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Jeresa Hren has been named to head US Bank's new private banking office in Medford. She returns to the Rogue Valley from Spokane, Wash., where she was vice president in private banking for US Bank the past two years.

During her 25-year banking career, Hren has held senior positions in private banking, commercial banking, marketing and branch banking.

She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, and a master's degree in educational communications from State University of New York in Albany.

She also earned an MBA from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She is now part of the newly formed Sustainable Valley Technology Group board.

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Britt Festivals has named Rachel Jones director of education and community engagement. Jones comes to Britt from Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia, where she served as assistant director of education outreach. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Southern Oregon University and a masters in arts management from American University in Washington, D.C. She worked previously for Britt and was production manager in 2003.

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Britt Festivals has named Donna Briggs as its development director.

Briggs comes to Britt with 15 years experience as executive director of the International Visitor Leadership Programs in Tulsa, Okla., and Jackson, Wyo.

She is working toward a master's degree in organizational development at Antioch University in Seattle.

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Karol Igou of Protectors Insurance in Medford has received the 2010 "Safeco Award of Excellence" for superior agent underwriting skills.

Fewer than 2 percent of Safeco's nationwide force earns the distinction.

Criteria include membership in Safeco's HK Dent Society, appointment tenure and loss-ratio requirements, as well as underwriting.

Igou has been a commercial and personal insurance agent and personal lines manager at Protectors since 1993.

Compiled from staff reports

People in business