Change Ups: Schaafsma earns Tier 2 award


Left to right: Schaafsma owners Bill Krestakos, Kevin Walsh and Eric Pannill, and Behler-Young President Dan Young.

Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Inc. has earned the Tier 2 Medal of Excellence Award, and will go on to compete as one of the top 15 dealers in the nation in May. The award recognizes Bryant dealers that do “whatever it takes” to improve their business and is based on customer satisfaction, sales growth and product mix. Behler-Young is Bryant’s exclusive distributor for Michigan and Northwest Ohio.


The Michigan Association of Counties has presented state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, with its 2015 County Advocate Award.


Wightman & Associates Inc. announced the addition of James Derks, of Kalamazoo, who has joined the Benton Harbor office as a licensed architect.


The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has partnered with Universal Mind in Grand Rapids in the creation of a special iOS application for use during DisArt Festival. Access UICA will provide information about the works in the exhibition Art of the Lived Experiment.


Mallorie Kragt, Carmen Christensen and Jacqueline Kooi have joined FirstMerit Bank as customer champions in the Grand Haven market.


Amy McCauley has joined Experis Finance as a business development manager.

Disher Design & Development of Zeeland and Ann Arbor has hired Tommy Knight, industrial designer, and Sean Derrick, product development engineer.

Kentwood Office Furniture announced the addition of Hilliary Edwards, project coordinator/sales administratorin its Grand Rapids office. 


Andrew Mellen has joined Kalamazoo’s Kal-Blue as an account executive and will cover West Michigan and Northern Indiana to promote BuildConx Construction Document Management, Wide-Format Equipment and Bluebeam software.


Davenport University will launch a new master of accountancy degree program for the 2015 fall semester with concentrations in fraud investigation, managerial accounting and internal auditing. DU also announced the appointment of Susan Gunn, interim dean of the College of Urban Education.

The Hope College Alumni Association announced three alumni have received Distinguished Alumni Awards: Douglas Neckers, a 1960 graduate; Jerold Veldman, a 1955 graduate; and Lois Veldman, a 1956 graduate. Hope College also announced three professors are retiring at the end of the school year: John Cox, English; Jack Holmes, political science; and John Shaughnessy, psychology.


The Centennial Group and Principal Financial Group announced member Mike Anderson has qualified for the Executive Cabinet Award. 


Brien Fox, president and CEO of Henry A. Fox Sales Co., has been named chair of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the national trade association for wine and spirits distributors.

Riveridge Produce has added Kari Soldaat to its sales team as an account manager.


Calvin College mathematics professor Jan Koop received a $220,000 Improving Teacher Quality Grant from the State of Michigan to improve the way mathematics is taught in elementary schools.

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs approved grants for the following organizations in Kent County and Kalamazoo: Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Artists Creating Together, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Read and Write Kalamazoo, Western Michigan UniversityGrandville Arts and Humanities, Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center and The Heritage Theatre Group.


Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has launched a re-designed website at that is intuitive, mobile-optimized and easy to navigate with social media and video integration.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has hired four psychiatrists to provide care in its outpatient clinics and inpatient hospital: Drs. Kenya Alexander, Belal Hegazy, Tatjana Maric and Rebecca Sherwood.


Ann Maring has joined the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Kent County in the newly created position of program manager.


Fremont Insurance Co. in Fremont promoted Debb Koepplinger to territory sales manager and Tim Keating to the product development unit, and added Jeffrey Cram and Deborah Miller, senior commercial lines underwriters.


Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith PC attorney Frederick D. Dilley is included in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 list of Leaders in the Law.

The Law Offices of David L. Carrier has moved into a new building at 4965 East Beltline Ave. NE.

Law Weathers has added personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Brian Lawson. The firm also announced it has been selected a 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in West Michigan for the third year in a row.


Lutheran Social Services of Michigan of Detroit has promoted Sheila Morris of Muskegon to manager of housing and service coordination.


Gov. Rick Synder announced the reappointments of Rob Collier of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. executive committee; Michelle La-Joye Young of Caledonia to the Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board; and the appointment of Al Vanderberg of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee.


Dave Denton, vice president of commercial brokerage for DAR Development, has been named 2014 CoStar Power Broker by CoStar Group Inc.

William Jaquinde has joined Sun Title as a commercial escrow officer.


Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning of Muskegon has for the third consecutive year been recognized with a Tier 1 Medal of Excellence Award, which recognizes Bryant dealers that do “whatever it takes” to improve their business.


The American Hockey League announced Grand Rapids Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan has been named the 2014-15 winner of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.


C/D/H announced its 25-year anniversary, the mergers of Blue Sphere and The Coil Group and a partnership with AppZero. The following staff members have been added: Aaron North, development consultant; Dean Bostedor, infrastructure and cloud consultant; Steve Bostedor, infrastructure and cloud consultant; Camille Barzey, collaboration and workflow consultant; and Marie Monaco, PMO consultant.

Penton Technology has named i3 Business Solutions to its MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a report identifying the world’s top 501 managed service providers.

Transnation Title Agency has purchased Indianapolis-based National Escrow Title Co.,becoming its first physical office location outside Michigan.

Trivalent Group of Grandville has been recognized as the 66th best-managed service provider worldwide among the top 501 on Penton Technology’s MSPmentor 501 Global Edition.


Executive Air Transport Inc., a fixed-base operator at Muskegon County Airport, announced Terry Boer has acquired the company from Rex Vanderlinde.

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