Monday, November 16, 2009

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Staff Sgt. Thaddeus Cook was recently assigned to the Air Force recruiting office at 1117 Sixth St. N.W., in Barlow Plaza. Cook will support the Air Force Recruiting Service in Rochester and surrounding communities.

Cook is a recent graduate of the Air Force Recruiting School in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to this assignment, he was a pharmacy technician at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Buckingham earns kudos

Former West Concord resident Traci Buckingham has been named to Crain's Chicago Business' 40 Under 40. The annual list published by Crain's profiles 40 of Chicago's business leaders under the age of 40.

Buckingham is a 1990 graduate of West Concord High School and the daughter of Corky and the late Roberta Buckingham. She is a broker at CB Richard Ellis Inc., and her client roster includes Best Buy, Caterpillar Inc. and IKEA.

RCTC's Mercer wins award

Rochester Community and Technical College faculty member Bonnie Mercer has received a Townsend Developmental College Teaching Award.

John Langan, president of Townsend Press, says Mercer is one of those teachers who "on a caring and steady basis, semester after semester, provide persistent, patient, sensitive and respectful support -- honoring the dignity and humanity of those in their classes."

Mercer will receive a $1,000 award.

Common Ground hires four

Common Ground has hired Doug Schommer as its new community outreach director and named three other new hires.

Schommer has served on the Board of Directors of the Cronin Home since 1999 and currently serves as vice president. The Cronin home, in Rochester, provides residential housing for chemically dependent patients. Schommer also chairs the development committee and has been active in the DARE program in Winona County.

Other new hires at Common Ground are:

• Drew Martin, counselor. A native of Minneapolis and now Rochester resident, Martin has a bachelor's degree in family social science. Having worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient capacities, he most recently worked three years with the methadone and opiate addiction clinic.

• John Podvin, counselor working with the men's primary program. A native of the Twin Cities and now Rochester resident, Podvin has a bachelor's degree. Most recently, he worked at the Guest House for seven years.

• Megan Blake, dependency technician. She is attending Rochester Community and Technical College to earn a degree in human resources, and she assists with groups and in the business office.

Common Ground, formerly Rochester Behavioral Health Services, has been in business since 2001. It offers a complete range of out-patient treatment options to assist those struggling with alcohol and other drug addictions.

McCabe achieves company presidency

Jeff McCabe has been named president of Spray Control Systems of Blooming Prairie, the parent company of Minimizer.

"We are excited to have Jeff as a member of our team. He brings significant managerial experience and a vision that will positively effect change and growth in the organization," said Craig Kruckeberg, chief visionary officer of Minimizer.

Before joining Minimizer, McCabe was an underwriting manager of the commercial health division of Federated Insurance Cos. He was with Federated for 23 years. McCabe also has 22 years of military service experience as a civil affairs major who regularly traveled overseas with international teams to improve nations.

Minimizer manufactures poly truck fenders, poly toolboxes, customized mud flaps and bracket kits. Family owned and operated for nearly three generations, Minimizer was founded in 1983.

Short takes

• Michael Smith, of Grand Meadow, was selected to attend this year's Northwestern Mutual Forum, held Sunday to Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., in recognition of his outstanding year of performance. Of the company's 7,000 representatives, 235 were eligible to attend.

• The Minnesota Department of Human Services has named Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center's Recovery Partners as a Dual Diagnosis Enhanced program for the treatment of behavioral health disorders. This program is the only one in the state to receive the enhanced classification. Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center treats behavioral health and substance-use disorders for adults, adolescents and children.

• Shawn Buryska was named the top lister and seller for Coldwell Banker Burnet during October. Coldwell Banker Burnet, a leading residential real estate brokerage headquartered in Edina, Minn., serves Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The company, which was founded in 1973, operates 27 offices and has nearly 2,250 sales associates throughout the market.

• EO Johnson Office Technologies announces Jordan Fredrickson has joined its Rochester office as an account executive. Fredrickson will work with small and medium-sized businesses in the Rochester area. His responsibilities include selling office technology, such as multifunction products, printers, scanners, document management and print management solutions.