Business and professional briefs, Nov. 17, 2013

New jobs

Heartland Bank promotes Walder. Reid Walder has been promoted by Heartland Bank & Trust to commercial loan officer for the Champaign-Urbana area.

Walder, a native of Hoopeston, was most recently a senior credit analyst for Heartland in the Bloomington-Normal area. He has five years of experience in banking and financial services.

Two join Fox Development. Keri Miner and Ryan Murphy, both of Champaign, have joined Fox Development Corp., Champaign.

Miner is an administrative assistant. She assists with office scheduling, maintains the tenant work-order database and prepares monthly management reports.

She recently received a bachelor's degree in business marketing from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Murphy is a marketing and financial analyst. A licensed real estate broker, he handles leasing and property management, as well as marketing and financial analysis.

He received a bachelor's degree in finance from Illinois State University in May.

Hickory Point hires Hingtgen. Sherry Hingtgen has been appointed vice president, mortgage lending, at Hickory Point Bank & Trust, Champaign.

She has 20 years of experience in helping customers finance their homes.

Mettler Center adds Allen. Robin Allen has joined Mettler Center, Champaign, as a registered and licensed dietitian.

She is national and Midwest nutrition chair for the National Association of College and University Food Services; nominating chair for Eastern Illinois in the Illinois Dietetic Association; and a Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition specialist.

Warlow joins John George Salon. Ashley Warlow has joined the staff at John George Salon, Savoy.

She specializes in color, waxing and cuts for men, women and children. She has six years of experience and is former manager of a Rantoul salon.

Achievements

Pixo names leadership team. Pixo, Urbana, has named eight directors to comprise its Pixo Leadership Team.

The company considers the team's members to be "exceptional leaders who have risen as key 'intra-preneurs' within Pixo."

They include: Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, chief technology officer; Wes Cravens, director of technology; Erika Kramer, director of operations; Jessica Paris, director of project management and product marketing; Melinda Miller, director of research and user experience; Maya Bruck, creative director; Dan Schreiber, project resource director; and Danielle Chynoweth, director.

Hoemann given emeritus status. Darrell Hoemann was named to emeritus board status by the Associated Press Photo Managers at its annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Hoemann has been a member of the organization, which is open to active photo managers of Associated Press members, since its founding in 2001.

He served on its board several times and is the first member to be awarded emeritus status.

Hoemann recently retired as photo editor for The News-Gazette. He is the owner of Darrell Hoemann Photography, which offers a variety of photographic services, and is photo editor for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Ruggieri featured at conference. Alex Ruggieri was selected as a featured attendee on "Conference Live" for the Realtors Conference & Expo in San Francisco this month.

He was one of 34 real estate professionals chosen to be featured, allowing viewers to follow his experience at the expo.

During the four days, Ruggieri was to post blogs, session reviews, photos and videos about each day's events.

He is associated with Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

Pharmacy director receives award. Linda Fred has received the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists President's Award.

The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the council or a pharmacy made at the local, state or national level.

Fred is director of inpatient pharmacy for Carle.

Benson named to Fulbright Specialist roster. Nancy Benson has been named to the J. William Fulbright Specialist roster.

Benson, a University of Illinois associate professor of journalism, teaches an international reporting course and advises journalism programs on curriculum development.

The Fulbright Specialist program matches U.S. scholars with professional counterparts at institutions and universities overseas.

Early childhood school accredited. The Urbana Early Childhood School has been accredited for a second time by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Area organizations honored for sustainability. Four area organizations were among 27 winners of the 2013 Governor's Sustainability Awards.

Winners included: the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Jefferson Middle School in Champaign, Quaker Foods North America in Danville and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Two area organizations were among 14 statewide receiving honorable mention. They were First Busey Corp. and the Illinois Green Business Association, both based in Champaign.

Danville Area Community College was among seven colleges and universities that received 2013 Campus Sustainability Compact Awards. DACC's recognition came at the silver level, which signifies the college is "ready to make targeted commitments to greening operations and monitoring performance."

Here are some of the efforts that led to winning the awards:

— The MTD installed diesel particulate filters on 70 percent of its fleet, reduced water consumption in its wash bays and installed geothermal heating and cooling for its administration/operations building.

— The middle school installed a solar panel, added a geothermal system, established a "green" team, reduced electricity usage, received two wind-energy grants and collected data on paper and water-bottle usage.

— Quaker Foods saved $215,000 on natural gas, electricity and water through sustainability initiatives in 2012. The amount of waste going to the landfill was reduced by more than 600,000 pounds.

— The UI put together a climate action plan with more than 100 projects to help reach carbon neutrality by 2050. By 2012, it had reduced energy consumption by 19 percent and diverted 84.5 percent of its waste.

— First Busey saved nearly 1.5 million gallons of water and recycled more than 400,000 pounds of paper and cardboard in 2012.

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