Change Ups: Mindset opens Grand Haven’s first shared office space
Mindset Properties opened Grand Haven area’s first shared office space. The 12,366-square-foot building is located downtown, two blocks east of the channel to Lake Michigan and one block north of downtown dining and shopping. The building’s name is the same as its address: 128 Columbus Avenue. It has 22 private, furnished offices and spaces for large meetings and special events available for daily rentals or short- or long-term leases. Likely tenants are individuals working remotely for an employer.
Crowe Horwath LLP elected Aaron VanSoest of Grand Rapids as a partner and principal.
Jack E. Voss, CPA, P.C has become a member of Gainesville, Florida-based CPAConnect, a companion association of CPAmerica International.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Fleis & VandenBrink announced the hiring of professional engineers Lindsay Sagorski Munsell and Joe Westerbeke; civil engineer-in-training Brian Richey; IT manager Phil Smith; CAD designer Karl Plattner; and accounting part-time clerk Jill Travis.
The city of Grand Rapids is the recipient of the Energy Services Coalition – Michigan Chapter’s Economic Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for its energy waste reduction accomplishments.
Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Hospitality Association announced the 2016 winners of the ninth annual Way Above Visitor Expectations Awards at the recent Impacting Hospitality Celebration: Restaurants & Breweries: Diego Calderon, six.one.six; Lodging 150+ Rooms: Fayez Radwan, CTA, Amway Grand Plaza; Lodging Less than 150 Rooms: Iesha Young, Sleep Inn & Suites; Retail & Service: Erin Alley, Malamiah Juice Bar; Attractions & Events: Don Dekker, Meyer May House Steelcase Inc.; Volunteer in Hospitality: Tom McGrail, CTA, Experience Grand Rapids; and CTA Star of the Year: Norina Cadili, CTA, JW Marriott. The seven winners also will be nominated in their respective categories for the Stars of the Industry Awards.
Matt Dhaseleer joined Independent Bank’s residential lending team as a vice president, area residential lending sales manager.
The Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority signed the final documents for a Brownfield Redevelopment Loan from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality that will help fund the construction of Ottawa County’s first Best Financial Credit Union branch office. The site is located at the corner of Savidge and School streets. The MDEQ loan will provide close to $130,000 in funds for activities, such as dewatering, vapor intrusion barrier installation and removal of contaminated soil.
Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes welcomed seven new board members for 2016-2017: W. Noble Billingsley; Jennifer Bowman; Jermale D. Eddie; Shelly Maciejewski; Gwen G. Sandefur; Rich Sorota; and John Meighan.
Owner Fuad Hasanovic announced the opening of business solutions firm, Novo.
National Heritage Academies named Brian Britton its president and chief executive officer.
Edward Jones financial advisor Becky Anderson of Grand Rapids recently attended Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit held in Palm Beach, Florida, to share insights, experiences and best practices.
O’Keefe, with offices in Grand Rapids, announced it added Enterprise Consulting as a new practice group, with O’Keefe managing director Linda McConkey heading it.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The Gluten Free Bar is the recipient of MSU Product Center’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for demonstrating innovative entrepreneurial and business characteristics and achieving unique accomplishments.
The Frey Foundation announced David G. Frey’s niece, Mary Frey Bennett, was elected to succeed him as chairman effective Jan. 1, 2017, marking the first time a member of the Frey’s third generation has held the position of board chair. David Frey will continue to serve as a trustee. Also elected were vice chair, Eleonora Frey Zagel; secretary, Sarah Frey Rose; Edward J. Frey, Jr. was reelected treasurer.
Hackley Community Care in Muskegon received a $110,993 donation from the Delta Dental Foundation to furnish and equip three dental operatories at the Oakridge Teen Health Center within Oakridge Public Schools to provide care to nearly 10,000 community members and teens.
Sunset Retirement Communities & Services in Jenison announced director of development Daniel Gowdy earned a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Emily Foster was promoted to assistant administrator of its Rose Garden community, and Angela Russo was promoted to director of recreational therapy of its Brookcrest campus; both are located in Grandville.
Rhoades McKee announced Danielle Brown joined the firm as finance director, who will provide input and leadership affecting accounting services, financial planning and firm growth.
Smith Haughey announced attorney D. Adam Tountas was appointed chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.
U-Haul Company of Michigan announced Torres Tire Shop, 830 Lafayette Ave. NE, signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Grand Rapids area and will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes.
Zeeland-based Herman Miller Inc. received renewal of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s highest workplace safety and health designation for its Hickory Facility in Spring Lake by awarding the company Star status for implementing protections beyond MIOSHA requirements and having injury and illness rates below the industry average for the past three years.
One Trick Pony Grill and Taproom recently marked its 20th anniversary with giveaways, special music events, commemorative mugs, the return of original menu items, KBS keg tapping and a grand prize drawing for free monthly dinners for a year.
Meijer held a grand re-opening for the complete rebuild of its Cascade Gas Station at 5531 28th St. SE.
VanDerKolk Painting President Tom VanDerKolk announced he purchased Kooi Industrial Painting, which was founded in Grand Rapids in 1927 and known for its industrial sand blasting and painting services.
SpinDance Inc. in Holland announced the formation of a new venture, InfiniteKey, to pursue the development and commercialization of micro-location technology that enables any smartphone to use bluetooth connectivity as a key in a variety of products and settings.
Universal Mind partnered with Innovatrium as a Certified Professional Innovator partner, which is certified by the University of Michigan. Universal Mind will work with Dr. Jeff DeGraff, clinical professor at the University of Michigan’s Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business, to support multiple elements of the CPI model.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The West Michigan Tourism Association announced it will mark its 100th anniversary with a roaring ’20s gala Jan. 7 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. WMTA currently serves more than 800 tourism-related businesses throughout West Michigan by promoting their offerings and helping to attract travelers to spend their vacations in West Michigan and has paved the way for statewide campaigns, such as Pure Michigan.