Change Ups: Saint Mary’s president will transition to new role


October will be a month of transition for Bill Manns, currently president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids. Manns was appointed the new president of two Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston. Mercy Health Saint Mary's is a sister hospital of St. Joe's, part of a statewide health system created last fall when the Trinity Health-owned health systems of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in southeast Michigan and Mercy Health in West Michigan combined their two systems.


Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors announced the election of Jon Sytsma to the position of shareholder. His primary focus is tax planning, compliance and developing tax-efficient strategies for privately held businesses and their shareholders.


Artist Robin Nidelcheff announced she opened a new studio at 413 Center St., North Muskegon.

Eighth-graders from the Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School will be hosting Student Docent Days throughout the 2018-19 school year at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. As part of their Place Based Design class, students will choose an artifact from the museum’s collections and, through their classwork and research, design a story to guide museum visitors to a deeper understanding of their chosen artifact and how it relates to existing exhibits.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s new exhibit is called Your Kalamazoo Wings! The First 45 Years. The display is open from Sept. 27-March 31 and was created so fans could recall some of the hockey league’s most memorable moments and learn about its history. The Kalamazoo Wings are celebrating their 45th year in the community.


The Employers’ Association announced the retirement of Dave Smith as president. He will remain as CEO through the rest of 2018 to assist with the leadership transition. Jason Reep was appointed president.


Jared Hayward from the Ottawa County’s Innovation and Technology Department and Shawn James from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, were recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the second quarter of 2018.

The following are recipients of the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards by category for their efforts to reduce energy waste: Best Agriculture Project, Continental Dairy Facilities LLC, Coopersville; and Contractor of the Year, WMGB Home Improvement, Wyoming.


Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo hired Eric Bagge as a mortgage loan officer in its Cascade office, promoted Ryan Brunner as mortgage loan officer in the credit union’s Member Service Center, hired Scott Petersen as a business development manager in the Kalamazoo area and hired Shaun Fischer as a CFS financial adviser in the Kalamazoo/Portage market.

Dan Vandenbosch joined Commerce Bank as vice president, senior relationship manager.

MSU Federal Credit Union recently was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work.


Grand Haven-based Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions released a white paper titled “Relationship Between Demographics and Discomfort in the Transportation Industry,” which examines a population of 102,749 drivers who completed an online discomfort survey between 2008 and 2017. The paper defines how discomfort correlates to driver height, BMI, age, gender and whether or not they handle freight. The paper continues with suggestions on how to use this information to reduce injury risk. 

SMG-managed Van Andel Arena announced 10 Kendall College of Art and Design’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion students designed a collection of three different outfits for Elton John’s upcoming concert to Grand Rapids, inspired by the many looks he has flaunted throughout his career. The student with the winning collection will have the opportunity to create an outfit to display at the arena for Elton John and receive a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of SMG/Van Andel Arena.


Steve Heacock, senior vice president at Spectrum Health, announced his resignation effective Oct. 1 to become president/CEO of Grand Rapids Whitewater Inc. Whitewater’s current president/CEO, Richard Bishop, will work as a consultant as he returns to Georgia to help a friend become Columbus’ new mayor.


Crust 54, a Holland restaurant specializing in authentic Chicago-style pizza, officially launched The Pan Club, a take-and-bake deep dish pizza option that’s only available in 12-inch deep dish.


The West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiative in Muskegon is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Alliance Physical Therapy Partners congratulated Dr. Daniel Lorenz, director and co-owner of Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, on being honored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as the organization's Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year for 2018.

Metro Health- University of Michigan Health in Wyoming welcomed two physicians to Interventional Cardiology: Micheal Sumners and Jagadish Khanagavi.


Mika Meyers PLC attorneys Bradley A. Fowler and Michael J. Huff were selected as Rising Stars in the 2018 edition of the Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.

Secrest Wardle announced 11 of its attorneys were named by Super Lawyers magazine to the 2018 Michigan Rising Stars list: business litigation: Matthew J. Consolo and Anthony A. Randazzo; civil litigation – defense: Kellie C. Joyce and Trevor J. Zamborsky; insurance coverage: Amanda B. Fopma; personal injury general – defense: Javon R. David, Devon R. Glass, Krystal D. Hermiz, Renee T. Townsend, Sarah L. Walburn and Javon L. William.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge attorneys were recognized as 2018 Michigan Rising Stars: Jeffrey S. Dornbos, employment litigation: defense; Sheila E. Eddy, intellectual property; Kristen E. Guinn, civil litigation – defense; Charissa C. Huang; personal injury – general: plaintiff; Nicholas A. Reister, estate planning and probate; Rachael M. Roseman, civil litigation – defense; and Matthew L. Wikander, personal injury – general: plaintiff.

The following Warner Norcross + Judd LLP attorneys were named as Rising Stars in Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine: Kristina M. Araya; R. Michael Azzi; Jared T. Belka; Adam D. Bruski; Vito A. Ciaravino; Matthew M. Crowe; Roquia K. Draper; Conor B. Dugan; Amanda M. Fielder; C. Ryan Grondzik; Wyatt J. Istvan-Mitchell; Michael J. Jones; Peter M. Kulas-Dominguez; Madelaine C. Lane; Kaitlyn A. Morin; Laura E. Morris; Beth L. O’Laughlin; Joseph R. Owens; Katherine L. Pullen; Jennifer L. Remondino; Emily S. Rucker; Corinne N. Sprague; Justin W. Stemple; Elisabeth M. Von Eitzen; Scott M. Watson; David R. Whitfield; and Laura N. You.


X-Rite Inc. announced the addition of its new ColorChecker Video XL to the ColorChecker family. For longer and wider shots, this extra-large format color reference target speeds up video production for more consistent and accurate color from capture to edit.

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