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    Sweetwater recently hired three nationally known music professionals: producer and keyboard player Phil Naish; drummer and vocalist Nick D’Virgilio; and guitarist Don Carr. Ken W.
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    Asher Agency hired Beth Chester as a staff accountant; Tina French and Mary Modezjewski, media processors; Laura Lichauer, account coordinator; and Jenny Murphy, account executive.
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    Kimberly Waugh, a school counselor for Eagle Tech Academy at Columbia City High School, was named a director to the University of Saint Francis board of trustees.

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Scott Allen has joined Collision Revision as a service writer. Allen has 23 years of experience working in the collision repair business.

Nick Staker, Marsha Eschbach, Anne King and Marielith Serrano from Academy Mortgage have completed an Anti-Money Laundering Compliance course.

Do it Best Corp. has promoted Mike Post to merchandise manager in its home décor category. Post is an 11-year veteran of Do it Best, including extensive work in the co-op’s merchandising department, first as an assistant merchandise manager in farm and ranch and most recently as an associate in building specialties, a position he’s served in the past five-plus years.

Hallmark Home Mortgage has hired Brenda Aspling as a compliance officer. She has experience with state and federal compliance requirements, having studied the laws and regulations in 25 states. Aspling previously worked as an operations manager for a mortgage company. Steve Newell has also been hired as a SVP servicing manager. He began his career in the mortgage banking industry at Waterfield Mortgage and spent six years working with a global financial services company. Chris Smith has also been hired as mortgage loan originator.

Kimberly Trombley joined Bethesda Lutheran Communities as a ministry consultant to Bethesda’s partners in northern Indiana and Michigan.

Andrew Coolidge, executive vice president of moving services operations for SIRVA Inc., was named to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Coolidge will represent Allen County.

Robb and Tammy Robertson have opened The Maids, a residential cleaning franchise that specializes in cleaning for health with environmentally preferable products. The franchise serves Fort Wayne, Huntertown, Grabill, New Haven, Leo-Cedarville and Spencerville. For more information, go to

David Nugent, partner at BND Commercial, was recognized by the National Association of Realtors with a 2012 National Commercial Award. The award was given to honor hard work and commitment to real estate in the local community. Nugent will be featured in the upcoming issue of Commercial Connections.

John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and Kathleen Randolph, president and CEO of WorkOne Northeast, were invited to speak at the 2012 National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition in Boston.

Lucas Souder joined Stars Chimney Services Inc. as a service technician. Souder recently completed all training for the position.

Steve Feipel joined Mullinix Packages Inc. as maintenance manager. Feipel is responsible for the preventive and breakdown maintenance groups and all plant equipment.

Weigand Construction announced that Larry Weigand, previously president and CEO of the company, will step aside as president but will remain active, focusing on the CEO role. Jeremy Ringger will be promoted from vice president of operations to president. The company has also hired Jason Gerber as project engineer and Rick Cox as project manager. Gerber has five years of experience and Cox has 24 years of experience.

Firas M. Kara of The Centers For Pain Relief is accepting new patients at her offices at Lutheran Hospital Medical Office Building One, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., STE 304, 3859 N. Park Ave., STE 110, Huntington and 1306 E. Seventh St., STE E, Auburn. For information, call 1-800-PAIN-FREE.

Mike Krouse joined LaBov Advertising, Marketing and Training as an account manager. Krouse has seven years of industry experience.