The Tasty Pure Food Co.
Akron-based wholesale food distributor The Tasty Pure Food Co. has acquired J.B. McCoy Co. of Canton. The acquisition will allow Tasty Pure to provide a wider variety of food products to institutions and restaurants. The company will remain at its newly expanded Akron headquarters.
Marketing and Creative Solutions
The agency is remodeling its Akron headquarters and building an addition onto its printing shop. The company has also hired Mark Schweitzer as vice president. The Akron-based agency, founded in 1992, provides creative advertising and marketing services.
Jones & Wenner Insurance Agency
The Fairlawn accounting firm has opened a Columbus branch. It will be managed by Larry Price, who will focus primarily on trucking industry related markets.
The Akron-based bank has launched an online investing service through its Web site, www.firstmerit.com.
The Davey Tree Expert Co.
Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co. of Kent, recently received an "Innovation and Commitment to Change" award from The Pulte Land Group, the country's largest home builder. The award was given the Davey Resource Group for helping the homebuilder become a better environmental steward, according to Karen Wise, a manager for the Kent company.
Fax announcements of company mergers, awards and expansions to: Editor, SBN Magazine, (330) 668-6224.
On March 7, the SBN Magazine eVolution in Manafacturing Conference presented by CAMP honored nine Northeast Ohio companies for their achievements in integrating e-business solutions into traditional manfacturing processes. The companies displayed their e-business solutions at a conference at the CAMP Manufacturing and Technology Center on East 25th Street in Cleveland. The event was sponsored by Ameritech SBC, Crowe Chizek and Ulmer & Berne LLP.
Left photo: Dr. Stephen Gage of CAMP (center) presents the award to Don Sebiant and Paul Harty of ArgoTech.
Right photo: Dr. Gage with Sarp Uzkan and Stewart Armstrong of Danley IEM.
Left photo: Dr. Gage congratulates Jim Appledorn and Beckie Jacobs of Lincoln Electric as Smart Business Network CEO Fred Koury looks on.
Right photo: Linda Bowman and Sandy Richard of Little Tikes enjoy their honor.
Left photo: Cindy Skelton-Becker and Holly Mihok of Nordson.
Right photo: Tom Gubanc and Dave O'Connor of Swagelok.
Dr. Stephen Gage of CAMP with Wes Howard and Chad Shron of Tooling University.
Michael A. Lachman and E. Fred Leffler of USB.
W.S. Rudner CPA & Associates, Inc., a local Canton accounting firm focused on closely held businesses, has joined Cohen & Co., a regional full-service CPA and consulting firm. W.S. Rudner & Associates will change its name to Cohen & Co. and will continue to operate out of its Belden Village office.
Wern Rausch Locke
The Canton advertising agency has formed a strategic alliance with Worrell Wingfield Baer, an Akron advertising agency. The firms will jointly market their services.
Graphic Enterprises Inc.
North Canton-based Graphics Enterprises Inc. has finalized the acquisition of CalGraph Inc., forming GEI-CalGraph. The new entity will focus on servicing the wide-format printing industry in North America, with a focus on newspaper, engineering and commercial markets. GEI-CalGraph's headquarters will stay in North Canton.
Angelo Parente, owner of the Sbarro restaurant in Fifth Avenue Place, has opened a second Sbarro on Smithfield Street, Downtown.
KEYGroup Partners, an international consulting, training and development company with headquarters in Pittsburgh, is partnering with Shared Vision Alliance to provide the Equine Business Experience for Teams nationally.
Eureka Bank has launched a Web-based banking site, Eureka by Web, and a telephone banking service, Eureka by Phone.
CommuniTech is providing marketing support to the West Pittsburgh Partnership for Regional Development, a nonprofit development group.
Ten/United has been named agency of record for the Comet cleaning agents, a line of products acquired by Prestige Brands International Inc. It has also acquired the entire account for consumer products company's Prell line.
The ARC Allegheny family of corporations has adopted a new name, Achieva. Four corporations now operate under Achieva: The Arc of Pittsburgh; COMPRO, which provides support to individuals in the areas of infant/toddler therapies, supported employment through Parc-Way Industries, and other services; RAMS, a mailing service; and The Family Trust, offering estate planning, guardianship and representative payee services.
Marmion Advertising has been selected by Joy Mining Machinery to assist the company in developing and deploying its marketing and public relations programs.
Quest Fore has been named the communications agency of record by Cornerstone Development Group to promote Keystone Opportunity Zones across a nine-county region of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Information Systems Services Inc. has opened an office to serve the Cincinnati and Columbus areas.
Burt Hill Kosar Rittlemann Associates has been awarded the contract to design the $7 million Chicopee Public Library in Chicopee, Mass.
Burns & Scalo Roofing Co. has received the roofing contract for the St. Vincent College freshman dormitory.
Cuddy Roofing Co. has received the roofing contract for the $3.6 million Ross Township Municipal Building.
Turner Construction Co. has been selected for pre-constructions services for a 775-room dormitory project at the main campus of Pennsylvania State University in University Park.
Manheim Corp., a specialist in designing and building parking structures, has selected LarsonO'BrienAcumen as agency of record.
Power Drives Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y., has opened a branch in Allison Park. The company is a supplier of automation, power transmission and fluid power solutions.
Ditto Document Services Inc. has partnered with CaseCentral Inc. to offer law firms and corporations imaging, storage and management of all case documents and information online.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, Toledo and Cleveland top the list of U.S. cities with the highest percentage of adult smokers. Another study, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that Ohio has the fifth highest percentage of smokers among the 50 states; more than one-fourth of the population smokes.
Jennifer Franklin M.Ed., wellness and prevention specialist at the Arthur C. James and Richard J. Solove Cancer Institute at The Ohio State University, says employers need to offer more than just smoking cessation programs.
"Employers should offer support along with programs," says Franklin. "Programs should be accredited, and if the employer can pick up part of the tab, it really helps."
But he says employees should also pay part of the tab, as a way to buy into the program.
A program needs to address both the physical and mental sides of addiction.
"Smoking becomes part of a person's routine," says Franklin. "The smoker needs to have a plan for what he or she will do in place of smoking when smoke break time comes around."
Franklin says the combined success rate for all types of smoking cessation programs or aids is 30 percent. How to reach: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, 293-3737
In fact, this year's big winner, Brokaw Inc., garnered the bulk of its recognition for advertisements promoting snow plows, animals, police and the Cleveland ad agency itself.
Brokaw pulled in 45 of the 155 awards handed out Feb. 20, including its fifth straight Best In Show award, which it received for its Web site at www.brokaw.com. The decision was unanimous by the four judges.
Brokaw won four gold awards, 14 silver awards and 27 citations of excellence. Among the notables were the company's visually entertaining ad campaigns for Hat Trick Snow Plowing and the Animal Protective League.
The other big winner was Marcus Thomas, which picked up five golds, five silvers, 13 citations of excellence and two Judges' Choice awards. Three of their top honors were for work the agency did for the Cleveland Indians, including television spots highlighting the baseball team's 100th anniversary.
Wyse Advertising was close behind with 20 awards, one gold, eight silvers and 11 citations of excellence.
The other winners were:
Adcom Communications -- two citations of excellence
American Greetings -- one gold, one citation of excellence
Arras Group -- one citation of excellence
Aue Design Studio -- one gold
BrownFlynn Communications -- one citation of excellence
Derby DeMuesy -- one silver
designRoom Creative -- one silver, two citations of excellence
divine Inc. -- one citation of excellence
Dix & Eaton -- one citation of excellence
Doner -- one silver, two citations of excellence
Epstein Design Partners Inc. -- one silver, one citation of excellence
flourish -- three silvers, four citations of excellence
Hitchcock Fleming & Associates -- two citations of excellence
Innis Maggiore Group -- one citation of excellence
Karen Skunta & Co. -- one silver, one citation of excellence
Keith Berr Productions -- one silver
Liggett Stashower -- one gold, two silvers, two citations of excellence
Manheim Advertising Inc. -- one silver
Marefka Co. Inc. -- one citation of excellence
Nesnadny + Schwartz -- four golds, three silvers, one citation of excellence
Point to Point -- six citations of excellence
Stern Advertising -- four silvers, six citations of excellence
thinkinc. - one citation of excellence
Tiny & Gabes -- one citation of excellence
Wolf Group -- three citations of excellence
ADDY winners move on to a regional contest in Louisville, Ky., this month. Those winners go on to the national competition. The ADDYs are sponsored locally by the Cleveland Advertising Association. How to reach: Cleveland Advertising Association, (216) 241-4807, ext. 11, www.clevead.com
Jones, Dunn & Co. of Hudson has changed its name to Advantium. Founded in 1995, Advantium, assists businesses in the recovery of money lost during everyday business processes. The rebranding focuses on Advantium's shift to develop innovations in post-audit software capabilities and business processes, and in its partnership programs, both key in today's downturned economy.
Akron Glass Tinting
The company, which installs window film on commercial and residential properties, has moved its headquarters from Cuyahoga Falls to Akron. The new facility on Moe Drive will allow it to continue to grow by providing more vehicle, warehouse and office space.
Falls Lumber and Millwork
The Mogadore-based company has acquired Markulis Signs and Wood Works Inc. The company, now a division of Fall Lumber, is headed by Markulis Signs' founder, Joe Markulis.
The Akron-based manufacturer of specialty tire and wheel service tools has acquired the assets of the Dowley Manufacturing Co. and Oldforge Tools. Dowley/Oldforge Tools is a manufacturer of specialty mechanics' tools. The acquisitions will help boost Ken-Tool's manufacturing and marketing capabilities and will add a well-respected product line and brand to the company.
Allen Keith Construction Co.
The company, formerly of Uniontown, has moved to a 30,000-square-foot facility on Greenburg Road in Green. Allen Keith Construction specializes in the restoration of residential, commercial and industrial buildings damaged by fire, water, storm or other disasters.
Bill Sutton has joined management consulting firm General Management Technologies as office manager/controller. He previously was a professional services manager with Innovative Management Solutions.
Louis Stanasolovich, president and CEO of Legend Financial Advisors Inc., and Diane Pearson, a financial adviser and shareholder at the firm,were selected by Worth magazine in its September 2001 issue as among the "250 Best Financial Advisors in America." This was Stanasolovich's fifth consecutive selection on the list and Pearson's first.
Michael Hennen and Jill Locnikar, now associates at law firm Cohen & Grigsby PC, were honored this summer by the Allegheny County Bar Association's Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section as the 1999-2000 recipients of the Gibson Award. The award goes to the law students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law who receive the highest award in the bankruptcy course. In addition, associate Michael Braxton has been elected to the board of directors of the Pittsburgh City Theatre. He works in the firm's litigation group.
Gerard Kunic has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial National Bank of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Commercial National Financial Corp. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh.
David Pae has joined FullTilt Solutions as senior practice manager at its Pittsburgh-based e-business consulting practice. He previously was director of strategy for marchFIRST, where he was responsible for strategy, methodology and technical architecture development.
Ronald Gill Jr. has joined consulting and engineering firm SecuraComm Consulting Inc. as an accounting assistant.
Larry Schwartz has joined CPA firm Alpern, Rosenthal & Co. as a sales account manager in the technology services group. He is a Microsoft-certified sales specialist and Cisco sales expert.
Valerie Bray has been promoted to the position of interior design director at PWCampbell, a local construction services organization. She is responsible for developing interior finish selections, space planning and retail merchandising programs for clients.
Harold Wintner, a McKeesport-based CPA, has been honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as an honorary member of its organization to salute his 50 years of membership. Wintner, 81 years old, continues to practice actively as a CPA.
L. Michael Yandura has joined NuRelm E-Business Software Inc. as office manager. He will manage the office and take over administrative responsibilities at the Web-enabling software company's Uniontown-based headquarters.
Barbara Johnson, vice president and a director of The Webb Law Firm, has been selected to be profiled in the 56th edition of Marquis' "Who's Who in America." This is the third time she has been featured in the publication.
The Fragasso Group Inc., a local investment management firm, has made several officer appointments. Deborah Sales has been appointed a vice president of the firm and branch manager of its downtown office. Diana Schroeder has been appointed corporate secretary and continues as the firm's administrative manager. Andrei Voicu has been named a vice president and continues to serve as director of portfolio management. Michael Fertig has been appointed a vice president and branch manager of the firm's South Hills office branch.
Brad Lauer has joined packaging specialist All-Pack Inc. as sales territory manager. Previously, he was a control agent with Federal Express in New York City. Also, the company has hired Judi Tranter as customer service representative in its Pittsburgh office.
W. Ryan Davis has joined the Pittsburgh office of law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as an associate in its business and finance practice group. Abhijat Parikh has joined as a patent associate in its intellectual property-patent practice group and Jennifer Schlagle has joined as an associate in the litigation practice group.
David Lovejoy has joined Greycourt & Co. as a director and chief operating officer. He is a director of First Internet Bank and formerly vice chairman of Mellon Bank Corp. Before that, he was vice chairman of Security Pacific Corp.
William King Jr. has joined Great American Federal Savings and Loan Association as a senior commercial loan officer in its commercial lending department. He most recently was vice president and commercial loan officer at First International Bank in Pittsburgh. John Kish, chairman and CEO of Great American Federal, has been elected to the board of directors of Housing Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit corporation providing home ownership services to low- to moderate-income individuals and families.
J. Victor Conrad, CPA, CFP, ChFC, a financial professional of the member companies of The MONY Group, has been elected to the executive committee of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Debbie Cavrak has joined Elisco Advertising as an account executive. Most recently, she was graphics supervisor at Douglas Laboratories.
Jeff Mauro has been hired as an account executive at Innovative Integrations, a local business solutions company. Brenda Dare has joined as human resources consultant and Ladd Sustar, a senior technical solutions consultant at the firm, has become a Citrix-certified administrator, which means he is able to install and administer tasks on Citrix MetaFrame XP networking solutions.
Carol Cieslak has been promoted to director of operations at Corporate Accommodations Inc., which provides fully furnished and equipped short-term apartments to business and individuals throughout 10 locations in the Pittsburgh area.
Paul Minton has been named an associate at Pittsburgh law firm Blumling & Gusky, LLP. He joins the firm's corporate and commercial law practice group. He previously worked at Reed Smith LLP.
Kevin Taylor has joined Monroeville-based Mirage Advertising as vice president and creative director. Before joining the firm, he served 11 years as vice president and creative director at Krome Communications.
Linda Mathesius has been hired as a project manager for Beaver Falls-based Integra Marketing Group.
Eva Stevenson has been promoted to director of operations at CFA Real Estate Network, a full-service title company. She joined CFA, formerly known as Credit-facts of America, 18 years ago in the sales department.
Michael Cassidy, a shareholder in the health care group of law firm Tucker Arensberg PC, along with members of the referral network of law firms called Great Lakes Law, has authored the "Health Care Compliance Manual." The publication has been published by LexisNexis and offers readers information about health care legal issues.
Daniel Mosedale has been named executive chef at The Original Fish Market at the Westin Convention Center downtown. He is a native of Watford, England.
Adam Obsenica has joined Yanni Partners as a consulting analyst. He most recently worked for Duquesne University, where he provided technical support in its Investment Technology Center.
William Wolfe has been hired by The Callos Cos. as vice president of outplacement services for the personnel services company's Pittsburgh office.
Cristin McCormick has joined SecuraComm Consulting as a marketing coordinator. She previously was a proposal writer at Eckerd Health Services.
Accounting firm Horovitz, Rudoy & Roteman has added Tassie Bisers, Donna Deist, CPA, Gabriella Gally and Kathy Prokay, CPA, to its tax services team.
Anne DeLaCroix, who sold her real estate company to Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in 1996, has been named manager of the Howard Hanna Poland office and vice president of residential sales. The Poland office in Mahoning County includes 45 agents covering the county.
Kevin Laird has been named vice president and chief economist of Howard Hanna Financial Services. He joined Howard Hanna Financial in 1997 as a coordinator for the wholesale lending department. Most recently, he had been managing the firm's secondary marketing department.
Carrie Morrow has been appointed sports and wellness director at The Rivers Club in Oxford Center downtown. Prior to her new position, she was fitness program director with the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.
Vivian Anderson has joined accounting firm Stokes & Hinds as a tax associate.Kelly Cowan joins the firm as a staff accountant.
John Lyncheski, an attorney who chairs the health care practice group at law firm Cohen & Grigsby, has been appointed chair of the Labor, OSHA and Human Resources Substantive Law Committee of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Theodore Schroeder, an attorney with the Pittsburgh office of law firm Littler Mendelson, has joined the Glade Run Foundation as a board member. The foundation is part of Glade Run Lutheran Services.
Douglas Noxon has been appointed executive chef/director of food and beverage of the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe in Cecil Township. He most recently was executive chef and assistant director of food and beverage for Oglebay Resort and Conference Center and the Wheeling Park Commission in Wheeling, W.Va.
Richard Hershberger, Ph.D., has joined the Pittsburgh Technology Council as the managing director of its Biomedical Network, an association of council member companies in the biomedical and biotechnology industry cluster. Jared Roberts has joined as managing director of its Information Technology Network and Olivia Davis has joined as managing director of its newly created Entrepreneur Network. In addition, Brian Kennedy has been hired as the council's public policy manager; Seon Pierce has joined as membership services executive; Andrea Kotjarapoglus has joined as a membership sales executive; Tony Esposito has been hired as production designer; Linda Tabakin has been hired as director of information and consulting services for both the council and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center; and Dana Takach has been named office administrator.
- 1976 -- Earned doctorate in physics and appointed post-doctoral fellow in laser spectroscopy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1976-1980 -- Staff member of the Center for Earth & Planetary Physics, Harvard University
- 1980 -- Joined the Earth and Space Sciences Division of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- 1982-1985 -- Flight controller responsible for space shuttle payload operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center
- 1985 -- Selected as an astronaut candidate
- 1986 -- Qualified as an astronaut
- 1991-1996 -- Completed four NASA space shuttle missions
- 1997 -- Appointed director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- 2000 -- Joined iNetworks LLC as chief technology officer
How do you define success? Rayona Sharpnack's defining moment came when she realized she was able to meet Hillary Clinton simply by making a request to the former first lady's gatekeepers.
As founder and president of the Institute for Women's Leadership, a consulting organization that assists women worldwide in identifying their personal and professional goals, Sharpnack is on a mission to remove the obstacles that limit women from reaching their true potential.
She leads training programs, including "Women Leading Change," a three-day initiative that works to ensure there is a woman's voice at every decision-making table around the globe and provides participants with the communications tools to get there.
"For most people, leadership is about what you need to know and what you need to do," says Sharpnack. "But Amazon.com sells more than 1,000 books that will tell you what you need to know and what you need to do. We work on who you need to be.
"In my classes, I'm going for those 'Aha' moments, which really are the ignition and illumination of the genius of the participants themselves. The experience is much more meaningful and relevant than trying to learn someone else's shtick or methodology for leadership."
Sharpnack's career began as a professional softball player for the International Women's Softball League, where she led a strike against the owners of the San Jose franchise, questioning their business practices. She also realized her childhood dream of becoming a physical education teacher at a time when such a position was unthinkable for a woman. A national Junior Olympic record holder for the longest softball throw, she now plays shortstop for the California Express, a professional women's senior team.
Sharpnack assists women in creative thinking, enabling them to fulfill their daily commitments. Her visionary "Ready, fire, aim, aim, aim" philosophy strives to empower women who desire a work-life integration by removing barriers.
She has made numerous appearances throughout the United States, Australia, Brazil and Canada, addressing or co-designing tailor-made conferences for up to 500 people. In addition, she has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies, including Apple Computers, the Gillette Co., Charles Schwab Corp., Hewlett-Packard and Wells Fargo in the advancement of women's leadership.
The women at Schwab felt the training made such a difference in the company's competitiveness that they asked Sharpnack to conduct a co-ed version, now a standard part of the company's human resource training.
"Quite simply, it was a life-changing experience," says Vivian Groman, senior vice president of finance and corporate administrative technology at Schwab, who completed Sharpnack's workshop in 1997. "You walk in with a challenge, some mountain that you don't think you can climb. When you walk out, you've built a higher mountain that you know you can climb."