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Arizona Realtor and Davenport native Terry Day is taking his real estate career to reality TV. 

The Davenport West and St. Ambrose University graduate will be one of the stars on "Last Home Standing," a new cable show being launched by DeLex Realty, a Phoenix business where Day is the company's top sales agent.

Hosted by DeLex president Daniel McCarthy, "Last Home Standing" will feature Day and fellow Realtor Slava Kosta debating two houses with two buyers. The show, which premieres April 17, will air on Cox in the Phoenix market, but also will run on YURAZ, Hulu, Apple TV and Youtube.

Day, 48, who moved to Arizona in 1994, joined the real estate industry in 2005. The housing market there "crashed really hard and I got out of it for a couple of years," he said.

In 2016, Day ranked 54th among realtors representing buyers in the state of Arizona — where 52,000 people have real estate licenses. He had more than $14 million in home sales last year.

Credit union execs join innovator group

Three Quad-City area credit union executives are among an elite group selected to assist in developing new ideas and innovations for Iowa's credit unions.

The Iowa Credit Union League has named 20 new members to the Iowa Innovation Group including: Callie Hilgendorf of 1st Gateway Credit Union, Camanche; Lindsey Ramos, IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, Moline; and Jake Ward, R.I.A. Federal Credit Union, Bettendorf.

Members will serve a six-month term, meet with the league and Filene Research Institute, and pilot new ideas at their credit unions. Past innovator groups have produced concepts addressing real members' needs that Iowa credit unions then are invited to collaborate on for implementation. The program is modeled after Filene's i3 (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation).

This year’s class expects to add five more concepts. Past ideas that surfaced and were tested include a mobile referral platform, a student debt estimator and an anonymous, online financial assessment tool. Another idea to make it to market testing was CUsucceed, a personalized system matching credit union employees with potential mentors from across the state.

Big Brothers takes plant sale orders

Well we've certainly had the April showers, and thanks soon we'll have the May flowers thanks to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley.

The Quad-City non-profit has begun accepting pre-orders for its 27th annual Plant Sale.

Any pre-order of $150 will be delivered to one specified location. Orders under $150 can be picked up at the Northwest Bank & Trust Tower in Davenport during Plant Sale week, May 5-13, or at Trinity, Moline, May 4-7.

For a catalog and to order online, visit www.bbbsmv.org/plant. For group orders, contact Kayla at kkiesey@bbbs-mv.org or call 563-323-8006. Pre-orders are due with payments by April 19.

This year's sale is sponsored by Iowa American Water, Mel Foster Co. and Ryan Cos., US.

2017 Athena Awards televised on MC22

Mediacom will air the 2017 Athena Awards ceremony, held late last month, on Channel MC22.

The awards, presented by Iowa Women Lead Change - The Women's Connection, recognize the achievements made by women in Quad-City business as well as Male Champions of Change. The awards are affiliated with Athena International.

The awards event will be broadcast at: 11 p.m. Tuesday; 6 p.m. Wednesday; and 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. April 16. The MC22 is Channel 722 throughout Illinois and Channel 822 throughout Iowa (or Ch. 22).

Mediacom said MC22 provides cable subscribers with the option of watching programs at the scheduled time, or recording programs. After the initial MC22 telecast, the Athena programs can be seen any time in the local program section of Mediacom On Demand (channel 1).

Tech company makes national list

Access Systems, with a branch in Davenport, has been named to the 2017 Tech Elite 250 list by CRN, a brand of The Channel Co.

The annual list honors North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading vendors.

"We have invested in the development of our employees through training and certification programs in order to stay up-to-date with the constant change that is occurring in our industry," said Shane Sloan, president and CEO of the Urbandale, Iowa-based Access Systems.

The Tech Elite 250 is featured in the April issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/techelite250.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or jdewitt@qctimes.com

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