Movers and Shakers – October 2013

Beacon Financial Partners has announced that Peter Franz joins the company as its co-chief investment officer. In this role Franz will serve as a member of the Beacon Investment Committee and Marketing Committee. He will help oversee and execute Beacon’s investment philosophy and investment strategies for the firm’s clients and advisers.


The American Advertising Federation Cleveland (AAF-CLE), Northeast Ohio’s premier resource for communications professionals, has announced its new officers and directors for the 2013-2014 program year. The newly elected officers started their term July 1 and will serve for a full fiscal year.

Leading the AAF-CLE executive team is Tony Weber, Glazen Creative Studios, who will serve as president of the organization. Key supporting officers include Jean Gianfagna, Gianfagna Strategic Marketing, who will serve as vice president of programming; and Julie Telesz, Wyse, who will be vice president of membership.

AAF-CLE also elected 12 directors to assist in club management. The 2013-2014 directors are:

Randy Carpenter, COSE; Dick Clough, Strategic Dialogue; Roger Frank, Little Jacket; Dave Grager, Parker Hannifin; Andy Halko, Insivia; Chris Jungjohann, Recess Creative; Anthony LaGuardia, Repros Color Inc.; Stephanie Landes, Melamed Riley Advertising; Todd Saperstein, Virginia Marti College of Art & Design; Jason Schafer, Marcus Thomas LLC; Whitney Scott, Radio Disney; Lisa Zone, Dix & Eaton.


SS&G announced it is slated to open a new office in downtown Cleveland on Nov. 1. The firm will occupy more than 5,600 square feet on the 15th floor of the Hanna Building on Euclid Avenue. Directors Tina Salminen and Floyd Trouten will lead as co-office managing directors and oversee roughly 15 tax and assurance professionals who will relocate from SS&G’s other offices.

This strategic move puts SS&G in close proximity to clients and referrals, and creates conveniences and efficiencies.


Sandra Pianalto, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, announced that she will retire from the bank early next year. Pianalto joined the Cleveland Fed in 1983 and has headed the bank since 2003.

Pianalto has said that she has no immediate plans beyond continuing her involvement in civic and non-profit activities here in the Fourth District, and will not consider any opportunities until her successor is in place.

Richard Smucker, chairman of the bank’s board of directors and chairman and CEO of The J.M. Smucker Co. and Christopher Connor, deputy chairman of the bank’s board and chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Co., have formed a search committee and are expected to name a successor in early 2014.


EYE Lighting International, a leading manufacturer of lamps, luminaires, controls and related lighting systems, announced that Rod Stummer has joined the management team as marketing director, Luminaires. 

EYE Lighting luminaire products include kíaroLED, Aphos and Urban Act lighting lines.  

Prior to joining EYE Lighting, Stummer has held senior level sales and marketing positions for Schreder Lighting, Se’lux Lighting, Renaissance Lighting, North Star Lighting and Hadco.


Brouse McDowell, a leading regional legal professional association, has announced that Christopher J. Carney has been named the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Cleveland office.

Carney serves as the chair of Brouse’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.


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