Movers & Shakers Featured

9:33am EDT July 22, 2002

Susan E. Pomeroy has been appointed principal with Pomeroy Financial Planning LLC. The newly acquired Pomeroy Division, a fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm, represents another step by Longanbach Giusti Kuck & Hornberger LLC to provide more areas of specialization for clients. has named Mathew Verghese as its new president and COO. Verghese will also serve on the company's board of directors. He succeeds James Paat, company founder, who will serve as the new chief business development officer and vice chairman of its advisory board.

David J. Robinson, state representative with the Ohio General Assembly, has joined Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn as a partner. He will head up the newly established Government Affairs Department. has appointed James Kerr as president and chief technology architect. The company's services are focused on providing high-end telecommunications solutions to small- to mid-sized businesses at affordable prices without the need to purchase or maintain equipment.

Mills/James Productions co-founders Ken Mills and Cameron James have received the prestigious Daniel M. Galbreath Award for the many years of support the company has put forth toward cancer research and treatment for many organizations, including Ohio Cancer Research Associates.

Gov. Bob Taft has reappointed Linda Hondros, president of Hondros College, to the Small Business Advisory Council for a term ending September 2003. Taft also appointed Larry A. McAllister, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of Ohio, to the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation.

Mary Cusick has been promoted to senior vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for Bob Evans Farms Inc. She will be responsible for investor relations, the travel department and stockholder relations in addition to duties of her previous position, vice president of corporate communications.

Lutheran Social Services has named Merry Linn executive director for assisted living services. She oversees daily operations and ensures all state regulations are met. Susan Gardner has been named executive director for independent living services. She oversees the operations of Kensington Place and serves as marketing administrator for Lutheran Village.

Cimetric Commerce, formerly Ncom Group Inc., has hired Geoff Biehn as CFO, Scott Williams as director of human resources and Jack Grant as national sales manager. Herb Kahn, a former executive of Accuray and CompuServe, has been appointed to the Cimetric's board of advisers.

Symix Systems Inc. has appointed Larry DeLeon, the company's CFO, to lead the company's efforts in the manufacturing arena as executive vice president of worldwide field operations. Daniel P. Buettin, former vice president and CFO of MPW Industrial Services Group Inc., has been hired as vice president and CFO and is an officer of the company.

The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has named Rhonda DeMuth, president of TDCI Consulting LLC, as the 2000 Greater Columbus Small Business Person of the Year. DeMuth was chosen by judges from a pool of five finalists, each evaluated on growth, financial stability, sales increases, response to adversity and contributions to the community. Through DeMuth's leadership, annual revenues for TDCI have grown from $2 million to $8.5 million, staff size has increased from 27 to 60, and the number of the company's customers has increased from 50 to 230 in the past three years. The other finalists for the award were David C. Bianconi of Progressive Medical Inc., Paul G. Bordner of Bordner & Associates and Laser Reproductions, Timothy R. Foley of M-E Companies Inc. and Curtis Jewell of EXCEL Management Systems Inc.

Fifth Third Bank has promoted Jeffrey Hastings to vice president in corporate banking. Jay Shaw has joined the company as a vice president and will be managing the commercial real estate lending department and consulting with customers, builders and developers on business banking services.

Giant Eagle has named Dave Daniel as vice president of operations in the Columbus market. Daniel will oversee the six Columbus stores and has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Ohio Grocer's Association.