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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 pm

Award-winning realtors BERKLEY LAND and MATT LITWACK have joined forces with realtor KENDRA DOWNS and certified residential appraiser KAREN POLISHUK to form Land/Litwack & Associates. Last year, the group had a combined $20 million in sales. The team is part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate Network.

JAMES DELGADO has been named VP of brokerage at Cozad Commercial Real Estate, LTD. Delgado received his masters in real estate management and marketing from Webster University.

The Country Club of St. Albans has named TIM O’TOOLE as executive chef, overseeing the club’s entire culinary operation. He formerly worked as executive sous chef at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan.

ANTHONY VAN GESSEL has been named the new principal at Ste. Genevieve du Bois School. He previously worked as athletic director, part-time administrator and teacher at John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree, masters in education and masters in educational leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

In its recent ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University in all 10 specialties. The hospital ranked in the top 10 in neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and orthopedics. The report also ranked SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in three specialties; 31st in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, 33rd in cardiology and heart surgery, and 46th in nephrology among all children’s hospitals in the country.

For the second year in a row, Houzz has awarded Mosby Building Arts the ‘Best of Houzz’ award for customer satisfaction. Among other factors, the award is determined by the number and quality of client reviews the company received last year.

DR. MARIO CASTRO recently was installed as the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

Placing among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, St. Luke’s Hospital received the 2014 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the fourth year in a row. The distinction is given based on an analysis of patient satisfaction data.

CHRISTOPHER LAWHORN has joined Carmody MacDonald as principal. Lawhorn will represent clients in financial institutions, manufacturing, professional medical organizations, retail, hospitality and the auto industry, among others.

Waddell & Reed has hired ROBERT KENNY and STEVEN KENNY as financial advisors. Both previously worked for Wells Fargo Advisors, and have more than 50 combined years of experience in the industry.

Elizabeth Real Estate Group LLC recently hired MICHAEL WINFREY as a sales associate. More than 90 percent of Winfrey’s business comes from personal referrals from clients.

Little Fishes Swim School recently opened its second location, at 17359 Edison Ave. in Chesterfield. The new location, Little Fishes Chesterfield, features a three-pool layout, play area, healthy vending options and kid-friendly changing rooms.

Former Midwest BankCentre chairman RONALD BARNES recently retired from the position, and was named vice-chairman of Midwest BankCentre, Inc. (MBCI), the financial holding company that owns the bank. JAMES WATSON has been promoted to chairman, and named president of MBCI.

DAVID LAUBI has joined Stone Carlie as director of lender advisory services, a new extension of the company’s consulting services. Before joining the Stone Carlie, Laubi owned his own collateral consulting group.

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley has appointed RUBY CURRY as interim president. Curry has worked for the college for 38 years.

DR. RALPH DAMIANO JR. has been named chief of Washington University School of Medicine’s division of cardiothoracic surgery. With the appointment, Damiano becomes the Evarts Ambrose Graham Professor of Surgery.

Serving in the position on an interim basis since August 2013, KIM FITZGERALD was recently named VP of student affairs at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Some of her responsibilities include overseeing admissions, assessment, counseling and campus life.

ROSE McCARTY, a Goldman Fellow at Washington University, has joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as a paralegal in the Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Effective Aug. 1, BRUCE CANADAY will serve as St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s 15th dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. has hired AMY BOSCHERT as director of business development. Boschert most recently worked as a service sales manager at Wiegmann Associates.

ASHLEY HOLMES has joined The Rome Group as an associate. She will assist the firm’s clients with development audits, capital campaigns and strategic planning.

Butler’s Pantry is pleased to announce the promotion of JOHN ZINGRICH to VP of operations. Zingrich has worked at the company since he was 15 years old.

DANNY JONAS has joined Gershman Commercial Real Estate as an associate. He has worked in the commercial real estate industry since 2011.

Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C.’s St. Louis office has welcomed MICHAEL DAVIDSON to its corporate department, where he will practice in health care law.

MIKE McLEAN has joined Tacony Corporation as CIO. The company is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company specializing in sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care and ceiling fan units.

Three physicians at Pepose Vision Institute have been named by their peers as three of the top eye specialists in the country in Best Doctors in America 2014: DR. JAY PEPOSE, DR. NANCY HOLEKAMP and DR. MUJTABA QAZI.

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