Change Ups: GVSU receives Fit-Friendly Worksite Award


Pictured from left: Gayle R. Davis, Norine Mulvihill, Thomas J. Haas, Kelly Lemon-Samborski and D. Scott Richardson.

Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas, Provost Gayle R. Davis and Associate Vice President for Human Resources D. Scott Richardson received on behalf of the university the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite award. The criteria for the award include promoting a wellness culture, offering physical activity options, increasing healthy eating options and demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness. GVSU’s health and wellness initiatives include fitness challenges and team-oriented events for faculty and staff members; a campus farmers market; and Weight Watchers at Work classes.


Advantage Marketing Inc. of Novi announced it has named Mark McAvoy to territory manager for western and northern Michigan. McAvoy will be responsible for new account development in the cleaning and restoration industry.


Patricia Clarke served as a national judge for the 45th annual Kent County Dyer-Ives Poetry competition. Clarke is poet-in-resident and a professor in the writing department at Grand Valley State University.


The Michigan Farm Bureau announced Paul Koeman of Hamilton was re-elected to its board to represent Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent and Ottawa counties.


The Brain + Spine Center announced a medical device, co-invented by the practice’s neurosurgeon Dr. David W. Lowry and Scott M. Tuinstra, has received the 2012 Spine Tech Award in the cervical spine category. The peer-reviewed award was presented by Orthopedics This Week and RRY Publications.

EPS Security is the recipient of four awards at the First Alert Professional Security Systems Awards Banquet in the categories of Technical, Life Safety, Community Service and Circle of Excellence.

MadCap Coffee, 98 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, is one of 182 finalists for Good Food Awards, chosen from among 1,366 entries in nine categories. The 100 winners will be announced Jan. 18 at a ceremony in San Francisco.  Now in its third year, the awards support certified organic products, sustainability and social good.

Mid-America Economic Development Council honored Battle Creek Unlimited with a first-place award for its 2010-11 Annual Report and second-place recognition for a marketing brochure.

The Michigan Business and Professional Association announced the local honorees for its Jan. 16 Women and Leadership in the Workplace Symposium and Award program in the following categories: Business, Nancy Hickey, Steelcase; and Shooting Stars, Maxine Gray, Herman Miller, and Elissa Hillary, Local First.


Erhardt Construction announced that Sophia’s House, Saint Mary Health Center’s guest house for patients and their families, received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Rockford Construction announced the addition of Jim Reminga, senior vice president of land and master planning.

Triangle Associates Inc. announced it has named Lisa Willson marketing coordinator. Her responsibilities include assisting the business development team with proposal development/preparation, company promotions and events, and advertising and social media.

Wolverine Building Group announced the additions of Jamerson Ries, project manager in its multi-family division, and Marc Alexa, project manager of Triangle’s North America division.


Davenport University announced former First Lady Laura Bush will be the featured speaker at its 2013 Excellence in Business Award Gala on May 3 at DeVos Place. The event benefits student scholarships at Davenport.

Grand Valley State University’s College of Education announced Rodney Lewis, Ottawa Hills High School principal, is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Educator Award. Cynthia Mader, educator for nearly 50 years, the last 24 with GVSU’s College of Education, was honored with the Exceptional Service to Education Award.


Northwestern Mutual, The Western Michigan Group, announced the appointment of Craig Thelen, financial representative, in its Grand Rapids office.


Allegan General Hospital Foundation announced it awarded a record $20,000 in scholarships to support health care professionals’ education. Those who received scholarships were: Ashley Allen, Margaret Brown, Amanda DeRooy, Robbi Dobbins, Angela Hosek-Wilson, Jeffrey Jousma, Bradley Maue, Dylan Meade and Jamie Thorpe.


Colon and Rectal Surgery Center PC announced it joined Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and is now the Bronson Center for Colon & Rectal Diseases.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit, has named Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Top Urban Hospitals. The hospitals were selected out of nearly 1,200 hospitals that participated in the annual survey.

Metro Health Hospital announced the addition of Dr. Leila M. Keeler as an OB/Gyn. Keeler previously was medical assistant, phlebotomist and receptionist with ASAP Medical Staffing.

Spectrum Health announced United Network for Organ Sharing approved its application to perform lung transplants. UNOS is a private nonprofit that manages the U.S. organ transplant system.


Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance announced 15 people have completed the newly revised eight-week Racial Equity Institute, based on the framework of the four dimensions of racism, as well as the latest research.


Rhoades McKee announced Jacob S. Dunlop, Stephanie D. Myott and Kevan W. Ventura have joined the firm as associates.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegee announced the addition of Matthew J. Baciak to the firm’s Grand Rapids office, and the promotion of Shannon M. Cunningham to director of marketing and business development.


Classic Transportation & Warehousing announced it is Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism-certified with U.S. Customs as a Third Party Logistics Company and also is a certified transportation company.

Holland trucking has been named a Top 100 Trucker for 2012 by Inbound Logistics magazine. Holland was selected from more than 250 trucking companies for the annual Top 100 Motor Carriers directory.


Holland’s The Stow Co. Inc. announced Frank Newman has been appointed president/CEO. Newman’s background is in international and domestic marketing and manufacturing. Newman joined Stow in May 2012 as interim president/CEO.

Perrigo announced the promotion of Amanda Culver to support services supervisor for its Plant 5 Liquid Operations team. Culver will work on continuous improvement projects and oversee the quality coordinator, trained investigator, safety coordinator and continuous improvement team.


WOOD TV8 announced the addition of Heather Walker, news reporter. Walker previously worked as an investigative reporter with KIMA-TV in Yakima, Wash.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the following appointments: Elaine Leigh of Grand Haven to the Michigan Board of Nursing; Martin Waalkes of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Board of Psychology; Jeremy Bainbridge of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Board of Respiratory Care; and Kelli King of Wyoming to the Michigan Board of Occupational Therapy.


Chef Container LLC announced it was awarded a 10-year contract for the collection of refuse and recycling for the Village of Douglasin Allegan County. The program will provide residents with discounted rates, which will save them an annual average of $50.


H&S Companies announced the additions of Heath Bauman, Jake Sieting and Seth Moore to its computers division.

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