Business and professional briefs June 16, 2013

New jobs

Institute hires Keiken. James Keiken has been hired for the newly created position of assistant director for firefighting programs at the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

He will oversee management of all firefighting programs and program areas for officer, wildland, liquid propane, investigation, agriculture and on-campus-firefighting training.

Keiken was previously assistant fire chief of administration and operations for the Madison (Wis.) Fire Department.

Cardiologist joins medical staff. Dr. Vijay Roy has joined the medical staff of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

Roy has been a practicing cardiologist for 11 years in Decatur. He earned his medical degree from Rajendra Medical College in India. He completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiovascular disease fellowship at Cook County Hospital, Chicago.

Roy is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and is certified in nuclear cardiology and Level II cardiac computer tomography.

The Roy Heart Clinic is in the Medical Office Building on the Presence United Samaritans campus on Logan Avenue.

Schweighart affiliates with Re/Max. Rod Schweighart of Philo has joined Re/Max Realty Associates as a broker.

He spent 25 years in banking, specializing in ag and mortgage lending. He also remodels homes and supports his wife's business, Michelle's Bridal and Tuxedo.

Bill Abbott adds Eaglen. Cody Eaglen has joined Bill Abbott Inc., Monticello, and will sell new Chevrolet, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles as well as certified used vehicles.

He previously worked in his family business for seven years.

Ramshaw hires Wright. Jessica Wright of Dieterich has been named director of marketing for Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

She will coordinate advertisements for commercial and residential properties and distribute releases, tenant newsletters and weekly email updates.

Kane & Co. adds two. Melissa McKee and Chandra Houston have joined Kane & Co., Champaign.

McKee is a master stylist who previously worked at The Studio in Urbana. She has been in the hairstyling business since 2006.

Houston is a stylist and educator.

Achievements

Team wins award. A seven-member team at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, has won the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Award for Outstanding Team Effort.

The award recognizes collaboration among different disciplines and ERDC laboratories.

Team members are Michael Case, Mahomet, and Richard Liesen, Alexander Zhivov, Matthew Swanson, Ross Northrup, Benjamin Barnes and Andrew Friedl, all of Champaign.

The team worked with the center's Information Technology Laboratory to develop a "net zero energy" planning capability and tool suite that allows military installations to model strategies and technologies to achieve energy independence and security.

Flex-N-Gate collects honors. Flex-N-Gate recently received two honors from Ford Motor Co. — a Recognition of Achievement Award for superiority in aligned business framework principles, and a gold-level World Excellence Award saluting suppliers who bring diverse cultures, values and ideas to Ford.

Flex-N-Gate was one of only two suppliers worldwide to receive the first award and was one of 14 suppliers to earn gold-level honors in the World Excellence Award category.

Gold-level World Excellence Awards are awarded to the top 5 percent of qualifying suppliers who demonstrate superior quality, delivery and cost performance to Ford. Flex-N-Gate owner and CEO Shahid Khan received the award at a May 23 ceremony.

The first award was given for meeting and excelling in principles including technology innovation sharing, data transparency, focus on total cost, collaboration on global footprint and backstopping other commodity suppliers in case of a catastrophic event.

Norfleet earns certification. Phil Norfleet has received the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certification.

He is an American Family Insurance agent in Monticello and has been with the company since April 1990.

Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on customer satisfaction surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified.

Area nursing students shine. Two recent graduates of Lake Land College's nursing program received special awards.

Stephanie Christopherson of Tuscola received the Marilyn Fuqua Thompson Nursing Award, given to the graduate considered the all-around best student in the class.

Kristin Ives of Mattoon received the Associate Degree Nursing Peer Award. The award, voted on by the students, is given for clinical and scholastic performance, willingness to help other students, professionalism, maturity and spirit.

Medical student works at clinic. Carolyn Roloff, a student at Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine, will get medical experience at Litchfield Family Practice Center as the guest of Dr. Keith Cochran.

Roloff, daughter of Jeff and Susan Roloff of Urbana, is spending time at the clinic as part of the school's Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

The experience allows students to use their medical knowledge in an office setting under the supervision of an experienced physician.

Attorneys make list. Attorneys Joseph D. Murphy and Dennis K. Muncy have been listed in this year's Chambers USA Guide 2013.

The guide ranks lawyers and law firms based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and commitment.

Both men, who are affiliated with the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign, are listed in the practice area of communications.

Murphy was recognized for his work with wireless and wire-line carriers, local telephone companies and interexchange resellers.

Muncy was recognized in the telecommunications area.

Suits wins scholarship. Tyler Suits of Rantoul was one of nine high school seniors chosen for James LaFrankie Scholarship Awards by American Water Works Co.

Winners — who are college-bound children of full-time American Water employees — were chosen based on outstanding high school records, academic honors, participation in extracurricular activities and teacher recommendations.

Suits is the son of Barry Suits, vice president of operations for American Water in Belleville.

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