Change Ups: Enslen recognized as Leader in the Law
Michigan Lawyers Weekly recognized Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Pamela C. Enslen as one of the year’s Leaders in the Law. The award recognizes attorneys who are changing the law by expanding access to justice as well as improving the profession and their communities. Enslen currently serves as chair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group and has extensive experience in business, employment and commercial litigation.
Dan Carter Advisors CPA PLC of Ada announced the addition of Daniel J. Crawford as tax manager.
Battle Creek’s Kingman Museum, exhibit “Great Minds: Curiosity,” is open through the end of May in the museum’s lower level exhibit area, showcasing many strange and unusual collection items, each with a unique story to tell and scientific facts for visitors to learn. Details: kingmanmuseum.org.
Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven appointed Julie Bunke its director.
Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court’s Adult Drug Treatment Court was selected as a mentor court by the United States Department of Justice and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Only nine of 3,000 courts in the U.S. were chosen for the award.
Ryan Minkus, county engineer for the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County, was recognized by the County Road Association of Michigan as the 2016 CRA Urban Engineer of the Year.
X-Rite Inc., and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, are the winners of this year's world-renowned iF DESIGN AWARD for their Total Appearance Capture scanner, part of a comprehensive solution that brings a new level of accuracy and realism to the capture, communication and digital presentation of physical materials in the virtual world.
The Wyoming Department of Public Safety recognized Carmen Morales as Officer of the Year, Lance Bowman as Firefighter of the Year and Milt Zaagman as Civilian of the Year. Detective DJ VerHage and firefighter Brad Dornbos received the Chief’s Award of Professional Excellence.
Community West Credit Union, headquarters in Kentwood, and Tradewinds Credit Union, headquarters in Comstock Park, jointly announced their intent to merge subject to regulatory and other approvals. Once merged, the combined organization does not anticipate any changes to staffing or branch offices. Tradewinds was founded in 1956; Community was founded in 1967.
Macatawa Bank announced David Klingenberg joined its retail team as branch manager of its Holland office, at 12415 Riley St.
United Bank has a new logo and tagline: “Real solutions.”
Growth Business Consulting LLC announced it opened an office at 4110 Lake Michigan Drive, Suite B. Services include bookkeeping, marketing and social media marketing. Its number is (616) 610-2517.
Wayland-based Windemuller achieved Network of Preferred Installer status from Corning Optical Communications LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning Inc.
Zeeland-based HR Solutions Group of West Michigan hired Kimberly Peters, talent acquisition specialist, and Allison VanderPloeg, consulting services coordinator.
Dan Colella joined the Bazzani Building Co. as executive vice president.
Davenport University welcomed Michael Markovits as its second Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Students engaged with Markovits, who served in leadership roles for General Electric and IBM, through a series of talks and interactive sessions, including a Student Leadership Symposium that helped students explore their leadership traits and enhance leadership skills.
Legacy Trust promoted Brian Balke to assistant vice president, portfolio manager.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The Amway Grand Plaza welcomed Chris Madsen as executive chef. In addition to his promotion, 2017 marks Madsen’s 20th anniversary with AHC+Hospitality, owner-operator of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and three other hotel properties.
Bier Distillery in Comstock Park announced the release of the first absinthe: Henry’s Absent Absinthe Verte is available for tasting and in 375 milliliter bottles for purchase in Bier Distillery’s tasting room, 5295 West River Drive in Comstock Park.
Long Road Distillers released a new gin made in collaboration with members of the Greater Detroit chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild. Long Road Bartender's Blend Gin is the third gin in the distillery’s growing line-up of spirits.
Exalta Health received $1,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation to provide preventative dental care to residents of the Burton Heights area of Grand Rapids.
Medizone International Inc. in Kalamazoo, the developer of AsepticSure, entered into a definitive agreement with EMA Partners, retaining them as the company’s advisor for financing and investment banking matters.
Skytron announced the promotion of Amy Saunders-Ferriell to vice president of human resources.
Spartan Core Training Wellness Center announced its new facility in Grand Rapids at 5330 S. Division Ave. offers a total mind, body and spirit approach to getting and staying healthy, both physically and mentally.
Mike Brouwers was named 2017 Young Charger of the Year by the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents. The Brouwers Agency LLC is a full service independent insurance agency located in southeastern Grand Rapids, offering business and personal lines insurance products.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partners Charles E. Burpee, Susan Gell Meyers and Jonathan P. Kok were elected to three-year terms to the firm’s management committee.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Ottawa and Allegan County Parks are offering group walks for those interested in getting their weekly steps with a group during a six-week program, starting April 8, designed to help participants spring into fitness and get moving after a cold winter. Ottawa County GIS Department designed a map for participants to watch their progress along the trail: bit.ly/ottcomap.
Hilliard, Ohio-based VARGO hired Juan Sanchez as a project engineer to work out of its Grand Rapids location.
Color House Graphics Inc. recently marked 30 years of business activity. The company was founded in 1987 by a small group of former Zondervan in-plant printing employees and has grown from a small printing business to a nationally recognized provider of digital and offset printing and book manufacturing.
Holland-based Code Blue Corp. director of engineering & operations Carol Wheeler is the recipient of Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award from The Manufacturing Institute.
Menominee-based L.M. Foods is the new owner of the former Plumb’s chain of stores in the Muskegon County grocery market. Its new name for the chain is Great Lakes Fresh Market. The stores will be renovated and upgraded in stages over the next several months.
CARSTAR 76 Collision announced it has been certified for the second year as a ProFirst Certified body shop, a program launched in March 2015 by American Honda Motor Co. that identifies a select group of collision repair facilities committed to a high degree of training, proper tools and equipment, and professional customer care.
Griffin Pest Solutions Inc. in Kalamazoo added Associate Certified Entomologists Christina Buell and Josh Reed.
Muskegon-based EarthTronics’s Energy Star lamps are reducing electricity consumption, while maintaining a warm, inviting dining environment at Sauce Pizza and Wine’s 11 neighborhood fast casual dining eateries and online ordering in Arizona.
X-Rite Inc., and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced the company acquired the ColorCert software assets from Nelissen Consulting, a privately held company in Germany.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics named the West Michigan Airport Authority of Holland as the Airport Sponsor of the Year (General Aviation Airport Category).