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Change Ups: Builders honored for community service

February 26, 2016
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The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation recognized Sable Homes with the Home Builders Care Award, Home Repair Services with the Community Builder Award, and Habitat for Humanity Kent with the Next Generation Workforce Development Award at its Home and Hearth Awards & Benefit. The three organizations were honored for carrying out the HBAGGRF mission of making an impact on those with special housing needs and supporting the development of next-generation housing industry professionals.


Fleis & VandenBrink Associates announced the promotions of Don DeVries and Bob Wilcox to senior associates; and the additions of Tim LeTourneau, developing and leading asset management and water treatment projects; Scott Hall, engineer-in-training; Dan Otero, IT office assistant; Diannielle Ruff, marketing administrative assistant; and Peter Tierney, municipal group intern.

Soils & Structures has hired Ellen Roelofs, laboratory supervisor; Sarah Synnestvedt, civil engineering graduate, in the materials testing department; and Brandon Slayton, geotechnical drilling team.


Dr. Luis Tomatis, director of medical affairs for the Richard M. DeVos family, received the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids’ Service Above Self Award for 2016. An award dinner will be held March 24 at the New Vintage Place.

The Grand Rapids Water System will receive the American Water Works Association’s Dr. John L. Leal Award for improving water quality and for its sound medical/public health expertise and protecting public health.

Hope College professor/chairperson of kinesiology Kirk Brumels has received an Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan welcomed Jack Daley, vice-president of sales and marketing, and Wendell Gafford, business relations team leader.

The Grand Rapids Express Employment Professionals office has moved to 1760 44th St. SW, Suite 10, Wyoming.

Interphase Interiors announced BethAnn Kessel has joined the company as a new business development account executive.

Michigan Small Business Development Center and Small Business Association of Michigan have launched a joint research project to help determine what resources small and medium-size Michigan companies need for future success.


The American Society of Concrete Contractors appointed Kent Companies Corporate Safety Manager Lacey Jansma to the national Safety & Risk Management Council. Jansma is a Certified Safety Manager.


Terry Bocian has announced his retirement as Aquinas College athletic director. Bocian’s 43 years at the college includes 38 years as athletic director, making him one of the longest-serving athletic administrators in the country.


Holland’s New Holland Brewing Co. announced a portfolio-wide packaging update for 2016 that is due to hit markets in March and will continue to roll out throughout the spring and summer. The new design stays true to the corporate colors, brand characters and label art that are synonymous with New Holland beer.


The Grand Rapids Community Foundation board of trustees elected Wayne Wilson, Priority Health senior vice president of government programs, to serve a four-year term as trustee.

The Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Hearts Give Challenge recognized Muskegon County’s Child Abuse Council with a $5,000 donation for participating in the challenge.


The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has received a $40,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to support its Cooking Matters Program, a six-week hands-on culinary and nutrition program that teaches about meal preparation, grocery shopping and food budgeting.


Priority Health announced the appointment of Seth W. Wolk to its board of directors. Wolk is the system chief medical officer of Spectrum Health and president of the Spectrum Health Medical Group.

HOSPITALITY announced Ruth Boven of Castle in the Country B&B in Allegan is a runner-up in its second annual B&B Marketer of the Year Award.


HomeCare of Holland Home has achieved five out of five stars on the latest Home Health Compare Quality of Care survey conducted by Medicare.

Wedgwood Christian Services appointed Rhoades McKee attorney Jake Dunlop to serve on its board of directors for a three-year term.


Catherine Mish announced her resignation as Grand Rapids city attorney to accept an “Of Counsel” position with Dickinson Wright. She will transition her employment in April.

Attorney Kevin O’Dowd has joined Kotz Sangster. O’Dowd brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial, business, municipal and construction litigation.

Kevin McCarthy, an attorney in the Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Kalamazoo office, spoke in St. Petersburg, Florida, to the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association about “Arbitration and Mediation of Cases Involving Racial, Religious and National Origin Harassment.”


American Seating Transportation Group announced Sonny Gordon has been promoted to national sales director for the central and western United States, and Karen Dhanie has joined the company as national sales director for the southern and eastern United States.


First Tee of West Michigan announced local participants Dominic Luciani, 14, and Andrew DeYoung, 18, were selected to represent the chapter at the Feb. 12-14 Golf to Paradise First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Florida. Luciani and DeYoung competed as a team against nine other pairs of students from around the country.


SeyferthPR has hired Brad Back, vice president of reputation management and branding. Back brings more than 30 years of integrated communication experience to the firm, having led a number of national and global branding programs.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Margaret Stephanak, of Portage, and the reappointments of Miranda Krajniak and Steven Wilson, both of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Humanities Council. Grace Smith, of Rockford, has been appointed to the State Historic Preservation Review Board.


Colliers International GroupInc. recognized Duke Suwyn and John Kuiper of Colliers International|West Michigan are among the company’s top performers for 2015 across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

NAI Wisinski of West Michigan welcomed agent Todd Leinberger to its Grand Rapids retail team.

CBRE|Grand Rapids announced Drew Miller, senior vice president, won Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan’s 2015 Regional Development of the Year Award and 2015 Biggest Industrial Lease Award, both for the Kenco Distribution Center in Zeeland. Blake Rosekrans, associate and officer advisor, and Nate Scherpenisse, senior associate and office advisor, received the Biggest Office Sale Award.


Trivalent Group Inc. in Grandville has been named to the 2016 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the MSP Elite 150 category by CRN, a brand of The Channel Co.

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