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E.L. Pruitt hires David Drendel as CFO

David Drendel has joined E.L. Pruitt Company as the Chief Financial Officer. Drendel has 25 years of CFO experience, 15 of which have been in the construction industry in the Springfield area. He worked in construction accounting for Eck, Schafer & Punke and helped initiate the Fat Ass 5K in 2008, an annual charity race [...]

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments

Raychel Yokem joins Growmark

Raychel Yokem has started a new position as the diversity, inclusion and affirmative action manager at Growmark, effective Dec. 1. The company, an agricultural cooperative serving businesses and customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, is based in Bloomington, Illinois, although Yokem said she will commute from Springfield. She most recently worked in human resources at [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|Categories: People on the Move|0 Comments

John S. Herring, Sr. joins INCIL as new executive director

The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL), a statewide disability advocacy organization, has hired John S. Herring, Sr. as its new executive director. The vacancy resulted from Ryan Croke’s departure to become the chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Human Services. Croke had served the organization since 2017 following founding executive [...]

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: People on the Move|0 Comments

Ralls Melotte retires from MMLP

After more than 50 years in architecture, Ralls Melotte has retired and returned to his roots in Wisconsin, where he recently purchased a home in Kewaunee. Melotte was born in Wisconsin and graduated from University of Illinois in 1970 with a degree in architecture. Along with Richard Morse, he co-founded the firm now known as [...]

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments

Ashleigh Brinkman joins Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce as executive director

The Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Ashleigh Brinkman as executive director and Ryan McKennedy as coordinator. Brinkman was born and raised in Chatham, where she and her husband, Tim, currently live with their three children. She most recently worked in medical sales and also has experience in event planning and fundraising. Brinkman holds [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Categories: People on the Move|0 Comments

Nick Williams has been chosen president of the Illinois Coal Association

Nick Williams has been chosen to succeed Phil Gonet as president of the Illinois Coal Association.  He will start with the ICA on Dec. 1 and assume the position of president on Jan. 1, 2020. Williams, an Illinois native, is currently the associate director of the Illinois Petroleum Council. He has previously held several legislative [...]

By |November 6th, 2019|Categories: People on the Move|0 Comments

Brad Reach joins Springfield Clinic

Brad Reach is the new vice president and chief financial officer for Springfield Clinic. Reach most recently served as CFO of Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, Illinois. Prior to that, Reach served in various finance roles at OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Heartland Regional Medical [...]

By |November 6th, 2019|Categories: People on the Move|0 Comments

John A. Scherschel named president of Prairie Cardiovascular in Springfield

John A. Scherschel, MD, 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, who was appointed vice president and chief physician executive of Hospital Sisters Health System in March. Scherschel has served as a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at Prairie [...]

By |October 30th, 2019|Categories: People on the Move|0 Comments

Mark Birtch starts new position with Keller Williams Realty

Mark Birtch has started a new position as a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, Inc. “I’ll be doing primarily residential real estate, representing both buyers and sellers,” Birtch said. “I’m working with Jim Skeeters and his team.” Birtch spent the past eight years with Midwest Family Broadcasting, most recently as the director of sales, [...]

By |October 29th, 2019|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments