Central Illinois Business Magazine
ACHIEVEMENTS      February 2015
EDITOR'S NOTE: Have you been promoted? Has a colleague completed an intensive education program, or is one celebrating a well-earned retirement? Others in the business community will want to know it. Send milestone employment news and photos to cibm@news-gazette.com, or contact Jodi Heckel at 217-351-5695.

Zahrn promoted at Parkland College Business Training

Brooke Zahrn was promoted to program manager at Parkland College Business Training.  Zahrn joined Parkland’s social sciences department in 2009 and became an operations assistant in business training in 2010. In her new role, Zahrn will work with area employers to improve productivity and effectiveness through employee training, consulting, coaching and mentoring.

George joins Christie Clinic Family Medicine

Dr. Lindsey George has joined Christie Clinic’s Department of Family Medicine at 1801 W. Windsor Road, Champaign. George received her medical degree from the University of Szeged in Hungary and fulfilled her family medicine residency at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She is a member of the
American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians, and she is board-certified in family medicine.

Lipka promoted at McGladrey

Keith Lipka has been promoted to assurance senior associate at the Champaign office of McGladrey LLP. Lipka joined the firm on October 2012.
        He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University. He is a certified public accountant.

Green, Barickman named Rising Stars

Attorneys Randall H. Gree n and Jason A. Barickman with the law firm Meyer Capel have been selected as members of the 2015 Illinois Rising Stars list. Each year no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the honor.
    Green is a shareholder at the firm, with offices in Champaign and Bloomington. His practice focuses on corporate and real estate transactions.
    Barickman is a principal with the firm. His practice focuses on real estate, including acquisitions, sales and developments of office buildings, multifamily residential properties, industrial sites and other real estate projects. He also concentrates in corporate law.

Baxter joins Re/Max

Kelly Baxter has joined the Russ Taylor team with Re/Max Realty Associates. Baxter received her finance degree from Virginia Tech in 2007.
    She can be reached at either the Champaign or Mahomet Re/Max office.

Herriott joins Busey Ag Services as farm manager

Daniel Herriott has joined Busey Ag Services as farm manager. He will assist clients with all aspects of farm management, including leases, crop input purchasing, crop scouting, crop production marketing and farming operation improvements.
    Herriott graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University with a degree in agricultural business and agronomy management. He is a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Champaign County Farm Bureau, Young Ag Leaders and Unity FFA Alumni.

Shurtz joins Re/Max

Realtor Paula Shurtz has joined Re/Max Realty Associates. Shurtz, a Champaign native, has had a long career in local real estate, including co-founding a local brokerage.

Kauffman, Montoya and Zuber join Christie Clinic

Whitney Kauffman and Morgan Montoya have joined the Department of Dermatology at Christie Clinic as physician assistants, and Stephanie Zuber has joined the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat as a physician assistant.

Harrington appointed to national advisory board

Tim Harrington of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty has been appointed to the company’s national advisory board. He will represent the Midwest region. Harrington is one of nine members of the board, and he will serve a three-year term.

Butler and Edmonson join Ratio Architects

 Two new employees have joined the Champaign office of Ratio Architects.
Craig Butler is an architect and Matthew Edmonson is a landscape architect with the firm.

Lakshmi is Physician of the Year

Dr. B. Lakshmi was named 2014 Physician of the Year by Presence Covenant Medical Center. Lakshmi is a Christie Clinic cardiologist and has been on the Presence Covenant medical staff since 1999. He is the chairperson of the credentials committee and is a member of the medical staff quality committee. He is also a clinical associate professor for the University of Illinois School of Medicine.
    The Physician of the Year award recognizes outstanding physicians. They are nominated by peers, staff and patients.



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Fresh edition of CIB

By John Foreman

No matter how long I live in East Central Illinois, I never cease to marvel at the innovative and diverse nature of its business community. Innovators seem to flourish in every corner.

Don Dodson, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette's longtime business editor, was among those friends to whom we turned to put out this issue of Central Illinois' favorite business magazine while we continue our search for a top-notch editor. Many people pitched in to make this edition possible, and I won't try to name them all for fear of missing someone. My job is simply to look at the finished product and introduce it to you.

I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Where, for example, would you go to find a piggy bank in the form of a portable toilet or a box for a life-size Star Trek action figure? The answer is in Ogden and ShapeMaster Inc.

And would you like to try a brew that won a Silver Medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup?

You needn't venture farther than Savoy. You'll find that story on page 8.

All that, plus more and lots of fresh stats, are inside.

Best wishes for a 2015 as robust as that microbrewed ale.

John Foreman is the former publisher of Central Illinois Business magazine.