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Change Ups: Grove declared culinary destination

August 28, 2015
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Full Service Restaurants Magazine has recognized Essence Restaurant Group’s Grove in East Hills as one of the Top 100 restaurants in cities on the rise as culinary destinations. The restaurant opened in September 2011. James Berg, managing partner, Jeff Gietzen, partner, Brad Teachout, director of operations, and Patrick Wise, executive chef, consider Grove a tribute to the bounty of the earth’s harvest, meaning natural ingredients are sourced from local, sustainable and family farms.


Barr Engineering Co., headquartered in Minneapolis, announced it has acquired Grand Rapids-based environmental engineering consulting firm Horizon Environmental.

Architect Megan Feenstra Wall has joined Mathison|Mathison Architects.


The American Subcontractors Association of Michigan announced its 2015-2016 board. Officers are: president, Steve Alles; vice president, Matt Fennema; secretary, Jon Lunderberg; treasurer, Ann Plummer; and past president, Ken Misiewicz. Members are: Tim Burgess, Benjamin Hammond, Chris Weaver, Jeff Moomey, Brian Potter, Paul Roussey and Steve Coates.

APICS, Grand Rapids Chapter announced its 2015-2016 board of directors: president, Dan Braun; president-elect, Jim Boes; vice president of finance, Catherine Bosscher; vice president of marketing, Ron Kopp; past president, Randy Gilbert; in-house and continuing education director, Tod Schwartz; public certification education director, Shridhar Bhat; membership director, Ken Weiss; PDM and special events director, Danielle Campbell; director-at-large and membership committee, Jerry Bays; director-at-large and marketing committee, Anant Gohil; director-at-large and special events committee, Tracy Knuff; and director-at-large students, Rose Pizzo.

The Institute for Supply Management Greater Grand Rapids announced its 2015-2016 board of directors: president, Thomas Cole; past president, Lois DeHaan; 1st vice president, Andrew Roman; 2nd vice president, Angela Smith; 3rd vice president and membership chair, John Grygiel; secretary, Laurene Garchow-Packer; treasurer, Dan Hosford; webmaster, Kip Smalligan; communications, Amy Poplaski; and education chair, Edwin Mancuso.


Grand Rapids Public Museum announced the three honorees for its 7th Annual Jay and Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards Gala, scheduled for Nov. 12: Jay and Betty Van Andel Lifetime Achievement Award— John Canepa; Dave and Carol Van Andel Leadership Award — Teresa Weatherall Neal; and The Casey Award — Harold Cronk.


First National Bank of Michigan in Kalamazoo announced Joseph S. Calvaruso is a member of its board of directors. Calvaruso is executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.


Custer announced its place on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private U.S. Companies. The company has expanded into several new markets and has experienced 83 percent growth over a three-year period.


CSM Group in Kalamazoo announced the addition of project manager John O’Connor.

Triangle Associates Inc. received an ABC-West Michigan Chapter Platinum Safety Training and Evaluation Process Award for its outstanding safety practices and records.


The Hope College board of trustees announced the election of Douglas R. Conant, Brian Gibbs and Margaret (Meg) Miller Willit to four-year terms.

Learning Differences Resource Group announced its new name and logo and that it has hired Nanette Clatterbuck as CEO.

Na “Lina” Li, dean of Baker College’s online MBA and master of science in information systems programs, chaired a worldwide special interest group for IS professionals that was designated an Outstanding SIG for 2014 by the Association for Information Systems.


Van Andel Arena has emerged as the No. 2 highest-grossing venue in the United States based on Billboard’s Midyear Boxscore chart for venues with a capacity of 10,001-15,000. With a reported total gross of nearly $8 million, Van Andel Arena is No. 9 worldwide.


Saint Mary’s Foundation welcomed new trustees Tamara Bailey and Diane Griffin. New officers appointed are: chair, Deb Bailey; vicechair, Rachel Mraz; treasurer, JeffreyDixon; secretary, Kim Clarke; and officers, Karen Custer and Robert Woodhouse Jr.


Kent County Animal Shelter and Humane Society of West Michigan announced a partnership that will change the way stray or unwanted cats are accepted. KCAS will only accept stray cats; HSWM will only accept owner-surrendered cats. The change is expected to positively affect the live-release rates in Kent County. 

LaTarro Traylor has joined Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. as community relations coordinator and Annamarie Buller has joined as stakeholder engagement specialist. Murphy Ackerman has been promoted to office manager.


Gazelle Sports Foundation announced its first-ever grant recipients are Pathways MI and the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. Each will receive $5,000 for programs designed to increase fitness and health in children and young adults.


The Academy of General Dentistry announced dentist Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been awarded the 2015 Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award for his dedication to dentistry and volunteerism and community service.

Spectrum Health Hospice has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model that will let beneficiaries struggling with life-limiting illnesses to receive supportive-care services typically provided by hospice as well as continuing with treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, physical therapy and medications.


Clark Retirement Community announced the appointment of board members and the election of board officers. Board members: Dale Grogan, Suzeanne Benet, Beth Kelly and Spencer Brown. Board officers: chair, Cynthia McCurren; vice chair, Steve Finney; secretary, Ana Ramirez-Saenz; and treasurer, Dan LaMore.

Muskegon Rescue Shelter announced construction plans and a three-year capital campaign for a family shelter. Approximately $1.25 million is needed, and nearly $500,000 has been raised or pledged.


Attorney Michael J. Huff has joined Mika Meyers PLC as an associate. Huff is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and the Sports Lawyers Association.

Rhoades McKee announced that Bruce Courtade and Bruce Neckers have been named 2016 Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers. Courtade practices in commercial litigation and construction law, and Neckers in bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, mediation and personal injury litigation.


Douglas C. Adams of Adams & Associates Appraisal Co. LLC has been awarded the Appraisal Institute’s MAI membership designation.

Sun Title announced it has earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, based on its 115 percent growth rate over the past three years. This is the second consecutive year Sun Title has been named to the list.


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will open a new restaurant in early November on a nearly one-acre lot at 2150 Alpine Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.


Consumers Energy has named Muskegon County native Richard D. Houtteman its lakeshore public affairs area manager.

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