Brandon Latino of Spectrum Insurance Agency, 5301 E. State St., Rockford, Illinois, attended a continuing education class on ‘Understanding Commercial Enhancement Endorsements’ presented by Pekin Insurance. Latino received six credits towards his Continuing Education requirements set forth by the Department of Insurance in the State of Illinois.
Karla Rodgers of Spectrum Insurance Agency in Rockford attended a continuing education class on ‘Commercial Casualty 1.’ Rodgers received seven credits towards her Continuing Education requirements set forth by the Department of Insurance in the State of Illinois.
Julie Burfoot of Spectrum Insurance Agency in Rockford attended an ethics class at Hilton Garden Inn of Rockford presented by Servicemaster. Burfoot received three credits towards her Continuing Education requirements set forth by the Department of Insurance in the State of Illinois.
Bruce Graham of Spectrum Insurance Agency in Rockford attended the Hanover Insurance Groups annual ‘Million Dollar Dinner’ in Oak Brook, Illinois. The dinner is an event that honors their million dollar plus agents.
Eve Whitaker of Spectrum Insurance Agency in Rockford has successfully completed the continuing education requirement to earn ‘Associate in Personal Insurance’ designation through The Institutes with completing the ‘Personal Insurance: Portfolio Management’ course and exam.
Chris Kelley, Principal at V2 Marketing Communications recently attended INBOUND 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The annual conference, hosted by HubSpot, attracted more than 19,000 marketing and sales professionals from around the world and in nearly every industry, for inspiration, education and connections to transform business.
HubSpot is the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform. HubSpot’s inbound marketing software, ranked #1 in customer satisfaction by VentureBeat and G2Crowd, includes social media publishing and monitoring, blogging, SEO, website content management, email marketing, marketing automation, and reporting and analytics, all in one integrated platform.
Heather Kelley, Principal at V2 Marketing Communications, recently attended American Advertising Federation (AAF) Council of Governors conference and Hall of Achievement awards reception in New York City. Honorees included marketing and advertising executives from Pandora, YouTube. Kelley is currently Governor of American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6 and is Past President of American Advertising Federation (AAF) – Northern Illinois. She also serves as President of the Harlem Board of Education in Machesney Park, Ilinois.
Chef Katie Koel has accomplished many things in her professional career, so it should come as no surprise that the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) honored her as its top College Educator at the Salute to Excellence Awards in October.
“I think one of the biggest things a culinary instructor needs to have is passion because it’s important to demonstrate to our students that we truly love what we do,” said Koel. “This is a tremendous honor and I am flattered to be recognized by the WRA.”
A graduate from Upper Iowa University and member of the Dean’s Circle of Scholars, accolades, both individual and as a member of the Blackhawk Technical College’s Culinary Arts program are nothing new to the 12-year BTC veteran. In 2005 she earned the Professional Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education. That same year, she was named the New Teacher of the Year at BTC and since then, Katie and BTC’s two other instructors, Chefs Joe Wollinger and Mark Olson, have helped lead the college to 17 different local and statewide awards including the Chef’s of Tomorrow Culinary Challenge, the Chili Extravaganza and the Midwest Food Service Expo.
“Katie is a very dedicated instructor who has worked hard to help us build a successful program,” said Wollinger. “She motivates her students to achieve; encouraging them to pursue their dreams. We’re proud to have her as part of the team.”
Glen Northrop of ABEX Surveying in Cambridge, Wisconsin has announced his retirement. ABEX Surveying has been proudly serving the Dane & Jefferson County areas since 1972. Northrop has recently partnered with Combs & Associates of Janesville, Wisconsin, to continue on with great work and dedication for his customers. Combs and Associates will continue the ABEX Surveying quality of service that has been established by Northrop over the years.
After a national search that took place over the last few months, the Rock Valley College (RVC) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Douglas J. Jensen as the college’s seventh president.
Jensen brings over 30 years of community college experience with him to RVC, including having served as president for Alabama Technology Network, part of the Alabama Community College System in Montgomery. Prior to that, he spent five years as Vice President of Economic Development/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Advanced Technology Center for Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pennsylvania.
His college experience also includes stints at Northcentral Wisconsin Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Most recently,Jensen has worked as the Assistant Director of Educational Services, Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) for the Alabama Department of Commerce in Montgomery, Alabama. Under the supervision and oversight of the Alabama Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Dr. Jensen promoted and advanced economic development through statewide education and training services to new and expanding businesses throughout the state.
“I feel humbled and blessed to be given this opportunity,” Jensen said. “My wife Karen and I are excited to become a part of the college community and the community at large as we begin this next chapter of our lives.”
Comfort Keeper Debbie Crawford was honored as Comfort Keeper of the Month for August 2016. Crawford has been a valuable asset to Comfort Keepers Northwest Illinois since 2014. Crawford always goes above and beyond for her clients, from arranging doctor appointments to baking sweet treats and delicious meals.
Comfort Keeper Matthew Tiritilli was named Comfort Keeper of the month for September 2016. Tiritilli brings a calm and sincere presence to his work, which endears him to his clients. Tiritilli is just as capable whether working a hospice client, a dementia client, or a stroke survivor. The relationships he builds with his clients are valuable to both his client and their families.
A Former Rural Health CEO has joined theFranaGroup. Elizabeth Morgan Burrows is now Senior Associate.
Burrows, the former Chief Executive Officer of Valley Professionals Community Health Center in Indiana, has joined theFranaGroup as a Senior Associate. Burrows will be bringing to theFranaGroup her expertise in legal writing, grant writing, project management, communication skills, risk management, compliance, quality improvement, policy advocacy, strategic planning and operational
Burrows has a law degree from Indiana University and served in several leadership roles including: CEO of Vermillion Parke Community Health Center; Director of the State Office of Rural Health, Indiana State Department of Health; Project Manager of the Office of Community & Rural Affairs in Indianapolis, Indiana and Community Development Assistant for US Dept. of Agriculture-Rural Development Agency.
“Elizabeth’s extensive knowledge and experience in the rural healthcare field, federal grant making processes, the Federally Qualified Health Center program, and expertise in rural primary care make her a valuable asset to theFranaGroup and its growing list of clients,” said John Frana, President of theFranaGroup, “We are excited to bring her skills to our client base.”
Dave Adkins, President and COO of Blackhawk Bank, recently announced that Meghan Moss has been promoted to Vice President, Regional Banking Center Manager for Blackhawk Bank’s North Region.
Moss joined Blackhawk Bank in 2009 as a retail Personal Banker. In May of 2015 she joined the commercial division, gaining experience in business lending. Her expertise has resulted in being selected to lead the retail bankers located at the Beloit, Roscoe and Machesney Park offices. As Regional Manager, she plans and directs daily banking center activities while providing leadership and guidance to foster success among bank associates, and to ensure a high level of client satisfaction.
Moss rotates among all of Blackhawk Bank’s North Region banking centers, and can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 815-985-7162.
Moss is a board member for the Downtown Beloit Association. Past affiliations include membership on the Board of Directors of the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers, mentor for Beloit School District’s Lunch and Learn Program and Ambassador for the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce. Moss is a graduate of the class of 2012/13 Leadership Development Academy of Rock County and Blackhawk Bank’s 2015 Leadership Academy.
Lisa M. Carter has joined the Blackhawk Bank’s business division as an Assistant Vice President.
Carter is a skilled banker with 15 years’ experience in Commercial and Small Business Lending, Cash Management, Private Banking, Wealth Management, Retirement Planning and Insurance. In addition to working on behalf of privately owned companies, she has also worked closely with school districts and municipalities.
“Adding Lisa to our team is a win for everyone. She has an excellent reputation for responsiveness and doing what’s right for the client. She fits perfectly into our customer-first banking values and practices, has lived here all her life, understands the opportunities in our region and is well connected within our marketplace. She will be a valued team-member for her clients,” said President & COO Dave Adkins.
Carter’s office is located at 400 Broad Street, Beloit. She can be reached by calling 608-299-3421 at ext. 4221, or emailing
Carter is a member of the Rockford Network of Professional Women, WOTM, Rockford and Beloit Chambers of Commerce. She previously served on the governing board for the Athena Powerlink Program and was the Chair for Women’s Business Council/Rockford Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the committee for Motherhouse Crisis Nursery and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.
Rockford Mutual Insurance Company announces promotions and anniversaries:
Lisa Postlethwaite has been promoted to commercial lines underwriter. Postlethwaite joined Rockford Mutual Insurance Company in 2011 as a commercial lines product analyst and in 2012 she became a personal lines underwriter.
Michelle Spates has been promoted to personal lines underwriter Spates joined Rockford Mutual Insurance Company in 2014 as a data entry specialist.
Jim Sadler, senior business analyst is celebrating 25 years with Rockford Mutual Insurance Company. Sadler began his employment as a personal lines underwriter, was promoted in 2004 to business analyst and then in 2012 to his current position.
Linda Kentner, recovery specialist, is celebrating ten years with Rockford Mutual Insurance Company. Kentner began her employment as claims coordinator then became claims customer service representative in 2011. She was promoted to her current position in 2013.
Pat Juneau of the financial services firm Edward Jones recently won the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Caring Award designed to recognize branch office administrators who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.
Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, says Juneau has repeatedly demonstrated her willingness to give back to clients, community and
“I am honored to receive this award,” Juneau said. “Edward Jones is a partnership, both in terms of financial structure and philosophy. We know that helping our clients and each other truly brings out the best in everyone.”
Steve Eldred, President and Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that David McCoy, CPA, has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
In this role, McCoy is responsible for aligning financial goals and reporting with the bank’s strategic plan, assuring safe and sound risk management practices, and communicating financial results to every team member at First National. As part of the bank’s executive management team, McCoy will participate in the overall management of the bank, ensure the accuracy and timeliness of financial statements and reports, and lead the bank’s asset-liability
With over 30 years of banking and executive leadership experience, McCoy comes to FNBT from The National Bank & Trust Company headquartered in Sycamore, Illinois, where he was the senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Prior to that, McCoy was executive vice president on the board of directors at Algonquin State Bank in Algonquin, Illinois. He was director of risk management services for RSM McGladrey from 2005 to 2006, and was on the executive management team as senior vice president, chief financial officer and enterprise risk management officer for Fifth Third Bank from 1993 to 2004.
Lisa Zeimetz, vice president and compliance officer of First National Bank and Trust (FNBT), was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.
The CRCM designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank regulatory compliance. To qualify for the CRCM certification, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the compliance profession, pass an exam and agree to abide by a code of ethics. The CRCM exam covers regulatory requirements as they relate to credit, deposits/securities, safety and soundness, information reporting and corporate
“Earning the CRCM designation validates Lisa’s experience and depth of education in the bank regulatory compliance industry,” said Brian Bisbey, executive vice president, chief operating officer for the bank. “Her expertise will continue to help FNBT achieve our future success.”
Zeimetz joined FNBT in 2015. In her role, she manages the administration of compliance and risk management activities and procedures, to ensure that the bank remains in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. She also chairs the Bank’s Regulatory Compliance Committee and is responsible for administering the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program, in addition to assisting the Bank’s BSA Officer in carrying out their entity-wide BSA program.
Financial services professionals, working through the Institute of Certified Bankers, initiated the CRCM designation and six others in order to establish meaningful standards of knowledge in specialty areas of the financial services industry. ICB certifications formally recognize those who meet these standards and meet professional continuing education and development requirements.
ICB, with more than 11,000 certified members, provides financial services professionals with confidence, credibility and recognition through its certifications. As a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, ICB promotes the highest standards of performance in the financial services industry by validating individuals’ knowledge and expertise. For more information about the Institute of Certified Bankers and its professional certifications, visit www.aba.com/icb.
First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-owned, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust Company now serves nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.1 billion.
North American Tool President Curt Lansbery has been chosen as a recipient of the ISA’s Golden Eagle Award for his 28 years of valued contributions to the industry. The award was presented by the President of IBC, Ron Nunez.
In announcing the award at the IBC National Meeting in Rosemont, Illinois, Nancy Schwind, Director of Business Development for IBC stated that “Curt has proven to be a leader who has devoted time and resources to develop his team.”
Phil Muth, sales manager at i90 Enterprises LLC recently attended Sundowner University training in Coleman, Oklahoma. This product training, held at the factory, gave Phil complete hands-on intensive understanding of how Sundowner trailers are built from raw materials to final finish trailers. This ongoing training program helps i90 Enterprises to stay on the cutting edge of trailer sales and service with increased product knowledge.
A full-service trailer sales and repair operation, i90 Enterprises also is a tire sales, service and towing business that serves the Midwest region.
Located in Edgerton, Wisconsin, the main clients are commercial, construction, landscaping, farming, sportsman, racing and the general public.