• 2019 Member Accolades and News

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    Ameren Illinois' progress in building a stronger energy infrastructure, offering energy management services, and implementing environmentally-friendly technology has landed the company among J.D. Power's top utilities in the nation for business customer satisfaction. J.D. Power surveyed business customers of 87 large U.S electric utilities; Ameren Illinois ranked 13th nationally and in the top five in the Midwest.

    "We know that access to flexible, affordable energy is a key economic development driver, whether to manufacture goods, provide transportation, or run computers," said Richard Mark, Chairman and President, Ameren Illinois. "We're pleased to see that our business customers report that they are seeing the benefits of the investments we have made to strengthen the grid and provide superior service."
    J.D. Power researchers conducted online interviews with business customers that spend at least $200 a month on electricity. Overall satisfaction was examined across six different categories: power quality and reliability, corporate citizenship, price, billing and payment, communications and customer service.

    "We have worked hard to develop flexible programs that make it easy for our business customers to manage their energy usage and save money," Mark said. "Our Economic Development team is on the front line, providing individualized services that meet the unique needs of our business customers. The J.D. Power ranking is an indication that this strategy is working."

    Hickory Point Bank announced Jeff Burgoyne has been named Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and will manage and develop commercial banking relationships with clients in the Champaign and Danville area.

    Jeff is an accomplished commercial banker, and we are excited to have him join our team in Champaign,” said Dan Marker, President, Champaign Region. “Jeff’s expertise with small and mid-sized businesses will enhance our value proposition for new and existing clients.”

    “I’m proud to be working with such a respected team of banking professionals at Hickory Point Bank,” said Jeff Burgoyne. “I also look forward to continue my commitment to provide high quality products and banking services to businesses through-out East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana.”

    Mr. Burgoyne is located at Hickory Point Bank, 202 W. Park Avenue in Champaign and can be reached at 217.872. 7559.

    Gameday Spirit Fanstore - Collegiate Marketing, Inc., parent company of Gameday Spirit Fanstore (“Gameday Spirit”), is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Illini Shop, a division of Bloomington, IN based T.I.S. Group. Headquartered in Champaign, IL, Gameday Spirit is the “Official Fanstore of the Fighting Illini” and the leading retail provider of University of Illinois licensed apparel and gifts.

    The Illini Shop, previously T.I.S. College Bookstore, has operated at the University of Illinois since 1991 as a retail outlet of textbooks, licensed apparel and gifts. Gameday Spirit will assume management of The Illini Shop and its location at 707 S Sixth Street in Champaign, effective December 5, 2019.

    Ryan Majeres, Gameday Spirit owner, said, “There was a unique opportunity for Gameday Spirit to make this strategic acquisition to shore up our presence on the University of Illinois campus, and we felt the timing and opportunity were a great fit.

    “The Illini Shop has been a very positive part of the Illinois campus community for many years. We look forward to serving their customers with the same excellence and service they have experienced over the years.

    “We are committed to serving University of Illinois students, faculty, staff, alums and fans, and this
    acquisition will help ensure our success well into the future. We look forward to elevating the Fighting Illini fan experience by continuing to strengthen our retail and online presence.”

    Gameday Spirit intends to retain the current staff of The Illini Shop and will continue retail operations at the existing Illini Shop location in addition to Gameday Spirit’s existing retail locations for the near future. The Illini Shop’s e‐commerce operations will be absorbed into www.gamedayspirit.com, effective December 5.

    For further inquiries, contact Ryan Majeres at ryan.majeres@gamedayspirit.com.

    Rosecrance was recently recognized as Illinois’ Healthiest Employer at an awards program presented by Springbuk®, Crain’s Chicago Business and Cigna. Rosecrance won the Illinois’ healthiest employer award for an organization with 500-1,499 employees.
    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, “Our workplace culture really celebrates the idea that a healthy lifestyle also means a happy one.”
    The Illinois' Healthiest Employers Awards is a corporate wellness program that encourages healthier lifestyles through biometric, fitness, nutrition and other health-related educational advice that emphasize preventing illness and prolonging life. Over 8,000 employers of all sizes across 45 cities participate in this program nationwide.
    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 are categorized by number of employees so that organizations compete against like-sized organizations.
    By winning this award, Rosecrance is recognized as one of the best of the best in worksite health and considered an exemplary leader for the effectiveness of its wellness initiatives.
    “At Rosecrance, we take pride in creating an atmosphere centered on hope, healing and happiness not only for clients, but our employees too,” says Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton. “Health is the most integral part of our mission and culture, and this award affirms that it’s at the heart of everything we do.”

    Champaign County Association of REALTORS®REALTOR® Jim Waller, a licensed real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group of Champaign, has been named the 2019 REALTOR® of the Year for the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. Waller received the award at the CCAR annual awards banquet on October 18, 2019 at the Laborer’s International Union Hall in Urbana.

    The award is based on involvement to the REALTOR® Association, the real estate industry and contributions to the community.

    Waller received his real estate license in 1984. He served as president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® in 2016-17. Waller has served on many CCAR committees including the Association Operations Committee, Technology Development and Multiple Listing Service Committee.

    He is also a graduate of the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development program. Waller currently serves on the Illinois REALTOR® Business Issues and License Law Forum and Housing Opportunity Working Group.

    “This year we recognize Jim Waller for his outstanding contributions to our industry through his involvement with the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® and the Champaign community,” said REALTOR® Max McComb, immediate past president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® and Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the event.
    Active in the community, Waller is involved in St. John’s Lutheran Church as an elder and has also served as a school board member.

    He will be recognized at the Illinois REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year Banquet on April 20, 2020 in Springfield.

    Other individuals recognized at the CCAR Awards banquet include:

    REALTOR® Christina Hawn, a broker with RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign, received the R.O.O.K.I.E. of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a new REALTOR® who has been in the industry no more than two years but who has actively served on Association committees.

    REALTOR® Davonne Porter, a broker with RE/MAX Realty Associates of Champaign, received the Affiliate Choice Award. The award is recognized annually to a REALTOR® selected by affiliate members in recognition of his/her outstanding service to the real estate industry.
    Denise Zindars of PNC Bank received the Affiliate of the Year award. The award is bestowed on a CCAR affiliate member each year in recognition for their contribution to furthering the local real estate profession through participation in Association activities and committees and assisting REALTOR® members.

    REALTOR® Ryan Elwell, a broker with RE/MAX Realty Associates received the affiliate partnership scholarship.

    The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary organization serving Champaign County and surrounding areas, and is the leading resource for REALTOR® members and an advocate for homeownership and private property rights.

    SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care - Kevin Wilson PAC, MPAS, DFAAPA joins the SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care team, located at 1806 N. Market Street in Champaign. PAC Wilson brings the SafeWorks Illinois team nearly 30 years of experience as master’s level physician’s assistant in a variety of practice settings. He has worked in both urgent care and occupational medicine clinics over his career. In addition, he is a certified by the by the US Department of Transportation as an examiner of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).

    Mr. Wilson’s career includes many years with the Veteran’s Administration and most recently, Express Medical Care and Memorial Medical Group/BJC, all in the Metro St. Louis area.

    He earned his Bachelor of Medical Science-Physician Assistant degree at St. Louis University in 1990. In 2002, Mr. Wilson obtained at Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) with specialization in Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program.

    In 2008, Mr. Wilson became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistant (DFAAPA), the highest level of expertise a physician assistant can obtain. DFAAPA Fellows demonstrate outstanding dedication to their profession in the areas of medical practice and education, leadership in medicine and healthcare, commitment to lifelong learning, and community service. Mr. Wilson earned this distinction for his community volunteer work, teaching, and mentoring of PA students for clinical rotation Preceptor/Mentor for PA students from St. Louis University and Southern Illinois University. Wilson is also a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistant.

    “We are excited to have a physician’s assistant with his experience and caliber, who has a strong academic background to join us at SafeWorks. He will be a great addition to our practice and a benefit to all the patients we serve,” said Dr. David Fletcher, his supervising physician.

    His wife Gabriella works as a dialysis nurse for Fresinius Dialysis unit and they live in SW Champaign.

    First Mid Insurance Group was recently named a 2019 IIABA Best Practices Agency by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and Reagan Consulting. Over 1,300 independent agencies throughout the country were nominated, but only 267 agencies were selected for this designation.

    Since 1993, the IIABA and Reagan Consulting have partnered together to produce the Best Practices Study, a comprehensive study of the top performing agencies in the United States. Nominations are accepted every three years, and the study compiles benchmarking data on the key metrics of agency performance and value. The agencies that are selected as one of the highest performing firms are then included in the study and earn the status of “Best Practices Agency.”

    “It’s an honor to be included in this year’s Best Practices Study,” says Clay Dean, Chief Executive Officer of First Mid Insurance Group. “Our team’s commitment to helping our customers is the reason why we are here today, and we will continue to deliver high quality solutions and services to meet our customers’ insurance needs.”

    Additional information can be found at https://www.independentagent.com/best-practices.

    Culver’s of Champaign-Neil Street has advanced as Silver Finalist in the nationwide Culver’s Crew Challenge contest where Culver’s restaurants compete in the areas of quality, service, cleanliness, hospitality, community outreach, and team member training and development. Culver’s of Champaign-Neil Streetis one of 50 restaurants to advance.

    "We’re thrilled to have advanced to the next level of the competition," says Vance Wilkey, General Manager of Culver’s of Champaign-Neil Street. "Our team members are committed to delivering the very best to our guests and this simply validates what we try to do every day."

    The evaluation of restaurants and team members comes from the Culver’s support team and utilizes elements of our guest feedback program.

    The next phase of the competition includes competing for one of five Gold Finalist Titles. The competition includes prize money with $50,000 going to the first-place restaurant. The four next highest scoring restaurants will receive $12,500 each, with the winnings shared between the managers and team members. Later in the year the top five restaurants will move on as the Gold Finalists and compete for the National Championship. The winners will be announced in Phoenix, Arizona at Culver's annual convention in February 2020.

    Rosecrance - When surveyors from The Joint Commission conducted their triennial accreditation survey on August 12 through August 16, 2019, Rosecrance was praised for the quality of their services and the care they provide to clients. Rosecrance has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1984.
    The Joint Commission is a non-for-profit organization that has set healthcare standards for nearly seven decades and valuated other organization’s compliance with those standards. The Joint Commission accreditation survey is the highest possible standard for behavioral health treatment centers.
    “We take the observations from The Joint Commission very seriously. We want to be respected as the best and we can only back that up by being credentialed and examined by the best,” says Rosecrance President and Chief Executive Officer, Philip Eaton. “During this process we learn what we do well, where we can improve, and I could not be more proud of the positive feedback we received from this survey.”
    The scale and scope of the accreditation process is demanding, comprehensive and arduous. A team of surveyors reviewed 25 Rosecrance sites throughout Illinois and Wisconsin over the course of five days. Surveyors observed and evaluated Rosecrance in categories of quality care, consistency, accountability and safety among both staff and clients.
    “This was one of our most impressive surveys yet,” said Eaton. “Our staff truly highlighted the Rosecrance way by demonstrating our evidence-based practices and systems with compassion, knowledge and expertise.”
    Rosecrance served nearly 50,000 clients last year and continues to grow and expand to meet community needs and provide as many individuals and families with help, hope and lasting recovery. The accreditation of The Joint Commission allows Rosecrance to continue positioning itself as an expert in behavioral healthcare and a leader for other treatment providers to follow.

    Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, is proud to announce the addition of Dan Ross as Chief Financial Officer.

    Ross will help the firm with financial forecasting, performance optimization and execution of the acquisitional and organic growth strategy. Prior to joining Fehr Graham, Ross served as President and Chief Financial Officer for Williams-Manny where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, accounting, finance, customer service, information technology, facilities and human resources.

    “Dan has experience in all aspects of running a business from day-to-day operations to leading mergers and acquisitions,” said Mick Gronewold, Fehr Graham’s Chairman of the Board and one of the firm’s seven owners. “Dan will make things happen for our organization.”

    Active in the Rock River Valley, Ross served as Chairman of SwedishAmerican Health System and Vice Chairman of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board. He is the audit committee chairman of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council.

    Ross has a master’s degree in strategic management from DePaul University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Rockford native, Ross lives in Rockton with his wife, Stacy, and two children.

    SafeWorks Illinois / 217 Immediate Care - Tonya Trice, Operations/AR Manager, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations, for both SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care, located at 1806 N. Market Street, Champaign, Illinois 61822.

    “Tonya has done an exceptional job developing operational efficiencies of our multi-faceted medical operations,” said SafeWorks/217 Immediate Care owner, Dr. David Fletcher, “I feel, in her new capacity, she will excel in taking both organizations to the next level.”

    Bringing 11 years of occupational health experience to the organization, Trice transitioned to the SafeWorks Illinois company in 2012 from Decatur Memorial Corporate Occupational Health Service where she worked as a Certified Medical Assistant. Her responsibilities range from managing building operations to negotiating contracts to managing the organization’s electronic health record system. She has helped develop many of the processes that streamline patient care for all of our patients and employers.

    “I am excited to expand my role within both companies and look forward to being part of this premier team dedicated to improving the quality of care and reducing the overall costs of healthcare for the communities and employers we serve,” Trice said.

    Trice is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) through Presence Hospital (acquired by OSFHealtCare in 2018) and received her Medical Assistant Certification from the Midwest Technical Institute. Trice resides in Piatt County with her husband and two children. She serves the area communities as an EMT for her local Fire & EMS Department, a non-profit volunteer fire protection service.

    They have also promoted Controller/HR Director, Matt Dillon, to Executive Vice President, Finance and Human Resources. Dillon joined SafeWorks in January 2017 and has 20 years of well-diverse experience in finance and management in a variety of settings, including governmental bodies and the insurance industry. He is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Business and Accounting.

    “Matt, in just two and half years on the job, has made tremendous strides in reducing operating expenses for the business, which is essential for SafeWorks to remain an independent medical practice in today’s health care environment,” says Dr. David Fletcher, Medical Director and owner of 217 Immediate Care/SafeWorks. “He has taken great steps to change the organizational culture.”

    Dillon is charged with developing the SafeWorks strategic plan for 2020 and beyond, along with the rest of the organization’s management team. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is working on upgrading HR functions with more automation of on-boarding and employee time management.

    Mr. Dillon is about to embark on obtaining an Executive Healthcare Leadership Certificate training program from Cornell University.

    Additionally, Stacy Eichelberger  has been promoted to Executive Administrative Assistant for Dr. David Fletcher’s Medical Expert and Consulting Practice.

    “Stacy began working at SafeWorks Illinois in October of 2010 as a Medical Records Coordinator/ Administrative Assistant. Over the years, her role has evolved into a high-level medical-legal administrative position, interacting with and earning the trust of several law firms from all over the United States who engage my expert witness services”, says Dr. David Fletcher.

    In Stacy’s key role, she handles the many national cases in which Dr. Fletcher serves as a expert medical witness, developing a professional relationship with the many attorneys and their assistants. Other responsibilities include the organization of sensitive medical/legal files, drafting and sending retainer, deposition and IME letters and invoices as well as corresponding regularly with attorneys and work comp carriers to schedule Independent Medical Examinations, Impairment Ratings and depositions.

    First State announced today that Wade Franklin 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.

    Wade is a graduate of the University of Illinois along with an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. For ten years, Wade served as General Manager of the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana; and most recently has been providing mortgage services in the local community banking industry.

    “As a deep-rooted resident of the Champaign-Urbana area, Wade will utilize his skills and knowledge of the community to assist our customers with their mortgage needs,” states Gerry Smith, SVP and Champaign Market President.

    Wade resides in Urbana with wife Angi and daughters Madelyn and Evie. “I am excited to be a part of a true community bank where customer service is ranked as their top-priority.” Wade may be reached at First State’s Champaign office at 101 Windsor Road, by phone at 217.239.3000, by cell at 217.369.5135, or email at wfranklin@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.

    Culver’s of Champaign-Neil Street has advanced as Bronze Finalist in the nationwide Culver’s Crew Challenge contest where Culver’s restaurants compete in the areas of quality, service, cleanliness, hospitality, community outreach, and team member training and development. Culver’s of Champaign-Neil Street is one of 350 restaurants out of 690 to advance.

    "We’re thrilled to have advanced to the next level of the competition," says Vance Wilkey, General Manager of Culver’s of Champaign-Neil Street. "Our team members are committed to delivering the very best to our guests and this simply validates what we try to do every day."

    The evaluation of restaurants and team members comes from the Culver’s support team and utilizes elements of our guest feedback program.

    The next phase of the competition includes competing for one of the 50 Silver Finalist spots. The competition includes prize money with $50,000 going to the first-place restaurant. The four next highest scoring restaurants will receive $12,500 each, with the winnings shared between the managers and team members. Later in the year the top five restaurants will move on as the Gold Finalists and compete for the National Championship. The winners will be announced in Phoenix, Arizona at Culver's annual convention in February 2020.

    Thomas Mamer, LLP - The Champaign law firm Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, LLP has announced the firm will now be known as Thomas Mamer, LLP. Founded in 1946 by attorneys James G. Thomas and Wallace Mulliken, the law firm of Thomas Mamer has been a pillar of the Champaign-Urbana community for 73 years. Thomas Mamer has continued to maintain a level of continuity that is second to none. Firm attorneys have spent three quarters of a century as active, practicing partners helping to build an unshakeable foundation.

    The attorneys at Thomas Mamer have developed a state-wide reputation and focus in a variety of legal fields including workers’ compensation, estate planning, business and commercial law, civil litigation, employment and labor law, and continue to add areas of practice as they move forward. They take great pride in the trust their clients and their families have placed in them and employ a client-centered approach to practicing law. “As the firm began looking to the future, we felt the desire to update our identity and name to better fit the times. We have a new name but the same people, and the same high standard of legal services,” said Bruce Warren, Managing Partner. “But rest assured, as times change we will continue the same sense of commitment we’ve had to the Champaign-Urbana area for the past 73 years,” added Warren.

    Thomas Mamer is one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Champaign-Urbana area. In many cases the firm now represents second- and third-generations of the same family or business. The firm has been located at 30 E. Main Street in downtown Champaign since its inception. Thomas Mamer was named small business of the year in 2018 by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, fourteen Thomas Mamer attorneys were named emerging or leading lawyers by their peers.

    RSM has recently promoted individuals in their Champaign office.
    Jacob Bender – Assurance Supervisor –   Bender, who joined the firm in June of 2015, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Illinois State University. In this new role, he will be responsible for coordinating the auditing of all required financial statements, related disclosures, and other client deliverables while supervising the engagement team and understanding the needs and strategies of his clients.
    Donavan Laible – Assurance Senior Associate – Laible, who joined RSM in November of 2017, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University.  In his new role, he will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements and understanding the needs and strategies of our diverse client base.
    Travis Meyer – Assurance Senior Associate – Meyer, who joined RSM in November of 2017, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  In his new position, Meyer will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements and understanding the needs and strategies of our diverse client base.

    Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk was awarded the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) during its annual conference held last week in Atlanta, Georgia. The award is presented annually to an individual who champions inclusion and diversity within his or her company.

    NBCC President Harry C. Alford said, “Mr. Hauk’s focus on inclusion and diversity at American Water has played an instrumental role in increasing the company’s partnerships with minority businesses, diverse suppliers and diverse employee candidates. The National Black Chamber of Commerce was proud to present Bruce Hauk with the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award.”

    American Water sees diversity as a vital element in creating an environment where differences are celebrated and contribute to success. This is why the company created a national Inclusion & Diversity Council. The Council is made up of executive sponsors, an advisory council and champions from across the workforce. Hauk is an Executive Sponsor of the Council.

    Hauk said of NBCC’s recognition, “I am honored to receive this award and I share it with the entire Illinois American Water team. Our focus on inclusion and diversity betters our organization and the water industry as a whole, while creating opportunities for others to also be successful in the communities we serve.”

    Illinois American Water has taken a number of steps to further its position as a leader in inclusion and diversity. A strategic focus on events, relationship building and data improvement has resulted in the following results:

    •  In 2018, spend with diverse suppliers was 52% of overall spend. Since 2014, the value of goods and services Illinois American Water purchased from diverse businesses increased by 48% or over $68 million. This represents a 25x increased spend with MBE-certified suppliers and a 4x increased spend with WBE-certified suppliers. To help maintain a steady pipeline of diverse suppliers, the company meets annually with entrepreneurs, business owners and contractors.
    • In 2018, Illinois American Water purchased more than $138 million in goods and services from certified diverse suppliers.
    • Illinois American Water partners with organizations to host and attend diversity outreach events to identify potential new employees with diverse backgrounds.
    • Total diverse population at Illinois American Water has averaged 30%.
    • In 2015, Illinois American Water joined other Illinois utilities in forming the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council. This council is designed to grow business opportunities for diverse suppliers through closer collaboration, technical development and sharing of best practices.

    Illinois American Water’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was also recognized last year by the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce and by the East St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP in 2017 and 2018.


    Jarling's Custard Cup was named one of the "Absolute Best Ice Cream Shops in America" from the NBC news program, TODAY. Jarling's has been around in some form since 1949. Business was so slow in the beginning that the owners played cards while waiting for customers! Today, they don't have that problem. Jarling's Custard Cup is so busy that it now has a drive-thru. Jarling's uses dairy from Midwestern farms and, unlike other custards, it doesn't have egg yolks as an ingredient. It's made on site, in small batches throughout the day. While there are only a few flavors — vanilla, chocolate, lemon and strawberry are always on hand — customers can add Jarling's signature "cold fudge" or make a "snowstorm." It's basically Jarling's Custard Cup's answer to Dairy Queen's blizzard.

    Read the full list HERE


    SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana received the FOUNDER'S Silver award at SERVPRO’s recent 50th Annual Convention. The event, themed “Making History,” was held from June 24-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California, where the company was founded.

    “It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business,” said David  ans Suzie McGuire, SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana Owners, “but it feels especially good this year. We are proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family as the company celebrates 50 years of franchising success. SERVPRO’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative tools, ongoing training, and an ever-evolving business framework gives entrepreneurs like us a roadmap for success. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO’s team of dedicated disaster remediation professionals, and to know that we have both the tools and the knowledge to serve home and business owners in our community should the need arise.”

    The company’s 50th Annual Convention was a celebration of the company’s history and a showcase of small business best practices and cutting-edge restoration and remediation technology. The event featured a variety of workshops and group sessions ranging across 37 different topics. Attendees gained knowledge and hands-on experience to help them build and grow their businesses and strengthen ties with both residents and businesses in their local communities. Highlights of the convention included a keynote address by motivational speaker Jon Gordon and an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of top-performing franchisees.

    “SERVPRO has come a long way since Ted and Doris Isaacson started the company as a painting business in Sacramento in 1967,” said Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of SERVPRO. “In 1969, they used their cleanup and restoration background to take their new company in a different direction and never looked back. SERVPRO’s professional services network now includes more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Our annual convention brings this diverse group of entrepreneurs together to learn from industry experts and gives us an opportunity to recognize our top-performing franchises. We are incredibly proud of each of these dedicated professionals and the world-class service they provide to their customers and their communities.”

    For more information about SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, visit 

    Community Blood Services of Illinois is creating a volunteer Associate Board in Champaign-Urbana. 

    We invite our fellow professionals and organizations in the community to nominate candidates and invite applicants. Please note all nominated candidates must complete an application.
    The objectives of the Associate Board will include building networks and awareness of the Blood Center, increasing the Blood Center’s volunteer network and donor base, and supporting special events in the community. Please visit the Associate Board webpage for further details: https://www.bloodcenter.org/community-outreach/associate-board.aspx. For questions and concerns please contact Ginny Heiser at gheiser@mvrbc.org or 217-531-0713.  
    The Associate Board will offer opportunities to build networks, gain professional development and create new initiatives. We will be building this board from the ground up with your help!
    We look forward to working with you and changing the world, one pint at a time.

    Illinois American Water - With temperatures rising across the state, Illinois American Water is reminding
    customers to use water wisely.

    “From keeping hydrated to playing in water sprinklers, as well as running air conditioning and watering lawns, water plays an important role in warm-weather fun and responsibilities. We are proud of the service we provide and want to be sure folks are using water wisely,” said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations.

    The following tips from Illinois American Water can help consumers use water more efficiently, plus identify and prevent leaks, a significant source of water waste.

    • Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell is to simply walk across the grass. If it springs back you don't need to water, but if you leave footprints, it’s time to water.
    • Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more drought-tolerant.
    • Consider using drip irrigation or a rain barrel to water your outdoor plants, and water in the early morning or in the evening. As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation by watering midday.
    • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway or patio.
    • Forego the hose and wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead, which uses only a few gallons to do the job, while a hose left running can waste as much as six gallons per minute.
    • Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full and adjust the water level of your washing machine to match the load size. If you have a water-saver cycle, use it. In addition, newer, high-efficiency washing machines use less than 27 gallons of water per load, compared to between 27 and 54 gallons a load with traditional machines.
    • Keep a pitcher of cold tap water in the refrigerator. You will avoid the cost and environmental impact of bottled water and you will have cold water available for warm days without running the faucet.
    • A short shower is better than a bath. A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
    • Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save 8 gallons per day.
    • Regularly check your toilet, faucets and pipes for leaks and have them fixed promptly. An easy test for toilet leaks from EPA WaterSense: Place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color tints the water in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak.

    More wise water use tips can be found online here - https://tinyurl.com/y9nrz5c5

    They also announced Roger Goodson, senior operations manager for Illinois American Water’s Western Division, will now also provide leadership in the company’s Eastern Division of the state, effective July 8, 2019. In addition to managing operations in Illinois American Water’s Peoria, Pekin and Lincoln Districts, Goodson’s expanded leadership role will include providing oversight in the Champaign County, Pontiac, Sterlingand Streator Districts.

    Goodson joined Illinois American Water in 2011 as an operations superintendent in Pekin. In 2012, he was promoted to overseeing both Pekin and Peoria operations, and, in 2015, he became senior manager of the Western Division.

    Prior to joining Illinois American Water, Goodson was director of operations for a large site developmentcompany and senior project manager for many affordable housing construction projects. He began his career in the water industry in 1992 with the City of Aurora, where he worked for over 14 years.

    Mike Smyth, Illinois American Water Vice President of Operations, said, “Roger is a trusted leadership at Illinois American Water. His leadership and expertise in the water industry will serve our customers well in this new, expanded role.”

    Goodson has a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Aurora University. He also holds a Class A Illinois water operators certificate.

    Holiday Inn (101 Trade Center Dr., Champaign - formerly Hawthorn Suites) is hosting a Summer Fun Luncheon on Friday, July 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  The cost per person for the luncheon is $11. The menu for the luncheon includes: smoked pork belly, stuffed flank steak, creamy blt coleslaw, cucumber and honeydew salad, broccoli rabe with sausage, grilled asparagus, roasted mushrooms and potatoes, brown butter corn pasta, grilled peaches, berry consomme and chocolate flourless cake. Those interested in attending must email Josh at jdunn@holidayinncu.com by Wednesday, July 24. 

    Lanz Heating & Coooling, Inc. - Lanz was recently awarded the "Top Performing Dealer in Residential Sales for Ductless Systems" by Trane.

    Michael Savage, Comfort Consultant, was presented with the Top Performing Residential Sales Professional in 2018 Award. Michael was the second highest in sales in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois out of 200 dealers for Trane.

    Marine Bank - Two new members joined the Marine Bank Board  of Directors in June. The new board members are as follows: 

    Jenny H. Park is a shareholder at the law firm Meyer Capel in Champaign, where she has practiced since 2002. Jenny earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a juris doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law. Jenny's practice is concentrated in commercial and residential real estate and land use and development law. Ms. Park is a member of the Illinois and Indiana State Bar Associations,  as well as the Champaign County Bar Association. Jenny also serves on the Board of the YMCA. Away from the practice she enjoys attending symphonies and theatrical performances and participating in sports, especially tennis, running and golf. 

    Robert W. Kay is a CPA who recently retired after a long and successful career in hospital administration. In March, Bob retired after eighteen years as Chief Financial Officer of Memorial Health System. In his role at health system, Bob was responsible for external reporting, risk management, general accounting and financial planning. Mr. Kay earned  a master of science degree with an emphasis on finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor of science degree with an accounting emphasis from the University  of Missouri at Columbia. In addition to a certified public accountant, Bob was a previous fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. 

    The two newly elected directors will join existing directors who include: 
    Mark Richardson, Chairman; Chris Zettek, Chief Executive Officer; Kim Richardson Berman; David Bramlet; Daniel Haselton; J. William Roberts; and David Waggoner. 
    Marine Bank is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, and has twelve locations throughout Springfield, Bloomington, Champaign, Rushville and Macomb. The Bank was started in 1993 and has grown to more than $640 million in assets and 200 employees. 

    Community Blood Services of Illinois - This World Blood Donor Day, celebrated June 14, Community Blood Services of Illinois is highlighting the critical need for regular blood donations. And to help engage a new generation of young donors, Community Blood Services has partnered with Team Liquid, a multi-regional, professional esports organization with a national fanbase of more than seven million gamers.

    The partnership with Team Liquid is part of a national effort organized by Blood Centers of America and takes aim at a key demographic – less than 20% of blood donations come from millennials (age 20-34 years), and young males donate at even lesser rates. To find out more about the campaign, visit www.healforreal.us.

    “Engaging younger donors is a top priority to help ensure the long-term viability of the blood supply,” said Amanda Hess, Director Donor and Public Relations. “We are excited to begin working within the esports community to promote our cause and develop strong relationships with this key demographic.”

    Through this partnership, the Blood Center will offer custom, limited edition “Team Liquid Turns Red” T-shirts to all first-time donors who give blood at an esports blood drive. Those who refer a new donor to an esports blood drive will also receive the T-shirt. In addition, everyone who qualifies to receive the T-shirt will receive instructions on free entry in a drawing for a Dell Alienware Aurora Gaming Compact Mid-Tower, valued at $900.00. For information on blood drives and Donor Center locations involved in this promotion, see www.bloodcenter.org/healforreal.
    “We’re proud to partner with Blood Centers of America and its members on this life-saving initiative,” said Team Liquid’s CEO, Steve Arhancet. “Our fans are such a supportive, tight-knit community, and now we’re calling on them to help us accomplish something bigger than what we could achieve in any competition. Collectively, we have the opportunity to make a measurable impact on communities as well as save lives.”

    Blood providers must continually recruit new and younger donors to replace long-time donors who become ineligible to donate due to health concerns, retirement and relocation, or other reasons. This need is especially acute during the summer months, when the rate of blood donation can decrease by as much as 20%. As the blood provider to nearly 100 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, Community Blood Services of Illinois ensures donated blood reaches patients at hospitals and health systems nationwide.

    “We are continually looking for new ways to engage a younger audience of prospective new donors,” said Hess. “We feel the gaming community has real potential to help us increase participation by new and younger donors.

    CBSI is actively soliciting contacts in the esports community to sponsor and promote blood drives in connection with Team Liquid. For information on hosting a blood drive, please contact Holly Yates, Associate Director, Donor Relations, (hyates@mvrbc.org). To find a donation center near you, visit www.bloodcenter.org/healforreal or call (800) 747-5401. For additional information on the Heal for Real campaign, see www.healforreal.us.

    About Community Blood Services of Illinois
    Community Blood Services of Illinois (CBSI) is a division of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, provider of blood products and services to 95 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, including Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign-Urbana, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, and OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center handles more than 250,000 units of blood components each year. MVRBC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To find a nearby Donor Center or mobile blood drive, call (800) 217-4483 or check schedules online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. For more information, www.bloodservices.org.

    About Team Liquid
    Team Liquid was founded in 2000 and has evolved into one of the leading international multigame esports teams with training centers in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Los Angeles, California. Team Liquid has over 65 athletes competing across 17 distinct games, including all major esports titles, such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, CS:GO, Fortnite, PUBG and more. Led by Co-CEOs Steve Arhancet and Victor Goossens, Team Liquid is one of the most successful esports teams in the Western market in terms of competitive achievement and fan engagement across multiple sports. Their League of Legends franchise is undefeated in North America in 2018 and 2019, claiming LCS titles in back-to-back splits and a second place finish at the international tournament the Mid-Season Invitational, while their CS:GO team is currently ranked #1 in the world. For more information: https://goo.gl/dSYvHT. In addition to the premier esports team franchise, Liquid Enterprises operates various business units created to complement its esports athletic brand. This includes influencer management agency, Liquipedia, Liquid Media, and 1UP Studios, the full service production company known for its high-quality esports documentary style filmmaking, and creative commercial content.

    Controlling interest in Team Liquid was recently purchased by esports ownership group, aXiomatic. aXiomatic leadership includes Co-Executive Chairmen Peter Guber, Ted Leonsis, Jeff Vinik and Bruce Karsh who together represent an unparalleled team of sports, technology, entertainment and investment industry titans.

    HL Precision Manufacturing, LLC (HL) with facilities in Champaign and Fisher, Illinois, and Hi-Grade Welding & Mfg, LLC (Hi-Grade) based in Schaumburg, Illinois, today announced their combination by way of the creation of a common parent company to be known as H3 Manufacturing Group, LLC.

    Both HL and Hi-Grade will continue to operate individually while seeking ways to work together collaboratively to provide broader manufacturing solutions to each company’s customer base.

    The combination of HL and Hi-Grade will provide both companies the opportunity to leverage their respective capabilities across the industries they serve. HL’s precision CNC machining, assembly and paint and powder coating capabilities complement Hi-Grade’s laser cutting, fabrication and complex welding.

    There is effectively no overlap in customers between the two companies. The companies combined will serve a broad range of industries, including aerospace/defense, medical devices, power transmission, automated retail, life sciences and public transportation. While both companies bring strong, tenured management teams, the most important aspect each company brings is a shared culture of operational excellence and relational integrity with their customers, employees and suppliers.

    “As consolidation continues to occur in the industry and discerning customers desire fewer suppliers providing more solutions, HL and Hi-Grade have proactively taken the strategic decision to join forces to better position both companies to successfully meet these demands,” H3 President & CEO Steve Hillard said. “By combining the complementary capabilities of HL and Hi-Grade, we will create a substantially broad range of in-house solutions. Together we will seek to further enhance both companies’ culture of solutions-first support of our diverse customers and opportunities for our employees.”

    “HL has been in business for nearly 40 years while Hi-Grade is this year celebrating its 50th year. We are both excited and confident these companies joining forces will pave the way for many more successful years ahead,” Hi-Grade Vice President and General Manager Jon Frejd said.

    Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Brock Sutton as an engineer.
    Sutton joins the team in Fehr Graham’s Rochelle office. Sutton will observe construction projects and focus on municipal and private-sector projects. He also will develop design engineering plans and specifications. 
    “We are excited to have Brock join the Fehr Graham team,” said Jason Stoll, branch manager. “He is a driven individual, with an eye for detail. I expect Brock will excel at anything he puts his mind to.”
    In May, Sutton graduated from Bradley University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

    i3 Broadband, the only independent and local provider of fiber optic Gigabit high speed internet service in Peoria, Champaign, and Urbana, IL, has proudly received numerous 2019 Internet Provider Awards from consumer internet search service, BroadbandNow. i3’s Residential and Business Services both received winning rankings and recognition in the following categories for “Mid-Sized” service providers:

    1. Top 2 Fastest Internet Providers Nationwide
    2. Top 3 Fastest Fiber Providers Nationwide
    3. Top 3 Customer-Rated Fiber Service Nationwide
    4. Top 3 Customer-Rated Business Fiber Service Nationwide
    5. Top 5 Customer Approval Rating Nationwide
    6. Top 10 Customer Rating for Business Service Nationwide 

    “We are extremely pleased to have received BroadbandNow’s awards for our best-in-class internet access service, both in terms of providing the fastest internet speeds, as well as providing our customers leading, local customer service” said Grier Raclin, CEO of i3 Broadband. “Our outstanding team works hard every day to earn our customer’s business, and it’s extremely gratifying for them to be recognized in this way,” Raclin states. 


    Illinois American Water’s Padma Paan is one of only 54 individuals accepted into the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Water Leadership Institute (WLI). The intensive program was developed by WEF for emerging water industry leaders from across the world, allowing them to engage in management training and leadership

    WEF and its global network of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations provide water quality professionals around the world with the latest in water quality education, training and business opportunities. WEF uses this collective knowledge to further a shared goal of improving water quality around the world. The WLI curriculum will be delivered by high-caliber guest instructors from water and wastewater utilities and companies active in the sector. Guest lecturers from government agencies, communication firms and financial groups will also share their knowledge and experience.

    Paan, a planning engineer with Illinois American Water, was chosen for the program through a competitive application process. She said, “It’s an honor to be chosen. I look forward to partnering with other like-minded water industry experts to tackle challenges and develop viable solutions, so we can ensure safe drinking water and reliable wastewater services for today and future generations.”

    Paan will participate in the program via opportunities created to enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry. WLI offers a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries. Participants are expected to build skills and knowledge needed to affect change within their organizations.

    The 2019 WLI class includes participants from the United States, Canada, Grand Cayman Island and San Salvador. The graduation will take place at WEFTEC 2019 on September 22, 2019 in Chicago. To learn more visit https://www.wef.org/resources/water-leadership-institute.

    Courage Connection - Connections, located in Lincoln Square, has been the resale store and the donation drop off location for Courage Connection since 2008. We have served both our clients and the public from this location.
    After much review and in-depth discussion with our Board of Directors , a decision has been made to close the store operations of Connection by June 30, 2019. As of Wednesday, May 15, we will no longer accept any donations of goods that would normally be sold in our store. A store wide clearing sale will begin on that date of the on hand inventory and eventually store fixtures. The store opened Wednesday morning with signage in place announcing closing sale.
    Donations off our wish list for clients (personal care, baby care, household care as listed on our website) will continue to be taken at Connections until the store location is closed. An updated agency wish list as well as our Amazon list will be completed by week’s end. New drop off locations of those items collected for use by our clients will be announced shortly.

    While this is a sad time for our Connections staff and customers, it is necessary to continue to provide the highest quality in direct client services for those individuals facing Domestic Violence in our community. We will be very clear in any marketing, message and communication that the operations of the resale store location is closing and NOT the agency. 


    Hoveln Heating and Cooling, Inc. has been recognized by Bryant® Heating & Cooling Systems as a Circle of Champions winner for the 5th year in a row!  As a top Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer chosen from HVAC dealers across the United State and Canada, Hoveln Heating and Cooling, Inc. has made a steadfast commitment to quality…in the products they sell and the services they provide. Hoveln Heating and Cooling, Inc. has an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, going above and beyond to make things right for their customers. And they demonstrate the highest level of performance as evidenced by their daily commitment to the highest standards of excellence that defines Bryant® dealers. 

    Habegger Corporation, Hoveln’s local distributor of Bryant® products, helped celebrate this achievement with a catered meal and party for the entire Hoveln team.  Hoveln Heating and Cooling, Inc. is a third generation business owned by Jeff and Shari Hoveln.


    Rosecrance - Kelly Epperson, Rosecrance Vice President and General Counsel, and David Gomel, President of Rosecrance Inc., presented at the 41st annual Addiction Treatment Leadership Conference hosted by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).The conference was held May 5-7, 2019 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. 
    Epperson participated in a Quality Assurance panel discussing the topic of billing in behavioral healthcare, including calculating costs, margins, usual and customary rates, balanced billing, toxicology, deductibles and copays. Gomel served on a Quality Assurance panel detailing topics such as the admissions process, screening and assessments. 
    Epperson provides comprehensive legal services to Rosecrance Health Network and its affiliates, including directing corporate activities to protect legal interests; assisting with mergers and acquisitions; analyzing novel legal issues that uniquely impact behavioral healthcare providers; researching and influencing legislative changes at the state and federal levels; and positioning Rosecrance to be a legally sound not-for profit so it can continue to fulfill its mission. Epperson is a graduate of the Northern Illinois University College of Law. 
    Gomel has 26 years in the behavioral health field with both clinical and administrative experience. Gomel holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, with an emphasis in non-profit administration; an MS in Health Service Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Gomel serves on a number of local, state, and national behavioral health committees, non-profit boards and trade organizations and is the current chair of the Illinois Association of Behavioral Health.

    Regency Multifamily - For the twelfth straight year, Regency Multifamily has earned national recognition for customer service excellence in its apartment communities located throughout the Midwest. The National Multifamily Customer Service Award for Excellence is presented by CEL & Associates, Inc. and recognizes companies whose management performance and commitment to the highest level of quality of service are considered to be the “Best in the Industry”. 
    “We have extremely talented and committed employees,” said Teresa Kelnhofer, President and CEO of Regency Multifamily. “They are our best asset and the very ones who take care of our customers, our residents.” 
    The customer service excellence award is based on results for Regency owned & managed apartment communities. The survey was conducted by CEL & Associates in February 2018. CEL & Associates compiles its “Best in the Industry” list of companies whose scores indicate the “ability to perform at a higher standard in providing quality customer service” compared to their peer groups across the country. Teams at each apartment community review survey feedback and develop plans to address residents’ concerns or implement new ideas.
    For more information about Regency Multifamily go to Regency-Multifamily.com.

    Clark-Lindsey - Kim Cabello and Deanna Wright are this year’s recipients of the Paul V. Howard Award of Excellence. The annual award, named for former Clark-Lindsey CFO Paul Howard, is given to an employee or employees who consistently provide superior quality work and maintain an atmosphere of personal interest when working with others. Howard fostered trust, stability, and comradery in those around him. Recipients of the award also demonstrate these qualities.

    Deanna Wright, Assistant Director of Human Resources, began working at Clark-Lindsey fifteen years ago. Deanna brought her experience and heart for HR to Clark-Lindsey, becoming the go-to person for employees seeking assistance. Deanna has been known to help others beyond what is expected of any employee, even using her personal resources at times.

    Kim Cabello, the Assistant Director of Dining Service, has worked at Clark-Lindsey for 21 years. She demonstrates excellence by example and is driven to improve service to residents. This year, she was instrumental in the successful implementation of the new Point of Sale system, and was a patient encourager as residents and staff learned the new system.

    Clark-Lindsey is also excited to announce the 2019 recipient of its Rising Star Award: Philip “Mick” Howrey. This annual award is presented to an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary performance within his or her first 24 months of employment. Winners of the Rising Star award show a strong work ethic, as well as commitment, initiative, and leadership in a team environment.

    A retired marketing executive, Mick has worked part-time at Clark-Lindsey as a daytime and special events driver for just more than a year. Mick works throughout Clark-Lindsey’s large campus, with residents of all abilities, and is responsible for providing safe and courtesy service, which he does with ease. Mick regularly goes above and beyond his role, helping residents and fellow employees in other capacities. When he isn’t driving, he is usually engaged in meaningful interactions with residents, though he has also been spotted participating and assisting in resident programming and giving tours to prospective residents. So much are his actions exemplary of Clark-Lindsey’s culture of wellness and community regardless of age or ability, his efforts were noticed by a staff member of another department, who nominated him for the award.

    First State Bank’s Champaign office was recognized by Central Illinois Rental Property Professionals as their Vendor of the Year for 2018. The award was presented to Gerry Smith, Brice Hutchcraft and Kip McDaniel in recognition of outstanding contributions in the support and advocacy of the organization.

    Barham Benefit Group is pleased to welcome Carol Timms as Administrative Manager.

    Carol will share her skills as a business owner, non-profit manager, community organizer and educator to assist in enhancing our ability to serve our clients. Carol is President of Educational Dividends. Since 1994, Educational Dividends has developed productive teams providing educational, financial and management services to non-profits, governmental entities, schools and major corporations. Her community service work includes leading the TIMES Center Advisory Board, working with the Champaign Center Partnership to strengthen Downtown Champaign, and serving on the organizing committee for 40 North’s annual fundraiser – Untitled. Carol is a member of Champaign Rotary and is active with their EarlyAct Program at Garden Hills School.

    Illinois American Water - Lori Stenzel, senior water quality and environmental compliance specialist for Illinois American Water, was awarded the 2019 Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) Women in Water Outstanding Woman award (WiWOW). The award was presented at ISAWWA’s annual conference, WATERCON, in March. This award was created to honor an individual making significant contribution to the advancement of women in the water industry. Recipients of the WiWOW award are recognized for achievement in female leadership; demonstrating significant impact in the water industry; advancement of the Women in Water committee’s mission; inspiring participation of women in the industry; and community outreach programs targeting young girls and women.

    Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President, said, “Lori is a true champion for the water industry. It’s great to see her honored and celebrated by her peers. I commend the ISAWWA for celebrating women in the water industry. Inclusion and diversity only makes us stronger and we’re proud to have people like Lori on our team.”

    Stenzel is the inaugural awardee for this recognition. She was the ISAWWA chairperson from 2018-2019 and will serve in the past chairperson role through 2020. Stenzel is the president of the Southwest Central Water Plant Operators Association and secretary of the Southern Illinois Water Operators Association. In 2011, she received the Illinois Rural Water Association Person of the Year award in recognition of her dedicated and tireless leadership and support of improving the quality of life in rural Illinois. In 2008 she received the ISAWWA Water Professional of the Year award in recognition of the dedication and motivation demonstrated through a career in the water works industry.

    Stenzel said, “Water quality and environmental compliance is my strongest passion. I love what I do and embrace the opportunity to share it with folks I meet along the way as much as I can.”

    She has worked at Illinois American Water for eight years.

    Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Tiffany Miller as the marketing coordinator.
    Miller will help with marketing and brand development efforts for the entire firm, which has 170 employees and 10 offices in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
    Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, marketing and photography from the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is well-versed in marketing, social media management, graphic design, event coordinating and customer relations. She is also trained in photography, videography and web development.
    “It’s rare to find all these skills in one person. It’s even more rare for someone to be equally strong as a designer and a writer. That’s why we were pleased to find Tiffany,,” said Anna Derocher, Fehr Graham’s marketing manager. “Tiffany comes to Fehr Graham at a time the firm is growing. Having a strong marketing professional on the team will help us continue to effectively communicate our brand and consistently message how we bring value to our clients in all our markets.” 

    The firm, is also pleased to announce the hiring of Caryn Hovey as a senior accounting clerk.
    Hovey’s duties include accounts payable and receivable and invoicing. She provides accounting support for each of the firm’s 10 offices in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Prior to joining Fehr Graham, Hovey worked in the accounting department at Kunes Country Ford in Sterling
    Hovey earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconson-Oshkosh. She is well-versed in quarterly reporting and payroll processing.
    “Caryn brings a lot of accounting experience to Fehr Graham,” said Lori Willging, accounting manager. “She is detail-oriented and a perfect fit to our team.”

    Congratulations to Spherion Staffing franchise owner Cindy Somers on 20 years of success! Dedicated to recruiting and staffing excellence, she has spent two decades putting hundreds of people to work to help businesses grow. With offices in Decatur, Champaign and Charleston, Spherion provides flexible, temp-to-hire and direct-hire solutions for businesses in a broad range of talent disciplines, including administrative/clerical, contact center, light industrial, non-clinical healthcare and professional.

    Somers is a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE). She has received many accolades over the course of her career, including: Spherion’s President’s Award, Achievement Club, SOAR and Performance Forum Awards; 1996 CCCC Small Business of the Year; Rotarian; Paul Harris Fellow; Athena Award Winner; CUSF Distinguished Alumni Award and Entrepreneurial Excellence Management Award.

    O’Shea Builders welcomes Jackie Ritter, project engineer. Ritter is based out of the Champaign office.
    Ritter comes to O’Shea Builders from Taylor Studios Inc. in Rantoul after eight years of serving as a project manager and three years overseeing the design & project management departments. She also worked for Bonham Construction in Mahomet as a project manager. She received her Bachelor’s in architectural studies form the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ritter resides with her husband south of Paxton, Ill.

    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 Construction, and Building Maintenance services. 

    They also welcome Kasey Hawkins, operations administrator. Hawkins is based out of the Champaign office. Hawkins graduated from Greenville College with a degree in organizational leadership. She comes to O’Shea after six years with Stetson Building Products as an operations manager for their Decatur location. She resides in Sidney, Ill.  

    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 Construction, and Building Maintenance services. 

    SVN-Ramshaw Real Estate - SVN, International Corp, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate investment brokerage firms, awarded Alex Ruggieri with the Partnership Circle’s Award and recognized him as a top advisor in 2018. Ruggieri serves as senior advisor for SVN-Ramshaw Real Estate in Champaign, Illinois. He was presented with the prestigious award recently during the company’s National Conference in Miami, FL. The conference was attended by nearly 500 SVN advisors from across the country.The company has over 1,600 advisors worldwide—Ruggieri was in the top ten in sales.

    Specializing in the sale of commercial real estate in east central Illinois, Ruggieri’s sales volume was valued in excess of $60 million in 2018.

    Founded in 1987, SVN has rapidly expanded in the past several years from a small firm in nine local markets to one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate brokerage firms serving clients in more than 100 markets nationwide with additional offices internationally. For more information, please visit www.svn.com.

    Mr. Ruggieri is also a partner in Ramshaw Real Estate - a local, Champaign-based, independent Advisor for SVN. Mr. Ruggieri has participated in building one of the premier real estate investment and management  firms in Champaign County. Ramshaw Real Estate manages a portfolio of properties in excess of $100,000,000.00. The company oversees approximately 1,500 residential units and over 430,000 square feet of commercial/office properties.

    Mr. Ruggieri is active in real estate sales and manages all brokerage activities for the company. Also specializing in corporate relocations over the last Thirty years, Mr. Ruggieri has worked directly with a multitude of companies including high-tech and venture funded start-up companies associated with the University of Illinois.

    He has been a licensed broker for over 40 years. Mr. Ruggieri has been a life-long resident of the Champaign-Urbana area. He and his wife have five children and fourteen grandchildren.

    City of Champaign has been named one of the 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com, outpacing more than 1,000 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 1,000,000) in this data-driven ranking.

    The 2019 rankings were guided by an exclusive study conducted by Livability.com in partnership with Ipsos. More than 1,000 millennials across the country were surveyed to determine what matters most to them when making relocation decisions. The top responses — affordability and job opportunities — were factored into this year’s ranking criteria, including, for the first time ever, a cap on housing costs. No city on Livability’s 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live has a median home value exceeding $250,000.

    “The cities on this year’s list represent the best of the best when it comes to affordability and opportunity,” says Livability.com Editor-in-Chief Winona Dimeo-Ediger. “These 100 cities are not just fantastic places to live in terms of their amenities, education, health care and infrastructure, they are places where young people can build amazing careers and communities.”
    Champaign is, ahem, bubbling with opportunity!

    Home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this city consistently ranks highly on our list of best college towns and is full of opportunities for recent graduates and anyone looking for a great place to build their career. The University’s nearly 700-acre campus attracts talent and businesses from all over the country, and the city of Champaign has an exceptionally high employment rate (92%!) for those with bachelor’s degrees.

    Champaign scored high in the infrastructure category, due in large part to its ease of access and close proximity to three major cities — St. Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis. Additionally, the city offers countless amenities for residents, including the Virginia Theater, which hosts the annual Roger Ebert Film Festival, and a downtown area that’s packed with cute local shops, bars and fantastic restaurants.

    The full list of the 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live is featured on Livability.com, along with each city’s LivScore and information about the qualities and amenities that helped them make the list.

    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 pl
    ant, which is under construction, in South Beloit.