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Darlene Pierman receives promotion at Edward Jones

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Darlene Pierman

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Suzy Tubbs

Darlene Pierman has been promoted to senior branch office administrator at a Payson branch of the financial services firm, Edward Jones. Pierman has been with Jones for three-and-a-half years.

Ross Hage, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, said, “Darlene is very deserving of this promotion. She has demonstrated an outstanding ability to juggle the many complex tasks and responsibilities associated with helping run this office. I’m very pleased to recognize and reward her exceptional ability and dedication to the firm.”

“I am happy to receive this promotion,” Pierman said. “It’s terrific to be rewarded for a job well done. Of course, it can be challenging at times, but it’s always educational, and I really enjoy my work, especially serving as mentor coordinator for our region.”

Edward Jones was recently ranked No. 2 of 100 Best Companies to Work for by Fortune magazine. Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliates, in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce to hold business showcase and marketplace

Using the theme “Team to Succeed” the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 17th business showcase and marketplace March 21.

This year, the showcase will be in Payson High School’s Wilson Dome from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 21.

Businesses have the opportunity to show off their products, and to sell their products. Both inside and outside vendors will display and sell goods and services. Food vendors will be available.

There will be a chamber mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 at the Majestic Mountain Inn, to network and get ready for this first exhibition of the year. The price is $3 members, $5 community. Proceeds will go to the “Friends of Parks and Rec” to help keep open athletic programs in Payson.

Prizes will be given for the “Best Inside Booth,” “Best Outside Booth,” “Best Themed Booth” and the “Viewer’s Choice Booth.” All booths will have raffle prizes to give away.

Prior sponsors and exhibitors have preference until Feb. 6, and then members and others may apply.

Priority will go to chamber members, but non-members will receive a one-year chamber membership if they are accepted.

For information, please call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

Business Buzz speaker offers advice

Tuesday’s Business Buzz speaker, Christine Wailand Harrison, Ph.D., discussed the underlying obstructions Payson businesses face and offered new ways of thinking about creating a successful business and community.

Payson is not well coordinated, Harrison said. She pointed out that businesses on Main Street are open at all different times, making it difficult for customers to shop. She also noted businesses need to offer customers better service. If one business does not have an item, they should send them to a local shop that does, and if that shop does not have it, they should order it.

“We need to offer a sincere willingness to help,” she said.

Harrison, author of “How to Play Nice Together,” said business owners and community members need to change their way of thinking.

A business is not a hobby, where you can show up and close whenever you like, it is a commitment, Harrison said to an audience of 40 business owners and town officials at the Best Western Inn, Jan. 20.

Harrison asked the audience to focus on the future and now and stop dredging up the past.

“Ask yourself, how am I contributing to the very thing I came to complain about?” she said.

To make Payson the best it can be, businesses need to create big, exciting plans and collaborate, she said.

Association manager passes national certification exam

Suzy Tubbs, community manager, for The Rim Golf Club Community Association Payson, has been named a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) by the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM).

Tubbs joins more than 8,000 CMCA recipients nationwide who have demonstrated the professional knowledge that is so important for managing condominium and community associations and cooperatives.

To obtain and maintain the CMCA credential, a manager must complete comprehensive course work, pass a national certification examination, adhere to the CMCA standards of professional conduct, and take continuing education courses regularly.

Tubbs was hired by The Rim Golf Club Community Association in 2004. She was promoted to the community manager in mid-2005. She grew quickly in her position. Her dedication and service to the community has been greatly noticed and appreciated from her peers, local agencies and property owners, according to a press release.

Achieving the CMCA credential is another tool to provide the high level of service to the community.

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