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Change Ups: Kaman greets State Games athletes

July 3, 2015
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Chris Kaman

NBA All-Star Chris Kaman greeted athletes at the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games opening ceremonies June 26 at Fifth Third Ballpark. The event started with a parade of athletes, followed by Mikaela Koelzer singing the national anthem, the lighting of the cauldron and entertainment. Opening ceremonies also included Olympic Day at Grand Valley State University, where children from the local Boys & Girls Club participated in a field day event.

ARTS

Legacy Trust Award Collection announced Elaine Hoogeboom, Tony Zarko, Scott Yukio Fergus and David Thinger are the winners of the sixth annual art competition for adult artists with disabilities. They received $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize 2015. LTAC has secured DeVos Place as a venue for the four artists.

ASSOCIATIONS

The Small Business Association of Michigan announced 2015-16 board members include: David Fant, Kentwood; Doyle Hayes, Grand Rapids; Sue Tellier, Grand Rapids; and Sheri Welsh, Kalamazoo.

BANKING

First National Bank of Michigan in Kalamazoo welcomes Mary Early, director of marketing and community relations.

Northpointe  Bank promoted Lori Gleason, associate vice president of retail closing; Jessica Fancett, associate vice president of underwriting and processing; Brad Grant, vice president of mortgage purchase program; and David Christell, senior vice president of mortgage purchase.

West Michigan Community Bank announced the additions of Vicki Mulder and Craig Gebben, vice presidents, retail loan originators; Jim Bishop, senior vice president, lakeshore market manager; Mike Eling, assistant vice president of commercial banking; and Andrew Rugg and Chad Overbeek, vice presidents of commercial banking, all for the Holland area.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Custer has completed a project for Gole Dental at 121 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, which included an interior refresh of the dental office and adding a new break room.

DK Security announced the appointment of Matthew Priebe, operations manager, East Michigan Division.

Grand Rapids Area Professional for Excellence has received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Contributions to GRAPE are fully tax deductible retroactive to its May 5, 2014, founding and it now is eligible to apply for government and foundation grants.

Rua Associates LLC in Zeeland has added Justin Schutt, supporting the operations department, and Mia Jung, financial analyst intern.

Varnum Consulting has hired Arlen Dean, client relationship manager.

CONSTRUCTION

Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo will provide construction management and design assist services for the Wise Hall Renovation project at Eastern Michigan University. The residence hall will undergo approximately $8 million of improvements.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Thomas M. Blower has joined Legacy Trust as a senior wealth planner.

GRANTS

W.K. Kellogg Foundation has approved a $475,000 grant over three years to Well House to support access to affordable housing, healthy food, employment opportunities and community engagement.

HEALTH

Grand Rapids Women’s Health announced the appointment of two of its physicians, Drs. Robyn Hubbard and Adam Blickley, as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of Spectrum Health’s OBGYN department.

Mercy Health Muskegon Hackley Campus has been recognized as a Level II trauma center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

A new group of primary care physicians in the Muskegon area will staff a new practice, Spectrum Health Medical Group Family & Internal Medicine, 1845 Holton Road. The practice will be comprised of: family medicine physicians Diana Davidson, Howard LeRoux Jr. and Adelita Saenz; and internal medicine physicians Craig Elliott and Hernan Lescay.

HOSPITALITY

Suburban Inns and the Courtyard by Marriott announced Melissa Roth will be the food and beverage manager for the new Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Holland slated to open this fall.

HUMAN SERVICES

Guiding Light Mission opened its third transitional housing residence program, called Iron House, at 530 Andover St., Kentwood. The four-unit building will help homeless and addicted men regain a productive life. Also opened to the public is The Job Post, a fee-for-service employment agency led by Christina Felan, vice president.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services announced Deb Atwood has been named executive director, effective immediately. She has been business manager of the organization since 2006.

INSURANCE

Deb Barnhart has joined Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent, working out of the office at 3061 Macatawa Drive SW, Suite B, Grandville.

LOGISTICS

Columbian Logistics Network announced all of its facilities have been re-certified as USDA Organic distribution facilities.

MANUFACTURING

David Cook has been promoted to CEO of Code Blue Corp. in Holland.

Perrigo Co. in Allegan has hired Gilbert “Jay” Johnson, manager, operations finance, and Keith Pappert, director of sourcing for the North American Procurement group.

RoMan Manufacturing announced the appointment of Nelson Sanchez, chief operating officer.

NONPROFITS

Michigan Good Food Fund is a new public-private partnership loan and grant nonprofit that provides financing and business assistance for healthy food production and related services. Details: migoodfoodfund.org.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Bradley Laackman, of Grand Rapids, to the Residential Builders' and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors' Board.

PUBLISHING

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has hired Alexander Bukovietski, production editor.

RESTAURANTS

New Beginnings Restaurants has reached a long-term lease of 3,600 square feet of the former Blockbuster location at 5202 Northland Drive in Plainfield Township, making it the 13th West Michigan location.

RETAIL

Bekins in Grand Haven announced the opening of a 36,000-square-foot distribution and service center in Coopersville.

Creston Market, 1403 Plainfield Ave. NE,celebrated its re-opening, featuring a wine cellar, craft beer selection, and fresh produce grown and stocked by local high school students.

Trader Joe’s announced the Sept. 25 grand opening of a 10,000-square-foot store at 3684 28th St. SE in Kentwood. The grocery store will sell more than 3,000 items under the Trader Joe’s label.

SPORTS

Grand Rapids Griffins announced the promotion of Tim Gortsema to president of the American Hockey League franchise. Also, former Griffins assistant coaches Pat Ferschweiler and Dave Noel-Bernier were hired by the Detroit Red Wings as assistant coach and video coach, respectively, and Todd Nelson is the new coach of the Griffins.

TECHNOLOGY

The Channel Company, for the seventh consecutive year, has selected Open Systems Technologies to its 2015 CRN Solution Provider 500.

IT Resource Inc. has hired the following: Craig Lowrie and Luke Jenkins, sales account executives, and Michael Peters, help desk technician.

Springthrough announced the addition of Jill Dooley as vice president of business development.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Frontier Communications in Muskegon has appointed Justin Clark general manager for the company’s Southwest Michigan market.

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