced the 2017 winners of the 10th annual Way Above Visitor Expectations Awards: Restaurants & Breweries: Carmen GehringCygnus27; Lodging 150+ Rooms: Janet JohnsonJW Marriott Grand Rapids; Lodging Less than 150 Rooms: Jordan StrahCountry Inn & Suites East Beltline; Retail & Service: Adeshola MakindeMadcap Coffee; Attractions & Events and CTA Star of the Year: Candice Flesza-Smith, Discovering Michigan; and Volunteer in Hospitality: Melissa GrekoShowspan. The six winners also will be nominated in their respective categories for the Stars of the Industry Awards, and the winners will be announced at the 2018 Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference.


D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s announced Ben Brower was promoted to director of Family Preservation Services.


SeyferthPR announced vice president of government affairs Eileen McNeil was named to the ownership team of the firm.


Meritage Hospitality Group announced it closed The Crooked Goose in Standale and plans to re-open it next spring as Taco Vista, a Cali-Mex taqueria.


SpartanNash and its Fast Lane online grocery shopping services debuted its home delivery service through the Knapp’s Crossing D&W Fresh Market, 2000 East Beltline Ave. NE. Delivery is currently available in select zip codes, including 49525, 49301, 49503, 49505 and 49506. Free at-home delivery is available for customers’ first three Fast Lane orders using the code “FASTLANE” with a minimum purchase of $50. For more information, visit


Pogoda Companies in Farmington Hills announced the addition of new management properties: The former East 32nd Self Storage in Kentwood was rebranded with Pogoda’s trademarked name, National Storage Centers – Kentwood; and State Self Storage in Toledo, Ohio, will keep its name, but Pogoda Advantage will conduct a full management makeover.


Ada-based Amway and The American Football Coaches Association’s “Cameo with the Coaches” Sweepstakes will give college football fans exclusive access to the televised AFCA Awards and meet several of the nation's top coaches Jan. 9, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Grand Rapids Griffins kicked off the 2017-18 hockey season with a new conference room, Custer Inc. announced. This is the first time the Griffins updated their conference room since the Van Andel Arena was built in 1995.

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