Business briefs for Nov. 11

Bremer Bank’s Lois Schmidt earns president’s award

The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration awarded its annual excellence awards at the MAVA annual business meeting Nov. 7 to outstanding volunteers and leaders of volunteers.

The MAVA President’s Award was awarded to Lois Schmidt.

The President’s Award is given at the discretion of the board president and executive leadership at MAVA to recognize an individual or organization that has provided outstanding support to advance MAVA’s strategic efforts or the field of volunteerism.

“Lois Schmidt has been a significant partner and friend to MAVA since the early days of its founding. She supported the concert of MAVA and endorsed the organization’s application for the initial Impact Foundation Award received to start the Volunteer Resources Leadership Initiative. Lois has been valuable in shaping workshops and resources in ways that have made MAVA truly statewide,” said a news release.

“Lois continues to contribute as an important voice to MAVA for issues of Greater Minnesota, interpreting what she observes in her role as a community resources specialist for Bremer Bank, to the benefit of volunteerism and its needs in rural communities.

“Overall, Lois’ key accomplishments are central to MAVA’s ability to move from being a metro organization to a true statewide organization. She is always an advocate for volunteerism and has contributed greatly to bringing resources to support the field of volunteer management.”

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Hoffman & Brobst announces promotions

Hoffman & Brobst, PLLP, a Certified Public Accounting firm, is pleased to announce the following promotions:

Eric Eben and Lisa Zmeskal have joined Gary St. Aubin, Patrick Louwagie and Barry Evenstad as partners of the firm. Eric has been with Hoffman & Brobst 14 years and has been instrumental in developing our wind industry client base. Eric has also developed a significant base of tax clients. Lisa has been with Hoffman & Brobst 15 years and leads our audit practice. Lisa also maintains and oversees our Peer Review requirements.

Sharon Klein and Susan Lindstrom have joined Marlene Verdoes and Roger VanMoorlehem as managers of the firm. Sharon has been with the firm 31 years. In addition to supporting a large clientele with tax, payroll and accounting services, Sharon maintains our computer networks and other software issues. Susan is in our Granite Falls office and has been with the firm since our acquisition of the Granite Falls practice back in 1991. Susan assists with the managing of the Granite Falls office as well as having a large number of tax and recordkeeping clientele. Marlene continues her involvement with our accounting, audit and tax practice, while Roger manages our Minneota accounting and tax practice.

In addition to the above individuals, the firm has thirteen other professional staff and eleven other administrative and support staff providing accounting, auditing, income tax and other consulting services to our clientele. Hoffman & Brobst has offices in Marshall, Minneota and Granite Falls.