Business Notes: April 17, 2022

The Gazette Trade Notes is a compendium of promotions of the week, new hires, certifications, added industries, and trade events, among others, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the rest of the Corridor.

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New employees

Jackie Lee joined Community Savings Bank as Business Development Manager.

Nicole Wilt, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, joined the Mercy Respirology Clinic in Mercy Cedar Rapids.

Skywalk Group in Cedar Rapids hired Nancy Beadle as a recruiter II.

Great America in Cedar Rapids has hired Josh Becker, Ashley Doser, Maddy Lewis and Sean Salemink as service desk-triage specialists; JasonJones, program manager; Tina Ebnet, executive account; Elijah Cox, trainee at the service center; Haley Batcheller, Talent acquisition specialist; Dustin Abner and Pierre McNamara, account support advisors; and Karen Vasque, QA software tester.

Karl Cassell has joined Iowa Plumbing and Heating Wholesale as Division Vice President.

United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties named Mary Westbrook as interim President and CEO.


Morgan Finnegan was promoted to Director of Youth and Education, Hills Bank Officer in his Hills office.

Acquisitions and expansions

Shive-Hattery acquired WSM Architects, a 13-person architectural firm in Tucson, Arizona. The acquisition extends Shive-Hattery’s reach to the Southwest and expands its design capabilities in the corporate, government, education and healthcare labor markets.

OPN Architects opened an office in Minneapolis with three architects. This is the Cedar Rapids-based design firm‘s fifth office.

Eye care company My Eyelab, a Palm Springs, Fla.-based retail brand of Now Optics, will open a franchise office in Cedar Rapids in October with up to six employees.


Monthly in-person networking and information breakfasts sponsored by SCORE are held at Scott’s Family Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. Small business owners and those looking for options are invited to attend at 7:30 am on the fourth Thursday of each month through October. The next event will take place on April 28. Ruth Paarman will present “The link between website copy and SEO”. Visit for more information.


The first Gazette Business Breakfast roundtable for 2022, “Doing Business in Pandemic Year 3: How business can gain traction,” can be viewed at Panelists are Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association; Michele Miller, Wells Enterprises; Chad Simmons, Iowa Black Wall Street Investment Group; and Denny Van Zanten, Pella Corp. Additionally, the first episode of the “Gazette Spotlight on…” video interview series recognizing organizations and individuals who have successfully adapted to these changing times can be viewed at The interviewees are Pat Airy of Goodwill of the Heartland, Chris Skog-man of Skogman Realty and Marty Stoll of Shuttleworth and Ingersoll.

Dustin Abner

Haley Batcheller

Nancy Beadle

Josh Becker

Elijah Cox

Ashley Doser

Tina Ebnet

Morgan Finnegan

jason jones

Jackie Lee

maddy lewis

Pierre McNamara

Sean Salemink

Karen Vasque

Mary Westbrook

Nicole Wilt

Michael J. Chiaramonte