Mike Russ (see photo) has joined World Trend Financial as an adviser associate. He was previously associate director of admissions at Mount Mercy University.
Greg Schafer (see photo) has been hired by Lynch Ford Chevrolet in Mount Vernon as Internet sales manager.
Tim Stiles (see photo) is now with United Way of East Central Iowa as vice president-chief operations officer. Stiles previously was CEO of United Way in Sioux City.
Berthel Fisher has hired Kathlean Cobler (see photo) and Jeanna Stecklein (see photo) as a compliance OSJ principal, Crystal Crippen (see photo) as operations associate and Carla DeBoer (see photo) as compliance advertising specialist.
Universal Lending Corp. has promoted Shannon Wright (see photo) to assistant branch manager and mortgage loan originator of its Cedar Rapids office.
April Deardorff (see photo) has been promoted to quality coordinator at Infinity Contact Inc. Previously she was a sales agent.
Millard Manufacturing, an Omaha-based stainless steel fabricator, has named Adfinity Marketing Group in Cedar Rapids as its advertising agency of record.
Kirkwood Community College’s Kim Johnson (see photo), vice president of continuing education and training services, has been elected to a two-year term on the Learning Resources Network board of directors.
Ryan Burns (see photo), Toyota Scion, Kristy Staker (see photo) Hy-Vee, and Rick Kullander (see photo), Skogman Realty, were appointed to another term on the Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center board of directors.
The Old Creamery Theatre Company Inc. has elected to its executive board of trustees Peter R. Teahen (see photo), Teahen Funeral Home, as president; Debra Brooks (see photo), Iowa Neuromuscular Therapy Center, vice president; Aaron Murphy (see photo), Early Bird Coffee Shop and Boutique, secretary; Brandon Yuska (see photo), Terry Lockridge & Dunn, treasurer; and Darryl Tower (see photo), Skogman Realty, past vice president.
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center has elected to its board of directors Tim Countryman (see photo), Rockwell Collins, as president; Steve Neighbor (see photo), Farmers State Bank, vice president; Dave Taylor (see photo), Honkamp Krueger & Co., treasurer; Arlene Shaw (see photo), retired St. Luke’s Imaging Services, secretary; and Bernie Hayes (see photo), Rockwell Collins, past president.
Morgan Stanley has named Fred Rose (see photo), financial adviser in its Wealth Management Cedar Rapids office, to its Pacesetters Club.
Ruhl and Ruhl Realtors was ranked the largest privately owned real estate company in Iowa in RISMedia’s 2013 Power Broker Report. The company, with residential sales offices in the Corridor, is ranked 82nd among the top 500 companies in the country.
The Suburban Hotel in Coralville has won the 2013 Gold Hospitality award from Choice Hotels International.
Cargill’s Cedar Rapids plant received the Zero Lost Work Days Award in the 2012 Safety Award Program of the Corn Refiners Association.
Alliant Credit Union, with offices in Cedar Rapids, received seven Diamond Awards at the 2013 CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council Conference in March.
SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
An Event Facilitation workshop, sponsored by the Iowa Quality Center, will be 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 25, at Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. To register, call (319) 398-7101.
The 2013 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Conference and Celebration will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at the Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. Featured speakers will be Susan Hawkins, senior vice president of performance excellence for Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, and Tommy Gonzalez, city manager of Irving, Texas. IRPE awards will be presented to eight businesses, including the Iowa Donor Network, North Liberty, and Iowa Valley Community College District, Grinnell. To register, call (319) 398-7101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.A SCORE-sponsored seminar on “How To Really Start Your Business” will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 7, 14 and 21, at the Kirkwood Training & Outreach Service Center, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. To register, call Dianne Martin at (319) 431-4574 or email email@example.com.