Business and professional briefs Sept. 22, 2013


Business and professional briefs Sept. 22, 2013

New jobs

Pinner joins Spiros Law. Matthew D. Pinner of Mahomet has joined Spiros Law as a senior associate attorney.

He received his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale in 2007. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2007 and the U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois in 2008.

Convenient Care adds physician. Dr. Randy Cohen has joined the staff of Carle Convenient Care.

He received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He completed a residency in family medicine at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Cohen is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Binder to head institute. Jeffrey L. Binder has been named director of the Illinois Applied Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

He was most recently associate laboratory director for nuclear science and engineering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Since joining that lab in 2003, he led efforts to advance national priorities in nuclear technology development.

Some projects he led included the development of spent nuclear fuel recycling technologies, revival of an isotope research program and formation of the lab's Fuel Cycle and Isotopes Division.

Carle adds family medicine docs. Dr. Brandy Beard and Dr. Abigail Karth have joined Carle's family medicine department.

Beard received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri.

Karth received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Karth is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

Therapists join firm. Indria Clay and Tom Grove have joined Kevin Elliott Counseling, Champaign.

Clay, a licensed clinical social worker, is a family mental health therapist. She will serve families and children using structural family therapy and play therapy.

Grove, a licensed marriage and family therapist, took a family therapist position. He specializes in helping families deal with intense emotional and behavioral issues, marital issues and parenting.

DeLuce named deputy director. Joe DeLuce has been promoted to deputy director of the Champaign Park District.

Along with continuing oversight of the recreation department, DeLuce will manage all support functions alongside the executive director.

He also will assume supervisory responsibilities for the information and technology manager and the risk manager.

DeLuce joined the park district in 1997.

Farm Credit hires Pouilliard. Mitchell Pouilliard has been hired as a crop insurance specialist in the Jacksonville regional office of Farm Credit Services of Illinois.

He is the son of Mike and Leslie Pouilliard of Oakwood and a graduate of Oakwood High School and the University of Illinois.

Hewitt joins seed company network. Drew Hewitt of Urbana has joined AgVenture D&M and will serve farm customers across East Central Illinois as a yield specialist.

Originally from Oakwood, Hewitt most recently worked in agricultural retail sales.

AgVenture, based in Kentland, Ind., is the nation's largest network of independently owned regional seed companies.


Suardini receives state award. Bruce Suardini was awarded the George Schwab Distinguished Service Award during the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association's annual conference.

The award recognizes the person who provided the greatest service to the association in a given year.

Suardini has been chief executive officer for Prairie Center Health Systems since 2007.

Brauer named to committee. Brian R. Brauer has been chosen to serve on the Committee on Accreditation for the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

He is one of 16 members from across the U.S. and Canada.

Brauer is associate director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign.

Lane wins customer service award. Mike Lane was a winner of the 2013 Better Business Bureau's Jeff Bell Customer Service Award for Central Illinois.

Lane is an employee of Pearls & More Jewelry, Monticello.

He received the award at the annual BBB Torch Awards ceremony Sept. 12 in Peoria.

Bill Haworth, the owner of Pearls & More, nominated Lane for the award. Haworth said Lane has excellent customer service skills.

"He goes out of his way to be extremely friendly, helpful, kind and even entertaining — treating everyone with the utmost respect," Haworth said.

The award is named for a longtime supporter of the Better Business Bureau.

Heppe hailed as Exhibitor of Year. George Heppe received the Marie Hingst Exhibitor of the Year Award at the 2013 National Auto Auction Association conference and convention in Indianapolis.

He is founder and president of, which develops mobile software for vehicle buyers attending live auto auctions.

The technology his company has exhibited has "changed the face and pace of the automotive remarketing industry," according to a release.

Heppe was the first to offer handheld digital guidebooks and handheld integration and wireless retrieval of auction run list and vehicle history reports.

Today, concentrates its efforts on Android and iPhone software development and Web-based customer engagement solutions.

Emery cited as Instructor of Year. Bill Emery of Champaign has been selected as the 2012 Defensive Driving Courses (DDC-4) Instructor of the Year by the National Safety Council.

Emery is a Parkland College traffic safety program instructor.

The council annually honors instructors who go beyond course training responsibilities to demonstrate leadership and dedication.

Emery is a retired safety education/public information officer with the Illinois State Police. He will honored during the council's 2013 Safety Congress & Expo in Chicago.

Marron appointed to committee. Vermilion County farmer Mike Marron has been confirmed as a member of the American Soybean Association's World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Committee for 2013-14.

The committee has worked in 24 countries to improve diets as well as encouraged growth of food industries.

Craig receives certification. Richard Craig of Thrivent Financial has been awarded a Certified in Long-Term Care designation by the Corporation for Long-Term Care Certification.

The program is independent of the insurance industry and focuses on providing financial service professionals the tools needed to meet clients' long-term care needs.

Park district wins award. The Champaign Park District has received the 2013 Arts in the Park Award given by the Illinois Association of Park Districts.

The award is part of a statewide competition to recognize agencies that support the arts and work with artists and arts organizations to enhance quality of life in the community.

The district hosts art programs and events at the Springer Cultural Center, performances at the Virginia Theatre and sculpture in the parks, as well as youth theater and dance programs.

Students prepare for pharmacy career. James Wade of Gilman, Samantha Watson of Charleston and Melissa Bolliger of Mahomet were among third-year students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy who participated in the college's White Coat Ceremony.

The ceremony marks their entry into the profession of pharmacy. They are projected to complete the seven-year program in 2017.

MADD honors Reifsteck. Deputy Jonathan Reifsteck of the Champaign County sheriff's office was honored recently at the annual banquet of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Illinois.

Reifsteck, a 13-year veteran of the sheriff's office, made 134 drunken driving arrests in 2012. That represented more than 80 percent of all DUI arrests for the department last year and about one-fourth of DUI arrests made by all Champaign County police agencies. So far in 2013, he has made 42 DUI arrests.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the nation's largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunken driving and underage drinking.

Reifsteck was one of 29 individuals, mostly police officers, recognized by the group.

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