Change Ups: Rose & Westra relocates


Rose & Westra’s new location is at the historic Widdicomb Building, 601 Fifth St. NW, Suite 102. The 3,100-square-foot office houses a staff of 12. Primary services offered to both public and private sector clients include commercial/industrial real estate property assessments; environmental process design; wastewater management; site development/redevelopment; regulatory compliance; and environmental investigation and remediation. Rose & Westra is a division of GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., a multidisciplinary firm providing environmental, geotechnical, ecological, water and construction management services.


Paul Kessler joined Revel in Muskegon as account services manager and strategist.


The Grand Rapids Art Museum’s fall exhibitions are Andy Warhol’s “American Icons” and Christian Marclay: “Video Quartet.” “American Icons” will be on view at the Museum through Feb. 11, 2018, and “Video Quartet” will be open through Jan. 14, 2018.

Grand Rapids Community College named its newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller. The state-of-the-art Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall provides options for acoustic adjustment and includes seating for 104, which can be deployed or retracted to create rehearsal space for large groups. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of GRCC’s music program.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is partnering with New Holland Brewing and Grand Rapids Community College brewing students Nov. 16 to explore the origins of New Holland Brewing beers. Participants during the interactive presentation will find out the inspiration for each beer they taste, the process of determining flavor that the brewers want and which New Holland beers were accidental discoveries.


Davenport University announced Josh Serba, chief information officer at AHC+Hospitality, is the recipient of the College of Technology Alumni Achievement Award; Pat McPherson, senior sales engineer at ITS Partners, received the Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award; and Wendy Morrow, chief financial officer at Grand Haven Custom Molding, received the Donald W. Maine College of Business Alumni Achievement Award.

GHSP in Grand Haven was selected as a finalist for a 2018 Automotive News PACE Award for its innovative rotary shift by wire with “Return to Park” technology. Developed with Ford for the debut of the 2017 Fusion, the technology presents an intuitive option to assist users in safely achieving park.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 EPIC Awards recipients: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Elizabeth Schenk, Posh Petals; Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Mixed Staffing & Recruiting; Minority-Owned Business of the Year, Preferred Construction Group; Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Elevator Service Inc.; Small Business of the Year, SheFit; Nonprofit of the Year, Dégagé Ministries; and Excellence in Business, Sun Title Agency.

The Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office received the Gift of Life Michigan Donation Champion Award from Gift of Life Michigan for its efforts to help others through organ, eye and tissue donation.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum honored Mark LaCroixNatural Capital Partners executive vice president for the Americas, as the 12th inductee into the West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame, and Sarah ChartierSpectrum Health sustainability program manager, as an emerging professional whose work deserves further recognition.


Holland-based Macatawa Bank announced Ken Miller joined its mortgage sales team as mortgage loan originator in their Allegan County market.


AG Collaborative, a joint effort of Abbey Johnston and Gregory James, recently launched to serve companies of all sizes with custom leadership development, coaching and training.

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announced the promotion of Carla Flanders to vice president of marketing and the additions of Jodi Kittle as communications manager; Kristin Knop as events director; and Sue Carpenter as member services liaison.


Wausau Homes opened a new design studio at 4196 Plainfield Ave. NE.


Ada-based Amway and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition collaborated on the Malnutrition Mapping Project, which is featured in a Business Partnership Case Study by the Harvard Kennedy School.

Davenport University’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council was ranked 10th in the nation among Employee Resource Groups recently recognized at the ninth annual ERG & Council Honors Award ceremony in Orlando.

Grand Valley State University reached a cooperative agreement that will enable its premedical students early assurance of admission with Central Michigan University College of Medicine. The agreement includes, but is not limited to, waiving supplemental application fees and processing endorsed students on an earlier admissions timeline.


LiveWall in Spring Lake created a display of green walls at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh to showcase vertical gardening as an option for growing produce in urban areas.


New Holland Brewing in Holland announced the appointment of Tom Stryker as director of brewery operations/beer unit.


Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss and sustainability manager Alison Sutter were joined by representatives from Grand Rapids 2030 District and Lean & Green Michigan at an event celebrating the launch of the Grand Rapids Property Assessed Clean Energy program. Special assessment PACE districts will make it easier for property owners to complete energy-saving improvements and installations.


Grand Rapids is the recipient of a $300,000 grant over three years from Steelcase Foundation and Grand Rapids Community Foundation to support an eviction prevention program in 61st District Court.

The Kent County Office of the Medical Examiner was awarded a $20,000 iPad Program Grant by the Gift of Life Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase iPads, software and support plans to the seven medical examiner investigators in Kent County and allow investigators to more efficiently refer organ and tissue donations to Gift of Life.

Kent County is a recipient of a $193,000 grant from the State Court Administrative Office to institute a Mental Health Court, which was created for certain defendants with mental illness, an approach that substitutes a problem-solving model for traditional criminal court processing. The grant runs through Sept. 30, 2018, and is expected to be renewable.


Robert D. Wolford and Craig H. Lubben were elected managing members of Miller Johnson, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Wolford and Lubben will oversee management of the firm and lead strategic initiatives to maintain and build value for existing and new clients of the West Michigan-based legal services provider.


Gymco announced its new Gentle Gymnastics classes for adults of every age and ability, including non-athletes who want to learn to move well and athletes who want to move better.

Salvatore “Sal” Semola joined Gun Lake Casino in Wayland as president & chief operating officer.

SMG regional general manager Richard MacKeigan was recognized on Billboard’s Arena Power Players list naming top arena executives “for their leadership of venues that dominate Billboard Boxscore worldwide rankings.” With a reported $12 million in gross ticket sales, MacKeigan and the Van Andel Arena rank No. 6 worldwide and No. 2 in North America for venues with a capacity range of 10,001 to 15,000.

The Niles Scream Park in Niles broke its all-time attendance record for a Friday night, Oct. 13, welcoming 8,258 interior attraction visitor


Lucy Dyer Joswick joined Camp Blodgett as executive director.

Senior Neighbors announced its board members and officers for fiscal year 2018: Jeff Lumpp and Juan Salazar. Three-year term renewed: Jeffery F. Swain; Joann M. Roche; Misti L. Stanton; and Douglas P. Vance. Officers: chair, Julie W. Metsker; vice-chair, Melinda Olivarez; secretary, Douglas P. Vance; and treasurer, Joann M. Roche.


Lambert, Edwards & Associates hired Lauren Dantonio as an associate.


RE/MAX of Grand Rapids announced construction began on its 11,000-square-foot facility at 5651 Byron Center Ave. SW in Wyoming that will house offices for 60-plus agents, including private and semi-private offices. As part of a larger, 23,000-square-foot development project with seven retail suites on the first floor, construction is slated to be completed summer 2018.


The JW Marriott Grand Rapids welcomed Keith Bryant as chef de cuisine of restaurant.

Wendy’s franchisee Meritage Hospitality Group in Grand Rapids recently completed its fifth annual Coats for Combos coat drive to four markets throughout the Midwest. Wendy’s and partners West Michigan Spartans and Duckett Enterprises sought to receive 600 children’s coats throughout 65 Wendy’s restaurants. Coats will be donated to Sibley Elementary in Grand Rapids, Comstock Elementary in Kalamazoo, Glenside Elementary in Muskegon, and other schools, as well as The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit.


Holland Energy Fund in Holland was recognized as Innovator of the Year at the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards for its energy waste reduction achievements.  

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission received a $600,000 grant through from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. WMSRDC will partner with its West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area partners, which includes Ottawa County Parks, to launch efforts to control and eradicate Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive species now established in Michigan that has damaged forests along the east coast over the past decade.


The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority announced Alex Peric was hired as its chief operating officer. 

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