(Left to right): Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Stan Wilk (ESGR volunteer), Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais (adjutant general, Michigan National Guard), Dan Savage (former GRPD interim chief), Col. Scott Doolittle (GRPD sergeant), and Paul Ryan (state chair, ESGR)
Grand Rapids Police Department is the recipient of a military support award at the 2014 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves Awards Banquet, held at the Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing. The department was awarded the Pro Patria Award, the top honor from the state level, only three of which are awarded each year out of hundreds of Michigan employers that are nominated.
Derek Burgess was promoted to partner of Ernst & Young LLP. He is the tax practice leader for the Grand Rapids office, where he is an international tax services subject-matter professional and serves as the tax account leader on several accounts.
The Urban Libraries Council named Grand Rapids Public Library one of its 2014 Top Innovators. GRPL’s DigiBridge won in the category of Leading Learning. DigiBridge is a partnership between GRPL and Grand Rapids Public Schools to connect students and educators to the library's online resources and technology.
Gary Tipton, president of FATHOM Works Inc., St. Joseph, was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Small Business Association of Michigan.
Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the addition of Emily Rose-Paul, mortgage loan originator. She will work from its new Fruitport Township branch office.
Northpointe Bank has hired John Rader, loan officer. He is based out of Northpointe’s Portage loan center.
Lakeshore Advantage, in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., announced Conpoto will receive services totaling $23,650 through the Business Accelerator Fund, enabling the company to enhance its service offerings so chambers of commerce can create community currency programs that offer gift certificates to be spent at participating merchants.
Custer announced the addition of construction manager Jason Moore to its interiors management division, 217 Management. Moore has 15 years of experience with Schweitzer Construction and CSM Group.
Dan Vos Construction Co. has broken ground on the expansion of Grand Equipment Co., 3310 Hudson Trail Drive in Hudsonville. Growing demand for heavy equipment is a key reason for the expansion of the dealership.
Triangle Associates s named Paul H. Lemley senior vice president and market segment leader. Lemley is responsible for the growth of Triangle’s national accounts in the education, industrial, retail and medical markets.
Grand Rapids Community College has hired Matt Sicilia to lead its new cross-country teams.
HS&C Wealth Management announced financial advisor Eric Deuker has been named a partner. The firm has opened a new office in downtown Grand Rapids at 50 Louis St. NW, Suite 510.
The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery announced Dr. Ryan Mitchell will join the center to lead its body contouring practice. Mitchell recently completed a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he specialized in procedures to treat the after-effects of bariatric surgery.
BodyMind Pilates announced the expansion of its Grand Rapids studio, 5775 28th St. SE, by providing private physical therapy appointments, with a core focus on restoring function after an injury or chronic pain, education and injury prevention.
Hope Network Rehabilitation Services announced physical therapists Debra Kushion and Andrew Wicks have earned board certification as clinical specialists in neurology from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.
Kent County Health Department’s Infant Health Initiative – Interconception Care Program has been declared a Model Practice 2014 by the National Association of County and Health Officials.
Spectrum Health has been recognized by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care as a Better Together exemplar hospital for excellence in engaging patients and families as partners in patients’ care. A key element is eliminating restrictive visiting policies and welcoming patients’ families and loved ones 24 hours a day.
Covenant Village of the Great Lakes has appointed Kimberlee Milton-Parlett director of dining services. She is employed by the community’s dining services provider, Sodexo.
Mel Trotter Ministries Thrift Stores will participate in Macy’s national Shop For A Cause charity shopping event Aug. 23. Customers participate by purchasing $5 shopping passes provided by Macy’s at any of Mel Trotter Ministries' four thrift store locations. Mel Trotter will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. Details: macys.com/shopforacause.
Donald Shampine, president of Michigan Insurance Group, was elected to the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Independent Agents.
HUB International announced the additions of Torrie Meier, property and casualty client manager and client executive in the Kalamazoo location, and Andrea Jordan, employee benefits/account executive in Grand Rapids.
Hilger Hammond PC announced attorney Stephen Hilger has been designated a construction dispute resolution specialist by Construction Dispute Resolution Services.
Clark Communications announced the promotion of Jennifer Griffin to public relations director.
Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced the addition of Chelsea Dubey as director of business development.
Wondergem Consulting Inc. announced the promotion of Tom Hanley to vice president, client services.
RedWater Restaurant Group announced it will call its newest restaurant Gravity, opening in mid-October 2014. The name connotes the term used in the brewing process to define the alcohol level of a craft beer. The restaurant will feature 64 Michigan craft brews on tap, and will include an open kitchen, upscale extensive menu, 290 seats indoors and out, and spacious bars.
Sydney's Boutique owner Kristian Grant announced the launch of a new website: sydneysboutiquegr.com.
Laura Goble announced the launch of Acorn Studios, 919 E. Fulton St., a live/work space that will be used to host classes and events and be available for rental for private events and professional use.
IT Resource announced the additions of David Weber, network engineer I; Greg Lundeburg, help desk analyst; Sally Anderson, receptionist; and Brian Verburg, IT consultant.
Trivalent Group Inc. announced the appointment of Jennifer Puplava, member and attorney at Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC to its board of directors. Puplava is one of two outside board members.