Business and professional briefs, June 8, 2014

Business and professional briefs, June 8, 2014

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Gensler named MTD comptroller. Jolene Gensler has joined the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District as comptroller.

Her responsibilities include financial management, technical reporting, management of state and federal funding, National Transit Database reporting and audit management.

Gensler has 17 years of management and accounting experience in banking, manufacturing and services. She is a certified public accountant.

Johnson appointed project manager. Matt Johnson has joined the Fehr Graham engineering and environmental office in Champaign as a project manager.

He will be mainly responsible for water and wastewater projects, as well as business development in the local office.

Johnson has 12 years of project management experience at Daily and Associates and Foth in civil engineering projects. He is licensed as a professional engineer and structural engineer.

"We are looking forward to using Matt's expertise in both the municipal and private markets and his client contacts in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin to further our overall objectives," said Steve Sodemann, Champaign branch manager.

Iroquois Federal hires Savoy staff. Scott Perkins is branch manager of the new Iroquois Federal office that recently opened at 108 Arbours Drive, Savoy.

Other staff members include: Margaret Brown, deposit services manager; Amanda Kennedy, account executive; and Jeremy Yohnka and Jane Meyer, both banking services representatives.

Iroquois Federal also has offices in Watseka, Danville, Clifton and Hoopeston, as well as in Osage Beach, Mo.


Beck, Foreman given Master Editor awards. The Southern Illinois Editorial Association recently presented Master Editor Awards to two longtime editors at The News-Gazette.

The recipients included John Beck, who recently retired as executive editor, and John R. Foreman, the publisher and president of The News-Gazette Inc., News-Gazette Community Newspapers and WDWS/WHMS/WKIO Radio.

Somers receives President's Award. Cindy Somers has received the 2014 President's Award from Spherion Staffing Services.

The award is given to six owners and franchisees who have created consistent revenue and gross profit growth over the past three years. The award was based on hours, bill rate, gross profit dollars and sales and revenue.

Somers is franchise owner of the Spherion offices in Champaign and Decatur.

She also received the Clerical Sales Growth Award, given to the owner who achieves the greatest degree of sales in the professional skills sector.

Somers has worked with Spherion for more than 22 years.

First Mid takes SBA lending honors. First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust has been named Community Lender of the Year by the Illinois district office of the Small Business Administration. The bank was the fifth-largest SBA lender in Illinois by loan volume for SBA 7(a) loans.

The Mattoon-based bank also was recently ranked by American Banker magazine as one of the top 200 community banks in the U.S. The survey included all publicly traded community banks.

Schweighart designated 'premier advisor.' Ken Schweighart of Savoy has been designated a member of Wells Fargo Advisors' Premier Advisors Program for meeting or exceeding criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment and/or client-service best practices.

Schweighart, first vice president-investment officer for Wells Fargo Advisors, has been a financial adviser with the company for six years. He has 16 years of brokerage experience.

Hearn joins hospital board.Bethany Hearn has joined the board of directors of Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

Hearn, senior manager at CliftonLarsonAllen, has nearly 25 years of experience in public accounting.

Anaclerio cited as distinguished alumnus. Dr. Angelo Anaclerio was honored as a distinguished alumnus during the University of Florida College of Medicine commencement ceremony in Gainesville, Fla.

He graduated from the college in 1962 and was drafted into the U.S. Air Force in 1964. Upon his return, he completed his residency in Washington, D.C.

In 1969, he responded to a call from the American Medical Association, which was looking for an ophthalmologist to serve Danville. He opened the Danville Eye Clinic and Cataract Center and later a second clinic in Watseka. Anaclerio retired in March 2001 after practicing for more than 30 years.

He and his wife, Alberta, live in Longboat Key, Fla., but visit Danville every year.

Bambenek speaks at conference. John Bambenek recently spoke on "What Entrepreneurs and Small Business Need to Know about Cybercrime" at the Illinois Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth Association Conference.

Bambenek is chief forensic examiner of Bambenek Consulting and a part-time lecturer in computer science at the University of Illinois. He takes part in cybercrime investigations around the world.

Block retires from UI Library, curates exhibit. Jane Block, who recently retired as head of the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art at the University of Illinois, is co-curator of a new exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The exhibition, "Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904," is the first devoted solely to portraits of the neo-impressionist movement at the museum. It includes more than 30 paintings and 20 works of paper.

Block, a scholar of 19th-century Franco-Belgian art and culture, conceived the idea for the exhibition and wrote two essays and many of the entries on the art works.

The exhibition is scheduled to open June 15 and run through Sept. 7.

Associates receive realty honors. Judy Fejes of Champaign, Kaye Harper of Paxton, Karen Good of Arthur and Nayer Hamid-Purkhosrow of Savoy have qualified to join Coldwell Banker's International President's Circle.

Membership is awarded to the top 6 percent of sales associates and representatives in the Coldwell Banker system worldwide.

Fejes, Harper, Good and Hamid-Purkhosrow all are associated with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell.

Legion post salutes Ford City. Ford City Ford-Lincoln, Champaign, has received Champaign American Legion Post 24's June certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag.

The flag is positioned to be shared with Illini Nissan, which like Ford City is part of the Worden Martin Auto Group.

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