Change Ups: Downtown Market snags award


The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects has recognized Montclair, N.J.-based Hugh A. Boyd Architects with an Honor Award in the Built Open category for its design of Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Grand Action, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the city’s downtown, developed the new market. The 132,000-square-foot building is a three-level warehouse-style steel and metal structure with rooftop greenhouses whose focus is local food.


Hungerford Nichols senior accountant Jenny VanBemmelen has earned her CPA certification.


GMB Architecture + Engineering announced the additions of Justin Wolfenden, mechanical engineer based at GMB’s Holland headquarters, and at the firm’s Grand Rapids office Andrew Howard andSeason Gilliam, architecture team, and David Heitz, design technician.

TowerPinkster has hired Marika Hawes-Ruhrup, senior mechanical engineer; CarrieHoch-Mortlock, human resources manager; George (Buddy) Huyler and Tom Kaywood, senior project managers; Kendra Logan, administrative coordinator; Michelle VanderBor, project management assistant; and Yvonne VanWormer, senior interior designer. Also, Bjorn Green passed the American Planning Association certification exam, and Ashley Brenner was promoted to full-time design architect.


Experience Grand Rapids Director of Marketing Kelly McGrail has been chosen as a 2015 30 Under 30 participant by Destination Marketing Association International.


Old National Bancorp has hired Martha (Marty) Richardson, senior vice president, capital markets, and Chip Windisch, vice president, capital markets.


Custer announced the addition of Tobi Hartman, design sales consultant.

Four Michigan Works! agencies will combine starting Oct. 1 to become West Michigan Works! offering a consistent menu and level of services across the region. The larger regional structure also will provide the flexibility to identify and fund workforce solutions across county borders.


CSM Group has promoted Andrew Dobbs and Lindsay Adomaitis to project managers and Brian Beaver to project director. New additions are: Sturling Becker, project engineer; Angela Curry, account coordinator; and Dan Halnon, Robert Brown and Rod Ritenour, construction managers.


Consumers Energyand Grand Valley State University announced they will create a three-story, 35,000-square-foot leadership center that will be owned by the energy company and designed for professional development for company employees. It is scheduled to open in late 2016 on Grand Valley’s Robert C. Pew Campus.


Venues Today listed Van Andel Arena at No. 2 for all U.S. venues and No. 4 for venues worldwide with a capacity between 10,001 and 15,000. Venues Today measures a venue’s presence on digital platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as check-in data from Foursquare/Swam measuring fans’ on-site social media engagement.


Churchill Mortgage announced the addition of Lindsay Sall,  home loan specialist.

Michael J. Michalak has been named a member of the 2015 Chairman’s Council of New York Life.


Aquinas College was selected to receive a grant of $238,646 under the Student Support Services Program by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, to provide academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and motivate students toward successful completion of their postsecondary education. 


The Center for Physical Rehabilitation has added Wendi Corelli, manager of athletic training, and Robyn Smith, director of sports and wellness.


Mel Trotter Ministries will restructure its thrift stores and auto program: The Grand Rapids thrift store will close and the building will sold; the Belding thrift store building will remain under ownership but will be leased to another retailer; the auto program will no longer be hosted at its Grand Rapids location but will continue to accept donated vehicles. The Sparta and Jenison thrift stores will remain open as usual. MTM will work with a third-party vendor to maximize donation opportunities.


Lakisha D. Favorite and NaChelle D. Webster received Warner Norcross & Judd 2015 Law School Scholarship and Paralegal/Legal Assistant Scholarship, respectively, which assist minority students from Michigan in completing their legal studies. The competitive scholarship is administered and awarded by Grand Rapids Community College.


Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor ha won three national Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications in the Best Radio Documentary Series, Radio Documentary-One Time, and Major News Event categories.

WZZM 13 has added seasoned investigative journalist David Bailey to its Watchdog Investigative Team. Bailey previously was chief investigative reporter for WWMT in Kalamazoo.


West Michigan Center for Arts +Technology has appointed Daniel Williams executive director. Williams previously was principal of University Prep Academy and will work with current executive director Kim Dabbs through the transition.


Alaina Korreck and Abby Timmer have joined Lambert, Edwards & Associates as an associate and digital specialist, respectively.


Gov. Rick Snyder today announced Sharon Conklin of Comstock Park, Dave Goller of Rockford and Thomas O’Brien of Freemont have been reappointed to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission.


RE/MAX United welcomed RealtorsSally Reinke,Stephanie Militello andShawn Kiphart to the Rockford office. Realtors Brian SchaapLeisa Lodden,Tammy Stone and Adrianne Ruth have joined the Grand Rapids office.


Frames Unlimited announced the promotion of Kyle Zimdar to president. He will have the responsibility of overseeing both retail and wholesale operations of the business.


Lynn Happel, owner and principal veterinarian of Eastown Veterinary Clinic, has been elected chair of the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine for 2015-16.


Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games announced its inaugural All-Michigan Athlete and State Champ Recognition Program. The All-Michigan Athlete honorees comprise the gold medal winners in individual events from the 2015 Winter and Summer Games. For more information, visit

Forward Robert Thrailkill Jr. of Grand Rapids Sled Wings adult sled hockey team has been named to the 2015-16 U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team, marking the third consecutive year he has been selected for the squad.


Neunoia LLC in Comstock Park announced Dan Mehren has joined the firm as an equity stakeholder/executive vice president in charge of business development.


The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Dave Lorenz will serve as vice president of Travel Michigan. Lorenz has been serving as acting vice president since June.

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