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10:17am EDT July 27, 2005
Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. appointed David J. Nangle president of J.W. Harris Co. Inc., the company’s recently acquired manufacturer of brazing and soldering alloys.

Nangle is responsible for all J.W. Harris operations, which include facilities in Ohio, Rhode Island, Spain and Mexico. He also continues as president of two other Lincoln subsidiaries, Harris Calorific Inc. and Welding, Cutting Tools & Accessories Inc.

“Given his broad range of expertise and thorough knowledge of all of Lincoln’s products, Dave is an ideal choice for the J.W. Harris role,” says John M. Stropki, chairman and CEO. “Dave will work very closely with the strong team already in place at J.W. Harris to integrate them and the operations into the Lincoln Electric family.”

Nangle joined Lincoln Electric’s sales organization in 1979 through its sales training program. He has moved into sales management positions of increasing responsibility, including district manager of the Denver office, followed by the San Francisco office. In 1995, he was named distributor sales manager and was appointed president of the company’s Harris Calorific subsidiary in 1999. In 2003, Nangle added responsibilities for the WCTA business unit.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roanoke College and an MBA from California State University, Fresno.

AGILYSYS INC.
Agilysys Inc. named Martin F. Ellis chief financial officer as part of a senior management realignment and responsibility consolidation. His new title is executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer.

Ellis was previously executive vice president, corporate development and investor relations. He assumes responsibility for the company’s finance, treasury, investor relations and corporate development functions, which include mergers and acquisitions.

Ellis joined Agilysys in 2003 from New York City-based Stern, Stewart & Co., a global financial consulting firm, where he served as senior vice president and principal. While there, he advised clients on corporate and financial restructurings, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and financial policy, strategies and recapitalizations.

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
The Cleveland State University board of trustees named Dr. Edward W. “Ned” Hill vice president for economic development. Hill remains a professor and continues to teach undergraduate and graduate classes.

Hill was awarded CSU’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research in 1998 and a merit award for research in 2002. He joined the university in 1985, and was promoted to professor and distinguished scholar of economic development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs in 2001. He is also a nonresident senior fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, an independent public policy research organization in Washington, D.C., and a nonresident fellow at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California at Berkeley. He writes on economic development and urban public policy and edited the Economic Development Quarterly from 1994 to 2005.

GRANT THORNTON
Grant Thornton LLP hired Tom Moore as human resource manager in the Cleveland office.

Moore specializes in the area of human resources, and his experience encompasses working in various human resource capacities for professional service firms. His expertise includes the roles and responsibilities associated with human resource generalist, experienced hiring and college recruiting.

Moore received his bachelor of science in business administration from Miami University.

VANTAGE FINANCIAL GROUP
Martin J. Uhle joined Vantage Financial Group Inc. as president, with responsibility for daily management of the business including finance, operations and strategy execution. In addition, he joined the board of directors and became the firm’s second-largest shareholder.

Uhle previously served for six years as president and chief operating officer of Heartland Payment Systems Inc., based in Princeton, N.J., and its predecessor, HPS LLC. He also helped establish The Heartland Payroll Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Heartland Payment Systems Inc., with offices in North Olmsted.

Before joining Heartland, he served as senior vice president of the KeyBank Payment Services Division in Cleveland and as chief operating officer of Unified Merchant Services, a NationsBank/First Data joint venture based in Charlotte, NC.

BENESCH, FRIEDLANDER, COPLAN & ARONOFF
Jeanne Hammerstrom joined Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP as chief marketing officer.

Hammerstrom’s responsibilities include overseeing marketing strategies, business development, client service and communications. She comes to Benesch from Buchanan Ingersoll in Pittsburgh, a 380-attorney firm with 12 offices across the United States, where she was chief marketing officer with responsibility for marketing and business development for all offices. She has 17 years of law firm marketing and business development experience.

WAXMAN CONSUMER PRODUCTS GROUP INC.
Waxman Consumer Products Group promoted Mike Pendry to senior vice president of finance and operations. Pendry’s responsibilities include managing the accounting and finance, information technology, purchasing and human resource departments, in addition to Consumer Products’ state-of-the-art national distribution center near Columbus.

President Larry Waxman says, “We are pleased to acknowledge the long-term contributions Mike has made to the organization as part of our executive advisory committee and by helping lay the infrastructure and systems that serve as excellent platforms for the growth of the business.”