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Do it Best Corp. hired Danny Barnes as eCommerce technical specialist, Brian Christophel as assistant merchandise manager for global sourcing, Kendra Eaken as merchandise coordinator for tools, Pam Jacquay as mail services clerk, Sarah Luttenbacher as merchandise coordinator for plumbing, Brian Nierman as print services clerk and Sarah Weaver as merchandise coordinator for heating & automotive. It also promoted Kevin Ehinger to treasurer in finance, Angela Errington to advertising service representative and Lyndsey Steffen to associate merchandise manager for building specialties.

The Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana announced new leadership in its board of directors for 2013-15. They are Bob Taylor, president and CEO, Do it Best Corp., chairman; Joe Dorko, CEO, Lutheran Health Network, vice chairman; and Keith Busse, chairman, Steel Dynamics Inc., secretary-treasurer. Accepting Class A board appointments are in Class II, Jim Marcuccilli, chairman, CEO, Star Financial Bank; Michael Kubacki, chairman, CEO, Lake City Bank; and Pat Sullivan, executive vice president, Hylant Group; and in Class IV, Wes Kuntzman, executive director, Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Accepting Class B board appointments: Larry Macklin, executive director, Adams County Economic Development Corp. and John Sampson, president, CEO, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Kristi Bell joined FirstFlash! Line, a division of Moose Lake Products Co., as a dedicated sales specialist and administrative support. Bell has several years of sales and marketing experience.

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana Inc. announced three newly elected members to its board of directors: Chris Gomez, Kroger; Dave Fee, Tower Bank; and John Wolf, Walmart. The slate of officers for 2013: President, Matt Bell, Ivy Tech Corporate College; vice president, Danette Fitzgerald, Parkview Health; secretary, Deb Treesh, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry; treasurer, Casey Scheurich, Dulin, Ward, & DeWald; member at large, Beth Bechdol, Ice Miller LLP; and member at large, Ben Williams, Shambaugh, Kast, Beck & Williams. The officers and newly elected directors join the following board members in service: Jeff Beights, SourceOne Solutions; Jeremy Carnahan, BKD LLP; Jason Fabini, Merrill Lynch; Christopher Guerin, Sweetwater Sound; Hod Hefer, Sam’s Club/Walmart; Jim Hauguel, Parkview Health; Ronnie Irwin, Walmart Distribution Center No. 6074; Paul Jacob s, Beck’s Hybrids; Gonzalee Martin, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service; Larry Rottmeyer, Ambassador Enterprises; Andy Yergler, Salin Bank; Rob Young, CME Corp.; Stan Ziherl, Five Star Distributing; and Leadership Fort Wayne intern, Cynthia Elick, IPFW.

George S. McClellan, vice chancellor for student affairs at IPFW, received the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award at the 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV-East Conference.

Diana Jackson, Shonda Newsome, Kay Strom, Rebecca DeWitt, Latarsha Williamson, Umekia Link, Cynthia Keaton and Diane Patterson graduated as the first class of Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana’s Direct Support College. Direct support professionals are staff who work directly with people who have a disability.

Kevin Mullett, director of product development for Cirrus ABS, addressed “Social Media Failures and How to Avoid Them” at a session of the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in New York.

Nick Murray joined JH Specialty as an account manager. Murray will be splitting his time between the Fort Wayne and Indianapolis offices.

Neelam Soni, a local fashion designer and merchandiser with more than 15 years of experience, has launched AddOns, a business to sell fashion accessories online. For information, go to

Julie Carroll was No. 1 in loans originated and Doug Carroll was No. 1 in loan volume for the Legacy Lending Group Fort Wayne office in October.

Sherri Miller, founder of Vision Management Consulting LLC, joined the board of directors of Anthony Wayne Rehabilitation Center Inc.

WANE-TV hired Alix Watson as digital executive producer, Courtney Harshman as promotion manager, Dan Gaines as account executive and Kate Taylor as Internet producer.

Crowe Horwath LLP hired Sean Duffy as director and Amita Ray as manager in the tax group of its Fort Wayne office.

James Cox II of Fort Wayne was elected first vice president for the 2012-13 year by the Indiana State Chiropractic Association.

Ruth Koontz joined Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana as the community relations and marketing specialist. Koontz previously worked for Kent State University.

80/20 Inc. hired Keith Wells as sales channel manager and Jeff Bernath as surplus manager. Wells has more than 30 years of experience, and Bernath previously ran his own business.

Garrett Harvey, Koree Terrell, Logan Rehrer and Emerson Ueber, business students at the University of Saint Francis, won the Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. The winning plan was for Cougar Stop Shop, a convenience store at the university.

Tom Fields joined Hoch Insurance Agency as vice president commercial lines. Fields has 13 years of experience in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry.

Ruoff Home Mortgage hired Marcia Teeters as underwriting manager, Becky Barnett as post-closing auditor, Karen Dikty as pre-closing auditor, Paula Fawver as underwriter, Angelina Filluzzi as receptionist, Kaela Harney as post-closing administrator, Matt Kiproff as escrow officer, Roberta Meyer as post-closing auditor, Sally Smith as loan officer assistant, Brian Sternberger as junior loan officer, Sarah Terry as processing imager, Mary Jane Wilhite as underwriter and Emily Zigler as post-closing auditor.

Steel Dynamics Inc. announced the following senior management appointments at its wholly owned OmniSource Corp. subsidiary: Rich Brady to executive vice president-Southeast; Jason Redden to executive vice president-commercial; and Scott Gibble, currently executive vice president-Midwest, will expand his responsibilities to include nonferrous operations, procurement and non-sales related support functions.

OrthoWorx announced that Marlene Mulero-Betances received the Individual Partner of the Year award and Ivy Tech Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center won the Organizational Partner of the Year award. Seelpa Kshvala, vice chancellor and dean, Ivy Tech Warsaw Campus, accepted the award on behalf of Ivy Tech and OAMTC.