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Change Ups: Muñiz is San Juan Diego’s new principal

August 18, 2017
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Rick Muñiz is San Juan Diego Academy’s new principal. He has 20 years of experience with Holland Public Schools, 16 of which he spent as principal. He also has eight years of experience as a counselor and assistant director for Hope College's Upward Bound program. Muñiz earned bachelor's degrees in biology and environmental studies from Western Michigan University and a master's in educational administration from Michigan State University. The San Juan Academy is a kindergarten through eighth grade school that educates and mentors 200 Latino children.

AGRICULTURE

The Ottawa County Agricultural Preservation board is forming an Ad Hoc Young Adult position open to all high school and college students who are residents of Ottawa County and want board leadership training and a desire to provide fresh ideas to agricultural planning in the County. Details: bit.ly/OttawaAdHoc.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

TowerPinkster announced the additions of Tom Sturr, senior project architect; Nick Wallis, architectural project coordinator; Karl Kinkema, senior project architect; Angela Bowles, interior designer; Lindsay Gadbois, landscape designer; Elizabeth Slaski, architectural designer; Douglas L. Milburn, project manager; Kyle Boston, mechanical designer; Rosa Kelly, administrative coordinator; and Nick Covey, IT support specialist.

ARTS

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners recently held its Red Barns Spectacular, the area’s oldest and largest antique, classic, and special interest car show and swap meet that featured vehicles of all eras from 1992 and earlier.

Saugatuck-based Mason Street Warehouse’s 2016 theatre season was honored with five nominations for the 2017 Wilde Awards: Best Musical: “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” Best Performance, Lead Actor - Musical: James Scheider; Best Performance, Lead Actor - Musical: Tom Vendafreddo; Best Design - Sets: Jeremy Barnett; and Best Music Direction: Jamie Reed.

Ottawa County treasurer Bradley Slagh announced $826,633 of fines collected through the courts from criminal violations and civil infractions will be funneled to nine local libraries.

ASSOCIATIONS

The Grand Rapids Chapter of APICS announced its 2017-18 board of directors: president, Anant Gohil; president-elect, Tracy Knuff; past president, Jim Boes; vice president of finance, Catherine Bosscher; vice president of marketing, Ron Kopp; in-house continuing education director, Tod Schwartz; public certification education director, Shridhar Bhat; membership director, Jerry Bays; PDM and special events director, Derek Wood; director-at-large, Randy Gilbert; director-at-large and marketing committee, Andrew Cleary; directors-at-large students, Eric Anderson and Bryce Comer.

The Institute for Supply Management - Greater Grand Rapids announced its 2017-18 board of directors: president, Andrew Roman; past president, Thomas Cole; 1st vice president, Laurene Garchow-Packer; 2nd vice president, Amy Poplaski; director, Gabriel Stille; treasurer, Anthony Garwood; advisor, Lois DeHaan; webmaster, Kip Smalligan; and directors of student activities, Stephanie Emelander and Rachel Travis.

AWARDS

The following are finalists for the 2017 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards for improving energy efficiency, listed by category. Best Projects — Residential; Sandra Keirnan, Holland; and Tom Tishler, Kalamazoo. Best Projects — Public: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo. Contractor of the Year: Better World Builders LLC, Kalamazoo. Innovator of the Year: Holland Energy Fund, Holland. Best Communication or Education Program: GreenHome Institute, Grand Rapids. Honorable mentions: Best Project — Agriculture: Nash Greenhouses LLC, Kalamazoo.

Rockford-based Byrne Electrical Specialists team member Liz Wirgau received the first American Society of Interior Designers Ones to Watch Award in the manufacturing category.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce President Jane Clark was named to a one-year term to Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ board of directors.

Sandler Training opened a training center in the AMG Building at 800 E. Ellis Road, Muskegon.

CONSTRUCTION

The Associated General Contractors of America acknowledged the following companies with the National AGC Safety Awards in its various divisions and categories: Building Division | 50,000+ Work Hours, Zero Incident Rate: Grand River Construction Inc., Hudsonville; Miller-Davis Co., Kalamazoo; and Schweitzer Inc., Battle Creek. Associate Division | 10,000+ Work Hours, Zero Incident Rate: Industrial Firebrick Corp., Wyoming. Associate Division | 25 percent Below Division Incident Rate: Newkirk Electric Associates Inc., Muskegon.

Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo announced the additions of Amanda Mason, project manager; and project superintendents Chad Kandow and Mike Hill.

EDUCATION

Ferris State University’s College of Health Professionals announced its Molecular Diagnostics program, located at the university’s Grand Rapids campus, has received national accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences as a Diagnostic Molecular Scientist training program.

The Hope College Board of Trustees in Holland appointed two new members for four-year terms: Stephen Boerigter of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the Rev. Dr. Nathan Hart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Timothy VandeBunte of Holland has been elected vice-chair.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Moore & Bruggink vice president Brian Hannon received the Outstanding Environmental Consultant Award and the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award at the Michigan Water Environment Association’s 92nd annual conference.

Superior Environmental Corp. is now 100 percent employee owned through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan Trust. It has purchased of all outstanding shares from the founding shareholders, Vaughn Quince and James Quince.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Perrin Brewing Co. in Comstock Park crafted the Veteran Strong Pale Ale to honor the community’s veterans and their families. This year’s support is focused around LZ Michigan 2017 and the mission of Remember, Honor and Celebrate through several community events that started in August and runs through September.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Rinvelt & David LLC earned InvestmentNews’ Best Practices Award for their methodologies, client communication and education, human capital management, technology integration, as well as their revenue and cost structure in 2015.

GOVERNMENT

The Middleville Village was designated the Redevelopment Ready Communities certification by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for establishing a foundation that attracts private investment that builds on municipality assets.

GRANTS

Rockford-based Bates’ online sales donated more than $8,000 to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans over the month of May.

HEALTH

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health in Wyoming was named for the sixth straight year the Most Wired designation from the American Hospital Association, for its IT excellence in four areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration.

HUMAN SERVICES

Latoya Booker was named Holland-based Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s executive director.

INSURANCE

Combined Insurance Company of America signed a lease at 14313 Northland Drive in Big Rapids that will serve as a sales and training/office facility with space for at least 25 people. 

Frankenmuth Insurance recognized Meyering Insurance Agency of Hamilton as a Preferred Plus Partner for 2016 for providing exceptional service, achieving long-term profitability and displaying exemplary partnership.

LEGAL

Varnum announced Christopher M. Hiller joined the firm’s corporate practice group in its Grand Rapids office; Elliott Berlin joined its corporate practice group in its Kalamazoo office; and Erika L. Salerno joined the family law Practice team, and is based in Varnum’s Kalamazoo office.

Varnum personal injury attorney Bonnie Sawusch was appointed to the burn committee of the American Burn Association 

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP legal secretary in the Kalamazoo office Mary St. Clair was named to the inaugural class of Unsung Legal Heroes by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

MEDIA

WOOD TV8 and WOTV 4’s Maranda’s Park Parties traveled to six communities across West Michigan throughout summer 2017, for an estimated 35,800 participants.

RETAIL

Artisan Flowers relocated to 452 Ada Drive, Suite 115 in the new Ada Drive Plaza.

Great Lakes Fresh Market in North Muskegon is preparing to open a fourth location on Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon. Completion of the remodel is slated sometime this fall.

RESTAURANTS

Bistro Bella Vita in downtown Grand Rapids will mark its 20th anniversary with a refresh of its restaurant, logo and menu. A special event Sept. 28 will feature all-day specials, live music and giveaways, and will culminate the rebranding efforts that started earlier this year.

Vander Mill announced Peter Davidson as executive chef for its Grand Rapids restaurant. Davidson is known for his work in opening The Winchester and Grove in Grand Rapids and, most recently, Saburba in Ada.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Ottawa County clerk/register Justin Roebuck to the state’s Electronic Recording Commission.

TECHNOLOGY

PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center is the recipient of Best Mobile Surveillance Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Award for its High Definition In-Car Video System and Best Video Surveillance Storage Product Award for its SecuraMax Video Management Solution in the 2017 Government Security News Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards.

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