Wendy Ogilvie, director of environmental programs for Grand Valley Metro Council since 2013, recently received West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s 2019 President’s Award. The accolade recognizes a professional for their contributions to the organization’s growth and development. Her current initiatives include facilitating NPDES municipal stormwater permits in Kent and Ottawa counties, implementing the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds strategic plan and assisting the project team in restoring the rapids to the Grand River. Ogilvie was elected to the WMSBF board of directors in 2013.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum announced Carroll Velie joined its staff as manager of fundraising events. In this position, Velie will play a key role in overseeing the GRAM’s annual fundraising events, including Live Artfully and Gala. Velie joins the GRAM from Varnum LLP, where she held leadership positions for more than 30 years, as director of human resources and, most recently, as director of professional development.
Ambs Call Center is the recipient of the ATSI 2019 Award of Excellence for best answering service by the Association of TeleServices International, an industry trade association for telephone answering service providers. Now a 16-time winner, Ambs Call Center earned the Sapphire Award at ATSI’s 2019 annual convention held in Dallas.
Sue Tellier, owner and president of JetCo Solutions, was awarded the Small Business Association of Michigan Political Impact Award and Advocate of the Year Award.
Zeeland-based Creative Dining Services announced Hope College Dining Services is the recipient of the NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Bronze Award for their Residential Dining Concept Globe.
Scott Rowley joined Independent Bank’s west region commercial banking team as a first vice president.
Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank announced Vice President, IT Manager Paul Tucker recently received his Certified Information Security Manager certification from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, a nonprofit, independent association that advocates for professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management and governance.
United Federal Credit Union announced the appointment of Jose Ontiveros as a new commercial loan officer at its Niles South branch in Niles.
JetCo Solutions, a Grand-Rapids based government sales and marketing firm, hired Paul Costopulos as a research specialist.
Sandy Williams joined the Caledonia Area Chamber of Commerce as executive director.
Todd Fuhr, founder and managing partner of X3 Consulting Group, was recently named to the National Small Business Association Leadership Council.
Miller-Davis Co. recently marked its 110-year anniversary. Founded in Kalamazoo in 1909, Miller-Davis is one of the oldest businesses in Kalamazoo, as well as one of the oldest construction firms in Michigan.
D. Scott Richardson, Grand Valley State University vice president for administrative services and member of the president's cabinet, retired. Richardson began working at GVSU in 1977. He led the human resources department for 38 of his 41 years at the university. In 2016, Richardson was appointed acting vice president for finance and administration and later assumed his role as VP for administrative services.
Nearly 100 interns from across the United States recently gathered on board the USS LST 393, a World War II tank landing ship, for the Interns on Deck event. While on the ship, community leaders welcomed the interns to the Muskegon area, highlighting the advantages of living and working in the lakeshore area. Speakers included Tom Schultz, board chair Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Amy Heisser, director of human resources for Arconic, and Dale Nesbary, president of Muskegon Community College.
Ottawa County announced Paul Klimas was hired as Ottawa County’s innovation and technology director.
Physical therapists Rebekah VanZegeren and Patrick Lawrence, from The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, recently completed their certification in the McKenzie Method, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Eenhoorn, a property management company based in downtown Grand Rapids, partnered with a mobile app bike share program as an amenity for its residents at The Plaza, Highland Place, as well as for their current employees. Residents download the app and request membership to the Eenhoorn program and when approved can use the system immediately. Riders connect to the bike lock via Bluetooth and locate the Eenhoorn stations using GPS. Eenhoorn will make the app available to the downtown property The Lofts soon with the goal of helping residents live out their goal to live better.
Gun Lake Casino in Wayland announced the addition of José Flores as vice president and general manager.
Fifth Wheel Freight in Kentwood rebranded the company to “FWF” while maintaining its established company name.
Team Schostak Family Restaurants and its MOD Pizza Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo locations launched their first Battle of the Pizzas campaign to benefit New City Kids of Grand Rapids and the Community Healing Center in Kalamazoo. Each charity’s media partner curated their own specialty pizza to be featured during the competition. TSFR is donating an additional 10% to the charity whose pizza raises the most money through July 31.
Battle Creek-based Kellogg Co. and Sony Pictures Entertainment have collaborated to sell a variety of special-edition “Spider-Man: Far From Home”-themed products with interactive promotional packaging, including Cheez It crackers, Pop-Tarts Spidey Berry, Keebler Amazing Vanilla Cupcake Fudge Stripe cookies and Kellogg’s Spider-Man Far From Home fruit snacks
Progressive Grocer recently honored local SpartanNash associates as part of the publication’s nationwide list of Top Women in Grocery. Rising Stars: Andrea Anson, director, quality assurance, compliance and food safety; Allison Benczkowski, director, corporate communications; Traci Donnelly, director, corporate human resources; and Hilary Mayes, community engagement and foundation specialist. Store manager: Nicole Eckhardt, Family Fare, Wyoming.
The First Tee of West Michigan announced the following teens were awarded trips across the country to leadership academies: Sierra Berlin, San Francisco, John Deere Drive Your Future Academy; Jorge Garcia, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, Sankaty Country Club Caddie Camp; Adam Koval, Benton Harbor, Nancy Tennant Leadership Academy; Bradley Lardie, Benton Harbor, Nancy Tennant Leadership Academy; Connor Penn, Boise, Idaho, Joe Louis Barrow Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy; Shelbie Perski, Benton Harbor, Nancy Tennant Leadership Academy; Jack Seufert, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, CoBank Peak Performers Academy and Wells Fargo Essay Writing Contest Finalist; and Alex Karhunen, Nantucket Island, Massachsetts, Sankaty Country Club Caddie Camp.
Nunica-based LiveWall’s Indoor Living Wall System transformed the Bata Library at Trent University with a 278-square-foot green wall installed in the atrium. In total, it includes 150 LiveWall modular planter boxes manufactured in a bluestone color. The modular planters contain inserts that hold the growing medium and a total of 380 plants. The plant palette is a mix of seven different tropical plants with dark green, light green and white foliage.
X-Rite Inc. introduced an extended ColorChecker family with new sizes including nano, mini, XL and mega. The range of new sizes are for both the ColorChecker Classic and ColorChecker Video targets to help photographers and filmmakers tell their story, no matter the size of their shoot that will save valuable time from preproduction through postproduction. Also launched is the company’s the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide format and industrial printing applications.