Change Ups

Change Ups: Wightman’s rain garden receives KMB award

November 8, 2019
Text Size:
Wightman Award
From left: Wightman team members Laura Fredrickson, Ben Baker and Matt Davis accept a Michigan Award for the Benton Harbor Rain Garden.

Wightman, an architecture, engineering, environmental and surveying company with locations in Allegan, Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo, received a Michigan Award for its rain garden beautification project from Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc. The firm won the award for selecting a section of its asphalt parking lot at its Benton Harbor office, removed parking spaces and replaced them with a rain garden. The rain garden collects and filters pollutants from stormwater runoff before the water enters the Ox Creek watershed.


Holland-based DYS Media LLC hired Angie Landman as a media relations specialist.


Ghafari Associates announced it won the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids Chapter’s 2019 Firm Achievement Award.


Lakeshore Art Festival is now accepting fine art and craft applications for the 2020 festival taking place July 3-4, 2020. Lakeshore Art Festival has a “blind jury process.” Every year, a group of industry professionals, artists and crafters review each entry, not knowing who the applicant is. Jurors rely solely on the images and body of work provided by the applicants and score each applicant based on standards of quality, uniqueness and handcrafted appeal. For more information, go to

The Grand Rapids Public Museum and OBON Society are in the process of returning a rare Japanese “Good Luck Flag” to its rightful family. A Grand Rapids resident donated the flag, along with a World War II newsreel and a map of Iwo Jima, to the GRPM in 2015. The items were possessions of the donor’s deceased father, a former American soldier, who collected the flag during the war. OBON Society provides reconciliation between American and Japanese families through the return of personal items acquired during World War II.


Larry Wilcox, advanced lead engineer in hardware electrical design with General Electric’s aviation division, is this year’s recipient of the Boy Scouts of America North Star Award for his work with middle and high school students in the Grand Rapids area, in addition to local youth who are members of Scouts BSA. Wilcox serves as the robotics coach at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Ottawa Hills High School and also is a member of the Michigan Crossroads Council STEM Committee.

ReThink West Michigan, a casual, professional networking event held at multiple locations on Thanksgiving Eve that’s intended to attract professionals who have moved away from the area and is hosted by The Right Place Inc. and Hello West Michigan, was awarded Best in Show by the International Economic Development Council. ReThink also received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Talent Development and Retention category, and The Right Place Instagram channel, West Michigan Life, received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Digital Media category.

The Tulip Time Festival announced it was recognized by the World Tulip Summit Society in the World Tulip Destination Worth Traveling For category. America In Bloom also awarded the city of Holland a special Life of the Party – Best Community Celebration Award for cities with a population of 30,000-40,000.


Holland resident Mark Davis joined First Business Bank as an SBA business development officer.

Kalamazoo-based Arbor Financial Credit Union hired Dana O’Laughlin as its commercial market manager for the Grand Rapids area.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the appointment of Patrick Ervin, executive vice president of mortgage banking for Independent Bank, to the Community Bank Advisory Council.


Power management company Eaton in Galesburg announced its TVS R2650 supercharger helps boost the hand-built and Ford Performance-tuned, 5.2-liter V8 engine that powers the all-new 2020 Shelby GT500, the pinnacle of Ford Mustang performance.


Wausau Homes Holland opened its Design Studio at 456 E. 16th St., Suite 1, in Holland.


Western Michigan University recently hosted Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and other government officials to view and ride in an automated shuttle funded under the $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge. For the shuttle portion of the program, New Hudson-based product development company Pratt & Miller Mobility partnered with academia and industry to use technology and innovation to solve mobility gaps, which is the overarching goal of the $8 Million Michigan Mobility Challenge.


Battle Creek-based Binder Park Zoo announced the Michigan Council Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded it a $50,000 grant for capital improvements for its Mexican gray wolf exhibit and $15,000 for operations.


Blue Sky Vision announced the appointment of Shane Rodgers as vice president of finance and accounting.

Mitten Kids Dentistry opened a second location in Caledonia on Cherry Meadow Drive.

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation celebrated its 25th anniversary with an updated logo and a new website.


Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company announced in honor of Spirit Day, it is donating $50,000 to GLAAD to support its antibullying and LGBTQ advocacy work and launching a new All Together Cereal.

City Flats Hotel Holland and Fairfield Marriott Holland partnered with the Ottawa Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Council to provide a safe sleep option for hotel guest traveling with an infant, as well as educational materials for parents/caregivers requesting safe sleep for their infant. In Michigan each year, approximately 150 infants die due to unsafe sleep conditions.

Express Employment Professionals donated $10,000 to Mel Trotter Ministries, as part of its Brand It Blue Initiative.

The DTE Energy Foundation announced it will provide grants to all state-approved Michigan domestic violence shelters in recognition of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The foundation is working with the state of Michigan to provide $400,000 in grants to domestic violence shelters.


Audrey Patterson joined Rhoades McKee as an associate on the real estate, environmental and agriculture law teams.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP was recognized as one of the top 10 health law firms of the Midwest by the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section — and the only Michigan firm in this year’s ranking. This is the second time the firm has been included on the list, which recognizes 10 health law firms across five regions.


Holland driver Robert “RB” Wolford has logged his 3 millionth consecutive mile without a driving accident, the equivalent to making six round trips to the moon.

Jeff Merrill and Daniel Grzywacz bought Van Go Delivery from Joe O’Neill.


The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recognized DENSO, a Battle Creek-based global mobility supplier, as a Veteran-Friendly Employer, awarding it Silver-Level status.

National Nail debuted its STINGER Mini SnowGuard for halting dangerous sliding ice and snow on metal roofs. The Mini SnowGuard features a self-sealing gasket system that requires no silicone, eliminating the mess and cleanup associated with sealants; the patented weather-tight gasket system allows for installation at any temperature.


Fire Controlman 2nd Class Samual Lantinga, from Grand Rapids, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) combat systems department, received his Good Conduct Award certificate during an awards at quarters ceremony.


The 11th annual Art Van Charity Challenge announced the following grants to local nonprofits: Muskegon Rescue Mission ($12,000) and Alpha Family Center of Greenville ($5,000).


MyWay Mobile Storage of Grand Rapids provided over 15 portable storage containers for the recent 2019 Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, which were used as water and safety stations along the racecourse.

Editor's Picks

Comments powered by Disqus