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Change Ups: Signature represents mixed-use development

August 5, 2016
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Commercial real estate firm Signature Associates has been awarded representation of a 17,808-square-foot mixed-use development, 1059 Wealthy St. First-floor retail and second-floor office suites are available, and 44 residential rental units are being built on the site. Jeffrey Tucker of Signature Associates represents the owner, Green Cane LLC. Freyling Mendels was selected as the development’s official name to recognize the former greenhouse that historically occupied the property.


Fleis & VandenBrink announced it has been ranked 70th among the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada. It ranked fourth among Michigan-based firms and is the top-ranked Grand Rapids-area firm. F&V will be recognized at the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference in Phoenix in September.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with WGVU Public Media to create a Newsmakers program themed around the exhibition “Through the Eyes of Weidenaar,” a temporary exhibition using items entirely from the museum’s collections.

Joe Jerz has joined St. Cecilia Music Center as its new director of development.


Brent and Jessica Griffioen, owners of Servpro of Northeast Grand Rapids, and Ronald and Karri L. Brunink, owners of Servpro of Southwest Grand Rapids, are recipients of the Millionaire’s Platinum Award for their outstanding revenue performance at the 47th annual Servpro Convention.

Cottage Home in Holland and Habitat for Humanity of Kent Countare the recipients of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Homes Power Builders Award for setting the standard for sustainable building practices.

Terri Price, a community health worker for Spectrum Health’s Maternal Infant Health Program, is the recipient of the Esther M. Holderby Dedicated CHW Award at the 14th annual Unity Conference for community health workers, in Atlanta.


First National Bank of Michigan in Kalamazoo announced the promotions of Martha Betke to senior vice president and branch administrator, Shaunna Padgett to officer, Kathy Sportel to assistant branch manager and Jerry Hinga to personal banker.


Custer announced the additions of Jonathon Cook, IT systems administrator; Shannon Kolarik, new business support specialist; Brian Wheeler, AV service technician; and Gavin Hopkins, furniture installer.


Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo has hired project superintendents Rich Vance, Matt Lyster and Terry Bachman; and Michelle DeVries, project accountant.


Timothy R. Terrentine Sr.,current executive vice president of Southwest Michigan First, will become Kalamazoo-based Western Michigan University’s vice president for development and alumni relations, effective Aug. 22.

Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids’ East Hills announced it has installed a 192-panel solar array atop its production brewery and adjoining pub.

Long Road Distillers is the recipient of Spirits International Prestige’s Platinum Medal Award, for Long Road Gin, and two Gold Medals, for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Vodka.


Kalamazoo-based Greenleaf Trust announced the appointments of longtime wealth management leaders Thomas A. DeMeester and John G. Grzybek to managing director and director of the family office, respectively, at its new Grand Rapids office, opening in late autumn 2016.

Hungerford Nichols has hired Rene’ Jackson, administrative professional, and Patricia Seguin, project coordinator/executive assistant.

Rehmann announced the promotions of Krystal Benson and Kimberly Schwaiger to senior audit manager and senior tax manager, respectively, in the firm’s West Michigan offices, as well as the promotions of Erin Critchfield, tax manager; Kadra Kierczynski, assurance manager; Troy Kierczynski, assurance manager; and Sherrie Monks, professional support manager.


The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously appointed Anita L. Hitchcock as its new city attorney.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced Bob Moody Jr. was re-elected as its Tribal Council vice chairman, and Roger Rader and Becky Price were re-elected as members at large.


The Kent County Youth Fair is the recipient of a $2.5-million grant from the State of Michigan to support its long-term goal of creating new fairgrounds to accommodate the growing needs of exhibitors, patrons and vendors.


Goodwill Northern Michigan in Traverse City announced the selection of Dan Buron as CEO. 


Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones attorney Neil L. Kimball has been included in the Chambers High Net Worth guide about professionals who service high-net-worth individuals.

Secrest Wardle executive partner Sarah L. Walburn has been selected as one of 30 members of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2016 Women in the Law.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced attorney Katherine E. Wendt has joined the firm’s appellate and litigation practice group.

Varnum’s estate planning practice was ranked in the First Band of legal providers in the inaugural edition of Chambers HNW.


The first South American customer of LeanLogistics in Holland is now moving transportation through LeanTMS, enhancing the power of the LeanLogistics Transportation Network. CHEP South America, which provides pallets and container pooling services for the aerospace, automotive, chemical, consumer goods, fresh foods and manufacturing industries,began executing inbound and outbound transportation with 35 facilities in three countries.

The Michigan Beachtowns Association, Michigan Department of Transportation and Travel Michigan announced the official designation of the West Michigan Pike, the state’s newest Michigan Byway. The designation was held July 25 at Heritage Landing in Muskegon. The historic Pike will be composed of a variety of different roadways along Michigan’s West Coast.

U-Haul Co. of Michigan announced Your Space LLC, 12505 Northland Drive NE, has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve Cedar Springs by offering U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.


TACK Electronics Inc. welcomed Larry Richardson as operations manager.

Pro-Vision Video Systems in Byron Center announced the additions of Bill Hale, Southwest region manager, and Mark Martinez, South Central Region manager, to its Commercial Group and the promotion of Jon Coeling to distribution/production supervisor.


First Steps of Kent County has recalibrated its website, with improvements continuing throughout the summer. Also, its new address starting the Aug. 19 weekend will be at Riverview Center, 678 Front Avenue NW, and it has launched Phase I of an intensive media campaign. For more information, visit

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the additions of board members Amy Lodenstein, Spectrum Health: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; Hilary Roelofs, Legacy Trust; Debra VanHevele, West/Southwest Michigan at Comerica Bank; and Stacy George, Varnum LLP.

Local First has moved to 345 Fuller Ave. NE


The WGVU Newsmakers program won an Emmy for Best Interview/Discussion at the 38th Annual Michigan Emmy Awards held at the MotorCity Casino Sound Board Theater in Detroit. The program debuted on WGVU on June 26, 2015.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Cheryl Bentley of Grand Rapids to the Michigan Board of Dentistry.


Carstar 76 Collision, 174 76th St. SW, has earned Carstar’s Franchisee of the Year 2016 Award.


Grand Rapids for the first time hosted the National Tournament run by the American Youth Basketball Tour, July 21-24 at MSA Fieldhouse and other tournament venues. The tournament featured 200 teams of boys and girls in grades 3-12. 


Egltech in Holland announced the addition of Eric Huizenga as business development director.


Almost Heaven Saunas in Holland launched a new website at

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