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Change Ups: Co-founders inducted into hall of fame

November 6, 2015
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Marlin Feyen and Bob Zylstra, co-founders of electrical services firm Feyen Zylstra, were inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame at Ferris State University. The firm was chosen because of its technical, managerial and leadership achievements within construction and related industries. Feyen and Zylstra stress employee teamwork, training and education, as well as supplier partnering, innovative processes for job efficiency and giving back to the community. The firm is celebrating its 35th year in business.


The Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator in Ottawa County has received more than $75,000 in contributions in less than a year after opening its doors. Contributions have come from public and private sector sponsors and from client agreements with ag-technology companies.


Matt Gerard has joined Visbeen Architects as an architect.


Triangle Associates announced the additions of Clayton Martin, senior project manager; Jacob Hendrick, assistant project manager; Jerry Gray, construction superintendent; Kim Smith, cost accountant; and Nikki Allen, project administrator.


Disher of Zeeland has been ranked No. 21 on the 2015 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list by Great Place to Work.


Biology major Peter Boersma is Calvin College’s first undergraduate student to present his research about the effects of ultraviolet light on the cornea at the 29th Biennial Cornea Research Conference at Harvard Medical School.

Davenport University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Donald W. Maine College of Business Building on the south side of the W.A. Lettinga Campus.


Argus Financial Consultants partner Ryan P. Smith has been certified as an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

Rose Street Advisors financial planner Scott Higgins has earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner.


New Holland Artisan Spirits is celebrating its 10th anniversary Nov. 12 with the launch of its single malt American whiskey Zeppelin Bend, as well as an anniversary event at 66 E. 8th St., Holland.


Michigan Legislative Consultants announced Matt Sowash, president of Sowash Strategies, has joined its team of lobbyists. Sowash holds degrees from Calvin College and Michigan State University.


The Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded $550 grants to East Kentwood Football and Karate for Christ of Michigan and $650 to Muskegon Catholic Central High School.

Family Futures has received a $35,000 grant from the Health Innovation Grants administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals in Lansing announced the volunteer services manager at Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, Julie VanderNoot, has been named treasurer to its state board of directors.

Northern Physical Therapy has promoted Julie Blodgett to wellness director at all six clinics and the Wayland and Northview Fitness Centers. Erin King has been hired as a physical therapist at the Coopersville and Sparta locations, and athletic trainer Rachel Sprenger will work with students at Covenant Christian High School.

Robert Wolford received the third annual Administrator of the Year Award from the Michigan Medical Group Management Association.

Tina Freese-Decker, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group, is one of the 12 health care entrepreneurs and executives age 40 or younger who were recognized as 2015 Up & Comers by Modern Healthcare magazine.


Holland Home announced the opening of its $8.5 million expanded Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre, 2589 44th St. SE. It features a new 4,560-square-foot rehabilitation center and a 15-bed memory care assisted-living unit. 

Feeding America West Michigan announced a $1,000 donation from the Michigan Farm Bureau State Young Farmer Committee has been matched through Monsanto's Invest An Acre program, allowing it to distribute 8,000 meals in its community.


Mika Meyers attorney Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer was elected Recording Secretary of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section


Cumulus Grand Rapids announced “The Michael Grey Show,” broadcast weekdays on 107.3 WBBL, has added Brett Kane to the morning team to talk about the latest in Big Ten football and basketball, the NBA and Major League Baseball.


Grand Rapids Public Services Department employees Dan Shepard and Tracey Smith were named Top Drivers at the 2015 American Public Works Association’s Midwest Michigan Snow Plow Rodeo. Luci Anderson earned the The Pride of the Fleet award for her painting of downtown Grand Rapids on a snow plow.

Ottawa County deputy Brad Bennett has received the Outstanding Customer Service Award for the third quarter of 2015. 


CBRE|Grand Rapids Vice President Robert L. Horn Jr. was elected to a two-year term as director of the Membership Council ofthe Society of Industrial and Office Realtors board of directors. His appointment is the first for the Michigan Chapter of SIOR since 1996.


Chef Wolfgang Puck has opened his latest restaurant concepts The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, showcasing his made-from-scratch global comfort fare.


Owners Dennis and Carol Wissner announced the opening of their third Aire Serv of West Michigan franchise, at 6504 28th St. SE, Suite N, Grand Rapids.

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