Change Ups: Gill elected to airport trade association’s board


Jim Gill. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Jim Gill, president and CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority, was elected to the board of directors for Airports Council International – North America, the trade association representing airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA advocates policies and provides services that strengthen the airports’ ability to serve its passengers, customers and communities. Gill is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the Gerald Ford Airport. He previously was COO and CFO for the Allegheny County Airport Authority in Pittsburgh.


Valpak of West Michigan welcomed Kaylee Knapp as social media intern for its consumer base and business-to-business social media platforms.


Grand Rapids-based Concept Design Group and Ghafari Associates, a full-service engineering, architecture, process design, consulting and construction services firm with 15 offices worldwide, announced the merger of the two firms. The merger will expand Ghafari’s Western Michigan presence, broaden Concept Design’s reach to international markets and provide enhanced services and resources to the clients of both firms.

Progressive AE welcomed new board member, Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO and regional dean of Northeastern University’s Charlotte Campus, to serve a three-year term.


Kalamazoo Valley Museum Cats & Dogs special exhibition runs through Sept. 9 and immerses visitors in numerous entertaining and interactive elements and environments that explain these popular and well-loved pets.


The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan announced its 2018 board of directors. Executive committee: president: Dan Lynn, Beene Garter; vice president, Jon Siebers; immediate past president, Rabih Jamal, DWH; and treasurer/secretary, Steve Abbott, JPMorgan Chase Bank. Members: Jason Brinks, Oxford Financial; Liz Briggson, Encoursa; Dustin Daniels, Miller Johnson; Eric Fischer, BDO; Jennifer Folsom, JPMorgan Chase Bank; Bill Grice, JBG Sourcing Solutions; Brian Hamilton, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology; Heather Hoezee, Crowe Horwath; Mark James, Aon; Andrew Mason, Ottawa Avenue Private Capital; Larry Muzyk, Alticor; John Porterfield, Comerica; Jeff York, Dickinson Wright; and Julie Metsker, Association for Corporate Growth.


Ann Arbor-based Hospice of Michigan was recognized for providing exemplary care to patients and families across northern and northwest Michigan through a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. HOM teams in Alpena and Gaylord earned Hospice Honors Elite status, while HOM teams serving Big Rapids, Cadillac, Ludington and Traverse City earned Hospice Honors designation.

Five Star Window Coatings received the Market Leadership Award at the 3M Annual Window Film Dealer National Conference.

Franchisees Melissa Cook and Melanie Salamone of the semiannual children’s and maternity consignment events Just Between Friends of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are recipients of Deluxe Corp.’s Bright Idea Award for implementing Deluxe eChecks, which uses consignors’ email addresses to process payments, instead of personal banking information.

Jenison dentist Dr. Steven M. Hall received the Michigan Dental Association’s 2018 Public Service Award for his accomplishments in providing care to the underserved. 

ManoByte was recognized as one of the 2018 HubSpot Impact Award winners for the category of Sales Enablement for their work with HillDT Solutions.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Gov. Rick Snyder recognized the following schools with School Wellness Awards for fostering healthy eating and physical activity habits and tobacco-free lifestyles. Gold: Allendale Middle School and Coopersville South Elementary School. Silver: Brookside Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School and Vista Charter Academy. Bronze: Challenger Elementary School, Holmes Elementary School, Orchard View Early Elementary and St. Mary Catholic School.


Bekins was ranked 46th as a custom electronics integrator in the United States and the highest-ranked company with headquarters in Michigan by CE Pro.

Sherri Rouse joined Workbox Staffing as a sales manager.


Addison, Illinois-based McCann Industries Inc. announced its territory as the exclusive full-line dealer for CASE Construction Equipment was expanded by opening a new branch in Dorr. The branch offers a full line of CASE Construction Equipment for sale or rent, plus parts and service and a line of construction tools.


The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan announced the Grand Valley State University team is the winner of its annual intercollegiate competition, the ACG Cup. GVSU won in the MBA category, with prize money of $6,000. The team consisted of Sten Barbour; Beniah Dickson; and Pushpaja Dodla.

Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink was elected to the Higher Learning Commission board of trustees, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. Pink’s term runs from Sept. 2018 to Aug. 2022.

Grand Rapids Community College students saved more than $2 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University's open educational resources program that provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks. 

Grand Valley State University’s Enterprise Resource Planning Program in the Seidman College of Business was designated by SAP as a Next-Gen Chapter for its expertise and contributions in digital enterprise.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School was honored at the recent National Press Club in Washington, D.C. when the Center for Plain Language awarded the school its ClearMark Award in the Legal category. The recognition was for the school’s restyled bylaws, which were recently redrafted by emeritus professor Joseph Kimble and Research & Writing Department chair Mark Cooney.


New Holland Brewing Co. released is summer seasonal Lost Dune Blueberry Ale on draft and for the first time in cans. The cans feature artwork that connects the brew to summertime in Michigan, with rolling lakeshore dunes and Michigan blueberries.


Christi Allen, D-Manlius Township, is running for District 1 Allegan County Commissioner. She will square off in the November election against the GOP primary winner. District 1 covers the cities of Fennville, Saugatuck and Douglas, and Manlius, Laketown and Saugatuck townships.


The Downtown Holland Principal Shopping District is the recipient of a $4,000 grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs through the Holland Area Arts Council to support the 2018 Street Performer Series.

The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its tuition-free, nationally recognized Teen Arts and Tech program.


Debra Peters of Grand Rapids was elected president of the 5,800-member Okemos-based Michigan Dental Association. Also elected: Margaret Gingrich, of Big Rapids, president-elect; Todd Christy, of Berrien Springs, speaker of the MDA House of Delegates; Dr. Steven Conlon, of Grand Rapids, re-elected MDA editor. MDA delegation to the American Dental Association 2018 House of alternate delegates: Norman Palm, of Grand Rapids.


The Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is one of USA Today’s Michigan’s Best Beaches in its latest readers’ choice contest.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was designated a Baby-Friendly Hospital, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund for offering an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.


CAMO Edge Fastening was exclusively selected by Kansas City, Missouri-based Creative Concepts & Design to ensure deck integrity and safety. CAMO’s unique system drives a screw into both sides of the deck board and right into the joist, at a depth that ensures strength and integrity.

George Rowader joined Zeeland-based ODL Inc. as vice president and general manager of adjacent businesses.

KL Outdoor of Muskegon and Quebec-based GSC Technologies rebranded as Hemisphere Design Works since merging last year, with an eye on becoming the world’s largest maker of kayaks. The company forecasts double-digit growth through 2020 with its leading flagship brands Sundolphin, Future Beach and Evoke.


Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Judge Bradley Knoll of Ottawa County to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.


Benjamin A. Bakken is CBRE Martin and CBRE Grand Rapids’ new senior managing director and chief operating officer.


Forty Acres Enterprises LLC opened Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, 1059 Wealthy St. SE, in the heart of the Wealthy Street Business District.


Mimi Fritz, president/CEO of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, was selected by the National Association of Produce Market Managers as Market Manager of the Year at its annual conference held in Miami.


Van Andel Research Institute announced the recruitment of scientists Xiaobing Shi and Hong Wen to its Center for Epigenetics (the study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off) to broaden the institute’s efforts to develop strategies that better predict, prevent, diagnose and develop more effective treatments for cancer.


Radley Corp. announced plans to diversify its productivity and automation platform by developing a standard integration to Cityworks utilities management software.

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC announced their cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem, PantoneLIVE, will include the official spectral data from the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors System for cotton and nylon and the Pantone Matching System for plastics and coatings. For the first time, color specifiers and manufacturers will have instant access to up-to-date spectral values for Pantone Colors for plastics, coatings and textiles, including the Pantone Color of the Year 2018: PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet. They also launched new color management innovations designed to improve the efficiency of plastics manufacturing to help virtually design, specify, communicate, formulate and control color quality across the entire plastics workflow to help speed production and reduce waste.

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