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Change Ups: Fowler earns 3-in-10 Award

June 8, 2018
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Attorney Bradley A. Fowler, an associate at the law firm of Mika Meyers PLC, recently was awarded the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s 3-in-10 Award, which is given to an attorney in their first 10 years of practice who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, exceptional public service and significant contributions to the legal profession. Fowler focuses his practice on local government law and civil litigation. He represents municipalities, businesses and individuals in a broad range of transactional and litigation matters.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Grand Rapids-based Peopledesign was enlisted by ESI, a Mesa, Arizona-based office furniture maker, to rebrand and position ESI for future growth.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the addition of Roman Wilson to its earth sciences department, assuming a lead role on its brownfield redevelopment team.

Steve Nichols of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. is past-president and Paul Galdes of Fleis & VandenBrink will serve as a director for 2018-19 of the Lansing-based American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan.

TowerPinkster announced the promotions of Jon Rumohr to manager of mechanical engineering; Ryan Idema to mechanical engineering supervisor; and Kevin Hoezee to architectural production supervisor.

ARTS

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced the opening of contemporary sculptor Masayuki Koorida’s Beyond Existence exhibition, showcasing Koorida’s work with a wide range of materials. The show runs through Aug. 19.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Public Museum School had an exhibit created by GRPS Museum School students that was titled Revolution: The Story of America. The display was a combination of student work from the Grand Rapids Public Museum School’s seventh grade social studies classes and art classes that highlighted important women, African-Americans and Native Americans and their roles in the American Revolution. The exhibit ran through June 8.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum hosted a female student exposition to display the results of a renewable energy design challenge and share program participants’ reflections on their experience. The event was sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and was the capstone of the museum’s spring educational program, which is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields geared toward female middle school students in the Grand Rapids Public School district.

Pamela Alderman’s 2017 top 25 finalist ArtPrize seascape entry titled “Let Go” was donated to the Kent County Courthouse.

AWARDS

Holland-based Hope College dining services won a gold award in the 2018 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards program of the National Association of College and University Food Services.

Kent County Community Action is the recipient of Excellence in Collaboration and The Chairman’s Award for Grit and Determination awards from the national Community Action Network.

The Grand Rapids Historical Society recently named Angela Yondo the recipient of the 2018 Albert Baxter Award for her work in resurrecting and documenting hundreds of buried grave markers in historic St. Andrew’s Cemetery.

In honor of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation recently paid tribute to the Grand Rapids Fire Department for its dedicated service to the city of Grand Rapids. The commemoration took place at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

The Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce conferred Michael Conflitti, from Allendale High School, with the 2018 Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Award. Michael achieved a 4.35 GPA while taking challenging advanced-placement courses and was ranked second in his class.

The Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan won the national organization’s annual Chapter of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.

The Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission awarded the Greens and Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers with the Outstanding Residential Preservation Project, with special acknowledgement to Alec Green for his role as project manager for the restoration of John Street.

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Executive Director Emeritus Dixie Anderson received Ferris State University’s International Award.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Calder Capital LLC announced the successful sale of Dowagiac-based Securit Metal Products Company to an individual investor. Calder Capital served as the exclusive merger and acquisition advisor to the investor.

Laura Epker joined Windquest Group as accounting supervisor.

EDUCATION

Abby Reeg, Hope College’s regional development director in Holland, received the 2017-18 Outstanding Service – Volunteer Award from the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

Aquinas College announced Linda Hagan was named professor and chairperson of the Department of Business and will join the college for the 2018-19 academic year beginning in August. She is currently a professor in the Department of Marketing at Walsh College in Troy, where she has served as faculty since 2007. 

ENERGY

Zak Kruskie of Allegan recently graduated from the Joint Michigan Apprentice Program to earn U.S. Department of Labor certification as a journeyman electrical lineworker. Kruskie fulfilled his on-the-job training requirements at Great Lakes Energy, where he is employed as a lineworker for the electric cooperative’s Wayland service area.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Madcap Coffee Co. restructured its wholesale department in order to keep pace with the company’s rapid growth. To meet the demand for increased avenues to connect with existing and potential customers, the company appointed Carly Polins to business development manager and promoted Alexis Christie to account manager.

Thornapple Brewing Co. celebrated its first anniversary. On tap were 36 of Thornapple’s beers, ciders and meads, as well as a variety of wine and spirits.

GOVERNMENT

The city of Grand Rapids announced six of its buildings have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for superior energy performance. The buildings are the City/County Administration Building, a police administration building, police support building, and the office buildings at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, 201 Market Ave. SW and 509 Wealthy St. SE.

The city of Grand Rapids’ Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved submission of a grant application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to help pay for the costs of environmental activities at the Plaza Roosevelt project site in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood on the city’s southwest side. The grant request of $1 million is expected to result in a $162,000 award due to statewide demand of the MDEQ program.  

The city of Grand Rapids received a comprehensive assessment from the Ready Community program for removing development barriers and streamlining the processes to be more attractive to investors.

The Wyoming City Council unanimously voted to hire Scott Smith as its city attorney, bringing its legal services in-house for the first time in its history.

GRANTS

Great Lakes Energy announced the recipients of its People Fund grants: Sylvia’s Place, Allegan: $3,950; YMCA of Barry County, Hastings: $10,000; Hart Area Public Library: $1,000; Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes: $2,000; The Starting Block, Hart: $2,842; Oceana Conservation District, Shelby: $3,000; and White Lake Senior Center, Montague: $229.99.

The Grand Rapids Public Library and Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes are the recipients of a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The funds will be used to run a 10-week summer camp that will teach middle and high school students how to develop an app and bring it to market.

HEALTH

Elizabeth (Betsy) Bakeman recently became president-elect of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

HUMAN SERVICES

Wedgwood Christian Services recently honored those who share its vision for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and community. This year's honorees are: Ashley Havemeier; Margarita Hernandez; Abigail Averill; Savion Sanford; Kate Avila; and Guillermo Cisneros.

LEGAL

Attorney James Booth Burr, Jr. relocated his offices to 1430 Robinson Road SE. Phone number: (616) 458-1246.

Bryndan ArnoldAdam Baginski and Alvin Storrs ll joined Rhoades McKee as summer associates.

Kent County Circuit Court Family Division judge Kathleen A. Feeney was named one of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2018 Leaders in the Law Class.

Mika Meyers attorney Randall L. Velzen was elected president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

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