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Butterfield presented with premier partner award

Safeco Insurance has recognized Ty Butterfield, president of Mel Butterfield & Son Insurance Agency, Inc., with a premier partner award for his performance and partnership. Fewer than 1 percent of independent agents who sold Safeco personal lines products in 2012 received this honor.

Mel Butterfield & Son Insurance Agency, Inc. was established in 1942 and is now in its fourth generation.

Kirk NationaLease Co. wins award

Kirk NationaLease, with a facility located at 1220 E. Hanthorn Road, Lima, has been awarded the exceptional service award by its peers in the NationaLease System. Randy Johnston, director of maintenance, and John Wearly, regional manager from Kirk NationaLease, attended the the spring maintenance meeting in Chicago. Johnston accepted the exceptional service award at this meeting.

The maintenance managers of the individual NationaLease affiliates vote on the awards for exceptional reciprocal service prior to the meeting. This allows affiliates to show appreciation to the companies that consistently go above and beyond the call of duty.

NationaLease is the largest member-owned system of interdependent, full-service leasing companies in North America. NationaLease represents independent leasing companies that supply maintenance and administrative services for more than 100,000 vehicles at move than 600 facilities across the Untied States and Canada.

Kirk NationaLease, with headquarters based in Sidney, has been a member of NationaLease since 1975.

Turnwald and von der Embse receive President’s Club award

Tim Turnwald, area manager Chase Business Banking, and Barry von der Embse, vice president/senior relationship manager with Chase Business Banking, attended the bank’s national sales conference, where they received the President’s Club award.

Turnwald manages the Ohio Community Market, which finished No. 1 among peers in the Midwestern seven-state region. Markets are measured on customer satisfaction, business loan and deposit production, credit quality and community involvement. Turnwald has been with Chase for 25 years.

von der Embse ranekd No. 2 overall among banker peers located in the Midwest Region. He was also honored as a member of the bank’s double platinum club for loan production in the specialty/Small Business Administration area.

Plaugher receives healthcare worker of the year

The 2013 Ohio Hospital Association Healthcare Worker of the year award was given to Barbara Plaugher, of Bluffton Hospital in the Blanchard Valley Health System. This is the first time Blanchard Valley Health System has had an employee win this award.

Plaugher has 56 years of service as a registered nurse. She has organized and served in 18 mission trips to help handicap children in third-world countries.


Ridenour earns dual professional certifications

The Rev. Jeffrey L. Ridenour was recognized for meeting the standards for professional certification in two specialized areas of ministry within the United Methodist Church and can assume the title of certified in older adult ministry as well as camp/retreat ministry within the United Methodist Church.

Ridenour, originally from Lima and a 1984 graduate of Bath High School as well as a 1987 graduate of The Ohio State University-Lima, finished his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and has served in local church settings, as a resource for older adult ministries in Northwest Ohio and as a professional leader of camps and retreats in Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota and New York. His first parish was at Wood County Nursing Home (now Wood Haven) as part of a student ministry team from Active Christians Today.

He now serves in Wood County as pastor of both Bloomdale Trinity and Bradner United Methodist Churches.

Steiner earns three certifications

Daniel L. Steiner, president of D.L. Steiner, Inc., Energy Consultants and Engineers, has earned three additional professional certifications through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Already a certified energy manager, Steiner is now a certified energy auditor, certified demand-side manager and certified measurement and verification professional. These certifications represent Steiner’s commitment to help clients implement and maintain economical, high-efficiency energy systems that meet their needs both now and in the future.

The Certified Energy Manager status is an international symbol of competence in the principles of energy management. Steiner is one of only 13,000 CEMs worldwide. The Certified Energy Auditor signifies the knowledge and experience necessary to conduct professional-level plant and building energy audits. The Certified Demand-Side Manager represents proficiency in the discipline of energy demand management, which is techniques for reducing consumer electrical energy demand during peak consumption hours. The Certified Measurement and Verification Professional verifies expertise in the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol, the standard for consistent, reliable measurement and verification results.

D.L. Steiner Inc., in Lima, is a full-service electrical engineering and consulting firm specializing in total energy solutions for its clients.


Paul Butterfield earns designation

Paul Butterfield has earned the Certified Insurance Counselor designation after his completion of a rigorous insurance education program.

Butterfield has completed five CIC institutes and comprehensive written examinations focusing on all major fields of insurance, insurance management and agency operations.


ONU appoints executive assistant to president

Ann Donnelly Hamilton has been named Ohio Northern University’s executive assistant to the president. She replaces Bill Robinson, who retires later this year.

Donnelly Hamilton served as ONU’s assistant director of alumni affairs from 1999 to 2002. In January 2002 she became director of alumni relations at Lake Ridge Academy. She returned to ONU as an associate director of alumni affairs in September 2002. In 2003, she was named ONU’s director of alumni relations. She served as campaign manager for “The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow” from 2006 to 2012.

She earned a bachelor of arts in English and education from ONU in 1999 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the university of Dayton in 2005.

ONU names director of alumni relations

Sarah N. Prasher has been named Ohio Northern University’s director of alumni relations, effective June 1. She has served as associate director of alumni relations since 2010, and replaces Ann Donnelly Hamilton, who has been appointed executive assistant to the president.

Prasher graduated from ONU in 2005 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. She served as director of development for ONU’s T.J. Smull College of Engineering from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, Prasher was employed as a production team adviser for Schreiber Foods Inc. in Green Bay, Wis.


St. Rita’s chest pain center receives PCI mark

The Henry & Beverly Hawk Heart & Vascular Center at St. Rita’s Medical Center received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.


Reese develops relationship with cfd Investments

Gary Reese of Faith Investment Services in Bluffton has developed a relationship with cfd Investments, Inc. as his broker/dealer. cfd Investments, Inc. is based in Kokomo, Ind., and was founded in 1990.

Reese is one of 170 independent financial advisers with this firm. He also offers fee-based money management through Creative Financial Designs, also based in Kokomo.

Wapakoneta animal welfare workers attend workshop

Auglaize County Humane Society workers Kelly Long and Sonya Osting attended a one-day workshop in Columbus, regarding an online database of adoptable pets.

Topics included marketing on-line, networking with other adoption programs, training dogs for adoptability and feline upper respiratory conditions and treatment.

American Legion swears in Catlett

Stephen K. “Kyle” Catlett, of Lima, was sworn in as First Vice Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Detachment of Ohio.

Catlett’s responsibilities are largely to membership enrollment activities. He may also be called upon to take part in the initiation of new members and for dedication ceremonies throughout the state.

Catlett is a 17-year member of the American Legion Post 96, where he currently serves as the squadron’s adjutant and finance officer, as a member of the executive committee. He served all offices in the Lima squadron and in Ohio’s second district. On the state level, he served two years as assistant sergeant-at-arms, historian, chairman of the Americanism commission, detachment chaplain and most recently as detachment second vice commander.

ONU professor receives national attention

Brian Myers, Ohio Northern University associate professor of chemistry, has co-written an article, “Profiles in Chemistry: A Historical Perspective on the National Organic Symposium,” which will be featured in the June issue of The Journal of Organic Chemistry. In addition, Myers and his collaborator, Edward Fenton, were asked to prepare the cover art for The Journal of Organic Chemistry.

The article will be distributed to attendees of the 43rd annual National Organic Chemistry Symposium at the University of Washington on June 23. In addition, Chemical and Engineering News is going to highlight the research paper.

The 56-page article has created new knowledge that benefits the worldwide organic chemistry community by documenting the history of the NOS and organic chemistry in the U.S. for more than 87 years.

Lima Convalescent Home honors employees

Lima Convalescent Home honored employees for their years of service.

Receiving honors for 30 years of service was Pamela Burnett and Patricia Williams. Cindy Creps and Susan Evans received recognition for 25 years of service; Blanche Carpenter, Darcy Entinghe, Jeana King and Jennifer Slone for 20 years of service; and Kimberly Davis, Barbara Fisher and Cecelia Zacharias for 15 years of service.

A special recognition was given to Sharon Lee, who has been the longest serving employee at Lima Convalescent Home with 34 years.

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