Business Notes Aug. 9

CAREER Lemieux qualifies for Court of the Table Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled Brian Lemieux, Baxter, to qualify for the exclusive Court of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table - The Premier Association...


Lemieux qualifies for Court of the Table

Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled Brian Lemieux, Baxter, to qualify for the exclusive Court of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table - The Premier Association of Financial Professionals.

Lemieux is a 16-year MDRT member with four Court of the Table honors.

Achieving Court of the Table status places Lemieux among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry. It recognizes him for demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.


In addition to recognizing career accomplishments, Court of the Table membership offers Lemieux the opportunity to further improve professional skills by sharing ideas and best practices with other leading professionals.

Founded in 1927, the Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial

Professionals, is a global, independent association of more than 42,000 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 470 companies in 71 countries. Members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. Membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.



MicroNet adds employees

NISSWA - MicroNet Inc., a leader of member management software and services, recently added three employees.

With over 15 years of experience in software development, Matt Neuber joined the company as a software architect. Most recently, he spent three years as a software engineering team lead working on a self-service platform at NativeX in Sartell. Prior to that he served as a software developer for eight years with the Tastefully Simple national headquarters in Alexandria. Neuber has a bachelor's degree from Cedarville University in Ohio.


Seasonal interns include Thomas Juranek and Nicholas Ranweiller.

Juranek is working in web design and development. He previously worked at Schaefer's Foods in Nisswa in produce as well as courtesy. A junior in high school as well as attending Central Lakes College, Thomas is working toward a degree in computer science. He is a member of the Brainerd High School Robotics team and runs cross-country.

Ranweiller's' focus is on content transfer projects. He previously worked for B-Dirt Construction. He is entering his junior year at Lake Region Christian School. He plays soccer and basketball, sings in the choir, and will be joining the Robotics Club.

Brown joins Randall State Bank

Randall State Bank announced Todd Brown as the senior lender/branch manager of it's newly established loan production office in Brainerd.

Brown joins the bank bringing with him over 24 years of lending experience in the Brainerd lakes area, most recently as the branch manager of the Pequot Lakes office of American National Bank. Brown grew up in the small south central Minnesota farming community of Bird Island. He attended and graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato in May 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a double major in finance and real estate and insurance.

Locally owned and operated, Randall State Bank has been serving the people of central Minnesota for over 100 years.

Brainerd Rotary installs Sands as president


Mike Sands was installed as president of the Brainerd Noon Rotary Club July 7 receiving the gavel from outgoing President Debby Erickson in a special program at The Blue Room with 32 members, plus spouses and guests present.

Entertainment was provided by a String Trio of Brainerd High School students. Outgoing officers and directors were recognized, and new officers and directors were installed. Peter Nelson was selected as Rotarian of the Year for 2014-2015.

Jeff Torfin is the new president-elect and Peter Nelson is president-nominee.

Richard Slieter (International Service) and Gloria Mink (Public Relations) were elected to the board of directors. Other directors on the board are Gene Haverkamp (New Generations), Liz Csanda (Community Service and Fundraising) and Kevin Egan (Club Service). Stacie Bednarek is the club secretary and Bill Potvin is club treasurer. In addressing the club at the Change of Gavel ceremony, Sands commented on the theme for next year set by Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran to "Be a Gift to the World." In his letter to all Rotarians published in the July issue of The Rotarian, Ravindran said: "We have only one chance at our lives, and we have only one chance at this new Rotary year. This is our time. Let us grasp it. Let us Be a Gift to the World."

Boland receives designation

BAXTER - Drew Boland, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Baxter achieved the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor through The College of Financial Planning.

Boland successfully completed the rigorous requirements that include course work and a series of examinations that cover pre-and post-retirement needs, asset management, estate planning and the entire retirement planning process using models and techniques from real client situations.

LAHRA offers session on performance appraisals

What did the Minnesota Supreme court say about performance Appraisals?

Jim Laumeyer, A human resources consultant, professor and labor arbitrator, will present information about performance appraisals during a Lakes Area Human Resource Association session Thursday.

Laumeyer is CEO of Laumeyer Human Resource Solutions. He worked as senior HR director in the public and private sector. He taught at universities and colleges for many years. He is a labor arbitrator on the Minnesota BMS roster and has made numerous presentation for the SHRM before national, state and local audiences. Laumeyer is also past chairman of the SHRMs National Committee for Employee & Labor Relations.

What did the Minnesota Supreme court say about performance appraisals?

• Good reasons to have an effective employee feedback system.

• Discussion of myths, critical elements and creative approaches.

• Performance appraisal systems that are legal and competitive advantages.

• Discuss critical elements of an effective and legal system.

• Discuss and compare organizational objectives for performance appraisals.

• Appreciate the design and components of an effective system.

The session is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Bay Grill and Catering, 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter. For more information, go to or email Tad Schoeppner at .

From 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., the group will review features of its newly implemented membership database. Announcements and networking is 11:45 a.m. to noon with the keynote speaker from noon to 1 p.m.

The event is free for paid members and no charge for first-time guests interested in joining LAHRA. Cost for guests is $25.

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More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday's edition.

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