Rosemarie Rossetti, president of Rossetti Enterprises Inc., has been selected as one of 97 people to carry the Olympic torch through Columbus this month.
Rossetti, whose battle back to business after a paralyzing accident was featured in SBN Magazine ("No crushing blow," July 2001), was one of more than 210,000 people nominated for the honor. Ken Smith, technical staff coordinator at Great Northern Consulting Services, nominated Rossetti because of the way she has met her challenges.
"This tragedy has not dampened her spirits. She constantly worked to become more mobile and is now able to walk some and is riding a recumbent bike up to about 8 miles per hour for several miles," he wrote. "Rosemarie is now an author and highly sought after by many groups seeking a real hero and motivational speaker. Rosemarie's strength and determination come from her giant never-say-no, never quit heart."
Rossetti will carry the torch either Jan. 2 or Jan. 3. A bracket mounted on her wheelchair will hold the Olympic torch for her route, which will be two-tenths of a mile.
Before reaching the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the flame will be carried by 11,500 torchbearers on a 65-day, 13,500-mile journey starting in Atlanta and traveling through 46 states.
Huntington Bancshares Inc. is expanding its offerings to the business community.
Late last year, the bank introduced the Capital Markets Group, which focuses on providing nontraditional financial solutions for corporate and institutional customers.
The group is responsible for investment banking, sales and trading; providing mezzanine capital to corporate, real estate and commercial customers; and providing risk management products to commercial customers.
John Grant, Dave Abshier and Bob Harless manage the Capital Markets Group and report to Mike McMennamin, president of Huntington Capital Corp. and Bancshares vice chairman and CFO.
The company also has formed a new commercial line of business, Huntington Bank Equipment Finance. Led by Robert E. Allanson, president, the business is focused on delivering tailored financing solutions for business capital equipment needs.
Columbus-based CTL Engineering Inc. has acquired Sachina Engineering of Bangalore, India.
The consulting engineering firm has broadened its scope of services with the addition of Sachina Engineering's staff and equipment.
Sachina, which will maintain its office in India and operate from a satellite location in Cleveland, has been assisting CTL since 1998 in the digitizing of drawings and software development and the design and implementation of CTL's Web site.
Save the date
Morning and afternoon Jan. 18 at the Hyatt Regency: How to Increase Performance & Profits, presented by Douglas Brooks, president of ASE Corp., and Patrick Donadio, a business coach and professional speaker. The seminar, sponsored by SBN Magazine, is designed to help business owners and presidents create a good workplace environment and a business image to attract more customers. Topics also will include time management and maximizing effectiveness as well as information regarding attitude development and strategies to benefit employees. For information, call 766-7898 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Noon, Feb. 8, Max M. Fisher College of Business, Pfahl Hall, Executive Interchange Series, "New Products and New Ideas in Finance" by Rene M. Stulz, the Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking Monetary Economics at Fisher; 225-6064
The Ohio Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education is offering several programs for entrepreneurs, including Listen to Your Business: A Strategic Visioning workshop, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23; Grow It: The Business Plan Program, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. once a week Feb. 19 to May 21; and Start It: The Feasibility Study program, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. once a week March 7 to May 21. All programs are held at the Business Technology Center, 1275 Kinnear Road. Call 487-3675 or visit www.ofee.org.
Awards and accolades
Sanford "Sandy" Goldston, chairman of The Wallick Cos., is the first recipient of the Jack L. Wallick Lifetime Service Award in recognition of outstanding achievement during his 35-year career and his dedication to the cause of quality affordable housing.
Eclipse Studios, which recently moved into its new 8,500-square-foot facility at 6625 Reflections Drive with digital lab Solar Imaging, is recognized at the Ohio Hunger Task Force 2001 annual meeting as Local Corporate Supporter of the Year.
Nancy Paul and Associates Inc. receives a certificate of honorable mention at the 49th Annual Chris Awards for the video "Choice or Chance," written and produced for Nationwide Insurance as an internal communication piece on ethics in the workplace. Nancy Paul and Associates also received the Award of Excellence from the American Staffing Association for an interactive CD-ROM detailing orientation and training information for Martha Vance and Associates.
The Longaberger Co. and M/I Schottenstein Homes have been named to Family Business magazine's 2001 list of America's largest family companies, ranked by revenue. Longaberger was ranked 138 out of 150; M/I Schottenstein was ranked 142.
Abrasive Technology Inc. receives its ISO 9001:2000 certification for its Lewis Center headquarters operations.
Checksmart/Buckeye Check Cashing Inc. receives a 2001 Activa Award from Financial Service Centers of America for exemplary community service. The Dublin company was honored for its Community Fund program, which provided more than $113,000 to a variety of area not-for-profit organizations including schools, educational programs and other civic associations.
Friends of the Hilltop honors Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service's Hilltop Chapel with a 2001 Beautification Award for the fifth year in a row.
Corna/Kokosing Construction Co. receives a Build Ohio award for its construction on the Columbus State pedestrian bridge from the Associated General Contractors of Ohio.
Urban Environments Inc. receives a Distinction Award in the Associated Landscape Contractors of America's Environmental Improvement Awards Program for landscape maintenance of Duke Realty Corp.'s properties and the interchange at Tuttle Crossing.
HER Realtors wins six awards out of 21 categories in the 2001 Ohio Association of Realtors Promotion & Advertising Contest.
Dan Dragin, president of All Star Moving Co., to the editorial board of Mover, a magazine for moving and storage professionals
As officers of the Community Shelter Board: chairman Timothy T. Miller, chief administrative officer, Crane Plastics Co.; vice chair Floyd Jones, vice president of production, The Columbus Dispatch; treasurer William Wright, retired partner, Deloitte & Touche; secretary Joyce B. Link, partner, Bricker & Eckler; and past chair Stephen A. Rish, vice president of corporate public involvement, Nationwide Insurance Enterprise Foundation
Margaret A. Hambleton, president of Hambleton Inc., real property appraisers and consultants, to the state's Real Estate Appraiser Board
Michael Menzer, founder and president of Paramount Financial Group Inc., to the Central Ohio Technical College board of trustees
Promotions, executive hires
Philip A. Voelker to chief investment officer and managing director of Advanced Asset Management Advisors Inc.
Donna L. Freeman as a director in the Columbus office of SS&G Financial Services
Michael S. Rahe as vice president, accounts receivable analysis; James C. Blythe as associate vice president of marketing for business development; and Neil L. Johnson as senior credit analyst at National Century Financial Enterprises Inc.
Sherry Fisher to vice president, business development, at Urban Environments Inc.
John R. Nave to vice president of Archer-Meek Weiler Agency Inc.
Tom Lane to senior vice president and manager of consumer lending at Fifth Third Bank; Rich Tucker to assistant vice president and investment executive with Fifth Third Securities Inc.; and Tony Mathena to assistant vice president commercial lending, Fifth Third Bank
New clients and partnerships
Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware County establishes a formal partnership with OhioHealth, giving OhioHealth 25 percent ownership in Grady and each organization representation on the other's board of directors.
Four pump manufacturing companies, PACO and Johnston Pump in Texas, Wier Floway in California and KSBAktiengesellschaft in Germany, have entered into agreements for sales force software solutions from IntellEquip Inc. in Dublin.
E.V. Bishoff Co. is renovating the former bank lobby of the Columbian Savings and Loan on the ground floor of the Commerce Building, 35 E. Gay St., restoring it to its original 1923 classical style.
Sport Management Inc. becomes agency of record for Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Billiard Congress of America and gains an endorsement and marketing services relationship with Anita Marks, quarterback for the independently owned Miami Fury, a Women's Professional Football team.
Boston-based Forum Corp. aligns with Ten Worldwide to address the people component of Ten Worldwide's holistic approach to launching, strengthening and rebuilding brands. The companies will jointly market their capabilities under the ten + Forum moniker.
APEX/M&P Construction LLP is awarded a $7.6 million general trades contract by the Frontier Local School District Board of Education for a project including three schools and the bus maintenance facility.
On the move
All Seasons Spas relocates to a new, 21,000-square-foot facility at 4105 Lyman Drive in Hilliard designed and built by Ruscilli Construction and Meacham & Apel Architects Inc.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky approves a reorganization plan for Quaker Coal Co. in which American Electric Power will acquire substantially all the assets of Quaker in a move expected to increase AEP's coal production by approximately 7 million tons. AEP also is moving part of its wholesale group operations into the Arena District.