Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 1, 2013

Business briefs, Sept. 1, 2013


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Blume named Community First president

Mike Stegall, president and CEO of Community First Bank of Indiana, announced Robb Blume, currently executive vice president and chief credit officer, will assume the position of president of the bank. Stegall will retain the position of chief executive officer.

“Robb has been with Community First Bank since its inception and has been instrumental in helping us grow from a dream to one of the largest banks in Howard County in just 10 short years,” said Stegall.

“The board of directors is confident in Robb’s ability to continue the momentum the bank has achieved and [to] continue to grow the value of the shareholder’s investment,” said Bill Hingst, chairman of the board.

Robb is a graduate of Butler University, has more than 27 years of banking experience and recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. He has been involved in numerous community organizations through the years and currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Howard County. He is married to Kathi and has three daughters.

Community First Bank received its charter in 2003 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The core of the bank’s mission is to focus on making the community a better place to live and conduct business. The bank has three locations in Kokomo and maintains total assets of approximately $175 million.

GMCH wins Energy Star award

Kokomo’s General Motors’ Components Holding (GMCH) plant is one of 63 facilities to meet a voluntary energy-reduction challenge set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cutting its energy intensity by 24 percent in less than two years to meet the EPA’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry, GMCH officials announced this week.

To meet the challenge, manufacturing facilities need to reduce energy used per unit of production by at least 10 percent within five years. According to the company, GMCH Kokomo’s operation avoided sending 31,646 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — the equivalent of electricity use by 4,737 U.S. homes annually.

“Creativity and energy management go hand-in-hand at GM,” said Tim Lee, executive vice president of global manufacturing. “We’ve been consistently cutting energy use and emissions each year. Environmental responsibility — and its corresponding business benefits —continues to be an every day driver within our facilities.”

Company officials said the Kokomo plant avoided more than $4.8 million in energy costs annually through its efforts.

To achieve the Energy Star recognition, employees at GMCH Kokomo used energy-saving tactics such as installing energy management software to automatically control light fixtures when not in use. The team pre-programmed lights to shut off according to production schedules. Employees are engaged in energy management throughout the plant and account for their energy use and equipment shutdown schedules before leaving for the weekend or holidays.

“Our employees understand the commitment it takes to be as energy efficient as possible in our day-to-day operations,” said Steve Hartwig, plant manager. “Through a diligent environmental process, we have instilled a sense of responsibility to the environment that goes beyond our location in Indiana.”

Benedict expands her practice

Dukes Memorial Hospital announced family nurse practitioner Patricia Benedict will begin providing primary care to individuals in both Logansport and Peru. She will be available to see patients by appointment and by walk-in at the Logansport Outpatient Clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and at the Miami County Medical Clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Beginning in October, she will see patients at the Miami County Medical Clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The DMG Outpatient Clinic, 3065 East Market St., is located on the east side of Logansport. The Miami County Medical Clinic, 1000 N. Broadway, Peru, is at the corner of U.S. 24 and Broadway. Benedict is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and has been working in health care for the past 34 years. In those 34 years, Benedict has been an advocate on behalf of her patient’s health and believes in treating the whole person, not just their symptoms.

“We look forward to Pat continuing to play an integral role in our commitment to building a healthier community,” stated Debra Close, CEO of Dukes Memorial Hospital.

Walk-ins are welcome anytime during office hours or patients may schedule an appointment with Benedict in Logansport by calling 574-992-8421 or in Peru by calling 765-472-5335. Staff at the Dukes Medical Group Outpatient Clinic in Logansport are fluent in English and Spanish.

Women’s Business Council Selects 2013 Scholarship Winner

LaTecia Williams has been awarded the $500 scholarship given annually by the Women’s Business Council. Williams attends Ross Medical Education Center and is in the dental assisting program. She is currently employed at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation of Kokomo. Her goal is to further her education by becoming an expanded functions dental assistant. Williams will be awarded her scholarship at the WBC’s luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Elite Banquet & Conference Facility.