Business and professional briefs, Feb. 23, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Feb. 23, 2014

New jobs

Risner joins realty firm. Lee Risner of Urbana has affiliated with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign, as a full-time sales associate on the Jeremy Brandow team.

Risner, who has been in real estate since 2010, has experience in residential real estate sales, manages rental properties and is trained in short sales.

Cook named clinical supervisor. George W. Cook has accepted the position of clinical supervisor at Kevin Elliott Counseling, Champaign.

He will continue to offer counseling to clients and will also work with 32 staff therapists.

Cook, a licensed clinical social worker, has been providing mental health services to individuals and families for more than 20 years and is experienced in management and supervision in the counseling field.

Holdren & Associates adds Hanner, Haskett. Wes Hanner and Jeff Haskett have joined Holdren & Associates as real estate brokers.

Hanner has experience with new construction and remodeling.

Haskett previously worked in real estate sales in Pinellas County, Fla.

Compton hired as athletic trainer. Bryce Compton has joined Carle as an athletic trainer.

He received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Illinois State University in 2007 and a master's degree in kinesiology from ISU in 2010.

Sundaram takes joint faculty position. Hari Sundaram has been hired as an associate professor for a joint faculty position in computational advertising at the University of Illinois.

The position will allow the Departments of Computer Science and Advertising to respond to opportunities associated with big data and the rise of new media.

Sundaram currently holds a joint appointment between Computer Science and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University.


Rost named to Leadership Illinois board. Gail Rost has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Leadership Illinois, a statewide organization supporting the leadership development of women.

Rost recently retired as executive director of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. She is co-founder and general manager of The IDEA Store.

She has served as president of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana and the Urbana Rotary Club. She was recently named the National Mother of Achievement by American Mothers Inc.

Leading Lawyers taps two. Francis "Jerry" Jahn and David B. Sholem have been recognized as "Top Ten downstate Illinois real estate-related attorneys" for 2014 by Leading Lawyers magazine.

Their selection was based on an independent survey conducted annually by the magazine.

Sholem and Jahn are shareholders in the Meyer Capel law firm, with offices in Champaign and Bloomington.

O'Neil Bros. wins safety award. O'Neil Bros. of Urbana was recently given an award for having the most improved safety performance record during the 2013 construction season.

The award was presented at the annual convention and business meeting of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois. David Ruwe, general superintendent, accepted the award of behalf of O'Neil Bros.

Former resident given fire chief award. Steven Mitchell, fire chief in Owensboro, Ky., was recently named as Career Chief of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs.

Mitchell, formerly of Tolono, was an Urbana firefighter from April 1998 to August 2003. He also served briefly on the Champaign County Board.

Mitchell was selected from several chiefs nominated from around Kentucky. He was hired as Owensboro fire chief in 2008.

004 Technologies USA takes part in trade show. Champaign-based 004 Technologies USA will be represented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week.

It is one of 15 companies that Illinois is sending to the technology-focused trade show. Both hardware and software firms in the mobile technology field are taking part.

At the show, 004 will introduce its newest product, 004 Interact, a platform that enables companies and organizations to publish native mobile applications to support and grow their community, whether it be users, members, fans, customers or employees.

The platform can be used by sports teams, music artists, business associations, chambers of commerce and trade show organizers, among others.

The first client that will run 004 Technologies USA's engagement mobile app on the Interact platform is a professional German soccer club with a fan club network across Europe.

Patrick MacKay is president of 004 Technologies USA.

Movie to be nationally distributed. Robin Christian Peters, a feature film director from Monticello, has procured national distribution for his family/science-fiction adventure, "My Dog the Space Traveler."

The movie was shot in or near Mahomet, Monticello and Champaign.

It will be released nationwide Tuesday on,, and Amazon.

"My Dog the Space Traveler" is Peters' fourth feature-length movie to achieve wide release, and he is in post-production on his first action movie.

Peters is CEO of Dreamscape Design, a high-tech visual production firm, and Dreamscape Cinema, a movie production company with a satellite office in Hollywood.

Lindsey to speak in Chicago. Jason Lindsey of Champaign will be featured speaker for the American Photographic Artists Midwest on Monday at the Apple Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

He will discuss how his passion and personal work have helped his career as a photographer and director, as well as how photographers can apply their personal vision to assignment work.

Lindsey's Perceptive Visions studio is in Mahomet.

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