Representatives of McDonald's Corp. and more than 60 Michigan McDonald’s owners came to Grand Rapids recently to recognize SeyferthPR for 30 years of public relations service and leadership with the brand. SeyferthPR is one of only a handful of firms in North America that has been the agency of record for McDonald’s for more than 25 years. The firm was recognized for its creativity and strategy tied to a number of consumer engagement programs.
McKeown | Kraai Professional CPAs of Middleville announced Michael H. McKeown was named the firm’s newest partner.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Hilarie Szarowicz was named director of marketing for the SMG-managed Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall.
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra board of directors announced it ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement with its musicians who are with the Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians – Local 228.
Stacy Stout, assistant to Grand Rapids’ city manager, is the recipient of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA Young Professional Award.
Quality Car Wash in Holland and Zeeland Farm Services were honored with the West Coast Chamber’s Business Leadership Award.
United Bank of Michigan opened a 4,000-square-foot branch office at 1884 Baldwin St. in Jenison, becoming the bank’s 12th local office in the West Michigan area.
Professional Benefits Services Inc. announced it changed its name to Varipro and moved its corporate headquarters to 5300 Patterson Ave. SE, Suite 150, Grand Rapids. The company launched its new name and logo at varipro.com.
The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter announced Wolverine Building Group is the recipient of the following Excellence in Construction Awards: New Construction Less Than $1 Million for work on Ottawa County 58th District Courthouse; and Renovation/Addition Less than $1 Million: work on Huntington Bank renovation.
CSM Group in Kalamazoo announced the promotions of Julie Byrne to vice president of pre-construction services, and Jim Feltch and Joe Bailey to divisional presidents.
Wholesale slab supplier Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply announced the opening of its second location at 160 84th St., SW, Suite 3, Byron Center. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kristen Cichon joined Wolverine Building Group as director of marketing and communications.
Aquinas College was ranked third on the Best Values list of Regional Universities (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings.
Third party logistics company C.H. Robinson hosted a Robinson Cares event at its Grand Rapids office to give employees an opportunity to raise $6,000 to buy fleece jackets for every student at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Westwood Middle School.
Girls Choral Academy’s Granville Avenue Girls Choir honored Grand Rapids Public Schools superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal for her support of the program in three Grand Rapids Public Schools.
The granddaughter of Davenport University’s namesake and a former provost for the institution have co-authored “Davenport: Educating Across Three Centuries,” in time for the university’s 150th anniversary. Authored by Margaret (Peggy) Moceri and Thomas Brown, with a forward by chancellor emeritus Donald W. Maine, the 283-page book shares the history of the school, from its founding as Grand Rapids Business College to its present-day multi-campus university.
Grand Rapids Community College is joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mopar Career Automotive Program LOCAL in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers to train approximately 1,000 students annually.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The International Food Protection Training Institute in Battle Creek announced the launch of Cohort VI of the Fellowship in Food Protection Program, which provides future regulatory leaders with an intensive professional development experience within the framework of food regulatory science, law and policy. The Fellowship’s sponsors include Meijer Inc. of Walker and The Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek.
Long Road Distillers was awarded Best in Show Unaged White Spirit and a Double Gold Medal for its Long Road Aquavit at this year's New York World Wine and Spirits Competition.
The Manistee County Community Foundation announced it boosted its unrestricted endowment by $1 million after matching a $500,000 challenge gift from an anonymous donor — the single largest gift in its history. The donor offered to continue matching gifts up to an additional $500,000 through the end of the year. If the additional match is secured, the endowment would generate approximately $80,000 annually in new, unrestricted grant monies available to support area needs.
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was selected as the 2016-17 president of the Michigan Municipal League board of trustees.
GR Forward, the community plan and investment strategy to guide the next generation of growth in Downtown Grand Rapids, will receive the Daniel Burnham Award, the highest honor bestowed by American Planning Association – Michigan Chapter.
The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) announced Scott Sprague was sworn in as chairman of the Tribal Council and the election of Tribal Council members Jeff Martin and Jodie Palmer.
Ottawa County announced the completion of Phase I of the Spoonville Trail, which stretches 1.8 miles from N. Cedar drive to Leonard Road, incorporating the Sgt. Henry E. Plant Pathway located on M-231 over the Grand River.
The Ottawa County Agricultural Preservation Board announced it closed on its first permanently preserved agricultural property, the Hehl Farm, a 34.9 acre hog and cattle farm, at 14468 Ave., Coopersville.
Foot & Ankle Specialists of West Michigan announced it opened a new state-of-the art office at 2144 E. Paris Ave., where it provides advanced medical and surgical foot and ankle care, retail specialty shoes, physical therapy, office surgical suite and a medical nail spa.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Dr Pepper Snapple awarded the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids a $5,000 equipment donation as part of its partnership with Good Sports, providing the facility with new equipment, including 28 soccer balls, 15 basketballs, four soccer goals and 25 jump ropes — 96 pieces in all intended to impact 8,000 kids over the lifetime of the equipment.
Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore CEO and veteran executive and civic leader Gloria Lara was named CEO of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan awarded Thomas Reagan of Holland as its 2015 Volunteer of the Year.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Lindsey DesArmo of Grand Rapids, Andy Younger of Fenton as well as the reappointments of Thomas Goodwin of Kalamazoo and Scott Przystas of Grand Haven to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.
T. Edward Carey, Jr. was appointed CFO/director of human resources/coordinator of special projects for the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo, following his resignation as chancellor and chief financial officer of the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
Experience Grand Rapids earned an honorable mention award and a Gold Award ($1 million and greater), by the Michigan Society of Association Executives during the 15th annual Diamond Awards event in Plymouth.