DeVos Place Assistant General Manager Eddie Tadlock received WGVU’s Engage Arts Award for his dedication and experiential knowledge of the performing and visual arts. His qualifications for the award include being a prolific advocate for jazz, serving on Grand Rapids Art Museum’s board of directors, being involved with virtually all community arts events including the Community Inclusion Group and as curator of ArtPrize placements in DeVos Place, one of the most visited ArtPrize venues.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
834 announced it has entered a partnership with Lansing-based Vanguard Public Affairs to serve as a one-stop shop for its clients. Details: vanguard834.com.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Design architect Michael Jen has joined Integrated Architecture.
Barry County resident Steve Yager, executive director of the Children’s Services Agency within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, received the Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court and MDHHS, during Adoption Day ceremonies at the Michigan Supreme Court Hall of Justice.
Vicki Nelson has joined Independent Bank as a senior residential loan officer. She will work in the Cedar Springs office and is responsible for residential lending in Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties.
The Right Place Inc. and the Newaygo County Economic Development Office’s new economic development contract has resulted in the hiring of Mark Guzniczak, the new business development coordinator for Newaygo County.
Baker College has been named as offering one of the nation’s top 20 best online bachelor’s computer science programs by TheBestSchools.org.
Brown Elementary School in Byron Center received a Blue Ribbon for being a School of Excellence, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education for public and private schools’ overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps.
Calvin College ranked second in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for number of students who study abroad and international students studying on campus during the 2013-14 academic year, according to Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report.
Grand Valley State University announced Jack Mangala is its new Padnos/Sarosik Professor for Civil Discourse. The endowed professorship is housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and was a gift to Grand Valley in 2013 from Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik. Students will gain a critical understanding of the global issues impacting migration.
Calvin College’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association won the Knowledge Bowl competition at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association convention in Denver.
Comprehensive Therapy Center received a $15,000 grant from the Amway One by One Campaign for Children to fund its Therapy & Fun summer clinic that offers children speech, motor and sensory therapy, provides teen volunteers with opportunities for service learning, and gives families support and respite.
The Kent County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the 2016 annual budget that includes more than $6 million for capital improvements. Total revenue is estimated to be just under $380 million. It is a balanced budget that did not require an increase in the millage.
Holistic Care Approach announced the opening of its new Energy Center at 3368 Beltline Court NE, which will be occupied by 1Breath4All, Chris Wheeler and Mary Johnson.
Sonus Hearing Care Professionals announced it has combined its two Muskegon locations into one large office at 3535 Park St., Suite 106, Muskegon.
Spectrum Health Vein Center announced it is the first location in Michigan to offer the VenaSea closure system to treat vericose veins and venous reflux disease at its accredited location at 4085 Burton St. SE.
Bethany Christian Services announced the additions of Kristi Gleason, senior director of global programs, and Jennifer Gradnigo, director of public relations.
Miller Johnson attorney Dustin J. Daniels has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as an Up and Coming Lawyer. His business practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, joint ventures, commercial contracting, corporate counseling and other business transactions.
Secrest Wardle has been selected among The Top Workplaces for 2015 for three years in a row by an employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLP. The firm’s headquarters is in Troy with additional offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne announced the addition of weld engineer Ryan Crandell.
Grand Rapids Business Journal announced Michael Sobczak has joined the sales team as a digital sales representative representing all GRBJ digital products. Sobczak has several years of business development and sales experience.
Gov. Rick Snyder has named veteran journalist Meegan Holland his director of communications. Holland brings more than 30 years of journalism experience in Michigan, including 20 years directing legislative and political coverage for the eight Booth newspapers.
Calvary Carpet Care in Holland is a newly launched residential and commercial carpet cleaning business that uses an all-natural and safer cleaning process. For information: (616) 990-8310, calvarycarpetcare.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life EMS Ambulance has expanded its primary 911 emergency response area in southwest Michigan to include Kalamazoo Township, following the township’s recent move to join the Kalamazoo Valley Intergovernmental Ambulance Agreement. KVIAA is the EMS contract authority in Kalamazoo County, which encompasses the cities of Kalamazoo and Parchment, and Oshtemo and Cooper townships.
Open Systems Technologies has been named a 2015 Top Workplace for the State of Michigan by the Detroit Free Press awarded solely on employee feedback, and solicited by an independent research firm specializing in organizational health and workplace improvement.
Kent County Department of Aeronautics/Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s finance team has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. & Canada with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report.
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Rick and Kim Wilson announced the opening of their franchise, Expedia Cruise Ship Centers, at 2838 East Beltline Ave. NE. The franchise leverages discounts on cruises for its customers by purchasing some 50,000 staterooms on 2,000 departures on the major cruise lines.