Earnest named partner of West & Company

MATTOON -- Nathan L. Earnest has been named a partner of West & Company, LLC.

Earnest is a native of Newton and a graduate of McKendree University. He resides in Wheeler with his spouse, Nikki and their four children.

Earnest joined the firm in 2004. His duties include the provision of accounting and tax services to individuals, partnerships and closely-held corporations. He will also serve as the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Bank Services Department.

Swearingen named Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors

CHARLESTON -- Gary Swearingen, managing director–complex manager, of Wells Fargo Advisors in Charleston, has been recognized on the 2019 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors by Forbes.

This accolade represents a list of professionals that come to work with one goal on their mind – helping their clients succeed.

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“It’s an honor to be recognized by Forbes as one of the Best-in-State Wealth Advisors,” said Swearingen. “As investment planning has become more complex, my top priority is to work with my clients to develop strategies to help give them confidence around all facets of their financial lives and achieve their short- and long-term investment goals.”

Swearingen has more than 21 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and earned a bachelor in finance and a masters in science in personal financial planning from the College for Financial Planning.

JC Penney manager earns Founder's Award 

MATTOON -- Tricia Murdock, general manager of the JC Penney at Cross County Mall, was recently awarded the company’s prestigious Founder’s Award for outstanding accomplishments in 2018.

The Founder’s Award highlights store leaders excelling in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise. 

“The 2018 Founder’s Awards recipients have played a key role in driving the JCPenney business, embodying our Warrior values of loyalty, passion, service and courage,” said Kim Dowgielewicz, Midwest regional vice president for JCPenney. “The Founder’s Award is the Company’s highest honor, recognizing leadership excellence. I’m proud of our talented group of associates who earned this special recognition, and look forward to another successful year in Illinois.”

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