In The Cards

May 2, 2005
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Mayor GeorgeHeartwell’s reputation as a gambler is paying off. By playing his cards close to the vest, the mayor is furthering his technology initiative with some of the nation’s largest firms using good old GR (and neighbors) as a testing ground for wireless technology.

Ironically, hizzoner will be putting his (other) gambling skills to work Friday, and they just might help that wireless technology, too.

The mayor, Judge BenjaminLogan and some media celebrities (note: use term loosely; Journal Managing Editor TimGortsema is one) will be helping out at a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament to raise funds to help establish a memorial scholarship in the name of the late DirkKoning. The new scholarship fund is named in honor of the Community Media Center’s founding director and a pioneer in the wireless movement in Grand Rapids.

The event is at the Press Club at 7 p.m. A buffet dinner begins at 5:30. To register, call 456-8623.

  • At least the poker tournament has something to shoot for.

This year’s Heartbeat Gala, the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, marked the event’s 10th anniversary in West Michigan.

PamLiggett, executive director of the local AHA chapter, said that as of last Wednesday, the event had netted $270,000 in donations, with another $75,000 to $80,000 in related “matching” type grants from foundations that will add to the total. She expects that when all the grant approvals are in, the total net will be somewhere between $320,000 and $340,000.

SeanWelsh, regional president of National City Bank and this year’s event chair for Heartbeat Gala, said the event has raised more than $2.5 million over the past 10 years.

In fact, Heartbeat Gala went back to its roots by recognizing BetsyDeVos for starting the event a decade ago in honor of her late father, EdPrince

  • Street Talk is always a two-edged sword. People often hate to be mentioned, but they like it when people they know are mentioned.

Then, there are those who want to be mentioned, but aren’t. Darn.

“We missed our moment to shine in the Street Talk list of winners from the PRSA awards and we’re bummed!” said an email from RobertaKing, vice president of public relations and marketing for Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

King went on to mention that the foundation’s annual report earned a gold PRoof Award from the Public Relations Society of America and a silver ADDY from the West Michigan Ad Club at an earlier competition, and also picked up a silver award on the national level from the Council on Foundations.

Alas, no Street Talk mention, however.

“I’d bet it is the winningest annual report in Grand Rapids,” she said.

Winningest, indeed.

  • No, not thatTedKennedy. Because that would be kind of funny.

Ted Kennedy Jr. is speaking in Muskegon on Thursday as part of the city’s Cover the Uninsured Week.

He is the guest speaker at the Muskegon Community Health Project’s second annual dinner.

This Kennedy is truly an environmentalist and a humanitarian. He has worked extensively with both policy makers and the corporate world in the areas of expanding job opportunities for people with disabilities. Today, he devotes much of his energy to the study of environmental factors that lead to disease and disability.

The dinner will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Drive. Tickets for the dinner and presentation are $35 and must be purchased in advance. For additional information contact KathyWest at (231) 728-3201.

Business Journal readers may recall Gov. JenniferGranholm’s interest in the state of health affairs in Muskegon, and her desire to have some state health insurance programs built on the Muskegon model.

Well, if the governor isn’t doing anything tonight, she may want to attend a town hall meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. MCHP is sponsoring the event as part of its weeklong focus on the plight of the uninsured, and several local and state leaders are expected to attend.

  • At a school often recognized for the win-loss numbers its sports teams put up (see football and women’s basketball), numbers of a different sort are bringing more attention to Grand Valley State University.

When DavidCannon, an assistant professor in Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, took a certification test for accounting professionals, he did pretty well. OK, really well.

In fact, he earned the highest score in North America.

Cannon earned the highest score among the 2,815 test-takers on the Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam. That exam is for certification that is the global standard for information systems audit, security and control.

“I got my certificate in September, so when I received the call months later, I was in total shock,” said Cannon.

That would be an understatement.

As a result of his achievement, Cannon attended an awards ceremony in Las Vegas last month and will be recognized in the ISACA publications.

And if you thought GVSU’s women’s basketball team going deep into the Division II tournament this year was unexpected, Cannon’s mark was even more so.

“Your achievement is even more remarkable given the record number of candidates and high caliber of those who sat for the 2004 exam,” wrote TerryTrsar, the ISACA’s chief professional development officer in a letter to Cannon.

The exam is directly related to the areas Cannon teaches — accounting information systems and internal auditing.

Cannon received his Ph.D. in accounting from Kent State University and earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of the State of New York, and an M.S. in taxation from the State University of New York at Albany. His research areas include accounting information systems and methodological issues in accounting research.

Even with those academic accolades and degrees, it’s still nice to get that shiny gold star and the words “100 percent” atop any test.    

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