August Movers and Shakers

Bob Seaman, C.C. Hodgson Architectual Group

Bob Seaman, C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group

SS&G recently announced the promotion of Jim Dannemiller, CPA, to managing director of its Akron office.

Dannemiller will focus on growing the Akron office, mentoring new staff, building the firm’s presence in the community and will continue to serve clients. He will be co-managing the office with Mark Goldfarb, CPA. Dannemiller joined SS&G in 1993.

SS&G’s Akron office also welcomes Ilona Aronov as a senior associate in the tax department. Prior to SS&G, Aronov worked as a tax associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

SS&G has also announced three new employees to its Cleveland office.

Courtney Ockenden joins as a senior associate in the entrepreneurial services group. Ockenden worked as a senior accountant at Zinner & Co. LLP before joining SS&G.

Mario Ciclone joins as an associate in the tax department. Prior to SS&G, he worked as a staff accountant at Hobe & Lucas CPA Inc.

J. Ryan McNutt, C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group

J. Ryan McNutt, C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group

Steve Newton joins as an associate in the IT department. Newton worked as an IT service specialist at Progressive Insurance before joining SS&G.


First Federal of Lakewood recently announced that Rebecca Ruppert McMahon has been appointed to the board of directors, and Jeffrey Bechtel has been named senior vice president and commercial banking senior lender.

McMahon has devoted nearly 20 years to building a successful legal career in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, from 2009 to 2012, she served as general counsel for Cuyahoga Community College.

Bechtel, a 25-year industry veteran, will lead First Federal’s efforts to establish a broader commercial banking presence in Northeast Ohio, with a focus on traditional commercial and industrial banking opportunities.


Michael Gyure, Director and Senior Analyst of Forensic Accounting, Janney Montegomery Scott

Michael Gyure, Director and Senior Analyst of Forensic Accounting, Janney Montgomery Scott

C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group continues to expand with the announcement of the addition of architects Bob Seaman and J. Ryan McNutt.

Bob Seaman brings more than 25 years of experience as a project manager for a variety of building types, with a specialized focus on the design and management of large health care projects. Most recently, Seaman served as director of health care architecture for the Cleveland office of URS Corp.

J. Ryan McNutt has 13 years in the business, most recently serving as Project Manager for Ewing Cole/Belson Design in Cleveland.


EYE Lighting International, a leading manufacturer of lamps, luminaires, controls, and related lighting products, is pleased to announce the addition of Suzanne Beatrice as the director of HR.

In her new role, Beatrice will be responsible for expanding organizational development goals for all employees as well as leading recruitment, hiring and on-boarding activities for new employees and managing personnel transitions.

Beatrice has worked for more than 20 years in the HR field, most recently with Airgas USA LLC.


Janney Montgomery Scott has announced the hiring of Michael Guyre as director and senior analyst, forensic accounting at the firm’s Cleveland branch office. Guyre, CPA, joins the firm with more than a decade of experience on the sell side as a forensic accounting analyst. He began his career at Arthur Andersen.

Movers & Shakers July 2013


William Phillips, Attorney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Wells Fargo Advisors has announced that Jeremy Baynes, CFP has joined the Hudson, Ohio office as associate vice president of investments. Baynes joins the firm from Edward Jones. He holds a B.B.A. in finance from Kent State University and has nearly 11 years of experience as a financial advisor.


Alliance Solutions Group, a full-service staffing and recruitment agency, and NSL Analytical Services Inc., an independent commercial testing laboratory, have been named 2013 Leading EDGE Award winners. The two companies are among 101 midsize companies in Northeast Ohio recognized for demonstrating exceptional business growth and contributing to the local economy.

The Entrepreneurs EDGE is a non-profit organization that drives growth for Northeast Ohio companies by serving as a strategic resource for CEOs and their leadership teams. EDGE focuses on the creation of programs, services and events for current and future midsize companies ($5 million to $1 billion in revenue) that sell some of their products or services outside Northeast Ohio.


David Wallace, Attorney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

David Wallace, Attorney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

As Ernst & Young’s 2012 Northeast Ohio and National Entrepreneur Of The Year winner for manufacturing and distribution, Magnus International Group founder, Eric Lofquist is also a local judge for the 2013 awards program. Additionally, he has been selected to help officiate the national EOY competition from 2014 to 2016.

Considered the world’s most prestigious business award, Entrepreneur Of The Year has been celebrating extraordinary performance since 1986. Today, the competition has expanded to more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.


Brouse McDowell, a leading regional business law firm, is pleased to announce that Heather M. Barnes has been named chair of the intellectual property practice group. Barnes is a partner in the firm’s Akron office and is a registered patent attorney. Her practice includes the domestic and international prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as litigation research pertaining to all areas of intellectual property.


Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP recently announced that two of its attorney’s, William Phillips and David Wallace, were recognized as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA.

In addition, Taft is once again “Top Ranked” in its Ohio Labor & Employment practice. The firm is recognized as a “Leading Firm” in 11 practice areas.


Diebold Inc. announced its board of directors has named Andy W. Mattes as the company’s new president and CEO. Mattes was also named a board director. In addition, Henry D.G. Wallace, Diebold executive chairman of the board, will assume the non-executive chairman role effective August 15.

Mattes, 52, has a strong record of driving growth and improving profitability in large, global businesses. He has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology and telecommunications industries – primarily with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Siemens AG.

Mattes most recently was senior vice president, global strategic partnerships at Violin Memory, a manufacturer of flash memory computer storage systems. He will remain with Violin in an advisory role.

Diebold Inc. is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services.

Business Pulse: Domestic M&A value swells

Aggregate value of domestic M&A transactions continues to swell despite a reduced number of announced deals, with dollars committed in May surpassing last year’s pace, supported by several billion-dollar-plus strategic buys.

Strategic buyers are actively pursuing acquisitions, incentivized by a slow organic growth environment and abundant cash reserves. S&P 500 companies are sitting on $1.7 trillion in cash and need to put money to work in higher earning assets. Competition for quality acquisition opportunities remains fierce, with industry buyers showing an increased willingness to pay premium valuations for growth and quantifiable synergies.

May highlights support a healthy strategic buyer appetite:

A. Schulman Inc. announced it was acquiring Akron-based Network Polymers Inc., a niche compounder of thermoplastic resins and alloys, bringing complementary business in specialty engineered plastics ABS and ASA. The deal is expected to strengthen its U.S. market presence by increasing penetration in key end markets such as building and construction, agricultural products and lawn and garden, as well as expand its distribution business. Schulman intends to continue an aggressive bolt-on acquisition strategy in its specialty plastics business, as well as other opportunities for transformational acquisitions.

The Timken Co. acquired Standard Machine Ltd., its fifth acquisition in 2013. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada-based company provides new gearboxes, gearbox service and repair, open gearing, large fabrication, machining, and field technical services to the mining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper markets. The acquisition will expand Timken’s industrial services capabilities.

TransDigm Group Inc. announced it was acquiring Arkwin Industries Inc., a Westbury, New York-based manufacturer of hydraulic and fuel system components for commercial and military aircraft, helicopters and other specialty applications. Arkwin is TransDigm’s second acquisition this year, following Aerosonic Corp. in April, a Clearwater, Florida-based manufacturer of proprietary air data sensing, test and display components for use primarily in the business jet, helicopter and military markets. Both transactions were completed in June.

PolyOne Corp. completed the sale of its vinyl dispersion, blending and suspension resin assets to Mexichem SAB de CV. Assets acquired include manufacturing plants in Pedricktown, New Jersey; Henry, Illinois; and a resin research facility in Avon Lake, Ohio.


Deal of the Month

Its second major strategic partnership in the last four months, Cincinnati’s Catholic Health Partners announced an agreement with Kaiser Permanente of Ohio to acquire its existing health plan, medical group practice and care delivery operations in Northeast Ohio, which services more than 80,000 members. The transaction follows CHP’s February purchase of a minority ownership stake in Akron’s Summa Health System Inc., one of the largest integrated health care delivery systems in Ohio.

CHP is the largest health system in Ohio, serving the metropolitan markets of Cincinnati, Toledo, Youngstown, Lima, Lorain, Springfield, and Tiffin. Through its integrated health care delivery network, comprised of hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, wellness centers, and hospice programs, the company is estimated to service 38 percent of Ohio’s residents throughout 28 counties.


Andrew Petryk is managing director and principal of Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. LLC, an investment bank serving the middle market. Contact him at (216) 920-6613 or [email protected]

Cleveland Business Pulse: 2013 deal value is ahead of last year’s pace

With demand robust and capital chasing deals, the market is primed for increased M&A activity. Through the April year-to-date period, deal value is ahead of last year’s pace by more than 20 percent, despite a seasonal lull in deal flow. While pending tax changes had the effect to pull more sellers into 2012, contributing to a softer first quarter, the drivers are present to support a healthy transaction environment.

For sellers, it’s a better sales environment today than all of last year. Quality companies are commanding the time and attention of buyers. With fewer differentiated businesses in a less than robust M&A market, valuations for those assets are high. Competition is pushing up purchase multiples, driving a seller’s market for the best companies.

It is a borrower’s market for companies on the hunt for acquisitions. Interest rates are at record lows, and lenders are aggressively supporting acquisition financing. Buyers are able to secure more favorable pricing and flexible terms as lenders compete for new M&A opportunities.

To create value and boost the topline in the slow growth environment, companies will need to make acquisitions. Company financial performance has improved and rising purchase multiples should propel more exit activity.

April Highlights:

International Business Machines Corp. acquired Cleveland-based Starbelly Productions Inc. (dba UrbanCode). UrbanCode automates the delivery of software, helping businesses quickly release and update mobile, social, big data, and cloud applications.

Timken Co. completed its fourth acquisition this year with the purchase of Smith Services Inc. Based in Princeton, W. Va., Smith provides electric motor repair and field technical services in a wide variety of markets including power generation, petrochemical, paper, steel, nuclear, and mining. The acquisition will expand Timken’s industrial services capabilities.

TransDigm Group Inc. acquired Aerosonic Corp. (AIM). The Clearwater, Fla.-based company is a manufacturer and marketer of aircraft instrumentation and sensor systems worldwide.

Cleveland- based Evolution Capital acquired new platform AXIOM Sales Force Development. The Richardson, Texas-based company provides sales coaching and integrated software solutions and implementation services. The Riverside Co. added on with the purchase of TerraSim of Pittsburgh, a terrain-generation software provider. The transaction represents the first tuck-in acquisition for Bohemia Interactive Simulations, which received development capital from the Cleveland-based sponsor in January 2013. Bohemia is based in Australia and provides simulation technologies for military and civilian organizations.


Deal of the Month

Measurement Specialties Inc. (MEAS) acquired Akron-based Spectrum Sensors and Controls from API Technologies Corp. (ATNY) in a $51.4 million transaction. Spectrum manufactures custom temperature probes, high reliability encoders and inertial sensors. The company was formed through the acquisitions of Advanced Thermal Products, a producer of HVAC and refrigeration temperature probes and assemblies, JDK Controls, a manufacturer of high-reliability encoders for aerospace and military applications, and Summit Instruments, a supplier of inertial test systems for aerospace and military markets. Spectrum is the third acquisition for MEAS in the last 12 months.

Andrew Petryk is managing director and principal of Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. LLC, an investment bank serving the middle market. Contact him at (216) 920-6613 or [email protected]

Movers & Shakers June 2013

Jim Wallis, Principal, Perspectus Architecture

Jim Wallis, Principal, Perspectus Architecture

Perspectus Architecture, a planning and architectural design firm based at Shaker Square has expanded the firm’s leadership team.

The firm announced that Vladimir Novakovic, Sal Rini and James Wallis have been promoted to principals of the architectural design firm. Novakovic, Rini and Wallis are experienced in providing master planning, design and project management for health care, higher education, government, senior living and hospitality clients. With this promotion, they will become more active in business decisions guiding the direction of the company.



Magnus International Group has announced several promotions and additions to its team.

Tom Burlinski is now purchasing manager for Hardy Industrial Technologies, a division of Magnus. He has more than 25 years of notable experience in purchasing, quality assurance, customer service, safety, transportation and

Sal Rini, Principal, Perspectus Architecture

Sal Rini, Principal, Perspectus Architecture

production management.


Tom Szucs has been promoted to plant engineer for Hardy Animal Nutrition, a division of Magnus. As plant engineer, Szucs will employ his skills in cost-savings analysis, system optimization, project management and R&D to improve HAN’s chemical engineering processes.


Mark Pavlus has joined Magnus as senior plant engineer with more than 16 years of engineering experience in the manufacturing sector. He is focused on behavioral safety and operational improvements for Hardy Industrial Technologies.


Vlad Novakovic, Principal, Perspectus Architecture

Vlad Novakovic, Principal, Perspectus Architecture

Gordon Taylor returns to Magnus as production manager for Hardy Industrial Technologies to oversee daily manufacturing activities for the plant. He has more than 10 years of experience as a plant and manufacturing manager, operations supervisor and production team leader.



Skylight Financial Group, a leading comprehensive financial planning firm in Cleveland, Ohio, announced the creation of a new division, the Business Private Client Group (BPCG).

The new focus allows Skylight to address the increasing need to provide specialized planning for business owners looking to exit or transition control of their businesses. The Business Private Client Group works with privately held and family-owned businesses to develop a comprehensive approach to designing an exit strategy.



MesoCoat, an Abakan Inc. subsidiary located in Euclid, took the final step to the market introduction of its award-winning CermaClad corrosion and wear-resistant cladding process when it opened its first commercial facility on April 26.
The new plant is capable of producing $70 million in clad pipe annually, and is estimated to be one of the largest clad pipe manufacturing plants in the world in production capacity. The plant will help stimulate the local economy by providing highly-skilled manufacturing jobs.



Turner Construction Co., the builder of The Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Convention Center, which was formerly known as Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center is pleased to announce that it expects to complete the project three months ahead of schedule.

The $465 million Cuyahoga County project began on Jan. 3, 2011 and is expected to be completed on June 1, 2013. The project is being developed, managed, and marketed by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. GCHI and CCC will consist of a 235,000 square foot medical mart in downtown Cleveland and an adjoining convention center with 230,000 square feet of Class A exhibit space. The facility also includes more than 90,000 square feet dedicated to meeting rooms and a grand ballroom overlooking Lake Erie.

Business pulse: Private equity firms are hungry for quality companies

In a market hungry for deal flow, high-quality companies are in demand and valuation multiples are rising. Private equity firms continue to be active bidders at the table with the middle market being fertile ground for buying activity.

GF Data, which reports on private equity transaction activity in the lower middle market (deal values between $10 and $250 million), recently cited valuation statistics from 2012 that point to a market premium paid for quality, size and desirable industry, which, when combined, the sum of the parts can achieve a multiple of EBITDA in excess of eight times for a well-performing business, according to Private Equity Professional Digest.

PitchBook, another reporting firm focused exclusively on the private equity market, cited that more than a third of deals in 2012 had an EBITDA multiple of seven and a half times or greater, lending further support to healthy valuations in the marketplace.

With nearly $100 billion (private equity funds of $100 to $1 billion according to PitchBook) in uninvested equity capital, motivated sellers with companies that possess strong management, have shown solid performance and are in attractive industries can feel confident that the private equity radar is up for those businesses. With ample debt financing today, sponsors are open to a myriad of strategic options — from a dividend recapitalization to a partial or outright sale — for quality companies.

Local private equity firms were active in March. Linsalata Capital Partners completed its first acquisition of 2013 with Signature Systems Group, a New York-based manufacturer of specialty ground surfaces and coverings selling to more than 3,000 domestic and international customers. Signature’s founder and CEO reinvested alongside LinCap in the transaction. Financial sponsor Dubin Clark & Co. exited its investment in the sale. The sponsor completed two add-on acquisitions after purchasing the company in 2007.

Resilience Capital Partners acquired a majority interest in Memphis-based Aerospace Products International, a global aviation parts and equipment distribution and supply chain management firm. Its parent company, First Aviation Services, retained a minority equity interest in the company. The Cleveland sponsor completed five deals in 2012, including CR Brands, a manufacturer of branded and private label laundry and household cleaning products based in West Chester, Ohio, acquired from Juggernaut Capital Partners. ●

Andrew Petryk is managing director and principal of Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. LLC, an investment bank serving the middle market. Contact him at (216) 920-6613 or [email protected]

Movers & Shakers

Great Lakes Science Center, one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center, has named Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen as president, starting May 6.

Ellenbogen brings more than 20 years of experience as an informal educator, learning researcher and senior leader to her new role as the third president for the science center. Her energetic leadership during the last two decades has advanced informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through four centers with a national or international scope and a combined funding of more than $30 million.


Andrew Kirkpatrick

Andrew Kirkpatrick, VP of wealth advisory, Glenmede’s Cleveland office

Glenmede, a privately held and independent investment and wealth management firm, announced that Andrew W. Kirkpatrick joined the firm as vice president of wealth advisory in the firm’s Cleveland office. Kirkpatricks’s areas of focus include specialized fiduciary matters and client service with an emphasis on multigenerational trust administration and estate planning.

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Laura McBride as a partner in the firm’s litigation department. Based in the firm’s Cleveland office, McBride will be the co-chair of the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities Practice Group.

Her experience includes public utilities and public law litigation, federal and state contracts and regulatory matters, and business litigation of all types. She also has significant experience in health care and life sciences matters.


Howard Hanna has recently announced that Howard Hanna IV, president of Howard Hanna Ohio & Michigan, was named to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) board of directors. LeadingRE is a network of 550 top independent, local and regional brand-name international brokerage firms in residential real estate. The board of directors reads like a who’s who of real estate, with some of the best minds in the business guiding the organization.


Collection Auto Group is pleased to announce that, for the seventh consecutive year, Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted has been recognized as one of the country’s top Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

Since 2006, the local dealership has received the prestigious Best of the Best Dealer Recognition Award every year from Mercedes-Benz USA. The local dealership is one of only a handful in the U.S. to receive the honor for seven years in a row.



Donald Lydon, Group President, Welty Facilities Services

Welty Building Company Ltd. has announced the appointment of Donald Lydon as group president of Welty Facilities Services. In this role, Lydon will be responsible for overseeing the facilities management to extend the life of facilities and equipment, reduce operating costs and improve energy efficiency for Welty customers.

Lydon comes to Welty after 20 years with Zaremba Management Co. where he was vice president, commercial properties, and was responsible for land acquisition, development and construction for the company’s offices and industrial building portfolio. l

Northeast Ohio Movers and Shakers


Dr. John Chang, senior corporate fellow, GrafTech International

GrafTech International is pleased to announce that three of its scientists have been recognized for their achievements and contributions to graphite material science.

Dr. Julian Norley, GrafTech’s vice president of corporate R&D, is one of five international experts and the only North American scientist selected to present a plenary lecture at the Annual World Conference on Carbon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2013.

Dr. Tracy Albers, manager of advanced materials, was honored at the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production Awards in Washington, D.C., in February 2013. The award recognizes the achievements of women in science and manufacturing.

Within the GrafTech organization, Dr. John Chang, senior corporate fellow, received the 2012 Chairman’s Award in recognition of his innovation and initiative in the development and commercialization of super-premium needle coke, a key raw material in premium graphite electrodes.


Cleveland Clinic has named a new member to its board of directors and four new members to its board of trustees.

Named to Cleveland Clinic’s board of directors is James A. “Jimmy” Haslam III, owner of the Cleveland Browns and chairman of Pilot Flying J and Pilot Logistic Services, which includes more than 650 retail locations and 25,000 employees.

Those named to the board of trustees are: Tom Glocer, the founding partner of Angelic Ventures, a private investment firm focusing on financial services, media and health care, and previously, he held the post of CEO of Thomson Reuters; Stewart A. Kohl, co-CEO of The Riverside Co., a private equity firm focused on investing in smaller market-leading companies; Jonathan Korngold, a managing director at General Atlantic, where he is a member of the firm’s executive committee and investment committee, head of its global financial services sector and co-head of its global health care sector; and Michael B. Petras Jr., CEO of AssuraMed Inc., a distributor of medical supplies for patients with chronic diseases, and previously, he served as president and CEO of GE Lighting.


Dix & Eaton, an integrated communications consultancy, announced that Chas Withers, president of the firm and a member of its board of directors, has assumed additional responsibilities as COO.

Withers, 47, has been with Dix & Eaton for a total of 15 years but in two separate stints. In his broadened role, he will be responsible for day-to-day operations, client service, staff management and development, practice development, and marketing.


NAI Daus has announced that it elected Alec Pacella as the firm’s new managing partner.

Pacella brings 24 years of experience in real estate investment strategies to NAI Daus. Pacella’s main objective as managing partner of NAI Daus is to continue to attract and maintain a growing base of clients with the best and brightest results-oriented brokers. ●

Cleveland Business Pulse: Merger momentum is building

In the broader M&A market, news of mega deals hitting the headlines is signaling that companies are aggressively pursuing acquisitions with transaction activity reflecting a mix of corporate and private equity buyers and diverse industries. Deal value in February was up more than twofold from January levels with Heinz, Dell and Virgin Media among the billion-dollar-plus deals.

Local corporate buyers are also flexing their muscle. If February transaction activity is any indicator, momentum is building for what is expected to be an active year for M&A in 2013.

An M&A highlight in the health care arena, Cincinnati’s Catholic Health Partners Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Summa Health System Inc. of Akron, whereby it will acquire a minority ownership stake in the health care provider. The move is reflective of the broader consolidation trend taking place in hospitals and health systems in anticipation of changes from health care reform. Summa announced last July that it was seeking a potential partner as part of a three-year strategic planning process.

The combination brings together two regional leaders and expands CHP’s market share. With $5.6 billion in assets, CHP operates more than 100 health facilities, including 24 hospitals throughout Ohio and Kentucky, and is the largest health system in Ohio. CHP reported $3.8 billion in net operating revenue in 2012.

In a highlight for the industrial market, Beachwood, Ohio-based private equity firm Rockwood Equity Partners completed the acquisition of TIM-CO (aka CAL-RF Inc.), its first strategic add-on for portfolio company Astrex Electronics, which it acquired in 2008. TIM-CO is a distributor of electrical and electronic components and value-added assembler of coaxial connectors and cable assemblies with a focus on the commercial aviation, space, oil and gas, industrial, and military markets.

Also in the industrial segment, Timken Co. announced its second acquisition this year with Roller Bearing Industries Inc. Roller Bearing manufactures balls and roller bearings for the railway and automotive industries. Timken purchased the company from The Greenbriar Cos. Inc.


Deal of the Month

The health care industry garners the spotlight this month with the announced $2.1 billion acquisition by Cardinal Health of AssuraMed Holding Inc. of Twinsburg. AssuraMed distributes disposable medical products for the home health market, with a product range than spans more than 30,000 SKUs from ostomy, diabetic and respiratory supplies to wound care and insulin infusion products.

The acquisition gives Cardinal Health an entry into the growing home health market, adding an estimated $1 billion to the top line. The company estimates synergies from the combination to reach $50 million by 2016. Cardinal Health reported EBITDA of $2.3 billion on revenue of $104.8 billion in 2012.

AssuraMed is backed by private equity firms Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and GS Capital Partners, which acquired the company in 2010. During their ownership AssuraMed completed the acquisition of Invacare Supply Group, the domestic medical supplies business of Invacare, in a $150 million transaction.


Andrew Petryk is managing director and principal of Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. LLC, an investment bank serving the middle market. Contact him at (216) 920-6613 or [email protected]

Northeast Ohio Movers & Shakers: March 2013


Lisa Hilling, Assurance Services Provider, Brunner-Cox LLP

VeDISCOVERY, a tier-four provider of computer forensic services, data collection and processing, comprehensive document review and hosting of unstructured information recently appointed Wayne Pignolet to chief operating officer, Paul Cervelloni to vice president of sales and Martin Mangan to vice president, product development.

Pignolet is an experienced business leader with small and midsized organizations and joins VeDISCOVERY to manage all aspects of business operations. He has successfully started and also helped turn companies around in China, Europe, Mexico and the U.S. He has worked with Moen Inc., Hanley Wood and has owned his own business.

Cervelloni has held several positions within the information technology industry. He has served as the CIO for Fortune 500 companies and led complex buying processes for global enterprise software and services. He has extensive sales training and experience, which helped him sell enterprise software to corporations that valued stable, scalable, high-performance IT assets.

Mangan is responsible for the vision, implementation and creation of the VeDISCOVERY platform suite and is experienced in all facets of software development, database design, data processing and testing. Mangan leads a team of eight developers, designers and quality assurance professionals who understand the complexities and needs of processing semi-structured and unstructured data.



Wayne Twardokus, director, League Park Advisors

Alliance Solutions Group, a full-service staffing and recruitment agency with offices in Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, Franklin, Lorain, Lake, Mahning, and Wyoming counties, has appointed Rob Sable as its new CIO.

As part of Alliance Solutions Group’s executive team, his responsibilities include overseeing the company’s overall information technology operations, support and strategy. He will also manage the implementation of new technology tools across the company’s seven branch offices and nine business units, with particular emphasis on creating new tools and systems that improve the staffing process in ways that create competitive advantage for the company.

In his new position, Sable will utilize his 16 years of experience in IT consulting and enterprise software to ensure that the company’s clients are matched with the right talent as quickly as possible.

Bruner-Cox LLP recently announced the promotion of Lisa Hilling to assurance services partner.

Hilling joined Bruner-Cox in 2005 with eight years of “Big Four” accounting experience. As partner Hilling provides audit and accounting services for hospitals, colleges, private foundations and governments. She is also responsible for audits in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 and Government Auditing Standards.



League Park Advisors, a boutique investment bank, has announced the promotion of Wayne Twardokus to director. Since joining League Park in early 2011, Twardokus has led the firm’s Industrial Group closing six deals in the specialty chemicals and gas, specialty distribution, and manufacturing industries.

Prior to joining League Park, Twardokus was employed at Harris Williams & Co. and its predecessor entity, National City Corp., where he originated and executed mergers and acquisitions for publicly traded and privately held middle market companies. During his time at National City he authored various industry research reports with a focus on the specialty distribution and industrial manufacturing industries, in which he remains active today. Prior to Harris Williams, Wayne was a member of the distribution practice at Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.



Brouse McDowell, a leading regional business law firm, has announced that Clair E. Dickinson, former Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge, has rejoined the firm in the Akron office as a partner in the Appellate and Litigation Practice Groups.

Dickinson previously served as firm counsel and chair of both the firm’s Appellate and Litigation Practice Groups. He also served nearly eight years as a member of Summit County Council and was president of that body for three years.

During his almost 12 years in the court, Dickinson participated in deciding more than 4,000 cases and wrote the lead opinion in approximately a third of those cases. He has both argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and sat as a visiting justice on that court. Dickinson’s practice will be focused on appellate advocacy and litigation.


Brouse McDowell is also happy to announce that Meagan L. Moore, an attorney in the Cleveland office and Elizabeth G. Yeargin, an attorney in the Akron office, have been named partners in the firm.

Moore is a member of the Environmental Practice Group and focuses in the areas of environmental litigation and counseling. She provides regulatory compliance support to the firm’s industrial and municipal clients in matters relating to water, air, solid waste and hazardous waste and assists clients in reducing their exposure to environmental liabilities in transactions. She is also a part of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group where she focuses on cost recovery for underlying environmental liabilities.

Yeargin is a member of the firm’s Business, Corporate & Securities and Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Commercial Law practice groups. She focuses her practice on transactional work, principally in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law, finance, and commercial transactions and agreements.