Iowa City-based Hawkeye Hotels has hired Karl Grover, previously with ColWen Management of Nashua, N.H., as chief operating officer.
Converge Consulting in Cedar Rapids has hired Wes Cooling (see photo) as a research consultant.
GreatAmerica Financial Services has hired Lindsey Pickart (see photo), previously with Hy-Vee Food Stores, and Jordan Snitker (see photo) as documentation specialists, and Ryan Weber (see photo), previously with Hoefer Law Firm, as credit analyst.
Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, Iowa City, has hired Catherine Gerlach (see photo) and Sean Wandro (see photo) as associate attorneys.
McGladrey LLP has promoted Craig DeWulf (see photo) to partner and Jolene Topinka (see photo) to principal in the firm’s Cedar Rapids office. Also promoted in the Cedar Rapids office were Amanda Barnes (see photo) to assurance supervisor, Stacy Beyer (see photo) to assurance manager, Jesse Costigan (see photo) to tax supervisor, Travis Fell (see photo) to tax director, Miranda Fuessley (see photo) to assurance senior associate, John Hammar (see photo) to assurance supervisor and Kristin Hanson (see photo) to assurance senior associate.
Colin Ryan (see photo) was promoted to assistant director of the Area Substance Abuse Council’s Southside Outpatient Component. Ryan was previously a drug treatment court counselor with ASAC.
Carrie Houchins-Witt (see photo) of Carrie Houchins-Witt Tax and Financial Services, Coralville, earned an enrolled agent license from the Internal Revenue Service.
Heather Wilson (see photo), director of marketing and communications at The Eastern Iowa Airport, and Dan Callahan (see photo), president and owner of Budget Car and Truck Rental, Detail and Sales in Cedar Rapids, have been named to the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors.
Virginia Greene (see photo), a licensed massage therapist, is the new owner of Synergy Massage, 329 10th Ave. SE, Suite 116, Cedar Rapids.
David Law (see photo), Marion, received the 2013 Distinguished Career Award from William Penn University, Oskaloosa.
Attorney Matthew Brandes (see photo) of Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, Cedar Rapids, has been inducted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Russell Brothers, Monticello, have been selected to receive the 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award from the Pork Checkoff’s Environmental Stewards subcommittee.
Harold Goodrich (see photo), Mount Vernon, was inducted into The Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as its 76th president.
Brenda Ristvedt, director of Volunteer Co-op, Independence, was nominated for the ACYF 2014 Commissioner’s Award for the state of Iowa. The award honors a recipient from each state for making an exceptional contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Mary Kay Grodt, a licensed massage therapist with Massage Therapy Associates, was recognized for 25 years of service and received the State Chapter Meritorious Award at the American Massage Therapy Association’s convention.
Dee Baird, Cedar Rapids, president and CEO of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award Nov. 8 from Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences.
Wesley Hilleshiem (see photo), BankIowa, Cedar Rapids, graduated from the American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School.
Communications Engineering Co., Hiawatha, was named to the 2013 CRN Fast Growth 150 list.
Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, was named to the 2013 InformationWeek magazine’s Top 500 list.
The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter, presented the 2013 AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Honor Award to OPN Architects, Cedar Rapids, and Neumann Monson Architecture, Iowa City.
Dupaco Community Credit Union of Dubuque, with offices in Cedar Rapids, Dyersville and Manchester, has been recognized as among the 10 Top Performing Credit Unions in the United States from Raddon Financial Group, an independent national credit union research firm.
United Way of East Central Iowa has been selected as a Service Enterprise national pilot site. The goal is to strengthen local non-profits to more effectively address community needs by transforming the way they engage volunteers.
A half-day workshop on “Export Compliance — Can you prove you don’t require an export license” will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, 525 33rd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Karen Dunlap, president of Dunlap International Inc., will present the workshop, sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Chapter of International Traders of Iowa. Registration deadline is Oct. 21 at www.iowatraders.org/eastern. For more information, contact Melissa Torner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CECs Business Technology Conference will be Oct. 22 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keynote speakers will be Rod Wheeler, criminal investigator and crime analyst, and business psychologist Craig Simpson. Registration begins at 7 a.m. To register, go to www.btciowa.com.
The Fall 2013 Creative Corridor Welcome Reception and Creative Week Wrap Party, designed to unite and connect area residents with and within Iowa’s Creative Corridor, will be Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Winery, 1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher. To register, go to corridorwelcome.eventbrite.com. Deadline is Oct. 23.