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August 14, 2022 Business Notes

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The Gazette’s Business Notes summarize the week’s promotions, new hires, certifications, added business lines, business events, and more in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the rest of the Corridor.

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new employee

Barbara Peterson I joined Hall Perrine Cancer Center in Mercy Cedar Rapids as a high-risk genetics counselor.

Hire GreatAmerica Financial Services Kyler Walter As a service desk triage specialist. Donnie WachendorffSales Support Specialist. Eva Hillsales and operational support specialists. Laura HoshSales Support Specialist. austin springsteena financial and operational analyst. Adam Dodgerdirector, documentation; Jason CraigCash Application Specialist. Thelonious JonesFinancial Reporting Leader. John SchroederDirector, IT Operations. Ally Maloney, Human Resources Coordinator.When Jennifer GraveDocumentation Specialist.

Erin Kunkel is currently First Vice President of Hills Bank, Asset Quality, and David Coupler as Vice President of Risk and Compliance. Both are located in the Hills office.


Todd Joslyn I was promoted to First Vice President, Wealth Management Officer at Hills Bank’s Cedar Rapids office. Sherry Freemall Promoted to Vice President, Retirement Plans Officer, North Liberty Office.

Vicky Comer Promoted to Program Administrator for Community Health Free Clinic.

board member

Matthew G. Whitaker Joined Berthel Fisher Cos. board of directors.

Amy Vasque, Nick Olverding When Ethan Benton Currently a member of the Community Health Free Clinic Board of Directors.

business expansion

Per Mar Security Services, a security company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, acquired Dream System’s security division and expanded its customer base in northern Wisconsin.

Insights and sessions

The third quarter Hiawatha Business Summit will be held on Tuesday, September 6, from 8-9 am at Roasters Coffee House, 1059 N. Center Point Road. Catherine Cutler, IDOT Transportation Planner. Also, her IDOT Transportation Commissioner Sally Stutsman will discuss infrastructure progress. Register at

The third quarter discussion of the Gazette Business Breakfast panel, “Small Business Tool Kit for 2023: Lessons Learned and Challenges – and Opportunities to Prepare -” will be online at September 27th at 9:00 am. Panelist is Paul Andreasen, founder and owner of his Saucy Focaccia. Sidney Likhoff, CEO, Almost Famous Popcorn. Kymberly Stevenson, Targeted Small Business Development Program Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority. West Music CEO Robin Walenta said: This discussion series is sponsored by BerganKDV.

The latest in our “Gazette Spotlight on …” series of video interviews can be found at Kirkwood Community interviewed Lori Sundberg, president of her college. The school offers last dollar scholarships to approximately 500 students. James Klein, president of Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, for its broader community involvement. And Angelica Vannatta, Senior Manager of the United Way’s Workplace Volunteer Council, for her work in volunteering and building business relationships, the series is sponsored by her TrueNorth Cos.

Ethan Benton

Vicky Comer

Jason Craig

Adam Dodger

Sherry Freemall

Jennifer Grave

Eva Hill

Laura Hosh

Thelonious Jones

Todd Joslyn

David Coupler

Erin Kunkel

Ally Maloney

Nick Olverding

Barbara Peterson

John Schroeder

austin springsteen

Amy Vasque

Donnie Wachendorff

Kyler Walter

Matthew G. Whitaker