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Business News – In Brief | December 2022

by Peoria Magazine |
Business News in Brief

Scurry Miller

Scurry Miller assumed the role of president and CEO of Children’s Home Association of Illinois effective Nov. 14. He replaces Matt George, who resigned after eight years to pursue new career opportunities. Miller joins Children’s Home with 30 years of nonprofit and social service experience in Texas behind him.


Gary Wang
Gary Wang
Achille Sime
Achille Sime
Megan Camanocha
Megan Camanocha

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc., Bloomington, has announced the addition of Gary Wang as senior consulting actuary and Achille Sime and Megan Camanocha as the firm’s newest consulting actuaries.

Andre AllenAndre W. Allen has been named Peoria County’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer. In this new role, Allen will be responsible for furthering the objectives of diversity, equity and inclusion within Peoria County government and the greater community.

Nick DossettNic Dossett has been hired as a loan officer at the Brimfield office of F&M Bank. He will serve as the primary liaison for consumer and small business loans. His previous experience includes personal banker, banking center manager and mortgage loan processor at Hickory Point Bank.

Beau Sutherland

Beau Sutherland, director of sales and marketing at the Peoria Civic Center, has been named regional marketing director for ASM Global. Sutherland has served in various roles including business development, marketing and event booking throughout his 20+ year career with the Peoria Civic Center and ASM Global.


Hansen MarkMark Hansen, senior associate general counsel for GROWMARK, Inc. in Bloomington, has been elected vice president of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) for the 2022-25 term. The IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.


The Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies has named Greater Peoria Sanitary District Board President Robert Gates the 2022 Public Official of the Year. Sanitary District Executive Director Brian Johnson was named the 2022 Outstanding Member of the Year.

Illinois Central College presented Dr. Jonathan F. Sauder with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and Markie Maloof with the Alumnus of the Last Decade Award on Oct. 27, part of the college’s annual Community Celebration event. Sauder attended ICC from 2004 to 2007 and is working with NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) to develop an automaton rover for Venus. Maloof attended ICC from 2010 to 2012 and is now the organizational development advisor for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Peoria attorney Stephen Heine was recognized as an Outstanding Community Pro Bono Honoree by Prairie State Legal Services during the National Celebration of Pro Bono in October.

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA Teen REACH program has been awarded a $3,000 grant from Ameren Illinois Corporation. Teen REACH is a free, grant-funded, academic enrichment and career development program for students ages 10-15 years old.

YMCA Ameren

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the Illinois Defense Manufacturing Consortium (ILDMC) a five-year, $5 million grant through the department’s Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program. The federal grant is supplemented by an additional $1.6 million in non-federal funds to support the project. The focus of the ILDMC and this grant is to create a Center of Excellence model for casting, forging and energy storage manufacturers to enhance innovation and increase industrial capacity, and to build a talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing and defense resiliency targeting underrepresented populations.

Prairieland Federal Credit Union (PFCU) in Normal has merged with the University of Illinois Community Credit Union (UICCU). The vote joins PFCU’s 7,000 members and more than $95 million in assets with UICCU’s 46,000 members and $490 million in assets.

Eric HolderEric H. Holder, Jr., former attorney general during the Obama administration, will be the speaker at the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon on Jan. 16, 2023, at the Peoria Civic Center. Holder was the first African American to serve as attorney general. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at or at City Hall. The luncheon is hosted by the Public Employees for Community Concerns.

Peoria Historical Society graphicThe Peoria Historical Society will conduct its annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. The Saturday tour is from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday’s from 1 to 5 p.m.. There will be visits to the Murray Baker home, the Flanagan and Pettengill-Morron homes, and other homes on Glen Oak, Moss and Perry avenues. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Get advance tickets at, 309-674-1921 or

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Peoria County FlagPeoria County unveiled its first-ever flag at a special Oct. 22 ceremony at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The flag, designed by Peoria resident Aaron Broomfield, was one of 41 designs submitted and features a yellow sun in the upper left corner that forms the letter P, a field of green representing agriculture, and the Illinois River in the lower right. 

Junior Achievement of Central Illinois is launching a new volunteer-recruitment campaign called Company Champions. To learn more, contact Junior Achievement President Mary Pille at [email protected].

Enrollment is open for Leadership Morton 2023, a leadership program sponsored by the Morton Chamber of Commerce. Participation is open to individuals who reside, work or spend a majority of volunteer time in Morton. Apply at

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce members may be eligible to receive free LED lighting in a cooperative program with OEO Energy Solutions of Lake Zurich. LED tubes, outdoor fixtures and warehouse fixtures are available to qualified, non-residential Ameren Illinois customers. Quantities are limited. Learn more at 508-903-7706 or at [email protected].