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Business News – In Brief | September 2022

by Peoria Magazine |
Business News in Brief

Shawn Sollberger

Shawn Sollberger has been named Chief of the Peoria Fire Department. A 24-year Peoria firefighter, Sollberger has served as interim chief, assistant chief, captain, battalion chief, and division chief of operations. He also has been a member of the dive team, haz-mat team and TRT team. Chief Sollberger is a graduate of Peoria High School and Illinois Central College. He is married to Angela and they have three children.

Jeff Huizenga

Jeff Huizenga has been promoted to Director of Wealth Strategies at David Vaughan Investments. An eight-year member of the firm, Huizenga will lead DVI’s efforts on the development, education and training of relationship managers (RMs) and portfolio managers (PMs) to help facilitate the successful execution of wealth strategies on behalf of clients. As of March 31, 2022, DVI had total assets under advisement of $4.6 billion.

CliftonLarsonAllen, the eighth-largest accounting firm in the United States, announced 14 career advancements in Peoria. Those went to Brooke Anderson, Regional Director, People Solutions; Donald Gall, Director, Service Specialist;  Jennifer Addis, Director, Nonprofit; Matthew Dean, Director, Service Specialist; Melissa Sikkema, Director, Financial Institutions; Ryan Carruthers, Director, Manufacturing & Distribution; Beka Schultz, BizOps Controller, Nonprofit; Christine Bulfer, Wealth Advisor, Service Specialist; Alex Gavin, Manager, Financial Institutions; Andy Beoletto, Manager, Professional Services; Lauren Smith, Service Processing Coordinator, Internal Operations; Kayla Mormann, Senior, State & Local Government; Tyler Weber, Senior, Private; and Gabrielle Grimm, BizOps Senior, Regulated.

The partners, attorneys and staff of law firm Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick have joined Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen. The move brings Heyl Royster to 115 attorneys in eight offices throughout the Midwest. The Kavanaugh firm, originally founded as Worthington & Page in the 19th century, is nearly 140 years old, while Heyl Royster is in its 112th year of practice

Edward Jones has opened a new office in Peoria’s Warehouse District, at 800 SW Adams St., Suite 102.

Junior Achievement of Central IllinoisJunior Achievement of Central Illinois has elected officers for 2022-2023. They are Troy Schmick, Caterpillar Inc., chairman; Brendan Kaar, vice chairman; Tim Nester, ELM, treasurer; Jason Killion, Accenture, secretary. Joining the executive committee were Beth Crider, the Peoria County regional superintendent, as well as Sylvia Hasinger, ATS; Jeff Bogdan, Federal Companies; and Erica Carlson, Clifton Larson Allen.

William Reimers has joined the Pediatric Resource Center’s Community Board.

CEFCU logo Not a Bank. Better.

CEFCU has been selected as the top credit union in Illinois in 2022, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Forbes. The survey was based on general satisfaction, interest in recommending the credit union to family and friends, trust, terms and conditions, digital services, customer service, financial advice, and branch service.

RLI Insurance Company has been named to Ward’s 50 top-performing insurance companies list for the 32nd consecutive year. RLI is one of only two companies that have been named to the list since its inception in 1991.

Illinois Central College Logo

Illinois Central College has been named by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as one of 32 grant award winners through its $500 million Good Jobs Challenge program. ICC and its regional partners will be receiving nearly $15 million from the program to develop an IT certification ecosystem in central Illinois. The program aims to pair employers with hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to well-paid work. 

Stark County, the last Illinois county without a 911 system, will get $2.4 million in state funding to create an emergency center. In the fall of 2021, the Peoria Stark Joint Emergency Telephone System Board was created. A new 911 Emergency Communications Center will be built at the Stark County Sheriff’s Office in Toulon. The system will accept wireline, wireless and text calls to 911. The grant also will provide upgrades to emergency radio systems used by first responders.

BioUrja Renewables has donated five proximity firefighting suits to the Peoria Fire Department Hazardous Incident Response Team. The suits are designed for certain hazardous-material incidents involving highly flammable liquids.

Peoria Historical Society will run bus tours from 10 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on various dates in September. Tickets are $20 at or by calling 309-674-1921. The traveling programs are as follows: 

  • Notable Peoria Women, Sept. 2 
  • Naughty to Nice, Sept. 3 and 17  
  • Roots of the River City, Sept. 3 and 23  
  • World’s Most Beautiful Drive, Sept. 9 and 24 
  • Warehouse Renaissance, Sept. 10
  • Historic Springdale Cemetery Sept. 10 and 24 
  • Lincoln, the Civil War and Abolition, Sept. 16 
  • Roll out the Barrel, Sept. 17 and 30 


2022 Fine Art Fair poster
2022 Fine Art Fair poster

The 2022 Fine Art Fair poster commemorating the Peoria Art Guild’s 60th anniversary has been created and printed and was unveiled Aug. 5. The poster was designed and letterpress printed by the Peoria Print Co-op using antique wood and metal type and ornaments, and hand-printed at the Peoria Art Guild on a Vandercook no. 4 press. A limited edition of 50 numbered posters are being sold through reservation on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. The poster are $30 each. Contact the Art Guild at [email protected] to reserve your copy.