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Apr 22, 2013

Kness named bank president

Iowa State Bank & Trust Company of Fairfield announces the appointment of Aaron Kness as its president and CEO effective April 15.

Kness will take over the position previously held by Jon Simplot, who retired from the bank in March after 25 years of service.

Kness has 17 years of experience in banking and finance and is a graduate of both the University of Iowa’s College of Business and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most recently, he served as market president for U.S. Bank, where he led three branch offices in Washington, Williamsburg and Richland. Prior to U.S. Bank, he held the title of vice president of commercial lending at Iowa State Bank & Trust in Fairfield.

“I am excited and humbled to return to Iowa State Bank as president/CEO.” Kness said. “It’s an honor to lead a team of such outstanding people, and I’m thrilled to be doing business in my adopted hometown again.” Kness and his wife, Terri, have lived in Fairfield for more than six years and have two children, ages 1 and 4. Terri Kness, who has served as Jefferson County treasurer since 2011, grew up in Fairfield and is a graduate of Fairfield High School and the University of Iowa.

When asked what attracted him to Iowa State Bank, Kness responded: “As a locally owned, community bank I believe Iowa State Bank has tremendous potential. We are a professional commercial bank with all of the products and services our customers want and need. That said, we know our customers personally and are able to respond to their requests more quickly and efficiently than many of our larger competitors. The past few years have been challenging for the banking industry, however I believe our best years are still ahead of us. Iowa State Bank is open for business and in a position to grow both loans and deposits. Fairfield is fortunate in that business and industry is thriving while the farming community remains as strong as ever, despite challenging weather conditions. Iowa State Bank serves an important role in the local economy, and we intend to be an integral part of its continued success.”

Kness explained what the community should expect from Iowa State Bank going forward: “First and foremost we must have a renewed focus on developing lasting relationships with local businesses and individuals. To accomplish this we’ll strive to treat our customers with the utmost courtesy and respect. I’ve challenged my staff to deliver a positive experience to each customer, every time. The plan is fairly simple; we will work hard, do our best, demonstrate competence, care about our customers and follow the Golden Rule. These are basic concepts that never go out of style, and they work.”


New rehab director named

RehabVisions, on behalf of Jefferson County Health Center, announces the promotion of Lili Wells, physical therapist to rehab director.

Wells has been a therapist at Jefferson County Health Center for 14 years. She has a doctorate of physical therapy and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

As rehab director, Wells will oversee a staff of nine therapists, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Wells is a board-certified lymphedema specialist and a certified clinical instructor to physical therapy students. She also teaches tai-chi for arthritis classes in the Fairfield community.

RehabVisions is a contract therapy company that staffs and manages therapy departments for hospitals and nursing homes. Located in Omaha, Neb., RehabVisions is celebrating its 30th year in business in 2013.


Payne recognized for sales

Jeff Payne of Gamrath-Doyle Insurance was recently recognized by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, with the Individual Sales 2012 Top Producer Award.

The award acknowledges the expertise and sales experience Payne used to find the right product to fit the need of his customers.

Less than 3 percent of all Wellmark agents in Iowa achieved the honor.


Matt casting TV shows

Lisa Matt, the daughter of Cathy Matt of Fairfield, worked on casting “The Numbers Game,” a new health and science series on National Geographic Channel.

The new show is set to begin today.

Matt is now the casting producer for Schweet Entertainment, a reality TV company, owned by Jack Osborne, son of Ozzy Osborne.


Ila staff attend training

Ila Restaurant staff recently attended Merchant Alcohol Training in Jefferson County.

Individuals attending: Sharon Stinogel, Lisa Carr, Rod Fulton, Mark Billups, Celeste Neff, Sarah Wells, Devin Hrebar and Greg Lane.

Participants were shown how to check identifications, and they learned about Iowa laws regarding the sales of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons and intervention techniques.

Each individual received a completion certificate and the business also received a certificate.

For more information or to schedule a training, contact Kitty Bogle at Southern Iowa Economic Development Association’s Substance Abuse Services at 800-622-8340.


IWC president search narrows

MOUNT PLEASANT — The search for the next president of Iowa Wesleyan College is moving forward on schedule, according to Board of Trustees Chairman Don Wiley of Mount Pleasant.

RH Perry and Associates has guided the Iowa Wesleyan Presidential Search team through a process that will now bring to campus and community four finalists. The search committee, assisted by RH Perry, evaluated 75 candidates to identify nine semifinalists. The committee met with those candidates in Chicago the weekend of April 13.

Four finalists have been invited to campus for two-day interviews. According to Wiley, significant due diligence regarding the past and present experiences and employment of the candidates has preceded their selection. “With the assistance of the professional search firm representatives, we have thoroughly evaluated each of these candidates and are confident in their credentials, experience and abilities,” he said.

Finalists are Michael A. Grandillo, former president of Lakeland College, now of Tiffin, Ohio; J. Bradford Hodson, vice president for university advancement at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.; David Pollick, senior adviser, Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, D.C., of Evergreen, Colo.; and Steven E. Titus, senior vice president of university advancement at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minn.

The on-campus interviews will take place in the next few weeks.

“The on-campus interviews are an important opportunity for both the college community and the candidates to learn more,” said Wiley. “This will allow us to identify who is the best fit for the next president of Iowa Wesleyan.”


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