Change Ups: Sixth annual Fork Fest to spur local economy


Attendees can connect directly with food entrepreneurs and learn how to shift their dollars to local sources Oct. 20, when Local First hosts its sixth annual Fork Fest from 5-9 p.m. at Romence Gardens. Live music, a butchering demonstration and dozens of local food and beverage producers, growers and restaurateurs will be on hand. Local First’s economic intent is to help local owners meet the basic needs of people and build local wealth that is in harmony with the ecosystem.


The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants named Peggy Bishop of Beene Garter LLP with the Public Service Award at its 2016 annual awards that recognize professionals who have made a lasting impact in her industry and community.


Jonathan Barrera Mikulich, co-founder and director of brand strategies at the multicultural marketing firm Vias Latino Market Consultants, is the recipient of Ferris State University’s Pacesetter Award.


Lansing-based American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section selected the following local officers for 2016-17: president, Steven Waalkes, Grand Rapids; president-elect, Melinda Bacon, Kalamazoo; and secretary, Tim Bradshaw, Grand Rapids.


SMG (Van Andel Arena) regional general manager Richard MacKeigan was honored on Billboard Magazine’s list of Top Arena Managers in Boxscore rankings for arenas with capacities between 10,001 and 15,000.


Grand Haven High School principal Tracy L.N. Wilson was honored at the 12th Annual Lakeshore ATHENA Award luncheon as the 2016 ATHENA Recipient; Sara Julius, managing partner of Edify North of Holland was honored as the 2016 recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.


Independent Bank opened a new commercial lending office at 77 Monroe Center St. NW, Suite 1200. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Meijer CFO Daniel Webb joined the board of directors for Legacy Trust and the Legacy Trust Holding Co.


Consumers Concrete Corp. in Kalamazoo announced the appointment of Bruce Blair as president/CEO. Former CEO Tom Thomas and former president Steve Thomas retired from the company’s day-to-day operations and continue as owners and as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the company’s board of directors.

National rating organization, B Lab, certified and rated Bazzani Building Co. in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations in the nation and, for the second year in a row, recognized the company as Best for the World.


Aquinas College honored notable alumni of the college as part of its 15th annual Awards Gala: Outstanding Alumnus, N. Patrick Hennessey ’71 M.D; Outstanding Alumni, Ralph E. Mathis ’60, M.D. and Yvonne L. Mathis ‘79 (deceased); Aquinas College Hall of Fame: Edward M. “Ned” Smith ’61 and Sister Barbara E. Reid ’75, O.P.; Athletic Hall of Fame: Kenneth M. Baginski ’01; Holly A. (Butryn) Williams ’98; and 2005-06 men’s basketball team coached by Dave Hammer.


Harmony Brewing Co. announced it released Tamworth, its third beer in the Wood Aged Wild Beer series. Tamworth is a sour golden ale aged in mead barrels that is designed to be the sourest beer in Harmony’s series of four.

New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland announced the expansion of its Reserve series, centered on its top-selling year-round bourbon barrel stout, Dragon’s Milk. The brewery is releasing its final 2016 Reserve batches of Dragon’s Milk during the month of October to markets around the country with three variations: Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Vanilla Chai, Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel and a special draft-only Dragon’s Milk: Brewer’s Select.


Kent County administrator/controller Daryl Delabbio announced his intent to retire June 30, 2017, wrapping up a career spanning four decades in municipal management. Delabbio has held his current role since 1998.


Dr. Darryl Elmouchi was named chief medical officer, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. He will assist in setting the strategic direction for the hospital group and lead initiatives that support Spectrum Health strategy.

Holland Hospital, for the eighth consecutive year, received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2016.


Camber Gilleland joined Brightway, The Lambert Family Agency in Muskegon as an agent.


Miller Johnson attorney Timothy C. Gutwald was chosen to serve as the chair of the Health Care Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan

Varnum announced the induction of partner Perrin Rynders into the American College of Trial Lawyers. His status as a Fellow was confirmed at the college’s recent annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Varnum trial attorney Bryan Walters was elected president of the Western District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a professional organization for private and government lawyers who practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.


The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids announced the additions of Dean Herried as district executive director and Adam Shilling as association membership and program director.


American Seating recently hosted Manufacturing Day, a nationwide effort whose aim is to change people’s perceptions about manufacturing and draw attention to manufacturing career opportunities. Locally, American Seating welcomed more than 50 students, teachers and other leaders from Union High School and Grand Rapids Public Schools intended to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Hudsonville-based Royal Technologies Corp. announced it will invest nearly $33.7 million to build a warehouse and separate manufacturing facility in Jamestown Charter Township, creating 66 new jobs. The company manufactures plastic components for a variety of industries, including office furniture, automotive and consumer products manufacturers, and has three manufacturing facilities in Michigan in addition to regional operations in Texas and Alabama.


Bradley Company announced the additions of Jeff Tucker as vice president and office brokerage for the Grand Rapids market and Drew Nelson as a brokerage associate.


Carvers: Grand Rapids’ Finest Meats, is the latest venture of Fish Lads owner Jeff Butzow and the newest tenant inside Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 43 Ionia Ave. SW. Product selections include a full line of 100 percent grass-fed beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, as well as high-end Kobe options, Heritage Kurobota pork, pork belly, house-made sausages and organic, free-range chickens available year-round.

Meijer was named The Retail Value-added Products Marketer of the Year at this year’s Certified Angus Beef annual conference, held in Tucson, Arizona.


Former Grand Rapids Griffins defensemen Bryan Helmer (2004-06) was named to the American Hockey League’s Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and Travis Richards (1996-2006) was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.


Bill Wood joined the West Michigan Environmental Action Council as its executive director.


Lansing-based Dewpoint welcomed Justin Baird, desktop administrator, to its Grand Rapids office.

Worksighted hired Rebecca Currey as inside sales specialist for the Holland team. Currey is responsible for assisting clients with quotes and ordering hardware, software and licensing.


National Nail’s new website highlights its diverse assortment of fasteners that includes unique applications and solutions for general construction, decking and roofing. The site features easy navigation with scroll-over or menu options, coherent product organization and it is mobile-friendly for contractors constantly on the go. Details:

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