Biz buzz for Sept. 6, 2010

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS The AMSOIL technical department has hired Patricia Stoll as business segment manager, where her focus will be on business strategy development for the auto and light-truck market. Stoll most recently was the marketing service...


  • The AMSOIL technical department has hired Patricia Stoll as business segment manager, where her focus will be on business strategy development for the auto and light-truck market. Stoll most recently was the marketing services manager for Genesis Attachments, a manufacturer of heavy construction tools. She has prior experience working in education, telecommunications and advertising. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelor's degree in technical illustration and graphic design and she has begun work on her MBA.

    Joel Maart joined the AMSOIL accounting and finance team as a financial analyst. Maart worked for Northland Mission Inc. for several years and most recently for Advanstar, where he was a senior financial


    Lucas Haugen joins the AMSOIL technical sale

    department as a technical sales representative. He comes to the company after seven years with

    St. Gobain, a large international firm. He graduated with an industrial engineering degree from North Dakota State University. He also completed his MBA from St. Thomas University while working for St. Gobain.

  • Leanne Joynes recently was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for ZMC Hotels Inc. Joynes' primary responsibility will be to provide direction, coordination and support for all sales and marketing functions of ZMC properties companywide. ZMC Hotels owns and operates 30 hotels in 12 states,

    Savories Catering and the Vista Fleet in Duluth, along with the Chattanooga Riverboat in Tennessee. Joynes was hired in 1991. She was director of sales for many years. She also was general manager at the Inn on Lake Superior and the Edgewater Resort & Waterpark. For the past three years, Joynes was ZMC Hotels' regional director of sales and marketing.

  • Bethany Owen has been named the new president of Superior Water, Light and Power Co. SWL&P is a wholly owned subsidiary of Allete Inc. Owen will oversee all of SWL&P's electric, water and gas operations in Northwestern Wisconsin. Owen is the first woman president and the 11th person to lead SWL&P in its 121-year history. Owen joined

    ALLETE in July 2002 as an attorney in the Legal Services Department. In 2004 she was promoted to senior attorney. In early 2009, Owen was named

    director-Transmission Regulatory Compliance and Business Support for Minnesota Power, an operating division of Allete. In that role, she was responsible for developing and implementing NERC and FERC compliance program initiatives, monitoring and responding to evolving federal and state transmission regulatory and policy issues, supporting Minnesota Power's Participation in the CapX2020 initiative, leading her area's involvement in various MISO transmission tariff issues, and directing transmission customer contract development and administration activities.

  • WesternBank recently promoted Bill Lewis to the position of commercial loan officer. A native Duluthian and graduate of the College of St. Scholastica, he has worked at the bank for 15 years.
  • Emily Roragen Northey recently was hired by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota as its first Minnesota Mainstreet program coordinator to help Minnesota communities strengthen their downtowns. Roragen Northey is a graduate of Duluth Central High School and holds a degree in urban studies from Macalester College. She worked with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce for three years as its first Main Street coordinator.
  • The ART of Hair on London, 1427 London Road, announces the addition of massage therapist Christy Majchrzak to its staff. Majchrzak has been a certified therapist for 10 years. Her specialties include relaxation and deep-tissue massage, prenatal massage and reflexology.
  • Northeast Higher Education District recently hired Carmen Bradach and Annette Koski. Bradach joins the district as the chief human resource officer. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in human resource management from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Koski has assumed the role of executive assistant to the president. She is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Virginia and Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. The Northeast Higher Education District is made up of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Eveleth and Virginia, Rainy River Community College in International Falls and Vermilion Community College in Ely. AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Kendall B. Wallace, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of the Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus, has been appointed to the Medical Expert Panel of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Wallace was selected as a medical expert for mitochondrial disorders and metabolic diseases. Among the most publicly recognized issues that he expects to face are cases involving the highly debated role vaccines might play in autism and other childhood diseases.
  • Robert C. Falsani has been chosen as one of the "best lawyers in America" by his peers for 2011. Falsani will appear in the in the publication "Best Lawyers in America" for his work as a workers' compensation attorney. Falsani, a founding partner in the law firm of Falsani, Balmer, Peterson, Quinn & Beyer, represents injured individuals in personal injury and workers' compensation cases.
  • WDIO/WIRT-DT's Eyewitness News received five Emmy nominations. The nominations and categories include: Eyewitness News at Six -- Evening Newscast in Medium Markets for the March 8, 2010, newscast; Good Morning Northland -- Daytime Newscast in Medium Markets for the Dec. 24, 2009, newscast; Eyewitness News at Ten-Sunday -- Weekend Newscast for Medium Markets for the March 7, 2010, newscast; Extreme Home Makeover: Northland Edition -- News Special with Eyewitness News reporters Laura Kennedy, Renee Passal and Cassie Limpert and photojournalist Carl Sauer; and "Tornado Anniversary" -- Weather-Single Story/Series with Eyewitness Weather meteorologist Justin Liles.
  • Kelly Burger, director of the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, recently was appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle to sit on the statewide Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission. The new commission is charged with exploring ways to overcome roadblocks encountered on a daily basis by low-income Wisconsin residents coping with consumer, housing, public benefit, domestic and other civil legal issues. CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Lori Yukich has completed her preschool teacher certification from Martin Luther College, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in New Ulm, Minn. Yukich is teacher/director at the Shepherd's Little Lambs preschool, affiliated with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Duluth.
  • White Community Hospital in Aurora recently received a Level IV trauma designation from the Minnesota Statewide Trauma System of the Minnesota Department of Health. A trauma designation recognizes a hospital's resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. The Level IV designation is given to hospitals that can demonstrate their proficiency in evaluating, stabilizing and diagnosing trauma patients prior to transfer to a larger trauma center. BOARD ELECTIONS

  • Beth Ahrens has been elected to the board of directors for the WP&RS Mars Co. She joins Robert S. Mars III, CEO; Bruce G. Mars, president of Conveyor Belt Service; Robert S. Mars Jr., chairman emeritus; Rick Palmer, executive vice president; and Steve Meacham, vice president. Most recently she was controller for DSGW Architects. Ahrens graduated summa cum laude from the College of St. Scholastica with an accounting major. She is a 2008 graduate of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Duluth program. Ahrens is an active member of the Junior League of Duluth, is a past president of the organization and in 2007 received the Elisabeth Congdon Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteerism.
  • Rick Revoir recently was appointed by the Duluth City Council to the Duluth Seaway Port of Authority Board of Commissioners. He will complete the remaining two years of a six-year term held previously by Thomas A. Clure, who died in May. Since 2004, Revoir has been an assistant professor in the School of Business and Technology at the College of St. Scholastica, teaching both accounting and health-care finance courses. Revoir earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from UMD and his MBA from Arizona State University. He is a certified public accountant (Arizona license) and is pursuing a doctorate at UMD. Revoir serves on the Finance Committee of St. Scholastica's Board of Trustees and is a past member of the board of Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota. GRAND OPENING/OPEN HOUSE

  • Auto Care Collision Center, 4757 W. Arrowhead Road in Hermantown, will celebrate its reopening with an open house, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It features a ribbon-cutting by the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce followed by a free barbecue featuring meats from Adolph Store. The grand reopening is celebrating the recent change in ownership and new improvements to the business. Auto Care was purchased in June by Stephanie and Dennis Adamski.

  • Hamlin Music hosts its 20-year open house celebration, 4-7 p.m. Thursday,Hamlin Music, 5616 Grand Ave. Features live music, refreshments and a signup to win free lessons, music and instruments. Call (218) 624-2619. Go to .
  • The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency offers an open house for the Youth Foyer from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at 302 12th St. S. in Virginia. A short presentation will occur at 2:30 p.m. and light refreshments and a tour of the complex will be provided. The Foyer is a permanent housing project for homeless youths ages

    16-21. The overall goal of the 15-unit building is to help disadvantaged youths become self-sufficient and successfully transition to adulthood. The Foyer has a training room, community room and high-tech conference room for use by local nonprofits and partner agencies for free.

  • Lakewalk Imaging Center open house will highlight a new type of mammogram imaging experience, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1502 London Road. Tour the facility, meet the staff and enjoy refreshment and enter to win prizes. To schedule a mammogram, call (218) 722-6035.
  • Yoga North hosts its fall open house from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at 4628 Pitt St. There will be free 30-minute active participation class demonstrations (wear comfortable clothing), as well as discounts on items. Go to www.yoganorth to see the open house class schedule and for more information.


  • LHB Computer-Aided Drafting Administrator and licensed architect Daniel Stine recently published the first textbook to cover all three versions of Revit: Architecture, Structure and MEP. "Design Integration Using Autodesk Revit 2011" is Stine's sixth published textbook. Stine integrates the textbook's techniques into his training seminars for LHB design staff and college CAD students.
  • ON-SITE Professional Cleaning Inc., a local cleaning and restoration company with more than 25 years' experience, will join the SERVEPRO System. SERVPRO is a nationwide leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration with more than 1,500 franchises in operation across the country. Under its new name, SERVPRO of the Twin Ports, the business officially will open its franchise's doors on Oct. 1. 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 , or fax (218) 720-4120.

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