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Change Ups: Elzinga named Engineer of the Year

May 27, 2016
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Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers’ independent consultant Paul Elzinga has been named the 2016 Engineer of the Year by the Western Chapter of Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. Elzinga received the award at a special ceremony at Riverfront Hotel in Grand Rapids. He has worked in the construction industry for more than 60 years, 56 of which have been with E&V. He received his certificate as a Registered Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering in 1965. 

ACCOUNTING

Holland-based Driesenga & Associates has hired two new engineering technicians. Derrick Watson will work in the Grand Rapids office and Christopher Lossie in the Kalamazoo office.

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors announced the addition of Kevin Daihl as senior accountant and the promotion of Joan Start to administrative coordinator.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber has promoted Gregory Tkaczto senior associate, and Michael Apgar, Ryan Eversole, Tia Klein, Peter Lepczyk, James Miloch and William Rapson to associate.

ATTRACTIONS

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects|Partners has been selected to re-envision and expand its facilities.

AWARDS

Innereactive Media received recognition as a company to watch from the Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Program and Celebration as one of 50 Companies to Watch, demonstrating the capacity to grow, exhibiting a sustainable competitive advantage and other notable successes.

The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund has awarded its 2016 Children’s Advocate Award to Mark McDaniel of Kalamazoo, president and CEO of Cinnaire, a community development financial institution in Lansing. McDaniel advocates and provides seed funding to assess the impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult health and well-being.

Ottawa County Parks received the 2016 Barn of the Year Award from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network in the Non-Profit or Adaptive Use category for the restored barn at Eastmanville Farm.

BANKING

Lake Michigan Credit Union has added Jeff Timmer, mortgage loan originator, serving the Greater Grand Rapids market.

BUSINESS SERVICES

CherryPointe Offices & Suites recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch an incubator office featuring a renovated and expanded complex at 71 S. 20th St. in Battle Creek. Twenty-six offices and suites are designed to serve and encourage the growth of area businesses, particularly those that are new or start-ups.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women has temporarily moved to Suite 200 in its building at 25 Sheldon Blvd. SE while the office is undergoing a makeover. The GROW classroom is unaffected by the move.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Kent Quality Foods plans to construct a food-processing facility in Jamestown Charter Township, representing a $34.8 million investment by the family-owned company. The project is expected to create 140 jobs over three years. The project was awarded a $750,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

FOUNDATIONS

Empty The Shelters, a free adoption event made possible by Bissell Pet Foundation, helped 605 pets from 24 shelters in Michigan find adopted homes. The foundation covered 100 percent of the cost for adopters.

GRANTS

Kent County Health Department received a $25,000 grant from the National Association of County and City Health Organizations to enhance the preparation and response to infectious disease outbreaks.

HEALTH

Sonus Hearing Care Professionals has moved its Whitehall office to 116 W. Colby, Suite D.

Burkhart & Chapp Chiropractic PLC in Caledonia announced the addition of Ryan Burkhart to its team of physicians. 

LEGAL

Attorney Daniel James has joined the Sinas Dramis Law Firm as an associate in its Grand Rapids office. In addition, the firm has doubled its downtown Grand Rapids office in terms of both square footage and personnel.

Rhoades McKee announced Julie Blindauer has joined the firm as a summer associate. She currently attends Notre Dame Law School where she anticipates receiving a Juris Doctor in May 2017.

Scott Timmer has joined Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy in Norton Shores as a real estate and business lawyer. His corporate law experience includes mergers and acquisitions and negotiating business agreements.

Varnum corporate attorney Seth Ashby has been recognized in the May edition of Leader’s Edge for his work on roll-up acquisitions of approximately 70 insurance brokerage agencies totaling over $1 billion in upfront transactional value for a private equity-sponsored company. Varnum also announced Erin Haney has joined its tax law team in the Grand Rapids office. In addition to her law degree, Haney is a CPA who formerly worked for the Michigan Department of Treasury.

MANUFACTURING

Accu-Mold LLC of Portage announced program manager Nick Lehmann has completed the body of knowledge required to obtain his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

NONPROFITS

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan has named Patty McCormick its director of development. She recently relocated from New Jersey, where she was executive director of LifeCamp. Her responsibilities will include fund development, marketing and development of community partnerships.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Lambert, Edwards & Associates has expanded its Grand Rapids team with the addition of Mindy Dyk, digital specialist, and Jessica Beswick, associate.

REAL ESTATE

Colliers International|West Michigan announced its partnership with Bradley Co., a full-service commercial real estate firm with eight offices in Michigan and Indiana, to market four retail centers in West Michigan.

West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors CEO Dale P. Zahn has been inducted into the National Realtors Political Action Committee Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.

RESTAURANTS

Eric Chaitin, owner of Ottawa Beach Inn and Ottawa Beach Pizza Co. in Holland, and former owner of the Odie Dogs food truck in Douglas, has purchased the Mermaid Bar & Grill, a waterfront restaurant in Saugatuck.

McDonald’s Corp. announced Andrew Rodewald is the new owner/operator of the McDonald’s restaurant at 1125 W. State St. in Belding.

Pieology Pizzeria has opened its 99th location at 2006 East Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

RETAIL

HomeTown Pharmacy has opened its 39th retail pharmacy at 5866 Harvey St. in Muskegon.

SERVICES

Five Star Window Coatings has a new logo and new address: 163 Ann St. NE, Suite 1, Grand Rapids.

Pogoda Companies of Farmington Hills announced a management agreement with the former Alpine Self Storage, 4000 Alpine Ave., Comstock Park, which has been re-named National Storage Centers.

SPORTS

Grand Rapids Mud Run announced its new location at 2725 29th St. SE, Grand Rapids. The move comes after fire left its original building in ruins in June 2015.

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