James Hadley, an emergency medical technician for Life EMS Ambulance, was honored recently with the 2014 Star of Life Award at the American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life celebration in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes the dedication and achievements of those within the EMS profession nationwide. Hadley earned the award for going beyond his assigned duties to help coordinate LIFE EMS Ambulance’s presence at major community events.
Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors announced the additions of Tracy VanderHeide, senior accountant; Jennifer Hannenburg, accountant; and Jamie Langlois, accounting assistant.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Professional Service Industries Inc., an engineering, consulting and testing company, announced the promotion of Francis “Jim” Mateer to branch manager of its Kalamazoo office.
Community West Credit Union has hired Kendra Craven as business development manager and Kathy Disher as call center and dealer direct manager at the Kentwood branch.
Custer announced the addition of Gregg Richardson, chief financial officer.
Joseph J. Horak has been named director of the Family Owned Business Institute at Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University.
Cynthia Kay & Co. announced it has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Great Lakes regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Firestone Building Products Co. LLC has honored J&L Roofing Co. with the 2014 Master Contractor Award, a distinguished commercial roofing quality honor. The Grand Rapids firm is one of 251 to earn the distinction for roofing system excellence.
Grand Rapids Community College announced the following students are award recipients for their leadership skills, academic excellence and campus involvement: Arielle Brown, Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award; Yolanda Cruz-Olguin, Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award; Todd Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award; and Rafael Pastrano, Brian Kloet Campus Inovlement Award.
Jennifer Fellinger has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president for public affairs and marketing at Holland’s Hope College.
Lake Michigan Financial Group has hired David Mills, vice president of credit union sales. Mills will act as LMFG’s national representative, interacting with other credit union executives seeking a mortgage-servicing partner.
Murphy Business & Financial Corp. announced Michigan brokerage firm Company Connections has joined it as Murphy Business — Great Lakes Region, with plans to develop Murphy franchise offices throughout Michigan and Indiana.
CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced Health Intervention Services and Cherry Street Health Services have been awarded two grants totaling $85,000.
Grand Rapids Public Museum announced it has received a $49,200 planning grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust Great Lakes Stewardship Program to create a Youth Watershed Design Team composed of high school students who will develop concepts for educational programs and a museum exhibition.
Guiding Light Mission has received a $5,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation for its shelter and meal programs.
Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare announced it is the first in southwest Michigan to offer a newly FDA-approved Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor, which monitors cardiac patients’ abnormal heart rhythms using cellular technology.
Emmanuel Hospice announced the additions of Ryan Goodwin, director of marketing and community engagement, and Heather O’Brien, director of volunteer and bereavement services.
Bruce Lyon has joined Porter Hills’ Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta as its director.
Family Futures has hired John Gebhart, data analyst. Gebhart will focus on database administration, analysis, reviews and reporting, as well as program quality assurance and web development and design.
HNI, a non-traditional insurance brokerage and business advisory firm, announced the additions of Jacob Schrock, relationships manager, and Melissa Russell, service team support specialist.
Nathan Smith recently opened a State Farm Insurance agency at 4160 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Suite A, in Standale, creating three new jobs. He can be reached at (616) 453-2206 or nathan at lakemichigansf dot com.
Cooley Law School has been ranked by The National Jurist magazine as one of the best law schools in the nation for practical legal training. Cooley received an “A” rating and ranked 17th out of 93 schools for being the most committed, having the broadest offerings, and being the most successful in experiential training curriculum.
Attorney Joseph J. Gavin was elected to membership at Miller Johnson. His practice is primarily commercial litigation.
LEISURE & RECREATION
FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek announced a new website featuring online games to enhance FireKeepers’ guests’ experience. It includes a customized user-friendly interface for greater accessibility. Details: FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com.
Paragon D&E announced the promotion of Andrew Samrick to managing director of its advanced manufacturing division.
WZZM 13 News anchor Juliet Dragos is the recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s Brain Injury Awareness Award. The TV station also announced the addition of Greg Ghering as nightside connections desk editor.
Well House has entered the online Seeds of Change Grant Program to receive a $20,000 or $10,000 grant given to support sustainable, community-based gardening and farming programs. Website visitors have through April 21 to vote for deserving organizations: seedsofchangegrant.com/TheGallery.aspx.
Gov. Rick Synder has appointed Christopher Mills of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology.
SVG Real Estate Firm agent Ashley Dietch has been named one of the top 30 Realtors under age 30 in the country by the National Association of Realtors.
Century Club Shops on Western, 356 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, announced its newest boutiques: LeFleur Flower Shoppe, Apple Valley Yarn West, Maggie’s Gourmet Food & Gifts and Glo’s Repurpose on Purpose.
Grand Rapids has been named host city for the 2016 National Association of Sports Commissions Symposium. The symposium features the Sports Marketplace, the longest-running tradeshow for the sports tourism market.
Optio Data announced it has reached Microsoft Gold Partnership status.
Todd Wenzel Automotive announced the acquisition of its third Michigan dealership, Jim Waldron Buick GMC of Davison, which will be renamed Todd Wenzel Buick GMC of Davison.