Mind Meets Music hired local entrepreneur Justin Swan to lead its regional and national fundraising strategy. MMM is an academic achievement program that uses music to enhance literacy, math skills and brain development of underserved students in West Michigan and beyond. Swan, 37, will serve as MMM’s director of advancement and oversee fund development and guide marketing strategies. Swan earlier launched Grand Rapids’ first curbside composting program, Organicycle, in 2011, which helped usher modern waste and recycling strategies to West Michigan.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Grand Rapids-based Peopledesign was enlisted by ESI, a Mesa, Arizona-based office furniture maker, to rebrand and position ESI for future growth.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Steve Nichols of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. is past-president and Paul Galdes of Fleis & VandenBrink will serve as a director for 2018-19 of the Lansing-based American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced the opening of contemporary sculptor Masayuki Koorida’s Beyond Existence exhibition, showcasing Koorida’s work with a wide range of materials. The show runs through Aug. 19.
Pamela Alderman’s 2017 top 25 finalist ArtPrize seascape entry titled “Let Go” was donated to the Kent County Courthouse.
The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan announced its 2018 board of directors. Executive committee: president, Dan Lynn, Beene Garter; vice president, Jon Siebers; immediate past president, Rabih Jamal, DWH; and treasurer/secretary, Steve Abbott, JPMorgan Chase Bank. Members: Jason Brinks, Oxford Financial; Liz Briggson, Encoursa; Dustin Daniels, Miller Johnson; Eric Fischer, BDO; Jennifer Folsom, JPMorgan Chase Bank; Bill Grice, JBG Sourcing Solutions; Brian Hamilton, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology; Heather Hoezee, Crowe Horwath; Mark James, Aon; Andrew Mason, Ottawa Avenue Private Capital; Larry Muzyk, Alticor; John Porterfield, Comerica; Jeff York, Dickinson Wright; and Julie Metsker, Association for Corporate Growth.
AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool announced Carol Rothley, a teacher at its Monroe Avenue school, received the organization’s Best of the Bunch Award.
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2018 Center for Community Leadership Awards, to be presented at the June 20 CCL Fundraiser. Community Connections: Ellen Carpenter, Heart of West Michigan United Way; Diversity: Mercy Health; Leadership Skills: Michael Loughman, Holland Home; Systems Thinking: Jeremy Moore, Spectrum Health; and Distinguished Community Trustee: Barbara Rapaport, Real-Time Perspectives.
The Grand Rapids Historical Society recently named Angela Yondo the recipient of the 2018 Albert Baxter Award for her work in resurrecting and documenting hundreds of buried grave markers in historic St. Andrew’s Cemetery.
Holland-based Hope College dining services won a gold award in the 2018 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards program of the National Association of College and University Food Services.
Kent County Community Action is the recipient of Excellence in Collaboration and The Chairman’s Award for Grit and Determination awards from the national Community Action Network.
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Executive Director Emeritus Dixie Anderson received Ferris State University’s International Award.
Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo announced a 15 percent increase in existing member deposit account openings following the implementation of its Gro Solutions’ Digital Account Onboarding in December 2017. This includes special savings, interest checking, simple checking and promotional money market accounts.
CD Barnes Construction recognized subcontractor Allied Electric with its Key To Our Success Award for its superior workmanship at the 1000 East Paris medical building renovation.
Aquinas College announced Frank Doria was named vice president for advancement.
Dr. L. Marshall Washington was appointed Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s third president. His term begins July 1.
Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink was elected to the Higher Learning Commission board of trustees, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. Pink’s term runs from September 2018 to August 2022.
Grand Rapids Community College students saved more than $2 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks.
Grand Rapids Community College and the Caledonia school district reached an agreement to offer courses in the former Glenmor High School building, 8948 Kraft Ave. SE in Caledonia.
Grand Valley State University’s Enterprise Resource Planning Program in the Seidman College of Business was designated by SAP as a Next-Gen Chapter for its expertise and contributions in digital enterprise.
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School was honored at the recent National Press Club in Washington, D.C. when the Center for Plain Language awarded the school its ClearMark Award in the Legal category. The recognition was for the school’s restyled bylaws, which were recently redrafted by Joseph Kimble, emeritus professor, and Mark Cooney, Research and Writing Department chair.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The Cedar Springs Brewing Co. announced the CSBrew Farmers Market will be held Thursdays starting June 14 from 3-7 p.m. rain or shine through September at 95 N. Main St. NE, Cedar Springs.
Cole’s Bakery in Muskegon recently celebrated its 75th anniversary
The city of Grand Rapids’ Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved submission of a grant application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, to help pay for the costs of environmental activities at the Plaza Roosevelt project site in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side. The grant request of $1 million is expected to result in a $162,000 award due to statewide demand of the MDEQ program.
The city of Grand Rapids received a comprehensive assessment from the Ready Community program for removing development barriers and streamlining the processes to be more attractive to investors.
The Wyoming City Council unanimously voted to hire Scott Smith as its city attorney, bringing its legal services in-house for the first time in its history.
Great Lakes Energy announced the recipients of its People Fund grants: Sylvia’s Place, Allegan: $3,950; YMCA of Barry County, Hastings: $10,000; Hart Area Public Library: $1,000; Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes: $2,000; The Starting Block, Hart: $2,842; Oceana Conservation District, Shelby: $3,000; and White Lake Senior Center, Montague: $229.99.
Aya Healthcare was named to the 2018 Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work in Healthcare list for the second year in a row.
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation expanded its nationwide care center network with the selection of Spectrum Health System.
Jana Broughton joined Samaritas as executive director for its Grand Rapids Senior Living campus.
Bryndan Arnold, Adam Baginski and Alvin Storrs ll joined Rhoades McKee as summer associates.
CAMO Edge Fastening was exclusively selected by Kansas City, Missouri-based Creative Concepts & Design to ensure deck integrity and safety. CAMO’s unique system drives a screw into both sides of the deck board and right into the joist at a depth that ensures strength and integrity.
George Rowader joined Zeeland-based ODL Inc. as vice president and general manager of adjacent businesses.
KL Outdoor of Muskegon and Quebec-based GSC Technologies rebranded as Hemisphere Design Works since merging last year, with an eye on becoming the world’s largest maker of kayaks. The company forecasts double-digit growth through 2020 with its leading flagship brands Sundolphin, Future Beach and Evoke.
The Grand Rapids Historical Society announced the election of its 2018-19 Board of Trustees: President Gina Bivins; vice-president Matthew Daley; treasurer John Gelderloos; secretary Nan Schichtel; trustees: Chuck Bocskey; Matthew Ellis; Chris Kaupa; Julie Tabberer; Jeffrey Sytsma; Jim Winslow; Alan Bennett; Thomas Dilley; and Kurt Yost.
Lambert, Edwards & Associates opened a Lansing office, joining its lineup of offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids and, most recently, New York City.
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Judge Bradley Knoll of Ottawa County to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.
Benjamin A. Bakken is CBRE Martin and CBRE Grand Rapids’ new senior managing director and chief operating officer.
Mortgage 1 Inc. in Kentwood was named the top lender in the state by Michigan State Housing Development Authority for Single Family Loans and its Mortgage Credit Certificate program for 2017.
Forty Acres Enterprises LLC opened Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, 1059 Wealthy St. SE, in the heart of the Wealthy Street Business District.
Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. elected seven directors as its annual shareholder meeting: James P. Bishop, Duane F. Kluting, Joseph L. Maggini Sr., Gary A. Rose, Robert E. Schermer, Sr., Robert E. Schermer, Jr. and Peter D. Wierenga.
OST announced the additions of Zach VanDuyn, data center solutions, and John VanZwieten, application development.
Dina Reed joined The Rapid as deputy CEO of finance and administration.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport announced it has reached the one-million-passenger mark earlier than ever in its 54-year history. Passenger numbers for April were up 15 percent year over year, as GFIA’s total passenger numbers through April 2018 reached 1,049,212.