Terry Lockridge & Dunn in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City has hired Bob Pence (see photo) as tax manager. Pence was previously with Gritton Associates in Manchester. Also hired were Sarah Ensminger (see photo) as staff accountant and Katie Kausalik (see photo), previously with Northwestern Mutual, as central receptionist for Terry Lockridge & Dunn/World Trend Financial.
LimoLink Inc., Marion, has hired Brian Jett (see photo) for its sales team as client account manager and Bob Murphy for its information technology team.
The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival has hired Liz Neff (see photo) as its events and marketing director. Neff was previously park and recreation director with the City of Lisbon.
ESP International in Cedar Rapids has appointed Jeff Hamilton (see photo) chairman and CEO, Hamilton was previously president and CEO. Jeff Albright (see photo) was promoted from vice president to president of global sales and marketing and Melissa Jones (see photo) was promoted from vice president to executive vice president of global finance and shared services.
NXT Bank promoted Theresa Blong (see photo) from vice president of commercial banking to senior vice president of commercial banking at its Marion office.
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance promoted Allison Antes (see photo) to workforce strategist to lead its workforce recruitment campaign. Antes previously focused on local business prospects and conducted in-depth interviews of interstate commerce companies.
Bruce Altorfer (see photo), president of Altorfer Inc., has joined the U.S. Bank Cedar Rapids advisory board.
Gems of Hope, a locally founded non-profit, has elected Darline Reid, Lindsay McGrath-Vazquez and Deb Bundy to its board of directors.
Erica Bergfeld (see photo), United Way of East Central Iowa’s event planner, has become a Certified Internet Marketer through the Internet Marketing Association.
Kristine Vogt of Barvinek Appraisal Service, Cedar Rapids, earned certification as a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser.
Dale Rettenmeier (see photo), financial representative with AXA Advisors, Cedar Rapids, has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professinal designation from the American College.
Michael Pugh (see photo) and Jeremy Hagan (see photo) have opened Pugh Hagan PLC, Attorneys and Counselors at 1100 Sixth St., Suite 102, Coralville. Adam Tarr (see photo) and Adam Brantman (see photo) have joined the firm as associates.
Dr. Suzanne Bartlett (see photo), lead physician with Mercy Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine Center in Cedar Rapids, graduated from The Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Six agents from Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors in Cedar Rapids were honored with achievement awards at an awards event held in Bettendorf. They are Jill Monnahan (see photo), Top Lister Award, Top Sales Award and AHS Home Warranty Award; Beth Brockette (see photo), Top Ruhl Mortgage Award and Top Referral Associate Award; Raymond Sickles (see photo), New Associate of the Year Award; Marie Schulte (see photo), Top Nelson Brothers Agency Award; Carole Benson (see photo), Community Involvement Award; and Kathy Louvar (see photo), Excellence in Service Award for receiving highest client service ratings in the office.
SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
“BizSAVVY: 90-Day Business and Market Planning” will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Business Exchange Center, 305 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $89. To register, visit www.bizsavvyleaders.com/register.
WORKSHOPS AND FORUMS
SCORE of East Central Iowa will sponsor a small business breakfast round-table from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Scott’s Family Restaurant, 1906 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. To register, visit online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=r5jbw4cab&oeidk=a07e8teifln29ec83c8&oseq=a0219dg41tkbtx or call Dianne Martin at (319) 431-4574 for more information.
The Cedar Rapids Workforce Retention Project Focus Group is seeking people ages 25 to 40 living or working in Cedar Rapids. The group will meet Thursday at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Beems Auditorium B. If unable to attend, people in that age group are asked to take a survey at www.crwrp.com. For more information, call (319) 849-8597 or email email@example.com.
“QuickBooks, The Basics,” a SCORE workshop, will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kaplan University, 3165 Edgewood Pkwy. SW, Cedar Rapids. There is no charge. To register, visit online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=r5jbw4cab&oeidk=a07e8t979ki76e10806&oseq=a0219dg41tkbtx or call Dianne Martin at (319) 431-4574 for more information.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Wisconsin has partnered with Geonetric in Cedar Rapids to build a new website. To visit the website, go to http://www.mywheaton.org.
Nominations for 2014 Recognition of Service Awards are due at The Heritage Area Agency on Aging office by Friday. Qualified nominees must meet award criteria and be residents of, or organizations located in, Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn or Washington counties in Iowa. Submissions may be made by mail to 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404; email to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (319) 398-5533.