LaRiche staff wins award

LaRiche Chevrolet Cadillac’s new car/truck sales staffers Pat Faeth, Jennie Collazo-Reinhard, Jim Welch and Todd Steen have achieved the 2013 GM Mark of Excellence award for superior customer satisfaction, outstanding sales volume and extraordinary product knowledge.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s new CS3 Touring tire has earned a 2013 Good Design Award from the Chicago Anthenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Cooper was one of 700 recipients of the award selected from several thousand entries from more than 48 countries. The award is based on innovation, form, materials, construction, concept, function and quality, as well as product appearance and aesthetic appeal. Cooper’s CS3 Touring tire is an all-season tire designed to enhance dry handling stability, provide crisper steering response and improve overall ride comfort.

Putnam County Clerk of Courts Teresa Lammers has been elected president of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association. The association encourages a spirit of cooperation among the 88 clerks of court in Ohio. It promotes a better understanding of the clerk’s duties through ongoing education programs. The association also encourages the enactment of laws which will improve court service as well as improve business procedures to better serve the public.

More than 1,000 people visited the Whirlpool Corp. booth at the recent Home Show at the Findlay Village Mall. Winning dishwashers were Barb Hopple, Zach Rinehart and Barb DeAngles. Whirlpool’s Findlay plant is the world’s largest dishwasher manufacturer.

Vicki Rosebrook of Findlay has become a professional development specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. The council administers the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program, a widely-recognized credential in early childhood education. It is designed to assess and credential early childhood professionals. As a professional development specialist, Rosebrook assesses the competencies of candidates for the credentialing program during a verification visit and submits the findings to the council. She has worked with the council for more than 25 years in a variety of roles.

Dentist Dr. Bill Anderson has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is one of 272 dentists who hold this membership. To qualify, Anderson was required to document that he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, the certifying board that the academy sponsors, and that he provides both the surgical and restorative phases of implant treatment. The academy also reviewed Anderson’s professional and leadership credentials, and his commitment to excellence in implant dental practice and to the academy’s standards for ethics and patient welfare.

Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak II gave a one-hour presentation on budget planning and forecasting, as part of local government services training for 50 members of state Auditor Dave Yost’s audit staff in Columbus. Staschiak said he discussed budget tools, and the relationship between strategic planning, long-term financial planning, the city’s capital plan and annual budget.

Janet Kolisar-Lis, co-owner of Hot Yoga Findlay, has become one of the first Core Barre certified instructors in Ohio. Core Barre was founded in 2011, and has a reputation for excellence in programming and education, using exercises which strengthen and tone without causing injury. Kolisar-Lis has been involved with fitness for more than 30 years and has been a yoga instructor for more than 15 years. She teaches yoga, Pilates and other health and wellness classes at companies and colleges.

Former University of Findlay and Vanlue High School graduate Jill (Stone) Tobin was one of 16 teachers in Los Angeles County to be named teacher of the year for 2013-14. Los Angeles County has nearly 80,000 teachers. Tobin is in her 10th year of teaching at John Burroughs High School. She teaches geoscience, biology and honors biology to freshmen and sophomores.

Reineke Family Dealerships helped four area high schools raise more than $27,000. Arlington School received $10,700, Liberty-Benton received $9,720, Findlay High School received $5,280, and Van Buren received $1,520 by hosting events for the company’s Drive 4 UR School program. The program, started in 2011, consists of test drive events before and after school in more than four cities. Altogether, the program has resulted in about 3,166 test drives.

The trauma center at Blanchard Valley Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee of Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. The verification program recognizes the hospital for providing care for injured patients, as well as care to address their needs from pre-hospital arrival through rehabilitation. To receive the verification, Blanchard Valley Hospital underwent an onsite review by a team experienced in the field of trauma.

Karin Johnson of Findlay was recently certified as a WholyFit Devotional Fitness instructor. WholyFit is billed as an exercise system for the body, mind, spirit and soul. For class or other information, contact Johnson at

Justin Baker, a member of the sales staff at Flag City Water Systems, completed the sales training course, KUDOS, Kinetico University Delivering on Success. The course includes lessons in developing communication with customers, making professional and ethical presentations, and addressing customers’ concerns.


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