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Dr. Tiffani Witten, DVM, recently opened Back On Track Veterinary Hospital & Rehabilitation Center in O’Fallon. Located at 957 Waterbury Falls Drive, the full-service veterinary hospital serves the St. Charles and St. Louis County areas with wellness care, surgery, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation and grooming for dogs and cats. The business is open Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

PEOPLE

Michael DierbergMichael J. Dierberg has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors of First Banks, Inc., the parent company of First Bank, effective January 1, 2016. Dierberg currently serves as vice chairman of First Banks, Inc. and First Bank. He will succeed his father, James F. Dierberg, as board chairman, continuing a legacy of four generations of family ownership.

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Gina Jarvis has joined the city of St. Charles staff as finance director. Jarvis, a St. Charles resident with more

Jarvis

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than 25 years of financial management experience, most recently served as finance director for the city of Brentwood. She holds a bachelor of arts in accounting and business administration from Drury University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

PLACES

U-Gas, which has locations across Missouri and is the home of GiGi’s Cafe Express, recently announced a new commitment to expand healthier food offerings at its stores throughout the U.S.  Over the next few years, U-Gas will work with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to maintain and build upon healthy food choices; continue to make those choices more affordable; and support healthier options through in-store marketing and promotions. The announcement was made at the NACS Show, the convenience store industry’s largest annual event.

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St. Charles-based Wiegmann Associates recently completed a $132,000 HVAC upgrade at the St. Charles Old Post Office on Historic Main Street in St. Charles. Wiegmann transformed outdated HVAC systems and installed automation controls in the 10,000-square-foot historic building. which was converted into a state-of-the-art co-working technology incubator for digital startup businesses called OPO Startups.

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The Travelers Protective Association (TPA), a fraternal benefit society with national headquarters located at 2041 Exchange Drive in St. Charles, recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. Founded by a group of traveling salesmen who wanted to help others, the association is now licensed in 29 states and has over 24,000 members. It provides accident, disability and death benefits to both its members and their beneficiaries.

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BattlegroundsThe Battlegrounds, St. Louis’ only permanent mud run obstacle course, recently held its seventh bi-annual race to benefit various charities. The Battlegrounds worked with Funds2Orgs.com to collect and donate 413 pairs of racing shoes to those in developing nations, with proceeds benefiting The Mission Continues. The race also collected 509 pounds of canned food for Operation Food Search, which was donated to Agape Ministry of Warren County.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly plant is among ten plants worldwide to earn Energy Star® Challenge for Industry honors in 2015 by reducing its energy intensity by at least 10 percent in five years or less. Wentzville operations reduced the plant’s energy consumption by a total of 17.8 percent over the last five years, by upgrading HVAC equipment and monitoring systems, converting to energy-efficient LED and fluorescent lighting, and converting its powerhouse boilers from coal to natural gas.

 

EVENTS AND NETWORKING

Local civic organization Progress 64 West holds its 28th Annual Excellence in Community Development Awards banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 25, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield. Maryville University President Tom Lombardi will be the keynote speaker. Individual tickets are $85, and are available through the organization’s website, www.progress64west.org, or. by contacting Jim Susman at (314) 997-3390 or susgroup@gmail.com.

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The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builders Networking Group  meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at EPC, 3941 Harry S. Truman Blvd. in St. Charles. The event is free for chamber members, but first-time attendees are asked to contact the chamber office at (636) 946-0633 or Eric Levy at (636) 410-0418 before visiting the group.

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The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce holds a Morning Networking Coffee on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Lake St. Charles Senior Living Community, 45 Honey Locust Lane in St. Charles. The event is free for chamber members, but RSVPs are requested to the chamber office at (636) 946-0633.

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