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Hires, appointments and promotions: Emily Larsen has joined Johnson Financial Group as chief marketing officer. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Larsen most recently served as the senior vice president within the Media and Marketing Strategy Group for Kohl’s Corporation based in Milwaukee. Prior to Kohl’s, she spent more than 10 years at Target Corporation in Minneapolis, Minn., serving as vice president, brand and storewide marketing. Larsen brings extensive knowledge of business and brand strategy, media channel optimization and customer insights.

Honors and Awards: MBA Education, the award-winning education division of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), has awarded Jennifer Knight, AVP mortgage underwriter, and Kristen Lucht, VP senior mortgage origination operations manager, Johnson Financial Group, the Certified Residential Underwriter (CRU) designation. This is the highest professional designation for residential underwriters and reflects superior knowledge, experience, education and industry participation.

Compiled by Sharon Knox

The Journal Times welcomes news about promotions, appointments, professional organization elections, certifications and professional honors. There is no charge for this service.

Because of space constraints, we reserve the right to edit for length or clarity. The deadline for “Names and Faces” items is 3 p.m. Thursday of each week. Photos may accompany notices of new hires and promotions. Send your items to Sharon Knox at: or by mail: “Names and Faces,” The Journal Times, 212 Fourth St., Racine, WI 53403.

Business anniversaries

Is your business celebrating an anniversary? The Journal Times publishes short news items of 10th, 25th, 50th and greater multiples of 25 years of Racine County-based companies.

We ask you to provide us with the basic information: when the business started; the founder, its location then and now; the original name if different than today’s; and what the business did in the beginning and now.

We will include these in the “Names and Faces” column or use them as stand-alone news items in our Sunday Money section.

Send your items to Michael Burke at:, or to Sharon Knox at:, or fax them to 262-631-1780. Please provide a contact name and phone number in case we have questions.


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