Hills Bank and Trust promotes four

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Sarah Johnson, a recruiter at Management Recruiters of Cedar Rapids, achieved the designation of Certified Senior Project coordinator, the highest rank awarded to project coordinators at MRINetwork.

Brian Brown (see photo), owner of the Cedar Rapids brokerage business Murphy Business and Financial Corp., was given an award for his excellence in brokering business deals throughout the past year.


Anna Metz (see photo) has been hired as pharmacist in Pinnaclife’s research division. Metz has worked as a clinical pharmacist in Monroe, Wis., for the past three years.

That Cellular Place, with offices in Iowa City, Fairfield and Williamsburg, has named Rick Milks (see photo) as business wireless consultant.

Holly A. Grieder (see photo) and Steven C. Leidinger (see photo) have joined the Cedar Rapids law firm of Lynch Dallas as associates. Each maintains a general practice.

Hired at Cedar Rapids-based Altorfer Inc. as machine sales representatives in the construction division were Bruce Vieth (see photo) for Linn, Johnson, Jones and Cedar counties, and Ben Dinsdale (see photo) for Black Hawk, Buchanan, Tama, Benton and Poweshiek counties.

Tom Garland (see photo) has been hired as sales manager for Nesper Sign Advertising, Inc., responsible for the Midwest Sales Region.


Tiffini Kieler (see photo) has been promoted to senior art director and design team lead at ME&V. Kieler previously worked for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Matt Pavelka (see photo) has been promoted to sergeant in the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. He will be assigned as a supervisor at the Linn County Correctional Center.

Hills Bank and Trust Co. announced four promotions: Jennifer Hingst (see photo) to vice president, branch manager, in the Coralville office; Kris Kaalberg (see photo) to vice president, branch manager, in the Wellman office; Jeff Ritchie (see photo) to vice president, trust officer, in the North Liberty Forevergreen office; Aaron Schaefer (see photo) to vice president, trust investment officer, in the North Liberty Forevergreen office.


Channing Swanson (see photo) and Khalid Khan (see photo), both with Neumann Monson Architects in Des Moines, have been elected to the board of directors.

Mercy Medical Center named to its board John-Paul Besong (see photo), Rockwell Collins; Chris DeWolf (see photo), Lil’ Drug Store Products; and Nancy Kasparek (see photo), US Bank.

The Cedar Rapids Community School District Board of Education elected Mary Meisterling (see photo), Alliant Energy, to a one-year term as president; Nancy Humbles (see photo), University of Iowa, was elected vice president. Other board members are Gary Anhalt, John Laverty, Ann Rosenthal, Keith Westercamp and Allen Witt.

Named to the NAIFA board in the Iowa City area were Mike Stimmel, president; Clint Hinderacker, president-elect; Heath Boeke, treasurer-secretary; Amy LaGrange, past president; Barb Stimmel, executive secretary; Duke McGrath, national committee; Clint Hinderacker chairman; Colleen Davis, Duke McGrath, Tim Meyer, Amy LaGrange, membership; Anthony Schau, health; Karen Humbert and Allen Leichty as co-chairpersons for programs/professional development; Elizabeth Rickels-Ster, community service; Devon Wendler, chair for YAT/Mentoring; Denny Visser (PAC) and Josh Oswald (PIC), government relations; Amy LaGrange, and field practices and awards.


Steven P. Nelson of Coralville has joined the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has been appointed director of the organization’s new Center on Pharmacy Practice Model Advancement. He most recently was interim director of the t University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’s Department of Pharmaceutical Care.

Tim Sebetka (see photo), Collins Community Credit Union, has been appointed president of the Iowa Mortgage Association by the Iowa Mortgage Association Board of Governors.


Steve Willette (see photo), City State Bank, attended the annual session of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Veridian Credit Union has been named one of Iowa’s Top Workplaces by Workplace Dynamics.

Becker’s Hospital Review named St. Luke’s Hospital to its list of 100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs.


Nominations for the Iowa Partners In Efficiency Award are being accepted through Oct. 11 by the Iowa Business Council. An application and additional details can be accessed at www.iowabusinesscouncil.org or http://lean.iowa.gov.


South Slope Cooperative Communications has selected National Information Solutions Cooperative and the iVUE suite of software solutions to support its operations and customer care.


Veridian Credit Union has been recognized as the first Blue Zones certified worksite in Waterloo.


RecBob, a Cedar Rapids startup, has been selected to demonstrate its technological innovations at DEMO Fall 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif.

A SCORE workshop on “Key HR Concepts” will be 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Marion Public Library. For more information, call (319) 431-4574 or email workshops@scorecr.org.

The Mercy Hospital Foundation and Regina Foundation are sponsoring two free seminars on Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Patrick’s Church Social Hall, 4330 St. Patrick’s Dr., Iowa City. Johni Hays, vice president of Thompson & Associates, will be the presenter. The first session, “Planned Giving & Ethics,” is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $30. The second session, “How to Enhance and Protect Your Wealth: Estate Planning in 2012,” is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. To register, call (319) 354-5866 or visit www.icreginafoundation.com.

Iowa Traders of Iowa will conduct a seminar on “Global Trade Finance” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the University of Northern Iowa’s the multicultural center in Cedar Falls. Curt Hanson, principal of the Trade Acceptance Group, will speak. Registration and networking begins at 9 a.m. Register at www.iowatraders.org/eastern.

CEC, a systems and technology integrator, will hold its Business Technology Conference, a free one-day forum, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Coralville Marriott. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the conference held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register visit www.btciowa.com.

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