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March 29, 2019
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Ken Janke Golf Center

Students, staff and public golfers have a year-round option to hone their golf skills due to the recent opening of the Ken Janke Sr. Golf Learning Center at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids. The 9,500-square-foot, two-story, $3.5-million facility includes three heated indoor hitting bays, which can be opened to the adjoining practice area of Katke Golf Course, an indoor putting green and four TrackMan golf simulators.

ARTS

Emilee Syrewicze was named the new executive director of Opera Grand Rapids. She will assume the role May 1.

Lindsey Dorfman, director of branch services and operations at Kent District Library, was named a Mover and Shaker by the national publication, Library Journal. Dorfman was selected for her commitment to the profession and her good work in shaping KDL’s service model and addressing Michigan’s low third-grade reading scores.

AWARDS

Experience Grand Rapids, DisArts and the Disability Advocates of Kent County were presented with the collaboration award for Non‐Traditional Partnership during the 2019 Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration at the recent Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Traverse City. 

The Gordie Howe International Bridge topped the list as Canadian Deal of the Year by Lexpert law publication in its Top 10 Deals of 2018. Lexpert described 2018 as a year lawyers superbly exercised the art of negotiation. Warner Norcross + Judd LLP served as the U.S. legal advisor to Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority in the successful consummation of the $5.7 billion CAN (estimated $4.4 billion U.S.) concession agreement providing for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

BANKING

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank announced the appointment of digital channels and marketing officer Tim Shangle to the American Bankers Association Emerging Leaders Council.

BUSINESS SERVICES

March’s Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show, a production of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, drew a record 1,800 people in attendance.

EDUCATION

Davenport University announced it named Rachel Render as its executive vice president of alumni and development. She most recently served as the senior director of development for the University of Colorado Boulder.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will partner again with the DTE Foundation for the Young Women in Science programs, offered as an after-school program to Grand Rapids Public Schools female students during the spring months. Students will work with local women STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals, as well as hydrogen-powered cars, solar and wind energy, electrochemistry, physics and engineering, and more.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Chad Soukup joined JVL Associates LLC in Wyoming, bringing 12 years of experience in helping families and business owners with their comprehensive wealth management needs.

HEALTH

Fresenius Kidney Care opened a new clinic at 5311 Clyde Park Ave. SW and is known as Fresenius Kidney Care Clyde Park South.

Life EMS Ambulance announced it received a “perfect score” from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services Panel of Commissioners, meaning zero deficiencies for its 26th consecutive year of being fully accredited. The achievement includes newly accrediting its Oceana County Operation that began in October 2018, bringing the number of counties Life EMS serves to 10.

Shoulder Innovations in Holland announced the successful first human use of its new InSet Humeral Short Stem System. The new product represents SI’s latest addition to its InSet Total Shoulder System, which also includes the InSet Glenoid.

LEGAL

Miller Johnson announced attorneys Loïc Dimithe was accepted into the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program, a legal talent development program, and Brittany Harden will participate in the Pathfinder Program, which provides practical tools for developing and leveraging professional networks through relationship-building skills, foundational leadership skills and an understanding of career development strategies for in-house and law firm practice.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partners Edward J. Bardelli, Sean H. Cook and Heidi A. Lyon were elected to the firm’s management committee.

LOGISTICS

UPS announced the following from West Michigan are among 1,436 newly inducted worldwide Circle of Honor recipients for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving: Duane Andzejewski; Patrick Arntz; William Caldwell; Kevin Franckowiak; Roger Gibson; James Hudacek; Tad Kiessling; Preston Kneeland; Eric Lankerd; Timothy Leitz; Matthew Lipsky; Chris Miller; Howard Phillips; David Pratt; Kenneth Rosenberg; Roy Swoape; Christopher Tillman; and John Veenema.

MANUFACTURING

Cascade Engineering announced it has been nationally certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by The Great Lakes Women's Business Council, one of 14 partners of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. WBENC’s certification, accepted by more than 1,000 corporations, validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women.

Flexfab in Hastings, a manufacturer of high-performance silicone and polymer products, is renovating 12,000 square feet of its space that includes the rejuvenation of office areas, restrooms, lunch area and meeting space to provide a state-of-the-art, professional work environment. The project is slated to be completed in the fall.

Keystone Solutions Group in Kalamazoo recently welcomed Amy DiPiazza as business development manager.

NONPROFITS

Greater Ottawa County United Way hired Jacquelyn Bennett as Students Live United program coordinator.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced its new 2019 board of directors: president, Meg Lehigh, HR Collaborative; Shannon Cohen, principal/founder, Tough Skin Soft Heart by Shannon Cohen; Elizabeth Joy Fossel, director of civil legal affairs, city of Grand Rapids; Floriza Genautis, CEO, Management Business Solutions; LaChaun Steverson, community member; and Kim Suarez, community member.

Kids’ Food Basket announced an expansion of its meal program into Allegan County due to a $130,000 gift from the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation. The first $30,000 will go toward programming in Ottawa County to sustain 900 students this academic year at six schools and sites. The additional $100,000 will be used for Kids’ Food Basket’s expansion into Allegan County. Allegan is where Perrigo’s North American Head of Operations is located.

RETAIL

Chapparal Shimko joined the Grand Rapids Downtown Market as its private events sales manager.

Walker-based Meijer expanded its mobile shopping checking program, Shop & Scan, to 23 stores in Chicago and northwest Indiana, following success in Michigan test markets. Shop & Scan enables users to scan bar codes on items via a mobile app and place in their digital cart. A running total of items purchased is available as customers shop throughout the store, scanning and bagging their groceries. 

SPORTS

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was recently awarded the Best Fan Experience by the LPGA Tour. To build upon the momentum and provide a greater fan experience, tournament officials will completely reroute the course at Blythefield Country Club this year. Holes 1 and 18 will move near the main entrance with the tee box and fairway situated along the fan favorites of Grand Taste, an expanded Grand Taste Garden and Discovery Land.

TECHNOLOGY

X-Rite announced its release of Color iMatch formulation software that helps plastics, coatings and textile manufacturers accelerate color development through better initial matches and fewer corrections. 

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