Change Ups: Goei honored with Local Legacy Award


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Bing Goei, owner of Eastern Floral, which employs nearly 100 people in five locations, received Local First’s Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award during its LocalMotion Awards meeting. The award honors an individual or business dedicated to promoting locally owned businesses and sustainable business practices in West Michigan. Goei’s commitment to the city, West Michigan region, and state and personal investment in its development defines his legacy.  


TowerPinkster announced the additions of Judson Brood, architectural project coordinator; Ashley Brenner, design intern; Kelsey Pitschel, mechanical engineering intern; and Kimberly Quinones, interior design intern. Bjorn Green was appointed senior principal. Matt Slagle, a senior design architect, was promoted to senior associate. Jennifer Swan, project coordinator, has become a Certified Revit Professional.


Lake Michigan Credit Union announced it has hired Dann Mulder, mortgage loan originator.


Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced new board members: Meredith Bronk, OST; Rachael Eerdmans, Grand Rapids Jaycees; Beth O’Shaughnessy, Steelcase; Ted Vaughn, Tolman’s Wholesale Meats; and Doug Young, Behler-Young.

Kylie Young has joined the Watkins Ross team of actuaries and will assist in its defined benefit and post-retiree medical divisions. Consultant David Bosch became president of the Michigan Chapter of the ESOP Association.

The Right Place Inc. announced the election of four new board of directors members: Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, MSU College of Human Medicine; Mark Stiers, DTE Gas; Paul McCarthy, Rhoades McKee; and Bryan Harrison, Caledonia Township. Executive Committee changes: Board chair, Richard Breon, Spectrum Health; vice chair,Brian Walker, Herman Miller; treasurer, Sean Welsh, PNC Bank; and John Hendrickson, Perrigo Co.


Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced the additions of Steve Wilfong, corporate controller, Alan Nugent, project superintendent, and Kayla Cribley, receptionist.

Civic engineer Stanley Samuel has joined Wolverine Development Corp. as director of construction.


Aquinas College announced a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation to support its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, designed to provide pre- and post-retirement education opportunities to individuals 50 and older.

James F. Hettinger, of Fennville, and Kenneth Miller, of Kalamazoo, have been elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of Western Michigan University’s board of trustees.

Sandya Subramanian, a Johns Hopkins University senior from Grand Rapids, won a scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States for graduate study at England’s University of Cambridge. Subramanian is majoring in biomedical engineering and applied math and statistics.


Greenleaf Trust of Kalamazoo announced the promotion of Michael Storms to senior research analyst.

Stephen Hayduk has joined O'Keefe's Grand Rapids office as a senior associate.

Stifel Financial Corp. announced Kyle Travis has been promoted to vice president/investments. Travis is a financial advisor in the Grand Rapids’ Private Client Group office of the firm’s broker-dealer subsidiary, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc.


Kent County Board of Commissioners approved renovations for new offices for the Kent County Department of Veterans Affairs. Starting this spring, services will be provided at 836 Fuller Ave. NE.

Spectrum Health was named a finalist of the 2014 Foster G. McGaw for Excellence in Community Service, and is the recipient of $10,000 to support its community health initiatives.


JW Marriott Grand Rapids has been named No. 1 in overall guest satisfaction among JW Marriott properties in North America. This is the third time the hotel has received this honor since opening in 2007.


Foster Swift Collins and Smith PC announced attorney Mindi Johnson has been selected to lead the employee benefits practice, and attorneys Laura Genovich and Liza Moore were elected as shareholders.

Miller Canfield announced Amy J. Zdravecky has joined the firm as a principal in the employment and labor group, and will work in the Grand Rapids and Chicago offices. Garrett Hondorp has joined the firm as a litigation support specialist and will work in the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo offices assisting the  eDiscovery and Legal Tech Services team.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP welcomed attorney Carly A. Zagaroli to the firm. Zagaroli will practice in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. She received her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law where she was a King Scholar.


Mayville Engineering Co. Inc. of Mayville, Wis. announced the promotion of Craig E. King to vice president of operations, performance structures. King lives in Greenville and manages MEC’s manufacturing operations in Byron Center and Wayland.


Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore announced the appointment of Jennifer Wilson, vice president of philanthropy and brand. Wilson will be responsible for the 30-county nonprofit’s vision, strategic plan and implementation for fundraising and marketing and communications.

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology appointed Jamon Alexander director of the adult career training program, which empowers under-employed adults to achieve income security through careers in medical technology. Alexander most recently worked in the development department of YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, where he oversaw the annual fund.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced Lisa Klaeren, of Kalamazoo, and Chris Slater, of Spring Lake, were reappointed to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates.

Grand Rapids Police Department announced Lt. Vincent Reilly has been promoted to captain of the South Service Area. Reilly began his career at GRPD in 1994.

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, was named chair of the House Committee for Families, Children and Seniors. Hooker also will serve on the House Health Policy, Education, and Military and Veterans Affairs committees.


American House Senior Living Communities announced the acquisition of Lloyd’s Bayou, a senior living community at 17046 Lloyd’s Bayou Road, Spring Lake.


Gazelle Sports will open a fourth location this summer in the Metro Detroit area in the Northville Park Place shopping center located at Seven Mile and Haggerty roads. Gazelle Sports Northville is targeting a June opening.

Lighthouse Nutrition announced the opening of two stores: 5316 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming, and 3150 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.


Esthetician Stephanie Jones has joined the staff at The Skin Revitalizing Center

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