November Movers and Shakers – People and companies making a difference in Northeast Ohio

EY recently announced promotions of seven professionals based in its Northeast Ohio offices.

Doug Campbell was promoted to partner. He is a member of EY’s Transaction Advisory Services practice. Campbell has more than nine years of experience serving private equity and corporate clients on the buy and sell sides, and he has extensive carve-out divestiture experience relating to sales and tax-free spin-off transactions.

Aaron Swartz was promoted to partner. He is a member of EY’s Assurance practice. Swartz has more than 13 years public accounting experience serving multinational Securities and Exchange Commission registrants and non-public clients primarily in the diversified industrial and consumer products, chemicals, transportation, retail and entertainment industry sectors.

Dan Tompkins was promoted to partner. He is a member of EY’s Advisory practice. Tompkins has more than 15 years of experience working with companies in a variety of industries from a financial, operational and strategic auditing and process improvement perspective.

Michael Dreis was promoted to executive director. He is a member of EY’s Tax practice. Dreis has more than 15 years of diverse business and project management experience serving various industries, including retail, heavy and light manufacturing, utilities, automotive, pharmaceuticals and distribution companies. His functional specialization includes accounting methods, inventory, capitalization and depreciation, the research credit, Section 199 deduction and Internal Revenue Service audit support.

Gary Hengelsberg was promoted to executive director. He is a member of EY’s Assurance Practice. Hengelsberg has more than 17 years of experience providing accounting and auditing services to a broad range of clients, primarily in the industrial products, consumer products and automotive industries. He is responsible for leading teams to support the internal inspections program and other internal monitoring and regulatory activities.

Ed Kilbane was promoted to director. He is a member of EY’s Assurance practice. Kilbane is the director of Americas Assurance Implementation and works with representatives across North and South America to embed new firm policy and enable technology into the audit practice. He has more than 20 years of experience and has worked in both a client service and operational capacity over his tenure

Colin McFarlane was promoted to director. McFarlane is the Global Content Management & Production leader at EY, leading a large global team providing world-class content services across its global enterprise internally and on the EY public website. He is responsible for the strategic development of EY’s content management capability, enabling infrastructure and processes.


Kadish, Hinkel and Weibel recently announced its partner, Stephen L. Kadish has been named the Best Lawyers 2014 Cleveland Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Kadish has been a leading tax attorney in Cleveland for more than 40 years. His practice areas include taxation, estate planning, probate and business law. Kadish was a founding member of Kadish, Hinkel and Weibel in 1975 and has been a veteran lecturer on tax and business planning matters.


Blue Technologies Inc., an office technology provider, announced its acquisition of Smart Solutions Inc., a Beachwood, Ohio-based IT solutions provider to clients in the education, legal, professional services, government and corporate sectors.

Smart Solutions will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Technologies renamed Blue Technologies Smart Solutions. Bill Julka, president of Smart Solutions, will remain onboard as vice president and all employees will be retained during the acquisition.

Blue Technologies expands its footprint into the IT space by more than doubling the service and support teams to provide users with an unparalleled level of knowledge and skill.


Great Day Improvements LLC has announced that Sven Kramer has been promoted to national sales manager. He moves to this position from general manager of Stanek Windows, a division of Great Day. 

In his new position Kramer will oversee sales training in all markets where Great Day sells its Patio Enclosures, Stanek Windows and SoftWall Finishing Systems. He began his career as an installer with the predecessor of Stanek Windows.


OverDrive, the world’s leading distributor of e-books and other digital media to libraries and schools, announced the appointment of Lee C. Milstein to the new position of chief strategy officer. 

Milstein, who previously held leadership roles at YouTube, AOL and DivX, will lead OverDrive’s emerging digital media businesses, including the expansion into streaming video, education content, services and help direct the company’s overall strategy and strategic partnerships.

In addition to Milstein’s strategic role, he will also lead a market development team that will be based in New York City. ●