The Columbus Foundation has elected to its governing committee Abigail Wexner as chairwoman; Donald B. Shackelford, chairman of Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio, and Dimon McFerson, chairman of Nationwide, as vice chairmen; and Lewis R. Smoot Sr., president and CEO of The Smoot Corp., as a new member.
Equity President Tim Galvin has been elected president of the Central Ohio Associated General Contractors, a commercial construction trade association governed and directed by contractors.
Mansfield Plumbing Products Inc. has named Harold P. Franze president and CEO. Franze replaces Joseph W. Harbrecht, who retired from the company at the end of 1999. Prior to joining Mansfield Plumbing, Franze was president and COO for Babson Brothers Co. in Napierville, Ill.
Joseph T. Calvaruso, president and CEO of Mount Carmel East, West and St. Anns hospitals, will serve as chair of the Operation Feed 2000 campaign. Working with Calvaruso on behalf of organized labor in Franklin County will be Richard W. Taylor, business agent and president of Local 1446, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Robert G. Stromberg has been named to succeed Harold Gutknecht as president of Gutknecht Construction after holding a variety of positions with the company for nearly 20 years. Gutknecht, the companys founder, is now CEO and chairman of the board.
ECOutlook.com has added three executives to its employee roster. Jim Brackeen will be ECOutlooks senior vice president of business development. He is the president-elect of the Society of Plastics Engineers and spent 34 years in sales and marketing management with Exxon Chemical. Brad Damewood, the companys new vice president of sales, was a senior manager with Andersen Consulting, where he specialized in supply chain strategy and design; sales and operations planning; procurement; outsourcing; transportation strategy; and shipper/carrier management. Paul Stanfield is ECOutlooks new vice president of strategic development. He formerly led marketing for Alkon Corp., a Dublin-based provider of enterprise resource planning software for the construction materials industry. Also at ECOutlook.com, Hugh Switzer, David Fischer and Ed Randall have been appointed to the companys board of directors, replacing William Gutermuth, Steve Harder and William Murdy who stepped aside after playing instrumental roles in the start up of the company.
Columbus Countywide Development Corp., a nonprofit small business lender, has named assistant director Bradley K. Shimp as its acting director, replacing Mark Barbash, who was named the City of Columbus director of Trade and Development. Previously Shimp oversaw CCDCs five loan programs for small businesses and was manager of the Columbus Growth Fund.
The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has elected new board members, including Tanny Crane, president/CEO, Crane Plastics Holding Co.; R. Andrew Johnson, president, The Johnson Family Diamond Cellar; and Randy Wilcox, president, SARCOM, who will serve three-year terms. New members serving one-year terms include Richard H. Moore, executive vice president, Berwanger Overmyer Associates; and Paula Inniss, president, Ohio Full Court Press. Also, Kenneth Stevens, chairman and CEO, Bank One Retail Group, and Ronald A. Pizzuti, chairman and CEO, The Pizzuti Cos., will fill vacancies on the board.
Robin V. Holderman, vice president and general manager of Opus North Corp. in Westerville, has been appointed to the foundation board of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
United Healthcare has promoted Brett Baby to CEO and Stevan Garcia to COO of its central Ohio market.