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Collinsville business news for the week of Feb. 6

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Dealership wins Daimler award

John Georgoulis, central region distribution operations manager for Daimler Trucks North America presents John Hopkins IV and Mike Yates, owners of Truck Centers Inc., of Troy, with a 35 Year Partnership Award recognizing the company's relationship with Daimler.



Karl Schmidt has been hired by the Collinsville Area Recreation District as its new aquatics supervisor for the Splash City Family Waterpark. Schmidt, of Morrison, replaces Stephanie Whittington, who left CARD to take a job in North Carolina. Schmidt has worked at Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville, and the YMCA aquatic facility at Sterling and Macomb. He holds a master's degree from Western Illinois University in recreation, parks and tourism administration and licenses from Ellis and Associates and the American Red Cross. He began the job Jan. 28.


  • Candace Sauermann has joined the Maryville office of Bernadin Lochmueller and Associates. Sauermann joins the firm after 31 years at the Illinois Department of Transportation. She will serve as project engineer on public involvement and environmental coordination. 
  • Kelly Hayes, of Troy, has been appointed as manager of Horner and Shifrin's new construction engineering department and has been named as one of the firm's associates. Hayes has over 15 years of experience specializing in construction administration and contractor management. She is a member of the Association of General Contractors of America and the Society of American Military Engineers. She has been with Horner and Shifrin for just under 12 years.


Edwardsville attorney Randy Gori has been selected as one of the "Top 100 Litigation Lawyers" in Illinois for 2013 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Gori is a partner in the firm of Gori Julian and Associates. 


Miranda Warren, of Troy, has been named a principal at Geile/Leon Marketing Communications. Warren's new title is principal/director of account services. Warren joined the company in 1998 and was promoted to director of account services in 2009.


Scott Vieregge, of Troy, a representative with Northwestern Mutual's Edwardsville office, recently received the PACESETTER 40 award at the 132nd Annual Meeting of Financial Representatives of Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, Wis., held July 20-24, 2012. The award honors financial representatives who sell 40 life policies during their first six months in business. 


Haley Riechmann has joined Family Life Consultants in Collinsville as a Sodexo outpatient dietitian. She will provide outpatient nutrition counseling along with counseling on weigh management, diabetes, body image and other topics. Her areas of expertise include working with those with body image issues and eating disorders.


  • Nikki Munden, assistant professor of mathematics at Lewis and Clark Community College, has been nominated for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award. The 32-year-old Collinsville resident was nominated for her teaching and work with students. She has been with the school for six years and will attend the ICCTA Awards Banquet in June where the statewide winner will be announced.
  • Dan Rosner, assistant community director at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Cougar Village, was named the regional National Residence Hall Honorary Advisor for December 2012. The recognition comes through the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Rosner's nomination and award focused on his work as a mentor and his interactions with Cougar Village residents and staff.


SOS Digital Printing has relocated from Chicago to Collinsville and is now open. The company is a wholesale printing company. SOS moved in August 2012.


Rachel Meyer, of Collinsville, was featured on the cover of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2013's summer schedule. The festival is the nation's longest-running dance festival. Meyer is a 2005 graduate of Collinsville High School.


Jay Keeven, of Highland, has been named director of police by the city of Edwardsville. Keeven, a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has 27 years of experience in law enforcement and a master's degree in public administration. Keeven will oversee the city's police force.


Truck Centers Inc., of Troy, has been recognized by Daimler Trucks of North America for 35 years of service with the 35 Year Partnership Award. The company was one of the first dealers to be awarded a Freightliner franchise by Daimler. The company has seven locations in Illinois and Missouri.

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