East Grand Rapids Detective Mark Lindner received the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Meritorious Service Award at a recent City Commission meeting for performing investigative duties in an exemplary manner. Lindner received the award for his detective work after a 2001 violent criminal sexual assault in the city. The case went unsolved for 15 years until the Michigan State Police Crime Lab notified Lindner of an FBI DNA matching database hit. Lindner reopened the case and began a criminal investigation.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Driesenga & Associates Inc. has hired David Greening as an engineering technician who will work in the firm’s Grand Rapids office, and Caitlyn Roberts who will perform administrative assistant duties in the Kalamazoo office.
Chris Machuta has been named assistant general manager for the SMG-managed Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall. Machuta will continue overseeing the venues’ finances while booking DeVos Performance Hall, and in the coming months take on additional responsibilities as necessary with the retirement of former assistant general manager Jim Watt.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with the Grand Valley State University College of Education’s Upward Bound TRIO program to develop treasure hunts for museum visitors. Twenty-six students in 11th grade are involved in this service program through Upward Bound TRIO. The treasure hunts will encourage museum visitors to explore all that the GRPM has to offer.
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra welcomed nine members to its board of directors: Stephen Blackwood, Andy Dominianni, Hal B. Jenson, Tom Kasdorf, Scott E. McIntyre, Jack Nelligan, Diane Robertson, Laura VanPopering and Jack VanSlambrouck.
Kent District Library announced Lindsey Dorfman has been selected to serve as director of branch services & operations for all 18 KDL branches.
The Small Business Association of Michigan announced its 2016-17 board members to include David Fant, Market Mapping plus, Kentwood; Doyle Hayes, dhayes Group, Grand Rapids; Park Kersman, Lorin Industries, Muskegon; Erick Stewart, Stewart Industries, Battle Creek; Sue Tellier, JetCo Solutions, Grand Rapids; and Sheri Welsh, Welsh & Associates, Kalamazoo.
Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology 12th grade student-artist Verlla Pace has won the national BET Awards 2016 BETInstaStar contest. Verlla and her mother, Dawn Pace, traveled to Los Angeles to attend the BET Awards.
Open Systems Technologies president/CEO Meredith Bronk has been named a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. She was recognized at gala at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.
First National Bank of Michigan announced the promotions of Amy Vervaras to vice president and Nick Conley to relationship manager.
Jamie Moore has joined Legacy Trust as controller.
Lake Michigan Credit Union announced Anita Erickson of Cascade Township is the winner of LMCU’s fourth $25,000 Home Makeover Giveaway.
Kent Companies Inc. announced the addition of Jeff Moomey as project manager for its facilities services division.
Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area for the second consecutive year has been ranked as the third-best area in the country for businesses to prosper by Area Development Magazine’s sixth annual “Leading Locations” study. This year’s study ranked 394 MSAs.
Grand Valley State University in Allendale Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist Valerie Rhodes-Sorrelle has received the National Association of Educational Procurement’s Bert C. Ahrens Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the procurement profession over an extended period of time.
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors MI David A. Lund of Rockford and Timothy Long of Ada were recognized by Wealth Management Magazine in its annual “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in 2016” list.
The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association announced the election of board President Sylvain Garneau; Vice President/President-Elect Don Van Winkle; and board directors Rebecca Boenigk, Julio Enrique, Hirschfeld Mereles, Chas Hepler and John May.
Kellogg Community College and Western Michigan University are the recipients of grants from the DENSO North America Foundation as part of more than $1 million to 24 colleges and universities across North America to support advancing education in skilled trades, active safety and robotics programs, student vehicle teams and learning labs.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program, offered by Holland-based Holland Hospital’s Center for Good Health, has been given a “full recognition,” a designation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for effectively delivering a quality, evidenced-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced its “Join the Movement” capital campaign exceeded its $16 million goal by nearly $1 million. The campaign supports the $66.4 million expansion and renovation project that includes the West Building, making Mary Free Bed the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the United States. The campaign is the largest in the hospital’s 125-year history.
Baker College of Muskegon Rotaract Club made the following announcements: It donated $9,114 to Kids’ Food Basket Muskegon, an organization providing Sack Suppers year round for kids; cumulatively, the club’s 30 members volunteered 2,038 hours to fundraise and provide hands-on support of community projects such as the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District’s Read Early, among others; and the Rotary International bestowed its Presidential Citation to the club for the third consecutive year.
The Sinas Dramis Law Firm recently gave away 1,373 bike helmets in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City through its Lids for Kids program.
Frankenmuth Insurance recognized Meyering Insurance Agency Inc. of Hamilton for the second consecutive year as a “Preferred Plus” Partner for 2016.
HNI Risk Services has hired Christine Hooper as an account manager to its Grand Rapids location.
Jack Van Coevering has joined Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC’s administrative and municipal practice group, where he will work primarily from the Grand Rapids office.
Michigan Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children announced it has opened a Grand Rapids location at 660 Cascade West Parkway, Suite 65. For more information, visit michigancasa.org.
Miller Johnson’s estate planning group received a Band 1 ranking (1 being highest of 1-5 bands) from the inaugural Chambers High Net Worth Guide. Key individual attorneys were also recognized: Robert Brower at Band 1 and Christopher Edgar and Lauretta Murphy both at Band 2.
The University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center has awarded the 2016 Pamela Pucci Service Award to Varnum LLP attorneys Debbie Palmer, Bonnie Sawusch, Steve Weston and Rick Halpert due to their longstanding commitment and support of the UM Trauma Burn Center as well as their advocacy for burn survivors.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park, a high-ropes and zipline obstacle course at 2121 Celebration Drive NE,announced it is open for its inaugural season. Details: grtta.com.
Columbian Logistics Network announced it hired Hollis Pace as its director of business development.
Pro-Vision Video Systems in Byron Center has hired Bill Hale as Southwest Region manager to its Commercial Group.
Michigan Radio has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award in the Large Market Radio-News Documentary category for reporter Lindsey Smith’s documentary series “Not Safe to Drink” that traced the history and story behind the Flint water crisis.
Maggie Lancaster has joined the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum as its executive director. Lancaster has been a GRCM volunteer for nearly 14 years, and her background includes working as a history teacher and coach at Jenison High School and women’s basketball coach at Grand Rapids Community College.
Women’s Resource Center has been chosen as one of three organizations in the country to pilot new program strategies to help young people improve their executive function skills through a Developing Executive Function-Skills Building Strategies for Youth & Young Adults grant funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Mark Meijer of Grand Rapids to the Great Lakes Protection Fund Board of Directors, and the reappointment of Kimberly Kimbrough-Wozniak of Muskegon to the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators.
Sun Title Agency has opened a 3,000-square-foot office that will accommodate as many as six employees at 4600 Ivanrest in Grandville.
AHC+Hospitality has appointed Beau Burnett chef de cuisine of JW Marriott Grand Rapids’ restaurant six.one.six.
The Kent County Health Department announced it has issued 550 Food Safety Awards to 1,750 licensed facilities eligible to receive the award. For more information, visit accesskent.com/Health/FoodServices/awards.htm.
Chow Hound Pet Supplies opened its ninth store, at 5811 Byron Center Ave.
Open Systems Technologies announced it has been placed No. 150 on national I.T. ranking out of tens of thousands of companies nationwide by technology organization CRN’s 2016 Solution Provider 500 list, an annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.