Change Ups: Dynamic declared economic driving force


Courtesy Dynamic Conveyor Corporation

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. of Muskegon has been named one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots by Corp! Magazine. The award recognizes Michigan companies and entrepreneurs who are a driving force in the economy and state innovation. Dynamic Conveyor has manufactured custom conveyor systems since 1993. It provides alternatives to traditional conveyor systems to the parts manufacturing and food-processing industries. Its systems offer choices for length, width, inclines, declines, lateral turns, belt styles and accessory options.


Progressive AE announced health care team members Thomas D. Kingshott, senior mechanical technician, and Jeffrey C. Werle, senior mechanical designer, earned Medical Gas Specialist Certification from the American Society of Safety Engineers.

TowerPinkster’s new Grand Rapids office at 4 E. Fulton St. has achieved LEED ID+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Interior Design & Construction) Platinum certification, the highest possible from the U.S. Green Building Council.


Honigman Millers Schwartz and Cohn announced partner Kelly T. Murphy has been elected to a four-year term on the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival board of trustees beginning Sept. 1.


The Economic Development Foundation announced John Crandle of Horizon Bank in Portage is the2014 Southwestern Michigan SBA Lender of the Year. Crandle and Horizon Bank partnered with EDF and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program to create jobs and sustain small businesses throughout Southwestern Michigan.

Kendall College of Art and Design announced 2014 graduate Amy Johnson is the recipient of the American Advertising Federation’s Gold Award for her book “Letters Lost Then Found.”

Gov. Rick Synder announced Kids’ Food Basket founder Mary K. Hoodhood has received the Gov. George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism, and RSVP – Your Invitation to Volunteer of Kalamazoo has received the Outstanding National Service Program Award.

The University Communications Department at Grand Valley State University won four international Telly Awards: Silver Award, Seidman Center Dedication Video; Bronze Awards, Around Grand Valley Tour Video, AWRI Dedication Video and Mary Idema Pew Library Dedication Video. Mary Eilleen Lyon, associate vice president for university communications, produced the videos and William Cuppy of Cuppy Productions edited the videos.


Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Terry O’Rourke, senior vice president of finance. He will oversee LMCU’s finance department and its strategic planning initiatives.


Custer announced the addition of full-service professional management firm 217 Management to its existing offers of furnishings, technology, architectural products and interior design.


Fiske Guide to Colleges announced Calvin College again made the list of small colleges and universities strong in business and engineering.


Principal Financial Group announced Jeff VanStrien has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Penn.


Allegan General Hospital announced that Cassie Cammenga, certified pediatric nurse practitioner, has joined the staff of Allegan Medical Clinic, 551 Linn St., Allegan.

Metro Health Hospital has been reaccredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. The accreditation review process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for hospital patients.


Emmanuel Hospice presented the Caring Spirit Award to Sister Gabriela at a volunteer recognition luncheon. Gabriela serves as a board member, chaplain, vigil volunteer and nurse, and has served as the volunteer coordinator and bereavement coordinator. Emmanuel Hospice also announced the addition of Brenda Jaszczyszyn as clinical leader. 


Miller Johnson member/attorney Joseph J. Gavin was elected to serve a three-year term on the Grand Rapids Bar Association board of trustees.

Rhoades McKee announced the addition of Catherine A. Brainerd who joins its real estate and environmental law teams.

Scott A. Hughes, an associate of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, was elected as vice-chair of the Grand Rapids Bar Association Environmental Law Section.


Heart of West Michigan United Way Investor Relations Department announced the addition of account managers Chelsea Wojes, Olivia Wanczyk and Natalia Alejos, and of the new director of strategic alliances Matt Levin.

Western Michigan March of Dimes has elected its Grand Rapids Division board: chair, Mathew Zimmerman; board member, Joan Rikli; Signature Chefs Auction event chair, Amber Goodell; and Fund The Mission co-chairs for the Signature Chefs Auction, Dr. Andre and Kristen Gauri. The organization also announced the additions of Nicole Walters, director of development; Luke Petsch, senior community director; and Melissa Petersen, community director.

Friendship Ministries announced Tom VanWingerden is its new executive director. He has been involved in Friendship Ministries for more than 20 years as a leader and mentor.


Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Jeff Munford, of Grand Haven, to the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy and of Jessica Ann Tyson, of Kentwood, to the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio has been elected regional vice president of the International City/County Management Association.


NAI Wisinski of West Michigan announced the following additions: Teresa Campbell, Kalamazoo office administration; Julie Kemme, marketing coordinator; Mary Labinski, administrative assistant; and Carlynn Lawrence, property management accountant.

NorthStar Commercial announced the addition of Pamela Collins, who brings 13 years of industrial real-estate experience to NorthStar’s commercial brokerage team.


Brett Wustman has joined farm equipment dealer Burnips Equipment Co. in Coopersville as corporate controller.

SERVICES announced the opening of Wayland Auction Center, 3450 12th St., Wayland.

Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling Inc. announced it is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Joseph Connolly has joined M&W Inc. Asset Recovery and Liquidation as a sales and marketing account manager.


The Grand Rapids Drive announced it will move into the Shops @ Monroe Center and Division, commonly known as MoDiv. The space will become the NBA Development League’s retail shop for Drive merchandise and ticket window.


Trivalent Group Inc. announced senior cloud services engineer Andy Syrewicze was honored with the 2014 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award.


The Muskegon Area Transit System has added transit marketing specialist Karen J. Kacynski. She will be responsible for maintaining MATS’ web and social media sites, designing marketing and communications materials, bus advertising and other applicable public relations, marketing and communications activities.

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