Business Notes May 3

CAREER Hubbling selected as Cub Foods Manager of the Year Brainerd-area resident Amber Hubbling, registered pharmacist at the Brainerd Cub Foods store, was recently selected as Cub's Pharmacy Manager of the Year. The annual award is given to the ...


Hubbling selected as Cub Foods Manager of the Year

Brainerd-area resident Amber Hubbling, registered pharmacist at the Brainerd Cub Foods store, was recently selected as Cub's Pharmacy Manager of the Year.

The annual award is given to the top pharmacy manager from the company's 76 stores in Minnesota and one store in Illinois.

The award is selected based on several criteria, including customer service, growth of the pharmacy department and contributions to the store as a whole. Hubbling led a pharmacy department that delivered the highest customer service scores within Cub's network. She also led a one of the strongest immunization programs in the company, helping local customers get critical immunizations like flu shots at a strong rate. Taken together, Hubbling and her team helped lead significant growth in the pharmacy department, contributing to improved healthcare for local residents and overall success of the store, Cub Foods reported.


"Amber and her pharmacy team exemplify the customer service and professional expertise we are committed to at Cub Pharmacies," said Monica Brands, district manager for Cub Pharmacy in a news release. "Thanks to her leadership, the Brainerd Cub pharmacy has become a model for Cub stores everywhere. This award is much deserved and we congratulate her on winning it!"

Hubbling graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2013. She started as a staff pharmacist at Brainerd and moved into the pharmacy manager role in the fall of 2013.



MicroNet announces new employees

NISSWA - MicroNet Inc., the market leader of member management software and services, recently welcomed two new employees to its team.

Amy Gitchell is the new marketing communications specialist and will be coordinating and executing integrated marketing and communications efforts for ChamberMaster and MemberZone. She comes from the Brainerd Dispatch and Echo Publishing where she worked as a media consultant. Gitchell majored in American studies with a minor in creative writing at The University of Alabama. She later studied communication art and design at Central Lakes College.

Marc Schwankl will be working in support for the ChamberMaster and MemberZone brands. He comes to the company from Sprint where he served as a lead sales representative before his promotion to manager. Schwankl's focus will be on providing expert guidance to MicroNet clients.


Real estate agents volunteer

During Realtors Volunteer Across Minnesota Week, April 20-24, Minnesota Realtors showed how their investment in their communities goes beyond their business of working with their clients to buy and sell homes. A first-of-its-kind volunteerism project organized by the Minnesota Association of Realtors and 17 local real estate agents' associations throughout our great state, the week is expected to generate countless hours of volunteerism and service work. Real estate agents Kay and Joe Fitterer from C-21 Brainerd Realty cleaned the roadway at Gull Lake Drive. Taylor Fitterer and Jim Ruttger of C-21 Brainerd Realty at Mount Ski

Gull with the Alpine High School Team painting and cleaning the upper and lower timing buildings. Janie Weston, CEO Greater Lakes Association of Realtors, cleaned up trash along Whispering Woods Lane.

"By virtue of their occupations, Minnesota REALTORS® have a deep knowledge of their local

communities and the unique needs faced within," said Greater Lakes Association of

Realtors T.J. Simon (Wolf & Simon Real Estate Park Rapids). "Realtors Volunteer

Across Minnesota Week is a way to channel our members' civic activities and showcase the

positive impacts they make."


Ploof is Little Falls chamber employee of the month

LITTLE FALLS - Cheryl Ploof, Pine Country Bank, is the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce May Employee of the Month.

Ploof has been a mortgage loan processor for the past nine years at Pine Country Bank.

Rob Ronning said Ploof always goes the extra mile seeing to customer needs or helping co-workers. Ploof said she's been part of a team doing mortgages for 15 years and enjoys her work.

WSN helps secure grant

Villard, Minn., was awarded a Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) Program grant in the amount of $250,000.

Pat Conroy and Jordan Lee, funding specialists with Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN), helped Villard Mayor Jason Rupp with the city's grant application, enabling the city to obtain funds necessary for further development of Grove Lake Avenue.

The grant will allow Villard to continue reconstruction of Grove Lake Avenue, improving access to Massman Automation Designs by converting a gravel road to a paved road with traffic markings and signage. The reconstruction will enable a greater volume of deliveries to and from Massman Automation Designs.

With the improved road, Massman will also be able to begin planned expansion of their manufacturing facility, which will result in an increase in high quality, local jobs for area residents.

Massman Automation Designs has been the driving force for local economic development in Villard for the past 35 years. Massman produces and supplies automated packaging systems to businesses and companies across the world, and is a vital part of Villard's local economy. This project will aid in local economic development efforts for the city of Villard, and the surrounding area.

Keller Williams lends a hand

Keller Williams Professionals in the Brainerd lakes area will be among nearly 112,000 Keller Williams associates from across the globe participating in the seventh annual RED Day May 14. The RED Day, which stands for renew, energize and donate, is a collective service initiative where the company's associates donate a day to give back to the community.

Keller Williams Professionals associates are volunteering for local food shelves shelves in Brainerd and Emily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 at Brainerd Cub Foods, 417 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, and at Lake Country Foods, 40327 Highway 6, Emily.

Ruttger attends International Management Academy

BAXTER - Jim Ruttger, Broker of CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, recently attended the Century 21 International Management Academy.

The academy is held annually at the brand's corporate headquarters in Madison, N.J.

The week-long academy features a strategic overview by Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, as well as instruction on the fundamentals of effective real estate brokerage management and how to incorporate the many tools and resources available via the Century 21 System. Subject matter experts also take participants through the inner workings of how to incorporate strategy and proper planning to take their operations to the next level.

Century 21 Brainerd Realty has been part of the Century 21 system since 1976. They are an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC.

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