In brief

Koester certified

TROY — Nolan Giere & Company has announced Derek Koester recently received his Accountancy Board of Ohio CPA certification.

Koester is a 2015 graduate of Wright State University with a master‘s degree in accounting.

He joined Nolan Giere & Company as a staff accountant in 2013.

He is currently in the Leadership Troy class of 2016 and is active in Troy Rotary Club.

Heinl named to Unity board

PIQUA — Unity National Bank has announced that Rick Heinl has been elected to the board of directors at Unity National Bank.

Brett Baumeister, president of the bank, made the announcement and stated, “We are very excited to welcome Rick Heinl to our board, and feel strongly that this highly qualified individual will be an excellent addition. His success effectively leading a growing business will provide valuable insight and perspective. We look forward to working with Rick more closely in the future.”

Heinl is owner and CEO of Repacorp Inc. based in Tipp City. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Capital University, majoring in accounting. Over the years, Rick has served on a number of boards, including the Microcom Corporation, Dayton Better Business, Isaiah’s Place in Troy and The Tipp City School Technology Board. He is also active in the Tipp City Rotary and a member of the Troy Country Club Board.

Rick and his wife Mary Lyn have three children, Rochelle, Andrew and Nicholas, and reside in Tipp City.

JCPenney awarded for excellence

PIQUA — JCPenney at the Miami Valley Centre Mall has been honored with the Founder’s Award, the company’s highest distinction for excellence.

At a March 16 ceremony in Dallas, CEO Marvin R. Ellison and Joe McFarland, executive vice president of stores, presented Piqua General Manager Phillip King with a commemorative plaque in recognition of the store meeting or exceeding all performance goals. The Founder’s Award is presented to teams across the organization that excel in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service, and business expertise. Only 102 of approximately 1,000 stores, six of 52 districts, and three out of 13 supply chain facilities received the coveted award.

“I’m proud of our team of dedicated associates who are committed to delivering excellent service and an engaging store environment that compels customers to return time and time again,” said King. “We are truly honored to receive this Company recognition on behalf of our Piqua shoppers, who have trusted us with their loyalty and continued patronage. We look forward to another successful year in 2016.”

Lee named organization director at OFB

COLUMBUS — Melinda Lee of Cardington has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) organization director for Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene and Miami counties.

Lee was hired as an organization director-in-training in September 2015 and has spent the last several months learning the job under the supervision of Steve Berk, organization director for multiple central Ohio counties.

In her new role, Lee will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and OFBF. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.

Lee is a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University where she majored in animal sciences and agribusiness. She received her American FFA degree in 2010. Previously she worked at Aldermere Farm in Maine helping plan and facilitate agricultural education programs and at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. She also was an agricultural ambassador for Ohio Farm Bureau during the 2012 Ohio State Fair. Lee continues to help out on the family’s beef, sheep and grain farm in Cardington.