Change Ups: New building ensures efficiency


First Companies recently completed construction of a 22,000-square-foot building for Retina Specialists of Michigan on Cascade Road in Grand Rapids. The project design incorporates Lean Doctor principles to remove wasted movement, time and resources, ensuring maximum efficiency. The floor plan uses a “hub and spokes” design with a central work area for the doctors and doors that lead into flexible treatment rooms.


Helmholdt+Company LLP announced the promotion of Bradley S. Greenfield to principal.


John Rice, Realtor and principal agent with the John Rice Real Estate Team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate has been awarded the Chairman’s Gold Circle Award for 2014.

Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones attorney Nathaniel R. Wolf has received a Certificate of Excellence for Distinguished Leadership in Legal Services from Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence.

Peach Plains Elementary in Grand Haven school janitor Les Chapman is a top 10 finalist in a nationwide Janitor of the Year contest sponsored by Cintas Corp. The winner will receive $2,500 and the school will receive a $2,500 Cintas makeover.


Grand River Bank, Grandville, announced the additions of Jeff Timmer, AVP mortgage loan officer, and Mandira Thorsen, accounting/operations administrator.

Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Doug Dangelo as a mortgage loan originator in its Saginaw office.


Andrew Mellen has joined Kal-Blue of Kalamazoo as an account executive who will cover West Michigan and Northern Indiana to promote BuildConx Construction Document Management, Wide-Format Equipment and Bluebeam software.


Associated Builders and Contractors announced Pioneer Construction’s work on the GVSU Mary Idema Pew Library Learning & Information Commons earned a Pyramid Award in the Institutional $25 million-$100 million category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards.

CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced its partnership with plastics manufacturer Fabri-Kal Corp. on a $50 million, 100,000-square-foot design and manufacturing facility in Burley, Idaho.


Calvin College was designated by Partners for a Racism Free Community as a Level II Partner for successfully completing the Institutional Challenge to Achieve Racial Equity assessment process.

Hope College announced a partnership with Indiana University Maurer School of Law that establishes the Hope College Law Scholars Program, starting this fall. The three-year J.D. program will reserve two spots for Hope graduating seniors or alumni, and scholarship support equal to at least half the cost of tuition.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University announced the appointment of Leslie Bellavance as president, effective July 1. She is currently dean, director of graduate programs and a professor at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics.

Linda Chamberlain was named chair of Frederik Meijer Endowed Honors in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Grand Valley State University.

The Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association has selected Dan Covey of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy as Regional Athletic Director of the Year.


Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced it will provide investor relations counsel and services to support Peak Resorts Inc., owner and operator of individually branded ski resorts in the U.S.


Rockford Brewing Co. of Rockford announced its first bottle release since it opened for business two years ago: Anniversary Ale.

Henry A. Fox Jr., chairman of the family-owned beverage distributorship Henry A. Fox Sales Co., received a lifetime achievement award from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.


Allegan General Hospital and Emergency Physicians Medical Group named Nathan Zziwambazza, M.D., the hospital’s emergency department medical director.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners and Administrator’s Office announced the opening of the Kent County Veterans Services new location at 836 Fuller Ave. NE.

Mercy Health Bladder Clinic director Leslie Wooldridge was named this year’s recipient of the Medical Activist Award by the Women’s Health Foundation.

Physician assistants Alan Colman, John Foss, Tim Gawronski and Ryan Gzym, working with Specialists in Hospital Medicine, Mercy Health Muskegon, are the only certified physician assistants in Michigan to be awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospital Medicine from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Shoshanna Steele, guest service representative of the Hampton Inn of Holland, has won the Spirit of Hampton Award, the highest individual honor in the chain of more than 2,000 hotels.


Miller Johnson welcomed Brittany R. Harden and Jonathan K. Beer as associates in the Grand Rapids office. 

Rhoades McKee announced Patrick B. Ellis and Joseph A. Lucas have been elected shareholders.

Willis Law has added Alesha L. Burnash, an associate attorney who will work in the firm’s Kalamazoo office in the area of child custody.


Classic Transportation & Warehousing has been approved by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. for the warehousing of nonfat dry milk at its Walker and Wayland facilities.


Baker Perkins has added Alma Erickson, aftermarket customer service representative, and Dave Rhodea, engineering director. 


WOOD TV 8 announced Dan Boers has been named news director of “24 Hour News 8” and will lead the “24 Hour News 8” team across all platforms. Boers has been with WOOD TV 8 for 18 years. 


SeyferthPR has hired Jennifer Gradnigo, senior counselor to the firm. Gradnigo, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, will provide strategic counsel to a wide range of clients.

Truscott Rossman has added Shaun Wilson, senior vice president. He will head the firm’s expanding Detroit office.


CBRE|Grand Rapids announced Drew Miller has been awarded the Master of Corporate Real Estate designation by CoreNet Global. Also, Jill Langosch will transition as an associate/retail advisor responsible for retail site selection, leasing and sales.

The West Michigan Group has merged with Greenridge Realty at its East Grand Rapids location.


Betten Chevrolet Cadillac GMC in Muskegon was recognized by Chevrolet as an Elite Leader. Betten Honda in Muskegon received Honda’s President’s Award for exceptional performance in 2014. The dealership also received the Best Year Ever Award in new car sales and certified pre-owned sales.


Computing Source has enhanced its electronic discovery services by becoming a Relativity Premium Hosting Partner.

IT Resource Inc. has hired Susan Ratzsch as project manager. She will be a member of the engineering team.

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