Change Ups: Newton receives CPOY Award


Joel Newton, detail manager at Windemuller, was named the 2018 Craft Professional of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan. The CPOY winner is a master of skills whose commitment to excellence makes him or her the decisive example of merit-shop success. Newton was presented with a trophy custom designed and handmade out of raw materials by tradespeople at Allied Mechanical Services. The award incorporates three of Newton’s defining attributes: his electrical trade, his service to the country and his love of cartoon mice.


Crowe LLP promoted Shanna Reynolds to managing director in tax services.


David Brajdic joined Holland-based Murdoch Marketing as art director.

Jenison-based MCS Marketing powered by Proforma, an affiliate of Proforma, announced it was named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the top 5,000 fastest growing private businesses in the United States.


Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the additions of Chad Weber, senior environmental engineer; Andy Austin, water and wastewater engineer; Julie D’Avignon, marketing coordinator; David Lamancusa, mechanical engineer; and Nate Lohrer, intern architect.


Detroit-based Creative Many Michigan announced Grand Rapids resident Steve Wilson will serve as interim president and CEO as Jennifer Goulet, the organization’s current president, steps away after 11 years of leadership. Wilson was appointed by Creative Many Michigan’s board of directors.

Sartori Cheese held a contest that gave away a year’s supply of cheese to 10 ArtPrize-goers. 


Beeswax skin care products maker Sister Bees is the top prize winner of $50,000 in Mason County’s Momentum Business Plan Competition.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced the honorees for the 10th annual Jay & Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards Gala: The Jay & Betty Van Andel Lifetime Achievement Award, in memory of Eileen DeVries, a leading financial adviser, local women’s rights activist and inspired community member who served various West Michigan nonprofit organizations; The 2018 Dave & Carol Van Andel Leadership Award to Mike VanGessel, CEO of Rockford Construction and a leader among Grand Rapids entrepreneurs; and the 2018 “The Casey” Award, presented to Scotty Kehoe, regional relations manager for DTE Energy and board and committee member for diverse West Michigan nonprofit organizations.


Union Bank announced the appointment of Matthew Kind to vice president and commercial loan officer to the Grand Rapids market.


FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids employees Tim Sinen received the Silver Sales Award for the 2017-18 sales year and Chris Ebrom received the Outside Sales Certification Award at the 2018 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit recently held in Arlington, Texas.


National Nail Corp. brand, STINGER’s 18-guage CS150B Cap Stapler, was selected by NBS Roofing of Lockport, New York, because of its ability to shoot 200 caps and 200 staples before reloading in sizes ranging from 5/8” to 1 1/2”. It was specifically designed to easily secure underlayment, roofing felt, foamboard and housewrap.


Jackson-based Consumers Energy announced plans to provide more electric vehicles for its employees. The company now is buying or leasing electric vehicles instead of purchasing new sedans that rely on gasoline. Also announced is the start of a pilot program to test smart charging for electric vehicle owners.


Diageo Beer Co. named Grand Rapids-based Henry A. Fox Sales its Distributor of the Year for 2018 at its 15th annual Golden Bar Awards for demonstrating excellence in sales and marketing.


Kent County undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young was appointed sheriff to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Larry Stelma, who retires on Nov. 1.


The Grand Rapids Public Library received $131,000 in grants from the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support library programming and collections.

Hope Network Transportation Services was awarded a $258,000 Michigan Mobility grant for its Expanding Mobility Access project from the Michigan Department of Transportation.


Kent County launched a marketing campaign called Get Real, which aims to remind people about the kind of simple health messages and tips of healthy eating, active living, healthy sleep and social time through the window of Eat Real, Live Real, Be Real and Grow Real. Details:

Life EMS Ambulance announced it expanded its primary emergency response area to include Oceana County.

The Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals announced the appointment of the following individuals to its state board of directors for 2018-19: president, Kim Francis, manager of volunteer services at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids; adviser, Julie Elliott, manager of volunteers at Lakeland Health in St. Joseph; and community resource chair, Penny Brown, marketing, public relations and volunteer services manager at Allegan General Hospital in Allegan.


Hastings Mutual Insurance Co. welcomed Richard Swain as vice president – chief underwriting officer.


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC attorneys Laura J. Genovich and Todd W. Hoppe were selected to the 2018 Michigan Rising Stars list.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP opened a Class A office in Detroit at 2715 Woodward Ave. The office will be the sole tenant of the building’s third floor, occupying nearly 30,000 square feet of the 127,000-square-foot, office/medical/retail building.


West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology recently was chosen to work on a national scale with Ascend at the Aspen Institute and its newly formed Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community. WMCAT will help rethink, develop and advance bipartisan practices and policies that strengthen the health and economic stability of families with low incomes.


Karen Scott joined SeyferthPR as a senior counsel.


Gordon Food Service Store opened a new store at the corner of Michigan Street and Diamond Avenue. It is the anchor retail tenant at Diamond Place and is inspired by neighborhood grocers found in large cities like Manhattan and how they make the most of tight spaces.


The Meijer State Games of Michigan announced the 2018 Meijer State Games of Michigan Athletes are: Adult Female: A.J. Selig, Golf, Grand Rapids; Adult Male: Kevin “Robert” Malnight, Swimming/Postal Swimming, Kalamazoo; Youth Female: Isabella Nelson, multiple sports, Norton Shores; and Youth Male: Adin Fetibegovic, Taekwondo, Shelby Township.


Blue Medora announced the global availability of BindPlane for Microsoft, the latest addition to the industry’s first purpose-built monitoring-integration-as-a-service, designed for Microsoft Azure Monitor customers monitoring multicloud, multidatabase or hybrid platform environments.

Everstream Solutions LLC, with regional offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids, announced AMP Capital, a global investment manager headquartered in Australia, purchased the company. Terms were not disclosed. Everstream plans to utilize the investment from AMP Capital for acquisitions, greenfield network builds and to fund organic network growth and development in its existing markets.

Everstream appointed Nancy Hall as regional sales manager for its Michigan market.

SalesPad employees collectively to date donated 44 units of blood, double red cells and plasma through approximately 111 donations to the American Red Cross.

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