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Change Ups: KDL first recipient of Champion Award

June 17, 2016
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Kent District Library Award

Kent District Library is the first recipient of Disability Advocates of Kent County’s Community Champion Award. KDL was recognized for acknowledging the value of accessible spaces by creating inclusive environments for all individuals. KDL completed accessibility audits at all 18 branches plus the KDL Service Center. Staff members also were trained in disability decorum. KDL sought Disability Advocates of Kent County’s expertise and requested in-depth assessments of all 19 KDL facilities.


Allegra Marketing, Print & Mail owners Eric and Becky Vetter and Craig and Jennifer Vetter were awarded the 2015 Sales Excellence Award by Alliance Franchise Brands, given to the top 10 percent of the international network of marketing and print services providers.


TowerPinkster announced the appointment of Adam Doubblestein and Matt Slagle to its board of directors. 


Leila Arboretum added 14 new sculptures during the recent 2016 Fantasy Forest Art Carve in Battle Creek’s Fantasy Forest. The new Fantasy Forest Performance Stage will be constructed over the next few weeks to accommodate artists from soloists to concert-sized bands. The final segment of the project will add lighting, trees, a walkway and other amenities.

The Grand Rapids Symphony announced Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger is its new music director. Lehninger has been offered a five-year contract effective July 1 that runs through the 2020-21 season. Lehninger concluded his final season as music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles.


Five Star Window Coatings has moved to 163 Ann St. NE, Grand Rapids, 49505.


Charter Capital Partners announced the closing of the MAF Opportunity Fund. The $5 million fund was over-subscribed, with investment commitments coming from institutional, family office and individual investors. The fund was organized to invest in elite companies from its predecessor fund, Michigan Accelerator Fund I.

FormulaFolios of Grand Rapids announced it has been named to the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. 

Greenleaf Trust of Kalamazoo announced the additions of Ruthanne Vlasicak, project manager, and Jessica D. BallA. Roberts Mollie and Simbarashe M. Chirara, trust operations specialists.


Food For Thought in Honor, an organic specialty food company, has hired Lee Dake as production manager.


John Shea Lehman has been appointed to serve as the City of Grand Rapids’ next fire chief. Lehman has 32 years of experience in the fire service. He recently retired as the City of Aurora, Ill. fire chief — a position he held since 2013.

Ottawa County will create the William VanRegenmorter Memory Garden to honor the late state senator’s lifetime commitment to victims of crime. The garden will be located at the northwest corner of the Ottawa County Courthouse in Grand Haven. It will feature a memorial stone, triple basalt pillar fountain, plaza with decorative paving, benches, planter pots, ornamental trees, shrubs and perennial plants. The garden’s pathway will be lined with bricks engraved with the names of victims. A memorial stone will be placed in the garden that reads, “In memory of victims who have died and those who survive in Ottawa County.”


The Absenger Cancer Education Foundation in Spring Lake has received a $23,971 grant for its Living Well in Breast Cancer Survivorship program from Susan G. Komen Michigan.

The Allegan General Hospital Foundation awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships to 15 recipients during its 2016 Spring Scholarships Awards. Scholarships are given out to graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in health care, as well as children of Allegan Healthcare Group employees and employees of Allegan Healthcare Group. High school recipients: Cecilia Cerven; Katelyn ClarkElijah AdamsElsy Nouna; and Israel Llerena. Allegan Healthcare Group team members: Lynsie Bradley, acute care; Robbi Dobbin, emergency room and laboratory; Jessica Miller, cancer care and infusion center; and Jamie Thorpe, cardiac services, sleep center and pain management.

Elzinga & Volkers in Holland is expanding its medical industry business nationally with Grifols, a global health-care company whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. In the next 18 months, E&V will expand its efforts on behalf of Grifols and develop 109 new locations. 

Holland Home has received a $300,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to offer a dementia education program that includes a simulation exercise that demonstrates to its 1,250 staff what it’s like to live with memory loss.

Holland Home announced Breton Homes North is under development. The 60-acre independent living community will be located at the northern portion of the Breton Woods campus on Breton north of 44th Street in Kentwood. When finished, the development will offer 119 independent living residences, with a mix of standalone and townhomes as well as features and amenities.

Premier Family Eye Care announced its opening at 6748 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. The 2,500-square-foot family medical practice is under the leadership of owner Dr. Jay Crank.

VR Therapy and Counseling Center LLC has been named one of six grand-prize winners in Comcast Business’s Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs contest, a national competition that awards cash and consultation services to entries that explain how they could expand on or modify technology to help enhance their business.


Samaritas announced the promotions of Laura Mitchell to executive director, foster care; Joel Lautenbach to executive director, development; and Lena Wilson to executive director, Lutheran Adoption Service, the adoption services arm of Samaritas.


Secrest Wardle law firm was the platinum sponsor for the Forest Hills Central Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Outing recently held at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club. The outing benefits athletes at FHC and honors former athletes and coaches.


The Image Shoppe has published “The Lake Michigan Beach Guide,” a go-to resource for finding a beach for a day trip, a week-long vacation or to drive the entire coast. For more information, visit the website.


Sun Title has expanded its commercial division by hiring Ed Foltice with a focus on commercial business development.


Jeff Joyce, Michigan Retailers Association board member and co-owner of Mieras Family Shoes, has been named one of America’s Retail Champions by the National Retail Federation for his advocacy on behalf of the retail industry. Joyce also was one of five finalists for the top award of America’s Retail Champion of the Year.


Bishop of the Grand Rapids Diocese David J. Walkowiak ordained on June 4 the largest class of priests since 1990: Thomas J. Cavera, Patrick Jegar N. Fickel, Colin J. Mulhall, and Daniel P. Schumaker.


Charlie’s Canine Care has begun on a seven-acre parcel located at 14105 Ironwood Drive in Tallmadge Township.It will offer round-the-clock care 365 days a year and feature on-site personnel and web cameras so owners can watch their dogs by smartphone or PC.


Envoy announced the addition of a web developer, Tyler Steimle.

Trivalent Group Inc. in Grandville announced it ranks 61st among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers according to Penton Technology’s 9th-annual MSP 501 list and study. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds.

Worksighted has promoted Ben Zuniga to remote support for its team in Holland.

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