Names & Notes, June 25, 2017

Robertson joins Holmes Murphy leadership

DES MOINES — Holmes Murphy, recently welcomed 17 new employee shareholders from six company locations, continuing the organization’s strong heritage of being a privately-held, independent insurance brokerage.

Holmes Murphy shareholders help lead the company in its mission to promote health, protect wealth and deliver peace of mind. Among the team members joining the existing shareholder group is Marshalltown native Jake Robertson. He currently holds the position of account executive, Property Casualty at Holmes Murphy in Des Moines.

Retirement open house for Keeler at Franklin Elementary

Franklin Elementary School will host a retirement open house for Melissa Keeler from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 29 at the school.

All are invited to honor Keeler as she retires after 41 years working for Marshalltown Schools. The event will be held in the Franklin playground area or indoors at the Franklin media center if there is inclement weather.

Keeler started working in the district in 1976 and has worked at Albion Elementary, Marshalltown High School, Glick Elementary and is retiring as secretary at Franklin.

Franklin Elementary Principal Tim Holmgren said Keeler has provided tremendous support for him during his 10 years as principal.

“You can’t measure the impact Melissa has had on students, families and staff,” Holmgren said. “I have always appreciated her support, commitment and consistency. Mrs. Keeler will be greatly missed.”

Keeler asks that no gifts be given, but cards will be accepted at the open house.


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