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Congratulations to this year’s honorees! Bank Teller Car Wash Rachel Jaynes - Community Bank & Trust Waterfalls Car Wash Cindy Johnson - Community Bank & Trust Happy Hippo Car Wash Danelle Brockway - Cedar Falls Community Credit Union Miracle Car Wash

Craft Beer Single Speed Brewing Co. Lark Brewing Happy’s Wine & Spirits

Barber Jay Barber - Finishing Touch Barber & Tattoo Shop Whittnie Boike – Pura Vida Salon Randall Crane - Mud & Honey Salon & Boutique

Cardiologist Dr. Richard Valente - MercyOne Dr. Jaoud Dib - Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Dr. Himanshu Tandon - Cedar Valley Cardiologist

Craft Store Hobby Lobby Michael’s JoAnn Fabrics

Beautician McKenna Pryor - Dolled up by McKenna Tricia Rose - VOYA the Salon Randall Crane - Mud & Honey Salon & Boutique

Carpet Cleaning Mr. Carpet Water Damage and Cleaning Company Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning Harris Cleaning Service Inc.

Credit Union Veridian Credit Union GreenState Credit Union Cedar Falls Community Credit Union

Asian Food Golden China Chinese Sakura Ginger Thai Cuisine

Bike Shop Bike Tech Andy’s Bike Shop Scheels All Sports

Carpet/Floor Covering Carpetland USA D&W Floor Covering Riley’s Floors

Day Care Provider Community United Child Care Centers & Preschool Little Rebels Learning Center Happy Time Preschool & Day care

Assisted Living Western Home Communities NewAldaya Lifescapes Friendship Village

Bowling Alley Cadillac XBC Maple Lanes Panther Lanes

Catering Service Moment in Thyme Randall’s Stop N Shop Sunrise Catering

Deli Sub City Hy-Vee Jimmy John’s

ATV Silver Eagle Harley Davidson DR Powersports Myers Polaris

Brake Service Rydell Chevrolet Bill Colwell Ford Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Tuffy Auto Service Center

Celebrate Anniversary Montage Brown Bottle - Cedar Falls Table 1912

Dentist Dr. Chris Aldrich - Waterloo Dental Associates Dr. Eric Kimball - Kimball & Beecher Dental Dr. Amanda Brenden - Brenden & Brenden Dental

Autobody Repair Rydell Collision Center Deery Brothers Collision Center Iowa Auto Rebuilders Coffman’s Body Shop

Breakfast Morg’s Diner J’s Homestyle Cooking Village Inn

Cell Phone Dealer US Cellular Verizon Next Generation Wireless

Brewery Single Speed Brewing Co. Lark Brewing Second State Brewing Co.

Chicken Blue Barn BBQ Pizza Ranch Chick-fil-A

Bridal Shop Mara Finery Bridal & Trend Boutique An Elegant Affair

Chips & Salsa Carlos O’Kelly’s Amigos Mexican Cuisine & Catina Chilitos Mexican Bar & Grill

Automotive Salesperson Ernie Doeden - Bill Colwell Ford Jordan Myers - Bill Colwell Ford Braden Rogers - Bill Colwell Ford

Business Lunch Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill Newton’s Paradise Café LJ’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Electronic Store Chiropractor Best Buy Dr. Derrick Benner - Elite Chiropractic iTech Dr. Amber Breitbach - Align Chiropractic & Wellness Farnsworth Electronics Dr. Blake Wayson - Wayson Chiropractic

Bakery Rockets Bakery ICON Donuts & Sweetery Scratch Cupcakery

Buy Collectibles Calico Hen House Trinkets & Togs Limited Edition Comics & Collectibles

Coffee Shop Sidecar Coffee Cup of Joe Cabin Coffee Company

Bank Farmers State Bank Lincoln Savings Bank Community Bank & Trust

Buy Video Games Video Games Etc. Electric Underground Game Stop

Consignment Store Stuff Etc Bonita Things Quality Consignment LLC Trinkets & Togs

Antique Store The Rusty Bucket Calico Hen House Gilgen’s Consignment Furnishings Miss Wonderful Vintage Appetizers The Brass Tap Applebee’s The Other Place Appliance Store Direct Appliance People’s Appliance Gade’s Appliance

Auto Dealership Bill Colwell Ford Rydell Chevrolet Dan Deery Toyota Auto Service Dan Deery Toyota - Cedar Falls Rydell Chevrolet Tuffy Auto Service Center

Dessert Scratch Cupcakery Montage 4 Queens Dairy Cream Dinner Montage Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill Brown Bottle - Cedar Falls Electrician Henninger Electric Stickfort Electric Cedar Valley Electric

Eye Doctor Dr. Amy Hartmann - Amy Hartmann Eye Care Dr. Anthony Bailey - Acton Optical Dr. Bradley Knox - Knox Eyecare Family Doctor Dr. Kyle Christiason - Unity Point Clinic Dr. Matthew Smith - Smith Family Practice Dr. Matthew Kettman - Kettman Family Practice


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Congratulations to this year’s honorees! Financial/Investment Financial Resource Advisors Financial Decisions Group Northwestern Mutual

Greenhouse Petersen & Tietz Florists Jordan’s Nursery Dew on the Roses Greenhouse

Fitness Center FIT/NLXF Cedar Falls Planet Fitness Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping

Grocery Store Fareway Hy-Vee Aldi’s

Florist Bancroft’s Flowers Petersen & Tietz Florists Flowerama

Hair Salon Mud & Honey Salon & Boutique VOYA the Salon KJ & Kompany Salon

Food Delivery Jimmy John’s East China Domino’s Pizza

Hamburger Wilbo’s Burgers, Brats & Beer Oh My Grill LJ’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Formal Wear Milroy’s Tuxedos Palace Clothiers Mara

Happy Hour The Brass Tap Pump Haus Pub & Grill The Stuffed Olive

Fresh Fruits/Vegetables Hy-Vee Aldi’s Fareway

Hardware Store O’Donnell Ace Hardware Ted’s Home & Hardware Menards

Frozen Yogurt Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Culver’s The Shell Rock Scoop Funeral Home Locke Funeral Home Hagarty-Waychoff-Garup Funeral Service Richardson Funeral & Cremation Service Furniture Retailer Slumberland Furniture Neighborhood Home McGregors Furniture McGowan’s Furniture

Health & Natural Foods Natural Grocers The Shakery Smoothie Bar TnK Health Food Store Hearing Aids/Service New Sound Hearing Centers Potter’s Hearing Aid Service Wolfe Audiology Heating & Cooling Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Young Plumbing & Heating Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric & Fireplaces Inc.

Girls Night Out The Stuffed Olive Roxxy Montage

Home Builder Magee Construction Panther Builders Skogman Homes Klunder Construction

Golf Course Pheasant Ridge Golf Course Gates Park Golf Course Sunnyside Golf & Country Club Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course

Home Décor Store Real Deals - Cedar Falls Home Goods Hobby Lobby

Golf Equipment Waterloo Golf Headquarters Dick’s Sporting Goods Scheels All Sports

Home Health Agency Cedar Valley Hospice at Home with Western Home Unity Point at Home MercyOne Waterloo Home Health Care

Hotel/Motel Courtyard by Marriott The Black Hawk Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

Meat Counter Fareway Hy-Vee Gilbertville Locker

Ice Cream 4 Queens Dairy Cream Dairy Queen Cedar City Creamery

Medical Staff Member Dr. John Zehr - Cedar Valley Hospice Aubri Rochlitzer - NewAldaya Lifescapes Danielle Baker - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Madison Sager, RT(R) (MR) - MercyOne

Insurance Agent Brad Jacobson - State Farm Beau Jorgensen - Farm Bureau Brad McCunniff - State Farm Sandy Benak - State Farm Interior Decorating Store Real Deals - Cedar Falls Home Goods Hobby Lobby Basket of Daisies Italian Food Brown Bottle - Cedar Falls Olive Garden Via Sofia’s Jewelry Store Roth Jewelers LR Jewelers Tenenbaum’s Jewelry Landscaping Service Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping B&K Lawn Care Matthias Landscaping Liquor Selection Happy’s Wine & Spirits Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits Whiskey Road Tavern Loan Officer Kelli Aikey - CFCCU Kyle Langenberg - GreenState Credit Union Scott Horan - GreenState Credit Union Locally Owned Restaurant Blue Barn BBQ LJ’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill Montage Margaritas Chilito’s Mexican Bar & Grill Carlos O’Kelly’s Amigos Mexican Cuisine & Cantina Massage Replenish Massage & Bodywork Elements Massage Revive Day Spa

Men’s Clothing Palace Clothiers VonMaur Kohl’s Mexican Food Chilito’s Mexican Bar & Grill Amigos Mexican Cuisine & Catina El Patron Family Mexican Motorcycle Silver Eagle Harley Davidson DR Powersports McVay Custom Motorcycles Two Wheel Travel Nail Salon McKayla’s Nails Luxe Nail Bar Nail Studio 319 News Anchor Ron Steele - KWWL Abby Turpin - KWWL Beth Malicki - KCRG Olivia Schmitt - KWWL Nurse Practitioner Erica Jensen - Cedar Valley Hospice Angela Gingrich, ARNP MercyOne Samantha Shaw - UnityPoint Nursing Home Western Home Communities NewAldaya Lifescapes Friendship Village OBGYN Dr. Brent Hintz – Brent Hintz OB/GYN Dr. Marilyn Hines - MercyOne Dr. Brett Richman – UnityPoint Clinic


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Congratulations to this year’s honorees! Oil Change Service Bill Colwell Ford Quick Lane Rydell Chevrolet Dan Deery Toyota

Physician Assistant Angela Schreiber, PA-C - MercyOne Susan Bredman, PA-C - MercyOne Karen Franczyk - Waterloo VA

Receptionist Berdell Schauls - Cedar Valley Hospice Kelcy Srp - Advanced Pet Care Clinic McKenzie Wood - Compassionate Care

Sushi Sakura Tokyo Bay Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Hy-Vee

Optical Cedar Valley Eye Care Knox Eyecare Acton Optical The Eye Care Associates

Pizza The Other Place Chad’s Pizza & Restaurant Tony’s La Pizzeria

Remodeler Magee Construction Hannam Design Schultz Repair & Renovation LLC

Tanning/Spray Tan Sunless By Bombshell Sun Tan City Caribbean Tan & Spa

Orthodontist Dr. Chris Holahan - Holahan & Boe Orthodontics Dr. Rachel Stile - iSmile Orthodontics Dr. Lucas Boe - Holahan & Boe Orthodontics Pediatrician Dr. Rachana Krishna - UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics Dr. Brian Sims - MercyOne Dr. Jodi Van Sickle - MercyOne Pest Control Aable Pest Control Enviro-Pest Solutions, L.L.C. Platinum Pest Services Pet Boarding Aloha Pet Resort & Spa Paws Amoré Companion Animal Clinic & Pet Resort Pet Day care Paws Amoré Aloha Pet Resort & Spa Companion Animal Clinic & Pet Resort Pet Grooming Advanced Pet Care Clinic Nicole’s Pampered Paws Aloha Pet Resort & Spa Pharmacist Bob Greenwood - Greenwood Pharmacy Brent Bovy - Reinbeck Pharmacy Emily Mork - Nucara Long Term Care Pharmacy Hy-Vee Pharmacy Greenwood Parmacy & Compounding Center Walgreen’s Pharmacy Photographer Stricker Photography - Michelle Stricker Allyson Schwab Photography Nicole Harnois Photography Physical Therapist Kristin Iehl - Agape Therapy Kristin Henry - Northern Iowa Therapy Daniel McGrane - Summit Chiropractic Cari Graham - Cedar Valley Medical

Place to go for Family Entertainment Palmer’s Family Fun Lost Island Water Park Ninja U Place to Have a Beer SingleSpeed Brewing Co. The Brass Tap Uncle Harry’s Five & Dime Place to Shoot Pool Casey’s 218 Pub Smitty’s Bar BJ’s Bar & Billiards Cypress Lounge Hot Shots Billiards Plumber Bergen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Petersen Hudson Hrdwre Plumbing & Heating Young Plumbing & Heating Podiatrist Dr. Richard Bremner - MercyOne Dr. Grag Lantz - Family Foot Healthcare Dr. Ronald Kane - MercyOne Dr. Philip Morrealle - Cedar Valley Podiatry Pre-School Community United Child Care Centers Clover Patch Preschool Orchard Hill Church Preschool Program Benefiting Youth TNT Cheer Eucalyptus Tree Grief Services Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Cedar Valley Radio Station 101.9 - Life (KNWS) 93.5 - The Mix (KCVM) 98.5 - KOEL FM

Retirement Community Western Home Communities NewAldaya Lifescapes Friendship Village Roofer Magee Construction Freed Construction Black Hawk Roof Company Salad Bar Pizza Ranch Hy-Vee Z’s Restaurant Seafood Red Lobster Cedar Valley Fish Market Montage Shoe Store Brown’s Shoe Fit Thompson Shoes The Runner’s Flat Sporting Goods Store Scheels All Sports Dick’s Sporting Goods The Runner’s Flat Sports Bar Pepper’s Grill & Sports Pub LJ’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill Mulligan’s Brick Oven Grill & Pub Steak Texas Roadhouse Longhorn Steak house Whiskey Road Tavern

Real Estate Firm/Brokerage Company Oakridge Real Estate Amy Wienands Real Estate Vine Valley Real Estate

Subs Sub City Jimmy John’s Subway

Realtor Emsad Begic - Vine Valley Real Estate Amy Wienands - Amy Wienands Real Estate Dan Berragaard - Oakridge Real Estate

Sunday Brunch Newton’s Paradise Café Village Inn J’s Homestyle Cooking

Tenderloin Steamboat Gardens Newton’s Paradise Café Pepper’s Grill & Sports Pub Transmissions L&M Transmission & Towing Rydell Chevrolet Metro Transmission & Auto Repair Travel Agent Brady Gruhn - Lighthouse Travel Annie Humble - Humble Travel Jayne Morris - AAA Travel Tree Service Planetary Tree Service Steimel Tree Service Finished Tree Removal Urgent Care/Convenient Care Provider Unity Point Clinic - Prairie Parkway MercyOne Unity Point - United Medical Park Veterinarian Dr. Tammy Stevenson - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Dr. Lindsey Keller - Compassionate Care Vet Clinic Dr. Clif Paulsen - Cedar Valley Veterinary Center Veterinary Technician Sarah Lursen - Compassionate Care Vet Clinic Cheyan Stover - Advanced Pet Care Clinic Jess Spalla, RVT - Pawsitive Pet Care Tracy Boyle - Den Herder Vetinary Hospital Wine Selection Happy’s Wine & Spirits Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits Montage Women’s Boutique Beautiful Mess Boutique Mack + Mav Boutique B.B. Boutique




13 years of Best of the Best awards Oakridge Real Estate has been the market leader for over 38 years and is the Cedar Valley’s largest real estate brokerage. Owners Dan Berregaard, Brian Page, Ann Lyons and Carl Ericson are proudly continuing a tradition of excellence that has earned them The Courier’s First Place Best of the Best award for the 13th straight year. Oakridge leadership attributes the c o m p a n y ’s The Courier 2020 success to their of the team of over 50 dedicated and knowledgeable agents. What sets them apart is the relationships they build with their clients. Company statistics show that 75% of their business comes from referrals or repeat clients. This a major reason why more homes are sold by Oakridge Real Estate than any other real estate company in the Cedar Valley, according to the 2019 statistics from the


st Northeast Iowa Board of Realtors. This year, Oakridge celebrated an exciting brand refresh and name change. The new look gives a nod to the history of Oakridge, but moves the brand forward into the future. Oakridge has also shifted it’s marketing efforts to adapt to today’s technology. Ericson notes, “A strong online presence is essential in today’s real estate market. We are able to provide that for our clients”. Oakridge Real Estate and their agents

have always valued giving back to and volunteering in the community. They host legacy events such as Christmas with Oakridge and Easter Egg-Stravaganza, which draw thousands of people each year. “The Pink Ribbon Run, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Holiday Hoopla, Hartman Reserve, College Hill Arts Festival, Relay for Life, and Love INC are just a few organizations and events where our agents are giving back to our community and our clients,” said Ly-

“The Pink Ribbon Run, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Holiday Hoopla, Hartman Reserve, College Hill Arts Festival, Relay for Life, and Love INC are just a few organizations and events where our agents are giving back to our community and our clients.” Ann Lyons, co-owner ons. In addition, Oakridge is also a Partner in Education with schools in both Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Oakridge is very proud to accept this award as the Courier’s 1st Place Best of the Best real estate firm for the 13th consecutive year. Choose the #1 in the Cedar Valley for all of your real estate needs.

The Courier’s 1st Place Best of the Best Real Estate brokerage for 13 straight years. Thank you to all of our clients! You are what makes us Best of the Best!



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CB&T: values-based banking The same values have guided Community Bank & Trust during its 23 years in business: superior customer service, community engagement and employee empowerment. Rachel Jaynes and Cindy Johnson have experienced those values first-hand. “I love my clients and my job,” said Johnson, who has worked for CB&T for nine years. “My clients have become friends.” CB&T offers the same serThe Courier vices that all 2020 major financial of the institutions do, but with a local twist — most customers who come through the bank’s doors are well known to staff. All financial decision-making is done in-house. As a financial services organization and a member of the community, CB&T’s goal is to establish broad and meaningful relationships with clients. That only happens over time, by putting clients first and delivering on commitments with a top-notch staff. Besides dedication to clients, employees

contribute more than 1,000 hours of volunteer time per year to area organizations and charities. One of the main recipients of this time is the bank’s Partner in Education, Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence. Bank staff also collect Box Tops for Education and Hy-Vee receipts for the school, help with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank’s onsite backpack program, and bake cakes for the fun fair. Employees also collect school supplies, host student holiday carolers and journal with fifth-graders. In an effort to support work-life balance, the bank allows for flexible scheduling. Employees also receive special, paid time off for things like birthdays, “Family Matters” days and even “Work Life Balance” and “Wedding Day Jitters” days. Additional job perks are continuing education, a formal mentorship program and professional development opportunities. Employees can also cross-train in other departments and take advantage of feedback sessions with supervisors. “Gain-Sharing” is a newer program that provides a share in profits to CB&T employees who aren’t eligible for incentive bonuses.





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CFCCU like a family Helen Pearce has always enjoyed working with individuals to achieve their goals and celebrate their successes. With that in mind, the credit union industry fit perfectly into her beliefs and philosophies — that’s why she’s CEO/president of Cedar Falls Community Credit Union. “In a sense, you could say the industry chose me,” Pearce wrote to the Courier. “Our credit union truly is like a family The Courier and I am grate2020 ful to be a part of the of it.” CFCCU is a local institution governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the members to lead the credit union. CFCCU has three branches in the Cedar Valley area and service members in 20 Iowa counties. The credit union offers the same products and services of large financial institutions, while providing the personalized service of a community credit union. “Our secret to being the ‘best of the

best’ is simply our staff,” Pearce wrote. “The employees at CFCCU embody the People Helping People philosophy that credit unions are all about. Yes, we always try to stay competitive with our interest and dividend rates, but that would mean nothing without the caring and passionate team you can find at CFCCU. Kelli Aikey and Danelle Brockway are strong examples of this philosophy.” “During Kelli’s 27 years with the credit union, she has shown her passion and drive by going above and beyond for her members, and working to build the personal relationship that sets her apart from other lenders. I’m sure any number of our members would agree that Kelli isn’t just a loan officer, she is truly a friend.” “Danelle is no different! During her 20 years at the credit union, Danelle has helped members with tasks as simple as depositing a check all the way to helping restructure debt during financially difficult times. Danelle is currently the VP of Operations, but you can normally find her at our main branch teller line with a smile on her face.”

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Cedar Valley Eye Care wins for 6th year in a row Being named “Best of the Best” in optical services by Cedar Valley voters in 2015 was a proud moment for the Cedar Valley Eye Care Optical Department. Now, in 2020, the opticians at Cedar Valley Eye Care have again taken home that top award, this time for the sixth year in a row, which is a true honor for the staff. “Our goal The Courier 2020 every day is to of the provide personalized service by really listening to our customers and catering to their individual vision needs so they can feel comfortable trusting their eye care to us,” said Gina Allison, optical manager at Cedar Valley Eye Care. “Winning ‘Best of the Best’ is an achievement for our optical team and it emphasizes our ability to create those long-term customer relationships. We want to thank our customers for continuing to show their confidence in us by voting us ‘Best of the Best’.” From its beginnings over six decades ago and continuing through the present,




The staff at Cedar Valley Eye Care. Cedar Valley Eye Care has offered a wide selection of unique frames, exclusive styles, and an experienced group of optical professionals. Whether you’re looking for the latest in eyewear fashions from the Tom Ford collection or luxury brands like Tiffany, or familiar brands such as Oakley,

Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, and Coach, there are more than 1,500 frames to choose from. Cedar Valley Eye Care also offers eyewear for specific activities, including bicycling, golfing, and fishing. Along with the amazing frame selection, the latest in digital lens technology, from single-vi-


sion to progressive lenses, and advanced coatings, for computer and tablet use, are also available. Importantly, Cedar Valley Eye Care’s opticians, who collectively have more than 100 years of professional experience, work together as a team to ensure that every customer achieves the look that fits his or her individual tastes, preferences and personality. Attaining that high level of product and service satisfaction is how the team at Cedar Valley Eye Care defines success, and it’s a goal they work toward with every customer. “We feel that the secret to being the ‘Best of the Best’ is enjoying and taking pride in our work, and always focusing first on our customers,” said Allison. “We want to help them select eyewear that will be durable, reliable, fashionable, and functional, and that customized approach to serving our customers is why we’ve continued to earn the community’s trust year after year, and why we’ve grown as an organization.” For customer-focused optical services, visit Cedar Valley Eye Care in Waterloo on East San Marnan Drive and in Cedar Falls on West First Street.

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New tech drives better dental experience Christopher Aldrich has been practicing dentistry for eight years and has owned and operated Waterloo Dental Associates for more than seven years. Waterloo Dental Associates has served patients for more than 50 years. Aldrich aims to continue maintaining the small, family-owned dental practice “that takes pride in giving our patients the best care possible. “I chose dentistry because The Courier 2020 of the added of the small business benefit of being family-focused and family-friendly,” he said. Waterloo Dental Associates caters to all ages, offering routine cleanings, cosmetic treatments and restorative work. We are proud to offer families in the Cedar Valley a place where they can get their children’s cleanings done as well as get that cosmetic treatment they have



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always wanted, in the familiarity of their neighborhood dental office. This year, Waterloo Dental Associates was one of the first in Iowa to use the newest CEREC Primescan system. A CEREC “makes crowns in-office for patients instead of sending out impressions to a lab. This machine allows patients to come in for only one appointment to get a new tooth instead of multiple appointments to get a crown from a lab. SUBMITTED In addition, this model is the most up to date on the market so the quality is ing the entire process — from the scan of same day. It is ideal when patients can unmatched. their mouth, to the tooth being made, be involved in their care at this level,” “Our patients have truly enjoyed see- to the treatment being completed the says Aldrich.

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The power of ‘team’ The collaborative and professional atmosphere that has been cultivated at Financial Resource Advisors (FRA) since its inception in 1978 is the secret to its success. In 1978, Ivan Bullerman entered the financial services business working from his home in Waterloo. After several years, two other fiThe Courier 2020 nancial profesof the sionals joined him and they rented office space. Growth continued throughout the years and in 1997, Bullerman’s son, Jay, also a financial professional, returned to Waterloo to join the firm. The current name of the firm, Financial Resource Advisors, was selected in 1999. An accounting firm, Integrated Accounting Solutions, followed in 2011. There are currently eight licensed advisors on the FRA team. FRA believes people want to make smart, responsible and values-based decisions with and about money. However,



this can be a challenge when conflicting emotions are wrapped in the unexpected or uncertain. This is where practical, professional experience is invaluable. It helps clients avoid the paralyzing emotional depression at the bottom of markets and irrational exuberance at the top. “We believe a holistic view of our clients’ wealth management needs is the foundation for delivering comprehensive advice focused on achieving their life goals,” the business wrote in their Best of the Best writeup. “Our advisory services span investment, risk, tax, retirement, and estate planning needs and our responsibility in all cases is to provide personalized advice and effective risk management.” FRA carries that same sense of responsibility over to its relationship to the community. The business has selected three strategic partners to help promote financial literacy — the Job Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Valley. As a partner, FRA includes these organizations in its annual budget, educates advisors and staff about the work being done and encourages employees to volunteer on company time.

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Wapsie Pines cares for its customers Danny Moulds has always been involved in growing things. He grew up on his parents’ Christmas tree farm in Fairbank and first got started in the lawn mowing business after earning a horticulture degree from Hawkeye Community College. He added landscaping, Kris Kringle’s Tree Farm, and lastly Wapsie The Courier Pines Nursery 2020 & Greenhouse. of the That was 13 years ago. Today, Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping’s mission is to enhance your enjoyment of outdoor living spaces by providing landscaping, lawn care and irrigation services, as well as quality greenhouse products. “We have many loyal customers that use several of our services. We mow and fertilize their lawns, enhance their outdoor living spaces with landscaping, outdoor



“Our employees are the best and they get to know our customers and customers get to know them.” Danny Moulds lighting, and irrigation systems, we install their holiday lighting, and we are their one stop shop for plants, trees, and shrubs,” Moulds wrote to the Courier. The business has been honored in Best of the Best for several years, but this is Wapsie Pines’ first year winning First Place. Wapsie Pines is unique in that it has several employees that have been with the business for over 10 years and many more over five years — unusual in a business that turns over employees rapidly. “Our employees are the best and they get to know our customers and customers get to know them,” Moulds wrote. “We’ve formed long term relationships with many of our customers through the years.”

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THANK YOU for voting us #1 JEWELER!

Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson/Yamaha Power Sports

THANK YOU to our loyal customers for voting us BOTH #1 Motorcycle and #1 ATV Dealer 14 years in a row! We are pleased to serve all your Motorcycle and ATV needs.

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Get the care you need when you need it. A healthy you is important. That’s why we put you and your safety first at all of hospital and clinic locations. You can also choose to have a virtual appointment from the comfort of your own home.

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Saving you more. That’s the value of Veridian. 319.236.5600

Thank You

Cedar Valley for voting us Best of the Best Electrician 9 years in a row!

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Colwell Ford offers award-winning service Bill Colwell Ford, located in Hudson, wants to thank all their loyal customers for voting their dealership the Cedar Valley’s No. 1 overall dealership to do business with year after year. And they’re extremely honored to be recognized as the Best of the Best in Oil Change Service (Quick Lane), and Automotive Salesperson with Ernie Doeden. They also want to recognize Jordan Myers and Braden Rogers as honorable mentions in the Automotive Salesperson category, and Quick Lane as honorable menThe Courier tion for brake 2020 service. of the If you ask Bill what the success of Bill Colwell Ford can be attributed to, he would simply reply with two words, “our employees.” The growth that this company has seen in the past 36 years is from the consistent hard work from their employees. Bill set a standard of how to take care of their customers and the employees have followed it, and because of that they have built a repeat loyal business. Bill Colwell said, “All of our employees know that our customers can buy a car or get their oil changed anywhere, which is why we have to go above and beyond when it comes to customer service.” Customers may have plenty of options when it comes to purchasing and servicing their vehicle, but they choose Bill Colwell Ford year after year. On average the Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center performs 50 oil changes a day, which is around 1,300 a month. And over the past 36 years Bill Colwell Ford has sold over 47,000 vehicles to customers spanning four generations. Bill Colwell has been in the car business his whole life, first working with his father’s dealership in the 1970s before purchasing the Keith Motor Company’s Ford franchise in Hudson in 1984. He built Bill Colwell Ford on the belief that treating his customers and his employees with respect and fairness was the only way to go. Now that Bill Colwell Ford has grown from six to nearly 60 employees, this dedicated staff still believes in making our customer satisfaction second to none. Since 1984, their location on the corner of Highway 63 and Waterloo Road in Hudson has changed quite a bit. In 2012, the dealership began building a new facility directly behind the previous dealership, which had been built in 1960. In October of 2013, they transitioned into the new con-




Bill Colwell and Blake Colwell stand outside Bill Colwell Ford in Hudson on Aug. 3, 2020. struction and the Grand Re-Opening of Bill Colwell Ford was held. In July of 2016, Bill Colwell Ford added the Cedar Valley Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center. And last summer they completed a remodel of their service drive. The physical location is constantly being improved, but so is their virtual location. Their website,, is constantly being updated with new inventory, photos, and blogs. They also have a “Personalize Your Payment” tool so customers can start the buying process from the comfort of their own home, which has become extremely important in serving people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, they have a newly updated online scheduling tool for service appointments with a pick-up and delivery option. “All of these changes have been made with the customer in mind. From day one our goal has been to make the buying process and ownership experience simple and stress-free. And as times change, we as a company continue to adapt and improve to accommodate our customers,” commented Blake Colwell.

Not only has the dealership evolved over the years, but their employees have as well. As vehicle technology progresses, it requires increased levels of knowledge and skills for automotive technicians and the sales staff. This past year, Dan Kleiner completed Ford’s workforce certification technician training program, and Austin Kramer completed Chassis Master Retention and Engine Master Retention in Ford’s Masters Program. Ben Wilson completed another year as a Senior Master Technician, which is Ford Motor Company’s highest certification that a technician can achieve and requires over 550 hours of Ford training. And Devin Schafer graduated from the Ford ASSET Program at DMACC, a two-year program that allows students to earn while they learn and gain hands-on technical experience while earning an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology. This year brought an unexpected challenge of serving customers during a pandemic. With the sudden changes in the community, the dealership quickly adapted to meet customers’ needs in the safest way

possible. Along with following guidelines from the CDC and the online car-shopping tools, they introduced a free pick-up and delivery option for service appointments, video chats with sales staff by request, at-home test drives, and home delivery of purchased vehicles. “We’re seeing just how valuable reliable transportation is, whether it’s getting essential employees to work every day or going to the store to get important supplies. That’s why we’ve stepped up in offering ways for customers to still take care of automotive needs while keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind,” said Blake Colwell. With 36 years of putting people first, it’s no surprise that the dealership has won its fair share of awards. Bill Colwell Ford has won numerous customer satisfaction awards, including the prestigious President’s Award from Ford Motor Company three times. The award recognizes dealers for excellence in providing outstanding customer service and satisfaction. In 2019 they were named a Top 100 Dealership in the United States for their reputation score on Locally they have also been voted the Best of the Best five times in the Cedar Valley. Even with everything going on at Bill Colwell Ford they still are able to find time to give back to the community. As of 2020, Bill Colwell Ford has raised over $68,000 for the Hudson Athletic Booster Club, who is able to use that money for uniform and equipment replacement for the students. Bill Colwell Ford has also worked with other organizations including the Cedar Valley Hospice, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Cedar Bend Humane Society, House of Hope, and the Friends of the Family. “Being able to give back to those who have given us a chance to earn their business is what keeps our business going. The Cedar Valley is a great community and we’re happy to give back and be a part of it,” said Bill Colwell. If you are in the market for a new, preowned, or Certified Pre-Owned vehicle feel free to give Bill Colwell Ford a call or visit their website www.billcolwellford. com, which has thousands of pictures and information on their inventory. If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, they also have an outstanding Ford Service Department and Quick Lane to help maintain your current vehicle, no matter the make and model. Of course, you can always stop by the dealership to get assistance with any automotive need, or just to say hi and enjoy a cup of coffee.


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NewAldaya offers tradition of quality Now more than ever NewAldaya Lifescapes recognizes the need to keep its mission at the forefront. Responding to the ever changing world commands NewAldaya’s bold vision to a life beyond the status quo. New Aldaya is a lifeplan community, embracing you living your life your way for The Courier over 60 years in 2020 the Cedar Valof the ley. Its campus is nestled on 17 acres, and is home to over 300 individuals living independently or with assistance, short term and long term! Services include independent living, assisted living, skilled care, extended care, memory care, and outpatient therapy. At the core of New Aldaya’s mission is to offer Christian caring services on a very individualized basis.



“Our staff have truly embraced our mission to help make us the Best of the Best. We couldn’t do it without their support,” wrote Executive Director and CEO Millisa Tierney to the Courier. At NewAldaya, staff want all who enter to feel welcome! They know it is important for clients to enjoy each day to its fullest, and that’s exactly what staff strives to provide for them. Unlike other retirement organizations, NewAldaya Lifescapes is a stand-alone leader in non-profit senior services. Its tradition of quality at NewAldaya Lifescapes sets it apart from other retirement options. NewAldaya Lifescapes is an award-winning organization. You’ll appreciate its unique 14,000 square foot lifestyle center. NewAldaya Main Street offers beautiful amenities you’re sure to love. NewAldaya Lifescapes … your experience, your choices, their business.

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‘Customers turn into friends for life’ Established in 1982, Magee Construction Co. has evolved into a nationally recognized design/build team. “Our professional and courteous crews act as guests in our clients’ homes,” Wayne Magee said. “Crews try to do everything possible to make the remodeling a pleasant one.” The Magee team believes the same level of attention The Courier 2020 should be apof the plied to each and every project. As clients enjoy their new and remodeled spaces, they spread the word. “Clients are left with pleasant memories after the construction experience and appreciate having an extended warranty on their project,” Magee said. “Customers turn into friends for life.” The goal at Magee Construction Company is to ensure that clients receive quality workmanship and close attention to detail from a staff that really listens to its customers.



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The staff will do everything possible to see that your project flows smoothly and is completed in a timely manner. They understand that roof replacement is just as important to one customer as a new home is to another. Magee’s well-trained staff will skillfully carry out your project from concept to completed construction. We make your dreams a reality. The company has received Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 award, which recognizes the top 50 remodelers in the country, and has repeatedly ranked in Remodeler Magazine’s annual top 500. Locally, Magee Construction has received the Waterloo Historic Preservation award, as well as being voted Best of Best in the Courier poll every year. A Magee Construction home.


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Thank you for voting us Best of the Best Pet Daycare and Honorable Mention Pet Boarding! 319.352.1480



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Thank You for voting us Best of the Best Coffee Shop in the Cedar Valley |College Hill |Ridgeway |Grand Crossing |1st & Hudson

Thank you Cedar Valley for voting us 1st in Best of the Best in Burger!

Always Fresh & Local. Build your own Burger or Brat Stay for the Atmosphere!

We love cooking great food for you!

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Thank you Cedar Valley for voting us 1st in Best of the Best in Program Benefiting Youth! Limited Space for School Season. Join the only Cedar Valley gym devoted to all things cheer. Enroll Today!

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Greenwood Pharmacy Greenwood Pharmacy, owned and operated by Bob and Chery Greenwood, was incorporated in December of 1987 we are 31 years old. Bob in his 42nd year of being a licensed Pharmacist in Iowa; is a 1977 graduate of Creighton University in Omaha. Greenwood is an active member in both Iowa and national pharmacy associaThe Courier tions including 2020 of the the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and the University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy Deans advisory councils. He has served on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for both the National Community Pharmacists Association and Iowa Pharmacist Association. Bob was recognized by the Iowa Pharmacist Association with the Bowl of Hygeia in 2011 and the Hubert H. Humphrey award for the American Pharmacists Association in 2013. Creighton University rec-



ognized Bob with an Alumni Merit award in 2014, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy recognized Bob in 2014 with Honorary Alumni Award, and was inducted into the Eastern Iowa Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in October of 2019. The secret to being the best of the best, Bob learned at an early age in Farley, Iowa is that we are here to serve the customer, our patient believing that there are lots of choices and when a customer enters your place of business, treat them as if you invited them into your home. We do that by putting together the best team that we can, give our employees all of the tools they need to be successful, and provide a place of employment where all employees can excel. A motivated and happy staff of great employees truly makes us successful. Our 1st concern is that we care for our patients; they put their trust in us to care for them and their loved ones, we problem solve with them and try to give them the best pharmacy care we can. Thank You for voting Greenwood Drug and Bob Greenwood as Best of the Best.

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Happy’s Wine and Spirits is 100% locally owned and operated, seeking to offer the best selection for all your wine, kegs, craft beer, and spirits needs.

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Vine Valley Real Estate Emsad Begic’s real estate career started in 2005 while attending college. “I saw an opportunity to fulfill a need, which was to better serve our diverse community with Real Estate needs. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and I saw Real Estate as an opportunity to truly partner and connect. I quickly learned my diverse background has enabled me to find a common ground in successfully closThe Courier ing Real Estate 2020 transactions,” of the he said. In October of last year, Emsad and his wife, Edita, opened up Vine Valley Real Estate. The driving factors behind opening up the firm were to instill an innovative and exuberant approach to real estate. Together, the couple brings diverse work experiences that include leadership, engineering and financial management. The mission of Vine Valley Real Estate is to lead with integrity and commitment to deliver unmatched results. “When it comes to real estate, I pride



“I saw an opportunity to fulfill a need, which was to better serve our diverse community with Real Estate needs.” Emsad Begic, co-owner Vine Valley Real Estate myself in providing exceptional service where I thrive to generate the greatest value for the client by putting the client’s interest first, leveraging my negotiating skills, relying on my relationships and nurturing the client relationship post sale,” Emsad said. The Begics’ note they are “always working.” They seek to provide a stress-free environment, particularly for first-time buyers. “I have been in Real Estate for over 15 years and have enjoyed every minute of it,” Emsad Begic wrote. “My approach to Real Estate is calculated in ways to identify best methods and processes to generate true value to a client at the time of buying or selling.”

For voting us Best of the Best 1st place Realtor® - Emsad Begic Honorable Mention - Real Estate Firm

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Thank you Cedar Valley for voting us Honorable Mention in Autobody Repair!

Founded by Ron Coffman in 1976 6 with continued second generation hard work, quality workmanship & superior customer service

Celebrating 44 Years 1906 State St. Cedar Falls (Next to Mulligan’s) (319) 277-3288 • Free Estimates | Free Loaner Vehicles Approved Repair Shop for Most Insurance Providers

Nicole’s Pampered Paws Honorable Mention Pet Grooming

4116 Gilbertville Gilber Road Waterloo, Iowa 319-464-5086

Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4 Closed the first Wednesday of the month New clients may contact me to be added to my waiting list Thank You Cedar Valley For Your Support!



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Making each moment matter In 1979, Cedar Valley Hospice was founded by a group of grassroots volunteers in our community who saw a need for compassionate, end-of-life care in the Cedar Valley. The idea was started by Virginia Bisbee, who had cared for a dying relative but found an inadequate support system. Other founding board members inThe Courier cluded: Karol 2020 Rae Hoth, of the board president; and Dr. Robert Guthrie, founder of the first Cancer Treatment Center in Waterloo. There were 24 on the first board that met in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church. They were passionate and studied all they could on hospice programs before starting, and also educated the community, its hospitals, funeral directors, religious members, etc., about the benefits of hospice services. Currently, Cedar Valley Hospice



serves over 1,000 patient families per year, has a paid staff of 120 employees and has 400 volunteers. In over four decades, it has served over 20,000 patient families with hospice care and thousands more through other services. Cedar Valley Hospice’s mission is to enrich lives with knowledge, respect and compassionate care. Its main service is hospice care for those nearing the end of life, but Change to Cedar Valley Hospice also offers palliative care for those not quite ready for hospice, adult and youth grief services to the community (regardless of their affiliation with Cedar Valley Hospice), and case management for those living with HIV or AIDS through its Cedar AIDS Support System (CASS) program. Cedar Valley Hospice also provides the area’s only Hospice Home, a 6-bed inpatient unit for respite care and shortterm pain and symptom management, as an alternative to a hospital stay. Interesting fact: Every month it takes 93 volunteers, 30 cookie-bakers and many quilters to provide service there. With Cedar Valley Hospice you receive:


Late July, Cedar Valley Hospice broke ground for its new building that will be located near the corner of San Marnan Drive and Ansborough Avenue in Waterloo.  A team of experts to care for your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.  Staff specially trained to Cedar Valley Hospice standards in its dedicated Simulation Lab.  The highest level of knowledge, respect and compassionate care.  An organization with a history of “Make Each Moment Matter, for patients and families.” “Every day, our staff live and breathe

our mission and work very hard to live our tagline—‘Make Each Moment Matter’ for families,” Michaela Vandersee, executive director, wrote to the Courier. The Cedar Valley Hospice staff believes “compassionate care” is not just a phrase that is spoken, but rather a way of living and working every day to help and support the patients and families they serve. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians continue to care for patients while taking extra precautions on home and facility visits and implementing telehealth visits as needed. Cedar Valley has won Employer of Choice and Best of the Best awards from the Courier for several years. The organization also recently won the national Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award. “With more than 95 percent of our patients residing in their own homes, it explains why families have continually voted Cedar Valley Hospice Best of the Best in Home Health, because they receive access to our experts and services – month after month – that would not be possible elsewhere,” Vandersee wrote.

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Thank you for voting Dalton,

BEST OF THE BEST! A sincere thank you from all of us for voting Dalton The Courier Best of the Best for 2020. We are dedicated to giving you the comfort to snuggle, hunker down, and get cozy together. We’re looking out for your comfort and your pocketbook. Dalton and Regency are offering great pricing on select products. Visit our showroom to find your new fireplace.

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Life 101.9 FM Radio This has been a crazy year for families and business in the Cedar Valley, and that has been the case for Life 101.9 as well. However, the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic has also provided new and exciting opportunities for this listener-supported ministry to provide encouragement and hope to listeners all over Eastern Iowa. KNWS has operated on Texas Street in The Courier Waterloo since 2020 1953, when the of the University of Northwestern (then Northwestern College) purchased KNWS-AM for $60,000 as part of their vision for a media outreach to share God’s love on radio stations around the Upper Midwest. That vision was implemented by well-known evangelist Billy Graham, who was the second president of the college. After 12 years of ministry, KNWS-FM (Life 101.9) went on the air in 1965 to expand the reach of the ministry to a larger area. The on-air team works hard each



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day to play songs that point listeners to Jesus, while sharing stories and information that bring encouragement and hope. The weekday lineup includes Adam Hannan (6 a.m.-10 a.m.), Jenn Pooler (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), Rick Hall (2 p.m.-6 p.m.) and Logan Roush (6 p.m.-10 p.m.). The weekend crew features Lyle Krueger, April Wilson and Station Manager Matt Deane. In addition to the uplifting music, Life 101.9 enjoys providing listeners with the opportunity to show the love of Jesus to their neighbors and friends. The station just wrapped up their annual Cards for Kids drive that provided over $5,000 in gift cards for families with a child receiving care at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. In January, listeners donated over $16,000 to homeless shelters in Eastern Iowa during Life 101.9’s Share the Love campaign. While the COVID-19 pandemic has


The staff of KNWS Life 101.9 gather outside for a photograph on Aug. 5, 2020. changed life in the Cedar Valley, the mission of Life 101.9 has stayed the same – leading people to Christ and encouraging believers in their faith. Many of the on-air staff were able to do their shows from home in the early days of the pandemic, providing hope at a time when it was needed more than ever. While many

of the concerts and events Life 101.9 is usually involved with have been cancelled due to the pandemic, the station continues to create new ways to interact with listeners virtually. Life 101.9 is grateful to again receive this recognition as one of the Courier’s 2020 Best of the Best!

Positive and Uplifting!

Thank you Cedar Valley for voting us the Best of the Best!





Deery provides high-tech service “Your safety is our obligation.” “This is more than just a tag line — it is how we’ve run our business for the past 25 years,” said General Manager, Todd Arenholz. “Our focus when repairing a vehicle is to perform a complete, safe repair. We want to be sure our clients’ vehicle is repaired properly so it is as safe to drive after the The Courier repair as it was 2020 before the acciof the dent. Deery Brothers Collision Center opened in 1997, although its history did not begin there. Collision repair services started in the dealerships of brothers Dan and John Deery. In 1995, spearheaded by the late John Deery Sr., plans were started to combine the two shops at one location. A year and a half later, the Deery Brothers Collision Center was open for business.



Deery Brothers currently employs 25 people. Its specialty is OEM-certified collision repair. “We have the latest equipment and utilize the newest cutting edge technology to repair collision damage efficiently and correctly,” Arenholz wrote to the Courier. “Deery Brothers Collision Center in Cedar Falls currently holds the I-Car training, Gold Class industry distinction. Deery is also a Toyota- and Nissan-Certified shop. Toyota has 167 certified shops in the United States. Deery is the only one in all of Iowa. “Our secret is definitely our employees,” Arenholz wrote on his Best of the Best form. “Hands down, this is the best team I have ever had the pleasure of managing. Each and every employee is committed to providing the customer with a safe, proper, certified repair.” KELLY WENZEL Deery Brothers is also a sponsor of many community programs, including Employees of Deery Bros Collision gather for a photo on Aug. 27, 2020. Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Hawkeye Community College, Junior local and area sports programs, Cedar Co-op for Kids, a work experience proAchievement, Cedar Valley United Way, Valley Food Bank, local car shows and gram in the Cedar Falls schools.


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Henninger Electric continues to grow This is Henninger Electric’s first year winning the Courier’s Best of the Best, with a couple previous honorable mentions. The company was founded by Terry HenThe Courier ninger almost 2020 of the 25 years ago and was purchased in 2013 by Wayne and Jasmine Gaston. Wayne has always liked working with his hands and seeing how things functioned. He also found a passion for helping others see their electrical dreams come to “light.” Henninger Electric is a full-service electrical company. While the main focus is residential and commercial work Henninger also works in the agricultural and industrial fields.



Henninger Electric prides itself on quality work and customer service. Employees work hard to make sure their customers’ needs and dreams are met with the lighting and electrical components to their projects. Henninger provides upfront, fair pricing with excellent communication, punctuality and customer service. Henninger Electric employs electricians who are knowledgeable and care about their work, customers’ projects and providing great service. In addition to the Best of the Best recognition, Henninger has been recognized by Angie’s List for superior service. Henninger Electric continues to grow and thanks their customers for making it possible. If you’re looking for an electrician for an upcoming project, call us to see why our Henninger heading off to work. customers keep coming back.


Thank you Cedar Valley for voting us 1st in Best of the Best for Electrician! When you’re in need of an electrician, there’s no competition—the Henninger Electric team is here for you. Since 1995, home and business owners in the Cedar Valley have trusted us to complete all levels of residential and commercial electrical service. From minor service, emergency calls to new homes, service panel upgrades, and remodeling, you’ll receive the best quality at the most affordable price.

3008 S Hudson Rd Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Phone: (319)232-6373 Email:



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qualities of great mentors

“Clothing you for life’s important moments!”

What to look for when seeking advice of others



o one achieves success all on their own. Many of today’s most prominent business leaders can point back to a mentor who helped guide them during the formative years of their careers. Mentors are an invaluable source of motivation and wisdom for any budding professional. These individuals can act as your guide through uncertainty and difficult career situations, and as your cheerleader when you begin to realize your goals. To help young professionals who are seeking mentorship, we asked a group of entrepreneurs what qualities all great mentors have in common. Reflecting on their own experiences, here’s what they say you should look for as you choose your mentor.


They ask the right questions

A great mentor doesn’t necessarily know all of the solutions to your problems, says Rachel Beider, CEO of PRESS Modern Massage. They do, however, ask the right questions to help you understand more about the challenges you face. “When dealing with a recent crisis, my business coach helped me out of my anxious head space by asking me bigger picture questions that put me in a more strategic mindset,” Beider says. “Change the questions, change the outcome.”

have vision 2 They When Piyush Jain,CEO

of SIM palm, began his entrepreneurial journey, he learned many skills from his mentor. However, what stood out most to Jain was his mentor’s vision for the future.

“He was able to project the next five to 10 years for himself and the business and follow through,” Jain says. “Vision is where all the execution becomes fruitful.”

express positivity 3 They It’s natural to sometimes feel like

you’re “behind” in your career or want to be in a better place, says Jared Atchison, co-founder of WPForms. When you start negatively comparing yourself to others, your ideal mentor should counter with a positive outlook. “A good mentor expresses positivity to ease those doubts and reassures you that, with enough dedication and work, you can be exactly where you want to be,” Atchison says.

4 They’re a great communicator

Kristin Kimberly Marquet, founder and creative director of Marquet Media LLC, says every mentor she’s had in business had one thing in common: They were great communicators. “My mentors knew how to listen and provide objective feedback,” Marquet says. “They were clear in their insight and asked questions.”


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listen to you 5 They One of the top qualities of a great

mentor is an ability to listen, says Stephanie Wells, founder and lead developer of Formidable Forms. They’ll hear you out when you have something to say and are always happy to take your questions. “If you work with someone who blocks out what you say, then very little progress can be made,” Wells says. “A good mentor listens to their students and takes feedback like a pro, so they can do better with the next person they train.”

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1st place – Retirement Community, Assisted Living, Nursing Home Honorable Mention – Home Health Agency (atHome with Western Home) Honorable Mention - Best Place to Celebrate an Anniversary (Table 1912) Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the hero in us is revealed. – Bob Riley, former governor of Alabama There’s possibly been no harder time for those who support older adults than 2020, with a virus circulating that takes aim at their age group more than any other. The circumstances have revealed many heroes at Western Home Communities, a non-profit provider of housing and services for older adults – from active and on-thego, to those in need of full-time care. “Our teams hit the ground running to tackle this virus head-on and haven’t stopped since late February,” says CEO Kris Hansen. “So much changed about how we do our jobs, and to see these employees respond and turn on a dime has been inspiring.” Western Home Communities serves about 1,400 residents in Cedar Falls, Grundy Center, Jesup, Madrid and Huxley, plus another 300 at

managed communities in Reinbeck, Denver, Sumner, Cresco and Nevada. “Our front-line employees have been fantastic,” Hansen says. “They’ve shown their dedication to residents and clients even when they’re away from work, wearing masks and social distancing so the people they serve are safer. Along with nurses and aides, it’s our dining staff, maintenance workers, housekeepers, transportation drivers and more who are going the extra mile.” The virus remains a threat to older adults, so getting back to fully normal operations will likely require effective treatments and vaccines to become readily available. In the meantime, residents routinely express confidence in the protocols being taken to keep them safe. Family members have been happy to see limited visits resume, outdoors and in a protected space. Many elements of the business have reopened with enhanced infection control measures in place, from The Grosse Aquatic and Wellness Center to Diamond Event Center, Gilmore’s Pub and Caraway Café.

Martha Rodriguez, LPN, gardens with Ken Carlo at Nation Cottage. She later used some of the backyard produce to make guacamole for residents.

Villa construction underway An expansion on the south campus in Cedar Falls went forward as planned in 2020: the construction of two new streets to ultimately accommodate 36 new villas, duplex-style living for active older adults. Construction wrapped on the first four of them and move-ins occurred midAugust on Lemongrass Drive.

Rachel Phillips of Western Home Communities “drives” an ice cream delivery truck to surprise residents of Deery Suites on a hot August day.

The Deery Suites: Recover after surgery Elective surgeries have resumed at local hospitals and Deery Suites is in demand for post-acute skilled care. “Therapy is an important part of rehabilitation after surgery, and we’re doing all of that in resident rooms right now,” explains administrator Tabitha Tjaden. “Everyone has a spacious private bedroom-and-bathroom suite with shower. We built it that way for privacy and dignity, and the design definitely helps with infection control.” Jorgensen Plaza: Outpatient therapy Outpatient therapy appointments never stopped inside Jorgensen Plaza, where clients have been distanced from one another and all equipment is disinfected between sessions. Anyone who needs speech, occupational or physical therapy can request these services at Western Home Communities, where therapists use innovative programs to pinpoint specific therapy needs and target problem areas faster.

Creativity at work Employees have been thinking creatively to help residents find joy in the midst of difficult circumstances due to the virus. They’ve gardened, exercised via Zoom classroom sessions, watched online worship services, held socially distanced thank-you parades for nurses, played hallway bingo, danced with caregivers wearing personal protective equipment, and sang along with the music therapist. Recently, a household coordinator at Deery Suites made the rounds delivering ice cream while dressed in a cardboard ice cream “truck,” to the delight of residents. “We’ve definitely seen everyday heroes emerge,” Hansen says, “and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

In late July, residents gathered (bottom left) to watch construction on the extension of Caraway Lane and a new street, Lemongrass Drive, on the south campus of Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls. (Aerial photo courtesy of Denny Mills)

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Thank you,

1st place, Retirement Community

Cedar Valley, for your votes and your support. 1st place, Assisted Living

1st Place, Nursing Home

Honorable Mention, Home Health Agency (atHome with Western Home)

Honorable Mention, Best Place to Celebrate an Anniversary - Table 1912