The TransAction Group promoted Alex Clarke to vice president. Clarke has been active in all aspects of client engagements, with experience ranging from industrial distribution and logistics to food products and plastics, as well as consumer and electronics products.
Clarke has been active in the company’s dealings through M&A International Inc. He has participated in M&A’s Strategic Acquirors Forums in the United States and Europe and has worked directly with cross-border transactions. He started with the TransAction Group eight years ago as an intern while in graduate school.
He earned an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University, concentrating in finance and entrepreneurship. He also earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance from John Carroll University.
Clarke is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and is active in the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Since 1987, The TransAction Group has been one of the Midwest’s leading advisers to private and public companies on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions ranging from $10 million to $250 million.
The firm is a member of M&A International Inc., the world’s leading organization of independently-owned merger and acquisition specialists and investment banking firms.
Moen Inc. promoted Judy Riley to vice president, design. Previously, she worked as senior director of industrial design for Moen.
She joined the company in 2003, and before that she spent nearly 20 years at Timex Corp., where she was vice president of industrial design. Riley graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and is an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers and The Industrial Designers Society of America.
Key Community Bank
Key Community Bank appointed Charles W. Sulerzyski to the newly created position of Great Lakes region president. Sulerzyski will oversee nine district presidents in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan from his Cleveland office.
He has more than 30 years of experience in consumer financial services and has held several senior management roles during his career, including executive vice president, retail banking group, at Provident Bank, and CEO of BancOne’s investment management and trust group. He most recently worked as managing director, Marsh Affinity and Private Client Practices, at Marsh & McLennan in New York City.
Sulerzyski graduated from New York University with a degree in economics and earned an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.
Skoda, Minotti & Co.
Skoda, Minotti & Co. promoted Michael J. Stefanek, CPA, to partner.
He has more than 13 years of experience in public accounting, with an emphasis in federal, state and local taxation. He graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
InterContinental Hotel Cleveland promoted Andrew N. Gajary to hotel manager.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the hotel industry and most recently served as manager for InterContinental’s properties on The Cleveland Clinic campus. He has been with InterContinental for eight years and previously worked for 12 years with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Gajary graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in business management and is pursuing his MBA.
Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network promoted Toby J. Miletta to vice president of information technology. Miletta previously worked as director of information technology for the company, which is one of the leading providers of senior living services in the state. Miletta joined Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network in 1999.
He attended Youngstown State University and is a member of the Center for Aging Services Technologies.
CBIZ hired Luke F. Baum as president of its broker dealer and registered investment adviser, CBIZ Financial Solutions Inc.
Before joining CBIZ, Baum worked for AssetMark Investment Services in Pleasant Hills, Calif. He graduated from John Carroll University and is a member of the Financial Planning Association.
Paul Fissell joined the Greater Cleveland Regional Team of Sky Bank as executive vice president, commercial banking.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He serves as a board member for the Center for Families and Children, Downtown Cleveland Partnership and Cleveland Museum of Art Corporate Council.
Fissell received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and an MBA in finance from Xavier University.
CB Richard Ellis
Dave Browning received the 2005 Commercial Realtor of the Year Award, given by the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors.
Browning is managing director of brokerage services for CB Richard Ellis. He has 27 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and joined CB Richard Ellis in 1978.
Comprehensive Risk Management
Comprehensive Risk Management appointed Lou Weinstock president, CRM Insurance Solutions LLC and vice president, marketing and sales, for its marketing operations in its third-party administration division. CRM provides group rating, state-funded and self-insured workers’ compensation programs.
BENESCH, FRIEDLANDER, COPLAN & ARONOFF LLP
William E. Schonberg was named chair of the firm’s Business Reorganization Practice Group.
Schonberg is a partner with the firm and was a founding member of the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, now known as the American Board of Certification. He is a founding member of the board of directors of the Northern Ohio chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.
PAINESVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Linda Reed has been hired as executive director of the Painesville Chamber of Commerce.
Reed has held administrative positions with the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, Madison Village and the Kirtland Hills Police Department.
PSC METALS INC.
PSC Metals Inc hired Ron Hulett as director, internal audit.
Hulett is a CPA and has more than 30 years of experience in the profession, including public and internal auditing, accounting and finance, human resources, quality control, information systems management, sales and marketing, and customer service.
He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Laurel Baldwin joined IdeaStar Inc. as business development manager for the company’s general clients.
Baldwin worked for NEWGEN in San Diego for the past 10 years.
PENTON MEDIA INC.
Penton Media Inc. promoted Rob Howlett to group publisher of the GovPro Media Group.
Also at Penton, Stephen Minter was promoted to publisher and editorial director for Occupational Hazards.
Sandy Smith was promoted to editor for Occupational Hazards. She has been managing editor of Occupational Hazards since 2003.