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Dan Farnen: Following a national search, True Media has hired Farnen as U.S. media director. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Farnen brings 17 years of experience in advertising, including time at Anheuser-Busch, where he directed multiple award-winning promotions and partnerships. Most recently, Farnen was at Chicago advertising agency Draft FCB, where he planned communications for brands such as Coors and Miller Lite.
Gina Damico Landeck: The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau named Landeck convention services manager. Previously the special events coordinator for the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, Landeck will now sell Columbia as a meeting destination to event planners in the sports, government and corporate markets.
Rachel Grant: Grant, a May graduate of MU with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism, has been hired by the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau as marketing coordinator. She will act as a liaison between the bureau and the bureau’s media-buying and marketing firms.
Trent Stober: HDR, an architecture, engineering and construction services firm, hired Stober as client service manager for its water and natural resources group. A professional engineer with more than 20 years of experience, Stober has opened HDR’s new Columbia office, which joins the company’s eight other offices in the state.
Tony Bavuso: The Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation has named Bavuso as its new executive director, the foundation’s third director since it began 53 years ago. Previously the foundation’s chief operating officer, Bavuso brings 15 years of experience to his new position.
Holly House: House, a 15-year veteran of the banking industry, has been promoted to AVB/internal auditor at Midwest Independent Bancshares Inc. A graduate of Columbia College, House completed the Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor program in 2007.
Ashley Elfrank: Elfrank was promoted to consumer banking representative at Boone County National Bank. Elfrank will be part of the floater pool, a group of consumer banking representatives who move among the bank’s branches and fill in wherever needed.
Amanda Dunwoody: U.S. Cellular promoted Dunwoody to business development manager for Columbia. Dunwoody, who has been with the company for 13 years, will provide customer service to small- and medium-sized businesses and aid local retail stores in developing small-business solutions.
Matt Redig: MBS Textbook Exchanged has promoted Redig to product manager of marketplace services. An MBS employee since 2001, Redig is a veteran of Iraq and a graduate of Columbia College’s MBA program.
Ben Stolle: MidwayUSA promoted Stolle to Web usability manager. Since joining MidwayUSA in 2009, Stolle has served as a Web designer and a website and usability analyst. In his new role, he will continue to optimize the company’s website and will create new processes for the site.
Eva Valencia and Ryan Ziegler: Ziegler and Valencia have been named senior tellers for the Downtown and West Broadway branches of Boone County National Bank, respectively. Senior tellers are the operational leaders of branches and also help other tellers when needed.
Quesha Combs, Levina Summers, Amanda Moreland, Holly Smith, Kristen Monteer and Brittany Hicks: Boone County National Bank promoted Combs, Summers, Moreland, Smith, Monteer and Hicks to teller II. Tellers are hired as a teller I and, following their training and six months of experience, are promoted to teller II.