DECATUR ‚ÄĒ Land of Lincoln Credit Union Board of Directors announced Monday the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ares.
“We were searching for just the right person with a strong balance of experience, vision, and passion to lead LLCU into the future,” said Calvin Green, Board Chairman, in a statement. “We have many plans of growing services offered to members in order to meet and exceed changing needs. We feel Robert is the perfect person to lead that change in a positive, impactful way.‚ÄĚ
In 2017, Ares was hired as the Chief Operating Officer at South Central Bank in Glasgow, Kentucky. Since 1982, Ares spent the majority of his career in Homestead, Florida, at First National Bank of South Florida, as COO, bank director, CFO, executive vice president and senior vice president.
‚ÄúI am very excited to join the team at Land of Lincoln Credit Union,” Ares said. “LLCU already has a very strong reputation as a financial institution that cares deeply for its members and community, this being one of the things that appealed to me most during the search process.‚ÄĚ
DECATUR ‚Äď Northgate Pet Clinic, Veterinary Dentistry,and Northgate Clinical Studies welcomes Dr. Jillian McDaniel to Decatur.¬†
Dr. McDaniel grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, completed a bachelor of science in biology degree at Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was a varsity soccer player.¬† She then attended veterinary¬†school at Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her DVM degree at the University of Illinois.¬† ¬†
She enjoys spending time with her two cats, Little Cat and Orange Cat.
Northgate Pet Clinic offers a wide range of services, including medical, surgical, wellness and preventive care. It is located at 2800 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Decatur.
Learn more at northgatepetclinic.com or call (217) 877-4393.
FORSYTH ‚Äď J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds in Forsyth was honored with the President‚Äôs Award from West Bend Mutual Insurance Company for earning top status in the company‚Äôs 2017 agency incentive program, Partners In Excellence.
Partners In Excellence is a program that measures five areas of agency performance, including profitability, premium volume and agency management. About 1,500 independent insurance agencies across the Midwest currently represent the company and participated in the program.
Accepting the award was Dan Martini, president. ‚ÄúThe honor of being named West Bend‚Äôs Agency of the Year is one of the most prestigious acknowledgments that J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds has been awarded. This award is special to us because our cultures are so well aligned. At every level of interaction with West Bend, you have the privilege of dealing with people who really care about bringing value to their insureds. At J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds, we aim to build long-term, value-added relationships with our clients. West Bend is not only a partner who understands that, but strives for the same outstanding service.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe are truly fortunate to be represented by J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds,‚ÄĚ said Kelly Tighe, West Bend‚Äôs vice president-sales. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôve proven they have the ability, over time, to grow organically while maintaining superior profitability. We also recognize the value system of J.L. Hubbard, which is displayed by giving back to the communities they serve, a value system we share. We‚Äôre excited about the future of J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds and West Bend.‚ÄĚ
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in West Bend, Wis., and provides property/casualty insurance products throughout the Midwest. For more information, visit www.thesilverining.com.
J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds is a Soy Capital Company with insurance professionals providing peace of mind. They‚Äôre an independent insurance agency offering a comprehensive suite of insurance solutions to protect your life and your business from the unexpected. They work closely with their clients to help them make important and informed decisions when it comes to protecting their future.
For more information, visit www.jlhubbard.com.
DECATUR ‚ÄĒ Brian Byers, host of Byers & Co. on radio station WSOY, has received the¬†Small Market Personality of the Year¬†award from the National Association of Broadcasters.
The honor¬†was announced at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show in Orlando. The group each year recognizes¬†radio’s outstanding personalities and stations.
Byers, who also is vice president of development for Neuhoff Media Decatur‚Äč, received the same honor in 2013 and 2015.
‚ÄčOther finalists for the title were personalities Chris and Rosie, WUSQ-FM, Winchester, Virginia; Frito and Katy, KNDE-FM, College Station, Texas; Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, Missouri; and Todd Haugen, KBHP-FM, Bemidji, Minnesota. ‚Äč‚Äč
DECATUR — Blake Wallace, branch manager at Staley Credit Union, has been recognized by Credit Union Magazine as one of its 2018 Credit Union Rock Stars.
‚ÄúBlake‚Äôs outstanding achievements stood out to us as an inspiration that other credit union professionals could learn from,‚ÄĚ said Ann Hayes Peterson, vice president of publishing at The Credit Union National Association. ‚ÄúWe received so many wonderful nominations this year, but Blake‚Äôs story was one we knew we had to tell.‚ÄĚ
Those nominating Wallace made note of his spearheading Staley’s participation the community’s food drive, his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Greater Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce, as well as his community outreach related to financial literacy.
Staley Credit Union is a not-for-profit, full-service financial cooperative with more than $139 million in assets. Membership is open to individuals who live or work in 14 Illinois counties, including Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, DeWitt, Shelby, Logan, Christian, Douglas and Coles. It also has branches in Indiana and Tennessee.
For more about Staley Credit Union, go to www.staleycu.com.
DECATUR ‚Äď Muhammad Khan, M.D., has joined the DMH Medical Group. He is welcoming patients at Decatur Internal Medicine, 2975 N. Water St., Decatur.
Dr. Khan is board certified in internal medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Internal Medicine, and the Illinois Society of Internal Medicine.
For more information, call Decatur Internal Medicine at 217-876-3780.
DMH Medical Group is a network of more than 100 physicians and advanced practice nurse providers delivering high quality, conveniently located primary care services along with a vast array of specialty care providers to meet the medical and surgical needs of the residents of Macon and surrounding counties.
DECATUR ‚Äď Mt. Vernon Electric, a division of Decatur Industrial Electric, is pleased to announce Paul Yemm has joined the company as an account manager.
Yemm is a 2006 graduate of Millikin University in Decatur. After graduation, Paul remained in the Decatur area for several years where he served as the head swim coach for the university and local swim club. He most recently worked in industrial outside sales in St. Louis, MO.
In his new role, Yemm will be servicing current and prospective customers in Southern Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri.
Mt. Vernon Electric is a strategic partner in reliability solutions to customers throughout the Midwest, providing electrical and mechanical equipment solutions.
For more information, visit mtvernonelectric.com
DECATUR — Regions Bank has announced Bart Rose, Commercial Relationship Manager for Regions, will serve as Market Executive for the bank in Central Illinois and surrounding communities.
As Market Executive, Rose will work with colleagues and community members throughout Decatur, Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign and elsewhere to identify opportunities for the bank and its associates to make a meaningful difference in response to local needs and opportunities.
Through volunteer service, nonprofit support, delivering financial education to community members, and more, Rose and Regions bankers will consistently reflect the company‚Äôs commitment to serving and strengthening Central Illinois.
Further, Rose will play a key role in Regions360, the bank‚Äôs comprehensive approach to meeting customers‚Äô unique needs and helping them succeed financially. Through Regions360, bankers take the time to learn the goals of each customer and collaborate with colleagues from across Regions‚Äô departments ‚Äď such as those providing branch banking, commercial banking, mortgages and investment services. Together, Regions‚Äô teams then provide solutions that are tailored to the customer‚Äôs individual needs and preferences.
‚ÄúRegions Bank is focused on working closely with local customers and listening to the needs of our communities as we deliver financial services and community support that are designed to make a valuable difference in Central Illinois and beyond,‚ÄĚ said John Turner, Regions President and CEO. ‚ÄúBart‚Äôs expertise, combined with the experience of our local teams, will help Regions further strengthen its focus on this vibrant area. We are committed to the success of our communities and to consistently developing new ways to serve.‚ÄĚ
Rose brings 20 years of financial services experience to the Market Executive‚Äôs role and will continue to serve business customers directly as Commercial Banking Relationship Manager in addition to serving as Market Executive.
‚ÄúRegions is uniquely positioned to offer the comprehensive services of a larger bank while also providing local bankers who are constantly in touch with the needs of individual customers and communities,‚ÄĚ Rose said. ‚ÄúBased on the expertise of our teams, and the resources of our company as a whole, we are able to deliver services that are tailored to meet the needs of the people we serve. I am honored to lead our collaboration across Central Illinois and am committed to building on Regions‚Äô strong foundation of community support.‚ÄĚ
Rose joined Regions in 2008 and has served as the Commercial Banking Relationship Manager since that time.
Learn more about Regions and the services it provides at www.regions.com.
DECATUR ‚Äď Decatur Memorial Hospital was named a ‚ÄúBest Hospital‚ÄĚ by U. S. News & World Report, earning high performance ratings for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, lung cancer surgery, and colon cancer surgery.
DMH also was named a Regionally Ranked Hospital, 25th in Illinois, recognized in East Central Illinois.
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings, just released the 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings. The 29th annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care.
‚ÄúDecatur Memorial Hospital encompasses a multiple facility medical complex prepared and equipped to address our community‚Äôs most pressing healthcare needs‚ÄĒfrom wellness, to diagnosis, to treatment,‚ÄĚ said Timothy D. Stone Jr., President and CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. ‚ÄúI am extremely proud of our physicians, nurses, and staff, who work hard every day to provide high quality care for our community. We strive for excellence, and this achievement reflects DMH‚Äôs commitment to provide exceptional care close to home.‚ÄĚ
The 2018-19 rankings compared more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Of these hospitals, barely one out of eight met the standard. This year, a total of 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. More than 1,100 hospitals were rated high performing in at least one common procedure or condition, and 29 received a high performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions evaluated.
For patients seeking care close to home, U.S. News recognized the Best Regional Hospitals in 200 metro areas and regions across the U.S., ranking them based on their performance in delivering complex and common care.
‚ÄúFor nearly three decades, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,‚ÄĚ said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. ‚ÄúBy providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.‚ÄĚ
For more information about DMH, visit www.dmhcares.com.
DECATUR ‚Äď Michael Kottwitz, MD, has joined the DMH Medical Group and is seeing seeing patients at Urology Associates of Decatur, located on the campus of Decatur Memorial Hospital at West Hay Medical Center, Suite 200.
Dr. Kottwitz‚Äô surgical care includes Adult general urology, kidney stones, urinary symptoms for enlarged prostate, urinary incontinence, vasectomy, erectile dysfunction and cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder and testes.
Dr. Kottwitz has special interest in minimally invasive surgery and is trained in the da Vinci XI Robotic Surgical System. He completed his urology residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.
To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call Urology Associates of Decatur at (217) 877-8925.
DECATUR ‚Äď Dr. Nathan Pyle has joined the DMH Medical Group and is seeing patients at DMH Gastroenterology, located on the campus of Decatur Memorial Hospital at Physicians Plaza West, 2 Memorial Drive, Suite 101. He joins Drs. Richard DiLorenzo, Victor Eloy and Sudhakar Sheth.
These physicians specialize in treating gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, including: gluten sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, rectal bleeding, colon polyps, ulcerative colitis, Chron‚Äôs Disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis/liver disease, jaundice/biliary disease, acid reflux (GERD), difficulty swallowing, chronic abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.¬†
Dr. Pyle is board certified in internal medicine. He has completed a Gastroenterology Fellowship at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill., and has also completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Riverside Medical Center in 2014.
For more information, call DMH Gastroenterology at (217) 876-2756.
FORSYTH ‚Äď Heather Saffer, a veteran of sales in the marketplace, has taken on a new position as the area sales rep for Ali Doolin State Farm.
With long term-ties in the community and a real estate background, Heather brings extensive knowledge and experience to the agency.
Selling personal lines as well as commercial, Heather can provide multiple services to insure your most valued possessions.
Heather resides in Argenta with her two sons and boyfriend, who also run a local restaurant.
As a mother and business woman she looks forward to connecting with families and business owners in the area.
Heather can be reached in the office at (217) 877-0000 or by email at email@example.com.
BLOOMINGTON ‚Äď Geiser Consultants LLC is pleased to announce that Tammy Halford has earned the designation of Professional EOS Implementer.
Upon completing the training from EOS Worldwide Bootcamp in Detroit, Mich., Tammy is one of 213 Professional EOS Implementers in the country.
Tammy joined Geiser Consultants in November, 2017, after 25 years in the IT consulting business, and now works with clients to strengthen leadership teams to become more focused, productive and profitable by implementing the practical EOS tools.
The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) is a proven process for growth-oriented companies that want to go the next level of success.
‚ÄúSuccessful companies inevitably hit a ceiling and wrestle with how to make the leap from good to great. I‚Äôm passionate about helping business owners and their leadership teams get 100 percent on the same page with where the company is going and how to get there. With guidance and the timeless EOS concepts, leadership teams can bust through the ceiling and achieve the vision with discipline and accountability.‚ÄĚ Halford said.
A native of Decatur, Tammy lives in Forsyth with her husband, Steve. Geiser Consultants is located in Bloomington, Illinois.
You can contact Tammy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (217) 433-0825.
DECATUR ‚Äď Yifei (Alex) Sun, M.D., has joined the DMH Vein & Vascular Institute and will see patients on the campus of Decatur Memorial Hospital at Physicians Plaza East, 1 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur.
Dr. Sun specializes in open and endovascular management of peripheral artery disease, carotid artery revascularization, complex aortic reconstruction and dialysis access.
‚ÄúDr. Sun is a well-trained and highly skilled vascular surgeon. He will be a welcome addition to our vascular, team,‚ÄĚ said Jeffrey Trachtenberg, M.D., medical director at DMH Vein & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Sun completed a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a General Surgery Residency at Saint Louis University. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2011 from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica.
For more information about Dr. Sun and the DMH Vein & Vascular Institute, call 217-876-VASC (8272)
DECATUR ‚Äď The Decatur Family YMCA welcomes Abby Lowe as sports program director.
Abby comes to the YMCA with experience in fitness, health and wellness events and youth development.
She has a bachelor’s degree in sport management from MacMurray College. Abby is a former collegiate athlete, playing basketball at Lake Land and MacMurray colleges. Following college, Abby was an assistant coach for the MacMurray College women‚Äôs basketball and golf teams, and later an assistant women‚Äôs basketball coach at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
She has a passion for youth sports and will be overseeing the YMCA‚Äôs soccer and basketball leagues, developmental sports camps and other structured youth activities.
‚ÄúWe are thrilled to have Abby Lowe as our sports program director‚ÄĚ said Matt Whitehead, CEO of the Decatur Family YMCA. ‚ÄúShe is a committed leader who will engage and motivate youth in our programming. Her commitment to the Y‚Äôs mission and to serving our members makes her an excellent addition to our team.
MATTOON ‚Äď First Mid Bank & Trust recently announced that David Hiden has been named senior vice president, chief information officer.
He will lead the development and execution of First Mid‚Äôs business and technology strategies.
‚ÄúWe are very fortunate to have David join the First Mid team,‚ÄĚ said Mike Taylor, chief operating officer. ‚ÄúWith a strong banking background that includes 25 years of information technology (IT) experiences, David brings a wealth of experience in building teams, developing strategic IT plans and executing on delivering quality service to both internal and external customers.‚ÄĚ
Prior to joining First Mid, Hiden held senior IT positions with Barnett Bank, Bank of America, Superior Bank and First Atlantic Bank. He earned a Master‚Äôs of Business Administration and a Bachelor‚Äôs of Business Administration in Finance and M.I.S from the University of North Florida. Hiden is an active volunteer with the United Way, Alzheimer’s Association and the Haiti Children‚Äôs Health Ministries Board of Directors.
DECATUR ‚Äď Central Illinois Bank (a branch of CIBM Bank) is pleased to announce the addition of Kim Isom and Matt Danbury.
Isom and Danbury are responsible for residential loan origination in Decatur and the surrounding area. Combined, Isom and Danbury bring more than 30 years of mortgage lending experience to the bank with a focus on 1-4 family residential real estate financing including purchases, new construction, refinancing and more.
‚ÄúKim and Matt have both been passionate advocates for the clients for more than 30 years combined,‚ÄĚ said Gary Maughan, Mortgage Banking director. He added, ‚ÄúTheir expertise in down payment assistance and other first time homebuyer programs will make them valuable assets to our organization, our customers, and the communities we serve.‚ÄĚ
Central Illinois Bank is located inside the Brinkoetter & Associates building at 1610 E. Pershing Road in Decatur.
CIBM Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of CIB Marine Bancshares, Inc. that operates as Marine Bank in its Indiana and Wisconsin markets, Central Illinois Bank in its Central Illinois market, and Avenue Bank in its Chicagoland market. The Avenue Mortgage division, located in Naperville, Illinois, serves all CIBM Bank markets. CIBM Bank is an equal housing lender, member FDIC.
DECATUR ‚Äď Brinkoetter & Associates is proud to announce the appointment of Kaitlyn Sorensen to marketing director.
Kaitlyn has been working closely with the company’s agents and staff for the past year. Her ability to build and nurture relationships is reflected in the quality of service she provides.
Brinkoetter & Associates has led the field in marketing, promoting and selling real estate for the past 53 years. Kaitlyn has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in providing the best possible, cutting-edge service to our clients and agents.
Brinkoetter & Associates was established in 1965 by Tom Brinkoetter and remains a locally-owned family business.
Brinkoetter & Associates is the leading real estate company in Macon County in terms of market share and has a network of 60-plus professional Realtors. It has been voted the No. 1 Real Estate Agency in Macon County by the Herald & Review’s Reader’s Choice for the past 13 years.
DECATUR ‚Äď Jim Wilkerson has joined Vieweg Real Estate¬†as its director of marketing, technology and innovation.
Wilkerson has over 25 years of experience in marketing and sales, working with such companies as AT&T Media Services, Insight Media, Audibel, the Herald & Review and Brinkoetter & Associates, Realtors.¬†
Wilkerson will be instrumental in advancing Vieweg Real Estate and the services it provides to its clients in residential and commercial real estate, as well as its other branches of business.
Wilkerson is a lifelong resident of Decatur and a graduate of Mount Zion High School and Millikin University. He is married to Stephanie, who is a teacher at LSA, and together they have two daughters, Taylor and Carli.
Vieweg Real Estate is the leading commercial real estate brokerage and the fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage in Macon County.
You can contact Wilkerson by emailing at email@example.com or by calling (217) 433-4485.
DECATUR ‚Äď Thirty-two doctors traveled to Decatur from all over the United States on June 15 and 16 to attend training at Dr. Richard Lohr’s office.¬†
Dr. Lohr was the keynote speaker, presenting the latest research, protocols and training for non-surgical spinal decompression treatment of bulging, herniated and deteriorated spinal discs.¬†
Dr. Lohr’s office is located at 3090 N. Main St. in Decatur. Call (217) 706-5551. www.decaturdisccenter.com
DECATUR ‚Äē Decatur Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association‚Äôs Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awa