Change Ups: Edgar recognized as ‘outstanding’ Eagle Scout



The President Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored Christopher L. Edgar with the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, the highest Eagle Scout recognition a council can bestow. The recognition is granted to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. A Miller Johnson attorney, Edgar earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1960; his two sons and brother also are Eagle Scouts.


Brian Bourque has joined Extra Credit Projects as art director.


Moore & Bruggink Consulting Engineers Senior Project Manager John Racek was honored with the Engineer of the Year Award from the West Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.


Opera Grand Rapids announced trustees Cassandra Hayes, Amway, and Michael Stapleton, Fifth Third Bank, have joined its board, and James Brady of Dykema law firm is the new president.


Frank and Gina Lister, owners of Hearthstone Bistro and Catering, are the recipients of Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award.


CSM Group announced senior project manager Scott Comerford has received the Certified Healthcare Constructor certification.


Grand Rapids Community College announced Kevin R. Belk, chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department, and Grand Rapids Press columnist Tom Rademacher have been selected as 2013 Distinguished Alumni. Also, GRCC played host to 35 competitions as part of SkillsUSA Michigan’s state conference. More than 700 students and their parents attended the competition at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

Hope Academy of West Michigan announced it has named Todd Penning assistant principal, and Phillip Haack has celebrated his second year as principal. has named the following Calvin College professors to its Top 25 professor listings in their respective fields: education professor Clarence Joldersma, psychology professor Marjorie Gunnoe and nursing professor Adejoke Ayoola. Calvin joins U-M and MSU as the only schools that have faculty included in each of the three academic discipline categories.


ClearView Investments, a registered investment advisory firm,is celebrating the opening of its new office, 1352 Baldwin St., Jenison, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. May 6, followed by an open house until 8 p.m.

David M. Muilenberg, owner and LPL registered principal of Discovery Financial LLC, has been approved by the Million Dollar Round Table for 2013 membership, as well as the Court of the Table and Top of the Table.


W.K. Kellogg Foundations announced the selection of Rui Mesquita Cordeiro as director of Latin America and Caribbean programs. He will lead strategic programming initiatives in the region, managing a team based in the foundation’s Mexico City office.


The Spectrum Health System board of directors, Mecosta County Medical Center board of trustees and Mecosta County Board of Commissioners announced they have approved resolutions allowing MCMC to join the Spectrum Health System, with July 1 as the targeted integration date.


Hyatt Hotels Corp. has recognized Concord Hospitality with its Developer of the Year Award, which recognizes a company for its hotel development in strategic locations and construction quality and efficiency. Concord Hospitality manages Hyatt Place Grand Rapids-South, one of the first LEED-certified Hyatt Place Hotels.


Cintas Corp. in West Michigan announced it is teaming up with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank to sponsor a mobile food pantry program at Dickinson Elementary School. The monthly program will provide fruits, vegetables, dairy products and baked good to students and their families in the Dickinson neighborhood.


Advantage Benefits has been recognized by Priority Health as an Elite Agency. Of the more than 3,000 Michigan agents contracted to sell Priority Health, only 87 earn the Elite Agent status.


Miller Canfield announced Ronald E. Baylor, a principal in its Kalamazoo office, has been named leader of the law firm’s Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Group. In addition, he received the 2013 Outstanding Service Award given by Calvin College Alumni Association in recognition of his 30-plus years of volunteer service to the college.


Trans-Matic Manufacturing Co. Inc., Holland, has been awarded status as a Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program participant.

Trendway Corp. announced independent certifying organization NSF International has awarded it level 1 certified status, developed by BIFMA. Trendway also announced it is now a Zero Waste to Landfill company.


WZZM 13 is the recipient of three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards: Video Feature Reporting, Video Sports Reporting and Use of Video.


The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability announced the appointment of new board members: Joel Harner, Kirk Patton, Rich Bloem, Chris Hall, Aaron Ferguson, Gary Gray and Ramesh Gulatee. Alan Schwartz, Miller Johnson, serves as its legal counsel.


Meijer State Games of Michigan has been awarded the 2013 Extraordinary Event/Organization Award by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. The award recognizes organizations or events that encourage others to make healthy choices. Award finalists were recognized April 25 at the Michigan Legislative Session at the state Capitol in Lansing.


Iserv Co. LLC announced it has doubled its sales staff, added support staff, implemented a new customer assurance department and extended its call center hours to 24 hours a day, seven days a week through its Network Operations Center, which provides assistance, monitoring and support to customers.

Open Systems Technologies announced it has expanded its Grand Rapids headquarters with 5,000 square feet of new office space and the addition of 10 new developers, bringing its app development team in West Michigan to 60.

Trivalent Group announced the additions of: Patrick Swem, client services engineer I, Grandville Service Hub; Jennifer Ouderkirk, virtual chief information officer, and John Palmer, systems engineer I, both in the mid-Michigan territory, Mt. Pleasant branch; and Adam Stuifbergen, systems engineer I, Kalamazoo branch.


COMLINK announced the opening of a 9,000-square foot datacenter at 3950 Sparks Drive SE. The Grand Rapids datacenter is encased in concrete and features redundant 800Kva MTU generators along with ActivePower duel flywheel UPS systems. These N+1 redundant systems ensure clean, efficient and uninterrupted power.


Patty Janes, GVSU associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, won the Pure Michigan Jump Start Competition with her idea called Michigan Cares for Tourism. Janes beat four other finalists to win $5,000 to implement her idea.

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