2021 Member Accolades and News
2021 Member Accolades and News
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Illinois American Water announced today Angie Bell has been named Director of Rates and Regulatory. Bell will succeed Rich Kerckhove who retires next month after over 14 years of dedicated service.
In her new role, Bell is responsible for the successful administration of rate reviews, rate mechanism compliance filings and other key rate and regulatory matters for Illinois American Water. She reports to Illinois American Water’s President Justin Ladner, and will work from the corporate office in Belleville.
“We are pleased Angie has joined our team. She brings over a decade of experience and knowledge to this position,” said Justin Ladner, president of Illinois American Water. “We look forward to the leadership she will bring to the team based on her success, with key regulatory matters. We also congratulate Rich on his retirement and thank him for his contributions.”
Bell comes to Illinois American Water from CenterPoint Energy, where she worked for 15 years, most recently as Director of Regulatory and Rates. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Coker College in South Carolina.
Hickory Point Bank has announced that Toni Delporte has been named Senior Vice President, Credit Officer. Ms. Delporte leads the bank’s commercial underwriting and credit administration functions.
The bank also announced that Mitch Wilson has been named Senior Vice President, Mortgage Sales Manager. In his new role, Mr. Wilson will lead and develop the bank’s mortgage lending teams across its locations in Champaign, Decatur, Springfield, and Peoria.
About Hickory Point Bank
Hickory Point Bank & Trust, with total assets of $775 million, is one of central Illinois’ leading locally owned banks. Hickory Point Bank offers a full line of commercial, mortgage, consumer, online, trust, investment management, and farm management services to central Illinois’ businesses and families with locations in Champaign, Decatur, Peoria, and Springfield. For more information about Hickory Point Bank and its products, visit www.hickorypointbank.com
Heartland Bank and Trust Company announces the promotion of Todd Lindsey, CTP, to Assistant Vice President, Treasury Services Sales Manager. Located at the 1101 West Windsor Road office in Champaign, Lindsey is responsible for overseeing Cash Management and Treasury Services client services and relationship growth throughout the bank’s footprint.
A 1987 Graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Lindsey earned the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation from the Association of Financial Professionals in 1997 and brings 23 years of banking and financial experience to the bank. Involved in the Champaign-Urbana community, he has been active in booster groups supporting University of Illinois athletics as well as fundraising supporting local non-profits. Originally from Mason City, Illinois, Lindsey makes his home in Urbana, Illinois with his wife Martha Cooper.
Heartland Bank and Trust Company is a community bank with assets of $3 billion. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, the bank has offices in central and northern Illinois. The bank offers a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers. More information is available on the bank’s website at www.hbtbank.com.
Impact Life - In a change that will align its employees, donors, and volunteers of its four-state service region under a single identity, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is changing its name to ImpactLife. The not-for-profit community blood center is the blood provider to 120 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, and was previously known by three different names: Central Illinois Community Blood Center, Community Blood Services of Illinois, and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. The name change is effective May 3, 2021.
FROM THREE NAMES TO ONE
In announcing the name change, Chief Executive Officer Mike Parejko stressed the importance of having a single, common identity. “We are proud of our strong history and the reputation we have developed under our previous names, but the time has come to bring all of our team, donors, and volunteers under a shared identity that emphasizes the impact of our work on the communities we have the pleasure to serve.”
“Our organization will be stronger and more efficient when we operate under a single brand instead of three,” said Parejko. “With our growth, it has become abundantly clear this is the time to move forward under a single name.”
Central Illinois Community Blood Center, (based in Springfield, Illinois) Community Blood Services of Illinois (based in Urbana, Illinois), and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (based in Davenport, Iowa) were established independently in the 1970s. The three organizations joined forces in 2010 and 2011 to form a single entity that today has a service region that extends from Madison, Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri. Since the time of their merger, the blood center’s legal and regulatory name (for licensing purposes) has been maintained as Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, but the organization has done business as all three names in various parts of its service region. The legal and regulatory name will remain unchanged after May 3 and the blood center will do business as ImpactLife with all communities and partners moving forward.
The name change was led by an internal project team with representatives from all Blood Center’s departments and with market research provided by an agency with expertise in developing names for products and organizations. The year-long project included research with blood donors, blood drive coordinators, the blood center’s Board of Directors, employees, community members, and representatives from hospitals the blood center serves.
ImpactLife is now in the process of updating all points where the name and logo are used, including building signs, vehicles, printed material, and apparel.
ImpactLife is a not-for-profit community organization providing blood services to 120 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. Services extend from southcentral Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Chariton, Iowa. ImpactLife operates 19 Donor Centers and holds approximately 5000 mobile blood drives annually to provide blood components needed for patient transfusions at hospitals throughout our region.
For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and find us @impactlifeblood on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat.
First Mid Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the promotions of Elisha Walters and Bethanie Cougill to Division Managers.
“The acquisition of Providence Bank provided us with an opportunity to make changes to our organization so that we can accommodate for the current and future growth of our teams,” says Mandy Lewis, Chief Deposit Services Officer of First Mid Bank & Trust. “Both Elisha and Bethanie have shown tremendous leadership over the years, and I am confident in their abilities to lead our deposit services team and achieve great results.”
As Division Manager, Walters will be responsible for overseeing the banking locations in the northern region of the First Mid Illinois banking footprint, which includes the Decatur, Peoria, and Sullivan regions. Before stepping into this role, Walters served as Vice President, Regional Deposit Manager, managing the locations in Decatur and its surrounding areas. She began her career with First Mid in 2000 and has held many positions within the company, including Customer Service Representative, Teller Supervisor, and Retail Lending Officer.
In Cougill’s role as Division Manager, she will be responsible for overseeing the banking locations in Central and Southern Illinois and the St. Louis metro region. Prior to this role, Cougill served as Vice President, Regional Deposit Manager of Central Illinois. She joined the First Mid team in 1998 as a Teller and has also served as Customer Service Representative and Branch Manager.
Regency Multifamily has earned national recognition for customer service excellence for the fourteenth consecutive year as the 2020 A List Award Winner for Category III. The A List Award for Real Estate Excellence, presented by CEL & Associates,
Inc., recognizes companies whose management performance and commitment to the highest level of quality of service are considered the “Best in the Industry.”
“Regency’s best asset continues to be our employees,” said Teresa Kelnhofer, President and CEO of Regency Multifamily. “We have a winning team that is focused, driven, and they take great care of our residents.”
A List Award winners are selected based on results from resident surveys conducted by CEL& Associates. Surveys are sent to residents at all Regency-owned and managed apartment communities. CEL & Associates compiles its “Best in the Industry” list of companies whose scores indicate the “ability to perform at higher standard in providing quality customer service” compared to their peer groups across the country. The feedback received is reviewed thoroughly to address residents’ concerns or implement new ideas.
For more information about Regency Multifamily go to Regency-Multifamily.com.
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.”