Business and professional briefs, April 13, 2014

Business and professional briefs, April 13, 2014

New jobs

Institute names assistant director. Sean Burke has been hired as assistant director for firefighting programs at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign.

He replaces Jim Keiken, who was promoted to deputy director in December.

Burke is retiring as a battalion chief for the Chicago Fire Department. A second-generation firefighter, he has been an instructor for the institute for four years.

Kuhn joins optical practice. Jeanette Kuhn of St. Joseph has joined the practice of Dr. Lawrence Kessler at Kessler Optical in downtown Champaign.

She performs screening of patients, including scanning laser imaging and ocular photography. She also does contact lens training and education as well as patient charting.

Kuhn previously worked in the ophthalmology department at Carle Clinic in Urbana.

Mettler Center adds Petersen. Paige Petersen has joined Mettler Center, Champaign, as a physical therapist.

Her focuses include orthopedics, spine, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, shoulder rehabilitation and manual therapy.

She received her doctor of physical therapy degree from Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa.

Rhode hired as general counsel. Robert H. Rhode has been named the first full-time general counsel for Farm Credit Illinois. He will be based in the central office in Mahomet.

Rhode grew up on a grain farm near Piper City. He has 24 years of private practice experience as an attorney and most recently worked with Sutkowski & Rhoads Ltd., Peoria.

Waibel establishes farm management/brokerage firm. Brian Waibel has established Waibel Farmland Services, Mahomet.

The company provides professional farm management, real estate brokerage and appraisals to farmland owners.

Waibel is an accredited farm manager with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He holds the real estate managing broker and state-certified general real estate appraiser licenses in Illinois.

Waibel has 27 years of experience in the business at a local bank.

Taylor receives First Mid promotion. Michael L. Taylor has been promoted to senior executive vice president and chief financial officer at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Mattoon.

He will oversee the finance, accounting, risk management, operations and information technology functions of the bank.

Taylor joined First Mid in 2000 as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Ratio Architects promotes Carey. Clif Carey has been promoted to senior associate at the Champaign studio of Ratio Architects.


Wu commended for CPA score. Urbana resident Kuan-Jou Wu has received an Excel Award from the Illinois CPA Society for achieving a combined average score of 90 percent or above on all sections of the CPA examination within two consecutive testing windows and placing in the top 5 percent of all Illinois scores.

Wu attended the University of Illinois, as did other Excel Award winners Daniel Ettleson, Eric Chapman, Connor Hund, Annie C. Jao and Michael Tuttle.

Schlorff named to UBA board. Don Schlorff has joined the board of directors of the Urbana Business Association.

He is executive vice president of corporate administration and director of sustainability at Busey Bank.

Butler receives association award. Bruce Butler has received the William D. Hatfield Award from the Illinois Water Environment Association for outstanding performance and professionalism as a wastewater treatment plant operator.

Butler is director of maintenance at the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District and has worked there since 1999.

He is current chair of the Illinois Board of Certification and past president of the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators.

He is also a charter member and past president of the Eastern Illinois Safety Network.

Butler has been in the wastewater field since 1976.

Assessment institute lauds Reese. Newell Township Assessor Karen Reese was recently awarded the Marshall Theroux Award by the Illinois Property Assessment Institute's board of directors.

The award was established in 1981 to recognize a member of the Illinois assessment profession who demonstrates high ethical standards, professional achievement and service to others.

Candidates for the award are nominated by their peers.

Colvin honored for lifetime achievement. Robert Colvin of Paris is scheduled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Central Illinois Development Corp. during the group's annual awards presentation May 15 in Effingham.

Colvin is president of the Paris Economic Development Corp. and has been part of the volunteer organization since 1991. Through the group, he assisted in development of a 120-acre industrial park on the south side of Paris that includes Cadillac Products, Arkay Illinois Plastics, Meco Inc., Paris Warehouses and North American Lighting as tenants.

Colvin provided a lead role for the location, design and construction of the new Paris Cooperative High School, set to open in the fall of 2015. Plus, he is working to develop a Lifelong Learning Center in Paris.

Colvin and business partner Louie Curl have owned Francis Associates, a civil engineering and surveying firm, since 1991.

Nurse specialist expands credentials. Cheryl Wright of Danville, a certified occupational health nurse specialist at Bemis North America, recently received a master's degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.

She manages Bemis' health services department, providing case management for work-related illness and injuries, ergonomic assessments, pre-placement exams, health coaching and wellness activities.

In 2012, she implemented the company's first one-site, no-cost medical clinic for employees and their families. The clinic surpassed 1,000 visits in its first year.

She is past president of the Illinois Association of Occupational and Environmental Nursing, where she serves as presidential adviser and on the board of directors.

Association puts spotlight on Ruan. Lian Ruan was recently named Member of the Week by the Association of College & Research Libraries and featured on the association's Insider blog.

She is fire service library director and head librarian for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign.

Ruggieri reaps Sperry Van Ness honor. Alex Ruggieri received the Ambassador Award from Sperry Van Ness at its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The award is given annually to an adviser who embodies the company's culture and contributes to the success of the entire organization.

Ruggieri is senior adviser for Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

Champaign teacher wins Barnes & Noble contest. Eric Immke has been named local winner of the Barnes & Noble "My Favorite Teacher" contest.

Immke, a teacher at Franklin Middle School in Champaign, was nominated by Duncan Bruce.

Runner-up Mallory Houghton, a teacher at Hoopeston Area Middle School. was nominated by Lauren Linares.

Third-place finisher Lori Gregg of Unity Junior High School was nominated by Morgan Lybarger.

Students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters explaining how the teacher has influenced them.

The Champaign store had 81 entries, which were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher's qualities, the sincerity of the composition and the quality of expression and writing.

The winners will be recognized at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the store, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C.

Duncan Bruce, who wrote the winning poem, will receive a certificate of recognition.

As the local winner, Immke will be entered into a regional competition, with each regional winner receiving a $500 gift card.

'Take a Knee' winners named. Shane Phillips was winner of the "Take a Knee" contest sponsored by Christopher & Co., Champaign. Brad Bailey took second place, and Nick Farney third place.

Contestants competed for a $3,000 engagement ring by comparing the women in their lives to sports equipment and mascots.

Lois Wacholtz of Christopher & Co. said she was so impressed with the responses that she expanded the prize pool. Bailey was awarded a Tiffany-style marquis diamond engagement ring, and Farney received a $500 gift certificate.

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