Change Ups: Abed joins Grand Rapids Women’s Health
Dr. Husam Abed joined Grand Rapids Women’s Health practice. Abed’s expertise includes advanced laparoscopic surgery, cystoscopy, hysteroscopy and comprehensive treatment for urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, urogenital fistula, and interstitial cystitis. He is board certified in obstetrics, gynecology and urogynecology, and received his medical degree with honors at Al-Mustansiriya Medical College, Baghdad, Iraq. Abed performed his residency training at Hurley Medical Center/Michigan State University, Flint and his fellowship training at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Stevens Advertising announced its 100th anniversary as the longest-running full-service advertising agency in West Michigan that offers media planning and buying, web development, design services, online marketing and advertising campaigns. Stevens originally was known as The H. & J. Stevens Company, which opened its doors in the Commerce building in downtown Grand Rapids in 1917.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Fleis & VandenBrink announced Jeff Pugh was named senior associate and David Bluhm was named associate.
John Fortunato rejoined Williams & Works as its construction engineering manager.
Betz Industries is the recipient of Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association’s 2017 Celebration of Innovation: Automotive Supplier of the Year Award.
The Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce honored the following at its 36th annual Meeting & Awards Dinner: Manufacturer of the Year, Lacks Enterprises; Retail Business of the Year, Craig’s Cruisers; Service Business of the Year, Valorous Circle; The Daniel McLaren Committee of the Year Award, the Annual Meeting Committee; The Daniel Vandyke Volunteer of the Year Award, Keith Morgan, of All Clean Again; and The Gerald E. Fessell Distinguished Service Award, Terry Merriman, owner, PCO Associates.
Macatawa Bank Corp. in Holland announced the appointment of Craig A. Hankinson as chief operating officer of Macatawa Bank Corp. and Macatawa Bank.
The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce in Holland announced the addition of Jodi Owczarski as director of sales and member engagement.
The Right Place Inc. president/CEO Birgit Klohs was inducted by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (known as MichBusiness) into the Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame. The ceremony was part of the annual Women Thrive Conference program.
Anson Smuts joined O’Keefe as a senior associate.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Harmony Brewing Co. celebrated its fifth year of being in business with a party and a limited edition bottle release of their annual brew Birthday Barleywine, as well as an hour of family fun and a new brunch menu.
The Comcast Foundation in 2016 issued grants of $10,000 each to: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland; Boys and Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore; Grand Rapids Urban League, Inc.; and Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Inc.
Hospice of Michigan hired Andy Holtgrieve as senior director of marketing.
Smith Haughey welcomed attorneys Kimberley Mitchell to its Holland office and Tiffany VanderKolk to its Grand Rapids office.
A statewide courts survey gave the 63rd District Court for Kent County high marks from the public for the fourth year in a row. Survey highlights: 97 percent of court users said court staff treated them with courtesy and respect; 91 percent said they were able to get their business done in a reasonable amount of time; and 87 percent said the judge or magistrate handled their case fairly.
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
Concert industry magazine “Pollstar” ranks DeVos Performance Hall No. 20 in the United States and No. 29 worldwide for theatre venues of all sizes based on reported ticket sales between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. Van Andel Arena ranks No. 35 among arena venues of all sizes in the United States and No. 69 worldwide.
Spectrum Health United Hospital for the 11th consecutive year will serve as the official title sponsor of the 53rd annual Danish Festival in Greenville, Aug. 17-20, with the theme, The Fir Tree.
Columbian Logistics Network – Grand Rapids Distribution Center was awarded renewed status as Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Program worksite, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced for maintaining an outstanding workplace safety and health programs.
Wolverine World Wide Inc. in Rockford announced Todd Spaletto was appointed president of the Wolverine Outdoor and Lifestyle Group and Jim Zwiers to the newly created position of executive vice president. Spaletto will lead the growth of the Merrell, Chaco, CAT, Hush Puppies, and Sebago brands around the world, and Zwiers will lead the company's key strategic transformation initiatives.
Grand Valley State University celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. The Center works and partners with donors and foundations to adopt best practices, helps nonprofit staff and boards strengthen their organizations, and guides community groups in using data.
Kids’ Food Basket received 2,151 pounds of food donations and $20,000 in proceeds thanks to donations made from the recent Comstock Park-based Perrin Brewing’s first Ice Jam Winter Festival.
Lakeshore Advantage’s year-end economic successes include 26 business expansion projects, resulting in $205 million in private investment and 1,052 jobs; nearly $11 million in government funding leveraged for area businesses employees and the community; and supporting 225 entrepreneurs through programming and education; and mentoring 29 entrepreneurs to navigate their next business milestones. Details: lakeshoreadvantage.com/investorguide.
Komen Michigan announced Erica Bills joined the organization as its executive director.
Boileau Communications Management LLC in Holland hired Avery Phillips as communications specialist due to anticipated growth in 2017.
Truscott Rossman in Lansing received two Diamond Awards for successful campaigns with Great Lakes Health Connect and Sinas Dramis Law Firm and a Merit Award for work with Byrne Electrical Specialists by the Public Relations Society of America’s East Central District 2016 Diamond Awards panel.
Ottawa County’s deputy county administrator Keith Van Beek was selected as the 2017 president of the Michigan Municipal Executives, formerly the Michigan Local Government Management Association.
State Rep. Daniela R. García, R-Holland, was named as vice chair of the House Commerce and Trade Committee.
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, announced he will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management.
Lee & Birch will open its third location in downtown Rockford in early March at 39 Courtland St.
Gallagher Uniform in Battle Creek has received its Apparel Services Network membership, allowing the company to enhance service to its existing local customer base and to springboard the company’s ability to service customers with a national presence.
Code Blue Corp. in Holland hired Katie Petre in the newly created role of director of experience.
Kalamazoo-based Lynx Network Group was acquired by Everstream in Cleveland.
Worksighted promoted Matt Maines to chief technology evangelist in Holland. Maines is responsible for providing technological expertise to Worksighted account executives.
Scarlett Inc. launched a website 3DPrintedParts.com.
Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon announced its release of the LM45 and LM75 Series of compact linear lights with MultiDriv and OverDriv Strobe (high-pulse operation) technologies.