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Express recognized for solid growth

Express Employment Professionals recently was named the fastest growing major staffing company by Staffing Industry Analysts. Express has seen 14 percent growth year to date in 2014.

In the first six months of this year, Express reported it has put an average of 5,370 new people to work each week, up from an average of 2,509 in 2009.

“Our owners and staff members have a heart for helping people find fulfilling work,” said Bob Funk, Express Employment Professionals CEO and chairman of the board.

“2014 has been a fantastic year for us thus far,” said Scott Sodergren, franchisee of the Red Wing Express office. “Our goal at Express is to help people find meaningful work so they can provide for their families. We also strive to help our local communities by partnering with great companies so they can meet and exceed their production targets and continue to provide jobs for the surrounding cities.”

The company also celebrated the opening of its 700th franchise location in June.

•Confluence Marketing has added five staff members in response to a growing roster of agricultural clients, the company announced.

Steve Akerson has joined as senior vice president, Megan Ramaker as account manager, Danielle Rice as assistant account executive, CeCelia Hubbartt as public relations assistant account executive and Allan Noyes as graphic designer.

“We’ve added both senior leadership for the agency and depth to our public relations capability and design department to meet the needs of our clients,” said Confluence CEO Tim McKim.

•Josiah Olson began working for the Goodhue Natural Resources Conservation Service on July 14.

His duties include assisting local producers with conservation planning on their land and helping landowners and producers in Goodhue County sign up for programs such as Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Program. He also helps the Conservation Reserve Program and conservation compliance.

He has worked for agencies the Iowa Department of Natural Resouces, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other NRCS offices.

• Wendland Utz Ltd. announced that Julie N. Nagorski has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Nagorski previously worked for seven years at Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren in Bloomington, Minnesota, in its real estate litigation department.

At Wendland Utz, Nagorski will continue to litigate complex real estate, business and governmental disputes.

Nagorski grew up near Winona and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota, magna cum laude, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, with highest honors. She is recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine and was named as a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

•AgStar Financial Services announced last month that Rod Hebrink is the new president and CEO.

“Rod finds creative solutions and has a long track record of leading groundbreaking projects and initiatives that enhance the success of our clients and our team members,” said Wick Manley, AgStar’s executive vice president and chief relationship officer.

Hebrink brings nearly 35 years of experience in financial services with the Farm Credit Service, serving as AgStar’s chief financial officer for nearly 30 years.

He had been serving as interim CEO after the retirement of Paul DeBriyn.

Debriyn will continue to serve as strategic advisor to the organization over the next nine months.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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