Change Ups: Hadley receives Daimler Masters of Quality Award


From left: Will Larabel, Hadley team lead of operations; Travis Buys, Hadley production manager of operations; Sean Taggart, Daimler Trucks North America Supplier Management Quality Engineer; and Beth Hawkins, Hadley Corporate Quality Manager.

Hadley was honored by Daimler Trucks North America with the Masters of Quality Supplier Award 2015 for quality excellence. Hadley supplies air horns, mechanical and electronic height control systems, and mirror systems to the Daimler Truck North America, Freightliner brand. Only 64 of the more than 1,000 currently supplying to Daimler received the 2015 Masters of Quality Supplier Award. Masters of Quality award is the highest recognition Daimler Trucks North America gives to its suppliers.


The Grand Rapids Symphony appointed Peter M. Perez as interim president/CEO. Perez, owner and chairman of Carter Products Company in Grand Rapids, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the GRS’s administrative staff while its board of directors begins the search for a permanent executive director of the orchestra.

The Holland Historical Trust announced Chris Shires resigned as executive director after completing a three-year agreement with the museum and will serve as executive director for the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners starting Jan. 2.

The Loutit District Library in Grand Haven is offering participants a salad-to-go lunch courtesy of the Friends of Loutit District Library for those who read or listen to 10 books from Jan. 2-March 31. Unabridged audio books on CD and e-books and e-audio books checked out from OverDrive are acceptable. Books over 500 pages or audio books over 10 CDs count as two books. Details: or adult information desk, (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.


SpartanNash won a national 2016 Community Outreach Award for its Double Up Food Bucks program, a public-private partnership administered by Fair Food Network with support provided by federal, state and private sources and is offered by 17 SpartanNash-owned Michigan Family Fare Supermarkets.


Janet Barnes joined Interphase Interiors as an account executive.

X-Rite Inc., and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced the expansion of its PantoneLIVE cloud-based solution for digitally communicating color with the addition of six new color libraries for gravure printing. The company also released PantoneLIVE Visualizer, a new software tool that helps graphic designers, brands and print suppliers better compare, evaluate and visualize colors across multiple substrates and printing technologies.


Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo announced the appointment of Kyle Frailing as client services manager. Frailing will work with current and prospective clients to connect them with the appropriate construction services and ensure their needs are met by the people and services of Miller-Davis Co.


Aquinas College’s new mailing address starting Jan. 1 is: 1700 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1801. Mail sent to the old address, 1607 Robinson Road SE, will continue to be forwarded by the post office for six months. Also, visitors will be directed the newly remodeled main entrance of the college on Fulton Street which includes a sculpture of St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of the college.

The city of Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission's Rosa Parks Education Committee announced the first-place winners of its essay contest. High School Winner (11-12 Grade): Pearl McFall, Innovation Central High School; High School Winner (9-10 Grade): Lauren Gutierrez, West Catholic High School; and Middle School Winner: Alexxes Bieschke, City High Middle/Center for Economicology.

Grand Rapids Community College graduated on Dec. 16 its first class of 16 students in the state’s first registered apprenticeship program for medical assistants. GRCC, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, West Michigan Works!, Mercy Health, Cherry Health, Spectrum Health, Montcalm Community College and Muskegon Community College worked together to launch the program in January.

Holland-based Hope College biology and chemistry professor Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin was presented with a 2016 Janet Andersen Lecture Awards by the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science.


The Grand Rapids Community Foundation welcomed Shannon Cohen as an Encore Innovation fellow. The Encore Fellows team educates affinity groups and organizations on the opportunity to combine work, service and social impact and harness the value of individuals 50-plus. Also Encore Grand Rapids launched a new website:


The Center for Women’s Sexual Health, 5060 Cascade Road SE, Suite C, now is open as a resource for women of all ages in West Michigan who need information or have questions about their sexuality and sexual health. For more information, visit


Dan Lemon joined HUB international Midwest East as a sales executive.


Former The Great Lakes Shipping Co. owner, attorney Bert Irwin joined Plachta, Murphy & Associates. Irwin’s areas of expertise at PMA include business and corporate law, litigation and real estate law. The restaurant closed in May, as the Breton Village mall area begins new development. Irwin has not ruled out re-opening The Great Lakes Shipping Co. in a new location.

Jacqueline Clarke joined Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge as an associate attorney, practicing in the firms’ medical malpractice practice group.

John W. Inhulsen joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as senior counsel. Inhulsen concentrates his practice in corporate law, commercial litigation and real estate. He will practice in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Robert M. Huff joined Varnum’s estate planning practice and is based in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.


Detroit-based DriverOnCall is a new driver service that has been expanded throughout Michigan for seniors who need a personal driver to chauffeur them in their own vehicles for $25 per hour with a minimum of one hour per reservation. Reservations are available at (888) 713-7483; 24 hours in advance are recommended.


Mind Meets Music announced it partnered with the United States Department of Education and WestEd to reach the results of its study program. Among the study’s results: Students who received Mind Meets Music attained an overall increase of 24 percent in reading proficiency rates in the 2015-16 academic year as compared to the 2014-15 baseline year; and the average attendance rate for students receiving Mind Meets Music rose from 93 percent during the 2014-15 baseline year to 95 percent during the 2015-16 academic year.

SpartanNash-owned Forest Hills Foods in Cascade has become the area’s first retailer to sell Pauls’ Moms’ Cookies, which benefit Degage Ministries’ Open Door program for homeless women. The cookies are made and sold by women who’ve received help and guidance from Open Door.


State Rep.-Elect Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, representing the 72nd Distirct, announced Jonathan Mieczkowski and Steve Carra will serve as his legislative assistants.


Daniel DeVos, chairman/CEO of Fox Ford Mazda, was nominated for TIME magazine’s 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year Award. DeVos is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition Jan. 27 in New Orleans.


Special Olympics Michigan announced it has garnered a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for a second consecutive year.


Comprenew’s Connect for Parents program continues its growth in the Grand Rapids area. By the end of this year, it will have had more than 200 people go through the training and have around 180 purchase their first computers. It anticipates another five to six classes in the Grand Rapids area for 2017 and is looking to extend the program to community partners across Michigan.

Worksighted announced the promotion of Jeremy Miller to onboarding manager for the new onboarding team in Holland. Miller will be responsible for welcoming new clients, deploying software and network discovery.

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