Thursday, 31 May 2012 20:01

Movers & Shakers

Libra Industries announced that Phil Jones has been named as director of manufacturing. His main duties will include overall responsibility for contract manufacturing and assemblies operations in Libra Industries’ two plants located in Mentor, Ohio. Jones will maintain a strong focus on strategic leadership and continuous implementation of lean manufacturing techniques. He has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing management in a variety of industries including industrial regulators and fittings.

Medical Mutual recently announced Dan Polk has been appointed vice president of small group sales and broker distribution. Polk will be responsible for 1-99 group sales and retention in Ohio, which the company just brought in-house for the first time in 13 years. Joining Medical Mutual in 1990, Polk has held a variety of positions within the sales and customer relations division, including service representative, small group sales, senior sales representative for large groups, 51-99 group business unit leader, and, most recently, director of sales and broker relations.

Medical Mutual also announced that Mark Hren has been appointed vice president and general auditor. Hren will be responsible for leading a team focused on financial, operational and information technology auditing, as well as enterprise risk management. Before joining Medical Mutual, Hren served in the audit practice at Ernst & Young specializing in insurance industry clients. At Medical Mutual, Hren has served in various positions including market leader of individual products in the sales division, manager of financial analysis and most recently as the director of financial reporting, a position he held for six years.

Kaiser Permanente has announced the hiring of Maria Dawe, account executive; Michael Willis, manager, account management; Tim Krenn, senior sales executive and Dick Schoeler, manager, broker relations, small group and individual sales.  All of these new employees will be working from Kaiser Permanente’s administrative offices in the North Point Tower in Cleveland.

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. has announced the appointment of Jim Rygiel to director of endoscopy division. Originally trained by Olympus in the areas of rigid and flexible endoscopes, Rygiel has more than 19

years of endoscope repair experience. As a certified master repair technician, Rygiel has extensive knowledge relating to procedures, endoscope processing, storage, care and handling, and refurbishments.

CNA National Warranty Corp. has promoted Jay Sharpnack to the newly created position of national sales manager. Sharpnack joined CNA National in April 2010 after establishing a successful career including corporate, managerial and sales positions in the automotive industry. In this new position, Sharpnack will continue to be based in Cleveland and will be responsible for managing CNA National’s sales production at auto dealerships across the country through the company’s six regional vice presidents.

Madison Electric Products has announced Rob Fisher as vice president of marketing. In his previous role as director of marketing, Fisher played an integral role in helping Madison break ground in the electrical industry by crowdsourcing product development through the Sparks Innovation Center and leveraging social media to connect with a broader audience.

Fisher joined Madison Electric Products in 2009. Drawing on 13 years of diverse, cross-industry experiences, Fisher spearheaded the development and implementation of the company’s visual identity, public relations, social media and marketing strategy. Under Fisher's direction, Madison Electric Products has received numerous marketing and social media awards.

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, announced the promotion of Jamie Finley Simoneau to COO. Simoneau will be heavily involved in strategic planning for the organization and responsible for all operations, marketing, guest services, contract partners, special events and the OMNIMAX Theater. Simoneau joined Great Lakes Science Center in 2006 and most recently, served as vice president of marketing and guest services, with responsibility for the majority of earned-revenue areas.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:01

Movers and Shakers

Roscoe Medical, a manufacturer and distributor of home medical equipment, appointed Daniel A. Radish as chief financial officer.

In his role, Radish will responsible for the overall financial and administrative oversight of Roscoe Medical, including the management of the accounting, finance, credit, payroll and benefit administration departments. He has expertise in strategic financial planning, credit and risk management, information technology planning and management from a wide array of industries.

Radish brings more than 20 years of senior leadership and financial experience, most recently as a director with Union Partners, a private equity and performance acceleration firm. In this position, he was instrumental in generating deal flow as well as merger acquisition valuation and analysis, financial planning, fiscal policy development and leadership of the due diligence process. Early on, Radish spent seven years in public accounting and since has held leadership positions throughout his career.

Radish is active in local civic and business communities, serving on several boards. He is a certified public account and holds a B.S. in accounting from Miami University.

Wells Fargo Advisors added two people to its Chagrin Falls office: Stephen Reagh, senior PIM manager, and Gary Fishback, PIM manager. Both Reagh and Fishback hold the title of senior vice president — investment officer. They joined Wells Fargo Advisors from the Pepper Pike office of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Moen Inc.

promoted Kevin Campbell to senior director of marketing — wholesale business unit.

In his new role, Campbell will be responsible for leading Moen’s wholesale product marketing, trade marketing, brand management and marketing communications efforts. He will also be deeply involved in developing strategies for the business unit and implementing strategic initiatives.

Campbell has been with Moen for more than 13 years, serving in a number of roles with increasing responsibility.

He started his career with the company in 1998 as an intern and has been an integral part of the organization’s success throughout the years. He most recently served as director of marketing of Moen’s Retail Business Unit, where he was responsible for all product management and marketing communications initiatives for products sold through retail channels including The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more. Prior to this role, Campbell held a variety of roles in both marketing and product management across both the retail and wholesale business channels.

Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The University of Notre Dame and his MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management.

Brouse McDowell

, a law firm with offices in Akron, Cleveland and Avon, Ohio, announced that Marc B. Merklin has been elected to succeed Jeffrey T. Heintz as managing partner of the firm. Merklin’s term begins in January 2012 when Heintz steps down after eight years as managing partner of the firm.

A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Merklin is chair of the Commercial and Bankruptcy practice group and focuses on general business counseling, commercial law and business reorganizations. He represents creditors, debtors, committees and trustees in Chapter 11 reorganizations, as well as borrowers in loan transactions and bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He also works on the sale and acquisition of financially distressed companies.

Listed in the Best Lawyers in America editions 2006-2011, Merklin is nationally board certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification, a nonprofit organization created to recognize attorneys who are experts in the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights fields.

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