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Change Ups: RedWater reaches agreement to acquire Boatwerks
The RedWater Restaurant Group executed a definitive agreement to acquire Boatwerks, a waterfront-dining restaurant at 216 Van Raalte Ave. in Holland on Lake Macatawa. Joe Walsh opened Boatwerks in 2006 and additions started in 2008 when an outdoor patio bar was added. A year later, glass walls along the boardwalk were added to create waterfront tables; in 2013, a remodel of the dining room and indoor lounge, and the addition of Boatwerks’ banquet and catering building was completed. In the summer of 2015, a new 5,600-square-foot event center featuring more than 3,300 square feet of banquet and conference room space, as well as new restroom facilities and a bride’s room, were added.
Safety consulting firm Tammy K. Clark Companies is the quarterly recipient of CD Barnes Construction’s Key to Our Success Award. Clark has worked diligently with the CD Barnes team on first aid certifications, safety inspections, safety kickoff meetings and specific subcontractor one-on-one trainings.
Brooke Corbin joined the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce as business services program manager and Travis Richardson as events manager.
Gallagher Uniform appointed Kevin Gallagher as the company’s new plant manager. Gallagher will direct a team of more than 35 processing associates within the state-of-the-art uniform rental, laundry and supply facility. A fifth-generation Gallagher, he also will continue to oversee all stockroom operations. Gallagher was previously the company’s IT manager.
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council will host its 15th annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup on Sept. 8. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s event, making it the largest one-day river cleanup in Michigan.
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation in Cascade welcomed Julie Johnson PT, DPT to its team. Johnson has a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego. After graduating, she moved to Uganda East Africa where she worked as a physical therapist at a pediatric neurosurgical hospital run by Cure International.
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
SMG-managed venue Van Andel Arena ranked as the No. 2 venue in North America and No. 13 worldwide on VenuesNow magazine’s midyear top stops list for arena venues with a capacity between 10,001 and 15,000. Pollstar’s midyear list ranks Van Andel Arena at No. 31 in the United States and No. 60 worldwide among arena venues of all sizes, while DeVos Performance Hall, another SMG-managed venue, ranks No. 36 in the U.S. and No. 43 worldwide for top theater venues. Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall appeared on Billboard’s midyear charts, as well, with the arena ranking No. 2 for North American venues and No. 9 worldwide with a capacity between 10,001 and 15,000, and DeVos Performance Hall ranking No. 12 in the United States and No. 14 worldwide for venues with a capacity of 5,000 or less.
Bloom Sluggett PC announced Jeff Sluggett was selected as the 2019 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for his work in the field of municipal law in the Grand Rapids metro area.
Mika Meyers PLC announced three of its attorneys were named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers in America: William A. Horn named Grand Rapids’ 2019 Oil and Gas Law Lawyer of the Year; Scott E. Dwyer named Grand Rapids’ 2019 Employment Law – Individuals Lawyer of the Year; and James F. Scales named Grand Rapids’ 2019 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year.
Rhoades McKee announced five of its attorneys were recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers of America. Lawyer of the Year: John Lichtenberg, litigation – ERISA; Paul McCarthy, litigation – banking and finance; Mary Jane Rhoades, environmental law; Thomas Saxe, family law; and Scott Steiner, litigation – environmental.
Warner Norcross and Judd LLP announced 11 of its attorneys were named Lawyers of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America 2019: Jeffrey W. Bracken, Lansing construction litigation Lawyer of the Year; Dennis J. Donohue, Grand Rapids Water Law Lawyer of the Year; Kevin G. Dougherty, Grand Rapids Product Liability Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year; Robert A. Dubault, Grand Rapids Labor Law Lawyer of the Year; Stephen B. Grow, Grand Rapids Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year; Shane B. Hansen, Grand Rapids Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year; Jay A. Kennedy, Detroit Tax Law Lawyer of the Year; Jonathan P. Kok, Grand Rapids Employment Law Lawyer of the Year; Norbert F. Kugele, Grand Rapids Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year; Laura Morris, Grand Rapids Trusts and Estates Litigation Lawyer of the Year; and Bruce C. Young, Grand Rapids Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Lawyer of the Year.
Supply Chain Solutions Inc. announced global freight forwarder InterLINK Forwarding Corp. joined its Grand Rapids-based operation. InterLINK Forwarding Corp. was founded in 2012 by Emiliano De Gregoris and Ivan Moran, and adds over 20 years of air and ocean import experience, operating offices in Long Beach, California, and Miami, extending Supply Chain Solutions’ freight forwarding footprint.
Grand Rapids Community Media Center announced the addition of five members to its board of directors: Jason Wheeler, Sean Kenny, Shirley Griffin, Ann Puckett and Thom Bland.
Hayes Griffin was appointed WYCE’s station manager.
Ana Jose joined the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as program manager.
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women hired Annie Trupke as an administrative assistant and Jill May as director of lending programs.
Quota International of Grand Rapids announced Pam Howland was named the 2018 Grand Rapids Quotarian of the Year. The award is given annually to a local Quotarian who exemplifies the standards of Quota International and the organization’s motto, We Share. Howland has led the club in several key roles including president, treasurer, secretary and director.
West Michigan Center For Arts + Technology moved to 614 First St. NW, doubling its space at 22,040 square feet. The permanent location enables WMCAT to increase programming and community offerings for teens, adults and families living in West Michigan.
Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced the company’s board of directors appointed Dirk J. Pruis to serve on the board of directors and audit committee until the company’s 2019 annual shareholders meeting.
Cleveland-based Everstream named Doug Brown and Steve Gauthier as directors of wholesale sales. The company has offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids; Gauthier resides in Otsego.
OST welcomed Bob Karel as director, business development, to its Grand Rapids office.