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Change Ups: Delabbio retires

July 7, 2017
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Daryl Delabbio
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Kent County administrator/controller Daryl Delabbio retired June 30. Delabbio wrapped up a career spanning four decades in municipal management. Delabbio has held the Kent County administrator/controller role since 1998, after three years as assistant county administrator. Prior to working for Kent County, Delabbio was city manager in Rockford for 11 years and served in two other Michigan cities. During his tenure Delabbio, successfully built partnerships within the community and made it a priority to encourage diversity and inclusion throughout the county.

AGRICULTURE

West Olive-based ACRE AgTech, formerly the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, has a new client, Ann Arbor-based Digested Organics LL, whose system can take different organic waste — manure, vegetable scraps, beverage waste — and digest it into a fiber component, a nutrient component and a reusable water component.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Bergmann Associates relocated to 560 Fifth St. NW, Suite 305, Grand Rapids, 49504.

ARTS

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced a new experience for the summer: the Puzzle Room: Quest for Conviction. The Puzzle Room gives groups one hour to search a simulation of the Museum's Archives, solving puzzles, finding clues and creating a display of evidence to achieve conviction. Visit grpm.org/puzzleroom.

AWARDS

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the Award of Excellence by Alexandria, Virginia-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for GRACC’S 2017 Annual Report. This is the fourth year in a row GRACC received the award.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum announced seven women were honored at the recent WomenConnect 2017 for their achievements. WomenConnect 2017 Honorees: Maria Camille, Grand Valley State University; Maria Davis, Grand Rapids Art Museum; Sandra Gaddy, Women's Resource Center; TaRita Johnson, Calvin College; Maggie Lancaster, Grand Rapids Children's Museum; Charisse Mitchell, YWCA West Central Michigan; and Stacy Stout, the city of Grand Rapids. WomenConnect is a partnership between Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women and Varnum LLP.

Engineered Protection Systems Inc. is the recipient of the 2016-17 Police Dispatch Quality Award from the Security Industry Alarm Coalition.

BANKING

Northpointe Bank welcomed Robert Ross as senior vice president of correspondent lending.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Compliance One Group in Kalamazoo announced Scott Mason joined the firm as market segment leader of testing, inspection and maintenance. Mason will work in developing an all-inclusive testing, inspection and maintenance program that will stand the rigorous test of all authorities having jurisdiction.

EDUCATION

Carlos Sanchez was appointed to Grand Rapids Community College’s board of trustees. Sanchez is director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University.

Cornerstone University announced the appointments of Dennis Graham, director of alumni relations, and Mark Tremaine, advancement advisor.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Advance Capital Management announced it was named to the 2017 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. 

VantagePointe Financial Group President David Pasciak achieved a position as a SmartVestor Pro by the Dave Ramsey organization. Financial professionals must agree to a Code of Conduct, provide a high level of investing guidance and have the heart of a teacher, not the attitude of a salesman. 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Bell’s Brewery in Comstock announced it will debut Arabicadabra, a coffee milk stout with an ABV of 5.5 percent, in October on draught and in 12-ounce bottles packaged in six-packs.

GRANTS

Heartside Ministry received a $75,000 grant from HarperCollins Christian Publishing for its Bridging the Gap literacy program that supports adult with literacy skills, and ultimately, employment, through workplace readiness training.

Latin Americans United for Progress in Holland is the recipient of $15,000 from AT&T to support the work being done through the Adelante youth program, providing support to Hispanic youth through tutoring, mentoring, field trips and community service. 

HEALTH

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services announced the opening of its 26-bed patient unit for adolescents and young adults. Pine Rest also re-built its front hospital entrance and admissions department called the Contact Center. Both are located at the Van Andel Center on the Pine Rest Cutlerville Campus. 

Spectrum Health announced Darryl Elmouchi is now president of Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Gwen Sandefur is president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group. Spectrum Health Medical Group was formed in 2008 and is one of the largest multispecialty physician organizations in Michigan with more than 1,400 physicians and advanced practice providers. While serving as president, Elmouchi will continue to practice medicine. Sandefur will have responsibility for Spectrum Health’s 12 hospitals, ambulatory care sites and post-acute services.

LEGAL

Attorney Kathryn A. Wood DeVillez returned to Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. DeVillez brings more than 12 years of experience in employee benefits and employment law, with a concentration in benefits plan design and administration with an emphasis on compliance matters related to flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement accounts, health savings accounts and other welfare plan matters.

MANUFACTURING

Michael W. Leonard joined Flow-Rite Controls in Byron Center as sales and marketing director.

PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center announced the additions of Haylie Hanks and Jake McElroy as regional managers (non-travel) for the law enforcement and commercial groups, respectively; Micheal Williams as a mechanical engineer; and Mike Nawrot as a sales and service coordinator.”

MEDIA

Celebration! Cinema owner and chairman of the National Association of Theater Owners John Loeks initiated a process that resulted in the establishment of the Global Cinema Federation under the leadership of NATO, UNIC and 11 of the world's largest cinema circuits. NATO will bring together global leaders to discuss the problems, issues and opportunities they face, such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the relationship with partners in film distribution.

NONPROFITS

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s recent Blocktail Party raised $677,000 to support the lifesaving work of animal welfare organizations and EMPTY THE SHELTERS free adoption events.

REAL ESTATE

CBRE Martin and CBRE Grand Rapids announced the appointment of Paul Van Devender as their new chief operating officer. He will oversee CBRE’s Mid-Michigan and West Michigan regions.

RESTAURANTS

RestaurantWeek Grand Rapids announced nearly 70 restaurants, including 10-plus new participants, in the greater Grand Rapids area will take part in Restaurant Week GR 2017, scheduled Aug. 9-20. New to the event are more than 25 participating locations that will offer a lunch option. Details: experiencegr.com/restaurant-week.

Twisted Rooster recently hosted a Cocktails for a Cause night to launch its new summer drink menu and raise money for Kids’ Food Basket.

SPORTS

Wayne State University standout and Kalamazoo native Talisha Bridges was named head coach for Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s women’s basketball program.

TECHNOLOGY

Worksighted in Holland was recognized by MSPmentor as one of the top 501 managed service provider companies in the world. 

WEBSITES

AMDG Architects’ redesigned website has a more focused approach, vivid images and compelling case studies. For more information, visit amdgarchitects.com.

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