Business briefs – December 8

Senior Services hires new director

GREENFIELD — Hancock County Senior Services has hired a new executive director, Teasa Thompson.

Thompson obtained a master’s in Public Health from Indiana University’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

Most recently, Thompson was a federal contractor with Qsource, Indiana’s healthcare quality improvement organization as designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she was the State Lead for the Indiana Behavioral Health Initiative, implementing quality improvement statewide for mental health and substance abuse in hospitals, primary care, and local communities. Thompson previously provided services to Hancock County through other former positions aimed at improving health and social services statewide and regionally within Central Indiana. Additionally, she collaborated with CICOA and worked for the United Way of Central Indiana, which both provide valuable support to Hancock County Senior Services.

Thompson serves as the Vice Chair of the Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition and held many leadership positions on boards, advisory committees, coalitions, and work groups throughout Indiana.

Area RV dealer named one of top 5 in country

NEW CASTLE — RVBusiness Magazine named local dealership Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales in New Castle as one of the Top 50 RV Dealers in North America for 2017. The local firm was additionally honored at an industry convention earning a Blue Ribbon distinction as one of the top five organizations in North America.

These honors were announced at the RV Dealers Association International Convention/Expo at Bally’s Las Vegas.

“Awards like these are gratifying and winning them reaffirms that we are doing things right,” said Nathan Hart, general manager and partner of the dealership. “However, we don’t focus on winning awards. We just try to … create an excellent experience for our customers.”

Dealership nominations are evaluated on long-standing guidelines covering all aspects of their businesses operations, including customer service and satisfaction, employee training and education, and sound planning and property management. An independent panel of veteran industry experts convened for judging at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, the unofficial “RV Capital of the World,” to select the Top 50 and Blue Ribbon honors.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this year’s class,” said Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness Magazine and founder of the Top 50 program. “We always put a huge emphasis on educating our customers with free Learning Seminars and Two-Nights Free Camping. We give so much more hands-on training than other dealers offer. That big difference makes for happier customers,” Hart added.

Located on State Road 38 west of New Castle, the family-owned company has operated for 21 years. For more information about Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales, visit www.walnutridgerv.com, or on Facebook or YouTube.