Business Briefs | June 2014

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Photo courtesy of Peggy McGuire

Peggy McGuire | Photo courtesy of Peggy McGuire

Project HELP, a child abuse prevention program serving the community since 1992, has hired Peggy McGuire as its new executive director. McGuire’s resume includes 13 years with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education, first as a parent educator and then as the program coordinator for the Parents as Teachers curriculum. Prior to working with the Regional Office, McGuire spent 10 years with Adoption World as both a case worker and director of foster care. Her experiences, coupled with her degree in Human Development and Family Studies and certifications through the Parents as Teachers National Center, will help her to lead Project HELP.

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Michael McMorris | Photo courtesy of TCI

Trust Company of Illinois, based in Downers Grove, has added two directors to its client service team. Michael McMorris will direct the retirement plan services team. He joined TCI after more than 17 years in qualified plan administration, design, consulting and sales. His clients included hundreds of Midwestern small business, as well as billion dollar pension plans. Business-owner clients and their employees will benefit from his broad marketplace knowledge and personalized hands-on service. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University where he earned his BA in business administration.

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Deborah Shoemaker | Photo courtesy of TCI

Deborah Shoemaker was hired to lead the Trust Company of Illinois’ fiduciary services team. She is a certified financial planner™ and certified trust and financial advisor (CFTA) professional with more than 20 years of successful experience in financial services. Prior to joining TCI, Shoemaker served as senior VP Vice of Business Development for ING National Trust where she successfully delivered sophisticated financial, estate and planning strategies for high net worth clients. Shoemaker earned a MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BS, with an emphasis in finance, from Northern Illinois University.

Claudia Colalillo has been named vice president of Robinson Resource Group in Naperville. Colalillo was previously senior vice president of human resources and corporate communications at Nicor Inc. and Nicor Gas. Robinson Resource Group is a premier boutique firm specializing in senior level retained search and executive coaching.

Winfield based Cadence Health named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital and executive vice president of Cadence Health in Geneva. Bryant was president and CEO of the Fox River Valley region at Presence Health. Bryant has more than 25 years of executive healthcare leadership and management experience and tremendous knowledge of the western suburbs. Bryant replaces Robert Friedberg, who left the system earlier this year to pursue an opportunity with a healthcare system in New York.

Delta Dental of Illinois in Naperville hired Bob Maxwell as its senior sales executive, strategic accounts. Maxwell was previously a consultant for Alliant Insurance Services. Delta Dental of Illinois is one of 39 independently operated member companies of the Delta Dental Plans Association.


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David and Jeanne Buddingh | Photo courtesy of Buddingh & Associates, Inc.

Naperville-based Buddingh & Associates, Inc. celebrates 20 years of innovative marketing. Jeanne and David Buddingh, have been enjoying their short morning commute of the basement staircase and working side-by-side in their Naperville home for the past two decades. Buddingh & Associates, Inc. is a strategic marketing and consulting firm that offers unique, research based marketing solutions. They provide marketing answers modeled on the individual company they are working with, industry research and the company’s goals. Jeanne and David both received their advanced degree from Texas Tech University and work with a number of local and regional clients including an award-winning realtor, an upstate manufacturing company, information technology firm, a wireless Internet provider, as well as a number of nonprofits.


Edward Hospital, in Naperville, and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital each earned an “A” in the Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. In addition, Edward was recognized as one of only 251 hospitals in the U.S. to have achieved an “A” in all five releases of the Hospital Safety Score. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade.

New Business

Photo courtesy of Russell Martin Carpets

Dave and Rae Martin | Photo courtesy of Russell Martin Carpets

Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs owners Dave and Rae Martin traveled to New Zealand to build a global partnership with Wools of New Zealand, a cooperative of more than 750 premium farms selling New Zealand wool. The Martins visited shearing sheds and spoke with the partners to learn more about the process and the product. Russell Martin is one of just five premier partners of Wools of New Zealand in the state. It is an exclusive partnership for stores with a commitment to high quality wool products, staff training, and customer service. Award-winning Russell Martin Carpets and Rugs is the premier carpet dealer and rug cleaning firm in the western suburbs. The family-owned and operated business has more than 50 years experience in the carpet industry.