Central Illinois Business Magazine
ACHIEVEMENTS      May 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.

Clark Lindsey's Wilcox and Leach complete Leadership Academy

                Ron Wilcox , vice president of residential services, and Kellijo Leach , wellness coordinator, of Clark-Lindsey  Urbana recently completed the yearlong Leadership Academy program offered by Leading Age Illinois. Prospective academy fellows are required to apply to the academy and a limited number of applicants are accepted each year. The academy was created to develop leaders who are passionate, empowered, visionary and committed to lifelong learning so they are able to successfully advocate for older adults while evoking excellence within their organization. Leading Age Illinois is the largest elder care association in Illinois and the state affiliate of the national Leading Age organization.

Hathaway joins Meyer-Capel

    The law firm of Meyer Capel announced that Colby G. Hathaway has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Hathaway received his juris doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 2012. His legal practice will concentrate in the area of family law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Laramee joins Busey

    Roger Laramee has joined Busey Wealth Management as vice president and private wealth adviser. Laramee assists clients by providing comprehensive, personalized solutions to their individual financial needs, as well as their charitable giving interests. With nearly three decades of experience, he is dedicated to fostering strong relationships and building trust with diverse constituencies. He specializes in charitable giving strategies, estate planning, trust administration, wealth transfer, campaign and major gifts, management and leadership, donor relationships and stewardship.
    Laramee is actively involved in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, National Society for Fundraising Executives, National Committee on Planned Giving — Chicago Chapter and Central Illinois Chapter and the American Council on Gift Annuities. A native of Central Illinois, he is a board member of Sinfonia da Camera and volunteers his time and efforts to 40 North, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, McLean County Art Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum and Mulberry Art School.

Jurczyk named director

    Jenette Jurczyk was recently named director of operations at One Main Development LLC, located in downtown Champaign. Jurczyk has more than 10 years of property management experience, including Class A mixed use, residential and student housing. She received her BFA and MBA from the University of Illinois and is very active in Junior League of Champaign-Urbana, the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre, and United Way.

Blatzer new marketing director at Clark-Lindsey

    Karen Blatzer was promoted to Clark-Lindsey’s director of marketing after serving as marketing supervisor for the past year. Blatzer has a decade of local experience in marketing and public relations. Prior to that, she spent six years as a TV news reporter/anchor for various NBC affiliates across the country.

Ryan named in top three in chef competition

    Executive chef Jen Ryan placed third in the Missouri Organic Association’s Cochon 15 Top Chef Challenge in Springfield, MO. The event generated great interest from both the chefs who competed for the title and the participants who tasted the foods and judged the final MOA Top Chef 2015.

Ravishankar Hasanadka named Guardian Angel

    Christie Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Ravishankar Hasanadka , of Christie Clinic’s Vein and Vascular Center was named a Presence Covenant Medical Center Guardian Angel. He is seen here, holding a certificate recognizing his outstanding care provided to patients.

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Fresh edition of CIB

By Bridget Broihahn

Hello everyone. My name is Bridget Broihahn and I'm the new editor for CIB. I look forward to getting to know more about the businesses in Central Illinois. This issue has been exciting to create.

Spring is finally here, and business in Champaign County is alive and well, ready to take on the outdoor season.

That is certainly true for BRG Sports, our feature story. This outstanding company just keeps breaking records and winning awards in business. Led by energetic and enthusiastic general manager Lewis Hornsby, this crew makes hard work look easy as they gear up for the bicycling season. His energy level had me motivated, and the employees left me energized.

I also hope you'll check out the article on Scientific Animations Without Borders, better known as SAWBO. Barry Pittendrigh and Julia Bello-Bravo came up with a great way to share information worldwide through animation. It's free, and a great resource for the world community.

The dedicated businesspeople I had the chance to share some time with for this issue inspired me. This includes Steve Tarrant of State Farm. He's one of those people who pulls up a chair, cracks open a soda and lends you a hand. He makes your peace of mind his business.

Additionally, I had the chance to hang out with the game designers at Volition. This unique group made its mark in the video gaming industry, and has made Champaign home. They even gave this mom of a teenage boy some cool points, if just for a little while, anyway. That's no small feat!

Bridget Broihahn is editor of Central Illinois Business magazine. She can be reached at 217-351-5695 or bbroihahn@news-gazette.com.