Business and professional briefs, Aug. 31, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Aug. 31, 2014

New jobs

Two join Kirby Medical Center. Mark Fred and Andrew Buffenbarger have joined the staff of Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

Fred has been named chief operating officer. He will oversee imaging, lab, environmental services, facilities, food and nutrition services, quality, infection control and accreditation.

He previously worked at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, for 19 years, most recently as director of Epic and clinical systems and director of the information technology project management office. He has a background as a registered nurse and serves in the Army Reserve as commander of the 801st Combat Support Hospital, B Company, in Indianapolis.

Buffenbarger is director of risk management, compliance and human resources. Before joining Kirby, he was managing director of operations and quality improvement for Management Performance Associates, overseeing operations of several skilled nursing facilities in Illinois.

First Mid appoints Crider. Chris Crider has been named ag and commercial loan officer at First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust's office in Monticello.

His primary focus will be to help agricultural customers with services ranging from long-term real estate loans to short-term financing for annual operations.

Crider grew up on a grain and livestock farm in McLean County and previously worked for First National Bank in Fulda, Minn., assisting with customer loan portfolios and insurance sales.

Pfeifer named senior vice president. Patrick Pfeifer has been named community senior vice president at Soy Capital Bank and Trust Co.

He will oversee operations in the Champaign market, with offices at 2009 Fox Drive, Suite D.

Pfeifer has 15 years of commercial lending experience in central Illinois and the greater Indianapolis area.

Gordon joins Mettler Center staff. Matthew Gordon has joined Mettler Center, Champaign, as a physical therapist.

He received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Northwestern University.

Re/Max adds Henderson. Laura Henderson has joined the Jane Bernthal & Associates Realty team at Re/Max Realty Associates.

She has been a full-time real estate agent for 14 years, working with both buyers and sellers and specializing in new construction. She is also a broker with a Graduate, Realtor Institute designation.

Dippel selected as certified services agent. Brian Dippel of St. Joseph has been named an Encirca certified services agent.

He will help corn and soybean farmers adopt new precision crop management technologies from Dupont Pioneer to improve productivity and profitability.


Credit union staff receive honors. John Burton and Jane Brockway recently gained distinctions at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, Champaign.

Burton, a financial adviser with UIECU Investments and Retirement Planning, completed Advisor Academy training at the Center for Advisor Excellence. The program was conducted by CUNA Brokerage Services.

Brockway, vice president of wealth management for UIECU Investments and Retirement Planning, has been named to the Senior Advisor Leadership Team with CUNA Brokerage Services.

The distinction is given for exceptional sales productivity.

Champaign Cycle named to list. Champaign Cycle, with shops in Champaign and Urbana, has been named one of "America's Best Bike Shops" by the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Independent bicycle stores that apply for the honor are awarded points based on their application and a report from a mystery shopper from an outside company.

The application asks shop owners to explain what sets them apart from other stores, how they develop customer loyalty and what they are doing to make their area more bike-friendly.

Champaign Cycle cited 23 activities it sponsored or took part in, including work for the Kickapoo Rail Trail, the Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club, the Illinois Bike Summit, the Prairie Cycle Club and the Illini 4000.

Surgical technology program earns award. Parkland College, Champaign, has earned the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Parkland's surgical technology program received the award for having a 100 percent graduate pass rate on the national certification exam for surgical technologists during the 2013-14 academic year.

Ruggieri makes top 50 list. Alex Ruggieri ranked 11th on the Sperry Van Ness listing of the top 50 advisers for the second quarter of 2014.

Ruggieri is senior adviser with Sperry Van Ness / Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

Kessel wins Edward Jones award. Mike Kessel, an Edward Jones financial representative in Champaign, recently won the company's Jim McKenzie Award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

Jones named to Circle of Success. Steve Jones has qualified for Ameriprise Financial's 2013 Circle of Success recognition program for exceptional commitment to financial planning and superior client service.

Jones, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial, is based in Savoy.

Lake Land appears in national listing. Lake Land College, Mattoon, recently appeared on several Top 100 charts in the national higher education publication Community College Week.

The college ranked 12th in the nation and second in Illinois for associate-degree production in agriculture, agricultural operations and related sciences.

Lake Land ranked 28th in the nation and second in Illinois for production of associate degrees in sales, merchandising and marketing operations.

The college ranked 41st in the nation and fifth in Illinois for producing one-year certificate graduates.

It ranked 38th in the nation and 16th in Illinois for production of associate degrees in multi/interdisciplinary studies.


Organizations recently recognizing employees with monthly or quarterly honors include:

— Danville Correctional Center, Danville: Kim Larson, administrative assistant II, Executive of the Month for August. When she was temporarily assigned to the personnel office, there was a backlog of duties that hadn't been completed for more than two years. Within 30 days of her assignment, 90 percent of the activities were caught up, and backlog filing was completed.

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