Change Ups: Harris to become Kuyper’s fifth president


Dr. Patricia Harris will become Kuyper College’s fifth president, effective Oct. 12. She’s been the college’s provost since 2013. Harris replaces Dr. Carl Zylstra, who served as interim president since January 2017. Prior to Kuyper, Harris spent 15 years in cross-cultural mission work in the Philippines with Christian Reformed World Missions, in partnership with Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, where she worked as professor of biblical studies and Christian education, deputy officer in charge and vice president of administration at the seminary.


LEAD Marketing Agency announced the addition of Jeannesa Martin as digital media specialist.

Marx Layne & Co. opened a branch office in downtown Grand Rapids in the historic Waters Building at 161 Ottawa Ave. NW. The office will support the agency’s ongoing media relations, community relations and stakeholder engagement activities in the region and statewide.


Curtis Cunningham and Anders Dahlberg joined Kalamazoo-based Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival as the director of marketing and public relations and the director of operations, respectively.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will continue its Beer Explorers program with Back to Beer School on Sept. 21, highlighting six local breweries: Perrin Brewing Co.Elk BrewingFounders Brewing Co.Speciation Artisan Ales, Brewery Vivant and Creston Brewery, to learn more about various types of beer and what goes into making them.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will showcase 18 artists for ArtPrize Nine, offer ArtPrize Education Days on Sept. 21, 22, 25 and 26 for early childhood development and K-12th grade students, as well as feature the traveling exhibit “Brain: The World Inside Your Head.” Details:


Lighthouse Group was recognized at the Grand Rapids Young Professionals Annual Gala with the Mentor Organization of the Year Award.

The West Michigan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising recognized the following honorees for National Philanthropy Day: Benjamin Franklin Award for an Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Marcie Hillary; The West Michigan Chapter Award for Excellence in Fundraising: Mary Free Bed Foundation; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award: Sue Den Herder; Distinguished Philanthropist Award: Peter and Joan Secchia; Outstanding Corporation Award: Perrigo; Exemplary Foundation Award: Allegan County Community Foundation; and President’s Award: Jean Krohn.


Associated Builders and Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter announced Architectural Metals Inc. of Portland was named an ABC Accredited Quality Contractor.

Jennifer Coipel joined VanDerKolk+Kooi Painting as a client advocate.

Triangle Associates Inc. was recognized by the Association of Builders and Contractors-West Michigan Chapter as a recipient of the Diamond Safety Training and Evaluation Process Award.


Custer Inc. announced the merger of C&S Electric and Erickson Electric Service, Inc. as one company. Josh Lester will lead the newly formed Custer subsidiary CS Erickson as president.


Ashley den Dulk joined East Lansing-based GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ Grand Rapids branch as a financial services officer

Rehmann announced the following promotions: Megan Callahan, professional support manager; Chantal Eikey, consulting manager, turnaround, restructuring and insolvency practice; Kevin Frank, assurance manager; Adam Garvey, financial advisor; Deanie Schwannecke, tax manager; Corinne Shrift, accounting, consulting and tax manager; and Judy Vanderhyde, professional support manager.


Perrin Brewing in Comstock Park recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with live music, food trucks, specialty beers, vendors and the annual cornhole tournament.


The BISSELL Pet Foundation personally delivered the $30,000 Grand Prize from its nationwide Support the Shelters Sweepstakes to rescue organization Mac's Mission in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; nine additional prizes, totaling $20,000, also were randomly drawn.


The city of Grand Rapids partnered with PayIt to release the web app, GRPayIt that creates an easy way to transact business with the city by creating accounts with a single sign-on and password.


Grand Rapids-based Sebastian Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Alano Club of Kent County in support of the agency’s new opiate addiction support program.


Ablative Solutions Inc. headquartered in Kalamazoo recently delivered a presentation at the annual Baird Global Healthcare Conference in New York City. ASI developed the Peregrine System Infusion Catheter that is delivered using minimally invasive technique.

Javery Pain Institute announced Dr. Joshua Suderman achieved the status of full partner.


Emmanuel Hospice added Ashley Huisman as bereavement coordinator.

Lake Michigan Credit Union established a donation drive to assist storm victims in Texas and neighboring states. Monetary donations are accepted at LMCU’s 42 Michigan and Florida branches locations as well as online at LMCU also will match all public donations, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $20,000, through October 1, 2017. Funds will be forwarded to the American Red Cross.


Bodman PLC announced the firm has been named to the 2017 State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Circle of Excellence at the Leadership Level.

Miller Johnson was recertified as a member law firm in Meritas, a global alliance of law firms that offers flexibility in customized billing, expertise and local rates, while minimizing the chance of conflicts. Their working knowledge of local cultural and jurisdictional issues typically exceeds that of most international law firms and facilitates positive and timely outcomes.

Price Heneveld LLP announced Brian Cheslek is the new chairman of the firm’s management committee. Partner Aaron Wong and former chairman Kevin Grzelak will serve their terms as members of the committee.


The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of land that will add more than 157 acres collectively to Fallasburg Park in Lowell and Chief Hazy Cloud Park in Ada Township.

SMG, the venue management company that manages Van Andel ArenaDeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall, announced director of event services Todd Johnson transitioned into a new role as director of event operations and security; Josh Zeigler was hired for the newly created ticketing coordinator position; Alison Goodyke was hired as marketing manager; Rebecca Chesnut transitioned from group sales manager to the new role of promotions and special events manager; and marketing assistant Mike Klompstra’s new role is digital marketing coordinator.

The South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced it is broadcasting a new television advertisement promoting South Haven in the fall season. The ad is entitled “Find Your Escape This Fall in South Haven,” a 30-second spot that will air in Chicago’s western and southwestern suburbs — Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Detroit — until the end of September.

Twisted Hot Yoga opened a second location at 1847 Marketplace Drive in Gaines Township.


TACK Electronics Inc.’s Quality Management System was successfully certified to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard.


ALDI announced it has reopened its remodeled location in Holland, one of the 15 stores ALDI intends to remodel in the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area by 2019, representing a nearly $22-million investment.


Holland-based startup company Synergy Power LLC was awarded $10,000 worth of services through the Business Accelerator Fund and help of the nonprofit ACRE AgTech in West Olive for an operational test unit of its production system named Synergine, a zero emissions energy production system to power an entire family’s home with little more than hot and cold water.


Blue Medora announced the Docker Management Pack for VMware vRealize Operations.

EarthTronics in Muskegon introduced new PAR20, PAR30 and PAR38 EarthBulb LED floodlights to maximize the visual experience in high color clarity applications. The LED floodlights offer a color-rendering index of greater than 91 and an R9 value of greater than 50.

Lindberg/MPH in Riverside announced the shipment of a Temperite box furnace and a Treet-All box furnace to the Maritime industry, which are designed to be used in a stacked configuration or stand alone and also can be used with a roller quench tank if needed. The company also shipped a gas-fired immersion lead melting and holding furnace to a repeat customer in the battery industry to be used in the production of lead plates for automotive batteries.

Marlene Tate joined SalesPad as an EDI implementation specialist; Dan Hodgson was promoted to vice president of operations.

SoundOff Signal in Hudsonville announced it extended its bluePRINT Control System product line by integrating the technology of the Upfitter Interface Module from InterMotive Vehicle Controls.

X-Rite Inc. and subsidiary Pantone LLC announced it has joined forces with German company ColorPartner to help automate color management for industrial inkjet applications.

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