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Change Ups: Walen declared Golden Apple recipient

May 15, 2015
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Monica Walen

Monica Walen, youth specialist at the East Grand Rapids branch of Kent District Library, received the 2015 Golden Apple Award from Kent Reading Council for her efforts and innovation in promoting literacy in Kent County. When not conducting programs and helping patrons, Walen does weekly Harry Potter read-alouds at Wealthy Elementary and book-talking in the elementary schools and middle school, and works on the Kent County Teen Film Festival.


Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail sales team members Loraine Rebar and Fred Martin were recognized by Alliance Franchise Brands with a Gold Milestone Sales Achievement Award for the fourth consecutive year; Lori Heimburger earned a Silver Milestone Sales Achievement Award for the fourth year.

LEAD Marketing Agency announced the additions of Jordan Brown and Andrea Bennett, media specialists, Maeve MacDonald, account manager, Mary Toteff, digital media specialist, and Elise Goetz, account coordinator.


LowellArts! has purchased properties at 221 and 223 W. Main St. to create a new gallery, workshop and performance space. They previously were the retail locations of Cousin’s Hallmark and River Hollow.


Battle Creek Unlimited received the Michigan Works! 2015 Prosperity Award for its work with Battle Creek Essential Skills Demanded by Great Employers.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings has won first place in the education category of the Michigan U.S. Green Buildings Council’s 2015 Battle of the Buildings.

Susan Ford Bales accepted Grand Rapids Community College’s President’s Medallion on behalf of her father, former President Gerald R. Ford.


Educational Community Credit Union in Kalamazoo received the Credit Union National Association Marketing & Business Development Council’s Diamond Award, and former president and CEO Charles Cornelius was honored with the 2015 James E. Fetterolf Distinguished Service Award.

First National Bank of Michigan has added Andy Jackson, vice president, commercial banker.

Northpointe Bank has promoted Brad Rozier, vice president of web development, and Tim Weaver, regional vice president, and has hired Heather Rus, marketing project manager, and Libbey Hess, vice president loan servicing.


Disher Design & Development of Zeeland has hired product development engineers Larry Rhodes, Chad Barnes and Andrew Westrick.

Haworth dealer Interphase Interiors announced Julie Ringlever has joined the company as an account executive.

Energy Products of Madison Heights, with a facility in Grand Rapids, has been named Master Distributor for Trojan Battery in the Michigan and Ohio regions.


Bazzani Building Co. has been honored as Best for the World by B Corp. Bazzani earned a B Impact Score that places it in the top 10 percent worldwide.

Kent Companies Inc. promoted Lacey Jansma to project manager/assistant safety manager.

For the 12th consecutive year, Triangle Associates Inc. has been named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association.


Forty-four Davenport University students qualified to attend the May 6-10 National Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America. Ron Draayer, senior BPA advisor at Davenport, was honored with the 2015 Hall of Fame Award, and Davenport BPA Advisor Brian Kowalczk received an award for his five years of service to BPA.


West Michigan business leader Terri Land has joined the board of directors for Legacy Trust and Legacy Trust Holding Co.


Temper Inc. of Rockford has been awarded a $100,000 Michigan Accelerating Technology Energy Grant from NextEnergy to develop a more energy-efficient molding process for thermoplastic composites.


Evelyn Clingerman, executive director of the Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation at Grand Valley State University, was appointed to the board of directors of the Migrant Clinicians Network.

The Pine Rest Research Department awarded its Excellence in Research Award to the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Mother & Baby Program staff and to Lena Brundin, MSU faculty member and researcher at the Van Andel Research Institute, for their work on the “Biological Triggers of Depression in Pregnancy” study.

Shoreline Vision in Muskegon now offers LenSx laser from Alcon, a computer-controlled, bladeless cataract surgery laser.


NPAworldwide has launched a new website,, to promote its global recruiting capabilities to an employer audience.


Molly E. McManus, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been elected to the Grand Rapids Bar Association board of trustees for a three-year term that begins July 1.

Rhoades McKee announced Kelly A. Petrocelli, labor and employment attorney, has joined the firm as a shareholder.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and the Grand Rapids Bar Association awarded former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan James Brady with the Marion Hilligan Public Service Award.


StrikoWestofen America in Zeeland announced its product line is now fully supported in Mexico by CASTMET S.A. DE C.V., a service company providing equipment and materials for casting, and the hiring of Antonio Esquivel, regional sales manager for Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington and Mexico.


WZZM 13 was recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the Feature Reporting category for a story by journalist Brent Ashcroft and photojournalist Andy Sugden: “Old Friends – New Friends: The Jimmy Lont Story.”


Hand2Hand of Hudsonville announced the additions of Jodi Joseph, partnership and relationship director, and Christine Hoek, communication and development director.

Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones attorney Andrea D. Crumback has been elected to the board of directors of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.


The Grand Rapids Center for Community Leadership recognized 30 alumni leaders working to make the community better, including Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio and Kent County Commissioner Shana Shroll.


NVINT announced it now offers cloud services and hosting for the IBM AS400 iSeries platform.


The 2015 CS Week Conference recognized the City of Grand Rapids Water Department and the 311 Customer Service Center with this year’s Expanding Excellence Award for Innovation in Customer Service at the annual gathering in Charlotte, N.C.

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