Central Illinois Business Magazine
ACHIEVEMENTS      February 2017
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Pixo welcomes Pollack

Julia Pollack joined the Pixo team in 2016. She received a Master of Digital Humanities from The City University of New York’s Graduate Center and a Master Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. As a librarian she’s interested in information infrastructures and books. In her role as an information scientist and a digital humanist, she is especially interested in how technology can facilitate new levels of engagement and access to information. As a UX Designer, Pollack is focused on the relationship between visual displays of information and user interaction.

Skube joins Busey Bank as finance director of mortgage and retail

Lawrence “Larry” Skube has joined Busey Bank as a senior vice president & finance director of mortgage and retail. For nearly 30 years, Skube has served various financial organizations with expertise in hedge accounting, treasury finance, derivatives, mortgages, securitizations, liquidity management and financial reporting. Skube, who is a certified public accountant, earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from the College of Business at Illinois State University in Normal and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Pence joins Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, LLP

Philip J. Pence is an associate at Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, LLP. Previously, Pence had served as the firm’s law clerk since 2015. He concentrates his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation and employment law. Additionally, Pence practices civil litigation broadly, including civil rights, insurance defense, and professional malpractice defense. Pence graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy. He then graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2016.

Griffith becomes Pixo developer

Steve Griffith got into computers because of a video game called, “Neverwinter Nights.” Eventually he started building custom content for the game, including scripting in a C-like language. He discovered an inescapable passion that drove him to a career in computer programming. He got his first programming job in 2010. He joined Pixo in 2016 as a developer. Griffith is also an amateur MMA fighter and strongman competitor. He likes to hike, fish, and hunt. He spends a good deal of time on fitness, and built a gym at his house- “the Mansion” -in Sidney.

Dixon attends meeting

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois President and CEO Joan Dixon recently attended the annual meeting of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Charitable Trust Advisory Council in Chicago.

Madigan updated council members on major litigation and trends affecting charities in Illinois.

The Charitable Trust Advisory Council was created to serve, study and advise the attorney general on issues regarding charitable giving, volunteerism and fundraising in Illinois. The council is a permanent body composed of citizens selected by the attorney general.

Of the 50 members of the council, Dixon, who has been a member since 2013, is the only representative from East Central Illinois and one of only seven members from outside the Chicago area.

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