The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:01 pm

Business people


Davin G. Smith became a partner in the Huntington County law firm of Bowers, Brewer, Garrett & Wiley LLP Jan. 1.

The Upstate Alliance of Realtors recently named J. Kyle Ness of Real Living Ness Bros. as the Realtor of the Year. Burnell Gump, The Burnell Group, received the Hall of Fame Award; Susan Goree, MidWest America Federal Credit Union, Affiliate of the Year Award; Tom Williams, Coldwell Banker Holloway, Outstanding Service Award; Beverly Goff, Northern Insurance Goff Agency, Community Service Award; and Corey Malcolm, F.C. Tucker/Malcolm & Schlueter Realtors, the 2015 President’s Award.

Anthony M. Stites with the Fort Wayne law firm of Barrett McNagny LLP was elected to serve as chairman of its executive committee for 2016. Also serving are Joshua C. Neal, Michael P. O’Hara, Trisha J. Paul and Jeffrey M. Woenker.

Jordan Lepper joined WFWA PBS39 as its account executive for Studio39 Productions.

Chosen for the 2016 Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana are Chelsea Beaman, Corey Foster, Olivia Fought and Erica ­McMahon, Parkview Health; Jasmine Bejar, Artlink Contemporary Gallery, Arts United; Sara Best, Huntington University; Megan Caruthers, Erin’s House for Grieving Children; Sean Crabill, Dirig Sheet Metal; Nathan Davidhizar and Chase Lockwood, Fort Wayne Metals; Rachael Driscoll, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership; Kelly Gwiner, Avery Dennison; Kara Hackett, One Lucky Guitar Inc.; Anne Hall, Community Transportation Network; Allen Howard, STAR Financial Bank; Mohamed Kadous, AEP; Bryan Kapocius, Indiana Air National Guard; Mallory Kessler, Salin Bank and Trust Co.; Rebecca Koverman Kaufeld, Sweetwater Sound; Dalton McGill, Fort Wayne TinCaps; Sarah Murphy and Melissa Shaw, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union; Michael Niezer, Design Collaborative Inc.; Ted Pappert, Trine University Fort Wayne; Lauren Petrill, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana; Antonio Pishvai and Kristen ­Wuensch, Lincoln Financial Group; Katie Scherer and Justin Walker, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority; Lynne Smith, Ambassador Enterprises; Brian Strze­lecki, Tornier; Emily Stuck, Visit Fort Wayne; Shawn Sullivan, Wells Fargo Advisors; Kody Tinnel, Fort Wayne Community Schools; and Brad Wanek, Bona Vita Architecture.

Greg Yoder and Kyle Dunn with Brooks Construction Co. Inc. are the 2015 recipients of the Safe Worker Awards presented by the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana.

Buck Consultants hired Dave Bauer as a senior associate and Joe DiMaggio as an associate.

Jay Price joined the north office of Mike Thomas Associates Realtors.

Visiting Nurse’s new 2016 board of directors includes Doug Kline, TJ Nowak Supply; Melissa Long, community volunteer; and Molly Slocum, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Lancia Homes hired Deb King as an agent; Tim Baker as a service tech; and Marilyn Kopecky as a accounting manager.

Myla Rogers joined Early Childhood Alliance as a professional development specialist, and LaDawn White joined as a ministry coach.

Duane Miller was recognized as the top producing Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber agent for 2015 by the Upstate Alliance of Realtors.

Joseph Marana, director operations and facilities at Fort Wayne International Airport, was named an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives.

Jamie Castellana was hired at Caliber Home Loans as a senior loan officer; James Prentice was No. 1 in applications and Scott Saylor was No. 1 in closings for December; and Mark Charron was promoted to area manager for northern Indiana.

Troy Reimschisel with Sperry Van Ness Parke Group and Al Stovall Jr. with Bradley Co. were elected to the Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors board of directors.

Brandon Wolf has assumed the new role of director of digital at the Asher Agency.

Patrick Gillian joined Reecer Properties Inc. as a Realtor/broker.

Justin Jones joined Granite Ridge Builders as an IT manager; Sarah Gill joined as a new home specialist; and Justin Herendeen joined as a warehouse specialist.

Laurie Perolio-Bullinger joined Huntington’s Shuttle­worth LLC as a marketing manager.

Mike Cahill, CEO of Physicians Health Plan, and Joe Doust, co-owner of Cap n’ Cork, joined the board of directors of the AWS Foundation.

Fort Wayne native Dave Hollingsworth was named president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Mississippi.

Scott Garner was appointed to associate director of the Indiana Autism Alliance.

Mary Stone, senior buyer in Allen County’s purchasing department, and Mark Heber, assistant director in the health department’s pollution control division, received the County Civil Service Award from the Allen County Board of Commissioners.

Jason Voirol received the Outstanding Performance- Over the Moon Award and Jeff Anderson received the Outstanding Performance- Shining Star Award from Fort Wayne Newspapers.

Kelly Dreibelbis, Daryl Flowers and Sharon Simmons joined the board of directors of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Elected officers for 2016 are Ed Souers, chairman; John Bloom, vice chair; Don Bender, treasurer; and Laura Lefever, secretary.

Ron Lahmeyer was appointed the new office director for the Indiana Department of Child Services’ Steuben County office.

Early Childhood Alliance board of director officers for 2016 are Gretchen Shellabarger, community volunteer, president; Dena Jacquay, Parkview Health, vice president; JJ Lane Carol, Swiss Re, secretary; and Luke Sermersheim, BKD LLP; treasurer. The board also approved three-year terms for Mark Bloom, Beckman Lawson LLP, and Kristina Johnson, Lutheran Foundation.

Jeff O’Brien was named vice president and treasurer for CTB Inc. in Milford.

ProFed Credit Union promoted Sarah Keefer to assistant vice president, mortgage services; Lisa Kuntz to assistant vice president, programming and project development; and Chris Rottinger to assistant vice president, network administration.

Keith P. Huffman with Dale, Huffman & Babcock in Bluffton will be part of a panel discussion about legal issues in palliative care for patients who lack decision-making capacity at the RESPECT Conference in Indianapolis on March 4.

Adrienne Romary and Eric Blume were promoted to senior associates at Carson Boxberger LLP.

The Upstate Alliance of Realtors recently installed its 2016 board of directors: Brenda Williams, Century 21 Bradley Realty, president; Kimberly Ward, North Eastern Group Realty, president-elect; Mary Mauger, Century 21 Bradley Realty, secretary/treasurer; and David Mervar, Beer & Mervar Realtors, immediate past president. New 2016 directors are Tony Didier, Coldwell Banker Roth ­Wehrly Graber; Blake Fiechter, BKM Real Estate; Joseph Leksich, Ambitions Real Estate; and Todd Stock, Re/Max Results.

Brittany Brooks was hired as a grants and marketing executive assistant at the AWS Foundation.


Phil Bundy was hired as director of business services at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.


K-9 team trooper Christopher Davis and his partner Duke joined the Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne.

Detective Sgt. Mike Meeks has been promoted to detective first sergeant with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

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