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10:49am EDT October 23, 2001
Milt Lewin, chairman of Hamilton Parker Co., has named his son, Adam Lewin, president, and daughter, Connie Lewin Tuckerman, vice president of the Columbus-based distributor of domestic and imported tile, brick, fireplaces and garage doors and other building supplies. The Lewin family has owned the company for 65 years; this marks the third generation of the family to take the reins.

The Ohio Department of Development's Small Business Development Center, Women's Business Resource Program and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will recognize the accomplishments of successful women business owners in Ohio at the Governor's Awards for Women's Excellence in Enterprise Oct. 3, 2001. The deadline for nominations is June 15. For information, contact Linda Saikas at 466-4945.

Restaurateur Cameron Mitchell is among local business owners recruiting mentors and tutors for Columbus City Schools' new after-school programs.

"I ran away at 15 and let my grades hit bottom," Mitchell says, "but I began to change when teachers and others helped me begin to believe in myself."

The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio, a collaboration of 40 youth-mentoring organizations from Big Brothers Big Sisters Association to the Urban League, hopes to increase the number of available, trained mentors/tutors by 1,100 this year. Adults are asked to volunteer one hour per week to enhance student learning through tutoring and by sharing skills such as gardening, music, sports or computer information. The Center also works with Ohio Reads and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce's business-school partnership program. For more information, contact Marilyn Pritchett, director of The Mentoring Center, at 839-2447.

The James Foundation Board has elected Cheryl Krueger, founder and CEO of Cheryl&Co., to a three-year term on the board, a nonprofit organization that directs development efforts to support research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

"I am pleased to serve on the board," says Krueger. "It is one way to honor the memory of my former business partner, Carol Walker, who died of cancer, and the many other people who are fighting this disease."

Gov. Bob Taft has appointed Dwight Smith, president of Sophisticated Systems Inc., to the High-Technology Start-up Business Commission. Smith represents the Governor's Small Business Advisory Council on the commission. By Aug. 1, the commission must respond to the General Assembly on issues including retaining high-technology start-up businesses and the impact of these businesses on economic development and small businesses in Ohio.

Robert Gibson has become a partner at TRIAD Architects Inc. Gibson joined the Columbus-based firm soon after its inception in 1997.

Mary Eckert, owner of The Flag Lady's Flag Store, has been elected to a two-year term on the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio Leadership Council. The 34-member council is comprised of Ohio small business owners whose role is to bring key small business issues to the attention of state and federal legislatures and provide direction and leadership to NFIB's advocacy program.

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. In addition, nominees will be judged on their contribution to business excellence, corageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership and community-mindedness. Nominations must be received no later than May 15.

For more details, contact Tom Rutan at Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, 771-9903. SBN Magazine is a sponsor of this event.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has named three directors to its board: William Hartman, chairman and CEO, Bank One NA (Ohio and Kentucky); Thomas Sawyer, president and CEO, Opinion Strategies Inc.; and Robert Schottenstein, president, M/I Homes.

Lonnie Alonso, president of Columbus Pest Control, has been elected to a third term as chairman of the board of the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio. Other BBB officers elected were Patty Cottone, president of Cottone Construction Inc., as vice chairman; and Timothy J. Tokish Jr., vice president of finance, Columbia Gas of Ohio, as secretary-treasurer. Also serving on the board are Ronald D. Miller, the bureau's president and general manager; and Kip Morse, who will assume the office of president in January 2002.

Franklin University has elected officers to its board of trustees for 2001. Floyd V. Jones, senior vice president of operations for The Columbus Dispatch, will serve as chairman of the board. David J. D'Antoni, group operating officer for Ashland Distribution & Specialty Chemical Group, has taken over as vice chairman. John B. Ruhlin Jr., president of Economic Leasing Inc., and Gary W. James, president of Dynalab Inc., have been re-elected to their positions as treasurer and secretary, respectively. James E. Kunk, president of Huntington National Bank's Central Ohio region, will continue on the board as immediate past president; Paul J. Otte, president of Franklin University, remains president of the board.

Thomas J. Bonasera has been appointed partner-in-charge of the Columbus office of Thompson Hine & Flory LLP. Former president of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations, Bonasera brings more than 25 years of legal experience to the position. He also serves as a board of trustees member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbus and the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus and as chairman of St. Vincent's Family Centers.

Auto Body Collision & Glass has received the top national award for customer service from CSi Complete, a Plain City-based company that monitors customer satisfaction in the automotive collision industry. "Auto Body Collision & Glass has demonstrated excellence in customer satisfaction," said CSi Complete Vice President John Webb. "Their system of managing and monitoring customer satisfaction is among the elite in the collision repair industry. "

Clyde R. Seidle has been hired as principal and manager of bridge engineering at Moody/Nolan Ltd. Inc. Seidle is responsible for the overall management and business development in the area of bridge engineering. He brings 27 years experience to Moody/Nolan, most recently serving as chief deputy county engineer for Delaware County.

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 12 at the Easton Hilton. To register, contact Shelley Menduni at 888-5203. Cost for dinner meetings is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

RailPass Express Inc., a sales outlet specializing in European and British rail products, has received the 2000 Achievement Award from the rail supplier and U.S. marketing arm of the Eurail community, the Rail Europe Group. Dublin-based RailPass was honored for its ongoing sales achievements and promotion of European rail.

Baesman Printing Corp., Boehm Inc., Byrun Lithographing Co., Fine Line Graphics, Kreber Graphics, Hopkins Printing, Middleton Printing Co., Ohio Printing Co., Optimum Print Solutions, Pony X Press Printing, Precision Printing, Robin Enterprises Co. and The Old Trail Printing Co. have received 2000 Print Excellence Awards from the Printing Industries Association serving Northern Kentucky and Ohio.

Columbus-based Meritage Technologies, a privately held business-to-e-business transformation company, has been awarded a 2001 Lotus Beacon Award from IBM's Lotus Development Corp. Meritage won in the strategic e-business category of Web self-service for its development of a Knowledge Portal for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Metatac International has formed an alliance with Redwood City, Calif.-based diCarta Inc. to offer Metatec Express and diCarta Contracts to software publishers seeking a combined solution for contract management and electronic software distribution.

Frontstep Inc., a provider of business systems for mid-sized distributors and manufacturers, has formed a partnership with Agilera, a full-service application service provider based in Colorado. Frontstep provides customers with products, expertise and access to online communities by delivering a comprehensive suite of software and services. Agilera will sell the Frontstep eBusiness suite as a hosted solution to enable its customers to achieve the seamless coordination and integration of trading partners, suppliers, and distributors.

Robin Holderman, vice president and general manager of Opus North Corp., has been named president of the board of trustees for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Three-C Body Shops Inc. has appointed Dennis Pappas as COO. Pappas previously served as treasurer and chairman of the board of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Ohio.

Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer & Associates Inc. has received an honorable mention from the Reader's Choice Awards of Product Management Today, a publication for pharmaceutical product managers. GSW earned recognition for creative work on National Century Financial Enterprises advertisements featured in the December issue of Product Management Today.

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 an April 4 session devoted exclusively to small business. For more information or to register, call the bureau at (800) 644-6292.

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

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, EOY Program Manager, 222-3916 or visit

A seminar entitled Women in Business will be presented at 10 a.m. April 7 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, call 228-2233.


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 Martini Italian Bistro, 1319 Polaris Parkway. For more information, call Racey Morris at 846-8723, ext. 216, or Tim Moore at (740) 548-6067.