Business and professional briefs July 21, 2013

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Thopiah, Lohano join Christie. Dr. Prakash Thopiah and Dr. Takeem Lohano have joined Christie Clinic.

Thopiah, who is in the Department of Cardiology, has served as an interventional cardiologist in the Champaign area for 25 years.

He received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical School in Bangalore, India, and fulfilled his cardiology fellowship at Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals, Detroit.

He completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

Lohano, who is in the Department of Pediatrics, has special medical interests in newborn medicine, asthma and diabetes.

He received a medical degree from Isra University, Hyderabad, Pakistan. He fulfilled his medical residency at Women and Children's Hospital at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Regency Apartments promotes Sprague. Maggie Sprague of Farmer City has been promoted to director of marketing and public relations for Regency Apartments, Champaign.

Sprague, formerly Regency's media specialist, is now responsible for marketing and public relations for Regency's corporate office and 16 apartment communities in Indiana and Illinois.

She joined the company in 2011. Before that, she was a sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Scofield joins foundation staff. Edra Scofield has joined the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, Champaign, as its first communications and development director.

She was previously vice president of planning and marketing for Carle Clinic Association and new business development director for the McKenzie Wagner marketing firm.

Scofield previously served two terms on the Community Foundation board.

First Federal promotes Thompson. Derrick Thompson has been promoted to assistant vice president of deposit acquisitions and deposit manager at First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana.

He supervises and coordinates the teller staffing and customer service functions at the Neil Street office.

Thompson has been with First Federal since 2000.

Macintosh joins Pixo. Cameron Macintosh of Champaign has joined Pixo, Urbana, as a software developer.

He previously worked for Lifepoint Informatics, Glen Rock, N.J.

Pediatric Providers adds Kurth. Kathryn H. Kurth of Danville, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, has joined the staff at Pediatric Providers ofDanville.

She formerly worked as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Noblesville Pediatrics in Noblesville, Ind. She received a master's degree in nursing from Indiana University.

Achievements

Carter cited for lifetime achievement. Former Champaign City Manager Steven Carter has received the Robert B. Morris Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois City/County Management Association.

The award is given to someone who has spent at least 20 years in local government, with at least eight of those years in Illinois, and who has made significant contributions beyond the local community.

Carter retired this year after serving more than 42 years in local government management. Most recently, he served 28 years as Champaign city manager, becoming Champaign's longest-serving city manager.

During his professional career, Carter served as president of the association and served on many of its committees.

Bridge project wins award. Replacement of the south entrance road bridge at Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Monticello, was given a Project of the Year Award in the transportation category of awards given by the American Public Works Association's Illinois chapter.

The award was given to Hanson Professional Services, Springfield, which provided engineering and environmental services for the project. The company also did coordinating studies on threatened and endangered species, archaeological and environmental studies and bid document preparation.

The award was given in the division for projects of $2 million to $10 million.

The new bridge features an improved roadway and guardrails. The project also included upgrades to about 3 miles of roads in the park.

Team receives medal. Six team members at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, received the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

The medal was given for their contributions to long-range sound propagation experiments focused on military training noise.

Team members are Michael White, Edward Nykaza and Bruce MacAllister, all of Mahomet; Michelle Swearingen of Tuscola; Daniel Valente of Champaign; and Jeffery Mifflin of Penfield.

Results of their work help ensure that military training and testing can be conducted with minimal noise annoyance to surrounding communities.

Local team places on list. The Nick Taylor Team of Re/Max Realty Associates, Champaign, ranked 145th on the "Top 250 Teams by Transaction Sides" list, with 263 closed transactions in 2012.

That appeared as part of "The Thousand" list, which ranked the top 250 agents and the top 250 teams for transaction sides and sales volume.

The Nick Taylor Team includes Taylor, Autumn Berbaum, Prudence Blumenshine, Craig Buchanan, Bob Carley, Davonne Porter and Curtis Royse.

Nelson conducts workshop. Robert Nelson has been recognized by the International Training Center, Turin, Italy, for conducting his 40th international workshop on entrepreneurship education over the past 10 years.

The ITC is the training workshop for the International Labor Organization. Nelson has conducted the 40 workshops primarily in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Workshop participants included teacher educators and officials from ministries of education, youth and sports.

The workshop content is based on a curriculum focusing on teaching youths how to develop entrepreneurial mind-sets, as well as preparing them to become entrepreneurs.

Nelson is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, having worked in human resource education.

Young nominated for national award. Registered nurse Pam Young has been nominated for CURE magazine's 2013 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing.

She works at the Cancer Center of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

Young was one of more than 100 nurses nominated by patients nationwide for their compassion, caring and expertise. She was listed in the summer 2013 edition of the magazine.

Young has been at the hospital for 29 years.

Visit Champaign County elects board. Dennis Robertson has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Visit Champaign County, the local convention and visitors bureau.

Robertson is general manager of Market Place Shopping Center, Champaign.

Rich Thomas, representing the village of Rantoul, was chosen as vice chairman of the board, and Teri Legner, economic development manager for the city of Champaign, remains treasurer.

Rachel Coventry of Curtis Orchard was appointed as a new board member. Returning members are Michael DeLorenzo, Marci Dodds, Victor Fuentes, Richard Helton, Lisa Gengelbach, Greg Knott, Dave Krchak, Max Mitchell, Dan Waldinger, Sorita Wilson and Nick Zazal.

Monticello associates honored. Shelley Rogers of Monticello has earned membership in Coldwell Banker's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only 9 percent of associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

She is a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Monticello.

Also honored in the Monticello office was sales associate R.J. Cook, who was named a member of Coldwell Banker's International Sterling Society. That distinction was awarded to 14 percent of Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.

The office's Foster Team was recognized as an International Sterling Society Team, a distinction awarded to 42 percent of all Coldwell Banker associate/representative teams in North America.

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