People In Business

Town and Country Bank’s Abert brings hometown expertise to the job

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Paul Abert’s financial acumen is grounded in the advice he’s received from a litany of experts, a veritable Who’s Who of local banking. It served him well. Today, he is Madison County community president of Town and Country Bank. And his family roots go deep across Edwardsville, making him a familiar face…

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House of Ninjas to hold grand opening on Saturday

House of Ninjas, LLC, a family-owned ninja warrior obstacle course training facility for youth and adults, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1334 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon. Owner John Wilmas and his wife, Nicky, have worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois…

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RBGA names Hansen Meat Co. as Small Business of the Month

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Hansen Meat Co. as its Small Business of the Month for November. The store opened first in Jerseyville in 1952 under first-generation owners Bill “Good Buddy” Hansen and his wife, Sissie. Their vision grew with the second-generation owner and President David Hansen who built a successful wholesale division. David…

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Two junior partners announced at Sherer Law Offices

Sherer Law Offices has announced M. Caitlin Embrich and Sarah Sherer-Kohlburn as its new junior partners, effective Nov. 1. They are the firm’s first junior partners, the firm’s founder, Barbara Sherer, said. Sherer Law Offices has four locations in Edwardsville and Belleville and practices throughout the state, primarily in Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Clinton, Fayette,…

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Simon joins Holland Construction Services as senior project manager

Tim Simon has joined the Holland Construction Services team as a senior project manager. He comes to Holland with more than 10 years of experience in construction management working on a range of projects in multiple markets throughout the St. Louis area and the Metro East including K-12 education, multi-family, senior living and commercial. “What…

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Prairie Cardiovascular names new president

Dr. John A. Scherschel has been named president of Prairie Cardiovascular in Springfield. Scherschel is the fourth president in the group’s 40-year history and succeeds Marc E. Shelton, MD, FACC, FESC, who was appointed vice president and chief physician executive of Hospital Sisters Health System in March. Prior to being named president, Scherschel served as…

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Weeping Willow Tea Room opens in Glen Carbon

On Tuesday, Nov. 5,the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Weeping Willow Tea Room located at 123 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. Owner Brittany Butler (center) is surrounded by her staff, family and members of the Ed/Glen Chamber.

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S.M. Wilson names new executive leadership team

S.M. Wilson & Co. is under new leadership in an effort to provide more value and personalized experience for their clients, partners and employees. “Today we are naming a new executive committee to provide strategy, planning, development of our people and most importantly open communication,” said Amy Berg, S.M. Wilson & Co. president. The firm’s…

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FGM adds longtime area architect to its ranks

FGM Architects announced that Steve Downen, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm in its O’Fallon office. Downen said he discovered his love of architecture in a junior high drafting class and focused on architectural studies during high school and went on to earn a degree in architecture from Kansas State University. After a 30-plus…

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Professor receives electronic engineers’ Outstanding Educator honor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Professor Xin Wang, PhD, has received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers St. Louis Section 2019 Outstanding Educator Award. Wang, an associate professor in the SIUE School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, accepted the honor at the IEEE Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the…

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