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February 19, 2016
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Beltline Bar Famous Mexican Café owner Jeff Lobdell received the Michigan Restaurant Association’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of providing exceptional leadership and commitment to Michigan’s food service industry. Lobdell is one of only four people to hold the secret recipes used at the Beltline Bar, which has been in business for 63 years. Lobdell’s Restaurant Partners Inc. also owns and operates Grand Coney, Sundance Grill, The Omelette Shoppes, Bagel Beanery, Flap Jack Shack and Boone’s Prime Time Pub.


Brickley DeLong announced the following promotions: Michael Atkinson, supervisor (Muskegon); Donny Baird, senior accountant (Grand Rapids and Muskegon); Kerry Halloran, manager (Muskegon); Jennifer Kloosterhouse, director of marketing, recruiting and retention (GR); and Elizabeth Kramb, supervisor (GR). New hires: Beth Wilcox and Jacob Barton, staff accountants (GR); Margaret Westman, tax intern (GR); and Lannon Unick, staff accountant (Muskegon).

Dana E. Nye joined Helmholdt+Co. LLP as a staff accountant.

Hungerford Nichols has promoted Chris Harper to education director.


Visbeen Architects Inc. received the following Best in American Living Awards/National Association of Home Builders’ awards: a gold and a silver for best detached, single-family home built for sale; gold for student housing; and gold for best specialty room.


Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce named Mary McCaulley-Rodriguez, regional catering sales manager for Panera Bread, its 2015 Ambassador of the Year.

Women’s Resource Center announced the recipients of its 2016 Pillar Awards: Hungerford Nichols, UPS and Kent District Library.


Option 1 Credit Union has purchased 0.97 acres at 6672 Crossings Drive SE in Gaines Township to open a new branch, with an anticipated opening of summer 2016.


Custer announced the completion of an expansive interior design-and-build project for Greenville’s Dicastal North America Inc., an automotive supplier that produces aluminum alloy wheels.

Fastsigns of Grand Rapids was named one of the top Fastsigns centers out of more than 600 worldwide. It received the CEO Circle Award as one of the top 25 centers in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015; and the Million Dollar Award for surpassing $2 million in annual sales for the first time.


Calvin College announced the estate of the late Dr. Bernard and Lorraine Goris Klamer has donated $1 million to be split among the college’s biology, chemistry and nursing departments as scholarship endowments and research fellowships and to support the nursing program’s community nursing component.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University has hired John Globoker as director of administration and finance and chief financial officer. 

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Big Rapids-based Ferris State University’s online bachelor’s degree instruction 46th among 195 institutions who make special accommodations for veterans, and 49th among 290 qualifying schools for best online bachelor’s program. Its online non-MBA business curriculum is rated 65th among 123 ranked schools; the Master of Science in Nursing is 69th among 147 schools.


The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in West Michigan and the Society of Financial Service Professionals announced Wesley J. Febus of MassMutual Financial Group has received a Distinguished Service Award.


Spectrum Health Foundation announced the election of Dale DeHaan to its board and the re-election of Jeffrey Bennett and Donnalee Holton. Jack Carter was named board member emeritus; Peter P. Renucci and Wilbur A. Lettinga were named lifetime members.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation elected to its board Kristin Duryee, Rabih Jamal and Alejandro Quiroga, and re-elected Peg Breon, James Fahner, Ronald Hofman, Dan Hurwitz and Meg Miller Willit. Beth Robinson was appointed co-chair with Scott Robinson of the annual campaign; Leonard Radecki was named board member emeritus; and Peter P. Renucci was named a lifetime member.


Sharon Lange’s ArtPrize 2015 entry “Freedom – Liberty Lighting Our Way” is on display through December in the first floor lobby of the Kent County Administration Building, 300 Monroe Ave. NW. The portrait celebrates the First Amendment: freedom of religion, speech, the press, to assemble and to petition.


Catherine’s Health Center received a $167,383 grant from AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health program to improve the cardiac and overall health of patients with multiple medical conditions.

Grand Rapids Community College received a $449,862 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand its Pathways to Success program that brings educational and employment services to vulnerable families.


Certified Child Life Specialist Kelsey Combs has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to provide services to young children and teenagers. Combs will collaborate with Mary Free Bed’s pediatric program team to advocate for patient needs by determining how to best minimize anxiety and support recovery.

Northern Physical Therapy has hired Jessica DeVries as a patient care specialist in its Coopersville clinic. 


SeyferthPR announced the addition of Kinsey Parker, assistant account executive; Natasha Alvarez, account coordinator; Charlotte Murphy, staff assistant; and Sydney DeVos, project coordinator.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of Charles Secchia, of Grand Rapids, to the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority; the appointment of Steve Massie, of Grand Rapids, to the Grape and Wine Industry Council; and the appointment of Christina Elmore, of Grand Rapids, to the 61st District Court.


The Commercial Alliance of Realtors awarded 11 companies with 22 awards at its annual awards reception, including Realtor of the Year to Tony Pearson, True North Real Estate.

NAI Wisinski of West Michigan principal/office advisor Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely was recognized in the 2015 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by nomination.


LPGA/PGA golf professional Patti Butcher has re-launched her business, Patti Butcher Golf Enterprises.

The West Michigan Sports Commission announced a partnership with Davenport University, Grand Valley State University and the OK Conference in the promotion of its second annual high school football kickoff showcase, the GRidiron Classic. The event begins Aug. 26 at Meyering Field at the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex at Davenport and continues Aug. 27 at Lubbers Stadium at Grand Valley State University.


SEI is one of 25 companies in the United States listed as a “small giant” in Forbes’ America’s Best Small Company list.

Worksighted in Holland has hired Jacob Vanhorn as a remote engineer for the Remote Support Team. Vanhorn is responsible for serving on-call customers and building customer relationships to improve the support network environment.

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