Change Ups: Lynn launches painting company


Dwayne Lynn launched a residential and commercial painting company named Fresh Coat of Kalamazoo. Services including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. The business serves Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan, Oshtemo, Texas Charter Township, Vicksburg, Schoolcraft, Richland and surrounding areas. Lynn opened Fresh Coat of Kalamazoo with the support of his wife, Megan, and their two sons, Chase and Marshall. Prior to Fresh Coat, he spent 12 years as a middle school English teacher in North Carolina.


Charles “Chip” Hoebeke, director of the turnaround, restructuring and insolvency practice at Rehmann, completed INSOL International’s Global Insolvency Practice course, earning the designation of INSOL fellow.

Plante Moran announced four new partners in its Grand Rapids office: Mandy Chardoul, Brian Howe, Randall Janiczek, and Cheri Stein.


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


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.

JDH Engineering announced president of engineering/partner Ralph DenHartigh will scale back his day-to-day involvement with the company.


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.


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.


Elizabeth Lange from Ottawa County Clerks/Register of Deeds Office and Brad Gamby from the county’s innovation and technology department were recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the second quarter of 2017.


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 its Grand Rapids market.


Quarters Design & Build owner Brian Jacobson selected the CAMO Edge Fastening System on all of his deck projects throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in Minnesota. 

Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers announced the company completed more than 2,000 projects for Grifols, a global health care company, over the past five years spanning from coast to coast. The developments include over $40 million worth of work in more than 20 states across the country.

John Boonstra joined Midwest Construction Group Inc. in Zeeland as a principal to further develop the company’s growing portfolio of regional accounts.


Aquinas College was ranked in the top 50 among the Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and among the Best Value Regional Universities (Midwest) according to the Best Colleges 2018 rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.  

Baker College’s Muskegon campus reported 100 percent of its March 2017 physical therapist assistant graduates 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.

Western Michigan University College of Aviation dean in Battle Creek Capt. Dave Powell is the recipient of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission’s Award of Excellence.


The city of Grand Rapids welcomed Alison Waske Sutter as sustainability manager and Karyn Ferrick as legislative manager.

The 20th Circuit, Family Division, Juvenile Court in Ottawa County announced Juvenile Court Services and the Juvenile Justice Institute moved their Holland offices to 12263 James St., Building B, intended to be a more educationally and therapeutically conducive setting.

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.


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 ShoreOur 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, longlife-battery-sealed smoke alarms and provide fire safety education.


The Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, owned and managed by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, received the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s 2016 Hotel of the Year Award. Additional awards: Employee of the Year, Travis T. Swift, associate front office manager; General Manager of the Year, Tim Rayman; and President’s Award, which focused on the Radisson Yes I Can! service philosophy.


The Alano Club of Kent County recently celebrated its 65th anniversary. The Club serves over 50,000 individuals each year for those affected by addiction and seeking renewal through recovery, with over 265,000 individual meeting visits. Attendance at meetings has been steadily growing — rising almost 20 percent over the past decade.

MomsBloom founders Sara Binkley-Tow and Angie Walters announced they are stepping down and seeking an interim executive director expected to lead for much of 2018 before shifting control to a permanent full-time executive director.

Baker Holtz’s recent charity golf outing raised more than $7,000 toward Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ Camp Sparkle program.


Attorney Benjamin C. Dilley and paralegal Jennifer L. Tello joined Mika Meyers PLC.

Wrigley, Hoffman & Hendricks PC attorneys Ben Wrigley and Robert Hendricks were appointed to the Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Medical Marihuana Regulation’s Secured Transporter Group and Provisioning Center Group, respectively.


Camp Newaygo organization officials are undertaking a $2.2-million initiative to expand and update the grounds facilities, with a recent groundbreaking ceremony held on the health and leadership lodge. The campaign is supported by the Wege Foundation, Frey Foundation, Fremont Foundation and Dooge Foundation.

Ottawa County Parks announced the Grand Ravines Suspension Bridge is open to the public. The bridge is 275 feet long and 70 feet in the air and believed to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Michigan and the greater Midwest region. It is fully ADA accessible, with paved, accessible paths leading to the bridge on both sides. Grand Haven-based Anlaan Corp. constructed the bridge.


Ranir announced the appointment of Scott Huff, former Walmart executive vice president of consumables and health and wellness divisions, and Richelle Parham, most recently the chief marketing officer for eBay, to the company’s board of directors.


Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids welcomed four new board members to its 21-member board of directors: Max Benedict, Khumbo Croft, George Grant Jr. and Isidore Okoro.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced its 2017 Award winners: The GROW Leadership Award, Shannon Cohen, founder/principal, Shannon Cohen Inc.; Lee Ann Moss Service Award, Julie Lankes, owner, BOXBOOM Creative; Business of the Year Award, Floriza Benautis, founder/CEO, Management Business Solutions; and GROW Partner Award, Jack Keller, commercial loan officer, Lake Michigan Credit Union.


Chocolates by Grimaldi in Grand Haven announced an early apple crop has made it possible to sell their limited edition chocolate caramel apples sooner.

SpartanNash recently held a grand reopening of Forest Hills Foods at 4668 Cascade Road. Renovations include expanded deli section and gluten-free baked goods and store-made bakery products, as well as produce department at the store’s entrance, a specialty beer station and organic, fair trade and locally sourced coffee.


Preferred Employment & Living Supports’ new address is 1205 Peck Street, Muskegon, 49441.


Blue Medora announced the platform integration with VMware’s Wavefront. Blue Medora's IT system data collection technology extends real-time analytical capabilities across the enterprise IT stack, offering insight into cloud and physical infrastructure, virtualization and databases.

Worksighted in Holland was named one of Crain’ Coolest Places To Work; Inc. 5000 placed the IT service company on its list of fastest-growing companies across the nation by overall revenue growth over a three-year period; and the National Association for Business Resources awarded it with the Nation’s Best and Brightest in Wellness Award.

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