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Change Ups: Inaugural Change Agent recipients announced

February 20, 2015
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Andre Fields

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2015 Change Agent Award, presented to Eric Williams, left, and Andre Fields, right, co-founders of Alpha Beta Omega, a leadership program at Grand Rapids Community College that provides at-risk urban students — in particular, African-American males who had the lowest academic success rate of any group at the college — with a positive social network of students so they can become successful academic achievers.

ACCOUNTING

Abraham & Gaffney PC announced the opening of its newest office, in the Centennial Plaza office building in Cascade Township. Its primary responsibilities will be to perform governmental and nonprofit audits for the firm’s West Michigan clients.

AWARDS

Michelle Loyd-Paige, Calvin College dean for multicultural affairs and interim executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion, is the recipient of the Floyd B. Skinner Justice Award through Grand Rapids Community College Woodrick Diversity Learning Center’s annual Giants Awards and Banquet.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Custer announced the addition of sales engineer John Riley to its technology division.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the election of members to its 2015 board of directors: Meg Burtch, Rebecca Dutcher, Jack Keller, Ruthy Paulson, Veronica Quintino-Aranda, Jason Reep and Bonnie Sawusch.

Michigan Office Solutions, a Grand Rapids-based company, announced the opening of a 4,374-square-foot office in downtown Detroit at 1001 Woodward Ave.

Parrish Consulting has changed its name to Kennari Consulting. The firm assists nonprofit organizations with annual fund development, capital and endowment campaigns and planned giving strategies.

Tim Mroz, vice president of marketing and communications at The Right Place, has been selected for Development Counselors International’s economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards.

CONSTRUCTION

The National Kitchen and Bath Association named DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen remodeling designer Emily Alt a recipient of its 30 Under 30 Award.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student Megan Garstecki and coach Sasha Ahmed traveled to SD26 restaurant in New York City for the S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Northeast Regional competition.

Shannon Owen was named director of Grand Valley State University’s Traverse City Regional Center. Owen had served as manager of Northern Michigan programs for Eastern Michigan University, and as academic and career advisor for Northwestern Michigan College.

Michelle Gibbs has been named director of the new Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Rachel Kreb has joined ASTI Environmental as office manager, and also will assist staff with Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Steven Larsen has been named a financial advisor with Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor and indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Co.

GOVERNMENT

Rockford city manager Michael Young has been named the 2015 president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association.

GRANTS

Grand Rapids Public Museum has been awarded a $27,500 grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and $55,000 grant from the MCACA’s Capital Improvement Program to be used to renovate space on the museum’s third floor to create two sixth grade classrooms for the Grand Rapids Public Museum School, and also to expand gallery space on the second floor for traveling exhibitions.

INSURANCE

Doyle & Ogden announced the addition of Andrea Kelly, who brings more than 10 years of experience as a personal lines customer service agent.

LEGAL

Attorney Daniel J. Broxup has become a member of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC. Broxup joined the law firm in 2009 after graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and practices securities law, commercial litigation and immigration law.

MANUFACTURING

Perrigo Co. has hired Karin Li as senior international tax analyst and Jay Elder as SAP business analyst for the information technology and systems team.

Ranir announced the additions of Rick Abbott, senior director of the chemical technology group in T&D; Ken Cullinan, vice president of global supply chain efforts; and Brian Gruber, director of global engineering.

NONPROFITS

The First Tee of West Michigan announced participants Elias Aouad, a senior at East Grand Rapids High School, and Andrew DeYoung, a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, represented the chapter at the Golf to Paradise First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Fla.

Terre Ritchie announced she will retire in fall 2015 after serving on the Keys for Kids Ministries board of directors for 13 years, followed by 12 years as executive director.

PRINTING

Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail announced Brooke Staffeld has joined the firm as a sales representative. Staffeld previously was a business development specialist with Orion Service Corp. in Kalamazoo.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

SeyferthPR announced it has promoted long-term public relations counselor Tyler Lecceadone from vice president to partner.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Jennifer Cory Behler of East Grand Rapids to the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Martha Gonzalez-Cortes of Kentwood to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones attorney Nathaniel R. Wolf has been appointed by the United States Commission on Civil Rights to serve on the Michigan Advisory Committee.

REAL ESTATE

The Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan announced the election of its 2015 political affairs and government committee: chairperson, Greg Bol; vice-chairperson, Sheri Detrick; director liaison, John Francis. Committee members are David Clark, Ann Finkler, Arnold Grover, Max Grover, Charlie Hoats, Marty Janowiak, Ryan Lake, Philip Slot and Gene Szpeinski.

RESTAURANTS

The Michigan Restaurant Association announced Steve Loftis of Grand Haven has received its Distinguished Service Award. Loftis is the owner of Harbor Restaurants, which owns and operates Snug Harbor, Dee-Lite Bar & Grill, Theatre Bar, Jelly’s and the Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar, all in Grand Haven, as well as Creative Advantage, a hospitality training and consulting firm.

RETAIL

The Gotcha Covered window treatment franchise in Grand Rapids earned Top Achiever status for its performance in 2014, given to locations among the Top Ten in overall sales volume across the entire Gotcha Covered system.

SPORTS

West Michigan Sports Commission announced the election ofitsboard of directors: chair, Deb Kay; immediate past chair, Dick Vander Molen; vice chair, Scott Bernecker; treasurer, Dave Hoogendoorn; and secretary, Bill Ryan.

TECHNOLOGY

C/D/H announced a new partnership with AppZero to assist clients who currently employ Windows Server 2003 to migrate to an alternative platform or the Cloud.

SourcIT Technologies announced the promotion of Mike Maitner to Tier 3 engineer and welcomed Cris Sanchez to the help desk team.

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