Change Ups: Haven Innovation shuffles top management roles


Rick Grasman. Courtesy Haven Innovation

Haven Innovation founder Don Wisner named Rick Grasman the company’s president. Wisner moves into the position of chairman and chief innovation officer, and his son, Jake Wisner, remains managing director. Grasman has a long history as an investor, developer and management expert as part of Welstand Capital, G.V.K. Development and Grasman Real Estate Investments. The Grand Haven-based company is a full-service engineering and manufacturing company whose portfolio includes medical, automotive and consumer products.


Driesenga & Associates Inc. founder Dan Driesenga announced his retirement. Jim Henning was promoted to president.


Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will soon construct a mandala sand painting at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in partnership with Connecting Chords Music Festival.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum recently opened its newest exhibit, “The Art of Wordless Storytelling,” by acclaimed author and illustrator David Wiesner. The exhibition explores his imaginative paintings, featuring over 70 original watercolors from Wiesner’s most beloved books.


The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s recent Chamber Classic golf outing raised $4,500 for the Muskegon Silent Observer Program.


Meijer announced Cathy Cooper, senior director of community partnership and giving and Meijer LPGA Classic executive director, was awarded the inaugural Fred Meijer Award. 

Silent Observer will recognize at its Nov. 21 Community Heroes Awards Luncheon the following people for keeping their communities safe: detective Dustin Cook and crime analyst Jason Cramer, Excellence in Policing Award, Kent County Sheriff Office; Rodrick Daniels, Making A Difference Community Award, Kingmakers; Sue Knol,  Law Enforcement Partnership Award, Meijer; officer Austin Lynema, Next Gen Law Enforcement Bridge Builder Award, Grand Rapids Police Dept.; Joe Quist, Above & Beyond: Life-Saving Award, Grand Rapids Police Dispatch; Rocio Rodriquez, Building Stronger Neighborhoods Award, Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Assoc.; Peter Secchia, Silent Observer’s Lifetime Partnership Award; and detective D.J. VerHage, Above & Beyond: Investigation and Advocacy Award, Wyoming Police Department.

The Iron Chef GR fundraiser, benefiting Cascade Community Foundation, crowned Sandy Point Beach House the winner of its recent competition. The final competition’s secret ingredient was a Michigan classic: Vernors ginger ale soda.


Grandville-based Grand River Bank hired Scott Schrotenboer as vice president, commercial banking.


Electrical solutions and industrial technology firm Feyen Zylstra promoted Kevin Wildfong to executive vice president, electrical services. The company recently opened its new Industrial Tech Center at 3085 Walkent Drive NW.

Symposia Labs of Grand Rapids and Holland has moved into a larger office at 601 Fifth St. NW, Suite 100, in the Widdicomb Building on Grand Rapids’ northwest side. Two to three more employees are expected to be hired in the final quarter of 2019.

The 3.0 release of Terryberry’s Recognition Mailbox is able to receive and share virtually any type of success data from nearly any source. Clients can use data to recognize and reward the individuals who make successes possible.

Walker-based Tubelite Inc. named John Giusti as logistics manager.

Wightman hired the following in its Benton Harbor office: Rich Hutchinson, field service technician; Dakota Goodman, field service technician; Jerry Joanis, field service technician; Brian Piasecki, field service technician; and Stephanie Bean, survey project coordinator.


Kalamazoo-based CSM Group announced it appointed Julie Byrne as chief strategy officer. Byrne will advance the strategy and positioning of the organization by identifying growth opportunities and resource allocation and providing advice on market analysis and best practices.

CSM Group will manage the construction of Kalamazoo County’s new $90 million downtown justice facility. The five-story, 155,000-square-foot facility will house the county’s courts and other criminal justice-related offices.

Rogers Glass in Battle Creek was selected as CD Barnes Construction’s fourth quarter of 2019’s Key to Our Success Award winner for its work on the Flexfab renovation project in Hastings.


Burton Elementary announced it was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-22 for its extensive use of Apple technology in the classrooms.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University awarded $1,000 scholarships each to KCAD’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion students Jennifer Caceres and Hadley MacIntosh for the 2019-20 academic year, made possible through a gift from the Detroit Colour Council, a Detroit-based professional society.


Voisard Asset Management Group announced the additions of Brandon Bauer and Jordan Buffum as equity partners in the company. They are certified financial planner professionals.


Blue Sky Vision welcomed optometrist Dr. Ashley Fritz.

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. announced the administration of the colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine, as well as the university’s health clinics was restructured to be better aligned in patient care, education and research. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. was promoted to the new position of executive vice president for health sciences, overseeing the aforementioned colleges. Beauchamp will resign as dean of the College of Human Medicine, a position he has held since 2016.


Mel Trotter Ministries announced it has experienced a 40% increase of single women seeking emergency shelter over the last year. In addition to youth and family homelessness, single women are one of the fastest-growing homeless populations in greater Grand Rapids. Many of the women seeking shelter are living with mental illness or are survivors of domestic violence or other traumatic situations.

Mel Trotter Ministries opened a 10,000-square-foot store in Lowell, featuring gently used clothing, furniture and household items, and has re-opened a store in Belding that most recently was occupied by Goodwill.


Dickinson Wright PLLC announced attorney Leslee Lewis was named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Jackson Lewis PC announced principal Timothy J. Ryan of the firm’s Grand Rapids office has been listed in 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor Law – Management.


Experience Grand Rapids announced the third quarter economic impact in Grand Rapids via meetings and conventions are: Total No. of meetings: 62; total attendees: 37,504; total hotel nights: 28,783; and total estimated spending: $27,057,285.77.

New Buffalo-based Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos announced its employees made a $20,000 donation to the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition.


Idealease Inc. awarded Idealease of West Michigan with its ONE Idealease award for 2019.


Patti Poppe was appointed to Whirlpool’s board of directors.


Lisa Hegenbart joined Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties as executive director.


Local Meijer and Menard stores now sell high-visibility marking T-Rex Tape, available in neon orange, an ideal choice for a variety of outdoor applications.


Blue Medora announced the availability of over 50 log source integrations, dramatically simplified deployment options, fully managed log agent and 24/7 customer support for New Relic customers through BindPlane, its Monitoring Integration as a Service solution.

IT Resource hired Miranda Grega as help desk analyst and Victoria Keyser as customer service representative.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport recorded its 24th consecutive month of passenger growth. Through September 2019, 2,690,043 passengers have traveled through the airport — more than 2016’s total annual passengers. Overall traffic is up 10.59% from 2018 — the busiest year in GFIA history. September 2019 saw 283,709 passengers compared to 255,888 in 2018. It also marks the busiest third quarter ever, beating out 2018 by nearly 81,000 passengers.


The Michigan Craft Beverage Council announced the launch of its website, The site features many resources to support the growing industry, including a detailed research finder, an industry marketplace, and business development and support information.

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