Business and professional briefs April 28, 2013

Business and professional briefs April 28, 2013

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Schumacher named regional director. John Schumacher has been named regional director for the Mid-American Region of Keller Williams Realty.

He will be responsible for growth and development of Keller Williams market centers in Illinois and northern Indiana and new markets including Chicago, where the regional office will be located.

Schumacher had been serving as executive business consultant to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp.'s largest affiliate brokers in the western U.S.

A Champaign native, he also served as president of Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty and managing partner for Re/Max Realty Associates.

Corson moves to Wingard Salon. Ryan Corson has moved to Wingard Salon, Champaign.

He specializes in men's cuts but also does cutting and styling for women.

Corson was formerly a barber/stylist at Clutch and at Rod Sickler Salon and Spa.


Area firefighters graduate from academy. Lance Liggett of Urbana and Mark Mullen of Danville have graduated from the Basic Firefighter Operations Academy at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Liggett will serve the Carroll Fire Protection District, and Mullen serves the Kickapoo Fire Protection District. Mullen is a second-generation firefighter whose father is on the Danville Fire Department.

UI office professional honored. Beth McKown has received the 2013 Office Professional of the Year Award from The Secretariat at the University of Illinois.

She works in the director's office at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

McKown was nominated by Danny Powell and Thom Dunning and was honored at an April 17 awards luncheon.

Also nominated were:

— Geraldine Goldberg of the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

— Anne Jackson of the dean's office in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

— Rebecca Nash of the Urban and Regional Planning Office in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

The Secretariat is made up of UI employees in civil service classifications with qualifications that meet or exceed those of office support associate.

League commends local bike shop. Champaign Cycle, Champaign, has received a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business Award from the League of American Bicyclists.

The award is given for "leading America toward a greener future," a release from the league stated.

Champaign Cycle was among 63 new "bicycle-friendly businesses" given the award this year. It joins a roster of more than 500 businesses and agencies nationally and 14 award recipients in Illinois.

The business provides amenities such as secure indoor bike parking, employee lockers and shower facilities.

Peter Davis, president of Champaign Cycle, said the business also supports local cycling events such as the Community Used Bike Sale and Illinois Bike Summit.

Green business group wins grant. The Illinois Green Business Association has won a $4,900 environmental grant from Illinois American Water.

The grant will be used to help 10 to 15 small to medium-sized businesses enroll in the association's Green Business Certification Program with a focus on water use reduction.

The association will involve the businesses in water projects and in efforts to educate people on efficient equipment and water conservation strategies.

The project is one of eight watershed initiatives that Illinois American Water is supporting through its environmental grant program.

Altogether, the company is making available $34,943 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.

One of the grant recipients is the Sierra Club, which will receive $3,500 for the Perkins Road Park riparian restoration project.

That project will restore native vegetation on land in the Urbana Park District. The site was previously used by the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District for sludge removal.

Business association earns certification. The Urbana Business Association has been certified by the Illinois Green Business Association as a green business.

Among changes made as a result of certification were:

— Setting up a list of office supplies that have recycled content so that those items can be easily ordered.

— Switching from water bottles to a water pitcher and encouraging the use of reusable water bottles.

— Initiating an ink cartridge recycling program in which people can drop off used cartridges with a business card to be entered into a quarterly raffle.

Rennels named distinguished alum. Chris Rennels of Urbana has been inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Society of the Lake Land College Alumni Association.

Rennels, the owner of Davis-Houk Mechanical in Urbana, received an associate degree in engineering science from Lake Land in 1999 and transferred from there to the University of Illinois.

Society lauds Tappenden. Kelly Tappenden has won the 2013 Distinguished Nutrition Support Dietitian, Advanced Clinical Practice Award given by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

She is a University of Illinois professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology.

Tappenden specializes in enteral and parenteral therapies that benefit nearly 10,000 U.S. patients who are reliant on intravenous feeding because their intestines have been surgically shortened. Some of those patients are premature infants.

Tappenden was president of the society from 2008 to 2009.

Make-A-Wish regional council named. Doug Elsbernd has been named chair of the Champaign Area Regional Council of Make-A-Wish Illinois. He is affiliated with Ikon Office Solutions.

Other officers of the council include:

— Tim Voges, fundraising chair. He is retired from the Champaign County sheriff's office.

— Kathy Maxey Moseley, wish support chair. She is affiliated with the Brown Maxey Group of Merrill Lynch.

— Jason Heimbaugh, secretary. He works at the University of Illinois.

— Lorena Nicholas, nominations chair. She works at the UI.

Other council members include Drew Bargmann of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District and Rosemary "Doey" Gordon of Carle Foundation Hospital.

Ford given distinguished service award. Judge Jeffrey Ford has received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute.

The award is given to someone who has made selfless commitment to the field of law enforcement and the community.

Ford was honored specifically for his work with the Illinois Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts, the Drug Court Association and the Mental Health Court Association.

He was also honored for presentations to schools on the consequences of driving under the influence, texting and failure to use seat belts. He was also cited for more than 20 years of involvement as a supporter and presenter at the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.

Cunningham employees saluted. Four employees of Cunningham Children's Home, Urbana, have been given the Circle of Courage Award for significant contributions to the organization.

Winners included: Angie Bertauski-Pierce, associate director of community services; Mary Garman, vocational education coordinator; Tracy Ideus, quality improvement assistant; and Todd Wagner, milieu coordinator.

Premiere Global Sports makes list. Premiere Global Sports, which has an office in Champaign, was recently named by Forbes as one of 2013's "Sports Names You Need to Know."

Forbes highlighted the company's expanding College Division.

Premiere Global Sports provides sports travel, hospitality, marketing services and ticket brokerage services for consumers, corporations and universities.

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