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January 19, 2013

Business People: Jan. 20

AU grads return to work on campus

ANDERSON — Three Anderson University alumni — Jacob Banwart, Michelle Leak and Katie Peters — returned to campus this year as counselors in the admissions office.

“The opportunity to work with admissions at AU — the place that gave me so much as a student — mixed with the opportunity to work with the same age range of students made my decision a no-brainer,” said Banwart, a 2012 graduate.

Leak, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in social work, had continued ties to Anderson after graduation. “I initially took a social work job in Anderson, but then accepted the admissions position,” she said.

Peters found her love for youth after graduating in 2009. With a degree in English, Peters had envisioned herself in a freelance or technical editing career but was open to alternative careers.

Sparks and staff to attend sales rally

ANDERSON — Jada Sparks, a real estate professional for Carpenter Realtors, and her staff will attend a sales rally and awards program on Jan. 30 in Indianapolis.

Sparks, an award-winning agent who has been in real estate since 2000, views the rally as an opportunity to motivate herself and her staff.

Whitinger & Co. hires accountants

MUNCIE — Whitinger & Co. has expanded its professional staff with the hiring of Elizabeth Driscoll, CPA, as tax senior and Jodi Bronson as staff accountant with the firm.

Driscoll and Bronson will work primarily in the firm’s tax division, where they will work for both businesses and individuals.

Driscoll, a native of Muncie, earned a BS in accounting, with a minor in mathematical sciences, from Ball State University and earned her CPA designation in 2010. She previously worked as a tax consultant for Deloitte Tax in Indianapolis and most recently as a senior accountant for a local firm.

Bronson, originally from Muncie, received her bachelor of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was an intern with Whitinger & Company in 2010. She then went on to begin her career in accounting at Crowe Horwath in Indianapolis.

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