Business and professional briefs, July 6, 2014

Business and professional briefs, July 6, 2014

New jobs

Human Kinetics hires two, promotes one. Human Kinetics, Champaign, has hired Jerry Schotz and Mike Myers as its technology director and maintenance director, respectively.

The company also promoted Stephanie Carter to human resources specialist.

Schotz will oversee Human Kinetics' network, applications development, internal systems and technical support departments. He previously worked in information technology service management for State Farm in Bloomington and in management services for Amdocs, Champaign.

Myers will maintain the Human Kinetics campus. His duties include mechanical maintenance, landscaping, security of the facility and coordination of in-house and contract labor. He previously worked as maintenance technician at Frasca International, Urbana.

Carter will be responsible for developing and managing long- and short-term recruiting efforts. She joined the company in October as administrative assistant in the technology department.

Walters advances at First Mid. Elisha Walters has been promoted to regional deposit manager for First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust's Decatur region.

She will be responsible for overseeing deposit services for all First Mid locations in Decatur, Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet and Bloomington.

Walters joined First Mid in 2000 as teller supervisor and customer service representative and became retail lending officer in 2008.

Thomason joins realty firm. Margaret Thomason of Champaign has affiliated with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell as a full-time sales associate working from the Champaign office.

She has joined the Jeremy Brandow Team.

Thomason has been in real estate for more than 25 years. She has owned her own office and brokered eight agents for several years.

IDEA Store hires general manager. Clorinda D'Agnolo has been hired as general manager of the IDEA Store, Champaign.

She brings sales and operations skills from the architectural and design community.

The IDEA Store is an earned-income enterprise of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation.

Supercuts adds stylists. Amanda Grammer and Mary Alwolhani have joined the staff of Supercuts in Champaign.

Grammer, who does cuts and coloring for men and women, works from the location at 918 W. Town Center Blvd., C. She previously worked as a stylist and manager for four years at Cost Cutters.

Alwolhani, who does cuts, styling, waxing, color and highlights, has joined the location at 1807 W. Kirby Ave., C. She graduated from Regency Beauty Institute in Champaign in 2013 and previously worked at BoRics in Mattoon.


Attorney appointed to bar association councils. Guy C. Hall has been appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association's Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications and Transportation Section Council.

He has also been reappointed to the association's Health Care Section Council, having previously served as chairman of it.

Hall is a partner in the law firm of Robbins Schwartz, working from the Champaign office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of transactions, health care, electric cooperative law, local government law and real estate.

Local accountant named Person of Year. Heather S. Johnson was introduced as the 2013-14 Person of the Year at the annual meeting of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois. That organization represents more than 500 accountants and tax practitioners throughout the state.

Johnson is president of the association's East Central Chapter, education chair for the state association and member of the state association's board of directors.

She is also on the National Society of Accountants Education Committee that is developing a new exam for unlicensed and unenrolled tax practitioners as part of the recently announced Internal Revenue Service voluntary testing program.

Johnson is an enrolled agent, accredited business accountant and corporate secretary for Accounting Plus Tax Solutions, Champaign.

Veal cited for distinguished service. Tina Veal recently received the 2014 Founders Distinguished Service Award from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association.

The award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the association.

Veal is director of alumni relations for the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

College wins four honors. The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recently received four awards from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association. The awards were given in the following categories:

— Recruitment/solicitation materials, for a brochure about how to leave a legacy to the college.

— Campaign/series, for a collection of 17 brochures that promote a study-abroad program.

— Poster/flier, for the "Imagine" student recruitment advertisement.

— Bright Idea Award, given for unique projects, programs and events and the creators who bring new ideas to light.

Jennifer Shike, who accepted the awards on behalf of the college, was elected to be the association's education chairman.

She is the college's director for communications and marketing.

Mouser receives Eagle award. Joe Mouser of Monticello has received the Eagle Award from the Edward Jones financial services firm for "clear vision of client and business goals over the past year."

About 2,000 of the firm's more than 13,000 financial advisors received the award.

Wedig earns sales plaudit. Rick Wedig, a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Snyder Real Estate, has received the Chairman's Circle Gold Award for the 2013 year.

The award is given to individuals or teams that obtain at least $280,000 in gross commission income or have sales of 70 residential units.

Barrett garners honorable mention. Jerry Barrett, author and illustrator of the Wide Mouth Frog children's book series, has received an honorable mention for his second book, "Wide Mouth Frog Goes on Vacation," from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

His first book, "Wide Mouth Frog Goes to The Zoo," also received that recognition.

Barrett is the president of Sunnycrest Press, Urbana, which is owned and operated by him and his wife, Nancy.

The company recently published a third book, "Wide Mouth Frog's Activity Book." Edited by Nancy Barrett, the book is a compilation of games, puzzles and children's activities based on the Wide Mouth Frog stories.

Legion salutes Pavilion Foundation School. Champaign American Legion Post 24 has given its July certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag to the Pavilion Foundation School, Champaign.

Organizations recently giving monthly or quarterly awards to employees include:

University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign: Mark Clapp, June instructor of the month, for teaching more than 600 classes since 1996 and coordinating an additional 902 classes since 1997. He is the program manager for LP, Oil and Gas Programs.

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