Change Ups: Perrigo donation helps D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s relocate


The Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation donated $100,000 to D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s Together for Kids capital campaign to assist the consolidation of the organization’s three campuses into one main campus on Knapp Street. The new central campus location will enable D.A Blodgett-St. John’s to serve children and families in a more efficient client care setting. D.A Blodgett-St. John’s currently offers foster care and adoption services, counseling for abused children, as well as residential services that are currently managed across the three locations.


Rob Jackson, principal and creative director at Extra Credit Projects, received the 2019 L. Ray Vahue Marketing Award of Merit from the Out of Home Advertising Association of America.


Interior designer Ellen Duperon joined Mathison Mathison Architects.


Artwork by Warner Norcross + Judd LLP team members David L.J.M. Skidmore and Christopher B. Dudley was selected for this year’s Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition at the recent Festival of the Arts.


The Construction Financial Management Association Western Michigan Chapter announced the following 2019-20 board of directors: Theresa Sickles, Plummer’s Environmental Services, past president; David Coates, Grand River Construction, president; Scott Bishop, Buist Electric, vice president; Steve Johnson, Vander Ploeg, Bergakker & Associates, secretary; Sam Stafford, Crowe LLP, treasurer; Dan Hatch, Hilger Hammond, PC, director; John Naylor, Top Grade Site Management Contractors, director; Steve Wilfong, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., director; Mike Waalkes, Lighthouse Insurance Group, director; John Naylor, Top Grade Site Management Contractors, program committee chair; Ann Plummer, Beene Garter LLP, membership committee chair; Mike Waalkes, Lighthouse Insurance Group, promotions committee chair; and Harriet Perdue, Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., website/social media manager.


Darkhorse, an agency comprised of Digitas and MSL, won Gold in the Home Furnishings & Appliances category at this year's North American Effie Award in New York City for the comprehensive marketing effort to launch and sustain the rebranding of JennAir, the luxury kitchen appliance brand under Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp.


Chris Olthoff joined Nichols as vice president of operations.


Zeeland-based ODL announced the addition of Amy Post as national marketing manager for ODL Pro Channel.


WMU Cooley student Jonathan Brignall was honored with the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section Student Tax Achievement Award. He was awarded first prize and $1,000 for the section’s writing contest.


Grand Rapids Merrill Lynch financial advisers Scott Bernecker, Timothy Long and David Lund were recently named to Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors for 2019.

Greenleaf Trust announced the addition of Mandi Doster as a client service representative in Kalamazoo.

Rehmann announced it hired John Hair and Dez Mathiasz as account managers in the firm’s Grandville technology solutions office.


Long Road Distillers was named Michigan Gin Distillery of the Year at the 10th annual New York International Spirits Competition. More than 600 spirits from 29 countries were submitted and judged by a panel of trade-only judges at the annual event.

Subway promoted Grand Rapids native Len Van Popering from VP of brand management and culinary innovation to chief brand and innovation officer.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed WMU Cooley Law School Associate Dean Tracey Brame to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. Brame will represent the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court for a term expiring April 1, 2023.

Judy Kettring, community health worker from the Department of Public Health and Frank Archer, maintenance worker from the facilities maintenance department, were recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the first quarter of 2019.

Ottawa County’s 2018 population estimates for townships, cities and villages were recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Highlights: All of the townships, cities and villages in Ottawa County continued to grow in population between 2010 and 2018; since 2010, the local units that experienced the largest population growth rates were Allendale (28.9% increase), Jamestown (22.5%), Blendon (16.1%), and Grand Haven townships (15.6%); and Grand Haven Township experienced the largest population growth rate between 2017 and 2018 (3.9% increase).

Ottawa County clerk/register of deeds Justin F. Roebuck added Tuesday hours to better serve eastern Ottawa County at the Hudsonville Human Services facility, 3100 Port Sheldon Road. The clerk/register of deeds office is now open Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Previously, the office had only morning hours.


Sandy Dettmann was hired as Mercy Health’s first addiction medicine doctor.


Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East was honored with a 2018 President’s Award from the Radisson Hotel Group. The President’s Award recognizes hotels that achieve top scores in guest satisfaction measured by guest feedback and consistency in meeting and often exceeding the brand’s product quality standards. 


Mitchell Intellectual Property Law welcomed intern Zakary McLennan to its practice. McLennan has completed two of his three years of study at Michigan State University College of Law.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Stephen C. Waterbury was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Waterbury has led or participated in hundreds of deal teams involving clients in manufacturing, medical devices, energy, insurance, human resources, software, construction, agriculture, packaging and other areas. He is experienced in international business transactions and corporate governance best practices, and has served as counsel to a variety of leading Michigan businesses.


Detroit-based General Motors honored five West Michigan companies as best suppliers at its recent 27th annual Supplier of the Year Awards ceremony: Coastal Automotive, Holland; Gentex Corp., Zeeland; GHSP, Grand Haven; Martin Transportation Systems, Wayland; and Motus Integrated Technologies, Holland.


Fender Musical Instruments Corp. opened Firehouse Guitars, 3125 28th St. SW in Grandville, and offers music lessons, amp/instrument repairs, live sound rentals and used gear. Details:

Rockford Hemp Company, a retail store specializing in hemp-based products and remedies, has opened their flagship store in downtown Rockford.


Cardinal Bus of Middlebury, Indiana, announced the addition of two 2019 VanHool CX45 motor coaches to its fleet: The VanHools, purchased from ABC Companies of Minnesota, are 56 passenger luxury vehicles that offer a safe and smooth ride and all of the latest amenities. The new vehicles will be based out of Cardinal’s Middlebury and Holland terminals.

The Rapid announced service is slated to start in August on the Laker Line, the second Bus Rapid Transit line for Michigan. The Laker Line will connect the GVSU Allendale campus to the Michigan Street Medical Mile with stops on Lake Michigan Drive. The Laker Line will serve the city of Walker, through West Fulton Street, and into downtown Grand Rapids.

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