Business and professional briefs May 12, 2013

Business and professional briefs May 12, 2013

New jobs

CliftonLarsonAllen adds three. Ayla Grady, Andrea Smilanich and Michael Vittone have joined the Champaign office of the CliftonLarsonAllen certified public accounting and consulting firm.

All three are associates.

Howard joins Pixo. Brian Howard has joined Pixo, Urbana, as a junior developer.

He previously did freelance development work.

Lundquist affiliates with Keller Williams. Mark Lundquist has joined Keller Williams Realty, Champaign, as a broker.

MSA names new president. Gilbert Hantzsch has been promoted to president of MSA Professional Services, and Mike Statz has been elected chairman of the board of directors.

They succeed David Murphy, former president and board chairman, who will retire from the company in June.

Hantzsch has been on MSA's board since 2007. He serves on the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin and is slated to be named the organization's national director for 2013-14, representing the council in Washington.

Statz has been on MSA's board since 2008.

The firm has 15 offices throughout the Upper Midwest, including one in Champaign.

GTPS Insurance promotes Firmand. Mike Firmand has been promoted to commercial lines marketing coordinator with GTPS Insurance Agency, Champaign.

He is responsible for coordinating the marketing and placement of new and renewal commercial lines accounts.

Before joining GTPS, Firmand worked for the agency's parent company, First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana. He joined the bank in 2010 and was most recently a lead teller.

Two join Tastefully Simple. Tanya Dossett of Mahomet and Michelle Trowbridge of Urbana have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple, a direct sales company for easy-to-prepare foods.


Bodine designated ASE Fellow. Dr. Kenneth Bodine has been designated a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.

He fulfilled training and performance requirements needed for certification through the National Board of Echocardiography.

The society is committed to improving the practice of ultrasound and imaging of the heart and cardiovascular system.

Bodine is a cardiologist at the Carle Heart and Vascular Center, Urbana.

Clark-Lindsey employees receive awards. Two employees of Clark-Lindsey, Urbana, received awards at the annual meeting of the Life Services Network of Illinois.

Rikki Brady was given the network's 2013 Honoring Excellence Award, and Laura Beyer received the network's 2013 Rising Star Award.

The Honoring Excellence Award is given to employees and organizations in the elder care field that emphasize quality and excellence and inspire others to do likewise.

The Rising Star Award is given to employees whose performance during the first 12 months of employment exceeded expectations.

Brady is director of regulatory compliance and quality assurance at Clark-Lindsey, while Beyer is volunteer and student internship coordinator. Beyer also helped establish CLVolunteers, a resident group that meets to identify volunteer opportunities in Champaign County.

Bruno firm cited for pro bono work. Bruno Law Offices of Urbana has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2012 by Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and the Champaign County Bar Association.

Thomas Bruno and his sons, Anthony Bruno and Evan Bruno, were recognized at the association's Law Day Banquet for outstanding delivery of pro bono legal services in 2012.

The award was presented by Ramona Sullivan, pro bono coordinator for Land of Lincoln and a member of the association's board of governors.

Clementz honored by environmental educators. Stacey Clementz received the Non-Formal Educator of the Year Award from the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.

Clementz is an environmental education program specialist with the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

She has taught programs at the Homer Lake Forest Preserve and was chair of the 2009 Midwest Environmental Education Conference.

Clementz also was a member of the state team for environmental literacy in Illinois.

CERL employees win awards. Douglas R. Law and H. Garth Anderson, both of Champaign, recently won awards from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Law received the center's Administrative Support Achievement Award. He was recognized for outstanding contributions to administrative operations in the Champaign-based Construction Engineering Research Laboratory's executive office while a co-worker was deployed overseas for several months.

Anderson received the center's Program Development Achievement Award. He led several program development initiatives related to the planning, construction and operation of contingency basing.

Both are employed at the local laboratory.

Kuchefski earns designation. Larry Kuchefski has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute.

Kuchefski, who specializes in the Danville area market, is a licensed real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.

He also received Coldwell Banker Commercial's Bronze Level Circle of Distinction for overall sales production based on transaction revenue for the previous year.

Dulak selected as contributor. Janice Dulak has been selected as a contributor to Dressage Today magazine, with a feature article in the May edition.

She also recently released a new DVD, "Nine Pilates Essentials for the Balanced Rider: A Magic Circle Workout."

Dulak is owner of the Dulak Pilates Center, Champaign. She is a Level 2 Romana's Pilates Master Teacher Trainer and creator of Pilates for Dressage.

Hatfield receives distinction. Cory Hatfield has been named one of Connect Magazine's 40 Under 40.

Connect covers the professional, specialty and sports association meetings business. Hatfield was recognized for efforts in bringing meetings, conventions and sports tournaments to Champaign County.

Hatfield is sales and sports director for Visit Champaign County, a name now being used for the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Thrivent honors Brandt. Darrell Brandt of Champaign has qualified for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' Summit Circle conference.

Nine percent of Thrivent Financial's nearly 2,300 financial representatives qualified for the honor.

Brandt is a financial associate with the East Central Illinois Group of Thrivent Financial.

Clark-Lindsey cites Heil. Michele Heil received Clark-Lindsey's Paul V. Howard Award of Excellence at the organization's employee appreciation banquet.

The award is named for a former administrator who worked at Clark-Lindsey for 18 years.

Heil is director of health services for Meadowbrook Health Center at Clark-Lindsey. She joined Clark-Lindsey in 1998 and was social services director until her appointment as director of health services.

Clark-Lindsey CEO Deb Reardanz called Heil "an expert on insurance, Medicare, patient rights and (state public health) regulations."

BPC among 'Best Places to Work.' Benefit Planning Consultants, Champaign, has been named to the list of Best Places to Work in Illinois 2013.

The company, which administers employee benefits, has about 60 employees in Illinois and Indiana.

BPC's workplace policies, practices and demographics were evaluated by Best Companies Group. An employee survey was then taken to measure the employee experience.

Ameren chosen by Woman Engineer magazine. Ameren Corp. has been recognized as a "Top 50 Employer" by Woman Engineer magazine for providing a positive working environment for women engineers.

It placed No. 30 on the list.

Boeing ranked first on the list. Intel, Sony and Archer Daniels Midland were among others selected for the list.

Hunzinger praised for service. Brenda Hunzinger has been chosen to receive the 2013 Lake Land College Faculty Association Outstanding Service Award.

Hunzinger, a biological science instructor, is the association president. She has organized the annual Genetics Update Conference since 2002 and is a member of the BOOST Scholarship Committee.

Area banks report competition results. The State Bank of Bement and the State Bank of Cerro Gordo recently took part in Battle of the Buildings, a national building competition sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In the competition, the Bement bank reduced its energy usage by 3.1 percent, and the Cerro Gordo bank reduced its usage by 6.9 percent.

Teams from more than 3,000 buildings took part in the Energy Star building competition. The winner was an elementary school in New Jersey that cut its energy use by 52.1 percent in one year.

DSC honors Johnson. Lenore Johnson of Champaign recently celebrated her 20th anniversary at Developmental Services Center, Champaign.

She began as a part-time production worker and is now a production crew leader.

Chapter achieves distinction. The East Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has been named a 2012 Ten Star Chapter.

Each year, the association honors chapters for achieving goals that align with objectives in its strategic plan.

The East Central Illinois Chapter was one of 112 chapters that received the award and will be recognized at the international conference.

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