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Change Ups: Chamber honors minority business efforts

May 9, 2014
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Ruben Juarez, Workforce Employment Specialists (2103 recipient); Melissa Fennel; Jane Clark, West Coast Chamber; Dante Villareal, Small Business Development Center; Shawn Pacanowski, CapTrust (West Coast Chamber board chair).

Bing Goei and Melissa Fennel are recipients of Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business of the Year and Outstanding Advocate for Minority-Owned Business, respectively. An immigrant from Indonesia, Goei owns seven Eastern Floral locations, employing 60 year-round employees and earning more than $5 million in annual revenue. Fennel, senior strategic sourcing manager at Herman Miller, champions the company’s inclusiveness and diversity strategy and is an advocate for minority-owned businesses.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Allegro Marketing, Print and Mail was honored by Alliance Franchise Brands with its 2013 Sales Excellence Award. The top 10 percent in the international network of marketing and print service providers earn the recognition.

ARTS

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announced a four-year contract renewal with music director Raymond Harvey, who just completed his 15th season with KSO.

AWARDS

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids announced its Hometown Heroes honorees: Jamie R. Mills, Clara Barton Humanitarian of the Year Award; Lt. Col. John and Nancy Colburn, General George Marshall Patriot Award; Kate Cragwall, Dr. Charles Drew Health Advocate Award; Arend Lubbers, Henry Dunant Global Impact Award; The Right Place, Caroline Campbell Community Impact Award; Spectrum Health Aero Med Team, Jane Delano Lifesaver Award; and Shelly Loose, Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism Award.

Heart of West Michigan United Way announced the recipients of its Give, Advocate and Volunteer Awards: Give Award, Fifth Third Bank; Advocate Award, Rev. Peggy Lawrence Burns; and Volunteer Award, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

HopCat/Barfly Ventures and Zeeland Farm Services were honored at the Michigan Clean Water Action 2014 Great Lakes Awards Celebration for exemplifying environmental stewardship in company core values and practices.

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes announced Don Heeringa, chairman of Trendway Corp., will be inducted into the J.A. West Michigan Business Hall of Fame May 29 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The West Michigan Airport Authority and Holland City Television were awarded a Bronze Telly at the 34th annual Telly Awards for an informational video, “West Michigan Regional Airport, Part of Our Community’s PLACE, Our Gateway to the World.”

BANKING

William J. Bowling, commercial real estate broker and executive, announced his retirement from the board of directors of United Bank of Michigan and its holding company, United Community Financial Corp. Robert W. Roth, president/CEO of RoMan Manufacturing Co., was elected to the board.

BUSINESS SERVICES

NPA, The Worldwide Recruiting Network, has rebranded as NPAworldwide, including a new corporate logo. The rebranding effort ties the corporate name to the website (npaworldwide.com) to ensure more consistent branding.

CONSTRUCTION

Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning in Muskegon was recognized with the Bryant Tier 1 Medal of Excellence Award for the second year in a row.

Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Inc. is the recipient of Bryant’s Tier 2 Medal of Excellence Award.

William W. Culhane has joined Rockford Construction as vice president of health care. He is a licensed architect and a LEED-accredited professional.

EDUCATION

Calhoun County Judge John A. Hallacy has been named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus. Hallacy received an associate of arts degree from GRCC in 1983.

GRCC announced its 2014 Armen Award winners: First place, Sarah Krajewski and students in her Biology 101 for Elementary Education class; second place, Bethann Talsma and students in her Office Ethics and Etiquette course; and third place, Jolanta Lanier and students in her Personal Health course.

ENERGY

Crystal Flash has appointed David Scigliano its chief executive officer.

HUMAN SERVICES

Bronson Commons, in Mattawan, was named a Best Nursing Home 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. Of the 16,000 nursing homes rated, 30 percent in Michigan received a five-star overall performance rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

LEGAL

The Grand Rapids Bar Association has recognized Jon R. Muth with the Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service Award. Muth has practiced law since 1971.

Miller Johnson announced trial lawyer Jon G. March was inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association comprised of attorneys who have distinguished themselves with their experience in civil and commercial conflict resolution, and their commitment to alternative dispute resolution.

LOGISTICS

Muskegon manufacturer Dynamic Conveyor Corp. has hired Tim DeVriendt, sales territory manager.

NONPROFITS

Family Promise of Grand Rapids announced the addition of Todd Buchta as its first-ever director of development and communications.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced is 2014 PRoof of the Year Award winners: PR Professional of the Year: Tim Penning, GVSU; Communicator of the Year, Mayor George Heartwell, city of Grand Rapids, and Tami Vandenberg, Meanwhile and Pyramid Scheme and Well House; Newcomer of the Year, Carl Apple, Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids; Student of the Year, Audra Hartges and Morgan Yingst, GVSU; and Media Person of the Year, Tommy Allen, Rapid Growth Media.

Grand Valley State University communications staff members received 10 awards from West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, including 10 gold and nine silver.

Truscott Rossman president John Truscott was named PACE Maker of the Year by the Central Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Truscott Rossman was honored with a Pinnacle Award in the Shoestring Budget and Community Relations Campaign categories.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Grand Rapids Fire Department announced the promotion of Dan VanderHyde to fire captain – prevention.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Van Andel Institute announced Mark Meijer, president of Life E.M.S. Ambulance, has been appointed to its board of trustees.

TRANSPORTATION

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has been awarded the Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement in Airport Snow & Ice Control in the “Small” category (less than 100,000 scheduled take-offs and landings annually) by The International Aviation Snow Symposium.

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