Central Illinois Business Magazine
ACHIEVEMENTS      October 2016
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Sturdyvin joins bank

Mike Sturdyvin has joined First Financial Bank as its regional mortgage sales manager at the South Prospect Banking Center at 1611 S. Prospect Ave., C.

He oversees residential mortgage lending in Champaign-Urbana and the Bloomington-Normal area.

Sturdyvin has more than 25 years in the mortgage loan business and can be reached at 351-6620 or 369-8500.

He is a graduate of Urbana High School, Parkland College and Southern Illinois University.


Ruggieri appointed chair

Alex Ruggieri , senior investment adviser for SVN-Ramshaw Real Estate, has accepted an appointment to chair the National Association of Realtors’ Commercial Leadership Forum.

Ruggieri will begin his one-year term in November at the conclusion of the Realtors Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla.

The committee provides members, staff and volunteer leadership of NAR’s commercial structures with the opportunity to learn and exchange information about commercial real estate issues.

Hammel joins Christie Clinic

Christie Clinic welcomes Dr. Mitch Hammel to the department of family medicine. In the department of family medicine, Hammel diagnoses and treats non-surgical illnesses or disorders from infancy through adulthood and promotes wellness care for patients of all ages. Hammel is located at 1801 West Windsor Road in Champaign and is available by appointment.

Jassman joins Busey team

The Busey Wealth Management Team welcomes Carrie Jassman as tax specialist. Jassman, a Certified Public Accountant with more than 12 years of tax experience, coordinates various aspects of tax reporting as well as the preparation of trust, individual and charitable tax returns. She earned her bachelor degree in accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Brandon promoted to trust and wealth

Hickory Point Bank announced that Dave Brandon has been named as an associate in the Trust and Wealth Management Group.  In addition to trust account management, Brandon will develop new business in the areas of trust, shareholder services, investment management, and farm management.

VP recognized as mentor

Chris Billing , PE., Vice President of Berns, Clancy and Associates P.C., Urbana, was awarded the 2016 Mentor of the Year for the State of Illinois by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers at its recent annual convention in Normal. The award recognizes an Illinois Society of Professional Engineers member who best exemplifies the ideal image of a mentor. Billing has mentored young engineers over the last 25 years through the Berns, Clancy and Associates mentorship program. He also mentors young students through the fifth grade Engineer in the Classroom program and Urbana High School’s internship program to provide guidance to potential future scientists and engineers.

McDaniel promoted

Hickory Point Bank announced that Kip McDaniel has been named mortgage loan officer for the Champaign-Urbana area. “This promotion demonstrates our confidence in Kip, earned through his dedicated service to Hickory Point Bank and its clients,” said Dan Marker, Vice President, Mortgage Lending. McDaniel is located at Hickory Point Bank, 202 W. Park Ave., Champaign, and may be reached at 217-351-7100.

Clinic welsomes surgeon

Christie Clinic welcomes Dr. Rafael Ruggieri to the department of general surgery. In the department of general surgery, Ruggieri diagnoses and treats diseases or injuries that require general surgery, and care for the surgical needs of both children and adults. Dr. Ruggieri is located at 101 West University Avenue in Champaign.

Director wins award

Lois Steinberg , director of Iyengar Yoga Champaign-Urbana received the Lighting the Way  award from the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US at the recent convention held in Boca Raton, Florida. The award is a Lifetime Achievement Award. A national committee makes a selection from a list of nominees selected by the members. Lois has served on the IYNAUS board as well as the certification committee and is an assessor of that committee. She has written numerous books and scientific articles published in peer reviewed journals such as Spine  on the efficacy of Iyengar Yoga and therapeutic applications.

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