Business and professional briefs, April 6, 2014

Business and professional briefs, April 6, 2014

New jobs

Lee joins law firm. Matthew D. Lee has joined the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign as an associate attorney.

He will concentrate his practice in the area of civil litigation.

Lee received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 2003.

Marine Bank adds mortgage lender. Shay Peoples has joined Marine Bank as vice president of mortgage lending for the Champaign-Urbana market.

She has experience in mortgage underwriting, processing, originating and closing.

Schum named vice president. Kenny Schum has been promoted to vice president at Murray Wise Associates, Champaign.

Schum, who was formerly a senior associate, joined the firm as an intern in 2009. He became a full-time employee after graduating from Illinois State University in construction management.

Schum has played an integral role in landing and executing auction, private-treaty real estate transaction, and merger and acquisition projects for the firm.

Redman becomes managing broker. Janis Redman became managing broker for Twin City Realty, Champaign, on Feb. 1.

Redman, who has been with the firm since 2012, was previously broker and office manager.

Two take Villa Grove bank posts. Lisa Corum and Brad Beccue have taken new positions at Villa Grove State Bank.

Corum, who has 19 years of experience in banking, joined the bank as vice president and assistant cashier.

She provides investment services for customers.

Beccue was named assistant vice president and information technology officer.

He has responsibilities for residential and consumer loans and manages the bank's information technology network.


Flex-N-Gate wins GM award. General Motors recently named Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate a "GM Supplier of the Year."

That honor was given to only 68 suppliers worldwide that consistently exceeded GM's expectations. Less than 1 percent of GM's suppliers receive the award, given for innovative technology, superior quality, timely crisis management and competitive, total-enterprise cost solutions.

It was the second consecutive year Flex-N-Gate received the award. Flex-N-Gate has now received five Supplier of the Year awards from GM.

Flex-N-Gate is the 14th largest North American automotive supplier, employing more than 16,000 people at 52 manufacturing and nine product development and engineering facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain.

Its major product lines include complete bumper assemblies, mechanical assemblies, exterior plastic trim and complex welded structural assemblies.

Shockey selected as 'First Citizen.' Dick Shockey has been selected as Danville's 81st annual "First Citizen" by AMBUCS for his involvement and commitment in bettering the community.

Shockey, retired chief financial officer at Danville Area Community College and director of the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division II national men's basketball tournament, was chosen from 13 nominees.

Three receive CERL award. Peter Heinricher of Urbana, Tina Hurt of Savoy and Donna Schell of Champaign have received the Award for Excellence in Operational Support from the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign.

The team was recognized for outstanding support to the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management in enabling efficient transition of the Environmental Performance Assessment System to the new Army environmental enterprise system.

Boys joins UBA board. Brandon Boys has been added to the Urbana Business Association's board of directors.

He is the economic development coordinator for the city of Urbana and vice president of the Common Ground Food Co-op board of directors.

Before moving to Champaign-Urbana in 2010, Boys lived in northern Wisconsin, where he was president of the Ashland City Council, chairman of the Bay Area Rural Transit Commission and vice president of the Alliance for Sustainability board of directors.

Local Spherion office wins recognition. Spherion Staffing Services recently gave the company's Champaign and Decatur offices a Performance Forum Award for exceptional sales performance.

Cindy Somers, owner of the area Spherion offices, attributed much of the success to her team and their client partnerships.

The award was given for consistently outstanding revenue growth and performance. Somers also received the award in 2012.

Spherion has operated in Champaign for 33 years and in Decatur since 2009.

Regency honored for customer service. Regency Apartments, Champaign, won "Best in the Industry" recognition from CEL & Associates for customer service excellence in Regency's apartment communities in Illinois and Indiana.

Those communities include Gentry Square and Windsor West, both in Champaign.

The award is based on results from resident satisfaction surveys conducted in 2013. It was the seventh straight year Regency won "Best in the Industry" recognition.

Regency has participated in the resident satisfaction survey for 10 years. Teams at each of its apartment communities review survey feedback and develop plans to address concerns or implement new ideas.

Bob Pratten is president and CEO of Regency Apartments.

Dimmitt added to registry. Brian Henry Dimmitt, a cytologist at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, has been selected as an honored member of the Covington Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry.

He began working for the hospital in 2013 after spending a year in its cytotechnology education program.

As a cytologist, he screens gynecological and nongynecological specimens primarily for cancer but also for infections.

Cardiovascular staff recognized. Carle employees Levi Hilliker, Taryn Snodgrass and Elyse Gadeken were awarded the 2014 Cardiovascular Staff Excellence Award for outstanding performance and commitment to patient care.

Hilliker is a registered nurse in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. Snodgrass and Gadeken are surgical technicians in the cardiovascular operating room.

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