Business and professional briefs, Aug. 4, 2013

New jobs

Jorstad to manage ag lending. Chip Jorstad has been named agricultural lending manager for Busey Bank, Champaign.

He has more than 10 years of experience serving business customers.

In his new role, he will support farmers and their operations while continuing to support commercial real estate customers.

Nickens promoted to dean. Tawanna Nickens of Rantoul has been promoted to dean of adult education and workforce development for Parkland College, Champaign.

She has been with Parkland since 2000, most recently as director of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Department.

Her new role will be to support workforce development initiatives, in addition to her continuing work of promoting adult education.

Heartland hires Bagley. Kate Bagley of Arthur has joined Heartland Bank and Trust, Champaign, as a mortgage banker. She is located at the Heartland office at 1101 W. Windsor Road, C.

Bagley's responsibilities include new home mortgages, mortgage refinancing, second mortgages and home equity loans and lines of credit.

Achievements

Ready named to MSA board. Pat Ready Jr. has been appointed to the board of directors of MSA Professional Services.

Ready is a vice president with the firm. He has been with MSA for 13 years and has played an instrumental role in fostering the growth of both the Illinois and Iowa programs.

Broadcasters hail Davis. Paul Davis of Champaign has been named Illinoisan of the Year by the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Davis is a former WCIA-TV news anchor who went on to hold prominent roles in national news organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists.

His nomination included the following: "For the better part of five decades, there has been no better advocate — no stronger voice — for the journalists of Illinois than Paul M. Davis. From humble beginnings in Effingham, Paul became a giant in broadcast journalism and rose to lead the INBA, SPJ and Radio and Television News Directors Association (now Radio Television Digital News Association)."

It was the second time the association has honored Davis with that award. He was also the winner in 1993.

The only other two-time winner was former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson — in 1975 for his work as U.S. attorney and in 2004 for his service on the 9/11 commission.

Vallowe appointed to board. Craig Vallowe has been appointed to the board of directors for Agent Insurance Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois.

Vallowe, a Certified Insurance Counselor with more than 35 years of experience in the field, is a marketing specialist for the Snyder Insurance Agency, Champaign.

Feinberg receives Patients' Choice Award. Dr. Samuel Feinberg has received Christie Clinic's Patients' Choice Award for 2012, as determined by patient rating scores.

Feinberg is a board-certified general surgeon at Christie.

Waller, Carlson gain plaudits. Jim Waller and Marty Carlson, both of Champaign, have earned membership in Coldwell Banker's International Diamond Society.

Only 9 percent of all Coldwell Bank sales associates worldwide have achieved that.

Both are associates with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign.

Kessel receives award. Mike Kessel has won the Ed Armstrong Award from the Edward Jones financial services firm for building client relationships.

Kessel is an Edward Jones adviser in Champaign.

Researcher wins scholarship. Champaign native Daniel Martin has received a scholarship from Erasmus Mundus to study fire safety engineering at three European engineering schools.

Martin is a research specialist with the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign.

He is the fourth student from the U.S. to receive the award and the second from Illinois.

Martin will study at Ghent University in Belgium, Lund University in Sweden and Edinburgh University in Scotland.

He is expected to live in Europe for two years and receive an international master's degree in fire safety engineering in June 2015.

Adams Outdoor takes honor. Adams Outdoor Advertising, Champaign, has been named Media Organization of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association.

Adams Outdoor partners with Champaign County Crime Stoppers by promoting the organization through traditional outdoor advertising, along with featuring fund-raising events and local fugitives on digital displays.

Legion post salutes Devonshire Realty. Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, Champaign, has received Champaign American Legion Post 24's August certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag.

The company was recognized specifically for maintaining the flag display at 701 Devonshire Drive, C.

Recognition

Satterfeal cited as 'Hero.' Natasha Satterfeal of LeRoy has been named a 2013 Healthcare Hero by Passages Hospice.

She was recognized by Passages Hospice founder Seth Gillman in a ceremony and received a prize. She was also featured in a video.

Satterfeal was inspired to become a nursing assistant by her sister, Tiffany Boyd, who is also a certified nursing assistant with Passages. Boyd was named a Healthcare Hero in the 2012 awards.

Area organizations recently recognizing employees with monthly or quarterly honors include:

Prairie State Bank & Trust: Kristie Hayes, secondary market lender in the Champaign-Urbana region, Second Quarter Excellence in Service Award.

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