Local business briefs 011104

January 12, 2004

Gwinn-Estill completes CISR requirements

Joanna Gwinn-Estill of Danville, personal lines manager for Johnson & Pohlmann Insurance, has successfully completed the requirements of the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives in Austin, Texas.

In order to earn the designation, each individual must have attended five courses covering all phases of the insurance business and have passed five comprehensive examinations. The society also requires annual attendance in the program to maintain the designation.

Dunn promoted at Farmers National Bank

Linda Dunn recently was promoted to assistant vice president, risk management coordinator and internal auditor at Farmers National Bank

Dunn started with the Farmers National Bank in March 2002 as internal auditor. She has past work experience with ACS in London and as a paralegal for a local attorney.


She is active in the Heart of Kentucky United Way, Hustonville PTO and Hustonville Little League Program.

After spending her childhood years in Garrard County, she now resides with her husband, Larry, in the Hustonville community of Lincoln County. They are the parents of three children, Kayla, Carter and Jackson. The family attends the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church.

In making this announcement, Greg Caudill, president and CEO of Farmers National Bank said in a press release, "In the relatively short period of time Linda has been with us she has demonstrated an enthusiasm for her work that has been hard to overlook. Like most of our employees she is dedicated not only to the bank but also to the communities we serve. I look forward to her continued contributions to Farmers National Bank as our internal auditor."

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Smith retires after 25 years with bank

Mary Jo Smith, assistant vice president of customer service, retired Dec. 31 from Farmers National Bank.

Smith joined the bank in 1978 as a bookkeeper. She moved into the customer service area in 1981 and became a certificate of deposit representative in 1992. In 1995, she was named assistant vice president of customer service and became customer service manager in 1997.

In reflecting on her long career at the bank, Greg Caudill, president and CEO, said, "Mary Jo has been with us for 25 years and during that time she has contributed much to the deposit-gathering side of our institution. She has a large following of customers who rely on her for friendship and advice. Like us, they will undoubtedly miss her, too. While I am saddened by her departure, I know that she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband on their Shelby County farm. We sincerely wish her the best."

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Special Attention owner earns MBA

Tim LeDonne, owner of Special Attention Money Management Services, earned his master's degree in business administration (MBA) from Eastern Kentucky University's School of Business and Technology in December.

Special Attention is a daily money management company that focuses on helping people organize daily financial tasks, such as on-time bill paying, checkbook balancing, establishment of household budgets, debt elimination planning, organization of financial and medical paperwork, and assistance with the elderly. In addition, Special Attention provides educational training for individuals, community organizations, and schools.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., LeDonne earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in 1991. After four years of military service as a U.S Army officer and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C., he moved to Texas where he met his wife, Lisa. They moved to Danville five years ago.

LeDonne and his wife live in Danville with their sons, Taylor and Connor, and daughter, Lizzie. They are members of Southside Christian Church in Harrodsburg.

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Off Centre Laundry & Tanning opens

Off Centre Laundry & Tanning has opened at 818 Perryville Street, across from Toliver Elementary School.

Owned by Mark and Patty Ward and managed by Patty Ward, the new business offers state of the art tanning beds with head-level, in-wall premium sound systems, which give tanners the choice of channels, and fingertip-controlled variable-speed cooling systems, which allow customers to adjust their comfort level while they tan.

The owners will be opening a laundromat in the business soon. The business has four employees.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. (Hours will increase when laundromat opens). Phone: 236-0999.

Chamber exceeds membership goal

The Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce recently exceeded its goal of 500 members, according Sheila Horn, membership director.

"This is great news and a real benefit to all of our Chamber members," Horn said. "Our high membership strengthens and enhances the networking capabilities for our members while at the same time enabling us to offer our business members more services."

For more information about joining the Chamber, contact Horn at (859) 236-2361.


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