People In Business

Valley Insurance Agency Alliance reaches 15th year with continued growth

Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a family of nearly 150 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois, recently marked its 15th anniversary in business. VIAA generates more than $350 million in written premium and is the regional founding member for the Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA), a $10 billion national alliance. Insurance Journal named SIAA as…

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Two McKendree staff members commended for excellence 

Praising their leadership, dedication and accomplishments, McKendree University President Daniel Dobbins announced two recipients of the President’s Award for Professional Excellence for 2021: Assistant Dean and Registrar Debbie Larson and Director of Public Safety Ranodore (Ran) Foggs. The annual awards for staff members were presented during a recent virtual staff and faculty gathering. Larson, of…

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Emergency Management Agency honors volunteer of the year

Madison County’s Emergency Management Agency picked its volunteer of the year. On May 2, Andy McKellar, a longtime volunteer for EMA, was presented with the agency’s inaugural award.  EMA held its first dinner to thank the agency’s team of 35 registered volunteers and honored McKellar for his service and dedication. “Andy has been with us…

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McKendree professor is Grandy Faculty Award Winner 

Alumni Association Honors Dr. Ann Collins in 2021  LEBANON — In a year when politics, government and voting dominated the news, Dr. Ann Collins’ passion for political science and her commitment to student democratic engagement earned her the Grandy Faculty Award for a second time. The McKendree University Alumni Association announced the surprise honor at…

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Main Street manager named in Belleville

Belleville Main Street and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce have announced Alex Matthews as the new Main Street manager. He is working with the Main Street Committee to promote the Downtown District, showcasing those who live and work in the area. He has worked in attraction/tourism/hospitality marketing in and around Belleville for over 12…

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Alton Memorial Hospital departments earn PRC Awards

Four Alton Memorial Hospital departments were recently recognized with top awards from  Professional Research Consultants Inc., a national health-care market research company. The Digestive Health Center earned a Top Performer award for the second consecutive year. PRC’s highest honor recognizes health-care facilities, service lines and hospital units who score at the 100th percentile for the…

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KAI Enterprises hires talent acquisition specialist

KAI Enterprises recently announced the hiring of Christy Roberts as its new talent acquisition specialist at its St. Louis headquarters. Roberts is responsible for recruiting qualified, diverse employees nationwide for KAI and its four distinct business units — KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. Roberts also recruits for KAI’s sister…

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Deer decoy business wins TheOther40 competition at SIUE 

TheOther40 business plan competition offers Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students the opportunity to take a business idea through the stages needed to launch a product or service. The SIUE School of Business hosted its 11th competition in 2021, which concluded on April 26 with an online video pitch. More than $10,000 in cash prizes were…

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Company breaks ground on $12.1 million addition in Highland

Representatives of Trouw Nutrition and The Korte Company at Wednesday’s groundbreaking in Highland. Trouw Nutrition broke ground Wednesday on a $12.1 million addition to its existing Pilot Plant at 80 Executive Drive in Highland. The expansion increases the existing 8,100-square-foot Pilot Plant to a 32,052-square-foot modern new facility. By repurposing this building sustainably, Trouw Nutrition…

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Assistant professor presents research to archaeologists gathering

Research aimed at preventing sexual harassment from occurring during undergraduate field-based courses, specifically in the field of archeology, continues to gain national and international attention. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Carol Colaninno, PhD, research assistant professor in the SIUE Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach, presented on Improving Equity, Access and Professionalism at Archaeological Field…

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