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Change Ups: Hatfields are new franchise owners of Floor Coverings International
Erick and Sharee Hatfield are the new franchise owners of Floor Coverings International. The couple serves customers throughout greater Grand Rapids — including Ada, Cascade, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, Walker and Plainfield — offering a selection of flooring products, including carpet, hardwood, ceramic, tile and vinyl, as well as specialty products such as bamboo and slate. According to Erick Hatfield, consumers are migrating from going to the store to having the store come to them. He previously spent 25 years working in sales, marketing and operations for personal-care manufacturing companies.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
AIA Grand Rapids, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, welcomed the following new board of directors: president, Andrew Eckert, Ghafari // Concept Design; vice president, Matthew Christie, Ghafari // Concept Design; secretary, Patrick Brechting, Ghafari // Concept Design; John Rizor, Progressive AE; and Nathan Lohrer, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.
Integrated Architecture named Scott Vyn partner, Randy Pease, director of design, and Darrel DeHaan, director of architecture.
St. Cecilia Music Center recently hosted the first Helen DeVos Legacy Award Event to honor the late Helen DeVos, arts advocate and philanthropist, for her lifelong support of the arts and culture in the West Michigan community. The event, held during Women’s History Month, also celebrated SCMC's 135th anniversary and the history of women at St. Cecilia Music Center.
The Air Zoo in Portage recently held its sixth annual Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards event, which was presented by Western Michigan University. The event recognized West Michigan high school students, K-12 level educators, and local organizations and individuals who have innovated and excelled within or shown exceptional support of education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The evening also honored the newest class of enshrinees to the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will be the permanent home for the National Historic Chemical Landmark plaque honoring the Kalamazoo scientists who worked at The Upjohn Company during the years of 1950-90. The American Chemical Society’s National Historic Chemical Landmark program was established in 1992 to enhance public appreciation for the contribution of chemical sciences to modern life.
The American Legion Furniture City Post 250 honored Grand Rapids Fire Department firefighter Lt. Matt Keusch with the Firefighter of the Year Award. Keusch is regarded amongst his peers as a knowledgeable and skilled leader.
Independent Bank recently received the Mastercard Community Institutions Innovation Award for its 2018 billboard campaign. Independent’s billboards playfully promoted the use of electronic banking tools such as Mobile Banking and Mobile Wallet. Mastercard will present Independent Bank with the Community Institutions Innovation Award at Mastercard’s Executive Round Table event in New York City, May 16-17.
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union earned three Credit Union National Association 2019 Diamond Awards in the Membership Marketing category for: Credit Score Handout and Rock Star Credit Mailer; Explore Series to learn more about MSUFCU In the Direct Mail – Single or Series category; and Freshman Student Mailers.
Andy J. Egan Co. announced the promotion of four employees to a newly created Preconstruction Department within the company: Ben Whitely, preconstruction manager; Paul Steenwyk, chief estimator; Mike Brander, preconstruction services; and Mishell Swarts, document control. The team has a combined 94 years of experience in mechanical contracting and construction.
Greenback Expat Tax Services in Grandville launched its 2019 US Expat Opinion Survey, open until May 15 to the nearly 9 million American expatriates around the world. Greenback is conducting the survey to discover expats’ views about U.S. taxes, tax reform, citizenship-based taxation, Foreign Bank Account Reporting, government representation, citizenship renunciation and more.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Bell’s Brewery in Comstock announced its brewery tour is one of 10 nominated as part of USA Today’s 2019 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. Public voting in March landed Bell’s at the No. 2 spot on the list.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, overseeing the public-private partnership focused on creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
Grand Rapids city clerk Joel Hondorp earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc., a designation granted to municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.
The city of Grand Rapids announced Joe Sulak, the city’s parks and recreation superintendent, earned Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Accredited Professional certification. The certification brings the tools and resources necessary for the SITES application and certification of the city’s parks and landscaping projects.
The 2019 Muskegon County and Area Map is now available in circulation and online at harborhouse.com/muskegon-map. The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce produces the full-color map. The map is available at the chamber’s Welcome Center and throughout Muskegon County at restaurants, hotels, shops and other locations.
The Michigan Supreme Court reappointed Ottawa County’s 20th Circuit Court Chief Judge Jon Van Allsburg to the Business Court for a six-year term.
Daydreams Pediatric Center, 4505 Cascade Road SE, Suite B, Grand Rapids, is now accepting patients for pediatric dental surgery, with the ability to see them within one to three weeks. For more information, visit daydreamspc.com.
Attorney Brett T. Meyer recently joined Bloomfield Hills-based Plunkett Cooney as a member of its governmental law practice group in the firm’s Grand Rapids office.
MiSpringboard, the Varnum program that provides free legal services to Michigan startup and second-stage businesses, reached a milestone when it surpassed the 500th client mark. The firm also recently committed a third tranche of $1 million to the program. In the seven years since MiSpringboard was launched, Michigan entrepreneurs involved in industries ranging from biomedicine to beekeeping have used the program to launch their businesses and get ready for growth.
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP partner Mark K. Harder was appointed to the committees of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Business Planning and Practice committees.
Walker-based Tubelite Inc. announced the promotion of Steve Green to president.
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women announced the addition of new board members: board 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.
Cascade Christian Church, a Disciples of Christ denomination, reopened its 54-year-old sanctuary after undergoing an extensive six-month renovation.
Auvesy announced an enhanced ROI tool to help substantiate the operational efficiencies and the tangible results that versiondog brings to automated production. Versiondog reduces costs through automated backup routine versioning and archiving, and effective management of the widest variety of project types. By providing plant and production managers with comprehensive support using centralized data management, version control and device backup, versiondog enables a higher utilization of a plant’s capacity and can significantly reduce downtime.
Fred Meijer Running Relays announced its annual running event, The Fred, will transfer ownership to West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition. Now in its ninth year, the 2019 relay takes place Aug. 9 and 10, and consists of 200-, 100-, and 50-mile relays stretching from Grand Rapids to Cadillac and back on the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park.
The Women’s Resource Center announced the launch of its new website, grwrc.org. The newly designed site offers quick and easy access to essential information and seamless navigation through the services, programs and mission of WRC. The website features inspirational stories and photos, along with a calendar page that enables participants to sign up for classes directly through the site.