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10:48am EDT October 23, 2001

Joel Kingsley, president of Apex/M&P Construction, has been appointed to the board of directors of Goodwill Columbus. "I'm looking forward to providing management expertise to an organization that lifts people with special needs to greater heights," says Kingsley.

In other Apex/M&P news, the firm has been awarded a $2.6 million contract to perform work for the New Albany Middle School; a $1 million-plus contract by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to construct a new church and offices for the Madison Lake Meeting House in London; and a $939,805 contract to work on the new Gahanna Lincoln High School Stadium entrance.

The deadline is May 15 for nominations to Junior Achievement's Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame. Nominees must have lived in Ohio for at least 10 years. They will be judged on their contributions to business excellence, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership and community-mindedness. For details, contact Tom Rutan at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, 771-9903. SBN Magazine is a sponsor of this event, which will be held Oct. 24.

Lauren Wojciechowski and Richard Crabtree have been promoted to partner positions at Whalen & Co. CPAs. Wojciechowski has been with the company for more than 10 years and specializes in all areas of corporate and individual accounting and tax. Crabtree joined the firm in 1986 and has served as its business tax manager for six years.

The Center for Dispute Resolution at Capital University Law School offers Negotiation: The Building Blocks of Dispute Resolution, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30. For more information, call 236-6430 or visit

Roger P. Sugarman, a partner with Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, has received the AFL-CIO Community Service Award of the George Meany Awards, sponsored by the Columbus-Franklin County AFL-CIO and United Way of Central Ohio's Community Services Department. Sugarman, who volunteers actively with a number of community organizations, is past chair of the local United Way's board, where he continues to serve and chairs a special ad hoc committee evaluating the work of United Way Vision Councils.

Michael A. Petrecca has been named managing partner of the Columbus office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Currently serving as partner-in-charge of the office's Middle Market Advisory Services Group, Petrecca takes on his new duties July 1. He replaces James D. Robbins, who is retiring.

Nominations are being accepted through June 15 for the Governor's Awards for Women's Excellence in Enterprise 2001. Awards will be given in the following categories: manufacturing/high technology, service, wholesale/retail, real estate/construction and Rising Star (in business less than five years). Nominees must be Ohio based with an annual sales revenue greater than $1.5 million, except in the categories of service (minimum $1 million) and Rising Star (minimum $750,000). Nominated businesses must also be majority female-owned, well-established, growing and profitable for the most recent reporting period. For more information, contact Linda Saikas at 466-4945.

Elford Inc. has been named Prime Contractor of the Year by the Columbus Equal Business Opportunity Commission Office for its commitment to using certified minority and female-owned businesses. Elford demonstrates its commitment to strengthening relationships with minority and female-owned businesses through participation in the Columbus Rotary's Minority Mentoring program, the 2000 Minority Business Summit and through membership in the Columbus Regional Minority Development Council.

David P. Lauer has been appointed a member of Metatec International's board of directors. Lauer, who recently retired as president and COO of Bank One NA Columbus, fills the unexpired term of A. Grant Bowen, who reached the board's mandatory retirement age.

"We are delighted to welcome Dave Lauer to the Metatec board," says Jeffrey Wilkins, chairman and CEO of Metatec. "His vast experience and knowledge will be a great asset to the board and to Metatec." In addition to Metatec's board, Lauer serves on local corporate and advisory boards at companies including AirNet Systems Inc., Online Computer Library Center Inc., Wendy's International Inc. and The Fishel Co.

Two local business owners have been appointed to the State Fire Commission. Patrick Guanciale, an owner of Guanciale & Johnson Real Estate Inc., has been reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2005, representing commerce and industry. Ron J. Landis, owner of R.J. Landis Design & Construction Inc., has also been appointed for a term ending Oct 31, 2005, representing construction.

Ben L. Pfefferle III, a partner at Thomas Hine & Flory LLP, has been elected as chairman of the board of directors of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast, Central and Southern Ohio.

Mills/James Productions has received a bronze Telly Award for its production of a video documentary for the Center for New Directions, an organization for women who are redirecting their lives. The Telly Awards are conducted nationally, giving recognition to outstanding film and video productions.

TEAM Mucho Inc. in Worthington has acquired the assets of South Jordan, Utah-based Professional Staff Management Inc. in a transaction valued at $6.75 million. "This asset transaction reflects our formula for PEO acquisitions in the future," explains S. Cash Nickerson, chairman and CEO. "We will solidify ourselves as the market leader in our major markets of Utah, Ohio, California and Nevada; do only accretive transactions; and continue to pursue candidates with major financial sponsors that can accelerate our growth." With this transaction, TEAM Mucho Inc. adds ABS Capital Partners, a private equity fund with more than $1 billion under management, as an equity partner.

Equity President Tim Galvin has been re-elected president of Central Ohio Associated General Contractors. "I'm excited to continue my work that began last year with the AGC," Gavin says. "This position continues to be a great opportunity for Equity and me. I'm able to work with several leaders in the community and have an active voice within the organization."

Roger Faulkenberry has been promoted to managing director and executive vice president for client development at National Century Financial Enterprises Inc. Also at NCFE, Dean E. Haberkamp has been promoted to executive vice president of marketing and Kimberly A. Murray has been promoted to vice president of human resources.

Ernst & Young will host its 15th annual Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, honoring outstanding owners of fast-growing companies, June 11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For more information, call Deborah Price, awards program manager, 222-3916, or visit

An Insurance and Retirement Issues for Small Business Owners seminar will be presented at 10 a.m. May 5 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.

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 at the Easton Hilton. To register, contact Shelley Menduni at 888-5203. Cost for luncheon meetings is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

Mark J. Butterworth, vice president of Ohio Partners, has been appointed to the Industrial Technology and Enterprise Advisory Council for a term ending Dec 31, 2007. The council advises and assists The Ohio Development Financing Commission.

Jonathan Petuckowski, vice president of Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp., has been reappointed to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority for a term ending Jan. 31, 2005. The authority administers the Ohio Tuition Trust Program, which issues college savings bonds and sells tuition credits.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has named Leslie Weilbacher as the new vice president of infrastructure. She previously served as the director of the Small Business Development Center at the chamber. "Issues such as land use policy, telecommunications access, transportation and logistics play a critical role in the location and growth of business," Weilbacher says. "I look forward to working to ensure that Greater Columbus has the infrastructure needed to sustain economic growth in our community."

Pam Doty, executive director of the Columbus Association of Building Owners & Managers, has received the Crime Stoppers 2001 Board Member of the Year Award for her support of the Crime Stoppers organization. Doty has served as executive director of Building Owners and Managers since 1996 and joined the Crime Stoppers Board in February 2000.

Enterprise Development Inc. will present Innovest 2001 May 10 and 11 at The Westin Hotel in Cincinnati. For more information, call (216) 229-9445, ext. 171. SBN Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

Hopkins Printing has been recognized with six awards -- three gold, two silver and one bronze-- at the 2000 International Gallery of Superb Printing from the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen Inc. Hopkins competed against more than 3,359 entries from all over the world.

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 more information, 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 fat Barnes & Noble on Polaris Parkway. Marketing and technology professionals meet to discuss technology topics affecting marketers. For more information, contact Anne Kemter at 543-6317.

Jewish Family Services' Career and Workforce Development Center will hold 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 more information, call 237-9675.