Jerry Lynn, general manager of Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau, won the 2011 Grand Prix Manager top award. Lynn was evaluated at the corporate level, competing against 54 others in the region. Lynn previously collected this honor and a bonus vacation in 2006 and 2008.
GAMEL PROMOTED AT CHARTER
Matt Gamel was promoted to Charter business major account executive, focusing on fiber sales in Southeast Missouri. He will have sales responsibility for strategic communication solutions including fiber optic Internet, Wide Area Networking and PRI voice services for business customers.
NORDENIA HONORS EMPLOYEES
Gary Lossing, BEL operator of Cape Girardeau, was employee of the month for April at Nordenia USA Inc. He has been with the company since September 2004. Nordenia also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Tom Daughhetee, 20 years of service; and Gerald Adams and Carolyn Keller, 15 years.
P.B. REALTY ANNOUNCES LEADERS
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Holly Teague was top producer for February at Poplar Bluff Realty Inc., and Kurt Knodell was top lister.
THREE RIVERS HONORS REALTORS
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Three Rivers Board of Realtors recognized members for 2011 production. Those earning Gold Unassisted were Dale Bearden and Dale Williams. Silver Unassisted went to Lucas Edington, Julie Spencer, Terri Whitten and Stella Firebaugh. Bronze Unassisted went to Cathy Stafford, Natali Ketcherside, Sandy Taylor, Sandy Rickman, Charles Kendle, Kim King, Melba Jean McCoy and Ronnie Walk.
MAINORD GETS FARM BUREAU AWARD
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott Mainord Jr., Scott County (Benton) Farm Bureau insurance agent, received the Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Co.'s Brokerage Life Line Leader Award. He competed for the honor with more than 200 agents throughout the state. The award was presented at the All Star Sales Conference March 2 to 4 in Branson, Mo. Mainord was also recognized for 35 years of service with the company.
SIKESTON CHAMBER PRESENTS AWARDS
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet, honoring the following businesses and individuals: Lambert Engineering & Surveying, Small Business of the Year; New Wave Communications, Business of the Year; Bootheel Counseling Services, Civic Group of the Year; Dennis Ziegenhorn, Lifetime Achievement Award; Lisa Howell, SACC Volunteer of the Year; Jim Schwaninger, Community Volunteer of the Year; Gay French, Educator of the Year; Lt. Jim McMillen, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; Matt Drake, Jaycee Distinguished Service Award; and Rice "Pete" Burns, Citizen of the Year.
NOTO IS CERTIFIED SPECIALIST OF SPIRITS
Brian Noto was recognized as a certified specialist of spirits by the Society of Wine Educators. Noto was required to pass an examination posing questions about worldwide spirit producing regions, presentation styles, production methods and tasting. He is the only person in the region to have attained these credentials for both wine and spirits.
VOLKERDING IS REP OF THE MONTH
Ken Volkerding of Jackson, a financial representative with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, was representative of the month in the Missouri East Region for March. He was also new member leader in the Missouri East Region in March.
TOP MARY KAY PRODUCERS HONORED
Jana Jateff, future executive senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, announced top producers for the quarter. Chantiel Herron of Sikeston, Mo., Kay Waller of Cape Girardeau and Jateff were all honored.
CRIDDLE STARTS AC AND HEATING BUSINESS
Brian Criddle started his own business, Criddle A.C. & Heating LLC in Cape Girardeau. Formerly an HVAC service technician for Ziegler Plumbing & Heating, Criddle offers sales, installation and service of HVAC equipment for residential and light commercial customers.
BOYER NAMED REGIONAL SALES CONSULTANT
Scott Boyer was appointed regional sales consultant at Canedy Sign & Graphics. He has 15 years of account management experience and will serve Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois.
MCCLANAHAN NAMED CRS OF YEAR
Jan McClanahan of Realty Executives of Cape County received the Council of Residential Specialists of the Year Award. To receive the honor, McClanahan displayed exceptional dedication to her CRS chapter in Missouri, gave her time and resources to the community and is a successful real estate agent. Winners must also have been members of the local board or state association for more than five years.
REALTY EXECUTIVES ANNOUNCES NEW BROKERS
Realty Executives of Cape County announced the following new brokers: Donna McDonald, Seymour Chilton, Carol McGuire, Kathi Fish, Ken Kiefer, Karen Lewis and Becky Buehler. To become licensed brokers, the executives completed a 48-hour education course and passed the broker licensing exam.
KENDLE IS TOP PRODUCER
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Charles Kendle was top producer and top lister for March at RE/MAX Real Estate Group Inc.
ASSOCIATED ELECTRIC EMPLOYEES HONORED
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. recognized employees at the New Madrid Power Plant who will reach service anniversaries in 2012. Marking 35 years are James A. Crawford, Richard Eugene Ivie Jr., Kevin L. Ivy and Terry Alan Hadder. Marking 30 years are James Steve Howell, Stanley E. Jones, Larry Binion, Anthony Sims and Judith L. Johnson. Marking 25 years are Melvin Chance Dowling, Troy Christopher Tollison, Robert L. Nesselrodt, Barry D. Dill, Charles Dale Chamberlain and Jay N. Walker.
MCFERRON RECOGNIZED AS OUTSTANDING SUPERINTENDENT
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Alvin McFerron, superintendent of the Scott County Central School District, was among eight Missouri superintendents to receive the Outstanding New Superintendent Award from the Missouri Association of School Administrators. The award is presented annually to superintendents who are in their second or third year of employment and have made a measurable contribution to the district they serve. McFerron is the only superintendent in the Southeast District to receive the honor.
WIMBERLY RECOGNIZED FOR SALES SKILLS
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Scott Wimberly, an employee with Sikeston Implement, was honored by John Deere for obtaining master-level for the position of parts sales program. He completed extensive training in the John Deere University program.
BOWMAN RECOGNIZED FOR SALES
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lee Bowman Jr., a Sikeston representative with Modern Woodmen of America, was named to the company's President's Club. The distinction recognizes his high achievement in life insurance sales among the organization's representatives nationwide.
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. recognized Christopher "Todd" Scott of Charleston, Mo., assistant control room operator at the New Madrid Power Plant, as the plant's Safety Person of the Year. Nominated by his peers, Scott was honored for his response when a co-worker began choking on food. Scott successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on the victim.
P.B. ANNOUNCES TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Judy Seawell was named 2012-2013 teacher of the year for the Poplar Bluff School District. She is a kindergarten speech pathologist who was also named elementary teacher of the year and kindergarten center teacher of the year. Building teachers of the year were Hope Conover, high school; Michael Melson, junior high; Craig Thurman, 5th and 6th Grade Center; Sara Robertson, Early Childhood Center; Kacie Kendrick, Eugene Field Elementary; Amanda Pryor, Lake Road Elementary; Rondalyn Vaughn, Oak Grove Elementary; Elizabeth Bliss, O'Neal Elementary; and Deborah Dancer, Technical Career Center. Thurman was also named middle schoolteacher of the year, and Conover was also secondary school teacher of the year.
TALLENT NAMED AGENT OF THE YEAR
Tim Tallent, a Bollinger County native and Southeast Missouri State University graduate, was honored as the Missouri Department of Conservation's Missouri Outstanding Conservation Agent of the Year.
GRIFFIN, HAWKS RECEIVE EXCEL AWARDS
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. presented two employees at the New Madrid Power Plant -- Jimmie B. Griffin of Scott City and Matthew S. Hawks of Portageville, Mo. -- with Excel awards during its annual employee recognition ceremony in Springfield, Mo. The recipients were nominated by their peers for excelling in their work at the power plant. Griffin, coal yard maintenance planner, received the Excel Award for employee of the year in a technical field. Hawks, assistant control room operator, received the Excel Award for employee of the year in an operational field.
LUSTER IS MANAGER OF THE YEAR
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Rent One honored Antoine Luster, manager of the Sikeston store, as the company's manager of the year.
ORSINI-MALY JOINS FIRST BANK MORTGAGE
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Tamela (Tami) Orsini-Maly joined FirstBank Mortage Partners as a reverse mortgage specialist. She has a home-based office in New Madrid and will serve Missouri customers statewide.
John Cobb of Cape Girardeau joined the sales staff at Patrick Furniture in Cape Girardeau. He brings 36 years of experience in the home furnishings industry.
NELSON JOINS THE SALON
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Chelsea Nelson joined The Salon on South Westwood Boulevard as a stylist.
LITTLES LEADS COLDWELL
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Brock Littles was top lister and top producer for March at Coldwell Banker.
ALNUTT NAMED SEMO ATHLETICS DIRECTOR
Mark Alnutt, senior associate athletics director for administration at the University of Missouri, was named director of athletics at Southeast Missouri State University. He will begin his new duties at Southeast on or around May 21. He replaces John Shafer, who retired last June. Cindy Gannon has been serving as interim director of athletics since that time.
CHAMBER HONORS TOP TEACHERS
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce honored five teachers April 18 at its annual teacher of the year banquet, the Daily American Republic reported. Awards went to Judith Seawell, elementary teacher of the year; Craig Thurman, middle school teacher of the year; Hope Conover, high school teacher of the year; Holly Bagby, Three Rivers College instructor of the year; Sally Gragg, Three Rivers adjunct of the year; and Vicki Barnett, Westwood Baptist Academy teacher of the year.
NEW PRINCIPALS ANNOUNCED
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Justin Tarte, current junior high assistant principal in the Poplar Bluff School District, will take over July 1 as principal, the Daily American Republic reported. Brian White will begin as assistant principal July 16; he is currently an elementary principal in Puxico, Mo. Carol Metz, a former teacher in the Poplar Bluff district, will begin July 16 as principal of the kindergarten center.
ZARUBA APPOINTED SALES MANAGER OF FOX 23
Mike Smythe, general manager of Sinclair Broadcast Group's FOX 23 KBSI-TV, announced the appointment of Brad Zaruba as the new general sales manager for FOX 23 and MY 49 WDKA-TV in the Paducah, Ky., Cape Girardeau market.
POLLARD HONORED FOR SERVICE
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Carletta "Corky" Pollard was recognized for 25 years as administrative assistant with Matthews Farms Inc. and Four Corners Development Co. of Sikeston.
STE. GENEVIEVE CHAMBER PRESENTS AWARDS
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Martha Resinger, president of the Ste. Genevieve County School District Board of Education, received a Community Service Award from the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce at its annual gala April 20, the Ste. Genevieve Herald reported. Mikel Stewart received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Sirro's Restaurant was named Small Business of the Year; and the Ste. Genevieve County Commission received the Presidential Award.
WELBORN GETS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Briney Welborn received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce at its awards banquet April 19. Other awards went to Melissa Blair, Educator of the Year; Golden Living Center-Bloomfield, Business of the Year; Ruth Strickland, Woman of the Year; Dr. Nick Thiele, Man of the Year; Bloomfield School Board, Organization of the Year; and the Deardorff family, represented by Donna Deardorff, Farm Family of the Year.
EGGERS JOINS SUPERSTORES
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Kent Eggers is the new sales manager at American Superstores. He has been in sales for 35 years, including 18 years with Blackwell-Baldwin Inc.
MCCOY, TAYLOR LEAD CENTURY 21
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Melba Jean McCoy was top lister for February at Century 21 American Realty, and Sandy Taylor was top producer.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The City of Perryville hired Jared Tanz as director of Perryville Parks and Recreation. Born and raised in Perryville, Tanz has several years of experience in parks and recreation and is currently manager of the Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. He replaces current director Marv Blevins, who retires June 29.
JOHNSON COMPLETES COURSE IN NEW YORK
Danea Johnson, owner of Concepts Styling Salon in Cape Girardeau, attended an advanced salon business course at Bumble and Bumble University in New York. The three-day workshop focused on defining a strong salon culture, leadership, management and merchandising in a creative, fashion-forward atmosphere. The company invited Johnson to attend the next level of business education and she plans to complete the course this fall.
BEAIRD GETS SERVICE AWARD
BERNIE, Mo. -- Ginger Beaird, who teaches early childhood special education and gifted K-12 in the Bernie school system, received the Meritorious Service to Education Award from the Missouri State Teachers Association. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession of education at a local, district and state level.
MINERAL AREA COLLEGE PRESENTS STAFF AWARDS
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Several employees were noted for outstanding performance and workplace longevity at Mineral Area College's annual banquet April 20. The top three awards went to Tom Bowyer, general services supervisor of Park Hills, Classified Staff Employee of the Year Award; Bev Hickam, workforce development director of Cape Girardeau, Leadership Award; and Diana Stuart of Farmington, Mo., Faculty of the Year Award. Stuart oversees the teacher education program and coordinates the AQIP accreditation process.
SIKESTON EMPLOYEES HONORED
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Public safety officer John Nelson was employee of the second quarter in the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Chuck Bolen, a member of the city's park division, was employee of the second quarter for the Sikeston Department of Public Works.