Business and professional briefs, June 22, 2014

Business and professional briefs, June 22, 2014

New jobs

McMeen joins Carle. Dr. Victoria McMeen has joined the medical staff at Carle, working in allergy and immunology.

She received her medical degree from the National Medical University, Kiev, Ukraine, in 1997. She received fellowship training in allergy and immunology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, from 2006 to 2008.

McMeen has been certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Her interests include seasonal allergies, common allergies, food allergies, eczema, hives and other allergic skin conditions.

Gilbert to work with Human Kinetics. Wade Gilbert has joined Human Kinetics, Champaign, as an adviser and representative of the company, specifically in the area of coach education.

In addition to enhancing curriculum offerings, Gilbert will provide articles for blogs, websites and e-newsletters and conduct webinars on a variety of coaching issues. He will continue as editor of the International Sport Coaching Journal, published by Human Kinetics.

Gilbert is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno, Calif. His areas of expertise include coaching science, talent development, sport and exercise psychology, physical education and youth sport.

Busey adds Chau Martin. ChaiVay Chau Martin has joined Busey as senior vice president and director of loan review.

She has 13 years of experience in the financial field, including eight years as a senior audit manager focusing on financial institutions and four years in credit and lending.

Chau Martin will help maintain acceptable credit standards and ensure loans and documentation conform to regulatory requirements.

She is a certified public accountant.

Lash joins Adams Outdoor Advertising. Rhonda Lash has joined Adams Outdoor Advertising, Champaign, as sales manager.

Lash worked in retail for 20 years, 14 of them as general manager of a department store.

The Champaign office of Adams Outdoor Advertising employs 15 full-time in sales, real estate, graphic design and operations.

Trumbold moves to radio. Greg Trumbold has joined Cromwell Group of Illinois, Mattoon, as local sales manager for WMCI-FM, WCBH-FM and WWGO-FM.

He has 20 years of radio and television experience, most recently as morning meteorologist for WAND-TV.

Cromwell Group also operates radio stations in Decatur, Effingham and Vandalia.

Credit union hires Burton. John Burton of Monticello has joined the investments and retirement planning program at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union as a financial adviser.

He has worked in sales and financial management for more than 25 years, most recently as a Registered Investment Advisor specializing in retirement planning.

Monticello clinic adds nurse practitioner. Certified nurse practitioner Beth Mathews has joined the Kirby Medical Group of Monticello's Family Practice Clinic.

Mathews, who specializes in adult medicine and women's health, started seeing patients June 9.

She received her diploma in nursing from the Mennonite College of Nursing, Bloomington. She then received bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively.

Lake Land names nursing programs director. Cheryl Beam has been named director of nursing programs for Lake Land College, Mattoon.

She will be responsible for coordinating the licensed practical and associate degree nursing programs.

A registered nurse, Beam recently received endorsement as a certified nurse educator from the National League for Nursing. She has worked as an instructor in Lake Land nursing programs since 2001.


Nayfeh named a top Navy scientist. Former Champaign resident Osama Nayfeh has received one of the naval research community's top awards.

Nayfeh was recently presented the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Top Navy Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award.

A Space and Navy Warfare Systems Center Pacific scientist, Nayfeh designed quantum memory devices and qubit (quantum bit) circuitry resulting in a significant increase in computational power over conventional technology.

That enables information dominance capability for the Navy in areas such as cybersecurity and cybersituational awareness.

Watchfire Signs accepts honor. Watchfire Signs, Danville, has received the Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

The award was given for Watchfire's employee on-boarding video, which introduces new employees to the company and explains Watchfire's business philosophy.

The Communicator Awards competition attracted more than 6,000 entries from around the world.

Watchfire Signs has created more than 50,000 LED signs for convenience stores, gas stations, retail outlets, banks, schools and places of worship.

Police department presents awards. Ed Wachala was named Officer of the Year and Laurie Curatolo was named Employee of the Year at the Champaign Police Department's annual employee recognition event.

Geoff Coon and Dave McLearin received the Valor Award, and Jonathon Westfield, Chris Young, Cory Phenicie, Brad Krauel and Bill Killin received the Lifesaving Award.

Twenty-seven people received Commendation Awards, and Tim Kesler, Earlane Sellers and Jim Lang received Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Beverley Weissman was honored for 40 years of service as a crossing guard, and Jeraldine Hammock was cited for 20 years of service as a crossing guard.

Brockway wins CUNA award. Jane Brockway has received the 2014 Woman of Distinction Award from CUNA Brokerage Services.

The award recognized her superior performance and contribution to the financial services field.

Brockway, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, is vice president, wealth management, with the UIECU Investments & Retirement Planning program at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union.

She has been an employee of the credit union since 2003.

Bambenek gives briefing at conference. John Bambenek of Bambenek Consulting, Champaign, has been chosen to give a briefing at the Blackhat USA conference in August.

About 10,000 professionals attend the annual information security conference.

Bambenek's briefing is titled "The New Scourge of Ransomware: A study of CryptoLocker and Its Friends." Lance James, head of cyberintelligence at Deloitte, is co-presenter.

The briefing is based on work Bambenek does as founder of a working group of more than 150 professionals. The group deals with electronic crime that attempts to lock out consumers from their files, computers or mobile devices unless they pay a "ransom."

North American Lighting honored. North American Lighting, headquartered in Paris, has been selected to receive the Illinois Community College Trustees Association's 2014 Business/Industry Partnership Award for the company's work with Lake Land College, Mattoon.

The award recognizes an Illinois business that has built a successful workforce-training alliance with a local community college.

Together, Lake Land and NAL created a customized training program, the NAL Fast-Track Tech Program.

Fuller receives state award. Lana Fuller of Mattoon has receive the 2014 Professional Board Staff Member Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

Fuller recently retired as executive assistant to the president of Lake Land College after a 28-year career.

Realty teams receive distinction. Team Finke and Team Gauze of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign, have been recognized as International Sterling Society Teams by the Coldwell Banker system.

To receive that designation, they had to be in the top 38 percent of all sales associate/representative teams in North America.

Jeff Finke and Laura Finke are members of Team Finke. Betty Gauze, Deana Gauze and Corina Mira are members of Team Gauze.

Cozad included on Financial Times list. Cozad Asset Management, Champaign, has been named to the inaugural 2014 Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisors list.

The Financial Times solicited applications from more than 2,000 independent RIA firms with $300 million or more in assets. The firms were graded on six broad factors, and a numeric score was calculated for each adviser.

Areas of consideration included assets under management, growth of assets under management, years the firm has been in existence, staff certifications, compliance record and online accessibility.

Cozad Asset Management was founded in 1972. It manages more than $1 billion in financial assets.

In addition to building investment portfolios, the company provides ancillary financial planning and tax preparation services.

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