West County Business
Continuing a longstanding commitment to the community, Coldwell Banker Gundaker associates at their annual auction recently raised $115,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of St. Louis.
Over the past 27 years, associates, managers and employees of the St. Louis-based residential real estate brokerage company have donated $1.76 million to RMHC of St. Louis, raising funds through charity auctions and company and local office events.
“The unselfish and generous efforts of our sales associates and employees make it possible for families to have a home away from home,” said Jim Dohr, president of Coldwell Banker Gundaker. “We are proud to give back to our communities and to have helped make a difference in people’s lives.”
RMHC of St. Louis provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children traveling to St. Louis for medical treatment. The organization has grown to include three houses, eight extended-stay apartments and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which are located at Mercy Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.
Lori Kelling, president of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce, was elected to serve on the Chamber of Commerce of Executives of Missouri (CCEM) board of directors for 2013. The CCEM was organized to strengthen chamber management throughout the state and works to provide professional growth and development opportunities for its members.
Tyler Bender has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial lending, for Midwest Regional Bank.
Chesterfield resident and CPA Justin Reppy has joined Abeles and Hoffman as a senior tax manager.
Creve Coeur-based Brown Smith Wallace has promoted CPA David Heilich to partner.
Michelle Brooks, of Ballwin, was named program coordinator/fundraising associate for the St. Louis chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.
AWARDS & HONORS
Creve Coeur resident Vanessa Keith, a litigator with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C., was named to the ninth edition of Who’s Who In Black St. Louis and is featured in its “Phenomenal Women of St. Louis” section. The honor recognizes African-Americans locally and nationally for their achievements, sacrifices and triumphs.
MEETINGS & NETWORKING
The West County Chamber of Commerce holds a First Friday Coffee networking event from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at Viviano’s Festa Italiano, 150 Four Seasons in Chesterfield. Chamber members may register at westcountychamber.com; non-members wishing to register should call 230-9900.
The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce holds a First Thursday Coffee networking event from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Jason’s Deli, 17245 Chesterfield Airport Road. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members. To register, call 532-3399, or visit chesterfieldmochamber.com by Feb. 5.
The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee presents a Mardi Gras-themed Casino Night from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, Feb 8 at Helicopter’s, Inc., 18366 Wings of Hope Blvd. in Chesterfield. Guests can play blackjack, craps and roulttes for prizes auctioned at the end of the evening. Drinks and appetizers also are featured. Admission is $50 per person. To register, call 532-3399, or visit chesterfieldchamber.com.