Change Ups: Verbrugge joins Scott Group Custom Carpets
Debbie Verbrugge recently joined Scott Group Custom Carpets as an account representative. She is responsible for interfacing with aviation, residential and commercial customers for the company, which designs and produces custom carpets and rugs for the architectural design trade. She also will serve as lead on project management, working to leverage client and vendor resources, ensuring production schedules are met and providing customer service throughout the order and sales process. In September, Scott Group acquired Texas-based Hokanson Carpets Inc., allowing it to expand its geographical footprint into the residential design sector.
James K.A. Smith, Calvin College professor of philosophy, received a Christianity Today 2015 Book Award for “How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor,” which took the top honor in the Christianity and Culture category.
Nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan, led by more than 500 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and crime survivors, has honored Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and Rep. Brandon Dillon with its Crime Fighter Award for their support and leadership on behalf of supporting early childhood programs that help children succeed.
Patina Solutions has opened a new office in Grand Rapids and also has added Don Beery in the role of managing director. Patina now has two offices in Michigan — Detroit and Grand Rapids — led by Jennifer Johnson, managing partner.
The Right Place Inc. announced it has moved to the historic Ledyard Building in downtown Grand Rapids. Its new address is: The Right Place Inc., 125 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 450.
CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced the promotion of Joe Bailey to vice president. Bailey joined CSM in 2008 and has more than 15 years of experience in the construction management field. He previously served as a project director for CSM’s food and beverage market segment and managed projects and employees throughout the country.
Consumers Energy for the 21st straight year received a National Electric Utility Award from the National Association of Town Watch for its participation in the National Night Out crime and drug prevention program. Consumers Energy was one of two electric utilities in the country that received recognition for participation in the event.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
All Fresh GPS LLC announced produce expert Ed Klein has joined its team as national sales manager. Klein brings more than 25 years of experience in fresh produce and packaged foods. He is responsible for working with retail and distribution partners to build consumer-focused apple programs and extending the reach of All Fresh GPS sales.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced the election of Paul Keep, chair, and Laurie Finney Beard, vice chair, to its board of trustees.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded a $24,000 grant to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts for fiscal year 2015. The UICA was awarded in the project category, with funding going to support a portion of six visual art exhibitions planned for January to September 2015.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Local First a two-year, $94,000 grant in partnership with West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their Community Supported Agriculture programs.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has named Jill Krause director of Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, which is under scrutiny over safety following a patient's death. Krause has 21 years of experience in behavioral health and most recently served as director of the Adult Mental Illness Division of network180, Kent County's community mental health authority.
An assessment by Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment has rated the YWCA West Central Michigan as the first-ever domestic and sexual violence service provider in Michigan to fully meet 100 percent of the state’s core and best practice standards.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan announced the appointment of CEO Sam Beals, effective Jan. 26. It also appointed Vickie Thompson-Sandy, who served as interim CEO, president. Beals comes to LSSM from Wedgwood Christian Services in Grand Rapids, where he served as CEO since 2006 and headed Christian Counseling Center from 1993 to 2006. He also served in senior leadership positions at D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s.
Attorney David S. LeFere has joined Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC as a member. He specializes in corporate business law, corporate governance, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private financing structures, commercial disputes and negotiations, entity selection and formation, UCC lien filing and enforcement, and real estate law.
Judge James Robert Redford of the 17th Circuit Court announced his resignation from the bench in order to accept Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment to become Legal Counsel to the Governor of the State of Michigan.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Constance Squires, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Board of Social Work.
Grand Rapids Association of Realtors announced its 2015 directors: president, Cathy Hoppough; president-elect, Dale Stuckey; secretary, Lucas Howard; treasurer, John Meyer; and members Bruce Bylsma, Kate Bylsma, Ed Hansen, Tim Katerberg, Kris Keegstra, Tom Kuiper, Ingrid Nelson, Ryan Ogle, Adam Paarlberg and Jodi Smith. 2014 Life Members are Gwen Combs and Jerry Hallmark. 2014 Realtor Emeritus 40 years: Cathy Sherman Bittrick, Dan Stegman and Ken Visser. Continuous Membership: 45 years: Lew Boersma, Sam Bravata Jr., Jayne Denny and Lorraine Schultz; 50 years: Bob Heindrichs; 55 years, Dale Sall. 2014 Realtor of the Year is Sam Sterk.
Configura announced the promotions of Tracy Lanning to vice president of global customer experience, and Brooke Snow to business development manager. Lanning will oversee global CET Designer training and support, managing teams at Configura’s offices in Sweden, the United States and Malaysia; Snow will assist Configura’s vice president of business development, Peter Brandinger, with growing sales and adoption of CET Designer in North and South America.