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Gary Short


Banker honored

by association

INDEPENDENCE — Gary Short of Independence Bancshares was honored by the Iowa Bankers Association for more than 50 years of service in banking. The award was presented to Short on March 14 during a ceremony at Security State Bank.

Short began his banking career with Security State Bank, Independence, in 1968, at age 29. He held officer positions during his early years, was secretary of the bank board in 1972 and performed this duty until the early 1980s.

Byrnes & Rupkey

names new CEO

WATERLOO — Kristy Staggs is the new president/CEO and owner of Byrnes & Rupkey Inc. Executive Search and Placement, 3356 Kimball Ave.

Staggs has been employed with Byrnes & Rupkey for 20 years as an executive recruiter.

Byrnes & Rupkey will celebrate their 30th year in business this month as a national recruiting and search firm.

UNI nonprofit

gives out honors

CEDAR FALLS – The University of Northern Iowa’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association handed out honors at a Thursday luncheon.

  • Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year: IDEX/ Viking Pump.
  • Koob Award for Collaboration: Cedar Valley Mental Health Planning Coalition, Cedar Valley United Way.
  • Nonprofit Board Member of the Year: Paula Goetz, Friends of Hartman Reserve.
  • Gordon Mack Legacy Award: Mark Witmer, North Star Community Services.
  • New Nonprofit Employee of the Year: Carmen Finken, UNI, Sustainable Schools AmeriCorps.
  • Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year: Katie Orlando, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa.
  • Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year: House of Hope.
  • Keri Kulish Award for Outstanding Student Leadership: Karlene Izer, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Izer also will receive a $1,000 cash award for her engagement and work she has put forth, in honor of Keri Kulish.

Open house set

at Jesup firm

JESUP — D & D Tire Inc. will celebrate 15 years in business with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 13 at 851 Douglas St.

Dan and Mary McMahon opened the business in April 2003 in Raymond. The company now has seven employees and locations in Raymond and Jesup.

For more information, go to or 927-3333 and 493-0134.

Club to host

ad seminar

WATERLOO — On April 13, the American Advertising Federation-Cedar Valley club will host a conference for marketers, communicators and creatives in the Cedar Valley. Industry leaders from across the U.S. will cover topics like digital marketing, UX design, strategic and creative thinking and diversity in the workplace.

The conference will be held at the Grout Museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register for the conference and find more details at


seeks vendors

WATERLOO — Main Street Waterloo is accepting applications for barbecue and other food vendors to participate in the 17th annual BBQ Loo and Blues Too!

The event is scheduled for July 20-21 in Lincoln Park, downtown Waterloo.

For more information or to request an entry application packet, call Main Street Waterloo office at 291-2038 or go to Deadline for entries is July 10.

Leadership Iowa

nominations due

DES MOINES — The deadline is approaching to submit nominations for Leadership Iowa, a statewide awareness program hosted by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation.

Leadership Iowa provides an opportunity for 40 current and emerging Iowa leaders to visit eight different locations across the state.

The program is open to all current and emerging leaders interested in learning about issues important to Iowa.

Nominations can be made online at and will be accepted through May 1 for the 2018-19 class, which begins in October. Individuals must first be nominated to apply for the program. Self-nominations are accepted. Contact or (515) 280-8000 with questions.

Wells Fargo

awards grant

WATERLOO — In support of its 21-year Team Member Volunteer Program anniversary, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation awarded a $35,000 grant to the Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity.

Wells Fargo team members have pledged to volunteer 600 hours in the coming months on the construction of local Habitat for Humanity Homes and at the Habitat ReStore.

About 40 Wells Fargo members will jump start one home’s construction Saturday with a panel build – when all the walls for one home will be built in one day.

Allen recognized

for LGBTQ care

WATERLOO – UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital was designated a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which is part of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. As reported in the Healthcare Quality Index, a total of 95 facilities nationwide earned the Top Performer distinction.

HEI participants were assigned scores in four criteria: foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies and LGBTQ patient and community engagement participants.

Call 222-2710 for an appointment or go to to learn more.

McKenna joins

career center

WATERLOO — McKenna Professional Imaging has made a sponsorship deal with the Waterloo Career Center housed in Central Middle School.

McKenna is a locally owned printing and imaging company.

McKenna will enhance learning opportunities for high school students who pursue multiple career pathways offered at the center, including digital graphics, digital interactive media, marketing management and web programming & development.

Allen receives

maternity honor

WATERLOO — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield said Allen Hospital in Waterloo is a Blue Distinction Center+ facility in the specialty area of maternity care as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Reducing early, elective delivery is an area of focus for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.

Village Inn hosts

club fundraiser

WATERLOO — For the fifth consecutive year, the Village Inn restaurants in Waterloo and Cedar Falls are helping to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley.

Beginning last week and lasting through the end of the month, Village Inn guests will have the opportunity to purchase donation cards for a minimum of $1, with all proceeds going to the local clubs. Each donation card comes with a voucher for a free slice of Village Inn pie, to be used in May, with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Wheaton names

vice president

WATERLOO – Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa said Matthew Sojka, MD, MMM, CPE was named vice president of medical affairs.

Following medical school at the University of Iowa, Sojka completed his residency in family practice at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. He then practiced in Washington, Iowa, and Muscatine before serving as regional medical group president for SSM Health in southern Illinois.


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