VGM Group Inc. has four new associates. GINGER RASMUSSEN is a claims administrative assistant for VGM Insurance. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and was with Chickasaw County. BRIANNA WALDERBACH joined VGM’s Emerging Markets division as membership coordinator. She is a UNI graduate and was with Family Health Chiropractic. VGM’s Education division hired DERRICK MARZEN as its new customer service representative. Before joining VGM, Marzen worked at Next Generation Wireless. VGM Homelink hired ALEX MARAVETZ as a transportation patient care coordinator.

LARRY FOX CFP, CLU, ChFC and AARON SANNES CFP, ChFC, with a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Waterloo, have qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and were honored as top advisors at the 2017 Achiever’s Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

CHRIS HOFFMAN, executive director of Pathways Behavioral Services, received the 2017 Iowa Behavioral Health Association’s Tressa Youngbear Above and Beyond Award. This award is given in recognition of those who serve in the substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery field. Hoffman received this award for his 34 plus years of working in the behavioral health field, his six years as a commissioner on the Mental Health and Disability Services Commission and years of public policy work on behalf of the Iowa Behavioral Health Association. Hoffman has been executive director at Pathways since July 1998.

J. MATTHEW GLASCOCK, MD FACS FASMBS, was confirmed as a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric surgeons for demonstrated clinical excellence as evidenced by review of training, surgical experience and clinical outcomes. Dr. Glascock is the director of the Midwest Institute of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery located at Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls.

MATT MILLER joined the creative team at Hellman as a motion graphic artist. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronic media with an emphasis on video production, as well as a minor in graphic design. He graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. He bring 10 years’ experience in video production, most recently employed at Prairie Lakes Church. He also is currently teaching a class at Hawkeye Community College.