Business & Professional Briefs April 7, 2013

New jobs

Schaefer, Lewis receive promotions.Tony Schaefer and Kim Lewis have been promoted at First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana.

Schaefer is assistant vice president, residential/consumer loan officer. He joined the bank in 2003 and was most recently assistant vice president of operations.

Lewis is residential/consumer loan officer. She has been with the bank since 2004 and most recently worked as a commercial lines marketing coordinator in the bank's insurance agency, GTPS Insurance Agency.

Wolber joins association staff. Ryan Wolber has joined the staff of the Illinois Green Business Association, Champaign, as certification manager.

He will assist small businesses through the certification process in the association's green business certification program.

Wolber was formerly with the Office of Sustainability at Illinois State University.

Manolakes signs with minor league club.Zach Manolakes has accepted a job with the Houston Astros' minor league team in Kissimmee, Fla.

He will be part of the strength and conditioning coaching staff for the spring season in Florida and when the team moves to New York for the summer league.

Manolakes is a 2005 Champaign Centennial High School graduate. After attending Lake Land College, he interned at IMG Performance Institute and Athletes' Performance and served an assistantship with Webber International University in Florida.

Achievements

Two achieve Bronze Level Circle. Larry Kuchefski and Matt Wavering have earned spots in Coldwell Banker Commercial's Bronze Level Circle of Distinction based on transaction revenue for 2012.

It is the second year the two have received that award.

Both work in the Champaign office of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.

Surveyors salute Berns.Thomas Berns of Urbana has received the Life Membership Award from the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.

He is president of Berns, Clancy & Associates, Urbana.

Agents earn distinction. Sharlyn Franzen, Mike Mahoney and Barb Manka have been named Rock Stars at Prudential Snyder Real Estate, Champaign, for having achieved an exemplary level of sales or number of units sold.

CERL re-searchers garner honors. Researchers at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, received four Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards at the Fiatech Technology Conference and Showcase in San Antonio.

E. William East of Mahomet was named CETI Outstanding Researcher for developing methods and related software tools to solve systemic design quality and project management challenges for a building's life cycle.

Those efforts produced information exchange software known as ProjNetSM.

One of the tools within ProjNetSM — the Construction Operations Building information exchange standard — garnered a second award for East, who is a senior research civil engineer at CERL.

Steven Sweeney of Champaign won an award for leading development of a novel structural health monitoring system for steel truss bridges. He is a senior research civil engineer at CERL.

With industry partner Tesla NanoCoatings Inc., Susan Drozdz of Champaign won an award for developing Teslan Carbon Nanocoating. She is a senior research chemist at CERL.

Breeze earns designation. Clark Breeze has completed requirements to earn the Chartered Healthcare Consultant designation.

The certification is awarded by The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa., and can be earned by benefits specialists and health care consultants.

Breeze is a senior sales executive with the benefits division of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Champaign. He has 37 years of experience.

Seiler completes assistantship.Lake Land College history instructor David Seiler recently completed a research assistantship with the Higher Learning Commission.

He and other researchers were chosen to conduct a study on dual-credit programs throughout the U.S.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors of degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions.

Regency wins customer service award. For the sixth straight year, Regency Apartments, Champaign, has won "Best in the Industry" recognition for customer service excellence in its 16 apartment communities in Illinois and Indiana, including Gentry Square and Windsor West, both in Champaign.

The award is based on results from CEL & Associates multifamily resident satisfaction surveys conducted in 2012.

Regency Apartments has participated in the resident satisfaction survey for nine years.

Lake Land cited for heathy practices. Lake Land College, Mattoon, was recently honored as one of the "Healthiest Companies in America" by Interactive Health Solutions, an agency that helps develop health risk assessments and solutions.

The honor was given to 72 organizations that achieved outstanding and quantifiable results as part of the Interactive Health outcomes-based health management program.

Other business news

Sagamore Publishing wins contract. Sagamore Publishing, Urbana, has been awarded a long-term contract with the Academy of Leisure Sciences to become its association manager, effective immediately.

The academy was founded in 1980 to honor scholars who made significant contributions through research and writings to the field of leisure sciences.

The academy reconstituted itself in 2011, opening membership to all who believe in the value of leisure and recreation.

The organization seeks to bring together people who want to better understand the roles of leisure, in the contexts of recreation, parks, tourism, outdoor adventure, health, therapy and sport.

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