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August 10, 2018
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Mika Meyers attorney Neil L. Kimball recently was included in the global legal ranking firm Chambers’ guide of professionals who service High Net Worth individuals called “Chambers HNW 2018.” Kimball was listed as one of 24 attorneys in Michigan. The HNW guide includes client comments it received about Kimball, who specializes in business, estate and gift tax planning, estate planning, probate and real estate law, representing numerous individuals and businesses with their planning and business issues.

ACCOUNTING

CapinCrouse LLP, a national CPA and consulting firm with an office in Grand Rapids that is devoted to serving nonprofit organizations, was designated a 2018 IPA 200 Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting. It is the second consecutive year CapinCrouse was named to the list.

AWARDS

Cascade Engineering recently was awarded the Best For the World Award by the nonprofit group B Lab. The recognition highlights Cascade’s efforts to create a positive impact on its workers, the environment and the community. Cascade was only one of three Michigan companies to be recognized in the “overall” category in 2018.

BANKING

Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo reached a new milestone of $1 billion in asset size, making it 95 percent larger than all credit unions in the nation.

Fifth Third Bank was named to Kiplinger’s Best Regional Bank for 2018.

Jim Stephens joined Independent Bank’s residential lending team as a senior residential loan officer and is working from the bank’s East Beltline office. Stephens will originate both first and second mortgages, and be responsible for residential lending in Kent County.

Josh Schaendorf joined Northpointe Bank as a senior loan officer in Northpointe’s Grand Haven loan production office.

Victoria Risenhoover, Dirk Roskam and Kail Venema joined Northpointe Bank as loan officers.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Packaging Compliance Labs welcomed Ryan Sammartino as director of business development.

Vesco Oil Corp. in Southfield acquired Dayton, Ohio-based Accurate Lubricants & Metalworking Fluids Inc., aka Acculube.

CONSTRUCTION

The Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo announced the promotions of Craig Howard from field operations manager to field operations director; Steve Zimmerman from chief estimator to preconstruction services director; Jack Abate and Michele Wreggelsworth from project executives to project management directors; Kyle Frailing from client services manager to senior project manager; and Dan Predl from project engineer to project manager.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s board of trustees awarded $1.45 million in scholarships to 641 students, including high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students, and students pursuing trade certifications.

The Hope College board of trustees appointed Virginia Beard of Holland as a member.

GRANTS

Grand Valley State University College of Education is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from this year’s annual UL Innovative Education Award to go toward the Groundswell Michigan program, which supports educators who want to move beyond classroom walls to teach students about real-world problem-solving in the environment.

GOVERNMENT

The Grand Rapids Police Department recently received Tier 1 accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies during the CALEA summer conference awards banquet recently held at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Ottawa County reports a citizens’ survey concludes 78 percent of its residents said county operations are heading in the right direction; a decade ago it was 54 percent. Seventy-two percent said their tax burden was “about right” compared to 55 percent in 2008. The county has the fifth-lowest millage rate in the state when compared to all 83 Michigan counties.

HEALTH

Allegan General Hospital’s Pain Management Center announced the addition of providers Dr. Khurram Khan, M.D., and physician assistant Terrence Thomas.

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health in Wyoming welcomed interventional radiologist Guillermo Sanchez, M.D.

Nick Manzer joined The Center for Physical Rehabilitation’s Cascade location (5060 Cascade Road SE) as a physical therapist.

Zach Smith was named executive director for Grand Rapids Ophthalmology by Blue Sky Vision. Smith succeeds Bob Wolford, who served in the role for 33 years and will continue as senior adviser during this transition.

LEIUSURE & RECREATION

Ottawa County Parks and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan jointly have purchased a 345-acre property that sits between green space owned by Grand Haven and Ferrysburg cities and North Ottawa Dunes. The property is now co-owned by Ottawa County Parks and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, and will be open to the public Oct. 15 following boundary marking, safety improvements, and sign and trail marking installations.

LEGAL

Bloom Sluggett PC announced the addition of attorney Danielle Dawson. Dawson’s focus is on federal litigation, criminal law enforcement and employment law.

Miller Johnson’s estate planning group for the third consecutive year was ranked with the highest ranking (Band 1 of 5) with Chambers High Net Worth Guide. Key attorneys also were recognized: Robert Brower at Band 1; Christopher Edgar and Lauretta Murphy at Band 2; and Raj Malviya for Up and Coming. 

The WMU-Cooley Law Review recognized local attorney John J. Bursch (Bursch Law) for co-authoring the most scholarly briefs filed with the Michigan Supreme Court in 2017. Honors were presented during the Law Review’s 33rd annual Distinguished Brief Award ceremony at the Country Club of Lansing. Bursch and attorneys Mary Massaron (Plunkett Cooney), Alexandrea W. Wald and Mark Spatz (Cohen & Greeser) were recognized for their brief filed in Nexteer Automotive Group v. Mando America Corp.

MANUFACTURING

TGW Systems announced its Grand Rapids-based subsidiary is working with the United States and Michigan Departments of Labor to initiate one of the first company based Mechatronics paid apprenticeship programs in the nation that focuses on the underemployed and military veterans. The program for each apprentice lasts approximately 16-24 months, and after completing the program, the newly certified Mechatronics technicians have the opportunity to utilize their skillsets with one of the departments within TGW.

NONPROFITS

The American Red Cross of Michigan named Tiffany Page as executive director for West Michigan.

Erik Alberg, technical director for events and conferences at Hope College in Holland, was elected a commissioner of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, a national professional association for theatre and live-entertainment production professionals.

Quota International of Grand Rapids announced the installation of its board of directors for 2018-19: president, Sue Scharf, director, Wellness Forum Health; president elect, Betsy Smith, teacher consultant, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District; secretary, Diane Friar, retired CPA, former partner, Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co.; treasurer, Jenny Seckinger, assistant controller, G.A. Richards Group; directors, Pam Howland, retired, Bank of America; and Kathy Freeman, retired, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, state of Michigan.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Lambert, Edwards & Associates hired Arlen-Dean Gaddy as national director of business development. Gaddy will serve as the principal manager of new client relationships throughout the Midwest and coast to coast. 

SeyferthPR promoted Bill Herbst to vice president.

RESTAURANTS

Zeytin Turkish Restaurant recently celebrated its grand opening at 7437 River St. in the Ada Village. Its new two-story building is 40 percent bigger that its previous Ada location. The eatery is known for its made-from-scratch Mediterranean cuisine. The new restaurant has two outdoor patios and the signature décor that is part of the Zeytin experience, including Turkish music and hand-made Oriental rug cushions in the booths.

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