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    January 07, 2019
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    Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering, architecture, and survey firm, announced today that its President and CEO Karen Jensen received the Illinois State University Alumni Achievement Award during the University’s Annual Founders Day Celebration.

    The award recognizes significant achievements of alumni to society, their profession or Illinois State. Selection is based upon significant accomplishments in one’s chosen field measured by statewide, national, or international recognition; honors from associations or employers; or documentation illustrating work that has proved beneficial to a pronounced segment of society.

    Jensen received her master’s in business administration at ISU in 1986 and is currently a member of ISU’s College of Business Hall of Fame and serves on the College’s advisory board. She joined Farnsworth Group in 2002 and began working as a Principal of the firm’s infrastructure division. She was named President and CEO in 2006.

    The Company has enjoyed steady growth under Jensen’s leadership, and today is ranked as one of the nation’s Top 200 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record. Farnsworth Group has expanded to 22 offices nationwide with 500 employees whose client list ranges from small municipalities to some of the world’s most recognized brands.

    The Illinois State University Alumni Association is a volunteer, non-profit organization that serves more than 215,000 alumni, the University, and its students. Each year the Association recognizes individuals who personify the university’s traditions as an environment for excellence. Established in 1971, the awards program has grown to five award categories including the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Alumni Achievement Award, E. Burton Mercier Service Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Senator John Maitland, Jr., Commitment to Education Award.

    Hickory Point Bank announced Scott MacAdam has been named Senior Investment Officer and chairman of Hickory Point Bank’s Trust Investment Committee.

    “We are delighted to have an investment professional of Scott’s caliber join our team in Champaign-Urbana,” said Dan Marker, President Champaign Region. “Scott is deeply committed to our community, and his forty years of Trust & Investment Management leadership experience provide a valuable enhancement to our banking team. As a Chartered Financial Analyst, we are confident that Scott will allow contribute significantly in service to our trust and institutional clients regionally.”

    Midland States Bank announced that it has hired Michael Beem as its Commercial Relationship Manager for the Champaign market. Beem joins Midland after spending more than 20 years in commercial and small business lending.
    Breen’s depth of financial knowledge and skill adds to Midland’s team of commercial bankers who have the knowledge of a variety of financial options to help their clients attain their strategic objectives.
    “Michael brings impressive financial services experience to this position,” commented Mel Stock, Market President for Midland States Bank.  “His client-centric background showcases how he understands and can anticipate the different needs of our customers. We are pleased to have him join our Midland team.”
    Beem received his Bachelors of Science from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    The Champaign County Humane Society is launching its first capital campaign since construction was completed on its current facility in 1988.
    According to CCHS Executive Director, Mary Tiefenbrunn, thirty years of daily use has taken its toll on the building that shelters over 1,500 animals a year.  It’s time to do some deferred maintenance.  Tiefenbrunn explains the impact of the facility expansion and renovation on shelter animals:  
    “Over the past 30 years, the field of animal sheltering has matured and much has been learned about animal health and behavior and how the environment in which animals are housed impacts their physical and emotional well-being.  Stressed animals are more susceptible to disease, and there are direct correlations between environmental conditions and stress.  By improving the environment for shelter animals and the staff members who serve them, our animals will be healthier and adopted more quickly.”
    Renovation and construction plans include:
     -Expanding the lobby and areas where cats, kittens, and small animals are on display for adoption by 1,600 sq. ft.  The new animal housing will be designed to meet the physical and psychological needs of its occupants.
    -Refacing the old chain link dog kennels with modern materials to improve functionality and appearance.
    -Building a new 5,700 sq. ft. Education Building to provide space for dog training classes, education programs, volunteer training, and a variety of daily operational needs.
    -Enlarging the medical lab to provide separate exam areas for dogs and cats.
    -Installing a new heating and air conditioning system to improve air quality for animals.
    To fund the project, CCHS set a goal of raising $1,750,000.  According to Tiefenbrunn, a volunteer capital campaign steering committee has been working for several months during the “quiet phase” of the campaign, soliciting gifts from major supporters and friends of the Society. 
    Dr. Janice Bahr, CCHS board member and Capital Campaign Co-Chair, reports that the Committee and its volunteers have already raised over $1,000,000.  Bahr says, “having exceeded the half-way benchmark, we’re now turning to the broader community and asking everyone who ever loved a dog, cat, rabbit, or guinea pig to help us reach our goal and support this effort to make sure our homeless pets are well cared for.” 
    For more information about the campaign, visit the Society’s website at www.cuhumane.org/capitalcampaign, or call 217-344-7297. 

    Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering, architecture, and survey firm, is proud to announce the continued growth of its Champaign office. The Champaign office now has 40 full-time staff members and two student interns. 

    The Champaign office now has a mechanical engineering presence with the addition of William R. Hartman, PE to our staff. Hartman, a mechanical engineer, comes to us from Lehman Design Consultants, Inc. out of Chicago, and recently earned his Professional Engineer license. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

    Andy Smethers joins the Champaign land development group as an engineering intern. Smethers is a recent graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Ecological Engineering.

    The Champaign’s office civil group continues to grow with the addition of Joseph DeWerff. DeWerff joins us as an engineering intern after three years as a student intern. He is a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

    Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District is heading to a state drinking water competition after placing first place in a regional water taste test. Each year the 15-County Water Supply Operators Association holds a regional drinking water competition. Illinois American Water’s Champaign County Mattis Water Treatment Plant’s water sample was this year’s winning entry.

    Water samples were judged on taste, odor and clarity. Champaign County’s local water service team will represent the region in a statewide taste test competition at the Illinois Section of American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Conference, WATERCON 2019, in Springfield next month. The winner of the state competition will compete in AWWA’s national Best of the Best water taste test held during AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE19) in June. Over 12,000 water professionals across the country will gather at ACE19 where the best-tasting tap water in North America will be declared.

    Dave Farrar, senior manager of field operations and production for Illinois American Water’s Champaign County service area, said “Every day we strive to provide our customers with the best product possible. This recognition and the opportunity to compete for state and, possibly, national honors is a testament to the work our team does every day to provide award-winning drinking water to our friends and neighbors.”

    Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District competed in the taste test previously, winning national Best of the Best honors in 2005 and 2006. Illinois American Water is one of only two water systems to earn the national honor twice.

    C.V. Lloyde Audiovisual - Three join C.V. Lloyde. William Andy Phillippe has joined C. V. Lloyde Audiovisual, Urbana, as the digital media specialist.

    A native of Champaign-Urbana, Phillippe has seven years’ experience with multimedia. He has previously been the multimedia intern for a private boarding school and the primary multimedia producer for a Southern Illinois newspaper. Before joining C. V. Lloyde, Phillippe attended Parkland College where he received his associate degree, and Southern Illinois University where he received his bachelor's degree in digital media.

    Derek Wendell has joined C. V. Lloyde Audiovisual, Urbana, as an installation technician. Wendell has been an electrician for nineteen years and active member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 601. Wendell has been a part of many local campus projects, and will play a key role in the audiovisual systems installation for the new Henry Dale & Betty Smith Football Center attached to Memorial Stadium.

    Todd Fitton has joined C. V. Lloyde Audiovisual, Urbana, as an AV system designer and project manager. Fitton, originally from Champaign, received his technology specialist certification from AVIXA while living in Arizona and is currently working on his certification for design. Before joining C. V. Lloyde, Fitton worked as a technology specialist for more than 17 years, including owning his own audiovisual design company and other brands. Fitton has a strong background in AV design with projects ranging from high-end residential, hospitality, houses of worship, commercial office and community buildings and recently higher education.

    Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, is proud to announce the addition of Matthew Johnson to the ownership team. Johnson will continue his day-to-day duties managing the firm’s Champaign office.

    Johnson, who joined Fehr Graham in 2014, leads a team of professionals who have successfully completed significant civil and structural engineering projects in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, Mahomet, Monticello and Villa Grove. He also has led engineering projects on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. A licensed civil and structural engineer, Johnson specializes in water and wastewater treatment plant design and construction. He most recently designed a $35 million wastewater treatment plant, which is under construction, in South Beloit.  

    “Matt is an extremely talented and capable engineer who prides himself on developing strong client relationships,” said Mick Gronewold, Fehr Graham’s chairman of the board and one of the firm’s owners. “His technical capabilities and leadership skills have been a catalyst for growth in our Champaign market.”

    Johnson is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, American Water Works Association, Illinois Water Environment Association, Water Environment Federation and Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies. A Champaign native, Johnson makes it a priority to be involved in his hometown. He is a member of Champaign West Rotary and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

    Johnson is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. He is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri.
    Johnson and his wife, Abby, live in Champaign with their five children.

    Prairie State Bank & Trust - Meg Pittman has joined Prairie State Bank & Trust as vice president in mortgage lending and Lori Hunt has also joined the team as senopr vice president in client and business development. 

    Snyder Insurance, located in Bloomington, Champaign, and Springfield, has been named one of Society’s Best for 2018 by Society Insurance, a mutual insurance company located in Fond du Lac, Wis.
    The Society’s Best program, implemented in 2007, was created to recognize exceptional performance in Society’s top 30 agencies. In order to earn the Society’s Best designation, Snyder Insurance competed with independent agencies representing Society Insurance across the commercial insurance company’s territory of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Tennessee.
    Snyder Insurance specializes in insurance for individuals and businesses. For more information, visit insurewithsnyder.com.

    First Community Title (“FCT”) will merge with Illinois Real EstateTitle Center, LLC (“The Title Center”), a Springfield-based title agency.

    The Title Center began operations in 2002 in Springfield and has satellite offices in Effingham, Jacksonville, Paris, Peoria, and Quincy. The merger will add FCT’s locations inBloomington, Champaign, and Pekin, resulting in no interruption in service to you. Since its
    inception, The Title Center has focused on attracting high-quality, committed employees andhas invested in their training, development, and professional growth. As a result of those efforts,The Title Center has experienced tremendous growth and built a reputation for outstandingservice to its clients.

    Webber & Thies, P.C. adds three new attorneys.

    Daniel R. Thies graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 2007, and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010. Prior to joining Webber & Thies as a shareholder, Daniel was a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where he litigated complex commercial disputes and defended class actions throughout the state of Illinois and in federal courts across the country, including the First, Second, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits. He has represented clients in numerous trials and arbitrations, including serving as part of a trial team winning a $64 million judgment after a jury verdict in the Northern District of New York.

    Daniel clerked for Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2011-2013) and for Judge Jerry Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2010-2011). He has served as an adjunct faculty member at John Marshall Law School, where he taught trial advocacy and intellectual property law.

    While at Yale, Daniel was the President of the Yale Political Union. During law school, he served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

    Daniel is a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the nationally recognized accrediting body for American law schools. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Federal Civil Practice Section Council and the Young Lawyers Division Council, and has served as the chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission, & Competence. He has also represented Illinois as a delegate in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Assembly.

    Daniel is a recipient of the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing and the Illinois State Bar Association Presidential Commendation.

    Anna A. Corcoran is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield, with a B.A. in political science and legal studies. She then attended the University of Illinois College of Law, and graduated summa cum laude in 2017. While in law school, she served as a Notes Editor for the Elder Law Journal, earned the Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement in 2017, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

    For six years, Anna served in the Illinois Army National Guard as an Aircraft Powertrain Repairer. She joined Webber & Thies in May 2016 as a Law Clerk.

    Anna was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2017 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois. She is a member of the Champaign County Bar Association, the East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.
    Michael J. Brusatte graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008, with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history.  He then attended the Saint Louis University School of Law, where he graduated in 2011. While in law school, Michael was awarded the Kurowski Award in International Law and honored as a Dagen Fellow within the school’s Public Interest Legal Society.
    Prior to joining Webber & Thies, Michael clerked for Judge Colin S. Bruce of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2014-2018) and was a Staff Attorney at the Illinois Third District Appellate Court (2011-2014). Through these positions, Michael gained experience with a wide variety of complex civil and criminal litigation.

    Michael is a member of the Illinois Bar and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Champaign County Bar Association, and a former member of the LaSalle County Bar Association. Michael is registered with the ISBA’s “Lawyers in the Classroom” program which seeks to educate elementary and high school students about the American legal system.

    Hickory Point Bank recently announced that Nick Lamb has been named Mortgage Lender for the Champaign-Urbana area. “Nick excels in providing personalized service to his clients and has become a wonderful asset to our bank customers,” said Dan Marker, President, Champaign Region.

    Mr. Lamb is located at Hickory Point Bank, 202 W. Park Avenue in Champaign and can be reached at 217.872.7582.

    Heyl Royster’s Champaign Attorneys Make Exclusive Super Lawyers Listings:

    In the recently published 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers listing, three attorneys from law firm Heyl Royster’s Champaign office were named Illinois Super Lawyers or Rising Star.

    Office Managing Partner/Shareholder Bruce Bonds was the only Champaign attorney named 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers in the Workers' Compensation category.  Partner Renee Monfort was listed as a 2019 Illinois Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense category.
    In the 2019 Super Lawyers’ Rising Star category, partner Joseph Guyette, was the only Rising Star listed in Champaign in the practice area of Workers' Compensation.

    Overall, 19 Heyl Royster attorneys were listed as 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers/Rising Stars; 17 in Illinois, and 2 in Missouri.

    Rosecrance is pleased to announce Lisa Primm has been appointed Vice President of Payer Relations. Primm’s primary responsibility will be elevating the visibility of Rosecrance and creating connections with key insurance companies.
    Prior to her new position, Primm was Director of Outreach at Rosecrance and she will maintain some of her responsibilities with national referral accounts. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Primm began working at Rosecrance in 1994 as a Unit Counselor; she joined the marketing team the following year. Primm holds a master’s in Education from Northern Illinois University and is certified as a Licensed Practical Counselor and an Addictions Counselor.

    First State Bank announced today that Kip McDaniel has joined the Champaign banking team as their newest Mortgage Originator and will be responsible for building strong, successful relationships with realtors and mortgage customers throughout Champaign County.
    Kip is a graduate of Illinois State University and has 17 years of experience in banking, marketing, and business administration. He was awarded the Forty Under 40 for Central Illinois and is actively involved within the community as a member of the several organizations.

     “Through his vast knowledge and experience within the mortgage industry, Kip is a great addition to our growing team,” states Gerry Smith, SVP and Champaign Market President.

    Kip enjoys time with wife Ainsley and Weimaraner, Cooper. “My wife Ainsley and I are excited to be back in the area and I can’t wait to extend my mortgage experience throughout Champaign County!”  Kip may be reached at First State’s Champaign office at 217.239.3000, by cell 217.552.9088 or email kmcdaniel@fsbcorp.com.

    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.

    Martin Hood LLC is extremely pleased to announce that Justin Overstreet has been promoted to Partner at the firm.

    Justin graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with highest honors and joined the firm shortly thereafter. In addition to his CPA designation, Justin became a Certified Valuation Analyst under the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts in November 2012. During his time with the firm, Justin has served clients over a broad range of industries, including construction contractors, small businesses, and employee benefit plans.

    The law firm of Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation, announces that Matthew D. Lee has become a shareholder with the firm.  Mr. Lee received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2003 and joined Meyer Capel in 2014.  He had been employed with the McLean County State's Attorney office for over 10.5 years.  Mr. Lee will concentrate in criminal, DUI and traffic cases.  He is a member of the Champaign County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. 

    O’Shea Builders announces the addition of two new hires.

    O’Shea Builders welcomes Gene Alexander, superintendent. Alexander is based out of the Champaign office.

    Alexander comes to O’Shea from Nigro Construction, Inc. in Las Vegas, NV. While at Nigro Construction Inc., Alexander gained experience with project management and served as a superintendent for projects in retail, hospitality, and healthcare. He resides in Mahomet with his wife Dawn, two children – Chloe (3) and Miles (1) – and a third on the way. In his spare time Alexander enjoys watching football, fishing, and shooting.

    O’Shea Builders welcomes Gary McCullough, superintendent. McCullough is based out of the Champaign office.

    McCullough joins O’Shea Builders from Integrated Facility Services in Fenton, MO. He earned his Associate’s degree in construction technology from Hillsborough Community College in Florida. McCullough was the co-founder/inventor of the Edge Guard temporary wall system that is commonly
    O’Shea Builders is a leading commercial construction-services provider in Illinois with offices in Springfield, East Peoria and Champaign. Founded in 1902, O’Shea provides General Contracting, Construction Management, Design Build, Civil and Building Maintenance services.

    Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm with an office in Champaign, has joined forces with Phoenix Consulting Engineers.
    Phoenix Consulting Engineers was formed in Mahomet in 2010 by Tom Overmyer, a professional engineer with more than 29 years of experience in municipal engineering and land surveying. Overmyer employed six people at his firm and wanted to provide more services to his clients, so he decided to transition his business to Fehr Graham.

    “I wanted to make sure my clients continued to get the best service, so I looked for a good match with a lot more resources,” Overmyer said. “Fehr Graham was the most like us. They had the same kinds of clients, staff and projects. This was a good match from a cultural standpoint, too.”
    Fehr Graham Board Chairman Mick Gronewold agreed.

    “Tom and the Phoenix team are a great complement to our team in Champaign,” he said. “Phoenix’s clients will enjoy our small firm feel with big firm capabilities.”
    Phoenix specialized in providing engineering and surveying services to municipal clients, developers and citizens in central Illinois. Fehr Graham offers those services and others such as health and safety, compliance, landscape architecture, water and wastewater, structural and funding solutions. Fehr Graham has 10 offices in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin and employs more than 170 people.

    The deal was finalized Jan. 1, and the Phoenix team started working out of Fehr Graham’s Champaign office at 1610 Broadmoor Drive on Jan. 2.

    They are also proud to announce the addition of Matthew Johnson to the ownership team. Johnson will continue his day-to-day duties managing the firm’s Champaign office.

    Johnson, who joined Fehr Graham in 2014, leads a team of professionals who have successfully completed significant civil and structural engineering projects in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, Mahomet, Monticello and Villa Grove. He also has led engineering projects on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. A licensed civil and structural engineer, Johnson specializes in water and wastewater treatment plant design and construction. He most recently designed a $35 million wastewater treatment plant, which is under construction, in South Beloit.