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Change Ups: Bliss selected vice president of MML

October 9, 2015
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Grand Rapids Commission and Mayor-Elect Rosalynn Bliss has been selected as the 2015-16 vice president of the Michigan Municipal League board of trustees. Bliss is now in line to become MML president for the 2016-17 term. She has served on the board since 2013. Bliss also is director of residential services at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s and oversees the St. John’s Home Campus. She also is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University’s School of Social Work.

ACCOUNTING

Baker Holtz CPAs and Advisors congratulated Lori Baker on winning the 2015 Michigan Association of CPAs Public Service Award. 

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors welcomed staff accountant Idette Adams to the firm’s specialized accounting services team.

Plante Moran has been named to the 100 Best Workplaces for Women list from Fortune.com and Great Place to Work.

ARTS

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has been recognized as an outstanding ArtPrize venue during ArtPrize Seven with a Jurors' Shortlist nomination for Best Venue. 

ASSOCIATIONS

Ada-based Discovery Financial LLC owner and registered principal David M. Muilenberg has been named the state president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, which represents over 1,100 insurance and financial advisor members.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Blackford Capital has been named a finalist for National Private Equity Firm of the Year by the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The winner will be announced at an award gala Nov. 17 at the New York Athletic Club.

DESIGN

Disher Design & Development in Zeeland announced the additions of Sean Townshend, Kevin Casey and Dan Cemel, product development engineers, and David Hondorp, talent engineer.

EDUCATION

Ferris State University in Big Rapids announced its University Center renovation project has 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, which is 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. It also was named, for the 20th year in a row, one of America's 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc.

Jorge Capestany, manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College in Holland, has received the national 2015 Alex Gordon Award for Professional of the Year from the United States Professional Tennis Association.

GOVERNMENT

Ottawa County announced residents now can search the Register of Deeds database of public records for free at miottawa.org, under “online services.” A statutory fee of $1 per page is charged to download or print documents.

HUMAN SERVICES

Porter Hills Cook Valley Estates and Green House Homes received Excellence in Action awards from the National Research Corp. for achieving the highest level of excellence for long-term care for senior living organizations.

LEGAL

61st District Court Judge Donald Passenger announced his retirement from the bench to join the Grand Rapids City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city attorney starting Oct. 26.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Julia Guevara, India Manns and Neha Mittal have joined the YWCA West Central Michigan board of directors.

MANUFACTURING

Perrigo Co. has hired Juliane Bauer as senior scientist, formulation research & development, in Allegan. Bauer will focus on efforts to develop, test and scale up formulations for commercial production.

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.

MILITARY

U.S. Army SPC Travis Shooks from Grand Rapids represented Michigan and the 517th Geospatial Engineer Detachment in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P Hill in Virginia. Shooks, a geospatial engineer, competed against 12 others.

NONPROFITS

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan received $70,000 from Amway-sponsored Ruth’s Chris Cares annual charity golf outing, which will be used to renovate its kitchen for the 450 families it serves annually.

Fair Food Matters in Kalamazoo announced two of its main programs are transforming into separate nonprofit organizations. Fair Food Matters will focus solely on its original program, Growing Matters Garden, while Can-Do Kitchen will become a separate 501(c)(3) focusing on food business incubation. Both will operate from 511 Harrison St., Kalamaoo.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Truscott Rossman has hired Allie Walker, senior account executive.

RETAIL

Meijer Inc. was named Certified Angus Beef Retailer of the Year, Top Sales Volume Large Chain Retailers and Top Retail Average Volume per Store with more than 10 stores.

SERVICES

Servpro of Muskegon & Holland/W. Ottawa Co. welcomed Justin Troyer, commercial marketing representative, to the marketing department.

TECHNOLOGY

BizStream in Allendale has been selected as one of three Kentico Gold Partners in the world to receive the Quality Expert certification. Kentico partners who pass a Kentico Partner Quality Audit are eligible to receive the certification.

X-Rite Inc. and subsidiary Pantone LLC announced a new version of ColorCert: X-Rite Edition, a cloud-based specifications management solution for easy exchange of color data in real time among brand owners, printers and packaging converters.

TOURISM

The Calhoun County Visitors Bureau announced the opening of its Battle Creek Welcome Center at 34 W. Jackson St. on the first floor of the Riverwalk Center. The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

TRANSPORTATION

The Kent County Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority board: Roger Morgan, Ted Vonk, Dick Vander Molen, Steve Heacock, Floyd Wilson Jr., Birgit Klohs and David Slikkers.

WEBSITES

First Watch Security in Grandville announced the debut of its new website, featuring an ecommerce platform to purchase household security products.

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