• 2018 Member Accolades & News

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    November 18, 2018
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    Minuteman Press at 905 S. Neil St. in Champaign was honored by Minuteman Press International with its 10 Star Club Award for professional excellence in customer service, quality and exemplary business performance. It is the first time the local franchise has received the award.

    “We have averaged 20 percent annual sales growth over the past five years, and this award underscores that our customers are pleased with the quality and level of service they receive,” owner Paul Conforti said. “It’s a tribute to our professional crew who work as a team to keep customers happy and returning."

    The company provides marketing and design, full-service printing, branded promotional merchandise and mailing services for a wide range of products -- from brochures, posters, banners, business stationery, post cards and training materials to menus, pens, magnets, drink ware and much more.

    Conforti purchased the local franchise in 2004, and the staff has grown from three to nine during that time. The Champaign store is among nearly 1,000 independently-operated Minuteman Press locations worldwide.

    Bailey Edward’s Todd Higginbotham, AIA LEED AP, has been an integral part of our Champaign office for almost five years. BE is proud to announce that not only is Todd a leader within our company, but the President for the AIA Prairie Chapter. Todd will help facilitate events taking place in the North, Central, and Southern Regions to propose, shape and lead various initiatives that promote the architecture profession and provide value to AIA members.

    Todd is active in the architectural community both as a design leader, working on projects across the Midwest, and as a civic leader, helping to develop the profession. Todd became involved with the Prairie Chapter in 2015 when he held the position of President of the Champaign-Urbana city section. Todd joined the Executive Board in 2017, serving as secretary and in 2018, became the Vice President and Treasurer.

    As President in 2019, Todd hopes to launch initiatives that entice members to stretch beyond their professional comfort level, such as reaching out to minorities or volunteering to help those in need. “I want to challenge members to use their talents to help others, such as mentoring or being a part of the AIA Disaster Assistance Team. I believe that by doing so, we further expand our sphere of influence, which helps to provide public awareness and to help others understand what architects truly do,” Todd explains. We can’t wait to see the positive changes Todd makes in the Prairie Chapter and the Midwest.

    Don Moyer Boys & Girls ClubCongratulations to Renae Kirkton on being selected as the new director of development. 

    First Mid Bank & Trust announced today that the acquisition of SCB Bancorp, Inc. (“Soy Capital”), which includes Soy Capital Bank and Trust and its wholly owned subsidiary, J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds, has been completed.

    The acquisition represents approximately $458 million in total assets, $341 million in deposits and $254 million in loans through ten banking centers in Illinois.

    There are no immediate changes for Soy Capital customers. The conversion of accounts from Soy Capital Bank and Trust to First Mid is expected to happen in the second quarter of next year. Customers will receive information well in advance of any changes that may affect them.

    “We are very excited to expand our insurance, wealth management and ag services divisions while strengthening our community banking franchise with a company that has a long history of delivering excellent service to its customers,” said Joe Dively, First Mid Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to maintaining strong relationships and involvement in these communities.”

    With the completion of this acquisition, First Mid has approximately $3.8 billion in total assets. In addition, First Mid operates a wealth and ag management business with approximately $4.0 billion in assets under management and an insurance business with approximately $14.0 million

    Rosecrance was recently recognized as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, at an awards program presented by Springbuk®. Locally, Rosecrance won the Illinois’ healthiest employer award for 500-1,499 employees and nationally, Rosecrance ranked 26th out of 100. 

    The top one hundred workplaces were honored at the Fitbit Captivate Conference in Chicago on September 20th. The winning organizations were acknowledged for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness programming. 

    “At Rosecrance we strive to create a healthier, stronger workforce, which allows us to provide the best possible care to our clients,” explains Kristin Hamblock, Rosecrance Director of Compensation and Benefits. 

    She adds, “It’s been rewarding to see our Wellness Program grow and to witness staff utilize the program to make positive changes. Our workplace culture really celebrates the idea that a healthy lifestyle also means a happy one.” 

    Over 1,000 of America’s top wellness programs were evaluated for this award across the country. Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories: Culture and Leadership Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Communications, Programming and Interventions, and lastly, Reporting and Analytics. Applicants were evaluated with the proprietary Healthiest Employers® Index, a 1-100 rubric for wellness programming. 

    By winning this award, Rosecrance is recognized as one of the best of the best in worksite health nationally and considered an exemplary leader for the effectiveness of its wellness initiatives. 

    They also announced Craig Stallings has accepted the position of Senior Director of Operations, a position that will provide comprehensive leadership of Rosecrance operations. 

    Stallings is a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified addictions counselor with nearly 25 years’ experience in behavioral healthcare and 21 years of progressive growth at Rosecrance. As Senior Director of Operations, Stallings will research advances in mental health and substance use treatment, monitor key metrics and contracts, work with administrators on ongoing operations, and implement best practices that are consistent with Rosecrance Health Network strategic plan. 

    RSM US LLP, the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce that Mike Bass has been appointed to serve as partner and Drew Faries has been appointed to serve as principal, effective October 1, 2018. 

    Bass has more than 14 years of experience providing strategic tax planning advice and services to businesses and individuals. Bass works closely with owner-manager companies across a variety of industries and is dedicated to helping clients achieve their business and personal objectives. 

    Faries brings more than 18 years of consulting experience, helping clients to understand their complex business challenges and align people, processes and technology and achieve their goals. Faries will continue to lead the Central Illinois consulting practice, dedicated to assisting clients successfully define and develop digital and technology strategy and complete multi-year transformations and outsourcing initiatives that improve their business processes and management techniques. 

    “Mike and Drew’s commitment to the firm, clients and this community is unparalleled,” said Dave Seiler, Central Illinois market managing partner. “They both have a deep understanding of their clients’ businesses and challenges and have developed strong client service teams that provide innovative solutions and advice empowering clients to confidently move forward with their goals. I am thrilled to welcome Mike and Drew into their new leadership roles within our Central Illinois practice.” 

    Bass and Faries are focused on understanding what’s important to Central Illinois businesses and their success. Bass can be reached at mike.bass@rsmus.com. Faries can be reached at drew.faries@rsmus.com. 

    i3 Broadband is pleased to announce that Reuben Chambers has joined i3 Broadband as a Business Manager in our Champaign-Urbana market. Reuben brings more than 15 years of successful commercial sales experience in the telecommunications industry. He will be responsible for growing market share in the Champaign-Urbana area as well as expanding alliances in underserved areas in the community. 

    “i3 is uniquely poised to meet the needs of teleworkers and to transmit all the data that drives business and manage data transmission at light speed with our 100 percent fiber network” 

    “We are extremely happy to have Reuben join our team in Champaign-Urbana. He brings extensive experience in telecommunications to his new role at i3 Broadband,” said Grier Raclin, President and CEO of i3 Broadband. “Having Reuben on board supports our strategic objective to continue to grow our network in the Champaign-Urbana area. He is very well connected to the community and we are delighted to welcome Reuben to our growing team.” 

    “i3 is uniquely poised to meet the needs of teleworkers and to transmit all the data that drives business and manage data transmission at light speed with our 100 percent fiber network,” said Chambers. “Despite the thirst for more data and speed, i3 has mastered the personal touch of doing business. It was one of the many reasons I’m excited to work for a local company that is deeply invested in the community.” 

    Prior to joining i3 Broadband, Reuben worked in multiple telecommunications roles. Previously, he worked at Comcast Business as a Senior Business Account Executive. 

    Reuben is a member of the CU Sunrise Rotary and has been a member of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce for 15 years. You can reach him directly at (217) 530-0416 or reuben@itv-3.com.

    Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., is pleased to announce that Craig S. Young has been elected as the firm’s next Managing Partner effective October 1, 2018. Young succeeds Timothy L. Bertschy, who has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since September of 2014. 

    Young is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and he formerly served as chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice. He has represented clients in many areas of the firm’s practice, and is primarily known as a nationally recognized Workers' Compensation defense lawyer. He has spoken extensively on Workers’ Compensation law at local and national industry events. Young has a strong reputation for advising clients on the overall management of their workers' compensation risk.
    “I look forward to furthering the successes the firm has experienced under Tim’s leadership” said Young, “and to play a role in continuing the firm’s Midwest growth.” 

    During Bertschy’s term as Managing Partner, the firm relocated into new offices in Chicago, Champaign and Peoria, IL and opened a new office in St. Louis, MO. 

    “Craig’s understanding of the culture of this firm and what we stand for, coupled with his integrity, make him the perfect choice to lead our firm going forward,” Bertschy said. “He is a great lawyer with an unparalleled record of community service.” 

    A native of Canton, IL and graduate of Bradley University (summa cum laude, 1982), Young started at Heyl Royster as a summer clerk in 1983 while enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1985. He joined the firm as an associate that same year and became a partner in 1992. 

    Young is a former president of the Peoria County Bar Association (2014-2015). In recognition of his many contributions to the Peoria-area community, in 2008 Young received the Peoria County Bar Association's Distinguished Community Service Award. He has served as president of the Heart of Illinois United Way. He is past Advisory Board Chair of the Peoria Tri-County Salvation Army, and the recipient of its 2012 William Booth Award for Community Service. In 1994, he was instrumental in forming and serving on the Peoria Community Teen Pregnancy Task Force. He chaired Peoria's delegation to the President's Summit on Volunteerism. 

    Young has served as president of the Bradley University National Alumni Board and as vice president of Financial Support for that board. He has served as the Board president of Lutheran Senior Ministries and as Church Council president of the Salem Lutheran Church. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Abraham Lincoln Court and Defense Research Institute (Past Chair, National Workers' Compensation Committee). 

    The firm is also pleased to announce that partner Brian Smith of our Champaign office has been named the chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor Practice. Smith has extensive experience defending employers, including educational institutions, in federal and state courts, and administrative proceedings before the EEOC and IDHR. His experience representing employers encompasses disciplinary actions, discrimination claims, terminations, wage-and-hour issues, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and various leave issues. In addition to Smith’s new role as Employment & Labor Practice Chair, he will maintain his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, civil rights and education law. 
    Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with more than 120 lawyers and seven offices located in Illinois (Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Springfield) and Missouri (St. Louis). The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. Heyl Royster lawyers have successfully defended clients in all of the federal courts and in each of the 102 counties in the State of Illinois, as well as in courtrooms in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The firm also counsels clients on all aspects of business life. 

    Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with more than 120 lawyers and seven offices located in Illinois (Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Springfield) and Missouri (St. Louis). The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. Heyl Royster lawyers have successfully defended clients in all of the federal courts and in each of the 102 counties in the State of Illinois, as well as in courtrooms in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The firm also counsels clients on all aspects of business life. 

    HL Precision Manufacturing, Inc. (HL) is pleased to announce it is now certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015. 

    ISO 9001:2015 is the new standard focusing on quality management systems and performance, more specifically risk-based thinking and accountability in all organizational processes. The goal of ISO 9001:2015 is to improve quality aligning with a business’ wider business strategy, including communications, efficiency and continuous improvement. 

    “I am extremely proud of our team and their efforts in stepping up to the new ISO 9001:2015 certification,” President & CEO Steve Hillard said. “Our commitment to continuous improvement, including this recent ascension to the newest ISO certification, continues to be about much more than simply ‘flying the flag.’” 

    The company has made many improvements leading up to the certification, including a SWOT analysis for all business strategies, a metric to calculate the velocity of the business and advanced ISO training for its employees. HL’s achievement reflects vigorous quality management and further evidence of its commitment to providing quality products and customer satisfaction. 

    “Our company has been— and will remain to be— about our commitment to continuously improve our organization through improved process and controls, while continuing to invest in the best technology and people to better support our customer’s evolving requirement,” Hillard said. “Clear evidence of this commitment is reflected by the mature rating received just three years hence our original certification to the prior ISO standard.” 

    ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. ISO helps organizations demonstrate to customers they can offer consistent high-quality processes and services. HL previously earned certification under ISO 9001:2008 in 2015 and has been audited annually by its registrar. HL is also ITAR certified and compliant under DFARS 252.204-7012. 

    For more information about HL and its broad range of capabilities available, please contact the company at (217) 398-6881, sales@hlpreccisionmfg.com, or visit its website at www.hlprecisionmfg.com. 

    Rosecrance is pleased to announce that its Florian program has been selected as a recipient for the 2018 Excellence in Mental Health Award. 

    The Excellence in Mental Health Award, presented by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH), celebrates innovative practices in mental health treatment and organizations who have implemented new or emerging technologies to improve treatment outcomes. Additionally, the award recognizes efforts to maintain access to services and improve quality care. 

    The Rosecrance Florian Program, which launched in 2014, was designed by Dan DeGryse, Florian Program Director and Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief, and Rosecrance President/CEO Phil Eaton. The residential program is tailored specifically to the needs of uniformed service personnel such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and military who are experiencing substance use or mental health disorders. The Rosecrance Florian Program offers the best opportunity for lasting recovery by 
    incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process. 

    “The Florian Program was one of the first of its kind in the entire country and its impact has been remarkable,” says Eaton. 

    DeGryse adds, “Even strong people need help sometimes and the program reminds first responders that they are not alone while equipping them with tools to maintain their behavioral health and well-being.” 

    The award will be presented at the Educational Conference & Expo on September 5 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL. 

    ESS Clean, Inc. was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council and Best Companies Group. 

    This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois list is made up of 30 companies in the small employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), 24 companies in the medium employer category (100-499 U.S. employees), and 21 companies in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees). ESS Clean, Inc. has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois in the medium category. 

    Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings. 

    ESS Clean, Inc. was recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 17 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 18. Here are a few words from the CEO of ESS Clean,Inc., Paul Taylor;  “Almost every morning, after I get past the first 15 minutes of groggy shuffling through the house in the dark, I get excited about the day ahead and working with my team at ESS Clean. I consider myself to be the most blessed person on earth. My work family is smart, dedicated and fun! I am really not surprised that ESS Clean was selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois. We have worked hard to create a fun and positive culture. We have a team of dedicated, positive people and everyone makes it a priority to take care of our customers, whatever it takes. While I am very pleased that we made the list, I am even more eager to see how we can make our company better going forward.”

    RSM US LLP announces promotions in their Champaign office:

    Brooke Chilton – Assurance Senior Associate – Chilton transferred from our Chicago office to our Champaign office in September 2017 as an assurance associate. Chilton has a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing her CPA certification. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base. 

    Kim Dahye – Assurance Senior Associate – Dahye joined RSM in 2016 and has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She is currently pursuing her CPA certification. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base. 

    Luke Montoya – Strategic Sourcing Director – Montoya joined RSM in 2012 and has a Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University. In this new role, he will lead, direct, and execute large, complex sourcing and procurement activities across all functions and lines of business for RSM. He will also set direction and strategy, identify and implement cost savings improvements, and lead the negotiation and management of vendor contracts. 

    Ian Barnett joined the firm’s Champaign office in August 2018 as a Senior Associate in the Assurance practice. Barnett holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Rosecrance is pleased to announce an expansion of substance abuse treatment services in the heart of central Illinois, beginning in late December. 

    Located at 2302 Moreland Boulevard in Champaign, the facility will function as a Center for Recovery by providing treatment and integrated services for young adults and adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders. 

    The new center will offer adult residential and outpatient substance use treatment and structured, supportive recovery living to allow clients to become grounded in recovery as they progress toward a successful and drug and alcohol-free life. Clients at the new Rosecrance facility may be in various stages of their journey. Treatment services will be evidence-based and grounded in the principles of 12-Step Recovery. 

    “The isolating experience of addiction doesn’t discriminate and the families in central Illinois have been intensely affected,” says Rosecrance CEO/President, Phil Eaton. “Our community partners have communicated an urgent need for quality treatment services in the area and we have been very intentional and steadfast with our efforts to meet those needs.” 

    In Central Illinois 58 people died of drug overdose in 2017 in the immediate seven-county region of Champaign, Ford, Vermillion, Edgar, Douglas, Piatt, and DeWitt counties. The region has seen a 35 percent increase in deaths from drug overdose in the past five years. 

    “Our goal is to create a center that fosters community and supports our clients to enter a journey toward lasting recovery. We feel passionate that our expanded presence will be an invaluable resource to the community and function as a catalyst for positive change,” says Eaton. 

    Rosecrance’s decades of experience in addiction treatment demonstrate that long-term recovery is fostered by certain elements: quality, evidence-based programs; a structured and supportive living environment, personal accountability, life and career coaching, and guidance in goal setting. The new center of recovery will be a robust resource for all of these needs with residential treatment, partial hospitalization treatment, detoxification services, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, short and long-term recovery living, alumni support, and community recovery activities. 

    “Whether it is a young woman who lost her mother to cancer and began using pills to escape her grief or a Purple Heart recipient who served our country in Iraq and relied on alcohol to cope with PTSD--we have deep experiences with the people who need our help,” says Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois, Chris Gleason. “We see stories of tragedy turn to triumph time and time again, and that impact fuels us to continue the work that we do.” 

    He adds, “We are very excited to provide resources to this community and establish a center that helps adults gain traction toward a brighter, more successful future.” 

    Current plans for the location call for 32 existing employees plus six positions being added. As services expand, more employment growth is possible. Rosecrance will serve more than 6,000 clients this year through its existing substance use and mental health programs in Central Illinois. With this expansion, Rosecrance plans to further its role and reach to serve even more individuals in need.

    Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award by the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce during its 13th Annual Statewide Convention in Peoria. Roger Goodson, Senior Manager of Field Operations and Production for the Peoria District accepted the award on behalf of Hauk and Illinois American Water. 

    According to Larry Ivory, president and CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, the award is presented to an individual who champions diversity within his or her company.

    First Bank & Trust, IL (“First Bank”) will convert to First Mid Bank & Trust, N.A. (“First Mid”). The First Bank branches in Champaign, Marshall, Martinsville, Paris, Rantoul and Savoy will close on Friday evening, August 10 and open on Monday, August 13 as First Mid. The First Mid banking center located at 2229 South Neil Street in Champaign will merge with First Bank at 1251 Woodfield Dr. in Savoy. 

    First Mid Bank & Trust and First Bank have been working together for several months to make the transition as smooth as possible for customers. Customers received Welcome Packets in the mail with important information about their accounts and any changes they may expect. 

    “We’ve been getting the word out through direct mail, email, TV, radio, our websites and other means so that customers are prepared,” said First Bank President Matt Carr. “There will be some one time actions customers will need to take, such as logging into Online Banking and activating new Debit Cards. Our Customer Support Center and all our banking centers are prepared to help customers with any questions they may have.”
    Chartered in 1865, First Mid Bank & Trust is recognized as one of America’s top performing banks, having earned a five-star Bauer Financial rating, been recognized as a top 100 community bank by S&P Global Market Intelligence, as well as being named Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 Central/Southern Illinois Community Lender of the Year. With the completion of the First Bank acquisition, First Mid now has 59 banking centers and 76 ATMs across Illinois. This growth expands its overall service area and offers customers banking capabilities in 42 Illinois and Missouri communities. 

    First Mid Chairman and CEO Joe Dively said, “We are continually looking for ways to expand banking products and services to our customers, including insurance and wealth management services. We look forward to maintaining strong relationships and involvement in these communities.”

    Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District is investing approximately $2 million to upgrade its water service distribution system. The investment includes replacing and installing over 7,000 feet of water main across the service area including Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. A map of the proposed work can be viewed here – http://arcg.is/0Kr0uu. This investment notice does not include the water main extension project near Sadorus. That project, which includes over three miles of water main installation and is an investment of over $1.2 million, is nearing completion. Once completed, the Sadorus community will be connected to Illinois American Water’s Champaign County water service distribution system. 

    According to Dave Farrar, senior manager of field operations and production, Illinois American Water’s water main replacement program focuses on replacing mains where leaks occur, corrosion has caused damage or the size of the pipe isn’t sufficient. Much of the pipe to be replaced will be upsized from 2-inch galvanized pipe to 6-inch and 8-inch ductile iron pipe. In addition several loops will be created within the distribution system to help ensure quality water service. 

    Farrar said, “Continuous investment in our local water infrastructure is critical for ensuring customers receive quality, reliable drinking water service. This work to replace and upgrade water mains will help ensure adequate water pressure and flow to homes, businesses and for fire protection. Water main replacements also help to decrease the occurrence of water main breaks and related traffic and service impact.” 

    Customers affected directly by the work will be notified via letter about the impact and any necessary steps. The letter will include a local contact for questions. Illinois American Water reminds motorists traveling through construction zones to obey speed limits, focus on the road and discontinue cell phone use.

    Rogards - Tonya Horn, owner of Rogards in Champaign, IL, was recently elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Independent Stationers, an industry leading nationwide member-owned business products cooperative. Tonya is the first woman to serve as Chairman of the organization’s Board. Said Tonya, “I’m humbled to be elected Chairman of our group’s Board of Directors. I’m looking forward to working with our board and extremely talented staff at IS to navigate our group through these dynamic times. I’m confident that our group will continue to be a progressive leader within our industry, putting our members in a position to adapt and thrive.”

    SVN/Ramshaw Real Estate - Congratulations to Alex Ruggieri and Noah Ruggieri on publishing their book, The Executive’s Guide to Buying Commercial Property.

    SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana received the CHAIRMAN'S Platinum award at the recent SERVPRO convention, held at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, from June 25-29. David McGuire of SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana and other high-performing franchisees were recognized during an Awards Extravaganza at the annual event, which was attended by nearly 3,000 owners, key staff, and corporate representatives. 

    “We’re proud to have earned this distinction and proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family serving home and business owners in the SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana area,” said David McGuire, SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana Owner. “When you combine a dedicated team of disaster remediation professionals with the innovative tools, business framework, and ongoing training provided by the SERVPRO Franchise Network, you have a winning formula for success. We look forward to providing world class disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services to home and business owners in our community for many years to come.” 

    Sue Steen, chief executive officer of Servpro Industries, Inc., said that the Awards Extravaganza event was the highlight of a convention packed with learning opportunities. This year’s event theme, “Bring the Brand to Life”, represented the four main areas of focus that help add life to any brand; Serve the Customer, Build the Brand, Management, and Leadership. The theme was a thread running through the 70 breakout sessions and three general sessions available to the franchise owners and key team members in attendance. “In addition, these entrepreneurs learned about new internal technical enhancements designed to help them streamline their business operations,” added Steen. “Our goal each year is to help our franchisees grow their businesses as they continue to provide best-in-class services to their clients.” 

    “Running a small business is a challenge,” said Steen, “and SERVPRO understands that. Our annual convention gives us the opportunity to recognize our top performing franchises while we provide each of our individual franchisees with the tools, knowledge, and group experience they need to help them excel at building their businesses. Our business owners are an extraordinary group of entrepreneurs. When they succeed, it does more than enhance SERVPRO’s reputation as an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration, and remediation services. It also ensures that these dedicated professionals have the tools they need to provide world-class service to their customers and their communities.” 

    For more information about SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, please contact David McGuire at (217) 355-0077 or dmcguire@servprocu.com or visit www.SERVPRO.com.

    First Mid Bank & Trust was named 2017 Central/Southern Illinois Community Bank of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Illinois. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

    Eric McRae, Chief Credit Officer for the company stated, “At First Mid we recognize that small businesses drive our local economy, and we remain committed to their success. We are honored to receive recognition from the SBA for the fifth consecutive year for our role in supporting small business.” 

    The bank also recently announced that David Hiden has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. He will lead the development and execution of First Mid’s business and technology strategies. 

    “We are very fortunate to have David join the First Mid team”, said Mike Taylor, Chief Operating Officer. “With a strong banking background that includes 25 years of Information Technology (IT) experiences, David brings a wealth of experience in building teams, developing strategic IT plans and executing on delivering quality service to both internal and external customers.” 

    Prior to joining First Mid, Hiden held senior IT positions with Barnett Bank, Bank of America, Superior Bank and First Atlantic Bank. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and M.I.S from the University of North Florida. Hiden is an active volunteer with the United Way, Alzheimer's Association and the Haiti Children’s Health Ministries Board of Directors.

    Carle - As a longtime leader in providing quality health care services for all, Carle launches a Mobile Health Clinic delivering the world-class care of Carle to underserved members of the Champaign-Urbana community. The 40-foot treatment unit ensures families receive in-person, same-day care from Carle doctors, nurses and social workers. The clinic will provide non-critical services for infants through adult care. 

    “Offering a reliable resource for all, not just some, is an intrinsic value of Carle. The Carle Mobile Health Clinic is an avenue to ensure, no matter the circumstance, quality health care is an option for every member of the Champaign-Urbana community,” said Lynn Ullestad, director of Critical Care Transport and Mobile Clinic Service. 
    Access to healthcare is a priority. 

    The Carle Mobile Health Clinic was made possible by generous contributions from Carle and Health Alliance employees and physicians, the 2017 Carle Golf Open and other donors. 

    The Carle Mobile Health Clinic offers families without the means to visit a healthcare facility, the opportunity to get basic health needs met. Services provided include: 
    • Link to primary care and other community resources 
    • Chronic condition screening and education 
    • Treatment of acute illnesses 
    • Basic wellness care and assessments 
    • School/preschool physicals and immunizations 
    • Basic lab testing 
    • Robust social services 
    • Addressing the root causes of health concerns facing our community 

    Working with community partners, we assess the areas of most critical need to establish service windows and locations. The initial focus areas are communities in Champaign-Urbana that consistently represent the highest chronic illness rates. The mobile clinic also provides services at regularly scheduled locations starting mid-July. 

    “Carle is dedicated to providing care to all those who need it – no matter their circumstances – and has done so for decades. By providing healthcare services in the neighborhoods of community members most in need, we improve their access to quality healthcare and can begin meeting the 1/3 of low-income families who don’t affiliate with a health provider, receive no proactive care or check-ups and receive all care in the emergency room,” said Julianna Sellett, vice president, Community Health Initiatives. 

    For information on the Mobile Health Clinic’s location, please call (217) 365-7928 or carle.org/MobileHealthClinic. 

    Developmental Services Center (DSC) - Evan Burie of Urbana and Stephanie Davenport of Mahomet have joined Director of Development, Janice McAteer in her continued efforts to increase funding for the organization. For years, DSC has been adding to their funding sources through events and campaigns but has also been working to develop major and planned gifts as a way to cement their impact for the future. 

    Burie has stepped into a new position at DSC, as Special Events & Marketing Coordinator. Formerly employed with Enterprise Rent-a-Car, as a Branch Manager in Decatur, Burie managed all daily operations and employees. In his new role, he will be handling all DSC events including the upcoming C-U in the Prairibbean XIV (August 4) and the 6th annual C-U Oktoberfest (October 6) “Evan comes highly recommended and his skills will be invaluable to DSC, when working with our growing, large scale events. He was looking to make a career change to an organization where he believed in the mission and could make a difference - that was a quality I was looking for,” said McAteer. 

    Davenport is filling an existing position in the department, as a Development Specialist where she is writing grants, managing social media, in-kind giving, and sharing, through stories, the ways in which DSC impacts the lives of people who choose our services. She was previously working at DSC as the Employment 1st/LEAP Coordinator. She also has an established career history in communications, media, and is a published writer. “Stephanie already worked closely with our department in her previous role, where she had really grown her program and seen a lot of success. With her background in writing and public relations, she was a natural fit to quickly transition into this role and will help us to hit the ground running.” said McAteer. 

    Davenport is native to Champaign County and a Parkland College graduate. Burie is a graduate of Illinois State University. The skills and commitment to our mission that Burie and Davenport bring adds more depth to our Development Department,” said DSC CEO, Dale Morrissey. “This expansion will allow Janice to focus more on major and planned gifts, which is the next step in building DSC’s newly established endowment through the DSC Foundation. DSC is excited to look toward the future and building a legacy for the organization. Making these additions to our team are building blocks toward that goal.” 

    DSC’s Mission: DSC supports people in living a rich and meaningful life. DSC was formed in 1972 by the merger of four community organizations serving people with disabilities. The result is a comprehensive organization that is able to provide multiple services in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, and Iroquois Counties as resources allow. DSC serves individuals who may have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

    M2 - Homecoming 2018 is upon us, which means M2 Fashion Week is here, July 16th -July 21st, with almost a thousand dresses still to be chosen at M2 - The Place for Prom and Pageants. M2 Fashion Week is one of the biggest events of the season and the most popular time to buy, with M2 showcasing several new designer collections including Sherri Hill, Jovani, Ellie Wilde, and more. 

    M2 will be hosting their first ever fashion show on July 21st, to wrap up the excitement from Fashion Week. With it being an exclusive event with only a limited number of tickets available, one will have to follow their social media on July 6th in order to grab a seat for the show! Immediately following the show, guests are welcome to shop all looks that were featured, as well as the rest in store. There will be special gifts and surprises, as well as a VIP area for all customers with refreshments, candies, and snacks during Fashion Week. 

    About M2- The Place for Prom 
    Over the past years, M2- The Place for Prom has catered to the prom and pageant needs of customers in the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond. The store has grown and become known for offering superior service, style, and selection, while adhering to their PROMise of registering your dress, style, and color to your school to ensure your individuality. To learn more visit m2prom.com, call us at (217) 337-7766, or follow us @m2prom on Instagram.

    Congratulations to Market Place Shopping Center for being named a regional favorite by Illinois Country Living magazine.

    First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust recently announced organizational changes in Champaign, Decatur and surrounding areas, due to the merger with First Bank & Trust (“First Bank”). The acquisition was completed on May 1, 2018 and the conversion of accounts from First Bank to First Mid is expected to happen later this year. 

    Eric McRae, Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer said, “The acquisition and integration of First Bank & Trust provides the opportunity to make key strategic management changes in the markets where our lending organizations overlap. These important moves make us more efficient, effective, and better positioned for future growth.” 

    Matt Carr, previously President of First Bank, will oversee all former First Bank markets, plus First Mid lending operations in the Champaign, Decatur and surrounding areas, including Indianapolis. As Executive Vice President, Northern Region, Carr will combine the lending teams and operations of both banks in these markets and add to the depth of experience in this leadership role. 

    Mitch Swim, after four years effectively leading the Decatur and Champaign Regions as Senior Vice President/Regional Community President, is moving into the new corporate role of Senior Special Assets Officer and will play a crucial role in maintaining and improving asset quality for First Mid. 

    Mike Krueger, long-time Champaign Community President, has been named Consumer and HELOC Credit Manager and will oversee these lines of business for the bank. Joining Krueger will be Jaci Manzella, previously Retail Loan Officer, who has been named HELOC Processing & Underwriting Manager. 

    Menold Construction - Residents in Mahomet and surrounding areas can now benefit from the resources and expertise of two professional construction and restoration teams. 

    Menold Construction and Restoration has merged with the USPRO team in Mahomet. They will continue in their tradition of service excellence at their location on 807 West Oak. Area residents will benefit from an expanded restoration and remodeling team, as well as new services such as mold remediation, pathogen control services, comprehensive commercial remodeling, and advanced contents restoration. 

    The companies will merge together gradually over the course of the 2018 calendar year to bridge their services, practices, employees, and community involvements. USPRO President Jody Wesley will retire from restoration and remodeling upon completion of the transition. He celebrates 42 years of success in the industry. 

    “This is a unique situation that enables customers in the area to benefit from additional services,” stated Wesley. “It’s great to know that my customers will be in good hands.” 

    Tom Menold, President of Menold Construction and Restoration agrees, adding that this action can be best described as, “a coming together of two like-minded companies that have perfected the process of caring for their communities.” He is excited to offer expanded services to the area. 

    Both Tom Menold and Jody Wesley began their business ownership journeys in the late 70’s. While they were in different geographic areas, both shared a strong work ethic and a dedication to customer service. With mutual respect for each other’s work and value structures, the gentleman anticipate a smooth and positive transition period for all involved. 

    Hickory Point Bank has announced that Francesca Hunter has been named Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Lending for the Champaign-Urbana area

    First State Bnak announced today that Lacey Ferry has joined the Champaign banking team as a Business Banking Officer. She will be responsible for building strong, successful relationships with Champaign-Urbana consumer and business customers. 

    Lacey has significant branch management and business development experience throughout Champaign County. “Through her leadership and coaching, Lacey will ensure all customers receive an exceptional First State experience. We are extremely pleased to have her as part of our team and a partner to local businesses,” states Gerry Smith, SVP and Champaign Market President. 

    “I am enthusiastic about being a part of First State! It’s a true community bank that delivers on its promise of local decision-making with quick response times and extended hours to fit consumer and business needs.” 

    First State Bank is a subsidiary of First State Bancorp of Monticello, Inc., wholly owned by its employees with a strong commitment to service excellence. Together with its affiliate First State Bank of Bloomington, it operates locations in Monticello, Bloomington, Champaign, Tuscola, Atwood, Hammond and Heyworth. 

    For additional information, please contact Gerry Smith via the contact information listed above. 

    A&R Mechanical Contractors, Inc., a Champaign/Urbana-based plumbing, piping, ventilation and civil site utility contractor, is expanding their square footage to meet their growing business demands. The new construction will boast 12,000 square feet for fabrication and production along with 1,500 square feet of office space resulting in additional jobs for the Champaign/Urbana workforce. It will also enable A&R to meet the increased call for innovative solutions and extensive construction projects in the Central Illinois Area.

    RSM US LLP, the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce the following addition to the firm’s Champaign office. 

    Isaac Barker transferred from our Chicago office to our Champaign office in April 2018 as a Supervisor in our Risk Advisory Services practice. Barker is a certified Encase Examiner, Computer Examiner, and Apple Macintosh Technician. He specializes in digital forensics, incident response services, and corporate litigation. Barker has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and is a member of HTCIA (High Technology Crime Investigation Association). 

    The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, Kelly Hill. Kelly brings energy, expertize, and excellence to the Foundation and will carry on a tradition of supporting the school districts in creative and innovative collaborative capacities. 

    Kelly Hill has been a longtime member of the C-U community serving in a variety of professional positions. Most recently Hill was the Development Director at Habitat for Humanity where she directed community engagement and fundraising activities for Habitat in the Champaign County area. Previous to her position at Habitat, Hill had been active on school and community based committees; Champaign County Community Coalition, Women’s Business Council, Champaign Center Partnership, Interfaith Alliance, as well as participating in the Cradle-2-Career community wide initiative. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, and her Master’s degree in sport administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she served as the Women’s Basketball Coach. 
    The CUSF Board of Directors is excited to continue their work of grant distribution, fundraising, and community outreach with Kelly Hill leading efforts and initiatives for the Foundation. 

    Congratulations to Krannert Center for celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. 

    First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust announced today that the acquisition of First BancTrust Corporation (“First Bank”) has been completed. The acquisition represents approximately $479 million in total assets, $392 million in deposits and $370 million in loans through seven full-service banking centers in Illinois, operating as First Bank & Trust. 

    There are no immediate changes for First Bank customers. The conversion of accounts from First Bank to First Mid is expected to happen later this year. Customers will receive information well in advance of any changes that may affect them. The merger of First Bank with First Mid will result in multiple First Mid banking centers in Champaign County; therefore, the current First Mid banking center located at 2229 South Neil Street, Champaign, Illinois, will close and combine operations with the new banking centers. The closure of the Neil Street location will happen at the same time as the conversion of accounts from First Bank to First Mid, later this year. 

    “We are very excited to expand our presence in the attractive and growing Champaign-Urbana region and to extend our footprint in the adjacent counties to the east of our headquarters,” said Joe Dively, First Mid Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to maintaining strong relationships and involvement in these communities and the opportunity to bring expanded services to our First Bank customers.” 

    With the completion of this acquisition, First Mid has approximately $3.3 billion in total assets. In addition, First Mid operates a trust and wealth management business with approximately $1.5 billion in assets under management and an insurance business with $3.9 million in annual revenue. First Mid has a long history of successfully acquiring and integrating businesses. First Bank represents the fourth acquisition over the last three years, including three banking institutions and one insurance agency. 

    Congratulations to First State Bank for 10 years of business in Champaign.

    Clark-Lindsey’s Vice President of Residential Services, Ron Wilcox, was honored with the Leadership in Action Award from LeadingAge Illinois in Schaumburg, IL. This award is given to an individual whose actions and leadership greatly enhance the work environment and the quality of life for their colleagues and residents. The individual’s accomplishments demonstrate a commitment to a team approach and excellence in the workplace. This collaborative style of leadership has resulted in trusted and respected relationships with his team and high levels of resident satisfaction. 

    Ron is committed to helping others work together in order to effectively accomplish those individual goals which align with the organization’s strategic objectives. His deep understanding of Clark-Lindsey’s “why” inspires his ability to encourage his team to see challenges as opportunities to grow, contribute, and shine. His title of “Vice President of Residential Services” covers a wide range of responsibilities including: resident services, transportation, dining services, community outreach, wellness and activities and marketing. 

    LeadingAge Illinois is one of the largest and most respected associations of providers serving Illinois older adults. LeadingAge Illinois serves over 500 home and community based services, senior housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, supportive living and skilled nursing. Rehabilitation centers.

    Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering and architecture firm, is proud to announce the continued growth of its Champaign office. 

    The Champaign office’s transportation group has added two new staff members including Rich Tarntino and Mike Carnahan, PE. Tarntino joins our team as a transportation project designer with 26 years of CAD experience. He also teaches Beginning Microstation and Advanced GeoPak courses at Parkland College. Carnahan comes to us from the Illinois Department of Transportation, District 5 in Paris, Illinois and is a licensed professional engineer. He joins Farnsworth Group as an inspector and brings with him 31 years of transportation project experience. 

    The Champaign office’s architecture group also continues to grow with the addition of Jenna Joo and Patricia McKissack. Joo is an architectural designer working towards her professional license. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2016 with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration. McKissack joins the team as an architectural designer after three years as a student intern. She is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning. McKissack also participated in the University of Illinois redevelopment project for the Danville Riverfront Studio, in which students worked together with the public to design a site that could spark community development in the area. 

    The Champaign office now has a structural engineering presence with the transfer of John Zeman, SE, PE, from our Bloomington office, and the addition of Ivano Ipsaro-Passione to our staff. Zeman, a project engineer, has been with Farnsworth Group since 2010 and has seven years of structural engineering experience. Passione, an engineering intern, comes to us from the Michigan Department of Transportation and is currently working towards his professional license. 

    RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – was recently ranked the fifth largest accounting, tax and consulting services firm in the U.S. for the twelfth consecutive year by Accounting Today.

    Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton was recently recognized by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers as a recipient of the Nelson J. Bradley Career Achievement Award. 

    The Nelson J. Bradley Career Achievement Award recognizes the career achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to modern addiction treatment. Eaton has been a leader in the field of addiction treatment for over 40 years, having begun his career as a social worker at Rosecrance in 1971. Named CEO and President in 1982, Mr. Eaton’s vision and skill led Rosecrance to open the first treatment program for adolescents in Northern Illinois and to develop Rosecrance as an example of the finest addiction treatment in the nation.

    Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Rajita Singhal as an engineer. 

    Singhal joins the team in Fehr Graham’s Champaign office and will focus on potable and wastewater projects. Singhal earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Mumbai in India. She received her master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December. 

    The firm also announced the hiring of John Bailey as an engineering technician. 

    Bailey has an associate’s degree in land surveying from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Bailey is enrolled in the organizational professional development program at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, which includes Professional Land Surveyor licensure course work.

    Rosecrance is proud to announce its recognition as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health, a national provider known for its preventive health programs that encourage employees to adopt new health habits. Rosecrance is one of 184 companies across the country recognized this year for empowering employees to make significant and sometimes life-saving changes to improve their health. This is the sixth consecutive year Rosecrance has won the award. 

    With the help of effective preventive health initiatives, Interactive Health’s “Healthiest Companies in America” recipients have reached or exceeded an exemplary 70 percent participation rate in their organization’s wellness program, and their workforce’s overall health risk was low, based on the results of an annual health evaluation that involves a blood draw, lab tests and a detailed questionnaire. 

    MIGA has announced that they recently remodeled their two private dining rooms. One seats 8, the other seats 12, or they can be combined to seat 20. MIGA is not open for lunch but both private rooms as well as the main dining space are available for groups and private lunches. For more information visit 
    miga-restaurant.com or call 217-398-1020.  

    Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk today announced the Company’s acquisition of the Village of Fisher’s water and wastewater systems. The purchase of the system adds approximately 850 new water and wastewater customers to the Company’s customer base in the Champaign County District and serves a population of nearly 2,000 residents. 

    The Village of Fisher Board voted in favor of the sale in July 2017. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sale for $6.8 million on March 7, 2018. 

    “We look forward to investing in the Village of Fisher and ensuring quality water and reliable wastewater service to our new customers,” said Hauk. 

    Village of Fisher Mayor Michael Bayler also supports the acquisition. He said, “We are looking forward to Illinois American Water joining our community and helping us meet our water and wastewater needs. Their knowledge and ability to provide reliable service to our residents is an investment in our public health and economic future.” 

    Illinois American Water will invest $2.9 million in the first five years of ownership including security upgrades, meter replacements, wastewater plant improvements for regulatory compliance, and inflow and infiltration upgrades. 

    According to Dave Farrar, sr. manager of field operations and production for Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District, the company will also repair and paint the Fisher water tower. Farrar, a resident of Fisher, said, “We are committed to keeping the Fisher water tower painted orange to show community pride for residents and visitors of Fisher. The improvements planned will also enhance service, public health and fire protection to Fisher.” 

    New customers will soon receive an Illinois American Water welcome packet in the mail. This packet includes information about online account management, billing, payment options and more. A payment drop box will be placed at the Fisher water treatment plant located at 110 West Front Street in Fisher. Payments will be picked up regularly. 

    The appraisal process used for the Fisher water and wastewater systems was conducted under the supervision of the ICC and established as part of the Illinois Water Systems Viability Act. According to Hauk, this law gives communities an alternative to value their water and/or wastewater system when considering being acquired by an investor-owned water utility. He said, “Previous law only allowed the investor-owned water or sewer utility to pay the original cost minus depreciation to acquire a small system, public or private. Because of this, systems were deprived of receiving adequate value for their system.” 

    The Village of Fisher will be incorporated into Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District, which currently serves residents in Champaign, Urbana, Sadorus, Savoy, St. Joseph, Bondville and Pesotum.

    I Hotel and Conference Center - Congratulations to Maribel Olvera and Luis Aleman on their promotions at the I Hotel and Conference Center. Olvera has been promoted to auditor and general manager of housekeeping and Aleman has been promoted to executive housekeeper.

    Hickory Point Bank has announced that Mitch Wilson has been named Vice President, Mortgage Lending for the Champaign-Urbana area. 

    “Mitch exemplifies Hickory Point Bank’s dedication to client relationships, and is a perfect partner to continue helping families seeking home loans,” said Dan Marker, President, Champaign Region. “We look forward to providing the same great service clients have come to expect.” 

    Mr. Wilson is located at Hickory Point Bank, 202 W. Park Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 and may be reached at 217.351.7100. 

    Rogards - Planned changes to Champaign’s downtown presented a great opportunity for longtime, locally-owned Champaign business Rogards. The office supply and furniture distributor plans to relocate in early September to a newly constructed location on Boardwalk Drive in northwest Champaign. 

    “When we heard that the building we currently occupy was being sold as part of the planned downtown development, our initial reaction was, of course, to be a bit sad,” says Rogards President and CEO Tonya Horn. “Rogards has occupied this location for a number of years, and we’ve been thrilled to be part of the rebirth of the downtown area. But, we also immediately knew that this presented an incredible opportunity for us. The age of this building was becoming a challenge, and it was not originally constructed with us in mind. So as we have grown and changed, it’s been challenging to get the building to change along with us.” 

    Rogards will relocate into a 14,400 square foot office, showroom, and warehouse space being constructed by The Atkins Group as part of their Prism Warehouse development. As part of the move, Rogards plans a heavy emphasis on using the new space for a furniture showroom, a project that was already underway in the current location. 

    “We really want our showroom to be a place where customers can come to get inspired about what their workplaces can be,” says Horn. “There are so many studies that tie employee satisfaction and engagement to elements of the physical environment – we want to guide customers to really think about what their space says about them and their company.” In addition to having dedicated furniture showroom space in the front of the building, Horn says the plan is for the entire office to be used as a working showroom. “We’re going to invite customers not only into our showroom, but literally into our own offices so that they can see various furniture elements in action.” 

    Horn also says plans are in the works to get creative about different ways to invite customers into the new space. In addition to plans for an open house once the move is complete, Rogards is hoping to host more events including educational lunch and learns. 

    Meyer Capel - Marie J. Casteel has joined the central Illinois law firm of Meyer Capel, a professional corporation. She will practice out of the firm’s Champaign office. Her practice will concentrate on family law, including dissolution of marriage, child custody, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities, paternity, spousal support, post-dissolution modifications and orders of protection. Ms. Casteel received her juris doctorate in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. She is licensed to practice in the states of Illinois and Ohio and she has worked in Illinois since 2015. Ms. Casteel is a member of the Illinois state bar association and the Mclean and Champaign county bar associatons. She can be contacted at mcasteel@meyercapel.com or 217-352-1800.

    Congratulations to Visit Champaign County for winning the Illinois Tourism Award for Best Branding Initiative.

    Midland States Bank - Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSBI) (“Midland”) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Alpine Bancorporation, Inc. (“Alpine”), the parent company of Alpine Bank & Trust Co. As a result of the transaction, Alpine Bank & Trust Co. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Midland. The transaction brings Midland’s total assets to approximately $5.7 billion and its Wealth Management group to more than $3.1 billion in assets under administration, based on information as of December 31, 2017.

    Rosecrance recently announced a change in leadership, appointing Chris Gleason to Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois. 

    Chris has worked in the Behavioral Health field for more than 25 years, working in DUI, outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse programs. He is a Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor, he holds a BA from Judson University in Human Services and a Masters from Argosy University in Community Counseling. 

    Before taking the Executive Director position in February, Chris served as the Rosecrance Outpatient Director and coordinated substance abuse and mental health services at Centegra Hospital. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Family Services in McHenry, and most recently is responsible for the start-up and substantial growth of all the Rosecrance McHenry County services over the past five years. 

    According to Rosecrance CEO/President Philip Eaton, “Chris is a person of deep faith, high character and high professional skills with deep experience in managing and developing addiction treatment and mental health programming. He is a consistent, reliable leader with a focus on quality and empowerment.” 

    Eaton adds, “We have tremendous opportunities in central Illinois; with the refinement of services, the merger of (former) Prairie Center, the anticipated growth of substance abuse and mental health services, collaborations with key stakeholders and a focus on overall improvement of clinical services - Chris is the absolute best person to lead us during this transition.” 

    Chris looks forward to this opportunity of exciting change, new responsibility and continuing to uphold the Rosecrance way. 

    RSM is pleased to announce the addition of several new members in the firm’s Champaign office. 

    Travis Meyer was hired in November 2017 as an assurance associate. Meyer has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. He recently passed the CPA exam and is working toward obtaining his CPA license. 

    Donavan Laible was hired in November 2017 as an assurance associate. Laible has a degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing his CPA. 

    Brooke Chilton transferred from our Chicago office to our Champaign office in September 2017 as an assurance associate. Prior to working in Champaign, she interned with RSM in 2015 and started fulltime in Chicago in October 2016. Chilton has a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing her CPA certification. 

    Congratulations to Carle for being named to the national Great Place to Work in Healthcare list for 2018. 

    Heyl Royster - In the recently published 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers listing, three attorneys from law firm Heyl Royster’s Champaign office were named Illinois Super Lawyers. Two of these named attorneys were the only Champaign attorneys selected in their respective categories. Partner Bruce Bonds was the only Champaign attorney listed by Super Lawyers in the Workers' Compensation category. Partner Renee Monfort was listed as a 2018 Illinois Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense category. 

    In the 2018 Super Lawyers’ Rising Star category, partner Joseph Guyette, was the only Rising Star listed in Champaign in the practice area of Workers' Compensation. 

    Overall, 23 Heyl Royster lawyers were listed as either 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. 

    Super Lawyers selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The Super Lawyers list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state, and the Rising Stars list represents no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state from the pool of lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters publication.

    Illinois American Water - Less than a year after acquiring the Village of Sadorus water system, Illinois American Water is investing approximately $1.2 million to upgrade Sadorus’ water distribution system. The project, which is currently under design, includes installing about three miles of water main to connect Sadorus to Illinois American Water’s Champaign County water distribution system. 

    M2 - Prom 2018 is upon us, and right now is the perfect time to shop as there are hundreds of dresses still to be chosen from at M2 - The Place for Prom and Pageants. With February being one of the most popular times to buy, M2 is hosting their first trunk show of the season with designer, Ellie Wilde by Mon Cheri. 

    Jamie Bergner, a member of the Ellie Wilde Design team, is flying in all the way to Champaign, IL in order to make an appearance for the Trunk Show. Jamie will be here all weekend long, and will be ready to help make it a shopping experience any girl won’t be able to forget. M2 will have several extra dresses in store all weekend long, including President’s Day. Along with that, M2 - The Place for Prom and Pageants is handing out free Ellie Wilde shirts and M2 Tumblers with any Ellie Wilde dress purchase, while supplies last.

    KECdesign - Champaign-based foodservice equipment dealer KECdesign, recently announced the following staff promotions to round out its executive team. 

    • Jeremy Fellers was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Jeremy was the first employee hired by KECdesign in 2001. His scope includes all company operations, with a focus on purchasing, warehouse, fulfillment, logistics, installation, facilities and key account workflow management. 

    • Justin Chapman joined the company as a college intern in 2005, and has been head of KEC’s Project team for the past five years. Named Director of National Accounts, Justin will expand his scope to include inside customer service/sales and business development initiatives for customers with a regional and national footprint. 

    • David Matakas assumes the role as Director of Technology Solutions, responsible for all aspects of IT infrastructure and related vendor management. He has been with the firm since 2007. 

    • Meghan Drewes, CPA, joined the organization in 2017 as Controller. In her role as Chief Accounting Officer, she will assume full management of the accounting team and related aspects of KEC’s financial operations. 

    KECdesign is headquartered in Champaign, IL, and was formed in 2001. The firm is a foodservice design, equipment and supply company. It operates an ice machine leasing business (KEClease) and a warehouse showroom (KECresco), a division established in 2013 after acquiring Proctor’s Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co. which had supplied restaurants and bars in central Illinois since 1952. www.kecdesign.com 

    Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) will celebrate the accomplishments of five of our public high school alumni on Saturday, April 14 at the 2018 CUSF Alumni Recognition Gala at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Awards will be presented in two categories: Distinguished Alumni and Local Business Community Impact. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni honorees are Deborah Frank Feinen, Centennial High School graduate, class of 1985; Janelle Johnson, Central High School Class of 1998; and Susan Kroll, Urbana High School, Class of 1984. 

    Deborah Frank Feinen is the current mayor of Champaign, who began her career in public service soon after graduating from law school. Over the last 22 years, she has served on the Champaign County Board, Champaign City Council, City of Champaign Township Board and Regional Planning Commission, where she has played a pivotal role in shaping Champaign’s infrastructure and increasing the vibrancy of the downtown area. Using an inclusive, collaborative approach to tackling the community’s problems, she has earned the respect of diverse groups and is noted for her ability to work with others to gain group consensus. In addition to her duties as mayor, she practices law with Tummelson, Bryan & Knox, LLP; performs pro bono work with clients from Developmental Service Center, Swann Special Care and Family Service; and makes time for volunteer work including a mission trip to Haiti. 

    Susan Jepsen and Greg Reynolds of Reynolds Towing will be recognized with the Local Business Community Impact Award. According to Race Co-Director Mike Lindemann, Reynolds Towing has been instrumental in the success of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, which has donated over 1 million dollars to local charities. In addition, Ms. Jepsen and Mr. Reynolds are strong supporters of the Urbana Alumni Association and Urbana High School, offering vehicles for the homecoming parade and supplying giveaways for many events. Jepsen and Reynolds are both graduates of Urbana High School. Jepsen was class of ’77 and Reynolds was class of ’79. 

    CUSF solicits nominations for the three alumni awards from the community at large. Distinguished Alumni honorees must have graduated from a Unit 4 or District 116 public high school at least 10 years ago and demonstrate distinguished contributions to our society. The Local Business Community Impact Award recognizes local business owners who demonstrate an impact on the community through their commitment to philanthropy, service, volunteerism and support. All nominations are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the school districts, alumni groups and CU Schools Foundation. 

    Hickory Point Bank announced today that Dan Marker will become President, Champaign Region effective February 8, 2018. Dan succeeds Steve Tock, who will continue to manage the Champaign region’s commercial business and serve as mentor to Mr. Marker. 

    “This is an exciting time for Hickory Point Bank, and especially for the Champaign region,” said Anthony G. Nestler, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Hickory Point Bank has enjoyed tremendous success since Steve Tock joined the Bank in 2002, followed by the additions of Jan Miller and Chuck Eyman in 2010, and a renovation and move to a first-class downtown building on Park Ave. in 2014. This succession from Steve to Dan represents a changing of the guard that will allow us to grow with our customers well into the future.” 

    “Dan is the perfect choice to lead Hickory Point Bank Champaign, and I’m very pleased that he has accepted the appointment,” said Steve Tock, Community President. “I’m delighted to focus more of my attention on client relationships, and look forward to working closely with Dan to grow our presence in the community.” 

    Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys joined the firm in 2017. “The talent of our new attorneys is truly outstanding, and they fit in perfectly to the collegial culture at Heyl Royster,” said Managing Partner Tim Bertschy. 

    In Champaign, 2 attorneys joined the firm. Benjamin C. Ford and Bryan J. Vayr joined the firm as Associates. 

    Mr. Ford concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense and civil rights defense. Before joining Heyl Royster, he worked for legal assistance representing indigent clients in consumer defense cases in Illinois State Court, as well as representing debtors in Bankruptcy cases in Federal Court. Prior to that, he worked for a medium-sized, civil litigation law firm in Belleville, IL. Ford received his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law. 

    Mr. Vayr focuses his practice on complex civil rights, governmental defense, and professional liability defense. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, he worked at the Champaign County States Attorney’s Office, a Chicago-based firm specializing in complex litigation, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Vayr received his J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law. While in law school, he was Managing Articles Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review.

    Sperry Van Ness - IHC Global is proud to announce that Alex Ruggieri has joined the IHC Global Board of Directors, where he represents the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of IHC Global’s founding sponsors. As he stepped into his new role, Ruggieri said, “I am looking forward to serving IHC Global’s important mission to address urban challenges through better development and improved living conditions around the world. I hope to bring new ideas and perspectives to the table.” 

    “Alex brings to IHC Global a special blend of expertise and commitment, which we greatly value,” commented IHC Global Board Co-Chair Joe Hanauer in announcing Ruggieri’s appointment. Co-chair Bob Dubinsky added “We welcome Alex to the Board! The real estate sector is a key player in this time of unprecedented urbanization, helping robust emerging markets to develop and nurturing local economies through jobs, housing and opportunity.” 

    Ruggieri serves as a senior advisor for Sperry Van Ness, specializing in the sale of investment properties in Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois. With almost 40 years of commercial real estate industry experience, he has an outstanding record of business achievement and service to the real estate industry and has also been active in the broader community. A frequent commentator on commercial real estate, Ruggieri hosts a popular radio talk show Central Illinois Business on WDWS 1400AM, and also writes a column for the Illinois REALTOR Magazine. His community service includes serving as a Board Member of Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA and Champaign Housing Corporation. 

    “We are delighted and honored that Alex has joined the IHC Global Board,” said President and CEO Judith Hermanson. “His real estate business acumen and deep experience in commercial real estate will be a huge help to IHCGlobal and our partners around the globe.” She added, “We know that transparent property markets, individual property rights and other fundamentals of real estate practice are critical to ensuring better housing and living conditions for everyone. Alex will help to get us there!”

    Meyer Capel Law Firm proudly announces that Bloomington-Normal attorney, Jason a. Barickman, and Champaign-Urbana attorney, Forrest J. Heyman, have become shareholders with the law firm. 

    Jason Barickman joined the law firm in 2012. Due to his unique blend of skills and experience, he focuses on commercial real estate, outside general counsel services and other transactional business representation, for clients ranging from individuals and startups to publicly traded institutions. Mr. Barickman received his juris doctorate degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Barickman also serves in the Illinois State Senate, representing the 53rd legislative district. He may be contacted at jbarickman@meyercapel.com or (217) 352-1800. 

    Forrest Heyman became an associate attorney with the firm in 2012 upon receipt of his juris doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of law. His areas of practice include estate planning & administration, business planning, corporate transactions, and real estate. He is a member of the Champaign county and the Illinois state bar association. Mr. Heyman can be contacted at fheyman@meyercapel.com or (217) 352-1800. 

    The firm also announced that three of its attorneys-Randy Green, Scott Kording, and Tristan Bullington-have been selected to the 2018 Illinois Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. 

    Green is based at the law firm's Champaign office and focuses his practice in corporate and real estate transactions. Kording and Bullington work at the firm's Bloomington office. Kording's practice emphasizes criminal defense/traffic and general civil litigation. Bullington focuses his practice on divorce and family law litigation, as well as criminal defense. 

    This is Green's eighth consecutive year, Kording's fourth consecutive year, and Bullington's first year receiving this recognition. 

    Meyer capel, a professional corporation, provides legal services throughout the state of Illinois. The law firm currently employs 34 attorneys in its Champaign, Illinois and Bloomington, Illinois offices. 

    Midland States Bank announced that Fred Van Etten has joined Midland as President of the Company’s equipment finance business. Mr. Van Etten joins Midland from Scottrade Financial Services, Inc., where he served as President of Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance. Midland also announced that Heartland Business Credit, its equipment leasing subsidiary, will be rebranded as Midland Equipment Finance and operated as a division of Midland States Bank. 

    Leon J. Holschbach, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said, “Since acquiring Heartland Business Credit as part of the Heartland Bank acquisition at the end of 2014, we have grown our leasing portfolio from approximately $115 million to more than $200 million today. Now we are ready to further expand our equipment financing business as we continue to manage the overall growth of our balance sheet. This expansion reflects our emphasis on the lending areas that generate the most attractive risk-adjusted returns.” 

    Midland also expects to further its equipment finance team through the addition of a group of equipment finance professionals that worked with Mr. Van Etten at Scottrade. Midland Equipment Finance will be headquartered in Clayton, Missouri. 

    Holschbach also said, “We are very pleased to welcome Fred and his group to Midland. Following the sale of Scottrade to TD Ameritrade, Fred and his team became available. Fred has a long track record of running highly productive equipment financing businesses. Not only will the size of our equipment financing team expand, but we will also expand our offerings to include loans, leases and hybrid products to better serve the needs of this market. And bringing our equipment financing operations more squarely into our banking footprint will allow our bankers to offer additional financing and leasing options to our business customers.” 

    Mr. Van Etten has more than 30 years of financial services industry experience. In 2012, Mr. Van Etten helped found Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance and served as President of that business until the sale of Scottrade to TD Ameritrade in September 2017. Prior to joining Scottrade, he held a number of other leadership positions in the equipment financing industry. He has received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University at the W.P. Carey School of Business.

    City of Champaign - Congratulations to Kerri Wiman for being promoted to director of the Neighborhood Services Department and Carrie Siems for being promoted to financial services manager/city accountant.

    The Champaign Public Library has earned more national recognition, honored as one of the country’s top public libraries by the Library Journal. 

    In its 2017 ratings, Library Journal gave CPL three stars (out of five), which ranks the library in the top 3.5% of public libraries nationwide. 

    This is the 10th year in a row CPL has earned this distinction, which places the library among 69 American libraries to make the publication’s “All-Time All-Stars” list. 

    “An award like this one is a reflection of our community’s involvement and high level of commitment,” library director Donna Pittman said. “Champaign values and actively supports having a vital public library. We are a place for everyone.” 

    This year 7,409 public libraries in the U.S. qualified to be rated. The rating system recognizes public libraries that lead in community engagement. Scores are based on fiscal year 2015 per-capita numbers, including items checked out, ebook circulation, library visits, event attendance and use of public computers at the library.

    Midland States Bank announced that R. Dean Bingham, President and Chief Operating Officer of Agracel, Inc. of Effingham, Illinois, was appointed to the Bank’s board of directors. 

    Jeff Smith, Chairman of Midland States Bank Board of Directors said,"Dean brings a wealth of experience, from his involvement in the area to his extensive knowledge with industrial real estate. Dean is a perfect fit for our board and will play a key role in the continued growth of Midland." Dean currently serves as the President and Chief Operation Officer of Agracel, Inc., a provider of industrial development services to agriculture based communities. His professional experience includes positions of financial analysis and manufacturing engineering and spans three decades before joining Agracel, Inc. He has received his B.S. of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

    “It is my honor to be nominated to the Board of Directors for Midland States Bank. I’m very excited to be part of this rapidly evolving company and look forward to having the opportunity to make a contribution to the Bank's continued success," said Dean. 

    Dean currently serves on the Board of Directors for Effingham Regional Alliance and Effingham County Community Foundation. 
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