• The Illinois Emergency Management Agency recognized Beverly S. Carroll, Des Plaines Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, for successfully completing the application process to renew her Illinois Professional Emergency Manager Accreditation Program certificate.
The renewal process requires completion of additional online and classroom training courses covering a wide variety of emergency management-related subjects. In addition, Carroll was required to provide documentation identifying that she served in a lead role during a preparedness exercise or a real event.
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The recognition was made by Jonathon Monken, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency director, and Russ Thomas, Illinois Emergency Services Management Association president, at the 16th annual Illinois Emergency Management Conference in Springfield.
• Oakton Community College selected Bob Nowak as vice president of business and finance. Nowak will manage Oakton's business and finance functions, including accounting, business services, facilities, public safety, risk management and budgeting. In addition to serving as Oakton's treasurer, he will also coordinate the annual college budget; create long-range financial and master plans; recommend tuition, fees and tax rates; and act as one of the president's principal advisers.
A resident of Skokie, Nowak has served as director of finance for the village of Skokie since 1991; he joined the village in 1984, as its chief accountant. Prior to working in municipal government, he was an accountant for Bertrand P. McAndrew, Accountants; and an accounting manager for the Aigner Company.
He will assume his new position Jan. 2.
• Three employees of Schaumburg hotels came out on top at the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association's 2012 Stars of the Industry regional awards luncheon in Rosemont. At the annual Stars of the Industry luncheon, IHLA honors the best of Illinois' 35,000 hospitality workers. Statewide winners are announced Dec. 19.
For their outstanding work at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Jen Calderon was awarded Regional Manager of the Year and Jose Flores was named Regional First-Level Supervisor of the Year. Calderon is convention services manager, and Flores is lead line cook supervisor.
Kate Kopczynski, human resources generalist at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, took home Regional Administrative Employee of the Year award.
The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association comprises more than 400 hotels throughout the state of Illinois. The association represents hotels, motels and other lodging facilities that employ thousands of associates throughout the state.