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Change Ups: Ferris moves HQ to former American Seating site

January 18, 2019
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Ferris Headquarters

Ferris Coffee & Nut’s moved its headquarters to the former American Seating Building at 839 Seward Ave. NW. The new location gives coffee fans a new experience, plus promotes interconnectivity by bringing the company’s various departments to one location, including its internal offices, warehouse, distribution center and manufacturing facilities, as well as a new retail shop and coffee bar. Coming early 2019, a free monthly coffee tasting and facility tour will be offered. The new space doubles the size of its former headquarters on Winter Avenue NW.

ACCOUNTING

Jaylynne Cryderman and Alexis Fetterman joined Baker Holtz as associates.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

LKF Marketing in Kalamazoo recently was recently awarded a Silver Davey Award by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for an integrated campaign that was created for 633 Group. The submission included a logo, anthem video, website, print ad, theming and signage in addition to other branding elements.

AWARDS

The city of East Grand Rapids was named by USA Today as a top community in the nation and best place to live in Michigan. The article cites the city’s park system, proximity to Grand Rapids and active community as top reasons why it was selected. Nestled on Reeds and Fisk lakes, East Grand Rapids offers a scenic environment close to downtown activity yet is also its own entity, providing strong community life. The article also specifically mentions the 10 parks, trails and playgrounds that are available for residents and visitors alike to access.

BANKING

South Bend, Indiana-based 1st Source Bank, with southwest Michigan locations, received the Gold Level Award in the Community Lender’s category for the sixth year in a row at the annual meeting of the Indiana District of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Design Group International named Lon L. Swartzentruber CEO of its community of practice, and Mark L. Vincent, who launched the community and previously served as its CEO, is transitioning to founder of Design Group International.

CONSTRUCTION

The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter announced Ben Hammond, Hilger Hammond; Byrne Harmon, FCC Inc.; and Kristin Rudd, S.A. Morman & Co., joined its 2019 board of directors.

JTB Homes celebrated its 10th anniversary.

EDUCATION

The Grand Rapids Board of Education announced new board leadership: president, Kristian Grant; vice president, Jen Schottke; treasurer, Raynard Ross; secretary, John Matias; and academic committee chair, Tony Baker. Newly sworn in members are Kimberley Williams and Kymberlie Davis.

Tracey Brame was appointed associate dean of WMU Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus, and Victoria Vuletich was appointed assistant dean. The Grand Rapids campus associate dean position was most recently held by Nelson Miller, who is returning to the law school’s teaching ranks as professor of law in Grand Rapids and WMU’s main campus in Kalamazoo.

GOVERNMENT

Robert VerHeulen was appointed to the Kent County Road Commission. He formerly served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives as well as mayor of Walker, where he represented the city on the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Urban Cooperation Board, Interurban Transit Partnership Board and West Michigan Sports Commission.

HOSPITALITY

AHC+Hospitality appointed Ryan Schmied as general manager of the AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown, opening spring 2019 in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Schmied will oversee day-to-day operations, specialty programming, and beverage and food operations of the 130-room lifestyle hotel.

Suburban Inns in Hudsonville hired Michael O’Connor to be the chief engineer of the Embassy Suites by Hilton at 710 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids. He will be responsible for all mechanical and maintenance aspects of the property.

LEGAL

Clark Hill announced the promotion of Nancy Mullett to member.

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced the election of attorney Ian Hunter as member of the firm.

Dykema named Dawn N. Williams as partner.

Miller Johnson announced the following leadership positions: Eric Starck joins the firm’s five-member management committee; Raj Malviya is chair and Jim Ens is vice chair of the firm’s business section; Keith Eastland and Cathy Tracey continue to serve as the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the firm’s employment and labor section; Steve Ryan is chair and Jeff Muth is vice chair of the litigation section; Matt Van Dyk is the administrative member of the Kalamazoo office; Jim Peterson and Mike Stroster continue as general counsel; and Mary Bauman is the diversity officer.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced attorney Matthew J. Wiebe joined the firm and will be practicing in its business and real estate practice group in the Holland office. Wiebe practices business, securities and real estate law, including nonprofit and for-profit entity formation and governance.

Wightman & Associates Inc. with offices in Allegan, Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo, announced a streamlined name change to that of Wightman. The name change is part of a larger refresh of the firm’s brand that includes a new logo and updated website domain.

LEISURE & RECREATION

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation announced two key property transactions for the Grand River Greenway Initiative. The property transactions include: A purchase agreement to acquire 16.5 acres of land on the Grand River with 651 feet of riverfront in Georgetown Township for $100,000; the acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of January. Acquisition of a 1,000-foot-long easement that will connect a parks property on Cottonwood Drive to the riverfront for $10,000.

MANUFACTURING

Empirical Bioscience announced it has achieved ISO 13485:2016 certification for Medical Device and Quality Management Systems, an upgrade from their ISO 13485:2003 certificate. This certification more closely aligns with FDA regulatory guidelines and is an international standard that outlines the requirements for a quality management system specific to the medical device industry.

RoMan Manufacturing announced the appointment of James Gibson as director of global sales. With 20-plus years of sales leadership experience with manufacturers in industrial power and automation, Gibson will be responsible for the oversight of RoMan’s global sales functions across all company divisions, including automotive, industrial, furnace, glass and foundry.

Spartan Motors Inc. in Charlotte announced the appointment of Todd Fierro as president of Emergency Response. Fierro will have P&L responsibility as well as direct oversight of the sales, engineering and product management functions.

PUBLISHING

MHVillage announced its industry trade publication for manufactured housing news, The MHInsider, will print six issues per year instead of quarterly. Matt Milkovich was hired as managing editor.

REAL ESTATE

Churchill Mortgage was named one of National Mortgage News’ Best Companies to Work For.

CBRE|Martin and CBRE|Grand Rapids were rebranded to Martin Commercial Properties.

RETAIL

Clean Juice opened a second Grand Rapids location. The 1,350-square-foot juice bar is at 2044 East Beltline Ave. NE.

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