First State Bank adds Gensler. Justin Gensler has joined First State Bank as branch manager of the facility at Neil Street and Windsor Road in Champaign.
In addition to operational oversight of the branch office, he will focus on mortgage lending and community engagement.
Gensler previously held several posts with Regions Bank in Illinois and Missouri and has experience in both retail and small business banking.
Higgins joins heart institute. Michael Higgins has joined the Carle Heart and Vascular Institute, Urbana, as a physician assistant in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He previously worked as an emergency medical technician in Vermont.
Higgins earned a master of medical sciences degree from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.
Matthews moves to Wells Fargo. Joey Matthews has joined Wells Fargo, Champaign, as a home mortgage consultant. He previously worked for the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union from 2007 until this year. He has experience in consumer lending, account services and mortgage originating.
Manolakes gets new title. Thomas J. Manolakes of Champaign has been named senior vice president, investment officer, at Wells Fargo Advisors.
He is a financial adviser in the firm's Champaign office.
Herriott joins Christie Clinic. Bill Herriott has joined Christie Clinic's Department of Dermatology in downtown Champaign as a physician assistant. He received a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University in Downers Grove.
Ameriprise adds Zigament. Linda Zigament has joined the Savoy practice of Bushue, Jones & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, as marketing director.
She will be responsible for marketing programs and event management.
Thrift shop gains Cejka. Alyssa Cejka has joined the Community Thrift Shop in Paxton as a sales associate. The shop — a not-for-profit organization — is located above Hudson Drug and Hallmark Shop.
Rouse, Chappell receive promotions. Tyler Rouse and Matt Chappell have been promoted at First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana.
Rouse is executive vice president. He joined the bank in 2001 and was most recently senior vice president of administration.
Chappell has been promoted to operations assistant. His responsibilities include security and physical plant operations. He has been with First Federal since 2007 and was most recently lead teller.
Hawkins joins News-Gazette board. Bill Hawkins has been named to The News-Gazette's board of directors, taking the seat vacated by Howard Hay when he resigned.
Hawkins is the retired editor and publisher of The Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C. He came to that newspaper in 2005 as executive editor and was named publisher in 2009. He has previously spent 17 years an executive editor and vice president of The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C.
Hawkins started his newspaper career as a reporter in Harrisburg, Pa., and was also a reporter and editor at The Baltimore Sun.
Other members of The News-Gazette's board of directors include: Gene Budig, Dave Downey, John Foreman, Ralph Gage, Mike Martin, Ann Reynolds, George Shapland and Wayne Woltman.
Ward named Officer of Year. Champaign police Officer Daniel Ward is scheduled to receive the Champaign Police Department's 2012 Officer of the Year award April 22 at an Exchange Club of Champaign recognition luncheon.
Ward was selected by a committee of his peers for exemplifying "service with pride."
He received his commission and appointment in 2004 and is assigned to the department's patrol division.
Wenzel graduates from academy.Illinois State Police Lt. John Wenzel of rural Sadorus has graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He is the crisis negotiator and crowd control team leader for the state police in central Illinois. He is operations officer for District 10, based in Pesotum.
Townsend named Rural Illinois Champion. Jerry Townsend of Urbana has received the 2013 Rural Illinois Champion Lifetime Achievement Award.
Townsend spent nearly 40 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program as the community programs director.
He continues to serve as a member of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council and is immediate past president of the Illinois Rural Partners organization. He has been on the group's board of directors for 24 years.
The announcement of the award was made by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, chair of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council.
EPA honors CERL researcher. Stephen Luzzi of Champaign received a Bronze Medal for five years of commendable support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
He played a major role in developing the agency's Underground Storage Tank Reporting System, used to track the environmental compliance status of 10,000 below-ground fuel tanks nationwide.
Luzzi performed the work as a researcher at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign.
McGuire to receive award. Kay C. McGuire was on a three-member team that won a Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators. The award was given for designing materials and developing a training course, "Fundamentals of Facilitation and Conflict Resolution Training Initiative."
The team worked under the sponsorship of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Civil Works Directorate in Washington, D.C.
McGuire recently retired from the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign.
Walker appointed to commission. Craig Walker of Champaign has been appointed to the Illinois Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African American Community.
He was appointed by a committee co-chair, state Rep. Monique Davis.
The committee is to research disparities facing African-Americans in health care, employment, education, criminal justice, housing and other social and economic issues.
Walker is vice president of IFS Securities.
Wedig receives designation. Sue Wedig has received the designation of Certified Property Management Specialist from the American School of Real Estate.
She and Rick Wedig started Wedig Property Management five years ago as a third-party property management company. They specialize in renting single-family homes and condos in Champaign County.
Somers honored by Spherion. Cynthia Somers, license owner for Spherion in Champaign, has received the company's 2012 Performance Forum Award.
The award is given to top performers in the United States and recognizes outstanding sales performance in 2012.
Somers has been an owner with Spherion for 14 years.
Warfel named to advisory council. Linden Warfel of Tolono has been selected as a member of the 2013 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education advisory council.
He is one of 30 farmer leaders who will choose school districts that are eligible to receive a grant of up to $25,000 for math or science-based curricula.
Double Y receives Toro award. Double Y Sales & Service, Cissna Park, has earned the President's Club Award for 2012 from the Toro Co.
The annual award is presented to qualifying Toro dealers in recognition of outstanding sales of residential lawn and landscape contractor equipment.
Tom Yergler is the owner of Double Y, and Jerry Kaeb is the sales manager.
Bonds inducted as Fellow. Bruce Bonds has been inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. His election by the college's Board of Governors recognizes that he has made a sustained contribution to the workers' compensation field and has met the college's standards of integrity, professionalism and character.
Bonds is a partner in the Urbana office of the Heyl Royster law firm.
Armstrong wins year of training. Chandler Armstrong of Champaign has been selected by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center for long-term training as part of a competitive educational incentive program that pays all school expenses for a year.
Armstrong will attend the University of Illinois and pursue a doctorate in sociology.
His research explores how community organizations impel migrants to engage in development of their home communities. The research models those behaviors.
Armstrong is a research sociologist at the center's Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign.
Daly appointed to ethics committee. Todd Daly has been appointed to the Ethics Committee at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Daly is assistant professor of theology and ethics at Urbana Theological Seminary. He is also a senior scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute in California, sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Culture.
Olsen receives award. Gary Olsen of Champaign has been recognized by President Barack Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award for efforts during 2012 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disasters worldwide.
Society retains Schnitkey. Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois has been reappointed as secretary-treasurer of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The society recently elected Bruce Huber of Hickory Point Bank and Trust in Decatur as its president.
Other business news
Firm to edit journal. Sagamore Publishing, Urbana, has been awarded a long-term contract with the Southern Sport Management Association to become managing editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Management, formerly the Journal of Sport Management and Supervision.
The journal will be published in four issues (March, June, September and December). Starting this year, Sagamore Publishing will offer it as a print and online journal with a fully indexed archive.
Damon Andrew of Troy University has been appointed to a three-year term as editor. Matthew Walker of the University of Southern Mississippi was named to a three-year term as associate editor.
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