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SIUE names new associate director for East St. Louis Center

Helping to broaden the scope of the needful and impactful work of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center is the goal of its new associate director, Keith Ware, EdD. “In my new position, I will make sure our Center continues to grow and develop in varying capacities that continue to shed light…

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Bank of Hillsboro welcomes new Edwardsville branch manager

Bank of Hillsboro has welcomed Megan Wood as its new Edwardsville branch manager. Wood joined the bank six years ago as a part-time teller and then became a loan processor. She was offered the position of branch manager in December and transitioned into the role in April. “Megan has always prioritized her relationships with our…

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Nitro Family Foods cuts ribbon on new commercial kitchen

Nitro Family Foods, known for its homemade Nitro Salsa and pickles, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony May 4 to mark the completion of a large conversion project. The work converted a former, vacant dog grooming facility into a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen with a store front at 231 E. State St. in O’Fallon’s Downtown…

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Surgical Services manager earns Alton Memorial Leadership Award

Although Alton Memorial Hospital was unable to hold its annual Employee Awards Banquet again this year because of the pandemic, the hospital was still able to honor several of its top staff members during the recent Health Care Week. Cathy Wagner, manager of Surgical Services and the Cardiac Cath Lab, won the 2021 Leadership Award,…

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Mark to retire as chairman, president of Ameren Illinois

After a distinguished 20-year career in the energy sector and 45 years of business and civic leadership, Richard J. Mark, chairman and president, Ameren Illinois, announced his intention to retire on Aug.1, 2022. Upon reaching a final decision, Ameren leaders will announce Mark’s successor. “Richard has been a difference-maker for our company, having served in…

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Bullseye Promotions owner marks a milestone in region

Bullseye Promotions owner Mark VanZeyl recently celebrated a milestone anniversary in the promotional products industry, working in Metro East and St. Louis. VanZeyl passed 30 years on March 1. Originally, VanZeyl worked for his father at Pyramid Advertising and that commenced on March 1, 1992. He produced promotional products out of Granite City until Sept. 9,…

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Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis names two to Hall of Fame

David Farr, former CEO of Emerson, also serving as the 2022 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame event chair, has announced that Jim Kavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology and Rob Vitale, president and CEO of Post Holdings Inc., will be inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame. Also during this event, Kelvin…

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Gori Law announces new giving initiative

The Gori Law firm, based in Edwardville, has announced the launch of a new internal giving initiative, Gori Gives. In 2021, the firm donated almost $300,000 to 90 different local community groups and nonprofit organizations. To continue this momentum, the program is designed to encourage staff involvement in community service and hands-on volunteer work for…

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Medical aesthetics business completes move to Fairview Heights

Pure 111 Medical Aesthetics recently marked the completion of its move from O’Fallon to Fairview Heights. The business held a ribbon cutting on April 28 with the help of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce. After spending the last six years or so in O’Fallon at the Blade Building on Green Mount Road, owners Amy and…

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Illinois insurance agency affiliates with alliance to assist with growth

Main Street Insurance Group recently joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a group of nearly 150 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Founded in 2006, Main Street Insurance Group was acquired in 2018 by Josh Hawn, who began working for the company in 2015. The full-service agency is located at 1011 E. Richardson St. in…

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