Instanbul Grill; Jefferson County Realty & Auction; Heartland Pregnancy Center; Hawthorne Direct; Iowa State Bank; IHCC Vision Awards
Istanbul Grill now Blue Zones certified
Blue Zones Project Fairfield volunteers presented Istanbul Grill owners David Foraker and Saniye Izol with their Designated Blue Zones Restaurant certificate March 19.
The Istanbul Grill is Fairfield’s sixth designated Blue Zones Restaurant.
The Istanbul Grill owners added a “light ’n’ fresh” menu featuring small bites, which are half-size portions from the regular menu of homestyle cooking in traditional Mediterranean, Turkish and American cuisine.
The restaurant’s “Under 500 Calorie Specials” have lean meat and vegetable selections, including a veggie ruben.
Realty, auction office moving
Jefferson County Realty & Auction is changing locations.
Broker Doug Alexander recently announced Jefferson County Realty is moving into the former Jefferson County Attorney’s office on West Broadway Avenue effective May 1.
Alexander stated the new location creates the opportunity for more walk-in traffic and more parking for clients.
The new office layout also will provide more privacy for agents and their clients.
Pregnancy center plans open house
OTTUMWA — Heartland Pregnancy Center of Ottumwa will have an open house from 5-7 p.m. April 28.
Everyone is invited to see and learn about the center.
Refreshments will be provided.
Hawthorne produces Kreg informercial
Hawthorne Direct is developing a long-form infomercial for client Kreg Tool Company.
For the past year, Hawthorne had been media buyer for Kreg. The new infomercial represents the expansion of the relationship by adding creative into the mix. The announcement was made Tuesday by Hawthorne Direct’s Chief Operating Officer Jessica Hawthorne-Castro.
Hawthorne Direct is now developing, and will produce, a new 30-minute “long-form” infomercial for Kreg’s DIY Project Kit. The kit combines three Kreg tools and step-by-step project plans that enable consumers to make their own bookshelves, storage systems, built-ins and other household items.
The new campaign will launch in September.
Bisgard observes 40 years with bank
Brenda Bisgard, administrative assistant with Iowa State Financial Services Corporation is observing 40 years of service to Iowa State Bank & Trust Company.
Bisgard began her responsibilities Aug. 3, 1973, filing checks and running the proof machine in the bookkeeping department. She became the receptionist and secretary for the lending officers in 1981 and the administrative assistant to the trust officer of the bank in 1989.
Bisgard was promoted to her current postition as administrative assistant with the bank holding company in 2000. She is responsible for human resources and payroll for both Iowa State Bank & Trust Company in Fairfield and Linn County State Bank in Coggon and Marion. She also is the stock registrar for Iowa State Financial Services Corporation.
Bisgard has been involved with First Baptist Church in Fairfield for more than 30 years and has been active with its middle school youth group, Awana and Sunday school nursery.
Bisgard and her husband Darrel have a daughter and son both living in the Fairfield and Jefferson County area. They also have six grandchildren.
FHS teacher to be honored at ceremony
OTTUMWA — The Regional Economic Advancement team at Indian Hills Community College has announce Terry Rich, president and CEO of Iowa Lottery, will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Vision Awards dinner and ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Indian Hills Dining Room on the Ottumwa Campus.
Fairfield High School teacher Diane Goudy will be honored as entrepreneurial educator of the year at the awards ceremony.
Individuals and organizations interested in attending the Vision Awards can purchase tickets online at www.indianhills.edu/visionawards or by calling Tish Reck at 641-683-5170. Individual tickets can be purchased for $49, a table of four is $175 and a table of eight is $350.
“We believe strongly at Indian Hills that entrepreneurs are a pivotal key to the success of our 10-county region. It is our honor to host an event that highlights the important work being done in this arena,” Tom Rubel, IHCC Regional Economic Advancement executive director, said. “I would encourage everyone in our region to help us recognize deserving individuals either by attending the ceremony or nominating someone in their community for an award.”
In addition to being CEO of Iowa Lottery and former CEO of Blank Park Zoo, Rich also is an accomplished entrepreneur. He has developed five companies, including Rich Heritage Inc., a national marketing and television production company.