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Change Ups: Hot Rod Harley-Davidson marks anniversary

October 2, 2015
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Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, 149 Shoreline Drive in Muskegon, recently marked its 10th anniversary. The original business was launched in 1919 by brothers Dan and Ellis Raymond and was known as Raymond Motor & Cycle Co. In the 1970s, it became Snell’s Harley-Davidson,before it was purchased in 2005 by Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, which now operates from a renovated 40,000-square-foot store that’s an exact replica of the original store-front’s lower level.

ACCOUNTING

Hungerford Nichols announced shareholder Adriane Schrauben has been recognized by her peers with the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants’ Women to Watch – Experienced Leader Award.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Brent DeKryger joined Mathison|Mathison Architects as an architectural designer focusing on residential and creative installations, detailing how elements work together in unique ways.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. has hired the following: Jenny Waugh, marketing operations director; Eric Broekhuis, senior architectural technician; Kristen Bartlett, staff structural engineer; and Meagan McPherson, staff chemical engineer. Also, Jasper W. Gondhi has received his professional engineer license in Michigan.

ASSOCIATIONS

The Associated Builders and Contractors/Western Michigan Chapter announced Mia Murray is its new marketing and membership coordinator.

The West Michigan Association of Legal Administrators elected the following board members for 2015-2016: president, Andrea Myers, Miller Johnson; president-elect, Cheryl Coutchie, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP; treasurer, Steve Edison, Law Weathers; secretary, Marcia Ritzenhein, Mika Meyers PLC; and past president, Kate Harms, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.

AWARDS

Ottawa County Planning Commission’s Urban Smart Growth Demonstration Project Imagine Hudsonville 2030 has been awarded the Michigan Association of Planning’s Daniel H. Burnham Award for advancing the science and art of the planning profession and honoring America’s most famous planner, Daniel Burnham.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The Right Place announced the additions of Thad Rieder, senior business development manager, and Kelly Hansen and Lorraine Brügger, office administrators, as well as the promotion of Maulin Pontto business development assistant.

CONSTRUCTION

CSM Group in Kalamazoo welcomed construction manager Tim Forinash to its team.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced Matt Hulswit has joined its Grand Rapids team as project manager.

Triangle Associates Inc. has hired Darin Piippo as business development leader. His responsibilities include identifying new client prospects and managing prospects and assisting in the pre-construction process to help ensure success for the project team.

C.D. Barnes Construction has partnered with Habitat For Humanity of Kent County to recycle thousands of dollars worth of excess building materials and supplies from doors and lumber to light fixtures and hardware for Habitat’s ReStore.

EDUCATION

Ferris State University in Big Rapids announced its University Center renovation project earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification. It’s the fourth Ferris facility to receive the LEED Gold designation.

Achieving the Dream named Grand Rapids Community College one of 19 community colleges nationwide to earn Leader College distinction, a designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Grand Valley State University was named a top-five finalist in the fifth annual Presidential Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge among more than 500 campuses from 24 countries and six continents. The challenge is part of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Greenleaf Trust in Kalamazoo announced Rachel A. Mortensen has joined the company as a team service coordinator, and Christopher J. Tarkowski has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certified financial planner certification marks.

FOUNDATIONS

MaryBeth Bartlett has joined Grand Rapids Downtown Market as development and community relations manager, responsible for fundraising, development and community relations efforts for the Downtown Market Education Foundation

GOVERNMENT

Kent County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to establish a public/private partnership with Spectrum Health and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s to continue the Kent County Public Guardianship Program following state budget cuts. The two hospitals agreed to provide $50,000 annually for the next three years for the program.

HEALTH

Spectrum Health has named Ron Lewis president of Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, effective Nov. 2.

INSURANCE

HNIRisk Services welcomed Tracy McGuire as account manager – benefits.

LEGAL

Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced Tracy T. Larsen, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, has been selected by his peers as a 2016 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Also, Erik R. Daly, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance, was named a Rising Star for 2015 by Michigan Super Lawyers.

Mika Meyers PLC announced attorney Nikole L. Canute has been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars 2015.

Rhoades McKee announced Patrick E. Sweeney has joined the firm as a litigation and insurance defense associate. He previously clerked for Justice Stephen Markman at the Michigan Supreme Court.

LOGISTICS

Doug Johnson has joined Columbian Logistics Network as executive vice president. Promoted were: Jim Gadziemski, vice president, warehouse operations; Erick Haskell, general manager, Sprinter Transportation; and Bob Christian, executive vice president, warehouse operations and administrative services.

Unique Truck Equipment, a Grand Rapids-based supplier to the trucking industry, has launched a new product, Big Truck Step, and website bigtruckstep.com.

Viastore systems has hired Alex Nitsche, chief financial officer of North American operations, and Myles Harmon, who is responsible for market development of integrated system and conveyor sales in North America.

MANUFACTURING

Harbor Industries Inc., a Grand Haven-based manufacturer of point-of-purchase displays and fixtures for the retail industry, has been sold to investment banking firmCharter Capital Partners.

Tubelite Inc. in Walker recently celebrated 70 years in business. The company has been fabricating and distributing extruded aluminum products for the glass and glazing industry since 1945.

MEDIA

WOOD TV8 announced its “24 Hour News 8 Weekend Daybreak” will start one hour earlier, airing from 5-8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings, anchored by Koco McAboy and Evan Dean, along with Storm Team 8 meteorologist Ellen Bacca.

NONPROFITS

Comprenew has joined Impact Recyclers, a nationwide network of socially minded certified electronic recyclers. All members of Impact Recyclers share a common purpose to recycle, refurbish and resell electronic waste to create jobs for people who would otherwise struggle to enter the workforce.

Kids’ Food Basket announced the opening of a Holland location at Peace Lutheran Church, 389 James St. Currently, 8,374 children in Ottawa County live in poverty. Holland community leaders identified KFB as a community-based solution to attack childhood hunger in Ottawa County.

TECHNOLOGY

Blue Medora announced the latest release of its VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for SAP.

Modustri announced Todd Tjoelker is its new COO. Tjoelker will lead the company’s overall operations, including product development, incorporating the latest sensors and data analysis into heavy machinery and attachments.

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