Change Ups: Oxford Financial signs long-term lease
Oxford Financial Group signed a long-term lease for a 6,882-square-foot space located at 85 Campau Ave. NW. Oxford intends to relocate from a nearby office building because it cannot expand within the building. Construction is underway and is slated to be completed by the end of December. Oxford anticipates opening its new office in the first quarter of 2018. NAI Wisinski of West Michigan represented the landlord and Colliers International represented Oxford Financial Group.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Concept Design President Stephen Fry received the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Andrew Eckert is the recipient of the Young Architect of the Year Award.
Grand Rapids Art Museum recently celebrated 10 years at 101 Monroe Center St. NW.
Grand Valley State University Facilities Planning Department is the recipient of Builders Exchange of Michigan’s inaugural Sustainable Construction and Innovation Award for its ongoing commitment to the high green building standard of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Grand Rapids production company Gorilla’s world premiere of its short film thriller “Demon” was viewed at the Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation president Diana R. Sieger is the recipient of Senior Neighbors Inc.’s Twilight Shining Star Award.
AG Collaborative, a joint effort of Abbey Johnston and Gregory James, recently launched to serve companies of all sizes with custom leadership development, coaching and training.
Kitchen and Bath Express opened a location at 1086 E. Sternberg Road in Norton Shores.
Chemical Bank joined the Rotary Club of Holland as a corporate member.
Michigan Office Solutions announced the appointment of Paul Hartley as president.
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announced the promotion of Carla Flanders to vice president of marketing and the additions of Jodi Kittle as communications manager, Kristin Knop as events director and Sue Carpenter as member services liaison.
Zeeland-based Rua Associates LLC, in partnership with ClearVision Inc. of Metro Detroit, announced the sale of Shelby EyeCare in Shelby Township to Dr. Darren Smarch of Eyewear Detroit.
Custer Inc. opened a second office at 320 Hall St. SW.
Ada-based Amway and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition collaborated on the Malnutrition Mapping Project, which is featured in a Business Partnership Case Study by the Harvard Kennedy School.
Davenport University’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council was ranked 10th in the nation among Employee Resource Groups recently recognized at the ninth annual ERG & Council Honors Award ceremony in Orlando.
Grand Valley State University reached a cooperative agreement that will enable its premedical students early assurance of admission with Central Michigan University College of Medicine. The agreement includes, but is not limited to, waiving supplemental application fees and processing endorsed students on an earlier admissions timeline.
Mark and Christine Fazakerley and Linda Juarez of Muskegon were recognized as School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan’s Apple co-winners for making outstanding contributions to school-based health centers.
Western Michigan University student Tanja Frederick was honored with the Crime Prevention Volunteer Award by the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan for her contributions to the Grand Rapids Area Hoarding Task Force.
Matthew S. Smartt, wealth advisor for Belmont-based Henrickson Nauta Wealth Advisor, was authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the Certified Financial Planner and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek funded a $750,000 three-year grant to Generations United, in partnership with National Indian Child Welfare Association and A Second Chance Inc., to recruit and prepare family caregivers to join Generations United's GrAND Voices network, a group of family caregiver advocates who educate, represent and testify on behalf of grandparents and other relatives raising children.
Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Holland general manager Grant Hirst was named one of 30 GMs to Watch by national trade magazine “Hotel Management.”
Delta Hotels (formerly the Ramada Plaza) by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport completed its total-property renovation and conversion to the new Delta by Marriott brand. Its opening marks the first Delta-branded property in the region and an all-new, modernized identity for the hotel.
Adam Walker joined education law firm Lusk Albertson as an associate attorney. Walker will work directly with school districts on labor and employment matters, statutory compliance and the defense of contested matters, both in administrative tribunals and the courtroom.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Gymco announced its new Gentle Gymnastics classes for adults of every age and ability, including non-athletes who want to learn to move well and athletes who want to move better.
The Niles Scream Park in Niles broke its all-time attendance record for a Friday night, Oct. 13, welcoming 8,258 interior attraction visitors.
The Ottawa County Park and Recreation Commission unveiled preliminary plans for an upgraded marina facility and enhanced park land on Lake Macatawa at its Historic Ottawa Beach Parks site. Plans calls for replacement of the existing marina with 46 new boat slips, extension of the public waterfront walkway, public restrooms, a universally accessible kayak launch and landscaped greenspace with seating along the waterfront for public use. The marina and waterfront plan represents the final step in renovating the Historic Ottawa Beach properties.
Salvatore “Sal” Semola joined Gun Lake Casino in Wayland as president and chief operating officer.
SMG regional general manager Richard MacKeigan was recognized on Billboard’s Arena Power Players list naming top arena executives “for their leadership of venues that dominate Billboard Boxscore worldwide rankings.” With a reported $12 million in gross ticket sales, MacKeigan and the Van Andel Arena rank No. 6 worldwide and No. 2 in North America for venues with a capacity range of 10,001 to 15,000.
C.H. Robinson’s Grand Rapids office hosted internal events, including raffles and on-site food trucks, raising $12,000 for Westwood Middle School, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, Be Nice Foundation and Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary.
Dematic announced it will consolidate the Egemin Automation and NDC Automation brands into a single global Dematic brand. Starting in 2018, all of Egemin’s and NDC’s warehouse automation solutions will be globally branded and available to the market as Dematic.
Lindberg/MPH in Riverside announced the shipment of two electrically heated Pacemaker integral quench furnaces that will be used for carburizing and hardening applications.
Medizone International Inc. in Kalamazoo announced the appointment of Philip A. Theodore as executive vice president — operations and administration, general counsel and corporate secretary. It also announced it has entered into an agreement for the introduction and distribution of AsepticSure in the Nordic Region. Medizone granted Aglon as exclusive distribution rights for the AsepticSure®system in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
Meritage Hospitality Group, Wendy’s franchisee, announced it has reopened its Wendy’s restaurant at 480 68th St. SW in Cutlerville following the Smart 55 Design that was constructed on a smaller footprint than a traditional Wendy’s restaurant.
Michigan State University and University of Georgia men’s basketball teams recently presented a check for $339,448.90 to the American Red Cross before an exhibition basketball game at Van Andel Arena. The game became a sudden and last-minute addition to the schedule to raise funds to support disaster relief efforts.
Holland Energy Fund in Holland was recognized as Innovator of the Year at the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards for its energy waste reduction achievements.
The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission received a $600,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. WMSRDC will partner with its West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area partners, which includes Ottawa County Parks, to launch efforts to control and eradicate Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive species now established in Michigan that has damaged forests along the east coast over the past decade.
EarthTronics in Muskegon has introduced a new multifunctional plug-in LED bulbs designed to replace pin-based compact fluorescent lamps in a variety of popular applications, including general office, medical and hospitality.
Terryberry announced a new feature to its 360 Recognition Platform’s Organizational Communication is designed to engage executive teams more deeply in the recognition process and provide a channel to communicate high-level company goals to employees.
Open Systems Technologies was named a 2017 IoT Innovator by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company. OST is one of only 22 solution providers in North America to be honored with the inaugural award.
Zeeland-based Extol and CEMAS reached an agreement that appoints Extol as the sole distributor of CEMAS’s vibration and hybrid vibration welding machines in the United States and Canada. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can purchase from CEMAS’s wide selection of vibration welding machines through Extol, and Extol will build and provide tooling, stock and supply spare parts, and offer service and support.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority announced the hiring of Alex Peric as its chief operating officer.