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Change Ups: Irwin is Athena Award recipient

August 19, 2016
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Shelley Irwin
Shelley Irwin.

Shelley Irwin, host/producer of WGVU’s Morning Show and several local PBS shows, is the recipient of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Athena Award, in recognition of her leadership, mentorship and many contributions to the greater Grand Rapids community. Irwin is a vocal supporter of women and encourages young leaders. Among the organizations she’s been active with are Girls on the Run, Gazelle Girl Half Marathon/5K, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore and Girls Choral Academy.


Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen is the recipient of $2 million from the Corson family of Middlebury, Indiana, and Naples, Florida, to create a new waterfront park on Green Lake, at the core of Interlochen’s campus. The gift is part of the $91 million that has been raised through Create Amazing: The Campaign for Interlochen, a campaign with a goal of raising $100 million.


The Michigan Community Service Commission announced the recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Service Awards: Volunteer of the Year Award: Mike McFarlen of Battle Creek; Senior Volunteer of the Year Award: James Polet of Holland; Youth Volunteer of the Year Award: Aubrey Cohoon of Spring Lake; and Outstanding National Service Program Award: Cherry Health Community HealthCorps of Grand Rapids.

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame announced the Mary Free Bed Guild has been inducted into the 33rd class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. The induction will take place at the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Awards Dinner & Induction Ceremony on Oct. 19 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

Miedema Asset Management Group owners Sid and Scott Miedema were presented with a Special Tribute Award from 34th District Rep. Sheldon Neeley, D-Flint, for their years of charitable support and giving back to the community.


Old National Bank announced David A. Dams has assumed the position of Grand Rapids region president. Dams most recently served as executive vice president at Fifth Third Bank.

Old National Bank has been rated a 5-Star (“superior”) institution on a scale of 0 to 5 by independent bank rating and research firm Bauer Financial of Evansville, Ind.

West Michigan Community Bank announced Peggy Campbell has joined the bank as vice president mortgage loan originator in Holland and surrounding areas.


Dominic Boggiano has joined Rua Associates LLC as a market development specialist.

Grand Rapids Metrology Inc. has acquired the Michigan operations of West Virginia-based Kanawha Scales and Systems. GRM operates five facilities in Michigan (Grand Rapids, Romulus, Bay City, Benton Harbor and Battle Creek).

New York-based High Road Capital Partners announced its portfolio company All Integrated Solutions has acquired Grand Rapids-based Great Lakes Fasteners Corp., a distributor of fasteners and industrial components and provider of vendor-managed inventor programs to original equipment manufacturers.


CD Barnes Construction announced a 6,000-square-foot retail center is under construction at 6755 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Township. Tropical Smoothie Café and Great Clips have signed leases. Design and construction of the building is being provided by Architectural Concepts and CD Barnes Construction, respectively, and NorthStar Commercial is charged with leasing the new development.

Elzinga & Volkers announced it will serve as construction lead on the renovation of a 55,000-square-foot facility in Saginaw for health and human services organization Samaritas. The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced the additions of Riley Fish as project manager; Andre Newsted as cost control coordinator; and David Lamb, Tom Stepanovich, Tanner Wanzer and Sam Moss as carpenters.


Hope College in Holland announced the appointment of board members Sandra Gaddy, Dr. David A. Paul, Matthew A. Scogin, Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown and Tim VandeBunte. Elected were Karl Droppers, chairperson; and Nancy Dirkse DeWitt, secretary. Mark Van Genderen will continue to serve as vice-chair. Former Chairperson Mary V. Bauman and Secretary Dr. David W. Lowry will continue to serve as board members.

Holland-based Hope College Alumni Association announced the election of board members Victoria Chapman, Dr. Jon Soderstrom and Dr. Carl Toren. Katie Schubert was elected vice president. Alison Claucherty was appointed representative of the most recent graduating class, and Josh Augustine was appointed senior class representative.

Grand Rapids Community College announced the renamed Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion; the retirement of its founding director, Christina Arnold, who has worked at GRCC in various positions for 37 years; GRCC’s College Success Center will move under the Woodrick Center umbrella; and Domingo Hernandez-Gomez will succeed Arnold as Woodrick Center director.


Merrill Lynch Wealth Management advisors David A. Lund of Rockford and Timothy Long of Ada were recognized by Wealth Management Magazine in its annual Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in 2016 list, which are ranked exclusively by assets under management custodied at the four wirehouse firms. Only advisors for whom 80 percent or more of assets correspond to retail clients are eligible for the list.


Arcadia Brewing Co. in Kalamazoo has installed two new 100-barrel closed fermentation tanks delivered by Kalamazoo-based Kandler Tool that will allow the integration and use of new yeast strains while maintaining the integrity of the open fermentation cellar where Arcadia’s proprietary yeast strain continues to be cultivated and used to brew traditional Arcadia Ales.

Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association announced the re-elections of Kevin Sullivan, vice president, Alliance Beverage Distributing, as chairman; Joe Fabiano, president, Fabiano Brothers Inc., as vice chair; and Brien Fox, president/CEO of Henry A. Fox Sales Co, as treasurer.


Grandville-based Hickory Hardware, a division of Belwith, announced it has introduced its spring and summer hardware product launch, consisting of 55 new pieces within five new collections.


D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s has been awarded a $479,404 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to be used for the Named Safe Passages program, which recruits and trains recovery coaches to counsel parents who have substance use disorders and have children in the foster care system.The program’s primary goal is to increase the rate of reunification of children in foster care with their biological parents.


Strong Beginnings, a Spectrum Health-administered partnership among nine local agencies that improves maternal/child health and eliminates racial disparities among African-Americans, Latinas and whites, is the recipient of the NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health announced Arbor Circle has received $356,000 to support efforts to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities.


Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC attorney Frederick D. Dilley is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.


Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford announced the appointment of Mike Jeppesen, president of Wolverine Worldwide’s Global Operations Group, to an expanded role as president of the Wolverine Heritage Group, which includes the Wolverine, Bates, Harley-Davidson and HyTest brands. Jeppesen also will continue to lead Wolverine’s Global Operations Group.


TrackCore Operating Room and Medtronic SmartStorage Integration announced it is offering a touchless workflow and an automated chain of custody through RFID-enabled SmartStorage enclosures to provide accurate tracking, near real-time inventory visibility, accountability for hospital staff and a touchless workflow.

Worksighted in Holland has promoted Gustavo Moura to on-site engineer.

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