Do it Best Corp. hired Matt Facemire as a paint development manager, Jean Fahy as a regional sales and business development manger, David Isaacs as a systems administrator, Long Vo as an international conversion specialist and Susan Rucker and Tammy Wagner as switchboard operators. It also promoted Jason Hipskind to regional sales and business development manger, Shonda Heller to human resources coordinator and Megan Oyer to international project manager.
Erik Wiegand, Greg Gasser, Kelly Noble and Pam Monosmith of Milan Center Feed and Grain passed product training certification for the Endure Professional Turf Fertilizer Certified Seller program.
Michael Bianski joined Catalyst Marketing Design as a graphic designer. Bianski was previously a graphic design intern with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Impact Strategies Inc. hired Judy Thomas as a grants specialist and Gregory Manifold as an operations and marketing specialist.
Kevin Pritchard joined MarkleBank as a mortgage originator. Pritchard will be based in MarkleBank’s Bluffton North office.
John Proegler was promoted to marketing manager at PHD Inc. Proegler has been with the company since 1988.
Angela Garcia, an attorney at Carson Boxberger LLP, was elected to the YWCA Northeast Indiana Inc. board of directors. Garcia practices general business and corporate law.
Bill Busch, business consultant with XCELHR, received the company’s 2011 Business Consultant of the Year Award.
80/20 Inc. hired Chris Howard and Mark Smith as factory representatives and Andrew Shultz as a photographer and design assistant.
Austin Conrad joined Fetters Construction Inc. as an assistant project manager. Conrad is a recent graduate of Purdue University.
Karen Asp, a freelance writer from Fort Wayne, co-authored Understanding Your Food Allergies and Intolerances: A Guide to Management and Treatment with Harvard physicians Wayne Shreffler and Qian Yuan.
The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Michael Schott, president/owner of Intergalactic Toys, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award; Dennis D. Tratnyek, an employee at Star Financial Bank, the Financial Services Champion of the Year award; and Cheryl S. Heller, co-founder of GIS Inc., the Women in Business Champion of the Year award.
Sue Hoaglund, interior decorator and owner of the Fort Wayne Decorating Den franchise, announced that Decorating Den Interiors was named one of Home Accents Today’s Retail Stars for 2012.
Andrew L. Teel joined Haller & Colvin P.C. as an associate attorney. Teel will practice in the areas of civil litigation, business transactions and appeals.