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Apr 07, 2014

Lesniak retires from Cambridge

Cambridge Investment Research Inc. recently hosted a retirement event honoring Krystyna Lesniak’s 10 years with the company.

Lesniak, an imaging and document service coordinator, was recognized for her career with Cambridge.

“Krystyna played an integral role in the implementation of the scanning process in direct operations,” said Sharon Boatman, assistant vice president of operations. “Having been the first person to carry out this process, she has since then executed the scanning and indexing of all direct trades.”

Lesniak’s transition in 2011 from the direct operations department to imaging and document services, demonstrates her commitment to meet the demands for paperwork security in a growing business.

All of Cambridge was invited to celebrate and honor Lesniak at a retirement open house event hosted at Cambridge by her department.

Lesniak’s first retirement endeavor will be to travel to Korea to spend time with family.


Story joins Jefferson County Realty

Kristy Story of Fairfield recently received her real estate license and has joined Jefferson County Realty & Auction as a Realtor.

Story is married to Jerry Story and they have moved back to their hometown of Fairfield after living in Mission, Texas, for many years. Story has previous experience as a Realtor and property manager in Texas.

Story also has another business, Klutterbug.biz.

The Storys have two sons: Josh and Jake; and three grandsons.



Bob’s Automotive attends training, expo

Bob’s Automotive Inc. employees attended the Automotive Service Association Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo March 6-9 in Overland Park, Kan.

Richard Kyle, Joseph Garretson, Jeremy Miller and Clint Keller attended three days of the event. They each received 20 hours of training, which include Ford and Toyota hybrid diagnostics, GM diesel engine performance and advance lab scope voltage testing, plus other specialized training.

Justin Davison, Jake Fritts and business president Bob Keller each received 12 hours of training in various courses covering alignments, electrical diagnostics, new technology, driveability and related courses.

Bob’s Automotive employees received a total of 116 hours of training.

“We strive to get 40 to 60 hours of updated training every year to keep up with the changes in the industry,” said Bob Keller.


Chojnowski completes speaking tour

Burt Chojnowski, managing partner of BrainBelt Consulting and president of the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association, recently completed a speaking tour to Colorado, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

He was invited to speak at the 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference and was the keynote speaker at 130th anniversary celebration of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, the Market Place for Entrepreneurs at Northern State University in South Dakota and the Dunn County Economic Development Association annual meeting in Menomonie, Wis.

Chojnowski gave the presentation “Big Ideas, Small Towns: Young Entrepreneurs and the Future of Rural America” in Denver, Colo. The organizers of the event, The Local Government Commission and National Association of Development Organizations, invited Chojnowski to speak based upon his article, “Turning Fairfield Iowa into a Rural Renaissance City,” published in International Economic Development Council International Journal. Chojnowski highlighted the achievements of recent Fairfield Entrepreneurs of the Year and Fairfield First Award recipients including Ideal Energy, iPhone Life Magazine and Meghan Dowd of Shaktea Komboucha and Open Space Studio.

Chojnowski gave a keynote speech on “The Entrepreneurs’ Survival Kit” to the annual meeting of South Dakota entrepreneurs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., and “How to Attract The Best Workforce and How to Harness Your Entrepreneurial Talents to Create A Rural Renaissance City” at the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.

Aberdeen has more jobs than people, with an unemployment rate of about 3 percent. Leaders there were interested in learning about Fairfield place making to attract millennials and young entrepreneurs. Chojnowski led an “Asset Quilting” workshop for two dozen community leaders and entrepreneurs resulting in initiatives to create more outdoor live music at Aberdeen’s Storyland Park in the summer, support for art-preneurs in an Art Space project and support services for entrepreneurs in Aberdeen.

Chojnowski encouraged members of the Dunn County Wisconsin Economic Development Association “How to Create Entrepreneurial Communities” at their annual meeting in Menomonie at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Follow-on meetings were planned for Chojnowski to address and support Dunn County entrepreneurs and create a more robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.


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