Biz Buzz for July 29, 2013

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS Kathy Olson, a physical therapy assistant, joined the physical therapy team at the Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy Inc. in Superior. She is trained in Graston technique, McConnell taping and Kinesio taping, and her spec...

Kathy Olson


  • Kathy Olson, a physical therapy assistant, joined the physical therapy team at the Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy Inc. in Superior. She is trained in Graston technique, McConnell taping and Kinesio taping, and her specialty is core training, retraining and stabilization. Olson is a certified personal trainer through ACE fitness since 2001 and a certified group fitness instructor through NETA since 2008. She will conduct Pilates classes this fall through CMJT. Olson also is a certified basic life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructor though the American Heart Association.

  • Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Northland in Duluth announced Keith A. Johnson was promoted to director, and John Bartikoski was named development director. Johnson, a Duluth native, has more than 30 years of sales and management experience and served as the development director since 2010. He is part of the Hermantown Cohort of the Blandin Leadership Foundation.

    Bartikoski, also a Duluth native, comes to the organization having worked at SOAR Career Solutions for the past three years as a career specialist. He often worked with clients from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge when they went to SOAR to prepare for their job searches. Before that, Bartikoski served as campaign director for United Way of Greater Duluth.

  • Greg Mertzig joined Soar Career Solutions as the case manager for the Community Offender Re-entry Program. Mertzig served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a noncommissioned officer and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He also worked for the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a correctional officer and in 2009 served as a member of the Superior City Council.

    He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of

    Wisconsin-Superior and earned a degree in psychological operations from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in

    Fort Bragg, N.C. Mertzig also is trained in law enforcement skills from

    Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

  • St. Luke's announced Dr. Naveen Gowda joined Consulting Radiologists Ltd., specializing in vascular and interventional radiology services. Gowda completed his residency training in diagnostic radiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, where he also pursued his fellowships in vascular and interventional radiology and thoracoabdominal imaging. He received nuclear medicine residency training at All India Institute of Medical Services in New Delhi.

  • Saturn Systems Software Engineering hired Christopher Morton as a senior software engineer and Jason Usack as a software engineer. Morton most recently was employed at mPay Gateway in Minneapolis as a software engineer/architect. He will work on a software solution related to medical imaging management and analysis.

    Usack most recently was with Essentia Health as an application system analyst/Web and business programmer. He will work on user interface and backend programming for two new Web development efforts.

  • Glenn Kulyk was hired as a salesman at Overhead Door Co. of Duluth and Hibbing. Kulyk previously was an assistant hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a salesman at Kolar Hyundai and Anderson Lubricants.

  • Architectural Resources Inc. announced Katie Hildenbrand and Ryan Erspamer were named partners with the firm. Hildenbrand, of Hibbing, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2000 and has 13 years of experience in health care, educational, banking and residential design. She is a certified interior designer in Minnesota and actively volunteers with the Youth Hockey Association and the Blessed Sacrament Buildings and Grounds Committee.

    Erspamer, of Duluth, earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from North Dakota State University in Fargo in 2002 and has more than 10 years of project management experience in facility, energy, health care, education, technology and industrial design. He is a registered architect in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects Northern Minnesota Chapter and is a planning team member of the Energy Design Conference and Expo.


  • Four attorneys at Johnson, Killen & Seiler in Duluth were named 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers: Nicholas Ostapenko, John Nys, Joseph Roby and Robert Zallar. Ostapenko's civil trial practice includes professional liability defense, business and construction disputes, insurance coverage issues and personal

    injury defense.

    Nys concentrates his practice in the areas of closely held businesses, commercial business and financial institutions in areas of banking, bankruptcy and general business law.

    Roby practices management side labor and employment law and also practices in the area of general civil litigation and appeals.

    Zallar practices in the areas of business formation and transactions, labor and employment law, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate.

    Three Johnson, Killen & Seiler attorneys were named 2013 rising stars by Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine: Roy Christensen, Jessica Durbin and Michele Miller.

    Christensen represents individuals, businesses and financial institutions in banking, business, real estate and construction matters.

    Durbin represents employers in labor law, employment law, civil litigation and business law.

    Miller practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, business law and real estate.

  • Adolphson Real Estate announced Jack Singler was named outstanding sales agent for June in the Duluth office. Jody Mattinen received the same award in the Cloquet office.
  • Kevin and Leslie Buck, owners of ServPro of the Twin Ports, were honored with the Director's Gold award for outstanding revenue performance during ServPro's 44th annual convention, which was held June 17-21 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Marriott Hotel and the Anaheim Convention Center. BOARD ELECTIONS

  • The Duluth Chapter of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants announced the election of new officers: Nick Peterson, certified public accountant at Allete Inc., chairman; Hanni Hessen, certified public accountant at McGladrey LLP, vice chairwoman; Angela Toftey, certified public accountant at Kolquist, Seitz and Goldman LLC, secretary; Nick Licari, certified public accountant at Licari, Larsen & Co. LTD, treasurer.
  • Terry A. Trogdon of the law firm of Gerlach, Beaumier & Trogdon in Duluth, accepted an invitation to serve another term as a member of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Advisory Board. MWL's mission is to advance the success of women in the legal profession and strive for a just society. FORMER RESIDENTS

  • Dr. Mark Suojanen, a graduate of Duluth Central High School, completed his third year of residency at Toledo (Ohio) Medical School in June. He then was promoted to chief resident doctor for 2013-14. He also was awarded Excellency in Anesthesiology for the Northern Region of Ohio. Suojanen graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

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