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    Sweetwater recently hired Ian Roegels, Johnny Blaul, Brent LaCasce, Adam Bruce, Andrew Neuenschwander, Mike Winebrenner, Justin Sunday, Josh Lively, Brad Thomsen, Steve Ploense,
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    Dave Knuth, Lighthouse Wealth Management Group, was elected the 2014-15 president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Fort Wayne Chapter.
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    Ultra Electronics in Columbia City hired Brad Grimes, CAD drafter; Russell Heibel, staff electrical engineer; John Vachon, senior electrical engineer; Thomas Weisenberger, senior production engineer; Betty Kunard,

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The 2012 Featured Faculty members for IPFW are John Hrehov, professor of fine art, Todor Cooklev, associate professor of wireless communication, Talia Bugel, assistant professor of Spanish and Yifei Pan, professor of mathematics. The award reception will be at noon Thursday at the IPFW Alumni Center.

Maple Leaf Farms promoted Nora Macon to director of public relations and communications and Cindy Turk to director of marketing, duck division.

Kevin Mullett, director of product development for Cirrus ABS, was invited to speak about “Online Reputation Management in a Social Media World” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Don Hall’s Guesthouse by AdFed Fort Wayne. Mullett also won the “Most Influential Dude” award at the Indiana Social Media Summit and SMackdown Awards.

Orizon Real Estate announced that Anita and Tim Hess were named the company’s top producers for the month of December and also for all of 2011 and that R. Max Miller was the top listing agent for the month of December.

Courtney Tritch was named marketing director of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. Tritch has been with the company since 2010.

Cindy Bluhm joined RE/MAX Results as a real estate professional.

Sarah Kreischer and Mark Verville joined Partners 1st Federal Credit Union as branch sales managers. Kreischer will manage the New Haven office and Verville will manage the Trier Road office.

Kelly Pautler was promoted to partner at Carson Boxberger LLP. Pautler has been with the firm since 2005.

Justin Berger, executive director of Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity, joined the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne board of directors.

United Way of Allen County announced the officers and new members of its 2012 board of directors. The officers are: Debra Williams, Parkview Health, board chair; Wendy Davis, Allen Superior Court, chair-elect; Steve Smith, Allied Physicians, treasurer; Tory Richardson, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, secretary; and Ron Turpin, Lincoln Financial, immediate past chair. New board members are: Joe Cohen, Barrett & McNagny and Wendell Bontrager, Tower Bank. The new agency partner representative is Becky Weimerskirch, Community Transportation Network. Retiring board members are: Tom Braun, PACE Local 6-903; Thomas Kimbrough, Barrett & McNagny; John Rogers, the Rogers Co.; and Andy Veenstra, Wells Fargo Bank. Returning board members include: Mickey Benton, Ruby Cain, Joe Dorko, Daryl Flowers, Rita Freed, Lisa Goodman, Jane Gresham, Brindha Hariharan, Steve Hoffman, Greg Johnson, Tom Lewandowski, Larry Mayers, Jeff Miller, Scott Senger, Chris Sosebee, Ruth Stone and Irene Walters.

Do it Best Corp. hired Kevin Butler as a merchandising project leader, Dave Hoffman as an IT Web developer, Irene Martin as an e-commerce member support coordinator, Joyce Pierce as a sales and business development member service clerk and Steve Rose as human resources safety director. It also promoted Esther Anderson to merchandise coordinator, Sam Huff to territory sales and business development manager for Pennsylvania, Scott Liggett to an IT application development manager, Brian Loucks to an IT application design manager, Patti Lowe to mail services lead, Laura Loxton to human resources administrator, Christopher Seplak to EDI correspondence clerk, Vince Slack to meeting and expo manager and Celeste Stevens to human resources administrator.

The Indiana Bankers Association announced its 2012 board of directors. James C. Marcuccilli of STAR Financial Bank of Fort Wayne was elected first vice chairman. Michael C. Marhenke of Independent Alliance Banks Inc. and Grabill Bank was elected director of the ABA membership council. The northeast region directors are Michael D. Cahill of Tower Financial Corp., Andrew J. Briggs of Bank of Geneva and James G. Hiatt of First State Bank of Middlebury.

Melissa Stout, Trent Stuckey, Robert Lentz, Tim Knoblauch, Catherine Smith and Krista Hamilton-Smith joined Merrill Lynch’s Fort Wayne office. They were previously based in the Angola office.

Early Childhood Alliance board of directors announced its new officers and members. Board members elected officers for 2012: President Margaret Sturm, PNC Wealth Management; Vice President Mark Bloom, Beckman Lawson LLP; Secretary Jim Sparrow, Arts United; Treasurer Ed Martin, Retired Swiss Re. Other board members are: Matt Bell, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana; JJ Lane Carroll, Swiss Re; Julie Eckert Clancy, Jophiel; Noel Knox, Monarch Capital Management Inc.; Angie Moellering, Lutheran Social Services; Get W. Nichols, Fort Wayne Community Schools; Craig Patterson, Beckman Lawson LLP; Jason Scheele, Rothberg Logan Warsco; Sally Swihart, Associated Churches; Crystal B. Thomas, Levan Scott Academy with Fort Wayne Community Schools; Ann Waters, Travel Leaders; and Debra Williams, Parkview Health. Gretchen Shellabarger, community volunteer, also joined the board.

Lanette Causey, Crystal Knight and Clavenda Watson joined Community Action of Northeast Indiana to work in Head Start.

Paul Williams was promoted to a shipping team leader at 80/20 Inc. Williams has been with the company since February.

Chris Huntley of Moake Park Group Inc. achieved Associate Certification of Revit 2012. Revit is a 3-D model-building process utilized by architects and designers.

Sean McBride was named the director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. McBride will replace Vince LaBarbera, who is retiring from the position.

Chad Blair joined North River Capital LLC as a senior financial analyst. Blair will assist in evaluating acquisitions and due diligence.

H&R Block selected the following people as office managers for the 2012 tax season: Stephen Adair, 2050 N. H&R H&R Block selected the following people as office managers for the 2012 tax season: Stephen Adair, 2050 N. Jefferson, Huntington; Miranda McAtee, 235 S. Grandstaff, Auburn; Diane McClain, 130 Lincoln Highway W., New Haven; Sandy Finton, 1330 Minnich Road, New Haven; Robert Carpenter, 1510 Wells St., Sue Bianski, 3107 E. State Blvd.; Tina Vasquez, Diplomat Plaza, 4125 Hessen Cassel Road; Danielle Tapp, Waynedale, 2417 Lower Huntington Road; Carol Whitinger, Washington Square, 5933 N. Clinton; Tabitha Sanders, Glenbrook Square Sears location, 4201 Coldwater Road; and Candi Worthington, Walmart location, 10105 Lima Road. Also serving the Fort Wayne market are: Laura Tinsley, Northwood Plaza, 6049 Stellhorn Road; Sandra White, Pine Valley Shopping Center, 10324 Coldwater Road; Charlotte Bledsoe-Ratliff, Southgate Plaza, 238 E. Pettit Ave.; Belinda Bowers, Village at Time Corners Premium Office, 6433 W. Jefferson Blvd.; Jada Campbell, Gateway Plaza, 1511 Goshen Ave.; and Kurt Fritz, Parkwest Shopping Center, 3922 W. Jefferson Blvd. Office leader for the Block Live online office is Clara Gatson.

Sheryl Colquitt joined Ruoff Home Mortgage’s Warsaw branch as senior loan officer. Colquitt has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry.

Matthew Konow joined Cross Connections as full-time executive director. Konow was most recently an account executive and branch sales manager for Oce Document Printing Systems.

DeKalb Medical Group integrated Family Practice Associates, which consists of Philip Chase, James Ingram, Paul Rexroth and Richard Toupin.

Kosciusko REMC named Stephanie Scott customer service and billing supervisor, Curt Barkey lead systems analyst and Tanner Alger application systems technician.

Upstate Alliance of Realtors Multiple Listing Service announced its 2012 board of directors. The officer announced is Tug Pierson, RE/MAX Results, president. Directors include: Jim Bradley, Century 21-Bradley Realty; Adam Clark, 1st Class Hoosier Realty; Joel Essex, Schrader Real Estate & Auction; Kathy Goonen, Appraisers, Brokers & Consultants; Carol Gunkel, All-American Dream Realty; Natalie Lederle, United Country Natalie Elle Real Estate; Patrick Maloblocki, Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber; Brad Minear, Minear Real Estate; Gary Shaw, Shaw Real Estate & Auction; Mary Sherer, RE/MAX Home Connection; Adam Smith, Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber; Michelle Snyder, Castle One Realty Inc.; Tamra Stier, Rockfield Realty Group; Jennifer Thomas-Callison, Mike Thomas Associates/F.C. Tucker; Elizabeth Walker, Fairfield Group Realtors Inc.; and Kimberly Ward, North Eastern Group Realty.

Benjamin Stuby joined Felderman Design-Build as an associate project manager. Stuby most recently worked for Kitchell Contractors.

Derek Lehrman and Greg “Dugan” Hoffmann joined Buck Consultants as associates.