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Winteregg graduates elite program

COLUMBUS — J.D. Winteregg of Troy is one of 24 farmers and agribusiness professionals who recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Leadership Institute Class VIII.

The intensive, yearlong training program helps participants become effective community leaders and advocates for agriculture. Participants traveled around Ohio as well as to Georgia and Washington, D.C., where they learned about local, state and federal public policy topics important to the agricultural and food industry.

Winteregg is a merchandising manager at Rudy Inc., a grain elevator in Covington. He is a member of the Darke and Miami County Republican Men’s Groups, National Federation of Independent Business and Miami County Farm Bureau board.

Started in 2008, AgriPOWER is Ohio Farm Bureau’s elite leadership training program. Seven, two-to-three day training sessions were held throughout the year and included public policy advocacy, spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking and communications.

“The intensive training that farmers and agribusiness professionals received will serve them well whether they’re speaking at a county commissioners meeting or with their member of Congress in Washington, D.C.,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director.

In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Heartland Bank, Champaign Premium Grain Growers, Ohio FFA Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Wright & Moore Law Co. LPA, Agland Co-op, Ag Credit, Bob Evans, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation and Farm Bureaus in Hancock, Licking, Lucas, Pickaway, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Union and Wyandot counties.

Applications for the next class, Class IX, are due April 14. Visit for the application and more information.

Kueller joins Trivista

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — TriVista Business Group, with an office in Dayton, is pleased to announce that Rick Kueller has joined the company as vice president of Due Diligence, effective immediately.

He has more than 25 years of experience as an operations and quality of excellence leader in pharmaceuticals, biologics and chemical/consumer goods industries. In addition, he is a renowned thought leader on operational excellence in pharmaceuticals, having authored and presented several pieces on the topic.

Kueller holds a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, both in Chemical Engineering. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, enabling him to work with management teams on projects that drive significant improvements in performance.

Kueller will be based in the Chicago office located at 700 Commerce Drive, Suite 500, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

UVMC named in top 5 percent for patient safety

TROY — Upper Valley Medical Center has been named a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2017, placing it among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation.

“We are delighted that Healthgrades has recognized our employees’ hard work to ensure patient safety,” said Becky Rice, president of UVMC. “This award validates the faith placed in our hospital each and every day by patients and families throughout Miami County and beyond.”

The award demonstrates that the hospital has found ways to measurably improve patient safety during the past year, had better-than-expected clinical outcomes, and was a leader in preventing safety incidents, according to Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

The award evaluates the patient safety performance at a hospital by measuring the rate at which serious, potentially preventable complications and adverse events occurred against 13 indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

For more information about Healthgrades, or to download a full copy of the report, go to

Auditor announces award recipient

COLUMBUS — Auditor of State Dave Yost has announced that the Troy City School District in Miami County received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

• The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles);

• The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;

• The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to:

• Ethics referrals

• Questioned costs less than $10,000

• Lack of timely report submission

• Reconciliation

• Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit

• Findings for recovery less than $100

• Public meetings or public records

• No other financial or other concerns exist that involve eligible entity.