Change Ups: Engineer earns design award


TowerPinkster mechanical engineer Jonathan Rumohr earned the highest award achievable by the international engineering society, ASHRAE, for his engineering design of Western Michigan University’s Heritage Hall. The hall now operates at a 50 percent reduction over the LEED energy model estimate and more than an 80 percent reduction over the ASHRAE energy standard. The project is the first LEED Platinum building in the Kalamazoo area and the fourth LEED Platinum higher education building in Michigan.


EQI in Norton Shores announced Kelly Christian was promoted to controller.


FineLine Creative in Spring Lake kicked off a yearlong celebration in honor of its 15th anniversary.


The Michigan Department of Transportation and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan presented Bergmann with a 2018 MDOT-ACEC Partnership Charter Award for its role on the bridge portion of MDOT’s I-75 reconstruction project in Monroe County.

Progressive AE hired Tod R. Stevens as a dedicated practice leader in the learning market.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced its summer program, Camp Curious, will be offered June 18-Aug. 17 to kids ages 4-14 who want to have fun exploring the wonders of science, history, culture and art. Sessions include space exploration, building with LEGOs and exploring summer traveling exhibits. Details: (616) 929-1700 or

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts announced the awards for its annual West Michigan Area Show for regional artists. The exhibition will be on view May 26-Sept. 2, with an awards reception for artists on May 24. Visual artists from Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties can submit up to three works online with an entry fee of $20 per artwork by 11:59 p.m. April 15. Visit for registration information.


Local First announced the recipients of its inaugural 2018 Good for Grand Rapids Awards: Good for the Environment: Furniture City Creamery and Community Automotive. Good for the Community: Hire for Hope and Celebration! Cinema and Studio C! Good for Governance: Wolverine Coil Spring and Glamour and Grit Floral. Good for Employees: Lindo Mexico Restaurante Mexicano and Malamiah Juice Bar.


Lake Michigan Credit Union hired Steven Kreider as a personal banker for LMCU’s Premier Banking unit. Premier Banking serves members with a $200,000-plus annual income and $1 million-plus in net worth with a suite of specially tailored products.


Kendall Hines and a private investor have acquired Lawn Doctor of Grand Rapids from Hines’ parents as co-owner and president.

Mid-City Supply, a wholesale distributor of HVAC and plumbing supplies, acquired Faber Inc. of Grand Rapids, becoming Mid-City Supply’s eighth branch.

Rhoda Kreuzer and her team at Partners In Action Inc. have moved to 967 Spaulding Ave. SE, Suite F, Ada. Its phone number remains the same: (616) 457-3453.

Tim Parker, president of West Olive-based Grand Angels, joined ACRE AgTech’s board of directors.

Trinity Clemens was named director of programs of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.


The Associated General Contractors of Michigan presented the 2017 Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Awards during its annual meeting in East Lansing: Building Michigan Award Winners: General Contractor, Division II – Gold Award: Miller-Davis Co., Kalamazoo; Division III – Gold Award: Schweitzer Inc., Battle Creek; Division IV – Gold Award: Grand River Construction Inc., Hudsonville; Division V – Gold Award: Rockford Construction Co. Inc., Grand Rapids; Specialty Contractor, Division I – Gold Award: Industrial Firebrick Corp., Wyoming; Division II – Gold Award: Cook-Jackson Co., Battle Creek; and Division V – Silver Award: Newkirk Electric Associates Inc., Muskegon. Recipients of the 2017 Building Michigan Awards: Design-Build category: Designer: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.; and Building Construction under $10 million, Designer: AECOM.

Lakewood Construction in Holland announced Chad Nienhuis joined the firm as director of pre-construction services.


The following West Michigan schools are winners of the Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School program, and will receive new water fountains/bottle filling stations due to funds from the Delta Dental Foundation and MESSA: Dudley STEM Elementary School, Battle Creek; International Academy at Hull, Benton Harbor; Ionia Middle School, Ionia; Lincoln Elementary School, Zeeland; Moon School, Muskegon; Muskegon Middle School, Muskegon; Orchard View Middle School, Muskegon; Shawmut Hills School, Grand Rapids; Southwest Community Campus, Grand Rapids; and Woodward School for Technology and Research, Kalamazoo.


Chad Zagar joined GreenStone Farm Credit Services as the vice president and managing director of the tax and accounting department,

Jason Wenk, founder of the Inc. 500 and the 10th fastest-growing company in America, FormulaFolios, was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced the promotion of Janean Couch to program director.


The city of Grand Rapids Fire Department and Grand Rapids Public Schools each received a $10,000 grant from the Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshall Program toward fire prevention and safety.

Spectrum Health Innovations was awarded a $727,000 grant from the city of Grand Rapids’ Smartzone Local Development Finance Authority that will be used over the course of three years to develop medical devices to solve health care problems in partnership with Grand Valley State University and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. It’s the largest grant SHI has received.


Spectrum Health was named one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018 for offering employer-provided commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria. In 2018, Spectrum Health is the only health care organization with the Best Workplace for Commuters Designation in Michigan.


Experience Grand Rapids hired Brandy McCallum as convention services manager following the promotion of Andie Newcomer to director of events.

Greenleaf Hospitality Group in Kalamazoo was named one of the Top 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation for the fifth year in a row by the National Association for Business Resources.


Hilger Hammond PC announced Aileen Leipprandt was appointed as co-chair to the State Bar of Michigan Construction Law Committee.

Secrest Wardle promoted Lori B. Fitzgerald to partner.


The Muskegon City Commission voted unanimously to approve beach camping at Pere Marquette Park for the inaugural Great Lakes Surf Festival slated for Aug. 18.


Lindberg/MPH in Riverside announced the shipment of a gas-fired immersion lead-melting and holding furnace to a supplier of the battery industry. This nine-tube immersion furnace will be used in the production of lead plates for automotive batteries.

Perrigo Co. plc announced Ronald L. Winowiecki was appointed chief financial officer.


Downtown Holland announced its inaugural charity shopping event, The Big Give, raised over $16,500 for the 15 nonprofit organizations that were selected to participate in the event.

Heart of West Michigan United Way hired A.J Quankenbush as director of individual giving.


NAI Wisinski of West Michigan welcomed Tom Bowers to the Grand Rapids property management team.


Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it has acquired 12 Wendy’s restaurants in the state of Indiana.


BannerFlex in Kalamazoo released a more durable light pole banner arm called the RoundPro, which has a warranty for up to 12 years.


Blue Medora announced it launched a new service, BindPlane, an IT monitoring integration as a service that connects the health and performance data on the top enterprise technologies with the world's best IT performance monitoring and analytics platforms and provides a standardized approach to enterprise monitoring integration.

i3 Business Solutions announced CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, named the local IT consulting firm to its 2018 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category.

ITS Partners signed a lease to move into a new building that will be constructed at 496 Ada Drive with a projected completion of spring of 2019.

OST announced CRN has named OST to its 2018 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the Elite 150 category.

SalesPad recently hosted East Grand Rapids High School’s Robotics Team 5980 for their robotics showcase.

Spartan Net deployed service to Third Coast Development's 165-rental unit property, Diamond Place. It will feature Spartan Net's one-gigabit fiber internet, DIRECTV and community wide Wi-Fi. It’s the first project to come out of the newly formed partnership between Third Coast Development and Spartan Net. The property is set to launch in August 2018 along downtown Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile.

Streamline Healthcare Solutions announced a new partnership with Manchester, New Hampshire-based WestBridge to assist with meeting its strategic plan that includes communicating with third parties, data management and an integrated prescribing and billing system. 


Quantum Leap hired Joe Stankowski for outside sales and Jamie Ulven as a client retention specialist.

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