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The Sleep Inn of Springfield has been awarded the Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International, parent company of the Sleep Inn chain. The award is presented annually to hotels that exceed rigorous inspections of all operating departments.

Margaret Castrey, of Audible Light Group Ltd., has been recognized for writing a one-on-one direct mail promotion for the University of California Davis Medical Center. The promotion sold two eye surgeries on its first mailing and won a Silver Award from the New York Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

ServiceMaster Residential and Commercial Services, a nationally franchised cleaning service company, was named the No. 1 best-run franchise company in the country in the November 1998 issue of Success magazine. ServiceMaster has 16 franchise locations in the Springfield Area.

Representatives from The Forrester Group presented environmental data collected from public agency databases and discussed project goals for data collection, management and evaluation during a meeting with members of the Environmental Task Force of Jasper and Newton counties Nov. 19.

David Watkin, Shelter Insurance agent, recently completed a personal and business insurance school at the company's home office in Columbia. The one-week school is designed to give Shelter agents additional training in life and health insurance, the insurance purchased by families and the package policies used by businesses.

The Daniel Company of Springfield received Liberty Mutual's Silver Safety Award for 1998. The award, presented to trucking companies, reflects an outstanding safety record while a policyholder of Liberty Mutual insurance. The award was presented to Ron Daniel and Larry Daniel by Liberty Mutual representatives.

Rosa Archibald, a principal of Archibald Cowan Ringer Communications, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of the Missouri Humanities Council. The council works to help Missourians learn about the state's history, literature and the ideas that shape its democracy.

The Family Violence Center announced the recent election of its 1999 board of directors. Newly elected members include: Mark Spaeny, president; Rosemary Keefe, vice president; and Nancy Will, secretary.

Dr. Terry Winkler has received notification that he passed the board certification examination as a sub-specialist of spinal cord injury medicine. The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offered the subspecialty certifying exam.

Easter Seals of Southwest Missouri has elected its officers for 1998-99: Gary Whitaker, general manager of KSPR 33, chairman; Cindy Ausilio-Bridges, Alliance Blue Cross/Blue Shield, vice chairman; Doug Pitt, ServiceWorld, secretary; and Karl Baker, Baird Kurtz & Dobson, treasurer. Ray Thomas, general manager at ALLTEL, was also elected to serve a three-year term on the board.

Jay Nicholson, a partner in Nick & Rick & Co. advertising and marketing agency, conducted a seminar for the Assistants of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in San Antonio, Texas. His topic, "How Does Your Practice Look?" dealt with the marketing, advertising and promotional trends of facial plastic surgery practices nationwide.

Carol Johnson, administrator at Marshfield Care Center, has been elected chairperson of the Private Industry Council for Service Delivery Area 8. She graduated from Southwest Baptist University and has worked in several rehabilitation centers over the past decade. The council works with the Council of Local Elected Officials to oversee the activities of Job Council of the Ozarks.

Joe F. Rayl, of Bolivar, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Austin College during the Homecoming festivities on campus in Sherman, Texas. Rayl was one of five Distinguished Alumni honored.

The Ozarks Region Chapter of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives has announced eight philanthropic honors for the 1998 Philanthropy Day celebration. The award winners are the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Outstanding Foundation of the Year; V.F. Jeanswear Inc., Outstanding Corporation; Ben and Jean Parnell, Outstanding Philanthropist; Rotary Clubs of Springfield, Outstanding Philanthropic Organization; N.L. "Mac" McCartney, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; KYTV, Outstanding Media Organization; Clary's American Grill, Outstanding Small Business; and Lisa Hamaker, Outstanding Fund-Raising Executive of the Year.

Springfield's government information channel, TV23, has received national recognition for its Crime Stoppers program. The City-County-Communications and Marketing Association awarded the program first place in its annual "Savvy" competition. Crime Stoppers also won first place from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

Valerie Savvenas of Manoli's Jewelers has attended a Gemological Institute of America gemology update class. Savvenas learned skills in the detection of fracture filling of gemstones, man-made vs. natural stones, and the detection of the diamond substitute moissanite. These skills will assist her in buying stones for the store and protecting the store's customers.

Dr. Michael Murrell, of Murrell Counseling Services, has completed Level II training and certification for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. This advanced technique is recognized by the American Psychological Association as a proven treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders.

Paul N. Arnold, president of Arnold Eye Care Center and member of the Society for Excellence in Eyecare, has been selected to Society Fellowship. Arnold has implemented eye surgery programs which help restore and enhance vision.

Southwest Baptist University's master of physical therapy program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The program received the maximum initial accreditation of five years. The accreditation recognizes the therapy program for its excellence in performance, integrity and quality.

Nancy White recently attended the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Service Medallion Club Summit in Cancun, Mexico. The summit is an exclusive conference reserved for the top salespeople in the Better Homes and Gardens network.

Several local creative advertising professionals were featured in Print Magazine's 1998 Regional Design Annual, a graphic design magazine. Those included in the edition are: The Marlin Company, for a symbol for Turover/Status, art director Michael Stelzer and designer Troy Kukes; Prejean Creative and the Marlin Company, for a symbol for SDX 16/40, a dog-food supplement, designer Kevin Prejean and art director Micheal Stelzer; Graif Design, for stationery for the Ticker Center, designer Matt Graif; Prejean Creative and Noble & Associates for an icon for DuPont mini-sip pouches, designer Kevin Prejean and art director Linda Chipperfield; Prejean Creative for a symbol for Shutter Monkey Photography, designer Kevin Prejean; Noble & Associates for a promotional postcard for Ristorante Teatro, art director Karen Frost and copywriter Bill Bailey; Graif Design for the Springfield Ad Association poster, designer and illustrator Matt Rose, illustrator Matt Graif and copywriter Anita Ludwig; Prejean Creative and the Copeland Group, for a symbol for Assemblies of God Higher Education, art director Gina Copeland and designer Kevin Prejean; The Marlin Company for the Old El Paso supply catalog, designer Tim Bade, illustrator Randy Dye, copywriter J.R. Richardson and photographers Pam Haller and Kirk Worden.

The Association of Contemporary Executives has announced its 1998-99 executive officers: Jacquie Broadstreet, of Jafra Cosmetics, president; Simone Hite, of DialNet, vice president; Renee Penninger, licensed massage therapist, secretary; and Don Briggs, of Briggs Architecture+Design, treasurer.

Bob Simpson, director of work force development for the city of Springfield, has been elected president of Training and Employment Administrators of Missouri. TEAM is a Missouri-based organization with the purpose of administering Job Training Partnership Act funds to establish programs for youth and unskilled adults to prepare for the job force.

Camp Fire Boys and Girls-Ozarks Council has received notice of official accreditation from the American Camping Association for its day and resident camp programs. The accreditation focuses on program quality, and health and safety issues.

The 568 members of the Ozarks Genealogical Society have elected new officers for the 1998-99 fiscal year. They are: Patsy L. McHaffie, president; Lynn D. Shelley, first vice president; Fannie Frank, second vice president; Delores "Dee" Biggers, recording secretary; Bonnie L. Hallett, corresponding secretary; Betty A. Hunt, treasurer; Doug Corbin, librarian; and Luci Ortner, past president.

New officers were installed for the Kiwanis Club of the Ozark Empire Sept. 29. Those installed were: David Wortley, president; Gina Johnson, president-elect; Pete Williams, first vice president; Steve Clark, treasurer; and Ann Dare, secretary. The following members will serve on the club's board of directors: Lowell Alexander, Bob Herb, Rich Miller, Leonard Spellman, Buck Van Hooser, Tom Whitson and Shelia Wright.

Kaki Payne, CTBS, recently attended the 22nd annual meeting of the American Association of Tissue Banks in New Orleans, La. Payne is Tissue Bank Coordinator for Mid-America Transplant Services in Springfield.

St. John's cardiologist Phillip Carr, MD, has received an American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award for his personal program of continuing medical education. Carr is the medical director for St. John's Hammons Heart Institute.

Jerry Alexander, retired president and founder of KO Manufacturing Inc., was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cleaning Equipment Trade Association at its annual convention in Las Vegas. He was honored for his impact on national and international distribution development and for the number of people he has influenced to become part of the industry.

Alan D. Martin, of Cox Health Systems Auxiliary in Springfield, was named 1998 Auxiliary of the Year Nov. 5 by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries during the awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association's 76th annual Convention & Trade Show. Martin has been volunteering since June 1996.

Mid-America Transplant Services honored Dr. Robert Saylor with its Gift of Life Award. The award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves by their dedication to and accomplishments in the field of organ and tissue donation/transplantation.

Steven D. Bary, of SKC Electric Inc., has been accepted as a member into the Business Builders Breakfast Club. SKC Electric Inc. is an integrated electrical services contractor that provides a full complement of electrical services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries in the United States.

Lathrop & Gage LC, a Kansas City-based regional law firm, was named one of the top 40 underrated law firms in the United States by Of Counsel. Lathrop & Gage was one of two Missouri firms to make the list.

Mark West, owner and president of Downhome Productions, was re-elected to the board of directors of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association. West is one of 15 members to serve on the board.

Cox Health Systems has received a three-year accreditation award by CARF, the rehabilitation accreditation commission. This represents the highest level of accreditation achievable. Cox was recognized for accreditation in medical rehabilitation programs including adult comprehensive integrated inpatient programs, brain injury programs and adult community integrative.

Joseph W. Gorski, of National Association of Fleet Administrators Inc., has been honored as a certified fleet manager. Gorski has completed rigorous study in the areas of finance and accounting, law, insurance, safety, computerization, and marketing of used vehicles.

The 1998 Nike Ozarks Open broke all records including attendance, funds raised and overall growth. The tournament has donated more than $1 million to local children's charities since it began in 1990.

Susan Hicks, Bob Fuerst, and Cindy Leven from the Computer Training Center attended the COMDEX computer convention. Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation's chairman and CEO, presented the keynote address to open the event. New product exhibits, tutorials, and hands-on workshops were provided for the 220,000 participants.

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