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Credit union recognized; Crawford Kerr nominated; Bargerstock at conference

Nov 25, 2013

Credit union receives recognition

OTTUMWA — The Iowa Finance Authority recently recognized Community 1st Credit Union and 26 other outstanding lenders for their efforts in advancing affordable home ownership through Iowa Finance Authority’s programs in 2012.

“I want to commend the effort of our hard-working local lender partners, and their success in making the dream of home ownership a reality for more than 1,200 Iowa families last year through Iowa Finance Authority programming,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison.

Community 1st Credit Union Director of Mortgage Laura Kay Sheely accepted the “Leading Lender” honor for the Ottumwa-based credit union that will open its 16th branch next month in Indianola.

“We are very proud to be recognized with the top mortgage lenders in the state,” said Sheely. “We work hard at giving our members the best service possible and making home ownership a positive experience.”

The Leading Lender awards recognize Iowa Finance Authority participating lenders who have excelled in the number of Iowa Finance Authority loans generated and/or the dollar amount of loans closed.


Crawford Kerr nominated for award

Karla Crawford Kerr, director of business development and corporate relations in Fairfield for Hawthorne Direct, has earned a Direct Response Marketing Alliance 2013 “Member of the Year” Award nomination.

The awards event will be held during DRMA’s “Winter Bash” Dec. 10 in New York City.

The Direct Response Marketing Alliance and Response Magazine have announced 10 nominees for the third annual DRMA Member of the Year Award. The DRMA Member of the Year salutes an employee or leader of a DRMA member company who, during the past year, has exemplified the best and most consistent values of the direct response marketing business, and has promoted both the value of DR marketing and the DRMA far and wide.

The DRMA Member of the Year will be determined by an email vote from Alliance members.


Bargerstock presents at fall conference

Maharishi University of Management professor Andrew Bargerstock recently presented at the fall conference of the Cedar Rapids chapter of the Institute for Management Accounting on new M.U.M. research findings showing most lean manufacturers continue to use costly and unnecessary standard costing systems.

Bargerstock, who directs the MBA program, discussed the lean paradigm and offered a model for new performance metrics in lean enterprises.

Bargerstock said many companies using Lean manufacturing processes are not discarding standard costing, and as a result, are missing significant additional savings, losing profits and weakening the bottom line.

Bargerstock, a former Fortune 500 executive and national consultant for federal and state governmental agencies and private corporations, also recently returned from the Annual Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando, Fla., where one of his doctorate students earned the recognition as the Lean Accounting Student of the Year.

In two of the past three years, the Lean Accounting Student of the Year has come from M.U.M. In addition, Bargerstock was recognized by the Lean Enterprise Institute as the 2009 Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor.

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