Business and professional briefs March 31, 2013

New jobs

Vogel named supervisor. Nick Vogel has been hired as a supervisor in the tax department of Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates, Savoy.

He worked several years in the Chicago area before moving to Champaign.

Sparrow joins Stan's Sportsworld. Rick Sparrow has joined Stan's Sportsworld, Champaign.

His duties include selling screen printing, embroidery and promotional products to schools, golf courses and business.

Sparrow was employed by Frito-Lay for 31 years and has been a coach and referee for 36 years.

Achievements

Firefighter of Year to be honored. Engineer Chris Hanson will be honored as the Champaign Fire Department's 2012 Firefighter of the Year at an Exchange Club of Champaign luncheon on Monday.

Hanson has grown the department's Honor Guard and incorporated it in many events and ceremonies. He has also developed a "walk-out ceremony" as part of the department's retirement program.

"Chris has been and continues to be a driving force in efforts to honor and dignify our profession," said Fire Chief Douglas Forsman.

Hanson joined the Champaign Fire Department in July 1997.

Satterwhite named Teacher of Year. Lake Land College business instructor Marcy Satterwhite has been named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Association of Career and Technical Education.

She is also coordinator of desktop publishing programs at the Mattoon college, where she has taught since 1997.

Satterwhite is president of the Eastern Illinois Business Education Association.

Laesch receives accreditation. Susan Laesch has completed the curriculum and practical experience requirements for the Accredited Buyer's Representative designation.

That designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Laesch is a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign.

Nelson cited as Educator of Year. Douglas Nelson has received the Massage Therapy Educator of the Year award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Nelson is president of BodyWork Associates of Champaign and president of NMT MidWest, which teaches seminars in precision neuromuscular therapy around the country.

Ruggieri gets Partnership Circle Award. Alex Ruggieri has received the Partnership Circle Award from Sperry Van Ness, recognizing him as a top adviser for 2012, at the company's national conference in Miami.

Ruggieri is senior adviser for Sperry Van Ness-Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign. His sales volume was valued in excess of $30 million in 2012.

WILL takes four prizes. WILL reporters and contributors won four awards in the downstate radio division of the 2012 Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association's Journalism Excellence Contest.

The station won the best sports report award for "Labor Strife in Professional Sports," a Focus program hosted by Craig Cohen with Michael LeRoy, a professor in the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations and College of Law. The show was produced by Travis Stansel.

WILL won the best hard news feature award for "SCOTUS Health Care," a story by Cohen, Sean Powers and Jim Meadows on the Illinois impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's health care ruling.

Powers won second place in the best news writer category for a group of news stories on a variety of topics.

Students at Urbana's University High School won second place in the best series or documentary category for "Beyond The Tie-Dye: Counterculture in Champaign-Urbana, 1965-1975." The show was produced by WILL's Dave Dickey, Uni teacher Janet Morford and student producers Aishwarya Gautam, Shruti Vaidya and Sarah Joy Yockey.

The awards will be presented April 20 at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association's spring convention in Urbana.

Gonda earns designation. Gregory J. Gonda has attained the Accredited Business Planning Advisor designation.

The advanced training program is offered nationally by The Apogee Center for business consultants, financial advisers and economic development professionals.

Gonda is director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. office, Champaign.

He provides guidance to small, medium and startup businesses on topics including finance, marketing, human resources, cash flow issues and accounting.

Association recognized in article. The Champaign-based Illinois Green Business Association was recently recognized in a GreenBiz.com article featuring third-party green certifications for businesses.

The association was given a 5/6 ranking, second-highest out of nine nationally known third-party certification bodies, for its Trust Factor, which includes criteria such as cost, outcomes and claim verification considerations for its business certification program.

Prudential Snyder honors agents. Rick Wedig and the team of Carol Meinhart Hickey and Bobbi Gordon were recently accorded 2012 honors by Prudential Snyder Real Estate.

Wedig was named individual sales leader, individual listings leader and Realtor of the Year.

The Selling Homes 24-7 team, made up of Hickey and Gordon, was named team sales leader, team listings leader and Realtor Team of the Year.

Post salutes Windsor West. Windsor West Apartment Leasing Center, Champaign, has received the April certificate of appreciation from Champaign American Legion Post 24 for proper display of the U.S. flag.

Other business news

Sagamore acquires Palaestra. Sagamore Publishing, Urbana, has acquired "Palaestra: A Forum of Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation for Those with Disabilities."

The premiere issue was published in October 1984, and the publication quickly became the leading magazine/journal in the field.

Palaestra aims to provide readers with feature content dealing with sport, physical education and physical recreation for people with disabilities.

The quarterly publication has a readership between 50,000 and 60,000 .

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