Who would you have chosen?Thanks for asking! I have a few.
First, Ken Cookson. In a walk, Ken is a law partner with Dinsmore & Shohl, an original member of the Downtown Commission, former president of the Discovery District Development Corp. -- I succeeded him -- and instrumental in the Broad Street Median Initiative.
He's president of the Friends of WOSU board and serves with me on the board of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. The man is awesome -- making a real difference.
Then there is Denny Griffith, president of Columbus College of Art and Design, who is taking an internationally renown arts school to new heights. Outstanding artist in his own right. Active and engaged in making us a better community.
Don't forget Larry Black. He is the director of the Columbus Metropolitan Library System. The Hapler Index, which ranks public libraries nationally, listed ours the best in the United States! What a plug for our learning community. Take that, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago.
And his leadership has been quietly effective in getting voter affirmation of what a great system we have. Our library buildings are technologically advanced, great spaces for people and receive American Institute of Architects design awards. The branch libraries make him a player in numerous areas around town.
Certified Payroll Services, Fairlawn, has hired Jodi Ninnemann as a payroll specialist.
Shields, Blice & Co., a Fairlawn-based accounting firm, has added Denise Jute to its staff.
BC Technology Solutions, with offices in Canton and Akron, has added Tamara L. Flanigan as a software consultant.
The Akron office of SS&G Financial Services has hired Tami Whatley as associate, capital markets department.
The board of trustees of the Akron Civic Theatre has named Diane Kalgreen director of finance and operations.
Americas International Inc. of Akron has hired Anita Kelly as office manager.
Delta Systems Inc. of Streetsboro, a manufacturer of specialized switches and electronics, has hired David Giangardella, production engineer; Jason Hamilton, design technician; Kent Kovachy, process engineer; and Roger O'Conner, sales and marketing assistant.
The Akron-based law firm of Brennan, Manna & Diamond has hired attorneys Nickolas P. Andreef, Frank A. Lettieri, John F. Martin, David V. DiFiore and Darrin R. Toney.
Republic Technologies, Fairlawn, has named Louis J. Capuano as plant manager of its Lorain facility.
Waltco Truck Equipment Co. of Tallmadge has hired Dick Sullivan as Midwest regional sales manager and Doug Card as New England district sales representative.
Cutler/GMAC Real Estate has hired as sales associates Linda Walker in the Norton office; Steve Kelly in the Stow office; and Daniel Brown in the Fairlawn office.
David A. Brockman, director of business and assurance services and a co-founder of Akron law firm Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co., has been named chair-elect of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co. has hired Gigi Doney as administrative assistant in the systems group; Marti Kline as a tax professional in tax services; Eileen Koborie as marketing assistant; Stephanie Lane as a senior developer; and Ronne Sidwell as receptionist.
FirstMerit Investment Services Inc., a subsidiary of FirstMerit Corp., has promoted Marc Vosen to executive vice president; Gregory Poe to vice president/sales manager; Jeffrey Arvay to vice president/senior financial consultant; and Eric Walden to vice president/financial consultant.
Akron General Medical Center has named Cindy Dennison as director of Network Health Ventures/Network Health Group Financial Services.
Results Plus and Focus Four, a professional development training firm based in Brunswick, has hired Karl Dustman as director of business development and Jeffrey Taylor and Tom Trefz as professional account executives.
Tod T. Morrow has joined Akron law firm Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs as a shareholder in the litigation, employment law and workers' compensation practice groups at the Canton office.
Jim Divito has joined Kent Adhesive Products Co. as a sales representative for the Southeastern United States.
Smithers Scientific Services Inc. of Akron has named Raymond B. Farmer vice president of the automotive testing division and David L. Schwarz vice president of the component and materials testing division.
CBIZ/Spector & Saulino, Akron, has added Michelle Drago to its tax department.
Country Pure Foods of Akron, one of the largest independent juice manufacturers, has created the new position of director of information technology, taken over by Stuart Clink. In addition, the company promoted Bob Gats to senior vice president of sales and marketing; Andy Major to vice president of supply chain management; and Liz Wilson to vice president of finance. Paul Sukalich has joined the company as senior vice president of operations.
BCG Systems Inc. of Akron, the computer services affiliate of Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co., has added Ryan Jacops to its staff as senior software developer.
Avatar Management Services Inc. of Macedonia, a human performance consulting firm, has promoted Linda M. Gardner to president. Gardner also acquires controlling interest in Avatar, allowing the consulting firm to become a full-fledged woman-owned business.
Jon V. Heider of Akron was appointed to the University of Akron Board of Trustees, replacing Clifford J. Isroff of Akron, who resigned.
Jack Gravo, president and CEO of FirstMerit Corp. of Akron, has been named to the National Advisory Council of Fannie Mae, the nation's largest source of financing for home mortgages.
The law firm of Brouse McDowell, Akron, has added Richard T. Cunningham to its litigation and appellate practice.
Virtual Horizons Inc., a multimedia communications, Web site design and development company based in Akron, has promoted Jeremy Leyden to director of operations and business development and Tracy Lockhart to director of marketing.
Lenny Winer, computer information technology specialist with the Fairlawn-based accounting and medical practice management firm of Winer & Bevilacqua Inc., has earned the title of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
Paul Labovitz of Akron was reappointed to the Ohio Water Advisory Council for a term ending Feb. 1, 2003.
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Millsor & Nobil Co., a management-side labor and employment law firm with offices in Cleveland, Canton and Columbus, has named Robert S. Spector and Terry E. Lardakis principals of the firm. Daniel P. O'Brien was named of counsel.
Shearer's Foods Inc. of Brewster has promoted the following associates: Mike Bower, Stefanie Dimit, Chris Hammond, Mike Laughlin, Chris Sample, Janet Schwab, Barb Smith, Jamie Miller, Josiah Miller, Bryan Jewell, Mike Yankee, and Sara Zerbe. Charlie Pitzer has joined the company as senior customer service representative.
Dean Olivieri, president of North Canton-based Fred Olivieri Construction Co., has been elected president of the Retail Contractors Association.
Canton-based Innis Maggiore Group Inc., a regional advertising and public relations firm, has expanded its advertising and e-services capabilities with the following additions and promotions: Jeff McMahan has been named account supervisor; Dini Castronova has been named media director; Alyssa Papadopulos has been named copywriter; Jeff Rios has been named IT manager; and John O'Donnell has been promoted to Web programmer/IT specialist.
Robert Henry has joined United Banc Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNB Corp., as branch manager of the recently opened office in Alliance.
The Hoover Co. of North Canton has appointed as directors Duane C. Peiffer, director of the newly created customer solutions department; Mark Hetrick, director of uprights, canisters and filter bags; Debra Coats, director of marketing services; Randall J. Lemke, director of sales administration; and Gary M. Johns, director for extractors and other specialty products.
Ann Marie Leano, board-certified in internal and pulmonary medicine and board-eligible in critical care, has joined the Wooster Clinic, part of the Cleveland Clinic Regional Medical Practice.
Shareholders of UNB Corp., the holding company for United National Bank & Trust Co. of Canton, re-elected as board members Roger L. DeVille, president, DeVille Developments; Nan B. Johnston, director/clerk-treasurer, Stark County District Library; Edgar W. Jones Jr., president, Hal Jones Construction Co.; and E. Scott Robertson, president/co-owner, Robertson Heating Supply Co.
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BCG Systems Inc., the computer services affiliate of Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co. of Akron, is expanding its base of business by establishing an office in Nashville, Tenn.
Linden/EMB, a global manufacturer of polyurethane processing systems, has completed construction of a training center at its corporate headquarters in Cuyahoga Falls.
The board of directors of Wayne Bancorp Inc. of Wooster has completed its acquisition agreement with Chippewa Valley Title Agency Inc.
Beggs Motor Homes Inc., a leading recreational vehicle dealership based in Uniontown, has selected Innis Maggiore Group, an advertising and public relations firm based in Canton, as its agency of record.
To reflect its expansion into a broader range of consulting services, Affinity Environmental Group Inc. of Canal Fulton has changed its name to Affinity Consultants Inc. The company has also launched a Web site at www.affinityconsultants.com.
Jo-Ann Stores Inc., headquartered in Hudson, has opened a distribution center in California.
Avatar Management Services Inc. of Macedonia has created wholly owned subsidiary, Avatar Solutions Inc., which will specialize in industrial/organizational psychology consulting.
RCS Management Group of Cuyahoga Falls, a provider of multichannel sales and marketing solutions, has changed its name to InfoGrow Corp. to more closely reflect its expanded scope of services.
Old Republic Network of Fairlawn has changed its name to Old Republic Title, Residential Information Services.
Maddox Marketing Group Inc., a Cuyahoga Falls-based marketing communications company, has created two subsidiary business units, studiomaddox and imaddox. Studiomaddox will provide creative services including creative strategy, concept development, copywriting and graphic design. Imaddox will offer Web site and interactive media design and marketing communications content solutions to support companies in their Internet and e-commerce initiatives.
The newly renovated RiverFront Restaurant, located in Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, has reopened.
J.I.T. Concepts Inc. of Hudson, a medical services company, changed its name to Western Reserve Medical Services to reflect its growth within the changing medical outsourcing industry.
Smithers Scientific Services Inc. of Akron is closing its tire and automotive testing complex in Pecos, Texas. An item that ran in SBN's May issue incorrectly stated that the complex was located in Akron.
Gregory Galvanizing and Metal Processing Inc. has changed its name to Gregory Industries Inc. The company has been based in Canton since 1957.
PC Training Center, a computer training, consulting and repair center in Belden Village, was purchased by Michael Barnhart.
Basketfanfare has doubled its size and moved to a new office in North Canton.
Asistem of Alliance, a company that connects accounting and customized computer systems to meet the needs of businesses, has been selected as an authorized reseller for ComCash.
"Success without power is nothing," according to Susan Wilson Solovic. She should know.
Twelve years ago, as vice president, director of corporate marketing at ITT Commercial Finance, Solovic was pulling down a six-figure income and was one of the highest-ranking women in the corporation. Still, her salary fell about $20,000 short of her male predecessors' salaries, she says, and her name somehow never appeared on the invitation lists to the fancy company trips enjoyed by male colleagues.
She tried to ignore the unequal treatment, but found herself wondering why women, like herself, expect to work harder and still take a backseat to men in the corporate world. She vowed to start devoting her career to helping women in business obtain gender parity and personal power.
Solovic started a company called Susan-Says, and began serving as a business and marketing consultant, as well as a public speaker. She is a member of a national braintrust to shape the entrepreneurial mission for women business owners in the 21st century and facilitates programs for the Women Presidents' Organization. She's also the author of a new book, "The Girls' Guide to Power and Success," aimed at helping women break free of limiting stereotypes and self-defeating behaviors so they may excel in business going head-to-head with men.
Solovic will be visiting Columbus July 12 to give the keynote address at the National Association of Women Business Owners - Central Ohio chapter's annual awards ceremony at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
"Women continue to fight the same battles over and over again because we do not understand the concept of power and how to leverage it," she says. How to reach: Susan Solovic, firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 361-2090
What do your employees cut back on when they're harried by busy schedules?
Sleep, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll -- and it could affect their work performance, attention to safety and driving habits.
The poll found nearly 70 percent of Americans experience frequent sleep problems, and 63 percent do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep needed for good health, safety and optimum performance.
In fact, studies have found nearly 53 percent of all work-related accidents may be related to sleepiness, reports the Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute in Dublin.
"We are paying a high price for this lifestyle, in terms of insufficient sleep and its consequences," says Helmut S. Schmidt, M.D., founder and medical director of the Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute.
For tips to improve sleep, visit www.sleepfoundation.org/publications/goodnights.html at the National Sleep Foundation Web site. How to reach: Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute, (614) 766-0773 or www.sleepohio.com.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award wouldn't be possible without the support of its sponsors. Not only do they provide the backing to help Ernst & Young present the Entrepreneur Of The Year program, but the sponsors also helped drive nominations for this year's awards.
Local sponsors for 2001 include Marsh, Jones Day, McDonald Investments, Bowne, The Ohio Department of Development and SBN Magazine.
National sponsors include CNN, CNNfn, the Kauffman Center for Entreprenurial Leadership, NASDAQ and USA Today.
Innis Maggiore Group Inc. of Canton has added Donna Shelley as public relations director. It has also promoted Lorraine Kessler to marketing communications director; Megan Hartong to account executive; and Cheryl Sexton to art director.
Buckeye Color Lab of North Canton has appointed Carrie DeVille-Hart as marketing director.
MSO Group Inc. of North Canton has hired Scott Nemetz as director of marketing and sales.
Waikem Auto Group of Massillon has promoted Paul Milano to general manager of the George Waikem Ford/Nissan/Daewoo dealership.
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Akron-based FedEx Custom Critical has promoted Virginia Albanese to vice president, service. Albanese most recently served as managing director, service and safety.
Sequoia Financial Group of Akron has hired Dan Pearce to work in the area of group benefits.
Akron-based Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co. has hired Rebecca Delaney as administrative assistant.
Fankie Tadsen has joined Cutler/GMAC Real Estate's Stow office as a sales associate.
Clifford and Judith Isroff, active members of the Akron community, are the 23rd recipients of the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award of the Akron Community Foundation.
Zeris Interactive, a Raleigh, N.C., and Akron-based products and services firm, has added Steve Danielson and John Zito to its management staff. The company is the interactive business unit of Malone Advertising of Akron.
James R. Horn Jr. has been named account executive in the sales and marketing department of HomeTown Health Network of Akron.
Jeffrey T. Heintz, a shareholder of Akron-based law firm Brouse McDowell, has been named vice president and president-elect of the Akron Bar Association.
Republic Technologies International Inc. of Akron has appointed Michael J. Bodden as director of information technologies.
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