Change Ups: Guiding Light receives $5,000 from SpartanNash Foundation


Guiding Light, which meets the needs of men in Grand Rapids with sustainable housing, re-entry into the workforce and addiction and alcohol recovery, recently received $5,000 from the SpartanNash Foundation. The Christian mission also received help with cleaning, replacing ceiling tiles and painting projects from nine SpartanNash associates who lent a hand during its annual Helping Hands in the Community Day. In total, more than 315 SpartanNash employees volunteered a combined 2,181 hours, resulting in $49,182 in economic impact that benefited 22 community partners.


The Ottawa County Agricultural Preservation board is forming an Ad Hoc Young Adult position open to all high school and college students who are residents of Ottawa County who want board leadership training and desire to provide fresh ideas to agricultural planning in the County. Details:


TowerPinkster announced the additions of Tom Sturr, senior project architect; Nick Wallis, architectural project coordinator; Karl Kinkema, senior project architect; Angela Bowles, interior designer; Lindsay Gadbois, landscape designer; Elizabeth Slaski, architectural designer; Douglas L. Milburn, project manager; Kyle Boston, mechanical designer; Rosa Kelly, administrative coordinator; and Nick Covey, IT support specialist.


ArtPrize announced $145,000 in grants to seed a world-class exhibition in 2017, supporting over 40 artists and collaboratives in executing large-scale entries for ArtPrize Nine, slated for Sept. 20 to Oct. 8. Featured Public Projects awarded $85,000 in grants to nine artists and collaboratives include Grand Rapids artist AJ Paschka. ArtPrize awarded Artist Seed Grants valued at $2,000 each to Eliza Fernand of Grand Rapids; Jonathan D. Lopez of Wyoming; Emily Mayo of Grand Rapids; Michael Peoples of Grand Haven; Jeffrey Augustine Songco of Grand Rapids; and Filippo Tagliat of Grand Rapids.

Robert L. Branch was appointed Grand Rapids Art Museum’s chief financial officer/chief operations officer.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts opened a Chinese portraiture exhibition titled “Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu.” The exhibition contains 20 mixed-media, painted and photographic works that show the power and perseverance of Chinese women throughout history.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Kalamazoo Kids In Tune and Orchestra Rouh programs are among the new 2017-18 PlayUSA grant recipients announced by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The PlayUSA program supports a wide range of instrumental music education projects across the United States designed to reach low-income and underserved students on a local level.


The Bistro on the Boulevard in St. Joseph is the recipient of the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for offering a wine list that meets their international standards of quality and variety.

Muskegon County was awarded the Bronze level Veteran-Friendly Employer certification by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Muskegon County is the only county in Michigan that was awarded this status as a full county.


Flagstar Bank, with locations across West Michigan, joined a growing coalition of chief executives nationwide pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace by signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. The pledge requires Flagstar to take specific actions to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion.


Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce President Jane Clark was named to a one-year term to Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives board of directors.


Steve Tighe joined Wolverine Building Group as a safety director. Tighe’s responsibilities will focus on the east side of the state and in the Detroit area specifically.

Triangle Associates Inc. field operations manager Brett Verner was appointed to the Construction Safety and Health Committee of Associated Builders and Contractors—West Michigan Chapter.

Whitmore Homes announced the opening of its newest housing development, The Legends at Thousand Oaks, located on a parcel of land adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids. Lots are fully improved and are ready for construction immediately, offering nine homesites. Home and lot prices will start at $700,000.


The Hope College Alumni Association board of directors appointed new members Tish Boerigter; Tom Doran; Lenora (Norie) Koelbel; Alec Nelson; and Scott Watson. Bradley Norden was elected president; Leslie Monday as secretary; Victoria Brunn as immediate past-president; and Katie Schubert as vice president. Josh Augustine was appointed representative of the most recent graduating class; and Victoria Chapman was appointed senior class representative.

Muskegon-based Baker College dean of the College of Business Cleamon Moorer Jr. is one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction with the moniker Mr. Higher Learning.


Hope College in Holland has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


Holly Cole joined the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation as the director of grants and program.


Greater Ottawa County United Way is the recipient of $5,000 from AT&T to support mentoring and coaching programs for local high school students.


Ottawa County was named ninth in the nation compared to counties with populations from 250,000 to 499,000 in the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties’ 15th annual Digital Counties Survey for best technology practices among U.S. counties.


Protravel International, with a location in Ada, helped to replenish depleted food banks during the summer months by donating to the Kids’ Food Basket during the company’s 2017 Day of Giving.


Attorney Paige M. Szymanski joined Mika Meyers PLC as an associate, practicing at the firm’s Manistee office.

Bodman PLC was ranked Highly Recommended in Trademark Law by Managing Intellectual Property and Susan M. Kornfield, chair of the law firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and leader of the firm’s IP Brand Protection Team, was recognized as a Trademark Star.

Miller Canfield announced attorney Michael E. Moore joined the firm’s banking and finance group in its Grand Rapids office.

WMU-Cooley Law School director of academic services and associate professor Emily Horvath was chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2017 Women in the Law.


CFA Society West Michigan is the 2017 recipient of CFA Institute Society’s Operational Excellence Award.


The Image Shoppe moved to 756 W. Fulton St., Suite 202, Grand Rapids, MI 49506


Van Andel Research Institute is the recipient of a grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to develop new therapies for Ewing’s sarcoma.


PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center announced the additions of Bob Gawelek, Joe Francis and Mike Boylan as regional managers for its Law Enforcement Group, and Jay Grybowski, Brian Tolson and Richard Palos as regional managers for its Transit Group.

uBreakiFix opened in St. Joseph at 2005 Niles Road. The technology repair brand provides same-day repair service of all electronics, specializing in cell phone repair and computer at its more than 315 locations across North America.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport in partnership with Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Kids’ Port play area, complete with an air traffic control tower, scenic graphics on the wall, a propeller ceiling fan, an illuminated air traffic control tower, toys and replica of Spectrum Health AeroMed helicopter.

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