Business and professional briefs Dec. 16, 2012

New jobs

Bergner's names store manager. Michael Ujcich has been appointed store manager of Bergner's at Market Place Mall, Champaign.

He previously worked for Belk Department Stores as store manager in Myrtle Beach, S.C., from 2003 until this year.

Before that, he was store manager at Bergner's in Sheridan Village in Peoria. Over the past 35 years, he has held store manager and visual and merchandising positions with Carson's, Boston Store, Prange's and Kohl's department stores.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois, Ujcich was a sales associate at the Bergner's store at Market Place his senior year in college.

Schroeder takes new role. Tad Schroeder has been named on-site operations manager at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign.

He will be responsible for scheduling and managing all institute activities at the Champaign campus. He will also be responsible for coordinating resources for training, including three "Class A" burn structures, training props and classrooms.

Schroder's responsibilities extend to the institute's new $12 million Learning Resource and Research Center, which includes the library and an incident management training center.

He has been with the institute since 2002 and was most recently assistant firefighting program director.

Gerth named to conservation post. Eric Gerth has been named the assistant state conservationist for financial assistance programs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service's state office in Champaign.

He will have statewide responsibility for implementing farm bill programs in Illinois, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.

Clark-Lindsey appoints system administrator. Jim Hays has been named systems administrator at Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana.

He will be responsible for day-to-day information technology operations, including project management, network stability, security and support of technology services and systems.

Pixo hires Mortland. James Mortland has joined Pixo, Urbana, as systems administrator.

He previously worked for University of Illinois Extension as a geographic information systems technician and full time for the Illinois Army National Guard as a geographic information systems technician.

Mariners take Swanson. Geoffrey Swanson, son of Phillip and Jane Swanson of Monticello, has been hired as a certified athletic trainer by the Seattle Mariners.

He will report to spring training in Phoenix at the end of February.

After spending the 2012 season as an intern with the Mariners, Swanson will be head athletic trainer in 2013 for the rookie affiliate Pulaski (Va.) Mariners.

Swanson is a 2006 graduate of Monticello High School. He received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Illinois in 2010 and a master's degree in health education from Penn State in 2012.

Habitat hires staff members. Scott Clarkson, Kim Gollings and Kelly Hill have joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity and ReStore.

Clarkson is construction manager. He has 12 years of construction experience and will be responsible for all aspects of Habitat's local construction projects.

Gollings is volunteer coordinator. She will oversee volunteer recruitment, community outreach and social media. She has been involved with volunteer efforts in the community for more than 15 years, most recently at the Crisis Nursery.

Hill is development director. She will work on policy and planning, as well as coordinating fundraising and cultivating donors. She has more than 20 years of experience with local agencies including Human Kinetics, Community Elements and Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

Achievements

Attorneys cited by bar association. Seven area attorneys have been recognized by the Illinois State Bar Association for having been admitted to the practice of law for 50 years.

The 2012 Class of Distinguished Counsellors includes: Donald Aldeen and Maureen McCord, both of Urbana; James Evans, August Meyer, Edward Tepper and Lott Thomas, all of Champaign; and Guy Fraker of Bloomington.

Guither honored for service. Harold Guither of Savoy has been named one of three recipients of the 2012 Illinois Farm Bureau Charles B. Schuman Distinguished Service Award.

Guither is professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. He received the award in recognition of his support and promotion of Illinois agriculture.

He also worked as an agricultural economist and editor at Doane Agricultural Service and as an agricultural communications adviser for University of Illinois Extension.

Guither was also active in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Canver to join editorial board. Dr. Charles Canver has been invited to join the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality.

The bimonthly journal addresses developments in the field of quality and improvement.

Canver is chief medical officer of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville. He began working there in July.

Addison chosen for Mendez award. William Addison was scheduled to receive the 2012 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award from Eastern Illinois University's Faculty Senate during December commencement ceremonies.

Addison joined EIU's psychology faculty in 1987 and has chaired the Faculty Senate, the Council on Academic Affairs and the University Personnel Committee as well as the Psychology Department.

The award is named for a professor of Spanish who died in 2003. It is given to individuals who exemplify his service to the university, profession and community.

Medical Economics cites Finkle. H. Michael Finkle has been named to Medical Economics magazine's list of "Best Financial Advisors for Doctors." It is the fourth time he has been named to the list. This year's list was published in the magazine's November 2012 edition.

Finkle is senior vice president of investments for Raymond James & Associates, Danville. He is senior adviser of a six-member team serving high net worth clients in 30 states from the Danville and Naples, Fla., offices.

Danner garners awards. Susie Danner, broker-owner of Re/Max 2000, Danville, recently received two awards from Re/Max International.

She was ranked No. 2 in the St. Louis Region for commissions earned in September and for year-to-date commissions earned through September.

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