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Change Ups: Spruit promoted to president of GRM

July 6, 2018
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Megan Spruit

Megan Spruit, 32, was promoted to president of Grand Rapids Metrology. Spruit joined GRM in 2012 and has held positions in sales and marketing, service management and vice president of operations. GRM is the largest provider of measurement services in Michigan. Spruit, daughter of current CEO Richard Spruit, is the fifth generation of the 96-year-old family business. GRM has offices in Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, Bay City, Battle Creek and Metro Detroit.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

DYS Media LLC opened an office in Holland at 291 W. Lakewood Blvd. in the Lakewood Professional building.

ACCOUNTING

Plante Moran announced Denver-based EKS&H will join Plante Moran on Oct. 1, 2018. The combined firm will become the 11th largest accounting, tax, consulting and wealth management firm in the country.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

The American Institute of Architects Michigan announced its Design Awards for design excellence: Building Category: Rockford Construction; and Zahn Builders Inc.; Low Budget/Small Project Category: Owen Ames Kimball Co.; Firm of the Year: Progressive AE.

ARTS

The Lakeshore Art Festival, in conjunction with the Muskegon Museum of Art, recently held a public unveiling of nine new sculptures in downtown Muskegon, which incorporate real kayaks. They will be installed at various locations along W. Western Avenue and Clay Street, between Seventh Street and Jefferson Street.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is recognizing the 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned photographer Edward Curtis by presenting 150 photogravures from “The North American Indian.” Curtis’s project is comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 700 large portfolio prints that sought to document the Native American tribes of the Western United States. The show runs through Sept. 9.

AWARDS

Atomic Object, Bazzani Building Co., Catalyst Partners, Betterway Imports and Higher Grounds Coffee Co. were recognized as Best for the World, for their social and environmental impact by B Lab, a nonprofit that helps businesses become a force for social good.

Kat Samardzija, Locker Lifestyle founder, was named a FedEx top small business in the U.S., and received a $7,500 grant and $1,000 in FedEx Office services.

The SMG staff at Van Andel Arena was named the Publicity Campaign of the Year at the 39th annual Event & Arena Marketing Conference for its Thank You Cards for the Troops campaign.

SpendMend is a winner of the Supplier Horizon Award from Premier Inc., a health care improvement company.

Realtor Gary L. Vandenberg was named 2017 Counselor of the Year by the Society of Exchange Counselors for representing the society’s motto of “Service, Experience, Counsel.”

BANKING

Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo announced CFS financial advisor Kara Harmsen received her Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation.

BUSINESS SERVICES

EPS Security acquired former Comstock Park based competitor Video-Tech-Tronics.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced its upcoming 2019 Leadership Grand Rapids Class is comprised of 43 people. Leadership Grand Rapids provides an intensive, nine-month program focused on community leadership. The class of 2019 kicks off in late August and runs through May 2019

CONSTRUCTION

John Raimondo was named Triangle Associates Inc.’s chief operations officer.

DESIGN

Custer Inc. hired Quinton Adkins, project manager; Ashley Cook, staff accountant; Kirk Griffes, senior systems design engineer; Patrick Lankford, AV programmer; Bill Spaulding, AV service technician; and Maddie Smit, marketing coordinator.

GOVERNMENT

The city of Coopersville announced it’s joining the MITN Purchasing Group, which connects nearly 200 existing participating agencies from across Michigan to a large vendor pool for bid distribution and management.

The city of Grand Rapids has replaced its parking meter app provider, Parkmobile, with the Motu app, which was customized design for Grand Rapids and allows drivers to monitor their parking sessions, view payment history and receive email receipts.

Britney Brown from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and Amy Bodbyl-Mast from Ottawa County Fiscal Services, were recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the first quarter of 2018.

GRANTS

The Grand Rapids Chamber Foundation was awarded a $396,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek to support the ELEVATE program, which provides structured experiences for minority-owned businesses to aid in their growth.

Rebecca Davis, professor of nursing in the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University, is the recipient of a $2.2-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct an intervention study over five years, testing if visual cues will help residents with dementia or Alzheimer's disease effectively find their way within an assisted living or long-term care facility.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Hilliard Lyons announced the promotion of Michael Wyble to resident branch manager of its office in St. Joseph.

FOUNDATIONS

The Michigan Fitness Foundation Board welcomed Tom Boehr, manager of Amway's Corporate Wellness Program, and Wayman Britt, county administrator/controller for Kent County, to its board.

HEALTH

Network180 announced its CEO, Scott Gilman, decided he will not renew his annual contract. Bill Riley, COO for Network180, will serve as the transition manager until an interim CEO is named.

SmileDirectClub announced the opening of its Grand Rapids brick-and-mortar SmileShop at 250 Monroe Ave. NW.

HUMAN SERVICES

Lauren VanGroningen joined Hospice of Michigan as operations manager.

INSURANCE

Priority Health announced it has submitted a variety of product options on the Affordable Care Act marketplace for approval by state regulators that offer an average 2.5 percent decrease in pricing. Priority Health also will continue to offer five narrow network options that have historically offered 10-20 percent lower rates than broad network plans.

LEGAL

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced Jessica L. Wood joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office as Of Counsel.

MANUFACTURING

Trans-Matic in Holland recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Grand Rapids Police Capt. Michael Maycroft recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving 10 weeks of training and education in leadership, counterterrorism, media relations, forensics, health and wellness, emerging trends and best practices in law enforcement.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department announced the following promotions: Brian Block to information systems coordinator; Joel MacDonald to fire equipment operator; Jon Van Lente to fire equipment operator; John Keillor to fire equipment operator; Adam Lubbers to fire equipment operator; Ron Tennant to deputy fire chief-support services; Aaron Draper to fire equipment operator; David Fountain to fire equipment operator; Todd Wright to assistant supervisor fleet maintenance; Todd VanderWall to deputy fire chief-operations; Darcy Cooper to fire equipment operator; Brad Brown to assistant fire chief-administration; David Olivier to fire lieutenant-fire prevention inspector; Josh Veldkamp to fire lieutenant; Roy LaGrone to fire lieutenant-fire prevention inspector; Dave Noorman to fire battalion chief; Greg Miller to fire lieutenant-training; Wes Kelley to fire chief-training; Don Gerkey to fire captain-prevention; Steve Lohman to fire captain-training; Mark Fankhauser to fire captain; and Steven MacBride to fire captain-EMS coordinator.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Michigan Office for New Americans, director Bing Goei, CEO of Eastern Floral and the Goei Center, is retiring from service in state government.

TRANSPORTATION

Northern Jet Management hired Nick Van De Sompele as flight operations-scheduling manager; Mary Shad was promoted to the newly created position of senior accounts manager.

WEBSITES

UFP Business School launched a new website, ufpbusinessschool.com, that features students from the school’s first class who will be graduating in August 2018 and taking jobs with Universal Forest Products’ operations across North America.

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