SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Beef Association announced the hiring of Susan Verardi as the group’s new business manager.

Verardi spent seven years as accounting manager for the Illinois Primary Healthcare Association and then six years as financial controller for Perten Instruments Inc.

Most recently, she has been assisting the Hurst, Wright & Hafel LLP accounting firm in Springfield with tax filings, bookkeeping and auditing.

“Susan’s background will serve IBA well and includes working in the areas of human resources, payroll, tax preparations, bookkeeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory control, shipping and compliance,” said Reid Blossom, IBA executive vice president. “Her skill set will be put to good use for accounting and office management.”