Business and professional briefs June 30, 2013

Business and professional briefs June 30, 2013

New jobs

Emergency services director named. Registered nurse Staci Sutton has joined Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, as director of emergency services.

She has been in the nursing field more than 20 years. She has certifications as a pre-hospital registered nurse, a certified flight nurse, a trauma nurse specialist and an emergency communications registered nurse.

Sutton was previously emergency services manager at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, an AirLife flight nurse for Carle Foundation Hospital, critical care services manager for Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and deputy coroner for the McLean County coroner's office.

First Mid adds Schneider. Nicholas Schneider has joined First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust as assistant vice president, commercial loan officer, in Mansfield.

He was formerly vice president and farm manager at State Bank of Bement. Schneider has experience in agricultural and commercial lending as well as farm management.

Burton joins engineering firm. David Burton has joined the staff of Midwest Engineering and Testing, Champaign.

He has received certification as a commercial building inspector from the International Code Council and in conjunction with other MET personnel is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as a qualified inspector.

His addition allows MET to offer and conduct commercial building code inspections.

Divorce mediation service offered. Kevin Elliott Counseling, Champaign, has expanded its services to include daivorce mediation. The new service will be provided by attorney-mediator Justine D. Becker at a new Champaign branch office at 116 N. Chestnut St., Suite 233.

Becker holds a master's degree in social work in addition to her law degree. She is a court-certified mediator approved in Piatt and Champaign counties and a court-appointed guardian ad litem and child representative approved in Champaign County.

In divorce mediation, couples resolve their financial and parenting issues between themselves in a private and confidential setting with the aid of a neutral mediator.

Three join Farm Credit team. Angela Graham of Mahomet, Ashley Hetherington of Champaign and Jessica Mullvain of Mahomet were recently hired by Farm Credit Services of Illinois. They are based in the cooperative's central office in Mahomet.

Graham is a systems analyst for the information systems team. She has four years of experience as a system support analyst with Benefit Planning Consultants, Champaign.

Hetherington is a sales and service specialist with the commercial lending department. She has six years of office administration experience and most recently worked as an office and patient accounts manager at Schwartz Chiropractic Centre, Champaign.

Mullvain is a loan accounting administrator in the central loan accounting department. She most recently served as a teller and loan operations specialist at Busey Bank.

Pixo adds Sharkey. Matt Sharkey has joined the staff of Pixo, Urbana.

Sharkey has experience in motion graphics and Web designs for films as well as in building websites.


Phipps receives state award. Champaign attorney John T. Phipps has received the Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award from the Illinois State Bar Association's General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council.

Phipps is a sole practitioner at the John T. Phipps Law Offices, Champaign.

"John's life of community service and career accomplishments read as a genuine model to be emulated by attorneys in their career," Chicago attorney Michael Zink wrote in nominating Phipps for the award.

A member of the state bar association's assembly, Phipps was named in 2007 as a laureate of the association's Academy of Illinois Lawyers. He has written extensively for practice handbooks and association newsletters.

Plus, he has been a board member of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation since 1973 and has served as president of the board for the Clark-Lindsey Village retirement community.

Lampo named Researcher of Year. Richard Lampo of St. Joseph has been named Researcher of the Year at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign.

He was commended for advancing the state of practice for fiber-reinforced polymer composites in infrastructure applications.

The technology is used to build and sustain critical military and civil works facilities, reduce maintenance requirements and replace corrosive construction materials.

Lampo is a materials engineer with the lab's Materials and Structures Branch.

Flex-N-Gate subsidiary takes honors. Veltri Canada Ltd., a Flex-N-Gate subsidiary, has been recognized by Chrysler Group LLC as one of its best automotive suppliers.

Veltri, which supplies cross members, suspensions and stamping/welding assembly to Chrysler, won the award in the category of supply chain management.

Headquartered in Windsor, Ontario, Veltri Canada was one of 18 award winners in 17 categories for extraordinary performance.

Marketing department wins medal. The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics marketing department won the gold medal in the category of revenue-generating idea for the "Illini for Life" newborn package.

The award was presented June 14 at the annual convention of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators in Orlando.

For $45 plus $5 shipping, the newborn gift package includes: a customized photo featuring the child's birth announcement on the video board at Memorial Stadium, State Farm Center or Huff Hall; a Fighting Illini birth certificate; a letter of intent signed by a coach certifying the child's allegiance to Illinois; an Illini "Newcomer of the Year" onesie; an Illini baby stocking cap; and membership in the Fighting Illini Kids Club.

Hannon takes regional honors. Brian Hannon ranked No. 1 among individual agents in Re/Max's St. Louis Region during April.

Hannon is affiliated with Re/Max Realty Associates, Champaign.

MTD recognizes employees. Luis Fonseca received a 35-year safety award from the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District at its annual awards presentation.

Paul Fortna, Charles Hassell, Paul Taylor and Paul Yoos received 20-year safety awards.

Multiyear outstanding operator awards were given to Hassell, Doug Meyers, Jerry Hitchcock, Scott Rhodes, Becky Adams, Tim Emery, Don Goodrich, Mark Harkrader, Debra Jean and Larry Merrick.

Multiyear outstanding maintenance awards were given to Mike Humphrey, Eric Broga, Paul Chamberlain and Aaron Finley.

Service awards were given to Dave Gilliland, Ted Fritchey, Linda Fritchey, Pam Wasson and Dennis Willoughby for 35 years of service; Jim Goudie and Trai Nguyen for 30 years of service; Fortna, John Paris and Brad Cronk for 25 years of service; and John Mangian and Carl Saldeen for 20 years of service.

Hartshorn receives appointment. Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn has been appointed to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

The board is responsible for setting professional standards and training requirements for police officers, correctional officers and coroners in Illinois.

It oversees six law enforcement basic training academies, three correctional officer basic training academies, the Police Executive Institute at Western Illinois University and 26 regional training consortiums in Illinois.

Forbes taps First Busey. First Busey Corp. has been named among Forbes' list of America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies for 2013. Forbes partners with GMI Ratings to identify the most transparent and trustworthy publicly traded companies in the U.S.

First Busey — the holding company for Busey Bank and Busey Wealth Management — was selected from more than 8,000 U.S. firms for the list.

Burgess installed as president. Ruth Burgess was recently installed as president of the Illinois Association of Educational Office Professionals at a three-day conference in Urbana.

Burgess retired from the Westville school district in 2008, having served as network administrator, technology coordinator and computer repair technician.

Nancy Van Vickle, registrar of Danville High School, received the organization's 2013 Education Office Professional of the Year award.

Donley cited for 25 years. Kay Donley of Tuscola was recently recognized for 25 years of service at Developmental Services Center, Champaign.

She started her employment as a production manager and now is classified as production crew leader II.

Wallace earns recognition. Tyler Wallace of Heath's Inc., Monticello, achieved advanced-level recognition in John Deere University's comprehensive training program for service technicians.

John Deere University credits are earned in various categories to ensure expertise in the sales, service and parts departments of John Deere dealerships.

Emmons receives specialized training. Mary Emmons of Champaign has completed training as a senior housing specialist, focused on helping seniors who want to downsize, move or stay in place.

The training, sponsored by the Seniors Real Estate Institute, enhances the services provided by Estate Coordination LLC, which provides assistance to estate executors whose family and work responsibilities allow little time for executor duties.

More information about the business is available at

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