Change-Ups: Heymoss joins Kalamazoo Community Foundation

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Jennifer Heymoss is Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s new community investment officer. She will support an equitable and effective grantmaking process and build relationships with community partners. Heymoss previously worked for 15 years in the education field as a teacher and youth development professional in Kalamazoo. Heymoss educated teachers as the director of clinical experiences at Western Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Development, served as program director for the Kalamazoo Jeter’s Leaders program through the Turn 2 Foundation and taught English at Kalamazoo Central High School.

ACCOUNTING

Baker Holtz promoted Seth L. Hanenburg to senior associate.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

McKenna promoted M. Paul Lippens to vice president and director of its Kalamazoo studio, and relocated its Grand Rapids office to at 124 E. Fulton Street, Suite 6B.

ARTS

Rose Ellis of Grand Rapids received $1,000 from the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center for her work, THE MAC. 

The Muskegon Museum of Art reopened with Shaping the Future, Celebrating the Past, an exhibition that explores the various facets of its internationally recognized permanent collection in all of its galleries through the summer and fall of 2020. Each gallery in the museum features a different theme with displays of works representing various facets of the collection.

AWARDS

Brian Hannon recently was awarded Honorary Membership from Michigan Water Environment Association for making exceptional contributions to the association.

Walker-based Meijer Inc. was named a 2020 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion from the 2020 Disability Equality Index, which recognized the retailer’s efforts to champion a culture of inclusion for people with disabilities and continue to improve its policies and practices in the space.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has selected Adnoris “Bo” Torres, executive director for the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, as its 2020 President’s Award winner for his contributions to the organization’s growth and development.

BANKING

Grandville-based Grand River Bank ranked 15th among 3,855 similarly-sized community banks nationwide for 2020 by Independent Banker, the magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America. The ICBA studied 2019 FDIC data for portfolio composition, loan growth and asset quality to create its Top Lenders List.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Ben Hawksford joined JetCo Federal as an account coordinator.

Grand Rapids-based Vos Glass opened a second location in Lansing

Nichols Paper & Supply Co. moved its Greater Cleveland Area Distribution Center from Willowick, Ohio, to 26350 Broadway Ave. in Oakwood Village. The new warehouse is 45,000 square feet with more than 4,000 pallet slot locations.

Rehmann announced the promotions of Eric Doezema and Julianna Keeven to senior managers; Kelly Dishaw to assurance in-charge; Jordan Neuhaus to assurance supervisor; Becky Peuler to manager of inside sales team; LeeAnn Pollard to retirement plan administration manager; Daniel Ruettiger to assurance in-charge; and Steve Swift to security services manager.

CONSTRUCTION

EV Construction hired Justin Wierenga and Matt Wintjes as assistant project managers, and Kaileb Ferris, Anna Mantooth, Alex Faga, Yulissa Andrade, Greg VanderJagt, Kyle Clish and Mindy Davis as part of EV’s self-performed trades divisions.

Rockford-based Sable Homes ranked No. 244 in Pro Builder’s annual Housing Giants list. Sable Homes had 90 single-family home closings in 2019.

EDUCATION

Albion College received a $7.5 million bequest from former student Robert Richmond, who began his higher education at the college more than a half-century ago. It is the largest gift in the college’s history.

Angela Carpenter of the Hope College religion faculty received the 2020 Dallas Willard Book Award from the Martin Institute and the Dallas Willard Research Center at Westmont College for her book “Responsive Becoming: Moral Formation in Theological, Evolutionary, and Developmental Perspective.”

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Paul and Chad Clark, brothers and owners of Alt City Beverage Co., have opened their first retail location inside the Downtown Market. Alt City Beverage Company will offer a premium beverage selection including zero-proof cocktails, smoothies, healthy juice combinations, and a variety of coffees and espresso-based beverages.

GRANTS

Henry A. Fox Sales, a statewide beer, wine and spirits distributor, announced local food banks Feeding America West Michigan; The StoreHouse Grand Rapids; and Kids’ Food Basket each received $5,000.

Consumers Energy Foundation has conferred grants to help local nonprofit organizations that are assisting residents the COVID-19 pandemic has affected: Housing Resources Inc., Kalamazoo – $15,000; Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth – $10,000; Charitable Union, Battle Creek – $10,000; Muskegon Rescue Mission, Muskegon – $10,000; Meals on Wheels Western Michigan, Grandville – $10,000; Ministry with Community, Kalamazoo – $7,500; and Women’s Resource Center – $5,000.

Consumers Energy Foundation awarded $200,000 grant to help build Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam (Dragon Trail), a 47-mile non-motorized, multi-use trail forming a loop around the Hardy Pond Reservoir. Newaygo County Parks, Mecosta County Parks Commission and the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance manage the Dragon. Construction for the trail began in 2019.

HEALTH

Grand Rapids-based Advanced Cardiac & Vascular Amputation Prevention Centers opened an office in Las Vegas, the first outpatient endovascular center in the region – and its first office outside Michigan. 

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals for excelling in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Muskegon Pregnancy Services received a new a Samsung HS50 ultrasound machine valued at $90,000 that is capable of both 2D and 3D imaging made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Knights of Columbus Prince of Peace Catholic Church Council #15337 in addition to local businesses, churches and donors.

Susanne Pettigrew joined Dr. Diana Bitner and the True Women’s Health team at the recently opened clinic in Grand Rapids where she will serve as the clinic’s physician assistant, bringing a holistic approach to menopausal wellness and sexual health.

LEGAL

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Bruce C. Young has been named to the 2020 class of 16 Over 60 by Senior Neighbors.

MANUFACTURING

Hudsonville-based SoundOff Signal announced Daniel Boerigter has been named chair of the company’s board of directors, replacing his father, George Boerigter, who led the board from 2008 to June of this year.

 

UFP Industries announced one of its affiliates acquired the operating assets of T&R Lumber Company and its affiliates, Sullivan & Mann and Kelmar Creations. Based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, T&R manufactures and distributes a range of products used primarily by nurseries. 

Gentex Corp. was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during a virtual ceremony honoring the recipients of the company’s 28th annual Supplier of the Year Awards.

NONPROFITS

Eric Williams, chief executive officer of United Methodist Community House, joined Guiding Light’s board of directors.

Holland-based Capital for Compassion, a group specializing in community redevelopment and affordable housing, has surpassed $1 billion in nonprofit real estate development consultation, including West Michigan projects valued at over $39 million.

Mel Trotter Ministries has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to help offset the ongoing costs associated with COVID-19.

Mel Trotter Ministries and Next Step of West Michigan formally merged to reduce duplication of services. No jobs or services were eliminated.

Wedgwood Christian Services has been named a top-ranked Substance Use Rehab Center in Grand Rapids by national research and resource organization Help.org.

Wedgwood Christian Services named Chris Rivera director of substance use disorder treatment services.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

SeyferthPR announced Gwen Cieslak and Jill Simpson have been named assistant vice presidents.

REAL ESTATE

Transnation Title Agency hired its first chief legal officer, Lavinia Biasell.

RETAIL

Children’s consignment shop Freshwater Whale Boutique is open for business at 1558 Wealthy St. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday; and closed Mondays.

Gazelle Sports named its first-ever CEO, Jennifer Brummitt.

TECHNOLOGY

Byron Center-based PRO-VISION Video Systems released its 900 Series Hybrid HD DVR for school buses, which simultaneously records video and provides exterior camera views on an in-cab monitor — including the rear and blind spot views — in 1080p HD resolution. A new line of interior cameras designed for school bus applications, including the PRO-VISION AHD Mini-Dome Camera, also were released.

TRANSPORTATION

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport announced Avflight opened its state-of-the-art passenger terminal and hangar facility, featuring a 5,000-square-foot passenger terminal building connected to a 30,000-square-foot hangar on a 5-acre leased parcel on the airport’s east side.

Van Go Delivery LLC relocated to 7760 Clyde Park, Byron Center.

SPORTS

Richard Ray of Hope College faculty has been named the 2020 recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Eve Becker-Doyle Leadership Award, given to a NATA member who has belonged for at least 40 years for outstanding leadership and volunteerism within the association.

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