Business Notes for November 13, 2022

The Gazette’s Business Notes is a compendium of the week’s promotions, new hires, certifications, added businesses, and business events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the rest of the Corridor, among other things.

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New employees

DR Andrew Liu joined the Mercy Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Cedar Rapids as an otolaryngologist.

DR Keri Mounce is now the primary care physician at MercyCare Prairie Creek in Cedar Rapids.

The Mercy Cardiology Clinic, also in Cedar Rapids, introduced Dr. Miruais Hamed as a cardiologist.

Stephanie Lukaszka joined Mercy Urology Clinic in Cedar Rapids as a registered nurse.

Skywalk group discontinued Lori Smith as a senior recruiter.


Wellmark has named Blue Cross and Blue Shield Keith Shah as executive vice president and chief health and innovation officer.

Promoted to Skywalk Group Sami Sandecki to the purchasing manager.

hats off

Paul Morf of Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman was named 2023 Trusts and Estates Attorney of the Year by Best Lawyers.

Gregor Bosch from Bosch Financial was recognized as the 2022 Newell C. Day Agent of the Year by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Iowa.

Cedar Rapids Toyota in Hiawatha received the 2022 Toyota Motor North America Board of Governors Award.

Insights and Sessions

NewBoCo will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday from 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Olympic South Side Theater, 1202 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Visit for more information.

Monthly in-person networking and business skills workshops sponsored by SCORE are scheduled for this Thursday from 7:30am to 9am at Scott’s Family Restaurant and 11:30am to 1pm at the Chrome Horse. For more information, email [email protected]

The Q3 Gazette Business Breakfast panel discussion, “A Small Business’ Tool Kit for 2023: Lessons we’ve Learned and Challenges – and Opportunities – for that we can be ready,” is now online at /3eD04Wv. Panelists are Paul Andreasen, Founder and Owner, Saucy Focaccia; Sydney Rieckhoff, CEO, Almost Famous Popcorn; and Kymberly Stevenson, Manager, Targeted Small Business Development Program, Iowa Economic Development Authority. The discussion series was sponsored by BerganKDV.

The final episode of 2022 in the Gazette Spotlight on… taped interview series is also available at This group recognizes companies and organizations for their focus on growth. Interviewed were Luke Bishop of BAE Systems; Big Grove’s Matt Swift; Sarah Nelson of the Comm-Unity Crisis Service; and Drew Martel of Foundation 2. The Better Business Bureau’s Cedar Rapids office also joined The Gazette to speak with Marc Meyer of Inteconnex. The series was sponsored by TrueNorth Cos.

Gregor Bosch

Miruais Hamed

Andrew Liu

Stephanie Lukaszka

Paul Morf

Keri Mounce

Sami Sandecki


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