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Business Briefs for Jan. 30

January 30, 2012
Marshall Independent

Bowen joins Bremer as relationship manager

Bremer Bank announces the hire of Tyler Bowen as a relationship manager for the bank's Investment, Management & Trust group.

"Tyler has all the skills that a good relationship manager needs to meet client needs," said Janet Vandendriessche, SVP Bremer Trust.

Bowen comes from Southwest Minnesota State University where he was the director of alumni and development since 2002.

Bowen has strong ties to the community, having attended both undergraduate and graduate school at Southwest Minnesota State University. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Marshall Area YMCA, past Executive Board member of the Marshall Area Young Professionals and is a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, among other activities.

Tyler and his wife, Sue, live in Marshall with their children, Brent and Brooke.

Zimmer honored by Avon for consistent sales successes

Donna Zimmer, an Avon sales representative from Echo, was recently recognized and honored at the president's recognition program in Mankato.

Zimmer has been a representative with Avon for 25 years and she was the top seller for the 2011 president's club cycle.

She was No. 1 in her district which is comprised of 12 counties in southwestern Minnesota. She took first place in sales increases along with first place for total sales. She earned the second place division award for sales increases.

Zimmer competed with more than 10,000 other representatives in Minnesota and the upper northwest region of Wisconsin for this sales award.

Zimmer has been honored previously as being the Spirit of Avon.

Investors Choice staff attend conference

Jim and Carla Goedtke, as well as Sydney Carlson of Investors Choice Financial Services, Inc., located in Slayton and Marshall, recently attended the American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. National Conference titled "Connections 2011."

APFS is a national financial services organization serving independent financial professionals. Keynote speakers included Sen. Christopher Dodd, co-proposer of the Dodd-Frank Act; Don Connelly, the "Guru of Financial Service Professionals," and Bob Veres, editor and publisher of Inside Information. Representation from large investment management firms and insurances companies - such as Pershing, a Bank of New York Mellon firm; Oppenheimer funds; and Nationwide - was also present.

The Investors Choice staff had an agenda on industry specific topics and best practice solutions to stay current with the regulatory environment. The three also had the opportunity to network among professional peers and industry experts to gain new perspectives on trends and issues within the financial services industry.

Avera Marshall earns ACR accreditations

Avera Marshall's Imaging Center has been awarded three-year terms of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and ultrasound as the result of recent reviews by the American College of Radiology. The mammography program has also been continually accredited since 1988.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

Kleinschmidt completes course

Joel Kleinschmidt of North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood recently completed the requirements leading to the completion of the Associate in Insurance Services program, which deals with improvement of service within the insurance industry.

Kleinschmidt began working for North Star in April of 2005 and is a claims adjuster for the Property/Casualty Claims Department.

Lee receives Employee of the Year award

Cathy Lee, executive assistant to the city administrator, was presented Employee of the Year by City Administrator Ben Martig.

Qualifying characteristics include Employee Relations, Teamwork, Customer Service, Professionalism/Leadership and Knowledge/Expertise in their job performance.

Lee received numerous nominations from co-workers. Words to describe Lee included "compassionate, warm, hardworking, congenial, team-player, fantastic work ethic, courteous, reliable, detail oriented, go-to-person, inspiring" and more.

Lee was also recognized for exceptional job performance for coordinating the Memorial Park and 9/11 Dedication, assistance following the July storm event, technology committee leadership, and for securing grants for energy efficient lighting.

North Star promotes trio

North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood recently announced the promotions of Corrine Hancock of the Personal Lines Underwriting Department, and Darla Morken and Becky Meyer of the Farm Underwriting Department to senior underwriters.

Hancock worked for North Star from January 1985 to May 1988 and returned to employment in January 1989. She served as an underwriter for the Personal Lines Underwriting Department prior to her promotion. Hancock and her husband, Harold, live near Marshall. Morken began employment in November 1980. She served as an underwriter for the Farm Underwriting Department prior to her promotion. Morken and her husband, Gary, live near Cottonwood. Meyer began employment in August 1977. She also served as an underwriter for the Farm Underwriting Department prior to her promotion. She lives in Wood Lake with her husband, Dennis.

Robinson completes FIC course

Cindy Robinson of Marshall, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counsellor designation. The FIC title is an educational designation that can be earned by career life insurance representatives associated with fraternal insurance societies. Representatives devote more than a year to meet examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Association.



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