Business and professional briefs, April 20, 2014

Business and professional briefs, April 20, 2014

New jobs

Regency Apartments adds two. Tara Myers of Savoy and Tabitha Flahaven of Champaign have joined the accounting staff at Regency Apartments, Champaign.

Myers, a certified public accountant, brings almost 20 years of accounting experience to her position as controller. She will oversee the accounting department and financial statements of Regency's apartment communities and corporate office.

Flahaven will process financial data generated by property on-site personnel. She will maintain accounting records and prepare monthly financial statements for apartment communities.

Regency Apartments owns and operates 16 apartment communities in Indiana and Illinois, including Gentry Square and Windsor West, both in Champaign.

O'Donnell joins Busey. Martin O'Donnell of Savoy has joined Busey as vice president and relationship manager, working from the bank's office in downtown Champaign.

He will focus on commercial real estate.

Grunloh named executive assistant. Jean Anne Grunloh has been named executive assistant to the president at Lake Land College, Mattoon.

Grunloh previously was executive director of the East Central Illinois Development Corp., an 11-county regional economic development group.

Before consulting for the development corporation, she owned and operated Friends Home Care, a business that grew to employ 25 people.

Applied Research Institute hires two. Santanu Chaudhuri and Ramachandran Radhakrishnan have joined the staff of the Illinois Applied Research Institute, Champaign.

Chaudhuri was hired as a principal research scientist and is leading the institute's Advanced Materials Research Division.

He was formerly an associate professor and senior scientist at Washington State University's Applied Sciences Laboratory and its Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Radhakrishnan was hired as a senior research scientist. He most recently worked in Fairfax, Va., as an intellectual property consultant and as a scientist with a research and development firm. His technical background is in metallurgical engineering.

Lindsey joins Seed Media Arts. Jason Lindsey of Champaign has joined Seed Media Arts, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based visual content company with offices in Chicago.

Lindsey, a director, advertising photographer and former art director, has worked with several blue-chip brands.


North American Lighting cited for partnership. North American Lighting has received the Business Partnership Award from Lake Land College, Mattoon, for helping the college develop the NAL Fast-Track Tech Program.

The college and company created a customized training program that guarantees employment at North American Lighting upon completion of the eight-week course.

Daugherty receives business teacher award. Kathleen Daugherty has been selected as winner of the 2014 Eastern Illinois Business Education Association's "Teacher of the Year" Award.

She is an instructor and coordinator of the Office Technology and Medical Coding Programs at Lake Land College, Mattoon.

Samples earns broadband specialist designation. Will Samples was recently certified as a broadband distribution specialist by the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers.

The certification signifies proficiency with signal types, system architectures and design principles for radiofrequency and fiber-optic telecommunications systems.

Samples is a technical support specialist at Parkland College, Champaign. He has been a part-time employee there since 2011.

Commercial real estate firm takes honors. Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty has earned the 2013 Commercial Elite Award from Coldwell Banker Commercial.

That award is given to the top 15 companies affiliated with Coldwell Banker Commercial. Devonshire has received it nine of the past 10 years.

The realty firm, which has offices in Champaign, Peoria and Springfield, provides commercial real estate brokerage, property management services and development consulting in central Illinois.

Bushue named to Diamond Ring Club. Douglas Bushue has earned membership in Ameriprise Financial's Diamond Ring Club by achieving years of consistently high performance.

Fewer than 7 percent of Ameriprise Financial advisers earn that distinction. Bushue was one of 75 advisers to achieve that status in 2013, joining 601 current Diamond Ring Club members.

Bushue is a private wealth adviser with Bushue, Jones & Associates in Savoy.

Jones achieves status. Steven Jones has achieved status as an Ameriprise Financial private wealth adviser.

Jones, who is part of Bushue, Jones & Associates in Savoy, is one of about 900 Ameriprise financial advisers to receive that status, out of nearly 10,000 Ameriprise advisers.

Welty Peachey receives professional award. Jon Welty Peachey has received the Outstanding Early Career Professional Award from the Neag School of Education Alumni Society of the University of Connecticut.

He is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois. His research centers on sport-for-development and social change.

Welty Peachey received a doctorate in sport management from the University of Connecticut in 2009.

He was vice president of international operations and program development for the Institute for International Sport from 2001 to 2007.

He continues to help community-based organizations, including Street Soccer USA, a sport-for-development program using the power of soccer to help homeless men and women enhance their lives.

Gream takes honorable mention. Ashley Gream of Champaign received honorable mention as a finalist in Sport Clips Haircuts' "The Look" national stylist competition.

She was among six Sport Clips stylists invited to the company's national meeting to showcase their haircutting skills.

In earning honorable mention, Gream received $500 and hairstyling tools, as well as travel and hotel accommodations in Houston.

Triptych Brewing wins silver medal. Triptych Brewing, Savoy, won a silver medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup competition.

More than 1,400 breweries participated in the event.

Triptych's winning entry was an English-style brown ale known as Dirty Hippy.

Carle honors physicians. Nine doctors have received Medical Staff Recognition Awards from Carle for raising standards of health care.

The physicians were nominated by peers, nurses and support staff.

Winners and their awards included: Dr. Robert Bane, Physician of the Year; Dr. Elizabeth C. Hosick, Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award; Dr. Zeeshan Ahmad, Community Recognition Award; Dr. Kenneth Aronson, Physician Leadership Award; Dr. Kendrith Rowland Jr., Advances in Medicine Award; Dr. Andrew Batey, Patient Care Choice Award; and Dr. Ryan Porter, Dr. Carl Sather and Dr. Marta Spain, Rising Star Physician Excellence Awards.

First Mid Insurance earns distinction. First Mid Insurance Group, a subsidiary of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, earned a spot on the Illinois Top 10 list of Auto-Owners Insurance.

The award recognized the agency as a top producer in Illinois and one of 10 agencies in the state to acquire the highest growth in property-casualty insurance business with Auto-Owners in 2013.

Paul Saegesser is CEO of First Mid Insurance.

Franchisee take top honors. Jesse Keyser, whose franchise operates the Sport Clips Haircuts location in Champaign, was named the company's top franchisee during a national meeting in Houston.

In addition to the Champaign locations, Keyser operates Sports Clips locations in Carbondale, Glen Carbon, Marion and Springfield, as well as Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Caledonia, Mich.; and Grand Rapids, Mich.

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