Business and professional briefs Feb. 17, 2012

Business and professional briefs Feb. 17, 2012

New jobs

Payonk named executive vice president. Jerry Payonk has been named executive vice president at Clark Dietz Inc.

He joined the firm in 1990 and is operations director of transportation. His duties include oversight of all the firm's transportation work in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana and management of large transportation projects for Clark Dietz.

Pixo adds Culp. Shawna Culp has joined Pixo, Urbana, as office assistant.

She previously worked in research labs at the University of Illinois.


Mooney honored by Hilton chain. Molly Mooney, guest service manager at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Champaign, was one of 12 team members chosen for Hilton Worldwide's 2012 CEO Light & Warmth Award.

The award is the company's highest honor. It recognizes exceptional team members who embody hospitality, integrity, leadership and teamwork.

Finalists were selected from more than 1,000 nominations, and the 12 winners were chosen from the finalists by Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher Nassetta.

Gardner earns designation. Steve Gardner has earned the Certified Financial Planner designation, having completed requirements established by the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards.

Gardner is a financial adviser with Cozad Asset Management, Champaign, having joined the firm in 2010.

He previously served for more than six years as a submarine officer and nuclear engineer with the Navy.

Petry chosen as chairman-elect. Joe Petry has been elected chairman-elect of the board of trustees of the Illinois Association of Park Districts.

Petry was elected to the 19-member board in January 2006.

He is also vice president of the Champaign Park District board.

Fletcher selected for award. Kimberly Arnold Fletcher has been named "Best of Houzz 2013" by Houzz, an online platform for residential remodeling and design.

Fletcher has been design director at Spectrum Design Group in Champaign since 2009.

Funk cited for distinguished service. Ted Funk of Savoy has received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

Funk is a former Extension agricultural engineer at the University of Illinois, having retired in November.

He specialized in livestock facilities, alternative energy and rural family housing.

Reading Group adds to board. Michael Campion of Mahomet and Kevin Farrell of Urbana have joined the board of directors of The Reading Group, Champaign.

Campion is a clinical psychologist affiliated with Campion, Barrow and Associates, and Farrell is a school psychologist with the Champaign school district.

The Reading Group board recently elected officers for 2013. They include: Chuck Feinen, president; Penny Porter, vice president; Karen Hampton, secretary; and Robert Warth, treasurer.

The organization is a not-for-profit learning center that provides individualized instruction in reading and other academic subjects, academic enrichment and test preparation.

Salen gains recognition. Todd Salen has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Designees are deemed qualified to address the needs of homebuyers age 50 and older.

Salen is affiliated with Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

First Mid honors three. Brad Beesley, PA Faller and Jackie Lawson have received the Chairman's Award for Excellence from First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Mattoon.

The annual award is given to employees who demonstrate very high commitment to the company.

Beesley is senior vice president of the Trust & Wealth Management Division.

Faller is vice president and mortgage underwriting manager.

Lawson is a platform specialist who maintains software used for opening and maintaining deposit accounts.

Peisker concludes term. John Peisker recently concluded his yearlong term as president of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois. Under his leadership, the association worked to encourage the Illinois General Assembly to pass additional bonding authority for the State Capital Program.

Peisker is vice president and chief operating officer of O'Neil Bros. Construction, an Urbana firm that specializes in the construction of bridges and other structures.

Other business news

Surgeon seeing patients in Mahomet. Dr. Samuel Feinberg is now seeing patients at Christie Clinic in Mahomet.

He is available for afternoon appointments on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.

Feinberg is a board-certified general surgeon at Christie. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal, laparoscopic and breast surgery.

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