Business and professional briefs, Sept. 8, 2013

Business and professional briefs, Sept. 8, 2013

New jobs

Hobbico promotes three. Tim Smith, Randy Martin and Sally Meyer have received promotions at Hobbico, Champaign.

Smith was named vice president of the retail division. He will be responsible for managing sales, marketing and information systems for that division.

He joined Hobbico in 1981 as computer programmer and advanced through data processing ranks, serving as senior director of retail information systems for the past 22 years.

Martin was named vice president of information systems. He will remain in charge of wholesale data processing and assume full responsibility for management of Hobbico's PC network, telecommunications systems and other corporate programming functions.

He joined Hobbico 32 years ago as a data processing manager for Great Planes Model Distributors, a Hobbico subsidiary. He has been senior director of wholesale information systems since 1992.

Meyer was named director of purchasing. She joined Hobbico 12 years ago as general manager of United Model when Hobbico acquired that company.

Healy named volunteer coordinator. Maura Healy has been promoted to volunteer coordinator for the IDEA Store, Champaign.

She will be responsible for coordinating the schedules of more than 60 volunteers and overseeing the checkout process for customers.

Healy was formerly lead cashier at the store.

The IDEA Store is an earned-income social enterprise of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation.

Physicians join Carle. Dr. Glen Yang and Dr. Owaise M.Y. Mansuri have joined Carle's urology and endocrinology departments, respectively.

Yang received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco, where he also completed his residency. He is certified by the American Board of Urology.

Mansuri received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine at Springfield. He completed a fellowship in endocrinology at that school.

Illinois Public Media appoints interim manager. Chet Tomczyk has joined Illinois Public Media as interim general manager.

He will continue as president and CEO of WTVP, the public television station in Peoria, where he has spent the last 19 years.

Tomcyzk will split his time between the two entities as a shared administrator.

Illinois Public Media's previous general manager, Mark Leonard, took a new position this summer as general manager and CEO of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications in Lincoln, Neb.

Coldwell Banker Commercial adds Park, Rodriguez. Richard Park and Matt Rodriguez have joined the staff of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, Champaign.

Park joined Matt Wavering's commercial brokerage team and will be dedicated to the sale and lease of commercial property. He previously worked in finance and as a residential real estate sales associate.

Rodriguez is marketing coordinator for the company. He will concentrate his efforts on improving market presence through website listing services and the use of social media.

Park district hires Wallace. Andrea Wallace of Champaign has joined the Champaign Park District as finance director.

Her duties include developing the annual operating and capital budget; supervision of accounts payable, payroll, program registration and maintenance; monthly reporting of the general ledger; and all banking and investment functions.

Wallace previously worked as finance director with Champaign County Public Health.


Reifsteck elected Growmark chairman. John Reifsteck of Champaign has been elected chairman of the Growmark board of directors.

Reifsteck, who with his wife, Nancy, operates a farm in western Champaign County, has served on the Growmark board since 1993. He was one of two vice chairmen.

The other vice chairman, Rick Nelson of Paxton, has served on Growmark's board since 1990 and has been a vice chairman since 2004. He and his wife, Pat, operate a 2,100-acre grain farm, and he is president of the Ludlow Cooperative Elevator board.

Reifsteck succeeds Dan Kelley of Normal, who had been chairman from 2000 until his retirement this year.

Bloomington-based Growmark is a regional cooperative providing agriculture-related products and services, as well as grain marketing in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. Growmark owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives.

Area co-op achieves honor. DeLand Farmers Cooperative Grain Co., DeLand, was one of seven grain cooperatives recognized by Growmark with the Ceres Award.

That award, named for the Roman goddess of grain, is awarded to grain cooperatives that meet three out of four benchmarks — including return on invested capital, bushel retention, Growmark's capital guideline ratio and adjusted earnings in relation to storage capacity.

Dale Allen is the manager of DeLand Farmers Cooperative, and James Reed is the president.

Mudrick receives STEM prize. John Mudrick of Champaign is part of a team with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center that received the Army Corps of Engineers' first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Outstanding Team Achievement Award.

Mudrick coordinates STEM and other educational outreach activities locally at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, where he is the action officer.

The lab's STEM programs allow area teachers and students to work with the lab's scientists and engineers in the interest of encouraging youth to consider such careers.

Everette accorded state title. Margaret Everette has been named Illinois Employee of the Year by Express Employment Professionals.

Everette, an associate in the Champaign office, was chosen for significant career growth and her work ethic. Winners are to be reliable, honest and hardworking and have an exemplary attitude.

Everette, who had been employed for more than 20 years, was put to work by Express Employment Professionals as a volunteer recruitment coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Stuart cited for four works. Stephanie Stuart will be recognized for three publications and a video at a luncheon sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.

Stuart is community relations coordinator for the Champaign school district. She was cited for the district's To The Point quarterly newsletter; the weekly email newsletter, News from Unit 4; a Student Scholars brochure; and a High School Transition video she produced with videographer Brandon Minnett to prepare middle school students for high school.

Chaplains earn certification. Two Carle Foundation Hospital chaplains have been granted board certification from national certifying bodies.

Lorenzo Bolden received certification from the Association of Professional Chaplains, and Mary Berardo "Elisa" Rose was certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

To obtain certification, both completed a year of clinical pastoral education, demonstrated at least 29 competencies, submitted letters of reference and were interviewed with a board of certified chaplain peers.

Bolden has been at Carle since 2009, and Rose has been there since 2011.

Other business news

Sunnycrest Press publishes guide. Sunnycrest Press, Urbana, has published "Program Evaluation: A Step-By-Step Guide," written by Nancy F.Barrett of Barrett Evaluations.

The work was published in hard cover and as an e-book.

Barrett offers evaluation and educational consultation.

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