Business Briefs

Deb Gray receives marketing certification

Deb Gray, Friendship Haven sales counselor, recently received her marketing professional certification. The program was held in Indianapolis, Indiana by Leading-Age Illinois and focused on strategies for marketing, sales training, marketing planning and strategic networking. Friendship Haven ...

Asay earns assisted living certification

Brett Asay, vice president of health services at Friendship Haven, recently attended educational sessions and earned an assisted living certification through LeadingAge Iowa. This learning and certification process provided Asay with a deeper understanding of the core components of Friendship ...

Jeff Nemmers earns finance designation

Jeff Nemmers, the city clerk and finance director in Fort Dodge, has been been awarded the designation of Iowa certified finance officer by the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association. He was awarded that designation after completing the association’s educational, experience and service ...

Salgrens both serve on NATP’s board

Flannery Tax & Bookkeeping owners Wayne and Kathleen Salgren are on the Iowa state board of directors for the National Association of Tax Professionals. Kathleen Flannery-Salgren has been on the board for three years and an association member for 10 years. At the group’s state convention ...

3 at Horizons Unlimited gain certification

EMMETSBURG — Three employment specialists with Horizons Unlimited recently earned national certification through the Association of Persons Supporting EmploymentFirst. Josiah Schmidt, Jennifer Kraus and Betsy Elbert are now certified employment support professionals. Their certification ...

Toni Tabbert joins MER Engineering team

MER Engineering Inc. has welcomed Toni Tabbert to its staff. Tabbert is a professional engineer with several years of experience in geotechnical and civil engineering. She is an Iowa State University graduate with a Master of Science degree in civil engineering. After working in Nebraska, North ...

Dr. Dan Cole assumes UnityPoint Clinic post

UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine — Second Avenue North has named Dan Cole, M.D. as the new medical director of the clinic. Cole currently serves as medical director of Trinity Emergency Medicine and has been with UnityPoint Health since 1973. Prior to working in the Emergency Department, ...

Daun Keefe now part of CFR outpatient staff

Community and Family Resources, a local nonprofit provider of behavioral health services, has welcomed Daun Keefe, of Humboldt, to the agency as a part-time outpatient mental health therapist. Keefe will begin accepting adolescent and adult clients starting Jan. 16. Keefe, licensed ...

FD Ford honors two employees

Two employees of Fort Dodge Ford Toyota — Nick Ehrhardt and Ryan Gochenouer — have been voted by their co-workers as employees of the month for December. Nick Ehrhardt, an automotive sales professional, has been with with the company since July 2015. His co-workers said he’s always ...

Kotouc joins Community and Family Resources

Jim Kotouc has joined the staff of Community and Family Resources as the adult residential program supervisor. Kotouc began working in the substance abuse treatment field in 1983. He’s worked in a variety of capacities during his career in the substance abuse treatment field including prior ...

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota honors employees

Two employees of Fort Dodge Ford Toyota — Jan Wedland and Joe Miller — have been voted by their co-workers as employees of the month for November. Wendland, accounts receivable and cashier, has been with the company since July 2003. Her co-workers stated that she is always smiling and a ...

Halverson is part of Friendship Haven team

Denise Halverson has joined the team at Friendship Haven to serve as director of engagement for the senior living community. In this new position, Halverson will help foster relationships that promote the giving of time and talents to Friendship Haven. Halverson represents Friendship Haven in ...

Justice Mark Cady given Judicial Achievement Award

The Hon. Mark S. Cady, chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who is also a resident of Fort Dodge, is the recipient of the Iowa Association for Justice’s 2016 Judicial Achievement Award. The IAJ is the statewide association representing trial attorneys. The award to Cady was presented ...

Paul Hill inducted into Iowa Turkey Federation Hall of Fame

AMES — Paul Hill, of Ellsworth, was inducted into the Iowa Turkey Federation Hall of Fame at the annual Turkey Day Convention on Dec.7 in Des Moines. The Hill family began raising turkeys in 1947, and in 1957 the Hills started raising some of the first breeder turkeys in Iowa. Paul Hill ...

Heisterkamp assumes Calhoun County economic post

ROCKWELL CITY — Calhoun County Economic Development Corp. has chosen Jill Heisterkamp as its new executive director. She will focus on implementing CCEDC’s new strategic plan that was announced in August and managing CCEDC’s Revolving Loan Fund, which can be utilized by businesses in ...

Molly Morris joins Friendship Haven

Molly Morris has joined Friendship Haven as the Arbor Lane neighborhood coordinator. In this role, Morris will collaborate with the clinical coordinator, residents and employees to determine what support services the neighborhood needs. While ensuring the Arbor Lane Neighborhood operates ...

Cooney appointed residential nurse

Friendship Haven has named Julie Cooney to be residential nurse for the River Ridge Apartments and Second Family services. Cooney has been a part of the Friendship Haven employee team since 2014 and she most recently served as campus night nurse supervisor. In her new role as RN, Cooney ...

Grimm-Berte named to Livermore post

The city of Livermore has named Sharon Grimm-Berte, of Livermore, as treasurer/deputy city clerk. Berte is a 1981 graduate of the University of South Dakota where she studied history and business.

Ueltachy completes banking course

John Ueltschy, a credit analyst with Northwest Bank in Fort Dodge, successfully completed the 2016 Iowa Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School held Oct.3-7 in Ankeny. The school is an intense one-week program sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association. The purpose of the IBA ...

Kinseth celebrates 30 years at Fort Dodge Ford

Kyle Kinseth, parts manager, is celebrating 30 years with Fort Dodge Ford Toyota. He joined the parts department of Fort Dodge’s Ford dealership 10 years before the Johnson family purchased what is now Fort Dodge Ford Toyota. He has been in the parts industry for nearly 40 years, beginning ...