Ex-Enron executive named for Beyond Rubies Conference

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New Hires

Riley Williams (see photo) joined Hills Bank and Trust Co. as credit officer in the Hills branch.

Jeff Rosencrants (see photo) joined Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergmen as associate. Rosencrants was previously with Alliant Energy.

Krista Winkleblack (see photo) joined the Iowa City law firm of Lynch, Michael & Raiber LLP as associate attorney.

Miron Construction Co. hired John Morgan as project superintendent for its Cedar Rapids office.


Crystal Raiber (see photo) has been named a partner in the Iowa City law firm of Lynch, Michael & Raiber, LLP. Raiber joined the firm in 2008 as associate.

Tony Lounsberry (see photo) of SpeedConnect has been promoted to area vice president.


In addition to electing Tom Barnes (see photo) of Barnes Manufacturing to a two-year term as chairman, the Marion Economic Development Co. also named Jennifer Decker (see photo), Hogan Hansen PC, as treasurer and Ray Brown (see photo), ESCO Group, as incoming chairman.

Jerad Suess (see photo) has been elected to the Willowwind School board of directors. He is a senior accountant with Terry Lockridge & Dunn.


Michelle Hewitt of Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids graduated from the National Association of Health Care Assistants’ Certified Preceptor Course.

Brian Rosteck (see photo) of Skogman Commercial Group earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute.

Chad Stecher (see photo) of Terry Lockridge & Dunn has passed the comprehensive exam to earn the Enrolled Agent designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

Structural engineers Joshua Kuperman (see photo) and Tim McDermott (see photo) have received Professional Engineering licenses. Kuperman is in the Coralville office of VJ Engineering and McDermott is in its Cedar Rapids office.

Crystal Group Inc., Hiawatha, has been certified to AS9100C aerospace standards.


Chris Anderson (see photo), director of Quality Assurance for MidAmerican Aerospace, received the 2012 Edward J. Glueckler Award at the Aviation Suppliers Association annual conference. He also was appointed to his third term as chairman of the ASA quality committee.

John Yeomans (see photo), a professional farm manager, received the Farmers National Company Gold Eagle Award for real estate sales in 2012.

AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance of Iowa City has been named a 2013 GEM Agency by the IMT Group.

The Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and the Community Corrections Improvement Association have been recognized by the American Probation and Parole Association for its outstanding programs and leadership. The CCIA received APPA’s National Excellence in Crime Prevention Award.

New location

The Ghosh Center for Oncology and Hematology will move to 1951 51st St. NE effective Monday. An open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

New business

Premiere Business Solutions, based in Des Moines, will open a regional office in April at 324 Second St. SE, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids.

Live Well Counseling & Consulting LLC at 99 N. Center Point Rd. in Hiawatha opened Jan. 2, with services in mental health counseling, life coaching, church consulting and mediation. It is owned and operated by Blair A’Hearn, a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Go to www.my-livewell.com or call (319) 899-3913.


A free workshop on “Maximizing Your Sales” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave. SCORE of East Central Iowa will be the sponsor.

The Marion Chamber of Commerce will host a free legislative forum Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers of Marion City Hall, 1225 Sixth Ave. State Sen. Liz Mathis and State Representatives Daniel Lundby and Kraig Paulsen will attend. Visit www.marioncc.org or call (319) 377-6316.

The Society for Technical Communications Eastern Iowa chapter will host a webinar “Bulletproofing Your Career Online,” with Ben Woelk and Hannah Morgan, noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 12. To register, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5033750082.

Information on emerging dairy industry issues will be available at the ISU Extension Dairy Days in Kalona on Feb. 12. The daylong program, held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 514 B Ave., starts at 9:30 a.m. Fee is $5. Register at www.tinyurl/dairydays or call (877) 435-7322.

Sherron Watkins (see photo), the former Enron executive who brought to light accounting irregularities at the corporation that led to its bankruptcy and ultimate demise, will give the keynote address at the Beyond Rubies Conference March 27-28 at Kirkwood Community College. Her presentation, “The Courage of Your Convictions: Lessons of Enron and Ethical Corporate Leadership,” will be 1 to 2:15 p.m., March 27, at The Kirkwood Center. To register, visit www.kirkwood.edu/rubies or call (319) 398-1022.


An open house and networking event, sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group and Moon Eye Ventures, will be held Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 134 East Main St., Lisbon. Visit www.visitmvl.com.

Iowa Quality Center will hold a networking session on visual controls, “Lean Six Sigma Network,” 7:30 to 9 a.m., Feb. 13, at the Kirkwood Training & Outrech Services, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. Call 398-7101.


E-commerce company US Cargo Control of Urbana has become a member of the national Web Sling & Tie Down Association.

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