Change Ups: Kingma’s Market forges partnership


Kingma’s Market owner Alan Hartline entered a partnership with Jeff Butzow, owner of Fish Lads and Carvers: Grand Rapids’ Finest Meats. The collaboration brings together Fish Lads, one of the premier seafood purveyors in the region, and Carvers, which offers a high-quality portfolio of locally sourced meats from throughout Michigan. Kingma’s Market is a specialty market that has been in the community for more than 80 years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


8THIRTYFOUR announced its 10th anniversary, a new logo and new location at 1430 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 170, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

LEAD Marketing Agency announced 27-year advertising executive Steve Koskela joined the company as financial analyst; Jeannesa Martin was hired 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.


Bergmann Associates announced the following additions to its recently opened Grand Rapids office: Bradley Boyer, senior project manager for the Midwest buildings team; Joshua Dudicz, project manager for the Midwest infrastructure team; Buddy Huyler, senior project manager for the Midwest buildings team; Jon Ledy, senior discipline specialist for the Midwest buildings team; and Daniel Montgomery and Courtney Wierzbicki, intern architects for the Midwest buildings team.


America-based pianists, Wei Luo and Elliot Wuu were named recipients of the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Award, giving each a $15,000 stipend. The awards are bestowed every two years by the Kalamazoo-based Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards.


Douglas K. Brown, director of development for ASTI Environmental, is the recipient of the Michigan Economic Developers Association’s Robert Sieghart Award for Enthusiasm for the Economic Development Profession.


FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids employees Melissa Kinstner and Tim Sinen were recognized for their sales achievements among salespeople from all over the world at the 2017 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit, recently held in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

West Michigan Barter Company Inc., the local franchise for ITEX Trade Exchange, garnered awards at the 35th Annual ITEX National Convention for percentage increases over the previous year for trade dollar value transacted;  ranked fourth in the nation in new members added; and received the Circle of Excellence Award for being in the top 10 percent of all the ITEX franchisees throughout North America.

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.


Macatawa Bank in Holland announced the additions of Mike Wesholski as vice president, commercial banker and Jason Smith as vice president, senior commercial banker, both for their Grand Rapids market.


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.


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.


Baker College’s Muskegon campus reported 100 percent of its March 2017 physical therapist assistant graduates have passed their national and state licensure exams on the first try.

Davenport University received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and will be featured in the November 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine along with 79 other recipients.


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.


The Kent County District Courts announced a new waiver program for anyone with outstanding criminal and/or traffic warrants for noncompliance with a court order of fines, fees, court costs and any outstanding traffic and/or parking tickets that have gone into default or suspension. The waiver program will be in effect from Oct 1-Oct. 31, 2017.


A $91,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the nonprofit Trout Unlimited will provide educational opportunities to 150 West Michigan middle school girls learning about water issues through the STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts, Math) program. The grant will focus on the Rogue River and Lower Grand River watershed areas of Michigan, which includes Grand Rapids and other communities in West Michigan. Trout Unlimited is partnering with Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore, Our Communities Children, the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds and the Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited chapter for this project.

The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation granted $80,682.24 to the Grand Rapids Public Library to support popular community programs and library materials.

Kalamazoo-based fire safety educational organization E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc. is the recipient of $23,334 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program to purchase and install 10-year long-life battery sealed smoke alarms and provide fire safety education to West Michigan children and families.


Gary Allore was named president of Mercy Health Muskegon.


State Reps. Jim Lilly and Daniela R. García handed out 50 backpacks full of school supplies donated by AT&T to Grand Haven Area Public Schools and West Ottawa Public Schools students.


Hylant, a full-service insurance brokerage with 14 offices, including Michigan, announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency Inc., one of the oldest and largest minority-owned insurance agencies in Ohio, and Camryn Insurance Service LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comer Holdings, LLC, in Detroit.


Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga has, for the second time, been named Grand Rapids, Michigan’s 2018 Education Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Grand Rapids attorney Kristen E. Guinn was named for the second year in a row to the Benchmark Litigation 2017 Under 40 Hot List.


Gun Lake Casino in Wayland announced the completion of its $76-million expansion project, which includes slots and table games, high-limit room and bar. The new high-limit room will cater to guests who wish to make higher denomination bets on both slots and table games, in a more private atmosphere. The new bar, Chill, features multiple flavored slushy drinks, along with full beer, wine and cocktail selections, located in the heart of the casino. A five-story parking deck also under construction is slated to be completed summer 2018.


Chinese manufacturer J-Star Motion Corp., which produces desk bases, has leased a 112,400-square-foot building at 660 West St. in Cedar Springs.

Whirlpool Corp. in Benton Harbor announced three microwaves that meet the newly published Sustainability Standard for Household Microwave Oven Appliances from the Association of Home Appliances Manufacturers, meaning consumers now can find Whirlpool microwave ovens — along with refrigeration and cooking appliances — that meet the AHAM Sustainability Standards.


ALDI announced it 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.

The James Salon announced it has added a shoe and clothing boutique as part of their recent move within Gaslight Village to 2249 Wealthy St. in East Grand Rapids.


Erica Howlett joined SalesPad as an implementation specialist. Howlett previously was a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant for Pinnacle Consulting in Tampa, Florida, where she installed and configured Microsoft Dynamics GP for her clients.


The Rapid launched an online feedback tool to gather input from the public about the area’s transit system. The Align Transit Improvement Study aims to capture feedback from both riders and nonriders that will help the public transit agency prioritize improvements over the next decade. The short online feedback tool can be found at

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