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Change Ups: CSM Group receives green building award

August 2, 2013
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CSM Group recieves Green Building award

Trade Association Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. has conferred the Award of Excellence in the Green Building $5 million-$10 million category to CSM Group for the renovation of the downtown Kalamazoo 33,000-square-foot Corporation Hall. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. Originally built in 1867, Corporation Hall today includes mixed-use retail and residential living. CSM collaborated on the project with Tower Pinkster, a full-service architecture and engineering firm.

ASSOCIATIONS

Robert Wuerfel, title president of Lighthouse Group, has been elected president of the Michigan Land Title Association.

AWARDS

Gov. Rick Synder announced Nicholas Bottomley of Kentwood is the recipient of the Governor’s Service Award’s Mentor of the Year Award for making a significant difference in a child’s life over time through mentoring.

Thompson Remodeling Inc. is the recipient of a 2013 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality, a customer satisfaction surveying company. Thompson was selected as one of more than 200 North American builders, remodelers, developers and contractors recognized for superior delivery of customer care.

BANKING

First United Federal Credit Union announced its new name and charter is First United Credit Union.

Mercantile Bank of Michigan has named Todd Dood senior vice president, commercial loan manager, and David DeBoer, senior vice president, commercial lender.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Busy Bea’s Services Inc. announced the additions of the following management staff: supervisor, Laura Hall-Knapp, and sales and marketing, Oswaldo “Ozz” Garces.

Marcus Dillender has joined the Upjohn Institute as an economist.

The Right Place announced the addition of Eric Icard, business development manager. He will be responsible for business retention, expansion and attraction work. His primary focus area will be within life sciences and medical device manufacturing. Icard also will lead facilitation of the West Michigan Medical Device Consortium.

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute announced its panel of executive judges for THE Project 2014, an inter-collegiate competition in project management: James Brown, founder/CEO, Seba Solutions; Dennis Gillem, lieutenant colonel (retired)/syndicated radio talk show host; Gary Granger, president/CEO, Granger Group/board chairman, Ferris State University; James Mitchell, founder/principal attorney, Mitchell Intellectual Property Law; and Carole Valade, editor, Gemini Publications.

COMMUNICATION

Cynthia Kay and Co. announced the addition of Michael Krampe who will be responsible for marketing and demand generation as well as strategic communications consulting services to clients.

CONSTRUCTION

Rockford Construction announced the promotion of Adam Jones to vice president of multi-unit housing, and the completion of ASHE Health Care Construction training and certification of superintendents Dave Buschke, Tim Dora and Scott Dunneback.

EDUCATION

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Grand Rapids Community College one of its Great Colleges to Work For. The Chronicle recognized GRCC in the Compensation and Benefits category for the health and wellness programs the college makes available to employees.

Davenport University announced that education reformist Dr. Andre Perry has been named founding dean for a College of Urban Education. Perry will lead development of the college that will change how teachers and education leaders are prepared for service in urban K-12 settings. Davenport received a $200,000 grant from the Steelcase Foundation that will be used to form a national advisory committee and commence development of a proposed master’s program in collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Ferris State University’s intensive English program has been renamed West Michigan Intensive English Language Institute reflecting Ferris’ mission to prepare students to serve a rapidly changing global economy and society, and its ability to serve as a leader in English language and cultural awareness teaching in the regional community.

Grand Valley State University’s News and Information Services has received a 2013 Circle of Excellence Silver Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for its “I’m On a Boat” recruitment video.

Dr. Timothy Pennings has joined Davenport University as chair of the department of mathematics.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

John Missad, retirement plan consultant with IBS Financial Group, has earned the Certified Financial Education Instructor certification from the National Financial Educators Council.

HEALTH

Bronson Neuroscience Center announced the addition of Dr. Simeon Zou. Pediatric nurse practitioner Caitlin Groeneveld has joined Bronson Neuroscience Center – Pediatric Neurology.

Centre for Plastic Surgery announced the new location of its cosmetic and reconstructive surgical practice, which includes an accredited state-of-the-art in-office and outpatient surgical facility and skin care center, at 2060 East Paris Ave. SE.

HUMAN SERVICES

Jim Taylor has joined Camp Blodgett as executive director.

Wedgwood Christian Services announced the addition of Allison Seeley as communications manager.

INSURANCE

Dustin Stek has joined Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent.

Van Wyk Risk & Financial Management announced Audrey Freeman has been named director of marketing, and the additions of Carol Bifulco, relationship manager; Edward Donnelly, commercial client executive; Trish Rosenstangel, commercial client manager; and Nathan E. Stormzand, commercial client executive.

LEGAL

Tammy Helminski, an environmental attorney in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids office, has completed the Urban Land Institute’s Larson Center for Leadership program, which trains and mentors the next generation of leaders in the real estate and land-use industries.

Varnum announced the addition of attorney Katherine K. Wilbur to its Grand Rapids office. Wilbur is an associate practicing corporate and tax law.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Dr. Patricia Roels of Caledonia to the Michigan Board of Dentistry, and of Mary Whiteford of South Haven to the Michigan Women’s Commission.

TRANSPORTATION

Gerald R. Ford International Airport announced it has passed its annual Federal Aviation Administration certification and safety inspection with zero discrepancies.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Amy Feather has joined the travel advisor staff of Ada’s Protravel International.

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