Change-Ups: Flow-Rite marks 40th anniversary

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Flow-Rite, a Byron Center-based manufacturer of injection-molded fluid controls components for boats, RVs, golf carts, hydroponics and industrial applications, has reached a milestone: its 40th anniversary. Dan Campau founded the company in 1981 when it was known as Flow-Rite Controls. Within four years, it developed a global network of distributors for its battery watering system. The ISO 9001:2015-certified company has a long history of continuous process improvement. Having earned its first patent in 1985, it has added hundreds since.

ACCOUNTING

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ADVERTISING & MARKETING

King Media named Laurie DeYoung as vice president.

RED66 Marketing hired Avery Jones as an account manager and Brianna Flemings as a web project manager.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Benton Harbor-based Wightman is the recipient of a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects of Southwest Michigan for the new Cassopolis Municipal Complex located in Cassopolis.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan recently recognized Fleis & VandenBrink with its Engineering Merit Award for its Clean Water A Flush Away for West Shore Community College in Scottville.

Wightman announced licensed professional engineer Philip Doorlag has been named regional director of its Kalamazoo office.

ARTS

Diane Lobbestael, Grand Rapids Symphony’s vice president of development, transitioned to a part-time retirement role focused on planned giving. Michael Naess has been hired as GRS’s new vice president of development following a national search.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced Linsey Gleason, Varnum LLP, has been elected as chair of the GRPM Foundation board of trustees.

AUTOMOTIVE

Holland-based D’s Auto & Truck Repair received a 2020 Shop4D Top Performing Shop Award for its strategic business practices. Awards are given based on customer reviews and several business growth metrics.

AWARDS

Alignable.com announced New Look Painting Company LLC owner Mike Beaulieu is the recipient of the Local Business Person of the Year of Grand Rapids.

KPS Essentials, the clinically validated luxury organic skincare company, announced its Antioxidant Cacao Masque has been awarded a spot in the Star Products of 2020 list by People en Español.

Stephen Herbruck, Greg Herbruck, and Harry “Herb” Herbruck of Saranac-based Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch are the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for outstanding contributions to Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources industries.

BUSINESS SERVICES

FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids owner Michael Gilpin received a CEO Circle Award, which recognizes the top 25 centers with the highest sales volume in the U.S. and Canada in 2020. Gilpin also was recognized for his service on the Franchise Advisory Council. Wesley Bekins, inside sales specialist, is the recipient of Circle of Excellence Award, which recognizes inside sales professionals who are committed to service excellence.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce director of inclusion Ken James has obtained his Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching and is recognized as an Associate Diversity Coach through Coach Diversity Institute.

Haviland Enterprises Inc. announced the appointment of Sean C. Regan, senior vice president of product marketing at Bissell Homecare, to its board of directors.

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors hired Kristen Spence as fraud and litigation team manager.

JetCo Solutions announced the addition of Margarita Huerta as a research specialist.

Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage appointed Hawk Dobbins, Fairlife; Dale Nesbary, Muskegon Community College; and Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community, to its board of directors.

CONSTRUCTION

Above Roofing recently marked its 25th anniversary. Robert Freeman founded the company in 1996.

EDUCATION

Baker College appointed three diversity, equity and inclusion officers for the college system: Dana Clark, Lesa Louch and Kristina Marshall. Baker also was recently recognized by the Centre for Global Inclusion for its DEI best practices.

Ferris State University’s online Master of Science degree program in Information Security and Intelligence has a Top-25 ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

Grand Rapids Public Schools, C2AE, TMP Architecture and Rockford Construction announced the new Southwest Middle High School Academia Bilingue has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools Silver certification.

Hope College’s Boerigter Center for Calling and Career and Van Wylen Library have received the 2021 group Innovation Award from the Commission for Career Services of the American College Personnel Association.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Greenleaf Trust in Kalamazoo announced the addition of Thanya Rhoades and Ondrea Brussee as record keeping analysts.

HUMAN SERVICES

Miranda Ingraham has been promoted to marketing and communications manager at Beacon Hill at Eastgate, a retirement community in Grand Rapids.

LEGAL

Parmenter Law in Muskegon announced its 2021 community partner is Muskegon Young Black Professionals, a networking group committed to strengthening the community by providing social outlets and professional development opportunities for Black professionals of Muskegon.

MANUFACTURING

Meryl Cook joined Byron Center-based Flow-Rite as senior marketing manager.

NONPROFITS

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s announced the hiring of Regenail Thomas as vice president of employee experience.

Holland Home announced the promotions of Troy Vugteveen to chief operating officer; David Tiesenga to chief strategy officer; Adam Kinder to chief financial officer; Steve Quist to vice president of finance; and René Wheaton to executive vice president of home and community-based services. Carolyn Flietstra, executive vice president of home and community-based services, has retired.

United Way of the Lakeshore has partnered with Kindred, a full-service branding and marketing and its founder and director of strategy, Don Kalisz, to help with United Way of the Lakeshore’s media relations and storytelling.

REAL ESTATE

Greenridge Realty recently was recognized with a top Member Achievement Award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Jason Webb joined Detroit-based Cushman & Wakefield as senior director in Grand Rapids to establish a Cushman & Wakefield presence in Western Michigan.

RETAIL

SpartanNash appointed Jason Monaco as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Todd Riksen has been promoted to vice president, corporate controller.

TECHNOLOGY

Richard Tyler joined Fusion IT LLC as technology solutions adviser.

Sam Rau, technical services manager for Micro Visions Inc., has been awarded as an MVP honoree through the Corp!

SPORTS

Blythefield Country Club youth caddies Olivia Howell-Hummel and Briggs Maloney were awarded Evans Scholarships, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies. Both will attend Michigan State University. The Evans Scholar program is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years.

TRANSPORTATION

Gerald R. Ford International Airport again has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for its 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

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