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Change Ups: Local software company forms new partnership

April 8, 2016
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Grand Rapids software company eVideon has reached a partnership with PDi that enables the design and manufacture of touch screen and swing-arm systems for TVs that enhance patients’ experience and streamline workflow. Installation of the Patient Experience Platform (shown) has been completed at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. PDi developed the hardware, which is combined with eVideon’s software that improves the interactive system with a one-touch display.

ASSOCIATIONS

The Council for Educational Travel USA announced the promotion of Kim Carter to executive director.

ATTRACTIONS

Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland announced the June 21 opening of its Het Terra outdoor venue space for corporate and community events. The new addition is designed for three spaces of 50-person parties or one space for a larger event.

AWARDS

Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America in Lansing announced its 2015 President’s Club Award honorees: Berends Hendricks Stuit, Grandville; CIA Financial Group Inc., Shelby Township; Rosenfeld Einstein and Scheetz Hogan Freeman & Phillips, Greenville; The Campbell Group, Caledonia; and Buiten & Associates, Doyle & Ogden, HNI Risk Services of Michigan and Van Wyk Risk Solutions, Grand Rapids.

American Red Cross of West Michigan announced its award recipients at the annual Hometown Heroes Celebration: Bing Goei, Clara Barton Humanitarian of the Year; Tim Lipan, Mabel Boardman Spirit of Volunteerism; Mary Dailey Brown, Henry Dunant Global Impact; Lani Forbes, Dr. Charles Drew Lifesaver; and Bates Footwear, General George Marshall Patriot.

BANKING

ChoiceOne Bank in Sparta CEO James Bosserd announced his retirement, effective June 1. Bosserd will retire with more than 45 years in the banking industry, 30 of those years in senior executive positions.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Rua Associates of Zeeland announced a joint venture with The Midland Group of Fort Wayne that will offer a menu of services and resources to assist with transactions involving businesses of all sizes throughout Indiana and Michigan.

GOVERNMENT

The City of Grand Rapids is offering residents increased access to public meeting materials for the city’s boards and commissions through a cloud-based public meeting portal. For more information, visit grandrapidscitymi.iqm2.com or grcity.us/citycommission.

Kent County’s amended contract with Home Repair Services allows HRS to expend up to $10,000 per unit for eligible clients in Grand Rapids and Wyoming from March 1 to June 30, 2016. The agreement increases the contract with HRS by $150,000. Repair funds come from Kent County Community Development Block Grants.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners and Ottawa County Road Commissioners announced the successful sale of the 2016 Sewage Disposal and Refunding Bonds (Jamestown Charter Township) for $3,650,000. The bonds will be used to construct a new sanitary trunk sewer, pumping station and force main, and for refunding a portion of the outstanding Ottawa County Sewage Disposal and Water Supply Bonds, and to pay the costs of issuing the bonds. 

HEALTH

Cherry Health announced Cheryl Goodell is its new chief human resource development officer.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson of the Bengston Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery has been nominated to the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons’ annual list of the 10 Best Plastic Surgeons for Client Satisfaction in Michigan. Also in 2016, the Bengtson Center was named a CoolSculpting Crystal Premier practice.

Michigan Blood CEO and president William Rietscha announced his retirement from the organization effective Sep. 30. Rietscha took over the leadership position in 2008 and, during his tenure, the organization has experienced growth from 22 hospitals to 75 hospitals served throughout Michigan.

Spectrum Health Medical Group has been named the preferred provider of medical and athletic training services for the Grand Rapids Football Club, the city’s minor league soccer team.

LEGAL

Buckman MacDonald Bauer & Brown in Holland announced Anne Tuinstra has re-joined the firm as an attorney in the family law and litigation practice groups.

Warner Norcross & Judd attorneys Mark Harder and John Martin have co-authored the 2016 edition of “Estates and Protected Individuals Code with Reporters’ Commentary” for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

LEISURE & RECREATION

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds Casinos announced a donation of more than 1,000 meals for those in need in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The meals will be delivered through Meals on Wheels of Southwestern Michigan.

MANUFACTURING

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. in Muskegon marked its 25th anniversary of manufacturing custom conveyors and conveyor systems.

Pro-Vision Video Systems announced the promotion of Shelby Carter to central region manager, transit group.

Spartan Motors Inc. announced Isuzu North America Corp. has selected Spartan to produce its F-Series truck. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held April 19 for construction of a dedicated 85,000-square-foot plant at Spartan’s headquarters in Charlotte.The plant represents a $5.5 million investment and is expected to create an estimated 55 new jobs.

NONPROFITS

Partners for a Racism-Free Community announced its first executive director, Lisa Mitchell, has stepped down to pursue other ventures. Faye Richardson-Green will serve as interim executive director starting at the end of April.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications announced the addition of Olivia Adams as a communications strategist to accommodate the firm’s growing roster of West Michigan clients.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Grand Rapids Police Department named officer Kelli Braate the 2015 Police Officer of the Year, and Martin Dredge the 2015 Civilian Employee of the Year.

RESTAURANTS

Meritage Hospitality Group announced its fourth casual dining concept, Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails, is scheduled to open in May in downtown Grand Rapids at the corner of Ottawa and Oakes. The 270-seat New American bistro will feature a contemporary twist on classic bistro fare.

Owner Robert Song announced the opening of his new Asian restaurant Ando, which will fill the final available retail space in the mixed-use development being built on Grand Rapids’ west side at the corner of Bridge Street NW and Turner Avenue. The menu is inspired by a blend of Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine. 

Jamaican Dave’s, currently at 1059 Wealthy St. SE, will move into a 1,980-square-foot building at 530 S. Division Ave. It has plans to open in late April following renovation of the space.

TECHNOLOGY

The Michigan Small Business Development Center announced its efforts to assist Michigan small businesses in evaluating risk of cyber threats with its free risk assessment tool by offering the site in Spanish. The initiative provides access to downloadable resources, online and in-person cyber security training. Details: smallbusinessbigthreat.com.

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