Change-Ups: Olsen appointed MLCC chair


Steve Olsen, president of Muskegon-based Northern Machine Tool, has been appointed board chair of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. Olsen will provide the board with leadership and guidance, while promoting the chamber’s theme of Taking It Outdoors. The board of directors is tasked with establishing policy and direction that ensure the chamber’s mission and strategic vision are achieved and member needs are best served. Jonathan Wilson, regional manager of DTE Energy, also was appointed to the board of directors.


The first artist to be in the running for the fall ArtPrize $200,000 grand prize is confirmed. Artist Seaum Shim impressed judges and the audience at the recent ArtPrize Gangnam Showcase event held in Seoul, South Korea. He won a $25,000 grant to bring a multipart installation, which captures the sounds of endangered animals in 3D form from across the world, to DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize 2020. Seaum Shim was one of over a hundred artists to show their work at the ArtPrize Gangnam Roadshow in September and October 2019.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum on Saturday, June 20, will open an award-winning and record-breaking exhibition called “Sean Kenney's Wild Connections Made with LEGO Bricks,” which uses creations made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems and mankind’s relationship with nature.

The Kent District Library has been recognized on the national level as a Best and Brightest Company to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources. This award follows being named one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2019.


Marge’s Donuts Den owner Marge Wilson has been selected to receive the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids’ Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award, in recognition of Frederik Meijer’s philanthropic acts of selfless service to the community.


Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced its 2020 officers: president, Deborah Phillips, consultant and chief people strategist, Deborah Phillips & Associates LLC; vice president, Rebecca Dutcher, president, RED66 Marketing; treasurer, Debra Van Hevele, senior vice president, Comerica Bank; and secretary, Kim Suarez, community member. 2020 board members: Shannon Cohen, Tough Skin Soft Heart by Shannon Cohen; Elizabeth Joy Fossel, director, civil legal affairs, city of Grand Rapids; William H. Franks, attorney, The Law Offices of William H. Franks PLC; Floriza Genautis, CEO, Management Business Solutions; Brittany Harden, associate attorney, Miller Johnson; Jack Keller, commercial loan officer, Lake Michigan Credit Union; Dallas Lenear, lead consultant and director of Project Green Genesis Consulting; Veronica Quintino Aranda, program coordinator, Michigan State University; Jason Reep, president, The Employer’s Association; LaChaun Steverson, owner, Fibrenew; and Bridgett VanDerHoff, CEO and founder, Appletree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool.


Elzinga & Volkers Inc. promoted Jordan Gougeon and Brad Giha to project executives and John Walsh to director of national construction.


Ellie Spindler joined Paradigm Design as a human resource assistant.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation elected Daniel Williams, president and CEO of West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, to its board of trustees; chair for 2020 is Kathleen B. Vogelsang, director and chief investment officer at Van Andel Institute; immediate past chair is Michael Rosloniec, family wealth/institutional consulting director at Graystone Consulting; and retiring from the foundation board after eight years of service, including as chair, is Christina Keller, president and CEO of Cascade Engineering.


The New Development Corporation in Grand Rapids has received a $10,000 grant from Troy-based Flagstar Foundation to support equipment upgrades, volunteer recruitment and satellite services, allowing the organization to help people with their income taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Last year, New Development helped almost 750 clients receive over $800,000 in federal and state refunds.


Spectrum Health announced the Acrisure Center for Innovation in Children’s Health will be established at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Acrisure’s $15 million pledge will create a virtual center to advance programs and services for the future by supporting the caregivers, physicians and physician scientists in their quest to bring leading-edge care and lifesaving therapies to the young patients at the children’s hospital.


Farmers Insurance recently named Sara Schmidt chief information security officer. Schmidt’s responsibilities include maintaining the security and integrity of Farmers Insurance’s information and applications. She will split her time between Farmers’ corporate headquarters in Los Angeles and its Grand Rapids office.


Hunter Reams joined Miller Johnson as an associate in the business section of the firm’s Grand Rapids office. He continues his M&A and taxation practice.


Berrien County Youth Fair manager and board secretary Karen Klug recently was inducted into the 135th annual Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Convention’s 2020 Hall of Fame. The 2020 Berrien County Youth Fair is Aug. 17-22. This year’s theme is “Diamonds are Fair-ever.”

John Ball Zoo announced the international traveling exhibition BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise will be presented for viewing this summer. Opening May 1 and continuing through Sept. 7, the exhibition will feature more than 40 life-sized animal sculptures created with over 1.8 million individually colored building bricks. John Ball Zoo is only the third zoo in the country to have been chosen to host the exhibition and the first in Michigan. The exhibition of sculptures will be located throughout the zoo grounds for guests to enjoy.


Affinity Mentoring announced the appointment of John Robinson as president of the board of directors and Adam Russo as vice president. Jatnna Abreu, Veronica Bradford and Mia Jankowiak also joined the board.

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s announced Wilson Soliz-Quiroga has been promoted to director of residential services. He will oversee the entire residential program, which provides a safe place for children who have experienced child abuse or neglect, including the KidsFirst Emergency Shelter, the only shelter for abused and neglected youth in West Michigan and seven residential homes serving kids ages 6 to 18. He also will oversee nearly 70 staff.

Wedgwood Christian Services hired Nathan Kline as the director of information systems.


Rockford-based Sable Homes was ranked in the National Association of Home Builders’ 250 largest home builders in the United States based on 2019 housing and builder rankings. The organization’s trade show, held in January in Las Vegas, attracted more than 80,000 home-construction professionals, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world.


Brandon Howell joined New Look Painting as a project estimator.


U-Haul Company of Michigan announced Grandville Central Storage, 2900 Wilson Ave. SW, is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer. Grandville Central Storage offers U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies, boxes and in-store pick-up for boxes.

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