Alexa Redick is Greater Ottawa County United Way’s new development associate. Her responsibilities include the growth of planned giving and major donor giving, as well as annual campaign support. Grand Haven is Redick’s hometown, where she attended Grand Haven High School. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies in social science, an emphasis in human capital and society, a cognate in sociology, and two minors: philosophy and law, and women’s and gender studies. She also graduated summa cum laude with a master of arts in women’s and gender studies, with emphases in multicultural communication and whiteness studies from DePaul University earlier this year.
MSU Federal Credit Union earned the Editor’s Choice Award for community involvement from CardRates.com. The credit union also has earned the 2018 Regional Diversity Star Award from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.
The First National Bank of Michigan in Kalamazoo announced the creation of The Daniel R. Smith Banking Internship. The internship will be awarded annually to a Western Michigan University student majoring in business, accounting or finance.
Mia Jankowiak joined the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce as director of marketing and events.
The Grand Rapids Environmental Education Network received a $300,000 grant from the Wege Foundation to create outdoor education experiences for all PreK-12 students in Grand Rapids Public Schools. GREEN partners include Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Groundswell – Grand Valley State College of Education, John Ball Zoo, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, Grand Valley Metro Council, Outdoor Discovery Center, Our Community’s Children and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Matthew A. Scogin was named president of Holland-based Hope College. He will assume office July 1. Scogin is chief administrative officer at the global financial advisory firm of Perella Weinberg Partners in New York City and has held senior positions with the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. Treasury Department. He is a 2002 Hope graduate and member of the board.
Henrickson Nauta Wealth Advisors in Belmont hired Olga S. Hejl as a wealth adviser.
Ray Llewellyn of ARGI earned the credential of Certified Financial Planner after successfully completing the requirements by the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Rockford Brewing Co. hosted a weekend-long party to celebrate its sixth year of business. RBC also will be releasing two new beers: an imperial oatmeal coffee stout and an amber ale.
A stop-and-go traffic signal at the intersection of Adams Street and Black River Drive in Holland Township was installed. The traffic signal installation was completed by Strain Electric Co. on Dec. 12 and was put into flashing mode operation (Adams Street – Yellow, Black River Drive – Red).
Former Park Township supervisor and state representative Amanda Price was chosen by the Ottawa County Selection Committee to serve as the next Ottawa County treasurer. Price represented the 89th District for six years in the Michigan House of Representatives, serving as chair of the Local Government Committee and on the Tax Policy Committee. In 2015, Price was named the Michigan Association of Counties “Advocate,” and the Legislator of the Year by the Association of Builders and Contractors of Michigan.
The Kentwood City Commission appointed Maurice Groce to fill a commissioner at-large vacancy. Clanton formerly served as a city commissioner from 2001-12 and as mayor from 2012-13, completing the term of the late Richard L. Root. He then served as a commissioner at-large beginning in April 2017. A move outside the city necessitated his early departure from the seat.
The city of Wyoming Department of Public Safety – Fire Division received a $138,573 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Association so it can purchase new emergency equipment to aid with automobile extrications, hazardous material incidents, rope, water, ice and trench rescues, and medical and technical rescue incidents.
Mel Trotter Ministries recently served a holiday meal to 250 homeless men, women and families with the help of approximately 60 volunteers.
Jacob Walson joined Rhoades McKee’s business and corporate services team, assisting business owners with navigating the corporate landscape, including but not limited to, new entity formation, asset purchase agreements and resolutions.
Star Truck Rentals recently received the 2018 Leadership Circle Award from NationaLease for quality markers such as business growth, volunteer service and performance on member network service calls. Star Truck Rentals has 17 locations throughout Michigan and Indiana, including Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Comstock Park, Holland, Traverse City, Gaylord and Cadillac.
Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. chairman Jeff M. Fettig announced his retirement from the company after 38 years of service. The board of directors elected CEO Marc Bitzer to succeed Fettig as chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1. Whirlpool Corp. is the No. 1 major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.
Amy Stockero was named director of development at Humane Society West Michigan. Stockero brings more than six years of fund development and community involvement experience to her new role. Most recently, she was the assistant director of annual giving at Grand Valley State University and, prior to that, annual fund director at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Camp Bow Wow Byron Center opened an 8,250-square-foot facility at 1310 60th St. SW, Byron Center.
Chuck E. Cheese’s Walker location was remodeled, which is part of a nationwide rebranding. New features include a centralized dance floor where Chuck E. makes a live appearance every hour; play passes instead of tokens allowing kids to play as many games as they want for the time bought; a new menu including BBQ chicken pizza, Cali Alfredo pizza, salad bar, fresh wraps and sandwiches; a new logo, color scheme, sleeker furniture, brighter lightening and refined signage.
The Grand Rapids Women’s Golf Association will begin its inaugural season in spring 2019. The season will feature 20 events at a variety of area public courses and flighted match play. Registered golfers also will enjoy a variety of golf formats like Best Ball, Scrambles, Low Gross & Low Net, 6/6/6, plus special events. Details: grwga.com.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport finished the month of November with 1 percent growth year over year. November marks the 11th record-breaking month in a row, and the airport has seen growth in 64 of the last 71 months. November 2018 had 272,438 passengers come through the airport, up from 230,946 in 2017. GFIA is up 16 percent in annual passenger totals.