United Way honors volunteers for 2013

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Karl Cassell (see photo), previously executive director of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, will become president and CEO of Horizons, a family service alliance, on June 3.

Kelly Edmonds (see photo) was hired by Rinderknecht Associates Inc. as project manager.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center has hired Daniel Dennis (see photo) as the new chef de cuisine of the Class Act Restaurant. Dennis previously worked at Zins, the Cedar Rapids Marriott and Cedar Rapids Country Club.

Schmitt Telecom Partners Inc. hired Jeff DeLong (see photo) as its Corridor sales manager.

GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp. hired Jessica Perry (see photo), previously with Advance Auto Parts, as funding specialist, and Bea Wendel (see photo), who had been with Beecher Law, as litigation specialist.

Lori Cole (see photo) joined City State Bank as vice president and Central City branch manager. She was previously with Northwestern Mutual in Manchester.


David Lukan (see photo), previously an intern, was promoted to estimator/project engineer with Rinderknecht Associates Inc.

Emily McLane, a graphic design and marketing intern with Kinseth Hospitality Companies in North Liberty, was promoted to creative marketing specialist.


Named to the 2013-2014 Iowa Chiropractic Society board of directors were David Johnson (see photo), Chiropractic Associates, as a district director; Carmen Clemenson (see photo), Clemenson Chiropractic, as secretary; and Mary Audia, Corridor Chiropractic of Iowa, president. Johnson was also awarded the ICS Outstanding District Director Award.

Elected to the First Community Trust board of directors are Barry Stump (see photo) of Cedar Rapids and Dean Borg (see photo) of Mount Vernon.

CompTIA in Downers Grove, Ill., has named Mike Brogan, president and CEO of Erb’s Technology Solutions, Cedar Rapids, to its board of directors. Brogan will chair the board’s audit committee.


United Way recognized its Volunteers of the Year for 2013: Isaac Ipsan, Young Parents Network, Outstanding Youth Volunteer; Leanne Loehr, Families Helping Families, Outstanding Adult Volunteer; Mike Boyle, community programs in Cedar County, Outstanding Senior Volunteer; Tom Olmstead, Ron Olson, Bill McFadden and Tom Bergstrom, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, Outstanding Group Volunteer Award; and ImOn Communications, Meals on Wheels, Outstanding Business Volunteer.

Douglas Boe (see photo), senior vice president for U.S. Bank in Cedar Rapids, has won the company’s Annual Pinnacle Award.

Corridor members of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa chapter, were recognized as participants in the AIA Iowa Citizen Architect Program: Martha Norbeck, C-Wise Design & Consulting; Bruce Hamous, Brad Fritz and Bradd Brown of OPN Architects; Kyle Martin, Martin Gardner Architecture; Michael Gumm, Shive-Hattery; and Sarah A’Hearn, Heery International.

Farm Bureau agent Brian Berg (see photo) received the 2012 All American Award. He also received the 2012 Eastern Iowa Property Casualty Agent of the Year Award.


Ament Design has been awarded the Public Works Projects of the Year for 2013 from the American Public Works Association for its Cedar Rapids City Hall remodeling project.

Hy-Vee and DuPont Industrial Biosciences received the 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards, made by Interstate Power and Light Co..

Alpine Communications, Elkader, received the Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

HR Green has upped its standing from 188 to 185 in the annual Engineering News Record list of the Top 500 design companies in the United States.

USDA Rural Development value-added producer grants will be awarded to Fireside Winery in Marengo ($48,910) for marketing, and to Paul Rasch of Wilson’s Orchard in Solon ($160,000) for expansion and to improve efficiency of local baked goods venture.


Informatics Inc. has moved from 118 Second St. SE to 215 Second Ave. SE, Suite 300, Cedar Rapids.


The University of Iowa College of Public Health building, designed by Rohrbach Associates, has been LEED Platinum certified. This is UI’s first academic building to achieve platinum status.


Iowa City-based Breads From Anna is sponsoring the Celiac Disease Foundation’s 2013 National Education Conference and Gluten-Free Expo in Pasadena, Calif., this weekend. The company will host a demonstration on how to prepare gluten and allergen-free sandwich wraps.

“Forming a Function: Preservation of the Architecture of Louis Sullivan in Iowa” will begin at 1 p.m., today, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, one of three properties in Cedar Rapids designed by Sullivan. Call (319) 363-2058.

“How To Really Start Your Business,” a three-part series sponsored by SCORE, will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 14 and 21, at the Kirkwood Training & Outreach Service Center, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. To register, contact Dianne Martin at (319) 431-4574 or workshops@scorecr.org.

Vital Support Systems will host a seminar on lessons learned from migrating IT equipment and infrastructure to a cloud platform 8 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 16, at Hotel Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW. To register, go to http://smgs.us/3ir8. Contact Cindy Tomlinson, (608) 664-4471, or cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com.

An HP new product introduction session will be held 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Keynote speaker will be Kent Stock, motivational speaker and coach of the 1991 Norway High School baseball team during its final season, The event concludes with a Kernels baseball game at 6:35 p.m.

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