Central Illinois Business Magazine
ACHIEVEMENTS      December 2015
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SURS Employee of the Year

Linda Johnson, applications analyst at the State Universities Retirement System in Champaign, has been named Employee of the Year 2015. Johnson began her career at SURS in 2005 in the applications development and research department. Prior to that, she was a consultant to the system. During the past year, Johnson spearheaded the redevelopment of the SURS employee website and several other significant programming projects that enabled SURS to continue to provide innovative member services. Johnson was nominated and selected by her co-workers.

Max McComb receives award

Realtor Max McComb , a broker with Re/Max Realty Associates of Champaign is the 2015 Realtor of the Year for the Champaign County Association of Realtors or CCAR.  McComb currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Champaign County Association of Realtors. He has served as a member of the board of directors for CCAR and on several CCAR committees and working groups. He is also active with the Illinois Association of Realtors.

Thompson joins Clark-Lindsey as Executive Chef

Kyle Thompson recently joined Clark-Lindsey as Executive Chef. His 10 years of chef experience encompasses restaurants, cruise lines, and hotels. He has worked locally and in numerous locations around the world including: Stuttgart, Germany; Paris, France; Las Vegas, Honolulu, HI and Virginia Beach, VA. Thompson attained his culinary degree from Paul Smith College in Paul Smith, NY.

Difanis is treasurer

Matt Difanis has been installed as the 2016 Treasurer of the Illinois Association of Realtors. He is a co-owner of Re/Max Realty Associates in Champaign. Difanis was recently named Central Illinois Business Magazine’s "Forty Under 40" Man of the Year. 

City of Urbana hires new economic development specialist

Libby Horwitz has joined the City of Urbana, Deparment of Community Development, Economic Development Division, as an Economic Development Specialist.  Horwitz moved from Philadelphia, Pa., where she completed her masters in urban planning.

Urbana welcomes Rejc

Matthew Rejc joins the City of Urbana community development department as a community development specialist in the grants management division. Rejc graduated with his bachelor of arts in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 and with his masters of urban planning degree also from UIUC in 2015.

City of Urbana hires Thomas

Miles Thomas has joined the City of Urbana, department of community development services, economic development division, as an economic development specialist.  Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in architecture and geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is currently completing his masters of urban planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fotzler joins Pixo

Matt Fotzler joined the Pixo team in September 2015 as a developer. Fotzler has worked in software consulting since graduating and is experienced with Microsoft's .NET stack, and enjoys learning other languages and technologies.



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