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Opportunity Matters welcomes new board members
Anita Stoering, Wolters Kluwer, John Skalla, DeZURIK, and Courtney Vorrell, Rum River Special Education Cooperative recently joined the Board of Opportunity Matters.   The board members help ensure continued advancement in the organization’s commitment to creating opportunities that empower individuals and their families to reach their full potential. 
Erdmann earns Volunteer of the Year Award
Paula Erdmann, board member and former Board Chair, St. Cloud Federal Credit Union, received the 2015 Minnesota Credit Union Network Volunteer of the Year Award. Award recipients are chosen based on their involvement with credit unions and participation in activities that better their communities. Erdmann has served in various roles on the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors for 15 years.

Hansmeier appointed chair
Gordon H. Hansmeier, Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd., was appointed chair of the Seventh District Bar Association’s Ethics Committee by the Minnesota Supreme Court. District Bar Associations investigate complaints of unethical conduct against Minnesota lawyers. Committee members are comprised of volunteer attorneys and public members.
Gau named Entrepreneur of the Year finalist
Jeff Gau, CEO, Marco, Inc., was named finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Upper Midwest. This program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas including innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Marco receives recognition, hires
Finance & Commerce named Marco one of the 2015 Progress Minnesota award recipients. The award recognizes individuals and companies for moving the Minnesota economy forward in innovative ways.
BEI Services and ENX Magazine selected Marco as an Office Technology Service Excellence Award recipient, which is given to dealerships that meet or exceed national performance standards in areas relating to customer satisfaction. Thirty-nine Marco technicians were recognized for their service.

Marco hired the following individuals:
  • Dave Anderson – solutions trainer
  • Alex Colt – audio/video lead installation technician
  • Jessica Davis – managed services project coordinator
  • Ted Erickson – senior network systems engineer
  • Brad Harrison – technical project manager
  • Melissa Henkemeyer – receptionist
  • Jesse Juell – support desk technician
  • Mitch Leen – cabling technician
  • Derek Lilleberg – network specialist
  • Trevor Mark – network operating center firewall specialist
  • Peggy VanNurden and Brandon Wilcken – service delivery coordinators


Lauermann joins SmartSearch
Mike Lauermann joined SmartSearch as a media consultant. He specializes in advertising and website development.

Mueller joins WSB & Associates
Andrew Mueller joined WSB & Associates as a survey technician in the company’s St. Cloud office.  Mueller holds a land surveying/civil engineering degree from St. Cloud Technical & Community College.
Mathew Hall Lumber promotes
Mathew Hall Lumber promoted Calvin Fischer to operations manager and Shawn Kockler to design and estimating manager. Fischer oversees roof and floor truss and wall panel manufacturing. Kockler oversees the internal manufacturing operations.

Schmitt receives recognition
Scott M. Schmitt, CIM, Coldwell Banker Commercial Orion Real Estate, received the Silver Circle of Distinction by CBC Corporate, which recognizes the top producers within Coldwell Banker Commercial. He was recognized as the “Number One” CBC broker in Minnesota and in the top two percent of all associates globally. He also received the Greater MN Transaction of the Year Award by Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors.

Apollo Insurance receives recognition
North Risk Partners, which includes Apollo Insurance, received the Platinum Partner Agency award by the United Fire Group. This award is given to agencies that meet high standards of quality designated by United Fire Group.
Coborn’s contributes $1 million to YMCA
Coborn’s Inc. donated $1 million to the new St. Cloud Area Family YMCA facility. This brings the total amount raised to over $23.5 million. The YMCA plans to begin construction on the new facility this fall.
Miller, Strack join Leighton Interactive
Eve Miller joined Leighton Interactive as an inbound research lead, a new position for the company. She is charged with leading research efforts for new business, client reporting and new projects. Tony Strack also joined the company as a front end web developer.
Fenstermacher obtains certification
Victoria Fenstermacher, nurse practitioner, CentraCare Health - Becker, earned certification to become a Certified Commercial Motor Vehicle medical examiner. The certification allows her to determine if a commercial motor vehicle driver’s medical fitness for duty meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s standards.
Dr. Kroska receives award
David Kroska, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist, CentraCare Health, received the 2015 Caduceus Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of Central Minnesota physicians who exhibit humanitarian medial efforts locally or around the world. Kroska founded the L.I.F.E (Lifestyle, Food & Exercise) Program, which provides education on diet, exercise and nutrition, and practical and behavioral aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
Plamann earns recognition
Joy Plamann, medicine care director, St. Cloud Hospital, was honored by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST for providing leadership excellence in health care. The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST works to advance women leaders in health care, influence public policy, and improve health care in their communities.
Beretta, McSorley honored for diversity efforts
Dr. Dante Beretta, CentraCare Health – Melrose, and Todd McSorley, coordinator, environmental services, St. Cloud Hospital, received the 2015 Deb McCarl Diversity Award from CentraCare Health. This award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments of physicians, staff and volunteers whose efforts foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusiveness.

CentraCare Health Foundation awards grants
CentraCare Health Foundation approved 15 grants totaling $996,260 to support projects that promote health education, conduct research, or provide services or programs that improve health and health care for residents throughout a 12-county region.
The CentraCare Health Foundation approved $440,000 over two years for the Central Minnesota Concussion Collaborative Program. This project seeks to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of concussions. A community-wide collaborative has been established to support the program, and includes local medical providers, educational facilities, athletes, community partners, and patient advocates.
CentraCare Health recognized, hires
CentraCare Health scored among the Top 15 medical groups and clinics for care provided to patients, according to the MN Community Measurement 2015 Health Care Quality Report.
Tracy Roehl and Jane Suska joined CentraCare Clinic – Health Plaza Obstetrics & Women’ Health. Roehl, family nurse practitioner, holds special interest in preventative care, prenatal care and assisting patients with acute care needs. Suska, a women’s health nurse practitioner, has interest in primary care, infertility and lactation.

St. Cloud Hospital breaks ground
St. Cloud Hospital broke ground on the Gorecki Guest House addition in April. The new addition adds 16 bedrooms, a laundry room, two family suites and a meditation room. The house welcomes patients and their families who are receiving medical care in the St. Cloud community.
Sandler Training awards scholarship
Brian Hart, president, Sandler Training, awarded the third “Power and Potential” Scholarship for Veterans. The annual scholarship covers all Sandler Training course materials, a weekly two-hour class for 12 months, and unlimited access to Hart as a consultant, coach and trainer.
Gerber receives promotion
Garrity Gerber, Heartland Glass Company, was promoted to sales manager. Previously an estimator and sales representative with the company, he now oversees the commercial sales, project management, and drafting departments.

PineCone Vision Center announces grand opening
PineCone Vision Center’s grand opening took place in June. The newly expanded building tripled the size of its current practice and houses all departments and staff under one roof. The facility offers ten examination rooms, newer equipment, and more advanced medical technology.
Nee receives Excellence award
Patricia Nee, MD, an internal medicine physician at CentraCare Clinic – Health Plaza, received the St. Cloud Hospital Physician of Excellence award.  Her nomination stated that she instills hope in her patients with her optimistic, caring attitude. The Physician of Excellence award recognizes a St. Cloud Hospital Medical Staff member who has an exemplary work ethic and lives the healing mission of providing Care Above All. 


Business Central Issue _ July/August 2015