Change Ups: Koelzer wins national anthem vote


Northview High School senior Mikaela Koelzer amassed the most Facebook votes to sing the national anthem at the sixth annual Meijer States Games of Michigan national anthem contest. She will sing at the opening ceremony June 26 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. After two weeks of voting, Koelzer beat out two other finalists in the competition. Contestants had until mid-April to submit their videos.


Extra Credit Projects, in partnership with U.K. agency 101, won Gold at the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s 2015 OBIE Awards, for the Art Everywhere U.S. public service campaign in August 2014.

LEAD Marketing has hired Marcus Ritsema, digital media specialist.


Hillary Mullennix has joined Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors as a human resources specialist.


Grand Rapids Symphony Society announced its new board members Robert Connors, Eileen DeVries, John HendricksonArthur JohnsonMilton Rohwer, Renee Tabben, David Thompson and David Whitescarver. New officers: chairperson, Kate Pew Wolters; immediate past chairperson, Peter Perez; chairperson elect, Charles Frayer; secretary, Karen Henry Stokes; treasurer, Anette Estrada; and vice chairpeople: Michael Ellis, Tim Liang, Timothy O’Donovan and Larry Robson.


Charcoal Box USA announced its the Box Burnable Charcoal Chimney has been awarded this year’s Whole Packaging Award and Environmental Packaging of the Year Award by the North American Hardware Association.

Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department received the 2015 Award of Excellence from the Central Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for its “No Wipes in the Pipes” campaign.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner John H. McKendry Jr. is the recipient of Head Start for Kent County’s Friend of Head Start Award for his 16 years of service and leadership.

The ESOP Association has named Watkins Ross a Silver Award winner for sustaining its Employee Stock Ownership Plan for 25 years or more.


Charter Capital Partners has launched a Business Valuation Practice, and has hired Christine Baker, managing director.

Custer announced its designation as a 2015 Steelcase Platinum Partner.


Bruce Heys Builders in Ada celebrated its 25th year anniversary.

Remodeling Magazine named DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids one of the top 50 national remodeling companies for practicing exemplary business practices, management skills, community service, design and craftsmanship.

Kent Companies Inc. has promoted Matthew Brozowski to division manager.


Grand Rapids Community College’s adult English-As-a-Second-Language program received an additional $5,000 in funding through the Michigan Workforce Development Agency based on its 2013-14 performance. Also, the Higher Learning Commission has approved reaccreditation for the college.

Kyle Caldwell has been selected executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. He currently is director of the Pathways Out of Poverty grant-making team at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. He begins his new post Aug. 1.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Stan Vander Roest is its new chief financial officer.


The City of Kentwood announced the appointment of Emily Bridson to the Planning Commission. She concurrently serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission.


Comprenew announced the Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality awarded it a $67,500 grant to expand the PureMAPP program, which partners with municipalities, counties, conservation districts, townships and cities to create permanent, staffed, electronic recycling collection sites.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Literacy Center of West Michigan and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities Inc. grants in the amount of $10,000 and $2,000, respectively, to support local literacy programs.

Kent District Library received a $5,000 grant for the blind and physically handicapped from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to purchase a Refreshable Braille Display, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and an Eye-Pal, a portable USB scanner/reader that converts printed material into speech, text files or Braille.


Agility Health Inc. announced BioCorrect LLC, its wholly owned orthotics subsidiary, has met Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Quality Standards, allowing it to achieve Medicare billing privileges.

The Kent County Medical Society announced the election of its board of directors for 2015: president, David Hammond; president-elect, Jayne Courts; treasurer, Herman Sullivan; immediate past president, Donald Condit; and directors, Megan Edison and Eric Larson.

Michigan State Medical Society announced Rose Ramirez, M.D., was installed as president. Ramirez practices at Jupiter Family Medicine in Belmont.


Red Cedar Insurance Agency has relocated to a larger location at 4880 36th St., Suite 201, Grand Rapids, to accommodate its growth.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of George “Jay” Quist of Grand Rapids to the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Hilger Hammond attorney Mark Rysberg successfully represented national surety company Lexon Insurance Co. before a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Columbian Logistics Network has hired Alan Haynes, process improvement engineer.


Ablative Solutions Inc. in Kalamazoo received the CE Certificate of Conformity allowing it to apply the CE mark to the Peregrine System Infusion Catheter.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne announced the addition of buyer Andrew DeWys, who becomes the second generation in the family business.

Eisele Connectors announced Michael Jones is its first sales director for the region.


WOOD TV 8 news anchor Brett Thomas announced his resignation. He will co-anchor at WANE TV in Fort Wayne, Ind. His last day at WOOD TV is June 12.


Make-A-Wish Michigan announced award recipients for helping to fulfill its mission: Joy Award, Jenison High School; Wish-Granting Volunteers of the Year, Sue and Karen Den Herder of Zeeland; and Shining Star Awards, Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids, Elly Bainbridge of Jenison and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Services.


Barbara Holland has joined Truscott Rossman as director of communication and business development for Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. She will lead the firm’s work as senior account executive for an expanding roster of health care-related clients.


Ottawa County Sherriff’s Road Patrol Deputy Rachel McDuffee has received the Outstanding Customer Service Award for the first quarter of 2015.


Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has hired James Ernest, editor in chief. He also joins the board of directors as a vice president.


Manny Rivera has been appointed general manager of Cygnus27, located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.


Michael Spicer has been named Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach.


Modustri announced the addition of Dave Baarman, IP strategist, strengthening its reputation in advanced technology across heavy equipment and adjacent NDT markets.


Frontier Communications Corp. in Muskegon announced the promotion of Bob Pero to president of its new central region, encompassing Michigan and Wisconsin.

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