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Change Ups: Penning named member of Arthur W. Page Society

April 27, 2018
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Tim Penning, professor of advertising and public relations at Grand Valley State University, was named a member of the Arthur W. Page Society — a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to improve and support their profession. Penning intends to use his membership in the society to directly benefit his students by incorporating current practices and insights from his colleagues into the classroom.

ARTS

Kent District Library hired Sara Proaño as manager of community engagement. She will work to create opportunities to bring the library to the community through innovative approaches. Proaño previously held several positions at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, including employment services collaborative coordinator, director of language services and domestic violence caseworker.

AWARDS

Arbor Circle announced its 2018 honorees for its annual May 2 Spring Dinner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network of Michigan; Delasie clothing brand founder Rhoda Klomega; and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

The city of Grand Rapids was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Governor’s Fitness Awards Active Community Award, which recognizes a Michigan community that has made significant efforts to increase opportunities for physical activity through designed and built on-the-ground changes that lead to safer, more inviting spaces that encourage active living. It’s the first time the city has earned this distinction.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss received the U.S. Conference of Mayors Partner America 2018 Small Business Advocate Award by Partners America for her efforts and support of small businesses in the city.

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes Inc. announced Michael Price, executive chairman of Mercantile Bank Corp., and Mike VanGessel, founder and CEO of Rockford Construction, will be inducted into the Junior Achievement West Michigan Business Hall of Fame on May 21 at the Amway Grand Plaza. Junior Achievement also will recognize Thomas J. Haas, president of Grand Valley State University, as the Edward J. Frey Distinguished Achievement Award recipient; Jackson National Life Insurance Company will be honored with the Spirit of Achievement Award; and Lauren Clark, Cascade Engineering, is the recipient of the David B. Hensch JA Volunteer of the Year.

Nicole Flinn, associate professor of dance at Holland-based Hope College, won the 2018 Touchstone Award for Dance Teacher of the Year from the Michigan Dance Council.

CONSTRUCTION

Triangle Associates Inc. was named one of West Michigan’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association for the 15th consecutive year.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College has a laptop vending machine available to its students located in the GRCC Student Community Center's counseling area. Students can use the laptops for free by swiping their college ID card.

Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student Heather Stadt received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points. Stadt will receive this spring her Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Culinary Arts.

Grace Bible College was rebranded Grace Christian University.

GRANTS

Komen Michigan awarded a $22,945 grant to Catherine’s Health Center for women’s breast health education and services.

HEALTH

Mercy Health announced new providers and specialists to its cardiovascular team servicing the entire West Michigan region: Eugene Chung, medical director of  Cardiac Electrophysiology Services; Prerana Manohar, cardiologist at Mercy Health Physician Partners Cardiovascular; Vinayak Manohar, interventional cardiologist at Mercy Health Physician Partners Cardiovascular; and Kristopher Selke, regional medical director of Structural Cardiology.

Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon announced it is the first orthopaedic group in West Michigan to offer three different joint replacement procedures using robotic-arm assisted technology: partial knee, total knee and total hip replacements. Eight OAM physicians now are certified to perform surgery using Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System.

INSURANCE

Frankenmuth Insurance recognized Ringnalda TenHaken Insurance Group of Grand Rapids as a Preferred Partner for 2017.

Rachel Taber, individual sales representative for Priority Health, received the 2017 Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance, Inc. Elite Performer Award. 

LEGAL

Hilger Hammond PC announced attorney Christopher Nyenhuis joined the law firm. 

Varnum attorney Matt Anderson was named an inaugural board member of the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, which serves college and university students of diverse sexualities and genders. The institute’s mission is to empower students to inspire sustainable change, lead higher education colleagues in relevant and inclusive practices, and advance knowledge of sexuality and gender through advocacy and expansive programming.

Varnum personal injury attorney Bonnie Sawusch is a contributing author to the recently released fourth edition of “Damages and Remedies in Michigan,” published by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. “Damages” provides guidance for attorneys to help decide which causes of action offer the best potential recovery for clients, as well as the best way to defend clients against damage claims.

MANUFACTURING

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. of Norton Shores hired Andrew Hartline as sales manager.

Ranir appointed Steve Weinberger as chief financial officer. Weinberger will lead the development and implementation of financial growth and operational strategies for Ranir.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced its Police Officers of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2017: Police Officers of the Year, Administrative/Investigative Services, Officers Todd Allen and Lucas Nagtzaam; Police Officers of the Year, Operations, Officers Joel Bowman and John Guerrero; and Civilian Employee of the Year, Ranae Rodgers.

RELIGION

Rev. Chandler Stokes announced his retirement from Westminster Presbyterian Church after nearly 10 years of ministry as the church’s senior pastor and head of staff. His last Sunday at Westminster will be June 24.

RESTAURANTS

Meritage Hospitality Group announced the opening of Stan Diego Baja Taco Kitchen in Standale. The 130-seat taqueria features a Baja-California inspired menu from executive chef Luke Theaker.

RETAIL

Fox Powersports announced it added Indian Motorcycle to its superstore. bringing the product lineup to 15 of the industry’s most highly regarded manufacturers.

TECHNOLOGY

Open Systems Technologies was named a 2018 Tech Elite 250 company by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company.

TRANSPORTATION

The County Road Association of Michigan Vice President Joanna I. Johnson was elected president of the organization at the 2018 CRA Highway Conference and board meeting. Johnson has been the managing director for the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County since 2007.

US Signal launched its technology assessments that deliver an overview of a company’s technology-based strengths and weaknesses, while also benchmarking against same sector organizations.

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