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The Upstate Alliance of Realtors honored seven of its most active members with awards recognizing faithful service to the association, the real estate profession and the community. The awards are: Realtor of the Year, Phil Stinson, North Eastern Group Realty; Hall of Fame Award, Tom Rayl, First National Real Estate Co.; Affiliate of the Year; John Runge, Ruoff Home Mortgage; Outstanding Service Award, Tug Pierson, RE/MAX Results; Special Projects Award, Jennifer Callison (co-recipient), Mike Thomas Associates; Special Projects Award, Patrick Maloblocki (co-recipient), Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber; and President’s Award, Jerry Ehle, Schrader Real Estate and Auction of Fort Wayne.

Lia Sophia announced top honors for its Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for their outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism. Having just joined the fashion jewelry business, the following local advisers earned this accomplishment in their first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and sharing Lia Sophia with other new advisers: Jen Drasny of Fort Wayne, who can be contacted at www.liasophia.com/jendrasny; and Lisa Baumgartner of Fort Wayne, who can be contacted at www.liasophia.com/lisabaumgartner.

Kara M. Smith, CPA, has joined Baden Gage & Schroeder as a senior tax manager. Smith’s practice focuses on consultations in business structure, buy/sell scenarios, growth planning, estate planning and tax reduction strategies.

Grant T. Goeglein of Northwestern Mutual received the 2012 NAIFA Quality Award for his commitment to exceptional client service, professional education, industry volunteerism and adherence to the NAIFA Code of Ethics.

Linda Galloway received life membership in the Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association in Indianapolis on Nov. 2. She was honored for her dedication and service to the organization.

The Fort Wayne NAIFA chapter honored 19 members who have received the NAIFA Quality Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the industry’s leading trade association: Scott Bond, Northwestern Mutual (23-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Kevin Bontrager, Northwestern Mutual (seven-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Al Cyr, Cyr and Cyr Insurance Services (34-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Kyle Cyr, Cyr and Cyr Insurance Services (seven-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Rone Davis, New York Life (one-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Dan Doehrman, New York Life (two-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Grant Goeglein, Northwestern Mutual (three-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Rob Hayworth, Northwestern Mutual (10-year Silver Milestone, Life/Annuity award); Joyce Hefty-Covell, State Farm Insurance (17-year recipient, Multiline and Life/Annuity award); Matt Henry, Northwestern Mutual (three-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Stan Koehl, Northwestern Mutual (nine-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Randy Lehman, Lehman Financial Advisors (24-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Jared Mann, Northwestern Mutual (one-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Sheila Roesler-McCampbell, Northwestern Mutual (14-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Aaron Moore, Northwestern Mutual (six-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Jeff Rapp, Northwestern Mutual (14-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); Art Schroeder, Thrivent Financial (15-year Silver Milestone recipient, Life/Annuity award); Troy Tom , New York Life (one-year recipient, Life/Annuity award); and Richard Vail, Northwestern Mutual (two-year recipient, Life/Annuity award).

Defiance College has announced the appointment of Bridget Leahy as director of bands beginning in 2013.

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