? Eric Johnson, construction services division manager and team member of the REI Civil Construction team of Wausau, was selected to participate in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association and American Council of Engineering Companies Partnering Conference which was held in Wisconsin Dells. The conference was sponsored by WisDOT.
WisDOT, WTBA and ACEC joined together for this Partnering Conference, bringing together the Department, consulting engineering industry and transportation builder contractors to team up and create ways to improve their working relationships and better understand all party's common goals. WisDOT organized this event with WTBA and ACEC as it will be a strategic step in "Collaborating for Optimal Delivery of the Wisconsin Transportation Program" which was the title of the conference. The agenda of the conference focused on the needs of all those invited. Mr. Johnson was among only 30 representatives from each organization throughout the entire state chosen to collaborate on this partnership.
? Richard Hansen has been honored for 50 years of service in the banking industry. Hansen began his banking career in 1963 as a branch manager at Thorp Finance Corp., then advanced to fill the position of president of the M&I branch in Eagle River from 1986 to 2004 before becoming a director at River Valley Bank.
Hansen was honored Feb. 11 at the Wisconsin Bankers Association Bank Executives Conference in Milwaukee, where he was inducted in to WBA's 50 Year Club.
? CoVantage Credit Union of Antigo was presented with the 2013 Governor's Financial Literacy Award Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C. Criteria used in the screening process included innovative implementation of financial literacy programs, demonstrated measureable results, collaboration with partners and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.
? IDM Group LLC, a hotel management and development firm headquartered in Madison with properties across the Midwest, announced its Heart of Hospitality award winners for each of its hotels, and Connie Carolfi is among them.
Carolfi is the banquet captain at Hotel Marshfield in Marshfield and has been with the property since September. Heart of Hospitality award recipients are nominated by fellow employees for the honor, which recognizes individuals who have exceeded expectations of hospitality and professionalism.
In nominating Carolfi, fellow employees cited her excellent service, her amazing work ethic and her drive to consistently go above and beyond.
? Fitch Ratings has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' AA (very strong) rating, the third-highest of Fitch's 19 categories.
Thrivent Financial is represented in the Merrill area by Merrill Financial Associates, which includes William Smith, Daniel Schneider and Kevin Maloney.
Greenheck Fan Corp. has announced that Eric Steinbach has joined the company as director of international business development. Steinbach will have responsibility for sales and operations in the Asia Pacific region as well as Middle East sales program management.
Troy Goldschmidt has joined Greenheck as the international product manager. Goldschmidt will be responsible for overseeing the international product direction.
Greenheck is the industry's largest manufacturer of commercial, institutional and industrial air movement and control equipment. The company is headquartered in Schofield with seven manufacturing locations and six distribution locations across the country and around the world.
? CAP Services recently was recertified by the Denver Homeownership Center to administer secondary financing assistance in conjunction with FHA-insured first mortgages.
The recertification process involved the submission of information and data on CAP's loan history and policies, staff qualifications and corporate governance.
CAP was first certified in 2011. Prior to certification, CAP was unable to assist home buyers with FHA-backed approved loan applications. As the number of such applications grew, CAP's Board took action and moved ahead with certification in order to better serve area communities.
CAP offers down-payment and closing-cost assistance for households with incomes at or below 80 percent of county median income. Applicants must reside in Marquette, Lincoln, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Marathon or Wood counties. These prospective home buyers previously could not access CAP's down payment assistance program if they needed an FHA-backed first mortgage.
CAP typically helps 15 to 20 households each year buy their first homes and helps another 50 to 75 households rehabilitate their homes. CAP has helped a total of more than 1,400 home buyers and homeowners buy and/or rehabilitate homes.