• 2021 Member Accolades and News

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    Commerce Bank - Brent Eichelberger, CEO Illinois market announced Jeff Troxell has been named executive vice president in Champaign-Urbana.  In his new role, Troxell will be responsible for leading and growing Commerce Bank’s commercial banking presence in the Champaign-Urbana region.  This includes business development and relationship management delivering the bank’s full line of commercial banking products and services, including an extensive suite of payment solutions, commercial card and treasury for commercial clients.  Jeff will also serve as a key leader for commercial real estate lending for the Illinois commercial team.
    “Jeff has shown he is an outstanding banker and leader in the community.  With nearly 24 years of banking experience, he has deep expertise and knowledge of the Champaign-Urbana region,” said Eichelberger. “With his strong relationships and proven experience, we will continue to deliver exceptional solutions to our customers and community.”
    Troxell is a graduate of Miami University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.  He is active in the community on the Champaign Rotary Board of Directors and a member of the Champaign County Chamber Finance Committee.


    Express Employment Professionals - In their nearly 20 years with Express Employment Professionals, Richard and Lynn Yoerk have come full circle from working in a franchise to owning five of their own today in Illinois. After being recognized locally as a top employer and small business of the year, the pair was named Express Employment Professionals’ Franchisees of the Year at the company’s recent International Leadership Conference (ILC). 

    Express recognizes and honors franchisees who excel in building brand equity and a distinguished company reputation. A panel of executives at Express International Headquarters in Oklahoma City selected the Yoerks to represent Express as its Franchisees of the Year due to their dedication to the company’s values of people, teamwork, build to last and integrity.
    “Richard and Lynn’s grit, determination and servant hearts have garnered tremendous respect in the communities they serve,” said Bill Stoller, Express CEO. “They are an incredible team that inspires everyone they come in contact with.”

    The pair got their start in the west Tualatin, Oregon, Express office where they proved they had what it takes to be successful in sales. Eventually, they partnered with two other Express offices in Portland as franchisees. Nine years later, they decided to branch out and start their own franchise, outlasting the Great Recession and reaching sales milestones during difficult economic times.

    Today, Richard and Lynn have continued to build the Express brand in Illinois and now have five franchise offices in Champaign, Danville, Rantoul, Urbana, and Ottawa. In 2016, they were named the Small Business of the Year, recognized in their local business magazine as a top employer in 2018, and most recently received First Place in the local People’s Choice Award.
    Last year’s Express Franchisee of the Year, Neil McMillan of Oxnard, California, said he’s spent several years as a franchisee chasing Richard and Lynn’s coattails and the three even started a friendly sales competition each year with the loser owing the winner $1. So far, McMillan has lost $5.

     “It’s that competitive spirit that drives these individuals to the great success they’ve experienced at Express,” Stoller said. “As Express Leadership Academy graduates and perineal top-performing franchisees, they are the embodiment of the Express values and we couldn’t be prouder of these Express Franchisees of the Year.”

    If you are looking for a franchise opportunity like the Yoerks’ that allows you to give back to the community and make an impact on job seekers, Express Employment Professionals has franchise territories available. For more information visit ExpressFranchising.com.

    Express is committed to the vision of helping as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. The company offers a full range of employment solutions, including evaluation hire, flexible staffing, professional search and human resources. Express focuses on a wide range of positions, including light industrial, office services, skilled trades, and professional.


    First Mid - First Mid Bancshares, Inc. (“First Mid”) is pleased to present the 2020 Chairman’s Award for Excellence to Heather Werner, Market Manager of the Urbana banking center located at 601 S Vine Street; the Champaign banking center located at 913 W Marketview Drive; the Rantoul banking center located at 1500 E Grove Avenue; and the Mahomet banking center located at 502 E Oak Street. Based on her nominations, Werner is known for her teamwork, dependability, and commitment to First Mid, and she consistently demonstrates First Mid’s core values in her everyday work. She has also proven herself to be a strong leader as she is always looking for ways to help her team members grow in their careers.

    The Chairman’s Award for Excellence is the company’s most prestigious award. Individuals are nominated by their peers and selected by the company’s executive committee.


    CliftonLarsonAllen - CLA believes the best way to serve our clients and communities is to support our people in building careers that match their personal and professional aspirations. We are thrilled to express our congratulations and announce the promotion of Jon Coffman to Principal.

    Coffman, who joined the firm in July 2016, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Central College and is a Certified Public Accountant. In his new role, he will continue to partner with client’s leadership on operational and strategic issues, providing recommendations based on financial and revenue analysis, as well as generating external marketplace growth and building new relationships for CLA from the community.

    We are proud of our CLA team members and the many ways they know and help our clients and our firm. Please join us in celebrating this achievement.

    Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation - Aspiring future teachers set to graduate from Champaign Central, Centennial and Urbana High Schools in the spring of 2021 will have a chance to apply for a new $1,000 scholarship through the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation.
    With the philanthropic support of several local retired teachers, the foundation will offer the first Promising Educator Scholarships for graduating seniors headed to the teaching field.
    Kelly Hill, the foundation’s executive director, said “the scholarships are intended to help address the growing teacher shortage, and encourage students to return to teach in our community schools.” To help inspire more student interest in pursuing teaching careers, Unit 4 has been offering a teacher-education course at both Central and Centennial high schools.  Urbana High School has plans to include a similar course in the near future.
    Students can obtain application information through their high school guidance counselors beginning in February.  Anyone interested in supporting these scholarships directly, can go to the foundation’s website cusf.org.

    Rosecrance is pleased to announce that David Gomel, Ph.D., has assumed the role of President and CEO.

    Gomel has been with Rosecrance for 28 years, beginning as a counselor in adult substance abuse treatment. Since then, he has served in many roles, from supervisor at the former Alpine Campus to Regional President of Rosecrance, Inc. He most recently was President and Chief Operating Officer during a yearlong transition to CEO.

    “On behalf of the Rosecrance Health Network Board of Directors, we are pleased to welcome David Gomel, Ph.D., as the new President and CEO of Rosecrance Health Network,” said Dan Pecora, Chair of the Rosecrance Health Network Board of Directors. “Dave’s commitment to excellence in compassionate care has been evident throughout his decades of service at Rosecrance. We have the highest confidence in Dave’s leadership not only through these unusual times, but in the years to come.”

    Gomel holds a doctorate in public policy and administration with an emphasis in nonprofit administration, a master’s degree in health service administration, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He has overseen the daily services at Rosecrance’s many treatment centers and the expanding organization for several years.

    “I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the organization that has been a significant part of my life,” Gomel said. “I look forward to continuing Rosecrance’s legacy of care for those who need it most in our communities.”