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Change Ups: Schneider elected to membership

April 20, 2018
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Attorney Christopher J. (C.J.) Schneider recently was elected to membership at Miller Johnson. Schneider is in the litigation section, and his practice consists primarily of litigating commercial contract disputes, typically supply chain disputes and insurance coverage disputes.  He also maintains an appellate practice.  He was named as an Up and Coming Lawyer in 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, as well as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star for business litigation in 2016 and 2017. 

ACCOUNTING

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors announced the addition of Kate Wustman as staff accountant.

AGRISCIENCE

Michigan Farm Bureau named Bryan Heffron of Kent County as the 2018 Young Farmer Achievement Award winner. Heffron operates Heffron Farms and Heffron Farms Markets in Kent County in partnership with his father and brother. The business began with Bryan’s great-grandfather in 1921, then including livestock, crops, a custom thrashing business and sawmill. Since then, the operation now raises grain-fed beef cattle and markets that beef — as well as pork, turkey, chicken, fruits and vegetables — at four farm markets.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. received the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan’s Firm of the Year Award.

AWARDS

CoStar Group announced there are 40 brokers in West Michigan who are recipients of the CoStar Power Broker Awards. A complete list for all markets can be found at costarpowerbrokers.com.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women is a recipient of the Michigan Celebrates Small Business’ SBA Michigan Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award.

Muskegon is the winner of the 2018 national Strong Towns Contest!, hosted by the Strong Towns organization, a nonprofit community development group that recognizes America’s most sustainable and resilient communities. Muskegon was recognized for its ability to implement change that makes the community stronger.

Pella Windows & Doors by Horne of Grand Rapids was recognized nationally with the President’s Award for the Commercial Sales Division, one of the top three commercial branches in the nation as a result of the company’s overall excellence.

BANKING

Old National Bank announced Drew Ysseldyke was appointed as senior vice president, commercial banking executive. Ysseldyke will be responsible for overseeing the entire West Michigan commercial lending team for the Grand Rapids and Lakeshore markets.

CONSTRUCTION

Triangle Associates Inc. hired Dale Michael as construction superintendent. Michael will be responsible for site mobilization and control, safety and quality assurance, and the management of all subcontractor activities on a project. 

EDUCATION

Jenny Pudelko joined St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School as school principal. Pudelko previously worked for 12 years at National Heritage Academies as instructional dean of students third-fifth grade and for young 5’s-second grade, and as a resource room/skills support teacher. The school’s current principal, Julie Whelan, will retire following more than 30 years in Catholic education, including 14 years as principal of St. Anthony.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Louisville-based Hilliard Lyons unveiled a brand and logo firmwide. Hilliard Lyons has 11 branches in Michigan and employs 69 wealth advisers, client service associates and other staff. The new logo incorporates a golden “pathway” and a bold, modern type­face, and is a depar­ture from the firm’s former bull-and-bear-and-tickertape logo, which the firm has used since 1973.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

The GFB: Gluten Free Bar received national recognition in the natural foods line with a NEXTY Award presented by New Hope Media at the world's premier natural foods event, Expo West in Anaheim, California. GFB won the Best New Packaging Innovation category.

Owners Steve and Amy Ruis appointed Evan Talen as general manager of Aperitivo.

GOVERNMENT

The Grand Rapids City Commission voted unanimously to establish the South Division, Burton, Hall, Grandville Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority. The CID includes a large portion of the South Division Corridor business district between Hall Street SW and 28th Street, and the Grandville Avenue business corridor between Wealthy Street SW and Clyde Park Avenue, with both corridors connected by Hall and Burton streets.

The U.S. Census Bureau named Ottawa County the fastest-growing county in the state between 2010 and 2017 with an 8.5 percent increase. The county's population is now an estimated 286,383 — up 3,141 new residents since 2016 numbers were tabulated last March. Ottawa County remains the eight-most populated in Michigan.

GRANTS

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation recently awarded Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women a $10,000 grant to support GROW’s expansion into the lakeshore area. The funds, which are from the Helene D. and Bernath P. Sherwood, Jr. Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, will be used to add one full-time staff member dedicated to the lakeshore.

INSURANCE

Frankenmuth Insurance recognized Waterstone Insurance Agency of Muskegon as a Preferred Plus Partner for 2017.

LEGAL

Miller Johnson welcomed Jeffrey T. Gray as a member in its Grand Rapids office. He will be in the business section’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Action Wake Park in Hudsonville, Michigan’s first and only cable wakeboard facility, was honored with the Wake Park of the Year Award at the 2018 Water Sports Industry Association Summit. The award is given to the wake park that had the biggest and best community outreach programs and did the most to grow water sports in its area. Action Wake Park partners with organizations such as Gone Boarding, Above the Wake, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, among others.

Gun Lake Casino in Wayland was voted Best of the Best casino by readers of the Holland Sentinel in its annual poll.

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is launching its first year-round educational program that teaches team building, as well as environmental awareness and how to stay active and healthy outdoors, called DUNEiversity in the sand dunes around Muskegon State Park. The program uses experiential learning as a way of teaching, where both kids and adults are taught how to work together as a team through playing games and adventuring in the outdoors.

LOGISTICS

TVH Parts Co. achieved its objectives of maximizing space with the installation of an $8.7-million automated material handling solution from TGW. The project includes a STINGRAY shuttle system and ergonomic goods-to-person order fulfillment workstations. With the new equipment that closely mirrors what’s used in TVH’s Waregem, Belgium operations — the world’s largest distributor of parts for industrial equipment — is able to address a proliferation of stock keeping units (SKUs) and an increase in both customer orders and intercompany stock transfers.

NONPROFITS

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County announced the addition of Alexis Rangel, Lake Michigan Credit Union, to its board of directors.

Hope Network announced the appointment of Shelley Irwin, Anthony Chang and Mike Mraz to the Hope Network Foundation Board.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Grand Rapids Police Department upgraded its communications platform with FirstNet, the country’s first and only nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders that provides the department with reliable, highly secure and “always-on” connection.

TECHNOLOGY

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC were selected as one of West Michigan’s 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For for their excellence in employee enrichment, retention and development policies, as well as strong employee engagement ratings.

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