Change Ups: Hauenstein exhibition opens in July


A new exhibit, “Ralph W. Hauenstein: A Life of Leadership,” opens July 21 and runs through January 2019 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Interactives will allow visitors to test out writing a headline for the newspaper on an antique typewriter and try their hand at cracking a secret code. Hauenstein was a leader in the West Michigan community, remembered for his role as a journalist, military and intelligence service, dedication to the Catholic faith, and his entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Grand Rapids.


Allison McKenna joined Kalamazoo-based LKF Marketing as a graphic designer.


Kent Sparks was appointed a commissioner to the Board of Library Commissioners of the Grand Rapids Public Library.


The Society for Human Resource Management awarded the Association of Human Resource Management its EXCEL Platinum Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2017. AHRM’s greatest accomplishments for that year include creating an innovative professional headshot photo lounge at the annual MISHRM conference as a fundraiser for the SHRM Foundation.


Ella Carr from Grand Rapids City High School is the recipient of United Way Heart of West Michigan’s  Student Service Award. Ella completed more than 75 hours of volunteer service this year and was awarded the Gold Certificate of Distinction for Commitment to Service.

United Church Homes’ Pilgrim Manor was awarded the 2018 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.


Brad Haverkamp joined Chemical Bank’s Lakeshore Community Bank as president and commercial group manager. LCB includes Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Fremont and surrounding cities.

ChoiceOne Bank in Sparta recently was honored as a finalist in the Startup Innovation category at the 2018 Best of FinXTech Awards, which recognizes innovative partnerships between banks and Michigan startup fintech companies that have been operating for less than five years. ChoiceOne’s latest partnership is with Detroit-based Autobooks.

Macatawa Bank announced Kaydi McMahan joined the mortgage sales team as mortgage loan originator II in its Grand Rapids market.

Tom Regan joined Independent Bank’s residential lending team as a senior residential loan officer.

Union Bank announced Steve Millman joined its board of directors. 


Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the addition of Karen Benson as the business development officer in the Lakeshore area.

Terryberry launched Terryberry Wellness, a cloud-based employee wellness program that provides an integrated portal for wellness education and activities, together with social encouragement and rewards for healthy behaviors.


David Yocca joined Baltimore-based Biohabitats Inc.’s Great Lakes Bioregion team as senior landscape architect/ecological planner in its Grand Rapids field office.


Grand Rapids Community College trustees unanimously approved a $112.3-million budget for the 2018-19 academic year, a spending plan that includes the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades.

Noorthoek Academy announced the promotion of Mary Ruth Scholz to the newly created position of executive director. 

Western Michigan University alumna Alicia Kornowa, director of admissions for recruitment at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, was tapped to lead the WMU office of admissions, effective July 30.

William Brad Brown, assistant chief of administration for the Grand Rapids Fire Department and student at Cornerstone University is the 2018 recipient of the Milwaukee-based ASQ Richard A. Freund Scholarship. Brown is pursuing a doctor of education degree in organizational leadership and development at the Grand Rapids university. The $5,000 scholarship is named after an ASQ past president and supports a quality professional’s graduate studies.


Harmony Brewing added a second kitchen and an indoor/outdoor beer garden that has more than doubled the brew pub’s seating capacity at its Eastown location.

New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland recently marked its 21st anniversary with its annual Hatter Days party.

The Mitten Brewing Co. opened its third in-state location at 329 Water St., Saugatuck.


The Wege Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to San Diego-based LaunchBio Inc. to offer programs designed to increase biotech career opportunities for women and members of underrepresented populations.


John Shay was selected to serve as the Ottawa County’s deputy county administrator.

Kent County IT director Craig Paull was promoted assistant corporate counsel in the Kent County Executive Administrator’s Office. Tim Beck assumes interim director of the information technology department responsibilities.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $330,000 grant to the city of Grand Rapids’ Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for a redevelopment project at  the former Red Lion, 449-499 Bridge St. NW. The grant will help pay for due care activities, demolition, transportation and disposal of contaminated soils, among other eligible costs site in the Stockbridge Business District.


Holiday Retirement’s Aurora Pond in Wyoming was certified as a great workplace by Great Place to Work Institute.


Meijer Logistics Manager Carol Heinowski was named board chair of the National Private Truck Council, an Arlington, Virginia-based trade association that represents the private corporate trucking fleet.


EarthTronics in Muskegon introduced its new line of contemporary LED Troffer Series for office, health care, retail and many other commercial applications for new construction and retrofit projects.

Fabri-Kal in Kalamazoo launched its clear, stackable TruWare square containers sold in 8-, 12-, 16-, 24- and 32-ounce sizes that are made from a minimum of 50 percent postconsumer recycled PET plastic.

Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon announced the addition of long-range optics to its LM Series of miniature linear lights for machine vision. The LM45 and LM75 “mini-linis” now include 16-degree (N16) and 25-degree (N25) lens options, in addition to the standard 40-degree, the wide-angle 80-degree and the line lenses.

SoundOff Signal in Muskegon announced its Grid Light, which features a tricolor silicone pod, an industry first in both color and lens technology that delivers on the sustaining advantages of silicone over conventional polycarbonate optical light lenses: high durability, versatile use, multicolor alternative to a beacon and a brighter light output. The company also introduced the ODDM-3XT OverDriveTM light module for Cognex cameras.


The Allegan County Economic Development Commission board entered a three-year contract with Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage to extend economic development services to the county’s nearly 200 primary employers.

Guiding Light promoted Stephanie McKinnon to director of operations for The Job Post.

Heart of West Michigan United Way’s 211 program expanded to include people from Ionia, Montcalm, Lake, Newaygo, Oceana, Mecosta and Osceola counties, who will be able to connect to local services including housing, food, utility assistance, transportation, child care and more through its call center.  

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance in Holland announced Christine Mwangi as its program director


Grand Rapids native Steve Volkers will team up with Indigo Homes to design a new townhome development in Breton Village named The Townhomes of Breton Village. The development will feature a two-building, nine-unit, condominium community. Units will have 2-3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, depending on the selected floor plan. Construction is slated to start in early fall.


CityWide Cellular Inc. in Holland was designated Premier Local Retailer by DISH.


Van Andel Institute announced the appointment of Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health, to the Van Andel Institute board of directors.


Blue Medora announced its 24 new endpoint integrations for BindPlane that addresses the common challenge most data center operations teams experience — gaining a comprehensive view of what’s going on across an IT ecosystem. BindPlane expands observability for large enterprises monitoring microservices, Microsoft Azure cloud environments and next-generation infrastructures.

Geerpres in Muskegon is now a partner with Virtual Mgr, an environmental services software management program. The Virtual Manager Healthclean Software Program provides real-time insight for impact on productivity and EVS outcomes.

OST was named to CRN’s annual  Solution Provider 500 list for the ninth consecutive year. OST this year ranked 131st out of more than 30,000 solution providers in North America.

Radley Corp. announced the availability of a mobile user interface for users of ruggedized wireless handheld mobile computers in warehouse and distribution environments. Over the next few years, such hardware is moving from a Windows-based interface to an Android interface.


The Grand Rapids City Commissioners approved a new three-year pilot program partnership with the Interurban Transit Partnership (“The Rapid”) and Spectrum Health intended to dramatically increase bus service to help reduce traffic and ease parking congestion along the Michigan Street corridor.

Moonshadow Mobile Inc. in Novi announced a partnership with INRIX to incorporate INRIX Trips Reports into Moonshadow’s DB4IoT platform.

Northern Jet Management appointed Capt. Rick Busch as chief pilot.

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