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Biz Buzz for July 21, 2014


* The Duluth News Tribune announced the following hires.

Brady Slater was hired as the day general assignment reporter.

Jane Danielson was hired as a customer service representative.

* Robby Haugen joined Adolphson Real Estate Inc. as an agent. Haugen has six years of experience in the housing industry.

* Saturn Systems announced the following hires in the Grand Rapids office:

Tim Massaro was hired as a senior software engineer and will provide support, enhancements and automated testing for a variety of Java-based projects. Massaro is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and previously worked for IBM.

Kaleb Christenson was hired as a software engineer and will work on a variety of projects using Microsoft .NET technologies. Christenson is a graduate of Salem State College in Salem, Mass., and previously worked at Computershare.

* Caysee Beise joined Northern Communities Credit Union’s e-branch in The Shops at Bluestone off Woodland Avenue. She is available for lending needs, opening new accounts and assisting members with online services.

From 2008-13, Beise worked for Woodlands National Bank, where she was a front-line staff member, personal banker and branch manager. Beise also worked for First National Bank of the North, First Independent Bank of Nevada and US Bank.

* The Miller-Dwan Foundation hired Devin Graff as an event and marketing specialist. She will help promote and carry out the Miller-Dwan Foundation mission, and her first initiative will be this fall’s ARTcetera event.

Graff graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She has a strong background working with corporate partners and coordinated more than 30 local Duluth events including the Duluth Airshow, KIA of Duluth Drag Races and Car Show, and the Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival.

* St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth announced the following hires:

Elaine Hammond joined St. Luke’s Laurentian Medical Clinic as a physician assistant. Hammond completed her associate degree in respiratory therapy at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, her associate degree in liberal studies at Lake Superior College in Duluth, her bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Before joining St. Luke’s as a physician assistant, Hammond worked as a registered respiratory therapist at St. Luke’s and Essentia Health-Virginia and as a cardiopulmonary journeyman with the Minnesota Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth.

Todd Cortese was hired as an acute rehabilitation program manager, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the acute rehabilitation unit. Cortese completed his bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota and previously worked as the rehabilitation director at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids.

* Essentia Health announced the following hires:

Dr. Ahmad Hazem joined the hospitalist department at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Hazem earned a medical degree from the University of Tishreen College of Medicine in Lattakia, Syria, and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Fargo. He also completed a preventative medicine research fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Nurse practitioner Erin Sarkkinen joined the urology department at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic in Duluth. Sarkkinen earned a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University in Baltimore and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Dr. Sreedhar Devathi, a nephrologist, joined Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic and also will provide outreach services to clinics in Deer River and Hibbing. Devathi earned his medical degree from Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangalore, India, and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, Pa. Devathi also completed a fellowship in nephrology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

Dr. Brian Moran, a neurologist, joined Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic and has a special interest in treating patients with epilepsy. Moran earned a medical degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha and completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neurophysiology, both at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Dr. Karen Sethi, a pediatric intensivist, joined Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Duluth. Sethi earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in pediatrics.

Dr. Fatima Alnaimat joined the rheumatology department at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic.

Alnaimat earned a medical degree from the University of Jordan in Amman. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in rheumatology, both at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine.

Dr. Omar Orozco-Herrera joined the hospitalist department at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. Orozco-Herrera earned a medical degree from Universidad de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico, and completed a residency in internal medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

* Roger Basarich joined the Duluth office of Architectural Resources Inc. He will direct business development and act in the capacity of project manager for the Duluth area.

Basarich earned his architectural degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo and has practiced architecture in New Mexico since 1986 with Custer-Basarich LTD Architects. He served as principal-in-charge, project manager, design architect, programmer and construction administrator on a variety of


Basarich was chairman of the New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects and chairman of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Western Mountain Region, along with serving as president of the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

* Randy Morton joined JPJ Engineering Inc. as a professional land surveyor. Morton has more than 30 years of experience in land surveying services and is a licensed land surveyor in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

* Ben Olson joined TKDA’s Duluth office as an architect. He has a degree in architecture from North Dakota State University in Fargo and has extensive experience in private and public markets, with a focus on municipal projects with environmentally sustainable design.


* Adolphson Real Estate Inc. announced Tom Muehlberger was named top sales agent for June in the Duluth office, and Jody Mattinen was named top sales agent for June in the Cloquet office.

* Ryan Kasner Bialke LLC, with offices in Hibbing, Virginia and Minneapolis, announced Chris Bialke and John “Jack” Ryan Jr. qualified for the Court of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table, an association of financial professionals.

Bialke is an 11-year MDRT member and a four-time Court of the Table qualifier.

Ryan is a 36-year member and a four-time Court of the Table qualifier.

The company also announced Oren J. Bottoms achieved membership in the MDRT, of which he is a four-year member.

* Duluth financial services firm Edward Jones announced Robert Farden was awarded the firm’s Ed Armstrong Award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Farden was one of 1,846 of the firm’s 13,000 financial advisers to receive the Ed Armstrong award.

* The following Duluth attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list: Larry M. Nord of the law firm Orman, Nord and Hurd in Duluth; Steve Reyelts of Reyelts Law Firm in Duluth; and Thomas R. Thibodeau, David M. Johnson and Jerome Feriancek, all from the law firm Thibodeau, Johnson and Feriancek in Duluth.

* Eagles Nest Massage Therapy in Duluth announced it was awarded an Official Best of Therapeutic Massage in Minnesota for 2014 by Holly-

wood, Calif.-based Official Best Of that provides television and Web viewers with the best places to visit in a growing number of states across the U.S.

* The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota selected Duluth’s Stewart Creek Bridge and Snively Monument to receive a Minnesota Preservation Award for rehabilitation. LHB Inc. was the engineer of record, Stark Preservation Planning LLC was the historic consultant, and Northland Constructors and Hovland Masonry were contractors for the project.

* The Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association Educational Trust named Todd Hanson of Productivity Inc. as its 2014 Most Valuable Partner. The MVP award is given out annually to acknowledge an individual or organization’s efforts to support the mission of the AMFA-ET.

Hanson is based in Two Harbors as a machine tool sales representative for Productivity and has long supported the mission of the AMFA-ET. Most notably, he has a long history of serving on the planning committee for the AMFA-ET Golf Social, the organization’s primary fundraiser each year.


* Ryan M. Johnson of Edward Jones in Duluth achieved the professional designation of accredited asset management specialist after successfully completing the AAMS professional education program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the AAMS designation. This advanced training offers investment professionals the hands-on information needed to provide comprehensive financial services.


* Deluxe Coney Island at Miller Hill Mall will hold a recognition ceremony for Peter Regas, who is celebrating 50 years of working at the restaurant, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Regas was born in Greece, but moved to Duluth in the early 1960s and soon after began working at downtown Deluxe Coney Island. He moved to the Miller Hill Mall location in the late 1980s.

The recognition ceremony kicks off a week of festivities that includes a Coney-eating competition, free samples and prizes for every 50th customer.

* LHB Inc. will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for its new office at 63 E. Second St., Suite 150, in Superior. The event will include a

ribbon-cutting ceremony and guest speakers from 11-11:30 a.m., and the office will be open for tours from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Refreshments from Black Woods and Perkins will be provided. Parking is limited, but LHB will provide shuttles from Richard I. Bong Center at 305 Harbor View Parkway and from Superior Bayfront Inn at 110 E. Second St.


* Architectural Resources Inc., with offices in Hibbing and Duluth, announced Lexi Sosalla and Taylor Schuman joined as interns for the summer.

Sosalla is an interior design intern and is working with architects and interior designers. She is involved with several residential and commercial projects along with a space programming analysis of the Hibbing office. Sosalla is pursuing a degree in interior design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Schuman joined as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green associate intern and will work with architects and designers in the Duluth office. She is pursuing a degree in architecture at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

* TKDA announced Rich Baxter was added as an intern in the Duluth office. Baxter holds a degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and plans to finish his degree in civil engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth in December.

Biz Buzz is a collection of business news tidbits from around the region. Send your business openings or closings, personnel changes or other news of interest in the business community to Biz Buzz, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802, email, or fax (218) 720-4120. The deadline for submissions is noon Friday.