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Business News – In Brief | August 2022

by Peoria Magazine |
Business News in Brief

Kelli Evans has joined the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria as the senior director of development. She previously served as director of development for the Caterpillar College of Engineering & Technology at Bradley University.   

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. has hired Scott Whitson as a senior consulting actuary.  

Kelvin Herrera-Hassan has been named executive director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence at Bradley University.  

BradleyUniversity named Shelley Hawkins department chair and director of nursing.

U.S. Cellular has named Pete Ayler store manager of the Peoria store at 8809 N. Allen Road and Lee Scott as store manager of the Peoria store at 3517 N. University Street. In these new roles, Ayler and Scott will be responsible for leading their respective teams of wireless technology experts to help customers select the devices, plans and consumer electronics to best meet their needs.

The City of Peoria has promoted Brandon Blayney to director of the Emergency Communications Center.   

Joining the Peoria Historical Society Board of Trustees recently were Libby Tronnes, a historian, assistant professor and head of the Special Collections Center at Bradley University, and Matt Jolliff, a resource industries pricing manager at Caterpillar.

Lincoln Office, LLC has relocated its corporate headquarters to Keller Station at 6035 Knoxville Ave. in Peoria. “This move to Keller Station will position Lincoln Office closer to other businesses and allow us to build an updated showroom with current trends in office workspace,” said Lincoln Office CEO Bob Domnick. “It allows us to practice the hybrid work that we are teaching other businesses about.”

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Two Peoria Public School student teams from Woodruff Career and Professional Center Culinary Arts placed second and third in the nation at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in June. The restaurant management team of James Johnson, Connor Lemont, Lashawna McMurtry and Trinity Morris placed third in the Entrepreneurship competition for their restaurant concept Stuffed. Markeisha Watkins and Kristina Jones won second place for their Community Action program in which they arranged for pre-school children from the Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity Headstart program to visit the Culinary Arts kitchen for cooking lessons.

Peoria County has awarded a $64,000 grant to the Center for Prevention of Abuse to fund critical services and raise awareness of the organization’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

The Rotary Club of Peoria has awarded a grant of $26,201 to fund Neighborhood House’s Outdoor Learning Space. This green space will include benches, picnic tables, reading nooks, and outdoor game tables.

August marks the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center’s 15th anniversary.  

The Greater Peoria 2030 Talent Attraction Initiative (GP 2030) is hosting a welcome party from 6 to p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Peoria’s Mt. Hawley Country Club for anyone who has relocated to the greater Peoria area in the last three years. “As a fellow transplant to the region with a full-time job, I understand how difficult it can be to meet and connect with other people,” said David Aduama, communications manager of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. “We want to provide an ongoing space for newcomers to build a sense of community, engage, share and mingle while learning about all the different amenities, opportunities and activities our great region has to offer.” RSVP at by Friday, August. 19.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP) is collaborating with the University of Illinois Chicago to bring a Long COVID study to patients in central Illinois. The study is part of a four-year, $22 million endeavor through the Enhance Recovery Initiative at the National Institutes of Health. It involves both Peoria and Chicago researchers who will work with patients, public health departments, health care providers and community-based organizations to study what makes an individual vulnerable to Long COVID.

Author Clare Howard and photographer David Zalaznik of Peoria will have a book signing, photography exhibit and reception for their collaboration, In the Spirit of Wetlands – profiled in the May 2022 issue of Peoria Magazine — from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at the Peoria Art Guild, 203 Harrison St. in Peoria.