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October 18, 2013
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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has named Kristen Taylor its development officer. Taylor will be responsible for creating and nurturing partnerships with local and national foundations, organizations, corporations and individuals who can use UICA as a unique platform for their philanthropic goals. Prior to joining UICA, Taylor founded and operated Juvie LLC, a dual-channel niche children’s clothing retailer from 2006 through this year, carrying out all of the business’s administrative, marketing and digital activities.

AWARDS

The Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan has announced the 2013 recipients of its Business Ethics Torch Award: RoMan Manufacturing, Springfield Inc. and Catherine’s Health Center.

Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, received the Innovation Star Award from the Alliance to Save Energy. The award is given to individuals, organizations, companies, learning institutions and government programs that have demonstrated a significant and tangible commitment to energy efficiency in the U.S. and abroad.

BANKING

David Eyke has joined Meijer Credit Union as chief executive officer.

Dan Moralez has joined Northpointe Bank as regional vice president of its mortgage lending business. He is responsible for building the lending team along the lakeshore and also the southeast Michigan region.

Grand River Bank announced the additions of Jennifer Mann, controller; Annette Nelson, human resources; Kevin Dooley, mortgage operations manager; Anna Martin, bilingual mortgage lender; Amanda Skelley, mortgage operations; Tyler Cebulla, operations manager; and Mary Jo Wycoff, retail banking.

Independent Bank announced Boomer Hoppough is the new office manager of its Cascade office. He also will serve as vice president of business development for the Grand Rapids and Cascade areas.

Marlo Morgan has joined Lake Michigan Credit Union as mortgage loan originator for the lakeshore region office.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Advantage Sign Supply announced it will launch a new name and logo effective Jan 1, 2014: Advantage Sign & Graphic Solutions.

Custer announced the promotion of Brad Laackman to head its health care division, Custer HealthWorks, and also will continue to run the Custer Architectural Products Division.

EmploymentGroup announced it has named Gary Schuler executive vice president. Schuler will oversee staff placement and development operations, new business development and sales team management.

CONSTRUCTION

Adam Smith has been named territory sales manager for the Boral TruExterior Trim product line in Michigan. Smith will lead sales statewide in an effort to increase production adoption and grow market share among dealers, distributors, builders, remodelers and architects. He will work alongside Monsma Marketing Group, Boral’s distribution partner in the Michigan market.

EDUCATION

Dr. Andre Perry, founding dean for Davenport University’s College of Urban Education, recently presented the panel discussion, “What It Takes: Well-Trained Teachers,” at the fourth annual Education Nation: The 2013 Summit at the New York Public Library. He also co-hosted “Office Hours” on NBC, a 20-minute exploration of the work and expertise of a number of Summit attendees.

Calvin College announced the promotion of Megan Berglund to director of grants and foundation relations. Berglund will oversee the development and writing of grant proposals for research, curriculum, programs and equipment for the college.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

G. Joseph Pasman Jr. of Pasman GSC Financial has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College, Bryn Mawr, Penn.

HEALTH

Age Management of West Michigan has moved to a new location at 1959 East Paris Ave. SE. The phone number is (616) 808-2695.

Becker’s Health Review has named Metro Health Hospital one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America. Metro Health is one of seven hospitals in Michigan to receive the recognition for its sustainability initiatives.

Dentist Marcos Cid has opened 616 Dental Studio at 171 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids. The phone number is (616) 214-7865.

HUMAN SERVICES

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a Denim and Diamonds Gala Nov. 8. The community will learn about the needs, challenges and successes as ABVI commits to continued and enhanced services throughout West Michigan.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore announced it has teamed with Holland coffee shops Lemonjello’s and Joe2Go and with The Book Nook in Montague to launch its “Thanks A Latte” fundraiser to raise awareness of the need for positive adult mentors and offer customers the chance to donate $10 toward the agency.

Samantha Vanderberg is Local First’s new communication coordinator.

LEGAL

BTI Consulting Group has named Miller Canfield a “standout in complex labor” in its survey, BTI Litigation Outlook 2014. BTI surveyed more than 300 general and in-house counsel in more than 20 industries nationwide to determine market opportunities, organizational buying habits and the hire-ability of their outside counsel.

Crystal M. Jones has joined Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC’s business and commercial, municipal, real estate and trusts and estates practice groups as a paralegal.

MANUFACTURING

Matt Wieringa has joined G&T Industries as vice president of sales and marketing. Wieringa will lead the company’s Foam Solutions and World Resource Partners sales teams.

Manufacturer State Water Heaters announced Behler-Young Co. is the newest regional distributor of its products, with 15 locations across Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Behler-Young will serve as the exclusive distributor in Michigan.

NONPROFITS

Kandu Inc., which provides opportunities for people with barriers to employment, celebrated its 60th anniversary.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced the additions of Derek DeVries and John VanderHaagen, senior associates, and Abby Hartig, associate.

REAL ESTATE

CBRE Grand Rapids announced Blake Rosekrans has joined the company as a member of its office team. He will focus on new business development, transaction management and client relations.

TECHNOLOGY

Grand Rapids Collaborative announced that tenant and digital solutions agency Universal Mind was selected as the People’s Voice Winner in the Experimental & Innovation category of the 17th Annual Webby wards, the Internet’s highest honor as deemed by the New York Times.

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