Edward Myers joined Bradley Company’s brokerage team in Grand Rapids as an expert in medical and health care real estate. For 18 years, Myers worked for Spectrum Health Hospital System where he led a team of 20 brokers and support staff to manage more than 7 million square feet of owned and leased space. Myers’ capabilities include acquiring and disposing of properties, leading merger and integration due diligence reviews for hospitals and physician groups, and developing buy/lease analysis and real estate portfolio recommendations.
Tim Sinen and Chris Ebrom, outside sales professionals at FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids, received the Bronze Sales Award at the 2019 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit in St. Louis, Missouri.
Holland-based Macatawa Bank promoted Erich VanRavenswaay to senior vice president, chief wealth management officer.
Michael Thomas joined Holland-based Macatawa Bank’s retail lending team as vice president of mortgage sales.
Valley City Electronic Recycling in Kentwood was named a Best For The World 2019 honoree by B Lab for its positive impact in communities, sustainability and environment excellence throughout the state.
Welsh & Associates in Kalamazoo announced the addition of Spencer Welsh as executive search consultant.
Wolverine Building Group announced the promotions of Jamerson M. Ries to vice president of operations and Paul McGuire to vice president of field operations.
A team of students from Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan in Muskegon won the 2019 American Culinary Federation Knowledge Bowl National Championship. The student chefs, Stanley Mersino (baking and pastry) of Spring Lake, Rachelle Murphy (food and beverage management) of Grand Haven, Camryn Potter (baking and pastry) of Zeeland and Kate Strauss (culinary arts) of Grand Haven, earned the CIM’s first ACF Knowledge Bowl national title at the competition finals in Orlando, Florida.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Advanced Technology Center is hosting a Skilled Trades Expo on Oct. 3. The expo at the Texas Township Campus will show prospective students automotive technology, electrical technology, HVAC, engineering, design and manufacturing technology, welding technology and training for other skilled trades and technical careers — all available through Kalamazoo Valley.
Jackson-based Consumers Energy announced it ranks highest in customer satisfaction among large natural gas providers in the Midwest, according to the J.D. Power 2019 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. The utility received the highest marks among 17 utilities included in the segment of large gas utilities in the Midwest.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Battle Creek-based Kellogg Co. announced it has reached an institutional partnership with Battle Creek Unlimited’s Southwest Michigan Accelerator Kitchen, a proposed facility that will be housed in downtown Battle Creek’s Tiger Room. Services the accelerator will provide include access to capital, culinary design and food manufacturing/safety expertise, marketing support, accounting and legal services to grow and create additional jobs.
USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards nominated Long Road Distillers in multiple categories: Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery, Best Craft Gin Distillery, Best Craft Vodka Distillery and Best Craft Brandy Distillery for 2019. This marks the third year that Long Road was nominated in the Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery category.
Muskegon Surgery Center announced a major expansion of its facility is completed, with a 24,000-plus-square-foot addition that increases the size of the surgery center by more than 50%. It includes 28 new post-op patient recovery bays, six of which are larger for patients requiring medical observation for a longer period of time after surgery. New features also included an orthopedic urgent care center, new exam rooms and offices for foot/ankle and trauma treatment.
Wendy Sellers, founder of “Puberty: The Wonder Years,” was named a 2019 American School Health Association Fellow.
CLC Network, nationally recognized for its pioneering concept of creating inclusive education strategies at schools and churches for disabled individuals, rebranded as All Belong Center for Inclusive Education.
Baar & Lichterman PLLC in Grandville announced Michael Lichterman was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 for his work in the practice area of trusts and estates.
Fifty-three Warner Norcross + Judd LLP attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list in the 14th annual publication of Michigan “Super Lawyers Magazine.” The peer-review award recognizes attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Four Miller Canfield Grand Rapids attorneys were named in Best Lawyers 2020: Robert L. DeJong, Charles S. Mishkind, Stanley J. Stek and Trent J. Taylor, who was also named Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law. Five Miller Canfield Grand Rapids attorneys were named in Super Lawyers 2019: DeJong, Joseph Infante, Mishkind, Stek and Taylor.
Mika Meyers PLC attorneys Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer, John M. DeVries, Douglas A. Donnell, Scott E. Dwyer, Neil L. Kimball and Ross A. Leisman were included in the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. Attorneys Daniel J. Broxup, Benjamin A. Dilley, Bradley A. Fowler and Michael J. Huff were included in the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars.
Miller Johnson hired the following attorneys to its Grand Rapids office: Brett Liefbroer, employee benefits and executive compensation; Chris Hoffmann, employment and labor; Shoran Reid Williams, litigation; Jon Andersh, real estate; Caitlin Farrell, M&A; Chad Antuma, litigation; Jeremy Scherlinck, M&A; Chelsea Austin, corporate; and Mark Greidanus, real estate.
Twenty-five Warner Norcross + Judd LLP attorneys were named to Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine’s Rising Stars list. The peer-reviewed award requires attorneys to be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Those selected are noted for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and personal achievement.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Experience Grand Rapids announced the economic impact in Grand Rapids via the September meetings and conventions: Total No. of meetings: 19; total attendees: 3,870; total hotel nights: 6,992; and total estimated spending: $4,138,779.
Franchise owners Bob Middleton, Bill Biga, Adam Chandler, Carl Chandler and Ryan Garrett opened a Jersey Mike’s Subs at 452 N. Beach Blvd. in Grand Haven.
McDonald’s added McDelivery with DoorDash across Michigan, the nation’s on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery, following a 200-restaurant pilot in Houston, Texas. McDonald’s orders can be made through the DoorDash mobile app or on doordash.com. McDonald’s also is part of DashPass, DoorDash’s nationwide subscription program. For $9.99 a month, DashPass offers its members unlimited no-charge delivery fees on orders $12 dollars or more from thousands of participating restaurants.
X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC demonstrated their full portfolio of hardware and software designed to streamline the color workflow process from pre-press, formulation, print production and quality control at the Labelexpo Europe, Sept. 24-27 in Brussels, Belgium. Also, the eXact spectrophotometer and ColorCert quality control software will be on display in Labelexpo’s Flexible Packaging Arena as part of the conventional and digital press lines producing indirect food contact flexible packaging
TRAVEL & TOURISM
Midwest Express announced the Elite Airways aircraft, with exterior Midwest Express branding, will service initial flight destinations to Grand Rapids. The plane recently arrived at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport where travelers were given Midwest Express chocolate chip cookies, which will be baked onboard all Midwest Express-marketed flights.