Change Ups: TowerPinkster hires senior architectural designer


Tony Reiner joined TowerPinkster as a senior architectural designer. Imported from Detroit with over 15 years of design expertise, Reiner has worked on stadiums and arenas across the country, including the Daytona International Speedway, Boston TD Garden and the training center for the Los Angeles Lakers. Reiner will work directly with clients to understand their goals and offer a variety of design solutions, including the creation of sketched and rendered concepts in the early stages of design.


KPMG LLP announced Betsy Meter was named office managing partner for the Detroit and Grand Rapids offices.

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The Austin Company in Kalamazoo promoted Steven Lotz to regional safety manager.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan recently honored the following local firms for engineering and surveying excellence. Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. Engineering Merit Awards: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.; Progressive AE; and AECOM. Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. Vernon B. Spalding Leadership Award: Thomas M. Doran, of Hubbell, Roth & Clark. Firm of the Year: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s upcoming traveling exhibit, “Be the Astronaut,” opens June 16 and will teach visitors about the concepts, challenges and excitement of spaceflight.


Pam Van Putten, coordinator of mentoring and internships for the studies in ministry minor at Hope College in Holland, was named among Western Great Lakes Young Life’s Women of the Year for 2018. The program recognized 11 women in the region in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC are this year’s winners of the world-renowned iF DESIGN AWARD for its Virtual Light Booth. The VLB is part of a comprehensive solution that brings a new level of accuracy and realism to the capture, communication and digital presentation of physical materials in the virtual world.


Lake Michigan Credit Union promoted Jennifer Wagner to the mortgage loan origination team of LMCU’s 68th Street-Byron Center and Knapp Corner branches.


Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Nawara was elected to chair of the Association of Women’s Business Centers board of directors. WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to over 140,000 women entrepreneurs each year in every state in the union.


Vice president Lynn “Chick” McNamara Blue announced her retirement at the end of the year at Grand Valley State University. Blue was initially hired as a typist in 1968. She will break the record for the longest-serving employee when she passes the 50-year mark in September. 


Ross A. Hoezee, of Hudsonville, is the recipient of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals’ annual National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Distinguished Service Award. Hoezee has been in the financial services business since 1974.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Kyle Caldwell, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, and Kathleen Vogelsang, Van Andel Institute, were elected as trustees.


Lisa Krieter was appointed to Cascade Charter Township’s planning commission.


The Economic Alliance for Michigan announced Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital are the recipients of its Excellence Award for consistently performing high marks and improvements in patient safety and quality of care.

The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan held its first be nice. middle school symposium for six West Michigan middle school students and staff at the Grand Rapids Ballet’s Peter Martin Wege Theatre, with a focus on preventing suicide.

Ottawa County ranks No. 1 as the healthiest county in Michigan and has held that place since 2014, according to’s 2018 County Health Rankings.

Tami Pruitt of St. Joseph is the first registered dietician who has met the eligibility criteria and passed the certification examination to earn the credential Nutrition Wound Care Certified from the nonprofit credentialing board National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy.


Andrew Byerly Birge, who has led the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the last 14 months, was appointed by the U.S. District Court to continue leading the office, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Jonker announced.

Bodman PLC signed a lease for 3,600-square feet at 99 Monroe with plans to expand into 12,000-square feet in summer 2019. 

The Britt Law Group PC hired Pete Armstrong to join its offices in Grand Rapids and the firm’s newest location in Spring Lake.

Foster Swift elected Michael D. Homier to lead the firm’s administrative and municipal practice group.

Nearly 50 WMU Cooley Law School students and new lawyers recently attended Boot Camp: What They Don't Teach You in Law School (But You Really Need to Know) at the law school’s Grand Rapids campus. The event was sponsored by the Grand Rapids Bar Association and organized by WMU Cooley professors Chris Hastings and Paul Sorensen.


Gun Lake Casino in Wayland appointed Eric Althaus as general manager and vice president. Althaus previously served Gun Lake Casino as the director of table games, assistant general manager and most recently, as the interim general manager.

Orangetheory Fitness will open this summer its second Grand Rapids location at the Village at Knapp’s Crossing.


Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc. expanded its capabilities with a new, state-of-the-art Colanar syringe filler, which will utilize the existing single-use systems already in place at GRAM and will support both small molecule APIs and biologics projects. The purchase is one of many capital investments being made by GRAM to foster client growth and enhance its capabilities. The purchase of the syringe filler comes months after a partnership deal was reached between GRAM and Arlington Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Washington, D.C.


The Bridge of Arbor Circle, a safe shelter program for youth ages 10-17, completed needed remodeling upgrades. More than 100 corporate and individual donors contributed to the project, with key design and construction partners including a.j. Veneklasen, Inc; Herman Miller Cares; John Grace Restoration; Kendall Lighting; Steelcase; and Via Design Inc.


City of Grand Rapids Fire Department Captain Brad Brown, strategic planning officer, was promoted to the rank of assistant fire chief of administration.


GSF Mortgage Corp. announced the addition of mortgage loan originator Terri Wickstrom. She is based in Norton Shores, and is licensed in Michigan and Florida.


American Gas and Oil (AGO), 7100 E. Fulton St. in Ada, reopened with a state-of-the-art facility. The approximately 3,500 square foot convenience store is more than three times the size of the previous store. 

SpartanNash announced Matthew Mannelly and Gregg Tanner were appointed as new independent members to the company’s board of directors.


Everstream Solutions LLC announced its current investors — M/C Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, and its limited partners including investors advised by the private equity group of J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners — have entered into a definitive agreement to sell Everstream to AMP Capital. Terms were not disclosed.

SalesPad seeks guest speakers for the Aug. 6-8 PANELS 2018, a technology conference for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and retail professionals, to be held at the JW Marriott and the L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Speaker proposals will be accepted through April 30. For more information about speaker requirements and to submit a speaker proposal, visit


Yemny Garcia is a recipient of the Interurban Transit Partnership (“The Rapid”) 2018 Bus Operator of the Year Award.


Bergmann, with an office in Grand Rapids, unveiled a redesigned and fully mobile responsive website at The new website features enhanced careers functionality, as well as access to more information about Bergmann’s markets, services, projects, local offices, news and events.

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