Orizon Real Estate recently held its annual awards banquet. The 2012 award winners include Anita Hess and Tim Hess, top producers for the Kendallville office and top overall producers for the company. They were also recipients of the most improved award for its Kendallville office. The outstanding service award went to Michelle Eggering; the leadership award went to retiring agent Jim Cook; Janis Sobieski was honored with the community service award and five years of service; and best attitude award was given to Jodi Shuff also five years of service. Anita Hess, Tim Hess, Eggering, Cook, Sobieski and Shuff were also recognized for reaching multimillion-dollar sales volume in 2012, along with Terri Deming, Dawn Hurley and Dep Hornberger.
USSI has promoted several employees. Tasha Allen has been promoted to an administrative assistant; Emily Skelton, finance manager; Scott Newman, senior contracts administrator II; and Gregory Bonahoom has been promoted to the director of engineering. Also recently promoted were Luke Hollmann, Christopher Ziel, Christopher Strasser, Rodney Shull, Clint Aschliman, James Hacker and Heather Hume.
Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana announced its recent election of officers and directors to serve on its 2013 board of directors: Devon Kirk, Robert E. Crosby Inc., as president; James Lemberg, Tile Interiors Inc., 1st vice president; Mark Veerkamp, Shambaugh & Son L.P., 2nd vice president; and Rick Dommer, Interior Products Supply, treasurer. Elected to a first term as director was Steve Goodman of E&V Construction, Gary Voirol of MSKTD & Associates and Mark Warsco of Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP. Directors re-elected to serve consecutive terms were John Brogan of BZW Master Painters, Greg Lynch of Almet and Ron Roberts of Schmidt Electric. Other members on the board of directors for 2013 are Mark Hellinger of CME Corp., Holly Hunter of Hamilton Hunter Builders, Tad Marsh of Zumbrun Construction, Phil Miller of C.M.S. Roofing, Bruce Molter of Hagerman Group, Mike Schenkel of Schenkel & Sons and Jay Snyder of Moss Building Products.
Kristi Abel has joined Century 21 Bradley as a sales associate and will specialize in residential property sales in the Fort Wayne and surrounding areas.
Indiana Tech Law School announced that United States Bankruptcy Judge Judith Klaswick Fitzgerald will retire from the federal bench this summer and join its full-time faculty.
Doug Carroll of Legacy Lending Group was the top loan originator for December.
Troy Raison, a Fort Wayne resident, has been promoted to area manager by Orlando-based Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill.
Robert Sommers, formerly the head of financial aid at Indiana Wesleyan University, has been hired as Huntington University’s new director of financial aid.
Early Childhood Alliance board of directors recently elected officers for 2013: Mark Bloom, Beckman Lawson LLP, as president; Gretchen Shellabarger, community volunteer, vice president; Jim Sparrow, Arts United, secretary; and Ed Martin, Phillips Financial, treasurer. In other action, the board approved additional three-year terms on the board for Craig Patterson, Beckman Lawson LLP; and Debra Williams, Parkview Health.
Kimberlee DeJong, Austin Deckard and Kimberly Harder have been hired by 80/20 Inc. in Columbia City.
Holly Nix, RHU, joined The DeHayes Group as a client service specialist for the benefit department; and Kevin A. Rush, CRPS, CRPC, has been hired as a financial adviser.
Delegates to the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Annual Business Meeting recently elected new officers to serve the conservation organization. Jeff Meinders, a small-business owner and cattle producer, is the new IASWCD president. Paul Cummings, Hoosier Energy REC, vice president; Jamie Scott, Kosciusko County SWCD, secretary; and Bobby Hettmansperger, who farms 2,500 acres, treasurer. New to the board is Troy Hattery, Miami County SWCD, region representative for the south-northeast.
Jen Cramer and Erica Tunins, Signature Mac Inc., have achieved Apple Product Professional certification, while Aaron Prouty achieved his Mac Integration Basics certification.
Victoria Wilson, Scott Feichter and Malika Adam have been hired as first-year staff in audit at BKD’s Fort Wayne office.
Brian O’Hara, CISO at The Mako Group has received an Information Systems Security Association International Fellow award.
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, a regional economic development organization, has named Katy Silliman the executive director of the Northeast Indiana Fund, the Partnership’s support foundation.
Tim Rooney, CFP, senior vice president/investments and branch manager for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc., has qualified for the firm’s 2012 Chairman’s Council, placing in the top 1 percent; and Dennis Voegele, senior vice president/investments, has qualified for the firm’s 2012 President’s Council, placing in the top 10 percent. Both are based in the Fort Wayne branch.
Peter Hahn has been appointed by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions as President of Marketing Americas, headquartered in Fort Wayne.
The 2013 board of directors at the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne are Charlie Giese, Westport Homes of Fort Wayne Inc., as president, Tamra Stier, Rockfield Development Group, vice president; Gregory Gerbers, The DeHayes Group, treasurer; Justin Berger, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity Inc., secretary; and Jamie Lancia, Lancia Homes, immediate past president. Board of directors are Barclay Allen, Timberlin Homes LLC; Josh Barkley, Barkley Builders Inc.; Jeff Bushey, Bushey’s Windows, Doors & Sunrooms; Mike Christoffersen, Architectural Designs Inc.; Duane Kees, Quality Crafted Homes Inc.; Brad Lombard, Carter Lumber; Matt Momper, Momper Insulation Inc.; Greg Roberts, Donovan Engineering Inc.; Sam Schenkel, Sturges Development Group; Orrin Sessions, Emanco Inc.; Jay Shipley, Bob Buescher Homes Inc.; Mike Smith, Monsma Marketing; and Rob Wacker, Windsor Homes by Gilmore. The HBA also presented Justin Berger, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity Inc. with the 2012 Builder of the Year award; and Greg Gerbers, The DeHayes Group, with the 2012 Associate of the Year award.
Don Cates has been promoted to president and chief executive officer at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.
Michael A. Setlak is now a partner in the law office of Shilts Law Office.
Craig Mathison has been appointed vice president of finance for Medical Informatics Engineering.
Laura Dunn has accepted a new role within Regal-Beloit Corp. as HVACR marketing specialist.
Tina Dixon, RN, will permanently serve as chief nursing officer at Dupont Hospital.
Tyler Gibson has been hired at Fetters Construction Inc. as an estimator.
Mike Gilbert has joined Old National Insurance as executive vice president.
Jeff Stephen has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for O’Neal Steel Inc. Stephen has relocated to Birmingham from Fort Wayne.
Tracy Hale has been hired by Re/Max Results.
Stephen L. Fink, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Fort Wayne office, recently appeared before the Ohio Supreme Court and has been admitted to practice law in the state of Ohio. In addition to his Ohio admission, Fink is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Daniel Goff of Northern Insurance recently completed the P&C licensing class and then passed the licensing examination in Indiana. He has been appointed customer service specialist.