Jeff Merrill was the top producer for January for Guarantee Home Loans. Guy Willis and Doug Lanier also are recognized for their January production.
Ricky Authier is loan officer of the month for January for U.S. Mortgage Home Loan Center.
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Jesse A. Lewallen completed his two years of career agent training and requirements with Farmers Insurance and is opening his J.A. Lewallen Insurance & Notary Services at 264 Clovis Ave., No. 209, in Clovis.
Fresno-based Ford Financial Group, one of the region's largest independent financial consulting firms, officially has changed its name and branding. It was formerly LPL Financial.
Pearson Realty agents Roy Pennebaker, Visalia office, and Phil Souza and Jon Daggett, Fresno office, received annual Peer Awards for 2011.
Martin Hovsepian, an agent with Pearson Realty's Visalia office, was awarded the "Joseph F. Kenrick Bulldog Award 2011" in recognition of professionalism, hard work and tenacity.
Melvin K. Renge Jr. received the 2012 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service by the California Pharmacists Association. The award recognizes pharmacists for civic leadership.
McCormick Barstow LLP has hired Sang-Jim Nam as its newest partner and Melody A. Hawkins as counsel. Nam's practice concentrates in special education, education law, labor and employment, business and facilities for K-12 school districts and community colleges. Hawkins' practice concentrates in civil litigation with an emphasis in commercial disputes and the defense of private and public sector employers in wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment matters.
Mike Foxen has joined the Fresno office of Kings Mortgage Services Inc. as a mortgage loan officer. He brings 12 years of local mortgage lending experience.
Steven M. Crass and Courtney R. Voegele have joined the law firm of Baker Manock and Jensen. Crass will lead the firm's employment law practice and brings with him experience at a national law firm as well as time as an assistant U.S. attorney, Navy judge advocate and district attorney. Voegele joins the business department and comes from the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
University Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates is now at 7015 N. Chestnut Ave., Suite 101, Fresno. Muhammad Sheikh, Jay Choudhury, Rabi Kundu and David Limsui are all seeing patients at this office.
John Putnam was promoted to commercial lines sales manager at United Valley Insurance Agency. He joined United Valley in 2010 and has more than 29 years of insurance industry experience in various management and executive level capacities.