Change Ups: Food distributor receives achievement award



Abe Abraham of wholesale food distributor S. Abraham and Sons was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Food and Beverage Association and Detroit Association of Grocery Manufacturers’ Representatives. His company has developed into one of the largest food distributors in Michigan, with customers throughout the Midwest. Its main office is in Grand Rapids and a second distribution center is in Greenfield, Ind.


RC Productions announced the company’s name has been changed to RCP Marketing and it has launched a new website:


Bill Zaske has joined TowerPinkster as project manager for higher education.

C2AE announced the additions of Cory Davis, project manager; Tim Cane, architectural designer; Jennifer Middlin, marketing coordinator; and Trystin Vanderstelt, marketing coordinator.

Integrated Architecture announced the following promotions to associate: Darrell DeHaan, project manager; Ed Talaga, project manager; and Braden Walter, IT manager.


West Michigan Symphony announced the addition of Cathleen Dubault, business development manager.


The Sustainable Sites Initiative announced Grand Valley State University has achieved certification for the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes.

Calvin College has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded CBRE Group Inc. for the sixth consecutive year with a 2013 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

Whirlpool Corp. has been honored in the U.S. and Canada with 22 Energy Star Awards since the program’s start in 1998, of which it won seven Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards from 2006 to 2012.

Macatawa Area Express in Holland earned a Bronze Telly for its “Twilight Route” television commercial promoting a new evening bus route launched in October, and another Bronze Telly for computer-animated TV spot “Out of the Box Christmas.” Both were produced by SVS Productions. MAX also won the YouTube Lights, Camera, Transportation! video contest.


Aon PLC announced the additions of Christine Bill and Sarah Gass, account executives; and Jennifer Adkins, Mike Burdo, Jamee Burel, Andrew Disselkoen, Sarah Gedeon and Lisa Kiley, account specialists.


Elzinga & Volkers Construction announced it has hired marketing assistants Ali Nedved and Scott Wondergem.

Jason S. Barnes has joined Wolverine Building Group as project manager in its Multi-Family Division. Barnes will oversee construction of apartments, student housing, affordable housing, senior housing, mixed use developments and historic renovations.

Keith Potter has joined Bruce Heys Builders as superintendent.

The Grand Rapids branch of Otis Elevator Co. is the recipient of the Best Large Branch Award in North America.


Brooke Benfield has joined Custer’s interior architectural products division.


Plante Moran Financial Advisors announced Mark Dixon, based in Southfield, will focus on leading its institutional practice; and Jim Baird, based in Kalamazoo, will take over as the firm’s chief investment officer.


Grand Rapids Ophthalmology announced the addition of Dr. Angela Huizenga.


U.S. News & World Report has ranked Holland Home’s Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre five out of five stars. Health inspections, nurse staffing and measures of medical quality of care determine rankings.


Marsh announced Bob Jones has been named head of its Grand Rapids office.

Randy Boss and Matt Haverdink from Ottawa Kent attended the Organic Growth Exchange in Orlando, a value-creation symposium for members of the Beyond Insurance Global Network.


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC announced its 2013 executive committee: president, Michael Sanders; vice president for West Michigan, Michael Homier; vice president for Southeast Michigan, Bruce VandeVusse; vice president for Lansing, James Jensen; treasurer, Matt Hrebec; and secretary, Brent Titus.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has recognized Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos PC partner Sean P. Fitzgerald as a 2013 Leaders in the Law honoree.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Richard A. Roane has joined the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


The followinghave been inducted into the new Amway R&D Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society for achieving the division’s highest possible level of technical recognition: Ernie Brumbaugh, Amit Chandra, Tom Hamernik and Keith Randolph.

Herman Miller’s 171st Facility, Spring Lake, was granted renewal of its MVPP Star Award by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

RoMan Manufacturing announced the appointment of Paul Doyle, principal of Paul T. Doyle & Associates LLC, to its board of directors.

Weber Specialties, Kalamazoo, is celebrating its 70thanniversary with a 30,000-square-foot expansion on an 8.5-acre site across from its headquarters. The company employs 65 in metal stamping, tool and die, assembly, fabricating, welding and powder-coating occupations


WGVU announced the 2013 chairs and vice-chairs on its Inclusion, Health, Arts, Veterans and Education Engage committees: inclusion chair, George Davis, GVSU; health chair, Adrienne Wallace, 834 Design; vice-chair, Hilary Firlik; arts chairs, Jon Helmrich, IBC, and Lizzie Williams, Open Systems Technologies; vice-chairs, Maggie Malone, GRPS; Lynne Ike, SMG; veterans chairs: Paul Ryan, Fifth Third Bank, and Alison Glowinski, ReMax of Grand Rapids; vice-chairs: Martha Wieland, Plachta, Murphy and Associates; and Eddie Lee, U.S. Navy, retired; education chairs: Scott Hines, On the Border Mexican Grill, and Maureen Hale, PNC Bank.


Amway and Allen Communication Learning Services are recipients of Media Corp. Inc.’s Omni Intermedia Awards for an interactive e-learning product-knowledge training for Amway’s Artistry brand.


Hot Rod Harley-Davison, Muskegon, has been named a Dealersnews Top 100 Dealer for the fourth year in a row. The Annual Top 100 Awards is the industry’s largest, longest-running and most prestigious retail competition  open to all power sports dealers in the U.S. and Canada.


Voice Data Systems LLC has attained the status of Microsoft Gold Competency in communications.

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