Names & Notes, April 23, 2017

Ruff graduates from Iowa Tourism Leadership Institute

Val Ruff, executive director of the Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently graduated from the Iowa Tourism Leadership Institute, held April 6-7 in Perry.

The institute provides Iowa tourism professionals an opportunity to expand their leadership knowledge and skills. Institute attendees included nine first-year graduates, six graduates who returned for a second year of training and eight returning for a third year. Industry members apply to attend the Institute and as part of the application process must demonstrate their involvement in the tourism industry and leadership qualities.

Curriculum for the Institute includes core courses in marketing and branding, board/staff partnerships, strategic planning, leading in times of change, creativity and leadership influence. Electives featured sessions in social media, facilitation skills, public speaking, networking and communication skills.

Meling Construction takes part in training program

MAZOMANIE, Wis. — Mike Meling, of Meling Construction in Marshalltown, recently graduated from the Wick Buildings Builder Orientation School, and has joined more than 100 builders in the Midwest who proudly represent Wick Buildings. Meling has completed a 3-day session to learn about high quality post-frame engineering and construction techniques, as well as building systems for the professional builder. Builder school was held at the Wick Buildings headquarters in Mazomanie, Wis., April 11-13.

“Our builders are learning the best practices in engineered post-frame construction and customer service to ensure that buyers are getting the maximum value for every dollar they spend,” said Jeff Farquhar, president and general manager of Wick Buildings.

“Many businesses, particularly those in post-frame construction, are reacting to the economic environment by reducing the quality of materials and offering sales incentives. Wick and Meling Construction are investing in training to ensure post-frame buildings are built to stand the test of time,” said Farquhar.