Names & News in Business

2013-01-20T00:00:00Z Names & News in Business Mason City Globe Gazette
January 20, 2013 12:00 am

Maury J. Noonan has joined the Pappajohn, Shriver, Eide & Nielsen P.C. law firm in Mason City.

Noonan and his wife, Julia, are originally from Emmetsburg. Maury received his B.A. in political science from Grinnell College in 2007 and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law this past May with a certificate in environmental law and natural resources.

After undergraduate work, Noonan worked as a researcher and proofreader for an international law firm in the Czech Republic. While in law school, Maury clerked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel and the state of Kansas.

At Pappajohn, Shriver, Eide & Nielsen P.C, he will practice in a wide range of legal areas including real estate, corporate/business planning, transactional law, juvenile law and family law.


Mitchell L. West has been named senior vice president of the Investment Management and Trust Services Department at Community National Bank.

West has more than 25 years of trust experience with an emphasis in personal trust, charitable trust and estate administration.

He is a graduate of Luther College and Drake University Law School. He is returning to Iowa from northwest Pennsylvania where he worked with a regional bank.

CNB has six Iowa locations, including four in Waterloo/Cedar Falls and two in Mason City, as well as two in Austin, Minn. For more information visit


Randy Lewis has been named general sales and marketing manager for Kiefer Manufacturing LLC.

He has more than 25 years experience in the trailer industry, including sales, territory management and new product development. His previous position was the national sales manager for Featherlite Trailers.

Lewis will be responsible for coordinating activities of the sales staff, developing short- and long-term sales and marketing plans, new product development and product enhancements.

“Having Randy on board will give us an opportunity to strengthen the Kiefer name within the industry,” said David Zrostlik, president of Stellar Industries Inc., parent company of Kiefer Manufacturing. “We are pleased to have someone with his experience in this market join our team and help us keep the company moving in a forward direction.”

Lewis is a native of Cresco. He has an associate’s degree in agriculture from Kirkwood Community College. He and his family will relocate to this area soon. His wife, Darrelleen, is a teacher, and they have two sons, ages 11 and 16. They also operate a small purebred sheep farm and sell breeding stock nationwide.

Kiefer Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stellar Industries, supplies transport products such as horse, livestock, cargo, industrial and recreational trailers. It has headquarters in Kanawha with additional manufacturing facilities in Sneedville, Tenn.


Colleen Young, initiative organizer for the city of Mason City, has graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and has received the designation of IOM.

Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM graduate recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

Raymond P. Towle, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management, said, “These individuals have the knowledge, skills and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

The Institute’s curriculum consists of four week-long sessions at five different university locations throughout the country.

In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.


Sarah (Sletten) Murray has joined McGladrey LLP as a tax associate in the Mason City office.

Murray will be responsible for assisting clients in tax planning and preparation in a variety of facets, including financial institutions, manufacturing and individuals.

Murray holds Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting, agricultural business and finance, and a Master of Accounting degree, all from Iowa State University.

Prior to joining McGladrey, Murray worked for Farm Credit Administration as an associate examiner in Bloomington, Minn.

Murray grew up in Osage and lives in Charles City.

Troy Tabbert has been promoted to audit manager in the Mason City office.

Tabbert will provide audit services to a variety of clients, including financial institutions and renewable energy.

Tabbert began his career at McGladrey in 2005 as an audit associate after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa.


Spartan Arms and Aries Shooting, both of Northwood, have added handgun training to their list of services offered.

During 2012, Leo Hendrick of Spartan and C.J. “Charlie” Vavra of Aries completed 64 hours each of National Rifle Association instructors training. Both are now certified NRA instructors in basic pistol, personal protection in the home, personal protection outside the home and range safety officers. They teach the courses as a team.

Iowa and Minnesota non-resident permit to carry courses are also available.

Contact Hendrick at 641-324-0049 or Vavra at 641-420-4521 for more information.

Dates , locations and course listings will be posted at


Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp., along with its Ag Committee and area ag-related businesses, will host an Ag Education Day from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; lunch is included.

The event will feature topics on world trends and implications for the Midwest, the Rock Island Clean Line project, crop nutrients, agricultural outlook, bio-energy and integrating food and fuel production, POET’s Project Liberty, and a legislative update on agriculture and biofuels in today’s economy.

Brochures featuring highlights of the event will be available at area cooperatives, banks, libraries, implement dealerships, city halls and ISU Extension offices in Algona and Emmetsburg. A registration form will be included that can be mailed along with a check made payable to Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp., 106 S. Dodge St., Suite 210, Algona, IA 50511. You may also register by calling 515-295-7979. Individuals may also register at the door the day of the event. Cost for the event is $20 per person through Feb. 28. After March 1, the registration fee will be $25 per person. Cost for students is $15.


Clear Lake native Mark Garth has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Perdue Farms in Salisbury, Md.

He joined Perdue in May 2011 as senior vice president of finance. Prior to Perdue, he was senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Wells Dairy Inc. in Le Mars.

He also held positions with Plexus Corp. in Wisconsin and ConAgra Foods Inc. in Omaha. He began his professional career with Maytag in Newton.

Garth holds a master’s degree in business administration from Drake University in Des Moines, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central College in Pella. He is also a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant and a certified internal auditor.

Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, and represents the Perdue family ownership. To learn more about Perdue, visit


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