Change Ups: Enslen joins delegation to Vietnam, Thailand
Miller Canfield’s legal legacy spans 162 years, with a global focus for two decades. Principal Pamela Enslen of Kalamazoo continued the firm’s international outreach when she was part of an American Bar Association delegation of mediators and arbitrators who traveled to Vietnam and Thailand to promote international dispute resolution. Miller Canfield has offices in Michigan, Illinois, Florida, New York, Ohio, Canada, Mexico, Poland and China.
Grand Rapids Public Museum announced its Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium reopened March 15 after a six-month renovation and upgrade that cost $1.2 million. The planetarium features the latest Digistar 5 projection equipment and software, producing high-definition imagery and incredible special effects, accompanied by high-powered digital sound.
NALS of West Michigan announced the election of its officers for 2014-2015: president, Wil Antonides, ALP; president elect, Carolyn Field, Warner Norcross & Judd; vice president, Cheryl Zorn, Michigan Court of Appeals; secretary, Hedda Martin, Jeffrey J. O’Hara Attorney at Law; treasurer, Luke Gryzbowski, Thrun Law Firm; director, Tonya Mashue, Warner Norcross & Judd; and parliamentarian, Teri Garber, Varnum.
Corp! magazine’s 2014 DiSciTech Award winners include Davenport University College of Technology and Stryker Corp. in Kalamazoo. Leading companies in digital, science and technology will be honored April 17 at the VisTaLech Center on Schoolcraft College’s Livonia campus.
Bridal Network WeddingWire.com has selected Jennifer Grace Unger of Grand Rapids for the Couples Choice Award, one of several awards given to the top vendors in the wedding industry. Grace is a bridal hair stylist.
Fastsigns of Grand Rapids was named a top 25 center out of more than 500 locations at the 2014 Fastsigns Convention in Anaheim, Calif. The locally owned and operated business received the CEO Circle Award, given to the 25 centers in the U.S. and Canada with the highest sales volume.
Michigan Office Solutions has become the newest corporate partner at WMU’s Business Technology and Research Park. The Grand Rapids company moved an expanded Kalamazoo staff into its new facility in the Weidenhammer Building. The 4,000-square-foot facility includes a technology showcase area, conference area and office space.
CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced the additions of Kyle Scott and Brian Beaver, project managers.
Kent Companies Inc. announced the promotions of Jesse Sproat to division manager of its polishing and coatings division, and Mike Wegman to division manager of the construction supply division.
Roberto Martinez has joined National Heritage Academies as director of curriculum and instruction. He will oversee the curriculum of 76 schools in nine states.
Kevin Rygg has joined Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. as part of HS&C Wealth Management, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise. He will focus on securities selection, model building and risk management.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
New Holland Artisan Spirits is the recipient of three medals from the American Craft Distillers Association: gold medals, Knickerbocker Gin and Walleye Rye; and silver medal, Zeppelin Bend Single Malt Whiskey.
Spectrum Health has opened a 9,000-square-foot research facility, Spectrum Health Basic and Translational Research Laboratories, in the Cooper’s Landing Building, 1345 Monroe Ave. NW. It will support basic research that enhances clinical efforts in brain tumors, pediatric urology and neuroblastoma, and blood and marrow transplantation.
Rhoades McKee announced Suanne Watt Stay has joined the firm’s family law practice group. She concentrates her practice in helping families navigate separation, divorce and co-parenting.
Michigan Lawyers Weeklyselected Varnum trial attorney Ronald G. DeWaard as a 2014 Leader in the Law.
ADAC Automotive was recognized by General Motors as one of its 2013 Suppliers of the Year. This is the fifth time ADAC has received the award.
Perrigo announced the additions of Alex Mason, production engineer for the liquids engineering team in Allegan, and Christine Reilly, senior securities and exchange commission reporting analyst for the accounting/finance team.
WGVU Public Media announced WGVU TV and WGVU Radio have received 13 Broadcast Excellence Awarded from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. WGVU TV received three Best in Category Awards: Cultural and Performing Arts; Marketing Materials and Promos; and News Special or Documentary. WGVU Radio received Best in Category Awards in Feature/Use of Medium; Marketing Materials and Promos; Membership Appeal; and Special Interest and Cultural Programming.
WOOD TV 8 mhas been named Station of the Year 2013 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The station also received awards for Best in Category for Breaking News Story, Investigative Story, Mini-Documentary or Series, News Special, Sports, Marketing Materials & Promos, and Commercial.
WZZM 13 garnered five Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards: Best in Category Weather, chief meteorologist George Lessens; first place Community Involvement; first place Feature/Use of Medium; Merit Awards Feature and News Special.
Heart of West Michigan United Way announced the promotion of Mike Kerkorian to director of workplace campaign. Kerkorian will lead the team that works in conjunction with more than 500 businesses in Kent County to executive fundraising campaigns.
The Grand Rapids Police Department announced Marc Miller is its 2013 Police Officer of the Year, and Reed Wakeman is Civilian Employee of the Year.
Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and to its executive committee. He also announced the appointment of Jennipher Wiebold of Kalamazoo to the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services, and the reappointments of Trina Edmondson of Wyoming and Aimee Sterk of Jenison.
Don Disselkoen, an Ottawa County commissioner, was reelected chair of the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission.
Re/Max of Michigan recognized Re/Max United of Rockford and its sales associates for another solid year of real estate sales. Award recipients were: office administrator of the year, Kim Maggini; broker/owner of the year in a medium density market, Tom and Tracie Rich; excellence in technology-office, Re/Max United; platinum club based on sales production in 2013, Tracie Rich; 100 percent club based on sales production in 2013, Brenda Beerthuis, Laura Ensley, Kimberly Hensley and Tina Johnson; and executive clubbased on sales production in 2013, Wesley Cummings, James Fues, Chris Lehman and Greg Liszewski.
Sales development representatives Josh Maczinski and Jordan Peterson have joined the Grand Rapids team of Service Express Inc.