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10:48am EDT October 23, 2001
Look who's back

Chip Elliott, the former chief investment officer for The Ohio Co., has returned to Columbus to head the local office of Weber Fulton & Felman Investment Counsel LLC.

Since leaving The Ohio Co./Fifth Third Bancorp in 1999, Elliott had been managing director and chief investment officer of Baird Investment Management, the asset management arm of Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co.

Three other former Ohio Co. executives -- John Bevilacqua, David Will and Ed Luck -- established the Columbus office of Weber Fulton & Felman -- then known as Davidson Partners Investment Counsel LLC -- in January 1999. The company changed its name last year when founder David Fulton and five other principals of the firm purchased certain assets of Davidson Partners from PaineWebber Group.

"It's particularly exciting to be back with my team from The Ohio Co., which achieved an outstanding investment record while providing excellent personal service. I look forward to continuing to serve many of the individual and institutional clients with whom I worked at The Ohio Co. and at Baird."

According to Fulton, Weber Fulton & Felman has attracted more than $100 million in assets in the past two years.

"With Chip's large and loyal following in Central Ohio, we hope to continue to grow at an even faster pace," he adds.

... and who's moved on

Former Huntington Bancshares Inc. president and COO Peter Geier has joined The Ohio State University Health Sciences Center. In his new position of senior associate vice president for health sciences and business administration, Geier will act in a CFO capacity and direct business development and strategic planning.

"The opportunity to impact both the world of academia and health care is exciting to me and it is truly a unique opportunity," says Geier, who also serves as chairman of the Children's Hospital board and is active with the Columbus School for Girls.

Dr. Fred Sanfilippo, who appointed Geier to the OSU position, says "he is skilled at leading expansion efforts from conception to implementation, and that is key to our future success as we fulfill our three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care."

In other moves

Gov. Bob Taft has appointed Doug Moormann as his executive assistant for business and industry, making him responsible for the following state departments: development, taxation, transportation, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the Public Utilities Commission and the Industrial Commission. Moormann can be reached at 728-4156 or

Philip Urban, president and CEO of Grange Insurance; Ken Scheuering, general manager of the Clarion Worthington; Todd Ritterbusch, president of the Columbus Technology Leadership Council; and Elaine Roberts, executive director of the Columbus Airport Authority, have been elected to the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau's board of trustees.

In addition, new board officers are Chair Doug Kridler, president and executive director of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts; Vice Chair Todd Barnum, president and CEO of Max & Erma's Restaurants; Vice Chair Michael Jokovich, general manager of the Hyatt on Capitol Square; Treasurer Frank Capella, senior vice president of Huntington National Bank; and Secretary Susan Bass, director of philanthropy for The Limited.

Sally Bloomfield, a partner in the Columbus law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP, has been named a 2001 recipient of the Nettie Cronise Lutes Award by the Ohio State Bar Association. The award, created by the association's Women in the Profession Section, recognizes "women lawyers who have improved the legal profession through their own high level of professionalism and who have opened doors for other women and girls." It also commemorates the first woman to practice law in Ohio.

When Andre Dager started working for her family's company, Velvet Ice Cream, at age 12, she washed dishes and scooped ice cream. Fifteen years later, this fourth-generation member of the Dager family has taken over management of Ye Olde Mill, Velvet Ice Cream's historic headquarters and tourist attraction near Utica.

"Really, the Mill is the only place I've ever wanted to work," Dager says. "My heart has always been here."

Under her direction, the Mill's restaurant -- the Water Wheel -- has added new menu items, and Dager is working to promote the facility's new nature trail and expanded visitors center. She's also busy grooming the fifth generation of Dagers for a future at Velvet: her sons, 9-year-old Justin and 7-year-old Devon.

EC Outlook, an e-commerce software provider in Dublin, has netted another top executive with big-name credentials.

The former head of technology for Dell Premier Online, the online sales and marketing channel for Dell Computer's corporate and government customers, has joined EC Outlook as its chief technology officer and executive vice president of product development.

Tilak Mandadi will help define the overall strategy for EC Outlook, support the alliances and partnership efforts and lead product development, engineering and technical operations. Prior to working at Dell, Mandadi was the director of technology and a member of the founding team of Enron Online. With transactions exceeding $1 billion per day in market value, Enron Online is now among the largest e-commerce sites in the world.

EC Outlook was featured in the January 2001 issue of SBN Magazine for recruiting proven leaders from top companies within months of starting its operations in 1998.

In addition, EC Outlook was named to Upside Magazine's "Hot 100" list of privately held B2B companies, published in May.

Speaking of awards ...

The Columbus chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will hold its third annual awards ceremony recognizing outstanding female business owners from Central Ohio at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon July 12 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, 3900 Chagrin Drive. For details, contact Tricia Smith at 444-7455. SBN Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects Inc. has been awarded a Golden Trowel from the International masonry Institute to honor the firm's work on the Ohio Supreme Courts Building, also known as the Ohio Departments Building, downtown.

Edsall & Associates LLC has received an Outstanding Development Award for its design of Dublin's Wellington Park and a Development Award of Excellence for its design of Bellefontaine's Southview Park. Both awards were given by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

In addition, the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture recognized another of Edsall & Associates' projects -- the Spring Street Parkway -- with a Merit Award.

Cam Taylor Co. Ltd. and King Thompson Realtors have been named Brokerage Companies of the Year by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio.

The law firm of Purcell & Scott Co. LPA is hosting a charity golf outing July 23 at the Scioto Reserve Golf & Athletic Club to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information about playing or sponsorships, contact Samantha Bruess at 761-9990.

The Delaware Area Safety Council will present a lunch forum July 10 on Controlling Workers' Compensation Costs. The program, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will be held at the Delaware JVS South Campus, 4565 Columbus Pike. For details, call the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce at (740) 369-6221.

Paraspinal Diagnostic Corp. has received a 65 percent tax credit from the state to expand operations in Columbus. The company plans to lease space in the Science and Technology Campus Center on Kinnear Road, enhance its software, improve its product and perform light assembly. The estimated $650,000 project will create 75 jobs within the first three years of operation.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce is presenting workshops on "eBusiness: New Strategies for Business as Usual." One workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, 2280 State Route 540, Bellfontaine. A half-day workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon Sept. 13 at the Greater Columbus Chamber offices, 37 N. High St. For more information, contact Nancy Stoll at 225-6910.

Griffin Communications is now the agency of record for Mount Carmel Foundation, Coast-to-Coast Medical, Jobs for Columbus Graduates, Connaissance Consulting, Miles-McClellan Construction Co. Inc. and Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.

Greencrest has added Nocar Construction Co. as a client.

More than 18 chapters of Network Professionals Inc. meet weekly either for breakfast or lunch at various locations around Central Ohio. For details, call Frank Agin, regional director, at 523-8717, or visit

LeadNet, a business-to-business networking group, meets at noon Tuesdays at the Martini Italian Bistro,1319 Polaris Parkway. For details, call Racey Morris at 846-8723, ext. 216, or Tim Moore at (740) 548-6067.

The Columbus American Marketing Association hosts Java Talk from 8 to 9 a.m. the third Thursday of each month for at Barnes & Noble on Polaris Parkway. Marketing and technology professionals meet to discuss technology topics affecting marketers. For details, contact Anne Kemter at 543-6317.

Jewish Family Services' Career and Workforce Development Center holds its Tips, Tricks and Techniques Tea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Jewish Family Services, 1151 College Ave., for professionals in career search with experience in a wide range of industries. The meetings are free and open to the public. For details, call 237-9675.