Dan Felton (see photo) has been named program sales manager at Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services in Marion.
John Dorfler (see photo), Wells Fargo market president for Cedar Rapids, has been named business banking manager for the newly formed Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Business Banking Group.
Breads from Anna, an Iowa City-based company owned by Anna Sobaski (see photo), has been GMO Free Certified by Green Star Certified (nongmocertied.com).
The Iowa Finance Authority is seeking nominations for the seventh annual HousingIowa Awards. The Awards recognize outstanding programs, projects and people in all sectors of Iowa’s housing industry for their leadership and innovation in advancing affordable housing opportunities in Iowa. Award nominations are due July 3 and will be judged by an independent panel of judges. The award winners will be announced at the HousingIowa Conference on Sept. 3 at the Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines. Award categories include: multifamily development, single-family development, special needs development, innovation, legislative friend of housing and Kay Anderson friend of Iowa. For more information, visit http://ifameetings.com
Cheddar’s Casual Café will open Monday at 161 Collins Rd. NE in Cedar Rapids’ Lindale Mall. The restaurant will bring approximately 200 new jobs to the area. Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, with a menu featuring steak, ribs, seafood, salads, pastas, burgers, chicken and other entrees, also operates a location in Coralville.
Westergaard LLC, an advertising and marketing agency with locations in central and Eastern Iowa owned and operated by Dean Westergaard and Nick Westergaard, is consolidating all operations under Brand Driven Digital, the organization’s social media and digital marketing unit. Brand Driven Digital offers a mix of strategic consulting, digital coaching, training and events, as well as online content.
Freund-Vector Corp. has been named a Blue Zones Worksite in Marion.
The Cedar Rapids law firm of Nyemaster Goode has recognized Kevin Collins, an attorney in litigation: general commercial, for his inclusion in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Denise Easley (see photo), a NICU nurse with UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, was named to the Iowa Nurses’ Association list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2014.
The Cedar Valley Chapter of the CPCU Society was recognized at the 2014 Leadership Summit in Phoenix, receiving the 2012-2013 CPCU Circle of Excellence Award.
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, Cedar Rapids, and seven of its attorneys are included in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA, an annual ranking of U.S.-based law firms and lawyers. Attorneys are Randal Scholer (see photo), corporate/M&A; Iris Muchmore, labor and employment; Kevin Visser (see photo), labor and employment and litigation general commercial; Stephen Holtman (see photo) and Roger Stone (see photo), litigation general commercial; David Kubicek (see photo) and Matthew Hektoen (see photo), real estate.
“Legendary Leadership in Changing Times” will be offered from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 by Kirkwood Community College at The Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Author Nate Booth will discuss beliefs and skills leaders use to create environments where challenges bring out the best in people. Cost is $99, which includes lunch. For more information, visit www.kirkwood.edu/ce or call (319) 398-1022 or 1-800-332-8833.
Hiawatha Economic Development Corp. will hold its State of the City Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17 at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd. in Hiawatha. Keynote speaker Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will discuss projects in the area and around the state. Limited seating will be available. Cost is $40 per person. To register, go to http://smgs.us/3jiy