The Butler Co., the largest veterinary distributor of animal health products in the United States, named Kevin Vasquez president and chief operating officer, reporting to Howard Deputy, chairman and CEO. Vasquez, along with Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Leo "Mac" McNeil, were also appointed to Butler's board of directors.
Vasquez was most recently executive vice president and COO of the company and has more than 25 years of experience in the animal health industry. He has held a number of senior executive positions during his career at Fermenta Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. and The Butler Co. He has served the industry as a member of the board of directors of the National Cattlemen's Association, the American Feed Industry Association and the American Veterinary Distributors Association. He is also a past chairman of the AFIA Animal Health Committee and has been an industry panelist during a number of industry association meetings.
Vasquez holds a B.S.B.A. in marketing from Western Carolina University and an MBA from Central Michigan University.
The Butler Co. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Dublin. It employs more than 570 people throughout the United States, and annual sales exceed $550 million.
ERNST & YOUNG
Paul Davison was promoted to partner in Ernst & Young's assurance and advisory business services practice. Davison has significant experience auditing large public and privately held clients in the consumer products and retail industries. He's been instrumental in building the practice in the Columbus market and is heavily involved in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year program.
He has served on the board of The Entrepreneurial Institute, YMCA Board and the Miami University Accountancy Advisory Board. Davison is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
NATIONAL HEALING CORP.
National Healing Corp. named Dr. Richard Edward Schlanger to its physician's advisory panel to serve as a resource for the company's wound healing centers, which account for 20 percent of the nation's managed and outsourced wound healing centers.
In addition to consulting with the medical directors and physicians at each NHC wound healing center, panel members are responsible for reviewing the centers' clinical activities, including patient treatments and outcomes, continuity of care and staff training. Additional responsibilities include participating as a member of NHC's speaker's bureau and assisting and advising NHC on various research and educational materials, as well as materials intended for publication.
Schlanger, who was named corporate medical director of wound care for NHC in 2002, also serves as medical director of the National Healing Wound Center at The Ohio State University Hospitals East, where he has been since it opened in 1998. In addition to caring for patients at the center, Schlanger has a thriving general surgery practice at the university.
MCGRAW-HILL LEARNING GROUP
McGraw-Hill Learning Group, a leading K-12 basal and supplemental publishing group, appointed Jeffrey Livingston, a former entrepreneur and high school teacher, as vice president of urban markets.
Livingston will develop opportunities in urban markets for the McGraw-Hill Learning Group, which includes SRA/McGraw-Hill and Wright Group/McGraw-Hill. He reports to Peter F. Sayeski, president of the McGraw-Hill Learning Group, and works closely with the McGraw-Hill Education National Urban Markets team, headed by Dr. Daniel A. Domenech. Livingston will be located at SRA's national office in Columbus.
Livingston sees his new position at the Learning Group as a natural extension of the vision that has guided his career.
"I have spent my life developing creative ways to make a difference in the lives of students," he says. "I was happy to find that, through products like Open Court Reading, Direct Instruction, Everyday Mathematics and Breakthrough to Literacy, the McGraw-Hill Learning Group also shares the same vision of focusing on improving student achievement."
Before joining the McGraw-Hill Learning Group, Livingston was founder of Achieva, a college preparation company that focused on test preparation, admissions advice, and study and presentation skills for high school students. He later sold it to Kaplan. Livingston was also a consultant for EdSolutions, a company that offers strategy consulting for business clients interested in accessing the K-12 market and providing professional development and training for public school districts.
He has teaching experience in high school biology and humanities, and served four years as an associate with Merrill Lynch. Livingston holds a degree from Harvard University in government and economics.
Susan M. Bottiggi was named market executive of the Columbus region of the private client group at National City. She is responsible for growing National City's wealth management business in the region. The private client group serves the needs of high-net-worth individuals and families by providing customized solutions and expert investment guidance delivered through local financial experts.
"Susan is a results-driven manager with a track record of growing and retaining business, and consistently delivers on our commitment to superior client service," says Stephen Hartle, Ohio managing director of the private client group. "We're confident that she will continue to build momentum in comprehensive wealth management in the Columbus and Central Ohio markets."
Mike Gonsiorowski, National City president and CEO, Central Region, says, "Susan is an exceptional individual who makes significant contributions to our business and to the Columbus community, with 24 years of financial services experience in the market. I look forward to having Susan join the senior management team for this area and to working closely with her in our collective efforts to continue to build strong relationships with our clients."