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First row: Michelle Beisker, Jake Bryant, Robert Callahan, Allen DeHeck. Second row: Brian Duffy, Melody Graham, Wesley Hillseshiem, Kelly Harris. Third row: Matt Howard, Holly Huggins. Tammy Karr, Scott Keeling. Fourth row: Jimmy Losasso, Michael Lown, Rachael Milliman, Chris Moen. Fifth row: Nich Radcliffe, Whitney Randall, Harold Stone, Nathan Stucky. Sixth row: Mike Wilwol, Grant Wynia
First row: Michelle Beisker, Jake Bryant, Robert Callahan, Allen DeHeck. Second row: Brian Duffy, Melody Graham, Wesley Hillseshiem, Kelly Harris. Third row: Matt Howard, Holly Huggins. Tammy Karr, Scott Keeling. Fourth row: Jimmy Losasso, Michael Lown, Rachael Milliman, Chris Moen. Fifth row: Nich Radcliffe, Whitney Randall, Harold Stone, Nathan Stucky. Sixth row: Mike Wilwol, Grant Wynia

New employees

Harold R. Stone (see photo) joined Farmers State Bank as vice president, commercial lending in the Van Buren Village office on Edgewood Road SW. Stone was commercial lender at Hills Bank & Trust.

Urbana-based Clickstop hired Tammy Karr (see photo) as freight and customs manager. Karr was previously with Fleet Priority Services. Jake Bryant (see photo) joined the warehouse and fulfillment team as warehouse associate.

The Iowa College Access Network named Rob Miller executive director. Miller previously led ICAN from 2007 to 2009.

Jimmy Losasso (see photo) joined MindFire Communication as design arsonist.

The Iowa City Downtown District named Nancy Bird as its first executive director. For the past 10 years Bird has been with AECOM, a architecture firm in Seattle.

Per Mar Security Services hired Brian Duffy (see photo) as general manager at the Cedar Rapids branch operation.

Kelly Harris (see photo) joined Skywlk Group as senior recruiter. Harris was previously with Randstad.

Mount Mercy University announced several new hires. Robert B. Callahan (see photo) was named vice president for enrollment management; Michelle Beisker (see photo) as director of development; Nathan Stucky (see photo) as director of human resources; Michael Lown (see photo) as admissions representative for advance and graduate programs; and Nich Radcliffe (see photo) as drama coordinator.



Deloitte announced three recent promotions: Matt Howard (see photo) to audit director, Rachael Milliman (see photo) to audit manager and Grant Wynia (see photo) to tax manager.

Clickstop in Urbana promoted Allen DeHeck (see photo) and Scott Keeling (see photo) were promoted to warehouse supervisors.

Mike Wilwol (see photo) was appointed emergency management and safety officer at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Wilwol most recently worked as facilities compliance manager at Mercy.

Melody A. Graham (see photo) was named provost of Mount Mercy University, after serving as acting provost since July 2011.

Hills Bank and Trust Company announced three recent promotions: Holly Huggins (see photo) to commercial banking officer in the southwest Cedar Rapids branch, Chris Moen (see photo) to credit officer in the Hills office and Whitney Randall (see photo) to commercial deposits officer in the Coralville office.


Wesley Hilleshiem (see photo) with Bank Iowa in Cedar Rapids was recognized by the Society of Financial Service Professionals as a Top Leader in FSP’s 40 and Under Program.

Al Gieseman of Steamatic of Cedar Rapids received the 25-Year Longevity award during Steamatic Inc.’s Biannual International Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center was the recipient of the 2011/2012 APEX Quality Award rewarded by CTQ Solutions, for the second consecutive year.


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CRST International Inc. in Cedar Rapids was recognized by two logistics publications for its excellence in the trucking industry. CRST Logistics Inc., one of the operating companies, again was named to the list of Top 100 Third-Party Logistics Providers by Inbound Logistics magazine. CRST Expedited Inc., also an operating company, won its 12th Quest for Quality Award from Logistics Management magazine.


“How to Market Your Existing Business” will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave. To register, contact Dianne Martin at or call (319) 431-4574.

“How to Really Start Your Business” will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 11, 18 and 25, at the Kirkwood Training & Outreach Service Center, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. Cost is $59 for all three sessions. Contact Dianne Martin at or call (319) 431-4574.

More than 50 industry experts will present and/or exhibit at Van Meter Inc.’s 2012 ThinkEnergy Expo Sept. 12 at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. The event is dedicated to promoting sustainable business practices. Stephen Roosa, author of “The Sustainable Development Handbook,” will deliver the keynote address. Cost is $69. Go to

“Sharpen Your Financial Coaching Skills” begins Sept. 12 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The five-week Iowa State University Extension and Outreach course is designed for those working in not-for-profit organizations who assist others with financial management concerns. Registration deadline is Sept. 7. The course fee is $60. Contact Phyllis Zalenski at (319) 462-2791 or

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will keynote the Women’s Connection’s Sept. 18 “Women in Leadership” luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at Whispering Pines, 1963 N. Tipton Rd., Muscatine. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Call Amanda Garrett at (309) 631-0167 or online at

Author and founder of Next Generation Consulting Rebecca Ryan will speak at two events in the Corridor. She’ll be the keynote for Impact CR and EPIC’s Next Gen. Summit, set for 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW. Go to Ryan also will speak at the Iowa City Area Development Group annual meeting and breakfast, set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Celebration Farm, Iowa City. The meeting is sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Airport. Register at or call (319) 354-3939. Cost to attend is $25 for ICAD Group 2030 Visionaries and investors, and $35 for the public.


The American Advertising Federation-Cedar Rapids-Iowa City will host a free networking session at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, in the Nile Kinnick Conference Room at The Gazette, 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. The event will include viewing the live AAF webinar “Innovative Ideas in Digital Advertising: Should Technology Dictate Creativity?” The bring-your-own brown-bag lunch will be moderated by Fritz McDonald, assistant vice president of Communications & Marketing for Mount Mercy University.



The Cedar Rapids Public Relations Associates will begin its 37th season at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 13, at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Cedar Rapids. Doug Neumann, executive vice president of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, will present “The New Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.” Reservations required at

Open house

The Economic Alliance and Innovation Center will hold an open house 5 to 7 p.m., Sept. 25, at its new facility at 501 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids. The space was formerly the Science Station and IMAX theater


Stamats has launched Stamats Healthcare Marketing. The Cedar Rapids marketing company will be a featured presenter at the American Hospital Association’s Society for Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development conference next month.

Pinnaclife Inc., a Coralville-based research company, has reached an agreement for Nashville, Tenn. NDC Inc. to be exclusive distributor of Pinnaclife Animal Health products in North America.



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