Business and professional briefs March 24, 2013

Business and professional briefs March 24, 2013

New jobs

Atwood named bank president. Michael W. Atwood has been named president of First State Bank, succeeding John W. Corley, who held the position for 31 years.

Corley remains chairman of the board at the Monticello-based bank.

Atwood joined the bank's staff in 2004 and has held a variety of positions, most recently executive vice president and chief financial officer.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Atwood is also a member of the bank's board of directors.

Wurl joins Heyl Royster. Attorney Daniel Wurl has joined the Urbana office of the Heyl Royster law firm.

Wurl, who has been in private practice in Champaign-Urbana since 1986, has 30 years of experience handling civil litigation. He has defended health care organizations, insurers and insureds and has represented businesses in commercial disputes.

Wurl is a past chair of the Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council and the Insurance Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.

He is a member of the association's Tort Law Section Council and has written articles for association publications.

Four promoted to engineer. Jeff W. Ballew, Darrel W. "Chip" Haake, Kevin H. McAndrew and Tim E. Murray have been promoted to engineers at the Champaign Fire Department.

Ballew, McAndrew and Murray all joined the department in 2001. Haake joined the department in 2003 and has served on department committees involving apparatus, communications and professional development.

Sagamore Publishing adds two. William Anderson and Emily Wakefield have joined the staff of Sagamore Publishing, Urbana.

Anderson is director of sales and marketing. He is responsible for sales and marketing of Sagamore's books, journals and other materials to educators and institutions. He also carries out marketing plans for new books and journals, works with authors and edits a quarterly newsletter.

Wakefield is sales coordinator. She develops and carries out sales and marketing plans for current titles and will help launch new acquisitions.

She has six years of sales and marketing experience, having worked for Patterson Office Supply and Jimmy John's Franchise LLC.

Hezlep joins McGladrey. Sarah Hezlep has joined McGladrey LLP as assurance supervisor in the Champaign office. She is a certified public accountant.

HotSlots appoints track manager. Zack Wells has been promoted to track manager of the recently opened radio-control racetrack at the HotSlots 1/32 Slot Car Shop, Urbana.

Wells is in charge of weekly racing events, as well as special events held at the track — including this weekend's regional event for the Midwest 1/10th-scale Formula 1 Racing Series. Other events in the series were held in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Toledo, Ohio.

Sellers joins Ramshaw Real Estate. Dominque Sellers has joined Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign, as a residential leasing agent.

She will meet with clients, show apartment units and sign leases.

She has several years of experience in retail and property management in Georgia and in the Chicago area.

Wedig adds leasing assistant. Jessica Harris has joined Wedig Property Management, Champaign, as a leasing assistant.

She has worked as a legal assistant the past 10 years, most recently specializing in family law.

Wedig Property Management is a division of Prudential Snyder Real Estate.

Studio 9 salon adds two. Katie Rinella and Shannon Babiarz-Culler have joined Studio 9 Hair Design, Champaign.

Rinella is a licensed cosmetologist, aesthetician and instructor. Besides being a colorist and stylist, she does body and facial waxing. She is available Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

She has 13 years of experience, most recently at Chicago Hair Cuttery.

Babiarz-Culler is a stylist and nail technician who had her own salon in Villa Grove. She had 11 years of salon experience before moving to central Illinois and operating a salon in her home for nine years. Besides giving haircuts and color treatments, she does manicures and pedicures. She is available Thursdays and Saturdays.


Commercial realty firm earns award. Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty has received the 2012 Commercial Elite Award, bestowed on the top 15 Coldwell Banker Commercial-affiliated firms globally.

The company ranked ninth within the global network. It was the eighth time in nine years the firm has earned the award. Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty has offices in Champaign, Peoria and Springfield.

Orr wins state floral honors.Rick Orr of Rick Orr — Flowers, Champaign, recently won Designer of the Year at the Illinois State Florist Convention in Springfield. Orr made designs for bridal, sympathy and a surprise package.

He will represent Illinois in the national design contest in Hot Springs, Ark., in August.

AT&T Illinois salutes Tammen. Alan Tammen of Champaign was one of 218 AT&T Illinois employees who will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award for time spent volunteering in 2012. Each of the workers volunteered at least 100 hours.

The award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, created by George W. Bush in 2003 to recognize volunteer efforts.

Flex-N-Gate given GM award. Flex-N-Gate was one of 83 suppliers honored by General Motors at its 21st annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony in Detroit.

The award is given to less than 1 percent of GM's approximately 18,500 suppliers across the world.

The winners consistently exceeded GM's expectations by being innovative, delivering quality products and services on time and creating outstanding value. It was the fourth time Flex-N-Gate has received the Supplier of the Year award.

In a release, Flex-N-Gate owner Shahid Khan said: "To be honored by GM as one of its top global suppliers is gratifying beyond words. ... It's a wonderful tribute to Flex-N-Gate employees across our network and a compliment to the quality of work they perform daily."

Stiehl invited to lecture at Harvard. Dr. James Stiehl, who grew up in Tuscola and practices general orthopedics in Centralia, was recently invited to lecture at Harvard University.

The topic involved his work studying ligament balancing in total knee replacement surgery.

Stiehl was also a guest of the Biomechanics Laboratory, where he taught Harvard residents and fellows on his advancement in computer-aided ligament balancing during knee surgery.

Stiehl is editor-in-chief of The Knee, an international journal publishing studies on the clinical treatment and fundamental biomechanical characteristics of the knee.

He is chief of surgery at St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia.

Lab earns accreditation. The pulmonary services laboratory at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, has been awarded two-year accreditation by the College of American Pathologists.

The lab provides arterial blood gas measurements, showing the concentration of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood as well as the pH level.

Dr. Ismail Bobat is the medical director for pulmonary services.

Moore wins Daisy Award. Registered nurse Susan Moore has won the March Daisy Award at Carle Hospital. She has worked at Carle six years and is a charge nurse, preceptor and accountability champion for the hospital's pediatric unit.

A first lieutenant in the Army National Guard, Moore completed a tour in Afghanistan before joining Carle.

The award recognizes exceptional clinical skills and compassion in nurses.

Moore earns Premier Diploma.John Moore has received the Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The badge is given on completion of a course of study examining different systems of play, including technical and tactical implications; nutrition; sportsmanship and ethics; team management; and the coach's role in game development in the community.

Moore is head boys' coach for Mahomet-Seymour High School and U17 boys' coach for the Illinois Futbol Club.


Scott to retire as stylist. An open house reception for Jeannie Scott will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Bella Capelli Salon, 1401 S. State St., Suite A, C. Scott is retiring after more than 30 years as a hairstylist.

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