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Change Ups: Sall tapped as Wyoming’s assistant city manager

June 9, 2017
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Megan Sall

Megan Sall is the city of Wyoming’s new assistant city manager. Her responsibilities include serving as the city manager’s principal representative in administrative affairs with an emphasis on economic development and downtown development, as well as communication director and manager of the city’s website, social media platforms and media inquiries. Sall also will be responsible for directing and monitoring city projects, acting as a liaison between the city manager and department heads, community groups, boards and designated government agencies.

ADVERTISING

Ali Gillman joined 834 as a creative team associate.

Graphic designer Rachel Ozios joined Holland-based Boileau Communications Management LLC to accommodate continued business growth.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Craig Janetzke joined TowerPinkster as a project manager. Janetzke will be responsible for leading project teams on multiple large-scale projects across Michigan.

ARTS

Grand Rapids illustrator Hanna Al-Shaer is the quarterly winner of the  the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests held at the 33rd annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards event in Los Angeles.

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology intends to offer week-long Summer Art & Tech Camps taught by local artists and professionals on a variety of creative topics, and this year, it’s the first time WMCAT is extending its programs to students outside of the Grand Rapids Public Schools district. Camps are open to Grand Rapids Public School and non-GRPS middle and high school students.

AWARDS

Alan Steinman, the Allen I. and Helen J. Hunting director of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University in Muskegon, is the recipient of the National Garden Clubs Inc.’s national Award of Excellence.

The city of Grand Rapids Planning Department and the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission presented six preservation awards to preservationists who have restored and or renovated a piece of local history: 921-925 Wealthy St. SE (Mark and Karen Roodvoets); 263 Charles Ave. SE (Lloyd Westbey); 232 Morris Ave. SE (Josh and Megghan Smith); 1034 Wealthy St. SE (Atomic Object); Stuyvesant Apartments (Eagle Pint Development); and 344 Commerce St. SW (Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids). The Commission also bestowed two preservation awards to Dave and Barb Huyser; and Mark, Casey and Chris Lockwood for volunteering and community activism.

Heartside Ministry executive director Tendai Masiriri was awarded honorary Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society induction from Grand Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration.

BANKING

Michigan First Credit Union announced it hired David Morgan as its chief lending officer.

Ken Danhof joined Chemical Bank as vice president, commercial lender.

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Medizone International Inc. in Kalamazoo announced the appointment of bioterrorism expert Brad Goble to lead the company’s efforts to engage with government agencies and organizations tasked with coordinating global resources. He will be responsible for the advancement of AsepticSure as a key component of programs in support of bioterrorism countermeasures and public health preparedness.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The Job Post, a hiring firm and social enterprise embedded within Guiding Light, announced it hired Stephanie McKinnon and Patrick Nelson to lead their recruiting division.

EDUCATION

Baker College in Muskegon earned national accreditation for its concurrent enrollment Running Start initiative for high school students through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Baker College of Muskegon student Leah Devore won multiple top-10 awards from the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Devore placed first in fundamental word processing, second in federal income tax accounting, sixth in project management concepts and eighth in accounting mathematics concepts.

Holland-based Hope College associate professor of music Andrew (Drew) Le received Steinway dealer West Michigan Piano of Grand Rapids’ Steinway & Sons 2016 Top Teacher Award.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Rehmann announced John Pridnia is the firm-wide director of tax and Chris Morse is regional managing principal of Rehmann’s Greater Michigan region, which covers Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and other Rehmann locations.

Sal Durso, CEO of the Centennial Group and regional managing director for Principal Financial Group was honored in receiving GAMA International’s 2017 International Master Agency Award.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

The Kent County Health Department is offering Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children clients an opportunity to get $25 worth of free fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers markets. Qualified applicants are required to attend a 15- to 20-minute class, which includes nutritional tips and recipes. Call (616) 632-7200. Classes will be held at various locations in English and Spanish through August.

New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland marked its 20th anniversary with the release of six throwback beers, an assortment of fan and brewer favorites from the past two decades. The special edition release was made available during NHB’s annual June 10 Hatter Days Street Party.

GOVERNMENT

Ferrysburg Mayor Pro Term Rebecca Hop is the recipient of The Ambassador Award from the Michigan Municipal League.

HEALTH

San Diego-based Aya Healthcare, with offices in Battle Creek, made Modern Healthcare's 2017 list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

INSURANCE

Compass Insurance moved to 280 Ann St. NW in Grand Rapids.

LEGAL

Joe Sadler joined Kotz Sangster’s Grand Rapids office as a partner. Sadler has broad commercial litigation, insurance and trademark practice.

NALS of Michigan recently elected new officers to serve a one‑year term: vice president of membership and marketing, Paula Steffey, Goidosik Morse Disability Law Group, Kalamazoo; executive secretary, Tonya Mashue, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids; treasurer, Sue Acklin, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids; and executive advisor, Wil Antonides, ALP, Grand Rapids.

Rhoades McKee announced Jacob Walson and Dante Wen joined the firm as summer associates. They will work on multiple projects in over 25 practice areas as well as observe hearings, client mediations and trials.

MANUFACTURING

Grand Transformers in Grand Haven announced it has been ISO 9001:2015 Management System certified for the design and manufacturing of magnetics component, such as transformers and inductors.

Schupan & Sons Inc. in Kalamazoo announced the addition of Andy McKee as president of materials trading.

Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon signed with Contel Automation & Control Ltd., an Israeli distributor and system integrator for automation and control in all industry segments.

Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford announced the appointment of Sue Rechner as president of the Merrell Brand.

PUBLIC SERVICE

South Team Five, a squad of seven patrol officers and K-9 “Jack,” earned the Grand Rapids Police Department’s Team Performance Award for meritorious and professional action.

RESTAURANTS

CoreLife Eatery opened its first Michigan location at 3158 44th St. in Grandville. The eatery is an active lifestyle restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes.

TECHNOLOGY

TGW introduced fully automated deep-freeze storage solutions for cold and freezer chain warehouses and distribution centers. TGW systems, components and products can be used in temperatures from 104 to -22 degrees Fahrenheit. Its all-wheel-drive Stingray Shuttle can be removed from their aisles via a special lift, then serviced in an area with more ambient temperatures for faster and more reliable work.

UTILITIES

Consumers Energy will spend nearly $440 million this year to modernize its natural gas system, including four projects in the Kalamazoo area.

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