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December 6, 2013
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Construction management firm Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. received the ABC Award of Excellence in the Historic Restoration category for its work on the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater at this year’s ceremony hosted by the ABC Western Michigan Chapter. The restoration of the 1882 French Second Empire façade followed the Secretary of Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties. The project included the repair of masonry, architectural metalwork and windows.


Discover Kalamazoo announced its destination services manager, Lisa Kukulski, received the 2013 Bill Shepler Volunteer of the Year Award at Circle Michigan Foundation’s annual meeting. Kukulski serves as the foundation’s chair and also serves on its Toronto Road Show Committee and Circle Michigan board of directors.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell honored SCORE Grand Rapids with a proclamation to recognize its achievements over the past 50 years to help small businesses improve their operations. SCORE has 42 volunteers that have provided 4,950 hours of service, conducting 896 mentoring sessions during fiscal 2013.

Make-A-Wish Michigan named longtime supporter Meg Miller Willit an Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser for the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter. Willit has been a generous donor and volunteer for the nonprofit that grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. She has been a driving force behind its largest West Michigan fundraiser: Wish Ball.


Consumers Credit Union has been named to the 2013 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list by the National Association for Business Resources. Consumers was named a West Michigan 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in May and also an Elite Company for Work-Life Balance.

Northpointe Bank announced the following additions to its mortgage lending division: David Kuiper, vice president/loan officer, and Jason Bakker, vice president/loan officer.


CSM Group announced the opening of an office in Omaha, Neb. The new location will be stationed in The Mastercraft Building in downtown Omaha.

Elzinga & Volkers was named to the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list for the third year in a row and also received top honors as the National Elite Award winner in the category of small-size business. The company was chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 competing companies.

Jack Abate, project manager at Miller-Davis Co., is now a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green associate. Miller-Davis currently has nine LEED-accredited professionals. Abate has been with the company for more than 10 years and is currently project manager for the Kalamazoo County Jail improvements project.


AIGA West Michigan announced the members of its new advisory board: David Rosen, Barbara Loveland, Kevin Budelmann, Mike Gorman, John Berry, Ted Etheridge, George Wietor, Mary Brown, Tommy Allen and Roberta King.


Van Andel Institute Graduate School has received institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission for its Ph.D. program in cell molecular and genetic biology of human disease.

Grand Valley State University’s News and Information Services office won three CASE V Regional Awards: a Gold for the video “I’m on a Boat” and a Gold and Bronze for photography. The office also won four MarCom Awards for videos including two Platinum, one Gold and an Honorable Mention.


The Angelman Syndrome Foundation announced Timothy Bousum and Justin Grill, both parents of children with Angelman syndrome, have been elected to serve on its board of directors. Bousum and Grill join 12 other board members and recently elected board president, Greg Dohrmann.


Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s amputation program and the home and community services programs have been newly accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International.

Metro Health Hospital has been named to the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list, a program of the National Association for Business Resources. The hospital has been recognized with 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For awards for the West Michigan region for the past three years.


Sheri Willis, property manager of CWD Real Estate Investments, has been elected president of the West Michigan Chapter 62 of the Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Willis has been with CWD since its inception in 2008 and had been with Second Story Properties since 2005.


Spectrum Health announced the opening of its Brain & Spine Tumor Center, led by Spectrum Health Medical Group board-certified specialists Todd Vitaz, M.D., director, neurosurgical oncology; Wendy Sherman, M.D., West Michigan’s only board-certified and fellowship-trained neuro-oncologist; and Kiran Taylor, M.D., division chief, psychiatry and behavioral medicine. It is West Michigan’s first center providing highly specialized care for patients with central nervous system tumors.


Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services announced the launch of Pax Crisis Response, a Christian-based nonprofit subsidiary specializing in the delivery of psychological and spiritual first-aid to Christian organizations. Bob VandePol has been named Pax Crisis’s president.


Andrew L. Kortesoja has joined Miller Johnson as an associate in its Grand Rapids office. Kortesoja is beginning his practice and joins the firm’s litigation section. He received his B.A. from Hope College and earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


Wondergem Consulting Inc. announced the appointment of Tom Hanley, senior consultant, director of public relations services. Hanley directs the firm’s engagement of health care and education, in particular, and is responsible for strategic public relations counsel, issues management, crisis communications and media relations.

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