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10:49am EDT October 23, 2001

The law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP has elected Stephen C. Gray and Laurie A. Briggs as partners. "Steve has proven himself to be a very capable trial attorney, and Laurie has developed a flourishing practice in the areas of banking and insurance," managing partner Richard C. Simpson says. Also at Bricker & Eckler, Richard A. King has joined as CEO. King will manage all internal business functions of the firm and supervise a support staff of approximately 150.

Moody/Nolan Ltd. has been selected Firm of the Year by the National Organization of Minority Architects for outstanding achievement in design, community service, education and service to the profession. Moody/Nolan also received the organization's Design Excellence Award for the design of the Nationwide Parking Garage.

Nominations are now being accepted for Junior Achievement's Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame. Nominees must have lived in Ohio for at least 10 years and be at least 50 years of age. Nominees will be judged on their contribution to business excellence, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership and community-mindedness. Nominations must be received no later than May 15. Fordetails, contact Kevin Barnes at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, 771-9903. SBN Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

Ernst & Young is seeking nominations for Greater Columbus-based entrepreneurs as part of its 15th annual Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honoring outstanding owners of fast-growing companies. Owners and managers who are primarily responsible for the growth of a company that is at least two years old are eligible. Nominations must be received by April 6, 2001. Self-nominations are encouraged, as are those from suppliers, customers and others who work with entrepreneurs. The awards banquet is scheduled for June 11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For more information and nomination forms, call Deborah Price, awards program manager, at 222-3916, or visit

Nationwide Financial Services Inc. has purchased Diversified Pension Services, a pension plan administration company based in Miami. Diversified Pension Services has been renamed Nationwide Retirement Plan Services Inc.

Innovest 2001, a statewide venture capital conference, is set for May 10 and 11 at The Westin Hotel in Cincinnati. For more information, call (216) 229-9445, ext. 171, or visit SBN Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

The Center for Dispute Resolution at Capital University Law School will offer Negotiation: The Building Block of Dispute Resolution from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 and Handling Workplace Conflicts: Strategies and Skills from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 11-12. For more information, call 236-6430 or visit

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's Division of Safety and Hygiene will hold its 71st Annual Ohio Safety Congress and Expo April 2-5 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. New to the event this year is a session devoted exclusively to small business set for the morning of April 4. For more information or to register, call the bureau at (800) 644-6292 or log on to

Columbus-based WDA&E has merged with another architectural firm, Vincent Association of Dallas, to form WD Partners, whose headquarters will remain in Columbus. The new company also has offices in Dallas and Albuquerque, as well as site development personnel around the country. This brings the total number of WD Partners employees to more than 200.

Roberta Garber, head of her own business consulting firm, Roberta F. Garber Consulting, has been named executive director for Community Research Partners, launched in April 2000 to measure and evaluate private and public sector organizations. The center is a collaboration and partnership of the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University's John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy and United Way of Central Ohio.

Columbus College of Art & Design has appointed three officers to its board of trustees: Frederick L. Ransier III, partner in the law firm of Ransier & Ransier LLP; Charles M. Berger, chairman and CEO of The Scotts Co.; and Michael Edwards, owner and president of Michael Edwards Building and Design Inc.

The new CEO of Nationwide, W.G. "Jerry" Jurgensen, has been named to lead the 2002 United Way of Central Ohio campaign. "Over the years, Nationwide has provided three campaign chairs and Jerry makes the fourth, a fact which attests to the company's support of United Way and its mission to measurably improve the quality of people's lives," says John W. Kessler, chair of the United Way board of trustees and chairman of the New Albany Co.

Peter G. Kleinhenz has been named principal in CID Equity Partners' Columbus office. "We look forward to Peter's joining us," says managing general partner John T. Hackett. "He brings important technical expertise and an in-depth understanding of the Columbus and Ohio entrepreneurial communities." Kleinhenz was a partner in two Columbus companies, Progenics Corp. and Neoprobe Corp.

Timothy J. Cosgrove and Christopher J. Franzmann have been named partners at the Columbus office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. Both are in the firm's public law practice group.

Heinzerling Foundation has named Michael Born to its development board. Born, partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, is also a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations and the F&AM Lodge of Ohio.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has received the 2000 Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency by entering into a partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. and property manager Jones Lang LaSalle to improve the efficiency of the William Green Building in Downtown Columbus. Johnson Controls implemented numerous measures, significantly reducing energy use, and expects to save the bureau more than $1.62 million over 10 years.

To strengthen the coordination and utilization of resources, Worthington Industries has created two corporate positions. Ralph Roberts, most recently president of Worthington Steel, has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing for Worthington Industries Inc., and Virgil Winland, president of Worthington Cylinders, has been promoted to senior vice president of manufacturing. As a result, Ed Ferkany, a long-time steel executive with 26 years at the company, has become president of the steel processing business, and John Lamprinakos, a 20-year company employee, has been named president of Worthington Cylinders. Also at Worthington, Harry Goussetis, vice president of administration and legal counsel for Worthington Cylinders, has been named human resources vice president for Worthington Industries after the retirement of Mark Stier.

Hopkins Printing received nine awards at the 2000 Printing Industries Association of Northern Kentucky and Ohio Print Excellence Awards. The company's entries won in categories including booklets, newsletters and corporate communications.

Columbus-based has entered into a deal with Time Warner Telecom Inc. wherein Time Warner will provide broadband optical voice networking services to the Internet-based phone system. In addition, has acquired the contract to provide voice-messaging services for Chase Mortgaging Services' national customer contact centers.

A project of Columbus-based TRIAD Architects Inc. was featured as an educational design excellence award winner in the 2000 Architectural Portfolio by American School & University magazine. The firm won for its design of the Cambridge City Schools campus.

Ruscilli Construction Co. Inc. has been named the contractor for White Castle's $5.8 million meat processing facility in Zanesville. The 34,000-square-foot processing plant includes 17,000 square feet of refrigeration space. Construction is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 1.

Metatec International has a new client, Rabobank Group, a Dutch financial services group. Metatec will provide secure online distribution and tracking of Rabobank's software to European customers. Metatec hosts the Rabobank software distribution service at its network facility in The Netherlands.

Lord, Sullivan, & Yoder Inc. has added Easton Town Center to its client roster. LSY will provide collaborative brand-building, media planning and buying, print and broadcast advertising, and direct marketing services that support the Easton Town Center brand.

Sterling Commerce, a Columbus-based subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc., has appointed Jim Hendrickson vice president of e-marketplace development and Jeff Solinger vice president of e-marketplace infrastructure. The newly created positions complement a corporate reorganization completed last year to focus on emerging Internet e-business opportunities. Hendrickson joins Sterling Commerce from Bank One, Columbus, where he was senior managing director of strategic initiatives. Solinger also comes from Bank One, where he was vice president of systems development.

CallTech Communications LLC has opened its newest call center in Fort Myers, Fla. "Fort Myers was chosen as the site for our expansion because the area offers a vast labor pool, giving CallTech customers access to skilled customer care and support workers," says C.J. Petitti, CallTech co-founder and CEO. "CallTech also offers its customers bilingual customer service capabilities, which will be facilitated by the diversity of the Fort Myers area labor force."

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC has been honored as a finalist for the National Restaurant Association's 2000 Good Neighbor Award for its annual Sera Bella di Vini international wine auction, which raised more than $100,000 for the Children's Hospital Neurology Department.

Stephen L. Lackey has been appointed executive vice president in the Investment Advisors Division at Fifth Third Bank. In addition, Catherine Cawthon has been named vice president of acquisitions for the Fifth Third Community Development Corp., which invests in low income housing tax credit and historic tax credit projects through Fifth Third Bancorp.

Dale D. Van Valkenburg has been hired as vice president of Prospect Bank. Van Valkenburg, who will direct the commercial business banking division, has more than 20 years experience in business lending and personal banking, most recently with Huntington National Bank as vice president.

The Ohio Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education is offering business owners courses including Bootcamp March 2-9 and Dynamic Presentation Program April 18 and 21. For information, visit or call 487-3675.

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at the Easton Hilton. To register, contact Shelley Menduni at 888-5203. The cost for luncheon meetings is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

Carolyn Morris has been appointed executive vice president of marketing at Frontstep Inc. The board of directors also named Morris an officer of the company.

The Industry and Technology Council of Central Ohio will hold a Technology Leaders Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 9 at the Holiday Inn on the Lane. Other ITC events include a Technology After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 12 at Priority Designs, 501 Morrison Road, Suite 101; and a Business Development Forum from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 21 at Edison Welding Institute, 1250 Arthur E. Adams Drive. For more information, call 225-6907.

A seminar entitled How to Design an Effective Web Site will be presented by Nancy Paul, president of Nancy Paul & Associates, at 10 a.m. March 3 at Home Office Warehouse (HOW) and National Office Warehouse (NOW), 500 W. Broad St. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mike Ward or Mike Burroughs at 228-2233.

OC Communications has been named the exclusive producer and sales agent for the Columbus Landsharks souvenir game program. OC Communications is responsible for the creation, design, copy writing, editorial assistance, advertising sales and production of the programs for the seven Landsharks home games at Nationwide Arena.

A health care research firm, HCIA-Sachs Institute, has included The Ohio State University Hospitals on its list of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals. The list is the result of a study to recognize hospitals that have achieved benchmark status in several areas, including quality of care, efficiency of operations and overall financial performance.

The Columbus American Marketing Association will host Java Talk, a discussion of technology topics affecting marketers, from 8 to 9 a.m. March 15 at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1285 Polaris Parkway. For more information, contact Anne Kemter at 543-6317.

LeadNet, a business-to-business networking group, will hold its meetings at 12 p.m. Tuesdays at the Martini Italian Bistro, 1319 Polaris Parkway. For more information, call Racey Morris at 846-8723, ext. 216, or Tim Moore at (740) 548-6067.

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

Kensington Place at the Lutheran Village of Columbus has been awarded the Secretary's Commendation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in recognition of its providing decent, safe and high-performing housing in a multifamily setting.