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Biz Buzz for May 20, 2013

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS Jen Wright was appointed superintendent at Arrowhead Juvenile Center. She replaces Kathy Trihey, who was named superintendent at Northeast Regional Corrections Center. Wright, a Duluth native, started working at Arrowhead Reg...

Jen Wright

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS

  • Jen Wright was appointed superintendent at Arrowhead Juvenile Center. She replaces Kathy Trihey, who was named superintendent at Northeast Regional Corrections Center. Wright, a Duluth native, started working at Arrowhead Regional Corrections in 1987 as a corrections counselor, and for the past 16 years she has served as a supervisor, with experience in adult and juvenile probation, and as a supervisor at Northeast Regional Corrections Center.

    She graduated from Duluth East High School and earned a degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

  • Members Cooperative Credit Union announced James Lundberg was hired as a business services officer and will be based in the Cloquet office. He is an Esko native and graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. Lundberg has 12 years of experience in the financial industry. In his new role, James will assist business members with all of their financial needs.
  • The University of Minnesota Duluth Board of Regents approved the following individuals for promotion and/or tenure on May 10: Thomas Hrabik, biology, to full professor; Keith Lodge, chemical engineering, to full professor; Elizabeth Minor, chemistry and biochemistry, to full professor; Maureen Tobin Stanley, foreign languages and literatures, to full professor; Jing Bai, electrical engineering, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Steven Bardolph, art and design, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Lynn Brice, education, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Evelyn Campbell, social work, to assistant professor with indefinite tenure; Carlos Carranza-Torres, civil engineering, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Hongyi Chen, mechanical and industrial engineering, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Dana Collins, communication sciences and disorders, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Rebecca de Souza, communication, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Jill Doerfler, American Indian studies, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Qiang Fang, history, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Hairong Feng, communication, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Dan Glisczinski, education, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Karen Gran, geological sciences, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; John Hatcher, writing studies, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Kristen Hylenski, foreign languages and literatures, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Grace Kang, accounting, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Jill Klingner, finance and management information sciences, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Beth Koch, art and design, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Eugene Koshinski, music, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Xin Liang, management studies, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Geraldine Nierengarten, education, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; Junhua Wang, finance and management information sciences, to associate professor with indefinite tenure; and Mark Zmudy, health, physical education and recreation, to associate professor with indefinite tenure.
  • ZMC Hotels announced Anna Fitzsimmons was named general manager of the Best Western Downtown Duluth. She entered the ZMC Hotels manager in training program in May 2012 and trained at the Inn on Lake Superior, Best Western Downtown and Best Western Bridgeview in Superior, where she served as the assistant general manager. Fitzsimmons graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

  • Bayfield Regional Conservancy announced Meghan Dennison was promoted to executive director and Corinne Dawson was hired as conservation director.

    Dennison has served as acting executive director since January. She joined the conservancy in October 2011 and served as director of development and outreach. She earned a degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.

    Dawson served as a research technician for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Wauwatosa and was the invasive plant program director and stewardship coordinator for the Belgrade Regional Conservancy in Maine. She graduated from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., and received a certificate in environmental policy from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board Inc. announced local businesses Delta Diner and Field Logic Inc. received awards during the May 9 "Reeling in Business: 2013 Annual Northwest Wisconsin Business Conference" in Hayward. Delta Diner was given the Rising Star Award, which was accepted by Todd Bucher, a managing member of the diner. The award was given for excellence in the diner industry and to acknowledge their innovation and sustainable growth strategy.

    Delta Diner is near Iron River and provides customers with a classic American, 1940s roadside diner restaurant experience. The diner recently developed its E-commerce to serve customers outside the area and launched its Blue Plate Lecture series featuring faculty members from Northland College in Ashland to offers informative lectures and music events along with themed dinner offerings.

    Field Logic in Superior was named the Business of the Year, and the company's director of human resources, Wanda Grew-Jasken, accepted the award. This award is given in recognition of the outstanding contributions to employees and the community of Northwestern Wisconsin employers.

    Field Logic is a sporting goods manufacturer known for bringing innovative products to the archery industry. The company also is known for enhancing and improving its products and work force, and providing employees with the tools and opportunities needed for growth.

  • The Provider magazine named Natalie Zeleznikar as one of the top 20 rising stars for long-term, post-acute care in the March 2013 edition. Zeleznikar is the CEO of Diamond Willow Advanced Care Assisted Living in Duluth. She was honored in the March 2013 edition.

  • The Minnesota Dental Association announced Dr. John Conry of Eversmiles Pediatric Dentistry in Hermantown received the organization's 2013 Humanitarian Service Award during the Star of the North meeting and annual convention held in St. Paul. An advocate for infant oral exams by general dentists, Conry also is an active participant in Just Kids Dental and Smiles Across Minnesota. In his practice, he treats some of the most severe pediatric dental pathology cases in northern Minnesota.

    Conry was chairman of the pediatric department at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for 10 years and has provided shadowing opportunities for high school and college students at his private practice. He is involved in the Duluth Dental Forum and serves as president of the Northeastern District Dental Society and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric

    Dentistry.

    Conry earned his bachelor's degree in dental science from the University of Dublin, Ireland, and his master's degree in dentistry from the University of Minnesota. He practiced in Dublin and London before relocating to Minnesota and establishing a dental practice in

    Duluth.

  • 10 Best, a division of USA Today Travel, featured Fitger's Inn among its 10 Best "Hard to Believe: Repurposed Hotels" online gallery. The hotel is managed by Jim Makitalo.
  • American Family Insurance agent Shelly Overson was recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification. Agents' overall service is measured by the results of a customer satisfaction survey. Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on customer satisfaction surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified. Overson has been with American Family Insurance since January 1995 and is in the Duluth office.

    CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • John Nousaine of North Country Independent Living graduated from the Fund Development Certificate Program offered through the Center for Continuing Education/Extension at the University of Wisconsin-Superior on May 13. The program provides training specific to people who are new to fund development. Participants complete eight full-day workshops (48 hours of training), which provide a solid base of knowledge about fundraising, including how to get grants and gifts, special event fundraising, social media planning and strategic marketing.

    BOARD ELECTIONS

  • The Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board announced its elected officers for the fiscal year 2014. These commissioners were re-elected to their posts: Steve Raukar, president; Ray Klosowski, vice president; and Rick Revoir, assistant treasurer. Commissioners Cal Larson and Norm Voorhees were elected treasurer and secretary, respectively. Together with fellow board members Chris Dahlberg of Duluth and Tony Sertich of Chisholm, the seven commissioners oversee the Port Authority's financial and organizational affairs.
  • The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth announced Glen Anderson has been appointed to the board. Anderson is executive director of Northern Pines Mental Health Center in Brainerd. The board also announced its 2013 elected officers: Robert Trudeau, Oliver Management Inc., president; Laurie O'Melia O'Neill, HTK Marketing Communications, vice president; and Dr. J. Clark Laundergan, professor emeritus, University of Minnesota Duluth, secretary/treasurer.

    Other members of the Board are: Cynthia Finch, Woodland Hills; Zoe LeBeau, LeBeau Development, Native Success; the Rev. Fred Lund, retired Eastridge Community Church pastor; William Oswald, First American Financial Corp.; and Julie Stone, Blue Cross Minnesota.

    NEW BUSINESS

  • Dennis Schultz has opened RetroFoam of Duluth, a foam re-insulating business that serves customers in St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton and northern Aitkin counties in Minnesota, and Douglas and Bayfield counties in Wisconsin. Schultz, a contractor with 31 years of experience, is owner/president of RetroFoam and also operates Dennis Schultz Construction Inc. with his son, Isaiah Schultz. The company's telephone number is (218) 525-5685 and the website is retrofoamduluth.com.

    GRAND OPENING/OPEN HOUSE

  • To celebrate the reopening of the St. Louis County Auditor Service Center, an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the office, which is on the back side of the Miller Hill Mall next to J.C. Penney. The event includes refreshments. Call (218) 279-2520 or go to stlouiscountymn.gov for more information.

    RELOCATIONS

  • Colin Mackin, owner of iLF Smartphone Clinic, announced the business has moved to 1709 London Road in Duluth. They offer smartphone, laptop and tablet repairs, pay-as-you-go wireless plans and accessories. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    ACQUISITION

  • RelsTitle was acquired by DataQuick on Sept. 6 and has been renamed DataQuick Title. The company operates two offices in Duluth at 306 W. Superior St., Suite 1010, and 4913 Matterhorn Drive; and one in Cloquet at 1307 Highway 33 S. ETC.

  • Garry D. Krause graduated from Leadership Barron County (Wis.), a program designed to develop and strengthen the leadership and team-building skills of participants while they gain an understanding of how they can positively affect Barron County. Participants network with people and organizations that influence and shape the county's communities and make valuable contacts with other professionals across a variety of backgrounds. Krause is an academic dean at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior. 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, e-mail biz@duluthnews.com , or fax (218) 720-4120.

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