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June 20, 2014
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Wolverine Building Group has received a Tax Credit Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for restoring Cottage 36 at Grand Traverse Commons, the former site of the Traverse City State Hospital. Owner LC Companies contracted Wolverine as general contractor and Concept Design Studio as architect for the renovation of the 32,000-square-foot building. Cottage 36 was renovated into 29 high-quality affordable housing units, completed in late 2012.

AWARDS

Mike Uzarski was nominated by American Legion-Furniture City Post 258 for the State of Michigan Firefighter of the Year Award after receiving the 2013 Grand Rapids Fire Fighter of the Year Award last April.

Bailey Appleton, a 2009 East Grand Rapids High School graduate, has been selected as a finalist in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity U.S. Young Lions Competitions. Her team also was one of three to receive the Make Next Now Award.

Trivalent Group Inc. was named one of Corp! Magazine’s Michigan Economic Bright Spots for the sixth consecutive year for being a driving force in the state’s economy and innovation.

CONSTRUCTION

CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced the promotions of Tara Nisenson to director of human resources and Suzanne Otten to budget analyst.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College, the Construction Workforce Development Alliance and Michigan Works of Kent and Allegan counties are recipients of a Michigan Works Prosperity Award for their Core Construction Certification program. The Prosperity Awards recognize programs that create an economic impact through new jobs, training and development of a talent pipeline.

Melisa M.W. Mysliwiec was elected board chair for St. John Vianney Catholic School in Wyoming for the 2014-2015 school year.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Licensed financial consultant Paul Gabriel has joined Centennial Securities Co. as director of business development.

HEALTH

Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming has named Shirley Brinks its 2014 Nurse Exemplar and Dr. Andrew Michmerhuizen its 2014 Nursing-Chosen Physician of the Year.

Practice Greenhealth has recognized Metro Health Hospital with the Environmental Leadership Circle Award for the sixth year in a row.

LEGAL

Attorney Bryan J. Beck has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in its corporate department, initially working in the Detroit office and relocating to the Kalamazoo office by the end of the year.

John J. Bursch, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd, was presented with the National Association of Attorneys General Best Brief Award for U.S. Supreme Court litigation. This is the third time Bursch, who co-chairs the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group, has been so recognized.

Willis Law announced that Samuel Gilbertson has joined the firm’s Kalamazoo office as an extern. He is currently attending Regent University School of Law as an honors program student. Willis Law also has offices in Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.

MANUFACTURING

Burr Oak Tool Inc. of Sturgis announced the promotion of Tim Doot to vice president of sales and marketing. David C. Clark, senior vice president of sales, will retire Aug. 1 after 47 years with the company.

Thermotron Industries in Holland announced the appointment of Clint Peterson, president. He succeeds Ron Lampen, who retired at the end of May after 37 years of service.

Tim McMenamin has joined Tubelite Inc. in Walker as a lean champion.

Wolverine Worldwide has received the Advocate of the Year award. Its Merrell brand was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Brand Focus Award from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America.

MEDIA

WGVU FM 88.5/95.3 received the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors General Excellence Award for the second consecutive year. The following also received awards: Individual Reporting: Best – Patrick Center and 2nd Place – Caroline MacGregor; and Newscast: 2nd Place – David Moore. Patrick Center also received awards for Enterprise/Investigative Reporting, Natural Sound, Feature Story, Spot News, Hard News and News Documentary.

NONPROFITS

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids has relocated its Big Rapids workforce development office to 203 S. State St., Big Rapids.

Hand2Hand Ministries has named Lynn Locke its new director. The faith-based organization serves more than 2,400 students through 68 schools and 47 church partnerships and relies on 1,100 volunteers to distribute food to children during the school year.

KConnect announced the additions of Angelica King and Mark Woltman. King brings extensive experience in market research, education management and legal affairs. Woltman’s expertise is in policy work, advocacy and data management.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Darlene O’Neal has been appointed City of Grand Rapids’ city clerk. She served as acting city clerk since October 2013. John Globensky has been selected to serve as treasurer. He has nearly 20 years in finance and accounting experience.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Mark Esterman of Grand Rapids and William (Brien) Fox of Ada to the restructured Grape and Wine Industry Council.

Justin Roebuck has been appointed interim Ottawa County clerk/register of deeds when the current clerk, Daniel C. Krueger, retires June 27 prior to the expiration of his elected term.

RETAIL

Lee and Birch clothing boutique has relocated to 759 Wealthy St. SE.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Armune BioScience Inc. of Kalamazoo has appointed David Esposito chief operating officer. Esposito will be responsible for commercial strategy for Apifiny, a prostate cancer diagnostic assay, and expansion of the company’s sales and marketing efforts.

SPORTS

Gymco Inc. announced Chad Shilton is its new chief operating officer/partner.

TECHNOLOGY

C/D/H has merged with The Coil Group to add a mobility and UX practice to its SharePoint, applications development and enterprise architecture service areas.

Corporate Technologies LLC has been named to the 2014 Solution Provider 500 list by The Channel Co.’s CRN. The list ranks the top revenue-generating technology integrators in the U.S. and Canada.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Conlin Travel of Ann Arbor announced the opening of a Grand Rapids location, its third Michigan-based office and fourth within the company. The new location is in the Centennial Plaza Building, 2851 Charlevoix Drive, Suite 302. Phone: (616) 710-5930.

Protravel International in Ada marked its 30th anniversary with a gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental New York with more than 200 longstanding employees and travel agents from its 18 branch locations in the U.S.

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