Change Ups: Pine Rest opens 18th outpatient clinic in WM
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services opened an outpatient clinic at 877 Forest Hills Ave. SW, Suite C, located in the same building as Forest Hills Pediatric Associates. Tory Seif has transitioned to become the Forest Hills Clinic manager. This is Pine Rest’s 18th outpatient clinic in West Michigan, which serves children, adolescents and their families. It has seven therapists, a psychiatrist, as well as child and adolescent psychiatry fellows.
Nick Farr joined Kroon & Mitchell as a staff accountant.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Deksia hired Ken Fortier as director of sales. Fortier is responsible for growing Deksia’s sales force, reaching new and emerging small businesses, and helping entrepreneurs accomplish their business goals.
The Muskegon Museum of Art features Michigan artist Nat Rosales’s sculptures through Jan. 13. “FantasMenagerie: The Art of Nat Rosales” features the fantastical vehicles and creatures Rosales creates from scrap metal, found and manipulated objects and mechanical parts.
Eva Aguirre Cooper, community affairs director at WOOD TV8, will receive The Girls Choral Academy’s Giving Girls A Voice Award at its Nov. 13 Let Their Voices Be Heard benefit.
LINC UP announced the winners of its annual Community Spirit Awards, which honors individuals and community organizations working to revitalize greater Grand Rapids and Kent County. Outstanding Collaborations Award: Partnership between The Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, NAACP of Grand Rapids and The Nehemiah Project; Youth Community Spirit Award: Ke-Shawn A. Smith, senior at Grand River Preparatory High School; Health & Wellness Award: Parents for Healthy Homes; Community Spirit Award; Shanda Vaughn; Innovation Award: Spectrum Health; Nonprofit Project of the Year: West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology; Enterprise Award: R&R Mechanical Services; and Visionary Award Honorees: Bill and India Manns.
The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association presented the following awards at the association’s annual conference: Best Community Manager: Kitty Cole, community manager of Sherwood Forest in Ionia; and Best Member Sales Event or Activity: Sun Communities of Western Michigan.
United Bank opened an office at 44 Ionia Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids.
Haviland Enterprises Inc. announced the appointment of Meg Post as the company’s vice president of finance.
Sales Xceleration added Terry Dwyer as an adviser to serve businesses in the Grand Rapids area.
J.B. Builders of Grand Rapids Inc. was awarded CD Barnes Construction’s quarterly Key to Our Success Award, in appreciation for subcontractors who exemplify the best in performance, quality and communication on CD Barnes’ projects.
Big Rapids-based Ferris State University received a $1.2-million National Science Foundation grant to establish Project S3OAR, a four-year program that will recruit, retain and graduate low-income, academically talented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Project S3OAR, (sustainable, scalable scholarships, opportunities, achievements) is a partnership with Northern Kentucky University that builds upon the lessons NKU learned from previous successful STEM grants awarded by the NSF.
Kuyper College announced the launch of its Master of Ministry program that is designed for the demands of students who will be able to complete this program without disrupting their present ministry or career.
The Ottawa County Road Commission intends to pay $62.84 per ton for an allocation of 22,500 tons of road salt for the 2018-19 season — an increase of more than $26 per ton compared to last season. With a price increase on the way — and available salt to purchase in its 2017-18 contract — it was determined to purchase 3,300 tons of salt still available from last season’s allocation at a price of $36.46 per ton. The price was valid through the end of August.
Holland-based Trans-Matic donated $25,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center, which works with children throughout Ottawa County who are victims of sexual abuse. The donation is part of Trans-Matic’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Smile Dental Partners opened a practice in Grand Rapids called Smile Cascade, 4505 Cascade Road SE. It includes three specialties in one practice: Smile Cascade (adult and teen dentistry), Little Smiles (pediatric dentistry) and Smile Orthodontics.
The Open Door Women’s Center at Degage Ministries celebrated its 15th anniversary. Since 2003, the shelter has provided services to more than 4,000 women in crisis by providing a safe place to stay, access to long-term permanent housing and, most recently, job training through Pauls’ Moms’ Cookies.
Nicole Swart was appointed executive director for Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, a faith-based, nonprofit, continuing care retirement community at 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW. It is owned and operated by Covenant Retirement Communities.
Aon plc announced the appointment of Brian Dougal as senior vice president, resident sales director in its Grand Rapids office.
Hastings Mutual Insurance Co. in Hastings welcomed Richard Swain as vice president - chief underwriting officer.
Rhoades McKee announced Harold Nelson was honored with the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan’s Lion of Bankruptcy Award.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Gun Lake Casino in Wayland launched a multiphased pilot program using VSBLTY software modules that gather audience measurement (age, gender, dwell time and sentiment) that’s analyzed in real time, in large crowds or in motion, by creating a virtual perimeter around the casino floor to analyze player behaviors, further gamify player engagement, while augmenting security operations. It also identifies assault weapons and objects of interest that can notify security.
James Starks joined the ensemble cast of 13 ON YOUR SIDE Mornings.
Danzón Cubano, 1 Carlton Ave. SE, Suite A, Grand Rapids, recently held its grand opening. Danzón is the first Cuban-themed full service restaurant in the Grand Rapids area, featuring Cuban-inspired food and drinks and live Cuban and Caribbean entertainment.
Restaurant operator and developer Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced the National Economic Council of the Bahamas approved a proposal submitted by Disney Cruise Line Island Development Ltd. to acquire and develop property owned in partnership between the company and The Related Group. The company, through an investment partnership managed by The Related Group, owns 765 acres of fee property, known as Lighthouse Point, on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The partnership has entered into a confidential agreement to sell a majority of its 765-acre peninsula to Disney, subject to government approvals.
Streamline Healthcare Solutions in Kalamazoo announced a partnership with Tampa, Florida-based DACCO Behavioral Health. Streamline’s SmartCare platform will assist DACCO in improving its organizational processes and maximizing its workflow with its clients. Streamline also announced a partnership with Allendale Association of Lake Villa, Illinois, and Benet Lake, Wisconsin, to provide a behavioral health focused Electronic Health Record to satisfy its clinical, administrative and billing needs.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport expanded its parking area for those waiting to pick up passengers with the Cell Phone & Ride Share Lot that includes 30 spaces for individuals waiting for passenger arrivals, along with 30 spaces to accommodate staging for ride share providers. The new lot is located off Patterson Ave. SE as you enter the airport headed north, making an immediate right on Van Laar Drive and another immediate right on Pederson Court.