Central Illinois Business Magazine
ACHIEVEMENTS      August 2014
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.

Damler joins First National Bank of Ogden

Jeff Damler of Champaign has joined The First National Bank of Ogden as vice president, commercial lending. Damler previously worked at Heartland Bank & Trust Co. as a commercial lender. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in finance.

Urbana Park District receives honor

The Urbana Park District has been recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.
The two statewide associations administer the Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program with the goal of improving the delivery of park and recreation services to Illinois residents.         Park districts or recreation agencies interested in applying for the recognition undergo an application and evaluation process that includes a review of general management procedures, finance and business operations, facilities and parks, personnel, recreation services, legal documentation and other materials including mission statements, goals and safety manuals.

Country Financial representative receives national award

Country Financial representative Terry Hill of St. Joseph has received the Multiline Quality Award, presented annually by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. The award recognizes financial representatives who are dedicated to clients, adhere to the association’s code of ethics and pursue ongoing education efforts.

ESS Clean Inc. recognized for its website

ESS Clean was recognized with an award by the Building Service Contractors Association International for best company website for a midsize company. The award is among those given annually to organizations that enhance the image of the building service contracting industry.

Meinhart Hickey receives certification

Carol Meinhart Hickey of the SellingHomes24-7 Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate (formerly Prudential Snyder Real Estate) received the Military Relocation Professional certification from the National Association of Realtors. The certification demonstrates dedication to helping military service professionals find housing solutions that allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.

Jen Ryan joins Clark-Lindsey as executive chef

Jen Ryan has joined Clark-Lindsey as executive chef. Ryan moved here from St. Louis, where she held chef positions at restaurants, corporations and a casino. Ryan was actively involved in the Urban Garden movement in St. Louis and hopes to foster farm-to-table dining experiences at Clark-Lindsey.

Christie Clinic adds vein & vascular specialists

Christie Clinic has added five vein and vascular specialists
within its Vein & Vascular Center. They offer services for all vascular disorders, including varicose veins, aneurysms, stroke, poor circulation and other diagnoses related to the arteries and veins.
    Dr. Jennifer Ash earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois Medical School in Springfield in 2003. She completed her residency in general surgery at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. In 2010, she completed specialized fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Ash is board-certified in general surgery and vascular/endovascular surgery.
    Dr. Ravishankar Hasanadka earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2002. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In 2011, he completed specialized fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Hasanadka is board-certified in general surgery and vascular/endovascular surgery.
    Dr. Syed Hussain earned his medical degree from Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine in 1999. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. In 2006, he completed specialized fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Hussain is board-certified in general surgery and vascular/endovascular surgery.
    Sherri Morrison received her associate degree in nursing from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. She received her bachelor’s degree in physician assistant from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has been a physician extender in vascular and endovascular surgery since 2008.
    Trisha Stetzler received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in Peoria. She has been a physician extender in vascular and endovascular surgery since 2012.



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Editor's Note

Heading toward harvest

As I’m writing this, the corn is taller than me, the soybeans are lush and green, and one of the hot topics for farmers this summer is drones. In July, farmers attended a two-day Precision Aerial Ag Show in Decatur to learn how they could scout their fields with drones, identifying problem areas where drainage needs improving or where pests or weeds are causing damage.

Another hot topic — one that is not quite so fun — is Palmer amaranth. The invasive weed has developed a resistance to herbicides. Weed experts are trying to raise awareness among farmers, saying this is a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The University of Illinois has developed recommendations for managing Palmer amaranth. Read in this issue what experts are recommending to farmers.

Also in this issue, a UI food scientist discusses his perspective on labeling food containing genetically modified ingredients. If you are interested in learning more about other hot topics in agriculture, check out the UI’s Agronomy Day on Aug. 14. Learn more at http://aces.illinois.edu/calendar/agronomy-day-2014.

Jodi Heckel is editor of Central Illinois Business magazine. She can be reached at 217-351-5695 or jheckel@news-gazette.com.