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Change Ups: RWGR offers new ‘Chef’s Choice’

July 20, 2018
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The Aug. 8-19 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will feature a third “Chef’s Choice” option that will be available during the 12-day culinary event. RWGR offers three options and price points: two courses for $15 per person (available lunch and dinner); two courses for $25 per person (dinner); and Chef’s Choice for over $25 per person (dinner). The Chef’s Choice option is intentionally structured with very few guidelines for restaurants to follow. The only limit is the imagination of the chef. Participating restaurants donate $1 for every RWGR meal sold to the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education scholarship fund.

ACCOUNTING

Beene Garter LLP joined Sage Intacct’s Value Added Reseller Program and added the cloud-based ERP financial software to its current portfolio of tax, audit and business advisory services. Beene Garter now can sell and implement the software to organizations in West Michigan.

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors hired Taylor BoonenbergEmily QuistRyan Smith and Rio Vale as staff accountants, promoted Daniel Harris to senior manager, Nate McCorryJosh Cammenga and Marc Sawyers to manager and promoted Allison Glowacki to senior accountant.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Bergmann is one of three firms initially selected by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association as a preferred provider of grant application services. The national architecture, engineering and planning firm, which includes a Grand Rapids location, will support ASLRRA member railroads in the submission of grant applications for programs currently available from the Department of Transportation and other sources.

Clark Trombley Randers Consulting Engineers announced the election of Jacob Sabins and Scott Floyd to shareholders in the firm.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce moved to 2007 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.

CONSTRUCTION

Owen-Ames-Kimball promoted Adam Tweedy to director of preconstruction.

Triangle Associates Inc. announced John Raimondo was named the company’s chief operations officer. Former COO Jim Huyser transitioned to senior vice president/director of field operations.

EDUCATION

Katherine Moran was named associate dean for graduate programs at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing.

Lindsey Root Luna of the Holland-based Hope College psychology faculty was elected vice president of the Midwestern Region of Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology, a role that also includes serving on the society’s board of directors.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Churchill Mortgage’s Grand Rapids branch hired Timothy Bowditch as a home loan specialist and Kristina Mounts as a transaction coordinator.

FormulaFolios was named to the 2018 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers, which recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S.

Grand Wealth Management announced the addition of Stephanie A. Mushna as an associate financial adviser and welcomed back Janelle Anderson as office operations manager. 

The Principal Financial Group announced the addition of managing director Joe Pearcy to its new Kalamazoo office.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen is Holland-based Great Legs Winery, Brewery & Distillery’s July Artist in Residence. Michmerhuizen, a local Holland artist, exhibits at Riverwalk Studio in Holland, as well.

GOVERNMENT

Chief Judge David M. Murkowski of Kent County Probate Court is highlighted in a recent report issued by the Michigan Supreme Court. The report, “Success Stories: How Probate Courts Work to Protect the People of Michigan,” features Murkowski and five other probate court judges from around the state, examining the problem of mental illness in the criminal justice system and a history of probate courts in Michigan.

The city of Grand Rapids completed the purchase of nearly 3.7 acres of land along the Grand River for a future public recreational site. The city purchased property at 511, 519 and 525 Monroe Ave. NW from Kent County for $3.3 million and bought land at 533 and 601 Monroe Ave. NW from Michigan State University for $3.8 million.

HEALTH

Crystal Jackson joined Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Services as an office manager.

HUMAN SERVICES

The Grand Rapids Public Schools Ottawa Hills Bengals Football Team recently assisted the Kent County Community Action in a large food distribution event via the Emergency Food Assistance Program distribution for 700-1,000 KCCA households.

LEISURE & RECEATION

The inaugural Pro-Am Paddle Race, part of the Great Lakes Surf Festival, is slated for Aug. 18 at Pere Marquette Beach Park in Muskegon. The Pro-Am is a 5-mile downwind elite paddleboard race that is open to men and women paddleboarders and kayakers.

LEGAL

Thacker Sleight PC announced the addition of estate planning attorney James Moore to their Grand Rapids office. Moore will serve as senior counsel to the firm and will navigate the estate planning team.

MANUFACTURING

Holland-based Coastal Automotive, a Tier 1 global automotive company specializing in passive safety components, hired Luis Olmos González as regional manager for the Mexico region to better serve OEM and Tier 1 suppliers. 

MEDIA

FOX 17 WXMI named Chris Legg director of sales.

NONPROFITS

The Cure Starts Now opened its 38th chapter in Cedar Springs in honor of Brison Ricker. The addition of this new chapter allows The Cure Starts Now to further its mission of funding research for one of the deadliest, most aggressive forms of cancer: DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) — a cancer that primarily affects children.

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan announced the election of board members: Kevin Jeakle, partner, Deloitte Tax LLP; Amy Klimek, senior vice president, Wolverine Worldwide; Diana Lawson, dean, Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business; Mark Mensonides, global supply chain manager, NN/Autocam; and Ingrid Nelson, Keller Williams Realty.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Bri Peña joined Sabo PR as an account coordinator.

SPORTS

Grand Rapids Griffins president Tim Gortsema was named the 2017-18 recipient of the American Hockey League’s James C. Hendy Memorial Award.

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ front office is the recipient of its first Season Ticket Sales Growth Award and Digital Media Excellence Award within the Western Conference of the American Hockey League.

TECHNOLOGY

Streamline Healthcare Solutions in Kalamazoo and PartnerSolutions in Stark County have gone live with Streamline’s SmartCare Managed Care Organization application, a system that consolidates and manages services for 67 agencies across 15 counties, processing over 500,000 claims a year.

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