Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 8, 2013

Business briefs, Dec. 8, 2013

Kokomo Tribune

---- — VerLee honoredby Regions

Regions Bank (NYSE: RF) announced Sean VerLee, private client insurance advisor in Kokomo, is the November 2013 recipient of the Regions Bank Better Life Award. The Better Life Award is the top honor given to an associate of Regions for outstanding dedication and job performance, as well as exemplary involvement and commitment to the community.

“Sean is someone who truly has many talents when it comes to serving customers and working with his peers,” said Curren Coco, head of Regions Insurance. “He was instrumental in the success of the merger that brought Regions Insurance to Kokomo and has been just as valuable as a partner with Regions bankers.”

In addition to his efforts with Regions Insurance, VerLee is a noted musician and is a part of the local Bridges Outreach, a mentoring program. He currently is the board president of the Family Service Association which, under his leadership, is building apartments to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.

Duke Energy offers tips on saving

Duke Energy has offered the following information to help customers save energy and money during the holiday season and cold weather months.

Calculate yourlighting bill

“Holiday displays are fun for families and communities, but can also add significantly to monthly power bills,” said Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer. “Fortunately, there are a number of efficient, budget-friendly lighting options available to help control costs during the holiday season.”

Six 100-bulb sets of large, incandescent bulbs (600 bulbs total) plugged in six hours every evening can add up to $80 to a monthly power bill.

By comparison, six 100-bulb sets of similarly styled light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only about $7. Using six 100-bulb sets of mini-LED bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only $1.

Customers can estimate their holiday lighting costs using a calculator on Duke Energy’s website: www.duke-energy.com/lightscalculator

Westside Village has Facebook contest

Merchants of the Westside Village invite patrons to visit the Westside Village Facebook page to vote for their favorite holiday display photo.

Westside Village merchants will be submitting photos of their businesses’ best holiday display; voting (with “likes”) will be from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15. The business with the most likes will be presented with a traveling trophy to display at their business. Go to Facebook and search for “Westside Village Kokomo.”

More information about the contest is available from Roxanne Kronk at American Family Insurance, 765-457-4602.