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ACHIEVEMENTS      December 2016
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New role for former judge

Retired United States Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal of Mahomet has become “of counsel” with the Urbana law firm of Webber & Thies, P.C. Bernthal said he will be available to practice in the area of general litigation, including serving as co-counsel with other law firms.

Bernthal has served as federal magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois since 1995. Before that, he was an associate circuit judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in Vermilion County. While on the federal bench, Bernthal oversaw thousands of cases in areas such as commercial litigation, civil rights, employment disputes and intellectual property.

He served as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the court and was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges, a group of 11 judges from throughout the United States selected to advise the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Bernthal received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Bernthal is a past president of both the Champaign and Danville Rotary Clubs.

Gifford becomes financial advisor

Karla S. Gifford became a financial advisor in June at Financial Legacy Partners, Wealth Advisors of Raymond James based in Danville. Gifford has devoted her professional career to working with individuals and families on personal finance management, wealth accumulation, and legacy planning through her work in banking and non-profit development.

She provide guidance and assistance on retirement funding analysis and planning, investment portfolio management, estate planning, insurance analysis, education funding strategies, executive compensation analysis and comprehensive goal planning and monitoring platform analysis and plan implementation.

She will also partner with small businesses and corporations on their employee retirement plans and with non-profit foundations’ investment portfolio management.

Savoy clinic welcomes Caldwell

Loving Paws Pet Clinic, 507 S. Dunlap Ave., Savoy, recently announced the hiring of Aubrey Caldwell .

Caldwell is a licensed Certified Veterinary Technician. She has been working in the veterinary field for 10 years. She spent six years working in emergency medicine and critical care and four years in small animal practice. She is also trained in low stress handling techniques. Her areas of interest are pain management and providing patients with a low stress experience.

Sloniger joins Snyder Insurance

Grant Sloniger has been hired as sales manager and commercial insurance broker for Snyder Insurance, a division of The Snyder Companies. His duties will include leading the commercial, personal and benefits Sales teams, developing new customer relationships, and sourcing acquisitions, and partnership opportunities with other insurance agencies. His territory will cover the Snyder Insurance offices in Champaign, Bloomington and Springfield.

Since 2005, Sloniger was the Managing Director for a National Insurance Broker, overseeing their operations in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. He has been licensed as a Commercial Insurance and Benefits Broker in Illinois since 1992, earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1995 and served on numerous Agency Councils for some of the Nation’s top insurance companies.

Ruggieri receives award

Realtor Alex Ruggieri , Senior Investment Advisor for Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate in Champaign, is the 2016 Realtor of the Year for the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

Ruggieri received the award at a banquet on Oct. 29 at the I Hotel in Champaign. The award is based on involvement to the Realtor Association, real estate industry and contributions to the community.

Ruggieri has more than 40 years of commercial real estate industry experience and was recently named chairman of the National Association of Realtors Commercial Leadership Forum. The Commercial Leadership Forum committee works to provide members, staff and volunteer leadership of NAR’s commercial structures with an opportunity to learn about timely commercial real estate issues and exchange valuable information that contributes to their success.

Knight nominated for award

Gary Knight , president and owner of Carmack Car Capitol, a Honda and Hyundai dealer in Danville, has been nominated for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

Knight is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition in New Orleans on Jan. 27,2017.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.

Knight has been at the dealership, known then as Carmack Datsun, for 40-plus years. He became the sales manager, general manager, dealer principal, president and today, he is the sole owner of Carmack Car Capitol, a Honda and Hyundai store.

Snyder promoted

John Snyder , Executive Vice President and System Chief Operating Officer for the Carle health system, has been named Chief Administrative Officer of Health Alliance Medical Plans.

This additional role gives Snyder system-wide executive responsibility over all operational areas, including Health Alliance, Carle Foundation Hospital, Carle Physician Group, Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center and all of Carle’s business units.

Snyder joined Carle in 1988 and has held numerous leadership positions.


Barnes hospital chief

Lynne Barnes has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Carle Foundation Hospital.

Barnes has worked at Carle since 1977, most recently as Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations.

She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1976. Barnes is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on several community boards, including United Way.

She is also the president of the Promise Healthcare board of directors and on the YMCA board.

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