Business notes for August 14, 2022

Newspaper Business Notes is a compilation of weekly promotions, new hires, certifications, added business lines and business events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the rest of the Corridor, among others.

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New employees

Barbara Peterson has joined Hall-Perrin Cancer Center in Mercy Cedar Rapids as a high-risk genetics consultant.

Hired by GreatAmerica Financial Services Kuyler Walter as a service specialist; Donnie Wachendorfsales support specialist; Eva Hillsales and operational support specialist; Laura Goshsales support specialist; Austin Springsteenfinance and operations analyst; Adam Dozierdirector, documentation; Jason Craigspecialist in cash applications; Thelonious Joneshead of financial reporting; John Schroederdirector, IT operations; Eli Maloney, administrative personnel coordinator; and Jennifer Grevedocument management specialist.

Erin Kunkel currently works at Hills Bank as Senior Vice President of Asset Quality David Kapler as Vice President of Risk and Compliance. Both in the Hills office.


Todd Joslin was promoted to first vice president, wealth management specialist, in Hills Bank’s Cedar Rapids office. Shelley Freemol moved to vice president, pension plan manager, in the North Liberty office.

Vicky Comer was promoted to program administrator at the Community Health Free clinic.

Council members

Matthew G. Whitaker joined Berthel Fisher Cos. board of directors.

Amy Wash, Nick Olberding and Ethan Benton are currently members of the board of directors of the Community Health Free Clinic.

Business expansion

Per Mar Security Services, a security company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, has acquired the security division of Dream System, expanding its customer base in northern Wisconsin.

Insights and sessions

Hiawatha’s third quarter business summit will be held at Roasters, 1059 N. Center Point Rd., from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Stuart Anderson, Director of Development, Iowa Department of Transportation; Kathryn Cutler, IDOT Transportation Planner; and Sally Statsman, IDOT Commissioner of Transportation, will discuss infrastructure development. Register at

The Gazette Business Breakfast’s Q3 panel, “The Small Business Toolkit 2023: Lessons We’ve Learned, Challenges – and Opportunities – We Can Prepare For,” will be online at at 9 am, September 27. Panelists will include Paul Andreasen, founder and owner of Saucy Focaccia; Sidney Rickhoff, CEO of Almost Famous Popcorn; Kimberly Stevenson, Small Business Development Target Program Manager, Iowa Office of Economic Development; and Robin Valenta, CEO of West Music. The discussion series is sponsored by BerganKDV.

The latest edition of the Gazette Spotlight on …” video interview series is available for viewing at Interviews: Lori Sundberg, president of Kirkwood Community College, on managing the school’s Last Dollar Scholarship funds for nearly 500 students; James Klein, president of Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, for his active involvement in the community; and Angelica Vannatta, Senior Manager, United Way Workplace Volunteer Council, for her work in volunteering and building business relationships. The series is sponsored by TrueNorth Cos.

Ethan Benton

Vicky Comer

Jason Craig

Adam Dozier

Shelley Freemol

Jennifer Greve

Eva Hill

Laura Gosh

Thelonious Jones

Todd Joslin

David Kapler

Erin Kunkel

Eli Maloney

Nick Olberding

Barbara Peterson

John Schroeder

Austin Springsteen

Amy Wash

Donnie Wachendorf

Kuyler Walter

Matthew G. Whitaker

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