Business and professional briefs, July 27, 2014

Business and professional briefs, July 27, 2014

New jobs

Carle chooses vice president. Matt Kolb has been hired as vice president of the Carle Neuroscience Institute.

He formerly worked for Allina Health System in Minneapolis as vice president of operations, neuroscience and spine services.

Murray Wise Associates adds Freeland. Harrison Freeland has been hired as senior associate in the Champaign office of Murray Wise Associates.

He will assist in marketing efforts for auctions, financial modeling and valuation for Murray Wise Capital and crop scouting and reporting with the company's farm management team in Iowa.

Freeland had been an intern with the firm for 15 months while earning a finance degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington.

Greene joins Ramshaw Real Estate. Lauren Weisbaum Greene has joined Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign, as an associate leasing manager.

She will assist leasing agents during the application process and help with lease signing and general property inquiries for current and potential tenants.

Greene previously worked as an insurance sales representative for Bankers Life and Casualty, San Diego.

Charter Fitness adds Walthall. Suzi Walthall of Urbana has joined the staff of Charter Fitness, Champaign.

She is certified as a personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Wattjes receives promotion. Deanne Wattjes of Thomasboro, an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, has been promoted to team leader for the direct seller of easy-to-prepare foods.

She earned the promotion through sales achievements and by adding new consultants to the team.


Elmore joins The Land Connection board. Don Elmore of Champaign has joined the board of directors of The Land Connection, a Champaign-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting farmland, training sustainable and organic farmers and promoting local food systems.

Elmore and his wife Susan own Jane Addams Book Shop in downtown Champaign. Elmore is also a consultant with more than 30 years of experience in executive management, strategic planning, business development and marketing.

Thomas to chair Visit Champaign County. Rich Thomas has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Visit Champaign County, the local convention and visitors bureau.

Thomas recently retired from the village of Rantoul.

Other board officers include Rachel Coventry of Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, vice chair; and Rob Kowalski, assistant planning and development director for the city of Champaign, treasurer.

Recently added to the board were Victor Patterson, general manager at Hyatt Place, and Jody Quiram of Gordyville USA.

They join 12 other members of the board: Michael DeLorenzo, Marci Dodds, Victor Fuentes, Richard Helton, Greg Knott, Dave Krchak, Max Mitchell, Dennis Robertson, Dan Waldinger, Sorita Wilson, Crystal Womble and Jayne DeLuce, the president and CEO of Visit Champaign County.

CTF Illinois honors three area residents. Kassie Beavers, Shannon Pickett and Tee Grant were among those honored by CTF Illinois at its annual employee conference and awards luncheon in Champaign.

Beavers of the 9 Muses Art Program in Charleston was honored as 2014 Direct Service Personnel of the Year.

Pickett, of Charleston, was named 2014 Case Manager of the Year.

Grant, of the Central Region, which includes Lincoln, Champaign and Mattoon, was honored as 2014 Administrator of the Year.

CTF Illinois, based in Champaign, provides services and programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

It is one of the largest employers in Charleston, where it operates developmental training facilities, the 9 Muses Art Gallery and The Autism Program. It also has developmental training facilities in Olney and Homewood.

Fehr Graham named to 'hot list.' Fehr Graham, the Freeport-based engineering and environmental firm with an office in Champaign, has been named a "Top 100 Firm" on Zweig Letter's Hot Firm List.

The list is a benchmark in the industry for growth. It includes firms based in North America that derive most of their revenue from architecture, engineering, planning, environmental consulting and related fields.

Placement on the list is based on both percentage revenue growth and dollar revenue growth over three years.

Fehr Graham, which has offices in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, ranked No. 64 on the list.

Carle selected by two publications. Carle Foundation Hospital was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the "Best Hospitals in Illinois," ranking 14th overall out of 220 hospitals in the state.

It was the only hospital outside the Chicago area to rank among the top 15 hospitals statewide.

Carle was also nationally recognized as "high-performing" in 12 specialties, with two areas — neurology and neurosurgery, and urology — being added to the list in 2014.

The other 10 specialties — cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; orthopedics; and pulmonology — were similarly recognized in 2013.

In a separate ranking, Carle Foundation Hospital was named a "most wired" health system by Hospitals & Health Networks for a third year in a row.

It joined 375 other U.S. hospitals as a 2014 winner of the Most Wired Survey.

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center also made the list for a second straight year.

Research Press recognizes Lane. Buddy Lane, warehouse manager for Research Press Publishers, Champaign, will be recognized by the company this week for 20 years of outstanding and dedicated service to the company, its customers and fellow associates.

Research Press is an independent, family-owned business founded in 1968 by Robert W. Parkinson. It publishes resources for the K-12 educational and mental health fields.

UI cited for innovation, development. The University of Illinois was recently among 14 institutions designated as Innovation and Economic Development Universities by the Association of Public Land Grant Universities.

The designation recognizes universities working with public and private sector partners to support economic development.

Three other Big Ten universities — Indiana, Purdue and Penn State — also won that designation, as did Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, South Dakota State, Texas Tech, Houston, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Wayne State and the UMass campuses in Boston and Lowell.

Banks to compete in saving energy. Bement Bancshares, the holding company for the State Bank of Bement and the State Bank of Cerro Gordo, will compete in the Environmental Protection Agency's 2014 Energy Star National Building Competition Team Challenge.

As part of the challenge, competitors will measure and track monthly energy consumption and make improvements to the energy performance of buildings.

Individual and team competitors that demonstrate the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity and water use intensity will be recognized.

Among other things, the banks plan to improve energy efficiency by using document imaging instead of printing, using new energy-efficient equipment and virtual servers, turning off lights when not in use and expanding use of paperless, electronic banking products and services such as online banking and smartphone apps.

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