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Change Ups: Custer/Start Garden project

March 20, 2015
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Custer/Start Garden

Start Garden credits Custer for engendering an innovative space that will help brainstorm ideas, host entrepreneurs, developers and community supporters, serve as a meeting place for individual and group work, and support events hosted onsite. Custer provided furnishings for Start Garden’s offices, conference and meeting rooms, open workspaces, café and touchdown areas. Partners included: Steelcase, Lorenz & Co., AMDG Architects, Triangle Associates Inc., Studio Wise and CWD Real Estate.


Amy A. Rhudy has joined Helmholdt+Co. LLP as staff accountant.

Plante Moran has been named to Fortune Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For for the 17th consecutive year.


Revel of downtown Muskegon and Grand Rapids received three silver and one gold West Michigan's 2015 American Advertising Awards.


Consumers Energy presented $25,000 to the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator in Ottawa County to support new business development centered on commercializing ag-technology ideas and inventions.


Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the following additions: Jeffrey Hammond, senior architect/construction administrator; Brian Smits, senior environmental engineer; Nathan Torrey, civil engineer; Penni Mahler, environmental data specialist; Kevin Aalderink, senior architect; Ronald Duimstra, construction administrator; Shawn Lettow, staff architect; and Steven Romkema, intern architect.


The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts announced Katie Zychowski has been named marketing and communications coordinator.


The West Michigan Association of Health Underwriters was recognized with Gold Certification as part of the National Association of Health Underwriter’s Chapter Certification Program.


Calvin College pre-health advisor Larry Gerbens was honored with Grand Rapids Lions Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award for making vision improvement and vision loss elimination his life’s work.


FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids was named one of the top centers of more than 570 locations worldwide at the 2015 FASTSIGNS International Convention in Dallas.

Lindsey Sage has joined Custer as director of healthworks and strategic accounts.

Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce announced its annual award recipients: Person of the Year, Rick Seese; Business Appreciation Award, Keiser's Kitchen; Best Business to Watch, River Edge Bed and Breakfast and Gathering Place; Most Promising New Business, Red Barn Market; Nonprofit Spotlight, Lowell Women's Club; and Brick Awards, J&H Mobile and Timpson Transport.


Fence Consultants of West Michigan has been awarded Best Of Houzz for Design.

Rockford Construction announced the addition of Jennifer Boezwinkle, vice president of business development, to its board of directors.

Triangle Associates has appointed Brianne Pitchford, senior project manager; Steve Moore, construction superintendent; and Cody Watt, employee relations administrator.

Vos Glass welcomes Edward Woods as business development/sales coordinator.


Calvin College has selected Sarah Visser vice president for student life. She will begin her tenure at Calvin College July 1.

Davenport University announced Paula D. Cunningham, president and CEO of Capitol National Bank in Lansing, has joined the university’s board of trustees.

Juan Olivarez, president of Aquinas College, has been elected to the Council of Independent Colleges board of directors, which provides services and initiatives to independent colleges and universities.

Richard F. Suhrheinrich, senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and former president of Detroit College of Law, and Kenneth V. Miller, a Kalamazoo businessman and Western Michigan University trustee, have been elected to four-year terms on the board of directors of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan presented the 2015 ACEC Small Firm of the Year Award to Byce & Associates Inc. of Kalamazoo.


Avon Breast Health Outreach Program awarded a $26,300 one-year grant to Catherine’s Health Center to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and to assist low income and underinsured women in accessing services.


Emmanuel Hospice announced Dr. Lawrence Burns as chair and James Brady as immediate past chair of its board of directors.

Dr. Erica Anderson has opened Bright Life Family Chiropractic PLLC at 3097-29th St. SE. Details:


Lodgco Hospitality announced it has completed the renovation of 94 guest rooms and suites and all public spaces at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Rapids North in Walker.


Guiding Light Mission added John Dice to its board of directors.


Miller Johnson announced the additions of Stephanie Farmer and Rachel Walker, litigation paralegals, in the Grand Rapids office.


Baker Perkins promoted Katie Winkle from aftermarket customer service representative to project manager.

DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne announced the addition of Andy Hills, sales engineer.


The U.S. Navy announced the Junior Sea Sailor of the Year is Petty Officer Second Class Timothy Wright, of Wyoming, a submarine-qualified sonar technician assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Toledo. Wright is a 2002 graduate of Wyoming Park High School.


Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Mark Jansen, of Grand Rapids, and Beth Emmitt, of Byron Center, to the Human Trafficking Commission; Ruth Rondon, of Wyoming, and Jeffrey Jackson, of Grand Rapids, to the Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board; and Beverly Grant, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Community Service Commission.


The Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan has elected its 2015 administrative assistants committee: chairperson, Stephanie Myers; vice-chairperson, Kari LaPlaunt; committee members: Carol Breen, Sandie Bruggink, Diane Dusendang, Erika Genz, Jill Langosch, Cheryl Lindgren, Linda Neiser, Shawna Pendergrassand Linda Swanson.

Patrick Mohney has joined Berkshire Hathaway Michigan Real Estate – Commercial in Grand Rapids.

Sun Title has added Diane Chiles, senior commercial escrow officer, and Derek Nelson, digital media specialist.


The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification announced Rebbcca Barnes and Nate White, of SERVPRO of Muskegon & Holland/W. Ottawa Co., have qualified as certified water restoration technicians.


Trivalent Group Inc. in Grandville appointed Peter Young virtual chief information officer, to guide Trivalent’s managed services clients toward aligning their business needs with the proper technology.

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