Business and professional briefs April 21, 2013


Business and professional briefs April 21, 2013

New jobs

Homewood Suites promotes three. Jesse Hines, Molly Mooney and Jimmy Gleason have been promoted to new positions at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, Champaign.

Hines was named general manager. He spent the last three years as sales manager and recently won Homewood's National Salesperson of the Year Award.

Mooney was promoted to sales manager. She spent the last two years as guest services manager and recently received Hilton's Global CEO Light and Warmth Award.

Gleason was named guest services manager. He has been a guest services associate the past year.

Good named to population health post. Robert G. Good has been named associate medical director for population health at Carle.

In that role, he will develop practice protocols for the Patient Centered Medical Home Model of Care throughout the Carle system. He will also develop a chronic disease management program.

Good, a doctor of osteopathy, was most recently medical director for Carle Mattoon and serves as president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

Ramshaw Real Estate adds Fore. Alex Fore has joined Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

He is a graphic designer on the marketing team. He previously worked at Business Builders, Bloomington.

Stylists join new salon. Danny Pierce and Crystal Brandt are the stylists at Just Be Salon, which recently opened at 403 S. Mattis Ave., C.

Pierce, the salon's owner, is a Master Redken Certified Haircolorist.

He has traveled coast to coast as a Redken artist and educator specializing in hair color.

Brandt has been a Master Stylist for more than 10 years, providing cuts, color and styles for men, women and children.

She specializes in styling for weddings and formal events.


Researchers capture grand prize. Researchers at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, and the University of Illinois have won the grand prize in the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition.

The CERL honorees are Byung Kim and Michael Kemme, and the UI collaborator is Mark Rood, all of Champaign.

The three were lauded for developing and patenting the Digital Optical Method, which uses low-cost digital cameras or smartphones to photograph smoke plumes from industrial stacks.

A computer program then quantifies the plume's opacity to assess compliance with environmental laws for smoke emissions.

The award is to be presented today in Washington, D.C., by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists.

Mast named Brightest Star. Brian Mast of Pro Ambulance has received the Brightest Star award, given to the Employee of the Year at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

He was selected from the hospital's 12 Employees of the Month.

At Presence Covenant's annual Employee Service Awards Banquet, three employees were recognized for celebrating their 40th anniversary at the hospital.

They included Rosemarie Jamison in Medical Imaging and Edward Mabry and Mark Pritchard, both in Pharmacy.

Testory takes first place. Peter Testory took first place in the continental regional competition of the National Association of College and University Food Services Culinary Challenge.

He will compete this summer in the national finals.

Testory, who is senior executive chef at Colorado State University, was formerly chef at University of Illinois Housing/Dining Services.

Stortzum wins award. Winnie Stortzum of Arcola has been presented Farmers National Co.'s Gold Eagle Award for outstanding efforts in real estate sales.

Stortzum, a real estate sales agent with Farmers National, received the company's top award for real estate sales in 2012.

Awesome Machines cited by Toro. Awesome Machines Sales & Rental, Savoy, has earned the Summit Club Award for 2012 from the Toro Co. for outstanding sales of residential lawn equipment.

Financial report cited. The Champaign Park District's comprehensive annual financial report has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Area company wins award. AF Holding Co. of Sullivan has been named one of the winners of the 2013 Business Ethics and Social Involvement Awards.

The awards are given by Lake Land College, Eastern Illinois University and the East Central Illinois Development Corp.

AF Holding is the parent company for Agri-Fab and Hydro-Gear. Recent ventures of AF Holding include Second Chance Lifestyle and American Select Tubing.

Agri-Fab donated 10 acres to the Sullivan chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Seven houses have been built in Habitat Village, with space for 24 more.

The awards will be presented May 16 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham.

Ron Harshman is chairman of the board of AF Holding.

ACES honors professionals. Robin G. Goettel, Prasanta K. Kalita and Madhu Khanna have received the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award, the highest honor of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Goettel is affiliated with the UI Extension's Sea Grant Program.

Kalita is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and Khanna is a professor of agricultural and consumer economics.

Muskin given teaching award.Joe Muskin of Champaign has won the Distinguished Informal Educator Award from the National Science Teachers Association.

Muskin is an outreach educator at the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems at the University of Illinois.

He has coordinated and presented several hundred after-school and weekend science programs involving more than 20,000 participants.

Tent company takes honors. Twin City Tent and Awning/Champaign County Tent, Urbana, was recognized for excellence in four categories at the 2013 Midwest Fabric Products Association's annual convention in Rosemont.

The company won a first-place award in the tent rental category; a first-place award in the fabric graphics category for an awning and window graphics display; a second-place award in the industrial products category for a curtain wall for a factory; and a second-place award in the residential awnings-multiple family category for a canopy on top of a six-story building.

Elder law group convenes. Urbana attorney Thorpe Facer of the Facer Law Office in Urbana met with 12 other attorneys in Burbank, Calif., as part of a Steinbacher Long Term Care Planners Association gathering.

The group of elder law professionals explored practice development and expanded client services.

Yim receives certifications. "Cindy" Wang Do Yim has received the designations of Certified International Property Specialist and Seniors Real Estate Specialist from the National Association of Realtors.

She also received the designation Transnational Referral Certified from the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations.

She is managing real estate broker at Cindy's Realty International, Champaign.

UI department honors DeLuce. Jayne DeLuce has received the Joseph Bannon Practitioner Award from the University of Illinois Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism.

The award is given for displaying innovation in community service and support of the field at both the state and national level.

DeLuce is president and CEO of Visit Champaign County, the new name being used by the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Stewart invited to conference. Jimmy Stewart, a financial adviser for Edward Jones in Urbana, has been invited to the company's annual Managing Partner's Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., as a result of his job performance.

The meeting brings together the company's most successful advisers for a discussion with Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner.

Of more than 11,000 Edward Jones financial advisers, 350 were invited to attend the event.

CU-CitizenAccess project wins award. CU-CitizenAccess and Hoy Chicago have won a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for a project called Midwest Chronicles.

The organization gave its small multi-platform award to the project, which looked at demographic shifts in central Illinois, including stories on racial issues and analysis of crime statistics.

The project included presentations on the organizations' websites and a 16-page supplement published in editions of The News-Gazette and Hoy Chicago, a daily Spanish newspaper based in Chicago.

CU-CitizenAccess contributors named in the award were University of Illinois Professor Brant Houston and CU-CitizenAccess project coordinator Pam Dempsey.

CU-CitizenAccess was launched in 2009 with funding from the Marajen Stevick Foundation and the UI and a matching grant from the John S. Kinght and James L. Knight Foundation.

Earlier this year, the project's infographic, "Seeds of Change" — which appeared in the print edition — received an Award of Excellence from the Society for News Design.

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