After years of singing Christian songs and performing throughout the country, Kristen Berryhill also has found a calling as a co-owner of a business with her husband, David Berryhill.
The Palatine couple own Archadeck of Chicagoland, based in Rolling Meadows. Since 2004, their business has designed and built outdoor living spaces, such as decks, patios and gazebos, for customers throughout the region. It has received the 2012 and 2013 Best Pick rating from EBSCO Research as well as the 2011 and 2012 Angie's List Super Service Award and the Better Business Bureau Complaint Free Award for five consecutive years. They plan to continue to grow the business, she said.
"I found that there are some nuances of being a business owner and singing. There are some crossovers," she said. "And I found my mission in life is to give back and help others."
She believes that helping to design outdoor areas helps people reach a more intimate level in their lives, to become closer to their family and friends, and to create memories for a happier life.
"That's what we I do. I help to bring value to people and to their home," she said.
During and after graduation from Elmhurst College, Kristen sang on the Spirit of Chicago tour ship and waited tables. Then she joined a cappella group as well as a band to perform Christian music at various functions, including weddings.
She also worked for Gia Publishing, a Christian music publisher, and recorded CDs, she said.
She has enjoyed traveling and credited her degree in music and sight-reading skills with helping her in her career.
"Singing makes me very happy and I'm very content on where I'm at right now," she said.
Schuster creates new firm
Scott A. Schuster, a CPA and certified financial planner from Elmhurst, has formed a new, independent firm in Oak Brook called Dashboard Wealth Advisors LLC. He's joined by partner Paul L. Casazza of South Elgin and operations manager Mary G. Phillips of Naperville.
Patricia Lamberg, site manager for Camfil USA, said the company has been manufacturing filtration and clean air systems at their Crystal Lake facility for about 45 years and just completed a $1.9 million enhancement project, The company has 65 full-time employees at their Crystal Lake and plans to continue growing.
Davies honors team
Carol Stream Assistant Community Development Director Don Bastian, Davies Molding President Derran Smith, Mayor Pro-Tem Matt McCarthy and Community Development Director Bob Glees marked Davies Molding's 80th year. ... Also Davies employees were honored for their service, including Miguel Barrios, Alicia Dominguez, and Kevin O'Brien with the President' Award for excellent achievement; Jose Chiapas for his 21 years of service; and Bruno Pohl for 42 years of service.
Debra Koertge, owner of Artemisia in Geneva said her business was featured in the August/September issue of Smart Retailer magazine. Check out the video link at the end of the article. ... Bob Untiedt, owner of Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream in Geneva, donated sweets to the Geneva Chamber of Commerce's Patron of the Arts Reception, and also held a fundraiser to assist volunteers on a trip to Haiti where 50 percent of all sales that night went toward the mission trip.
Monica Bhandarkar is the new vice president of social media and business development at JSH&A, a communications agency in Oakbrook Terrace. ... Carol Murin of Solutions for Long Term Care Inc. in Geneva marked 20 years as a long term care planning specialist. ... Peter Gennuso, a Woodbury Financial Services investment adviser representative in Oakbrook Terrace, has been awarded the Eagle's Circle status, qualifying as a Gold Member. The Eagle's Circle is Woodbury's services reward and recognition program that honors those who push their performance above the expected.
Gene Faut, president of 3D Exhibits Inc., said the company's Elk Grove Village office will relocate to Schaumburg. It has signed a long-term lease for a 250,000-square-foot headquarters at 798-800 Albion Ave. in Schaumburg. ... Danny Henson and Erin White are new program supervisors at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, a cooperative extension of nine park districts serving Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield.
Josh Feagans is a new partner at the law firm of Griffin Williams LLP in Geneva. ... Salomea M. Klunzinger is the new regional sales manager of Corporate Life & Pensions at Zurich Global Life North America in Schaumburg. ... Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka will be the guest speaker at the GOA Regional Business Association's luncheon on Wednesday Sept. 11 starting at 11:30 a.m. at Chandler's Banquets, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. ... Les McPhearson joined Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions in Lake Forest as vice president of product and innovation.
Northfield-based Kraft CEO Tony Vernon, CFO Tim McLevish and Executive Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain Bob Gorski will be in Boston on Wednesday to present at the annual Barclays Capital Back-to-School Consumer Conference. ... Joan Hardman, a registered pharmacist from Bloomingdale, has been appointed director of experiential education at Roosevelt University's College of Pharmacy. She was formerly the director of pharmacy services for Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. ... New Project Managers Steve Lane, Erin Kunkel and Brian Maloy; and new Superintendents Mike Free, Paul Fish, Todd Fournier, Ricky Conner and John Chengary have joined ARCO/Murray in Oakbrook Terrace.
Pradeep Pant, president of Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa for Deerfield-based Mondelez International, said he'll retire at the end of the year. He'll be replaced by Timothy P. Cofer, who currently serves as president of Europe. Hubert Weber, president of Coffee in Europe, and leader of the company's Global Coffee Category Team, will succeed Cofer. ... John Polacek of Darien is the new lead web developer at mobile bidding technology company, AuctionsByCellular. He has worked on mobile sites, apps, websites and more for Motorola, Boeing, Kmart, Volkswagen, Sharpie and Dow. He has developed plugins used by thousands of developers and agencies worldwide to create work for their clients.
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