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Recognitions

Thursday, April 15, 2004

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Garber's Men's Wear in Town Plaza Shopping Center in Cape Girardeau recently received the Elite Retailer of the Year Award from Jim's Formal Wear. Jim's in the largest formalwear distribution network in the U.S. with more than 4,000 independent retailers. They provide tuxedo rental services for weddings, proms and black tie events. The award is based on rental volume, order accuracy and exceptional customer service. Garber's Men's Wear has been renting tuxedos from Jim's since 1972. Steve Davis, vice president of marketing at Jim's says the Elite Retailer of the Year recipients are among the best when it comes to men's formalwear rental and sales.

Cynthia Austin PC/Team Austin, a real estate sales associate and commercial property specialist with RE/MAX Achievers in Cape Girardeau, has received the 100% Club Award from RE/MAX International. The 100% Club Award is based on commissions earned in 2003. Cynthia has been a Realtor for nine years with RE/MAX Achievers. Karen Lewis, a real estate sales associate with RE/MAX Achievers in Cape Girardeau, has received the Executive Club Award from RE/MAX International. The Executive Club Award is based on commissions earned in 2003. Karen has been a Realtor for four years with RE/MAX Achievers. RE/MAX International, based in Denver, is a network of independently owned and operated offices. Currently, there are 4,813 offices and over 88,517 sales associates in the RE/MAX organization.

Dr. Dennis Straubinger recently completed the American Board of Preventive Medicine certification exam. This qualifies him as an occupational medicine specialist. He is one of only two board-certified occupational physicians in the area, and he currently works for St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Dale Gilliland of Cape Girardeau has qualified for State Farm Insurance Company's highest awards. Gilliland will be inducted into the Ambassadors for Life Club. He is one of only eight State Farm agents in the state to qualify for this honor.

Vince Draper, founder and president of Stockade Buildings and Stockade Construction in Cape Girardeau, was recently inducted into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame at the 2004 Frame Building Expo in Louisville, Ky. The induction recognizes leadership, service and contributions to the rural construction industry.

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living recently announced that Don Bedell of Sikeston is one of four recipients of the Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award. The award is given annually to recognize commitment to the advancement of quality care for the frail, elderly and disabled. Bedell is founder and chairman of the board of Health Facilities Management Corporation.

Dennis Seabaugh, package driver for UPS, was recently honored for completing 30 years of service with the company. Seabaugh, of Jackson, works at the Cape Girardeau UPS facility.

Kerry Johnson, a real estate sales associate with RE/MAX Achievers in Cape Girardeau, has received the 100% Club Award from RE/MAX International. The 100% Club Award is based on commissions earned in 2003. Kerry has been a Realtor for four years with RE/MAX Achievers. RE/MAX International, based in Denver, is a network of independently owned and operated offices. Currently, there are 4,813 offices and over 88,517 sales associates in the RE/MAX organization.

Ann Hill has been named Commerce Bank's 2003 Employee of the Year of the Southeast Missouri regional branches located in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Poplar Bluff. Hill joined Commerce Bank in 1998 as a teller for the Cape Girardeau main banking center. She has served as lead teller and was promoted to teller supervisor in 2003. She has more than 12 years of banking experience. Hill attends ongoing education courses at the Center for Financial Training and was named a Certified Professional Teller by Commerce in 2003.

Several Cape Girardeau-area Prudential Bridgeport Inc. real estate agents went home from the Prudential 2004 sales convention in Miami Beach, Fla., with awards. Betty Lou and Don Vogel earned the President's Circle by finishing 2003 in the top 5 percent of all sales professionals within the Prudential Real Estate Network. July Miller, Pamela Arnold and Ricki Ing finished in the top 7 percent, taking the Leading Edge Society award. Jo Duff, Debbie Joplin and Wendy Marberry finished in the top 10 percent, earning the Honor Society Award.

Janey Foust of American Family Insurance in Jackson received the Life Diamond Award for 2003. The award was given to only three other agents in Foust's district. Foust also was named agent of the month for February.

Cindy Sayer of Jackson has been appointed to the Missouri Board for Respiratory Care. She is currently director of respiratory care services at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. The Missouri Board for Respiratory Care regulates professional conduct, education requirements and programs and ethical standards of practice for those licensed to practice respiratory care in Missouri.

Logan Birk of Cape Girardeau consigned the Division 4 reserve champion bull at the 2004 Missouri Angus Breeders' Futurity Show and Sale. The event took place on Feb. 28 and 29 in Columbia. There were 42 bulls shown.

State Farm agent Dale Gilliland of Cape Girardeau has qualified for one of State Farm's most prestigious awards, the Ambassadors for Life Club. Gilliland will receive special recognition and an award in April. He is one of only eight State Farm agents in Southeast Missouri to qualify for the award. This is the third time in as many years as a State Farm agent he has received the award.

Bluff City Beer Co.'s sales team was recognized at the 2004 Miller Brewing Co. Missouri State Meeting held in Columbia. The Poplar Bluff sales team posted the largest sales increase of any Miller Brewing Co. wholesaler in Missouri and was the number one wholesaler in 2003. Bluff City received two more awards for 2003 sales performance. Bluff City Beer Co.'s Herculaneum branch received the Miller Lite brand award for top performance in 2003. Bluff City Beer Co.'s Cape Girardeau branch received the award for top on premise sales in 2003. In March 1928, Bluff City Beer Co. was established at Poplar Bluff. Originally known as W. H. Bess and Sons, the firm became engaged in the wholesale beer distributing business in 1933 at the repeal of Prohibition. Bluff City Beer Co. operates three warehouses in Southeast Missouri in Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau and Herculaneum, selling and distributing over 1.3 million cases of Miller Brewing Co. products annually. The company's top selling brands are Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Miller Genuine Draft and Milwaukee's Best.

Mary Kay Cosmetics senior sales director Jana Jateff of Cape Girardeau has announced her top performers for completing Star Consultant status for the previous quarter -- Amy Cairns, Amy Romack, Amanda Becker and Mary Grosemeyer of Cape Girardeau; Whitney Whitten and Berneice West of Sikeston; Leslie Walker and Ashley Seabaugh of Jackson; Brandi Voelker of Gordonville; Tina Tidwell Ashby of Scott City; and Carol Gray of Marble Hill.

Rick Shultz of Jackson recently attended Maintenance Engineering's National Awards Banquet in Fargo, N.D. At the banquet, Shultz received a second diamond in his M.E. gold ring for sales exceeding $1 million. He was also named 14th in national field sales. He reached the Silver sales level for the second time in three years.

The Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau was recently recognized by the Missouri Business Development Program of the University of Missouri for outstanding performance in helping its small business clients acquire financing for their business. Receiving the honor were director Buz Sutherland, administrative assistant Karen Carr, training coordinator Bill Vickery and senior business consultant Larry Cooper.

Leabert Fields of Jackson was recently honored for completing 20 years of service with UPS. He is a hub worker for the UPS facility in Cape Girardeau.

Southeast Missouri Hospital emergency services physician Richard Draper has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. Draper has been on the hospital staff since 1995.

Sabrina Tate, Ladies Professional Golf Association teaching and club professional at Cape Girardeau Jaycee Municipal Golf Course, recently passed her class B written test and practical teaching evaluation in Daytona, Fla. She has also taken on the office of Midwest Section marketing coordinator for the LPGA. Tate's been the club pro at Cape Girardeau Jaycee Golf Course for nine years.

J. Derieck Hodges,of Albrecht-Hodges Inc. in Cape Girardeau has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant professional designation from the American College in Pennsylvania. To attain this designation, Hodges had to complete at least eight courses and 16 hours of supervised examinations. He has been with the company for 20 years.

Jim Burke, a sales agent with AAA's Cape Girardeau office, has received that organization's Gold Seal Award for 2004. The award recognizes Burke for his consistent and superior standards of performance in insurance services.

The board of directors of the American Medical Directors Certification Program recently announced that Kennett Asher of Jackson has been recertified as a medical director in long-term care. Asher is one of 88 physicians who have completed the recertification requirements this year.

Mike Flaker of C.M. Brown and Associates Truck Insurance Agency of Perryville has completed the annual continuing education requirement of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors in Austin, Texas. In order to earn the designation CIC, each individual must have attended five institutes covering all phases of the insurance business and passed five examinations. Additionally, the National Society requires annual attendance in the program to maintain the designation. Flaker, an 18-year veteran of the truck insurance industry, has been a CIC since 1990. He specializes in insurance and risk management for the transportation industry.

State Farm Insurance agent Joe Recker of Sikeston has qualified for one of State Farm's most prestigious awards, the Ambassadors for Life Club. In earning the honor, Recker demonstrated his ability and achievement in being a leader in the sales of life insurance and financial products. He is one of only eight State Farm agents in Southeast Missouri to qualify for this award.

Marvin Wolverton, package driver for United Parcel Service, was recently honored for completing 25 years of service with the company. Wolverton works out the UPS facility in Sikeston.

F. Scott Mainord Jr., Scott County (Benton) Farm Bureau insurance agent, received the Director's Award for sales of crop insurance by the American Farm Bureau Insurance Services. Mainord competed for the honor with more than 200 professional agents throughout the state.


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