Edward Jones named a Best Place to
Work in IT for 11th year
In 2012, Edward Jones was ranked No. 83 overall and No. 46 among large companies.
Ranking coverage — in the June 18th Issue of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com — notes that Edward Jones weathered the economic downturn without a single layoff and that nearly 15,000 associates are limited partners who own the firm, reported Edward Jones financial adviser Greg Bennett in Brainerd.
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with more than 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.
In January 2012, for the 13 year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine in its annual listing. The firm ranked No. 5 overall and No. 3 in large size Companies. These 13 Fortune rankings include top 10 finishes for nine years, consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010. Fortune and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.
Brutger named employee of the month
LITTLE FALLS — Mary Brutger, personal lines representative for Marshik Insurance Agency, was named employee of the month for July by the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
The agency said Brutger is a valuable asset who takes pride in her work and works well in a team.
FLOE International offers fundraising challenge
FLOE International is challenging the McGregor area community with a matching gift of $12,500 for Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin. Wayne and Janelle Floe offered the matching gift to give to the Better Together Capital Campaign to support the hospital expansion project at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
Shirley Callahan-Winegar, local resident and Riverwood Foundation board member, said the McGregor area has already contributed $91,144 toward the capital campaign. Riverwood Foundation has set a goal of raising $125,000 from the McGregor area. This new challenge from FLOE means that gifts to the campaign will be doubled. The campaign has a $2.2 million goal.
CTC promotes Thoennes as account manager
Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (CTC) announced the promotions of Paulette Thoennes as account manager.
Thoennes has been promoted to business account manager. She has been with CTC since 2005 and was previously the customer service supervisor. In her new position at CTC, Thoennes will be the main contact for CTC business members to ensure all billing, installations, service and account related questions are professionally and timely managed. Thoennes has more than 14 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
Fletcher joins Tanner Motors
David Fletcher, sales consultant, joined Tanner Motors, Brainerd, in June. Fletcher is owner of Bed & Biscuits Pet Inn. Fletcher works in Tanner Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.
Buhta joins Pequot
Lakes Animal Hospital
Veterinarian Joey Buhta recently moved to Pequot Lakes and joined the staff of Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital.
Buhta graduated from Saint John’s University in Collegeville receiving a major in biology and a minor in peace studies. Buhta graduated in 2012 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinarian school, Buhta worked at The Raptor Center taking care of injured hawks, owls and eagles. Buhta was the Hill’s Pet food student representative and has a special interest in pet nutrition. Buhta also worked at McKeever Dermatology Clinics learning from veterinary dermatology specialists.
Buhta’s professional interests are in veterinary dentistry, dermatology, avian, and holistic medicine.
Ude and Tanner join Edgewood Dental
BAXTER — Dentists Jenna Ude and Wendy Tanner join Edgewood Dental in Baxter.
Ude is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Dental school. Ude grew up in Nisswa and is now returning to the area with her husband, who is also planning to practice dentistry in the area. Ude is joining Edgewood Dental in July.
Tanner, originally from Minneapolis, recently joined Edgewood Dental. She has been practicing dentistry for 25 years and is a University of Minnesota graduate.
Cowell qualifies for Million Dollar Roundtable
BAXTER — David Cowell, a wealth management adviser with Northwestern Mutual in Baxter, qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT), an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers.
MDRT is a coveted career milestone that indicates sales and service achievement and is a highly recognized mark of excellence for life underwriters, Northwestern Mutual reports. Members must meet strict ethical and production requirements to qualify.
Cowell has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 2000.
Nacey gains appointment to
national ADDY committee
On June 3, 2012 Gina Nacey – creative strategy at Adventure Advertising – was appointed at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) National ADDY Committee.
The appointment was announced at the AAF’s National Conference in Austin, Texas.
As part of the National ADDY Committee, Nacey will be part of a small group of advertising professionals who will oversee the entire National ADDY Awards, from the local and district competitions to the national awards. The ADDY Awards are the largest creative advertising competition in the country, with more than 40,000 original entries competing from 200 markets nationwide.
The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry, is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The AAF’s membership is comprised of nearly 100 blue chip corporate members including the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; and a national network of nearly 200 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country.
Adventure Advertising, with Minnesota offices in Brainerd, St. Cloud and Minneapolis, provides all-encompassing creative and marketing services to leading regional and national brands on a project basis. Senior-level experience and nationally-recognized executions contribute to existing client resources for energized brand strength, growth and success. Adventure Studios provides digital photography, videography and image manipulation to complement the advertising agency’s capabilities, but is managed independently.
Ryder joins Tanner Motors
Jeremy Ryder recently joined Tanner Motors in Brainerd as Internet and social media manager.
Ryder previously spent seven years at BL Broadcasting, two years at U.S. Foods and one year at the Brainerd Dispatch. Ryder joined Tanner Companies in May and is responsible for all Tanner Companies websites and social media, including Facebook.
Marco, Atomic Learning make
Top Workplaces list
Marco Inc. and Little Falls-based Atomic Learning were among the companies named as a top workplace in Minnesota based on an employee-based survey project from the Star Tribune.
Marco made the one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota for the third consecutive year. The Star Tribune Top Workplaces report can be found at www.StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2012. Atomic Learning was ranked 14 on the small company list.
Produced by the same team that compiles the 21-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions about company leadership, communication, career opportunities, workplace environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits. The analysis included responses from nearly 71,200 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.
The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.
Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said: “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”
To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. More than 1,360 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.
MMFCU wins award for excellence
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) received national recognition for outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.
The marketing team was recently honored with three awards from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
Mid-Minnesota received a “Categories Best” award in the annual report category for their 2010 MMFCU Annual Report-Success is a Journey. They were also honored with “Diamond Awards” in the Direct Mail Series and Newsletter categories.
Marketing and Business Development Director Marnie Perfetti Galston and Research & Marketing Coordinator Mollie Kennedy were recognized for the awards. Mid-Minnesota’s award-winning pieces were designed in collaboration with Range Printing and Silver Bullet Marketing.
Rhett raises money for
Race for the Cure
Kim Rhett, who works at Bremer Bank, raised $625 for the Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure.
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