More than 1,200 runners and walkers participated in the third annual Gerald R. Ford International Airport GRR Runway. The recent 5K started near the southwest side of the airport’s general aviation runway and wrapped around on Runway 8L/26R – GFIA’s general aviation airstrip. GFIA, in partnership with Trivium Racing, selected the Family Hope Foundation as the charity that received the race’s proceeds. FHF is a nonprofit that provides resources, activities, support and funding to families of children with special needs in West Michigan.


Ada artist Carol Farnsworth took first place for her felted art tableau. “The Blind Date” was on display in Louisville, Kentucky, during American Printing House’s annual juried competition for blind and visually impaired artists, InSights Art.


Grand Rapids city treasurer John Globensky was named a GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year for leading the implementation of GR PayIt, from StateScoop, a public sector cybersecurity media company.

Salvador Lopez, associate director for admissions for Grand Valley State University, and Michelle Jokisch Polo, inclusion reporter for WGVU, were recognized among the Top 25 Latinxs of Michigan by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. Rebeca Barajas, a Grand Rapids resident and junior majoring in behavioral neurosciences, received scholarships from the HLCM.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced the recipients of its 11th annual Jay & Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards Gala to be held Nov. 7,  for their positive impact in the community: The Jay & Betty Van Andel Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike and Sue Jandernoa for their ongoing support of the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs; The Dave & Carol Van Andel Leadership Award to Richard Noreen, BDO tax partner, who has advised the museum on financial stability and strategic vision for over 24 years through his service on the GRPM Foundation Board of Trustees, GRPM board of directors and as treasurer; and The Casey Award, Lin Bardwell, who as a member of the city of Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission, was instrumental in advising on stewardship for The Mounds, a 55-acre National Historic Landmark and one of the few surviving burial mounds still in existence. 

SpringGR announced four of its alumni were named winners at Start Garden’s Demo Day 2019: People’s Choice Winner, Marcel Price, The Diatribe Inc.; $20,000 Winner, Luis Chen, Wormies Vermicompost; $20,000 Winner, Jovan Naves, UFO; and $20,000 Winner, Hailey Smith, Polished Crown.

The Grand Rapids City Commission recognized purchasing agent Amie Merren for receiving the Marvin F. Klang Award, the highest honor given by the Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association. Merren serves as chair of the MPPOA’s professional development committee. She received the honor for her outstanding contributions to the purchasing field.


First National Bank of Michigan relocated its downtown branch to 318 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo.

Jim North, chairman of Community Bankers of Michigan, announced Mark Kolanowski received the Best of Community Banking Award for 2019. Kolanowski has been president/CEO of Highpoint Community Bank (formerly Hastings City Bank) for over 18 years.

Kalamazoo native and senior at Western Michigan University Nathan Nagel received the first Daniel R. Smith Banking Internship awarded by Kalamazoo-based First National Bank of Michigan. Nagel is majoring in finance. The internship is offered annually to a WMU junior or senior majoring in business, accounting or finance.


JetCo Federal, a Grand Rapids-based, woman-owned supply chain management and warehouse supply company, hired Sarah Meriwether as a capture specialist.


Bob Bishop, managing director – investments and premier adviser in the Holland branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, was named for the third consecutive year a Forbes 2019 Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisor.

Joshua DeVries joined Holland-based Delong & Brower Financial Services as a financial adviser.

Legacy Trust announced the addition of equity research associate Greg Barshied.


Kentwood police chief Thomas Hillen announced his retirement, effective Nov. 1.

Hillen began his 10-plus years of service to the city of Kentwood in 2009 after serving 32 years with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. 


Catherine’s Health Center received a $50,000 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health program. The center will combine outreach, education and screening with team-based, patient-centered care and on-site counseling, treatment and support for underlying mental health issues to help low-income, underserved individuals achieve better cardiovascular and overall health.

Northern Kent County is one of a multisite study to investigate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and health effects due to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services being selected as one of seven recipients of a competitive $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.


Grand Rapids Ophthalmology announced the addition of ophthalmologist Ronald Hessler, M.D.

Spectrum Health was recognized as a 2019 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Most Wired health care organization at a certified level nine.


EarthTronics in Muskegon introduced its UFO Highbay LED Series for use in manufacturing, warehousing, food processing, cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium applications that provides superior lighting control and visual acuity in 15-to-35-feet mounting heights. For maximum efficiency and effectiveness, a multifunction microwave sensor is offered to provide daylight harvesting, stand-by dimming levels, adjustable detection sensitivity and remote control.

Stiles University provided students from three Grand Rapids high schools a behind-the-scenes look at modern manufacturing during National Manufacturing Day at Stiles’ headquarters and HOMAG Machinery North America.


Paws With A Cause in Wayland announced the new members of its executive committee are board chair, Greg Bonner, vice chair, Jane Hoggard, treasurer, Bart Merkle and secretary, Janey Ladd.


Guided and self-guided tours are available year-round at Adventure Point, which recently opened at 3213 Walker Ave. in Walker. Individuals, groups and organizations can participate in a wide range of activities, including but not limited to, an archery range, a zip line, STEM center and a climbing/rappelling tower. Details:


Trellis, West Michigan’s new, exclusive Herman Miller dealer, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its headquarters and showroom in downtown Grand Rapids on the ground floor of a renovated 125-year-old building at 37 Ottawa Ave. NW.


Micro Visions Inc. team member Christopher Duvall earned his Microsoft Certification on Installation Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (70-740).

Spring Lake-based Tech to My Door recently launched with smart home technology ease of use in mind. Services include assembled systems that work well together, packages that are thoroughly tested and include equipment that ties everything together and can be installed one at a time or in any combination, allowing customers to dip a toe into a smart home lifestyle or jump in with both feet.

X-Rite Inc. and its subsidiary Pantone LLC recently showcased its latest innovation in color management for the plastics industry at K 2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Demonstrated were a full range of solutions to support each step of the digital workflow from color communication, formulation, measurement, quality control and 3D visualization. X-Rite also participated in a presentation sponsored by Covestro on CMF (Color, Material, Finishing) design and moving from digital tools toward virtual material representations.