Jodie Brinkman (see photo), Kristina Calderon (see photo), Levi Kinsel (see photo), Mike McAtee (see photo), Terry Pantini (see photo), Lance Sheldon (see photo) and Mark Reece (see photo) have joined the Logistics Team at LimoLink Inc., Marion, as command desk representatives. AJ Greer (see photo), Valerie Hart (see photo), Lisa Johnson (see photo), Nakita Mauer (see photo) and Nicole Orendorff (see photo) have joined the Client Services Team, and Tanya Heims (see photo) has joined the Accounting Department.
GreatAmerica Financial Services has hired Laura Simmonds (see photo), previously with Kelly Services, as documentation specialist; and Troy White (see photo), previously with BVS Performance Systems, as strategic technology analyst.
OPN Architects has the following new employees: Logan Nolin (see photo), marketing coordinator; Benjamin Hovland (see photo), intern architect; Jennifer Kleese (see photo), director of human resources; and Lauren Gillen (see photo), previously an intern with OPN, interior designer.
Dr. Jaime Gasco (see photo), has joined UnityPoint Clinic — Neurosurgery as a neurosurgeon. Gasco previously was with the University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Surgery in Galveston, Texas.
Linn Area Credit Union has promoted Rich Head (see photo) from director of IT to vice president of IT and Josh Ernst (see photo) from director of consumer lending to vice president of consumer lending.
American Prosthetics & Orthotics has promoted Jeff Palmer of Swisher to branch manager and director of operations of its Iowa City patient care facilities. Palmer formerly was assistant manager in Iowa City.
Marshall Petersen (see photo), president of Hawkeye Oil Co., Cedar Rapids, was elected chairman of the board of directors of Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.
Bill Aossey, founder of Midamar Corporation, Cedar Rapids, has received national recognition from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Aossey was appointed vice chairman of the Iowa District Export Council and also received the Corporate Leadership Award from the Chinese Association of Iowa.
Communications Engineering Co., a systems and technology integrator based in Hiawatha, has partnered with Unitrends, which will allow CEC customers to have access to new data backup solutions.
Robin Sueppel, Kim Ryan and their new assistant, Jerad Krall, have formed a new real estate partnership, the Sueppel Ryan Group. Sueppel, an Iowa City native, and Ryan, a Marion native, between them have more than 50 years of real estate experience. The Sueppel Ryan Group is part of Lepic-Kroeger Realtors in Iowa City.
UICCU Wealth Management of Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, affiliated with the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, has joined the Commonwealth Financial Network of independent financial advisers.
General Agent Dave Verhille of Verhille and Associates/TrueNorth Companies in Cedar Rapids has been honored as a member of Kansas City Life Insurance Co.’s Century Club for 2013.
Wickiup Hill naturalists Gail Barels, Chuck Ungs, Jenny Corbett and Sarah Wendt with The Linn County Conservation Board, received the Outstanding Environmental Education Programming Award at the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards Winterfest Conference in Waterloo.
Scott G. Byers (see photo) of GibbsLambDrown Commercial Real Estate Advisors, has been inducted into Midwest Real Estate News’ 2013 Hall of Fame.
Stacy Garringer, general manager of Pancheros in Cedar Rapids, has been honored by the Coralville-based company with the General Manager of the Year award.
Travis Robertson of Price Industrial Electric Inc., Hiawatha, and Jade Robinson, B & G HVAC, Gladbrook, each placed second in electrical and sheet metal trades, respectively, in the 2014 State Craft Championships competition held in Des Moines. The competition is sponsored by Associated Builders & Contractors of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust.
Kinze Manufacturing, Williamsburg, donated $3,500 to the Iowa County 4-H Program for a PA system in the new building at the Iowa County Fairgrounds.
The IMT Group, a provider of personal and commercial insurance products, has named AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Iowa City, to its list of 2014 Gem agencies. AW Welt Ambrisco is one of the highest performing agencies in a six-state area.
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center has earned the American Automobile Association’s Four Diamond Award for lodging for the third consecutive year.
WORKSHOPS AND FORUMS
“Recordkeeping for Small Business,” a workshop sponsored by SCORE of East Central Iowa, will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion. There is no charge. To register, call Dianne Martion at (319) 431-4574 or visit online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=r5jbw4cab&oeidk=a07e8t9ecnw49e5c73e&oseq=a00lg0ra9zme.
Good Agricultural Practices workshop on “On-Farm Food Safety Training” will be held Feb. 27 at the Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Highway 218, Iowa City. Cost is $25 and registration deadline is Friday. To register online, visit http://bit.ly/12sLsxE. For more information, contact Heather Snyder at (515) 294-9020 or email her at email@example.com.
SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
“BizSAVVY: 90-Day Business and Market Planning” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Business Exchange Center, 305 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $89. To register, visit www.bizsavvyleaders.com/register.
“GetSAVVY: The 4 C’s of Marketing” will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Business Exchange Center, 305 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $25. To register, visit www.bizsavvyleaders.com/register.
RED-I will host a networking event Thursday at the African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $5; membership information will be available. For more information, visit www.RED-i.org or contact Karl Cassell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEICO in Coralville is hiring for its management development program. For job listings and to submit an application, visit careers.geico.com.Frank A. Varvaris and Associates, a Cedar Rapids firm providing professional planning assistance and services to people who have disabilities, has launched its new website, www.disabilityplanning.org. The website also includes info for retirees and pre-retirees about Social Security retirement benefits.