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Change Ups: Kyle Los named Actors’ Theatre managing director

October 31, 2014
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Kyle Los has been hired as managing director of Actors’ Theatre. He has worked at the theater as an actor, board member, sound designer, and producer and assistant director, and currently serves on its board of directors as treasurer. For the last three years, Los has managed GRid70, a collaborative design hub that hosts creators from Amway, Wolverine World Wide, Steelcase, Meijer and Pennant Health Alliance. He was recently named one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty.


Kaptein, Dykstra & Co. PC announced Matthew Rutgers, CPA, has joined the practice as a staff accountant.


Sherman Potter has joined Driesenga & Associates Inc. as project manager in the firm’s civil engineering department in Kalamazoo. He has 30-plus years of experience with commercial site development and municipal infrastructure projects in the Midwest and overseas.


Michigan Street Corridor Assocation has appointed Max Benedict, principal at Third Coast Development, as secretary of the executive board. MSCA exists to further the Michigan Street Corridor through future land use, streetscape aesthetics, green space opportunities, pedestrian and bicycle circulation, mass transit, on-street parking and more.


Grand Rapids Symphony has launched a search for its next music director, and one of the guest conductors during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons will be named the new music director. The symphony has appointed Larry Rachleff as music advisor. David Lockington will conclude his tenure as music director following the 2014-15 season; thereafter, he will become the first music director laureate in the symphony’s history.


Grand Rapids Community College’s production of “The Hatpin” received five Grand Awards.The play was named Best College Production, and Rob Karel won for its direction. Student Meeka Postman was named Best Lead Actress in a College Production, and students Robbie Ellis and Madeline Jones received Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland has received two awards and 12 nominations in the 2014 Wilde Awards presented by The 2013 production of “Romeo and Juliet” tied for Best of the Bard, while Darnell Benjamin won Best Performance-the Bard for his role as Mercutio.


Custer announced the addition of Heather Harrington as an intern in its design department. She is a senior at Kendall College of Art and Design, pursuing her BFA in interior design.

The Detroit Red Wings announced a partnership with Michigan Office Solutions, making the company its Official Print Services Partner.

SignComp LLC announced Dave Breihof has been promoted to vice president – North America sales. Breihof worked the last six years as its national sales manager. SignComp also hired Jason Lamberts as CFO. He was formerly BDO Seidman’s audit manager.


Calvin College has named four new members to its board of trustees: Pedro Aviles of Berwyn, Ill.; William J. Boer of Grand Rapids; David Cok of Rochester, N.Y.; and Ray VanderKooi of Kentwood.

Grand Valley State University libraries have become the first academic libraries to receive the 2014 State Librarian’s Excellence Award for superior customer service by the Library of Michigan Foundation and Library of Michigan.

GVSU’s James H. Zumberge Hall has been awarded LEED Silver status by the U.S. Green Building Council. The recent completion of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons allowed the university to repurpose the former James H. Zumberge Library into Zumberge Hall. The 64,000-square-foot hall and a 26,000-square-foot addition bring together 15 administrative departments.

West Catholic High School announced Hank and Cheryl Makarewicz have pledged $1 million to the West Catholic 50 Year Capital Campaign with the donation going toward building a new main entrance and a state-of-the-art academic learning center.


Eaton, a diversified power management company, has named Marie Smith vice president of information technology for its vehicle group. She will be based in Galesburg.


Mosaic Wealth Management LLC announced Katie M. Rozen, LPL registered principal financial consultant, has joined its office at 5150 Cascade Road SE, Suite A.


The Kalamazoo Valley Intergovernmental Ambulance Agreement unanimously approved the selection of Life EMS Ambulance as an Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service provider for the coming decade. Life EMS Ambulance received the top-rated scores in a competitive RFP/bid process that measured core aspects of a provider’s ability to deliver a continuum of care.

Dr. Sara Franzen has joined the pediatric staff of the Allegan Medical Clinic. She is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine/Children’s Medical Center. 


Sanford House announced the opening of its location at 540 Cherry St. SE. The restored historic home in the Heritage Hill district serves as a residential and outpatient center for women addicted to drugs and alcohol. The house provides an intimate setting where women struggling from substance use are treated with empathy and respect.


Miller Johnson announced attorney Andy Portinga has been elected president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan. Portinga practices law in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage litigation, ERISA litigation and appellate litigation. He is co-chair of the firm’s ERISA litigation practice.


Habitat for Humanity of Kent County announced the additions of Mary Angelo, community ambassador, and Jeffrey A. Ott, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, to its board of directors for three-year terms. Habitat Kent also announced the addition of Marsha Veenstra to its executive committee for 2014-16.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Ross Buitendorp, of Grand Rapids, to the Mental Health Diversion Council.


Chicago Title of Michigan announced the opening of a commercial officein downtown Grand Rapids at 99 Monroe Ave. NW. Tom Pfister, Shelley Modrak and Denise Nowak providetitle insurance and settlement services for local and national transactions, with a focuson business generated by law firms as well as commercial and developer clientele.


Grand Rapids Downtown Market announced Detroit-based Slows Bar-B-Q will open a full-service barbeque restaurant inside the market. It is the restaurant’s first expansion outside Detroit.


USA Triathlon announced the Grand Rapids Triathlon has been chosen to host the 2015 Clydesdale and Athena National Championships for the Sprint, Olympic and Long-Course distances. 2014 was the first time Grand Rapids was chosen to host a USAT National Championship, the Long Course Nationals.


Josh Burgess has joined Quantum Leap Communications as an account executive.

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