People In Business

Helmkamp Construction earns award for historic renovation project at Principia College

Helmkamp Construction Co. was recently recognized for its work at the annual Construction Keystone Awards, which celebrates the best of the construction industry as recognized by the Associated General Contractors of Missouri. The Keystone Awards were created in 1998 and celebrated its 22nd annual ceremony on Oct. 29. The first-ever hybrid event was held in-person…

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Midwest BankCentre announces personnel moves

Ajla Zigic has been promoted to vice president-business development officer and Debbie Lessor has joined Midwest BankCentre as vice president-business development officer. Both report to Erin Erhart, executive vice president of consumer banking and fee services. Zigic and Lessor both focus on serving small business customers of the bank by identifying valuable resources and providing…

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Visual artist to spend 10 days creating mural in Staunton

Through a partnership with The Chicago Community Foundation, the Macoupin Art Collective will be working to brighten Staunton. Starting at the end of December, artist Cbabi Bayoc will be working to create a unique mural artwork in a matter of 10 days at 115 E. Main St. Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an internationally-known visual…

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SIUE adds coordinator of military and veteran services

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recently  selected Telisha Reinhardt as coordinator of military and veteran services. Reinhardt will focus on supporting the SIUE military-connected population with accessing education and supporting those students through graduation. SIUE Military and Veteran Services has more than 800 enrolled military-connected students. Director of Military and Veteran Services Kevin Wathen emphasized that…

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O’Fallon looks inside to fill community development role

The city of O’Fallon has named Justin Randall as the new director of Community Development. In his role as director, Randall will coordinate planning and zoning, building and inspections, and code enforcement for the city. Justin replaces Ted Shekell, who retired on Nov. 20 after 23 years of service. “Justin has worked as assistant director…

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Allen Insurance Group opens new location in Maryville

PHOTOS: Employees Brent and Lisa Allen (couple at far right), David Drda, Jamie Chenault, Maureen Florczyk and Bailey Manuel; and (below) the new location of Allen Insurance Group, 25 Professional Park Drive, Suite A, in Maryville. Allen Insurance Group has moved its base of operations to a new, larger location in Maryville. “Since the creation…

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Law firm and supporters distribute turkeys for the holiday

TorHoerman Law staff members and family were in Alton Saturday participating in the firm’s seventh annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 21. The firm was able to provide more than 600 turkeys to those in need of a Thanksgiving meal. This year, the giveaway was altered to a contactless drive-through experience to negate the…

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Behnken serving as senior advisor with Innovative Business Advisors

Joe Behnken has accepted a new position with O’Fallon, Ill.-based Innovative Business Advisors as senior advisor. IBA provides business valuation, advisory and brokerage services to business.  Behnken will serve on the IBA Leadership Team and will be providing services to IBA clients. Behnken’s background includes being a serial entrepreneur involved in the ownership and management…

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Eco-artisans and vendors will highlight Green Gift Bazaar in Alton

Locally made, environmentally-friendly gifts will be a feature of Small Business Saturday in Downtown Alton. The 18th annual Green Gift Bazaar will feature 27 eco-artisans and green vendors at two locations simultaneously to help everyone remain socially-distanced. The sites are Post Commons, 300 Alby St., and Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway in Alton. The…

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O’Fallon community development director announces retirement

After 23 years of service for the city of O’Fallon, Community Development Director Ted Shekell has announced his retirement. Shekell began his career with the city as director of Community Development, formerly called Planning & Zoning, in 1997. “Ted Shekell directed O’Fallon’s Community Development Department through some of its most important, and fastest-growing years in…

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