Hastings, a worldwide manufacturer of hot line tools and equipment based in Hastings city, recently introduced a wireless temperature probe. The probe can be used to measure the physical temperature of any energized or de-energized hardware or object, including transformers, conductors and connectors. It is intended primarily for use with Hastings’ Tel-O-Pole Series products. The unit can transmit and receive measurements from distances of up to 100 feet. The wireless temperature probe is Hastings’ third new product announcement since November.
Rehmann announced Mark R. Taylor was promoted to principal in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.
The Grand Rapids Public Library’s 50th annual Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition is open to Kent County residents. Poets can submit one original, unpublished poem through March 1. Free to enter, the competition offers cash prizes as well as publication and a public reading held during Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts in June 2018 in the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Ryerson Auditorium. For complete submission guidelines, visit grpl.org/dyer-ives.
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra board of directors and management announced the designation concertmaster emeritus for Barry Ross in recognition of his long years of service and artistry with the KSO. Ross is KSO’s former assistant conductor and professor of music emeritus at Kalamazoo College, where he founded the Kalamazoo College and Community Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, now the Kalamazoo Philharmonia.
The American Wine Society, which celebrated its 50th anniversary, honored Tasters Guild International co-founder Joe Borrello with a lifetime achievement award at its national conference at Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania.
Hope College English emeritus professor Charles Huttar is the first recipient of the Conference on Christianity and Literature’s new Margaret Patterson Hannay Service Award, given to a longtime member who has provided remarkable service to the society over a period of years. Huttar has been a founding member of the international organization for more than six decades.
Ryan Todd joined Lake Michigan Credit Union as vice president of secondary marketing. Team member Ashley DeYoung was promoted to a mortgage loan originator position.
Compliance One Group in Kalamazoo announced the additions of Amber Stroup as program support specialist and Rick Ruder as a technician.
The Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Market is at The Depot Building, One N. Harbor Drive, Grand Haven. Market hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 10, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 24, March 10 and March 24.
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 Chamber Ambassador of the Year is Brenda Kimball, of Arete Technology, a family-owned business and communication technology company.
The Right Place Inc. appointed new board members to the 2018 Right Place board of directors, with its leadership remaining unchanged. Reappointed officers: chair, Brian Walker, Herman Miller; vice chair, Sean Welsh, PNC Financial Services and treasurer, Mitch Joppich, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Executive committee appointments: Richard P. Haslinger, West Michigan Region Chase. New board appointments: Wayman Britt, Kent County, Jeff Needham, Consumer Healthcare-Americas, Perrigo Co.; Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College; Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy; Rob Spohr, Montcalm Community College; and Bob Wolford, Miller Johnson.
Todd Craffey joined Leedsource Group LLC as new business coordinator.
Rockford-based Sable Homes was honored as one of the top 250 production homebuilders in the nation during the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show held in Orlando, Florida.
Witt’s Woods & Greens selected Grand Rapids-based National Nail’s CAMO Edge Fastening System for the construction of an award-winning two-story boathouse and dock on Sturgeon Lake, in Ontario.
Choice Schools Associates and MIChoice named Terry Larkin, principal of New Branches Charter Academy, as its 2017 School Leader of the Year.
Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business received a major naming gift from alumnus Todd Sanford, CEO/founder of Sanford Financial Services of Portage, that will be used to establish a new center focusing on personal finance. The Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness will provide a variety of services and programs for members of both the greater Kalamazoo community and the campus community.
Varnum attorney Yvonne Kupfermann was named to the education and programming committee of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. The foundation provides mental health awareness and education through programs and other resource for schools, communities and businesses.
The city of Grand Rapids named Desiree Foster as human resources director; Eric Jordan as code compliance manager; and Amy Snow-Buckner as acting managing director of communications.
Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan partnered with Navigating Cancer’s Patient Relationship Management solution, so CHCWM can digitize formerly manual, paper-based tasks and monitor patients when they are away from the clinic so the care team can provide proactive intervention when needed.
Michigan Optical joined with Great Lakes Management Services Organization. Michigan Optical expanded three times since its establishment in 2006 to meet patient demand.
The Children’s Assessment Center has changed its name to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County. The nonprofit organization that is dedicated to confronting child sexual abuse in Kent County has moved to a larger facility at 2855 Michigan St. NE made possible by a $3-million capital campaign.
Mika Meyers PLC elected lawyers Benjamin A. Zainea (chair), Ross A. Leisman and Daniel J. Broxup to its 2018 management committee.
Miller Johnson welcomed Amy E. Murphy as an associate in its Grand Rapids office.
LEISURE & RECREATION
The West Michigan Tourist Association published its 2018 edition of the West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide. The free guide is available online, or travelers may request a free copy be mailed to them at wmta.org/about-wmta/request-free-travel-info.
National Nail’s STINGER brand, the industry leader in cap fastening technology for roofing underlayment, was added to the GAF Tools4Success Guide, a catalogue of vendors for members of the manufacturer’s Certified Contractor Program.
Scott Group Studio named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Michael Ruggeri, who served as president/CEO since 1990, moved to a new position as chairman of the board.
Dégagé Ministries announced its popular Pauls’ Moms’ Cookies, founded in 2015 to raise money for a homeless mission, are now available for purchase at Kingma’s Market in Grand Rapids and Ada. The cookies are made and sold by women who have gone through Dégagé Ministries Open Door program for homeless women.
Downtown Holland announced 15 local nonprofit organizations were selected to participate in the first Big Give charity shopping event. Forty businesses donated 15 percent of all their sales to the local nonprofit organizations.
Investment bank Ziegler, closed on the nonprofit Michigan Christian Home, doing business as Grand Rapids-based Beacon Hill at Eastgate for $42,540,000 Series 2017 Bonds. Beacon Hill was founded in 1951 by area Baptist churches to provide senior living and health care services in a Christian environment to Grand Rapids seniors.
Senior Neighbors of Kent County earned a second consecutive 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for its fiscal responsibility and commitment to accountability and transparency.
MHVillage, a Grand Rapids-based website for buying and selling manufactured housing, launched a new print magazine for manufactured housing industry professionals called MHInsider, a 50-page, full-color print publication that debuted at the 2018 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.
Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. acquired five Wendy’s restaurants in the Lubbock, Texas, designated market area and has two pending definitive agreements to acquire an additional 50 Wendy’s restaurants in the Eastern and Midwestern United States.
Michigan League of Conservation Voters hired Nick Occhipinti of Grand Rapids as its new government affairs director.
Jackson-based Consumers Energy announced it has donated $10 million to help people in need with their energy bills. People who call 2-1-1 might be referred to six nonprofit organizations: Michigan Community Action; The Salvation Army; The Heat and Warmth Fund; TrueNorth Community Services; Society of St. Vincent DePaul; and United Way of Jackson County.