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Change Ups: Ward-Roof declared Pillar of the Profession

November 21, 2014
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The National Association of Student Personnel Administration Foundation and its board of directors has named Ferris State University vice president for student affairs Jeanine Ward-Roof a Class of 2015 Pillars of the Profession member. Criteria include a sustained distinction in higher education defined by donors and supporters, serving in NASPA leadership roles, being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students or student organizations for extraordinary service, and having significant lifetime contributions to higher education.


Baker Holtz has hired associate Brady Savage and promoted Robert Westdorp to accounting manager.

Hungerford Nichols has added Vanessa Birman, CPA, and Claudia Leason to its specialized accounting department.


The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Daniel Brier to the position of assistant conductor. Brier will work chiefly with the Family Discovery and Youth Concerts, conducting the performances and coordinating with staff for planning and programming.


Sanford Freed is the recipient of Caregiver Resource Network’s fourth annual Jerry O’Bee Service Excellence Award for being a dedicated CRN volunteer.

Kevin “Robert” Malnight, of Kalamazoo, was named Athlete of the Year by the statewide award program Be Our Own Motivation (BOOM), which honors role models who have disabilities. Allen TenBrink, of Muskegon, was named Employee of the Year.

Battle Creek received the 2014 Michigan Economic Development Corp. Energy Services Coalition Award for its sustainability focus and leadership in efficiency initiatives. Under Energy Savings Performance Contracts with Ameresco, the city carried out upgrade projects at the Kellogg Arena Event Center and Full Blast Recreation Center.

Businessman and entrepreneur Robb Munger has received WGVU’s Engage I HAVE Made a Difference Person of the Year Award.

TNT Roofing Inc. was presented with the West Coast Chamber’s IMPACT Award, recognizing its positive contribution to the community by giving of time and talent in its work with Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity. 

CSM Group of Kalamazoo received an Excellence in Construction Award from the Western Michigan Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for its role as construction manager on the HARK Orchids project in Kalamazoo.


C.D. Barnes Construction has been selected as general contractor to renovate 1,298 square feet for orthotic and prosthetic services and products provider Hanger Clinic, 5783 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming.

The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame welcomed four inductees at Ferris State University’s Granger Center for construction and HVACR on its Big Rapids campus. The 2014 inductees: John Bartos, JS&B Associates and Three Rivers Construction Corp. in Midland, and Texas Rivers Construction in Freeport, Texas; Benjamin Capp Jr., Wolverine Marble Co. in Detroit; Phillip V. Frederickson, Christman Co., Lansing; and Kenneth Lawless, Clark Construction Co., Lansing.


Military Times has named Davenport University in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 ranking.


ARGI – Grand Rapids announced the addition of financial advisor Chris Hendryx.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Tom Rademacher and Nancy O’Brien are Encore Fellows. Encore explores what happens when people approaching retirement age decide to put their experience and talents to work addressing pressing issues in the community.


Suburban Inns announced the following staff changes: Jenifer Walters was promoted to general manager at Holiday Inn Express of Grandville; Rachel Popa is now front-desk manager at Holiday Inn Express of Holland; and Rachel Platt was promoted to guest services manager at Hampton Inn of Holland.


Miller Johnson’s Jason Miller was named a 2014 Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Miller’s commercial litigation practice includes general civil, real estate, criminal, constitutional and tax litigation.

Warner Norcross & Judd welcomed five new attorneys: Nicholas J. Monterosso, Kaitlyn Morin, Emily S. Rucker, Patrick Tully and Courtney A. Williams.


FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek announced it will donate 1,000 turkeys to area food banks. Those receiving 200 turkeys are: Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Battle Creek; Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor; Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Comstock Park; Community Harvest Food Bank, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint.


Columbian Logistics Network has received the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award for its Grand Rapids distribution center for consciously developing a safety and health management system that results in significantly lower annual illness and accidents.


WZZM 13 announced it has hired Jamal Spencer, sport director, and Adriana Mendez, sports reporter. Longtime sports anchor Brent Ashcroft leaves the sports department but will continue working for the station as a news reporter doing feature-length stories.


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced the appointment of Jodie DeVries, Ben Greenmann and Sarah Halabu to its new Michigan Great Lakes West Chapter board.


Source One Digital in Norton Shores announced the addition of Steve “Coach” Wilson to its sports signage account management team.


T.J. Hamilton has joined Sabo Public Relations LLC as a photographer and videographer.

Grand Rapids firm SeyferthPR, founded in 1984 by Ginny Seyferth, is marking its 30th anniversary.


RedWater Restaurant Group has opened a new restaurant, Gravity, 3210 Deposit Drive NE, next to Northpointe Bank at the East Beltline Avenue and I-196 interchange. Sixty-four craft beer selections are offered and paired with food items on the menu.


The Remedy House will hold a grand opening noon-5 p.m., Dec. 13, at 5150 Northland Drive NE, Suite N. The store sells herbal supplements, essential oils, flower essences, homeopathic remedies, herbal teas, natural health books, meditation candles and more.


Craig Anderson announced he is the new owner of Vasaio Life Spa.

SERVPRO of Muskegon and Holland/West Ottawa County announced the addition of Katie Potter, marketing representative.


West Michigan Sports Commission announced Grand Rapids was selected as host of the 2017 State Games of America. The national selection crew chose Grand Rapids over San Diego; Lincoln, Neb.; and Hampton Roads, Va.


Blue Medora and EMC Corp. have teamed up to address the needs of administrators running Oracle and SAP on EMC technology.

MCPc has hired Molly Murphy, strategic account consultant.

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