Business and professional briefs, Nov. 3, 2013

Business and professional briefs, Nov. 3, 2013

New jobs

Two join Carle. Tara Riddle and Graham R. Huesmann have joined the staff at Carle.

Riddle, who joined the neuropsychology department, earned a doctorate in clinic psychology at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Michigan Health Care System, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Huesmann, who joined the neurology department, earned a medical degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a fellowship in epilepsy at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Pixo hires tech director. Wes Cravens of Champaign has joined Pixo, Urbana, as technology director.

He has more than two decades of technical experience in production, delivery and support.

Thomas named to post. Joe Thomas has been named executive director for institutional advancement at Judah Christian School, Champaign.

He will lead Judah Christian in developing a new high school on Rising Road in Champaign.

Convenient Care adds two. Dr. Agustin Bello has joined Carle Convenient Care in Danville, and nurse practitioner Jennifer Sapp has joined Carle Convenient Care in Urbana.

Bello received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency in family medicine at West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park. He has been deemed board-eligible by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Sapp received a master's degree in nursing from Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Normal.

F.E. Moran appoints two. Beau Acton and Julie Cimarusti have been named to new jobs at F.E. Moran Security Solutions, Champaign.

Acton was promoted to director of national accounts project management. He will oversee the division of national accounts project management for the installation of equipment and integrated alarm services.

Those services include fire, intrusion, video, access control and alarm monitoring solutions for retail businesses and large warehouses.

Acton, who was previously purchasing manager, has been with the company for seven years.

Cimarusti was named director of process improvement. She will organize and make strategic process improvements, including companywide training. She remains responsible for nationwide alarm licensing and permit compliance.

Cimarusti, who was previously director of marketing, has been with the company for nine years.

Candy company promotes Vaughan. Matt Vaughan of Roberts has been promoted to national director of convenience store sales for the Ferrara Candy Co., based in Oakbrook Terrace.

The company is the third-largest confections manufacturer in the U.S. and makes brands such as Trolli, Brach's, Lemonhead, Now & Later, Black Forest and Sathers.

Ferrara's convenience store division is responsible for more than 600 distributors and 150,000 retail stores throughout the country.

Smith joins InsureChampaign. Amy Smith has joined InsureChampaign, Champaign, overseeing the accounting department.

She has nine years of experience with premium auditing for Infinity Insurance Solutions, based in Kansas City, Mo.

Re/Max adds Tabeling. Cindy Tabeling of Champaign has joined Re/Max Realty Associates, Champaign, as a sales associate.

A licensed real estate agent, she has worked in real estate for seven years and is involved in a homebuilding company with her husband, Shawn.


Difanis named Realtor of Year. Matt Difanis has been named 2013 Realtor of the Year for the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

The award is based on involvement in the association, the real estate business and the community.

Difanis, broker-owner of Re/Max Realty Associates of Champaign, was the association's 2012 president.

This year he served as vice chairman of the Illinois Association of Realtors' Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Member Involvement Group and was chairman of the state association's Governance Task Force.

He is also a member of the National Association of Realtors' Social Media Advisory Board.

Difanis is also the volunteer photographer for Central Illinois Honor Flight, which provides free trips to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans.

Also honored at the association's awards banquet were:

— Jayme Ahlden, a licensed broker with Re/Max Realty Associates, who received the Rookie of the Year award. The award is given to a Realtor who has been in the business no more than two years.

— Judy Fejes, licensed broker with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, who received the Affiliate Choice Award. The award is given to a Realtor selected by affiliate members in recognition of contributions to the real estate community.

— Joann Thomas of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, who received the Affiliate of the Year Award. The award is given annually to an affiliate member for participation in association committees.

— P.J. Trautman, licensed broker with Champaign County Realty, who received the Midland States Bank and Busey Bank scholarships.

— Janice Redman, licensed broker with Twin City Realty, who received the Helen Stafford and News-Gazette scholarships. The Stafford scholarship is given to a new agent who has been an active member of the association for no longer than five years.

Helmink earns certification. Dog trainer Susan Helmink of Philo has earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Candidates who pass the exam earn the title "Certified Professional Dog Trainer — Knowledge Assessed."

Helmink is president and co-founder of the Companion Animal Resource and Education Center, Urbana. CARE Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides education and resources to foster bonds between companion animals and people.

EP Technology cited for job growth. EP Technology Corp. USA was recently honored by the Inc. Hire Power Awards, which recognize private businesses that have generated jobs.

EP Technology generated 24 jobs from Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, placing it among the top eight private-business job creators in the security industry.

EP Technology was among 437 private growth companies that were Hire Power Awards honorees. The honorees come from 25 industry categories.

Kevin Wan is CEO of Champaign-based EP Technology.

Young earns designation. Dan Young has received the Professional Farm Mutual Manager designation at the annual convention of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.

He manages Central Illinois Mutual Insurance Co., Villa Grove.

Plant marks 60 years in Tuscola. The LyondellBasell plant in Tuscola recently marked 60 years of operations.

The plant has been operating since 1953 and produces ethyl alcohol, diethyl ether and specialty polymers.

Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is used in health care and personal product applications such as cough suppressants, mouthwashes and analgesics. Diethyl ether is a solvent, and specialty polymers produced at Tuscola include Microthene, which is used as an additive in personal care products and in lubricants.

Jim Hillier is site manager for the Tuscola plant.

CharterSills participates in trade mission. Warren Charter of the CharterSills architectural lighting design company, Champaign, recently took part in a U.S. Department of Commerce/American Institute of Architects architectural trade mission to Brazil.

CharterSills was one of nine U.S. firms selected to travel to Rio de Janeiro and Recife, Brazil, to meet and develop trade partners there.

Paris honored for 40 years in business. Mark F. Paris was honored for 40 years of experience in the optical business at the annual American Board Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiner National Opticians Conference in Cincinnati.

He is the owner of Illinois Express Eyecare, Danville.

UI researchers receive awards. Researchers Nancy Sottos and Julie Zilles of the University of Illinois recently received inaugural awards from the National Science Foundation for the Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials initiative.

An award of $800,000 was made for "Mechanochemically Based Sustainable Polymers," a project for which Sottos is the principal investigator. She is a UI professor of materials science and engineering.

An award of $334,461 was made for "Novel Biomimetic Materials for Water Purification: Perchlorate Treatment," a project for which Zilles is the principal investigator. She is a UI research assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering.

Turner graduates from academy. Tracy Turner of Vermilion County has graduated from the 2013 Leadership Academy program for local government officials presented by the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

The academy is a joint venture of the institute and the United Counties Council of Illinois.

Shelton cited for work. Valarie Shelton received the Outstanding Service by an Outside Agency Award from the Vermilion County Probation Office.

Shelton, an addictions counselor with Prairie Center, joined the agency in 1995 and was promoted to prevention coordinator for substance abuse for Vermilion County later that year. She became a youth addictions counselor in 1997.

Bambenek elected vice president. John Bambenek of Bambenek Consulting, Champaign, was elected vice president of the Springfield InfraGard Members Alliance for a two-year term.

He has been a member since 2005, providing expertise on cybersecurity issues.

InfraGard is a nonprofit organization that serves as a public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the FBI to protect the nation's infrastructure.

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