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Change Ups: Hon to oversee F&V’s source water protection staff

August 23, 2019
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Kelly S. Hon joined Fleis & VandenBrink as a senior project manager for its environmental services group. Hon, who has nearly two decades of experience leading drinking water protection initiatives for local units of government throughout Michigan, will oversee F&V’s source water protection staff. She’ll be based at F&V’s Grand Rapids headquarters but will also travel statewide. Hon spent the past 16½ years with the Michigan Rural Water Association.

ACCOUNTING

Beene Garter LLP was selected No. 45 of the Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms by Construction Executive magazine.

ARTS

Shades of Blackness: An Exhibition of African American Artists will exhibit functional, nonfunctional, 2D, 3D, fine art and fine craft in all mediums, in conjunction with the African American Art and Music Festival. All work is original and created without the aid of an instructor or kit. The exhibit runs Sept. 6-Oct. 4 at DeVos Place Convention Center. It’s open to the public and appropriate for all viewers.

ASSOCIATIONS

Brien Fox, CEO of Henry A. Fox Sales, a family-owned beer and wine distributor in Grand Rapids, was elected chair of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association board of directors.

AWARDS

Bob Peters, chairman of the Tribal Council for the Gun Lake Tribe in Shelbyville, is the recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award.

St. Cecilia Music Center named Stella Royce the recipient of the Helen DeVos Legacy Award. The Helen DeVos Legacy Award dinner will be held at St. Cecilia Music Center on March 7 during Women’s History Month. It will be the second annual event to honor an outstanding woman who has championed the arts in West Michigan.

BANKING

Arbor Financial Credit Union opened its first branch in the Grand Rapids area at 7200 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Caledonia.

PNC Bank, National Association, announced the appointment of Dana Wilson to lead PNC’s business banking team in greater Michigan and northern Indiana. Wilson will be based in Grand Rapids where he will oversee PNC’s team of business bankers serving small business clients in west, southwest and mid-Michigan, as well as northern Indiana.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Tucson-based Mister Car Wash acquired Ride the Tide Car Wash, 2775 10 Mile Road NE, Rockford, making it the 26th location in the Michigan market.

Town & Country Group hired Bethany Stover as marketing manager.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College tapped Brian Knetl, interim provost at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, as provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

National Heritage Academies tops several of Niche’s lists including the 2020 Best Charter Elementary Schools in Michigan and the 2020 Best Charter Elementary Schools in the Grand Rapids Area. Eagle Crest Charter Academy in Holland takes the No.1 spot on both lists.

Patsy Eisler, wife of Ferris State University President David Eisler, established a $350,000 scholarship endowment in honor of her adoptive parents, the late Norris and Irene Johnson of South Haven. The financial support will help orphans and foster care youth to afford a Ferris education. The Eislers’ gift will be matched by The Ferris Foundation, through the Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge, creating $700,000 in scholarship support for the university’s growing former foster care youth population.

HEALTH

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital opened Michigan’s first dedicated wireless epilepsy monitoring unit, offering the most advanced technology for children experiencing seizures. The EMU allows patients to be carefully monitored by a team of pediatric-trained epileptologists, nurses and monitoring EEG technicians throughout their entire stay at the hospital.

Integrated Health Partners in Battle Creek announced the launch of a technology partnership with Chicago-based Texture Health, aimed at delivering proactive, workflow-driven population health care management with the goal of delivering the best possible outcomes at the lowest cost to care.

United Methodist Retirement Communities and Porter Hills announced all four of their Medicare-rated clinical communities and services have earned 5-star quality ratings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The ratings pertains to Kresge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, the Porter Hills Village Health and Rehabilitation Center, Porter Hills Green House Homes, and Home Care home health services, all in Grand Rapids.

Wyoming-based Metro Health – University of Michigan Health promoted Cristine Rodriguez to vice president of primary care, where she will oversee operations of all Metro Health neighborhood outpatient centers across the region.

LEISURE & RECREATION

The Ottawa County Parks Foundation announced construction has begun on a 1-mile stretch of 10-foot wide pathway within Grand Ravines County Park and along 42nd Avenue in Jenison. This mile of trail will connect Grand Valley State University in Allendale to Grand Ravines.

LEGAL

Smith Haughey attorneys Kristen E. Guinn and Charissa C. Huang were named to the fourth annual 2019 Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List, which commemorates the most notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys in the United States.

MANUFACTURING

CasterDepot was named a Platinum Colson Group Partner. The designation makes the manufacturer and supplier of caster and wheel products the only platinum Colson Group supplier in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, ensuring its national offices will be able to source Colson Group caster and wheel products across the country at a competitive price with priority delivery. Colson Group was the first caster manufacturer CasterDepot sold when it began operations in 1980 as Great Lakes Caster.

Mill Steel Co. announced the appointments of Kip Craddick, vice president of Mill Steel Framing; Steve McDaniel, director of Mill Steel Framing; and Brett Patton, senior account manager.

Riverside-based Lindberg/MPH announced the shipment of an Electrically Heated Four Chamber Hot Stamping Furnace to the international corporation Gestamp Research and Development facility based in Auburn Hills. Gestamp designs, develops and manufactures metal automotive components.

NONPROFITS

Hospice of Michigan hired Megan Cadle as the nonprofit’s volunteer program manager for the West Michigan region.

The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids welcomed Nicole Katzman as executive director.

TECHNOLOGY

SalesPad announced the addition of Matt Williamson as chief revenue officer.

TRANSPORTATION

The Ottawa County Road Commissioners determined that “All-Way Stop” control must be implemented at the intersection of 56th Avenue at Bauer Road in Blendon Township due to above-average crashes.

SPORTS

Battle-Creek-based Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger launched Mission Tiger, an initiative to help save middle schools sports. The multiyear program kicked off with a $1 million commitment to DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about projects. Kellogg will donate $1 per purchase to DonorsChoose.org with a Kellogg's Frosted Flakes receipt upload.

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