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Change Ups: Lowing snags Hyperion Award

May 13, 2016
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Dave Lowing

Dave Lowing of Lowing Light & Grip has earned the 2016 Hyperion Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Film, Television and Production Community from the 5th Annual Eclipse Awards. The event honors Excellence in Craft in the fields of film, television and writing. Lowing’s mentoring of filmmakers and content creators have made it possible for them to see their vision realized, thanks to his practical approach to problem solving in pre-production and production.


Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the promotions of Thomas Gray II and Jeffrey A. Schumaker to senior vice president, principal.


John Ball Zoo received the Quarter Century Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for maintaining AZA accreditation continuously for 25 years or more and for its commitment to animal care, welfare, conservation and education.


George W.C. Walker III, a student at Baker College of Muskegon’s Culinary Institute of Michigan, is the recipient of a 2016 Outstanding Citizenship Award presented by the City of Muskegon and Muskegon Rotary Club.

Genius Phone Repair was the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the Best Facebook Page category at the 14th Annual American Business Awards.

Koops Inc., a manufacturing engineering company in Holland, has been named ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association of Michigan.

Plante Moran has received the Many Hands One Vision Award from Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, an organization committed to improving quality of life through equine-based therapy.


First National Bank of Michigan announced the addition of Charles Slauer, vice president, commercial banker, and Jeff Timmer, mortgage loan originator, serving the Greater Grand Rapids market.

Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Jeff Hyde, vice president of commercial lending.


Blackford Capital announced associate Joseph Presutti, who leads the firm’s deal execution team, has been selected by The M&A Advisor to receive an Emerging Leaders Award.


Above Roofing & Exteriors in Jenison has been selected by Remodeling magazine to join its Big 50 Award winners. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner Oct 25-27 in Kansas City, Missouri

Morris Builders Inc. in Rockford has been named a 2015 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact Inc. The firm also announced the addition of project estimator Mark Beach.

Schaafsma Heating and Cooling was named Large Contractor of the Year by the National Comfort Institute during its 2016 Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia.


Rehmann received accolades in the latest Vault Accounting 50 rankings that highlight the best accounting firms to work for. It achieved No. 23 overall and reached the upper echelon in multiple categories: No.16 for work-life balance; No. 17 for client interaction; No. 17 diversity for women; No. 18 for firm leadership; and No. 19 for culture.

Watkins Ross, an actuarial, consulting and retirement plan administration firm, welcomed Elizabeth Veenhoven to its actuarial team.


Community Mental Health of Ottawa County will receive $241,000 over the next two years from the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards to implement its evidence-based treatment program, Senior Reach.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded grants to local homeless housing and service programs: Bethany Housing Ministries/Community Encompass/Veterans Supportive Housing in Muskegon, $52,129; Community Rebuilders/Rapid Rehousing Collaborative, $782,976; Kent County/Shelter Plus Care; Ottawa County in Holland/Permanent Housing Assistance For Homeless Persons With Disabilities, $145,122; Every Woman's Place/EWP Reallocation PSH in Muskegon, $32,853; Good Samaritan Ministries/Collaborative Transitional Housing in Holland, $327,204; Haven Of Rest Ministries Life Recovery Program in Battle Creek, $106,467; Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services in Kalamazoo, $58,559; and Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission, $44,370.


Grand Rapids family physician John E. vanSchagen was presented with a Presidential Citation during the 151st annual meeting of the Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates in Dearborn.

The Michigan State Medical Society in Dearborn announced Grand Rapids anesthesiologist David Krhovsky, M.D., is its new president. Krhovsky is also the vice president of medical affairs at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

Planned Parenthood affiliates Planned Parenthood Mid, South Michigan and Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan have merged to become Planned Parenthood of Michigan. PPMI is headquartered in Ann Arbor with administrative offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Traverse City. All health centers and offices remain in their current locations.


Pregnancy Resource Center elected the following as board officers: chair, John DeBlaay, Dan Vos Construction Co; vice chair, Peter Baldwin, AMDG Architects Inc.; treasurer, Rick Rusthoven, KSS Enterprises; and secretary, Molly Klimas, IntentPR.


Miller Johnson has relocated to the Calder Plaza Building and is the anchor tenant at Arena Place, 45 Ottawa. Its new location allows the firm to offer more sophisticated technology and efficiencies in meeting client needs.

Warner Norcross & Judd partner Melissa N. Collar has been elected a 2016 fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


WZZM 13 has been named a Station of the Year during the 2015 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, based on cumulative points scored. Other WZZM 13 wins include: Best Investigative Story, New Media, Best News Special, Best Weathercast, Best Feature/Use of Medium and Best Commercial.


Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced the appointment of Timothy Chester, of Grand Rapids, and the reappointment of Larry Wagenaar, of Ada, to the Michigan Historical Commission.


Fox Powersports recently held the grand opening of its 56,300-square-foot superstore representing 14 brands on a 7-acre campus in Wyoming at 720 44th St. SW.


Van Andel Research Institute chief scientific officer Peter Jones is the second VARI scientist to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

MPI Research in Mattawan announced its board of directors has named Robert H. DeWit president. DeWit has 25 years of global preclinical drug development and toxicology experience.


SalesPad LLC announced the launch of an electronic-data interchange integration for Microsoft Dynamics GP powered by the SPS Commerce Retail Network, which employs a ready-made, easy-to-use integration that seamlessly exchanges data out of and into SalesPad Desktop for omni-channel retail operations.

Worksighted in Holland has hired Tom Borum, account executive for the Lakeshore Territory team in Holland.

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