Taking Stock

6:07 PM, Jun. 15, 2013  |  Comments
Christie Hentges
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Phil Jacobs is the new manager of Jay's Auto Repair in Schofield. Jacobs is experienced in auto repair and customer service.


Retired educators attended the 62nd annual convention of the Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association on May 7 and 8 in Stevens Point. Representatives from the Marathon County Retired Educators Association were Darlene Loy, Claudette Harring, Bev Meyer, Mike Otten, Judy Louis and George Hirsch. The theme was "Navigating to Our Future" with featured speakers on the affordable care act, iPad technology, genealogy, panel of superintendents from around the state, the Wisconsin Retirement System, and the future Wisconsin's K-12 system.

The Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association is a nonpartisan, independent organization recognized for its role in protecting the public pension fund, advocating for public education and supporting the interests of senior citizens.


Gary W. Starzinski, a licensed professional soil scientist/certified soil tester, and Brian Camlet, water resource specialist, with Star Environmental of Marathon, attended the Environmental Compliance at Industrial Sand Mines and Processing Facilities in Eau Claire.

Star Environmental specializes in non-metallic mining resource assessments and permitting, wetland delineations and mitigation, storm water management practices, pond developments, Phase I environmental assessments, soil erosion control management and WDNR permit assistance on land resource projects, septic system inspections, soil and site Evaluations for Septic Systems and Septic System Designs.


? Dr. Jeff Sarazen attended the 2013 Wisconsin Optometric Association Board Certification Review Course on May 3 and 4 in Wisconsin Dells. The event featured 18 hours of professional, continuing education and is designed to provide eye doctors additional continuing education and helps prepare some for the American Board of Optometry Certification Exam.

The Wisconsin Optometric Association is a nonprofit affiliation of licensed doctors of optometry and associated businesses.

? Sarah G. Hull joined the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin on May 31 as its executive administrator/chief operating officer. Hull brings more than 25 years of experience in hospital, integrated delivery systems and clinic settings.

The Eye Clinic of Wisconsin is a leading provider of comprehensive eye care in northern and central Wisconsin. With 12 ophthalmologists, five optometrists and one audiologist, the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin has locations in Wausau, Steven Point, Rhinelander, Antigo, Merrill and Medford. Services include complete eye exams, a wide range of vision correction alternatives including eye glasses, contacts and refractive surgeries; treatment of various conditions of the eye including cataracts, glaucoma, diseases of the cornea, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments; functional and cosmetic plastic surgery around the eyes; and hearing evaluations.

Information Technology

Tracy Hraby has joined RMM Solutions as a customer service representative in Wausau.

Jamie Loiz has joined RMM Solutions as a technical services manager. He will oversee RMM's Network Operations Center and Helpdesk in Wausau.

RMM Solutions has partnered with hundreds of organizations since 1994 to deliver business-building technology solutions.


The Jeff Canniff Agency, an American Family Insurance agency in Wausau, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification.

The certification process consists of a customer satisfaction survey to measure customers overall experience with their American Family agent. Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on the customer surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified.


Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. awarded Conger Toyotalift of Wausau its highest dealership honor, the President's Award, for 2012. Conger Toyotalift was recognized at Toyota's Annual Dealer meeting for demonstrating excellence in parts, service, equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall dealership operations.

Celebrating more than 45 years in business in North America, TMHU is the supplier of Toyota lift trucks. In addition to the full line of high-quality lift trucks, the company's extended industrial equipment solutions include Automated Guided Vehicles and tow tractors.


? Christine Toson Hentges, president of The Tribute Cos. in Hartland and Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau, was elected to vice president of external affairs during the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association's 2013 annual Convention & Exposition held April 10 to 13, in Tampa, Fla.

Composed of more than 7,500 members, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association represents all segments of the cemetery, funeral and memorialization profession.

As vice president, Hentges' responsibilities will include strengthening ties with state associations and assisting with regulatory issues, enhancing the role of the ICCFA with allied industries, developing a positive image in the consumer media and training members on handling media inquiries.

? The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin is governed by a 15-member board to strategically invest the gifts of donors, direct disbursements of the Foundation's assets and plan for the community's long-term good.

Serving a second term as president of the board is Jen Nieuwenhuis. She is joined on the Foundation's executive committee by Jennifer Sweeney, vice president; Hugh Jones, secretary; and Scott Cattanach, treasurer.

Newly elected board members include Dennis DeLoye, Polly James, Jim Kemerling and Randy Verhasselt. They will serve a three-year term and join current board members Steven Immel, Fred Lundin, Mary Nell Reif, Jamie Schaefer, Susan Tiedemann, Phil Valitchka and Manee Vangphakdy. Completing a six-year term with the Foundation is Art Juedes.

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin is a nonprofit community corporation, created by and for the people of north central Wisconsin, and exists to enhance the quality of the greater Wausau area.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
579 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
862 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
1025 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
1278 votes

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