Business Briefs

Jane Berg receives IAR Platinum Achievement Award

Jane Berg, CRS, GRL, broker/owner of Egemo Realty has earned a Platinum Achievement Award from the Iowa Association of Realtors. Berg participated in more than $8.7 million worth of sales and/or listings to achieve this award. The IAR individual achievement awards were initiated in 1988 to ...

Paul Bloomquist honored with Karl King Distinguished Service Award

Paul Bloomquist, director of bands at Iowa Central Community College, was awarded the Karl L. King Distinguished Service Award by the North Central District of the Iowa Bandmasters Association on May 11. Bloomquist was nominated by his peers in the Iowa Bandmasters Association and was chosen by ...

Mark Layton is Purina factory manager in Fort Dodge

This spring, Mark Layton joined the Fort Dodge Purina factory as factory manager to lead operations and a team of 225 people. Layton has been working with Purina for more than nine years. The Purina factory has had a longstanding presence in Fort Dodge since 1975, creating high-quality and ...

O’Hern presents at conference

Cheryl O’Hern, marketing coordinator with Spin Markket presented at the eighth annual Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Municipal Broadband Conference on Social Media Strategy and Implementation for municipal utilities recently held in Des Moines. IAMU represents 755 municipal ...

Tim Finucan named to Barron’s list

For the fifth year, Edward Jones financial advisor Tim Finucan of Webster City has been named to Barron’s magazine’s annual list of “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, State by State.” Finucan, who has served area investors for the past 31 years, ranked No. 2 in the state of ...

Bonnie Riphagen now at CFR

Bonnie Riphagen, LMSW, focuses on client health at Community and Family Resources as a mental health therapist based in Fort Dodge. She was previously employed with Hospice. Originally from Pella, Riphagen now resides on a small acreage near Jefferson with her husband. Riphagen obtained her ...

Allison Hulshof joins team at CFR

Community and Family Resources, a local non-profit provider of behavioral health and services, has welcomed Allison Hulshof to the agency as a marketing and communications manager based in Fort Dodge. A recent graduate of Iowa State University, Hulshof has her bachelor’s degree in English ...

Kurt Volkert joins CFR therapy staff

Kurt Volkert, MLHC., is now part of the therapy staff at Community and Family Resources Volkert began at CFR in November 2017. His long experience stems began in 1986 when he was a mental health technician on an adolescent unit in Sioux City. Volkert also has experience with emergency ...

Brittany McClure is on CFR team

Brittany McClure is a day IOP substance abuse counselor at Community and Family Resources. McClure’s education and experience background includes a bachelor’s degree through Iowa State University in child, adult, and family services; an in-process master’s degree through Capella ...

Keenan Schurr receives award

Keenan Schuur, received the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society Award for his 2017 sales performance, ranking him among the top 10 percent of sales professionals in the network. Schuur works out of the Coldwell Banker Associated Realtors office in Fort Dodge.

Ashley Bates takes on new role

Ashley Bates, RN, is the new clinical nurse lead for Arbor Lane and Stone Heights neighborhoods at Friendship Haven. In her new role, Bates will assist the neighborhoods with training, compliance, validations and serving as a mentor for new hires. Her all-encompassing role will help with shift ...

Grady shifts jobs at Friendship Haven

Sherry Grady, LPN, has recently transitioned into the position of care transitional coordinator for Friendship Haven’s Catalyst neighborhood. Prior to her new position, Grady was the charge nurse for five years in Friendship Haven’s Journey neighborhood and came to our campus with over 25 ...

Nobiling is Friendship Haven controller

Friendship Haven has announced Jennifer Nobiling is its new controller. Nobiling has years of experience as a controller for Volunteers of America out of western Washington, Friendship Haven is a not-for-profit, life plan community, offering innovative and responsive services to aging adults. ...

Essing named a top real estate agent

MANSON — Pat Essing of Manson Iowa Realty, Manson, was named a top agent for 2017, earning her recognition as a leader for the Iowa Realty Franchise statewide network. Her award was based on personal sales volume of $1.5 million to $2 million. This is the 23rd year she has been recognized by ...

Helmers attends NAIFA event

Erica Helmers of KHI Solutions attended the 2018 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors state convention on March 7-8. Helmers participated in several educational workshops designed to enhance and improve her knowledge of the health insurance and financial services industry. ...

Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich named to ABI board

Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI). Bemrich is affiliated with Bemrich Electric and Telephone.

Cindy Mulroney named as a top real estate agent

Cindy Mulroney, Iowa Realty of Fort Dodge, was named a top agent for 2017, earning her recognition as a leader for the Iowa Realty statewide network. Mulroney received this recognition at a Feb. 19 award ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn, Jordan Creek Crossing. Her award was based on ...

UPS honors Tony Sunken with Circle of Honor induction

Tony Sunken, of Fort Dodge, has been inducted into the UPS Circle of Honor, an organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. In Iowa there are 102 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,151 years of accident-free driving. There are 999 total ...

Teresa Naughton attends Leadership Institute

Teresa Naughton, executive director of LifeWorksCommunity Services, recently attended the 2018 Leadership Institute at the University of Delaware in January. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities offered the training. It was sponsored by the American Association ...

Julie Barkema receives nursing recognition

Julie Barkema, RN, has been named one of the 100 Great Nurses in Iowa. Barkema, who works at the Trinity Cancer Center and Infusion Center, has been with UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge for 27 years. Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, ...