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    Kathy Callen joined Old National Bank as community engagement executive for its Fort Wayne region.
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    Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network designated Byron Braun, president and fundamental choice portfolio manager of Braun Wealth Management Group LLC, as a member of its Premier Advisors Program.
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    Do it Best Corp. hired Travis Adams as a business technical support technician and Bryan Chamberlain, forecasting and logistics planner.

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John McKibben will join Fleetwood RV Inc. in Decatur as its director of operations.

Charles J. “Chuck” Surack, founder and CEO of Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, and Rick L. James, founding partner and chairman and CEO of Metal Technologies Inc. headquartered in Auburn, were recently inducted into The Indiana Academy for “Lifetime of Achievement and Contribution” to the state of Indiana at the academy’s 43rd annual symposium in Indianapolis.

Rosa M. Wheeler, community development officer for Wells Fargo Bank, has joined the board of Pathfinder Services. Wheeler will also serve on the Pathfinder Community Connections Housing Committee and the Universal Housing Board.

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast announced new hires and promotions: Travis Decker transferred from Ivy Tech’s Madison campus to be Workforce certification and assessment coordinator; Christine Garrett has been promoted to project coordinator for the National Aviation Consortium grant; Jacquelyn Clapper has been promoted to academic adviser in the Academic Advising Center; Monica Wilson has been promoted to full-time secretary in Aviation Maintenance Technology; and Scott Wilson has been hired as account executive at Ivy Tech Corporate College’s office in Fort Wayne.

Travis Beck has been hired as the senior vice president, chief financial officer at Partners 1st Federal Credit Union.

Leeanna Kirkwood has joined Wells Fargo, The Private Bank as a trust and fiduciary specialist in the Fort Wayne office.

Lillian Embick, founder and volunteer executive director of Audiences Unlimited Inc., has been nominated for the Home Instead Senior Care Salute to Senior Service Award that recognizes older-adult volunteers for their contributions to their communities.

Brittney Pickett was hired by the department of online education at Grace College as an enrollment counselor.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development and its WorkOne Centers honored Denise Burton of Fort Wayne at a recent 2013 WorkOne Achievement Awards ceremony for dedication to improving her life through WorkOne education, training and employment services, as well as personal sacrifice.

Leah Brink, pickup and delivery coordinator at FedEx Ground in Fort Wayne, was recently honored by the company as a Humanitarian Award winner.

Jeff Dillman has joined DWD Technology Group as a network engineer.

Sam Hartman has joined Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber as director of career development.

Denese L. Thomas recently became certified as a RealRyder Spin Instructor for LONGevity Fitness on Jefferson Boulevard in Fort Wayne.

Craig A. Dunker has become the chief executive officer of the Lutheran Medical Group.

Nick Staker ranked 13th in purchase funding units for Academy Mortgage Corp. nationwide the first quarter of 2013.

Therese C. Mihlbauer, Ph.D., and Melissa R. Sezginer, LMHC, have joined Headwaters Counseling as therapists.

Susan Walters, RN, pediatric coordinator was hired at Family LifeCare in Berne. Amanda Zerby, RN with Family LifeCare, has completed the Wound Care Education Institute’s Skin and Wound Management course.

Al Cyr, Kyle Cyr, Kevin Bontrager, Dave Knuth and Alan New from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Fort Wayne chapter recently joined nearly 1,000 other professional insurance agents, advisers, brokers, consultants and employee benefit specialists from across the country in Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. Senate and U.S. House members and staff as part of the NAIFA National Congressional Conference.

Dr. Candace Tate and Dr. Siquilla Leibetrau, therapists with the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services Inc., have passed their state licensing exams to achieve the licensure designation of Health Service Provider in Psychology.

Jeff Meyer has announced the formation of CU Succeed LLC. The consulting firm is poised to assist mid-sized financial institutions in helping clarify their strategic vision.

Michael D. Findley of Findley Financial Corp. is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table and has qualified for the 27th year for the annual meeting to be held in Philadelphia in June.