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Business Briefs for May 9

May 9, 2011
Marshall Independent

Avera Marshall names new board members to Foundation

The Avera Marshall Foundation welcomes three new members to the board of directors, Jennifer Hlubek, Nick Schwarz and John Drown. The Avera Marshall Foundation's goal is to raise funds and awareness to enhance regional health care.

Jennifer Hlubek has a background in foundation work, including working with major and planned giving, capital campaign development and financial budgets. She previously was the foundation director for Mankato Rehabilitation Center Inc. in Mankato which provides employment services for people with disabilities. She is married to Andrew and currently stays at home with their two children, doing volunteer work at various organizations in the community.

Nick Schwarz is the vice president of marketing for Jonti-Craft in Wabasso, where he has been employed for the past six years. Prior to that, he worked as a marketing manager for Schwan's Food Service. His philosophy is to drive change through solid business approaches.

He and his wife, Jill, live in Marshall and have four children.

John Drown is owner Synergy 3 Consulting. Leadership development, strategic planning, product and concept innovation are part of the consulting services offered. A long-time resident of Marshall, he was a part of The Schwan Food Co. for more than 30 years, serving as president and COO of Schwan's Food Service, in addition to other executive roles.

He and his wife, Pat, live in Marshall.

The Avera Marshall Foundation board of directors also includes Chairman Don Louwagie, Gary Becker, Willard Engel, Donna Hartfiel, Jim Knudson, Sara Kraft, Mary Maertens, Mike Rich, Scott Williams, Mark Dunn and Kristin Hanneman. The executive director is Marty Seifert.

Escape Spa of Marshall announces addition of 3rd massage therapist

The Escape Spa of Marshall announces the addition of a third massage therapist to its team.

Jessica Schunk, a certified massage therapist, attended the massage program at Minnesota West Campus in Pipestone. Schunk specializes in the following massages: therapeutic Swedish, stone, infant, prenatal, sports, relaxation and chair. She also has training in many spa applications.

Also new at The Escape Spa is the addition of a receptionist to help schedule appointments, answer phones and manage the front desk. The Escape Spa welcomes Tracy Morrill to the team.

Outland Energy Services to sponsor triathlon

Outland Energy Services will sponsor the inaugural Outland Challenge Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Lake Cochrane State Park in South Dakota. The event will have three legs-a 400-yard swim, a 15.5-mile bike ride, and a 4.4-mile run-and is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

In this inaugural year, participation will be limited to 50 athletes (25 male and 25 female). Registration is now open at The competition's two fastest women and two fastest men will receive cash prizes ($200 for each winner; $100 for each runner up) and be recognized at a ceremony that day. One hundred percent of proceeds after expenses will go to area charities.

"The Outland Challenge is an ideal way for us to recognize the importance of employee and community wellness," said Steve Scott, president & COO of Outland Energy Services. "Triathlons require dedicated athletes to perform under difficult circumstances. Similarly, Outland's dedicated employees must perform their jobs in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable: on top of wind turbines. By sponsoring the Outland Challenge, Outland is celebrating our employees' achievements and building a culture of wellness among our employees and in the communities where we live and work."

Lake Cochrane State Park is a perfect location for a triathlon. The 88-acre park features 30 camp sites, modern restrooms, showers, and a beautiful natural sand beach.

Lake Cochrane, known as one of South Dakota's cleanest lakes, is surrounded by wide-open, rolling prairie crossed by streams and oak-covered draws. Outland welcomes volunteers who would like to contribute to the success of this event. To learn more about volunteering, please go to



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