Biz Buzz for Dec. 7

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS Roxy Towery was named store manager at the Maurices in Cloquet. Towery is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store, including sales performance, visual presentation and personnel recruitment and training. DSGW A...



  • Roxy Towery was named store manager at the Maurices in Cloquet. Towery is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store, including sales performance, visual presentation and personnel recruitment and training.
  • DSGW Architects in Duluth announced Erik C. Wedge was promoted to partner and Julie Spiering to associate. Wedge has nearly 13 years of architectural experience. He has helped develop projects such as Virginia Regional Medical Center Medical Arts Clinic, Roseau City Center, St. Louis County Ely Joint Use Maintenance Facility, Fortune Bay Resort Hotel Expansion, Red Lake Seven Clans Casino and Mountain Iron Lake Country Power Service Center. He served as past president for the Northern Chapter of American Institute of Architects and is the planning and zoning administrator for the city of Gilbert, a founding Virginia Educational Fund board member, executive assistant for the Gethsemane Lutheran Church parish planning council and serves on the Mesabi Range Community Technical College Carpentry Advisory Board. In 2006, he was awarded the AIA Minnesota Presidential Citation for serving as the northern Minnesota president on the AIA Minnesota board and for representing the northern members well.

    Spiering is part of the company's design team and works with architectural design concepts. Over the last 10 years, she has designed interiors for a variety of building types including health care, offices, entertainment and educational spaces. She works with the client and design team selecting fixtures, furniture and equipment that meet functional and aesthetic requirements. Her most recent projects include Peter Christensen Health Center, Roseau City Center and Red Lake Seven Clans Casino, Hotel and Convention Center.


  • Jacob Baker and Kenneth Kimber, attorneys at Hanft Fride in Duluth, were named Minnesota Rising Stars by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine for the fifth consecutive year. The two are profiled in the magazine's December 2009/January 2010 issue. Baker practices in all areas of estate planning, long-term care planning, probate, trust administration and family law. He graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 2000 with his juris doctor and joined Hanft Fride later that year. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Elder Law Council.

    Kimber practices in the areas of general litigation including insurance defense, commercial litigation, workers compensation, construction and appellate practice. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2002 and joined Hanft Fride in 2004, after practicing in the Twin Cities.

  • After its inaugural year as a First Alert dealer, Per Mar Security Services received four First Alert awards: Circle of Excellence, for dealers who display quality service and have embraced the First Alert program; Customer Service excellence, which is awarded to dealers who provide exceptional customer service; second-place Sales Frenzy Dealer of the Year, based on annual sales performance; and the Sales Leadership award, which was awarded to Brad Tolliver, vice president and general manager of electronic security, for leadership in electronic security sales. Per Mar has a branch office in Duluth.
  • Brian Daugherty was the first person to receive the Minnesota Restaurant Association's Legislative Advocate of the Year award. Daugherty, president of Grandma's Restaurant Co. in Duluth, is a member of the MRA's legislative-focused Kitchen Cabinet Grasstops Network and has fought for legislation that positively affects the restaurant industry. He has worked hard to develop relationships with elected officials and keep informed about issues at the city, county and state level.
  • Erik Peterson, a financial representative for Country in Virginia, received two national awards for helping clients secure the right insurance products to cover their financial risks. Peterson received the National Quality Award and the National Multiline Sales Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. This is the fifth year Peterson received the NQA; he received the NMSA eight times. Financial representative who receive these awards have excelled in serving clients by tailoring life, disability income and long-term care insurance products to meet customers' changing needs and helping them understand the importance of maintaining their policies. The NMSA also recognizes an agent's achievements in assisting customers with auto, home and commercial insurance.


  • Steve Braman of RE/MAX 1 recently earned his e-Pro Certification, an educational program specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home. The group of course graduates represents only 4 percent of all Realtors in the country. BOARD APPOINTMENTS

  • J. Michael "Mike" McCoshen was appointed to Metro Credit Union's seven-member board of directors. He fills the vacancy left by Pete Lawson, who relocated to the Twin Cities area. McCoshen, a lifelong Superior resident, works for Hallett Dock Co., where he is responsible for the total operating activities, which include the receiving, stockpiling, transloading, and shipping bulk and liquid commodities in the Duluth/Superior harbor. He joined Hallett as general manager in May 2000 and was named president and chief operating officer in March 2007. Before joining Hallett, McCoshen worked for by the BNSF Railway as terminal manager, with responsibility for BNSF's Allouez Taconite Facility. He began his career with the former BN Railroad in 1976 as a heavy equipment operator.


  • Citon Computer Corp. welcomed Aaron Caveny back to its team after spending the last 17 months serving his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Caveny has been with Citon for four years and manages the company's PC manufacturing facilities in Duluth, leading a team of Intel-certified sales and technical staff. He also serves as a help desk engineer and provides direct support for Citon's exclusive SPF: 24/7 customers and rapid response and resolution to issues. Previously, he served as Citon's service coordinator.
  • Matt Cartier completed a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense, eight-day training for the Blandin Community Leadership Program. He will participate in two additional workshops in the next few months. Cartier is co-owner and an account executive at Cartier Agency in Duluth. The goal of the Blandin Community Leadership Program is to develop and train a broad base of local leaders to work collaboratively on community issues and opportunities to anticipate change, manage conflict, build consensus and create a positive future. Topics covered during retreat and workshops sessions include: defining community problems and opportunities, communication, conflict management, community power, effective groups, community analysis and goal setting.

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