Business and professional briefs, Jan. 19, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Jan. 19, 2014

New jobs

Feinen joins Urbana law firm. Attorney Deborah Frank Feinen has joined the law firm of Tummelson, Bryan & Knox as a partner.

Feinen, formerly with the Nally, Bauer, Feinen & Mann firm, has practiced law in the community since 1992.

She concentrates her practice in guardianships, real estate, estate planning, business and corporate law and adoptions. She also acts as a due process hearing officer for the State Board of Education.

Feinen served on the Champaign County Board for 14 years and is an at-large member of the Champaign City Council.

Cheely named senior vice president. Chris Cheely of Tolono has been promoted to senior vice president at BankChampaign.

His responsibilities include managing a portfolio of commercial and consumer loans and overseeing credit analysis.

He is also responsible for fostering the bank's relationship with BGE Financial and Yamaha Corp. of America.

Cheely has been with the bank since 1999.

Public Works promotes two. Bradley Bennett and Craig Shonkwiler have been appointed assistant city engineers in the Urbana Public Works Department. Both were previously senior civil engineers for the city.

Bennett will be in charge of the drainage and development section of the city's Engineering Division. He has been employed by the city since 2004. Before that, he worked as a project manager for private consulting firms.

Shonkwiler will head the transportation section of the Engineering Division. He has been employed by the city since 2005 and was previously employed as a project manager in the private sector.

Fire institute hires three. Janis Hooper, Lori Kelso and Katrina Mann have joined the staff of the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign.

Hooper joined the curriculum and testing department to concentrate on tests and test banks. She was previously a research and evaluation specialist for the Colorado Department of Corrections' Basic Training Academy.

Kelso is the new human resource operations specialist. She previously held human resource positions within the University of Illinois and also has a background in information technology.

Mann joined the curriculum and testing office, where she will provide exam management and administrative support for program directors and managers in exam delivery. She previously worked at the UI Testing Center.

Prairie Center names clinical director. Marissa Harris has been hired as clinical director for The Prairie Center's residential facility in Champaign.

She has 13 years of experience working with people with developmental, mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. She has supervised group homes for five years.

Re/Max Realty Associates adds Stauffer. Jesse Stauffer has joined Re/Max Realty Associates as a sales associate.

Stauffer received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois in 2013.

He received his Illinois real estate license during his final semester and has a working knowledge of American sign language.

Smith joins Supercuts. Taylor Smith has joined the Supercuts hair salon, 1807 W. Kirby Ave., C, as a stylist. She provides haircutting, waxing and coloring services.

Smith previously worked for two years at Cost Cutters, Champaign.


Bates becomes partner. Denise Knipp Bates has become a partner in the Champaign law firm of Thomas, Mamer & Haughey.

She concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate, wills, trusts, probate, guardianships, general business law, elder law, Medicaid planning and tax appeals.

Bates joined the firm in 2007.

Sullivan chamber picks award winners. The Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development has chosen winners of five awards that will be given at its annual dinner Jan. 25 at the Mason Point Knight Building.

Diane Waggoner will be recognized as 2013 Citizen of the Year. She is employed at First National Bank of Sullivan and is involved in many organizations, including the Secret Santa program that works with local police to provide Christmas gifts for children.

Guy Little will receive the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. He started the Little Theatre on the Square and several other theaters throughout the country.

The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion will receive the 2013 Community Service Organization Award. The Legion hosts Fourth of July events in the community and supports military members and their families.

The Flower Pot will receive the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award. Business owner Ellen Bernius has built a thriving business in Sullivan and in 2013 expanded her business by adding the Hamilton Street Candle Co.

Jackson's Family of Dealerships will receive the 2013 Business of the Year Award. Jackson's has been in Sullivan for more than 10 years and recently relocated to the west end of town, completing an expansion.

Tickets for the annual dinner are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling the chamber at 728-4223.

Donohue to serve on awards committee. Nanette Donohue will serve two years on The Reading List committee, which gives annual awards for the best genre fiction books.

The committee is under the auspices of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Donohue is assistant manager of adult services at the Champaign Public Library.

Schum gains recognition. Todd E. Schum has been named a Top Lawyer in Illinois by The Legal Network.

He is the founding owner of Schum Law, Champaign, and dedicates his practice to personal injury and workers' compensation law. He has practiced law for 26 years.

Ford County Fair elects officers. Kirk Miller of Melvin has been re-elected president of the Ford County Fair Board.

Dallas Meyer of Thawville and Corinne Brown of Paxton were re-elected vice president and secretary-treasurer, respectively.

This year's fair is scheduled for June 22 to 28.

First Mid-Illinois ranks 10th in state. First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust was the 10th largest provider of SBA 7(a) loans in Illinois for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to the Illinois District Office of the Small Business Administration.

The Mattoon-based bank ranked fourth among those banks headquartered in Illinois.

First Mid-Illinois provided 24 SBA 7(a) loans totaling more than $5 million during the year. SBA 7(a) loans are the agency's most common loans, providing financial help for businesses with special requirements.

Other business news

Foundation seeks award nominations. The CU Schools Foundation is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award, Local Business Community Impact Award and Local Hero Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes graduates of Champaign Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School and Urbana High School whose achievements, strength of character and citizenship serves as models to today's youth. Those eligible for the award must have graduated at least 10 years ago.

The Local Business Community Impact Award recognizes two local business owners who graduated from one of the three high schools and have had an impact on the community through commitment to philanthropy, service, volunteerism and support, with a particular emphasis on employing local high school graduates.

The Local Hero Award is given to someone who graduated from one of the three high schools and willingly volunteers time and effort to benefit the local community. The honoree must live within the Champaign or Urbana school district boundaries.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31. The awards will be presented at the foundation's gala April 12. For more information, go to

Items should be submitted to The News-Gazette for consideration at least 10 days prior to publication. Items may be emailed to; mailed to Business & Professional Briefs, c/o Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, 15 Main St., Champaign, IL 61824-0677; or dropped off at the main office. Photos submitted with a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be returned.

Sections (2):News, Business
Topics (1):People