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Change Ups: Hamstra wins technology award

February 7, 2014
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William Bahnfleth, 2013-14 ASHRAE president, and Stephen Hamstra, chief technology officer, Greensleeves.

Stephen Hamstra, Greensleeves LLC’s chief technology officer, won the First Place 2014 ASHRAE Technology Award in Educational Facilities – New Construction for the design and operation of energy-efficient buildings. Hamstra’s work saved the University of Findlay $83,000 (57 percent) of its energy cost and $7,500 of its maintenance costs on the Davis Street Science Building in the first year. The green solution also eliminated 800-plus tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.


Plante Moran has been named to the Fortune list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. The list ranked Plante Moran No. 23 on the list and noted its job growth was 18.3 percent. This is Plante Moran's 16th year on the list.


Alex Pletcher has joined Grand Rapids advertising firm Kantorwassink as an account executive.


Kent District Library has added new members to its fund development board: chair, Linda Jo Carron, Knape and Vogt; Heather Ross, ddm Marketing and Communications; Sherrie Willson, Steelcase; John T. Schuring, Dickinson Wright; Marcia Bennett Boyce, Miller Johnson; and Scott Ellison, Chemical Bank.


Kent County Lodging Association has elected the following to its 2014 executive board of directors: president, Brian Behler, JW Marriott; vice president, Nick Fischioni, Hyatt Hotel; secretary, Jenifer Cutter, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown; and treasurer, Suzanne Nichols, Hyatt Hotel.

The U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter announced the election of its board officers: chair, Cheri Holman, Hurst Mechanical; vice chair, David Rinard, Steelcase; treasurer, Mark Zoeteman, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber; and secretary, Debra Sypien, The Christman Co. The organization also announced that Andrea Marz of Professional Association Resources is the new executive director. PAR has provided association management services to the West Michigan Chapter of USGBC for four years.


ArtServe Michigan has presented Gov. Rick Snyder with the 2014 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership in Washington, D.C., for his leadership in ensuring that strong foundations of art and culture are key drivers of Michigan’s economic comeback.

Karen Daley, dean of the College of Health Professions at Davenport College, is the recipient of the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing for co-writing “Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators: Making it Real” (2nd edition).


Compliance One now offers its clients the ability to systematically address regulations related to health-care compliance standards.


ABC Western Michigan announced the addition of Jen Schottke, marketing and membership director.

CSM Group has named Shannon Rice its 2013 Employee of the Year. Rice, a partner in the company, recently was promoted to director of field operations. Rice started working for CSM in 1988 and recently celebrated her 25th anniversary.


Calvin College has added a major in graphic design, which could increase student enrollment by as many as 50 students. The new major will not require new staffing or shifts in assignments.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School announced its Michigan campuses recently presented Juris Doctor or Master of Laws degrees to 346 students.


Forest Hills Financial Inc. announced the appointment of Bart Steindler to partner. Steindler will direct compliant and new advisor training, and will join the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Keeping Your Money Show,” hosted by the firm’s founder, Jaime Westenbarger, and Shannon Simon, regular guest host.


Amy Dzikowicz has been appointed clinician for Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan. She will work with clients in Kent County to provide them with affordable reproductive health care, including annual exams and cancer screening, birth control, and testing/treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Kris M. Drake, Access Health Inc.’s director of operations and corporate compliance officer, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Martin Hoffmann, M.D., has joined Mattawan’s Bronson Commons as medical director.


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has named Ryan Buck director of sales.


Aurora Pond, an independent senior living facility in Wyoming, is the recipient of a SeniorAdvisor Excellence Award from for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in 2013.


The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors West Michigan announced D. Scott Hansen, president of Hansen Brokerage Service, is the recipient of its annual Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession and to the community.


MyWay Mobile Storage hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of its corporate offices and Grand Rapids operations.


Community Media Center has received a $310,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch a project to empower under-represented voices and bring media tools and distribution expertise to the neighborhood level. The project includes effective media use workshops for groups and organizations in target neighborhoods that will lead to the creation of six neighborhood media hubs.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Sonya Hernandez of Muskegon and Julio Morales of Byron Center to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan. David Long of Grand Rapids has been appointed to the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and Donald Staley of Lowell has been appointed to the Construction Code Commission.

Jennifer A. Puplava, a member of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, was elected vice president of the Cascade Township Downtown Development Authority Board.


Baker Book House Co. will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a family-owned business at its recently renovated Baker Book House store at 2768 East Paris Ave. SE, Kentwood, from 4-6 p.m. April 2

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