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Change Ups: Foster to helm GRAAHI

March 1, 2019
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Micah Foster will helm the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute as the nonprofit’s executive director. Foster is a trained clinician and former education coordinator for GRAAHI. He holds a Master of Science from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University. Foster assumes the role following the departure of former executive director Shannon Wilson, who led the institute’s work the last eight years.

ACCOUNTING

Hungerford Nichols welcomed Katy Felver, business advisor; Rebecca Arlt, staff accountant; and Rachael Koopmans, administrative professional.

Hungerford Nichols announced shareholder Carla Grant retired from the firm. She has been with the firm her entire career, starting as an intern in 1985.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the appointment of Jeff Schumaker as president and CEO, and James Susan as chairman of the board. Schumaker is the sixth president in the firm’s 63-year history.

Wightman relocated to 433 E. Ransom St., Kalamazoo. Wightman’s Architecture Studio created the exterior and interior design plan of the fully renovated 14,000-square-foot facility, originally constructed in 1937 by Galloup Pipe Co. as a wholesale warehouse for piping products. The new locale more than triples Wightman’s office space from its previous location in Portage.

AWARDS

Crowe LLP was named to Fortune magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For for the second consecutive year.

Doyle & Ogden was recognized as one of Michigan Millers Insurance Preferred Agency partners for 2019.

Grand Rapids Community College announced its 2019 Giant Award recipients: Walter Coe Public Service Award: attorney Mari Beth Johnson-Jelks: Eugene Browning Medical Service Award: vascular surgeon, chair of the Spectrum Health Medical Group's board of directors and member of the Spectrum Health Hospital board of directors Jason D. Slaikeu; W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award: LaSandra “Sandra” A. Gaddy, CEO of the Women's Resource Center; Ethel Coe Humanities Award: Lisa M. Knight, director of health, wellness and youth at the Grand Rapids Urban League; Milo Brown Business Award: Troy Yarbrough, founder/CEO of Preferred Construction Group; Phyllis Scott Activist Award: Cole Williams, life skills facilitator at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center and founder/CEO of Son to a Father and ColeSpeaks LLC.; Raymond Tardy Community Service Award: community activist India Manns; H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award: Bishop Dennis J. McMurray and Dr. E. Jean Lackey-McMurray, founders of Renaissance Church of God in Christ and the Victory in the Word ministry; Martha Reynolds Labor Award: Carrie L. Jackson, special assigned benefit representative for UAW/GM; and William Glenn Trailblazer Award (posthumously): Victoria Ann Upton, founder of Women's Lifestyle magazine.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Taylor is the recipient of the Frederik Meijer Service Above Self Award, given by the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids.

New Urban Home Builders LLC won a 2018 platinum-level Best in American Living Award from the National Association of Home Builders.

Plante Moran was named to Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For for the 21st consecutive year.

BANKING

Holland-based Macatawa Bank announced Tracy Bremmer joined its mortgage sales team as mortgage loan originator II in its Grand Haven market. She most recently served as mortgage loan originator at Chemical Bank in Grand Haven.

BUSINESS SERVICES

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announced the addition of Justin Pellham as a communications specialist.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum announced its new board members: Hector Angus, commercial buyer, Beacon Recycling; Jeffrey Byrd, educational training specialist, Grand Rapids Community College; Erik Daly, attorney, Miller Johnson; Erik Petrovskis, director of environmental compliance and sustainability, Meijer; Maureen Stroud, North America sustainability sr. manager, Whirlpool Corp.; and Katie Venechuk, recycling and waste minimization specialist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

CONSTRUCTION

Grand Rapids-based Monsma Marketing Corp., a two-step distributor dedicated to supplying building materials to retailers throughout the Midwest, partnered with Chelsea Building Products for Chelsea’s Everlast Advanced Composite Siding product.

EDUCATION

Davenport University announced it named Gilda Gely as its provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Gely will begin in July, bringing nearly 30 years of leadership experience in higher education to Davenport University.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Chicago-based RMB Capital announced the firm opened an office at 500 Momany Drive, Suite 200, in St. Joseph.

GRANTS

The Girls Choral Academy received a $10,000 grant from the Mockingbird Foundation toward program support for the Grandville Avenue Girls Choir program.

INSURANCE

Watermark Insurance Services welcomed Jacob Stanton as an account executive.

LEGAL

Danielle Mason Anderson was recently elected to serve as a managing director for Kalamazoo-based Miller Canfield.

MANUFACTURING

Grand Rapids-based CasterDepot acquired Indianapolis-based Bastian Solutions’ caster and wheel operations, a Toyota Advanced Logistics Company. Bastian’s sale to CasterDepot includes all assets relating to casters and wheels, along with an Indianapolis office location.

Porous Pave Inc. in Grant announced the appointment of Matt R. Lamb as vice president, sales and marketing.

Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon announced the addition of Steve Kinney as sales manager for the Western Americas.

NONPROFITS

Kris Denny joined D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s as director of residential services.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County hired Melissa Werkman as executive director, following the retirement of former director, Susan Shannon.

RETAIL

Bob’s Discount Furniture opened a new store at 3772 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market announced the additions of incubator kitchen manager Ryan Bolhuis and special events and promotions manager Matt Hoffman. Bolhuis is an award-winning chef with more than 15 years of food industry experience creating sustainable, profitable food systems. Hoffman has spent nine years working in minor league baseball, including spending the last four years as promotions manager for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Haven Skincare & Massage opened a day spa at 4829 East Beltline Ave. NE, Suite 302, Plainfield Township.

SPORTS

The First Tee of West Michigan announced Jorge Garcia, a junior at Wyoming High School and Connor Penn, a freshman at West Catholic High School, competed in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Florida.

TECHNOLOGY

PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center released its enhanced In-Field Tagging feature for its SecuraMax evidence management software that makes managing evidence easier because it allows officers in the field to immediately apply the same tags — such as a specific incident tag — to videos captured by both their PRO-VISION HD In-Car Video Systems and BODYCAM BC-300 body-worn cameras simultaneously. Officers can also apply tags at the end of their shifts for ultimate flexibility.

TRANSPORTATION

Oak Creek, Wisconsin-based Riteway Bus Service Inc., with a satellite office in Holland, acquired Cardinal Buses, Inc. of Middlebury, Indiana.

TRAVEL & TOURISM

Janet Korn was named secretary by the Michigan Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus.

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