Business and professional briefs, Feb. 16, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Feb. 16, 2014

New jobs

Clausen named senior vice president. John Clausen has been promoted to senior vice president at BankChampaign.

He joined the bank's wealth management department in 2007 after practicing law at Rawles, O'Byrne, Stanko, Kepley & Jefferson.

In addition to administering trust and estate accounts, Clausen is starting the bank's financial planning business.

His additional responsibilities include managing the wealth management staff and managing retail banking business.

First State Bank promotes Wright. Rory W. Wright has been promoted to assistant vice president of First State Bank, Monticello.

His responsibilities include origination and administration of residential mortgages and consumer loans. He is also in charge of the bank's indirect auto loan program.

Two advance at CliftonLarsonAllen. Bethany M. Hearn and Andrea Smilanich have received promotions at the Champaign office of CliftonLarsonAllen.

Hearn has been promoted to principal. She has almost 25 years of public accounting experience, the last 14 years focused on providing valuation and forensic accounting services to business owners.

Smilanich has been promoted to senior. She started with the office a year ago in its tax department.

Accounting firm promotes three. Amy Lewis, Tyler Kutz and Kelly Loschen have received promotions at Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates, Champaign.

Lewis and Kutz are in-charge accountants. Lewis has been with the firm since 2007 and works in the tax department. Kutz has been with the company since 2011 and works in both the accounting services and audit departments.

Loschen is adding the duties of marketing administrator to her job as audit manager. She will handle external marketing as well as internal mentoring processes and personal development plans.

Three at Busey take new titles. Robin Elliott has been appointed chief financial officer at First Busey Corp. and Busey Bank.

Elliott is a certified public accountant. He joined Busey Bank in 2006 and served as executive vice president and director of finance and treasury at Busey Bank before leading its Business Banking Group.

Jim Valete has been named executive vice president of Busey's Business Banking Group. Valete, who has 35 years in the financial field, will focus on serving entrepreneurs and businesses.

Chip Jorstad has been named executive vice president and appointed to lead Busey's Middle Market Group while continuing to lead Busey's agricultural lending team. He has more than 10 years of experience.

Phillips joins Inland Home Mortgage. John P. Phillips of Champaign has been named senior loan officer at Inland Home Mortgage, Champaign.

Besides providing an array of home mortgage options, he analyzes credit and provides credit counseling and financing options for conventional, Federal Housing Administration, Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Agriculture loans.

Phillips, who has been in the mortgage business for more than 15 years, was previously senior loan officer at The Federal Savings Bank.

Realty firm adds Piatt County couple. Peg and Matt Foster have joined Re/Max Realty Associates.

Peg Foster has more than 20 years of experience, and Matt Foster, who has experience in construction, has worked with her in real estate since 2009.

Two join Green Yoga Spa team. Karyn Claflin and Marcy Todd have joined Green Yoga Spa, Urbana, as licensed massage therapists.

Claflin obtained her license last year after completing the massage therapy program at Parkland College.

Todd is also a graduate of the Parkland massage therapy program.

Both provide Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone and couples massage, as well as chair massage.


Former resident to receive teaching award. Rebecca Campbell recently received the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award at the Michigan State University awards convocation.

Campbell, the daughter of Dave and Jody Campbell of Champaign, is a graduate of Champaign Central High School and the University of Illinois.

A professor of psychology at Michigan State, she is an international expert in the field of violence against women and children, particularly involving sexual assault.

For more than 25 years, Campbell has conducted research on how contact with the legal and medical systems affects the psychological and physical health of adult, adolescent and pediatric victims.

Holmes reappointed to state committee. Brent D. Holmes has been reappointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.

The committee drafts uniform jury instructions to be given by trial judges in civil jury trials in Illinois.

Holmes is affiliated with the Mattoon law firm of Heller, Holmes & Associates.

Park district earns facility award. The Urbana Park District received an Outstanding Facility Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts for the new Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center.

The district also received formal acknowledgement of its accredited status as a "distinguished agency."

Webster earns designation. Joseph Webster has attained an MAI designation through the Appraisal Institute.

That designation is awarded to appraisers experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties.

Webster, who is employed at James H. Webster & Associates Ltd., Urbana, has seven years of experience in appraising commercial, industrial and residential properties in central Illinois.

Hays to serve on Delta Dental board. Jane Hays has been named to a three-year term on the board of directors of Delta Dental of Illinois.

Hays is a managing director for The Downey Group, with offices in Champaign and Chicago. She also is an author for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Last year, Hays was elected to the board of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois.

Cook cited as Telecommunicator of Year. Debbie R. Cook, a telecommunicator for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, has been named Telecommunicator of the Year by the Illinois Sheriff's Association.

She was commended for her handling of a 20-minute call from a woman who could speak only broken English. Cook understood that the woman had been a victim of domestic battery and was calling from a van in Coles County.

Through her efforts, Coles County law enforcement was able to locate the woman in Charleston and the boyfriend elsewhere. The woman said her face and hand had been injured and her child had been tossed from a car.

Mock receives credential. Physical therapist Lora Mock has received the credential of Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults from the Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Mock sees clients at Addus Healthcare, Champaign.

Forest preserve district wins award. The Champaign County Forest Preserve District recentlywon an Outstanding Facility and Parks Award from the Illinois Park & Recreation Association for the Homer Lake Natural Playscape.

The award recognizes public agencies for exceptional and unique achievements in design and development.

The forest preserve district was also recognized for its large-format marketing campaign. Its bus ad, "We've Been Looking For You," placed third in that category.

Former residents named 'Rising Stars.' Tiffany Gehrke and Stephen Wurth have earned the distinction of "Rising Stars" in the field of intellectual property law by Super Lawyers magazine.

It was the second consecutive year each has received the distinction.

Gehrke is an associate in the Chicago law firm of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun.

Wurth is an associate in the Chicago law firm of McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd.

Both are graduates of St. Matthew Catholic Grade School and Centennial High School in Champaign.

Kirchner meets with advisory council. Kurt Kirchner, owner of Kirchner Building Centers, Kansas, is serving on the National Advisory Council for Federated Insurance Cos.

The council provides a forum for business leaders to discuss challenges facing their industries with an insurance provider.

Sikorski honored for 20 years.Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty recently honored Jay Sikorski for 20 years of service to commercial real estate clients.

He received his real estate license in 1985 and joined the firm in 1994.

Visitors bureau receives awards. Visit Champaign County received two awards at the 2014 Illinois Governor's Conference on Tourism.

The bureau won awards for best cooperative partnership for its promotion of "Triple D Galore Along I-74" as well as best branding initiative for the rebranding of AgriTours Illinois.

The "Triple D Galore" campaign focused on "diners, dives and drive-ins" across Illinois. The promotion was a partnership with several other visitors bureaus, with Visit Champaign County submitting the brochure and website.

The award for AgriTours was shared with the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. The campaign had formerly been known as "AG Tours Illinois," and the rebranding overhauled the campaign's image of Illinois agriculture.


Wilson to retire from child care center. Connie Wilson plans to retire at the end of February after 29 years at the First United Methodist Child Care Center in downtown Champaign.

During that time, Wilson worked as a teacher, assistant director and director.

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