Change Ups: New shareholders elected at accounting firm
Adriane Schrauben and Doug Schmitt were recently elected shareholders with Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors. Both began their accounting careers with Hungerford Nichols and have advanced within the firm. Schrauben specializes in the area of school district auditing and also heads up the estate and trust group within the firm. Schmitt specializes in servicing closely held businesses in the manufacturing, petroleum and retail industries.
Tim Reimink has been promoted to director at Crowe Horwath LLP.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Flight Path Creative in Traverse City announced it has opened an office in Grand Rapids’ downtown Heartside District to better serve existing West Michigan clients and establish new relationships in the region. Details: flightpathcreative.com.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Progressive AE announced Karl Kowalske has joined the firm as a health-care client leader.
Grand Rapids Ballet announced the receipt of a gift of $1 million to its endowment fund from the estate of Peter M. Wege, a longtime patron and supporter of the ballet company. Wege, who passed away in July at the age of 94, had a passion for arts and culture, education and the environment.
The Michigan Library Association announced the appointment of Asante Cain, reference and adult services coordinator at Grand Rapids Public Library, as president of its board of directors.
Mara Naselli, a creative nonfiction writer, is the recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. The awards are $30,000 each.
Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming has been chosen to receive Excellence Through Insight awards from HealthStream Research in the categories of Overall Inpatient Experience in the Medium Hospital category. Dr. Douglas Doyle of Metro Health Ophthalmology received an award for Top Performance in the Ophthalmology of the Clinician and Group Surveys – Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Overall Rating in Ophthalmology.
Macatawa Bank of Holland announced the addition of Fred Lake as vice president, senior commercial lender, for the Grand Rapids market. Lake will be responsible for securing and developing new and existing customer relationships.
Ryan Reffitt has joined the staff of Educational Community Credit Union as a commercial loan officer. He will work with area businesses for their commercial lending needs, including real estate loans, credit lines, equipment loans and SBA loans, and is responsible for developing business relationships and increasing product awareness.
Custer announced the addition of sales associate Donna Fernandes to its Custer Market Development team.
Fastsigns of Grand Rapids announced Melissa Kinstner and Ben Navarro received Bronze Sales Awards at the 2014 Fastsigns Outside Sales Summit held in Frisco, Texas.
Grandville’s Kerkstra Precast Inc.’s project, The Z, earned Best Parking Structure in the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards Competition. The project team includes: owner, Bedrock Real Estate Services; architect, Neumann/Smith Architecture; precast concrete specialty engineer, IES Associates Consulting Engineers; engineer of record, Rich & Associates; and contractor, Colasanti/Sachse JV.
Calvin College announced it again was ranked among the top colleges and universities in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Guidebook.
Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business staff members Geralyn Heystek, director of the career center, and Chris Robinson, assistant director of academic advising, have been awarded first place by the MidAmerican Business Deans Association in its Innovation in Business Education Award program for developing the Phoenix Program, designed to support the growth and success of students.
Watkins Ross announced Sharon Miller-Walcott has passed the ASPPA ESOP Administration course, advancing to a certified ESOP specialist.
Dr. Sarah Estelle of the Hope College economics faculty has received a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to expand the Markets and Morality student organization. The one-year grant will provide opportunities to student members such as conference attendance and travel, and expansions of guest-speaker and film programs.
Calvin College biology professor John Wertz is collaborating with the Field Museum of Natural History, George Washington University and Drexel University. They are the recipients of a $2 million National Science Foundation grant that will provide funding for a lab technician and student researchers for a five-year research project that will study all 117 species of turtle ants and their bacteria found in tropical climates, primarily South America.
Carol’s Ferals has received a $2,500 grant for its emergency cat care fund from the Lil Bub’s Big Fund for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery announced Ryan Mitchell, M.D., will join the center’s body contouring practice.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services announced the hiring of four psychiatrists and one internal medicine addictionist to its inpatient services: James Eicher, Umer Farooq, Madhavi Nagalla, Amandeep Saluja and Cara Poland.
CARF–CCAC announced Porter Hills has been awarded a five-year term of accreditation, the 21st consecutive year that CARF–CCAC accreditation has been awarded to Porter Hills.
Scott J. Steiner, environmental law and real estate attorney at Rhoades McKee, has completed the State of Michigan Certification Program for Civil Mediation.
Four Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC attorneys have been named by Best Lawyers as 2015 Lawyers of the Year: William A. Horn, Oil and Gas; Daniel R. Kubiak, Banking and Finance; Ross A. Leisman, Land Use and Zoning; and Eric S. Richards, Securities Litigation.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Van Andel Arena announced it ranks No. 4 on the Social Media Power 100 list of venues with a capacity between 10,001 and 15,000, according to trade publication Venues Today. The list highlights top venues in the social media realm.
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids announced the addition of Dean Buntley, executive director of Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA in Belmont.
Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced the additions of Matt Magee, director of its financial communications practice, and Blair Badge, an associate on the digital team.
The city of Wyoming announced Robert C. Luders has accepted the position of finance director, beginning Oct. 13.Luders will be responsible for directing the planning, organization and maintenance of finance services, including the city budget, audit, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, revenue administration, investment programs and fixed assets.
Gov. Rick Synder announced the appointment of Mary Anne Jones, of Rockford, to the Local Community Stabilization Authority Council, which replaces the existing METRO Authority.
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Protravel International of Ada’s Nathalie Nagy has been recognized for her expertise in the category of Central Europe, and Robert Becker has been cited for his mastery of diving and related vacations in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 A-List of Top Travel Advisors.