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Change Ups: Koster, Hemingway receive Visionary Award

February 16, 2018
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Holland Energy Park

Dave Koster, general manager of the Holland Board of Public Works, and Tim Hemingway, Holland Board of Public Works board president, received the Lakeshore Advantage Visionary Award for their efforts that resulted in the Holland Energy Park. Community involvement in the project, environmental remediation, beautifying the eastern gateway to the city of Holland and a capacity to generate power for the region’s current and future needs using natural gas were cited as reasons for the positive economic impact the project has on the West Michigan lakeshore region.


Rehmann announced Kim Lindsay was named principal in its Grand Rapids office. Lindsay is the primary business adviser for a multitude of governmental clients, leading financial statement audit, single audit and outsourced CFO engagements.

Rehmann consulting manager Chantal Eikey was certified as a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.

Terra McMillan joined Hungerford Nichols’ administrative staff.


Mingerink & Associates was acquired by Boise, Idaho-based Impact Group.


Dimitri Apostle, owner of the Rockford-based Brightway, The Dimitri J. Apostle Agency is the recipient of the Auto Sales Award from Jacksonville, Florida-based Brightway Insurance.

Local First announced folk artist Reb Roberts is the recipient of the 2018 Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award. 

WGVU Public Media’s Shelley Irwin will be the recipient of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids’ Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award Dinner on March 21 for her commitment to volunteerism and humanitarian acts of selfless service.


Sparta-based ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. and ChoiceOne Bank appointed Greg L. Armock to their respective boards. Armock also was appointed to serve as a member of ChoiceOne’s loan committee and asset/liability and risk committee.

Tom Borrelli joined Northpointe Bank as vice president of national sales.


Compliance One Group in Kalamazoo announced the promotions of Joe Humphries, business development director; Val Halcomb, director of survey readiness; Scott Mason, director of testing; Michael Crall, director of barrier management/design, codes and standards; Tom Martin, director of safety, security and training; and Carrie Kotecki, director of emergency preparedness.

FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids was ranked No. 6 in the FASTSIGNS network out of more than 675 locations worldwide and is the recipient of the CEO Circle Award for being one of the top 25 centers with the highest sales volume in the U.S. and Canada between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017.

Geerpres in Muskegon added Scott Thornton as the vice president of global strategic sales.

ODL Inc. in Zeeland was certified as a Great Place To Work by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work in San Francisco.

O’Keefe is the recipient of M&A Advisors’ Turnaround Consulting Firm of the Year Award. It will be presented to founder/CEO Patrick O’Keefe on March 21 in Palm Beach, Florida, for his contribution to the bankruptcy and restructuring industry.

Phil Nelson joined Wayland-based Windemuller as a communications technician.


Steelcase Inc. president and chief executive officer James Keane will deliver the commencement address to Aquinas College’s Class of 2018 at its May 5 ceremony.

The Employers’ Association established a partnership with CX University to offer professional development online courses designed to help build exceptional customer and patient experience.


Philip Streng, who has served as an Edward Jones financial adviser in Grand Rapids for the past 22 years, was named a principal with the firm’s holding company, The Jones Financial Companies LLLP.


Cedar Springs Brewing received a bronze medal in the Irish-Style Dry Stout or Export Stout category for the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards.


The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously approved four Housing NOW! policy recommendations: Taxation of Assisted Lower-Income Housing Ordinance; Neighborhood Enterprise Zones; Voluntary Equitable Development Agreements; and the Property Partnership Policy.

Wyoming City Director of Police and Fire Services Chief James E. Carmody announced his retirement, effective April 26, following an award-winning career spanning more than four decades.


Fair Housing Center of West Michigan received two grants totaling $425,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

Fairlife LLC received $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration that will support Fairlife’s installation of a $6-million fourth milk products bottling line in its Coopersville facility.

The Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation donated $130,000 to the city of Allegan to build a new splash pad on the site of a former parking lot that will be part of an ongoing project at Downtown Riverfront Park, and another $130,000 to the Allegan District Library to fund the Perrigo Learning Lab for children and the Perrigo STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math) Lab for teens.

West Michigan Works! notified 212 employers they will receive Skilled Trades Training Funds awards ranging from $1,293 to $299,455 in 2018 to help find qualified talent to fill their openings.


Allegan General Hospital’s board of trustees elected Nathan Hoffman and Amanda Morgan to its board.

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology now offers ocular allergy diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of eye allergies or irritations at 6050 Northland Drive NE, Suite 100 in Rockford.

The Smile Grand Haven recently marked its 10th anniversary. In that time, the practice has grown to include Little Smiles (pediatric dentistry), Smile Orthodontics and more than 40 team members. Smile also launched the Ten for Ten campaign that allows new adult patients to select between three local charities to receive a portion of a $10,000 donation: Love in Action Free Dental Clinic, TCM Counseling and The Children’s Advocacy Network. Patients who have been with the practice since it opened, as well as team members, also will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite charity.


AHC+Hospitality promoted Kylene Geyer to senior marketing manager; Ashley Savransky was hired as a marketing coordinator.

Greenleaf Companies in Kalamazoo announced Tim Rayman as the chief executive officer of the Greenleaf Hospitality GroupBrad Vandenberg was promoted to vice president of business development and managing director of Stadium Management Corporation; Ryan Cunningham was promoted to executive director of food and beverage; and Sarah Olszowy was promoted to vice president of marketing.


Parmenter O’Toole in Muskegon has transitioned to Parmenter Law.

Wardrop & Wardrop PC announced the elections of Thomas (Mac) M. Wardrop as president, Denise D. Twinney as vice president and Robert F. Wardrop II as secretary/treasurer.


Madison, Wisconsin-based CSM Companies Inc. acquired the operating assets of the Berger Dealer Group LLC, which does business as Eastern Michigan Kenworth and Central Michigan Kenworth. The acquisition includes four locations in Dearborn, Clinton Township, Saginaw and Lansing. CSM subsidiary Michigan Kenworth LLC will operate the four locations. Michigan Kenworth will now service the entire state of Michigan for Kenworth Truck Company. Mike McNutt was appointed regional vice president and general manager of Michigan Kenworth and James Kamps was hired as vice president of truck sales for the state of Michigan.


Aquest Machining of Greenville was acquired by FabX Industries Inc. Aquest is a provider of tight-tolerance cutting and machining of aluminum extrusions.

Medizone International Inc. in Kalamazoo announced the appointment of Jude P. Dinges as its executive vice president - commercial operations.


Guiding Light hired Cory Smith as its business development manager for the nonprofit’s social enterprise, The Job Post. Smith will lead the job placement firm’s client development and relations.

Partners In Action Inc. moved to 967 Spaulding Drive SE, Suite F, Ada.

Zeeland-based business development nonprofit Lakeshore Advantage’s 2017 regional accomplishments include, but are not limited to, 18 successful business expansion projects that resulted in $90 million in private investment and created more than 650 new jobs; leveraging $25.3 million in business support funds, benefitting 89 area employers directly; engaging more than 300 teachers on regional strengths and in-demand careers; and launching SURGE, a one-stop resource for entrepreneurs who need a powerful boost forward to achieve their next milestones.


Keller Williams realtor Ingrid Nelson was named Grand Rapids Association of Realtor’s Realtor of the Year 2018.


Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it has acquired 38 Wendy’s restaurants located in Connecticut and Massachusetts designated market areas. The company funded the acquisition through a private placement of preferred stock, cash on hand and debt financing provided by a syndicate of banks led by City National Bank. The company expects the 38 restaurants acquired to add approximately $75 million in annual sales and increase in future earnings.


SpartanNash’s Forest Hills Foods has expanded its Fast Lane store-to-door home delivery to customers whose zip codes are 49546, 49301 and 49302. Free at-home delivery is available for customers’ first three Fast Lane orders using the code “FASTLANE” with a minimum purchase of $50. Customers also can use the curbside pickup option at Forest Hills Foods with no minimum purchase required. For more information, visit

SpartanNash and Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corp. recently donated 351 Hormel Cure 81 half hams to North End Community Ministries, Northwest Food Pantry, Baxter Community Center and SECOM to feed those in need.

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