Business Buzz for the week of May 19

Barbara Sweeney

GrandStay names team member of the year
Barbara Sweeney, breakfast attendant at GrandStay Hotel & Conference Apple Valley, was awarded GrandStay Hotels Team Member of the Year at the company’s 2017 GM Education Forum in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

“She strives every day to make the hotel feel like home to each and every guest that stays there,” said GrandStay Hospitality President Jon Kennedy. “The dedication to caring service is why Barbara was chosen as the GrandStay Hotels Team Member of the Year and she truly lives by the brand motto of Every Guest ~ Every Time.”

Firefly ranks in top 50
Burnsville-based Firefly Credit Union is ranked No. 22 in the Callahan & Associates list of the top 50 credit unions in the country.

Firefly received exceptional ratings in four categories: Total Return of Member, Return to Savers, Return to Borrowers and Member Service Usage.

It was the only Minnesota credit union in the top 50.

Lifeworks elects board member
Mark Geldernick, second vice president – law at Securian Financial Group, has been elected to the board of directors of Eagan-based Lifeworks Services.

Geldernick has served in numerous, expanding roles at Securian since 2007 and currently serves as his division’s chief legal officer. He previously served on the board of directors for Wakota Federal Credit Union and Minnesota D.A.R.E.

“Mark has been a strong advocate for Lifeworks for many years and we’re lucky to have him,” said Lifeworks Board Chair John Orner, vice president, treasurer, and chief investment officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Geldernick joins the Lifeworks board of directors as Al Woodward, former attorney with Stinson Leonard Street, retires after serving since 2005.

Lifeworks is a nonprofit organization founded in 1965 by parents of children with disabilities.

HealthEast to join with Fairview
The Fairview and HealthEast boards of directors have approved the final agreement for HealthEast to become part of the Fairview system effective June 1.

The combined system will be led by Fairview President and CEO James Hereford. HealthEast CEO Kathryn Correia will join Fairview’s senior executive team as chief administrative officer.

The system will be governed by the existing Fairview board of directors, which will add three current HealthEast board members: Michael R. Connly, Julie S. Causey and Tim Marx.