Movers & Shakers Featured

11:11am EDT June 29, 2005

The Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC) named Edward M. Burghard executive director. Burghard is a Harley Procter Marketer in worldwide strategic planning for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.

"Burghard's knowledge of branding and marketing, his leadership skills and performance during his tenure as interim executive director, were key factors in the board's unanimous and enthusiastic decision," says Kevin Walker, president and chief operating officer of AEP-OHIO and chairman of the board for the OBDC. "He has gained the confidence of the members, as well as state organizations and officials. Ed is the right person to address the challenges and opportunities we face in the future."

Procter & Gamble's president of Global Pharmaceuticals Mark Collar says, "The success of Ohio's efforts to compete for business attraction and retention on a global basis is critical to creating a strong economy and generating new jobs in the state. Establishing an entity that will create a strong Ohio brand will give Ohio a competitive advantage. We can think of no better way to support this effort than to loan one of our Harley Procter Marketers to lead the OBDC until it is a productive and sustainable organization."

"I am excited to be a part of Gov. Taft and Lt. Gov. Johnson's aggressive action plan to become one of the most competitive states in the nation at expanding business investment that will lead to an increased number of job opportunities for Ohioans," says Burghard. "I welcome the challenge and look forward to working with the members of OBDC in making Ohio more attractive to businesses."


Fekete + Co. promoted Sue Burness to vice president. Burness leads some of Fekete + Co's largest accounts, providing client services such as media relations, strategic planning, marketing and branding.

"My clients inspire me," says Burness. "It is incredibly fulfilling to build a relationship -- a partnership -- to help my clients achieve their marketing goals."

She brings more than 20 years of marketing and public relations experience to the job.


Cameron Mitchell Restaurants appointed Robert Miles vice president of real estate.

Miles' background includes more than five years with Bravo Development Inc., where he oversaw a national expansion centered on upscale markets, lifestyle centers, retail developments, freestanding properties and acquisitions.

Prior to that, Miles served as real estate director for Ruby Tuesday Inc. and Darden Restaurants. Throughout his career, Miles has worked extensively with concept development and execution, design and construction management and location analysis and acquisition. His professional experience includes development and national brokerage services of commercial real estate.


John Stone joined The Ohio State University Medical Center as associate vice president for health sciences, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer.

Previously, Stone was managing director of the health care practice of Navigant Consulting, a professional service consulting firm. He has been president/CEO and CFO of the Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown; vice president of finance and CFO at Hamot Health Systems Inc. in Erie, Pa.; and CFO at Northern Michigan Hospitals Inc. in Petoskey, Mich.

Stone is a diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants.


Kerianne Priehs joined Griffin Communications as an account executive.

Priehs provides account management and implements marketing communications and public relations plans for Griffin's corporate, health care and not-for-profit clients.

Prior to joining Griffin, Priehs worked at Public Communications Inc., a public relations agency in Chicago, where she supervised national and local health care, not-for-profit and environmental service account teams. Priehs is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and earned her bachelor of arts degree in communications from Marquette University.


SW Worldwide named Michael McDonald senior vice president in its consumer Account Services Practice. McDonald is responsible for working with GSW Worldwide's consumer account teams to leverage skills and talent, and further develop the consumer business.

Previously, McDonald was managing director at J. Walter Thompson, where he helped establish the company's Houston location and oversaw advertising, sales promotion, local marketing, trade show and event marketing, and global business development initiatives for Shell Oil brands in the United States. McDonald holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.


The Frank Gates Cos.' board of directors promoted Guy Votaw to assistant vice president, manager of analytical staff.

Votaw supervises the analytical team to enhance efficiency and quality of service. He also assists with problem-solving and issue resolution, and monitors operational performance. In addition, he is responsible for evaluating analytical staff, as well as enhancing associates' job knowledge and skills.

Previously, Votaw was manager of analytical staff and risk management team leader. He also worked as retrospective rating manager in Frank Gates' Seattle office and as a rate analyst.