Updated: December 12, 2012 1:58AM
Rejoins firm: Querrey & Harrow has announced the return of Nicholas Johnson of Antioch who will practice in the firm’s Waukegan office, focusing on litigation, construction law and contract issues. He received his BA degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2000, and his JD degree, magna cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Mich., in 2005. He is admitted to practice in both Illinois and Wisconsin, and is a member of the federal trial bar. Johnson is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association and is a member of the Antioch Zoning and Building Commission.
New hires: Heather Brehmer is the new marketing director at United Group Inc., the Lake Forest-based manufacturer and reseller of high-value seating products. Brehmer brings nine years of marketing experience working with Datasat Digital Entertainment as the vice president of marketing, worldwide in Chatsworth, Calif. Originally from Mundelein and a graduate of Mundelein High School, Brehmer received her bachelor of arts degree in advertising and marketing from Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif. Additionally, Paul Sprenger, a 1992 graduate of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, with a degree in enterprise management, has joined United Group as account manager in the Industrial Seating Division. Sprenger brings more than 20 years of sales, customer service and management experience.
Certification: Randy Blaser of Gurnee, with RE/MAX Center in Grayslake, has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification offered by the National Association of Realtors. The SFR certification helps both buyers and sellers navigate the complicated transactions. According to a recent survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures.
Milestone: What started out as a summer job for Mundelein Park District’s superintendent of parks became a 40-year career and it’s still going strong. This month marks the 40th anniversary with the district for Jerry Cleaveland. When he started out cutting grass for the Park District, things were really different. “A buddy and I were looking to earn some money and responded to an ad in the paper; we got the jobs, and I never left.” Since those early days, Mundelein Park District has grown with new neighborhoods, now hosting more than 785 acres. Cleaveland’s responsibilities grew over the years from a member of a staff of two. Now, he oversees the maintenance of 33 parks and manages a staff of 12 full-time, as well as seasonal employees.