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Change ups: Firm converts former school into its office

February 13, 2015
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Fairview Elementary

Feyen Zylstra, a local electrical services firm that specializes in industrial, commercial and institutional electrical projects, renovated the former Fairview Elementary School into its main office.While renovating the building’s basement, crews found a World War II plaque bearing the names of 165 Fairview residents who served in that war. The refurbished plaque was unveiled at a recent open house, where area veterans and their families were able to see it.


Driesenga & Associates Inc. has marked its 20th anniversary. The company was founded in Holland in January 1995, and provides civil engineering, land surveying, environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, materials testing and highway inspection services.


The Kent County Board of Commissioners has appointed Grandville Council member Lee Cook to the Kent District Library board of trustees.


Ken Miller was elected chairman of the board of directors for the Michigan Restaurant Association in Lansing. Miller is CEO of Millennium Restaurant Group in Kalamazoo.


Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced its Chamber Businesses of the Year: manufacturing, Xibitz Inc.; retail, Woodland Mall; and service, Maple Creek Senior Living. Other award winners: Volunteer of the Year Award, Gregg Howard, West Michigan Promotional Group; Committee of the Year Award, 3rd Fridays Networking Lunch Committee; and Distinguished Service Award, Rick Chrisman, Hungerford, Nichols CPA's.


The American Society of Appraisers has accredited Meg Post, manager, Adamy Valuation Advisors. She joins fewer than 5,000 around the world who have earned accreditation.

Amy Hibschman has joined the Varnum Consulting team of coaches. She has experience coaching frontline/customer-facing team members, frontline managers, business unit directions and top executives.

Custer announced the promotion of Todd Custer to chief operations officer. He is transitioning from his role as vice president of sales into overseeing the daily operations of the company.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the election of members to its 2015 board of directors: Meg Burtch, Meijer; Rebecca Dutcher, BluFish Consulting; Jack Keller, Lake Michigan Credit Union; Ruthy Paulson, Kent School Services Network; Veronica Quintino-Aranda, Cherry Street Health Services; Jason Reep; and Bonnie Sawusch, Varnum Law.

DWH has promoted Kirk Koeman to managing partner and named David Nemes a partner.

Tim Mroz, vice president of marketing and communications at The Right Place, has been selected a winner in Development Counselors International’s economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards.


Erhardt Construction in Ada announced Ryan Formsma has joined the company as project manager. His responsibilities include oversight of project scopes, schedules, budgets, quality and safety, as well as contractor coordination and client relations.


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced Calvin College is one of 361 campuses across the country selected to receive the 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.


Argus Financial Consultants announced Geoffrey C. Sadek has joined the firm.


David Marquardt has joined the City of Grand Rapids as parks and recreation director. Marquardt previously worked as a principal planner for Vierbicher Associates Inc. in Madison, Wis., in its urban planning and community development and engineering groups, and as a landscape architect for Ken Saiki Design Inc.

Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC attorney Ronald M. Redick has been appointed a trustee of the Grand Haven Charter Township board.


Grand Rapids Symphony is the recipient of the League of American Orchestras’ Getty Education and Community Investment Grants for its Music for Health program, a health and wellness program in collaboration with Spectrum Health and Perrigo Co. Charitable Foundation that serves patients who suffer with a neurological impairment.

Great Lakes Energy has awarded 13 West Michigan teachers $20,269 in grants for its 2014-2015 Touchstone Energy Classroom Grant Program. The grants encourage teachers’ efforts to better engage students and enhance classroom education through introducing projects using new technologies.


Hospice of Michigan has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Carefor its hospice services, demonstrating compliance with national standards and reflecting its commitment to meeting standards of a higher level of performance and patient care. 

West Michigan Cardiothoracic Surgeons has joined the Spectrum Health Medical Group, creating the new Spectrum Health Medical Group Department of Cardiovascular Services, one of the largest groups of cardiovascular specialists in Michigan.


JW Marriott Grand Rapids has been named No. 1 in overall guest satisfaction among JW Marriott properties in North America. This is the third time the hotel has received this honor since opening in 2007.


United Methodist Retirement Communities Inc. announced Richard Kline has joined as executive director of the Chelsea Retirement Community. Kline was most recently executive director of Covenant Retirement Community in Grand Rapids.


Grandville native Staci R. DeRegnaucourt has been recognized by World Trademark Review for inclusion in its 2015 edition of WTR 1000 – World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. DeRegnaucourt is an attorney with Quinn Law Group in Novi.

Miller Johnson welcomed Mark S. Wilkinson as a member in the Kalamazoo office, and Sara Marscher and Danielle Thompson as paralegals in the Grand Rapids office.

Varnum announced attorney Jamie A. Downes has joined the firm as an associate in the estate planning group in its Grand Rapids office.


Attorney Kimberly M. Large has been elected secretary of the board of directors for the Literacy Center of West Michigan. Large is a civil litigator with Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones.

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan announced the appointment of Sam Beals, CEO, joining LSSM in its Detroit offices. Beals previously was CEO of Wedgwood Christian Services in Grand Rapids.

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for its David D. Hunting YMCA Child Development Center.


Stan Wisinski, principal/associate broker at NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, has been selected as an inductee for the 2014 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News. Wisinski is one of 70 industry professionals in the Midwest selected.


McDonald’s Corp. announced Keith Berg has acquired the McDonald’s restaurants at 1515 N. Patterson in Wayland and 1215 W. State St. in Hastings. Berg also owns two other McDonald’s restaurants in Ionia and Lake Odessa.


Chow Hound Pet Supplies has promoted Kevin Williams to vice president of operations and Ryan Mulder to director of retail operations. Williams has been with the company for 17 years, most recently as general manager. Mulder has worked for 18 years with Chow Hound, starting as a 16-year-old stocker and working his way up to serving as manager at multiple locations.

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