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Change Ups: FireKeepers Casino completes bar renovation
FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek has completed its first renovation since the hotel and event center were added in December 2012. The redesigned Kabaret bar features a new stage for acoustic acts, an open wall setting and a newly designed bar that allows for 360-degree service. The Kabaret is open daily 7 a.m.-1:30 a.m. with entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11 p.m. FireKeepers is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron band of the Potawatomi.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Allegra 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. The firm also has earned Forest Stewardship Council’s Chain-of-Custody certification, demonstrating its commitment to responsible forest management.
Extra Credit Projects is the recipient of two National Telly Awards for broadcast work for Zondervan/HarperCollins Publishers and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Driesenga & Associates Inc. announced the following additions: Grand Rapids office: engineering technicians Donovan Jones, Justin Hopkins, Jesse Davis and Lukas Hayter; Holland office: engineering technician Andrew Scheplin; Kalamazoo office: administrative assistant Tessa Dahlhoff, and engineering technicians Trevor Ehredt, Wayfrel Puello, James Webster and Cody Cantu.
Diane Griffin, Griffin Properties, has been elected to Grand Rapids Art Museum’s board of trustees and will serve on the donor development committee.
CFMA Western Michigan Chapter announced its 2014-2015 board of directors. Officers are: past president, Andy Odehnal; president, Tom VandenBosch; vice president, Jeff Koster; secretary, Jennifer Murphy; and treasurer, Victor Sturgis. Directors are Grace Silva, Theresa Sickles, Aileen Leipprandt and Ken Bos. Committee chairs are: program, Jeff Koster; membership, Ann Plummer; technology, Harriet Perdue; promotions, Mike Waalkes; golf, Jake Berzkalns and Rhonda Huismann.
Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio is the recipient of Wayne State University’s MPA Program Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Michigan Association for Justice honored George T. Sinas with the 2014 Champion of Justice Award for his leadership in protecting the Michigan Automobile No-Fault Law and victims’ rights. Sinas is a partner with Sinas Dramis Law Firm.
Lake Michigan Credit Union announced the additions of mortgage loan originators Judy Lambert in its Livonia mortgage office and George Stoumbos in its Troy office.
Custer announced the promotion of Lisa Hull to the newly created position of vice president of customer experience. As part of a streamlined management structure, Hull, Todd Custer, vice president of sales and integration, and Gregg Richardson, chief financial officer, will report to Custer President Dave Custer.
Calvin College kinesiology professor Julie Walton is the 22nd recipient of the college’s Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the highest distinction Calvin bestows on a faculty member.
Davenport University is among 14 colleges and universities selected to participate in the Lumina Foundation-funded Council for Adult and Experiential Learning Competency Based Education Jumpstart program, an initiative that will help higher education institutions offer competency-based education degree programs.
The Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved its first brownfield redevelopment assessment project as a part of its $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program. The county will work with the city of Holland to conduct a Phase I environmental site assessment on a site in the South Shore Village Shopping District.
Metro Health Hospital has appointed Svetlana Dembitskaya chief operating officer.
Hanover Insurance Group has honored Berends Hendricks Stuit with an appointment to its President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agents and brokers from across the country.
Lake Michigan Insurance Agency announced it has merged with Alpha Agency. Alpha president/owner Carlo Vanin joins LMIA as an account executive who will maintain oversight of his existing clients.
NALS of Michigan announced the election of its officers: president, Renee Stout, Jay Zelenock Law Firm, Traverse City; president elect, Vicki Ballinger, Foster Smith Collins & Smith, Lansing; vice president, Lucinda Broecker, Zoetis, Kalamazoo; executive secretary, Wil Antonides, Grand Rapids; treasurer, Heidi Hopper, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, Lansing; parliamentarian, Dorothy Grant, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Traverse City; and executive advisor, Vickie Hays, Sondee, Racine & Doren, Traverse City.
NALS of Michigan honored Michelle Spiker with the Legal Professional of the Year Award at its 53rd Annual Meeting and Education Conference; and the NALS of Greater Kalamazoo chapter was presented with the Clara LeGow Award.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announced the addition of attorney Allyson Terpstra.
Chem Link has formed a six-person board of directors to help fuel the environmentally conscious company’s strategic growth opportunities. The board consists of business professionals and experts from the construction, OEM and sealants/adhesives/coating industries.
WZZM TV 13 announced the addition of a half-hour of local news content to its weekday noon broadcasts. The new program will begin May 27, with anchor Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer.
Brook Powers, Griffin Properties, was elected to serve a two-year term on the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore board of directors.
Truscott Rossman announced it has hired recent Michigan State University graduate Sarah Paquet as an account executive and creative specialist. She has interned with Truscott Rossman since May 2013.
Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Ronald Derrer of Grand Rapids to the Mental Health Diversion Council.
The Kent County Board of Commissioners has created an Agri-Business Community Work Group. Members include: chair, Jim Saalfeld; Diane Jones and Stan Ponstein, Kent County; Steve Grimm, Cannon Township; Bryan Harrison, Caledonia Charter Township; Rick Chapla, The Right Place; Rick Baker, Grand Rapids Area Chamber; Mimi Fritz, Downtown Market; Bryan Posthumus, Lowell and Grattan townships; Ed Robinette, East County; Patti Birkholtz, League of Conservation Voters; Bert Bleke, former K-12 administrator; Paul Isley, GVSU; and Steve Wilson, Frey Foundation.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputy Benjamin Terpstra has been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipient of the first quarter of 2014.